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Tony Soprano

Breaking Bad, Sherlock, and Television's Golden Age of Anti-Heroes

William Bradley | Posted 09.03.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Whether all these figures are anti-heroes, or in some cases something else entirely, is an interesting question. As is the question of why anti-heroes are so important in quality television. Short form answer is that they match the times. It's a mostly cynical and sour era, with little faith in institutions or, generally speaking, leaders.

Why 24 Lived Another Day and Will Live Again

William Bradley | Posted 09.23.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Given that the show had seemed near played out when it ended its eight-season run four years ago, the question is why the longest-running espionage TV series in history seems still to have a lot of life left in it 13 years after it first ran.

Why Watching TV Is a Good Thing

Carolyn Ziel | Posted 07.21.2014 | Entertainment
Carolyn Ziel

When someone says, "I don't watch TV," I take offense to the snub for the people in the entertainment business and because the nay-sayers are just not giving TV the respect it has earned.

Matthew Jacobs

The 'Breaking Bad' Scene That Made Bryan Cranston Gag

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment

If you're anything like Bryan Cranston, psychopaths are your "catnip." Of course, you probably aren't an actor who portrayed one (or something similar...

Birds of Prey Versus Birds of Pray

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 03.29.2014 | Comedy
Maggie Van Ostrand

If you think Kardashian media coverage has reached critical mass and will end, think again. If you think the U.S. congress's public opinion polls coul...

A Tale of Two Tonys

Meryl Branch-McTiernan | Posted 11.11.2013 | New York
Meryl Branch-McTiernan

Americans are suckers for a redemption story. You make a mistake, go to rehab, and come back reformed. A clearly defined arc. But if we've learned anything from our favorite television dramas, men like Tony Soprano make the same mistakes time after time.

Will Your New Friend Be Warren Buffett, Harry Potter...Or Tony Soprano?

Larry Schwimmer | Posted 11.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Schwimmer

A Friend for a Season, a Reason or a Lifetime? Wherever Pluto is in your birth chart you're engaged in the process of radically transforming yours...

The Neurobiology of Walter White

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

The brilliance of Breaking Bad is that we can't stop watching Walt. Walter White is very smart, highly charismatic, identity challenged, sociopathically inclined, and amorphous. But -- is he alone in this breed?

In the Writing #2: Why Walter White Is the Most Important Character in the History of Television

Jesse Damiani | Posted 10.06.2013 | TV
Jesse Damiani

In Walter White, though, Vince Gilligan hasn't created a character indebted to the strengths of a different form; he's created a character that could only exist on television.

Tony Soprano: Role Model

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 08.26.2013 | Entertainment
Bruce Weinstein

Why are we so fascinated with stories about evildoers? What is it about the adventures of people doing the wrong things that keep us so enthralled?

R.I.P. James Gandolfini: What Can We Learn?

Jordan Safirstein, MD | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Jordan Safirstein, MD

The death of any young person -- particularly from potentially-preventable causes -- is a tragedy. And events like this, because of their notoriety and widespread media coverage, have the opportunity to spur change.

I Am Tony Soprano

Timothy Braun | Posted 08.23.2013 | Entertainment
Timothy Braun

I've always felt one of the most underrated aspects of Tony Soprano's universal appeal was the fact that he looked like the guy next door, the little league umpire, not Luke Skywalker or The Man of Steel. Tony Soprano looked like me.

A Much Loved and Complex Kingpin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.20.2013 | TV
Mark Rubinstein

We crave real portrayals of people like ourselves: people who can be confused, get angry, celebrate joyous moments and sometimes feel rejected and unloved. James Gandolfini made Tony Soprano, the Jersey mob boss, one of us.

James Gandolfini In Memoriam

Posted 06.20.2013 | TV

James Gandolfini passed away at 51 on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Italy. His death has left fans of "The Sopranos" i...

Some Of Tony's Best Lines

AP | Posted 06.20.2013 | TV

NEW YORK -- Some memorable lines spoken by the late James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in "The Sopranos": _"You know my feelings: Every day is a gift. ...

My Moment With Tony Soprano

Binky Philips | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I will never have any idea what weird bravado came over me, but, I stepped right up to James Gandolfini, draped my arm over his shoulder (What!?), he looked at me like "This better be good!" and I said, with all the Mafia Tony arrogance I could muster...

All Due Respect: An Appreciation Of James Gandolfini

Maureen Ryan | Posted 08.19.2013 | TV
Maureen Ryan

It's not just that Gandolfini was transfixing as Tony Soprano -- he was transfixing in so many ways.

A Cathartic Shrine for the Living

J. Michael Welton | Posted 04.22.2013 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

For Richmond, Va. art director Ann Rudy, a recent class in narrative collage turned quickly into a cathartic experience. In October, she signed up fo...

Lincoln and Obama: 'Clothed in Immense Power'

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln opens in wide release today, after a limited release last Friday -- and with luck, Barack Obama will not only see it but take it as a template for the current lame-duck session of Congress and for his impending second term.

Ryan Grim

WATCH: The Bain Bust Out: How Tony Soprano Explains Private Equity

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

The national debate over private equity so far has hinged on the question of whether experience in the field qualifies Mitt Romney, the former Bain Ca...

Mitt Romney, Bain Capital, and Tony Soprano

Michael Takiff | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Michael Takiff

We know Mitt Romney believes in one thing: making money. We also know that he made tons of it -- not all his fortune, but not a trivial portion of it, either -- by immoral means.

Moline Loves Paul Simon, Plus Chatting With Bill Wyman, American Idol's James Durbin and Mastodon's Brann Dailor

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Although it seems that Paul Simon has been on the road frequently over the last few years, his latest tour seems much more date-packed as he heralds his latest and one of the best albums of his career, So Beautiful Or So What.

WATCH: Fight On State Assembly Floor Over 'Sopranos'

Posted 08.16.2011 | Los Angeles

Life imitated art on the Assembly floor Wednesday when Assemblyman Don Wagner (R-Irvine) compared line items in the Democrats' budget plan to somethin...

From Cañon City to Maui: Ex-con Weldon Long's strange trip

Westword | Westword | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It sounds like a tidy piece of inspirational fiction: A coke-snorting, booze-guzzling dropout squanders every opportunity in life, turns to ...

Tony Soprano To The Rescue As Gov't Faces Mob Threat

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

Inside a transcript based On top secret National Security Agency surveillance tapes, Tony Soprano discusses the stimulus.