Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Making of the Mob: New York

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A NEW Docu-Drama

'Making Of The Mob: New York'
Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky,Vito Genovese, Bugsy Siegel, Frank Costello

Don't count the Mob out for summer! AMC has announced it will be airing a new docu-drama starting June 15th, 2015 at 10/9C. It's an eight part mini-series on five notorious mobsters who rose to power in the Mafia, in New York. It covers over 50 years of history beginning in 1905 and follows the five families that started the American Mafia. The show will be narrated by actor Ray Liotta, from Goodfellas.

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It'll be good to see, or at least hear, Ray.

In addition to old footage of the mob, and special effects, the series will feature interviews with individuals who were part of the mob history and have first hand information, including historians, authors, actors, law enforcement personnel, and family members.

AMC is advertising this series as part of "Mob Mondays" as each episode will be aired after a well known iconic mob movie: The GodfatherThe Godfather Part IIGoodfellasAmerican GangsterDonnie BrascoScarface, Casino and Carlito’s Way.

If you are interested in mob history and the true stories of the men who made the New York mob so powerful, you will want to tune in to AMC Monday nights! I know I will.

Here is a little "first look!"

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mob Wives: Suzanne Corso's “Hello Hollywood”

Suzanne Corso

I’ve written about author, Suzanne Corso, on the blog before. I was intrigued by the first book in her trilogy, “Brooklyn Story,” after reading a short summary. “Brooklyn Story was followed by “The Suite Life.” The story is captivating and so is the fact that it is loosely based on the real events of the author’s life. In her youth, Suzanne dated mobsters and was off on the wrong track. It was difficult for her to get out of that way of life, surround herself with different people and become a writer. When she was 19, her boyfriend at the time had a strong hold on her. It seemed her fate was sealed. But one day he was arrested and convicted on some serious charges, and the judge in his case had a little heart to heart with Suzanne that put her back on the right track . . . to college and a successful career as a writer. Oh, and did I mention Renee Graziano was the maid of honor at her wedding and they are still close friends? Suzanne might have ended up a mob wife, but destiny had another plan for her.

On May 18th, 2015, Suzanne’s “Hello Hollywood” hits book stores. It is the last of this successful triology. I know many of you will be looking for some interesting reading this summer and I wanted to bring this to your attention. I am going to post summaries of all three books for you to get a glimpse of what to expect.

Book One

Summary: Samantha Bonti is fifteen years old, half Jewish and half Italian, and hesitantly edging toward pure Brooklyn. She lives in Bensonhurst with her mother, Joan, a woman poisoned with cynicism and shackled by addictions; and with her Grandma Ruth, Samantha’s loudest and most opinionated source of encouragement. As flawed as they are, they are family. And this is home—a tight-knit community of ancestors and traditions, of controlling mobsters, compliant wives, and charismatic young guys willing to engage in anything illegal to get a shot at playing with the big boys. Yet Samantha has something that even her most simpatico girlfriend, Janice Caputo, doesn’t share—a desire to become a writer and to escape their insular, overcrowded little world and the destiny that is assumed for all of them. 

Then comes Tony Kroon. He’s a gorgeous mobster wannabe, a Bensonhurst Adonis whose seductive charms Samantha finds irresistible—even when she knows she’s too smart to fall this deep . . . but Samantha soon finds herself swallowed up by dangerous circumstances that threaten to jeopardize more than her dreams. Grandma Ruth’s advice: Samantha had better write herself out of this story and into a new one, fast. - Courtesy of Simon & Schuster, Publishers

Suzanne's Video Brooklyn Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZtSNdtJQ84    Excellent



Book Two

Summary: IT WAS THE DECADE OF BIG MONEY, BIG RISKS, BIG HAIR, AND BIG DREAMS . . . AND THERE WAS ONLY ONE BIG CITY WHERE IT COULD ALL HAPPEN 

