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New Interview With 'Sopranos' Creator David Chase Reveals That Tony Soprano Might Still Be Alive. Or Not

August 28th, 2014 4:09pm EDT
James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos
Sopranos creator David Chase would like it if people stopped asking him whether or not Tony Soprano dies at the end of the series.

Chase, who created the show, gets asked constantly what the ending means, and on Wednesday website Vox.com published an interview with Chase in which he said that Soprano wasn't killed in that final scene.

"No he isn't [dead]," Chase said when he was asked, point blank.

But despite appearing to say Soprano lives on, Chase's publicist has scuttled the report.

"A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as...
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The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!

July 24th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!
Character-driven storylines are the life breath of any avid television watcher. The more interesting, the better. Still, in order to flesh out a main character, several sub characters need to be added. Often times, they are younger. Unless there are substantial reasons why a particular child character is added to a new or existing show, they fall by the wayside, not pushing the plot forward and often, holding it back. These television kids all have one thing in common, their presence on their shows is ultimately annoying.

1. Joffrey Baratheon, Game of Thrones

Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) mi...
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Television's Dearly Departed, The 11 Saddest TV Deaths Of All Time

June 21st, 2014 11:00am EDT
Television's Dearly Departed, The 11 Saddest TV Deaths Of All Ti
For most viewers, mourning the death of a favorite television character can be almost as traumatic as mourning the death of a family member. Viewers become so close to these characters over time, that they become like family. Most times, a character death is one a fan sees coming due to illness or an episode-long situation. The deaths that are most difficult to take are those fans do not see coming. In the "spirit" of great television, we honor the dearly departed characters that never saw it coming...the 11 saddest television deaths of all time.

1. Lt. Colonel Henry Blake, "M*A*S*H"

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10 Of The Most Frustrating TV Show Cliffhangers Ever

May 14th, 2014 8:30pm EDT
10 Of The Most Frustrating TV Show Cliffhangers Ever
One of the most frustrating things as a dedicated viewer of a series is when the writers put themselves into the undeniable situation of not knowing how to end things. Tying up loose ends is difficult when you have shows that go on for many years. While some are successful ("Friends") some fall flat and give viewers the feeling that they have just wasted hours of their lives. Here are some of television's most frustrating cliffhangers ever. We still get annoyed thinking about them!

1. The Sopranos

Wait, what just happened? Did my cable go out? Did something happen to the TV? No, it wasn...
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Amazon.com Bringing A Slew Of HBO Classics Like 'The Sopranos' And 'Deadwood' To Prime Streaming Service

April 23rd, 2014 6:03pm EDT
The Sopranos
Amazon.com announced a new deal with HBO that will bring several of the pay-TV network's shows to the company's Prime streaming video service.

The online marketplace will add unlimited streaming of past series like The Sopranos, Deadwood, Rome and The Wire along with select seasons of shows like True Blood and Boardwalk Empire.

The exclusive deal will make available seasons of HBO shows that are at least three years old and also includes a wealth of other material such as miniseries ("Band of Brothers," "John Adams"), original movies ("Too Big To Fail," "You Don't Know Jack"), documentari...
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7 Awful TV Series Finales That Caused Fan Outrage

April 5th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
7 Awful TV Series Finales That Caused Fan Outrage
When How I Met Your Mother ended this past week after nine seasons, reaction among fans was somewhat mixed. Some fans said that Ted and Robin belonged together, just like other long-time TV couples like Ross and Rachel or Carrie and Big. But other fans resorted to throwing a tantrum on Twitter, saying the show essentially ended right back at square one, nine years later.

Whether you loved or hate the How I Met Your Mother finale, it just proves that we can all get a little too attached to our favorite shows sometimes. When the producers pull the rug out from under viewers in a much anticip...
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12 TV Shows You Need To Binge Watch

March 21st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
House of Cards
When Netflix released House of Cards on February 14, many fans spent more time on Valentine's Day weekend with series character Frank Underwood than they did with their significant others.

If you've managed to get through all of House of Cards Season two episodes and are looking for something else to sink your teeth into, we've come up with a list of a dozen great shows that are worth a good binge. All of these shows are available on either Netflix, HBO Go or Amazon Instant Video.

