The son of late "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini will take on a familiar role in a movie prequel to the Emmy Award-winning HBO series.
"It's a profound honor to continue my dad's legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano," the younger Gandolfini, whose father died in 2013 at age 51, said in a statement.
According to Deadline, "Sopranos" alums David Chase and Lawrence Konner wrote the script for the film, which takes place in the 1960s. The cast includes actors Corey Stoll, Alessandro Nivola, Billy Magnussen, Jon Bernthal and Vera Farmiga.
"I'm thrilled that I am going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for 'The Many Saints of Newark,'" Michael Gandolfini said.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence began shooting the action-comedy sequel “Bad Boys for Life” recently in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta masquerading as Miami.
It was cold, gray and miserable as they started shooting, but through the magic of film, it will probably look warm and sunny on camera.
Smith announced the start of production on Instagram.
The buddy cop movie is scheduled to come out in theaters January 17, 2020.
The two stars - playing Miami cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett - watched the first two films to refresh themselves, according to Smith in his Instagram post.
Smith is now 50 and Lawrence 53.
Talk about a second sequel floated around for many years but has only recently finally come to fruition.
No word if Gabrielle Union will be back. She is currently shooting a “Bad Boys” spin-off called “L.A.’s Finest” set to air on Spectrum/Comcast in Los Angeles.
In the film, Joe Pantoliano will reprise his role as their boss Captain Conrad Howard. New cast members include Alexander Ludwig (“Vikings”) Charles Melton (“Riverdale”) and Vanessa Hudgens (“Dog Days,” “Second Act”).
"Roma" won big at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards, nabbing honors for best picture, foreign language film, director and cinematography.
Here's the complete list of winners from Sunday night's ceremony at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California:
A star was born at Sunday night's Golden Globes – at least on social media.
As celebrities hit the red carpet before the awards show, a woman holding Fiji water bottles made appearances in several photos, sharing the spotlight with Idris Elba, Heidi Klum, Jim Carrey, Alyssa Milano, Richard Madden and other stars.
Meme-worthy snapshots of the model, affectionately dubbed #FijiWaterGirl on Twitter, quickly went viral.
She appeared to embrace her viral fame, sharing an Instagram photo with the hashtag she inspired.
Lady Gaga didn't just win the award for best original song at Sunday night's Golden Globes; she appears to have won the red carpet, as well.
The actress and singer, who scored a best actress nomination for her role in the remake of "A Star Is Born," turned heads in a blue Valentino gown that mirrored one of Judy Garland's looks from the 1954 movie.
But Gaga told "Entertainment Tonight" that the nod to Garland was accidental.
"It looks an awful lot like that, doesn't it?" she said while comparing the two dresses. "She looks beautiful. This is Valentino Couture custom creation for me. That's special, except I'm missing the gloves. Thank you for showing me that. It made my night."
Later that evening, Gaga's ballad "Shallow," which she wrote with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, won the Golden Globe for best original song. But she lost out to "The Wife" star Glenn Close in the best actress category, much to fans' dismay.
Gaga, however, took to Twitter to praise Close, calling her a "true legend" who "deserves every award."
Just when social media users had stopped eating Tide Pods, plumping their lips with shot glasses and jumping out of moving vehicles for viral fame, another potentially dangerous internet "challenge" has reared its head.
Following the release of the Netflix post-apocalyptic horror film "Bird Box" – in which characters don blindfolds to escape a demonic power that drives people to suicide – some fans are sharing videos of themselves acting out scenes from the thriller while blindfolded.
The streaming service has a message for its subscribers: Cut it out and stay safe.
"Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE," the company tweeted. "We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes."
“Bird Box” soared to record heights on Netflix, as more than 45 million people watched the thriller starring Sandra Bullock during its first week, ETOnline reported.
The drama debuted on the steaming service on Dec. 21, and the company said the film set a Netflix record for most viewers in its first week.
Netflix does not usually release viewing statistics, but the company felt compelled to share the film’s numbers on Twitter.
"Took off my blindfold this morning to discover that 45,037,125 Netflix accounts have already watched Bird Box — best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film!" Netflix tweeted, showing a GIF of Bullock taking off her blindfold and mouthing the words, “Oh, my God.”
In “Bird Box,” Bullock stars as the mother of two children who wander blindfolded through deadly terrain, trying to find sanctuary while grappling with danger at every turn, ETOnline reported.
He was a wedding crasher from the deep.
Jason Momoa traveled from Atlantis to Hawaii to photobomb a couple’s wedding Dec. 20, E!News reported.
Katie Meyers and her new husband were posing for photos after their ceremony when the “Aquaman” star strolled past in the background.
"We were taking our wedding photos after the ceremony out on the rocks, and Jason Momoa and some of his family and some friends just all walked out on the beach," Meyers told E! News. "They were shouting congratulations to us, and they were super calm and super chill."
"It was totally unplanned and spontaneous,” Carina Cooper, of Oahu Boutique Weddings, told the website.
However, when Momoa walked by, Cooper seized upon a unique opportunity, asking the star to photobomb the couple as they posed for pictures. He did so, even “menacing” them by pointing a trident at them.
"He happily agreed to photobomb them,” Cooper told E!News. ”There just happened to be a kid on the beach nearby with that trident (in the picture),and Jason asked to borrow it. So he took the trident and went behind the couple in their picture and pretended to be a sasquatch.”
A guest, later sharing a picture with Momoa, called the actor the best wedding crasher ever, KTRK reported.
Tom Hanks has played many roles during his storied acting career, but patrons at a California fast-food restaurant got a surprise curtain call.
Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, visited an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Fontana for lunch Friday, KOVR reported.
This was big. Or a big burger story. The customers thought so.
Several customers at the restaurant posted online photos of Hanks meeting with fans, the Daily Press of Victorville reported. Hanks also bought lunch for some of the customers and took selfies with them, KOVR reported.
Hanks then walked to the drive-thru and bought lunch for some of the customers waiting in line, the television station reported.
Hanks has made no secret of his love for In-N-Out burgers, once notably telling talk-show host Conan O’Brien about the restaurant’s special language, the Daily Press reported.
“You have to say, give me a four-by-four animal style,” Hanks told O’Brien, according to the newspaper. “You have to speak a special language, if you know what I’m talking about.”
Fans of the Disney classic animated film can now get their first look at Will Smith in the iconic role of Genie.
Smith, along with his costars, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud, as Jasmine and Aladdin respectfully, grace the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Despite the film going from traditional animation to live-action, the plot of the Guy Ritchie film stayed basically the same.
This time it is Smith, instead of a big blue Genie voiced by comedian Robin Williams, who grants Aladdin’s three wishes.
But there was one roadblock Smith and Ritchie needed to overcome, Williams himself. The original Genie and Williams were intertwined. But Smith believes he was able to put his own mark on the wish-granter, Entertainment Weekly reported.
“I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different,” Smith told Entertainment Weekly. “Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”
Smith said he used his other on-screen personas to shape his take on Genie -- specifically those from “Independence Day,” “Bad Boys” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Entertainment Weekly reported.
“Aladdin” will hit theaters May 24, 2019.
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