Growing up in Brooklyn, Samantha Bonti knew the writer’s life she was meant to live waited across the bridge in Manhattan. Summoning the courage to break free from an abusive mobster boyfriend, Sam finally leaves Bensonhurst and begins her new life, working as a temp in a Wall Street brokerage firm. Quickly, she’s swept off her feet by Wall Street player Alec DeMarco, a man of boundless energy, appetites, desires, and the wealth to indulge it all. In a whirlwind courtship, Alec showers Sam with exquisite gifts, the city’s finest cuisine, spontaneous weekend getaways, and, most of all, the love and security a girl from an unstable Brooklyn upbringing craves. But when the party’s over—when Alec’s high-flying career turns litigious and the big money is left on the table—will love be enough to sustain them? With her dream of publishing her novel still very much alive, Sam can’t back down now; she must choose the life that’s most true to who she really is inside. - Courtsey of Simon & Schuster, Publishers

Suzanne's Video Interview: http://huff.lv/16kx35M


Book Three
Released May 18th, 2015

Summary: Samantha Bonti came from a humble background in Brooklyn and listened to her beloved grandmother’s advice: she wrote herself out of her story as a poor girl and into an affluent one as the wife of a Wall Street banker. Her glitzy life took a turn, though, when her husband spent the money faster than it came in and grew abusive and angry. After his sudden and unexpected heart attack, it turns out fate has dealt Sam another hand in her husband’s $15 million life insurance policy.

Now independent, Sam moves to Hollywood with her daughter to oversee the film production of her bestselling novel, based on her childhood. She thinks she has it all, but life has a lot more in store for her. The producer of her film (and her now-boyfriend) reveals a dark underside to all this Hollywood glamour—and soon, people from her past in Brooklyn that she thought long gone start showing up where they are very unwelcome. Amidst it all, a mysterious man named John has designs on Sam—and she’s not sure if this could be a new romance or another romantic misstep. Now she must ask herself: Is her turn in the spotlight worth all the real-life drama? - Courtsey of Simon & Schuster, Publishers

Suzanne Talks about Hello Hollywood: http://t.co/fTUMD8QoLQ

Happy Reading!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mob Wives: Karen Celebrates Her Birthday!

Karen in her gorgeous birthday dress!

Karen has been doing a lot of celebrating this year for her birthday. She looks terrific! I'm glad her birthday falls between seasons so she can really enjoy it drama free. I found a few other pictures that show "who" she was celebrating with at the event. Can you guess?

Celebrating with long time friend, the beautiful Love Majewski

and

In red, her cousin Rena, who has appeared 
on Mob Wives

And since there was no drama, and this event probably was not filmed, there was time for delicious cake, which Karen says looked beautiful and tasted even better than it looked!

Happy Birthday, Karen!
See you on season 6 Mob Wives!

Picture Credit: Karen's Instagram


Friday, May 15, 2015

Mob Wives: Ramona Rizzo Back in Season 6?

Recent activity on Twitter and Instagram

This morning I posted that Wikipedia has announced the cast for season 6 Mob Wives (although no Official word has come from Jennifer Graziano or VH1). Wiki included Ramona Rizzo, but I was cautious about getting my hopes up. One of my readers directed me to Ramona's Twitter and Instagram which recently have posts regarding Mob Wives. I found that interesting. For example, the post above seems to suggest that Ramona is sending a message to her "haters," like "I'll be back." Then there is this . . .

The one liners we all love!

One of my favorite lines of Ramona's was when she called Drita a "flip floppin' floozie."  In the above post Ramona references her own line out of the blue. We have seen Drita flip flop in previous seasons, but never so much as she did in Season 5 where she went back and forth between the two Natalies. Drita also flipped on her friendship with Carla. And then there is that matter of the pact between Drita, Carla, Karen and Ramona at the end of season 3. No one was supposed to return unless they all got raises, and Drita sold them all out by flipping on their deal and signing on for season 4. 

Ramona's comment, "Korny" also out of the blue and shows
how her feelings towards Drita.

