That Sopranos prequel movie is really happening, and now it has a director. Alan Taylor, the filmmaker behind Thor: The Dark World, is set to helm The Many Saints Of Newark, a film set in the 1960s featuring several characters from the iconic HBO series The Sopranos.
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David Chase is returning to the blood-stained shores of New Jersey for a The Sopranos prequel.
The creator of the critically acclaimed, groundbreaking HBO series is working on the screenplay for a prequel film titled The Many Saints of Newark.
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(Welcome to /Response, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)
Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about their favorite TV episodes of all time. We then opened the floor to our readers: what is your favorite episode of television? And you let us know!
We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question: what is your favorite movie gunfight? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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How many television series finales disappoint? How many television series finales actually surprise their core audiences? Reddit user ChallengeResponse created a graph showing the IMDb user ratings of television series finales relative to their average per episode user rating. Check out the graphs now after the jump.
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Since its final episode, all anyone wants to talk about in regard to The Sopranos is the ending. By cutting to black without any definitive conclusion, David Chase did something gutsy and different that will be debated until the end of television. People tend to forget the reason everyone was so glued to that final episode was because, for six seasons, Chase and his team created one of the best shows in the history of the medium. The purposefully ambiguous ending was a way to let fans put their own conclusion on Tony’s story.
Those six seasons can now be watched forever with a new Blu-ray set released this week. While promoting the set Chase gave Sopranos fans a nice little tease. He said he’s intrigued by a few other eras of New Jersey history, but that his interests all take place before Tony and his crew came to power. Read the Sopranos prequel quotes below. Read More »
Seven years ago, The Sopranos ended with one of the greatest and most polarizing hours of television ever broadcast. In the final scene, Tony Soprano and his family meet for dinner. Meadow Soprano arrives late, and takes an agonizingly long time to park. We watch on the edge of our seats, tense, waiting for violence. Is a hit coming? A suspicious guy heads into the restroom. Meadow walks in. Tony looks up. Before anything happens, the screen goes black. Roll silent credits.
Does Tony Soprano live? Does the hit we think we know is coming take place as the screen goes black — is that Tony’s death? Is the whole thing a metaphor for Tony’s fate? Fans have speculated for years, and that’s the beauty of the show’s ending. Creator/writer/director David Chase has finally spoken up about Tony’s fate, however, and if you’re dying to know whatever there is to know about Tony’s existence (or lack thereof) after that cut to black, read on.
Update: Chase, through his representative, says the quote was misconstrued. Read his statement below.
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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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Let the debate begin. Sunday night, the Writers Guild of America revealed its list of the 101 “Best Written TV Series of All Time.” What took the top spot? The HBO drama The Sopranos, followed by Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family and M*A*S*H. Solid choices all, but are they the five best? Where do some of your other all time favorite shows rank? You’ll find shows like Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Friends, Lost, The X-Files, South Park, Star Trek and more on the list. Check the ranking to find out how the writers’ guild lined them all up. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Location is essential to the medium of television. Unlike movies, which can use a location and move along, TV recycles the same places over and over to conserve time and money. The result is that places on television become characters themselves.
That was the idea behind Austin-based artist Tim Doyle‘s first solo art show, UnReal Estate, in early 2012. Now the sequel is upon us. UnReal Estate II opens Thursday February 7 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, CA. Just like last year, Doyle has immortalized some of your favorite locations from our favorite TV shows. A few examples include the ship Serenity from Firefly, the TARDIS in Doctor Who, the model home on Arrested Development, and Downton Abbey from, well, you know where.
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Even movie fans would agree some of the best entertainment made during the past two decades has been on premium cable. Whether it’s HBO shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City and Game of Thrones or Showtime shows like Dexter, Weeds and Homeland, movies are regularaly getting schooled by TV in terms of character, story and scope. Plus, even if you love a movie, it’s only two hours. A great TV show can be hundreds.
And while we’re all very used to seeing art inspired by movies, art inspired by TV always elicits a slightly more excited response which is why the brand new Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY has picked premium TV for its first exhibit. More Than You Imagined: Art Inspired By Premium Cable opens September 7 and features work by Mark Englert, Kevin Ang, Brandon Schaefer, Joshua Budich, Tim Doyle and many others.
After the jump, check out a huge gallery of work from shows like all the ones mentioned above as well as The Kids in the Hall, Flight of the Conchords, Tales from the Crypt, Boardwalk Empire, Party Down and others, plus find out how you can see it yourself and see how you can buy a print for charity too. Read More »