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  • Updated: August 30, 2014 - 2:00 PM
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James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano

A shot in the dark

David Chase has finally answered — or has he? — the question on the mind of every “Sopranos” fan: Did Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) die in the series finale? In an interview with Vox, Chase first expressed exasperation that the issue was even brought up; author Martha P. Nochimson posted his terse response: “No. No, he isn’t.” One problem: She didn’t specify her actual question, so ambiguity — and angst — remain.

He still lives on screen

“The Drop” stars Gandolfini (in his last performance) and Tom Hardy as rough-edged Brooklyn cousins. … Sandra Bullock will star in the George Clooney-produced political drama “Our Brand Is Crisis.” … Ellen Burstyn, at 82, will direct (a first for her) and star in “Bathing Flo.” … Arnold Schwarzenegger is the father of a zombie daughter in the apocalyptic thriller “Maggie.”… Mike Epps will play Richard Pryor in a biopic directed by Lee Daniels (“Precious,” “The Butler”). … Josh Gad has the title role in a movie based on “Gilligan’s Island.” … Steve Carell joins Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in “Freeheld.”

Basket case

FX has ordered “Baskets,” starring Zach Galifianakis as a guy going to clown school. … Warner Bros. television is reviving “Full House,” with some of the original cast. … Fox will produce the medical thriller “The Cure,” written by bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. … The last season of “Glee” will revolve around Lea Michele’s Rachel and her humbling return home from New York City. … Stephen Colbert edited his title sequence to reflect Gwen Stefani’s flub of his name during the Emmy broadcast.

He had no Madea

We know Tyler Perry lives in his own, Tyler Perry-centric world, so his admission that he didn’t have a clue what he was getting into in joining the cast of “Gone Girl” is believable. “If I had known who [director] David Fincher was, and his body of work … If I had known that the book was so popular, and so many people loved it … Had I known all those things, I would have said no,” he told Vulture. Perry plays the celebrity lawyer hired by a shady husband (Ben Affleck, whom we’re assuming Perry had heard of).

CYNTHIA DICKISON

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