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The late James Gandolfini was honored this weekend in his hometown of Park Ridge, N.J. Friends, family members and even a few costars traveled to the small town where the Sopranos star spent much of his childhood growing up. Sopranos director Timothy Van Patten and cast members Steve Schirripa, Vincent Curatola, Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore and John Ventimiglia were all on hand as a stretch of Park Avenue was renamed James Gandolfini Way. Gandolfini's wife, Deborah Lin, son Michael, daughter Liliana and sister Leta also paid tribute to their beloved family member. According to NorthJersey.com, several speakers noted the actor's generosity with »
If any actor deserves a grand tribute in New Jersey, it's the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini. This past Sunday, December 1st, was christened "James Gandolfini Day" in the actor's hometown of Park Ridge, New Jersey – and many of his former castmates were in attendance.
According to local newspaper the Record, the local Borough Council organized the tribute, which also featured appearances from Sopranos cast members Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Curatola, Vincent Pastore and John Ventimiglia, »
Park Ridge dedicated a section of Park Avenue to the actor best known for his role as mobster Tony Soprano in the TV series. Gandolfini died in Italy in June.
Cast members Steve Schirripa, Vincent Curatola, Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore and John Ventimiglia were among the hundreds of people who turned out Sunday in the northern New Jersey town where Gandolfini grew up and returned often.
The Record newspaper reports that Gandolfini’s 14-year-old son, Michael, said he would never forget eating with his father at a nearby diner. He said his father told him about every place in the town.
- Associated Press
Park Ridge, N.J. (AP) — Cast members of The Sopranos were on hand over the weekend as a New Jersey town remembered native son James Gandolfini. Photos: James Gandolfini Funeral: David Chase, Alec Baldwin Attend Service Park Ridge dedicated a section of Park Avenue to the actor best known for his role as mobster Tony Soprano in the TV series. Gandolfini died in Italy in June. Cast members Steve Schirripa, Vincent Curatola, Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore and John Ventimiglia were among the hundreds of people who turned out Sunday -- declared "James Gandolfini Day" by the Borough Council --
- The Associated Press
I have no idea why this trailer for Killing Them Softly was banned, but Annapurna Pictures just tweeted it out and considering it was one of my absolute favorites of last year and the fact director Andrew Dominik is receiving some much deserved attention as of late, not only for this film but also for the resurgence of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, I felt I must share it. amz asin="B009AMALBM" size="small"If you have yet to see Killing Them Softly, first off "shame", secondly it's an adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel following professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. The film also features Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Sam Shepard and Bella Heathcote. Check out the banned trailer directly below, »
- Brad Brevet
The HBO show’s writer and exec producer, David Chase, introduced the inaugural James Gandolfini Award at the Wounded Warrior Project’s second annual Carry Forward Awards on Oct. 10. The organization helps injured vets readjust to civilian life and the ceremony honors heroes who make that transition possible. Fellow “Sopranos” stars Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Lorraine Bracco, Vince Curatola and Sharon Angela were there as Tony Sirico was surprised with the first annual Gandolfini award.
“Some of (the ‘Sopranos’) are here tonight,” Chase said upon taking the stage at Club Nokia at L.A. Live. “I’m really glad you are because I’m really nervous. I like to be surrounded by tough guys.”
Chase recalled his late friend’s advocacy work with the Wounded Warrior Project and the two documentaries he produced, “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Today, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Harlem, almost 2,000 people gathered to mourn the passing of Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who died last week in Italy at the age of 51. Our Matt Zoller Seitz was there, and he reported the celebrity turnout as including "Sopranos producers and co-stars: David Chase, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Lorraine Bracco, Tony Sirico, Edie Falco, Steve Buscemi, Annabella Sciorra, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, Michael Rispoli, Vincent Curatola." as well as "performers and media personalities who knew or worked with Gandolfini: Alec Baldwin, Julianna Margulies, Brian Williams, Chris Noth, Dick Cavett, Marcia Gay Harden." Click through for an on the scene look: »
- Emily Watkins
Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall provided the transcript to The Sopranos creator’s euology of James Gandolfini today at the actor’s NYC funeral attended by castmates Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Steve Buscemi, Julianna Margulies, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Joe Pantoliano, Dominic Chianese, Steve Schirripa, Aida Turturro, Vincent Curatola, Tony Sirico, Michael Imperioli, as well as the show’s executive producer Brad Grey. Others included Alec Baldwin, Chris Noth, Marcia Gay Harden, Steve Carell, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The 51-year-old Gandolfini died Wednesday of a heart attack in Italy. Chase was one of four speakers, including Gandolfini’s widow, who spoke at one of Manhattan’s largest churches Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and gave his remarks in the form of a letter to the actor and quoted from Joan Osborne’s “(What If God Was) One Of Us?”: Related: Mike Fleming On Memories Of Covering James Gandolfini Dear Jimmy, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Some 2,000 people, including many of his "Sopranos" co-stars and hundreds of fans, paid tribute to James Gandolfini at his funeral in New York City Thursday (June 27).
