January 18, 2009No Comments

ON: Man Men’s Summer Return

Finally a some good news for The Great Depression '09: Mad Men is coming back! It just would not be right if they left on that intense scene between Peggy and Pete? WOW!


Variety is reporting that that Mad Men executive creator Matthew Weiner has just signed a fat seven-figure deal for two more seasons.

Weiner, a former writer for The Sopranos,
originally signed on for peanuts when AMC picked up his drama about the
Madison Avenue advertising business in the 1960s. That original deal
only ran for two years and after the second season wrapped last October
he let it be known that he wanted more money before he'd re-sign.

This is fantastic news. I suppose that Mad Men would have gone on (it was picked up for a third season
by AMC), but it wouldn't be the same without Weiner. Now everyone can
breathe a sigh of relief, get back to work, and make sure those
episodes debut this summer as planned.

(Photo Credit: Vanity Fair)

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June 17, 2007No Comments

ON: The Sopranos One Week Later


Last Sunday, all the phones were turned off, the computer was off, the kids were put in bed and I was tucked comfy in my bed with Levain bakery cookies, milk and the the last episode of the sopranos.

Like everyone else, I too was shocked by the abrupt ending last Sunday and felt a sense of bewilderment and frustration and then I went and checked my cable connection and tried to hit the downed HBO site. 

The next morning during water cooler talk I equated it to "sex with out the big orgasmic finish" and @ lunch i said "unexpected one night stand - the one where you thought it was a date and the shit-head does not call yo back" 

More importantly the conversation with my circle of friends that were either twittering, emailing or in the message boards went like this...(these were my favorites)

"I feel like a whore - that was a paid cable fuck" - SG
David Chase is a mind-f@&ker!" - CK
"Sopranos... Uhhhhh... WTF?!?" - JC
"WTF - My cable went out" - DWB
"that was eight year relationships that ended with a pool cue up my ass" - GE
"i feel like a woman tony tossed aside" - TR

(funny how we all have foul mouths after watching team bada bing)

Then I got this...

"For those of you who haven't figured it out yet....=)

This is a very  interesting interpretation of the ending I figured I would
pass  along.

He was killed....

In fact, the ending was genius if  you've paid attention to the show or are
just a fan of well developed well  thought out plots that all tie
together and have the memory of a champ to  remember it all the ending was
simple, he got killed, but let me tell you why  and explain in detail... There
was 3 people in the diner total who had a reason  to kill tony.....

the two black guys, they were paid before to kill tony  but he was only shot
in the ear, this was in one of the earlier  seasons,
also in the earlier seasons, the trucker who was sitting at the  bar stool,
who the camera kept focusing in on, is Nikki leotardo, Phil Leotardos  nephew,
he was in one of the early season episodes where Phil and Tony have a sit

heres where the genius comes in....

When tony is walking in the diner,you see the camera focus on him, then it
switches to his  perspective, and you see him looking @ the booth hes gonna sit

then  the camera switches back to tonys face, then it once again
switches to his  perspective, and it shows him looking @ the door and looking
@ the people come  in..... Every time the door opens the Chimes sound.......

Carmela walks  in, Chimes

AJ walks in Chimes

this when Meadows is parallel  parking, still trying to get inside the
at this point the  camera switches back to the trucker who goes in the

Then  it goes to a scene where meadow finally parks and starts running in the

the doors about to open, Tony looks up....

and No  Chimes......................

no Music............

everything just  goes black...............

In one of the early episodes of the sopranos,  tony is talking with bobby
about what it must feel like to die..

Bobby says "at the end, you probably don't hear anything, everything just
goes black"

Part of that was revisited in the second to last episode during  the last
seconds of it, when tony is about to go to sleep and he flashes back to  the memory
of him and bobby on the boat... "You probably don't hear anything  everything
just goes black"

What do you guys think?

ON: The Sopranos One Week Later via @jpenabickley
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