For a man so tight with the mob (albeit a fictional one), Nick D'Urso doesn't seem to know the rule about not "singing" about valuable Mafia information. D'Urso is the manager of Satin Dolls, a nudie bar in New Jersey, and claims that a movie based on HBO's The Sopranos is in the works.
So how does a strip-club manager have inside information on one of Hollywood's secret projects? Satin Dolls is the location that doubles as The Bada Bing, the fictional notorious hangout for Tony Soprano and his boys in the critically acclaimed drama.
D'Urso told the online branch of New Jersey's The Record that he was planning on renovating the establishment when he got a call from someone saying a Sopranos movie was in the works. Not wanting to mess with Tony's favorite joint (and miss out on cashing in ...Read more
Hoping for another season of The Sopranos? Fuggetaboutit.
HBO brought the mafia hit to a close last night with the series finale "Made in America," the 86th episode aired on the cable channel since the show debuted in early 1999. The show has portrayed the rise to power of one of television's most beloved antiheroes, Tony Soprano (played by James Gandolfini), as he heads up a New-Jersey-based organized-crime family.
Knowing the end was near, fans of the show have been speculating about Tony's future. Would he be murdered by a rival mob family? Would he be turned over to the feds? Would his family be slaughtered?
Series creator David Chase took over both writing and directing duties for the series finale, which fans hoped would address the above questions. As expected, the show's close drew passionate responses from its legions of viewers, with Internet reports (warning: link ...Read more
He is a fat, balding, heavy-breathing man with an explosive temper and a reptilian gaze. Starting Sunday and lasting nine weeks, Americans are going to be on tenterhooks, wondering if he will live or die.
He is, of course, mob boss Tony Soprano, the first of a new breed of antihero to dominate the US television screen, a character whose corrupt, sometimes murderous deeds have failed to stop a large part of America from adoring him.
Now everyone wants to know, as The Sopranos heads into its final nine episodes after six acclaimed seasons on cable channel HBO, whether Tony gets whacked or whisked into the witness protection program.
Will Tony, the conflicted head of a northern New Jersey crime family, get the last laugh, or will the state, federal, and local law enforcement agencies pursuing him all these years come out on top?
One hallmark of the show has ...Read more
For the majority of the country unwilling to cough up hundreds of dollars in premium-cable subscription fees or multiseason DVD purchases, this is a terrific week.
Two of HBO's reigning masterpieces, The Sopranos and The Wire, start their off-network syndication runs Monday on A&E and BET, respectively.
But there is a catch for newcomers to these series: Both will be edited for language, nudity, and violence. Basic cable has stricter content standards than premium cable, so if Sopranos fans were looking forward to strippers without panties at the Bada Bing, their disappointment with A&E will be profound.
However, an advance glimpse at A&E's edit of Sopranos indicates that a few judicious snips to a series can be made without snuffing its profane soul. It's not the same Sopranos--some of the substitutions for the F-bomb are ...Read more
From the moment that The Sopranos' fifth season came to its shocking end on June 6, 2004, fans of the series have been holding their breaths in anticipation of the next episode. The wait--nearly two years!--has been torturously lengthy, but tonight brings sweet release to us all.
The sixth and final season of this compelling and groundbreaking series is about to begin, and HBO has promised many fascinating changes in the lives of Tony Soprano and his clan. Will he and Carmela succeed in their reconciliation? Will the Soprano children, now nearly grown, make a safe and happy transition to adulthood? And with Johnny Sack away in prison, will the growing tension between the New York and New Jersey families continue unchecked?
These questions and many more will be answered in the coming weeks as The Sopranos approaches what is sure to be a worthy finale. As we count ...Read more
When The Sopranos returns for its
final season, it will be without two executive
producers who have helped mold the show through
its entire run. Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green,
who have helped create all five seasons of the HBO
mob drama, abruptly left recently as the filming for
the sixth season got under way.
Variety reports that Burgess and Green left The Sopranos in order to work on a new HBO show, Powerball. Powerball follows a family that wins a lottery jackpot of $300 million, and it is being likened to The Beverly Hillbillies meets Wal-Mart--a parody of American consumerism.
The Sopranos creator, David Chase, originally wanted to end the acclaimed mob drama after the fourth season. However, HBO kept making him offers he couldn't refuse, and now the show is scheduled to return for a sixth season in March 2006, with a bonus season scheduled for January ...Read more
The interested parties had a sit-down and worked things out, so no one's going to get hurt.
Sopranos actors Steven Van Zandt and Tony Sirico, who play Dante Silvio and Paulie Walnuts, respectively, have ended their standoff with HBO over salary issues. The two actors had been holding out for a pay bump going into the final season of the acclaimed mob drama.
Originally, HBO offered a 10 percent across-the-board salary increase to all supporting cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network agreed to double Van Zandt's and Sirico's current salaries, which are around $85,000 per episode. The two actors had initially demanded an increase to $200,000 per episode, and Tony Soprano himself (James Gandolfini) is reported to have intervened and attempted to help settle things.
In June, most of the supporting cast of the show had delayed signing their contracts for the eighth ...Read more
John Ventimiglia, the actor who plays "warm and convivial" restaurateur Artie Bucco on the HBO series The Sopranos, was arrested in Brooklyn yesterday on suspicion of drunk driving and cocaine possession.
Ventimiglia was pulled over in his VW Jetta early Monday morning after he swerved out of his lane with his headlights off. The actor had a blood alcohol level of .12, above the legal limit of .08, and "had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of booze," according to a police report. He was carrying a small baggie with a white powdery residue that police believe is cocaine.
The actor pleaded not guilty, and was released on his own recognizance today. His lawyer released a statement saying that his client "feels embarrassed and terrible" about the incident.
The character of Artie Bucco is a childhood friend of mob boss Tony Soprano and a perennial emotional wild card. This season ...Read more