– Cinema Verite is about the groundbreaking 1970s PBS series An American Family, considered the first reality show. Reality TV “was such an intellectual exercise in the beginning, and it’s turned to such shit,” Gandolfini said. Asked if he watches reality TV, he said that he has “seen Real Housewives of Atlanta — that was extraordinary.” Jersey Shore? “No no no.”
– After the session, a beaming Gandolfini was asked why he had never looked so happy and smiling at previous TCAs. “Because I was on The Sopranos,” he said. “Because I worked 150 hours a week on a show, beating up women.” As for the long-gestating Sopranos movie, he indicated that it isn’t happening.
Kate Winslet, star of HBO’s upcoming mini-series Mildred Pierce and James Gandolfini, co-star of the the network’s upcoming film Cinema Verite, were on hand for their projects’ panels at TCA today. Here are a few amusing soundbites from the two:
– Winslet, who took part via satellite from Paris, on the difference between working in film and TV: “Film, shmilm. I’m telling you television is so much harder.”
– Winslet said she only watched the first 5 minutes of the 1945 movie starring Joan Crawford before turning it off. “I wouldn’t have been able to unsee it. I wanted to honor the book and be true to it.”