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‘Sopranos’ Shocker as Series Winds Down May 14, 2007

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Spoiler alert: Stop reading now if you’ve saved “The Sopranos” for later viewing.

Sunday night, Tony Soprano killed his nephew, surrogate son and loyal aide, Christopher Moltisanti. The murder, which came after the pair survived a car crash, was as shocking as anything that “The Sopranos” creator David Chase has ever come up with.

To top it off, the crash was timed during the same Pink Floyd song Tony, played by James Gandolfini, was singing aloud last week: “Comfortably Numb.” The last line heard before the pair’s SUV hits an oncoming car is “the child is grown, the dream is gone.”



Nicolas Cage Confirmed As Capone In ‘Untouchables’ Prequel May 13, 2007

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MTV News has confirmed that Nicolas Cage is set to play Chicago crime boss Al Capone in “The Untouchables: Capone Rising.”Cage will reteam with “Snake Eyes” director Brian DePalma for the project, playing a younger version of the character made famous by Robert DeNiro. “Capone Rising” is a prequel to DePalma’s 1987 classic “The Untouchables,” and will revolve around the early dealings between Capone and Irish cop Jimmy Malone, a role that garnered an Oscar for Sean Connery.


Why John Locke Is NOT Dead! May 10, 2007

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So, as anyone who watched last night’s episode of Lost knows that John Locke was shot in the chest. It looked like a fatal wound to me, and of course I freaked. Locke is my favorite character, and one of the reason I was hooked on the show from the start. I thought he was dead. Well, he’s not, and here is how I know:

Executive Producer Carlton Cuse offered this exclusive tease about the show’s two-hour, sure-to-be-blockbuster season finale on May 22: “Let’s just say the end of the season features a showdown between Jack and Locke — a showdown long anticipated and a showdown with an extremely significant outcome for the future of the castaways.”

It looks like John Locke is still with us…for now.

Mayweather Victory Sets Pay-Per-View Mark May 10, 2007

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Floyd Mayweather’s split decision against Oscar De La Hoya in Saturday night’s superwelterweight title fight generated 2.15 million pay-per-view buys — eclipsing the 10-year-old record for the second Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson fight.
Mark Taffet, an HBO senior vice president, said the figure was based on reports from cable and satellite operators serving more than 80 percent of the 61 million homes that can order, up from the usual 50 percent.


ABC’s ‘Lost’ Gets An Official End May 10, 2007

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The official word from ABC on the end of Lost:

Starting with the 2007-08 season, ABC will begin airing the 48 remaining original episodes of the hit drama “Lost,” it was announced today by Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment. The episodes will air uninterrupted over three seasons (16 episodes each season), with the series concluding in 2009-10 with a highly anticipated and shocking finale.

“In considering the powerful storytelling of ‘Lost,’ we felt this was the only way to give it a proper creative conclusion,” said McPherson. “I always said that we would allow the series to grow and give viewers the most compelling hour possible. And, due to the unique nature of the series, we knew it would require an end date to keep the integrity and strength of the show consistent throughout, and to give the audience the payoff they deserve. “

“Additionally,” said McPherson, “having Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse signed on to complete the journey of this show was critical to me and the network. Damon and Carlton have tremendous talent, and we’re thrilled that they’ll be with the show throughout its run.”

“This is a bold and unprecedented move for ABC,” said Lindelof and Cuse, executive producers. “The show would not be what it is without the vision and support we’ve received from Steve McPherson, Mark Pedowitz and everyone at ABC and ABC TV Studios. We always envisioned ‘Lost’ as a show with a beginning, middle and end. By officially announcing exactly when that ending will be, the audience will now have the security of knowing that the story will play out as we’ve intended.”

“Lost” premiered September 22, 2004 and soon became the most talked-about new show of the season, with a never-before-seen storyline that spawned water-cooler talk and blogs galore. In its premiere season “Lost” was the No. 1 scripted series on Wednesday night with Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. On average “Lost” delivered the highest Adult 18-49 rating for any 8:00 p.m. drama on any network in seven years.

For the second season in a row, “Lost” stood as the No. 1 scripted TV program on Wednesday night during the season in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. It also ranked No.1 in its hour among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (tied w/Fox), regularly competing with Fox’s “American Idol” results show during its first half-hour. Despite the “Idol” competition, “Lost” retained nearly all of its overall viewers from the same point the previous season, and actually grew 11% with Adults 18-49. The sophomore ABC drama was the No.1 scripted program on the evening among Adults 18-49 in all 22 of its original telecasts, and qualified as ABC’s most-watched series in the time period in nine years.

“Lost” has ranked No. 1 in its time period with Adults 18-49 for the third season in a row, and is the No. 1 10:00 p.m. series on any network with Adults 18-49. It is the most recorded show on TV, gaining 18% more Total Viewers through “time-shifted” (TiVo/DVR) viewing. On average in its

10 o’clock time period, Nielsen reports 2.1 million additional viewers watch the show after its live broadcast. On top of Nielsen’s reported numbers, millions more viewers watch “Lost” episodes through “place-shifted” viewing via streaming replays on ABC.com, iPod downloads and DVDs.

“Lost” has garnered numerous awards, including six Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, a Producers Guild Award, an NAACP Image Award, a Prism Award and two ALMA Awards, just to name a few.

From ABC.com

HBO Boss Ousted After Alleged Assault May 10, 2007

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Chris Albrecht, the man who built HBO into a TV powerhouse, has been ousted by its parent company, Time Warner, after being arrested on Sunday on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend in Las Vegas.

Mr Albrecht, the chairman and chief executive of Home Box Office (HBO) said on Tuesday that he was taking a leave of absence from the group, where he oversaw hits including The Sopranos and Sex in the City, to regain control of his alcoholism. Hours later, however, he made a second announcement, confirming that he had resigned “at the request of Time Warner”.