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Gandolfini tribute to air

James Gandolfini will be remembered in a TV special to air on HBO this weekend.

The Sopranos star passed away from a heart attack on June 19 at the age of 51.

HBO, the home of his long-running Emmy-winning show, announced Wednesday it has blocked out a slot to honour the actor with a special in his memory, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend is scheduled to premiere Sunday evening.

The programme will include “original reflections from more than two dozen friends and colleagues who knew and worked with the actor,” the outlet reports, adding, “There will also be clips of his work, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.”

In September, James’ second-to-last film, Enough Said, opened to fanfare at cinemas in New York and Los Angeles.

THR reported at the time the Nicole Holofcener feature, co-starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "turned in one of the best openings of the year at the specialty box office”.

Julia, who plays his love interest in the film, previously spoke about the fond memories she will always have of the beloved late actor.

"The character he plays in this film is very close to who James Gandolfini was," she told Access Hollywood. "Thoughtful, dear, sweet, self-deprecating. That's really who he was in the nicest of ways."

James will next be seen in Animal Rescue, his final film.

The Michaël R. Roskam crime drama was recently completed and is scheduled for release next year.

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