Even after seven years, the series finale for HBO’s “The Sopranos” has had fans debating whether Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) died or not. The final scene ended with an abrupt black screen that held on the screen for several seconds. Even co-star Michael Imperioli has stated in the past that he thought that meant Tony had died. Show creator David Chase now tells writer Martha P. Nochimson that the answer is a simple “no” to that question. The dark, mobster-themed show won Best Drama Series at the Emmys in 2004 and for that final season in 2007. Entertainment Weekly.
With the Emmys now over, it’s time to focus on a six-month Oscar season. The first DVD screener being sent to Academy members this year is “Snowpiercer,” which voters should receive this week. Radius and The Weinstein Company are behind this “futuristic post-apocalyptic thriller about a special class-conscious train that travels the globe.” Directed by Bong Joon Ho, the film stars Oscar winner Tilda Swinton. Deadline.
Oscar winner Sophia Loren will be saluted by the American Film Institute with a special tribute during AFI Fest in Hollywood on November 12. Her entire career will be celebrated but will coincide with the 50th anniversary of her Oscar-nominated role in “Marriage Italian Style.” Loren won an Academy Award in 1960 for “Two Women” and received an honorary Oscar in 1991. Variety.
Recent Emmy champ Jimmy Fallon will salute former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno when he receives the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The event will be held on October 19 in Washington, D.C. Others to appear include Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler, Betty White, Wanda Sykes, and band leader Kevin Eubanks. The first Twain Prize winner was Richard Pryor in 1998. Last year’s recipient was Carol Burnett. Washington Post.
Even though “The Colbert Report” won another Emmy on Monday as Best Variety Series, presenter Gwen Stefani flubbed the name. She called it “The Colbore Report,” reminding everyone of John Travolta‘s infamous “Adele Dazeem” instead of Idina Menzel at the Oscars this year. The show’s writers had fun with the situation for Tuesday’s episode, which opened with a new graphic featuring the flubbed name. The Wrap.
Chelsea Handler said goodbye to the E! Network and her show “Chelsea Lately” on Tuesday night. The show lasted seven seasons and had a loyal celebrity following with many of them regularly appearing as guests. The climax of the final episode was an all-star sing-along parody of “We Are the World” featuring Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Gerard Butler, Kate Beckinsale, Tim Gunn, Melissa McCarthy, Allison Janney, Joel McHale, and many others. Vulture.
Amazon has yet to enjoy a Netflix-sized breakthrough hit, but is the online streamer about to have its first? They have just released a trailer for the 10-episode dark comedy “Transparent,” which will debut on September 26. Created by Jill Soloway (“Six Feet Under”), the show stars Emmy nominee Jeffrey Tambor as the transgender patriarch of a Los Angeles family. It co-stars Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass. TV Line.