From catastrophic weather and violent school tragedies to increasing numbers of same-sex marriages and elected minorities, 2013 was a year of contrast and change. But for me, no impact hit closer to home in 2013 than the losses we chalked up among the familiar folks who signed off forever. From heroic Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid Read More
Since her Seinfeld days, the actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 52, has maintained a healthy career in television, thanks to shows like Arrested Development, The New Adventures of Old Christine and now the HBO series Veep, currently shooting its third season. As the leading lady in Nicole Holofcener’s new romantic comedy, Enough Said, which releases this week, Ms. Louis-Dreyfus—who stars alongside the late James Gandolfini, the film’s unexpected love interest—stakes her claim on the silver screen. In a recent conversation with the Transom, Ms. Louis-Dreyfus discussed her new role, the idea of being typecast and the experience of acting with Mr. Gandolfini in his penultimate film.
About 30 years ago, the actor Roger Bart noticed something beneath the complex demeanor of James Gandolfini, a young bartender fresh out of college: the embryo of an actor.
“I looked at him, and I talked to him, and I thought, ‘He’s such a great type,’” said Mr. Bart, who had recently earned a degree in acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts when he met Mr. Gandolfini through a mutual acquaintance in or around 1985.
“He was this interesting, deep, funny, sweet and gentle giant,” Mr. Bart recalled. “Even when I met him, at 23, he was sort of 23 going on 45.”
Jim was a truly special man. So kind, so intelligent, so humble. Never nasty, never short. Jim never looked down on anyone in the cast or crew, even after his immediate rocket to stardom. He never took his talent—or his position—for granted. Jim was a true actor in the “old” sense. Always probing for more Read More
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has ordered flags to be at half-mast on Monday, in honor of the late actor James Gandolfini, who died on Wednesday at age 51.
“All the people in the state really felt a connection to him, not just to his character, but to him,” Mr. Christie said in Read More
death and commerce
I found out James Gandolfini died while I was commuting home on NJTransit from New York to Asbury Park. When I got off the train, I heard more than one person greet their ride with, “Did you hear? Tony Soprano died.”
Later, flying down the Parkway, I saw a photo of Mr. Gandolfini on the Asbury boardwalk. It was sunny and he was smiling, right down the street from my house, with Convention Hall in the background.
Toeing that queasy line between memorial and merchandising, yesterday’s devastating news about the death of actor James Gandolfini has prompted a swift outpouring to the media from several New Jersey businesses that had a tertiary relationship to The Sopranos or its star.
Shocking news today out of Italy: Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his role as mafia boss and put-upon husband Tony Soprano on HBO’s hit show, passed away after apparently suffering from a major heart attack during a vacation in Rome, reports The New York Daily News. He was 51 years old.
With its more recent series taking them in period (Boardwalk Empire), fantasy (Game of Thrones), and youth-oriented (Girls) directions, HBO may be returning to the tried-and-true.
Not since David Lynch (tried) to adapt Dune for the screen has The Observer had such conflicted feelings about a movie: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oliver Stone will adapt The Power Broker, Robert Caro’s epic 1,161-page door stop of glory, into an HBO special.