Movie studio Lionsgate sold the film Gotti back to the production company Emmett/Furla/Oasis, according to multiple reports on Tuesday, thus scrapping its planned release later this month. On Wednesday, Travolta called the reports that his movie was abruptly pulled "grossly wrong."
“Unfortunately, the reports were speculation bordering on fake news,” Travolta tells Deadline. “Lionsgate was planning on a minimal release, and I did an investigation into people who might have the interest and financial wherewithal to better release it. [Producer] Ed [Walson] is a fan of mine and of the Gotti story and really wanted to see the movie. I invited his group, they saw it and bought it. That is the simple explanation for this."
The 63-year-old actor stresses
Still, that’s a hell of a last minute change to make, especially when the film’s release date and plan have been locked for months now. Deadline adds that an outside investor has back the film “so that it
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is expected to begin meeting with other distributors about “Gotti.” The company, which produced the film with Highland Film Group and Fiore Films, exercised a provision in its deal allowing it to buy back the movie from Lionsgate in the hope of getting “Gotti” a wide theatrical release. The Lionsgate Premiere release would have been day-and-date for theatrical, VOD and streaming.
“Gotti” is directed by “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly from a script by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi. “Gotti” also stars Travolta’s wife Kelly Prestor, their daughter Ella Bleu Travolta, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Stacy Keach, Chris Mulkey, Lydia Hull and Spencer Lofranco.
Travolta portrays John Gotti, the flaboyant head of the Gambino crime family who spent the last decade of his life in
Gotti, starring John Travolta, has just been sold back to its producers...
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John Travolta has given an update on this story to Deadline, where he's pushed back against stories of the film's sudden removal from Lionsgate's schedule. As it turns out, Travolta wasn't happy with the limited release that Lionsgate was planning for the movie. The film's producers felt the same, and activated a buy-back clause in the original deal. The plan is now to give the movie a much wider release in the new year than it otherwise would have had. A new release date will be announced soon.
A long-planned new biopic of New York mob boss John Gotti
The film was slated to debut under the Lionsgate Premiere banner next week, but has now been pulled from the release schedule until a new distributor can be found. The outlet adds that the producers will soon start that process, and the film will likely be moved to a 2018 date.
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The Oscar winner opened up about the current slew of harassment allegations against some of Hollywood top players during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying there are “predators absolutely everywhere.”
“There’s a lot of reasons people do this for a living. Making a movie is a life experience that can create an awful lot of joy,” he said. “You can meet the person you fall in love with, you can laugh your heads off. That’s the good stuff.”
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Cancelling the show after just 13 episodes follows weeks of accusations by women who claim Piven held them down and rubbed his genitals on them, non-consensually groped them and more. One of his victims, Longmire actress Cassidy Freeman, summed up the current mood towards the former Entourage star in an Instagram post that reads as follows:
“I know what you did and attempted to do to me when I was far too young.
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The decision comes just days after a fourth woman accused Piven of sexual assault. Actress Anastasia Taneie revealed to
To date, four women have come forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior against Piven, who allegedly took and passed a polygraph test on November 13th in an effort to prove his innocence. But still, the claims continue to mount.
On Wednesday evening, BuzzFeed News ran an article in which Anastasia Taneie, a former extra on Entourage, described a run-in with Jeremy Piven. It occurred on set in 2009, with Taneie alleging that during a break in filming, Piven “forcibly pushed her up against a wall, grabbing her breasts and genitals.”
The actor flat-out denied those latest claims, and a representative for the Emmy-winner has now turned in another statement to Entertainment Weekly.
Mr. Piven denies the situation falsely described. It did not happen. Mr. Piven took and passed a polygraph test to that effect. HBO has confirmed, with a public statement,
This was followed by Longmire actress Cassidy Freeman writing on Instagram: “I know what you did and attempted to do to me when I was far too young. That I know. And you know it too. Unless there were so many of us, that you can’t remember. I hope from now on, you keep it in your pants and you never get to do it again.”
Now, in the most shocking account yet, Anastasia Taneie, a woman who worked as an extra on Entourage, has come forth with allegations that the actor “forcibly
Franken’s accuser, Leeann Tweeden, alleged that the SNL alum forcibly kissed her during a Uso tour back in 2006. She also released a photo that appeared to show him groping her while she was sleeping. He has since issued an apology, which she has accepted. He has also called on Congress to conduct a proper ethics investigation into his behavior.
The Grammy Award winner, celebrated for both her singing and songwriting skills, has also been acting for years in TV and film.
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The actress praised the recent chorus of women who have spoken out about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault in the film industry.
“I think the hope is that women are taking care of themselves and taking care of each other inadvertently,” she told reporters at the Glamour Women of the Year awards on Monday night. “I think for every woman that is brave, she’s also protecting another woman.”
The wave of allegations was spurred by a slew of stories alleging decades of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein.
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