Screen Junkies » Gotti: Three Generations http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:26:45 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Joe Pesci Gets Booted From ‘Gotti’, Now He’s Fat With Nowhere To Go http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joe-pesci-gets-booted-from-gotti-now-hes-fat-with-nowhere-to-go/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joe-pesci-gets-booted-from-gotti-now-hes-fat-with-nowhere-to-go/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 00:27:32 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222390 Now he's all fat and unemployed. *giggle* No, it's really not funny. *giggle*

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Those bastions of responsible journalism over at TMZ have turned us on to the fact that Joe Pesci, of 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag fame, has been given the boot from Barry Levinson‘s Gotti family biopic Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father (formerly Gotti: Three Generations; maybe they cut the budget by ignoring a generation), but he’s not going quietly.  Pesci is suing the producers of the film for $3 million. Here’s how it went down according to the gossip site:

In the lawsuit, Pesci claims reps from Fiore Films offered him the critical role of Angelo Ruggiero, Gotti’s close friend and enforcer.  Pesci says he made a deal for $3 million.

But Pesci says after he was lured into making public statements about how happy he was to appear in the movie – which stars John Travolta as John Gotti, Jr. — the producers pulled the deal, claiming Pesci breached the deal by trying to back out.

While that is very interesting and for the courts to decide, Pesci had apparently been so sure of the arrangement that he gained 30 pounds to better represent the stocky Angelo Ruggiero. He alleges in the lawsuit that he “ended his strict and healthy diet” to gain the weight. Poor guy.

This is the first we’ve heard of Pesci’s separation from the project, which is left now with Al Pacino, every human being with the last name “Travolta,” Lindsay Lohan. What a bizarre wrap party that will be.

In the meantime, if you see a rotund gentleman crying into a giant bowl of spaghetti on the side of the road, go ask him for his autograph. It’s probably Joe Pesci.

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Pacino And Levinson Will Go ‘Humbling’ Before They Go ‘Gotti’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pacino-and-levinson-have-to-go-humbling-before-they/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pacino-and-levinson-have-to-go-humbling-before-they/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 22:03:11 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215741 You know how when you don't wanna do something, you busy yourself with silly little things to put off the task you're dreading? 'The Humbling' might be one of those silly little things.

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Before ensuring that every member of the Travolta clan is eligible for their SAG benefits in Gotti: Three Generations, star Al Pacino and director Barry Levinson just have this one thing they have to take care of first - The Humbling.

The Humbling is a film based on a Phillip Roth novel of the same name and will star Pacino as a retired stage actor who moves to upstate New York and takes up with a much younger woman. That’s it. That’s the plot, per Deadline. I mean, if I was Pacino or Levinson, I wouldn’t be in too huge a hurry to make the increasingly bizarre Gotti movie either, but I’m not sure that this new project is that much of an improvement. I mean, there’s not even a single Travolta in The Humbling!

The Humbling starts filming this fall, so dont expect to see Gotti until late 2012 at the earliest. From a glass-is-half-full perspective, perhaps the delay will allow everyone to take a big deep breath and figure out how the hell Lindsay Lohan and Joe Pesci are supposed to share a trailer.

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Al Pacino Cast Against Type In ‘Gotti: Three Generations’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/al-pacino-cast-against-type-in-gotti-three-generations/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/al-pacino-cast-against-type-in-gotti-three-generations/#comments Tue, 10 May 2011 15:57:24 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211265 Pacino as a gangster? I can't imagine.

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Al Pacino is known mostly as the kindly old man in movies like You Don’t Know Jack and Righteous Kill. So it may come as a surprise that he’s been cast in Gotti: Three Generations as, of all things, a professional criminal! More specifically, he’ll be playing Neil Dellacroce, an underboss for the Gambino crime family.

He’s joining John Travolta, Joe Pesci, and if her luck holds out, Lindsay Lohan, with Barry Levinson directing. If you’re having trouble visualizing Pacino playing a gangster, you’ll have to wait until late 2012 to see it happen. Me, I’ll just be watching S1m0ne again. He’s so funny in that.

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Travolta Takes A Page From The Will Smith Playbook, Hires Entire Family For ‘Gotti’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/travolta-takes-a-page-from-the-will-smith-playbook-hires-entire-family-for-gotti/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/travolta-takes-a-page-from-the-will-smith-playbook-hires-entire-family-for-gotti/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 22:09:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210512 For a project that is trying to shake the image of being a "Movie of the Week," it sure is acting like a "Movie of the Week."

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The entire Travolta family has been cast as the Gotti family for the upcoming Gotti: Three Generations. While John Travolta as John Sr. seemed like an interesting choice, casting his wife Kelly Preston as Victoria Gotti and daughter Ella as the Gotti daughter Angel is more than a little bizarre. Just how closely do the Travoltas mirror the Gottis in their day-to-day lives?

With enough makeup, I suppose that Kelly Preston could pass for a mob wife, but wasn’t there a simpler solution? Does she fit the role so well that the producers are willing to suffer allegations of nepotism here just so she can get the part?

More to the point, is this an act of nepotism? I’m inclined to think it’s actually not, if only because it’s so egregious that, were it to be, it would completely shred whatever credibility this film has after cycling through directors and playing the Lindsay Lohan hot potato game. If it’s not nepotism, then why the hell did they do this? Dare I ask if Scientology is at play here?

I realize this piece probably raises more questions than it answers in light of this news, but if you thought casting John Travolta as a feared real-life mob boss was a strange decision, then bringing in the rest of his clan will make you scratch your head until it starts to bleed. Which is just gross. (EW)

It appears that Travolta also has a one year-old son named Benjamin. Don’t be surprised if he has a cameo as a baby or a football or something.

