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Horse’s Mouth 4: ‘Super Fun Night,’ David Chase, Donkey Tongue, And More

By | Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 10:49am PDT

The Horses MouthThe Horse’s Mouth is an ongoing feature with a collection of funny or head-scratching comments and crazy conversations that our staff has had. We thought we’d share them with you. 

COMMENTER on Super Fun Night story: “Super fun night was my absolute favorite program. I’m devastated. I might go eat so much I bust my stomach staple. Rip, good friend.”

COMEBACK COMMENT: “You need your TV privileges revoked. You should have your TVs taken away. You have no business owning a TV. I almost want to say your TV acumen is so bad that you don’t deserve eyes and ears! Why? Because Super Fun Night should have been put out its misery halfway through the first episode. It was indeed THAT awful. And for you to say “it was your absolute favorite show” means you have the TV taste of a tongueless donkey … ”


indexPRODUCER: You have the same cheekbones as Angelina Jolie in Maleficent.
REPORTER: Oh God, I certainly hope not.
PRODUCER: What do you mean? She has great cheekbones.
REPORTER: Those are fake implants designed to make her look evil and weird. I think Rick Baker did those.
PRODUCER: Those aren’t her real cheekbones?
REPORTER: Oh boy, I’m worried about you … an you’re in the movie business?!
PRODUCER: (laughing) Well, yeah, I am but I produce really shitty movies. Read More »

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‘Sopranos’ Creator David Chase Sells ‘Little Black Dress’ Spec To Paramount

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 11:15am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a big spec deal, Paramount Pictures has acquired Little Black Dress, a script by The Sopranos creator David Chase that will be fast-tracked to be the next film Chase directs. I’m told that this is a character-driven film about a twentysomething female war veteran who comes back from Afghanistan grappling with a disability. While working a potentially lethal investigation at a post-war job, she gets involved with a superstitious NYPD detective who helps bring her back from a personal precipice.

We are beginning to see more films dealing with the troubles facing vets returning from combat in the Middle East. DreamWorks has Jason Hall adapting the David Finkel PTSD book Thank You For Your Service, and Tom Hardy is teamed with Solar Pictures on Samarkand, a Greg Williams-directed drama about a British soldier who returns to battle the demons of post traumatic stress disorder.

It’s not surprising Little Black Dress has landed at Paramount, the studio run by Chase’s former Sopranos partner Brad Grey. The studio used its Paramount Vantage label to release Chase’s first post-Sopranos film, Not Fade Away, a small personal film about a ’60s wannabe rock band. Chase is repped by UTA.

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James Gandolfini Eulogized By David Chase

By | Thursday June 27, 2013 @ 12:04pm PDT

Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall provided the transcript to The Sopranos creator’s euology of James Gandolfini today at the actor’s NYC funeral attended by castmates Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Steve Buscemi, Julianna Margulies, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Joe Pantoliano, Dominic Chianese, Steve Schirripa, Aida Turturro, Vincent Curatola, Tony Sirico, Michael Imperioli, as well as the show’s executive producer Brad Grey. Others included Alec Baldwin, Chris Noth, Marcia Gay Harden, Steve Carell, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The 51-year-old Gandolfini died Wednesday of a heart attack in Italy. Chase was one of four speakers, including Gandolfini’s widow, who spoke at one of Manhattan’s largest churches Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and gave his remarks in the form of a letter to the actor and quoted from Joan Osborne’s “(What If God Was) One Of Us?”:

Related: Mike Fleming On Memories Of Covering James Gandolfini

Dear Jimmy,

Your family asked me to speak at your service, and I am so honored and touched. I’m also really scared, and I say that because you of all people will understand this. I’d like to run away and call in four days from now from the beauty parlor. I want to do a good job, because I love you, and because you always did a good job.

I think the deal is I’m supposed to speak about the actor/artist’s work part of your life. Others will have spoken beautifully and magnificently about the other beautiful and magnificent parts of you: father, brother, friend. I guess what I was told is I’m also supposed to speak for your castmates whom you loved, for your crew that you loved so much, for the people at HBO, and Journey. I hope I can speak for all of them today and for you.

I asked around, and experts told me to start with a joke and a funny anecdote. “Ha ha ha.” But as you yourself so often said, I’m not feelin’ it. I’m too sad and full of despair. I’m writing to you partly because I would like to have had your advice. Because I remember how you did speeches. I saw you do a lot of them at awards shows and stuff, and invariably you would scratch two or three thoughts on a sheet of paper and put it in your pocket, and then not really refer to it. And consequently, a lot of your speeches didn’t make sense. I think that could happen in here, except in your case, it didn’t matter that it didn’t make sense, because the feeling was real. The feeling was real. The feeling was real. I can’t say that enough.

