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Trial separation for Brad Grey, Paramount CEO, and wife, Jill

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DIRECT FROM Hollywood -- Jill and Brad Grey will be seen at a wedding this very day in La-La Land; they aren't canceling although their own actual marriage is in an iffy state. They gave me this statement, "We are sad to say we are taking a trial separation from our marriage. We have been together since we were in college and it's our hope that we will be able to work things out for our sake and the sake of our three children."

Brad is CEO of Paramount Pictures, helped found Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and helped create The Sopranos.

'The Sopranos' redux

Now I've read everything extant on David Chase's ending of his phenomenal The Sopranos and registered the mass audience dismay that they didn't get either blood and guts or a happy ending.

The best sum-up on this is Peter Kaplan's in the June 18 New York Observer. He writes: "It was, so far, the best last episode in TV history -- better than The Mary Tyler Moore Show or All in the Family or Seinfeld, despite the screaming about it from plotmongers who wouldn't have been happy with anything short of the conflagration from the end of Scarface. ... David Chase's enduring triumph in American television is that he embraced ambiguity and looked for poetry in the Bush administration."

I wonder. How many of those who dissent with the TV creator's ending his creation the way he damned well wanted to would have killed off priceless characters when they are worth millions of dollars still alive?

Although Chase denies any such intention -- so long as Tony, Carmela, A.J. and Meadow are left alive, there could be a major motion picture down the line. These same Sopranos, grown older, wiser or the same. Such a big movie could compete with the super success of hit films such as Nick Pileggi and Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas or Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather series. It is a multimillion-dollar idea.

It takes a lot of guts to kill your babies. Chase evidently didn't want to do that, and I believe he was right.

This and that

It was a busy weekend -- Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster got married in Italy and, since they've been together for almost a decade, nobody pays any attention anymore to the fact that she is half his age. ... The Brits waved a red flag at their Islamic populace by knighting the author Salman Rushdie. There once was a price on his head, and he hid out for at least a year to escape assassination for insulting the prophet Muhammad in a novel. ... And here's ABC anchor Charlie Gibson with Union College graduates in Schenectady, N.Y.: "Compassion. Honesty. Fairness. Trustworthiness. Respect for others. If those things are not the bedrocks of your life, you will suffer for their absence in time."

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