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Gotti promo calls film critics “trolls behind keyboards” after 0% Rotten Tomatoes score

After finding itself in the unenviable position of being the worst reviewed movie of the year – with a rare perfect 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes – the John Travolta-headlined crime drama Gotti has hit back at critics with a new promo branding them “trolls behind keyboards.” Check it out here…

Audiences loved Gotti but critics don’t want you to see it… The question is why??? Trust the people and see it for yourself! pic.twitter.com/K6a9jAO4UH

— Gotti Film (@Gotti_Film) June 19, 2018

Gotti, which explores the life of real life mob boss John Gotti, does have a decent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes at 75%, although suspicions have been raised about this, given that the film has attracted more ratings than Ocean’s 8 and almost as many as Incredibles 2, despite being seen by a fraction of the audience.

A thread on Reddit suggests that the audience score has been manipulated,
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“Gotti” targets critics but has a disingenuous agenda

Normally, I don’t bother to cover poorly received films here. It’s easier to focus on the positive, at least outside of the awards race. However, this is a unique situation. The mob film Gotti opened last weekend, to some of 2018’s worst reviews. Well, some of in the sense that only a very small amount of press, notably those who were granted interview opportunities, were screened the movie in advance of its release. That led, in part, to a poor showing at the box office. Then, this week, the producers tried to use social media to spin it, claiming that audiences, the few who saw it, anyway, loved it, while critics were trying to keep you from seeing it. Simply put, that’s fake news, so it’s something I’m going to address today. The movie is a biopic of crime boss John Gotti. The plot synopsis
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John Travolta Believed Gotti Would Win Him an Oscar

John Travolta Believed Gotti Would Win Him an Oscar
After several years in development, and numerous delays, John Travolta's Gotti finally hit theaters this past weekend, and now new details have surfaced that reveal star John Travolta thought this movie would launch him into the Oscar race. Whether that's true or not, it's quite unlikely that Travolta will get any awards traction since the movie was both a critical (0% on Rotten Tomatoes) and commercial failure ($1.7 million opening weekend in 11th place). This report also claims that it was Travolta's Oscar obsession that lead to getting Lionsgate Premiere removed as the distributor, after reports they was pulling the film from its dual release in theaters and on VOD, since Travolta needed a full theatrical release to qualify for the Oscars.

To help fund this awards season campaign, Travolta turned to Edward Walson, the son of cable TV pioneer John Walson Sr. from New Jersey. Edward Walson had already financed
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'Gotti': How John Travolta’s Passion Project Failed to Find an Audience

'Gotti': How John Travolta’s Passion Project Failed to Find an Audience
Devised as John Travolta’s awards contender, ‘Gotti’ opened in 11th place this weekend, while Pixar broke records with 'Incredibles 2' grossing $182.7 million.

Though ‘Gotti’ had a tiny budget of $10 million, its $1.7 million opening is among the lowest in Travolta’s 40-year film career, which has broken $1 billion. All things equal, the film was only offered in 503 U.S. theaters while most wide releases can reach up to 4,000 theaters.

Of that $1.7 million, nearly 40% of ‘Gotti’s’ domestic gross came from MoviePass subscribers, who purchased tickets through the $9.95-monthly service. On Monday, MoviePass announced they had hit 3 million subscribers, which means that ‘Gotti’ could have potentially grossed over $25 million had all MoviePass subscribers seen the film.

Critics weren’t kind to the project they described as an exoneration of the real-life mobster murderer, who was often called Teflon Don in the media.

But Travolta was drawn to that dichotomy of a folk hero in the headlines and villain in the streets. When IMDb Special Correspondent Dave Karger caught up with Travolta and director Kevin Connolly at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the pair explained how it was the actor’s passion that willed ‘Gotti’ into being.

The Cannes screening was not in Competition at the festival, but was part of the film’s streamlined advertising campaign that relied on Travolta’s celebrity to get the word out. The strength of Travolta’s name attracted venerable character actors Stacy Keach and Pruitt Taylor Vince to the project, as well as Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston, who plays Mrs. Gotti.

Despite an aggregate score of 0% from critics, IMDb users are split on their feelings. Some point out that Travolta’s solid performance was lost in a boring, ‘Goodfellas’ ripoff. The film currently rates an average of 4.9 from close to 900 reviews.

Gotti’ may not be a masterpiece, but it’s got us talking! To hear more about the film, you can watch our interviews with Travolta, or add the film to your Watchlist.

