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Cory Monteith was full of 'love and light,' Jenna Ushkowitz says of 'Glee' co-star

The young stars of Glee were largely unknown before landing their breakout roles back in 2009, and they’ve grown up together in the spotlight. That’s why Cory Monteith’s death more than a week ago hit the group especially hard — they hadn’t lost just a co-star; they’d lost a family member.

Tributes have poured in from Monteith’s co-stars, including Chord Overstreet dedicating a song to his late friend and Dianna Agron remembering his “enormous talent.” Now Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) has posted an Instagram photo of the tight-knit cast along with a message to Monteith:
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Dennis Farina: Jake Johnson 'looked up to' his 'New Girl' dad

In a very sad case of life imitating art, actor Dennis Farina died Monday at age 69 just months after his New Girl character was laid to rest on TV.

In the March 26 episode “Chicago,” Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) and his roommates head to Nick’s hometown for the funeral of Walt Miller (Farina). Johnson clearly had a soft spot for his TV dad, sending this statement to EW on Monday:
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'Glee' premiere pushed back after Cory Monteith's death

Since Cory Monteith’s death last weekend, fans have mourned the Glee star and wondered: What does this mean for the show? Fox released a statement Friday revealing that the start of production on season 5 — and therefore the season premiere — will be delayed.

“In light of the tragic passing of beloved Glee cast member Cory Monteith, the series’ executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company have jointly decided to delay the start of production of Glee until early August,” the statement read. “Season Five of Glee will now premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox. No further details are available at this time.”

The next Glee season was originally set to debut a week prior, on September 19.

Dianna Agron on Cory Monteith: 'We will always carry a piece of you with us'

Glee star Cory Monteith died suddenly on July 13th, 2013 at the age of 31 — and the actor’s family, friends, and fans are still reeling. Actress Dianna Agron, who played Monteith’s onetime girlfriend on Fox’s hit musical series, has just released the following statement about her fallen comrade:

“I have never lost a friend. In this difficult time, I am leaning on all of the wonderful memories we shared with Cory, how many ways he was able to make us smile. Glee was a gift to all of us. It gave us a family in this industry. We really cut our teeth and grew up on this show. In playing underdogs, we learned that we had dug into the hearts of our viewers and that we could stay there.

“Cory is so deserving of that place in everyone’s hearts. He was one of the most generous and kind people that I have ever met. He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent. He was loving to not only me, but my family. My heart goes out to his family, to Lea, to everyone that is struggling with the loss of our friend. We will miss you Cory. We will always carry a piece of you with us.”
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Cory Monteith interview to re-air on Bravo

Bravo will re-air Cory Monteith’s appearance on Inside the Actor’s Studio in the wake of the young Glee star’s untimely death.

Monteith’s episode of the show originally aired last year. Bravo will repeat the episode, where host James Lipton chatted with the entire Glee cast, on Thursday at 6 p.m.

In addition, Lipton also released this statement to accompany the announcement: “When I appeared as myself on Glee, I auditioned Cory’s character, Finn, for the Actors Studio Drama School — and rejected him. That’s the way Ryan Murphy wrote it. I would have admitted him — in a New York minute. Of course you’ll want to know how Cory responded when I asked him the question, ‘If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?’ Cory’s God said, ‘Uh, sorry I haven’t been around. There’s a good explanation.’ I certainly hope there is.  We needed Cory’s gifts.”

'Glee' producers, Fox: 'We are deeply saddened' by Cory Monteith's death

Glee‘s executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company released a joint statement just before midnight PT on Saturday regarding the unexpected death of Glee star Cory Monteith, who was found in a Vancouver hotel room Saturday afternoon.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones,” the short statement said.

The actor, 31, played Finn Hudson on the Fox television program. As news broke, many of Monteith’s co-stars took to Twitter to pay their respects.

An autopsy is set to take place Monday, according to Vancouver police.

'Waltons' storekeeper Joe Conley dies

Joe Conley, an actor best known as the small town storekeeper on the TV series The Waltons, has died at age 85.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that according to wife Louise Conley, Joe Conley died at a care facility in Southern California on Sunday. She says he had suffered from dementia. READ FULL STORY

James Gandolfini tribute: HBO offers 'Sopranos' on demand, will reair Iraq war documentary

In honor of the late James Gandolfini, HBO announced plans Monday to offer every season of The Sopranos on HBO On Demand for one month each, starting with season 1 in July and season 2 in August. HBO will also replay Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq, the 2007 documentary executive-produced by Gandolfini, on the Fourth of July.

