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Bully Ray: I could be new James Gandolfini

April 17th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
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TNA Superstar Bully Ray wants to become an actor and thinks he can be the new James Gandolfini.
The wrestler has started to branch into other areas of entertainment and thinks he would be a good fit for some of the roles the late actor took on during his illustrious career before his death last June, such as his most famous part as Mafia boss Tony Soprano in TV series 'The Sopranos'.
Bully told BANG Showbiz: "I'm looking into films and other things right now ... I am looking to branch my career out a little bit more into acting ... I think I fit certain roles, I'll use as an example a guy l...

James Gandolfini comedy pilot pushed to next year over casting problems

March 19th, 2014 4:10am EDT
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Late actor James Gandolfini's comedy series Taxi-22 has been shelved while show bosses search for a lead actor.

The Sopranos star began developing the series several years ago and he was set to executive produce the project before his death last June (13).

He was also linked to the leading role at one time.

The show, which is an adaptation of the French Canadian comedy of the same name, will centre on an antisocial New York City cab driver.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Notable Celebrity Deaths In 2013

December 31st, 2013 7:01pm EST
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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)

December 11th, 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

December 2nd, 2013 6:16pm EST
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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...

James Gandolfini receives street dedication

December 2nd, 2013 12:20pm EST
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James Gandolfini has had a street dedicated to him in New Jersey.
The late 'Sopranos' actor, who died of a heart attack in June, was commemorated by his hometown of Park Ridge, New Jersey, yesterday (12.01.13) when a section of Park Avenue - close to where the star grew up - was dedicated to him.
James' 14-year-old son Michael Gandolfini, his widow Deborah Lin and their baby daughter Liliana were on hand for the official ceremony as Park Ridge mayor Terence Maguire declared December 1 would become James Gandolfini Day.
Many of the actor's 'Sopranos' co-stars joined his family and hundreds o...

Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Motherhood is 'overwhelming'

October 18th, 2013 3:20pm EDT
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler says becoming a mother has been an "overwhelming" experience.
The former 'Sopranos' star gave birth to son Beau Kyle Dykstra - her first child with fiancé Cutter Dykstra - on August 28, and she has finally shared a picture of the newborn boy in an interview with Us Weekly magazine.
The 32-year-old beauty opened up on her first six weeks of motherhood, telling the publication: "I get how they say you will never know what love is until you have a child. It's such an overwhelming feeling of responsibility, of love, of fear, of everything."
The proud mum found herself in labou...

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

September 26th, 2013 8:20am EDT
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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...

Robert De Niro to replace Gandolfini in TV drama

September 25th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro will replace his late friend James Gandolfini in new TV mini-series Criminal Justice.

The Sopranos star, who died in Italy in June (13), developed the seven-part series and signed on to star. He'll remain a producer posthumously.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that De Niro has agreed to step in for Gandolfini in the U.S. adaptation of Peter Moffatt's acclaimed 2008 BBC drama of the same name.

He'll play a lawyer defending a man accused of murdering a girl in New York.

James Gandolfini's wife and family attended special screening of actor's final film

September 19th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
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James Gandolfini's wife and family members scored a private screening of the actor's final film weeks before it opened at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada on 7 September (13).

Deborah Lin and those closest to The Sopranos star joined director Nicole Holofcener for the special showing of Enough Said.

The filmmaker tells The Hollywood Reporter, "They really liked it. I'm so happy. They felt like they got to spend more time with him in a way that was close to what he really was."

Gandolfini passed away after suffering a heart attack while in Italy in June (13).

James Gandolfini remembered at Enough Said premiere

September 18th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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The New York premiere of new movie Enough Said earlier this week (begs16Sep13) turned into an unofficial tribute to the film's late star James Gandolfini, as friends and former co-stars watched one of his final performances.

The movie was unveiled at the Paris Theatre on Monday night, when the cast and crew took time to pay tribute to The Sopranos actor, who passed away from a heart attack in Rome, Italy in June (13).

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who stars opposite Gandolfini in the comedy, says, "This is how great an actor Jim was: He was no Tony Soprano. This guy was a thoughtful, generous, swe...

Cory Monteith and James Gandolfini to be remembered at Emmys

September 17th, 2013 3:12am EDT
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Cory Monteith and James Gandolfini will be among the late stars remembered during a special tribute section at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday (22Sep13).

Organisers of the annual prizegiving, which honours the best of TV, have planned a memorial segment for the pair, alongside actress Jean Stapleton, comic Jonathan Winters and producer Gary David Goldberg.

Each one will be honoured by a close co-star or former colleague - Glee star Jane Lynch will remember Monteith, The Sopranos' matriarch Edie Falco will speak about Gandolfini, actor/director Rob Reiner will pay tribute to Stapl...

Robert De Niro: 'I wish Gandolfini had been healthier'

September 5th, 2013 3:01am EDT
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro has opened up about the death of James Gandolfini, revealing he wishes the heavyweight The Sopranos star had been more healthy.

Gandolfini was reportedly in talks to join De Niro in the film Eating With the Enemy when he suffered a heart attack and died in Italy on 19 June (13), and now the Raging Bull star has spoken about the tragedy.

He tells DuJour magazine, "He was too young. I wish that he had been more maybe proactive about his health. I don't know what he did about that, but I wish he had been. It shouldn't have happened."

