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Justin Long Joins 'New Girl,' Lonely Island Member Books 'Up All Night' & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 2nd 2011 2:40PM
Justin LongZooey Deschanel is getting an equally adorkable love interest on 'New Girl' when Justin Long joins the cast.

Long -- yes, the movie star and Mac guy from the Apple commercials -- will play a recurring love interest for Deschanel's character, Jess.

According to EW, Long will play Paul, a music teacher, in three episodes of the new comedy about a lovelorn newly single woman living with three dudes.

'New Girl' premieres Tues., Sept. 20, 9PM ET on Fox. Long is set to appear in episode six.

Aww, hipster love!

In other casting news ...

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Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman to Star in HBO's 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 16th 2010 11:20AM
Nicole Kidman and Clive OwenClive Owen and Nicole Kidman will play Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhor, respectively, in an HBO movie produced by James Gandolfini.

'Hemingway & Gellhorn' is Gandolfini's passion project. According to Deadline, the 'Sopranos' actor was first attached to star in the film when it was originally pitched as a theatrical feature. He later brought the movie to his old home of HBO under his Attaboy Productions banner.

Filming is set to begin next year in Northern California.

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James Gandolfini Calls Glenn Beck 'Satan' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 21st 2010 4:12PM
Glenn BeckGlenn Beck is quite a controversial person, that's for sure. He has a way of bringing out intense feelings, both good and bad. On 'Glenn Beck' (weekdays, 5PM ET on FNC), the host recounted his encounter with 'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini.

Beck and his kids were at a Cirque du Soleil show in a mob of celebrities -- Beck said if he had known there would be so many he wouldn't have gone -- and he introduced himself to Gandolfini.

"I said, 'Hey Jim, we have a mutual friend' and I told him and I shook his hand," Beck said. "And he said, 'What is Satan doing here?' I have my 5-year-old in my arms. I didn't shoot back: 'Why are you glorifying killing, mobsters, whoredom.' None of that ... Leave my kids out of it. Leave people's families out of it."

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Gandolfini Joins HBO Reality TV Movie

by Kim Potts, posted May 13th 2010 9:30AM
Well, it's not 'The Sopranos' update movie we've been hoping for, but James Gandolfini is returning to his old HBO stomping grounds for a movie project.

'Sopranos' Emmy winner Gandolfini is joining Tim Robbins and Diane Lane in the HBO Films flick 'Cinema Verite,' a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the seminal 1973 PBS series 'An American Family.'

'Family,' considered one of the earliest reality shows, was a 12-episode series that followed the Loud family, a California clan where mom Pat and dad Bill were splitting up and oldest son Lance was one of the first openly gay "characters" on TV.

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James Gandolfini May Return to HBO

by Scott Harris, posted May 6th 2010 11:30AM
James Gandolfini and HBO. For eight years, it was perhaps the most important marriage in television, as Gandolfini powered 'The Sopranos' to the pinnacle of pop culture, a status that also elevated the network to new heights. So when 'The Sopranos' finally went off the air in 2007, many wondered if such a perfect union would be seen again.

Well, wonder no more: According to Variety, Gandolfini is currently developing a new series for HBO. Titled 'Taxi 22,' the series, which is based on the French Canadian show 'Taxi 0-22,' follows the life of a "politically incorrect cab driver in New York City." Gandolfini is executive producing the project as well.

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Kathy Griffin's She'll Cut A Bitch on DVD

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 11th 2010 7:54PM
Kathy Griffin She'll Cut A BitchThe best thing about making fun of the daily failings of celebrities and other public figures, as is Kathy Griffin's bread and butter, is that you can write a new act every few weeks. Griffin's Bravo special, She'll Cut A Bitch, originally aired in April of 2009, and comes out uncensored with a few extra routines (about 12 minutes total) on DVD January 12.

She also released a CD last November, called Suckin' It For the Holidays, which had almost nothing to do with the holidays. There was very little overlap between the special and CD. Griffin has released a steady stream of specials for the past several years, in addition to shooting her reality show, My Life on the D-List.

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TV Worth the Effort in 2010

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 6th 2010 12:07PM


Be warned - I'm starting the New Year with a cold. A cold that prevented me from properly introducing 2010 to my friend Stella Artois, and a cold that prevented me from enjoying my favourite Christmas gift - a trip to the big city to see the ballet - and it is a cold that is even now preventing me from breathing, speaking and sleeping peacefully.

Which basically means I am one cranky TV columnist.

My intention this week is to discuss the TV-related New Year's Resolution. For some it is a 'more-and-bigger' proposition, like my neighbours, who scoured the Boxing Day sales for a massive flat-screen to replace their large flat-screen. But for most of us, it is a 'less-and-better' motive that drives us to promise ourselves that this year we will watch only quality programming, and only for two hours a week, and only one night a week, because we'll join a book club, a gym, an internet dating service, whatever.

What I've been thinking about is this: what is good television?

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Best TV of the '00s: Dramatic Actor

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 30th 2009 11:06AM
Bryan Cranston, Breaking BadMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the best dramatic actors of the decade. And, boy, was it a tough choice.

