Showing posts from September, 2015

Gotti Biopic Returns with John Travolta

The John Gotti biopic is on again, with a new set of Hollywood backers joining the original producer.

John Travolta remains tied to the project and is ready, once again, to step into the shoes of mob boss John Gotti in the long-gestating film, which Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Fiore Films and Herrick Entertainment are together producing.
Travolta met with buyers and glad-handed the press at a Toronto event Sept. 11 where he discussed how the Gotti project had become a family project. His wife, Kelly Preston, and daughter, Ella Bleu Travolta, have signed on to play Gotti’s real-life wife and daughter in the Lionsgate project.

Hillary Clinton Held Fundraiser at Castellano's "White House"

Buzzfeed, among other newspapers and websites, reported that Hillary Clinton made an unannounced visit yesterday to Staten Island -- specifically to the White House, "a sprawling estate that earned the name during its time as a legendary mob palace in the 1980s."

Clinton was at Gambino boss Paul Castellano's old home to collect checks from supporters.

Mob Museum Spotlights John Alite

John Alite recently took to the podium at Las Vegas's Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.

He offered an Author Talk spotlighted on his collaboration with acclaimed Philadelphia-based journalist George Anastasia, who wrote Gotti’s Rules: The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti and the Demise of the American Mafia. In an even, somber tone, he voiced his experiences and perceptions as an associate of the Gambino crime family during John Gotti's reign.

Alite's presentation was provided free of charge with museum admission (and for museum members). A video of the presentation can be viewed on this story's jump page.

Michael Franzese Discusses Champagne

The Sydney Morning Herald interviewedMichael Franzese who addressed a couple of compelling topics, one of which is the murder of Larry "Champagne" Carrozza, supposedly over a married Carrozza having the audacity to date the also-married daughter of Colombo powerhouse John "Sonny" Franzese."

Michael also reveals that he learned in recent years that he was not adopted.

(Franzese is visiting Australia to promote "An Evening with The Godfather," which was delayed because "Australian immigration authorities pondered "character" issues before granting Franzese's visa." While in Australia Michael Franzese also gave an interview--click here to check it out--to life coach Joseph Sulfaro of the Newport Hypnotherapy, Health & Healing Centre.)

Scarfo Junior Gets 30 Years for FirstPlus Looting

EXPANDED, SEE NICKY JR.'s PLANE: Nicodemo Scarfo Junior, a member of the Luchese crime family, was sentenced to serve 360 months in prison for participating in a racketeering conspiracy and other offenses related to the looting of FirstPlus Financial Group, a Texas-based mortgage company. Scarfo and a partner used the publicly traded company to buy shell companies from which they could steal assets.

FirstPlus is now defunct. He was sentenced in July.

“Nicodemo Scarfo and his associates tried to take La Cosa Nostra corporate, using traditional, strong-arm mob tactics to take over a publicly traded company and loot it like a personal piggy bank,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Justice Department will fight organized crime wherever it may surface—from back alleys to public board rooms—to ensure that crime does not pay.”

Colombo Crime Family and the Deep Throat Murders

An episode of the now-cancelled television series "Nothing Personal," titled Money Shot highlighted a notorious hit related to the classic porn film Deep Throat.

It's been dubbed "one of the New York underworld's more depraved acts" in that it claimed the life of an innocent bystander who'd previously been a nun.

The Colombo crime family was behind a double murder that went sideways one night in Brooklyn in the early 1980s.