MEDIA and other fun stuff!
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Soprano Sue has done interviews with Jim Avila for NBC’s The Today Show (which also aired on CNBC; appeared on the ABC morning show “The View”, BBC Radio, broadcast worldwide, “Arts in Action” program; G106.3 FM, Asbury Park, NJ; Classic 106.9 FM in Norwalk, VA; WTBT FM in Tampa, FL; Star 105 FM in Las Vegas, NV KECH 95.3 FM in Sun Valley, ID, WERO 93.3 Washington, N.C., KZLA FM in Los Angeles, CA, ABC nationally syndicated program Mitch Albom, Birdsey’s Afternoon on FNX, New England, and WJBQ, Portland, Maine. In November 2002 Soprano Sue appeared on CNN Live at Daybreak having a brief interview with Jeanne Moos.
Her sightings report were also been mentioned on syndicated radio show, “Newsweek On Air”, that aired on March 24, 2001 and in the British paper "The Guardian" on January 26, 2002. Z100 FM, the Zoo Crew, New York City, has also talked about her on air. If you happen to live in the Rochester, NY area, be sure to catch one of Soprano Sue’s re cap of the previous night’s episode on the Karlson and McKenzie morning radio show, WZNE 94.1 The Zone. In the fifth season, Soprano Sue continued with Karlson and Mc Kenzie on their morning show with WPDH out of Poukeepsie, NY. http://www.karlsonandmckenzie.com.
October 2005, several of Soprano Sue's photos where published in Tony Lip's book "Shut up and Eat". Tony Lip played the character of Carmine Lupertazzi, the head of the New York mob on The Sopranos.
Sue was also featured in the A & E television series, "City Confidential" in the episode about Elizabeth, New Jersey, "Death of a Don" which aired in fall of 2005.
March 2004, some of Soprano Sue's photos from season 5 were used in a ABC News story. She also appeared on CNN Headline News. In May 2004, Soprano Sue had a photo published in Time Magazine. Photos have also appeared in the Chicago area newspaper, Daily Journal. The Jersey City Reporter had a feature story about her and the website. She was in the May 27, 2004 issue of the Lyndhurst Leader about a national television production being filmed in Lyndhurst. Also in March 2004, she was written about in an Associated Press article that ran in 3000 newspapers across the country. April 2004, she was interviewed by 891 ABC Adeliade, The Bald Brothers Show from Adeliade, Australia. Soprano Sue was mentioned in an article in May 2004 in the Secaucus Reporter. Her comments, immediately after the premiere of Season 5, were broadcast nationwide on the ABC network radio. She has also been quoted in The New York Post.
She has been an extra in Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl" (hey, you see me 5 times!), recently released "Stepford Wifes" (I'm one of 5,000 women dressed in black business attire, this is worse than 'Where's Waldo') and is a counselor in "Return to Sleepaway Camp, kids can be so mean", scheduled for a fall of 2004 release.
In June 2003 she was quoted by Buck Wolf in his Wolf Files column about locations used in The Sopranos filming.
Written Press includes; New York Times (4 times); New York Daily News (8 times); Entertainment Weekly; USA Today; Bergen Record; TV Guide; & Arizona Daily Star, North Jersey Herald News, Home News Tribune and ABC.com, the Wolf Files (2 times) Photos have been seen in South China Press (Hong Kong), The Guardian (Great Britain), Orlando Sentinel (Florida), and the Toronto Sun (Canada), Ultimate Magazine (Summer 2003 issue), Staten Island Advance (10-5-2003) and NJ Monthly.
Soprano Sue writes a weekly episode re cap on the Arizona Reporter web newsroom (www.azreporter.com). She has a brief appearance in a KPITV production, “America’s Love Affair with the Godfather”. On occasion she has conducted Soprano related interviews for Total Entertainment TV. Recently, Dapper Damien appeared on The Travel Channel's new show "Road Trip" and Soprano Sue received "special thanks" in the show's credits". In June 2003, she helped Donal search for Tony Soprano in the Irish Television Program "The Fame Game", to be aired in October of 2003. Soprano Sue took Donal and the crew to locations the bus would never venture to.
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From GO NEWARK, July 2004
Newark a Prime Location for TV Mafia MayhemIt has only been a few weeks since the season five finale of The Sopranos, but fans of dysfunctional don Tony Soprano and his band of leg breakers are already reporting withdrawal symptoms. And with new episodes some 18 months on the horizon, Sopranos lovers are looking for an outlet.
