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'The Drop' trailer: James Gandolfini hides a dark past in his final film -- VIDEO

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In what ended up being the last film of his career, James Gandolfini plays a former criminal involved in the underworld of funneling cash to local gangsters in The Drop.

Gandolfini plays cousin Marv in the crime drama, which also stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. When lonely bartender Bob (Hardy) finds himself in the middle of a robbery gone wrong, an investigation into the neighborhood’s past has everyone’s friends, families, and foes worried. Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) directs the film with a screenplay from author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone). Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Watch James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'Enough Said' bloopers -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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After the untimely death of Sopranos actor James Gandolfini in June, fans were comforted by watching the critically acclaimed Enough Said, which earned Gandolfini’s co-star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

Now, we have an exclusive clip from the DVD for Enough Said, which shows Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus sharing a laugh in the film’s gag reel. Watch the clip below:
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James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'Enough Said': 'It's kind of an ugly crowd' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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In Enough Said, which premieres at next month’s Toronto Film Festival, the late James Gandolfini plays Albert, a teddy-bear of a guy who falls for Eva, a single mom played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Both of them have one child who is about to begin college, leaving them alone to bond over their shared sense of abandonment. Their blossoming romance gets bumpy when she discovers that his ex is one of her new clients (Catherine Keener), a poet who unwittingly skews Eva’s impression of her new beau.

In the exclusive clip below, the two are introduced at a swanky party, a swanky ugly party, where the two connect on their shared poor opinion of the opposite sex present. READ FULL STORY

James Gandolfini 'didn't have a lot of confidence' acting in 'Enough Said,' says director

James Gandolfini took on his first ever romantic comedy in the months before his tragic death on June 19 — and it didn’t come as naturally to the Sopranos star as his numerous tough-guy roles.

In Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said, Gandolfini plays Albert, a divorcee who falls for Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Eve, a divorced masseuse who’s facing an empty nest as her daughter prepares to leave for college. Eve loves Albert, but when she finds out that he’s the ex-husband of her friend/client, Marianne (Catherin Keener), she begins to question their relationship.

Louis-Dreyfus, who was cast first, loved the idea of working with Gandolfini. “When I brought up the idea of Jim, she was like, ‘Hell yeah! He’s sexy,’ says Holofcener. Unsurprisingly, the Veep actress felt more comfortable with the comedic stylings of Enough Said than Gandolfini. “Julia’s just a hilarious person,” says the director, who remembers a moment on set when she and Dreyfus simply could stop laughing. “We’re doubled over, and Jim is standing there like, ‘Oh my god, I think I signed up to be in a chick flick.’” READ FULL STORY

James Gandolfini stars in 'Enough Said' trailer -- VIDEO

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Tony Soprano has a meet-cute with Elaine Benes. Enough Said.

Well, actually, that’s not the gist at all of Enough Said, the indie romantic comedy from Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money). James Gandolfini, in one of his final performances, plays a sweet divorced dad who falls for a neurotic massage therapist (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Potential problem: His ex is one of the therapist’s new clients, a woman (Catherine Keener) who bitches incessantly about her former husband to her massage therapist without knowing the damage she is creating. As a result, Louis-Dreyfus’ character can’t help but see her new boyfriend through his ex’s eyes. So when Gandolfini says to her after a date, “Why do I feel like I just spent the evening with my ex-wife?” — undoubtedly one of the cruelest sentences in the English language — there’s some truth there.

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James Gandolfini's 'Enough Said' gets a release date

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Enough Said, one of James Gandolfini’s last unreleased films, will arrive in limited release Sept. 20, Fox Searchlight announced Thursday.

Directed by Nicole Holofcener, the romantic dramedy was somewhat of a departure for Gandolfini, who plays a leading man and the main love interest. In the movie, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a sad, divorced woman, befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), an empowered woman in a similar situation. Inspired by Marianne’s zest and confidence, Eva decides to take a little bit of control over her own life and happiness and date Albert (Gandolfini). But as luck would have it, Albert turns out to be Marianne’s ex-husband.

