I wrote an article about upcoming mob movies a few weeks ago and since then, a few new updates have come to light. I also spoke about The Life and Death of John Gotti and got a lot of feedback regarding a poll posted in the article. The poll in question was headlined: Do you think John Travolta can pull off his role as John Gotti? The answers I got were kind of what I expected; the majority of voters saying yes with a near 40% of voters saying no. The truth is, and I still see it daily (at least), is that a lot of people just don’t think Travolta has the acting ability, the swagger and the charm to play the Teflon Don. At the end of the day, he’s an actor. His job is to persuade an audience that he’s someone else. He played Danny in Grease, but he also played Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction; two very different characters.
Breaking News on the Filming of The Life & Death of John Gotti (Video of Film Footage) & More Upcoming Productions in the Mob Movie Genre
“Tonight, you become a new creation. You must swear to be faithful to La Cosa Nostra. If you betray this oath or what you know about this life, you will die and burn in hell much like this saint in your hand. Do you accept”? While the wording may differ from family to family, this pledge is a promise you make when accepting your new role in the “Life”. But who doesn’t know this right? Something you may be unfamiliar with are the principals that define La Cosa Nostra. Listed below are the guidelines, also known as the 10 Commandments, that comes along with being in the “Life””
From his inception in 1994, the film historian reached over 82 million homes. Osborne was known to cram delectable tidbits about movies and their stars into his brief introductions of classic films and in postscript comments about them. In longer segments, he would dissect films with guests and conduct intimate interviews with stars.
Osborne was a longtime columnist for the Hollywood Reporter and the “official biographer” of the Academy Awards, writing a series of books chronicling the Oscars. In a 2013 Los Angeles Times interview with Susan King, Osborne said he thought the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected him to write the official Oscar history because in previous books he stuck to facts, not opinions.
Over the years, it’s been commonly reported that there’s only three ways to leave the mob: death, jail or cooperation with law enforcement. This week I’m going to discuss two men who not only defied the odds and left the mob but did so with respect. In a day and age, where loyalty is nothing more than a tattoo and honor is an ancient concept. These two men not only honored the codes of the street but matured from the lessons they learned from them. Both men now retired from the mob, have successful careers and by all accounts are productive members of society.
I applaud their achievements both – in and out of the “Life”. You see, men in the mob bask in the glory from either their names or affiliations achieved. They are given special consideration wherever they go and are admired by onlookers of the outside world. However, it is only when these men are put to the test that we really are given insight to their true character and receive answers to the questions everyone is eager to know. What are they really made of? Will they crack under pressure? Where does their loyalties reside?
Miram Colon a long-time actress in film and TV died this past Friday and it was confirmed by her husband, Fred Valle who told The Associated Press that Colon died in a New York hospital because of complications from a pulmonary infection. She was 80.
Colon acted in many movies and on TV, but her role as Al Pacino’s mother in Scarface was her most famous and talked about.
In some past installments of both “The Sinatra File” and “Pearce’s Picks,” I’ve been able to tie in my appearance at this past December’s “Sinatra Birthday Bash” concert in Red Bank, New Jersey, with whatever topic I was covering that week, and in this edition of “Pearce’s Picks,” mention of that memorable day happens to be almost obligatory.
I was standing off stage right listening to some pretty sounds from the orchestra. Vocalist Zack Alexander had just thrilled the crowd with his interpretation of Sinatra’s classic “Summer Wind,” and now, trombonist Wayne Goodman was serenading the audience with a magnificent solo of the song “Time After Time.” Echoing the days of Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey, when Wayne finished his solo, I would enter on a riser at the rear center of the orchestra and sing the vocal part of the tune.
In December 1894, St Peter’s National School on Raglan Street was hosting a performance in a classroom upstairs which was larger than the other rooms. Many children came to see the performance and some of them were accompanied by their parents.
Now some boys in the front rows began to misbehave, forcing others watching the show to stand in order to see it. Suddenly the room was plunged into darkness and someone shouted “Ghost!” Naturally panic broke out and people began to rush to the exit. The hallway was also pitch black and people began to push in their panic, those at the front started falling downstairs as they were unable to see where they were going. The poor people that fell downstairs were now blocking the door out onto the street and were soon being crushed by the people behind them.
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I was planning on going in another direction with my next article, gangster nicknames, but I have one I must do first. I never miss an opportunity to set the record straight and in some cases, educate someone when it’s needed.
One of my colleagues at NewzBreaker, Roberto Falcon has reviewed my book. I’d like first, to thank him for taking the time to do so. Also, that I enjoy his articles and will continue to read them. You know what they say about opinions! “Everybody has one”. And by the way, I love that picture of me and “Huggy Bear” in your review! I noticed it wasn’t a surveillance picture. I bet I know where it came from…
This week we journey into the life of mobster, John D’Amato, of the De Cavalcante Family. But before we do, here’s a little FYI for you. Back in the day, (when I was just an itch in my daddy’s pants) the New Jersey crime family was seen as the “red headed step child” of the mob. (Also, referred to as “The Farmers”). They were the smallest but oldest of the crime families. In fact, men who couldn’t get made anywhere else within the five families would join the New Jersey fraction as a last resort. Nevertheless, don’t be fooled by their numbers. What they lacked in size they made up for with violence and ruthlessness. (Who says size matters?)
