Steven Van Zandt Talks LILYHAMMER, Netflix’s Original Programming, Living and Working in Norway, and What He Hopes Viewers Get from Watching the Show

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Season 2 of the popular series Lilyhammer will be available via Netflix on December 13th.  The series follows former gangster Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano, played by actor/executive producer/co-writer/music supervisor Steven Van Zandt, as he enters the federal witness protection program, trading the mean streets of New York for the icy fjords of Norway and forging a new life among the locals of Lillehammer.

During this recent interview to promote the series’ eight new episodes, Steven Van Zandt talked about the remarkable success Netflix has had with original programming, how proud he is that Lilyhammer was their first original series, what it was like to live and work in Norway, having only eight-hour workdays on set, the difference between Norwegian sensibilities and American sensibilities, how Frank handles fatherhood, and what he hopes viewers get from watching this show.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

David Chase and Steven Van Zandt Talk NOT FADE AWAY, Deleted Scenes, Musical Inspirations and Future Projects

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The famed creator and director of The Sopranos, David Chase, has made his debut as a feature film director (and writer) with the ode to rock ‘n’ roll, Not Fade Away.  Douglas (John Magaro) catches a lucky break when Gene Gaunt (Jack Huston) invites him to join their cover band in 1960’s New Jersey. Though his father (James Gandolfini) doesn’t understand his son’s devotion to music, Douglas immerses himself in the band and in high school dream-girl turned muse Grace Deitz (Bella Heathcote). The film is an homage to rock’n’roll, to music, and to the universal experience of realizing you may not be the next Rolling Stones after all.  For more on the film, here’s 20 images and the trailer.

At the NYC press day for Not Fade Away, I spoke to Chase and Executive Producer Steve Van Zandt (an original member of Springsteen’s E-Street Band) about how this story came to be, their musical inspirations, deleted scenes and upcoming projects, including Chase’s in-progress work for HBO.  Hit the jump to watch.  Not Fade Away opens in limited release this weekend.

David Chase’s Directorial Debut NOT FADE AWAY Will Make Its World Premiere as the Centerpiece Gala Selection of the 50th New York Film Festival

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Director David Chase will see his film Not Fade Away make its world premiere as the Centerpiece Gala selection of the 50th New York Film Festival; not bad for a debut director!  The Sopranos creator/writer brings this coming-of-age tale, set in 1964 where a group of friends decide to form a rock band, led by new-to-the-scene, John Magaro. With a soundtrack produced by Steven Van ZandtNot Fade Away also stars Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett and Christopher McDonald. Look for the film to see limited release starting December 21st.  Hit the jump for the full press release and some new images from the film.

SOPRANOS Creator David Chase’s Music Drama Gets Cast; Steven Van Zandt Will Produce and Supervise Music

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Since he turned out the lights on The Sopranos back in 2007, creator David Chase has taken a break from crafting utterly transcendent television (I imagine its very tiring). However, he’s on the comeback trail with not one, but two very intriguing projects. The first is an in-development HBO mini-series called A Ribbon of Dreams about the early days of Hollywood. The second is the Emmy-winning writer’s big screen directorial debut, for which we have an update.

It’s been announced that the film, a “music-driven coming of age story set in 1960’s suburbia,” will star John Magaro (My Soul to Take), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire, Twilight: Eclipse) and newcomer Will Brill. Moreover, Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt (aka Sil Dante), who also happens to be the lead guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has signed on to produce and supervise the film’s music, while serving as an exec producer—a pretty kickass consigliere, no?

Set to be released by Paramount Vantage, production on the pic gets rolling in New York this January. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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