Last week brought the shocking and tragic news that 'The Sopranos' star and all-around acclaimed actor James Gandolfini died suddenly of a heart attack while on vacation in Italy with his family. Today in Manhattan, thousands gathered for the funeral service at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, among them celebrities and 'Sopranos' alum, while series creator David Chase delivered a moving eulogy for the actor.
'The Sopranos' creator David Chase made his feature film debut with 'Not Fade Away,' the story of how the Rolling Stones changed the lives of a group of friends, and now the flick has come home on DVD and Blu-ray. In celebration, we've partnered up with sibling site Ultimate Classic Rock to offer up five Blu-ray copies.
Due to the size of the screens and budgets, most television auteurs (Aaron Sorkin, David Milch, Louis C.K.) are writers first and directors second, if at all. In contrast, David Chase, the creator of the watershed series 'The Sopranos' and now the impressive feature 'Not Fade Away,' is the total package. His dialogue is always outstanding -- and the rat-a-tat back-and-forth of a New Jersey Italian family in turmoil will sound mighty familiar to 'Sopranos' fans -- but he's also a naturally gifted visual storyteller, equally at home speaking through images instead of words.