- The Washington Times - Monday, July 3, 2006

‘Sopranos’ cast intact

The “Sopranos” family will be staying together after all, thanks to some last-minute negotiations that brought two recalcitrant wiseguys back into the fold.

Steven Van Zandt and Tony Sirico agreed to 11th-hour deals over the weekend that will bring them back for the HBO show’s final eight episodes. The two were the last holdouts among the principal cast in a round of protracted negotiations over pay for the final batch of episodes, reports Zap2it.com.

Mr. Sirico and Mr. Van Zandt, who have the same manager, were negotiating together and asking for $200,000 per episode. The deal they agreed to comes pretty close to that. According to the New York Post, they’ll each get $1.5 million for the final eight shows, which works out to $187,500 per episode.

Their signing eliminates a potential headache for “Sopranos” creator David Chase and his writers. Mr. Van Zandt’s character, Silvio Dante, and Mr. Sirico’s Paulie Walnuts are both involved in ongoing story lines that would have been tough to write around in their absence.

The deals also mean the show can resume production on schedule, with filming set to start next week.

A holiday tradition

Somehow, it just wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without at least one screening of “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” the spirited musical biography of song-and-dance man George M. Cohan, who kept America humming through two world wars.

Tonight, cable’s Turner Classic Movies does the honors and will air the 1942 film at 10:15.

Playing against his tough-guy stereotype, James Cagney took on the role of the flamboyant Cohan — and also took home the Oscar for best actor. Cohan (1878-1942) died five months after the film’s release.

Directed by Michael Curtiz, the movie also stars Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning and George Tobias.

Baby makes three

Mariska Hargitay, star of NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and her husband, Peter Hermann, have welcomed their first child, a son named August, People magazine reports.

The baby, who was a week overdue, was born by Caesarean section Wednesday in Los Angeles, weighing 10 pounds, 9 ounces, the magazine said.

Miss Hargitay, 42, and Mr. Hermann, an actor, married in August 2004, Associated Press reports.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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