At the time of his death, Gandolfini had also wrapped the Brooklyn-set mob drama Animal Rescue for director Michael Roskam with Tom Hardy. Animal Rescue, also a Fox Searchlight picture, will be released sometime in 2014.

Kristen Stewart on James Gandolfini: 'Every memory flooded back and gutted me.'

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They were mismatched from the get-go.

James Gandolfini was hulking, fearsome, and bristling with submerged rage and grief. Kristen Stewart was tiny, fragile and fronting false confidence as she spiraled into self-destruction.

At least, those were their characters in Welcome to the Rileys, a 2010 indie drama starring her as a teenage stripper/prostitute and him as the well-meaning but misguided father of a deceased child who thought he could try and save her instead.

Stewart has been silent since Gandolfini’s unexpected death last week from a heart attack at age 51, but with his funeral set for Thursday in New York, she is opening up about the loss of a friend and colleague: READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt on the death of James Gandolfini: 'I am gutted by this loss'

James Gandolfini, who passed away yesterday in Rome from a suspected heart attack, was best known as Tony Soprano, the morally corrupt but emotionally vulnerable New Jersey mobster and family man who propelled HBO’s The Sopranos to artistic and popular excellence from 1999 to 2007. But before, during, and after his reign as TV’s most mesmerizing dramatic actor, Gandolfini appeared in several high-profile movies, opposite actors like John Travolta, Denzel Washington, Robert Redford, and Brad Pitt.

Pitt co-starred with Gandolfini three times, in 1993’s True Romance, 2001’s The Mexican and last year’s Killing Them Softly, in which both men played hit-men at various stages of their careers. “He’s the man,” Pitt said back in 2001, when he and Julia Roberts tangled with Gandolfini’s gay hit-man at the height of the actor’s Sopranos‘ popularity. “He’s one of those great actors who finds meaning in every line. I love watching him work.”

The World War Z star released a statement about his colleague:

“I admire Jimmy as a ferocious actor, a gentle soul and a genuinely funny man. I am fortunate to have sat across the table from him and am gutted by this loss. I wish his family strength and some semblance of peace.”

Gandolfini had been reluctant to play another mob character in Killing Them Softly, but he was finally won over by what the character symbolized. “I started thinking, maybe, I’ve done a bunch of these guys and this is kind of the final nail in the coffin,” Gandolfini told ABC News in November. “This is where you are at the end.”

Read More:
James Gandolfini’s posthumous finished films: ‘Enough Said’ and ‘Animal Rescue’ 
‘The Sopranos’ creator David Chase on the death of James Gandolfini
EW Tribute: James Gandolfini changed TV for the better

James Gandolfini's upcoming film projects included an indie romantic comedy and a crime thriller

Few actors can inhabit a character like James Gandolfini. No matter the size of his role, Gandolfini could elevate a scene and the performances of those around him. There were always going to be projects that yearned for his presence.

But when the Emmy-winning star of The Sopranos died unexpectedly Wednesday at age 51, he did leave behind at least two completed performances: Enough Said, a romantic dramedy by director Nicole Holofcener and the Brooklyn-based crime thriller Animal Rescue.

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Casting Net: Sudekis, Bateman, and Day reunite for 'Horrible Bosses 2'; Plus Adam Driver, James Gandolfini, more

• After a reported six months of negotiations, Jason Sudekis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day are set to reprise their roles as Kurt, Nick, and Dale for Horrible Bosses 2. The first film grossed over $200 million worldwide on a $35 million budget, so it’s no surprise that New Line was eager to try out a sequel. Business aside, this seems like great news. Not only is the cast remaining intact, we’re getting the same writing (John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein) and directing (Seth Gordon) team, and Jamie Foxx is still in talks to reprise his role as  Motherf—– Jones too. Filming is scheduled to begin this summer. [THR]

• Adam Driver (Girls) is in talks to join the ensemble cast of Shawn Levy’s film adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You, about a group of siblings in the wake of their father’s death. If his Girls schedule allows, Driver would play Bateman’s character’s rebellious brother. Jonathan Tropper wrote the book and the screenplay. [THR]

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