Here Are the Funeral Plans for James Gandolfini. Also, What Gandolfini Once Said He Would Like to Hear God Say When He Arrived in Heaven Washington Times, YouTube (Bravo)
"Funeral services for actor James Gandolfini will be this Thursday, June 27th, at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City," CBS News and the Associated Press report.
The story continues, "An HBO spokeswoman speaking on behalf of the family says the funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. The 51-year-old star of "The Sopranos" died last Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Rome. Family spokesman Michael Kobold says Gandolfini died of a heart attack."
The Washington Times reports: "The Bravo cable network show 'Inside the Actors Studio,' hosted by James Lipton, commemorates the life and career of actor James Gandolfini with a special broadcast of his appearance on the award-winning series" on Wednesday, June 26, at 6 p.m ET/PT.
The episode originally ran Oct. 17, 2004, after the fifth season of the original run of the "The Sopranos." Bravo also reran the episode last night, Sunday, June 23, 2013.
Toward the end of the show host Lipton asks Gandolfini, "What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?"
To which Gandolfini quipped, "Take over for a while, I'll be right back."
As the audience roared its approval, Gandolfini kept saying "no, no," and was about to come up with a more serious answer. But Lipton stopped him, saying, "You do not dare change it. It's too good."
Here's the entire interview: