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October 9, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Google the name of "The Sopranos" creator David Chase and the word "genius" and you'll get more than 1.5 million hits. We're sure Chase might find this a bit flattering, though his new movie, "Not Fade Away," works hard to dispute the notion that creative inspiration is somehow ethereal and available only to the gods. "Not Fade Away" is a coming-of-age story about a teenage Jersey boy named Doug (John Magaro) dreaming of being a rock 'n' roll star as the Beatles and Rolling Stones take over the charts and airwaves in 1964.
July 1, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
HBO announced Monday that it is making "The Sopranos" available on HBO On Demand in tribute to late star James Gandolfini. Beginning Monday, each season of the groundbreaking mob drama, will be available -- in consecutive order, for one month. That means, Season 1 is at your disposal throughout July, Season 2 will be accessible in August, and so forth. The complete series, of course, can also be viewed on the network's streaming site HBOGo. VIDEO: A look at Tony Soprano's best scenes The David Chase drama, in which Gandolfini portrayed iconic TV character Tony Soprano -- the head of a  New Jersey crime family -- helped solidify the premium cable network's standing.
December 18, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
David Chase, creator of the acclaimed drama "The Sopranos", is back on the publicity trail to promote his first post-"Sopranos" project "Not Fade Away," a film about an aspiring rock band in the 1960s. But the discussion of the film on "CBS This Morning" was momentarily sidetracked when anchor Charlie Rose asked Chase about the role of violence in popular culture, and its influence on audiences. "People always ask, well, do these depictions of violence -- do these movies and TV shows make the world a worse place somehow," replied Chase.
June 27, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The unexpected death of James Gandolfini, who was best known for his work on the series "The Sopranos," recently re-ignited the conversation over How Much Television has Changed, which has become so intense and widespread in the last few years that books are now being written about it. Last year, critic Alan Sepinwall self-published "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever" to such attention it...
August 15, 2012 | By Julie Makinen
David Chase, creator of HBO's "The Sopranos," will launch his first feature film, "Not Fade Away," at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 6, organizers have announced. The coming-of-age movie, set in 1964, centers on a group of friends in New Jersey who are inspired to form their own rock band fronted by a gifted singer-songwriter (played by John Magaro).  The film features Mr. Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini, and a soundtrack by Steven Van Zandt, aka "Sopranos" strip club owner Silvio Dante.
October 7, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Ask David Chase why he chose a coming-of-age rock 'n' roll movie with few household stars as his first post-"Sopranos" effort and you'll receive an unexpected answer. "It was sort of inflicting punishment on myself to do the hardest thing you can do," he said. "It's a complicated psychological thing. There's something perverse about it, really. " Five years after he wrapped up his HBO show in controversial fashion, Chase has finally returned to the American screen.
Last year's premiere party for "The Sopranos" was held at a pizzeria. It was a big pizzeria, to be sure (John's), with terrific pizza (the authentic New York thin-crust variety) and a celebrity crowd too, if only for Bruce, as in Springsteen--there to support his sometimes guitarist, Steven Van Zandt, who plays one of the hoods on the HBO series, the one always imitating Pacino in "Godfather III" ("Just when I thought I was out . . . they pull me back in"). But it was still a pizzeria.
December 21, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Daytime at the Roxy nightclub on Sunset Boulevard is like being on a Disneyland ride when the lights go on and the carefully constructed illusion is exposed. It's the slightly surreal setting for James Gandolfini to talk about his recent collaboration with "Sopranos" creator David Chase - the coming-of-age film "Not Fade Away" about a rebellious rock 'n' roll-minded teenager growing up in New Jersey in the 1960s. The husky actor saunters over to open the side door to the club to let in a roadie from the evening's musical act. "Do you know why we did this here?"
February 15, 2004 | Lewis Beale, Special to The Times
Carmela SOPRANO is beset by bears. Overturning her garbage, damaging her lawn, and generally freaking her out. Why, she wonders, "in the most densely populated state in the country," is she having to deal with bears? An animal control officer gives her the short answer: It has to do with human encroachment on the black bears' natural turf and open garbage cans.
