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April 23, 2004 | By SaraKay Smullens
For years, I have regarded the HBO series The Sopranos as a metaphor for the brutalities, injustices and blood sport ignored and tolerated in families, work settings, communities, and societies. In this, the fifth season, the show has become a warning: With a split-second decision, we can destroy all we have worked toward. Think Martha Stewart and Howard Dean. Also think Dr. Jennifer Melfi and all of us. David Chase, creator of the series, depicts Tony Soprano as a brutal, conflicted Everyman.
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June 11, 2007 | By Jonathan Storm INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
Set me free, why don't you, babe? You don't really love me. You just keep me hanging on, you dirty rat. Not only Vanilla Fudge fans will hear echoes this morning of the heavy-metal soul anthem that ran through the first part of last night's Sopranos finale. Creator David Chase just cut to black - ending his TV masterpiece 100 percent unresolved. Cut to black? Cut to black after a scene so loaded with tension it was more delicious than the onion rings at Holsten's - "best in the state," according to Mr. Anthony Soprano, and who would know better?
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April 14, 1999 | By Michele McPhee, New York Daily News
The unpracticed eye may dismiss Tony Soprano - the middle-aged suburban Mafia boss who plays the lead in the rip-roaring HBO series, "The Sopranos" - as a chubby bald guy who dresses like a has-been Tony Manero, with his gold-buckle belts and alligator shoes. He talks out of the side of his mouth, with a Jersey accent thick as olive oil. His hands are scarred from inflicting pain. And that couch-potato body - well, let's not even go there. But women all over New York have come to a different conclusion: There is something about that Tony Soprano, killer, father, Prozac-taker, philanderer, burly Italian-American.
NEWS
July 25, 2001
In an editorial yesterday we misspelled television mob boss Tony Soprano's last name. Not only do we regret the error, the writer is now in a car trunk somewhere in New Jersey.
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April 23, 1999 | New York Daily News
"The Sopranos," HBO's hit mob drama, will get some new characters and a larger production budget for its second season, the pay-cable channel confirmed Wednesday. "Sopranos" creator/executive producer David Chase told HBO executives in a recent meeting that he is at work on a broad story arc for next season, which would include new characters being added. But Chase shared few other details with the executives, an HBO spokesman said. The critically acclaimed series, which follows the personal and professional lives of the members of a contemporary New Jersey mob family, was produced on location in New Jersey and New York on a budget of about $2 million per episode for 13 episodes.
NEWS
June 21, 2013
MY WORK often takes me to North Jersey, where the most distinctive parts of the train ride are the long, gray stretches of flat, industrial decay. Rahway, Metuchen, Secaucus, Elizabeth, Lyndhurst, Newark - a roll call of cities trapped in the rusty memory of better times. I'm always glad to see them from the other side of an Amtrak window. And yet, for a few years at the beginning of this century, North Jersey acquired some style and panache and became almost "cool" when a portly, troubled mobster strutted onto our television screens and into our suspicious hearts.
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June 24, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie has ordered American and New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday in recognition of the death of James Gandolfini, the actor who portrayed the notorious mobster Tony Soprano on television. Gandolfini, 51, died Wednesday in Rome from a heart attack. In an executive order issued Friday, Christie called Gandolfini an "iconic actor" who "left a timeless impact upon television and film" as New Jersey organized-crime boss Tony Soprano in the HBO series The Sopranos.
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June 10, 2007 | By Terry Bitman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There is only one question that matters tonight: Does Tony Soprano get whacked? After more than eight years and 86 episodes, HBO's The Sopranos ends this evening with an enticing, multi-entendre-titled installment, "Made in America. " The object of weeks of speculation, it follows the penultimate episode, which closed with Tony lying in bed, cuddling an automatic rifle like a security blanket. Is creator David Chase - who likes to offer homage to mob stories past - about to bow to Scarface and have Tony go out in a blaze of glory with his "little friend"?
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June 20, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO's "The Sopranos" helped create one of TV's greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died yesterday in Italy. He was 51. Gandolfini died while on holiday in Rome, the cable channel and Gandolfini's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said in a joint statement. No cause of death was given. Gandolfini, who won three Emmy Awards for his role as Tony Soprano, worked steadily in film and onstage after the series ended.
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June 10, 2007 | By Andrew Maykuth INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tom Knox may not have survived the mayoral primary last month, but he went to sea with the actor who plays Tony Soprano and lived to tell about it. He even brought back snapshots. Knox, the multimillionaire insurance executive who was the runner-up in last month's Democratic primary, was vacationing with his family in December at a resort in the Bahamas when he met actor James Gandolfini, the Sopranos star who was on holiday with his ex-wife and their son. "Do you know who he is?"
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November 11, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
S ETH ROGEN hooked up with Wayne's own Abbi Jacobson , and they want you to watch. Comedic superstar Rogen confirmed that he is a love interest for Jacobson on her Comedy Central show, "Broad City. " He dropped the news while moderating a panel on the show at the New York Comedy Festival on Sunday night. The second season of "Broad City" premieres Jan. 14. At the fest, Rogen relayed a story about running into "Broad City" co-star Hannibal Buress , who gained attention for calling Bill Cosby a rapist during a recent Philly performance at the Trocadero.
