Nooooo! I just can't take this sad news.
James Gandolfini, everyone's favorite TV mob boss, Tony Soprano has died at the age of 51.
Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini has died in Italy at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack. According to HBO, he was on vacation at the time. The “Sopranos” actor appeared recently in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” He had been working on Fox Searchlight’s “Animal Rescue,” now in post-production, HBO show “Criminal Justice” as well as CBS show “Taxi 22.”
Gandolfini had six Emmy lead drama actor nominations as well as a Golden Globe for his work in the “Sopranos,” which ended in 2007. Among his film roles were “Mr. Wonderful,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” and “True Romance.”
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, a son and a baby daughter.
I loved this guy.
If you haven't seen him in the classic film True Romance, put it in your queue now.
Written by: Diva Julia
Hey, everyone! My name is Frenchie and, as you can guess from the title of this post, I’m a new contributing writer for DiC! I’m really excited to take this further step in my online writing with the company of Julia and co., creators of endlessly entertaining media.
I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY and, that thing people say about us having attitudes? Its all true, just so you know! Knowing the wheres and whathaveyous of celebrities or the entertainment industry at large has always been one of my favorite things; the advent of twitter/tumblr/all social media has made it that much more satisfying and I ALWAYS have something to say about it. Hopefully, my charmingly-sarcastic point of view involving the “industry” and its players has found a home here on DiC. I think so.
Topics I’ll be sure to address here include but are not limited to:
-General “celebs in the city” happenings as they’re constantly underfoot. Like roaches. But ones we actually like. Who doesn’t enjoy running into Norman Reedus at a rave?! *Side note: That was a couple of years ago and the photo came out awful. Norman looked fine; I looked like a hot mess and never shall it see the light of day. Also, I was more invested in the fact the he’s a MacManus brother, holla!
-Red carpet outfit/street wear critiques. Because I’m thisclose to rolling up with a whiteboard and a chair, it is that serious.
-Ruminations on the abject wtf-ery presented on social media.
-Nerdery, more often than not. I get deep into tv shows/movies/books/etc. DEEP. Come down that rabbit hole with me.
I sometimes think that my opinions should be kept to myself. Julia disagrees. Clearly, I trust her judgement! Tally ho!
Twitter is my shepherd, I shall not want: @lafemmeluna
Written by: Diva Julia
'American Psycho' is a DiC favorite, and clearly one enjoyed by Kanye West as well. To promote his new album 'Yeezus,' West employs Kardashian family member Scott Disick, the one who has two kids with Kourtney, and E! personality Jonathan Cheban to recreate the movie's most memorable scene. Or second most memorable if you count Christian Bale getting it on with two prostitutes.
Disick plays the iconic Patrick Bateman character, waxing poetic about the album and his love of Ye. Disick seems to be obsessed with Kanye in real life, so I don't think this was much of a stretch for him, and many have commented that he looks like a real life Bateman. Things get pretty bloody after he dons a clear raincoat and gets to hacking. Word has it that Kanye originally wanted James Franco for this.
You can watch the clip at KanyeWest.com, after you download 'Yeezus' which you probably already have.
'The Voice' is almost done for the season, and the Top 3 had one last chance to fight for America's vote. The contestants revisited their most memorable performances with songs chosen by their coaches, who they also sang with. So we got a lot of country, and a little bit of rock n' roll, but it was all good.
At the top of the show, Usher, Adam Levine, Shakira and Blake Shelton joined forces for "With A Little Help From My Friends" where Ursh delivered the note of the night. I also like how he and Adam were trying to out-falsetto each other. Also, check out Shakira's knee high boots!
The Swon Brothers have come a long way, and even if they don't take home the big prize they have the distinction of being the only duo to make it this far in the show's history. They kicked things off with the classic "Danny's Song," which Shelton picked as their "defining moment" performance. The brothers did a great job with this again and their coach guaranteed that they would be playing this on the radio back in Oklahoma. I don't know about that, but it was good.
Blake performed "Celebrity" by Brad Paisley with them, and this worked well with a trio. While hanging out with their parents, the Swon mama talked about how they would discipline the two by making them write songs together when they misbehaved. Well that definitely paid off. For their last song, "I Can't Tell You Why" by The Eagles, they brought out the strong harmonies which made a believer out of Adam who didn't like the last Eagles tune they did. Overall it was a solid last showing from The Swon Brothers.
Blake also has Danielle Bradbery still in the game, so he's in the same position he was in last year. I think he might have a better chance of winning with Bradbery, she's a young, blonde Country singer. She's pretty marketable. "Maybe It Was Memphis" was chosen has "defining moment" song. She appeared more confident here and rocked another pair of those rhinestoned cowboy boots. Shakira even showed her support by donning a cowboy hat.
Danielle was joined by Shelton for "Timber, I'm Falling In Love" by Patty Loveless. If you ignore the fact that this love song was sung by a thirty-something year old married man and a sixteen year old, it was really nice. For her last solo song it was "Born To Fly" by Sara Evans. Now, Danielle is a good singer, but I think my issue with her has been that she did a lot of these soaring country ballads throughout the season. It got a little boring after a while. She aced this one though, earning the praises of the judges and lots of votes I'm sure.
Finally, our girl Michelle Chamuel. I don't agree with Usher that Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" was her "defining moment" performance. He should have chosen "Time After Time" or "Grenade," where she really had some incredible moments. Still, Michelle rocked it out with the band and made this song a little less annoying for me. As Carson Daly pointed out, Michelle got the loudest applause of the and Shakira said that she was glad that she had made it this far in the competition. We are too!
For her collabo with coach Usher, they sang U2's "One." Again, not a song I would have chosen but they killed it, and the shot of Usher in the audience with the all the hands clapping along was striking.
