The Sopranos Is Getting Its Own Fan Convention in New Jersey

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While San Diego Comic-Con still rules the fandom roost, a number of more specialized conventions attract fans of specific properties. In early October, Chicago's Stranger Con will celebrate Netflix’s Stranger Things; later that month, Supernatural followers will gather in Toronto. And soon, viewers of HBO’s The Sopranos will be able to walk a con floor.

The inaugural SopranosCon to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary is scheduled for November 23 and 24 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Fans of the series, which ran from 1999 to 2007, will be able to meet and attend panels with cast members like Tony Sirico, who played Paulie Walnuts, and Federico Castelluccio, who portrayed Furio Giunta. Actors Vincent Pastore and David Proval will also be in attendance, as well as a number of supporting performers or guest stars. Only one of them may refuse to sign an autograph: Goldee, the horse who played Pie-O-My.

The convention’s organizers say the event will be “visually inspired” by The Feast of St. Elzéar, which is a street festival depicted in the sixth season episode, "The Ride." Trivia, fan art galleries, and related celebrations of local Italian culture will also be featured.

Tickets are priced from $50 for basic one-day admission to $750 for a VIP experience for two guests that includes an overnight hotel stay and an after-party trip to Satin Dolls, the strip club that stood in for the Bada Bing on the series. A $150 ticket includes a reception with cast members and a meet and greet.

There is no word on whether series creator David Chase might appear, but it's possible his schedule might not allow for it. Chase is currently working on The Many Saints of Newark, a feature film prequel to the show set in 1967 that will feature a young Tony Soprano played by Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini. That film is set for release in September 2020.

[h/t The A.V. Club]

Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.

Kitchen

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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

- Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker; $139 (save $60)

- Aicook Juicer Machine; $35 (save $15)

- JoyJolt Double Wall Insulated Espresso Mugs - Set of Two; $14 (save $10) 

- Longzon Silicone Stretch Lids - Set of 14; $13 (save $14)

HadinEEon Milk Frother; $37 (save $33)

Home Appliances

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- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Oscillating Quiet Cooling Fan Tower; $59 (save $31) 

TaoTronics PTC 1500W Fast Quiet Heating Ceramic Tower; $55 (save $10)

Vitamix 068051 FoodCycler 2 Liter Capacity; $300 (save $100)

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Home Office Shredder; $33 (save $7)

Ring Video Doorbell; $70 (save $30) 

Video games

Nintendo

- Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

BioShock: The Collection; $20 (save $30)

The Sims 4; $20 (save $20)

God of War for PlayStation 4; $10 (save $10)

Days Gone for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $6)

Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets

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- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (32 GB); $130 (save $70)

- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 inches with 32 GB; $100 (save $50)

Apple iPad Mini (64 GB); $379 (save $20)

- Apple iMac 27 inches with 256 GB; $1649 (save $150)

- Vankyo MatrixPad S2 Tablet; $120 (save $10)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs

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- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $199 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa (4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

- MACTREM LED Ring Light 6" with Tripod Stand; $16 (save $3)

- Anker Soundcore Upgraded Bluetooth Speaker; $22 (save $8)

- Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote; $28 (save $12)

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera with EF-M 15-45mm Lens; $549 (save $100)

DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector; $93 (save $37)

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10 Festive Christmas Decorations You Can Buy on Amazon

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‘Tis the season to start decking the halls, bringing out the Christmas lights, and hanging up the stockings: As hard as it is to believe, Christmas 2020 is officially here. Embrace the festivities by snagging some (or all!) of these 10 cheerful Christmas decorations—all of which are available on Amazon.

1. Joyin Bathroom Decoration Set; $29

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Forget your living room: This year, give your bathroom the Christmas makeover it so badly deserves. This Santa Claus-themed decoration set comes complete with a toilet set cover, rug, hand towel, tissue box cover, and toilet tank cover. (Who knew a toilet tank could be considered festive?)

Buy it: Amazon

2. Christmas Vacation “Save the Neck” Kitchen towel; $15

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This witty Christmas Vacation kitchen towel is certainly Clark Griswold-approved. Featuring 100-percent terry fabric, the towel is lightweight, absorbent, and even doubles as decor.

Buy it: Amazon

3. National Tree Company Artificial Christmas Tree; $79

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This year, order your Christmas tree online and save yourself the time, energy, money, and hassle of shopping IRL. This artificial one—which is designed to last for years, thanks to its durable metal base—is under $80 and has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Seinfeld “Festivus for the Rest of Us” Sweater Ornament; $19

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George Costanza would definitely appreciate this adorable Festivus-inspired sweater ornament. Nearly 23 years since the famous Seinfeld episode's debut, the holiday for the holiday-fatigued has gained a cult following. And if count yourself among its devotees, then you'll need this dangling from your tree.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Multicolor LED String Lights; $180

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No Christmas is complete without twinkly LED string lights. Best of all, you can control the effects, timers, and power of these lights straight from your smartphone. The lights are also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and can be used indoors or outdoors.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Inflatable Gingerbread House; $90

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Embrace the Christmas spirit with this giant blow-up gingerbread house, making it the ideal addition to any yard. It even comes complete with Santa Claus, a Christmas tree, and LED lights. Plus, its water-resistant polyester fabric ensures long-lasting use.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Kitchen Appliance Cover Set (3-Piece); $13

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Everyone’s favorite holiday couple is back and better than ever: This time, in the form of appliance covers. This handmade, three-piece set is ideal for microwaves, dishwasher handles, and refrigerator handles.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Elf Christmas Pillow Covers; $17

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These cute-as-can-be velvet pillowcases will easily liven up any living room, den, or bedroom. Even the Grinch would approve of the delightful statement-making decor.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Grinch Stealing Christmas Lawn Decoration; $70

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...Speaking of the Grinch, this adorable 48-inch-tall lawn decoration is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Snoopy’s Dog House Decoration; $25

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Peanuts fans everywhere will appreciate this miniature edition of Snoopy’s famous red dog house decked out in festive Christmas lights. At just 8 inches tall, it makes the perfect addition to any coffee table, mantle, or desk display.

Buy it: Amazon

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