James Gandolfini was laid to rest yesterday in Manhattan. The funeral was packed with tons of his “Sopranos” co-stars” including Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Lorraine Bracco Joey Pants Pantoliano, Steve Buscemi and Michael Imperioli.E “Sopranos” creator David Chase gave a eulogy. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Steve Carell, Alec Baldwin, John Turturro,and chef Mario Batali. Chase’s eulogy included lyrics from the JOAN OSBORNE song “(What if God Was) One of Us?”
So back to Alec Baldwin – the paparazzi knows just how to set him off. A writer from the Daily Mail wrote that Alec’s pregnant wife was tweeting upbeat posts during the funeral. Stuff like ideas about wedding anniversary presents and promoting her upcoming appearance on the Rachel Ray show. Messing with Alec is bad enough – when you mess with his pregnant wife? During a funeral of a dear friend? The gloves came off. He tweeted ‘ My wife and I attend a funeral to pay our respects to an old friend, and some toxic Brit writes this (bleeping) trash” – “My wife DID NOT use her phone, in any capacity, at our friends funeral.” He threatened to find the writer of the story and physically hurt him. Then he canceled his twitter. For the record – there are websites that let you pre-schedule tweets and fb posts in advance.
The wrongful death trial for Michael Jackson continues today. Yesterday his oldest son Prince finished his testimony of what a great father MJ was. The lawyer played 2 candid home videos when the kids were younger. It was very touching. The lawyers are trying to show MJ was a loving father who cared deeply for his 3 kids. Meanwhile – TJ Jackson, Tito’s son and the co-guardian of the three kids – testified that his uncle was very generous. To a fault. He says he remembers MJ handing out $100-dollar bills to strangers. Its pretty crazy when you consider the fact that when Michael died he was broke and I serious debt.
Another bad day for Paula Deen. She was dropped by Target, Novo Nordisk, Home Depot, and QVC. Novo is the company Paula signed a deal with last year to hype their diabetes drug. They mutually agreed to suspend patient education activities for now. Target and Home Depot are doing what Walmart did are not ordering anymore Paula Deen products – and when they run out its over. QVC finally got off the fence. Sorta. They say they are not working with her in the near future but are not closing the door completely on Paula. She may be losing money with endorsements – but her fans are keeping her in business. Paula’s cookbooks are selling like hotcakes – and her upcoming cookbook has shot to #1 on Amazon.