Gotti Marketing Team Slams Critics, Calling Them Trolls

Gotti Marketing Team Slams Critics, Calling Them Trolls
The folks distributing the new John Travolta movie Gotti aren't content to just let the movie bomb. A strange new marketing campaign for the movie is specifically targeting critics who panned it, stating that audiences have loved it so far. The numbers, at least on the surface, would seem to back this new marketing campaign up, but something still seems a little bit fishy when digging in deeper. The new advertisement going around reads as follows.

"Audiences loved it. Critics put out the hit. Who would you trust more? Yourself or a troll behind the keyboard?"

Much of this has to do with the fact that Gotti, which is in part being distributed by MoviePass, earned a rare 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet, as their new ad boasts, the audience score is very high. Suspiciously high, one might say. As of this writing, the movie has a 75 percent audience rating with an eye-catching 6,921 ratings.
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‘Gotti’ Marketing Condemns Film Critics Who Hated the Movie as ‘Trolls Behind the Keyboard’ — Watch

‘Gotti’ Marketing Condemns Film Critics Who Hated the Movie as ‘Trolls Behind the Keyboard’ — Watch
A box office bomb and a critical punching bag, John Travolta’s passion project “Gotti” is bound to go down as one of the worst films of 2018. The gangster drama is the rare film to earn a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes through 25 reviews, which means critics have been far from kind to it. IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called the movie “amateurish” in his D review, but distributors Vertical Enterainment and MoviePass Ventures aren’t going down without a fight.

On the heels of the movie underperforming at the box office, “Gotti’s” marketing campaign release a new online advertisement calling the critics who hated the movie “trolls behind the keyboard.” The advertisement reads: “Audiences loved it. Critics put out the hit. Who would you trust more? Yourself or a troll behind the keyboard?”

Dennis Rice, who spearheaded the marketing for ‘Gotti,’ told Deadline the film performed well in New York, Los Angeles,
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‘Gotti’ Star John Travolta Needs Serious Help: Career Watch

Career Watch is a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there.

Thanks to strong recognition overseas, at 64 John Travolta still carries the clout that gets movies made. But this is not always a good thing: Travolta’s passion project, “Gotti,” debuted in Cannes but opened to $1.7 million amid derisive reviews (Tomatometer: 0%).

Bottom Line: After strutting out of Broadway and television into ’70s movie stardom, the Irish-Italian Travolta languished in the ’80s until Quentin Tarantino gave him his 1994 comeback as hitman Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction.” That movie returned Travolta’s swagger and while he hasn’t topped it, Travolta has surfed many career dips and swells without completely alienating his aging fan base. But “Gotti” may be the tipping point.

Read More: ‘Gotti’ Review: John Travolta, Pitbull, and E from ‘Entourage’ Team Up for an Incoherent Mob Biopic — Cannes 2018

Career Peaks: Born in Englewood,
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‘Gotti’ Star John Travolta Needs Serious Help: Career Watch

Career Watch is a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there.

Thanks to strong recognition overseas, at 64 John Travolta still carries the clout that gets movies made. But this is not always a good thing: Travolta’s passion project, “Gotti,” debuted in Cannes but opened to $1.7 million amid derisive reviews (Tomatometer: 0%).

Bottom Line: After strutting out of Broadway and television into ’70s movie stardom, the Irish-Italian Travolta languished in the ’80s until Quentin Tarantino gave him his 1994 comeback as hitman Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction.” That movie returned Travolta’s swagger and while he hasn’t topped it, Travolta has surfed many career dips and swells without completely alienating his aging fan base. But “Gotti” may be the tipping point.

Read More: ‘Gotti’ Review: John Travolta, Pitbull, and E from ‘Entourage’ Team Up for an Incoherent Mob Biopic — Cannes 2018

Career Peaks: Born in Englewood,
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Film Review: John Travolta Captures the Life & Times of ‘Gotti’

Chicago – Probably the last classic era of romanticized organized crime in New York City was the reign of John Gotti… the high profile boss of the Gambino family from 1986-1992. Nicknamed both the Dapper Don and Teflon Don (because of his ability to avoid prosecution), he is brought back to life by John Travolta in the sparely titled “Gotti.”

