| Jun 20, 2013
| 10:00 AM
James Gandolfini described himself as a “300-lb. Woody Allen," when I met him at the end of November, just about six months before he passed away at 51 from a heart attack while on vacation in Italy.
Appearing a lot more vulnerable than his heft...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 5:00 AM
After the news broke that actor James Gandolfini had died, media outlets everywhere scrambled to put him, and his beloved character Tony Soprano, into cultural context. But if you wanted to understand the importance of the man and the show, all you had to...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 11:32 PM
In life, actor James Gandolfini had a rare gift of making audiences care and empathize with a ruthless sociopathic mob boss, a shadowy figure in an underground world polite society tells us to avoid at all costs.
Yet Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The Writers Guild announced its 101 best-written TV series on Sunday night, and it will surprise exactly no one to learn that David Chase and "The Sopranos" topped the list, followed closely by "Seinfeld" (Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, creators) at No....
| Jun 3, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the "101 Best Written TV Series of All Time," topped by HBO's "The Sopranos."
The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini) led the list...
| May 9, 2013
Gliding through turbulent revolutionary times with an air of inquisitive detachment, and with a sheaf of his latest drawings under his arm, young Gilles, played by newcomer Clement Metayer in "Something in the Air," is the latest screen portrait of an...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 9:50 PM
British roots music band Mumford & Sons took the top honor for its album "Babel" at the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony Sunday. The night mostly distributed honors broadly to an array of younger generation acts including New York indie...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 4:40 PM
Daytime at the Roxy nightclub on Sunset Boulevard is like being on a Disneyland ride when the lights go on and the carefully constructed illusion is exposed. It's the slightly surreal setting for James Gandolfini to talk about his recent collaboration...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 3:37 PM
David Chase's new movie, "Not Fade Away," his first major work since concluding "The Sopranos," tells the story of a thoughtful teenage boy (John Magaro) growing up in New Jersey during the 1960s. Flat December light settles over the film's suburban...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 8:25 AM
Today is the first day of the Chicago Humanities Festival and last day of Chicago Ideas Week. Not that it matters anymore when one annual celebration of creativity ends and another begins. Somewhere, every day of the year, morning, brunch and night, there...