I tried to write a traditional eulogy, but it came out like bad TV. So I’m writing you this letter, and now I’m reading that letter in front of you. But it is being done to and for an audience, so I’ll give the funny opening a try. I hope that it’s funny; it is to me and it is to you.

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Hot Trailer: David Chase’s ‘Not Fade Away’

By | Saturday October 13, 2012 @ 12:43pm PDT

The Sopranos creator David Chase’s feature directing debut is a coming-of-age tale about a group of friends who form a rock band in 1960s New Jersey. With a soundtrack produced by Steven Van Zandt, Not Fade Away stars John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett and Christopher McDonald. Paramount Vantage is set to open the film December 21st:

Related: David Chase’s ‘Not Fade Away’ Is NY Film Fest Centerpiece Gala

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David Chase’s ‘Not Fade Away’ Is NYFF Centerpiece Gala

By | Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 3:33pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: After landing Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi to open the New York Film Festival and the Robert Zemeckis-directed Flight to close it, New York Film Festival organizers have secured Not Fade Away, the previously untitled music-themed film that is David Chase’s first effort since ending his HBO series The Sopranos. This is proving to be quite a dance card for the Gotham festival. Here is the festival’s announcement:

NEW YORK, August 15, 2012 —The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that David Chase’s NOT FADE AWAY will make its World Premiere on Saturday, October 6 as the Centerpiece Gala selection for the 50th New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14).

Making his feature directing debut, David Chase’s (The Sopranos) coming-of-age movie is set in New Jersey in 1964 where a group of friends are inspired to form their own rock band fronted by a gifted singer-songwriter (terrific newcomer John Magaro). The film masterfully captures the era’s conflicting attitudes and ideologies, all set to a dynamic soundtrack produced by the legendary Steven Van Zandt. The film also stars Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett and Christopher McDonald. To be released by Paramount Vantage, the film’s roll-out will begin on December 21, 2012. [The movie previously was scheduled to open October 19.]

Rose Kuo, Executive Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, said, “It’s a privilege to welcome David Chase to the New York

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Warner Bros Dates ‘Gangster Squad’

Warner Bros said today that it will release its Ruben Fleischer-directed mob drama Gangster Squad on Oct. 19, 2012, right in the teeth of next year’s awards season. Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone star in the pic, which is set in 1940s-era Los Angeles and centers on a police unit that is formed to take down head gangster Mickey Cohen, who is played by Penn. Also set to be released on that date is Lionsgate’s romantic comedy The Big Wedding with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon as well as Paramount Vantage’s untitled David Chase film, his feature directorial debut, about a group friends in 1960s New Jersey who form a garage band. UPDATE: The studio also said it is shifting its Zac Efron-starrer The Lucky One, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, from Aug. 12, 2012 to April 20, 2012.

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Toronto: Paramount Sets October 2012 Awards-Season Debut For ‘Sopranos’ Creator David Chase’s First Movie

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: Although Paramount is represented in Toronto this year by its Sundance pickup and awards hopeful Like Crazy (10/28), which will have its premiere here Tuesday night, and also by Steven Spielberg’s motion capture animated film The Adventures of TinTin (12/23), for which they will have preview showings Monday (the same 8-minute reel seen at Comic-Con), they are apparently already thinking about the 2012 awards season.

I have learned that the studio has dated The Sopranos creator David Chase’s anticipated and now untitled feature writing and directorial debut to open in the heart of next year’s awards season — on October 19, 2012. The film, known during production as Twylight Zones, will be released with the Paramount Vantage label. It was shot earlier this year, is now in post and is a suburban-set 1960s-set story about a group of friends in New Jersey who form a garage band in order to pursue their rock dreams. It stars Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald, Molly Price, John Magaro, Lisa Lampanelli, Jack Huston and most notably reunites Chase with his Emmy-winning Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who plays a post-war, post-Depression Era parent who has worked hard to give his son everything he didn’t have but now feels some jealousy about the free-wheeling life the boy gets to experience. Growing up as a New Jersey teen in the 60s, Chase himself pursued similar musical dreams, so the story obviously has a major personal connection for him. Oscar winner Mark Johnson (Rainman) produces with Chase, … Read More »

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David Chase Adds Brad Garrett To Movie Cast

By | Thursday February 3, 2011 @ 11:44am PST
Mike Fleming

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 3, 2011) – David Chase rounds out the cast for his upcoming film debut for Paramount Pictures. The creator and producer of the multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning critically acclaimed series The Sopranos, announced today that Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett will be featured in the director’s music-driven story set in 1960′s suburbia. James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), Bella Heathcote (Beneath Hill 60, Neighbors), Christopher McDonald (Boardwalk Empire, Harry’s Law), Molly Price (Bionic Woman, Third Watch) and comedian Lisa Lampanelli also join the film, which is set to begin principal photography in New York.

