December 12, 2012 |
The Amish Mafia ? Terrific title, silly show. The idea of a violent gang operating among the Gentle People is immediately intriguing because until now about the worst incidence of intra-Amish crime was a rash of beard-cutting attacks in Ohio. The Amish Mafia is so far from being an expose of organized crime among the Pennsylvania Dutch that it verges on unintentional comedy. In the first five minutes of Tuesday night's pilot, you learn that the Amish church denies the existence of any such group.
October 15, 2012 |
They call him "Uncle Joe," which is both a reference to his age - 73 - and his laid-back style. Mob boss Joe Ligambi is old school, a make-money-not-headlines crime boss who has had a surprisingly long and relatively peaceful run as Philadelphia's Mafia don. But that run may be over. In jail for the last 17 months, Ligambi and six codefendants begin a legal fight for their lives this week when opening arguments are expected in the city's latest organized-crime trial. Ligambi and the others are facing racketeering conspiracy charges built around allegations of illegal gambling, loan-sharking, and extortion that extend back to 1999.
June 14, 2012 |
Henry Hill, 69, the New York mobster whose life as a wiseguy and then as a government witness was the basis for the movie Goodfellas , died Tuesday in California. More than any other mob figure in the late 20th century, Hill changed both the perception and the reality of Mafia life in America. His story, first told in the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, laid bare the treachery and deceit that was at the core of the underworld. Honor and loyalty, the virtues celebrated in popular fiction like The Godfather , were not part of the life that Hill and his associates lived.
February 21, 2012 |
ALLENTOWN - Paul Sorvino might finally be over his trouble with The Trouble with Cali . With $500,000 in taxpayer funding, the first-time director and Goodfellas star shot the independent film in northeastern Pennsylvania six years ago. But the project ran short of cash, and Scranton politicians demanded to know what he did with their investment. Sorvino, in turn, was stunned and hurt that anyone would question his integrity. He's hoping all that's in the past now that his project is about to get its first screening, Tuesday at Arizona's Sedona Film Festival.
March 18, 2009 |
This is a story about politics and strange bedfellows, South Philly-style. It revolves around a young lawyer, Gregory Quigley, snared in a Delaware County mob investigation. And it's causing agita in the campaign of district attorney candidate Seth Williams, a bit player in the drama whose opponents are attempting to smear him and introduce the specter of organized crime, sotto voce, in the D.A.'s race by twisting facts like a soft pretzel. It all began with a $5,000 contribution Quigley made to Williams' campaign back in 2007, long before Quigley's legal problems began.
August 24, 2005
OUT OF work? Willing to relocate? There are job opportunities with the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia, home to the 700 Club and the lunatic rantings of Christian Coalition founder and former GOP presidential candidate Pat Robertson. The network is looking for HVAC technicians, art directors, truck drivers, reporters, field producers. They're even looking for an in-house dentist. But what Pat Robertson most wants is a hit man. On Monday, Robertson, during a broadcast of his 700 Club show, called on the United States to whack Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him a "terrific danger" to the United States.
September 27, 2002 |
GoodFellas, Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated 1990 epic about mob life on the streets of New York (where else?), stars Robert De Niro - and it's interesting to see the difference between his hopped-up, violent mafioso in this swarming gangster flick and his quiet portrayal of a middle-aged New York cop chasing down his trouble-bound son in the current City by the Sea. And filmgoers can do just that - the compare-and-contrast thing - as the Roxy Theater...
February 18, 2000 |
What was Joey DeFrancesco thinking, putting out a record of songs that sound as if they belong on The Sopranos, or a mob movie? The latest record for the Hammond B-3 organ specialist, who has been recording since he was a 17-year-old prodigy, is titled Joey DeFrancesco's Goodfellas (Concord). Among the songs on the record are these: "Tarantella," "O Solo Mio" and "Speak Softly Love," the theme from The Godfather. Fuhgeddaboudit. Or something like that. "It's something I've wanted to do for a while," he said.
September 7, 1999 |
David Malatesta's father loved the race track. The son tagged along and "it got in my blood. " Stewart Taub said that, until a couple of years ago, he didn't know the difference between "a filly and a gelding. " The two friends from Delaware decided they wanted to buy a horse together. They called themselves Goodfellas Stable. Two years ago, trainer Tim Ritchey was dispatched to the sales at Timonium, Md., with instuctions to spend "up to $50,000. " Near the end of the sale, Ritchey spotted a tiny yearling colt that he liked.
February 25, 1999
Memo to Frank Rizzo Jr. Re: Free Library videos. Subject: What to worry about in an election year. Glad you expressed concern at the City Council about teenagers renting R-rated videos from the library, though demand for Goodfellas and The Untouchables has dropped since their television debut. Your request for a list of all R-rated titles at the library is being met, though it will take a touch longer for the staff to meet your anticipated follow-up plan to screen all 1 million book titles to discern which have too much sex and violence.