Gandolfini, who died last week at the age of 51 while on a trip to Rome with his son, was eulogized by his wife, Deborah Lin Gandolfini, family friends and "Sopranos" creator David Chase. Chase read a letter to Gandolfini, saying he first attempted to write a traditional eulogy "came out like bad TV."
Chase praised Gandolfini for never losing sight of "the little boy" inside him. "That's why I think you were such a great actor, because of that boy inside," Chase said, according to the New York Daily News. "I think your talent is that you can take the immensity of humankind and the universe and shine it right back at us."
Lin, who has an 8-month-old daughter with Gandolfini, remembered him as "an honest, »
James Gandolfini has been laid to rest. On Thursday, the late actor's family, friends and costars attended his funeral at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. The ceremony was led by Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalsku.Gandolfini's wife, Deborah Lin Gandolfini, family friends Thomas Richardson and Susan Aston, and "The Sopranos" executive producer David Chase, shared their remembrances during the service, according to an HBO spokesman.James' "Sopranos" costars Eddie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Siger, Steve Schirripa, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Aida Turturro, Jerry Adler and Vincent Curatola were also spotted, and each paid respect to the actor. Other stars who attended the funeral included Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Last Wednesday, the 51-year-old died of a heart attack while on a trip to Rome -- James' wife, 9-month-old daughter Lily, and 13-year-old son Michael were also vacationing with Gandolfini at the time. »
- tooFab Staff
Celebrities paid tribute to James Gandolfini at the actor's funeral in New York on Thursday. Gandolfini's "Sopranos" co-stars Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Dominic Chianese, Steve Schirripa, Aida Turturro, Vincent Curatola, Michael Imperioli and Joe Pantoliano were in attendance, along with New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Alec and Hilaria Baldwin and Steve Buscemi were also present to remember the late actor. See the photos here. »
- Emily James
James Gandolfini was remembered as an unfailingly generous husband, father and colleague at Thursday morning’s funeral service at Saint John the Divine. The historic cathedral was, in the words of one speaker, big enough to hold Gandolfini’s “huge heart and spirit,” as well as the more than 1,500 friends, family members and fans who filled row upon row of pews and folding chairs alike.
The service, which followed Wednesday night’s private wake at a New Jersey funeral home, consisted of a full Catholic mass, as well as remembrances from Gandolfini’s widow Deborah, former assistant Thomas Richardson, friend Susan Aston, and “The Sopranos” creator David Chase, who addressed his emotional remarks in the form of a letter to Gandolfini, noting, “I tried to write a traditional eulogy, but it came out like bad TV.”
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Among other notables in attendance »
- Scott Foundas
"Sopranos" creator David Chase will offer his remembrances of working with James Gandolfini at a funeral Thursday for the Emmy winning actor in New York City. Those in attendance included Gandolfini's former castmates Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Michael Imperioli, Aida Turturro and Vincent Curatola. Time Warner Chairman Jeff Bewkes and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were also at the service at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, one of the city's largest churches. It began at 10 a.m. Est. Also read: James Gandolfini Death: Fans Flock to YouTube for Clips of Late 'Sopranos' »
- Brent Lang & Tim Molloy
How tragic. James, who famously played Tony Soprano on ‘The Sopranos,’ died of a heart attack on June 19 — he was 51 years old.
James Gandolfini, who will always be known as Tony Soprano, is believed to have died from a massive heart attack in Italy on June 19, HollywoodLife.com’s sister site Deadline reports.
