'James Gandolfini was real. He was special. You could feel it'
"James Gandolfini was real. He was special. You could feel it"
"Friends felt it," says Matt Zoller Seitz, who first met Gandolfini in late 1998, covering "The Sopranos" for New Jersey's Star-Ledger, just before the HBO series premiered. "Colleagues felt it," he says. "People who talked to him for five minutes and never saw him again felt it. People who never met him in person and knew him only through his performance on 'The Sopranos' felt it. It was real. It was deep. It was true. James Gandolfini had an authentic connection with viewers. Everyone who watched him perform, in a starring role or a bit part, came away feeling understood."
—Tony Soprano wasn't fully formed until Gandolfini beat out Steven Van Zandt and Michael Rispoli
—Without Gandolfini, there would be no Walter White, Carrie Mathison, Vic Mackey
—Steven Van Zandt: "I have lost a brother and a best friend"
—Gandolfini's performance as Tony Soprano will never be equaled
—Gandolfini in 1999 was extremely uncomfortable with his sudden fame
—He was always unfailingly humble about his achievement
—Watch Gandolfini's "SNL" cameo // Fans pack "Sopranos" finale diner
—Is Amazon using Gandolfini's death to sell "Sopranos" DVDs?
—Gilles Marini: Gandolfini was taking a "boy trip" with his to Italy
—In 1988, Gandolfini was a 26-year-old struggling actor, apartment hopping with garbage bags
—Gandolfini's unfinished projects: From CBS' "Taxi-22" to HBO's "Criminal Justice"
Stephen Colbert pays an emotional tribute to his mom
"When you watch the show, if you also like me, that's because of my mom," Colbert said in his cold opening in tribute to Lorna Colbert, who died last week at 92.
Netflix renews "Hemlock Grove" for a shorter 2nd season
Season 2 will have 10 episodes instead of 13.
NBC gives "The Office" stars a scrapbook
Check out the scrapbook marking all nine seasons.
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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