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Filmmakers Shooting Movie About FBI Agent Who Strangled Informant

"Above Suspicion" also is a book.

“Above Suspicion” also is a book.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Filmmakers are shooting a movie about an FBI agent who pleaded guilty in Kentucky to strangling an informant in 1989.

The film, “Above Suspicion,” is about Mark Putnam, who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Susan Daniels Smith, a lover at the time, the Associated Press reports. 

At least two books were written about the killing.

The filming will take place in areas around Lexington and Harlan.

Actor Sean Penn’s Visit with Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Was First Break in Manhunt

Sean Penn and "El Chapo," via Twitter.

Sean Penn and “El Chapo,” via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The six-month manhunt for notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman came to an end in part because of his desire to reach out to actor Sean Penn, USA Today reports. 

Guzman was arrested in Los Mochis, Mexico, and soon could be extradited to the U.S.

Guzman reached out to actors and producers for a biographical movie about his life, which was the first break in the manhunt.

Penn flew to Mexico with actress Kate del Castillo to meet with Guzman, who had escaped from prison.

“El Chapo sticks to an illicit game (drugs), proudly volunteering, ‘I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats,’” Penn wrote.

Mexican marines raided a home in search of Guzman on Friday, killing six suspects and arresting six more.

Guzman fled but was captured a short time later.

Review: Johnny Depp Gives ‘Riveting, Rattlesnake Performance’ in ‘Black Mass’

Scene from "Black Mass."

Scene from “Black Mass.”

By Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Ice-cold. Dead eyes. Demonic laugh. His face a mask you can’t read until he’s up in yours. Then run. That’s Johnny Depp giving everything he’s got in a riveting, rattlesnake performance as South Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass. The FBI finally grabbed this Osama bin Laden of gangsters in 2011. The Irish mobster had been hiding in plain sight since 1994. Now 86, Bulger molders in prison, found guilty of 11 of the 19 murders with which he’d been charged.

Jack Nicholson did a fictional take on Bulger in 2006’s Oscar-winning The Departed (while a fugitive, Bulger reportedly sneaked in to see the film). Black Mass, smartly directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), casts a wide if hardly deep net, since the tentacles of Bulger’s tale could fill a mini-series or five. The script, by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, is based on the 2000 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. And an unholy alliance it truly was.

Bulger had known FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) from the Boston hood. It’s Connolly who persuades his fellow Southie to turn FBI informant in return for help in crushing the Italian Mob. Bulger got the best of that deal, leaving the FBI boss (Kevin Bacon) fuming. Edgerton excels at detailing the dread eating at Connolly; the dread also infects his ethical wife, Marianne (a superb Julianne Nicholson), whose quiet scene with Depp instills more terror than a hail of bullets.

But you get the bullets, too, and the gore, especially when Bulger lieutenant Stephen Flemmi, expertly slimed by Rory Cochrane, is on the scene. And duck when Bulger turns his gun on informant Brian Halloran, played with bug-fuck lunacy by Peter Sarsgaard.

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Gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Hates Movie about Him, ‘Black Mass,’ And Hasn’t Seen It

Scene from "Black Mass."

Scene from “Black Mass.”

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although gangster James “Whitey” Bulger hasn’t seen “Black Mass,” a new film depicting his life of crime, he already hates it.

Yahoo News reports he declined to meet with Johnny Depp, who is portraying him in a movie that has had lukewarm reviews.

In fact, Bulger has no plans to watch it, even though the opportunity may never arise since he’s serving two life sentences in prison.

“Johnny Depp might as well have been playing the Mad Hatter all over again as far as James Bulger is concerned,” Bulger’s lawyer, Hank Brennan says. “Hollywood greed is behind the rush to portray my client, and the movie missed the real scourge created in my client’s case, the real menace to Boston during that time and in other mob cases around the country – the federal government’s complicity in each and every one of those murders with the top echelon informant program.”

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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‘Black Mass,’ Movie about Whitey Bulger, Highly anticipated in Boston

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In Boston, where Whitey Bulger was the most feared gangster, many residents are excited to see the new movie, “Black Mass,” which is set for Sept. 18.

The biopic depicts Bulger, who is played by Johnny Depp, as an infamous crime leader who rose from a childhood growing up in public housing, the Boston Globe reports. 

“I want to go see it,” said Karen Gleason, 65, a lifelong resident of the neighborhood often called Southie, where Bulger’s Irish-American Winter Hill Gang held power.

“I think the original South Boston people will go see it, but I don’t know about anyone else. There’s a lot of diversity here now,” Gleason said.

The streets of South Boston were predominately working class, but the influx of young professionals has changed the demographics.

Watch Trailer for Upcoming Film, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,” Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The upcoming film, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” is about an international intelligence agency that recruits a wayward youth played by Taron Egerton.

The film also stars Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson.

The trailer was released Tuesday.

Movie, Fox TV Series to Feature notorious mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was only a matter of time.

Since infamous mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was found guilty of murder and racketeering in August, plans started developing to depict Bulger’s inner circle in at least one TV show and movie.

According to Deadline.com, Ben Affleck plans to direct a movie for Warner Bros about the notorious mobster. Matt Damon is playing Bulger.

An upcoming TV series also was announced.

Fox is developing a limited series based on the life of Eddie Mackenzie, whose “life as an enforcer for the notorious crime boss Whitey Bulger details how he was able to extricate himself from Whitey’s gang without getting himself killed.”

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