December 20, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
It's with David Chase's much-honored individualism in mind that one should best approach - and best enjoy - his first feature film as a writer-director, the wonderfully immersive and evocative "Not Fade Away. " Despite the nostalgia-drenched idealism coursing through it - and a cinematic familiarity to the subject matter - this is not a story that's neatly told or safely predictable. The result, though, proves a warmly reflective, diligently crafted and confidently digressive flashback to a time, a place and people Chase, the creator of "The Sopranos," knows like the back of his hand (as it's largely drawn from the filmmaker's own coming of age)
June 27, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
At a  funeral service Thursday morning at Manhattan's Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, James Gandolfini was memorialized by friends and family as a man whose considerable talents were exceeded by his kindness and generosity. The actor, who earned three Emmys for his role as New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO's “The Sopranos,” died last week of a heart attack while vacationing in Rome. The service, held under the soaring arches of New York City's largest house of worship, was attended by several hundred mourners, including “Sopranos” co-stars Edie Falco, Joe Pantoliano, Aida Turturro and Dominic Chianese, as well as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, NBC's Brian Williams and actor Alec Baldwin.
June 20, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before remembering how fleeting life can be. The Skinny: Very sad about James Gandolfini. I only met him once, and it wasn't on duty. I used to hang out in a little bar in Chelsea that "Sopranos" costar Michael Imperioli owned, and Gandolfini came in. He was nice, and I seem to recall a brief conversation about music. Thursday's headlines include appreciations of Gandolfini and a look at the hard road "World War Z" traveled to get to the big screen.
June 20, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
James Gandolfini, the most important actor in the most influential television series of the last decade and a half, died suddenly Wednesday, in Italy. He was only 51, and though he had been a busy working actor -- in film and onstage as well as on TV -- for two decades, and had (with writer David Chase) created a character for the ages, he was also at what, especially in light of an early death, felt like the beginning of his career. Even though he spent the years of "The Sopranos" and afterward taking parts that told the world there was more to him than a New Jersey mob boss -- that is to say, waste management consultant -- its length and depth, its cultural mass, guarantee that Tony Soprano is the role for which he'll be most remembered.
June 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
One of the many reasons James Gandolfini entered into the hearts of TV viewers around the world was the level of depth he brought to what was traditionally viewed as a one-dimensional tough guy on the HBO series "The Sopranos. " As mobster Tony Soprano, Gandolfini showed a man who could be tender one moment and a raging ball of fury the next. HBO and creator David Chase gave Gandolfini 86 hour-long episodes, stretched over nine years, to explore this complex character. And the actor was rewarded in spades -- six Emmy nominations and three wins -- as well as multiple Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations and wins.
June 19, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
James Gandolfini, the barrel-chested actor forever known to millions of TV fans as mobster Tony Soprano on the HBO series “The Sopranos,” has died at the age of 51. “Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving,” said his managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, who confirmed that the actor passed away while on vacation in Rome, Italy. HBO also released a statement: "We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family.
June 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
James Gandolfini, 51, who swaggered his way to fame as the murderous, clinically depressed mob boss on HBO's groundbreaking drama "The Sopranos," died Wednesday on vacation in Rome, Italy. The cause of death was not immediately known but was initially attributed to either a heart attack or stroke. On "The Sopranos," which was created by writer David Chase and ran on HBO from 1999 to 2007, Gandolfini played the barrel-chested New Jersey organized crime capo-turned-boss Tony Soprano, who alternated acts of mayhem, infidelity and family loyalty between anguished visits to his psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco)
March 29, 2008
David Chase: An article in Friday's Calendar section about "Sopranos" creator David Chase speaking at a Writers Guild Foundation event on April 22 gave an incorrect website address for additional information. The address is
June 25, 2008 | Greg Braxton
Fans of "The Sopranos" suffering from withdrawal since the finale last year may get some relief over the Christmas holidays. "The Sopranos: The Complete Series," a DVD set containing all 86 episodes from the drama's seven seasons, will be released Nov. 11. Price tag: $400. The set includes two bonus discs of exclusive material, such as a sit-down interview with creator David Chase by Alec Baldwin, a round-table discussion among cast members and deleted scenes. -- Greg Braxton
June 3, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Writers Guild announced its 101 best-written TV series on Sunday night, and it will surprise exactly no one to learn that David Chase and "The Sopranos" topped the list, followed closely by "Seinfeld" (Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, creators) at No. 2. Beyond being consistently splendid shows, both helped usher in the current golden age of television. "The Sopranos" officially established HBO, and by extension cable's, reputation for cinematic television, while "Seinfeld" took mainstream comedy existential.
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