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Goodfellas Actor Frank Sivero Sues Fox for $250 Million Over Simpsons Character He Says Is Based on Him

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Now here's a number that's hard to fuggedabout. Character actor Frank Sivero, most recognizable from roles in The Godfather Part 2, Goodfellas and The Wedding Singer, has sued Fox Television Studios and parents company 21st Century Fox for $250 million, claiming that the character of wise guy Louie on The Simpsons is based on him—henceforth, he deserves several suitcases-full of cash for the use of his likeness. Seriously, that's a lot of simoleans. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by E! News, Sivero claims that he is the "originator of the idea and character of Louie," who is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and is part of mob »

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‘Goodfellas’ Actor Suing ‘The Simpsons’ For $250 Million

7 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

You may not know the name Frank Sivero but, if you’ve seen a mob movie, you know his face. He played Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, the afro-sporting mobster who buys his wife a mink coat and ends up on a meat hook. He’s also an extra in The Godfather and had a bigger role […]

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'Goodfellas' actor Frank Sivero sues 'The Simpsons' for $250 million

12 hours ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The Simpsons' Louie acts a lot like Frank Sivero's character does in Goodfellas—and Sivero is filing a lawsuit against The Simpsons. In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday and obtained by Deadline, Sivero claims that he and some Simpsons writers lived next door to each other when Sivero was preparing for his role in Goodfellas, which came out in 1990. In 1991, The Simpsons debuted the character of Louie, a member of the Springfield mob who resembles Sivero in both looks and mannerisms. Louie has appeared in multiple episodes since then. The lawsuit acknowledges that "over the years, The Simpsons were known »

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'Goodfellas' Actor Files $250 Million Lawsuit Over 'Simpsons' Mafia Character

12 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Frank Sivero, best known for playing mobsters in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, is suing Fox Television Studios for $250 million, alleging that "Louie," one of the "wise guy" mafia characters on The Simpsons, infringes on his likeness. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor claims that unspecified Simpsons writers modeled Louie on Sivero's Goodfellas character, Frankie Carbone.  

Sivero alleges that, in 1989, he lived next door to the writers in a Sherman Oaks, California apartment complex. "They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas, »

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Goodfellas actor files $250m lawsuit against The Simpsons for using his likeness

18 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Frank Sivero, who played mobster Frankie Carbone in Goodfellas, claims that Simpsons writers living next to him in 1989 imitated his character for animated hoodlum Louie

Alongside Bumblebee Man, Doctor Colossus and German exchange student Uter Zorker, Louie is one of the more minor members of The Simpsons universe. He occasionally menaces Springfieldians at the behest of mob boss Fat Tony and he doesnt even get a surname. But minor or not, hes now at the heart of a $250m lawsuit, after Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero has claimed the Simpsons writers stole his likeness for the character.

Sivero played Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorseses 1990 mobster drama, memorably getting upbraided by Robert De Niros James for being too flashy with his money. The suit claims that Sivero was familiar to Simpsons producer James L Brooks, and that he lived next to writers of The Simpsons in 1989 as he was preparing for Goodfellas »

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Goodfellas Mobster Frank Sivero Puts Hit on Simpsons For Likeness Heist

23 hours ago | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Frank Sivero, the actor who played an iconic mobster in the Martin Scorsese classic “Goodfellas” is suing Fox television show The Simpson, alleging that his likeness has been used for more than a decade without a penny coming his way. Now, he’s put a hit on the show that’s bigger than the infamous “Lufthansa heist” that was focus of the gangster movie. Sivero, now 62, is seeking more $100 million in damages. That works out to $6,25 million per episode, ...Read More »

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Goodfellas Actor Slaps The Simpsons With a $250 Million Lawsuit

23 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television, arguing that Simpsons character Mafia Louie (a member of Fat Tony’s crew) was based on his likeness and personality and was specifically inspired by the character Frankie Carbone, whom he played in 1990’s Goodfellas. According to Deadline, Sivero — who also played a mobster in The Godfather Part II — claims he lived next to Simpsons writers in an apartment complex back in 1989, and they knowingly ripped off the character he was developing at the time. The suit goes on to allege that James L. Brooks was "highly aware of who Sivero was, the fact that he created the role of Frankie Carbone, and that The Simpsons character Louie would be based on this character," and notes that "Louie's appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative of character actor Frank Sivero." While it might seem strange to file a »

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'Goodfellas' Actor Suing Fox for $250 Million Over 'Simpsons' Mob Character