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‘Gotti’ Makes An Offer To Levinson That He Probably Could Refuse, But Didn’t http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gotti-makes-an-offer-to-levinson-that-he-probably-could-refuse-but-didnt/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gotti-makes-an-offer-to-levinson-that-he-probably-could-refuse-but-didnt/#comments Mon, 02 May 2011 21:49:52 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210041 The only real criminal threat on this set will be Lindsay Lohan.

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Barry Levinson is going to be running the show for the Gotti: Three Generations project. This news comes weeks after original helmer Nick Casavettes walked away from the project, citing scheduling conflicts.

Levinson has been less prolific over the past few years, with his last film being the HBO biopic You Don’t Know Jack. However, that trend appears to be ending with news of this film, the horror film The Bay, which is awaiting release, and the political thriller O.K.C. still in development

With John Travolta playing John Gotti, Lindsay Lohan playing his daughter-in-law, and Joe Pesci co-starring as Angelo Ruggiero, it would appear that most of the pieces are in place after the void left in the director’s chair. Principal photography is expected to begin in the fall with a late 2012 release.

I still can’t believe Cassavetes left. He took an oath. (Variety)

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SYKE! UPDATE: Lindsay Lohan Didn’t Want To Be A Gotti Anyway http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lindsay-lohan-didnt-want-to-be-a-gotti-anyway/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lindsay-lohan-didnt-want-to-be-a-gotti-anyway/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:54:22 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207948 Your loss, 'Gotti: Three Generations'! Your loss!

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UPDATE: Now TMZ is reporting that Marc Fiore was totally JKing and Lindsay is being considered for the part of John Gotti Jr.’s daughter-in-law that Kim Kardashian was previously being eyed for.

The producers of the movie Gotti: Three Generations just aren’t able to handle the supernova star power of Lindsay Lohan. Here’s one of them, Marc Fiore, in a statement:

“We are not talking any further about Lindsay playing Victoria. She is no longer being considered. The talks have stopped. We are going to meet with other people [for the role].”

Well let me tell YOU something, Marc Fiore. It’s your loss. Your loss! Lindsay Lohan doesn’t even want to play a stupid Gotti, so she’s glad that “the various demands of her management team just got out of control.” Glad!

The producers are also looking for a new director, after the previously attached Nick Cassavetes left to do other things. Perhaps he really wants to work with Lohan? The John Travolta-starring movie is scheduled to begin filming in the fall, provided that Lohan’s army of fans don’t riot to prevent this. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Cassavetes Gets ‘Yellow’, Walks Away From ‘Gotti’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cassavetes-gets-yellow-walks-away-from-gotti/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cassavetes-gets-yellow-walks-away-from-gotti/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:52:36 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207560 The studio apparently made him an offer that he was very comfortable refusing.

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Production on the upcoming John Gotti biopic hit a minor snag today, as the film is currently without a director. Nick Cassavetes has left the project due to scheduling conflicts resulting from an earlier commitment to the indie flick Yellow. While losing a director is not what industry insiders would call a “good” thing, Gotti: Three Generations had been tracking nicely, having locked down John Travolta as the legendary mobster, Lindsay Lohan circling the part of Victoria Gotti, and Joe Pesci landing a role as a (gasp!) mobster. It will be the 1,237th time that Pesci has played a member of an organized crime family.

Cassavettes’ name lent credibility to the project, which originally perceived by many to feel more like a TV movie of the week, rather than a prestige release. So while his departure certainly creates logistical problems, it would appear that the project is far enough along in development that this shouldn’t serve as a death blow to the project.

The studio hasn’t had time to run through possible replacements, so allow me to suggest one: John Woo. He and Nic Cage made magic in Face/Off. Let them recreate that magic. (Variety)

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Lindsey Lohan Might Be Working With Joe Pesci On ‘Gotti: Three Generations’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lindsey-lohan-might-be-working-with-joe-pesci-on-gotti-three-generations/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lindsey-lohan-might-be-working-with-joe-pesci-on-gotti-three-generations/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:14:27 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206648 Finally, Pesci and Lohan might be working together.

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The filmmakers behind the upcoming film Gotti: Three Generations are assembling a team of titans to surround John Travolta as John Gotti. One of those titans, Joe Pesci, is already signed on to play Angelo Ruggiero, and Lindsay Lohan is in talks to play Victoria Gotti. “In talks” presumably means buying her massive amounts of cocaine, but on the other hand, I’m an idiot.

The producers are also reportedly in talks with someone to play John Gotti, Jr., but aren’t “ready to announce the actor” who’s getting the part. Maybe James Franco? It wouldn’t be unheard of. Nick Cassavetes is directing all the characters shouting at each other from the point of view of Gotti’s son, so it will probably be something approaching a lead role. I hope it is Franco, he needs the work. (ComingSoon)

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Convincing Tough Guy John Travolta Is Confirmed To Play John Gotti http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/convincing-tough-guy-john-travolta-is-confirmed-to-play-john-gotti/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/convincing-tough-guy-john-travolta-is-confirmed-to-play-john-gotti/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:40:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204589 Danny Aiello probably isn't thrilled right now.

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A few months back it was reported that producer Marc Fiore was courting burly Hollywood tough guy John Travolta for the biopic Gotti: Three Generations. Well, those candlelit dinners and Build-A-Bear keepsakes must have paid off because the two just sealed the deal. Travolta is locked in to play the Teflon Don himself, John Gotti.

It all seems to be coming together as Nick Cassavetes has also signed on to direct. An offer went out to James Franco to play John Gotti Jr., but there are no updates on that casting. We’re also not sure who will play the grandsons who starred in the reality series “Growing Up Gotti.” But let’s just assume Fiore has offers out to the cast of”Jersey Shore.” It’s really not that outlandish of an idea when you consider Kim Kardashian is in the running. (Variety)

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