James Gandolfini Dead — Tony Soprano Actor Dies In Italy At 51
James, 51, was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. He was vacationing with his sister and 13-year-old son when he suffered the heart attack.
They returned to their hotel after sightseeing and eating dinner when James went into the bathroom and didn’t come out, a source tells the New York Post.
James’ sister went in and found him unconscious on the bathroom floor. She called an ambulance, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“Everyone is in tears,” a source close »
- Christopher Rogers
We are all still reeling from the terrible news of the passing of actor James Gandolfini yesterday after suffering a heart attack while in Rome. Gandolfini was known for his role as Tony Soprano on the hit HBO show “The Sopranos,” as well as supporting roles in 8Mm, True Romance, and The Last Castle, as well as his most recent role as Bobby Eggs in the Nickelodeon film Nicky Deuce. Gandolfini joined fellow “The Sopranos” cast members Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico and Vincent Curatola, as well as Steve Schirripa, who co-wrote the book that the film is based on, and “iCarly” actor Noah Munck, who stars as Nicholas Borelli II, or “Nicky Deuce”.
On May 20th, 2013 I was lucky enough to photograph Mr. Gandolfini at the premiere of his most recent project, Nicky Deuce, at the Arclight in Hollywood, and would like to share those photographs with you. He was »
- Melissa Howland
HBO plans to pay tribute to James Gandolfini in upcoming airings of The Sopranos. The pay TV network will include the following message in telecasts, including the one scheduled for 10 p.m. Wednesday on HBO Signature: "HBO mourns the loss of James Gandolfini, a beloved member of the HBO family." The episode airing Wednesday night, titled "Where's Johnny?" features a story line that involved Johnny Sack (Vincent Curatola) expressing his disdain for Tony Soprano's (Gandolfini) latest solution to a power problem. While the show is airing across all of HBO's
- Kimberly Nordyke , Lesley Goldberg
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Based on the children's book of the same name that Schirripa co-wrote with Charles Fleming, Nicky Deuce is about an overprotected teen (iCarly's Noah Munck) who ends up spending the summer in Brooklyn with the uncle (Schirripa) he never knew he had. Viewers can expect fun cameos from Sopranos alums James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli, Vincent Curatola and Tony Sirico.
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- Robyn Ross
It's a "Sopranos" reunion, courtesy of ... Nickelodeon?
The movie, which is based on the children's book written by Schirripa and Charles Fleming, centers on Nicholas Borelli II, a.k.a. Nicky Deuce (Munck), a nerdy teen who finds himself in Brooklyn with a mobster uncle (Schirripa) he never knew he had after his plans to attend math camp go awry.
Schirripa (a.k.a. Bobby Bacala) tapped many of his former "Sopranos" co-stars to make appearances in the kids mob movie, which is sure to have fewer f-bombs and trips to the Bada Bing than "The Sopranos" did. Look for James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli, Vincent Curatola and Tony Sirico in The Huffington Post's exclusive "Nicky Deuce" trailer above.
- Chris Harnick
Chicago – Andrew Dominik delivered one of the best movies of the ’00s the last time he worked with Brad Pitt when the two made “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” And so there was intense anticipation for their follow-up collaboration, “Killing Them Softly,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. Call it a sophomore slump but “Kts” is a film with tons of style and some interesting ideas that nonetheless feels like a dirge and plays like a film twice as long as its running time.
Based on “Cogan’s Trade” by George V. Higgins (the name change is the first thing to raise eyebrows), “Killing Them Softly” attempts to graft a commentary on our increasingly dire economic times with a thriller about a mob hitman with a trio of assignments. Pitt plays the guy brought in to clean things up when a couple of numbskulls (Scoot McNairy & Ben Mendelsohn, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Although it didn't take off at the box office like I had hoped it would, director Andrew Dominik's brilliant Killing Them Softly was one of my Top 10 movies of 2012. Chocked full of brilliant performances from Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, and Scoot McNairy, this adaptation of George V. Higgins centers on the fallout from a high stakes poker game robbery, set against the backdrop of the 2008 Presidential elections. I recently had the chance to speak with Andrew Dominik about his fascinating drama, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD March 26. Here's what he had to say.
I'm not normally a huge fan of deleted scenes, even in movies I love, but I really enjoyed these deleted scenes. Are these the ones you were trying to fit in and you just didn't have room for? »
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