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November 1, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Few characters in TV history gave viewers such an emotional roller-coaster ride as anti-hero extraordinnaire Tony Soprano in HBO's crime saga The Sopranos . We loved Tony one moment - for his humor, his emotional vulnerability, his humanity. Yet he could morph, in the blink of an eye, into the most repulsive, frightening monster one could imagine. Ah, life with North Jersey's premier mob family! There was Ma Soprano, Carmela (Edie Falco), who had quite a taste for the most ridiculously expensive, and equally gauche, fashions.
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August 29, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sharon Tate's sister speaks "It's hard to determine if it's a dream or if you're awake," Sharon Tate 's sister says of the 45 years she has spent with the memory of the famed actress' brutal murder at the hands of Charles Manson 's followers. Debra Tate , 61, who has published a new memoir, Sharon Tate: Recollection , tells People, "The ones that are left behind are victims as much as the actual victims. We are here to suffer for years and years to come. "   Jessica Alba?
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September 26, 2013 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
IT'S A testament to "Enough Said," which opens here Friday, that the film's many professional subtexts don't overwhelm it as an enjoyable moviegoing experience. There's the late James Gandolfini, so famous as a tough guy, who brilliantly plays a nervous, self-effacing romantic lead. There's Emmy-winning Julia Louis-Dreyfus, so famous as one of TV's great sitcom comediennes, finally getting to display her dramatic chops as a star on the big screen. And there's the writing and direction of Nicole Holofcener, so famous on the indie-film circuit for her unique voice in films like "Lovely & Amazing," "Friends With Money" and "Please Give," who may finally hit the mainstream with her new, for lack of a better term, "rom-com.
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June 29, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thousands of fans converged Thursday morning at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on Manhattan's Upper West Side for James Gandolfini 's funeral, joining scores of the actor's family and friends. The cathedral, which had set aside 1,500 seats for mourners, was overwhelmed as fans vied for open spots after the invited guests were escorted to a reserved area. The Rev. James A Kowalski , dean of the cathedral, led the service, stepping aside to allow four of Gandolfini's loved ones to offer remembrances, including his wife, Deborah Lin Gandolfini , and family friends Thomas Richardson and Susan Aston . The Sopranos creator, David Chase , also spoke.
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June 28, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* DEXTER. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. * RAY DONOVAN. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime.   THE MOURNING'S already begun in some circles for "Dexter," which begins its eighth and final season Sunday with an episode that finds Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and his sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) dealing in very different ways with the aftermath of last year's stunning finale. Charlotte Rampling guest stars this season as someone who may have a different take on Dexter's feelings for his sister as well as a use for his particular skill set. But before television's most sympathetic serial killer shrink-wraps his final victim, Showtime's hoping to fix you up with someone new. His name is "Ray Donovan," and he, too, could be a killer date.
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June 24, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie has ordered American and New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday in recognition of the death of James Gandolfini, the actor who portrayed the notorious mobster Tony Soprano on television. Gandolfini, 51, died Wednesday in Rome from a heart attack. In an executive order issued Friday, Christie called Gandolfini an "iconic actor" who "left a timeless impact upon television and film" as New Jersey organized-crime boss Tony Soprano in the HBO series The Sopranos.
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June 22, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ELIZABETH, N.J. - A bag of uncooked ziti in the driveway, a "reserved" sign at the ice cream parlor booth where The Sopranos ended abruptly, and a framed photo at a strip club were among the tributes paid to James Gandolfini in the New Jersey communities where his TV character, Tony Soprano, lived, loved, and whacked people. The star of the HBO series about a mob boss with anxiety issues and a midlife crisis died Wednesday night in Italy of an apparent heart attack. In neighborhoods where The Sopranos was shot, Gandolfini was recalled Thursday with mixed emotions: a global star who made their towns famous, but sometimes at the expense of their reputations.
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June 21, 2013
MY WORK often takes me to North Jersey, where the most distinctive parts of the train ride are the long, gray stretches of flat, industrial decay. Rahway, Metuchen, Secaucus, Elizabeth, Lyndhurst, Newark - a roll call of cities trapped in the rusty memory of better times. I'm always glad to see them from the other side of an Amtrak window. And yet, for a few years at the beginning of this century, North Jersey acquired some style and panache and became almost "cool" when a portly, troubled mobster strutted onto our television screens and into our suspicious hearts.
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June 21, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Gandolfini, who died suddenly on Wednesday night in Rome, changed television. And television changed him. The actor gave one of the most incandescent performances in the history of the medium as the violent, crass, and strangely conflicted boss of a New Jersey crime family in HBO's The Sopranos . Gandolfini's ferocious and fearless work inspired a flood of supernal acting on cable, with Bryan Cranston ( Breaking Bad ), Michael C. Hall ( Dexter ), and others excelling as deeply, almost antagonistically flawed, protagonists.
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