Last Update on June 20, 2013 07:09 GMT
JAMES GANDOLFINI DEAD AT 51
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- James Gandolfini "was a genius." That's what "Sopranos" creator David Chase says. Gandolfini died yesterday while in Rome on vacation. He was 51. No cause of death was given by HBO or Gandolfini's managers. Gandolfini won three Emmys for his role as Tony Soprano on the ground-breaking HBO series. Sopranos co-star Lorraine Bracco says she's "utterly heartbroken." Another Sopranos co-star, musician Steven Van, says the "world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time."
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Actor James Gandolfini has died. The AP's Jamie Friar reports on the man who created one of TV's iconic characters, Tony Soprano. ((opens with sound))
<<CUT ..002 (06/20/13)>> 00:12 "R-I-P Mr. Gandolfini"
Actor James Gandolfini is dead at age 51. The AP's Jamie Friar reports his breakout role was Tony Sporano on the HBO series "The Sopranos."
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Excerpt of the theme
Excerpt of the theme to the show "The Sopranos."
<<CUT ..004 (06/20/13)>> 00:14 "true I guess"
Robert Iler as A.J. and James Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano from `The Sopranos'
A.J. reminds his dad about some fatherly advice he'd once given him, in this scene from the finale of `The Sopranos.' COURTESY: HBO ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..005 (06/20/13)>> 00:12 "and had dinner"
James Gandolfini said in June of 2007 that the only thing on his mind as he walked away from the set on the final day of shooting 'The Sopranos' was where to go eat.
<<CUT ..006 (06/20/13)>> 00:09 "to move on"
James Gandolfini said in June 2007 he was not sorry to see Tony Soprano go.
UNDATED (AP) -- We all know James Gandolfini from "The Sopranos," where he played a mobster with issues. But he had a long and varied career including film and Broadway. After earning a degree in communications from Rutgers University in New Jersey, Gandolfini moved to New York. He worked as a bartender, bouncer and nightclub manager. When he was 25, he joined a friend of a friend in an acting class. Gandolfini's first big break was a Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire." He played Steve, one of Stanley Kowalski's poker buddies. His film debut was in Sidney Lumet's "A Stranger Among Us" in 1992. Recently he played the defense secretary in "Zero Dark Thirty." Gandolfini worked again with "Sopranos" creator David Chase for the `60s period drama "Not Fade Away." He played the old-school father of a wannabe rocker.
"DEVIOUS MAIDS" - SUSAN LUCCI
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Susan Lucci doesn't agree with those who feel her new series "Devious Maids" insults Latinas by having them play maids. Lucci says "not one character is a cliche." She says "no one's defined by what they do" or by "how big their bank account is." Lucci's had a maid for 30 years. She says Frieda (FREE'-duh) is her "good right arm." Lucci says there's only one person who gets a full page in her autobiography and that's Frieda. Devious Maids premieres Sunday on Lifetime.
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Susan Lucci is defending her new series "Devious Maids." She spoke with AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld in advance of Sunday's premiere.
<<CUT ..008 (06/20/13)>> 00:11 "I loved it"
Susan Lucci auditoned for "Devious Maids" by playing her opening scene where she's lying under a bed, crying because her young lover said she looked 40.
<<CUT ..009 (06/20/13)>> 00:13 "the reality is"
Susan Lucci says she can relate to her character's insecurities about her looks. ((longer version of cut in wrap))
<<CUT ..010 (06/20/13)>> 00:12 "bank account is"
Susan Lucci doesn't agree with those who think the show insults Latinas by having them play maids. ((longer version of cut in wrap))
<<CUT ..011 (06/20/13)>> 00:14 "that is Frieda"
Susan Lucci says her maid Frieda has been with her 30 years. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) ((Frieda is pronounced FREE'duh))
ANNA CHLUMSKY OF "VEEP" WILL HAVE TO CLEAN UP HER ACT WHEN HER FIRST BABY COMES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Anna Chlumsky will have to clean up her act when her first baby comes this summer. Chlumsky has a potty mouth like her character in "Veep." Chlumsky says swear words often creep into her language. She says it's almost part of her muscle memory. "Veep" is more than a job for Chlumsky. She says it gives her fans one more role to talk about so they don't ask her about playing Vada (VAY'-duh) Sultenfuss in "My Girl" 22 years ago. Veep's season finale is Sunday. HBO has already renewed it for season three.
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Anna Chlumsky will have to clean up her act before her baby's born. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld says that's because Chlumsky shares one her character's traits on "Veep."
<<CUT ..013 (06/20/13)>> 00:14 "of tired anyway"
Anna Chlumsky says her first pregnancy has been easy.
<<CUT ..014 (06/20/13)>> 00:06 "shakes our hand (laughs)"
Anna Chlumsky says she and her husband won't pick their daughter's name until she's born. ((cut used in wrap))
<<CUT ..015 (06/20/13)>> 00:15 "to have manners"
Anna Chlumsky says she's going to have to stop swearing like her character when the baby's born. ((longer version of cut in wrap))
<<CUT ..016 (06/20/13)>> 00:12 "this is heaven (laughs)"
Anna Chlumsky says she's glad "Veep" has taken her fans' minds off her first big hit "My Girl" from 22 years ago.
JOHNNY DEPP ON HIS BREAKUP: "A BIT BUMPY"
NEW YORK (AP) -- Johnny Depp admits that ending his 14-year relationship with Vanessa Paradis (pa-rah-DEES') was "unpleasant." But he tells Rolling Stone "that's the nature of breakups" especially when there are "kiddies involved." Depp and Paradis have two kids. Lily-Rose is 14 and Jack is 11. Depp didn't say what caused the split, but did describe the last few years of their relationship as "a bit bumpy."
MILEY: BOOZE IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN WEED
NEW YORK (AP) -- Miley Cyrus won't come right out and say she gets high, but she tells Rolling Stone that she did a song with Snoop Dogg called "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks," "so people can put it together for themselves." Cyrus says she thinks booze is "way more dangerous" than weed.
DANIEL RADCLIFFE GETTING GOOD REVIEWS FOR HIS LATEST PLAY
LONDON (AP) -- Daniel Radcliffe Radcliffe is getting raves for his role as a disabled Irish dreamer in the play "The Cripple of Inishmanaan." London's Guardian calls Radcliffe "a fine stage actor with a gift for playing social outsiders." The Times of London praises his "melancholy intensity and resolve." Radcliffe tells the London Evening Standard that two of his dream roles are Iggy Pop and Tom Lehrer (LEER'-ehr).