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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
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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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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.
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The Sopranos star Lillo Brancato opens up about cop's death

March 7th, 2014 3:10am EST
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Former The Sopranos star Lillo Brancato has spoken out for the first time since his release from prison, where he served eight years for his part in a botched robbery that resulted in the death of an off-duty police officer.

Brancato was released from prison on New Year's Eve (31Dec14), but is only now speaking publicly about the incident that robbed him of his freedom.

Speaking to U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight in a taped interview that will air on TV on Friday (07Mar14) and Monday (10Mar14), the actor shared his remorse for the death of Daniel Enchautegui, who tackled Brancato and...
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Police union bosses angered by Lillo Brancato, Jr.'s early release

January 1st, 2014 8:30pm EST
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Police union officials have condemned the early release of actor Lillo Brancato, Jr. after he was jailed for 10 years following a botched break-in which resulted in the death of an off-duty cop.

The 37 year old, who appeared in mob drama The Sopranos, walked free from the Hudson Correctional Facility in New York on Tuesday (31Dec13), five years after he was convicted of carrying out a 2005 burglary in the Bronx.

During his 2008 trial, he also faced a charge of second degree murder for the death of Officer Daniel Enchautegui, who lived in the neighbourhood and had ventured out to investiga...
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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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Michael Imperioli would jump at the chance to reteam with Sopranos family

November 28th, 2013 3:10am EST
Michael Imperioli
Former The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli is holding out hope for a spin-off version of the hit TV drama - because he really misses his castmates and series creator David Chase.

The actor, who played Christopher Moltisanti for eight years on the show, accepts a get together will never be the same, following the death of James Gandolfini earlier this year (13) - but he'd still love to be part of any new series featuring his extended family of gangster characters.

He tells WENN, "I would love it if there was another Sopranos, just to work with the people that I worked with again. Doing tha...
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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...
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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."
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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).
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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...
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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
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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.

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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 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...
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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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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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James Gandolfini Helped Wrongly Convicted Felon Win Appeal

June 22nd, 2013 10:04am EDT
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini helped a wrongly convicted felon win a legal appeal in 2007 after befriending the alleged murderer and vowing to help him fight for his freedom.

Marty Tankleff was sentenced to life behind bars in 1990 after he was found guilty of killing his parents in New York, but he vehemently denied the claims and waged a legal battle to overturn the verdict, eventually walking free from prison in 2007 after the charges were dismissed.

Now, Tankleff reveals he has The Sopranos star to thank for drawing public attention to the case, revealing the late actor drove to Great Meadow Corre...
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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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Bruce Springsteen remembers James Gandolfini at U.K. concert

June 20th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Rock legend Bruce Springsteen dedicated his Born To Run anthem to late actor James Gandolfini at his gig in England on Thursday night (20Jun13).

The Sopranos star died on Wednesday (19Jun13) after suffering a heart attack while on vacation with his family in Italy ahead of a planned appearance at the Taormina Film Fest in Sicily this weekend (22-23Jun13).

His castmates and a host of Hollywood superstars have paid tribute to the actor following the sad news, and Springsteen ensured he remembered his fellow New Jersey native during a gig in Coventry.

Before performing his iconic hit Born t...
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler left heartbroken by Gandolfini's death

June 20th, 2013 3:54pm EDT
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
James Gandolfini's TV daughter Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been left "heartbroken" by the news of The Sopranos star's death.

Castmates like Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco and Steven Van Zandt have released statements paying tribute to the actor, who suffered a heart attack and died in Italy on Wednesday, and now Sigler has offered her thoughts.

The pregnant actress, who played Meadow Soprano in the hit TV series, says, "This news has left me heartbroken. 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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Hollywood stars remember James Gandolfini

June 20th, 2013 3:21am EDT
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The death of actor James Gandolfini has sent a shock wave through Hollywood, prompting a slew of tributes from heartbroken stars including Susan Sarandon, Russell Crowe, Lindsay Lohan and Ewan Mcgregor.

The Sopranos star passed away on Wednesday (19Jun13) after reportedly suffering a heart attack in Rome, Italy ahead of an appearance at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily later this week (beg17Jun13).

The 51 year old's iconic role as mob boss Tony Soprano in the hit U.S. TV series won him the respect of his fellow actors and directors, and tributes have poured in from his former colleagu...
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The Sopranos stars grieve James Gandolfini's death

June 20th, 2013 3:21am EDT
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The cast and crew of The Sopranos are mourning the loss of former colleague James Gandolfini, who died in Italy on Wednesday (19Jun13).

The actor, best known for playing mob boss Tony Soprano in the hit drama, was just 51 years old when he passed away after reportedly suffering a heart attack in Rome.

The stars of The Sopranos and bosses behind the TV series were plunged into mourning upon hearing of his death, and have now offered their condolences.

David Chase, the show's creator, was one of the first to release a statement, which reads, "He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the...
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Actor James Gandolfini Dies At 51

June 19th, 2013 7:50pm EDT
James Gandolfini
Actor James Gandolfini has died during a trip to Italy, according to multiple reports.

The 51-year-old The Sopranos star allegedly suffered a massive heart attack.

He was in Italy to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, and was slated to appear at an event with director Gabriele Muccino over the weekend.

The three-time Emmy Award winner is best known for his role as New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, who he played on TV from 1999 to 2007. He also appeared in last year's Zero Dark Thirty.

His big break came in 1992 when he landed a role in a Broadway version of "A Streetcar Named ...
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Game Of Thrones season 3 finale is most pirated TV episode

June 11th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Game of Thrones
Game Of Thrones has landed a dubious honour - the popular series' season three finale has become the most pirated TV episode of all time.

Website bosses at TorrentFreak.com noted that the drama's latest episode, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday (09Jun13), notched a record 170,000 simultaneous shares on file sharing service BitTorrent.

During the 24-hour period since the episode, Mhysa, premiered on U.S. network HBO, over one million people have already downloaded the episode, beating all previous records for a TV series.

Bosses at the network also confirmed on Monday (10Jun13) that, wi...
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'The Sopranos' Deemed Best Written TV Show In American History

June 3rd, 2013 8:26pm EDT
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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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