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James Gandolfini Returns To HBO To Star With Riz Ahmed In 'Criminal Justice' Pilot, Steve Zaillian To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 2:01 PM
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It seems that HBO and James Gandolfini are just the kind of couple that are meant to be together. Of course, the network and star both mutually benefited with the rousing success of "The Sopranos," but even after the show was over they kept each other's phone numbers. Gandolfini's been attached to a number of brewing projects for his old employers, and a few years later the actor co-starred in the HBO movie "Cinema Verite" with Diane Lane and Tim Robbins. And it looks like they're set to work together again as the cable channel has greenlit a pilot that will put Tony Soprano back in the fold.

Cannes Review: Brilliant & Angry 'Killing Them Softly' Is The Anti-Thriller For Our Times

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 22, 2012 6:09 AM
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"What is that American promise? It's a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect," Barack Obama said at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. And that section of the speech opens Andrew Dominik's seething "Killing Them Softly," as he cuts the audio between white noise and the silent black title screen, signifying the blind emptiness of Obama's statement and the thematic current he'll be taking for the film. We are not a changed nation. We are not a nation of equals. The government are a bunch of children who need to be led by the hand into any decision making process and Americans at both the top and bottom rungs of the ladder all have their share of the blame to take. Uncompromising and uncommercial, divisive and brave, "Killing Them Softly" bitterly boils at the state of the nation.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus & James Gandolfini To Star In Nicole Holofcener's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2012 6:51 PM
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So, what do Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini have in common? Well, they're both graduates of the Armando Iannucci school of comedy with the former currently starring in his HBO series "Veep" and the latter featuring in "In The Loop." Now both will take those comic skills -- and the considerable talents they already have -- and bring them to new project that already sounds quite promising.

First Looks At Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini & Richard Jenkins Alongside Brad Pitt In Andrew Dominik's 'Cogan's Trade'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 14, 2012 9:03 AM
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You can keep your Dark Knights and your Prometheuses because there's nothing we're looking forward to in the coming year more than "Cogan's Trade," the long-awaited third film from Australian helmer Andrew Dominik. The director showed an inordinate amount of promise with his debut, "Chopper," which helped bring Eric Bana to the world's attention, but few thought he'd follow it with a masterpiece on the level of "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford," to this writer's mind one of the two or three best American movies of the 21st century so far.

Brad Garrett Magically Appears With Steve Carell & Jim Carrey In 'Burt Wonderstone'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 1:05 PM
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"Burt Wonderstone" is one of those projects that flies just enough below the radar that we never really paid much attention to it. Yes, it was a very hot script (by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein) but in the past few months the project has amassed an outrageously wonderful cast, which now includes Steve Carell (as the title character), Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin and James Gandolfini. And now this tale of dueling Las Vegas magicians has, according to the Hollywood Reporter, just added another name to its stellar cast: Emmy-winning actor (and Pixar mainstay) Brad Garrett.

James Gandolfini To Join Steve Carell & Jim Carrey In 'Burt Wonderstone'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 12:57 PM
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Search For Female Lead Narrowed To Olivia Wilde & Sarah SilvermanSince "The Sopranos" ended back in 2007, James Gandolfini's been doing pretty well for himself, all told. He might not have taken any roles with as major an impact on the cultural zeitgeist as angsty mob boss Tony Soprano, but he's managed to tackle a diverse range of stuff, from a foul-mouthed general in "In The Loop" to a mood-swing-prone monster in "Where The Wild Things Are," and he's got some high-profile supporting turns on the way, in Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade."

David Chase's Rock 'N' Roll Coming-Of-Age Feature Debut Scheduled For October 2012 Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 12, 2011 2:45 AM
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Ever since the controversial finale to "The Sopranos" in 2007, David Chase has been fairly low key, avoiding the spotlight perhaps as a method to steer clear from questions about how his defining series concluded.

James Gandolfini To Make Ribs & Negotiate Nuclear Arms Deals In 'Eating With The Enemy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2011 10:26 AM
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James Gandolfini is currently having a very busy spring. He's got roles in no less than three very high profile films: Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close," Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade" and David Chase's "Twylight Zones" and moreover, he's got a couple in the can with HBO's "Cinema Verite" premiering next month and the teenage assassin pic "Violet & Daisy" due later this year. And "The Sopranos" star shows no signs of slowing down, as he attaches himself to another promising project.

First Look: Geoffrey Fletcher's Teenage Assassin Flick 'Violet & Daisy'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 2, 2011 3:18 AM
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Update: Images removed by request.

James Gandolfini Joins 'Twylight Zones'; In Final Talks For 'Cogan's Trade' & 'Extremely Loud'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2011 8:24 AM
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2011 is going to be a busy one for James Gandolfini, as the the actor is lining up a trio of roles in some very high profile projects.

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