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Celebrity Buzz: Tony Soprano didn't die in 'Sopranos' finale reports Vox

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Today's pop-culture roundup includes a famous-but-perplexing restaurant scene, a cat that's not a cat, a certain high-profile wedding, our mystery music video and much more.

MYSTERY REVEALED?: Vox says the character didn’t die, but creator David Chase is quick to clarify his comments, per the Huffington Post, “It's one of the biggest and most over-analyzed mysteries in television history: Does Tony Soprano die at the end of "The Sopranos"? The ambiguous ending to HBO hit, in which Tony, his wife and son are sitting at a restaurant table before a sudden cut to black, left fans on the edge of their seats -- where they remained ever since the 2007 finale.

"However, in an interview with Martha P. Nochimson on Vox from Wednesday, Aug. 27, (creator David) Chase finally answered the question (sort of). . . Nochimson "popped the question" randomly and caught the "Sopranos" creator off guard. . . Nochimson writes, "Chase startled me by turning toward me and saying with sudden, explosive anger, 'Why are we talking about this?' I answered, 'I'm just curious.' And then, for whatever reason, he told me." 

“. . . Instead of publishing Chase's response within the text of her lengthy article (she) includes it only in a graphic in the middle of the piece that reads: "Just the fact and no interpretation. He shook his head 'no.' And he said simply, 'No he isn't.'" ’’ http://huff.to/1AXQqiK

MEANWHILE: Here’s the response, per a David Chase spokesman, “A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying,“ Tony Soprano is not dead,” is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true.

“As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, “Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.” To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of THE SOPRANOS raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.”

HELLO KITTY: When a cat is not a cat, per the Los Angeles Times, “. . . Christine R. Yano is an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii (and currently a visiting professor at Harvard) who has spent years studying the phenomenon that is Hello Kitty. . . When Yano was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. "I was corrected — very firmly," she says.

“ "That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty." ’’ http://lat.ms/1vk4oLz

DIANE SAWYER SIGNS OFF: Of a “Word News” farewell, per USA TODAY, “(Wednesday) was Diane Sawyer’s last night on ABC’s World News, a day earlier than expected. Cool to the end, she did not get weepy. Dressed in a color-block dress of startling yellow over black, she took viewers behind the scenes to meet her teams in New York, across the country and around the world. “Thanks, guys, for every single night,” she said.

“In her “personal note of thanks,” at the broadcast conclusion, she said she was “deeply privileged” to have been in the anchor chair for five years, to feel as if she and viewers were in “a conversation together” every night. She’s not going far — “down the hall and up the stairs” — and she’s not slowing down, she promised.” http://usat.ly/1AXIPk9

IT’S OFFICIAL: You may have heard of these two, per the Associated Press, “Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says.

“Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Provence's Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France.” http://apne.ws/1pm4GyX

MEANWHILE: Congrats all around, per People, “On the heels of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's surprise wedding, many of their fellow A-listers are offering their congratulations to the happy couple. "How great is that?" George Clooney, himself about to approach the altar, told PEOPLE. "I'm really happy for Brad and Angie and their whole family."

"Elsewhere on Twitter, more celebs Tweeted our their 140-character salutations.” http://bit.ly/1teXpmi

DYLAN: Ready to tour here again, per Rolling Stone, “Bob Dylan will embark on a 31-date North American tour, beginning October 17th at Seattle's Paramount Theater. The trek features several residencies and wraps up with four nights at New York's Beacon Theater. Tickets for most shows go on sale this weekend.

“The tour represents his first dates in the continental United States since August 2013, when he concluded his AmericanaramA tour with Wilco and My Morning Jacket. Since then he has toured extensively overseas.” http://rol.st/1nICuRt

DISTURBING: Just the facts, per The Wrap, “The Beverly Hills Police Department is looking into allegations of mistreatment brought forth by Charles Belk, TheWrap has confirmed. The freelance TV producer was detained for six hours on Friday after he was mistaken for a bank robbery suspect.

“Belk alleged via Facebook that the Beverly Hills PD detained him without explanation at first. He also claimed officers didn't read him his Miranda rights. Belk said he was jailed for more than six hours without being allowed to make a phone call, listing other details like having his shoes and belt taken from him. “The whole incident kind of rattled me,” he told TheWrap.” http://bit.ly/1sIPQjH

TELLURIDE: What’s in store, per The Hollywood Reporter, “The line-up of the 41st Telluride Film Festival, which its organizers unveiled today, is full of some of the most buzzed-about Oscar hopefuls.

"Among the films that are set to screen in the Rocky Mountains over the Labor Day weekend are the world premieres of “The Imitation Game’’, perhaps The Weinstein Co.'s most promising contender; Fox Searchlight's “Wild’’, one of several Reese Witherspoon vehicles vying for attention this awards season; Open Road's “Rosewater”, Jon Stewart's directorial debut; another take on “Madame Bovary’’, this one starring Mia Wasikowska, which is still seeking U.S. distribution; and Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi's HBO-bound New York Review of Books doc “The 50 Year Argument.” http://bit.ly/1payzwe

WHATEVER: Perhaps you care, per Us Weekly, “Are they or aren't they? In the biggest case of on-again, off-again, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez look like they're back together -- at least for now.

“. . .Judging by Biebers latest Instagram share, the couple's relationship status is becoming less ambiguous. The cute duo cozied up for a selfie in Canada on Wednesday, August 27, and the picture still hasn't been deleted from his account!” http://usm.ag/1C6vTtQ

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video: http://bit.ly/XVMYY6

--Skip Wood

swood@wjla.com

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