Screen Junkies » james gandolfini http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:33:55 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Recent Interview With ‘Sopranos’ Creator David Chase Indicates Tony Soprano Isn’t Dead http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/recent-interview-with-sopranos-creator-david-chase-indicates-tony-soprano-isnt-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/recent-interview-with-sopranos-creator-david-chase-indicates-tony-soprano-isnt-dead/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:47:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264516 Why is it dubious? Please, read on.

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You probably haven’t thought about Tony Soprano’s fate in a few years, have you? At least, probably not since the tragic death of James Gandolfini. Well, in an interview with Vox (caveat emptor, the article is VERY long), David Chase revealed that Tony Soprano isn’t dead.

But it’s not really that open-and-shut. The exchange between the interviewer and Chase sounds like a real nightmare, as excerpted by Vulture:

I had been talking with Chase for a few years when I finally asked him whether Tony was dead. We were in a tiny coffee shop, when, in the middle of a low-key chat about a writing problem I was having, I popped the question. Chase startled me by turning toward me and saying with sudden, explosive anger, “Why are we talking about this?” I answered, “I’m just curious.” And then, for whatever reason, he told me. …
…[W]hen he spoke about Tony and the question, [Chase] was laconic.
Just the facts and no interpretation.
He shook his head “no.” And he said simply, “No he isn’t.”

Well, there you have it. An interviewer pestered David Chase about the fate a of a character who was played by a close friend of Chase’s who died, and he snapped and blurted something out.

Whether or not this was a sincere response then begs the question of whether or not this take is revisionist based on the death of Gandolfini. Who knows. It’s likely that David Chase didn’t even know if Tony lived or died at the end, and if that’s the case, we might as well ask a person working at Starbucks what the mob boss‘ fate was.

 

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James Gandolfini Dies At Age 51 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gandolfini-dies-at-age-51-in-italy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gandolfini-dies-at-age-51-in-italy/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:47:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255420 We will miss one of the most important men in TV history.

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TMZ (who usually gets this type of thing right) is reporting that James Gandolfini has died at the age of 51 from an apparent heart attack. He was attending a film festival in Sicily at the time.

Although Gandolfini enjoyed scene-stealing turns as a character actor both before and after his breakout, it was his impassioned and transcendent turn as patriarch and mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO’s groundbreaking The Sopranos that led him to near-universal acclaim, if not stardom.

Remarkably, Gandolfini won only three Emmys for his work as the troubled gangster-cum-family man, but was an integral part of the program that is known not only for solidifying HBO’s place in the realm of important television, but also for solidifying television’s place in the realm of art.

His body of work and legacy aside, James Gandolfini seemed like a true artist when he played Tony Soprano, and any revisiting of his work before that role would indicate it was a passion he carried regardless of his success. He’s gone, but he died in Italy at a film festival, which is a far more dignified end than many of his characters received. He will be missed.

Goodbye and thank you, James!

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HBO, Missing James Gandolfini’s Labored Breathing, Recruits Him For ‘Criminal Justice’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-missing-james-gandolfinis-labored-breathing-recruits-him-for-criminal-justice/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-missing-james-gandolfinis-labored-breathing-recruits-him-for-criminal-justice/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:33:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251059 HBO is ready to take him out of their freezer.

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HBO misses their meal ticket, and they’re trying to get him back. After a couple fruitless attempts to wrap their arms back around Tony Soprano, the cable juggernaut has courted the portly thespian for it’s newest pilot. The show is called Criminal Justice, which makes me think that HBO bought the name from a failed CBS pilot starring Jill Hennessy, but whatevskis.

The show is based on a BBC series of the same name which offers up a criminal case, then follows several different characters as they negotiate the legal system. Oh jeez. I hope it’s more interesting than it sounds.

Tony James would play a “disheveled jailhouse lawyer,” and possibly one that walks around in his robe and slippers, offering nothing more than general grunts as he swigs orange juice from the carton and indulges in chilled lunch meats mere minutes after waking up at 11 AM.

 

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‘The Sopranos’ Cast Reuniting For…A Nickelodeon Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-sopranos-cast-reuniting-for-a-nickelodeon-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-sopranos-cast-reuniting-for-a-nickelodeon-movie/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:04:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250650 The film has the unfortunate name of 'Nicky Deuce'.

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Demonstrating once more that these Sopranos guys have a REALLY hard time breaking type, (deep breath) James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico, and Vincent Curatola will all be performing in Nicky Deuce, a Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie based on the book by Mr. Janice Soprano, Stephen Schirripa, who also stars in the film.

