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Shocked Celebrities Pay Tribute To James Gandolfini

Tributes to beloved actor James Gandolfini began pouring in as soon as news broke of his sudden death at the age of 51. Many of Gandolfini’s colleagues, including his Sopranos co-stars, released statements or expressed their grief on social media. See some of the tributes below.

“We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.” – HBO

“I am shocked and devastated by Jim’s passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family. As those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known.” – Edie Falco

“Jimmy treated us all like family with a generosity, loyalty and compassion that is rare in this world.. Working with him was a pleasure and a privilege. I will be forever grateful having had a friend the likes of Jimmy.” – Michael Imperioli

“I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time. Maureen and I send our deepest sympathy and love to Deborah, Michael, Lily, and all of Jimmy’s family.” – Stevie Van Zandt

“Jimmy was a dear friend and like a brother to me. He was a great actor and a great father. I will miss him terribly. I am very sad.” – Steven Schirripa

“James is one guy who never turned his back on me. He was the most humble and gifted actor and person I have ever worked with, “He was a great man and I will forever be indebted to him.” – Joseph R. Gannascoli

Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.” – Steve Carell

“James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. I’m so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day.” – Olivia Wilde

“I did a play with James Gandolfini 24 years ago in a basement under a bar in the west village. I’m pretty sure it was one of his very first acting jobs. The year I was first elected SAG prez he threw me in the air at the awards party. “My God I will miss that man. He was so loving and talented and funny. He lived a huge life. The wind is knocked out of me.” – Melissa Gilbert

“So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.” – Susan Sarandon

“RIP James Gandolfini! Your iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano gave soul to a monster and fostered perverse pride in the Garden State.” – Kevin Smith

Gandolfini is survived by his wife Deborah Lin and their 9-month-old daughter, as well as his 13-year-old son Michael from his previous marriage to Marcy Wudarski.


David Copperfield Impressed With Carell In New Magician Movie

Famed illusionist David Copperfield has heaped praise on actor Steve Carell for his portrayal of a professional magician in new comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

The 56-year-old master illusionist, who was a consultant on the project, taught Carell a number of top-secret tricks and stunts for the movie. And Copperfield, who makes a small cameo, insists he was impressed with the comedian’s work.

He tells USA Today, “He’s not trying to be a magician in real life. That takes years. But if he really wanted to be one, actors make great magicians. Steve loves the dreaming part of magic, and to be amazed. He doesn’t want to know the secrets.”

Carell also performs an illusion called ‘The Hangman’ in the film, which Copperfield designed for the film, and the illusionist admits he was shocked by the star’s bravery: “Putting that noose around your neck over and over again can (be) fearful.”

The Hunger Games Scores Four At The MTV Movie Awards

The Hunger Games stars Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence have been crowned the king and queen of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards after landing the two top acting accolades on Sunday (June 12).
   The action blockbuster earned a total of four honors, including Best On-Screen Transformation (Elizabeth Banks) and Best Fight, but the coveted Best Movie title went to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.

   The vampire franchise also claimed victory for Best Kiss – Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart made it four years in a row, but the 22-year-old beauty was left to collect the award on her own as the British hunk was unable to attend.
  The wizards weren’t left out either – the stars of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 walked away with Best Cast. Emma Stone’s co-stars and friends Viola Davis, Mila Kunis, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell all hailed the actress with funny tributes as she was presented with the inaugural Trailblazer Award, and Johnny Depp was saluted by Aerosmith legends Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as they presented him with the Generation Award.
    Depp also showed off his rock ‘n’ roll credentials by jamming with The Black Keys for a performance of Gold on the Ceiling before collecting his honour, and the actor admitted he was flattered to receive the accolade.
    Accepting the Golden Popcorn prize, he joked, “This is quite an amazing honour, truly.  It’s like a ‘Get out of the business’ award, basically. It’s like, ‘Alright, you’ve done too much…’ It’s an honour to be presented by these two legends, Steven and Joe, and these up-and-coming legends, The Black Keys, so thank you very much.” Depp’s collaboration with The Black Keys was the musical highlight of the night, but rapper Wiz Khalifa showed the crowd at Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheatre a good time as he performed his new single, Work Hard, Play Hard, and fun and Janelle Monae opened the show by performing their smash hit We Are Young.
Comedian Russell Brand provided the tongue-in-cheek laughs as the host of the ceremony, while guest presenters included Charlie Sheen, Charlize Theron, Mila Kunis, Jessica Biel and Mark Wahlberg.
   The winners of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards are as follows: Movie of the Year – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Best Male Performance – Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) Best Female Performance – Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) Breakthrough Performance – Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) Best Cast – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Best On-Screen Transformation – Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) Best Fight – Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) Best Hero – Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) Best Kiss – Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1) Best On-Screen Dirtbag – Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses) Trailblazer Award – Emma Stone Generation Award – Johnny Depp

Jim Carrey Could Star In ‘Bruce Almighty 2’

Jim Carrey could be reprising his lead role in the follow-up to Bruce Almighty, according to a report by Coming Soon. Universal has hired Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel – both of whom worked on Yes Man – to write a sequel to the hit film from 2003. Carrey is being considered once more for the role of Bruce Nolan though it is as yet unclear whether Morgan Freeman will be approached to return to play the role of God.

Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston also featured in the original film but there is no news as yet on whether they will be cast in those same roles once more. Bruce Almighty confounded negative critical reviews to become a box office hit when it was released in 2003. It also spawned the offshoot, Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carell, which was also a hit, grossing over $31 million in its opening weekend in the Usa.

Carrey is also set to appear in a 2013 release of Burt Wonderstone. The comedy, about a Las Vegas magician, will also feature Carell, Steve Buscemi and James Gandolfini. Carrey has starred in a number of hugely successful comedy films, such as Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar and The Cable Guy.