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James Gandolfini's Cadillac From The Sopranos Smashes Auction Estimates


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The 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV, owned by Gandolfini's mob boss character Tony Soprano in the show's final three seasons, was autographed in three places by the late star, and it went under the hammer as part of the Massachusetts-based RR Auction sale this week.

The Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), one of two identical models used during production, had a starting bid of $5,000 (£3,125), but it sparked a bidding war and was eventually snapped up for $119,780 (£74,863).

"For fans of the show, it's an instantly recognisable prop from one of the most acclaimed television series ever produced," says RR Auction boss Robert Livingston. "Once we had realised we had broken the previous sales record price for a Sopranos used vehicle, we were thrilled with the results of the auction."

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The Sopranos Castmates Reteam For New York Benefit Gig


The Sopranos Steven Van Zandt Vincent Pastore

Steven Van Zandt will make his stage acting debut alongside Vincent Pastore in a scene from Lamppost Reunion as part of the get together at The Cutting Room in New York City next month (02Nov15).

The Renegade Theatre Company benefit will also feature performances from their former The Sopranos castmates Robert Funaro, Anthony Ribustello, Maureen Van Zandt, Dan Grimaldi and Lou Martini, Jr.

The evening, titled This One's For Jack, will honour Ferry, a member of the Renegade Theatre Company, who passed away recently at the age of 42. All proceeds will go to the John Augustus Ferry College Fund, named for his young son.

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Actor Frank Albanese Dies At 84


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Albanese was best known for his role as Tony Soprano's (James Gandolfini) retired mobster uncle Pat Blundetto in the acclaimed TV drama.

He also appeared in big screen mafia films Goodfellas, two of the three Godfather movies, and 1995's crime drama Dead Presidents.

In his early years, Albanese was a heavyweight boxer, but was forced to retire from the sport at age 19 after suffering a brain injury. It was his friendship with middleweight champion Rocky Graziano that helped him score his first uncredited acting role in 1968 drama The Brotherhood, which starred Kirk Douglas.

'The Sopranos' Director David Chase Sheds Light On Series' Ending


The Sopranos James Gandolfini

It’s arguably the most famous ending to a popular TV series ever, but nobody seems to have clue as to what the final sequence of ‘The Sopranos’ actually meant. However, we might have just been given a big piece of the puzzle by the show’s director David Chase.

In a new interview with Directors Guild of America Quarterly, Chase gave an overview of the very last few minutes of the final season, which notoriously finishes with a cut to black after a series of seemingly disconnected shots of the show’s characters converging on a café, to the soundtrack of ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’.

Gandolfini and Chase'The Sopranos' James Gandolfini and David Chase

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Lorraine Bracco Wanted To Share Motivational Advice After James Gandolfini's Death


The Sopranos James Gandolfini Lorraine Bracco

The 60 year old, who portrayed psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the hit mob series, has previously revealed how she prioritised her health and lost 35 pounds (16 kilograms) following the loss of both of her parents in 2011.

She admits it was the passing of Gandolfini in 2013 which made her put pen to paper to share her diet and wellness tips in To the Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Rejuvenate, and Be the Best You Can Be.

In the book, Bracco claims the tragedy served as "a jolting reminder" not to take her health for granted, adding, "Jimmy's death contributed to my decision to motivate others to take care of themselves".

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Vincent Pastore At Centre Of Film Dispute


The Sopranos Vincent Pastore

Director Danny Provenzano claims he hired his This Thing of Ours star to appear in a new project two years ago and met his demands to be paid $3,000 (£1,875) in cash for the three-day shoot - but he alleges Pastore was a no-show when cameras began rolling that December (13).

A letter sent by the filmmaker's attorney Thomas Ferro to Pastore's representatives reads: "Everyone scheduled to appear showed up - except for Pastore.

"Danny telephoned Pastore and asked him why he was not yet on-set. Pastore simply said he was not coming, citing no real reason... and hung up on Danny."

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James Gandolfini To Be Inducted In To New Jersey Hall Of Fame


The Sopranos James Gandolfini

A handful of The Sopranos castmates will reunite to induct James Gandolfini into the New Jersey Hall Of Fame on Thursday (13Nov14).