The story follows a kid who is sent to live with his uncle and extended family to Brooklyn, and is forced to confront how real shit can get on the streets. The film will premiere early next year and will probably not feature:

  • A close associate’s head getting chopped off
  • A junkie sitting on a dog
  • A man getting gunned down in a model train store
  • The Bada-Bing!
  • Old ladies being choked in their retirement homes
  • Mustang Sally
  • People getting curbed
  • Massive Genius
  • Who-ers
  • Native Americans feuding with Italians on Columbus Day

 

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See Brad Pitt In ‘Cogan’s Trade’ Looking Slick http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/see-brad-pitt-looking-slick-and-dangerous-in-cogans-trade/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/see-brad-pitt-looking-slick-and-dangerous-in-cogans-trade/#comments Sat, 07 May 2011 17:37:16 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211070 He's got a gun!

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Andrew Dominik‘s upcoming Cogan’s Trade is one of my most eagerly anticipated movies – a crime story about Jackie Cogan, a “professional enforcer hired to investigate the robbery of a mob-protected poker game.” The movie also stars James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, Ray Liotta, and Richard Jenkins. And in case you don’t recognize Dominik’s name – he’s the guy who directed the excellent The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. So yeah, I’m psyched.

Anyway, here’s our first look at the movie. It’s not known whether this is a set photo or an “official” still, but to me it definitely looks a lot more polished and cinematic than your average set photo. You can see the larger version below and see if you agree. (The Playlist)

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Henry Hill To Play Poker With Tony Soprano http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/henry-hill-to-play-poker-with-tony-soprano/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/henry-hill-to-play-poker-with-tony-soprano/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 22:37:42 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27129 Ray Liotta is doing his Ray Liotta thing in 'Cogan's Trade'.

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You might have already read a little about the casting of the Andrew Dominik‘s puh-puh-puh poker movie Cogan’s Trade. You may have also thought to yourself that the cast, which comprises Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Javier Bardem, Sam Rockwell, Casey Affleck, Mark Ruffalo, and others, while solid, was lacking a bit of vague weirdness. If so, you’ll be happy to hear that the reigning king of vague weirdness Ray Liotta is the latest actor to sign on to the movie:

“Liotta will play Mark ‘Markie’ Trattman, the unfortunate hustler who runs the game in a motel room and finds things only going downhill from there.”

Between Henry Hill and Tony Soprano, this is shaping up to be a new gangster classic. Maybe they can get some Vanilla Ice on the soundtrack! (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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‘Cogan’s Trade’ Closest We’ll Get To A ‘Soprano’s’ Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cogans-trade-is-the-closest-well-get-to-a-sopranos-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cogans-trade-is-the-closest-well-get-to-a-sopranos-movie/#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:44:00 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26765 It will serve as a reunion for two "Soprano's" rivals. Vincent Curatola will be joining James Gandolfini to reminisce about the old neighborhood.

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Cogan’s Trade will serve as a reunion for two “Soprano’s” rivals. Vincent Curatola, who played Johnny Sack on the HBO series, will be joining James Gandolfini in Andrew Dominik‘s next film.

Curatola will play a man recently released from prison who seeks revenge on those who sent him there. Does that mean he masterminds the mafia card game heist that the film is centered around? Or is he a red herring?

Nevertheless, this double-dose of casting doesn’t dispel any comparisons that have already been made between Cogan’s Trade and “The Sopranos.” Dominik isn’t looking very far to find wiseguys for the film. He shouldn’t be too surprised if he spots Steve Schirripa walking by his house repeatedly with a rented dog. (THR)

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Comedy Giant Joins David Chase’s First Feature http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comedy-giant-joins-david-chases-first-feature/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comedy-giant-joins-david-chases-first-feature/#comments Thu, 03 Feb 2011 20:02:33 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24541 With the addition of Brad Garrett, David Chase has fulfilled his need to cast a really tall guy in his film debut, Twylight Zones.

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With the addition of Brad Garrett, David Chase has fulfilled his need to cast a really tall guy in his film debut, Twylight Zones. Garrett joins the previously cast James Gandolfini, Bella Heathcoate, Christopher McDonald, Will Brill, Jack Huston, Lisa Lampanelli, Molly Price, and Joe Magaro in the film about a 1960′s father less than thrilled about his son’s fascination with the rock n’ roll music.

“Brad brings a funny, wry intelligence to his role as a composer / music producer,” says Chase.

“Brad looks like Frankenstein f*&^ed Ben Savage,” says Lampanelli.

