In Memoriam: James Gandolfini (1961-2013)

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To my incredible shock and dismay. It has been revealed that whilst on holiday in Rome, Italy. James Gandolfini has passed away from a heart attack at age 51. The beloved actor who played iconic mobster Tony Soprano in HBO’s “The Sopranos” (1999), will be sorely missed by fans of the show and the silver screen alike.

A veteran of the entertainment business, Gandolfini had been circulating Hollywood in films such as Crimson Tide, and True Romance, when he landed the epochal role of a mobster suffering from panic attacks. Played to perfection, Gandolfini humanised Tony Soprano, through his stoic demeanour and emotional tenses that allowed audiences to empathise with a person who would otherwise be considered a monster. “The Sopranos” had challenged the family convention while stirring perspectives on society’s moral code.

HBO released a statement saying: “We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss…

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Peering pressure: The secret battle to control the future of the internet

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There is a fierce battle going on to control the future of the internet, and consumers are the innocent bystanders.

Reports have been filtering in during the last few days that consumers on Verizon (s vz) and Time Warner Cable’s (s twc) network are experiencing degraded service when they try to watch Netflix or YouTube videos. It may seem trite to whine about someone’s Arrested Development episode buffering, but the real issue is how big ISPs are trying to remake the agreements that underpin how the internet works.

As they do so, they are taking agreements that used to be negotiated by engineers based on web traffic and changing them into disputes negotiated behind closed doors in boardrooms, executives fighting over who has access to the end consumer. This could fundamentally change the way the internet works — making it more expensive to do business and erecting unnecessary barriers…

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Arrested Attention Span

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Like a lot of people, I go through indulging binges on Netflix. Most of the time it’s because I have a deadline that I’m choosing to ignore. And others, it’s because I just need to power off my brain. To veg and do nothing and let a story unfold before me. A healthier way of doing this is of course reading (which I’ve been doing much more of recently). But when your eyes are tired, you still have the warmth of the shower trapped underneath your pj’s and that work you started before dinner says in a quiet voice: “It’s okay if you start again tomorrow,” it’s hard to not comply.

I promise myself that I’ll only watch two episodes of something per day. But if I’m not careful, if I’m feeling particularly down, lazy, and overall uninterested in what I should be doing, I go overboard. I end up watching half…

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Netflix, DreamWorks Animation Reach Massive Deal, DreamWorks Will Produce 1,200 TV Episodes In Five Years, 300 Hours On Streaming Video Service

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Streaming video service Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have reached a massive agreement on original content and the latter company has taken even greater measures to become a big television player, according to Deadline.

 

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Eye on Emmy: Corey Stoll Votes Yea on House of Cards and the Movie-Like Netflix Experience

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HOUSE OF CARDSWhile Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood played with people like puppets and served up savory speechifying, Corey Stoll emerged as the ace up House of Cards‘ sleeve. As Peter Russo, he played a congressman who was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and thusly steered into a tumultuous arc, one with valleys as deep as the peaks high. Here, the actor — whose previous TV credits included NCIS, Law & Order: LA and The Good Wife — hails the “embarrassment of riches” afforded him and the thrill of helping Netflix break new ground.

(Only thematic spoilers follow, for those who have yet to queue up the acclaimed drama.)

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