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 in The Godfather Part II. In recent years, fantasy became reality as he was arrested for gun possession.
Now, the actor is attempting a new way to make money. A massive, massive lawsuit against The Simpsons. Sivero says the Simpsons character Louie, one of the henchman of mobster Fat Tony, is based on his likeness from Goodfellas and he wants $250 million in compensation. Read more about the Goodfellas Simpsons lawsuit below. Read More »
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Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back has been voted the greatest movie of all time in a poll conducted by the British film publication Empire Magazine. More than 250,000 film fans voted in this latest poll, resulting in a list of the 301 greatest movies of all time. When the poll was last conducted six years ago in 2008 with 10,200 voters, The Godfather took the top honors. This year the Star Wars sequel displaced the Francis Ford Coppola adaptation for the top spot. Who else did Empire Strikes Back beat for the top slot? How has the list changed in the last six years? Find out after the jump.
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Briefly: Martin Scorsese‘s 1990 film Goodfellas has become such an integral part of popular culture, it’s easy to forget it’s based on a true story. Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, was a real figure, and the crimes the film depicts did happen. His biggest caper, both in real life and in the film, is the 1978 Luftansha heist, in which a group of men stole $6 million from John F. Kennedy International Airport. No arrests were ever made, mostly because the man believed to be the mastermind died in jail and, as seen in the movie, others disappeared.
Earlier this week, however, five men were indicted and arrested for their involvement in the robbery, marking the first time that’s happened in the near 40 year investigation. The New York Times wrote about the arrests, which were lead by 78-year-old Vincent Asaro. The narrative is too intricate to summarize in brief, but you can read much more at that link.
We’ve got two art shows to tell you about today. One is movie specific, second is more subtle and pop culture centric, both are very cool.
First, tied in with this weekend’s huge new release, Disney is releasing some Oz the Great and Powerful art by Joey Chou at their WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA. The gallery will also have a bunch of props from the film on display.
Next up, Los Angeles’s Gallery 1988 is opening their latest show, Product Placement, on March 9. It features works based on different products in movies and TV. What does that mean? Well how about Dapper Dan in O’Brother Where Art Thou, Oceanic 815 in Lost, Shark Repellent in Batman, Neo Tokyo Customs in Akira, Morrie’s Wigs in Goodfellas and much, much more. Check images out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Like all the greatest classics, Martin Scorsese‘s Goodfellas leaves audiences dazzled by its style, wowed by its acting, moved by its storytelling, and provoked by its ideas. If you have a taste for Italian food, it may also leave you pretty hungry. One of the most famous sequences follows Henry and his mob colleagues whipping up a truly mouthwatering feast in prison. Paulie leads the preparations, of course, slicing garlic into nearly translucent pieces with his razor blade and keeping an eye on Vinnie so he doesn’t put too many onions in the sauce.
Fortunately for you, if you’re watching the movie at home, you can actually do something about your grumbling stomach. Although Henry doesn’t spend much time spelling out the measurements, Cotswold House Hotel head chef Dave Watts has put together a recipe that approximates the one we see in the movie. And yes, there’s plenty of pork — as Vinnie can tell you, that’s the flavor. Get the details and revisit the scene after the jump.
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Over the past year we’ve heard a bit here and there about the development of Goodfellas as a television series. The classic Martin Scorsese gangster film was scripted by Nicholas Pileggi based on his own non-fiction book Wiseguy, and Pileggi has been involved in developing the new show.
As we’ve reported on the potential for a Goodfellas show, we’ve seen quite a few different responses to the idea. Now we know that the show has landed with a development deal at AMC, home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011 by Angie Han
Really, you could call any of the past few decades “The Age of Scorsese” — the timelessness of his best work is what makes him such a revered filmmaker, and he’s been working steadily since the ’70s. But every fashion photoshoot needs an inspiration, so for their latest issue, Harper’s Bazaar pulled together a bevy of stars to pay tribute to Martin Scorsese under that “Age of” title. The spread sees Chloe Moretz, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Michael Pitt, Sir Ben Kingsley and several other high-profile actors come together to recreate some of the director’s most iconic scenes. Flip through the photos after the jump.
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There’s a lot of lore and misunderstanding with respect to what ‘improvising’ means with respect to filmmaking. I think there are some who take ‘improvised’ to mean that there is no script, or that actors go completely off-book when shooting a scene. And while there are a few directors who do shoot films like that — very few — most of the time improvisation on film means that an actor comes up with a new line or action in the context of a scripted scene.
Here’s a video that compiles twenty-five of the most influential unscripted moments in film. Some of these are things that weren’t in the script, but created on set between takes (supposedly Bogie’s “here’s looking at you, kid” line from Casablanca is one of those) and some are genuine spur of the moment creations. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 by Angie Han
A new survey conducted by British video rental service LOVEFiLM affirmed what we already knew, but don’t necessarily like to admit: People lie about having seen films they haven’t. The poll surveyed Brits to find out whether they’d ever lied about seeing movies they hadn’t — and if so, which movies they’d fibbed about watching. 80% of respondents confessed to having fudged the truth about their cinematic knowledge at some point, with Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather topping the list of movies people pretend to have seen. Read more results after the jump.
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