How about some local Sopranos tourism?
Newark is home to a bevy of locations with great significance in Sopranos storylines. Some are quite recognizable, such as the shot of Sacred Heart Cathedral in the opening credits. Others are a bit more obscure, but fun nonetheless.
This month, GoNewark.com is privileged to have a contribution from Sopranos super-fan Sue Sadik, better known as “Soprano Sue.” She created www.sopranosuessightings.com, the premiere Web site for fans looking for the latest on Sopranos location shoots in Newark and around the Northern New Jersey metro area. She’s also become the go-to person for Sopranos trivia, having been featured in an Associated Press story that ran in 3,000 papers nationwide and in interviews on CNN, the “Today Show,” “The View,” and on radio stations as far away as Australia. Here, she presents her picks for top Sopranos location shoots in Newark:
Newark Sopranos Filming Locations
Think you can find some others? We’d love to hear about them. Send your picks for Newark Sopranos locations to firstname.lastname@example.org. So get out your Sopranos tapes or DVDs and happy hunting!
From New Jersey Monthly January 2004 issue
52 Things Every New Jerseyan Must Do
By Brett Avery, with Michael Augello, David Chmiel, Christopher Hann, and Jeff Pillets
There are Arizonans who have never peered over the railing into the Grand Canyon. some New Yorkers walk past the Empire State Building every day but have yet to set foot on its rooftop observation deck. And pity the Texan who’s forgotten to remember the Alamo. New Jersey is different. Its essence is captured in a polyglot character, a history and diversity that epitomizes America. It’s the Shore and the mountains. It’s urban and wilderness. It’s busy highways and roads less traveled. But for too long we New Jerseyans also have passed by our national historic landmarks and quirky destinations without stopping. We proudly claim literary, musical, cultural, and culinary icons, yet haven’t bothered to sample them all. This collection will help us know and do more New Jersey things. It’s subject to debate—a debate over what institutions and qualities define New Jersey, that we want to foster for years to come. Remember, unlike some states, we’re more than just a one-hit wonder. The Garden State enjoys a depth and breadth that calls for a map, a full tank of gas, and a sense of discovery—though in a compact package ideally suited to day-tripping. So add one more New Year’s resolution to your list: This year, discover where you live.
'Sopranos' stars turn out for store's grand opening
October 05, 2003
By CHAN-JOO MOON
It was "badda bing!" at the Cabinet Factory in Dongan Hills.
The business held its grand opening yesterday with three cast members from "The Sopranos."
The event brought hundreds of fans from several states to Hylan Boulevard between Cromwell and Perine avenues.
The three stars were Steve R. Schirripa (Bobby "Bacala" Bacilieri), John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco) and Vincent Curatola (Johnny Sack).
Visiting from Maryland were Michael Margolis, 22, and his girl friend, Barri Gordon, 20. They had read about the event from Schirripa's Web site.
It was definitely worth the trip, "just for the picture," said Margolis, who had a photo taken with the mob actors.
The TV mobsters might have felt right at home with Frank Scorpio, 53, of Manalapan, N.J., and his son, Frank Jr., 27, of Tottenville. The two men had their hair slicked back, and wore gold chains and black training suits.
"They don't have an air about them," said the older Scorpio. "They're just a great bunch of people."
"Soprano Sue," who runs a Web site by the same name, came from New Jersey. She predicted that most of the cast are going to be whacked in the fifth season, which is expected to begin next year.
An inside source also gave the Advance a sneak peak of Schirripa's next book, "The Goomba's Book of Love." It is due to be released in early November.
Yesterday's event was a result of 30-plus years of friendship between Schirripa and Cabinet Factory owner Michael Dellamonica, 50.
"He's the type of guy who never forgets his friends," Dellamonica said.
Other Island businesses also took part. Princess Travel entered the first 100 people into a raffle for a free cruise; Goodfella's gave out pizza; Dominick's Bakery-Cafe brought cannolis; the Rustic Inn offered half-priced drinks, and Robert DeFalco Realty provided their building for the large gathering.
"They just look the same as when you see on TV," said Domenica Ciulla, who came with her 16-year-old daughter, Marissa.
Chan-joo Moon is a news reporter for the Advance.
Copyright 2003 SILive.com. All Rights Reserved.
