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The Sopranos: David Chase Open to Reviving the Characters But...

Could The Sopranos make a comeback? Recently, creator David Chase spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the possibility of a revival for the HBO TV series.The critically acclaimed drama centered on Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a New Jersey mafia boss dealing with the challenges of balancing his home life with his work. The cast also included Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Robert Iler, Aida Turturro, Lorraine Bracco, Dominic Chianese, and Michael Imperioli.Read More…
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The Sopranos: 10 Years Later, Tony's Suspected Killer Recalls the HBO Finale

It's been 10 years since the finale of The Sopranos and people are still wondering what happened. Recently, Paolo Colandrea spoke with TVLine about his much-talked-about role in the HBO series finale.The critically acclaimed drama centered on Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a New Jersey mafia boss dealing with the challenges of balancing his home life with his work. The cast also included Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Robert Iler, Aida Turturro, Lorraine Bracco, Dominic Chianese, and Michael Imperioli.Read More…
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The Sopranos Finale, 10 Years Later: 'Man in Members Only Jacket' Reflects on Legacy as Tony's Possible Killer

The Sopranos Finale, 10 Years Later: 'Man in Members Only Jacket' Reflects on Legacy as Tony's Possible Killer
Think Paolo Colandrea is ready to set the record straight on The Sopranos‘ famously cryptic series finale, 10 years after its airing?

Fuggedaboutit.

That said, the Naples-born owner of a Bucks County, Pa. pizzeria does have some tales to tell from his turn as “The Man in Members Only Jacket,” the diner patron whom some theorize emerged from the men’s room to whack Tony, just as the HBO series abruptly cut to black on June 10, 2007.

RelatedSopranos Family Tributes James Gandolfini: ‘He Was a Man of Tremendous Depth and Sensitivity’

Colandrea’s journey to being a part of TV history
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So Is He Dead?! The Sopranos Creator David Chase Sheds Some Light on That Series Finale Ending

So Is He Dead?! The Sopranos Creator David Chase Sheds Some Light on That Series Finale Ending
You remember the ending to The Sopranos. How could you forget? In case you Did forget, it had Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) waiting for his family in a local diner. Carmela (Edie Falco) walked in. A.J. (Robert Iler) walked in. Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) parked. Tension built. "Don't Stop Believin'" played. Refresh your memory. Ok, refreshed? Series creator David Chase recently dissected that scene shot by shot and it will give Sopranos fans quite a bit of insight into what the much-discussed ending. But no, there's no definitive answer about whether or not Tony died at the end. "I said to Gandolfini, the bell rings and you look up. That last shot of Tony ends on 'don't stop,'...
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'Sopranos' Creator David Chase Explains That Final Scene (Sort Of)

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Perhaps no scene in television history has inspired as much debate as the diner scene in the series finale of "The Sopranos." The contents of the scene, as well as its infamous conclusion - an abrupt cut to a black screen - outraged some fans and intrigued others.

Now, eight years later, in an article for the Directors Guild of America Quarterly, creator David Chase explains how his intentions in that last scene - though, be warned, he does Not explain what happens to Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) after that black screen.

Ok, to recap that scene: Tony meets his family in a homey diner. First, wife Carmela (Edie Falco) shows up, followed by son A.J. (Robert Iler). Outside, daughter Meadow (Jamie Lynn-Sigler) is parking her car. Meanwhile, each time the door to the diner opens, a bell dings. A mysterious man in a Members Owner jacket seems to eye Tony.
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Is Tony Soprano Dead? David Chase Finally Answers That Burning Question About The Sopranos Finale

Is Tony Soprano Dead? David Chase Finally Answers That Burning Question About The Sopranos Finale
It's been nearly seven years of questions since The Sopranos finale, but we may finally know what happened at the end of the series when everything went to black. Everybody remembers how The Sopranos ended. Tony (James Gandolfini), Carmela (Edie Falco), Aj (Robert Iler) and Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) were all gathering at a local diner after everything was seemingly fine between the New York and New Jersey mob families. As tensions built, Meadow entered the diner and the bell rang. Tony looked up and Boom. Everything went to black. The end. Did somebody successfully carry out a hit on Tony? Was this the end of Tony Soprano? Creator David Chase reportedly finally gave an answer as to the status of Tony...
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Tony Soprano Lived In 'Sopranos' Finale

Tony Soprano survived the final, fatal-seeming scene in HBO’s hit mob series Sopranos, according to creator David Chase.

Tony Soprano Lived

Chase finally revealed Tony’s fate in an interview with Vox writer Martha P. Nochimson. When Nochimson asked the question, Chase’s initial response was to ask with exasperation, "Why are we talking about this?" After Nochimson said it was mere curiosity, he shook his head “no,” adding, “No, he isn’t.” Other than confirming that Tony lived, Chase offered no further details.

When the Sopranos' finale aired in June 2007, there was widespread debate about what became of Tony, the series protagonist brought to life by the late James Gandolfini. Some thought he lived, maybe long enough to get brought to prison, but the vast majority believed that he was killed.

