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The ''Sopranos'' cast parties in New York

EW.com has a report on the HBO series’ March 4 season premiere

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”You murder somebody, you gotta slow down for a while,” mused ”Sopranos” costar Aida Turturro at the HBO series’ premiere party for its highly anticipated third season. ”I have some fun things coming up,” the actress continued — and that’s probably no exaggeration from an actress whose character whacked her abusive mobster husband and then got her big brother to help cover it up. ”You can’t keep going after you murder somebody, or, you know, you’re gonna get caught!”

Caught, whacked, locked up, whatevah — what matters is, the Emmy nominated drama where hitman angst meets homefront histrionics is back with a (bada) bang. And while the rest of youse hafta wait till March 4 at 9 p.m. to get your fix of two back to back new episodes, EW.com caught up with the cast at Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 21. Even betta? We got lobster risotto, mucho vino, and a good old fashioned talking to from Dominic Chianese, otherwise known as tough guy ”Uncle Junior” Soprano. Eyeing ”Sopranos” creator David Chase, Chianese put it bluntly: ”See that guy? I work for him. And I…cannot talk. Am I gonna get out of my house arrest? Well, you have to use your creative imagination.”

Even Vincent Pastore, whose character ”Big Pussy” was sent to sleep with the fishes last season, couldn’t resist the chance to party with the family that whacked him. But what with Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) having a propensity to hallucinate, dream, and take drugs, might we meet the ghost of Big Pussy? Pastore laughed: ”I’m not saying anything. But, then again, anything’s possible.”

HBO would be proud of such discretion. Fortunately, the gang soon moved out of the spotlight and into the Grand Ballroom at The New York Hilton for ”The Soprano Family Party.” High on the thrill of watching the first two episodes, which (not to spoil anything) will change the way you think about lamps, Sting, and shoelaces, SOME couldn’t help but talk shop — particularly one of the show’s third season newbies.

Actor Patrick Sully, 24 — who plays the non- Italian love interest of Tony’s daughter, Meadow — faces pressure that no boy would envy. But he’s not complaining. ”I have followed his [Gandolfini’s] career for so long that when I finally got to meet him, it was incredible for me,” Sully beamed. ”Even the first day of reading, he was so kind. He took me aside and said, ‘Hey, I don’t mean those things that I’m saying.”’

Chris Kattan of ”Saturday Night Live,” a ”Soprano” fan, was hesitant to pick a favorite character — even though he was invited by cast member Drea de Matteo. ”Aaah, they’re all good,” said Kattan. ”But if you’re asking who hits home with me, that would be [the tormented] Christopher (Michael Imperioli).” And why hasn’t ”SNL” ever parodied the show? ”You know, it’s hard to make fun of ‘Sopranos’ because it’s a really great show,” said Kattan, ”and you don’t want to knock the best.”

Oscar nominee Benicio del Toro(”Traffic”) would surely agree. Cheekily affecting the mobster slang, he admitted that he could see himself popping up on the show: ”Yeah, why not? When it’s good, it’s good.” Though he lingered by the buffet — which featured risotto all’arasgosta e frutti di mare — del Toro didn’t come for the food. ”I’m a big fan of Steve Van Zandt (Soprano associate Silvio Dante). That’s why I’m here.”