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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...
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Joe Pantoliano: 'Reality TV Caters To The Lowest Denomnation'

August 11th, 2012 11:06am EDT
Joey Pantoliano
Former The Sopranos star Joe Pantoliano has taken aim at his fellow Americans over their obsession with reality TV.

The actor insists shows like the Real Housewives and Keeping Up With the Kardashians set a bad example for the youth of today and contribute to the "societal decline" of the U.S.

He tells blog AllisonsWord.com, "I don't watch it (reality TV). I think it's really damaging. I think it's another nail in the coffin of this societal decline. (Reality) television caters to the lowest denomination. If it's being viewed, it doesn't have anything to do with content.

"It promotes ...
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Joey Pantoliano Talks About His Depression To Help Others

June 30th, 2012 6:51am EDT
Joe Pantoliano
Joe Pantoliano is on a mission. He has opened up about his clinical depression because so many people are afraid to do so. He wants people "to okay emotional intimacy. To end the shame. To end the bigotry. To end the discrimination." He wants people to know they're not alone.

In his new memoir "Asylum: Hollywood Tales from My Great Depression: Brain Dis-Ease, Recovery, and Being My Mother's Son," the star of massively popular films and TV shows such as "The Matrix," "The Sopranos," and "Goonies" talks about his battle to overcome it and his determination to help others who have it.

The ...
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Joe Pantoliano Shoplifted Clothes To Get High

May 25th, 2012 1:37pm EDT
Joe Pantoliano
Former The Sopranos star Joe Pantoliano has confessed he was once hooked on the high he would get from stealing clothes from posh department stores.

The actor, who has struggled with depression and eating disorders, admits his shoplifting habit was something that gave him an awful lot of joy.

Appearing on Access Hollywood Live on Thursday to promote his memoir Asylum, Pantoliano said, "I got into dressing up, and when I couldn't afford the clothes I wanted, I started stealing the clothes. That was a tremendous high - to walk out of Barney's and you've got this stuff on you and you make ...
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Joe Pantoliano Opens Up About His Battle With Depression

May 2nd, 2012 2:20pm EDT
Joe Pantoliano
The Sopranos star Joe Pantoliano has opened up about his fight with depression, revealing he once took up to 20 prescription pain pills a day to stabilize his mood.

The 60 year old had a challenging childhood - he was dyslexic, obese and bullied at school - and his mother Mary left his father Dominic for her third cousin, crime family associate Florio Isabella.

He admits his past took its toll after a close friend committed suicide, and the actor began self-medicating with alcohol, sex, and prescription drugs, at one point swallowing more than two dozen Vicodin pills a day.

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Our Favorite Canadian Actors

July 3rd, 2008 9:47am EDT
Pamela Anderson
Given that the United States and Canada closely share days of pride in their country on the calendar, it seemed only logical to single out the many wonderful people that our neighbors to the north have proudly shared for all to enjoy. Following are some of the many comedic, talented, and gorgeous celebrity men and women that call Canada "home."

THE GENTLEMAN

Dan Aykroyd

Born in Ottawa, Ontario on July 1 (Canada Day!), Aykroyd's face has been seen on many a movie screen. He started his comedy with Second City Stage Troupe in Toronto and moved on to pursue an acting caree...
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Top Five Best/Worst Action Sequels

May 19th, 2008 12:23pm EDT
Indiana Jones
With summer now upon us, people across the country will be flocking to multiplexes everywhere. Let's face it, this summer will usher in yet another season of sequels. With highly anticipated action films such as "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "The Dark Knight," and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," it is only fitting to take a look back at the top five best and worst action sequels of all time.

Best Action Sequels:

5. Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are reluctant allies as they try to hunt down a villain who is all...
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Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher Star In 'Wedding Daze,' On DVD January 15

January 13th, 2008 11:30am EST
Wedding Daze
Two complete strangers find themselves engaged in the riotous comedy Wedding Daze premiering on DVD January 15 from MGM Home Entertainment. Starring Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Wedding Daze is funnyman Michael Ian Black's (Reno 911!: Miami) feature film directorial debut.

This edgy comedy follows Anderson (Biggs) who is convinced he'll never fall in love again after suddenly losing "the perfect girlfriend." At the urging of his best friend, he spontaneously proposes to a neurotic coffee shop waitress named Katie (Fisher). Hilarity ensues as the new...
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Joe Pantoliano Discusses His Recent Film 'The Amateurs'

January 10th, 2008 10:14am EST
Joe Pantoliano
Everyone knows that sex sells in America, with entire careers in mainstream entertainment being built around sex tapes, Playboy spreads, and cleavage. So when it comes to satire, there's no better a medium than pornography, a topic that intrigues as much as it polarizes. In The Amateurs, a group of small town friends begin a journey to make a stag-film, and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, The Sopranos, Memento) is Some Idiot, the autistic auteur who takes on the project. Starpulse spoke with Joey Pants about The Amateurs and the various issues it explores, including stereotypes, relationships, ...
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Ted Danson's Wife Suggested Him For Gay Role

December 17th, 2007 10:02am EST
Ted Danson
Ted Danson's first gay movie role came after his actress wife suggested he'd be perfect for the part. Mary Steenburgen was among those first considered for new film The Amateurs but when she turned the movie down, she told producers her husband would be perfect as closeted gay character Moose.

Danson was stunned to discover his wife thought he'd make a great gay guy - but he quickly realized the part was perfect for him.

He says, "Mary went to the producers and said, 'Forget about me, you've got to come see my husband.' It was a little scary that it was my wife who said that, bu...
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Memorable Celebrity Quotes

October 17th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Emily Mortimer
"I disgusted people. That's what happens when you've been standing on the set too long." Emily Mortimer on sharing her thoughts about a flatulent disaster she has dubbed a 'shart' with Steve Martin on the set of The Pink Panther 2.

