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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.
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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.
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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.
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June 25, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Broadway will dim its lights Wednesday to honor James Gandolfini,  the "The Sopranos” star and Tony nominee who died last week at the age of 51. The Broadway League announced Tuesday that theater marquees will go dark for one minute at 8 p.m. Gandolfini, best known for playing New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos,” also starred on stage. In 2009, he earned a best actor Tony nod for his role in Yasmina Reza's comedy "God of Carnage,” which two years later was produced at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre.
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June 21, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
Alongside Mr. Spock, Archie Bunker and the Fonz, James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano has been absorbed wholesale into the American psyche to rank as one of TV's most indelible icons. In every sense of the term, Gandolfini's mob boss was larger than life: a man of grand appetites, enormous externalized rage and tremendous heart who cast an equally gigantic shadow across popular culture during six seasons on HBO's "The Sopranos" that qualify as some of the finest television ever produced.
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June 21, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
After the news broke that actor James Gandolfini had died, media outlets everywhere scrambled to put him, and his beloved character Tony Soprano, into cultural context. But if you wanted to understand the importance of the man and the show, all you had to do was listen to sports radio. Even as the NBA Finals moved toward a thrilling and decisive Game 7, ESPN sportscasters were talking about nothing but Gandolfini's death, reminiscing about "The Sopranos" with the tones of sorrowful obsession usually reserved for the passing of an iconic coach or star athlete.
NEWS
October 1, 2000
Whining has become as much a part of the Olympics as winning. The latest to cry foul is Cuban President Fidel Castro. In a speech welcoming the nation's athletes who returned from Sydney on Friday, Castro questioned the surprise defeats of several Cuban boxers. Some of the defeats were genuine losses, the Cuban leader said, but he added "the rest were robbed from us." His speech was widely reproduced by Cuban state media Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2004 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
Where would Tony Soprano be without the History Channel? At the start of Sunday's season finale, he was bogged down in what Little Carmine Lupertazzi, New York's exiled, onetime would-be boss, would have called a "stagmire." By the end, a cable-TV refresher on Rommel and a brief communion with his ridiculous portrait as an early American general remind Tony -- however convolutedly -- of his position in the world.
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April 8, 2007 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
BY the time academics started to publish essays like "Stripper Iconography and Sex Worker Feminism on The Sopranos," it was apparent HBO's drama about an anxious, brutal, suburban mob boss might be more than just a TV show.
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June 21, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
An autopsy has confirmed that James Gandolfini, acclaimed star of "The Sopranos," died of a heart attack. "Today we received the results of the autopsy, which stated he died of a heart attack, of natural causes," family spokesperson Michael Kobold told reporters Friday in Rome, adding that "nothing else was found in his system. " On Thursday, Dr. Claudio Modini, head of the emergency department at the Policlinico Umberto I Hospital in Rome, attributed the actor's death to cardiac arrest , although the exact cause for it was not immediately known.
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June 21, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
After the news broke that actor James Gandolfini had died, media outlets everywhere scrambled to put him, and his beloved character Tony Soprano, into cultural context. But if you wanted to understand the importance of the man and the show, all you had to do was listen to sports radio. Even as the NBA Finals moved toward a thrilling and decisive Game 7, ESPN sportscasters were talking about nothing but Gandolfini's death, reminiscing about "The Sopranos" with the tones of sorrowful obsession usually reserved for the passing of an iconic coach or star athlete.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
Alongside Mr. Spock, Archie Bunker and the Fonz, James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano has been absorbed wholesale into the American psyche to rank as one of TV's most indelible icons. In every sense of the term, Gandolfini's mob boss was larger than life: a man of grand appetites, enormous externalized rage and tremendous heart who cast an equally gigantic shadow across popular culture during six seasons on HBO's "The Sopranos" that qualify as some of the finest television ever produced.
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June 20, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
“All due respect, you got no [...] idea what it's like to be Number One.” -- Tony Soprano. In the wake of James Gandolfini's death, fans of his work pulled out their credit cards to have his iconic character, Tony Soprano, accessible whenever they like. As of 10:30 a.m. (Pacific), "The Sopranos: The Complete Series" -- at a whopping $124.99 a pop if you buy it new -- currently sits atop Amazon.com's DVD bestsellers list. PHOTOS: James Gandolfini | 1961-2013 Elsewhere on the list, "The Sopranos: The Complete First Season" ranked No. 14. And "The Sopranos: Season 6, Part 2" came in at No. 20. And so it went, as various seasons of the groundbreaking HBO series popped up throughout the top 100. HBO, meanwhile, spotlighted the series on its streaming website HBOGo.
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June 20, 2013 | By Kelly Scott
Hearing the news of the death of actor James Gandolfini, Culture Monster checked in with Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie, whom he worked with before and after "The Sopranos. " Gandolfini starred in Yasmina Reza's play "God of Carnage" on Broadway with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden. The play was a major hit on Broadway, and all four actors were nominated for best actor Tony awards. After the four left the cast (the play briefly closed, but then continued on Broadway with different actors)
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June 20, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Key cast members of HBO's "The Sopranos" expressed deep sadness and grief with the death of James Gandolfini, the show's lead actor who died Wednesday of a possible heart attack while traveling in Italy. Edie Falco, who played Carmela Soprano, the wife of Gandolfini's Tony Soprano, said in a statement: "I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague.
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June 20, 2013 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
James Gandolfini, the Emmy-winning actor 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. He was 51. The cause was a heart attack or stroke, HBO officials said. A Rome hospital confirmed that Gandolfini had been brought there for treatment. The "Sopranos," recently named the best TV show of all time by the Writers Guild of America, ran on HBO from 1999 to 2007 and starred Gandolfini as barrel-chested New Jersey Mafia capo-turned-boss Tony Soprano.
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May 27, 2001 | CHERYL LU-LIEN TAN, BALTIMORE SUN
The new face of men's fashion, some say, is soft, pudgy and just a tad lumpen. The eyes are beady, the lips are menacingly curled, the hairline has long crept past the halfway mark of the head. And the belly is recognizable for its unabashedly comfortable droop over the belt. Sure, these are highly unusual elements of a male icon in the fashion world, where those anointed for deification tend to possess the dimensions of an Adonis.
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June 20, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
James Gandolfini had, understandably, sought to move past his Tony Soprano role in the six years since he left the show and moved on to film full time. But his last big-screen part may have more than a little more in common with his iconic HBO character. In "Animal Rescue," a Dennis Lehane-penned movie he finished shooting just two months before his death, Gandolfini plays a fallen crime boss named Marv, according to people familiar with the production who were not authorized to talk about the movie publicly.
NEWS
June 20, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
One thing should be dispensed with up front: James Gandolfini, who shuffled off this mortal coil Wednesday at age 51, was not a style icon - nor was his most memorable character, Tony Soprano. But if one speed-clicks through stills and screen-shots of Gandolfini's on-screen career, a certain throughline begins to emerge. Not through the sharp, peak-lapel suits and French cuffs of mob boss sit-down formality but via voluminous color-blocked Nat Nast bowling shirts, patterned polos, wife-beater undershirts and particularly the belted bathrobe look that seemed to follow Gandolfini from the New Jersey driveway of "The Sopranos" to the Las Vegas hotel suite of his "Incredible Burt Wonderstone" casino owner Doug Munny.
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