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Sean P. Means
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FILE - This file photo released by HBO in 2007 shows James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in a scene from one of the last episodes of the HBO dramatic series "The Sopranos." HBO and the managers for Gandolfini say the actor died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Italy. He was 51. (AP Photo/HBO, Craig Blankenhorn, File)
The Cricket's Daily 3: Saying farewell to James Gandolfini

Here's what's being talked about in pop culture:

• Hollywood, New Jersey and the world is mourning the death of James Gandolfini. The actor was indelible as the troubled gangster Tony Soprano, but also appeared memorably in "Zero Dark Thirty," "Killing Them Softly" and "In the Loop." [USA Today, Vulture - and look at The Salt Lake Tribune's photo gallery]

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• Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been tabbed to direct the movie version of the kinky best-seller "Fifty Shades of Gray." Taylor-Johnson is known for directing the John Lennon biopic "Nowhere Boy," and even better known for marrying that film's star, Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Kick-Ass"), who's 24 years her junior. [Entertainment Weekly]

• Mary Jane Watson won't be in the second installment of "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise, but will be introduced in the third film. Actress Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants"), who plays Mary Jane, says she's "bummed" by the decision but understands. [The Huffington Post]



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