Sopranos sing da blues
An estimated 10 million viewers tuned in to the 75-minute season finale of the HBO drama, and at least one gathering of local fans made it a party, complete with baked ziti and garlic bread.
"I got my two bottles of Bada Bing wine, I got my cannolis, we're all ready to go," said Sue Sadik of Clifton, N.J., who is such a groupie of the show she's known as "Soprano Sue."
But while Sadik knows things - like the fact that the one-legged Russian nurse in the show has two legs in real life - even she was stunned by some of the twists and turns that capped the show's fourth season.
In the finale, Tony Soprano and his wife, Carmela, split when his former Russian mistress calls her to spill the beans on their relationship. What surprised Sadik is that Carmela threw Tony out of their house and later told him, "I have been dreaming and fantasizing" about Furio Giunta, a member of her husband's crew.
"Not for nothing," Sadik said, "but there's a lot of women who lay in bed and think about Furio."
Sadik's husband, George, said he was stunned when Tony ordered Christopher Moltisanti, fresh out of drug rehab, to find a hit man to whack Carmine, the boss of the New York family.
But overall, George Sadik said this season has been a letdown.
"This year has been slightly disappointing," he said. "There were a couple of episodes in there that were just fillers."
Fans will have to wait until next season to find out if Tony returns to Dr. Jennifer Melfi for more therapy, or if Christopher discovers his fiancee, Adriana La Cerva, is an FBI informant. But they won't have to wait 16 months like they did between the third and fourth seasons; producers vow to have the next season ready a lot sooner.
"Sopranos" aficionado Martin Cohen of the upper East Side said last night's finale tied up a lot of loose ends that had been nagging him, like the outcome of uncle Junior's trial, which ended in a jury-tampered mistrial.
"For those of us looking for closure, tonight was a very important night," Cohen said.
But, he added, the final episode failed to salvage a lackluster season marked by too much talk and not enough violence, except for the beating and postmortem decapitation of Ralph Cifaretto.
"They tried to develop the characters, but it turned out the characters don't have that much depth," Cohen said.
Excerpts from various print
NEW YORK TIMES March 4, 2001
Encore, Encore By Debra Galant
...Yes, New Jersey's biggest cultural export -- about six million viewers are expected to tune in- is a lightning rod for controversy. And nowhere do emotions run stronger than here on the show's turf. On the one hand there are the fans -- O.K., a bit daft -- who treat ''The Sopranos'' like the home team. These are the people who will show up today at a pre-premiere baked ziti party at Mae's Pub in Clifton organized by ''Soprano Sue'' of Sopranoland.com. Part of the sport is hearing Tony ask Junior to hand over Bloomfield, or to spot on television a parking lot or bridge you pass every day. If Tony Soprano is a star, then those who live in Essex or Union or Hudson Counties are close enough to gather some of the magic fairy dust...There are many ''Sopranos'' fans, but none more devoted than a 40-year-old Clifton woman who calls herself Soprano Sue. Soprano Sue, aka Sue Sadik, was a geography major at William Paterson University, and she runs a courier service in Jersey City, both of which she credits for her talent in recognizing the Jersey locations on the show. ''Locations are my thing,'' Ms. Sadik said. ''That's what my degree's in. I drive all day. Then it became a game, picking out where everything was.'' Not only can Soprano Sue identify all 22 locations in the show's opening credits, she has also made herself its No. 1 self-appointed paparazzo. She regularly uploads digital images of ''Sopranos'' shoots to a special page of her fan site, ''Sopranoland.com''
The first time she stumbled across the site of Satriale's Pork Store, the Kearny location where Tony and his gang discuss strategy, it was like a revelation. ''I came over a hill and I look and, oh my God, I found it, I found it!'' Ms. Sadik recalled recently. ''It made my whole night.'' She considers the North Caldwell residence used as Tony's house on the show ''hallowed ground'' and refuses to give out the address because she doesn't want others to invade the privacy of its owner. Soprano Sue has a coterie of fellow fans and other sources (including a well-informed auto body mechanic and a woman who lives in an apartment across from Satriale's) who keep one another current on the status of filming. One of her biggest coups was finding the substitute location used after Mr. Treffinger forbade filming in South Mountain Reservation. ''The crew members were betting whether I'd find them,'' she said. She did, in Harriman State Park in Orange County, N.Y. Ms. Sadik keeps a wall of photographs from her ''Sopranos'' shoots -- including one with her and Mr. Gandolfini -- but her prized possession is the picture taken with her and Mr. Chase. “Nobody has a hobby like mine,'' she said. ''I want to get buried on the cemetery on Newark Avenue -- Jersey City Cemetery on Newark Avenue,'' she said, referring to the cemetery where the ''Sopranos'' filmed the funeral of the character Livia Soprano, played by the Nancy Marchand. ''I belong in there and everybody knows it."...
