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GQ’s Men of The Year 2013 – Justin Timberlake, Matthew McConaughey, Kendrick Lamar and James Gandolfini

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For their December issue, GQ honored the men they thought shaped 2013, or at least parts of it. Photographer Sebastian Kim shot Justin Timberlake the “The Hastag of the Year” seriously, Kendrick Lamar the “Rapper of The Year“. Matthew McConaughey, “Leading Man of The Year,” and Will Ferrell, “Funnyman of The Year for profiles. The fifth cover went to the late James Gandolfini, honored by his best and closest friends.


Depending on who you ask, JT had the comeback of the year, releasing not one but two records, ‘The 20/20 Experience’ and co-starring in ‘Runner Runner.’ However, it was the reviews he received for both that made him question himself. He tells Amy Wallace that he felt “like a bunch of people just took a s*** on my face” when Variety ran an article titled “Why Justin Timberlake Should Stop Acting” and Billboard gave less than favorable critiques of the second part of ‘20/20.’

This face,” he says, circling it with one finger.

“This recognizable face that you work so hard to get—not because you want the recognition but because you know you’re made to do it.” This face, he’s saying, comes at a cost. “The movie didn’t do well at the box office, so I should quit? Hold on a second. If I was somebody else, you wouldn’t have said that. I have the number one album this week, and I shouldn’t have released it? Come on, man. You sound like a dickhead…. It just shocked me because, like, you’re trade magazines. None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it.” 

Ugh, JT, bruh. That wasn’t just the magazine’s opinions, that was a lot of people’s opinions.


But moving on…Kendrick Lamar also had a banner year, full of praise, made even bigger when he dropped arguably the rap verse of the year on Big Sean‘s “Control.” That, and declaring himself “The King of New York” made a lot of people mad, but gave the rap game the fire it needed, even if it only lasted a couple of weeks. If you want to know what’s going on between him and Drake, Lamar says things are “cool” but it would “okay” if they weren’t. Mmmhmm…

You can read the rest of JT Matthew and Kendrick‘s features now. The magazines hit newsstands on November 19.

‘The Sopranos’ Star, James Gandolfini Dead At 51

James Gandolfini, dead at age 51


Nooooo! I just can’t take this sad news.

James Gandolfini, everyone’s favorite TV mob boss, Tony Soprano has died at the age of 51.


via Variety.com

Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini has died in Italy at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack. According to HBO, he was on vacation at the time.  The “Sopranos” actor appeared recently in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” He had been working on Fox Searchlight’s “Animal Rescue,” now in post-production, HBO show “Criminal Justice” as well as CBS show “Taxi 22.”

Gandolfini had six Emmy lead drama actor nominations as well as a Golden Globe for his work in the “Sopranos,” which ended in 2007. Among his film roles were “Mr. Wonderful,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” and “True Romance.”

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, a son and a baby daughter.


I loved this guy.

True Romance – You Got A Lot Of Heart, Kid (HD) from K7vn on Vimeo.

If you haven’t seen him in the classic film True Romance, put it in your queue now.

What’s Next with James Gandolfini? ‘Killing Them Softly’ With Brad Pitt – Trailer!

James Gandolfini in “Killing Them Softly”


James Gandolfini makes me all kinds of happy. Yes, I loved to hate and still rooted for Tony Soprano, but I’m a bona fide supporter of Gandolfini, the performer. Say that as pretentiously as you’d like.

Proof: I sat through The Mexican and bore everyone who will listen with my love of The Coen Brothers The Man Who Wasn’t There. While living in NYC I prowled places specifically hoping to bump into him, so you get the picture.

Needles to say, I am thrilled with Showbiz 411’s report that he’s got several projects coming soon. A movie with Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly, a new HBO pilot, Criminal Justice and a film in the works with Steve Carrell’s production company. Of the three, The Bone Men is the one I am most excited about. Slated as a comedy, it is the story of two paleontologists during the 1800’s. So get your dirty minds out the gutter. *Nerd Alert* I hope its a humorous take on The Gilded Dinosaur:The Fossil War between E.D. Cope and O.C. Marsh which made for a great episode of The American Experience.

Stalker days behind me,  I’m happy to note Gandolfini is expecting a daughter, his second child, and first with his current wife.

Killing Them Softly will be released on November 30, 2012. Let’s watch the trailer!

As Brad says: “It’s a two-man job.”