3,000 watch new 'Sopranos' episodes
NEW YORK -- Few television shows could attract much of a crowd by offering a preview of their upcoming season on the same night as the Grammys. But we're not talking about the average television show -- we're talking about family, as in "The Sopranos."
The acclaimed HBO mob drama attracted 3,000 people to Radio City Music Hall in New York on Wednesday night to watch the first two episodes of the much-anticipated third season. While the shows received positive feedback from the crowd, some snickers were reportedly heard when a digital recreation of Nancy Marchand appeared on screen. Marchand, who plays the mother of tormented mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), died last year before filming could begin.
After the screenings, the party switched locations to the New York Hilton ballroom, where a smaller (by comparison) crowd of 2,000 partied and dined on Italian cuisine. The cast of "The Sopranos" was in attendance, along with celebrities like Keith Richards and Oscar-nominated actor Benicio Del Toro, and New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Director Peter Bogdanovich, who will return in his role this season as the psychiatrist to Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), says "The Sopranos" is so successful because it has that perfect mix of good storytelling.
"You just don't know what you're going to feel," Bogdanovich said on Mr. Showbiz. "One moment you're laughing and then crying."
"The Sopranos" makes its season premier on HBO on March 4.
The Grammy party's over
HOLLYWOOD, California -- Perhaps the hangover is finally receding.
The music industry partied like, well, the music industry on Wednesday night following the 43rd Grammy Awards. Among the shindigs and attendees:
EMI/Capitol/Virgin filled the Hotel Figueroa with artists, critics and other associated celebrities and hangers-on, including Radiohead, the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, former Smashing Pumpkins bass player Melissa Auf Der Maur, the Blue Man group and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.
BMG took over the former Silverwoods department store on Wilshire Boulevard for a party of 1,300 guests. Clive Davis, Carlos Santana, Gwen Stefani, Moby, Daryl Hannah, and John Silva were among the attendees.
Warner Music Group celebrated at the Los Angeles City Studios, with a guest list that included AOL Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin, B.B. King, Paul Simon, Lars Ulrich, Kid Rock, and Melissa Etheridge.
Soggy Bottom Boys: Men of constant sales
NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- The Soggy Bottom Boys don't exist, but that hasn't stopped demand for their music.
The fictional band came to life in the Coen brothers' movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou." George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson, playing convicts on the lam, form the band and record a smash hit, a bluesy country song called "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow."
In real life, the song is sung by Dan Tyminski, who plays in Alison Krauss & Union Station. The song is featured on the movie's soundtrack.
"People are going into stores asking for the Soggy Bottom Boys, and people are saying, 'We're all sold out,'" Tyminski says. "It's ironic that real life is mirroring the movie."
'Survivor' contestant gets overpass named after him
FRANKFORT, Kentucky -- Paul Patton, the governor of Kentucky, says he doesn't watch the CBS reality game show "Survivor II," but that didn't stop him from announcing that the state will name an overpass in honor of one of the show's contestants.
Rodger Bingham, 53, known as "Kentucky Joe" on the popular show, received the honor from the governor and state legislator on Tuesday.
"I don't know much about the show," Patton told Bingham, "but I know you can't tell me if you survived."
The I-75 overpass in Bingham's name is located near Crittenden, where he was born and still lives.
On "Survivor: The Australian Outback," which has already been recorded, 16 contestants divided into two teams have been dumped in the outback and must fend for themselves. Each week, they vote one contestant off the show. The last remaining survivor wins $1 million.
Bingham is still in contention.
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