Vincent Curatola, who will present the formal induction, will be joined by Tony Sirico, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, show creator David Chase and director Timothy Van Patten at the event in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

The late actor's widow, Deborah Lin, will accept the posthumous honour on his behalf.

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Anthony Ribustello Fined Over Job Blunder


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The Sopranos star Anthony Ribustello has been fined $1,500 (£937) for promoting his brother while working at New York City's Board of Elections (Boe).

The actor is a borough manager at the board's office in The Bronx, and investigators accused him of violating strict regulations while probing allegations some officials were employing family members.

Ribustello, who played gangster Tony Soprano's chauffeur in the hit Tv drama, admitted lobbying commissioners to promote his brother Richard from his position in an election machine warehouse to a supervisor's job, and has been fined $1,500 for the blunder.

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Drea De Matteo Had To Convince Co-star To Shoot Her In Pivotal The Sopranos Scene


The Sopranos Drea de Matteo Steven Van Zandt

Former The Sopranos star Drea de Matteo had to talk co-star Steven Van Zandt into killing her character when he initially refused to be the guy pulling the trigger in the scene.

The actress, who portrayed Adriana La Cerva in over 60 episodes of the cult show, admits Bruce Springsteen's sideman did everything he could to avoid the fateful scene, even telling show creator David Chase he wasn't going to shoot his friend's character.

In a Reddit.com webchat with fans on Sunday (19Oct14), she recalls, "All of us had known already that my character was dying (and) Van Zandt was actually the most p**sed off about it, he didn't want to do it, he just didn't want to do it.

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Piece Of My Heart Opening Night - Arrivals

Vincent Pastore, Steven Van Zandt and The Sopranos - Opening night of Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story at the Signature Theatre - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Monday 21st July 2014

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Guest, Vincent Pastore, Steven Van Zandt and Maureen Van Zandt

Louis Gross Avoids Jail In Forgery Case


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The Sopranos actor Louis Gross has been sentenced to five years probation after admitting using fake $100 (£62.50) notes in a bar.

The 29 year old pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a forged instrument stemming from his arrest last August (13), and he appeared at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City on Monday (16Jun14) for sentencing.

Gross avoided jail and was handed five years probation. He was initially facing up to 15 years behind bars for felony forgery charges.

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Former Star Of 'The Sopranos', Vincent Pastore, Left And Comedian Joe Piscopo Perform During The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival

Joe Piscopo, Sopranos and The Sopranos Saturday 25th July 2009 Former star of 'The Sopranos', Vincent Pastore, left and comedian Joe Piscopo perform during the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Wheeling, West Virginia

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Joe Piscopo, Sopranos and The Sopranos
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Joe Piscopo, Sopranos and The Sopranos
Joe Piscopo, Sopranos and The Sopranos

'The Sopranos' Co-star Edie Falco Enjoying Coffee While Out And About In SoHo

The Sopranos, Edie Falco and Sopranos Wednesday 29th April 2009 'The Sopranos' co-star Edie Falco enjoying coffee while out and about in SoHo New York City, USA

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The Sopranos, Edie Falco and Sopranos
The Sopranos, Edie Falco and Sopranos

Michael Imperioli, Of The Sopranos, Hosts At TAO Nightclub Inside The Venetian Resort Hotel And Casino

Michael Imperioli, Sopranos, The Sopranos and Tao Nightclub - Michael Imperioli and Victoria Chlebowski Las Vegas, Nevada - Michael Imperioli, of The Sopranos, hosts at TAO nightclub inside The Venetian resort hotel and casino Friday 27th March 2009

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Michael Imperioli, Sopranos, The Sopranos and Tao Nightclub
Michael Imperioli, Sopranos, The Sopranos and Tao Nightclub
Michael Imperioli, Sopranos, The Sopranos and Tao Nightclub
Michael Imperioli, Sopranos, The Sopranos and Tao Nightclub
Michael Imperioli, Sopranos, The Sopranos and Tao Nightclub

Dyna-Pep VIP Launch Party At The FIFTH Night Club In South Beach

The Sopranos and Sopranos - Joe Gannascoli from the Sopranos and club owner and fashion designer Gerry Kelly Miami, Florida - Dyna-Pep VIP launch party at the FIFTH night club in South Beach Saturday 11th October 2008

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