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This Week’s Movies: April 25, 2014

The New York Times film critics review “Brick Mansions,” “The German Doctor” and “For No Good Reason.”

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Robert De Niro discusses his upcoming movie “Hands of Stone,” which also stars Edgar Ramirez as boxer Roberto Duran and pop star Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard.

De Niro also talks about plans for a new film with Martin Scorcese and Al Pacino based on the book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” in this excerpt from an interview with WSJ’s Lee Hawkins. Photo: AP


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A court has ruled that jailed whistleblower, former soldier Bradley Manning can alter the name Bradley to Chelsea Elizabeth and have a new birth certificate to reflect the change.

Manning who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks identifies as a woman while remaining officially male.

Military parole rules could allow Manning to be out of prison in seven years according to legal council.


Sex Tape Official Trailer starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and directed by Jake Kasdan.

A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.

Carabinieri police in Caserta said  surveillance video aided them in the arrest of three suspected car thieves from a drug infested neighborhood near Naples

Police dragged away in handcuffs three suspected thieves , ages 28, 18 and 16,after they were seen on the surveillance system of the shopping center “La Reggia Outlet.”

According to police, in just two minutes the three identified the car to steal, a Fiat Panda,  forced the door, opened the engine compartment and replaced the ECU and then escaped

Police say they found two guns hidden in the home of the 16-year-old.


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Purina One is opening a Cat Cafe in New York City for a few days where cat lovers can eat bakery items, drink coffee and play with adoptable cats. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) and Brenda Blanco have some fun.

Enrico Ponzo, alleged enforcer for a Boston-based  breakaway faction of the Patriarca Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra

Enrico Ponzo, alleged enforcer for a Boston-based breakaway faction of the Patriarca Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra

Federal prosecutors in Boston are seeking a 40-year prison term for a reputed New England Mafia associate who was convicted in November of several crimes, including the attempted murder in 1989 of former Mafia boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme.

Enrico M. Ponzo, 45, who lived as a fugitive for more than 16 years until his arrest in Idaho in 2011, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. Prosecutors filed their sentencing recommendation last week.

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April 24 (Bloomberg) — Shaquille O’Neal has become one of  the most financially successful post-NBA players, making more money off the court now than when he was playing.

Bloomberg spent a day with Shaq during the NBA All-Star Weekend as he launched some new Shaq-approved brands. During the ride-along he gave us his insights into what makes him so successful… we call it: Shaqonomics





A high-powered hacker was tied to hundreds of  cyberattacks aimed at foreign websites while working as an informant for the F.B.I.

WASHINGTON — An informant working for the F.B.I. coordinated a 2012 campaign of hundreds of cyberattacks on foreign websites, including some operated by the governments of Iran, Syria, Brazil and Pakistan, according to documents and interviews with people involved in the attacks

Exploiting a vulnerability in a popular web hosting software, the informant directed at least one hacker to extract vast amounts of data — from bank records to login information — from the government servers of a number of countries and upload it to a server monitored by the F.B.I., according to court statements.

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A Czech man hit by a speeding train, got up and walked away with only minor injuries.



Real life mob wife gives up  TV  gig


By John Marzulli,

Sexy “Mob Wives” star Alicia DiMichele resigned from the reality TV show, the Daily News has learned.

The wife of reputed Colombo enforcer Edward (Tall Guy) Garofalo, Jr., was mum on the subject Wednesday in Brooklyn Federal Court where she announced another shocker — DiMichele withdrew her guilty plea to embezzling union funds from the trucking company owned by her hubby.
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As always , ABC’s chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross gets answers ,  he  got some from a company under federal investigation.

Ross speaks to  former Herbalife executive being paid by Wall Street hedge fund manager.


The “Suspect” actor talks about the time he was racially profiled while on a family vacation. Hear the crazy accusations!


Latest in the Conrad Murray case; Jodie Foster gets married, Wilde and Sudeikis welcome boy (April 24)


Don’t give a damn about your boss’s kids? You should. The Commander explains how to pretend to care and why your relationship with the little brats is directly related to your salary.


