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'The Sopranos: The Complete Series' Review

11/10/2014 12:20pm EST
Bada Bing – the whole damn thing. That’s right mafia fans "The Sopranos: The Complete Series," the famed HBO mob show that started it all is hitting Blu-ray with Digital HD included and being a newbie to the show I'm checking it out fresh here. So what follows is another detailed dissection of all six seasons of the mob show complete with overviews, favorite episodes and characters and even a look at the various extras (there are twenty-five audio commentaries here!) and packaging to see if it’s a deal fans can’t refuse. You’re only as good as your last envelope – let’s take a look insid...

Gone But Not Forgotten: Notable Celebrity Deaths In 2013

12/31/2013 7:01pm EST
celebrity deaths in 2013
As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on all the stars we lost this year.

From the shocking deaths of Glee star Cory Monteith and Fast & Furious' Paul Walker, to those who left us in old age, on their terms, we bid them one last goodbye.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on. May they rest in peace.


Singer Patti Page died in California on January 1, 2013. She was 85. (obit)


"The Sopranos" actor Tony Lip died on January 4 at the age of 82. (obit)


"Diff'rent Strokes" actor Conrad Bain died of natural causes at the age of 89 on January 14. (obit)...

SAG Award Nominees Named: '12 Years A Slave' Tops Nods (Full List)

12/11/2013 11:14am EST
12 Years a Slave
Some people were surprised by The Butler’s presence here, but I don’t see any surprises from them. Movies like Gravity and Her (which are frontrunners for a Best Picture nomination) aren’t large cast films, and wouldn’t get the Ensemble nomination over The Butler. The big surprise is Dallas Buyers Club, which is a relatively small cast, and did manage an Ensemble nomination. That could go a long way in getting DBC to a Best Picture nomination. Also, Daniel Bruhl is back in the race with a Supporting Actor nomination for Rush.

Kudos to the SAG members for nominating James Gandolfini for E...

New Jersey Town Names Street After James Gandolfini

12/2/2013 6:16pm EST
James Gandolfini
On Sunday, James Gandolfini's former co-stars and family turned out to remember the beloved actor at a ceremony in his hometown to rename a street in his honor.

The Sopranos star, who died in June, was honored by officials and residents of Park Ridge, New Jersey who dedicated a section of road to the actor in the area where he grew up.

The actor's wife, Deborah Lin, and his 14-year-old son, Michael Gandolfini, were on hand for the ceremony, along with The Sopranos cast members including Steve Schirripa, Vincent Curatola, Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore and John Ventimigli...

Robert De Niro To Replace James Gandolfini In 'Criminal Justice'

9/26/2013 8:20am EDT
Robert De Niro
After James Gandolfini died of a heart attack over the summer, the fate of his mini-series "Criminal Justice" was up in the air. Robert De Niro will now replace his late friend in the program.

"The Sopranos" star, who died in Italy and June, developed the seven part series. He'll remain a producer posthumously.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, De Niro has replaced Gandolfini on the project, which is an adaptation of Peter Moffatt's popular 2008 BBC drama of the same name. De Niro will star as a lawyer defending a man accused of murdering a girl in New York.

Earlier this month, De Nir...

HBO Mulls The Future Of Upcoming Series Starring James Gandolfini

7/26/2013 7:54pm EDT
James Gandolfini
Following James Gandolfini's death in Italy last month, HBO bosses are trying to determine if they should recast his role in an upcoming series or scrap the project all together.

"Criminal Justice" is a remake of the 2008 BBC mini-series. It centered on an individual's journey through the justice system over five episodes.

President Michael Lombardo explained at the The Television Critics Association on Thursday, "Jim's passing took the wind out of our sails at HBO. I can't imagine us airing the pilot with James in it, but we're having conversations with (producer) Steve Zaillian about ho...

James Gandolfini's Teenage Son To Inherit Bulk Of $70 Million Fortune

7/3/2013 4:18pm EDT
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini has made sure his loved ones will be taken care of by leaving the bulk of his estimated $70 million fortune to his "beloved" son.

The Sopranos star suffered a fatal heart attack in Rome last month while on vacation with 13-year-old Michael, who called hotel staff for help after his father fell ill.

