Archives for November 2006
This is just one of the many, many things for which I am thankful, but it sure was a nice pre-Turkey Day present!!
The Sopranos Goes Long
Monday, November 20, 2006
The Sopranos won’t be sleeping with the fishes as soon as we thought.
HBO will air an extra episode of the series after creator David Chase and his fellow producers decided that eight wasn’t enough to tie up all the loose ends of the seminal mobster drama before it goes to the great Bada Bing in the sky, a network rep confirmed.
“They going to give it a bonus episode, so fans are getting a bit of a holiday gift,” HBO spokesman Quentin Schaffer tells E! Online. “They were originally going to do eight, but David Chase wanted the added episode to tell the story, and we obviously said, ‘sure.’ “
The extra episode was green-lighted “several weeks ago,” Schaffer says, adding that shooting is complete on the first six episodes.
Cast member Steve Schirrippa, who plays Bobby “Bacala” Baccalleri, the husband of Tony’s sister Janice, first broke the news about the surprise ninth episode to Celebrity Week at last weekend’s Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. The actor, a Las Vegas native, also revealed that his character has so far avoided getting whacked.
With The Sopranos’ small-screen goombahs preparing for their swan song, Schirrippa isn’t about to go quietly, telling the online magazine he’s currently developing a late-night talk show pilot for Fox. Several other cast members have deals in the works, including mob boss James Gandolfini, who has inked a development deal with HBO.
The Sopranos final season is slated to begin airing Apr. 8, with the extension meaning the series finale will air in early June.
And for those who can’t get enough of The Sopranos, Gandolfini and the rest of his crew have lent their voices to Sopranos: The Road to Respect, a videogame for PlayStation 2 that hit stores two weeks ago. A version for the Xbox 360 will be released early next year.
November 11, 2006 — He built an empire dedicated to delighting kids, but there was nothing endearing about the infamously noxious racial attitudes of Walt Disney. In “Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination,” out this month from Knopf, biographer Neal Gabler reveals that Disney used racial epithets referring to African-Americans and called an Italian band heard in the animated classic “Pinocchio” a “bunch of garlic eaters.” When animator David Swift told him he was moving to Columbia Pictures, “Walt called him into the office, feigned a Yiddish accent, and said, ‘OK, Davy boy, off you go to work with those Jews. It’s where you belong, with those Jews.’ ” When Disney released “Three Little Pigs” in the 1930s, the American Jewish Congress bitterly complained that it featured a wolf as a Jewish peddler – a depiction “so vile, revolting and unnecessary as to constitute a direct affront to the Jews.”
I had never heard such things about Walt Disney, although he has been characterized as a perfectionistic tyrant.
So it leads to the unanswerable question: If he were alive today, would he be a true, unapologetic bigot or would he have become enlightened over the past 40 years since his death? Would he have come to understand, as so many people who grew up enmeshed in ignorance, that James Taylor’s words are the ones we should live by? We’ll never know, of course. But I like to think that a man who brought so much joy to zillions of people would have been delivered from his anti-semitic and bigoted viewpoint.
Listen to James sing “Shed a Little Light” from his “New Moon Shine” CD:
Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King
and recognize that there are ties between us,
all men and women living on the Earth.
Ties of hope and love,
sister and brotherhood,
that we are bound together
in our desire to see the world become a place
in which our children can grow free and strong.
We are bound together by the task that stands before us
and the road that lies ahead.
We are bound and we are bound.