Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
One of James Gandolfini‘s last projects is picking up steam once again. At the time of his passing, the Sopranos actor had been working on an HBO miniseries called Criminal Justice. But since the network could not move ahead with the pilot they had already shot with him, there was some question of how the show could proceed. As of today, we have our answer.
Robert De Niro has just signed on to take over Gandolfini’s role, while Gandolfini will receive a posthumous executive producer credit. The rest of the cast, which includes Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi, and Poorna Jagannathan, remains on board. Steve Zaillian, who’s been shepherding the project for the past several years, will direct the first episode. Hit the jump for plot details and more. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Enough Said features what sounds like a stock romcom premise: girl meets boy, girl befriends other girl, girl finds out that other girl and boy used to be married, and subsequently starts questioning the relationship. But with Nicole Holofcener in the director’s chair, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener in the leads, it’s probably safe to expect something unusually clever and witty to come out of the concept.
The first full-length trailer has hit the web in advance of the film’s upcoming premiere, and you can see it after the jump.
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Briefly: After Wednesday’s devastating news of the passing of James Gandolfini, fans flocked to Holsten’s Ice Cream Shop in Bloomfield, NJ to pay tribute to the late actor. Holsten’s was the location of the iconic final scene of Gandolfini’s show, The Sopranos. To honor the actor, the shop’s owner did something incredibly classy. Thanks to reporter @JKlekamp for the tweet, via Boing Boing.
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We’re shocked and stunned to report that actor James Gandolfini has died suddenly while on vacation in Italy after a suspected heart attack. Gandolfini was 51 years old. He will be missed.
Gandolfini is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in HBO’s The Sopranos in which he won the Emmy three times. Gandolfini’s 26 year acting career included roles in The Last Boy Scout, the Quentin Tarintino-scripted True Romance, Terminal Velocity, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, The Juror, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Where The Wild Things Are, Killing Them Softly, The Man Who Wasn’t There, In The Loop, The Mexican, Zero Dark Thirty and most recently The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. His last film was the Dennis Lehane-adaptation Animal Rescue which will be released next year. James was in pre-production on the new limited series Criminal Justice.
I’ve included Gandolfini’s appearance on Inside The Actors Studio after the jump, which gives a retrospective of his acting career.
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What can we make of Violet & Daisy, which seems to run with the same semi-arthouse tendencies of Hanna or The Professional?
The movie shot in 2010 and played TIFF to varied reviews in 2011. Cinedigm picked it up for distribution last fall, and will release the movie in June. Perhaps the company decided to hold the film until after this year’s opening of The Host. This film does, after all, star Saoirse Ronan (of The Host) along with Alexis Bleidel and James Gandolfini. The girls play teen assassins; he’s their mark.
If The Host had been a hit, surfing in its wake would have been a good idea. The Host was not a hit, and so now Violet & Daisy has to make its own way as a bit of summer counter-programming. (Putting a bit of distance between this and Hanna was also not a bad idea.) Or perhaps it seemed like a good idea to wait until this could exist in proximity to Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Oddly enough, the movies all seem to be of a piece.
The trailer has some mysterious images and enticing moments, but I can’t quite get a sense of what the movie really is. Check it out below, and have a look at the great poster we debuted last week. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
As a kid, my favorite dinosaur wasn’t the vicious velociraptor or the majestic T-Rex, but the gentle (relatively speaking) giant brontosaurus. You can imagine my disappointment, then, when I later learned that the creature wasn’t just extinct, like all the other dinos, but that he’d never existed in the first place.
As it turns out, he was just an Apatosaurus that paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh had mixed up, in a mad dash to outdo his professional rival Edward Drinker Cope. While the pair’s feud ultimately ruined both men, it also contributed a great deal to the field of paleontology. Now, over a century later, their battle has yielded another potential treasure. Steve Carell and James Gandolfini are set to star as the scientists in the comedy Bone Wars, for HBO.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:
- Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
- Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
- HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
- HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
- Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
- Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
- Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
- Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel
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Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
For a feature filmmaking debut starring a cast of relative unknowns, Not Fade Away has been drawing quite a bit of attention. Because the first-timer at the helm isn’t just anyone, you see — it’s Sopranos creator David Chase. If television today has shed its reputation as cinema’s lesser sibling, it’s because of high-quality entertainments like Chase’s beloved mob drama. Translating that knack for storytelling into filmmaking just seems like a natural next step.
And yet, if anything, Chase’s work in Not Fade Away actually emphasizes what the two mediums don’t have in common. In Chase’s hands, a premise that could’ve worked equally well for TV or film turns into a messy, meandering movie that feels like it should’ve been a 13-episode season of an HBO drama.
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