In the last scene, Tony is out to dinner at a popular restaurant, sitting at a table
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'NCIS': Emily Wickersham cast in Season 11 as Cote de Pablo replacement - Who is she?

Fans haven't even begun their goodbyes to Cote de Pablo and already, "NCIS" is lining up her potential replacement.

TVLine reports that "Sopranos" alum Emily Wickersham will be joining the CBS smash hit during Season 11 as Bishop, a bright, educated, athletic, attractive, fresh-faced, focused and somewhat socially awkward new agent. "She has a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism," the outlet says of the character. "She's traveled extensively, but only feels comfortable at home."

So, who is Wickersham? The actress, who is currently recurring on FX's "The Bridge" as the stepdaughter of Annabeth Gish's character, also played A.J.'s (Robert Iler) girlfriend Rhiannon during the sixth and final season of "The Sopranos." She has a deal for three episodes with an option to become a series regular. She'll make her debut on "NCIS" during November sweeps.

Before Wickersham's arrival, the show will "rotate some fun people" through NCIS headquarters.
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James Gandolfini: Sopranos Costars Jamie Lynn Sigler and Robert IIer Remember Their TV Dad

James Gandolfini: Sopranos Costars Jamie Lynn Sigler and Robert IIer Remember Their TV Dad
Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler are expressing their grief over the loss of their TV dad, James Gandolfini. "This news has left me heartbroken," said Sigler, who played daughter Meadow to the late actor's Tony Soprano on HBO's The Sopranos, in a statement. "I can only imagine the pain his family feels at this time, and my heart goes out to them, especially Deborah, Michael and Liliana." Sigler added, "I spent 10 years of my life studying and admiring one of the most brilliant actors, yes, but more importantly one of the greatest men. Jim had the ability, unbeknownst to him, to make you feel like everything would be alright if he was around. I treasure my memories with him and feel so...
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Restaurant Where James Gandolfini Filmed Final Sopranos Scene Keeps Booth 'Reserved'

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Restaurant Where James Gandolfini Filmed Final Sopranos Scene Keeps Booth 'Reserved'
As tributes pour in from around the globe for James Gandolfini,, who died of an apparent heart attack in Rome on Wednesday, one Bloomfield, N.J., restaurant is paying tribute to the late actor in its own way. At Holsten's, where the unforgettable final scene of The Sopranos was filmed, the booth where Tony Soprano and his family dined is being kept empty in Gandolfini's honor, the New York Post reports. A sign that reads "reserved" marked the spot Wednesday. In the show's final scene, Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano is joined by his wife Carmela, played by actress Edie Falco and later his son,
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Best TV Pilots

The Shield ‘Pilot’ (aired 3/12/2002)

Good cop and bad cop left for the day. I’m a different kind of cop.” – Vic Mackey

The Shield‘s first episode is essentially an hour-long mislead, setting up a character (Terry) and a story that appeared to be the main arc of the first season. It spends an hour setting up Terry as the new guy who’s going to be a snitch for the government, persuaded by David Aceveda to find evidence on Vic Mackey and the controversial Strike Team, in part to further his political career. But that all comes crashing down in the final scene, when Vic puts a bullet in Terry’s face, and the episode closes as we see the last thing Terry sees in his life – Vic looking down at him, shaking his head.

In an era full of shows looking to be the next The Sopranos, The
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Interview: ‘The Sopranos’ Creator David Chase on ‘Not Fade Away’

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Chicago – It was one of the most famous endings in TV history. Tony Soprano, the patriarch of “The Sopranos,” waiting at a restaurant for his family while “Don’t Stop Believin’” was blaring on the soundtrack. It is that rock sensibility that permeates “Not Fade Away,” the new film by the creator of “The Sopranos,” David Chase.

Not Fade Away” is the American journey of 1960s rock ‘n roll, influenced by the mid-decade British invasions, and is characterized through the persona of Douglas (John Magaro) as he tries to form a band during that time in New Jersey. Co-starring Chase’s old partner James Gandolfini as Douglas’s father Pat, and executive produced by Steven Van Zandt (Silvio in “The Sopranos”), the film celebrates the feeling that passionately brings back that unique era.

David Chase (right) Sets Up a Shot with James Gandolfini in ‘Not Fade Away

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Lady GaGa had cameo in 'The Sopranos'

Lady GaGa had cameo in 'The Sopranos'
Lady GaGa made an appearance on The Sopranos before she was famous, it has emerged. A clip from the HBO crime drama has surfaced online which shows GaGa among the background artists during a scene featuring Tony Soprano's son Aj (Robert Iler) at a swimming pool. According to E! Online, the 'Telephone' star was 15 years old when she made her (more)
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HBO's Decadent 'Boardwalk Empire' Bash