21 October 2014 3:41 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In what might be the wildest lawsuit of the year, actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over one of the "wise guy" characters on The Simpsons. Sivero is notable for playing mobster roles in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, and has lived up to his onscreen persona in various ways, such as reportedly being arrested for gun possession earlier this year. He's also very protective of his rights, suing a restaurant a few months ago over a sandwich named after his Goodfellas character. In his latest lawsuit, Sivero alleges that in 1989,

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'The Simpsons' -- Accused of Mob Hit ... Yous Guys Stole My Identity

21 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

"The Simpsons" pulled off a major heist when the mafioso character Louie rolled into Springfield -- and now a "Goodfellas" star wants a cut of the action.Frank Sivero played Frankie Carbone in the classic 1990 film ... and says "The Simpsons" created a Carbone copy of that character when Louie first appeared in an episode entitled "Bart the Murderer" on Oct. 10, 1991.Louie, who is Fat Tony's henchman on "The Simpsons" ... is hardly a regular. According to Sivero's lawsuit against Fox, »

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Revenge of the Green Dragons | Review

20 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Dragon Seed: Lau & Loo’s Dissatisfying NYC Chinese Gang Saga

Martin Scorsese appears as executive producer on Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the Green Dragons, which is no surprise considering he famously remade Lau’s 2002 film Infernal Affairs as The Departed (2006). Featuring a gritty period portrait of gangland warfare in New Your City, it’s clearly the sort of material that Scorsese seems to be attracted to, and thematically, one could even say there are influences of titles like Mean Streets (1973) or Goodfellas (1990) in the mix, with slight homages here and there. But the similiarites are only skin deep. This saga, which is actually based on fact, feels too zany and forthright, any realistic human elements crushed beneath its predilection for exaggerated, dramatic performances and hyperviolence.

In 1983 Flushing, a young boy, Sonny, crosses into the Us without parents. Snakehead Mama (Eugenia Yuan), head of a Chinese »

- Nicholas Bell

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New on Video: ‘Once Upon a Time in America’

14 October 2014 5:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Once Upon a Time in America

Directed by Sergio Leone

Written by Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Enrico Medioli, Franco Arcalli, Franco Ferrini, Sergio Leone

Italy/USA, 1984

Widely and justly heralded for his trendsetting Spaghetti Westerns, Sergio Leone’s final and arguably most ambitious work was in another staple American genre. Like these Westerns though, this film was as much of its respective variety as it was about it. Once Upon a Time in America, with its name obviously derived from Leone’s previous Once Upon a Time in the West, is a gangster film of the highest order, and, at the same time, it recalls so many of its predecessors, from the Warner Brothers classics of the 1930s to The Godfather. This was by design. As Leone himself notes, “My film was to be an homage to the American films I love, and to America itself.”

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- Jeremy Carr

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The Definitive Scary Scenes from Non-Horror Films: 40-31

11 October 2014 1:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

40. Night of the Hunter (1955)

Scene: The Preacher on the Horizon

Video: http://youtu.be/9PyNL2ahKwc?list=PLZbXA4lyCtqolaQOAXly96de5FYQlPzqK Just like a few others in this section of the list, Charles Laughton’s brilliant Night of the Hunter isn’t really a horror film, but still sets out to keep the audience on edge. Starring a diabolical Robert Mitchum as a preacher/serial killer Reverend Harry Powell, it follows him as he tries to woo his former cellmate’s widow Willa (Shelly Winters), hoping to learn where he has hidden his bank loot. Powell devises that his children John and Pearl must know, but he struggles to gain young John’s trust. When Willa learns of his plan, Powell is forced to kill her and hide the body, leaving him as sole caretaker of the children, who flee down the river. And then the scene. Having believed they have escaped Powell, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Jason Reitman re-staging 'American Beauty' for one night with 'Men, Women & Children' cast

10 October 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Jason Reitman's L.A. Live-Read series is kicking off its new season with a cast swap. Each year, The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker hosts a series of one-night-only live performances of classic movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a new round begins Oct. 17 with Alan Ball's Oscar-winning screenplay for American Beauty. The readings are like artistic science experiments, following the recipe of a previous film but mixing in new ingredients, so the twist this time is that Reitman has filled the roles with actors from his latest film, Men, »

- Anthony Breznican

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Robert De Niro Roasted at Friars Club Gala

8 October 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was not meant to be a roast, but there was certainly some ribbing happening at the Friars Foundation’s annual gala honoring Robert De Niro and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim on Oct. 7 at the recently sold Waldorf Astoria.

A parade of industryites appeared in-person and via video including David O. Russell, Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken, Martin Scorsese, Orlando Bloom, Billy Crystal, Barbra Streisand and Don Rickles. All paid tribute to thesp, who received the Friars Club’s fifth-ever Icon Award.