Wow. She really is the Queen of Mean. (via ComingSoon)

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Lisa Lampanelli Ready To Get Racist In New David Chase Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lisa-lampanelli-ready-to-get-racist-in-new-david-chase-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lisa-lampanelli-ready-to-get-racist-in-new-david-chase-movie/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 01:58:42 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23956 She'll play a mother opposite James Gandolfini. It's a match made in Heaven, and by "Heaven," I mean the Tri-State area.

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Soprano‘s mastermind David Chase is making a movie that’s reportedly quasi-biographical. His “dad” will be played by James Gandolfini, so you need a mother who can really stand-up to Tony Soprano’s super macho, loud-mouthed, duck-feeding bullshit. Also, the movie takes place in the 1960s, when everybody’s racist, so this actress should also be racist. We fired up our own Cast-o-Matic 9000 and came up with the same result that Chase’s did: comedian Lisa Lampanelli.

Lampanelli recently revealed on The Howard Stern Show that she was cast as the David Chase character’s mom, perhaps somewhere between a joke about black people loving food stamps and her explanation for why it’s okay for her to make jokes about black people loving food stamps. Rumored to be called The Twylight Zones, we hear that it’s about guys who form a rock band in the 60s, and discover the 60s music revolution. It’s a story that’s never been told before. Oh wait, the exact opposite of that last sentence is true.

Still, if it’s “The Sopranos” meets Almost Famous, I’m there. And I’d better be there, if I don’t want a visit from any “waste management consultants.” (/Film)

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Chase Reunites With Gandolfini In Something That’s Not A Sopranos Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chase-reunites-with-gandolfini-in-something-thats-not-a-sopranos-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chase-reunites-with-gandolfini-in-something-thats-not-a-sopranos-movie/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2011 21:18:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21856 Chase has hired Gandolfini to star in Twylight Zones, a film that will test the actor's range by forcing him to play an Italian-American father in New Jersey

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It’s nice to know that there aren’t any hard feelings between James Gandolfini and David Chase despite the fact that Chase assassinated Tony Soprano at the end of The Sopranos. That’s right. Tony Soprano died. Did you think that guy was walking up to say hi?

Anyway, Chase has hired Gandolfini to star in Twylight Zones, a film that will test the actor’s range by forcing him to play an Italian-American father in New Jersey. His character’s son will have an infatuation with rock music that drives Gandolfini cuh-razy. More broadly, the movie will focus on the musical renaissance of the 1960′s, during which The Beatles showed a generation how to wear cardigans and rock side-to-side with giant smiles.

It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Gandolfini, who also has irons in the fire with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, and Cogan’s Trade starring an up-and-comer named Brad Pitt. It’s an A-list year for Mr. Gandolfini. He’s also got a 6-week theatrical run and an HBO movie up next, so if he wasn’t able to pencil you in for dinner plans, it’s cause he really is totally booked up. The guy who played Artie Bucco is available, but you’ll have to pay for his meal. (Deadline)

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‘Welcome to the Rileys’ Trailer Brings the Uncomfortable Silences http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/welcome-to-the-rileys-trailer-brings-the-uncomfortable-silences/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/welcome-to-the-rileys-trailer-brings-the-uncomfortable-silences/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 James want. The trailer for Welcome to the Rileys, starring James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, and Kristen Stewart, has been released. The film is directed by Jake Scott, son of well-known indie director Ridley Scott. It's about a couple driven apart by the death of their daughter who are brought back together when they meet a troubled young woman. Why is she troubled? She's an underage stripper. Schwing! But seriously, you guys, this is serious material. The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival to so-so reviews, which doesn't psych me up to see it. If those art house cinefiles waiting outside in below freezing temperatures didn't fan their wool beanies with glee as the credits rolled, I probably won't enjoy it. Also, the thought of Kristen Stewart frowning in another movie makes my cerebellum ache. Also, I'm jealous I didn't get to go to Sundance. Welcome to the Rileys hits theaters November 5, 2010. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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James want.

The trailer for Welcome to the Rileys, starring James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, and Kristen Stewart, has been released. The film is directed by Jake Scott, son of well-known indie director Ridley Scott. It’s about a couple driven apart by the death of their daughter who are brought back together when they meet a troubled young woman. Why is she troubled? She’s an underage stripper. Schwing! But seriously, you guys, this is serious material.

The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to so-so reviews, which doesn’t psych me up to see it. If those art house cinefiles waiting outside in below freezing temperatures didn’t fan their wool beanies with glee as the credits rolled, I probably won’t enjoy it. Also, the thought of Kristen Stewart frowning in another movie makes my cerebellum ache. Also, I’m jealous I didn’t get to go to Sundance.

Welcome to the Rileys hits theaters November 5, 2010.

Check out the trailer after the jump.


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