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FBI Reportedly Identifies Suspect in Attempted Extortion of Kevin Hart

Actor Kevin Hart, via Wikipedia

Actor Kevin Hart, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has identified a suspect in the extortion attempt against actor Kevin Hart, TMZ reports

The suspect is accused of contacting the comedian and demanding a “multi-million dollar” sum to prevent the “sexual provocative” video that allegedly features the Hart from going public.

The video prompted Hart, 38, to admit to “a bad error of judgment” in an Instagram post in which he appeared to admit to cheating on his pregnant wife. Hart also said he was targeted by someone for “financial gain.”

The iPhone video shows a man believed to be Hart in a sexually provocative position with a woman at a club and later under the covers in a bedroom.

Did actor Sean Penn Break the Law by Meeting with Fugitive Drug Lord ‘El Chapo?’

Sean Penn, via Wikipedia.

Sean Penn, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities said actor Sean Penn’s secret meeting with notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman set the stage for capturing the fugitive.

But did Penn break the law by interviewing Guzman?

Penn met with Guzman while an international manhunt was underway for Guzman.

Penn said he used burner phones and other methods to dodge detection.

But it’s not illegally to meet with someone who is a fugitive from justice, BBC reports, citing law enforcement experts.

“Simply having contact with a known narco-trafficker is not the basis of prosecution,” said Daniel Richman, a professor of law at Columbia University and a former federal prosecutor.

What’s illegal is to help a fugitive avoid capture or to interfere with the manhunt.

“There don’t seem to be signs that Mr Penn is guilty of that, or that authorities in the US or Mexico will file criminal charges against him,” BBC wrote.

Is ‘Black Mass’ a Realistic Portrayal of Crime Boss Whitey Bulger?

Scene from "Black Mass."

Scene from “Black Mass.”

By Amber Dowling
Bio

From The Godfather movies and Goodfellas to Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos, there has been no shortage of gangster movies infiltrating pop culture. But in 1970s South Boston, there was perhaps no criminal more notorious or feared than one James Bulger – a sociopath with piercing blue eyes and hair so blond people nicknamed him “Whitey.” Not to his face, of course.

Back in his day, the Winter Hill Gang leader became something of a legend thanks to his distinct “partnership” with the FBI, and more specifically with agent John Connolly — a childhood friend who signed Bulger up as a confidential informant, freeing him up to continue his bad behavior while climbing the underworld ranks. It’s a story that has been told through various news reports and novels over the years, but not so often on the big screen. Until now.

Black Mass features Johnny Depp taking on the role of Bulger – complete with hair and makeup that translates better onscreen than it does on the poster – and Joel Edgerton as Connolly. A plethora of familiar faces, including Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard,Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johnson round out the rest of the cast.

Despite the fact that it’s been dubbed the project to break Depp out of his “career slump,” none of the story is told through Bulger’s eyes. Instead, director Scott Cooper hones in on Connolly’s story, and then rounds out the rest of the narrative with confessional interviews as told by Bulger’s former crew. It all culminates in a chilling look at a renowned serial killer, but that doesn’t exactly make it a factual tale.

“We’re telling a true story, but what is the truth?” asked Edgerton ahead ofBlack Mass’s debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. “How much of the truth do we know? At some point you have to plant your flag in the ground and say, ‘This is our truth.’ This is Scott’s vision based on the book.”

“I wasn’t making a documentary and I don’t think audiences come to narrative features for the facts,” added Cooper. “They come for psychological truth, deep emotion and humanity.”

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