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'Sopranos' Creator David Chase Gives Heartwarming Tribute To James Gandolfini

June 27th, 2013 11:49pm EDT
David Chase
Producer David Chase paid tribute to his late friend and colleague James Gandolfini with a heartwarming eulogy at The Sopranos star's funeral in New York on Thursday.

Chase, who executive produced the hit HBO show and worked again with Gandolfini in last year's Not Fade Away, wrote his tribute in the form of a letter to the actor, who died suddenly at the age of 51 last Wednesday from a heart attack while vacationing in Italy.

"You were a good boy... A sad boy, amazed and confused. You could see it in your eyes. That's why I think you were such a great actor, because of that boy inside," ...
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'Sopranos' Stars, Friends & Family Attend James Gandolfini's Funeral

June 27th, 2013 11:36am EDT
The Sopranos
Several stars from "The Sopranos" gathered in New York City on Thursday for the funeral of their former co-star James Gandolfini, who died of a heart attack in Rome, Italy, last Wednesday at age 51.

Edie Falco, Steve Buscemi, Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese and Aida Turturro were among those photographed at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

"30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also attended the service.

After invited guests arrived, members of the public who wanted to pay their respects were also allowed into the church.

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Q&A: David Chase Talks ‘Not Fade Away,’ Rock n’ Roll, and Ambiguous Endings

December 31st, 2012 1:20pm EST
David Chase
David Chase worked in television for over 20 years writing, directing, and producing shows like “The Rockford Files” and “Northern Exposure” before he stunned viewers in 1999 with his epic mob series “The Sopranos.” The show lasted six seasons and racked up numerous awards, but it arguably made its most significant in television history with its ambiguous conclusion, which left many fans angry.

In the years since, Chase decided to explore a new avenue by writing and directing his first feature film “Not Fade Away.” His tale, which is set in the 1960s and follows a young man from New Jersey...
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David Chase To Develop Miniseries For HBO

March 16th, 2009 2:20pm EDT
David Chase
David Chase, multi-award-winning creator of "The Sopranos," is returning to HBO to develop a miniseries about the invention of cinema and subsequent growth of the Hollywood film industry.

Entitled "A Ribbon Of Dreams," the miniseries will begin in 1913 and follow two men, one a college-educated mechanical engineer, the other a cowboy with a violent past, who form an unlikely producing partnership and together become pioneers and then powers for a time in motion pictures.

Chase will write and executive produce the miniseries, as well as direct the initial episodes. Paramount Pictur...
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Three Best & Worst TV Shows Turned Into Big-Screen Films

May 28th, 2008 8:38am EDT
The Dukes of Hazzard
With so many long-running series coming to an end lately, it hasn't taken long for message boards and fansites to buzz with ideas for big-screen reunions. There are a ton of television shows already green lit and in various stages of development (The A-Team, Dallas, and I Dream of Jeannie to name a few). It doesn't seem too farfetched to assume even more producers are awaiting the opening numbers from this Friday's release of Sex and the City: The Movie before they offer a firm stance one way or the other.

If it's a hit, even four years after the show went off the air, the wheels will...
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Most Underrated & Overrated HBO Shows

May 23rd, 2008 10:17am EDT
Big Love
For the last two decades, HBO has been considered the gold standard for television quality. The network routinely receives more Emmy nominations than any of its competitors, despite fielding a drastically smaller roster of programming.

HBO practically reinvented what could be done on the small screen. Each episode now had the same production values as a feature film, and the way the pay network could deal with risqué content led to a wide array of groundbreaking programming.

A quick glance at the roster of original shows produced by HBO over its first 25 years is almost like look...
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TV On DVD Recommendation: 'The Sopranos'

February 4th, 2008 9:26am EST
The Sopranos
"The Sopranos" (HBO) - Six seasons, 86 episodes total. Perfect For: Anybody who's never seen an episode of television's finest series.

Everyone already knows how it ended, but accompanying television's greatest family on its journey to the famous black screen is the perfect remedy for the writers' strike blues.

"The Sopraons" hit the airwaves in 1999 to acclaim never before heaped upon a television series. This was the first time something on the small screen garnered critical notice on par with its big-screen contemporaries.

The praise was well-deserved because "The Soprano...
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2007 TV Year In Review: Top 5 Dramas

December 28th, 2007 12:00pm EST
Sopranos
Due to the writers strike, many shows stayed on the air this fall even though their ratings were poor. The future doesn't look so good for programs such as Bionic Woman, Journeyman, and K-Ville. There are, however, several dramas that cemented their places in our "must see" lists.

Top 5 Dramas:

5. "Dexter" - While this show has never really delivered on the intimate look into a psychopath that it seemed to promise in its initial previews, it does remain one of the more entertaining pieces of pulp on television. This season saw Dexter's underwater burial ground discovered, causing...
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2007 TV Year In Review: Great Performances

December 26th, 2007 10:02am EST
30 Rock
In 2006, television asserted itself as the premier of visual literature in present-day America. Our sets burst forth with so much art that they put the current cinema and recycled shows of the stage to shame.

2007 saw a decided step back for TV as a medium with several great shows either coming to an end, being canceled, or losing there way. The new crop of shows the networks trotted out in the fall did little to build upon the incredible year enjoyed by TV in 2006 and was instead cause for a reversal of course.

Despite the troubling year on the small screen, it was still easy...
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