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GQ Honors James Gandolfini in ‘Men of the Year’ Issue

James Gandolfini is gone, but not forgotten. GQ magazine has composed a touching cover and feature, honoring the late actor who died in June 2013.

Gandolfini’s longtime friend, German watchmaker Michael Kobold, shared stories about the actor and his own feelings about Gandolfini as well.

Check out what he had to say about Gandolfini below.

On James’ mercurial temperament:
“I’d been scanning ‘The New York Times’ for hours when Jim shuffled out, grumbled at me, and sat down to red the ‘New York Post.’ For five minutes or so, we had a one-sided conversation… Jim’s grip on the paper began to tighten until he was practically crumpling it. ‘So help me God, if you ask me one more f***ing question, I will get you deported, you f***ing German!’ he yelled. Jim’s temper could run hot, but it also passed quickly. Ten minutes later, after some coffee, he smiled at me. ‘I’m sorry, Kobold, but you can be so f***ing annoying in the morning.’ ‘I’ll try to be less happy tomorrow,’ I told him. ‘No, don’t do that. Just don’t direct your happiness towards me.'”

On Michael’s difficulties to bring James’ body home from Italy:
“The initial news in Rome wasn’t good: Paticia Hill, the U.S. vice consul at the embassy told me it would be as long as a week before the body could be cleared. Jim had passed on Wednesday night and was already at the morgue by the time I got to Rome the next morning. After an autopsy, he would be held until we could get his remains repatriated. But in the near term, progress was looking grim.”

On Michael addressing James’ death:
“The minute that door opened, it was like stepping into a movie scene: There were probably ten TV cameras, twenty still photographers, and so many journalists that every seat in the small meeting room was filled. The spillover was standing along the walls. If you watch the tape, I seem cold and wooden – the prototypical German! – but I was basically frozen with fear, capable only of reading a prepared statement. ‘Today, we received the results of the autopsy, which stated he died of a heart attack, of natural causes.’ I read. ‘Once we have the clearance, we will put him on a flight to America. It is up to the Italian authorities to decide how quickly.’ I took no questions. And then I had to do it again the next day and the one after.”

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Justin Timberlake to Release “The 20/20 Experience Vol. 2” in November


Most fans have been wondering why Justin Timberlake‘s new album The 20/20 Experience only has 10 tracks, and now we now know.

Timberlake will release a follow-up album, titled The 20/20 Experience Vol. 2, in November. That album will also contain 10 tracks. Collectively the albums will have 20 songs, which is why the album is named The 20/20 Experience.

The Roots  drummer, Questlove leaked the information  on the OkayPlayer forum, while responding to a review of the album from the New York Times.

Questlove wrote:

I will say the album is OVERLY ambitious. like a LOT of ideas crammed into one.Spoiler alert. 20/20 Vol 2 comes out in Nov. (10 songs now…..10 songs later= 20 vision)

I admire the balls it took to make this record. cause he coulda easily ushered his work in and made Diplo his Teddy Riley to 20/20′s Dangerous instead of sticking with Timb’s Quincy.

Feel me?

I like throwback Timb. (He played me songs out of order and off both records so I don’t know what made the final cut) so I was shocked he wasn’t 4 on the flooring it like the Timb of 2005 was doing. Like these joints were straight up Missy/Magoo Timb and Justin said he wanted Timb to “get back in his real zone” even if it meant alienating the tweens born after 86 who never ever heard of the sly slick and wicked.

I mean Suit and Tie is the MOST UNLIKELY James Brown production reference.

But of course unless you got a master degree in soul-ology this won’t mean shit to you.

And I told him my assistant Zarah (born in 88) was frowning like “I don’t like this song”

And is he cool with the fact that only 35 year old people who love their soul in 95 bpm zone will “get” this song.

And he was like “why do we put all of our power in the hands of 18 year olds….I wanted to make a joint that 40 year olds would love too”.

And by the time the video came out all the 86 after sect were aboard again.

(I agree the only thing i don’t like about suit and tie is jay’s beat switch up…..its cute….but its a pander move—if you gonna go 40…..go 40/40 with it”.

Anywho….I love the songs, but was worried on how he will cut the prime rib to feed to toothless babies.

Ballsy move however.

I applaud ballsy moves.


Don’t forget to pick up your copy of The 20/20 Experience when it drops March 19.


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