From a meth-making chemistry teacher to a damaged 1960s ad exec, the guys populating the dramatic actor category in our best of the decade are nothing short of brilliant.

It's hard to choose favorites when you're dealing with the likes of Jon Hamm, Bryan Cranston, Mark Harmon, James Gandolfini, and many others, but the TV Squad team has spoken.

Did your favorites make our list? If not, feel free to add them in the comments below.

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Will James Gandolfini ever be anything but Tony Soprano?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 7th 2009 7:30PM
James Gandolfini in In the LoopI watched the feature film In the Loop the other day, a documentary-style comedy that looks behind the scenes of the British and U.S. governments. James Gandolfini plays Lt. Gen. George Miller, and all I could think was, "Hey, there's Tony Soprano in a U.S. military uniform." I think his character may have even said something along the lines of, "I'll break your kneecaps if..."

I know James Gandolfini has done a lot of projects since The Sopranos, but Tony Soprano is so cemented in my mind, I wonder if I'll ever see him as anything else. I have the same reaction when I see Steve Schirripa playing Leo on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. "Hey, that's Bobby Baccalieri!"

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Greatest TV Dads

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 8th 2009 6:00AM
John GoodmanReal-life dads are sometimes preoccupied with their careers and distracted by life's many complications. Happily, on TV, all dads have plenty of quality time to share with their kids, while dispensing encouraging words and occasional tough love.

Maybe that's because TV dads never spend much time at work. (We're pretty sure everyone's fathers would sign up for that!) Step into the wonderful make-believe world where every day is Father's Day, and join us as we count down our 20 favorite TV dads.

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Huge payday for Sopranos actor

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 21st 2008 9:20AM
Carm and TonySome actors from The Sopranos have won awards, Emmys, Golden Globes, et. al. At least one has achieved another kind of infamy. Federico Castelluccio, who played the Italian hit man Furio, has sold a painting inspired by the show for $175,000. The image, a variation on the famous 15th century dual portrait, Duke and Duchess of Urbino, is called The Duke and Duchess of North Caldwell. That would be Tony and Carmela Soprano of Caldwell, New Jersey.

Federico, who has no less that eight film roles to his credit for release this year, doesn't need to paint to pay the rent. He paints because he's an artist and -- clearly -- a good one. This original work was created after his appearance on the show. As Furio Giunta, the Italian made the mistake of becoming a wee bit too enamored with his boss's wife. Rather than stay in Jersey and potentially have an affair with Carmela, Furio returned to Italy and never came back -- as far as we know. David Chase may have a whole other story that was written and never filmed involving Furio. Chase is funny that way.

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Tony Soprano's bloody costume auctioned for charity

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 26th 2008 11:02AM
Tony's garbYesterday at Christie's in New York, Tony Soprano's costumes went up for auction. You not going to believe how much money a bloody wifebeater goes for these days. One fan of the show paid $43,750 for the outfit pictured to the right: a bloody tank, a stained button down shirt, and pants. The outfit was the one the Jersey mob boss wore when Uncle Junior mistakenly shot him.

Also up for bid was a four-piece set containing boxers, a robe, a sleeveless undershirt, and a pair of slippers (a costume Gandolfini donned many times on the show). It took home $21,250. Another robe (the tan one with an "S" monogram that Gandolfini wore in the pilot) went for $13.750. Overall, the iconic mafia boss's clothes brought in over $185,000.

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Medium: To Have and to Hold

by Paul Goebel, posted Jan 22nd 2008 11:39AM

Patricia Arquette(S04E03) "That's so not fair." - Ariel Dubois

Paris, 10CC, white wine, the only thing that could make this scene more romantic is a corkscrew through the hand. Am I the only one who immediately thought of the scene in True Romance when Patricia Arquette drives a corkscrew through James Gandolfini's foot? Good times.

Michael Gross looks good, right? He looks a lot older than Steven Keaton but he wears it well. Personally, I would be thrilled to see him as a recurring character, but I'm not holding my breath.

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SAG nominations are in

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 20th 2007 1:42PM

SAG AwardsEW.com put up the The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations and we've got the nominees in the television categories for you. Not surprisingly, The Sopranos swan song continues to get awards show nods, with bids in all three categories it qualifies for. 30 Rock accomplished the same feat in the comedy categories. No other show was represented in all three drama or comedy categories.

Newcomers include Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) in male dramatic actor. Holly Hunter (Saving Grace) was a new face in female dramatic actor, while Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?) and Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) represented comedic actresses. Only Mad Men was able to creep in as a new show in the ensemble drama category. The complete list is after the jump.

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David Chase on The Sopranos ending - TCA Awards report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 22nd 2007 1:01PM

The SopranosDavid Chase (The Sopranos) won two TCA/TV Critics awards on Saturday night in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.

The first, for Outstanding Achievement in Drama, was presented by TCA member Molly Willow of The Columbus Dispatch.

"After eight years of some of the best writing and performances ever on television...we didn't want to see it end -- and as it turns out, we didn't have to," Willow deadpanned, referring to the much debated finale in which Tony Soprano cut to black.

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