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The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan confirmed Thursday that three American doctors — including a father and son — were killed by an Afghan security guard who opened fire at a Kabul hospital.

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VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Tells Jon Stewart Why He's Leaving 'Colbert Report'


Stephen Colbert, who recently was announced as David Letterman’s successor on Late Show popped by his former show — Jon Stewart’s Daily Show — on Wednesday night to explain why he’s leaving The Colbert Report.


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France’s former first lady and supermodel  spills to Matt Lauer  about Paris, politics, and pouring her heart into her music.


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MEPs calling for a crackdown on money laundering have to be happy with this ruling


Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court has revived a European Union lawsuit accusing R.J. Reynolds of running a global money-laundering scheme with organized crime groups that involved the smuggling of drugs and cigarettes.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge erred in finding that a U.S. anti-racketeering law known as RICO did not cover foreign conduct, barring claims by France, Germany, Italy and 23 other European countries.



Hot Spots: The Early Buzz

Only a quarter of the way into the 2014 election cycle, a variety of political ads are making waves not just for their effectiveness, but also for their zaniness

Veteran BASE jumpers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen break a world record by BASE jumping off the world’s tallest building.

‘Fading Gigolo’, written and directed by John Turturro, stars Vanessa Paradis and Woody Allen. Turturro also stars, alongside Sharon Stone and a wealth of other famous faces.

Talking about working with Woody Allen, Turturro said: “For the first hour there was trepidation, but he was the easiest person to work with. He likes to improvise a little bit and go off and come back on, but he was really a prince to work with and when I gave him directions, as long as it made sense to him, he did it.


Coming Soon: 4D Movie Theaters with Smell-o-Vision

April 23 (Bloomberg) — International audiences love watching films in 4D… Now AEG is bringing effects like moving chairs, scent, smoke, and wind into a theater in the U.S. But will local audiences embrace the new technology? As part of the “Wiring the World” series

Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman went to the 4DX test cinema in Hollywood, California to get a taste for himself.

Walking With The Enemy Official Trailer #3 starring Jonas Armstrong, Ben Kingsley, Hannah Tointon and directed by Mark Schmidt

A young man, separated from his family in WWII, disguises himself as a Nazi SS Officer and uncovers more than just his family whereabouts.

Showtime Championship Boxing
Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez
September 14, 2014
Las Vegas, NV

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A court ruled presence of non-impairing marijuana compounds detected in a person’s body does not give authorities right to prosecute under Arizona’s driving under the influence laws

A St. Petersburg seal rehabilitation centre opened a year ago at the popular seaside resort of Repino is rescuing and treating seals who suffer from climate change and pollution and reintroducing them into the wild.

Vyacheslav Alexeyev, one of the two staff members of the rehab centre, says they have to fight for the life of every animal they receive.

Serial killer: Procura chiama agenti scelti Nic per ricerche

French police say an Italian serial killer has been extradited to Italy after four months in a medical center for the criminally insane ,reports ansa news

Bartolomeo Gagliano, who killed  two prostitutes and a transsexual in the 1980s by shooting two of them in the mouth and murdering another with a rock,  was captured on December 20 in Menton, along the French Riviera near the Italian border, after three days on the run

On December 24 he was sentenced to 10 months in jail by a court in Nice for carrying a gun and false identity papers in France. An appeal court in Aix-en-Provence granted a request to extradite him back to Italy earlier on Wednesday.

At the end of leave to visit his mother, the 55-year-old hijacked a car at gunpoint on December 18 and fled the Genoa area in northwestern Italy, where he had been serving time at the Marassi prison.

The man, who has been declared mentally ill, had already served the murder sentences, but he still has to do the rest of a 2006 extortion term in Italy.


The San Francisco Giants team is one of twenty MLB clubs currently using cool new  iBeacon technology to engage baseball fans. WSJ’s Linda Freund reports

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Bieber apologizes over shrine visit; Bon Jovi attends housing opening; Drew Barrymore has second child


Apr. 23 – Angry backlash erupts in district overlooking Brazil’s tourist hotspot of Copacabana over a death blamed by residents on police. Paul Chapman reports

HBO Inks Exclusive Deal With Amazon Prime

Tony Soprano would want his cut

HBO has forged an exclusive long-term licensing deal with Amazon’s streaming service Prime Instant Video for hundreds of hours of HBO programming– including all episodes of classic series The Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire and Six Feet Under and movies and miniseries such as John Adams, Band of Brothers and Angels in America.

