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James Gandolfini News Pop: Festival Mourns Gandolfini

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The Taormina Film Festival was in mourning after the death of 51-year-old actor James Gandolfini, who was scheduled to travel to the event to receive a special prize and participate in a round table discussion about Italian-American views on cinema Organizers of the Taormina Film Festival scrambled to put together a last-minute tribute to U.S. actor James Gandolfini, after he suffered a fatal cardiac arrest while in Italy to attend the festival's closing ceremony and receive an honor from the Sicilian resort city. After the surprising news spread that "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini died at the age of 51 Hollywood quickly offered an outpouring of love and memories of the beloved actor. While he was best known for his role as Tony Soprano on the acclaimed HBO show, his influence stretched far beyond that, even to those who never had the honor of working with him. Russell Crowe, Molly Ringwald, Governor Chris Christie and more all took to Twitter to remember the late, great 'Sopranos' actor. By Todd Gilchrist

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