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Barry Levinson in Talks to Direct Gotti Biopic

  • The Wrap
Barry Levinson in Talks to Direct Gotti Biopic
Barry Levinson is in talks to replace Nick Cassavetes as director of an upcoming biopic about mobster John Gotti, TheWrap has confirmed. If producer John Fiore can make a deal with the "Rain Man" director and "Donnie Brasco" producer, Levinson will take over for Nick Cassavetes, who dropped out of "Gotti: Three Generations" in April because of scheduling issues. John Travolta stars as the Dapper Don, John Gotti. Joe Pesci and -- if she's not in jail -- Lindsay Lohan also star. Actor-writer Leo Rossi wrote the screenplay. The movie focuses on the head of the
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Lindsay Lohan Joins John Gotti Film

Lindsay Lohan Joins John Gotti Film
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Lindsay Lohan has joined the cast of a new movie starring John Travolta as mobster John Gotti, Sr. The actress reportedly was in talks to play his daughter Victoria in “Gotti: Three Generations,” but instead will play the “Teflon Don’s”‘ daughter-in-law, Kim. The starlet has agreed to take another role in a John Fiore film, “Mob Street,” as part of the deal to star in the Gotti picture. The movie is expected out in 2012. [EW]
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Larry Blamire Renaissance Man

Larry Blamire Renaissance Man
Interviewed by Jessie Lilley

And just what is a “Renaissance Man” anyway? No, I’m not referring to the Voyager episode and I’m also not talking about the Penny Marshall film. In this context, the term Renaissance Man is defined as a person who excels at many different endeavors: the guy can do a lot of stuff and he does it all quite well. Such a one is the subject of this interview.

Larry Blamire first came across my radar when he and I were both living in Hollywood. I was at a private screening in the home of a friend of mine and he rolled a film called The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. I was transfixed. What a delightful way to spend some time; laughing yourself silly. I immediately found a way to contact this man as I wanted to know what makes him tick.

It’s now years later and,
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Charlie Sheen's Wife Brooke Mueller Released from Hospital

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"The Insider" has the latest... After suffering from what her family called a "life-threatening period of time," Charlie Sheen's wife Brooke Mueller has been released from a Los Angeles hospital. John Fiore, Brooke's father, tells Et that Brooke was released from the hospital Monday night and that her mother picked her up. Mueller was battling a case of pneumonia after being rushed to an L.A. hospital on January 19 with a 105-degree fever. A Colorado judge modified a protective court order (forbidding Sheen to talk to his wife following their alleged Christmas Day domestic dispute in Aspen, Co), allowing him to "be in [her] presence" and communicate with her while she remained admitted to the hospital for treatment. According to People magazine, now that she's been released, the protective order is back in place. A hearing is scheduled for February 8 in Aspen, Co to modify the order.

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Brooke Mueller's Dad Gives Details on Her Condition

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"The Insider" has the latest... John Fiore, the father of Charlie Sheen's wife Brooke Mueller, tells "The Insider" how his daughter is doing now after going through a "life threatening period of time." Despite the fact that her organs were starting to shut down, Fiore tells "The Insider," "she is now doing much better. The family is very thankful." Mueller is still in the hospital but is responding well to antibiotics. Brooke was battling a case of pneumonia after being rushed to an L.A. hospital Tuesday night with a 105-degree fever. A Colorado judge modified a protective court order (forbidding Sheen to talk to his wife following their alleged Christmas Day domestic dispute in Aspen, Co), allowing him to "be in [her] presence" and communicate with her while she remains admitted to the hospital for treatment.

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Joe Morton, Daniella Alonso and John Fiore Join The Mulberry Tree

Joe Morton, Daniella Alonso and John Fiore have boarded the indie feature The Mulberry Tree, which will be directed by U.K. helmer Mark Heller.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Louis Crugnali wrote the script and also stars in the drama about a Italian-American family based on his experiences growing up near Providence, R.I., and working in the state corrections system.

The script chronicles the meeting of Mickey Crugnali and Sam Morton, a convicted murderer dying of AIDS whose remaining days on "hospital detail" give him the opportunity for redemption through conversations with the young man about his own family issues.

