New Jersey town resists offer from `Sopranos'


March 09, 2007

The producers of The Sopranos were denied a permit to film in Bloomfield, N.J., because the mayor and some City Council members say the acclaimed HBO series negatively depicts Italian-Americans.

Permits were approved last week. But after complaints, the council voted again and rejected them. Officials have agreed to reconsider the issue next week.

Mayor Raymond McCarthy, whose wife is Italian, said he plans to oppose filming again. "What the rest of the council does, that's their choice. I stand by my convictions."

Taking the fall

CBS News yesterday fired the executive producer of Katie Couric's struggling CBS Evening News and appointed former CNN and MSNBC president Rick Kaplan to the job.

He replaces Rome Hartman, said CBS News President Sean McManus.

The newscast has been a distant third in the ratings behind ABC and NBC. During last month's ratings "sweeps" period, Couric's average of 7.6 million viewers was 6 percent down from what Bob Schieffer recorded in February 2006.

Depp's daughter

Johnny Depp's 7-year-old daughter, receiving treatment in a British hospital, is "much better," his publicist, Robin Baum, said yesterday.

Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper reported that Lily-Rose, daughter of Depp and French singer Vanessa Paradis, was admitted to a hospital nine days ago and was in a serious condition. The newspaper said yesterday it knew the nature of the child's ailment, but wasn't revealing details to preserve the family's privacy.

Depp, 43, is in Britain to film Sweeney Todd with director Tim Burton.

Garrison charged

Lane Garrison was charged yesterday with manslaughter and drunken driving in a car crash that killed a 17-year-old boy last year.

The 26-year-old Prison Break actor was charged in Los Angeles with felonies vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury to multiple victims, driving with a blood-alcohol level above the .08 percent legal limit causing injury and other charges.

Garrison, a Dallas native, was behind the wheel of a Land Rover that jumped a curb and struck a tree Dec. 2. The crash killed Beverly Hills High School student Vahaghn Setian and injured two 15-year-old girls who were also in the car.

In the Fox drama series, Garrison played David "Tweener" Apolskis, who was killed in an episode last year.

From wire reports


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