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HBO's Decadent 'Boardwalk Empire' Bash
After HBO screened the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot episode of Boardwalk Empire in NYC ahead of this Sunday's opening show, the pay channel threw a full frills bash that evoked another era. It was the first showbiz party I've attended in a long while where somebody spent real money in a time when many premieres seem one step away from a cash bar. Not the case at HBO. Guests marveled how the Rockefeller Center skating rink was transformed into a Prohibition era New Jersey boardwalk. Everyone was breaking the law by drinking at a replica bar that must have been 40 feet long. And I counted three endless steam-table serving stations heaped with lobster tails, king crab legs, steak and other posh nosh. I overhead one guest ask an HBO executive how the pay channel could make such a pricey series and host such a lavish affair to launch it. "28 million subscribers at $10 a month.
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Stars To Play Poker For Sharon Osbourne Cancer Program

Dozens of Hollywood, sports, and poker celebrities will rush Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this Super Bowl weekend to determine who is this year’s Trash Talk Champion of the World.

On Saturday, February 6th, Sin City’s premier property will host a $1,000 + $70 straddle no-limit hold’em charity poker tournament benefiting the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Master of ceremonies will be Michael Godard, a modern artist who dedicates himself to philanthropic causes through his work. Half of the prize pool will go to charity, the other half will be distributed, along with valuable prizes, to winners.

Players putting their money where their mouths are include actor Lou Diamond Phillips, “The Voice of Bart Simpson” Nancy Cartwright, “The SopranosRobert Iler, “Dukes of Hazzard” April Scott, “Desperate HousewivesJesse Metcalfe, “MentalNicholas Gonzalez, “Melrose PlaceShaun Sipos, Playboy Playmates Sara Underwood, Jessica Burciaga and Jessa Lynn Hinton,
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Blu-Ray Review: First Season of HBO’s ‘The Sopranos’ Comes to HD

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Chicago – The network that redefined TV on DVD has some catching up to do when it comes to Blu-Ray. When you buy a Blu-Ray player for that TV-loving viewer in your family, they can buy all five seasons of “Lost,” the complete series of “Battlestar Galactica,” and even the original “Star Trek” on Blu-Ray, but most HBO series are just catching up. With an excellent recent release for “Rome,” the studio/network now turns its gaze to the best program of the ’00s with the first season of “The Sopranos”.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

What more is there to say about “The Sopranos”? It changed television more than any program in decades, setting a new standard for the kind of complex, character-driven storytelling that could be accomplished in the hour-long format. With uniformly remarkable performances from the entire cast and iconic characters, “The Sopranos” transcended just being another TV show to become a true cultural phenomenon.
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A-Rod & Derek Jeter Celebrate Series Win with Leading Ladies

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On top of the world after winning the World Series, Yankees stars Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter celebrated with a night out in New York City with their teammates - and their Hollywood girlfriends Kate Hudson and Minka Kelly. Following their triumph Wednesday, the group headed to 1Oak to toast their victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. And they made it a family affair: Hudson and A-Rod arrived at the club around 2:45 a.m. with his mother, sister, and Hudson's step-dad, Kurt Russell, all in tow. "Kate and A-Rod were affectionate with each other - hugging one another," says a partygoer.
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Where the Celebs Will Ring in the New Year

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Grab a bottle of champagne and start the countdown to 2009. Hollywood stars including Lindsay Lohan, Usher, Eva Longoria Parker and Heidi and Spencer will be ringing in the New Year by celebrating – and fulfilling hosting duties – at various hot spots from coast to coast. In N.Y.C., Mario Lopez will be at Marquee, just a few blocks away from Times Square, where the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift will appear live for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve special hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Katy Perry will perform at Gridlock's New Year's Eve party in L.A. while Longoria
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Twilight Odds And Ends Monday 12/22/08

We have rounded up a few odds and ends for you today.nbspRob on House ArrestHe hasnt really noticed the change that has occured since Twilight hit cinemas. Robert told Movies.ie I dont go out of my house much... I dont notice many things. Its weird like paparazzi stuff is weird. I mean its a really strange thing to get your head around but erm its so new still that I havent been jaded by it yet. Even when Robert gets followed by photographers on motorbikes he doesnt seem to mind. The Edward Cullen actor added Im kind of prone to paranoia anyway! SourceBreaking Dawn Bests Readers Top 10 Books of 2008If you hit bookstores anytime in 2008 or just turned on your TV or simply talked to another human being youve probably heard about a little phenomenon called Twilight. Though plenty of readers picked the original novel as their top
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Iler Escapes Crane Collapse

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Iler Escapes Crane Collapse
Sopranos actor Robert Iler owns an apartment in a New York block that was struck by a crane that fell and killed two construction workers on Friday.

Iler - who played A.J. Soprano in the hit series - was at home in the Upper East Side building when the tumbling 62 metre (200 foot) tower crane struck.

The crane was working on a new 32-story-apartment block when it collapsed and destroyed many apartments in Iler's neighbouring building.

According to Tmz.com, the 23-year-old actor - who had lived in the block for several years - felt the impact and heard people screaming, although his home was not affected.

Two men were killed and number of others hospitalised by the incident, the second crane collapse in New York in just two months.
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