(NEW YORK) -- Colleagues and friends of James Gandolfini are paying tribute to the actor in the wake of his sudden death Wednesday in Italy. Gandolfini was 51.
David Chase, who created The Sopranos, the hit HBO series for which Gandolfini is best known, called Gandolfini “a genius.”
In a statement, Chase called Gandolfini “one of the greatest actors of this or any time."
“I remember telling him many times, ‘You don’t get it. You’re like Mozart.’ There would be silence at the other end of the phone,” Chase stated, adding that ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- James Gandolfini, best known for his role as mobster Tony Soprano in the 1999-2007 HBO series The Sopranos, has died.
HBO has confirmed Gandolfini has died at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack.
Gandolfini was on vacation in Rome, Italy, at the time of his death. TMZ notes he was expected to attend a film festival event this weekend in Sicily.
A statement from HBO reads:
We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- Miley Cyrus has never said publicly that she smoked pot, but in a new Rolling Stone interview she doesn’t exactly deny it either.
“I did a song with Snoop Dogg called ‘Ashtrays and Heartbreaks,’ so people can put it together for themselves,” Cyrus told the magazine.
“I think alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana. People can be mad at me for saying that, but I don’t care,” the 20-year-old singer told Rolling Stone. “I’ve seen a lot of people spiral down with alcohol, but I’ve never seen that happen with weed.” ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- It worked for Zach Braff and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. Now James Franco has turned to crowdfunding to bankroll a trilogy of movies.
Franco launched his campaign on June 17 to raise $500,000 through Indiegogo, a crowdfunding alternative to Kickstarter. Unlike Braff and Thomas, Franco doesn't plan on directing the films. He's raising the money so that a group of young filmmakers from New York University, where he attended the film program, can adapt his 2011 short story collection, Palo Alto.
(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Country singer Slim Whitman died Wednesday. He was 90.
Best known for his 1952 hit, "Indian Love Call," Whitman joined the Grand Ole Opry cast in 1955. He earned a string of top 10 hits between 1952 and 1971, including his final hits, "Guess Who" and "Something Beautiful (to Remember)."
Whitman was also a star overseas with his single "Rose Marie," spending 11 weeks at #1 in England in 1954. His song, "Closer to the Waterfall," was used in the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and "Indian Love Call" was featured in the 1996 movie Mars Attacks!
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(NEW YORK) -- Paramount has released its first trailer to Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Unlike the previous two teasers, the snippet gives a bigger peek of the movie's plot, when Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy and the rest of his Channel 4 news team head into the 1980s and the 24/7 world of cable news.
Anchorman 2, which also stars Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner -- as well as series newcomers Kristen Wiig and James Marsden -- opens Dec. 20.
(LOS ANGELES) -- Jurassic Park 4 is back on track.
Last month, production on the film was postponed, leaving its release date up in the air after it was originally scheduled to premiere in June 2014. Variety is now reporting that Jurassic Park 4 will now open sometime in 2015.
Executive producer Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films in the dinosaur series, is said to be working on the script with director Colin Trevorrow and producers.
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(NEW YORK) -- NBC announced Tuesday it is moving forward with an hour-long documentary that will capture actress Valerie Harper's battle with cancer.
The 73-year-old Mary Tyler Moore Show star announced in March that she had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
NBC has yet to schedule an air date for the documentary, which will be hosted by Meredith Vieira.
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(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems Charlie Sheen's reported feud with Selma Blair on the set of Anger Management has cost her her job.
Lionsgate, which produces the FX sitcom, announced on Tuesday, “We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management and we wish her the very best.”
The announcement came after TMZ.com reported that Sheen had told producers he would quit unless they began the process of firing Blair as soon as possible. TMZ reported earlier this week that Sheen was upset that she allegedly complained about his work habits to the show's executives. ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- Ratings for The Voice are on the rise for its finale week.
The final performance show of the season for the NBC competition pulled in an estimated 12.3 million viewers on Monday night, according to Variety. That's an improvement of about 500,000 viewers from last week's performance show, but a smaller total than what The Voice enjoyed during the first half of the season.
The Voice crowned its fourth-season winner on Tuesday night.
The top-rated primetime programs for the week that ended Sunday were the third, fourth, and fifth games of the NBA Finals, televised by ABC. ...Read more
(LOS ANGELES) -- During Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s "Game Night" primetime special on Tuesday, Kimmel unveiled the video for "(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatums," the sexually charged but nonsensical tribute to the sexiness of Channing Tatum.
The video features Jamie Foxx (using the musical moniker 4 Chainz) and Tatum himself singing and rapping while a bevy of stars -- including a midriff-bearing Miley Cyrus, Olivia Munn, Gabourey Sidibe, Matt Damon and Kimmel himself -- extoll the virtues of Tatum in song.
Cyrus' scene has her being rescued by Kimmel from a toppled vending machine from which they both steal packs ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- The Dumb and Dumber sequel has found a new home.
Warner Bros., the parent company of the original film's studio New Line, cut ties with the project recently, but it's been picked up by Universal Pictures and Red Granite Pictures.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Dumb and Dumber directors, the Farrelly brothers.
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels will reprise their roles of Lloyd and Harry in Dumb and Dumber To.
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(LOS ANGELES) -- Johnny Depp has been hot in Hollywood for years, nabbing blockbuster films like Pirates of the Carribean, Alice in Wonderland and now Lone Ranger, out July 3. Still, the 50-year-old actor recently admitted that he thinks of retiring a lot.
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Depp said although he thinks of calling it quits "every day," he's not slowing down just yet.
"I think while I've got the opportunity and the desire and the creative spark to do the things that I can do right now, I should do them," he continued. "And then, at a certain point, just take it down to the bare ...Read more
(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian has been silent since she gave birth to her baby daughter last weekend. Ryan Seacrest, an executive producer of her E! reality series, did, however, provide a small update on the new mom on his Los Angeles-based radio show on Tuesday.
Seacrest shared that he sent Kardashian an email after the baby's birth that read, "Yay! Congrats my darling, you're a mommy!" He says she replied, "Cant believe it! It's so crazy!"
That's the closest thing to a public statement that Kardashian has made since she and her boyfriend, Kanye West, became parents. There's still no official word on ...Read more
(LOS ANGELES) -- Terminator 3 actor Nick Stahl has reportedly been hospitalized for involuntary psychiatric treatment at a medical facility in Los Angeles.
TMZ reports the actor, who has been in rehab previously and has also been reported missing multiple times, was held for treatment Monday night. According to sources, the 33-year-old troubled actor was transported to a medical facility around 3:30 a.m. by a friend.
Last year, Stahl was arrested in Los Angeles for alleged lewd conduct in a porn shop. Recently, the actor said he was focused on recovery.
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