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  • Almost a Wiseguy
    Vince Ciacci--the life of a gangster
    Auto/biographical stories about New York Italian gangsters and Cosa Nostra affiliates usually begin with an event filled with violence that leads to a set of problems and situations that get handled strategically with a method that consists of...
  • Smokin’ Aces
    Movie review: Smokin’ Aces
    Las Vegas performer Buddy Israel wants to be part of the mob and starts making enemies in the process. As Primo, one of those enemies, is dying he decides he wants Buddy’s heart, literally, and puts a price on his head. With multiple...
  • Brian Eric Johnson
    Brian Eric Johnson puts a new twist on ‘Mobster’ films
    Not many first time feature film directors take on a project that includes a cast with 50 speaking roles and pushes a tried and true genre into a unique format. But Brian Eric Johnson is not like most first time feature film directors. So when the...
  • 'American Hustle'  official movie poster
    'American Hustle' is wildly entertaining
    If there was any doubt, the film ‘American Hustle’ makes clear that government investigative agencies are manned by bigger idiots than those they are tasked to oversee.From 1970 to 1980, the government conducted sting operations...
  • Wise Gal movie
    'Wisegal' movie based on Patti Montanari-Frank Russo Mari
    "Wisegal" aka "Wise Gal" is a true-story movie inspired by mobster Frank Mari and his lover Patti Montanari. The names were changed to "Patty" and "Russo" in the movie. The movie debuted with Alyssa Milano...
  • Seven Psychopaths
    Movie review: Seven Psychopaths
    Struggling screenwriter Marty is at a loss writing a screenplay for which he was contracted but fortunately has some good friends. To help, one of them kidnaps the dog of a demented mob boss, getting Marty involved and providing fodder for his...
  • James Gandolfini, mob boss on ‘The Sopranos,’ dead at 51
    James Gandolfini, mob boss on ‘The Sopranos,’ dead at 51
    James Gandolfini who played New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO’S “The Sopranos” died on Wednesday in Italy, reports Yahoo! TV on June 19, 2013. The beloved actor was 51 years old.Gandolfini felt ill while on vacation in...
  • Goodfellas gangster James Burke home searched by police looking for dead remains
    Police looking for dead body at home of gangster Jimmy Burke aka "The Gent"
    The Washington Post is reporting today that NYPD and FBI organized crime investigators were looking for skeletal remains at the former home of Jimmy Burke, the mobster portrayed in the movie "Goodfellas."According to witnesses, police...
  • 'Gangster Squad' Sean Penn
    'Gangster Squad' film release delayed
    The much anticipated gangster film "Gangster Squad" starring Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin will not hit theaters on September 7th. Warner Bros. decided to not release the film on it's scheduled release date due...
  • "Goodfellas" inspiration Henry Hill dead at 69
    Saying goodbye to 'Goodfellas' inspiration Henry Hill
    My friend and former mobster, Henry Hill, whose life became the basis for the film “Goodfellas,” has died. He was 69.Henry, who had been suffering from an undisclosed illness passed away at a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday.Hill’s...
  • Eric Dezenhall
    Meyer Lansky: US government collaborator?
    Did the United States government actually work directly with some of the most feared mobsters in the country to weed out and destroy Nazi sympathizers? During World War II, did Franklin Delano Roosevelt know or even approve of mob assistance along...
  • Henry Hill
    Henry Hill is a Good Fella
    It is considered one of the best mob movies ever made and since it is based on a true story, it has captivated movie buffs and crime movie aficionados since it was released twenty-one years ago. Rarely a week passes by that Goodfellas isn’t...
  • Surviving the Mob
    "Surviving the Mob," a former Gambino street soldier's true story
    Surviving the Mob, published by HuntingtonPress, is the true story of Andrew DiDonato. Reading a book written by people you know is an entirely different experience than picking something off the shelf that was either recommended or caught your...
  • Surviving the Mob
    Spotlight: Andrew DiDonato - "Surviving the Mob"
    What is it really like to wake up in the morning knowing that this day could be your last one? According to Andrew DiDonato, a former member of a high profile crime family whose book “Surviving the Mob” has just been shipped to...
  • Bank robbery
    Spotlight Extra - Former mob member Sal Mangiavillano shares some escapades
    Today we continue talking with Sal Mangiavillano, former member of the Gambino crime family, as he shares some of his escapades. People usually don’t associate humor with the mob, but let me tell you, Sal had me laughing through most of the...