I’m as stunned as a roo in a commodore’s high-beams.. so much so I’m unable to scrawl much of an obit at the moment. If you haven’t heard, actor James Gandolfini, best known for his portrayal as Tony Soprano on HBO’s “The Sopranos” – but also remembered fondly for his array of film roles, particularly in the ’90s – has sadly passed away aged 51.
Reports say Gandolfini was in Italy when he suffered a heart attack. TMZ say he was there to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.
Gandolfini was terrific on “The Sopranos”, and it’s undeniably the high point of his career and CV, but I’ll also remember him for his great character turns in so many ’90s actioners like “True Romance”, “Get Shorty”, “Terminal Velocity” and “Crimson Tide”. He was a staple of so many of those popcorn actioners, if only because they all required a charming bear of a bad guy – and he was the best at that. In later years, Gandolfini appeared in high-profile flicks like “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, and “Welcome to the Rileys. He was expected to reunite with HBO on an event series called “Criminal Justice”.
HBO released the following statement : ”We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”
Man, I’m just in a total state of shock. So young, such a talent. This one stings like an electric current to the nether regions.
Stuck for words, let’s just go to the video :
- Trailer : Little Boy - March 4, 2015
- Trailer : Big Game - March 4, 2015
- Redmayne, Vikander in The Danish Girl out November 27 - March 4, 2015
- Trailer : Avengers : Age of Ultron - March 4, 2015
- Scott, Collette set for Dougherty’s Krampus - March 4, 2015
- New directing assignments for Bryan Singer, Joseph Kosinski - March 4, 2015
- David Denman shoots for 13 Hours - March 4, 2015
- Usher for Independence Day 2, Sullivan for new Europacorp actioner - March 4, 2015
- Warner lands a Green Lantern! - March 4, 2015
- Wonder Years‘ Fred Savage returning to TV - March 4, 2015
Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.