Alonso (Friday Night Lights) plays Morton's long-lost daughter who strikes up a friendship with Mickey, and TV vet Fiore (Brotherhood) plays Mickey's father.

The Mulberry Tree is shooting in Providence.
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Three join 'Mulberry'

Three join 'Mulberry'
Joe Morton, Daniella Alonso and John Fiore are starring in "The Mulberry Tree," an indie feature directed by U.K. helmer Mark Heller.

Louis Crugnali wrote the script and also stars in the drama about a Italian-American family based on his experiences growing up near Providence, R.I., and working in the state corrections system.

The script chronicles the meeting of Mickey Crugnali and Sam Morton, a convicted murderer dying of AIDS whose remaining days on "hospital detail" give him the opportunity for redemption through conversations with the young man about his own family issues.

Alonso ("Friday Night Lights") plays Morton's long-lost daughter who strikes up a friendship with Mickey, and TV vet Fiore ("Brotherhood") plays Mickey's father.

"Mulberry," being repped by Wme Global, is shooting in Providence. It is being produced by former casting director Russell Gray and Michael DeLiso, with financing a combination of private equity and Rhode Island tax incentives.
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Brotherhood: Showtime TV Show Is Really Over, No Season Four

We've suspected the bad news for months but now, it's been confirmed that the Brotherhood series has indeed been cancelled by Showtime.

Brotherhood revolves around the lives of two brothers in an Irish-American neighborhood in Rhode Island. Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) is a family man and local politician while his brother Michael (Jason Isaacs) is a professional criminal who's involved with the Irish mob. Others in the cast of this gritty drama include Kevin Chapman, Annabeth Gish, Fiona C. Erickson, Brian Scannell, Kerry O'Malley, Fionnula Flanagan, Madison Garland, Billy Smith, Frank Ridley, Matt Servitto, Ethan Embry, Brian F. O'Byrne, Tina Benko, and John Fiore.

The series debuted on Showtime on July 9, 2006 and, despite some very positive reviews, Brotherhood didn't attract a lot of viewers; just 450,000. Showtime nevertheless renewed the show for a second season -- albeit one made up of only 10 episodes. They started airing in September of 2007 and the
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Tony N' Tina's Wedding

Tony N' Tina's Wedding
Emerging Pictures

Tony N' Tina's Wedding has been a theatrical phenomenon ever since its off-Broadway premiere some two decades ago, but everything that is unique about it has been necessarily lost in this screen adaptation written and directed by Roger Paradiso. Filmed in 2004 but only now getting a limited theatrical release -- the presence of a pre-Entourage Adrian Grenier in the cast may have something to do with it -- this broad comedy will quickly find its way to the video bins.

The stage show is a partially improvised, interactive theater experience that plunges the audience right into the heart of a wedding between two young Italians from Queens. In an attempt to inject a similar cinematic stylization into the proceedings, the filmmaker begins by providing only POV shots from the perspectives of the unseen couple, then settles into a home-movie-style format, as filmed by a flamboyantly gay wedding videographer (Guillermo Diaz).

Other than that technical conceit, the film plays out like a far too long (108 minutes) sketch featuring stereotypical characterizations and witless dialogue and situations. The director uses long, rambling takes to track the slapstick confrontations at the awesomely tacky Vinnie Black's Coliseum between the titular couple (Joey McIntyre, Mila Kunis); their warring in-laws (Priscilla Lopez, John Fiore) who once dated in high school; the pot-smoking best man; the ex-boyfriend (Grenier) who drunkenly interrupts the proceedings; the black priest who has a tendency to lapse into Baptist cadences; and the uncle who pees into a fountain, among other caricatures.

Aiming for an Altmanesque quality, the film fails miserably, undercut by the relentless broadness of its source material. What can be great fun to experience live becomes unbearably repetitive here, with only the occasional clever flourish -- the pre-credits "slide show" depicting mock advertisements for various Long Island businesses is a scream -- to relieve the tedium.

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