Gandolfini, who died June 19 of a heart attack at age 51, was laid to rest last week at a Manhattan funeral attended by Alec Baldwin, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and nearly every actor who appeared on The Sopranos over its six-season run. Sopranos creator David Chase delivered a eulogy at the service.
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On the scene: Family, friends, and fans remember James Gandolfini at Manhattan funeral

They came in suits and shorts, heels and flip-flops, somber dresses, casual T-shirts — and at least one black tank top embellished with a message hand-written in alternating red, white, and green paint: “Riposa in Pace, Capo.”

“I have to show my respect,” the tank top’s designer — Assunta, a silver-haired woman from Yonkers — said, gesturing to her handiwork. “You can read it, if you like: ‘Rest in peace, Boss.’ That’s what he is. He was the boss.”

Assunta had gathered with what seemed like all of New York City’s Italian-American community — not to mention Mario Batali, Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Chris Christie, a gaggle of Sopranos cast members, and fans of countless other ethnic backgrounds — to say goodbye to James Gandolfini, who died suddenly of a heart attack June 19.

The funeral was held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, which stands just south of Columbia University. (“It’s by Meadow [Soprano]!” Assunta explained.) Saint John also happens to be the fourth-largest church in the world, making it one of the only sites in New York capable of holding hordes of Gandolfini’s mourners.
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David Chase's eulogy for James Gandolfini -- FULL TEXT

Earlier this morning, friends, family, and hundreds of fans gathered to pay their respects to James Gandolfini at Manhattan’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Four mourners — Gandolfini’s wife, Deborah Lin Gandolfini; his assistant, Thomas Richardson; his acting coach, Susan Aston; and his old boss, Sopranos creator David Chase — delivered eulogies at the service.

A transcript of Chase’s speech, which he structured as a letter to his late friend, is reprinted below.

Dear Jim,

Your family asked me to speak at this service. I am so honored and touched. I’m also really scared, and I say that because you, of all people, understand this. I would like to run away and then call you four days from now from the beauty parlor. [Ed. note: That’s a reference to a 2002 incident in which Gandolfini disappeared from the set of The Sopranos, eventually calling the show’s production office four days later from a beauty salon in Brooklyn.]

I want to do a good job because I love you, and because you always did a good job.

I think the deal is, I’m supposed to speak about the actor, the artist, the work part of your life. Others will have spoken beautifully about the other beautiful and magnificent parts of you — father, brother, friend. That’s what I was told. I’m supposed to also speak for your cast mates, who you loved; for your crew that you loved so much; the people at HBO; and Journey. I hope I can speak for all of them and pay credit to them and to you.

Experts told me to start with a joke, recite a funny anecdote. Ha ha ha. But as you yourself so often said, “I’m not feelin’ it.” I’m too sad and full of despair. I’m running too partly because I would like to have had your advice, because I remember how you did speeches. I saw you do a lot of them at awards shows and stuff, and invariably, I think you would scratch two or three thoughts on a sheet of paper and put it in your pocket, and then not really refer to it. And consequently, a lot of your speeches didn’t make sense.

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Michael J. Fox remembers 'Family Ties' creator Gary David Goldberg

Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-winning creator of Family Ties and Spin City, died Sunday at age 68. After working on the writing staffs of Lou Grant, The Tony Randall Show, and The Bob Newhart Show, Goldberg created Family Ties, starring Michael J. Fox, in 1982.

In a statement to EW about Goldberg’s death, Fox said, “With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend, Gary David Goldberg. He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit.  He changed my life profoundly. Love to [his wife] Diana and all of Gary’s family.”

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Gary David Goldberg, creator of 'Family Ties,' dies

Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-winning creator of Family Ties and Spin City, died yesterday in Montecito, Calif. He was 68. Goldberg was an experienced TV writer of 1970s programs like Lou Grant, The Tony Randall Show, and The Bob Newhart Show when he built Family Ties in 1982 for NBC, basing the idealistic hippie parents played by Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter on himself and his wife, Dr. Diana Meehan. The show became an essential part of the network’s Thursday-night lineup — pairing with The Cosby Show for a time as TV’s two biggest shows — and made Michael J. Fox a huge star. READ FULL STORY

James Gandolfini funeral to be held Thursday

The funeral for James Gandolfini has been scheduled for Thursday in Manhattan, HBO confirmed Sunday on behalf of his family. The service will be held at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan at 10 a.m.

The 51-year-old actor, who won three Emmys for his portrayal of crime boss Tony Soprano on The Sopranos, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Rome. Gandolfini’s remains are expected to be repatriated to the U.S. as early as Monday.

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