Orange is the New Black

If you're coming fresh off of House of Cards, why not take a look at Netflix's o...
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New Jersey Town Names Street After James Gandolfini

December 2nd, 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...
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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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The Morning Roundup: Michael Jackson's Son Testifies, James Gandolfini's Wake, DOMA Defeat, Kat Von D Single

June 27th, 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...
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James Gandolfini Split His 'Sopranos' Bonus With Cast Mates

June 22nd, 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...
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Autopsy Results: James Gandolfini Died Of Natural Causes

June 21st, 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...
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler 'Hearbroken' Over TV Dad James Gandolfini's Death

June 21st, 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...
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'The Sopranos' Deemed Best Written TV Show In American History

June 3rd, 2013 8:26pm EDT
The Sopranos
HBO's hit series The Sopranos has been named the best written TV show in U.S. history.

Officials at the Writers Guild of America have compiled a list of the most cleverly written shows to appear on American Television, and James Gandolfini's Gangster series, which had 86 episodes, came out on top.

Ground breaking sitcom Seinfeld was second on the countdown, followed by the original 1959 series of The Twilight Zone. All in the Family, whose star Jean Stapleton died on Friday, and M*A*S*H round out the top five.

A statement from Writers Guild of America, West president Chris Keyser read...
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'Sopranos' Star Tony Lip Dies Aged 82

January 7th, 2013 8:18am EST
Tony Lip
Veteran actor Tony Lip has died at the age of 82.

The star, who was best known for his portrayal of mob kingpin Carmine Lupertazzi in hit TV show The Sopranos, passed away in a hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey on Friday.

The exact cause of his death is unknown but family members told local newspaper The Record of Woodland Park that Lip's health had been failing in recent years.

Born Frank Anthony Vallelonga, Lip played minor league baseball in North Carolina with the St. Louis Browns organization, then served in the Army from 1951 to 1953 in Germany.

During the 1960s, he worked as ge...
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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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Steve Schirripa Wore A Fat Suit For Two Seasons On 'The Sopranos'

March 31st, 2012 2:00pm EDT
Steve Schirripa
Steve Schirripa was forced to wear a fat suit for the first two seasons of hit crime series "The Sopranos" because his body type didn't fit the role.

The star auditioned for the role of mobster Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri during the late 1990s, when he wasn't the big guy he became.

But, because the show's script included several jokes about the character's burgeoning waistline, producers asked Schirripa to don a thick bodysuit to keep the storyline in check.

The actor reveals, "I got the role, and I got the script, and then I saw all these references, that Tony (Soprano, lead character) wo...
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Q&A: Music's Underrated Star Jesse Macht

October 11th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Jesse Macht
Last week, I introduced you to Jesse Macht - a talented musician you should be listening to. If you're not convinced yet, I recently sat down with Jesse to get his story in his own words.

I've spent the past year on a journey of musical discovery, and Jesse - not just his music, but who he is as a person - is everything that I've come to love about the art. He's simply great at what he does, relying on hard work and passion rather than a gimmick or a technological advantage. In this world of lip-synched concerts and pyrotechnics, there's something to be commended about a musician comfort...
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10 Disappointing TV Season Finales

May 25th, 2011 11:00am EDT
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May sweeps is coming to an end and many TV shows are concluding the season with shocking and unexpected finales. Season finales are best known for their dramatic moments and thrilling cliffhangers, making them memorable episodes for many viewers. But sometimes they are so disappointing and unbearable to watch, viewers would rather forget about them than to remember their horrible plots or storylines. Here are a list of season finales that have left viewers scratching their heads and trying to figure out what they just watched.

The Sopranos: "Made In America" (Season 6)

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Drea De Matteo Welcomes Baby Boy

April 8th, 2011 11:21am EDT
Drea DeMatteo
Former The Sopranos star Drea De Matteo has given birth to a baby boy.

The actress and her musician fiance Shooter Jennings became parents for the second time with the arrival of Waylon Albert 'Blackjack' Jennings.

The rocker announced the happy news in a post on his Twitter.com page on Thursday, writing, "Waylon Albert 'Blackjack' Jennings has arrived folks!... Thanks for all the kind words..."

The baby is the latest in a long line of family members to carry the name Waylon - Shooter was born Waylon Albright 'Shooter' Jennings after his father, country crooner Waylon Jennings.