Said Chase, “Brad brings a funny, wry intelligence to his role as a composer / music producer.”

As previously reported, Chase and Gandolfini are re-uniting on this film, after an acclaimed six-year collaboration on The Sopranos. Elaborating on Gandolfini’s role, Chase said, “It is so great to be working with Jim again. He is the perfect actor for this part – a postwar, post-Depression era parent who has given his kid every advantage that he didn’t have growing up, but now can’t help feeling jealous of the liberated, more adventurous destiny his son is able to enjoy.”

Price will portray the boy’s mother in the movie, with Lampanelli playing his Aunt. Christopher McDonald plays the father of his love interest (Bella Heathcote).

Chase previously announced that actors John Magaro and Will Brill, as well as Jack Huston, who has been recently receiving acclaim for his role as Richard Harrow – the man with the shattered face

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‘Sopranos’ Big-Screen Reunion: James Gandolfini Joins David Chase’s New Movie

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Well, it is not a Sopranos movie but probably the next best thing for fans of the  HBO mob drama. Former  Sopranos leading man James Gandolfini is set to co-star in Sopranos creator David Chase’s next project,  movie Twylight Zones, which, like the seminal HBO series, is set in New Jersey. It is one of three features Gandlofini will be juggling in the next few months. He is also in final negotiations to join Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock and and Cogan’s Trade toplined by Brad Pitt.

The Paramount-produced Twylight Zones is described as a drama about a New Jersey Rock’n'Roll band and the musical renaissance of the 1960s. It centers on Douglas (John Magaro), a socially awkward teen who begins to shine as lead singer in his band, The Twylight Zones. Gandolfini will play his father, an Italian-American who’s totally disgusted by his son’s infatuation with rock music. UPDATE: Also joining the film are Molly Price as Douglas’ mom and actor-comedian Brad Garrett. Read More »

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Bella Heathcote Lands ‘Twylight Zones’

Mike Fleming

David Chase has set Bella Heathcote for the female lead of Twylight Zones, the film Chase wrote and is directing for Paramount as his first major project after The Sopranos. She joins John Magaro, Will Brill and Jack Huston. Chase is producing with Mark Johnson and production starts February. Set in the 1960s, the story involves three high school friends who form a band inspired by the classic rock influences like the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. The film follows their rise and the pitfalls of fame.

Heathcote is currently starring alongside Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Alex Pettyfer and Olivia Wilde in the Andrew Niccol-directed Now. She’ll also play a supporting role in Cogan’s Trade, the Andrew Dominik-directed adaptation of the George V. Higgins novel that will star Brad Pitt. Heathcote hails from Australia, where she recently received a scholarship named for the late Heath Ledger and bestowed by the Australian Film Industry for her performance in the Aussie war epic Beneath Hill 60. The award is meant to give young actors the chance to travel to the US to train and take acting jobs. She’s making the most of the opportunity since receiving the honor seven months ago. She has signed with WME and Jackson/Medavoy, while still repped by JM Agency in Australia.

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Brad Grey Brings ‘Sopranos’ David Chase To Paramount To Write/Direct/Produce

By | Thursday May 8, 2008 @ 11:41am PDT

UPDATE: Well, this is interesting. I just heard that, in the event a Sopranos movie does happen, it does not have to go to Warner Bros/HBO. So this deal that Brad Grey made today for Paramount with his former Sopranos producing partner David Chase could be even more lucrative than I previously thought. We all knew Brad Grey’s former career would come in handy at the studio some day. And even if there’s never any Sopranos film, no one can doubt that Chase has a lot of franchises in him waiting to come out. Here’s the announcement:

chase2.jpgHOLLYWOOD, CA (May 8, 2008) — David Chase, the seven time Emmy® award-winning creator of The Sopranos, has signed a deal with Paramount Pictures to write, direct and produce his first feature film, an original drama.

Chase has a long-standing relationship with Paramount Studios chairman Brad Grey, his producing partner on The Sopranos.

“Brad has always been adventurous as a producer and looked for different ways of doing things,” said Chase. “I look forward to once again working with him, and now his team.  For years, Brad has been a great partner, who helped enable me to do what I need to creatively.”

“David is one of the great storytellers of our time, and his debut as a filmmaker is both highly anticipated and long overdue,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.  “In truth,

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