Her last solo was Annie Lennox's "Why" where she stood on stage in all white with a video image of herself in a mirror. I think Michelle got the best, and most original, staging of the season. It fit her personality, her growth as an artist on the show, and most importantly her voice.
The Final 3, along with this season's past contestants, had their last group performance, until the finale, with "Home" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. It was nice seeing my girl Judith Hill again and I look forward to Tuesday night's finale.
So after their last big performances, who do you think will be crowned the winner?
Seeing as how this is the next to last episode of the season I was expecting some big revelations, or maybe another death. It's time to admit that even when you break down all the good parts, this season was quite underwhelming.
We did find out more about the mysterious Bob Benson as Pete went back to being the smarmy character I liked to loathe. Again the episode belonged to Sally, who is desperately trying to figure out how to get away from boys. It's a mad world, and it's run by mad men.
Sally: After catching Don with Sylvia, she no longer wants to visit him on the weekends. Betty calls while Don is home sick and tells her that Sally wants to go away to an all-girls boarding school. Don offers to pay for her tuition, and she'll have no problem getting in because Henry's daughter also attends Miss Porter's. So Betty takes her up for a day and she's immediately mean-girled by her potential roommate and another student. Sally just kind of went with it, even giving them money and promising to give them anything they want, which of course means boys. Well the only boy she knows besides her brother is Creepy Glen, who climbs through the window with his friend Rolo. They drink, they get high, you know regular teenage stuff and one of the girls, Mandy, invites Glen back to her room.
Sally goes off with Rolo who tries to feel her up, and then calls her a tease when she rebuffs his advances. Glen pounces on him and they scuffle until Rolo reminds him that he's his only way home. Even though Glen will probably never completely shake his creepiness, it's nice to know that he'll thrown down for Sally.
On their way back home Betty asks Sally how her stay at Miss Porter's was, knowing that the headmistress told her about what she and the other girls did. She offers a cigarette, because if she's going to smoke she might as well do it in front of her. Betty asks if Don has ever given her a beer and Sally responds that her dad has never given her anything, which I'm sure made Betty very happy.
Pete, Ken and Bob: My poor Ken, the weirdest things keep happening to him. After he told two Chevy execs that his wife was pregnant, they offered to take him hunting, even though they've probably never been hunting before. Startled by a noise, one of the guys shoots into the woods and accidentally hits Ken. He shows up to work with an eye patch over his right eye and tells Pete that he just can't handle that account anymore. Pete is more than ready to take his job and they tell Bert that Ken will stay in New York while Pete takes over in Detroit. He wants Bob off the account but the partners know that Chevy loves him. Face to face, Pete tells Bob that he doesn't want to work with him and that he should watch what he says to people. Guess he didn't like that little knee tap.
Pete calls up Duck Phillips for any leads he can give to Bob so that he'll want to quit because everyone else likes the guy, except him and Don. In his office, Bob speaks Spanish with someone on the phone telling him that Pete is conniving and trying to get him fire. When Dot stops by to ask Pete for her passport, she tells him that Manolo isn't happy about the way he's been treating Bob. Which begs the question, who is Manolo to Bob anyways? Is he really just a caretaker that he happened to know? When Duck calls Pete back he tells him that Bob has lied about pretty much everything, his background, where he went to school. Bob Benson isn't even his real name! Of course SC&P is the only company who didn't do any background checks on him. Pete confronts him about what he knows, but Bob plays dumb, probably instinctively, but apologizes for treating him the way he did. Pete knows that he can't win against someone who is willing to lose it all to get ahead, so he might as well play nice. Bob, whoever he really is, can stick around as long as he keeps his distance. Smart move, Pete.
Don, Ted and Peggy: The weird love/hate triangle that's been going on between these three finally came to a head when Don decided that he wanted to spare Ted and Peggy the same embarrassment he's gone through with office romances. Or at least that's the lie he went with. Megan tells him to stay home for the day because he's sick, and looks it, but work never stops.
Harry calls from California to tell him that Sunkist wants their business, but Ted is already working with Ocean Spray which could cause a huge conflict. At the office, Ted and Peggy are doing a horrible job at hiding their flirting from the other creatives. While they sample juices, they giggle with each other as they act out a commercial. After a showing of 'Rosemary's Baby,' Megan and Don run into Peggy and Ted who quickly lie their way out of the awkward situation. Don instantly knows what's up, and as they act out their St. Joseph's aspirin ad, inspired the by the movie, he tells them that they'll be over budget.
Later Ted tells Don that St. Joseph's stopped production on their ad when Don sent the budget to them. Ted is more concerned about how Peggy will take the news than the fact that a huge ad won't make it to air. In a meeting with the St. Joseph's people, Ted tries to convince them to move forward even with the big budget. Don butts in saying that he knows what they want, but that the ad has become personal for Ted. Totally caught off guard, Ted lets Don tell them that the campaign was Frank Gleason's last idea and that's why they feel so strongly about it. It was an uncomfortable move, and a risky one, but they went for it. He then tells Ted that him and Peggy are way too public and that he's been there before, and boy has he. So maybe Don was trying to save the two from being the talk of the office, but I also think there were some slightly selfish reasons behind him trying to break up Ted and Peggy. As good as they both are, they aren't as sharp when they're too busy acting like 4th graders. Peggy chastises him in his office, saying that he ruined their commercial and calls him a monster. All Don can do is curl up into the fetal position on his couch.
Besides finding out that Bob isn't who he says he is (and we all saw that coming right?), there wasn't a lot to this episode. I don't expect the finale to be filled with anything big either, but something has to happen! It better not involve Glen and his eyebrows either.