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Sunday, November 26, 2017

New John Gotti movie starring John Travolta set for debut in 2018

“Gotti” — the John Travolta movie that had four titles, four directors, and a staggering 37 producers — has hit another snag, or two.
The long-delayed drama about the Dapper Don, John Gotti, most recently slated for a December release, has now been pushed to next year.
Meanwhile, Shirley Jones, the widow of Marty Ingels, is demanding payment of the $35,000 her husband was promised for finally getting the troubled movie on track.
Ingels’ longtime publicist Ed Lozzi told me it was Ingels who set up the 2011 meeting between Travolta and John Gotti Jr., and made sure the paparazzi were outside Amici in Beverly Hills as the duo exited.
“Marty was a guy who doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” Lozzi said. “He got Travolta to fly in from Florida. He joked, ‘You may never see me again. I have a meeting with the Gottis.’”
Travolta stayed on as Gotti, but by the time the much-delayed filming began in 2016, purported cast members Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Lindsay Lohan had dropped out.
Kevin Connolly, of “Entourage” fame, ended up as the director, following the departures of Nick Cassavetes, Joe Johnston and Barry Levinson.
Ingels, who died of a stroke two years ago, was supposed to be paid $35,000 before filming began. Lozzi, on behalf of Ingels’ estate and his widow, recently sent lead producer Marc Fiore an invoice demanding immediate payment.
“I have a file an inch thick on all the work that Marty did,” Lozzi said.
Fiore wasn’t inclined to talk and angrily told me, “Don’t ever call me again.”



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