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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.

National Border Patrol Council Joins Boycott of Quentin Tarantino After Police Remarks

Quentin Tarantino, via Wikipedia

Quentin Tarantino, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are joining the growing boycott of director Quentin Tarantino, The Wrap reports.

Tarantino, who is known for movies such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs,” has come under fire for disparaging remarks about police. Last week, the director called police “murderers.”

“We stand strongly in support of our brothers and sisters in uniform who have called for a boycott of Tarantino movies,” said National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd. “His hateful words, spoken just four days after a NYPD officer was gunned down in East Harlem, will only embolden those who would do harm to police officers. Aren’t we a big enough target already?”

Here is the full post from NBPC’s site:

Leaders of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents more than 16,500 men and women who protect our nation’s borders, expressed their outrage at Quentin Tarantino, who last Saturday joined a New York protest of police brutality and called police “murderers.” The Hollywood filmmaker’s words and actions are “a disgusting and dangerous insult” to all law enforcement officers, said NBPC president Brandon Judd. The Border Patrol, he pointed out, is one of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies. “We stand strongly in support of our brothers and sisters in uniform who have called for a boycott of Tarantino movies,” Judd said. “His hateful words, spoken just four days after a NYPD officer was gunned down in East Harlem, will only embolden those who would do harm to police officers. Aren’t we a big enough target already?” The NBPC is proud to join the nation’s five largest police unions, all of which have called for a boycott of Tarantino’s work, including his upcoming movie, “The Hateful Eight.” Judd said he agrees wholeheartedly with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which issued a statement saying “Tarantino took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level.”

Website Names Top 8 Secret Service Movies Ever Made

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The website Craveonline has named the Top Eight Secret Service movies, with Clint Eastwood’s “In the Line of Fire” being number one.

The website listed the films, noting that “this weekend marks the release of Olympus Has Fallen, which stars Gerard Butler as the only Secret Service agent in a White House overrun with North Korean terrorists.”

To see the full list click here.

 

ICE and Fed Prosecutors Shut Down 9 Websites in Crackdown on Movie Piracy

sex-and-the-city-2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Now of days, you can see almost any movie — be it new or old — without going out to the the theater or renting a video– and all for free.

Unfortunately,  the whole set up is illegal.

On Wednesday, federal authorities clamped down and disabled nine websites that allowed people to download pirated movies, some which had just been released, the Associated Press reported.  Some of the free movies included Karate Kid and Sex and The City 2.

As part of the broadsweeping crackdown, AP reported that authorities seized assets from 15 bank, investment and advertising accounts, and executed residential search warrants in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Washington.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York spearheaded the effort.

U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA said, “Criminal copyright

infringement occurs on a massive scale over the Internet, and reportedly results in billions of dollars in losses to the U.S. economy,” N.Y. U.S. Preet Bharara said in a statement. “That translates into lost jobs and real hardships for ordinary working people. That’s why we took today’s action. If your business model is movie piracy, your story will not have a happy ending.”

To read more click here.

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Mobster John Gotti Jr. to Make Film and Write Book About His Life With Dad

John Gotti Jr./cbs news

John Gotti Jr./cbs news

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mobster John Gotti Jr., who escaped prison after mistrials were declared in four straight trials in New York, is off to make some doe the legitimate way.

The website Deadline Hollywood reports that the Dapper Don Jr., the former chief of the Gambino crime family, wants to peddle his life story in a documentary film, a feature  film and a book.

The website said his story will be about what it was like to grow up with a famous mobster dad.

The website said Gotti is working with Triplicity Entertainment, a New York-based production company whose founders include attorney Tony D’Aiuto, one of the attorney’s who represented Gotti in his last trial.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced in January that it would not go after Gotti in a fifth trial. Jurors in the previous four trials deadlocked and mistrials were declared. Gotti had been charged with racketeering and having a hand in murder.

“He’s willing to go all the way, revealing as much as possible without hurting anyone who’s still involved in the street life,” attorney D’Aiuto told Deadline Hollywood.

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