Jamie-Lynn Sigler welcomes baby boy

August 29th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Former The Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler is a new mum after giving birth to a baby boy.

The actress' tot with fiance Cutter Dykstra arrived on Wednesday (28Aug13).

Her representative tells UsWeekly, "Everyone is happy and healthy."

The star hasn't revealed the baby's name as WENN goes to press. It is the pair's first child together, and they became engaged in January (13).

The new arrival comes two months after Sigler was left devastated by the death of her TV dad James Gandolfini, who passed away from a heart attack in Italy in June (13).

Julie Andrews' 'Sound Of Music' Costumes Sell For $1.3 million

July 29th, 2013 3:37pm EDT
The Sound of Music
A selection of costumes from Julie Andrews' classic movie The Sound Of Music have sold at auction in California for $1.3 million.

The garments included the main outfit worn by the Hollywood legend's character Maria, which was described in the auction handbook as "a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with a wheat-coloured homespun blouse".

Floral lederhosen worn by cast members who played the Von Trapp children also went under the hammer at the Profiles in History auction over the weekend.

Another highlight was a costume worn by late actor James Gandolfini in his final scene of Th...

HBO Mulls The Future Of Upcoming Series Starring James Gandolfini

July 26th, 2013 7:54pm EDT
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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 new movie to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

July 26th, 2013 3:11am EDT
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One of James Gandolfini's final movies will premiere at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival in Canada.

The former Sopranos star had several projects in the pipeline at the time of his death last month (Jun13), and audiences will soon be able to see his movie Enough Said, co-starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The picture will debut at the Canadian film festival in September (13) and is set to hit select theatres on 20 September (13), according to Deadline.com.

Gandolfini died in Italy on 19 June (13) after suffering a heart attack.

James Gandolfini's college pal stunned by will generosity

July 4th, 2013 11:21pm EDT
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James Gandolfini's college friend was stunned to learn his late pal had left him $50,000 (£32,258) in his will to help him take care of his autistic son.

The Sopranos star, who suffered a fatal heart attack in Rome, Italy last month (Jun13), bequeathed the bulk of his estimated $70 million (£45.1 million) fortune to his 13-year-old boy Michael, but he made sure his circle of close friends were also well looked after - and Doug Katz is in awe of the actor's generosity.

Katz was notified of the gift by Gandolfini's widow, Deborah Lin, and he plans to put the money in a trust fund for his 12...

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

July 3rd, 2013 4:18pm EDT
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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

June 29th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
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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...

Alec Baldwin disables Twitter page after rant

June 28th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin has deactivated his Twitter.com page following a foul-mouthed rant over allegations his pregnant wife was posting messages online during James Gandolfini's funeral on Thursday (27Jun13).

The couple paid their respects to The Sopranos star at a church in New York City, and an online report suggested Baldwin's partner Hilaria had been tweeting throughout the service.

Initially, the former 30 Rock star brushed off the allegations by posting a simple message on the website, writing, "Someone wrote that my wife was tweeting at a funeral. Hey. That's not true. But I'm gonna tweet a...

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

June 27th, 2013 11:49pm EDT
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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

June 27th, 2013 11:36am EDT
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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

June 27th, 2013 10:39am EDT
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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 remembered at wake

June 27th, 2013 3:11am EDT
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James Gandolfini's family and close friends gathered in New Jersey on Wednesday (26Jun13) to pay their respects to the late actor at a private wake.

The Sopranos star died on 19 June (13) after suffering a fatal heart attack in Rome, Italy and his body was repatriated on Sunday night (23Jun13) ahead of an invitation-only viewing of his body at the Robert Spearing Funeral Home in Park Ridge.

Gandolfini's widow Deborah Lin and his sisters were spotted arriving for the memorial, while his eight-month-old daughter Liliana was carried in covered by a blanket, according to E! News.

Police patr...

John Travolta remembers James Gandolfini at film retrospective

June 26th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
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John Travolta reminisced about his late pal James Gandolfini as he took to the stage for a British Film Institute (BFI) event in his honour on Tuesday (25Jun13).

The Grease star opened up about his career at the retrospective, but the evening took a sombre turn when he spoke about his Get Shorty co-star, who died in Italy last week (19Jun13).

Travolta told the audience, "He was one of those people you fall in love with the moment you meet him. He was people first, showbiz second."

The actor also heaped praise on the moviemakers behind his films, saying, "The great directors leave you alo...

Joe Pantoliano was worried about pal Gandolfini's diet

June 25th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Joe Pantoliano
James Gandolfini's The Sopranos co-star Joe Pantoliano has opened up about his late pal, revealing he voiced his concerns about the actor's eating habits when they were working together on the TV drama.

Pantoliano recalls filming one dinner scene with Gandolfini, during which his heavyweight castmate grazed on steak for hours take after take.

He tells TV news show Extra, "I was worried about the way he ate... I said, 'Do you know how much cholesterol is in there?' and he said, 'Hey, 25 per cent of my arteries are blocked... 75 per cent still work!'"

The actor then choked back tears as he...

James Gandolfini's Body Returned Home For Funeral

June 24th, 2013 1:08pm EDT
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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 TMZ.com.

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

June 23rd, 2013 12:02pm EDT
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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

June 22nd, 2013 4:42pm EDT
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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...

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