In his will, filed at Manhattan Surrogate's Court in New York City, the star stipulated the teen will inherit the bulk of his estate through a trust set aside for him until he turns 21. He also gets his father's clothing, jewelry and the majority of his property.


Rumor Patrol: Tony Parker Engaged, James Gandolfini Funeral Tweeting, More

6/29/2013 2:07pm EDT
Hilaria Thomas and Alec Baldwin
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Hilaria Thomas Tweeted During James Gandolfini's Funeral: The Daily Mail reported that Alec Baldwin's pregnant wife was busy tweeting during the funeral of late star James Gandolfini. The timestamps of her tweets match up with the time of the funeral service.

Verdict: False. Hilaria's camp responded that she retweeted people who posted at the time of the service, thus the offending timestamps. Alec was...

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

6/27/2013 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," ...

'Sopranos' Stars, Friends & Family Attend James Gandolfini's Funeral

6/27/2013 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.


The Morning Roundup: Michael Jackson's Son Testifies, James Gandolfini's Wake, DOMA Defeat, Kat Von D Single

6/27/2013 10:39am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's son Prince Michael testified in the ongoing trial his family has brought against bosses of AEG Live on Wednesday. The 16-year-old revealed that although Michael was excited about his concert residency in London, the concert promoter had put so much pressure on him that he would often cry after getting off the phone with executives. Prince said that after one such call he heard his father say, "They're gonna kill me. They're gonna kill me." He also revealed that Dr. Conrad Murray, who is currently in prison on involuntary manslaughter charges over the death of the pop super...

James Gandolfini's Body Returned Home For Funeral

6/24/2013 1:08pm EDT
James Gandolfini
The body of actor James Gandolfini, who died suddenly after suffering a heart attack last Wednesday night while on a trip to Italy, has been returned to the U.S.

The Sopranos star's body arrived in his native New Jersey Sunday evening and was taken to a funeral home, where it will be held until his funeral on Thursday, according to

The late star's rep, Michael Kobold, thanked the authorities, along with Secretary of State John Kerry and Bill and Hillary Clinton, for helping speed up the process of getting the body back home, which can take up to 10 days.

"On behalf of the Gandol...

James Gandolfini Honored At Italian Film Fest

6/23/2013 12:02pm EDT
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini was given a moving tribute over the weekend by organizers of Italy's Taormina Film Fest where Gandolfini was scheduled to pick up one of top prizes at the event.

The Sopranos star died of a heart attack in Rome on Wednesday just days before he was due to accept the Taormina City Prize alongside actress Marisa Tomei at the festival in Sicily on Saturday.
A tribute was organized to pay homage to Gandolfini at the event, where a montage of his best-known film and TV roles played on a big screen in front of thousands of spectators at the Teatro Antico venue.
Italian dire...

James Gandolfini Split His 'Sopranos' Bonus With Cast Mates

6/22/2013 4:42pm EDT
James Gandolfini
The Sopranos star Steve Schirripa has added his tribute to those that have poured in for actor James Gandolfini, revealing he once benefited financially when his generous pal received a pay rise.

Recalling Gandolfini's big heart in a New York Post article, Schirripa, who played Bobby Baccalieri in the hit TV series, detailed his fondest memories with the actor and revealed he personally cut the show's leading stars massive checks after he received a bonus.

He writes, "I worked with him quite a bit, especially toward the end of the series, and we were all very good friends. He was a real...

Autopsy Results: James Gandolfini Died Of Natural Causes

6/21/2013 5:08pm EDT
James Gandolfini
The results of Friday morning's autopsy on actor James Gandolfini have been released, confirming that The Sopranos star died of natural causes, specifically of cardiac arrest.

Gandolfini died on Wednesday night during a family vacation in Rome, Italy. The star suffered a massive heart attack and was taken to the hospital, where doctors desperately tried to revive him for 40 minutes before pronouncing him dead.

The results of Gandolfini's autopsy were shared with the public by the late star's friend Michael Kobold, who read a statement from relatives during a press conference.

"James came...

Jamie-Lynn Sigler 'Hearbroken' Over TV Dad James Gandolfini's Death

6/21/2013 6:54am EDT
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Former Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who played James Gandolfini's daughter Meadow on the hit HBO series has spoken out over the recent death of her TV dad, saying she's "heartbroken" over the loss.