In time, they became known for their brutality and intimidation. Rumor has it, they’d rather beat a man like a government mule then have sex with a woman. Fortunately for one mobster that wasn’t an issue. You see, John D’Amato, boss of the De Cavalcante Family in the early 90s, was a super freak! You know the type you don’t take home to mother… or your mob friends.
Popular crooner Carlos Carr will be performing this Thursday, March 9th at the La Vela Restaurant in downtown Melbourne Florida from 6:00PM – 10:00PM. Come on by and hear him sing songs from the Great American Song Book and others.
It’s a great night of music & food. Book your reservation by calling (321) 499-1570 or online at: www.opentable.com.
Lost Inside Of You: Barbra Streisand (Duet with Kris Kristofferson) – NewzBreaker Music Video of the Day
Though a sign hangs warning folks that Castle Oliver in Limerick is full of spirits, too many often mistake it to mean the liquid kind. However, they are quickly corrected by the resident specters.
When Charles Silver Oliver became an absentee landlord around 1812, Galloway became Steward of the estate. Following Charles’s death a few years later, Galloway assumed total control, to the despair of the tenants. His word was law and by all accounts he was a bully. His hobby was wrestling, and he must have been good at it, because he had a fearsome reputation. But at the harvest festival one year, in front of all the estate workers, local farmers and their families, Galloway was beaten by a forester named O’Brian. Although he lived for many more years, he never got over his humiliation, and took his anger out on all those around him. He allowed the castle to fall into such a state of disrepair that it became fit only for demolition. (This much of the story tallies closely to known history).
We spent so much time in our last installment of “Pearce’s Picks” speaking about the notorious rivalry between singers Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Roselli and their respective associations with the underworld, that I’m left to feel that I robbed the latter singer of what deserved to be brought to light: speaking of his true musical talent. To make up for this, we devote this week’s pick to a unique album that Roselli recorded in the late 1960s, one that went somewhat unnoticed in comparison to his other recordings of the time, featuring intricate recordings of some of the great standards of the Great American Songbook.
The Mazza Report: Drug Dealing, More Mafia Rules, Dealing With Attacks From Members of the Scarpa Family & More…
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Before I phase out of the rule breaking and downfall of the mob as we knew it, I’d like to address a situation I have become aware of. It seems someone out there is slandering me, and on a crusade to make a liar out of me. Well, first of all I have never been documented anywhere, be it court, newspapers or books, to support that. I was not the one who blew the alleged corrupt agents case out of the water because of lies. I was not the one who was chastised, humiliated, and nearly indicted for lying. Furthermore, everything in my book is based on what I lived through, not what someone else heard second hand.
To be fair, there are things that I heard second hand, and made it clear in my book, that lying to fellow mobsters, mostly underlings, but also wives and daughters, is not uncommon. Remember my last article, do as I say, not as I do! Most, if not all the material in my book can be proven true in numerous ways. When I was fighting my case I was privy to all the cooperating witnesses 302 reports. Anyone federally indicted would know these are official FBI documents.
Popular crooner Carlos Carr will be performing this Thursday, March 2nd at the La Vela Restaurant in downtown Melbourne Florida from 6:00PM – 10:00PM. Come on by and hear him sing songs from the Great American Song Book and others.
It’s a great night of music & food. Book your reservation by calling (321) 499-1570 or online at: www.opentable.com.
A Bronx Tale has to be one of my all-time favorite movies. You have danger, romance and a valuable life lesson that’s applicable to everyone. For anyone who may fall under the category of living under a rock or in outer space – here’s the meat and potatoes of the storyline. You have this cute little tenderoni by the name of Calogero.
He’s growing up in the 60s in the streets of the Bronx, hint, hint I think title somehow gives his locality away unless you are deaf, dumb or blind – the name A Bronx Tale. Calogero idolizes this neighborhood mobster named Sonny who in comparison to his father is a stark contrast. Anyways, Calogero also known as “C” falls for this black chick Jane which is no good in his neighborhood or the time frame the story takes place in.
Author Michael Seth Starr has a best seller on his hands with the autobiography “Black and Blue: The Redd Foxx Story.” From page one, to very last page of the book, Starr takes the reader on a journey through the amazing life of Jon Sanford (AKA – Redd Foxx), from his youth growing up in Saint Louis, to his days of running the streets of Harlem, New York, with Malcolm Little (AKA Malcolm X), pulling off small cons for starters.
Redd Foxx was a man who went from obscurity playing the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” to the greatest heights of the entertainment world. At the age of 49, after working in show business for over 30 years, he became a household name as the star of “Sanford and Son,” a show that took the NBC network to the top. It is all highlighted in this book in great detail. Foxx lived a lot of life in his 68 years on planet Earth, seeing success and failure, but never losing his amazing comedic wits.