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Sopranos Cast Is Reuniting for Fundraiser

Cast members will read new sketch from series creator

(Newser) - The cast of The Sopranos is getting back together to help a good cause. Series creator David Chase will be joined by more than a dozen cast members, including Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Steve Buscemi, for a Friday night event to benefit Friends of Firefighters , a group founded after...

Who's Playing Young Tony Soprano? Gandolfini's Son

Michael Gandolfini's dad, of course, originated the iconic role

(Newser) - Awesome casting news for the Sopranos prequel : James Gandolfini's own son will play a young Tony Soprano in The Many Saints of Newark. The feature film from Sopranos creator David Chase is set during the 1960s Newark riots, when black and Italian gangsters in the city clashed, and will...

TV, Movie Mobster Frank Vincent Dies

He was best known for 'Sopranos,' 'Goodfellas' roles

(Newser) - Hollywood is mourning veteran TV and movie mobster Frank Vincent, best known for his roles as Phil Leotardo in The Sopranos and Billy Batts in Goodfellas. The 78-year-old character actor died at a New Jersey hospital Wednesday,a week after he had open-heart surgery following a heart attack, TMZ reports....

10 Best TV Shows of All Time

'The Sopranos' takes the No. 1 spot

(Newser) - Getting people to agree on the greatest TV show of all time is about as futile as trying to sway people to your side in a political argument on Facebook. Undaunted, Rolling Stone adds its thoughts to the mix with what it calls its "definitive ranking of the game-changing...

Mad Men Gets End Date

Creator doesn't see series, now shooting Season 4, lasting past Season 6

(Newser) - Season 4 of Mad Men is still shooting, but its creator already knows when the hit series will end, reports the Weekly Blend blog . It won't go past Season 6, Matthew Weiner said at an industry convention last week. That seems to be a sweet spot for 1-hour dramas, notes...

Flea-Ridden Resort to Winehouse: No More Dogs!

Plus, Marilyn Manson grosses us all out some more

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse is bringing fleas to St. Lucia. Her swanky resort quarters had to be fumigated thanks to the “five or six” stray dogs she’s adopted, a source tells the Sun, and management banned her from rescuing any more animals. Elsewhere:
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Sopranos Star Settles Abuse Suit

'Big Pussy' denies whacking ex

(Newser) - Sopranos mobster Vincent Pastore (“Big Pussy”) settled his $5.5 million court battle with his ex-fiance, who accused him of whacking her—on the head, New York Daily News reports. Pastore, who describes his ex as a “gold-digger,” admitted pulling her hair and screaming at her,...

Sopranos Actor Gets Reduced Sentence for Deadly Robbery

Brancato gets 10 years for role in cop killing

(Newser) - Lillo Brancato was given a reduced sentence of 10 years in prison for the attempted burglary that ended in the murder of an off-duty police officer, the New York Daily News reports today. The ex-Sopranos actor, 32, also got 5 years of probation for the botched prescription-drug robbery, during which...

Sopranos Star Auctioning Mob Duds to Help Vets

Don't fuhgeddaboutit : Sale to aid wounded

(Newser) - Anybody who ever wanted to dress like New Jersey's most famous fictional mobster could soon find an offer they can't refuse, reports E! Online. James Gandolfini is auctioning off 24 costumes he wore as mob boss Tony Soprano—including the blood-spattered ensemble the character wore when he was shot. All...

Jury Whacks 'Sopranos' Lawsuit

Bada bing! Retired judge won't get cut of hit series' profits

(Newser) - A New Jersey jury took less than two hours to put a retired judge's lawsuit against "Sopranos" creator David Chase in concrete boots, E! Online reports. The ex-judge, who claimed he was owed money for helping Chase come up with ideas for the hit series, had been pursuing Chase...

Teary 'Sopranos' Creator on Lawsuit: Fuhgeddaboudit

Emotional Chase defends creation against ex-judge after a cut

(Newser) - "Sopranos" creator David Chase took the stand in a New Jersey courtroom yesterday and testified that hearing he was being sued over his hit TV series made him want to cry, E! News reports. A retired judge who took Chase on a tour of wiseguy hangouts, many of which...

Don't Say I'm 'Bloodthirsty' for Wanting Tony Dead

New York takes exec to task for fan-bashing

(Newser) - "Eat me:" choice words from New York's David Edelstein to Sopranos creator David Chase, who recently called fans "bloodthirsty" for caring more about Tony Soprano's foggy fate than real-world troubles. "There is nothing bloodthirsty about hoping for a little closure at the end of a much-loved...

'Sopranos' Bags Top Emmies

'30 Rock' wins best comedy; other honors

(Newser) - "The Sopranos" took top drama honors at the Emmies last night, and won for writing and directing as well, making the HBO series the first drama in 30 years to nail all three for its finale season. Other Emmies were spread among a broad field, with ratings-challenged "30...

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