"My girls are looking for Hannah Montana tickets. They're like, 'Dad, don't you know somebody?'" Country star Garth Brooks admits his three daughters aren't interested in seeing their dad's comeback shows - they want hard-to-come-by tickets to see Miley Cyrus in concert instead.

"I once dressed up as a chicken for a restaurant opening." Brad Pitt admit...
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Joe Pantoliano Starts Depression Organization

October 12th, 2007 9:31am EDT
Joe Pantoliano
Joe Pantoliano has launched a non-profit organization to educate people about mental illness, after he suffered from undiagnosed clinical depression for over 12 years.

The Sopranos star has set up No Kidding, Me Too! to help remove the isolation surrounding those who have a mental illness. It took years for Pantoliano to come to terms with the fact he had the blues, and he was eventually diagnosed with depression in 2006.

He admits he was relieved he finally did something about his mood swings.

He says, "Nothing gave me pleasure. I had been feeling empty for a long time. I...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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Joe Pantoliano Upset About Headless Photo

March 27th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Joe Pantoliano
Actor Joe Pantoliano is upset about a new Vanity Fair photo spread, which features his late The Sopranos character decapitated. The actor's character Ralph Cifaretto lost his head on the show and now his headless image has been included in April's Vanity Fair - to promote the final season of the mob series.

However it isn't Pantoliano in the shot - he refused to take part in the spread and a body double was drafted in for the Annie Liebovitz shoot. And now the actor is angry because the photo has disturbed his three young daughters. Pantoliano, aka Joey Pants, has fired off a furious l...
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IFC's Political Documentary "...So Goes The Nation" Hits DVD Feb. 13

February 5th, 2007 3:14pm EST
So Goes The Nation
Get an unprecedented glimpse into how the American voting public chooses its leaders as Genius Products presents the critically acclaimed documentary …So Goes the Nation on DVD February 13. Directed by James D. Stern (The Year of Yao, Michael Jordan to the Max, It's the Rage) and Adam Del Deo (The Year of Yao), …So Goes the Nation examines America's tumultuous electoral process though the eyes of diverse politicians, activists, and voters.

The 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry provides the stage in …So Goes the Nation, showing how the voting public is ma...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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'Simpsons' Plan Star-Studded Season

July 24th, 2006 3:56pm EDT
Kiefer Sutherland
The Simpsons are planning a star-studded 18th season by rounding up celebrities including Natalie Portman, Kiefer Sutherland and The White Stripes to voice character, often themselves, on the show.

The premiere episode, "The Mook, The Chef, His Wife And His Homer" features The Sopranos veterans Michael Imperioli and Joe Pantoliano, as well as Joe Mantegna, who reprises his role as Springfield's mob boss.

Dr. Phil, Fran Drescher and comedian Richard Lewis are featured in the annual Halloween episode and Sutherland appears in the November 12 episode which finds Homer Simpson in ba...
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CBS Reveals 2006-07 Primetime Schedule

May 17th, 2006 11:08am EDT
Ray Liotta stars in Smith
CBS just announced the addition of four new series to its 2006-07 primetime line-up. The four new shows feature a roster of award-winning actors and executive producers and a unique mix of concepts and genres. The freshman series include The Class, a young and sexy ensemble comedy; Smith, a high octane heist thriller starring Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen; the apocalyptic drama Jericho starring Skeet Ulrich; and Shark, a glossy, high-stakes courtroom drama starring James Woods.

In an impressive achievement, CBS is returning six of its freshman series, which strengthened four nights o...
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Nintendo Draws an A-List Crowd at Sundance

January 26th, 2006 10:49am EST
Nintendo DS
Celebrities from the worlds of music, film and television lined up to check out the coolest Nintendo products on display at the Sundance Film Festival. Luminaries like Paris Hilton, Good Charlotte, Rob Lowe, Jessica Biel and the Beastie Boys visited Nintendo this week in Motorola's Moto on Main celebrity lounge in the heart of Park City, Utah.

Visitors to the lounge got to check out all the hottest new Nintendo games for the top-selling Nintendo DS, Game Boy Micro and Nintendo GameCube. Celebs like Lance Bass, Shannon Elizabeth, John Malkovich, Kristen Bell, Lucy Liu, William H. Mac...
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Matt Dillon Honored With Visionary Award

January 23rd, 2006 12:28pm EST
Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon was honored with the 2006 Ray-Ban Visionary Award, which was presented yesterday in Park City, Utah, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. The evening was presented by The Creative Coalition and Hollywood Life and concluded with a special performance by hot young breakout artist singer/songwriter Anna Nalick. Matt Dillon received the award from actress Lili Taylor, with whom he worked on "Factotum," which is being featured at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Honoree Matt Dillon was joined by some of the most influential personalities in the entertainment industry including Dennis Hopper...
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Can Celebrities Sing? VH1 Will Find Out

October 27th, 2005 6:11pm EDT
Bai Ling
VH1 is launching a new addition to their Celebreality lineup with the premier of "But Can They Sing?" on Sunday, October 30 AT 10PM ET/PT. The cast includes Morgan Fairchild, Joe Pantoliano ("Sopranos"), Bai Ling ("Nixon"), Antonio Sabato, Jr., ("The Big Hit"), Michael Copon ("One Tree Hill"), model Kim Alexis, Carmine Gotti Agnello ("Growing Up Gotti"), former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Latin entertainer/journalist Myrka Dellanos. They will undergo grueling and intensive training with two prominent vocal coaches and one movement/dance instructor to prepare for their performance ...
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