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The “We Dem Boyz” singer reveals to “Chelsea Lately” guest host T.J. Miller why he gets his marijuana for free.

In his first television interview on the subject, Grammy Award-winning artist Ryan Lewis opens up to CBS News Correspondent Ben Tracy about his mother’s struggle with HIV and their new initiative to help others with the disease, the 30/30 Project.

Guns built at home from kits bought online are increasingly becoming more popular and dangerous


The first clips of two Peter Sellers films which had been thought lost until they were salvaged from a skip have been released ahead of a world premiere event.

Described as the movie equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia is Good for You are two of the earliest examples of actor’s work but had been thought permanently lost for almost 60 years.

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Attorney General Eric Holder’s pushing paid off, the Justice Department moved  Wednesday to make more people eligible for clemency, issuing new guidelines allowing certain prisoners who already have served at least 10 years behind bars to apply for release

The initiative is part of a broader Obama administration effort to ease sentences for nonviolent drug offenders

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The New York Police Department’s social media campaign, #MyNYPD, has backfired, bombarded with tweeted photos of police brutality. Dylan Dreyer reports from the Orange Room.



Mob Wives star Alicia DiMichele Garofalo is set to see her jailed hubby Eddie “Tall Guy” Garofalo testify in court about her role in a mob involved racket has exclusively learned

“Tall Guy”  is mobbed up with the  Colombo crime family and  is currently serving time behind bars in a Brooklyn prison, after he was sentenced to seven years for mafia related racketeering

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TMZ Hollywood—Jodi Arias is claiming she got hepatitis c from a shot she received in jail, but for some reason she is also blaming….Nancy Grace?

‘The New Classic’ is Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s debut album.

The 23-year-old, who spent last autumn opening for Beyonce’s world tour, has managed to make a name for herself on the US rap scene with her hyper-sexualised lyrics and provocative stage antics.

A white, middle-class female from an obscure outpost in New South Wales, Azalea says rap is everything she’s not and that’s why she’s attracted to it: “Rap’s always been the style of music that I was just in love with. It’s like bass he…


Army troops captured 44 suspected members of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel following a wild-west- style shootout between cartel  gangster gunmen, and armed vigilantes in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, federal officials said.

Four people were wounded in the shootout, but officials did not say whether they were vigilantes or cartel members.

The shootout happened around 9:00 a.m. Monday near the Benito Juarez district in Huetamo, a city on the border with Guerrero state, the office of the federal commissioner for security and development in Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, told Efe

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A French court has delayed a decision whether to hand Italian Mafia boss Antonio Lo Russo, to the Italian authorities in May  He was captured by French  Police in Nice on April 16th

Lo Russo, one of Italy’s 100 most-wanted fugitives, has been sentenced in absentia to 20 years in the slammer for drug dealing and mafia association.

 He is the son of Salvatore Lo Russo, jailed godfather of the Lo Russo clan of the Camorra who control the drug rackets in Naples

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No-nonsense gangsters from West London football firms get carried away in the trailer for new British gangland  thriller  Top Dog  ‘You wanna go to war with me? I’ll go to war any day of the week’.

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The Immigrant Official Trailer #1 starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner and directed by James Gray.

On the mean streets of Manhattan, Ewa falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution.

A packed court room witnessed a dramatic moment.when  a U.S. Marshal shot an accused gang member charged in a racketeering case


Lawsuit accuses entertainment figures of sex abuse; Chris Brown- Chris Brown trial delayed until Wednesday; Pharrell, Gaga to appear at iHeartRadio Awards.

Keith Thurman defends his interim WBA World Welterweight Championship against Julio Diaz, plus Lucas Matthysse returns in a 10-round matchup against John Molina, and Omar Figueroa Jr. defends his WBC Lightweight World Championship against Jerry Belmontes.


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