Gandolfini died suddenly from a massive heart attack Wednesday night while on a trip to Italy with his family for both leisure and to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily this weekend.

"This news has left me heartbroken," the actress says. "I can only imagine the pain his family feels at this time, and my heart goes out to them.

"I spent 10 years of my life studying and admiring one...

'Sopranos' Star James Gandolfini Dies In Italy After Suffering Massive Heart Attack

6/20/2013 5:28am EDT
James Gandolfini
Actor James Gandolfini has died after reportedly suffering a massive heart attack while on a trip to Italy, according to reports. He was just 51.

The actor was in the country for a scheduled appearance with director Gabriele Muccino at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily this weekend.

“Everyone is in tears,” a source close told the New York Daily News.

Gandolfini was best known for playing mob boss Tony Soprano on hit HBO series The Sopranos. He won three Emmy awards during the show's six season run between 1999 and 2007.

He is survived by his second wife, actress Deborah Lin, whom he ...

'Killing Them Softly' Could Earn Brad Pitt His First Oscar

5/25/2012 10:01am EDT
Brad Pitt in Killing Them Softly
After Killing Them Softly received a 10 minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, it appears Oscar buzz is growing early for a man that has yet to hoist an Academy Award: Brad Pitt.

Killing Them Softly, which also stars Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini and Richard Jenkins, follows a mob enforcer (Pitt) sent to clean-up a mob-protected poker game after a robbery. The film has received some flak for being set in 2008 and centering on the recent economic downturn, with some wondering if the story was taking shots at President Obama.

"Only part of that is true. The movie sets Obama's 2...

Blu-ray Review: 'Cinema Verite'

4/27/2012 11:35am EDT
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Ready to head back to ‘An American Family?’ We explore the new film all about the 1973 PBS documentary series phenomenon called "Cinema Verite" from HBO Home Entertainment. Follow the family below!

Title: "Cinema Verite"

Grade: 4

Cast: Diane Lane, Tim Robbins, James Gandolfini

Director: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Release Company: HBO Home Entertainment


The Flick: Just the fact that "American Splendor" (go Giamatti!) helmers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini were behind this one is enough to...

Jessica Alba Goes Overboard With Sequined Schoolgirl Look

11/8/2011 10:33am EST
Jessica Alba
Last night at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City Jessica Alba showed up wearing a very sparkly ensemble. The actress paired the sequined blue dress with matching tights and pumps. We think she's just a little too sparkly. What do you think of her look?

The star's recent film, "Spy Kids: All The Time In The World" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 22. The movie centers a retired spy-turned-full-time homemaker (Alba) who gets some unexpected help from her disagreeable twin step-children to thwart a power-mad supervillain who wants to take over the planet.


Dina Lohan Seeking $5 Million Investment For Drug Addict Movie

8/25/2011 10:43am EDT
Dina Lohan
Lindsay Lohan's mother Dina is seeking more than $5 million from investors to fund her movie about young drug addicts in the hope of landing Selena Gomez, Amanda Seyfried and Dakota Fanning for the film.

The Mean Girls star's mom heads up production company Defiant Pictures and she is working on a new drama called Growing Defiant, described as "the story of three life long friends from upper middle class Long Island, who delve into the underworlds of heroin."

Dina Lohan has devised a business plan for financing of the movie, and sent it out to prospective investors - and in a copy, obta...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: September

1/2/2011 1:00pm EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was the big winner and talking point at the MTV Video Music Awards this month - she picked up eight accolades and stunned everyone by taking to the stage in a meat dress. Meanwhile, Penelope Cruz confirmed the news she was pregnant with Javier Bardem's baby, and Angelina Jolie - who visited flood-ravaged Pakistan - was named Best Celebrity Role Model in an online poll.

George Michael began his eight-week prison sentence in London after being found guilty of cannabis possession and driving under the influence of drugs, and Guns N' Roses were booed and bottled offstage in Ireland a...

'Welcome To The Rileys' Film Review And Press Meeting

11/5/2010 1:13pm EDT
WelcomeRileys-7-15-10-001.jpg was invited to attend the press conference for the film out today 'Welcome to the Rileys.' It stars James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo. It is also directed by Jake Scott, who is better known for his music videos and documentaries, so this is a big step for him. It premiered in Sundance to strong reviews, and now it is ready to hit the theaters. The press conference was held in New York City and had the cast and director in attendance. They had apparently not seen one another in a long time, since they had an enthusiastic reunion outside the room first. The movi...