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The film is directed by Kevin Connolly, who portrayed “E” on HBO’s “Entourage,” and he takes a Citizen Kane-like approach to telling the story, jumping around in the eras of Gotti’s reign, anchored by his relationship with John Jr., who followed in his father’s footsteps until desiring to leave the “life” and avoid prison (the film used John Jr.’s book “Shadow of My Father” as its centerpiece source). There is a lot of material in the film, but it is buttressed by John Travolta’s tour-de-force performance of the title character,
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Box Office: ‘Incredibles 2’ Headed for $180 Million-Plus Debut

Box Office: ‘Incredibles 2’ Headed for $180 Million-Plus Debut
Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” is flying to an estimated $182 million from 4,410 North American locations in its debut weekend.

Disney’s most recent estimate is more conservative, predicting an opening between $150 million and $165 million. Either way, “Incredibles 2” will become the animated film with the highest ever opening weekend, beating out 2016’s “Finding Dory,” which brought in $135 million.

Incredibles 2” earned a record-breaking $18.5 million in Thursday previews alone, causing its debut box office predictions to skyrocket from an an earlier range of $125 million to $140 million. It grossed an estimated $71.5 million on Friday, and became the 47th film to earn an A+ CinemaScore.
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The New John Travolta Film ‘Gotti’ Gets A 0% Rating On Rotten Tomatoes

At the time of writing, the new John Travolta movie Gotti has a very rare 0% rating on reviews aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which I personally have not seen, looks like it is still awaiting a UK release, but it was released Stateside just yesterday and was absolutely mauled by the critics across the pond. The Gotti reviews do not paint the film in a great light unfortunately.

Gotti reviews – New Travolta film gets 0% on Rotten Tomatoes

Gotti revolves around John Gotti, the “Teflon Don” of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. Travolta plays the title role and is supported by the likes of Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Spencer Lofranco and Victor Gojcaj.

The Hollywood Reporter said; “The film is pretty terrible: poorly written, devoid of tension, ridiculous in spots and just plain dull in others.”

Other outlets were equally as negative on the film.
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‘Incredibles 2’ Soaring for Record $170 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” is soaring to a record-setting $173 million opening weekend at 4,410 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.

Disney, however, is being more modest in its predictions, estimating an opening between $150 million and $165 million. Regardless, “Incredibles 2” will obliterate the previous record for an animated movie opening, set two years ago by Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory” at $135 million. Should the $173 million estimate hold, it would be the 11th-biggest domestic launch ever, just behind “Iron Man 3” at $174.1 million.

Recent forecasts had placed “Incredibles 2” between $125 million and $140 million this weekend, but Thursday night’s record-setting preview number of $18.5 million displayed impressive traction. ComScore’s PostTrak survey showed that 63% of moviegoers gave the sequel an “excellent” rating and another 27% called it “very good.” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore, credited Disney with savvy scheduling.

”’Incredibles 2′ is the perfect film at the perfect time with kids
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'Gotti' Review: A Mobster Biopic That Deserves to Get Whacked

'Gotti' Review: A Mobster Biopic That Deserves to Get Whacked
John Travolta, trying earnestly to act his way through a ton of lousy makeup and an even heavier slab of bad screenwriting, plays mafioso John Gotti in this chaotic biopic that jumps all over the place but still fails to manifest a pulse. As the Teflon Don tells us upfront: "This life ends one of two ways: Dead, or in jail. I did both." Audiences, sentenced to do time with this corpse of a movie, will know the feeling.

Here's the thing: It didn't have to be such a botch job.
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Box Office: ‘Incredibles 2’ Sets Record With $18.5 Million Thursday Debut

Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” soared to a record-setting $18.5 million on Thursday night.

The preview number is more than double the previous record for an animated movie, which was set by “Finding Dory” in 2016 with $9.2 million.

The R-rated comedy “Tag,” starring Jeremy Renner and Ed Helms, took in $1.3 million from Thursday previews.

Incredibles 2” has been forecast to gross between $125 million and $140 million this weekend at 4,410 domestic locations. The record-holder for best opening weekend ever for an animated pic is also “Finding Dory,” which launched in 2016 with $135 million.

The preview number for “Incredibles 2” was better than “Beauty and the Beast” ($16.3 million), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($15.4 million), and “Thor: Ragnarok” ($14.5 million). It nearly matched the $18.6 million preview number for “Deadpool 2” last month.

Incredibles 2” already boasts a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel picks up directly following the events of the original film, with the Parr family attempting to
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John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Finally Opens — After Nearly a Decade in the Works

John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Finally Opens — After Nearly a Decade in the Works
John Gotti Jr. thinks the story of his father’s life should at least be playing on a few more screens on the Gambino family’s home turf. The son of the notorious mobster is distressed that “Gotti” is only playing a few theaters in Brooklyn.

