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Bully Ray: I Could Be New James Gandolfini


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TNA Superstar Bully Ray wants to become an actor and thinks he can be the new James Gandolfini.

The wrestler has started to branch into other areas of entertainment and thinks he would be a good fit for some of the roles the late actor took on during his illustrious career before his death last June, such as his most famous part as Mafia boss Tony Soprano in TV series 'The Sopranos'.

Bully told BANG Showbiz: ''I'm looking into films and other things right now ... I am looking to branch my career out a little bit more into acting ... I think I fit certain roles, I'll use as an example a guy like James Gandolfini in 'The Sopranos'. I think that type of role I could pull off real well, just with my natural personality.''

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Movie Reviews: Enough Said


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Fox Searchlight is opening the late James Gandolfini's penultimate film, Enough Said, in four theaters today (Wednesday), presumably to give it a head start against the much-buzzed-about Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, and Viola Davis, which opens on Friday. While Gandolfini's co-star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is receiving much praise for her performance in the film, it's only natural that critics focus on Gandolfini. Given the hulking Gandolfini's premature real-life death, writes Lou Lumenick in the New York Post, it's hard not to wince a little when you're watching his character eating a tub of buttered popcorn, scarfing down guacamole or saying, 'I'm planning on losing some weight. I really need to.' Nevertheless, he concludes, the movie is a another reminder that Gandolfini had enormous range as an actor beyond his signature role of Tony Soprano. A.O. Scott in The New York Times writes: Line for line, scene for scene, it is one of the best-written American film comedies in recent memory. He later remarks, This movie will make you laugh and leave you in tears. Some of the pathos is The Accidental byproduct of seeing Mr. Gandolfini, so playful and alive, in one of his final major movie roles and feeling once again the loss of his remarkable gift. Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News begins his review this way: What a treat it is to discover a totally new actor inside one we already loved. And how sad to know we won't see that from him again. Claudia Puig in USA Today writes that Gandolfini delivers easily his best performance since Tony Soprano -- in a role that's light years away from the memorable Mob boss. The movie itself, she concludes, is a sparkling gem. Los Angeles Times critic Betsy Sharkey reviewed the movie earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival, calling it a bittersweet goodbye to the actor. It is, she wrote, ultimately a movie about second chances and making your own happy ending. So it's hard not to wish that Gandolfini's real story paralleled the film's.


Edie Falco Pays Tribute To Sopranos Co-star James Gandolfini


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Edie Falco has paid tribute to the late James Gandolfini in the wake of his shock death on Wednesday (19.06.13).

Edie played Carmela Soprano, the wife of James Mob boss character Tony Soprano, in TV series 'The Sopranos' for a decade and she has admitted she is ''shocked and devastated'' to hear of her former co-star's sudden passing from a suspected heart attack while on vacation in Italy with his teenage son, Michael.

In a statement, she said: ''He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague.''

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James Gandolfini, Annabella Sciorra and Tony Soprano

Mad Men Wins Big At Critics' Choice Television Awards


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'Mad Men' was the big winner at the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards yesterday (20.06.11).

The TV series picked up Best Drama, while its stars John Hamm and Christina Hendricks won the Best Actor in a Drama and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama prizes respectively. Christina shared her accolade, however, with Margo Martindale of 'Justified'.

Other winners on the night included 'The Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons, who took home the award for Best Actor in a Comedy, while Tina Fey picked up Best Actress in a Comedy.

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Imperioli: 'Tony Soprano Is Dead'


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The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli is convinced he has unearthed the secret behind the show's dramatic ending - Tony Soprano is dead.


The long-running mob drama came to an unspectacular end in 2007 - the screen fading to black as James Gandolfini's Soprano dined with his wife and children.


But Imperioli, whose character Christopher Moltisanti was killed off in the last season, insists there's more to the finale than meets the eye.


He says, "I think he's dead. That's what happens when it goes black, right?"

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Lapaglia Considered For Soprano Movie


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WITHOUT A CLUE star ANTHONY LaPAGLIA almost got a second chance to play Tony Soprano when The Sopranos writers considered a film-within-a-TV show for the series' final season.


Australian LaPaglia was one of the first actors considered as the Soprano family leader before the role went to James Gandolfini.


But, in a new interview with show creator David Chase for an upcoming final season DVD, the writer reveals LaPaglia was considered again as the star of a spin-off movie about Tony Soprano.


In the DVD special interview, Chase tells interviewer and Sopranos fan Alec Baldwin that he and producers dabbled with the idea of Soprano's psychologist, played by Lorraine Bracco, writing a book about her encounters with the mob boss.

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Gray Vs Gandolfini Over Gaye Biopics


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The Italian Job director is taking on Tony Soprano in a battle to portray tragic soul man Marvin Gaye on the big screen.


F. Gary Gray has just signed on to direct the biopic Marvin, which will go head to head with actor James Gandolfini's Sexual Healing, which will star Rent's Jesse L. Martin as the smooth singer.


Music mogul David Foster will co-produce the Gray film, which will feature a soundtrack of Gaye originals, which a yet-to-be-cast star will lip sync to.


Gaye was shot to death by his father in 1984.

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Sopranos Sandwich Store To Be Sold Brick By Brick


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The owner of the building that housed Tony Soprano's favourite sandwich store is selling off the facade a brick at a time.
Manny Costeira is tearing down the white-brick frontage of the fictional Satriale's Pork Store, and he's selling authenticated bricks, complete with certificates, online at $25 (GBP12.50) each.
And Costeira's links to the hit TV drama won't end there - the building that housed Satriale's is to be demolished to make way for a new apartment complex, called The Soprano.

Gandolfini Poses For Vanity Fair


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James Gandolfini graces the front cover of the latest Vanity Fair magazine in the guise of his most famous character, TV mob boss Tony Soprano.
To mark the impending airing of the final half of the last ever series of The Sopranos, the overweight New Jersey mafia boss was captured by iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz.
He poses, with Soprano's trademark scowl and cigar, and a scantily-clad Drea de Matteo on his lap.
De Matteo played ADRIANA LA CERVA, the girlfriend of Soprano's nephew Christopher Moltisanti. La Cerva was murdered by the mob in series five when they discovered she was an FBI informant.

Mantegna's Sopranos Paycheques


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Actor Joe Montegna gets a regular residual cheque from The Sopranos, even though he has never appeared on the show.

THE SIMPSONS star wasn't even a fan of the hit show when he received his first payment, and was mystified.

He says, "I knew The Sopranos was on but I really didn't know much about it.

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