Karen posts this picture of the "dynamic duo"

Karen's picture doesn't really prove anything about Ramona being in season 6 because they have always been as close as family. However, I would keep a close eye on both of their social media pages for any hints or confirmation regarding the cast of season 6. Karen has confirmed a couple of times that there will be a season six. She indicates filming will start in June and the show will premiere in December, as of now. One thing I saw on Ramona's Instagram was "Blood of the Mob," which may be the title of Season 6 or not.

We'll have to keep a close eye on things and look for leaks until we get official confirmation. 


Mob Wives: Season 6 Cast According To Wikipedia


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I don't know who Wikipedia talks to or if they just gather their information from Twitter and the rumor mill. I have not seen anything "official" from Jennifer Graziano, who I think would want to make an announcement and create a "buzz" for her show. So far I have heard nothing and I have reached out to Jenn a couple of times since season 5 ended. But let's have some fun and see what Wikipedia has to say.

"On April 15, 2015 it was announced that Season 6 of Mob Wives will begin filming in June and will be titled "Mob Wives: Bloodlines" airing in December. Graziano, Gravano, Raiola, D'Avanzo have all been confirmed to returned. Guercio has been let go from the series not being resigned, Facciolo, Rizzo have been signed to rejoin the main cast with the addition of DiDonato being upgraded to a main cast member."

That's a lot of information to put out there when the Executive Producer hasn't even acknowledged a season 6 let alone the season's cast. But, while we wait for something more, we have to fill in our hours with speculation and rumor. For the most part, I was already anticipating most of what they said in their article. The two surprises for me are that they are keeping Nat D, I can't imagine why. And, they have Ramona Rizzo returning, which I hope is true because I would be delighted!

Just a word of caution, Wikipedia can be rewritten and say something totally different tomorrow, but for now I am pretty happy with the season 6 forecast they have printed. I do believe there is going to be a season 6, or we would have heard the show was cancelled by now. Filming should be starting soon, so they wont be able to keep the cast a secret much longer.

Stay tuned for official news when it's released.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mob Wives: Renee "Announces" Season 6?

AJ just celebrated his 21st Birthday with
his very proud mom, Renee Graziano
Happy Birthday AJ!

And what else is Renee celebrating these days? Hmmmm. I have been trying to get "official" word about Mob Wives Season 6 since season 5 ended. It's over a month and frankly my patience is wearing thin. I have to be a private detective searching the internet and all the mob wives twitter timelines just to get a "crumb" of information. Fans want to know! Hell bloggers need to know! Is there going to be a season six and if so who is going to be in the cast???  Is that such a hard question to answer? Plenty of rumors have been circulating and we could have jumped on them, but we didn't. Well now I am jumping on this tweet:

Renee seems to be making an "announcement"!

That's right! Renee says she is taking a month's break, presumably the month of May, before Season 6 of Mob wives starts filming. The timing for filming would be just right. Last year I believe filming started in June for an early December season premiere. And, Renee throws in another tidbit "Loyalty versus Evil." Will that be the new season title or just Renee's description of what we can expect? And who is Renee referring to in the loyal and evil camps? 

UPDATE: Karen was asked about season 6 and she seems to have confirmed it also with her reply.



Let's see what else Renee has been posting and celebrating?



Renee celebrated her induction into Penthouse Magazine with a bottle of Carla Facciolo's Prosecco wine!
First of all we want to congratulate Renee on her write up in such a classy publication. Second, we are curious and happy to see that she is promoting her good friend Carla's wine. Renee and Carla have really patched things up and I for one am happy to hear it.

So . . . there must be a season six, right? And who can we expect to see? Renee, Karen and Carla seem to be obvious choices. There is your "loyal" camp. Big Ang has to put her health first, so her appearances may depend on her doctor's orders. Drita, if she returns, will have to be part of the "evil" alliance . . . but who is going to have her back? I really think the Philly chicks all wore out their welcome. I am starting to believe they are going to try and reel in Alicia and maybe that's what is taking so long to make things "official." Alicia can easily side with Drita, and she has her own big issue with Karen that has been hanging out there unaddressed. That's the only reason I can see Alicia coming back. 

