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AP Finds Its Next Film Writers

Jake Coyle was already with the Associated Press and will remain based in New York.
Jessica Herndon comes from People magazine and calls LA home.

It’s the perfect, practical way for AP to blanket the busy east coast/west coast Hollywood press junket churn. From today’s announcement:

“We are excited to have two dynamic writers and reporters covering the film industry to break news about the movies while providing useful, relevant film reviews,” said Nekesa Mumbi Moody, the AP’s entertainment and lifestyles editor.

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Robert De Niro Talks to a Greenwich Village Compatriot

There’s a wonderful interview in the fall issue of DuJour magazine. Author and veteran journalist Anthony DeCurtis sat down earlier this summer with Robert De Niro at the actor’s Tribeca offices, just a few days in fact after the sudden, tragic passing of James Gandolfini.

That topic comes up briefly, but the main thread of conversation is the bond shared by the interviewer and interviewee to a certain portion of Lower Manhattan:

Growing up in the same [Greenwich Village] neighborhood less than a decade after De Niro, I took those [after hours] night swims in Carmine Pool and, more disturbingly, experienced the same complicated contrast between the tough Italian-American street environment and the alternative bohemian culture that suffused the Village in the 1960s and 1970s…

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Daily News and NY Post Put James Gandolfini’s ‘Last’ Photo on Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For their covers today, the New York Daily News and the New York Post both went with what they’re claiming is the last photograph of James Gandolfini while he was still alive.

The Post — being the Post — went above and beyond and listed what Gandolfini ate and drank for his meal. The actor “downed two orders of fried king prawns, a heaping helping of foie gras, four shots of rum, two pina coladas and two beers.” Nice and sensational. Good stuff.

Teen Fashion Journo Tavi Gevinson Lands Starring Film Role

Groundbreaking style blogger and online teen magazine editor Tavi Gevinson can add a new credit to her burgeoning resume: Actress. The 16-year-old has signed on to star in writer-director Nicole Holofcener‘s new film, an as-yet-untitled project from Fox Searchlight. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gevinson will play the character of Chloe, “an only child who never received much attention from her parents, forcing her to grow up faster than her peers.”

Gevinson’s co-stars in the film include Hollywood heavyweights Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener. This may represent a new career focus for Tavi: the Chicago native recently told Bust magazine she plans to move to Los Angeles once she graduates high school.

But the teen journalist isn’t neglecting her editorial duties. She recently wrapped the first print edition of her online teen magazine, titled Rookie Yearbook One. The roundup of the mag’s first year is being published by Drawn & Quarterly and is due out September 4.

Photo via The Style Rookie.

Casting the ESPN Movie

Jim Miller, co-author of the fascinating ESPN expose Those Guys Have All the Fun, was back on “The Dan Patrick Show” this morning to promote the December 1 paperpack release. The new edition includes an addendum chat with Keith Olbermann, who according to Miller feels the contents are entirely factual but still wanted the opportunity to respond.

Miller said there is no script yet at 20th Century Fox, but that he feels like the project is in good hands because it is being shepherded by producers who worked on The Social Network (the sound-alike The Sports Network seems an obvious title fit). When Patrick suggested that he would like to be played by Jason Bateman, the author noted that the actor is a friend of Olbermann’s, which seemed to put a slight damper on the Dan man.

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Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak Turns 80 and the 92 St Y Celebrates

CH25-image1.gifDid you know yesterday was Maurice Sendak day? No? Well you are forgiven since it was actually the inaugural holiday, as proclaimed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at last night’s 92 St Y event in honor of Sendak’s 80th birthday.

The sold-out celebration featured a star-studded line-up of self-confessed Sendak fans reading and singing from his work. Some of the highlights included Spike Jonze, who showed a clip from his upcoming adaption of Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Meryl Streep, who gave an Oscar-worthy reading of The Note on Rosie’s Door, and Dave Eggers who shared an excerpt from his upcoming novel called “Wild Things,” which according to him is a story about the screenplay he helped write (in real life with Spike Jonze) about the book Where the Wild Things Are. Catherine Keener read from an acceptance speech Sendak gave when he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, in which he spoke about both his love of New York and of classical music. Keener finished off by offering Sendak the same wishes her own son had written to her in his last birthday card: I love you as much as a book loves it reader.

Sadly, it turns out due to a stalled 4 train FBNY missed the night’s opening: a reading of Where the Wild Things Are in Yiddish! However we were in time to catch James Gandolfini read In the Night Kitchen — “I’m in the milk and the milk’s in me!” — which you can also enjoy after the jump. Sendak himself closed out the evening with heartfelt thanks before remarking that nothing had changed in his 80 years except the miracle of reaching 80. He added that a lot of dim, nightmarish characters had been entering the American scene of late and that he hoped none of them had read his books as a child, because if they had “I have failed completely.” Gandolfini and The Night Kitchen after the jump.

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James Gandolfini Goes To Iraq

0813gandolfini.jpgPost-Sopranos, James Gandolfini‘s next project is a documentary for HBO on the Iraq War. Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq is debuting on Sunday, September 9 on the pay cable channel. The film features exec producer Gandolfini interviewing numerous disabled veterans… From the press release:

“In a war that has left more than 25,000 wounded, Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq looks at a new generation of veterans. Executive Producer James Gandolfini interviews ten Soldiers and Marines who reveal their feelings on their future, their severe disabilities and their devotion to America. The documentary surveys the physical and emotional cost of war through memories of their “alive day,” the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq.”

Preview clips are available at HBO’s website.

— Neal Ungerleider

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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    vanity_fair_sopranos.jpgSeries creator David Chase, via this week’s New York magazine:

    It’s doubtful that there would be a spinoff. Actually, one time we talked about it—and I didn’t know if it was serious—I thought there could be a good sitcom of Janice and Bobby Bacala. What’s also occurred to me is a prequel with Tony. But the problem is that Jim Gandolfini is such a genius, frankly, that it would be a real challenge to find someone who would be believable as a young Tony.”

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    vanity_fair_sopranos.jpgIt’s gonna be hard for Bono to follow Tony.

    The April cover of Vanity Fair is a cool one: Sopranos‘ star James Gandolfini, creator David Chase and a red-heeled “friend” shot by — naturally — Annie Leibovitz at Industria Superstudio in New York.

    Leibovitz has shot the Sopranos cast for HBO marketing materials and DVD covers the past few years.

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