Kristen Stewart Not Intimidated By James Gandolfini

10/20/2010 2:44pm EDT
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart had no problems working with James Gandolfini in Welcome To The Rileys - because she had never seen him portray a tough mafia boss in The Sopranos.

In the new drama, Stewart plays a troubled stripper, Mallory, who is befriended by Gandolfini's lonely character, Doug. Stewart insists she wasn't frightened by her heavyweight co-star - famed for his role as mobster Tony Soprano - because she hadn't seen an episode of his hit show.

However, the Twilight star admits she now understands why her colleagues were so terrified of Gandolfini after finally sitting down with a Sopra...

Kristen Stewart Offered Stripping Job

10/19/2010 11:37am EDT
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart's portrayal of a stripper in new movie Welcome To The Rileys was so realistic she was offered a job in the lap dancing club where she shot her scenes.

The Twilight actress plays a teenage runaway in the new film opposite The Sopranos' James Gandolfini and her character resorts to taking her clothes off at a seedy bar. Stewart admits she felt uncomfortable stripping on camera, but she was so good at it the manager of the venue where they were filming offered to hire her full-time.

She tells, "Doing this movie... one shocking thing was to find how easy it is (to fl...

Movie Bad Guys Lead Nominations For Academy Membership

6/25/2010 6:28pm EDT
Christoph Waltz
"Saw" actor Tobin Bell, James Gandolfini, Christoph Waltz and 2010 Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan, Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Vera Farmiga have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and help decide future Academy Awards.

Academy officials have invited 135 actors, writers, directors, executives and behind-the-scenes icons to join up, explaining that everyone on the list has "distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures".

Academy President Tom Sherak says, "The work of these individuals has be...

30 Days Of Christmas Week Two: Dysfunctional Family Christmases

12/7/2009 10:59am EST
30 Days of Christmas: Week Two
There are a lot of people who feel that starting holiday festivities too early before a holiday takes some of the magic out of it and therefore eliminates some of the excitement. If you are "one of those," though, you will probably love this week's quick alternative to the dozens upon dozens of sappy, sentimental Christmas classics soon to fill your TV. This week-- the first official theme week for the 30 Days of Christmas presents to you: Dysfunctional Family Christmases!

Day Five: November 30, 2009 - Surviving Christmas

Nothing about 2004's Surviving Christm...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 18

9/18/2009 3:00am EDT
Fred Willard
Happy Birthday to:

Actor Fred Willard (1939)

"Flicka" actress Alison Lohman (1979)

Rapper Xzibit (1974)

Puffy Amiyumi singer Ami Onuki (1973)

"X-Men" actor James Marsden (1973)

"HawthoRNe" star Jada Pinkett Smith (1971)

Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (1971)

New Edition singer Ricky Bell (1967)

"21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson (1964)

"The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini (1961)

Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952; d. 2002)

Kansas singer Kerry Livgren (1949)

Singer Frankie Avalon (1939)

"Baretta" star Robert Blake (1933)

Actor Jack ...

Starpulse's Explosive Summer Movie Preview

5/1/2009 10:06am EDT
Star Trek
Since the dawn of the American cinematic blockbuster in the late 1970s and early 1980s, moviegoers have eagerly waited for May - the unofficial beginning of summertime. This summer is no different. Films, and most popular media, are social mirrors, and this summer season supports that. The large box office contenders all deal with very similar themes: escapism and the support of the lone, outlaw hero figure (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Up, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Inglourious Basterds, et...

A Look At 'Where the Wild Things Are'

4/10/2009 1:00pm EDT
Where The Wild Things Are
A beloved children's book from the 1960s is finally getting a release date for its feature-length film adaptation. "Where The Wild Things Are" is a simple story of a boy, Max, who acts up and is sent to bed with no supper and winds up entering the world of the Wild Things. The book's illustrations walk the line between cool and creepy, and the film's live-action mixed with puppetry promise to yield a visually stunning piece. But we'll have to wait until October 16, 2009, to find out.

Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated the playful, innocent classic back in 1963. "Where The Wild Things...