Sting, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin also serenaded De Niro and Slim, who took home the Icon Award for Philanthropy. Warren Buffett, in a pre-recorded video alongside Paul Anka, sang a rendition of “My Way” to Slim.

As the event’s emcee, Larry King (Friars’ Dean) attempted to keep the crowd — full of old men and their model/drag queen dates — in check by “shushing” the room several times. »

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TV Review: Espn’s ‘Playing For the Mob’

6 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s hard to think of a more colorful sports documentary topic than “Playing for the Mob,” the latest gem presented under Espn’s “30 for 30” banner, which feels like a movie — largely because it’s already been one. Narrated by Ray Liotta, the film chronicles the Boston College point-shaving scandal in the late 1970s, orchestrated by none other than Henry Hill, Liotta’s “Goodfellas” character, and his various associates. Directors Joe Lavine and Cayman Grant have footage from practically every participant — players and mobsters alike — yielding a project that’s at times disarmingly funny and even, in an odd way, educational.

Not surprisingly, the standout portion of the festivities is an interview with Hill — who turned informer on his comrades — conducted before his death in 2012. He talks freely (and profanely) about recruiting and threatening Boston College players to win games by less than the betting margin, thus allowing the mob »

- Brian Lowry

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Buffalo 8: First Time Directors — Getting From “Who” to Tarantino

6 October 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | Hope for Film | See recent Hope for Film news »

Bigger film budgets continue to dwindle. Smaller film sets continue to appear. Camera technology and film centric software continue to evolve. Through all the change, one aspect of film production that has remained the same— difficult directors. As a producer, I understand this. Filmmaker’s are passionate people by nature. Their work is the ultimate fruit of their labor, and they only want to make quality of the highest caliber they’re capable of. Of course, there are a few directors in our industry who have a license to demand their perfected vision — David Fincher and James Cameron have proven their artistic credibility, skill set, and commercial viability through consistent quality work and perseverance.  Yet, as an independent producer, I’m often presented low budget films helmed by first time directors with an unrealistic approach to execute their vision on a budget — most often due to lack of experience. This serves not to lessen ambition, »

- Joe Alberti

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Casting Net: Guy Pearce, Dominic West join 'Genius;' more

26 September 2014 3:32 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Guy Pearce and Dominic West have signed on for Genius, joining Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Linney. Michael Grandage is directing the film, marking his feature debut. John Logan adapted A. Scott Berg’s book for the screen. Pearce will play F. Scott Fitzgerald, while West will portray Ernest Hemingway. The film will relay the true, complicated relationship between novelist Thomas Wolfe (Law) and his editor,  Max Perkins (Firth). Kidman will play Aline Bernstein, with Linney as Louise Perkins. Genius comes as the third collaboration between Grandage, producing partner James Bierman, and John Logan. Filming kicks off »

- C. Molly Smith

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First trailer for Joe Carnahan’s Stretch starring Patrick Wilson

25 September 2014 11:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its VOD release next month, Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer from Stretch, the latest film from director Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The Grey), which stars Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) as a “down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.”

Also featuring in the cast are Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Brooklyn Dekker (Battleship), and Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For).

Stretch is out in the States from October 7th.

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- Gary Collinson

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Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

22 September 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rob Marshall and Ellen Lewis will be honored at this year’s Artios Awards, the Casting Society of America has announced.

Marshall, who received award recognition for his direction of films “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Nine,” as well as his 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” will receive the New York Apple Award. It honors New Yorkers who have made significant contributions with casting directors.

Lewis will receive the Hoyt Bowers award, which recognizes unique spirit, ideals and creativity in casting. Lewis has casted movies such as “Goodfellas,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and is known for her work with Martin Scorsese.

“Marshall and Lewis have defined excellence in their respective fields, and each has played a vital role in the advancement of the casting industry,” said Richard Hicks, president of the Casting Society of America. “Throughout their careers, the honorees and nominees have been instrumental in »

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Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

22 September 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rob Marshall and Ellen Lewis will be honored at this year’s Artios Awards, the Casting Society of America has announced.

Marshall, who received award recognition for his direction of films “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Nine,” as well as his 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” will receive the New York Apple Award. It honors New Yorkers who have made significant contributions with casting directors.

Lewis will receive the Hoyt Bowers award, which recognizes unique spirit, ideals and creativity in casting. Lewis has casted movies such as “Goodfellas,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and is known for her work with Martin Scorsese.

“Marshall and Lewis have defined excellence in their respective fields, and each has played a vital role in the advancement of the casting industry,” said Richard Hicks, president of the Casting Society of America. “Throughout their careers, the honorees and nominees have been instrumental in »

- Sebastian Torrelio

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