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Bada Bling: Sopranos Premiere @ Radio City

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The ramp-up of hype for the final eight episodes of the Sopranos officially began last night at Radio City, where the cast, crew, friends and family of HBO’s “mobrama” (that’s “mob” + “drama”) gathered to watch the first two episodes and drink-in the bingy, er, blingy after-party. Just how tough a ticket was it? Denise Borino, who plays “Ginny Sack,” was held up at security outside the red carpet until someone could I.D. her (and she’s not exactly hard to miss). The red carpet was so clogged with cast members — dead and non-dead — Hillary Swank had to enter through the press crew entrance, bypassing it completely. And Jason Kidd‘s allegedly abusive wife Joumana was denied entrance to the after-party.

Inside Radio City, HBO CEO Chris Albrecht called it “our finest hour.” Producer Brad Grey called it “the greatest adult television series of all-time.” (This would be classic Hollywood producer delusion if it weren’t true.) Series creator David Chase nervously fumbled through pages of a semi-prepared speech, thanked the 1,200 actors that have appeared on the show — seemingly all 1,200 of which showed up for the screening — and recounted the moment when he knew the show had reached critical mass: “‘Pussy’ disappeared. We didn’t know where he went — we just knew we put a script to bed and were that much closer to vacation,” Chase said. “When we came back two months later, America said, ‘Where’s Pussy?’ [Our reaction was] ‘Holy shit.’ We had to figure it out.”

Chase then brought out “Pussy” and dozens of cast members to take a final bow. James Gandolfini thanked Chase for bringing a “blue-collar work ethic” to the show, adding that a recent Vanity Fair article “made him look a little dour.”

Following the two-hour screening, partygoers were herded to the after-party at Rock Center’s Sea Grill, while four uniformed NYC cops escorted Gandolfini across the plaza.

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  • Giuliani Raises Funds in Brentwood

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    Ambassador Rockwell Schnabel and Jon Liebman hosted the Rudy Giuliani fundraiser in Brentwood last night. Buzz Aldrin, Gary Sinese, Dyan Cannon, Jerry Bruckheimer, Lionel Chetwynd, Mike Antonovich, and around 100 others paid $2300 to hear Giuliani discuss national service, saying our soldiers fight an unpopular war yet have resolve is because they are there willingly. Lincoln and the mistakes made during the Civil War were also part of the speechifying.

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    In The Trades

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    Variety:

    Kiss has launched a comic book company. The first title, Kiss 4K, will debut at the Wizard World convention in Los Angeles in March. The second title is expected to be Kiss Girls, which features four teenagers who

    talk about shopping and are about as dysfunctional as anyone until something happens to them and they get to wear the Kiss makeup and look good doing it.

    That’s a super-feat right there.

    Former business opponents, Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun have formed a new multimedia production company, BermanBraun, a TV-focused production company with strong film and Internet components. But since Grey and Bob Iger don’t get along, and Berman is unlikely to make deals with Brad Grey and Paramount, look for this shop to end up at FOX, NBC-Uni or CBS.

    Hollywod Reporter

    ABC has cast Donny Osmond to host its newest reality series, The Great American Dream Vote. Eight deserving victims plead with audience to make their dream come true. Winner gets dream–loser gets Mormon underwear.

    Ray Richmond doubts the efficacy of rehab for Isaiah Washington. Silly man, look what it’s done for Lindsay Lohan!

    LAT in 90 Seconds

    memories.jpgMySpace Memorial Redux: What a lovely story about how kids use MySpace as memorials for friends lost. What a lovely nine-month-older story about how kids use MySpace as memorials for friends lost. Remember when the Column One was referred to as a “Non-Dupe,” as in non-duplicated?

    internationallyknown.jpgRaise High The Fences, Minuteman: The foreigners are flocking to Hollywood. Looking for an angle — any angle — in this boring as all get-out award season, the LAT alights on the fact that

    “The plots of three best picture nominees (Babel, The Queen and Letters From Iwo Jima) unfold overseas and four of the five women competing for the best actress Oscar (Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet) are not American. Britain’s Paul Greengrass (United 93) and Stephen Frears (The Queen) were nominated for best director, as was Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel).

    We congratulate the LAT on finding a story in this dull heap.

    greycouth.jpgGoing For Gold? It would be uncouth for Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey to lobby for producers credit for the Warner Bros. film The Departed. And no one in Hollywood ever acts uncouth. Right?

    UPDATE: Gail Berman Out at Paramount!

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    UPDATE:
    Gail Berman walked the plank at Paramount with two years left on her contract. Claudia Eller at the LA Times points out that this is another loss for Brad Grey, while Nikki Finke sees another woman in power become a woman in peril: Berman’s not even getting the golden handshake of a production deal.

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