The Sopranos

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 12/4/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Humans may have evolved from pigs mating with chimps. (Learn more at Daily Mail) 2. Lists are perfect for the Web because they “tap into into our preferred way of receiving and organizing information at a subconscious level.” (Learn more at The New Yorker) 3. Phytophthora, a water mold that causes the roots of Christmas trees to rot, is a national problem. (NBC News) 4. Scientists can train locusts to recognize odors. (Learn more at …

Gandolfini, Tony Soprano and ‘Difficult Men’

Posted on 06/21/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentIn his upcoming book Difficult Men, author Brett Martin relates an episode from 2002 when James Gandolfini vanished from the set of The Sopranos in the middle of filming the show’s third season. At first, after the actor missed a 6 a.m. call, producers simply worked around his absence, shooting other scenes. Gandolfini was famous for his eccentricities. But after a few days without word, people got nervous. Driving into work one morning, Terence Winter, the Sopranos writer who would …

James Gandolfini: How He Compared to Tony Soprano

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyFor a murderous thug who made his living through extortion, theft and corruption, Tony Soprano was a remarkably easy guy to sympathize with. We felt the pain of his unhappy upbringing, of his frustrations with his coworkers, of the continual pressure to keep earning enough to afford the affluent suburban lifestyle to which his family had become accustomed. We were touched by his affection for the wild ducks that congregated in his swimming pool. When he went to a psychiatrist …