James Gandolfini's passing at the relatively young age of 51 comes at a shock. I hope it isn't too inappropriate to say that the startling news reminds me of the ending of the show with which he'll forever be most closely associated, 'The Sopranos.'
It's the shock of an abrupt cut-to-black, followed by emptiness.
In 2012, Gandolfini gave two outstanding film performances in 'Killing Them Softly' and 'Not Fade Away,' and while neither were widely seen, I was definitely looking forward to a post-'Sopranos' career of wildly divergent and interesting turns from a man who didn't need to make any more money and had the acting chops to take on challenging and unique roles.
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Beloved character actor James Gandolfini, best known as Tony Soprano on HBO's classic mafia series 'The Sopranos,' has passed away suddenly at the age of 51 after a heart attack.
Some months ago we were dismayed to learn the 'The Sopranos' star James Gandolfini's upcoming HBO pilot 'Criminal Justice' wouldn't go to series, despite its impressive pedigree and established BBC predecessor. Now, it seems that 'Criminal Justice' will return Gandolfini to HBO after all, moving forward as a limited series! Find out about Tony Soprano's next gig inside!
Sorry folks, but Tony Soprano isn't coming back to HBO just yet. Despite a fairly high-profile project the pay-cable network has officially passed on the James Gandolfini-fronted pilot 'Criminal Justice,' adapted from the 2008 Peter Moffatt BBC crime drama of the same name. Of course, Gandolfini still retains his partnership with the network, having appeared in HBO Pictures' 'Cinema Verite' and executive produced the recent 'Hemingway and Gellhorn' but what about 'Criminal Justice' couldn't HBO get behind?
We're a little over a week away from the release of 'Killing Them Softly,' and it's killing us that we can't see this movie yet. The latest trailer has dropped and it's got plenty of James Gandolfini and gun violence to go around.
Kathryn Bigelow's highly-anticipated 'Zero Dark Thirty,' which chronicles the intense mission to track down Osama bin Laden, is coming out in a little over two months from now, but in an unusual revelation, we're only just now learning about one of the film's biggest names: James Gandolfini. Turns out Tony Soprano's formerly secretive role is an instrumental figure in rubbing out the head of al-Qaeda.
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.
'Sopranos' creator David Chase is making the jump from television to film with his feature debut, 'Not Fade Away.' The first trailer has arrived for the film that follows three friends who see the Rolling Stones on TV in 1964 and decide to follow their musical dreams.
Don't count your cannolis just yet, but it seems like HBO might have its most recognizable star Tony Soprano James Gandolfini returning to the cable network that made him an icon. The former 'Soprano's' star has just signed on to become the lead in the pilot episode for 'Criminal Justice,' adapted from the 2008 Peter Moffatt BBC crime drama of the same name. However, will Gandolfini stick with the series if HBO decides to pick up the pilot?