Meanwhile, I wish I didn't have to play guessing games and we would be informed about what is going on. Fans are invested int he show and the cast and we need to know! Are you reading Jenn Graziano?

UPDATE: Drita seems to have confirmed that she will be on Season 6 of Mob Wives. When asked on Twitter about the new show she was going to do, Drita replied, "No worries, we got a double whammy." So with Drita's return, all the original girls should be back. This should be interesting because Drita sold out Karen and Carla back in season three. They all had a pack not to do the show unless they all got more money. Drita backed out of their agreement and signed back on. Plus, let's not forget how Drita snubbed Carla, or rather dumped Carla: "We're not friends "like that" any more." I think that's enough to cause some drama for season 6, don't you?



Friday, April 17, 2015

Mob Wives: Big Ang Thanks Fans, Shares News



Big Ang took to social media last night to thank fans for all their love, support and prayers through this very difficult time in her life. Ang still has a long road ahead with more testing, treatment and it's being reported she will need additional surgery to remove lymph nodes on the right side of her throat. Meanwhile, Ang has shared some wonderful news which is keeping her spirits up. She has a new grandson to spoil. The baby is the son of her son, AJ and his wife, Gab.




We continue to wish Ang well and send prayers for the next phase of her treatment. Congratulations to the proud parents and grandmother of little RJ. May God be watching down on all of them and keep them in His care.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mob Wives: Big Ang Home & Resting

Big Ang with her new Gucci Bag from Jenn Graziano


Ang's friend, Vinnie Medugno reports that Ang is now at home and resting  and still thinking of her fans throughout this whole ordeal. We continue to wish Ang the best during her therapy sessions and treatment and hope she has a speedy recovery. 


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mob Wives: Big Ang's Surgery & Post Op Report

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Our beloved Big Ang

The fights Big Ang has had to deal with on Mob Wives is nothing compared to what she has gone through the past two weeks. In fact, she has been in the fight of her life. After experiencing throat pain, Big Ang went to seek medical care only to discover doctors found a "lemon-sized" tumor in her throat. Further tests revealed that the tumor was cancerous and needed to be removed. The surgery was performed this past Tuesday. The tumor was found to be larger than expected, reportedly the size of a grapefruit, and took eight hours to remove. The doctors also removed a few lymph nodes as a precaution and for biopsy testing. Fortunately, doctors did not have to touch the voice box. Ang will need to rest her voice for three days and then should be able to speak normally. She will also be getting physical therapy while at the hospital, where she will remain for a few days. Ang is expected to recover in about two weeks. Doctors are optimistic and the surgery itself was a success.

Still to be determined is whether or not the cancer has spread to other parts of her body (metastasis). For this, PET scan testing will be required. A PET scan requires the patient to have a radioactive substance given through an IV, which is called a tracer. The tracer travels through the blood to all the organs of the body and collects there. That process takes about an hour. Then the 3D scan is performed. The scan can determine if any other areas of the body have been affected by the disease. This information is important to know before doctors begin a treatment plan that may involve chemotherapy, radiation or both. Hopefully, the  PET scan results will be negative.

We will continue to pray and send positive thoughts to Big Ang and wish her a speedy recovery.

If you wish to send Big Ang get well wishes or cards, you can do so by writing to: Country Mouse, 570 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y. 10310

UPDATEs: Ang's friend, Vinnie, went to visit her at the hospital and updates fans.


And Jennifer Graziano brings back news of Ang, who happens to look great!




Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mob Wives: Karen Gravano Redefined!


Karen opens a new door!

Karen has an extensive background in skin care. Tonight she made an exciting announcement on Twitter. Karen is partnering with dermatologists Rodan and Fields, who created the well known PROACTIV product line. Subsequently they also created an anti-aging product line called Redefine. Congratulations to Karen on her new business venture! Here is her announcement and I'm sure there will be more information forth coming.