De M...
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Amber Heard Looks Stunning At 'Drive Angry' Premiere; Joins Playboy Movie

February 23rd, 2011 8:20am EST
Amber Heard
Amber Heard dazzled at the "Drive Angry" Los Angeles screening in a strapless sequined dress. The actress is gearing up to star as a sexy pin-up in a new TV pilot about Hugh Hefner's famous Playboy Club.

The blonde beauty will star as a Playboy bunny in the forthcoming drama "Playboy," which is set in the Chicago, Illinois hotspot in the 1960s.

However, Heard insists her character will be no ordinary model.

She says, "It's going to be like Mad Men meets the Sopranos meets Moulin Rouge! I've never been to the Playboy Mansion and it does sound wild but this is set in the 1960s so it's a di...
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Steve Perry Denies Asking To Return To Journey

November 16th, 2010 2:25pm EST
Journey
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has rubbished reports he asked to rejoin the group in the wake of the rockers' recent revival.

Rumors swirled last week that Perry, who quit the Don't Stop Believin' hit-makers for a solo career in 1998, wants to return to the band.

However, a spokesman for the singer has blasted the gossip, insisting it is untrue and that Perry is happy for Journey to continue without him. The rep tells the RockAAA website, "It's just not true... Steve is enjoying his retirement."

And a spokesman for the band adds, "Journey is recording an album with (current singe...
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Kristen Stewart Not Intimidated By James Gandolfini

October 20th, 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...
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Kristen Stewart Offered Stripping Job

October 19th, 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 MTV.com, "Doing this movie... one shocking thing was to find how easy it is (to fl...
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Michael Imperioli Took Classes In Interrogation For 'Detroit 1-8-7'

September 22nd, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Michael Imperioli
Actor Michael Imperioli was so determined to pull off his portrayal of a police detective in new police drama Detroit 1-8-7, he enrolled in a training course to learn proper interrogation techniques.

The former The Sopranos star plays Detective Louis Fitch on the TV series and he reveals he turned to the professionals for tips on how to perfect the character.

Imperioli says, "He (the teacher) was a veteran detective, teaches law enforcement people interrogation (techniques). One thing he said was... when someone commits a crime, it's normally a cry out for something, for need, out of lo...
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler Breaks Up With NY Jets Star

July 31st, 2010 2:11pm EDT
Jamie Lynn Sigler
Former Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler has split from footballer Mark Sanchez after three months of dating.

The actress was first romantically linked to Sanchez in April after meeting the New York Jets quarterback at a party in the Big Apple.

The sports hunk attempted to play down the rumors in May, insisting he was just friends with Sigler, but the couple failed to put a stop to the rumours and walked the red carpet together at the 2010 Tony Awards.

But Life & Style magazine claims the Sigler and Sanchez have now called time on their relationship and have gone their separate ways.

A so...
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Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, And Alexander Skarsgard Discuss 'True Blood' Season 3 In The New EW

June 10th, 2010 12:50pm EDT
True Blood
Season three of HBO's gothic drama "True Blood" promises sex, danger, violence, scary werewolves, and even scarier new vampires. One of the most buzzed-about series since "The Sopranos" is premiering on June 13 to some hungry fans. Last summer, the show really began to boil, registering with both critics and audiences: At 4.3 million viewers an episode, it doubled its season 1 ratings. "It was a breakthrough season in terms of feeling like it became part of pop culture," says Michael Lombardo, HBO's head of programming. "It was the sort of show I started hearing people talk about on Mon...
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TV's Six Most Satisfying Finales

May 20th, 2010 11:13am EDT
TVs Six Most Satisfying Finales
While ABC’s claim that Sunday’s LOST finale is “the Television Event of the Decade” may be a bit hyperbolic, there’s no denying the excitement... and anxiety… that surrounds the final episode of a beloved TV show. Rabid fans of any series demand not just closure, but emotional resonance. After all, we’re saying goodbye to good friends here, not just clearing space off the DVR schedule. With that in mind, here’s our list of the Six Most Satisfying TV Finales of All Time.

SEINFELD “The Finale” (1998)

Granted, the much-maligned two-part ending to the legendary show about nothing is not the f...
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