Tony Soprano's New Jersey Home Hits the Market for $3.4 Million

James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Robert Iler, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler in The Sopranos
James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Robert Iler, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler in The Sopranos
HBO

In HBO’s acclaimed series The Sopranos, mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) was in a constant struggle to reconcile his criminal duties with a quiet domestic life. Despite his penchant for murder, Tony would still shuffle down his driveway each morning to fetch the newspaper, just like any other suburban father.

That driveway is now up for sale, along with the house that stood in for the Soprano family residence. The asking price is $3.4 million.

The four-bedroom, 5600-square-foot property is located in North Caldwell, New Jersey, where comparable homes typically sell for $1.5 million to $2 million. According to current owners Victor and Patricia Recchia, the ballooned asking price is attributable to the home’s role in the iconic television series. The production used it for exteriors and some interior shooting and also built a replica of its rooms on a sound stage at Silvercup Studios in Queens. Prospective buyers can relive Soprano family drama in the kitchen or splash in the backyard pool, where Tony Soprano forlornly fed a family of ducks.

In addition to the hefty asking price, the new owner will also have to cope with uninvited guests. According to Recchia, fans of the series make frequent pilgrimages to the address to take photos. Some even dress in a bathrobe to mimic Tony Soprano picking up his paper.

The home's sale is being handled directly by the owners, not a realtor; (seriously) interested buyers can email sopranoshouseforsale@gmail.com for more information.

[h/t New York Times]

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Netflix

Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images
Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]

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