“It’s not being shown in areas where the story happened and that’s a shame,” he said. “I don’t get it.”

Gotti Jr. has been working on getting the film off the ground for nearly a decade, and the biopic starring John Travolta finally arrives at 503 theaters this weekend. But the low-budget drama could get whacked at the box office.

The long-gestating project, which was directed by “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly, is now saddled with a 0% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, based on six reviews from the Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered on May 15 and Travolta made headlines boogieing onstage with 50 Cent at the after-party.
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Interview: John Travolta and Kelly Preston Wore John Gotti Sr. and Wife's Personal Belongings For 'Gotti' Film

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John Travolta tackles the story of ruthless crime boss John Gotti, Sr in Gotti, but the actor/producer offers a different portrayal as a devoted family man. Travolta's real-life wife Kelly Preston plays Gotti's wife Victoria. To get into character, Travolta and Preston both wore personal items that belonged to the couple. Valentina Patruno sat down with the famous couple to talk about their close ties to the Gotti family. Watch interview below. 
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John Travolta Just Taught Jimmy Fallon His Iconic 'Grease' Dance 40 Years Later — Watch!

He's still got it 40 years later! John Travolta appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, June 13, and graced us all with some dancing from his hit movie Grease. During his sit-down with the TV personality, John, 64, opened up about his iconic dance moves from the 1978 film to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the premiere of the movie in NYC, specifically his end-of-movie "You're the One That I Want" scene with co-star Olivia Newton-John. "The four corners!" John explained to a confused Jimmy. “Like in Pulp Fiction, I grew up with all these novelty dances. So in Grease they needed a step for 'You’re the One That I Want' at the end. So I said, ‘Well, we used to do the four corners, why don’t we do that?’ So the choreographer said, ‘Show it to me,' and I did." The best part, though, came when
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Bruce Springsteen Is Naturally Handsome, Experts Say He's Likely Never Gotten Work Done (Exclusive)

If we could all agree on one thing it's that Bruce Springsteen is one handsome guy. But every time he performs fans wonder one thing: has he gotten any plastic surgery done? To answer that question, Closer Weekly exclusively chatted with experts (who've never worked with the music sensation) about what procedures Bruce may have gotten done over the years. And so it turns out, they all agree that it's likely been nothing. "Well, if you look closely, you don't really see signs of plastic surgery. The wrinkles in his forehead are deeper, so no Botox. His eyelids and neck are heavier, so no eyelid or neck lift," Dr. Andrew Miller shared. "His face is overall thinner now, so he probably isn't getting any fillers. The only thing I could possibly say is he may have had a small hair transplant — just something to keep his frontal hairline up." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Dr.
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John Travolta Teaches Jimmy Fallon Iconic ‘You’re the One That I Want’ Dance From ‘Grease’ (Video)

John Travolta Teaches Jimmy Fallon Iconic ‘You’re the One That I Want’ Dance From ‘Grease’ (Video)
Grease” is the word once again, as Wednesday was the 40th anniversary of the hit movie’s New York City premiere. To mark the milestone, star John Travolta taught Radio City Music Hall tenant Jimmy Fallon that iconic “You’re the One That I Want” dance from the movie’s grand finale scene.

It was actually Travolta who first introduced the steps to the 1978 film’s choreographer.

“Like in ‘Pulp Fiction,’ I grew up with all these kind of novelty dances,” Travolta said to Fallon. “In ‘Grease,’ they needed a step for that ‘You’re the One That I Want’ at the end. So I said, ‘Well, we used to do the Four Corners — why don’t we do that?'”

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The “Tonight Show” host wasn’t about to waste this moment: Fallon
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Kelly Preston May Have Had Botox, but She's Still Beautiful at Age 55 (Exclusive)

John Travolta's wife has always looked fabulous. And since Kelly Preston has stepped out often in recent weeks ahead of the premiere of her new movie Gotti, fans are dying to know if she's gotten plastic surgery. And in an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, experts (who have not worked with Kelly) opened up about which procedures the star may have gotten done over the years. "Kelly looks like she has Botox on board which is keeping her forehead smooth but also dropping her central brow a little bit," Dr. Adam H. Hamawy, MD, Facs, revealed. Dr. Vartan Mardirossian added, "The only thing is possible Botox to the forehead. I don't think she had anything else done. That being said it is possible that she had a rhinoplasty even before [the early 2000s] judging from the light-shadow effects on her tip and the nasal dorsum." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) At age 55, it
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