Daily News Staff Writer Thomas Hackett
I'm crying," said Sue Sadik, anticipating the deprivation she expects to feel after the final episode of this season's "Sopranos" tonight at 9. "What's even worse is, I'm crying because I know what happens. But I'm not telling you. I'm a made woman. I'm very careful about what I say." Sadik, known to aficionados of the hit HBO series as Soprano Sue -- the keeper of detailed dossiers on the fictional North Jersey mobsters -- hasn't actually seen the season's finale. That's a pleasure she and millions of the show's fans await anxiously, knowing that its satisfactions will have to last till next year.
Sure, there are reruns. There are videos. There's the shrine Sadik has installed in her living room to the dysfunctional glories of Tony Soprano and his extended family. But there's no getting around it -- Sadik is in for a long wait. "These people I've been with for months -- I'm going to miss them," she said. "Not just the actors, but everybody associated with the show. To me, everyone that has anything to do with 'The Sopranos' is a star. You know what I'm saying?" An awful lot of people know exactly what Sadik is saying. Nearly 9 million people watch the show each week, a remarkably strong viewership for subscription cable. For many, the whole day leading up to it is a special occasion, with friends and family gathering for chianti and cannoli.
Or they'll drive up and down the dead-end street in North Caldwell, N.J., pulling into the driveway of the house owned by Victor and Patty Recchia -- that is, Tony and Carmela's home on the show. They'll spend an inordinate amount of time visiting Web sites such as Ivy Hover's "Sopranoland.com" -- a site that gets some 50,000 hits a day.
Mostly, though, fans talk and think about the characters on the show as if they were friends and family. That, after all, is what makes watching "The Sopranos" such a satisfying experience. Although it deals with sometimes murderous mobsters, its concerns are like real life, where nothing is at all certain.
Indeed, that's what makes the wait for tonight's finale so so fretful -- it's a feeling time is running out and something bad is bound to happen.
USA Today May 17, 2001
Sopranos mania means money
By Michael McCarthy (contributing: Karl Vilacoba)
As HBO's gangland phenomenon heads for the finale of its third season this Sunday (9 p.m. ET), everybody from mom-and-pop entrepreneurs to Madison Avenue big guns are trying to cash in. Sopranos "family" business is a killer for others, too. ... Online auctions: The show has spawned a flourishing online community of buyers and sellers. A check on eBay this week found 897 Sopranos-related items filling 18 Web pages. Items range from cast photos to spaghetti sauces to a commemorative "Big Pussy" license plate. HBO tracks Web sites to search for bootleg merchandise, Cusson says. "It's the responsibility of the seller to list items accurately," says eBay's Jennifer Chu. "But if something is illegal or counterfeit, we remove the listing." Some photos from the Sopranoland.com fan site have been illegally scanned and peddled on the Web, says Sue "Soprano Sue" Sadik. "I stopped that. My pictures are copyrighted," says Sadik, a former private eye.
Entertainment Weekly April 13, 2001
By Robin Tolkan
Now you too can look like a made man. Sopranoland.com--a portal for all sorts of Sopranos swag--has been making a killing with shirts sporting logos from the hit show's capo hangouts. Sure to spark some goomba talk at the watercooler on Monday mornings are the trendy Badda Bing tees and retro bowling shirts from Satriale's Meats--"We Grind Our Own." (Alas, no pinky rings.) The logo duds (coming soon: "Beansie Pizza and Pasta" shirts), as well as the site's sopranoland.com T-shirts, are even a hit with the HBO show's cast and crew. "They can't get enough," says Sue Sadik, a New Jersey-based Web reporter and die-hard Sopranos enthusiast. And according to April Wier, spokesperson for emerchandise.com, which distributes the goods, the Sopranos tees sell at a rate of about 1,200 per month. Badda Bing? Sounds more like Ka-ching!
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