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.
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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.
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
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.
“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
“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’
Photo credit: Paramount
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 Sopranos” Robert Iler, “Dukes of Hazzard” April Scott, “Desperate Housewives” Jesse Metcalfe, “Mental” Nicholas Gonzalez, “Melrose Place” Shaun Sipos, Playboy Playmates Sara Underwood, Jessica Burciaga and Jessa Lynn Hinton,
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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.
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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