Martin Scorsese finally confirms he made Tumblr mafia movie ‘Goncharov’


Martin Scorsese, the king of comedy.

Years ago, a Tumblr user posted a photo of a “knock off” shoe purchased online, with an odd label that read, “The greatest mafia movie ever made. Martin Scorsese presents Goncharov. Domenico Proccacci production. A film by Matteo JWHJ0715. About the Naples Mafia.”

Scorsese has directed other mafia films, such as “The Irishman” and “Goodfellas” — but not 1973’s “Goncharov.”

Or so everyone thought. The Oscar winner finally acknowledged his unofficial, internet-famous mafia masterpiece this week.

You may not have heard of “Goncharov,” but it has a poster, a theme song, and an accompanying video game.

It even has a tagline: “the greatest mafia movie (n)ever made.” The dream all-star cast includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Cybill Shepherd, Gene Hackman and Harvey Keitel.

Martin Scorsese "confirms" Tumblr’s Fake Mafia Movie
Martin Scorsese addresses the audience Oct. 13 during a screening of “Personality Crisis: One Night Only” as part of the 60th New York Film Festival.
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The movie turned into memeable gold when the picture of the mysterious shoe label was reblogged in 2020 with the caption, “this idiot hasn’t seen Goncharov.”

The official Tumblr account even addressed the movie’s popularity in a tweet early this week: “Goncharov was inexplicably ahead of [its] time and its contribution to cinema is remarkable. Rarely does a film tell as many diverse-yet-interconnected stories. Hard to imagine so few ppl have seen it.”

Stories in the New York Times and the Guardian followed. Forbes speculated the unusual shoe tag may have misspelled “Gomorrah,” the 2008 Italian drama about the Naples mafia, directed by Matteo Garrone. Scorsese’s name was used on marketing materials at the time.

Discussion of “Goncharov” reached such a fever pitch that Scorsese’s daughter, Francesca, addressed the film Friday on TikTok. The 23-year-old said she sent her dad the Times article about the social media phenomenon, asking if he’s seen it.

“Yes. I made that film years ago,” Scorsese responded, seemingly in on the joke.

Scorsese’s recent credits include “Personality Crisis: One Night Only,” “The Eternal Daughter,” “The Last Movie Stars,” “Theodore Roosevelt” and “Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel.”

…and perhaps a re-release of “Goncharov?”

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‘Tulsa King’ star on working with Sly Stallone: ‘Awesome and terrifying’


Andrea Savage pivots from her trademark comedic persona to a dramatic role in “Tulsa King.”

“It’s definitely going out on a limb for me,” Savage, 49, told The Post about her co-starring turn as haunted ATF agent Stacy Beale in the Paramount+ series, created by Taylor Sheridan (“Yellowstone”) and starring Sylvester Stallone (in his TV debut) as New York mobster Dwight “The General” Manfredi, who’s dispatched to Oklahoma City by his bosses to exploit the city’s untapped (and lucrative) underworld market.

“I was really looking for [a dramatic part] and I kind of put that out in the world,” Savage said. “I wanted to do something that scares me and was going to feel like something exciting and new … and when Taylor Sheridan, Terence Winter and Sylvester Stallone come at you, you don’t ask a lot of followups. I was just like, ‘Sure. Oklahama? For six months? I’m in.’”

The timing worked for Savage (Hulu’s “The Hotwives” parody, “Veep”), since her truTV comedy series, “I’m Sorry,” was abruptly canceled after being renewed for a third season. “We were in the middle of shooting [Season 3], then we got shut down during COVID and then we got caught in a merger,” she said. “I didn’t think I was ready to jump into another comedy show.”

Photo showing Andrea Savage as Stacy Beale in "Tulsa King." She's wearing dark sunglasses and her ATF uniform, with an ATF badge hanging round her neck. She's also wearing a bulletproof vest and has a walkie-talkie attached with Velcro to her vest on her shoulder.
Andrea Savage pivots from comedy to drama as ATF agent Stacy Beale in “Tulsa King.”
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Andrea Savage and Tom Everett Scott in a scene from her Hulu series "I'm Sorry." Savage is wearing a blue sweatshirt and is smiling at Scott, who's looking down. He's wearing a plaid shirt.
Andrea Savage and Tom Everett Scott in a Season 2 episode of her Hulu series “I’m Sorry.”
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Savage said that it was Winter, the “Tulsa King” showrunner (and one of its executive producers), who recruited her for the role.

“[Winter] has a history of liking to use people with a comedic background in his projects, from Steve Buscemi (“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire”) and Ray Romano (“Vinyl”), and so he thought of me for this and, I’ll be honest, he had to convince some people,” she said. “It was not a slam-dunk. It was a long process and went back-and-forth. I ended up reading [for the role]. There were a lot of people involved and needing to make decisions with a project like this.

“I had to fight for this one.”

Once Savage won the casting battle, it was time to meet Stallone on the “Tulsa King” set while shooting a scene [in Episode 1] in which Dwight, who’s 75, encounters Stacy at a strip club (they end up in the sack).

“It was awesome and terrifying, which is my favorite spot to be,” she said. “I’m sitting in Oklahoma gazing across at Sylvester Stallone and going, ‘My life took such a fantastic, weird left turn. How did I get here?’

Sylvester Stallone as Dwight "The General" Manfredi in "Tulsa King"
Sylvester Stallone as New York mobster Dwight “The General” Manfredi in Oklahoma City.
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“The ice was broken [with Stallone] relatively quickly,” she said. “I’ll be honest; I was very intimidated on that first day. We’d never met before until we had to do that scene where [Stacy] is kind of coming on to him in the strip club. But he was amazing. He’s just larger-than-life. I know it’s a cliche people throw around, but he really is. We started running through scenes and he’s kind of using his arms all the time and gesturing in the scene and I was like, ‘Oh, you guys do a lot of things with your hands’ and that made him laugh.

“He was like, ‘Oh, you’re funny’ and we were off to the races. He’s good at making people feel more at ease around him because I think he knows he’s intimidating and he loves comedy — so I think I had a little bit of an ‘in’ in that way.”

The 10-episode series premiered Nov. 13 with new installments dropping every Sunday (paramountplus.qflm.net/9WG5D0), so there’s no binging this one. Savage can’t give away too much of how the rest of Season 1 will evolve for Stacy, but she did divulge a few tidbits.

“I don’t think any of us knew how much comedy would be [in the series] but I think Sly really leans into the comedy,” she said. “It does get more dramatic, at least for Stacy. There will be inherent fish-out-of-water comedic moments, but Stacy doesn’t do a lot of laughin’.

“She’s an ATF agent, and knows what she needs to do, but I will say that intention, and follow-through, are often not in line with each other, especially when you’re lonely,” she said. “We find out more, as we go along, about why she’s in Oklahoma. She’s had a rough go and is battling a lot of demons … and part of the show is about characters assessing where they are in their lives.

“She’s going through that, as is Dwight,” she said. “She’s a little bit in crisis mode, a woman in her 40s who’s kind of lost, is a bit of a drinker, has some PTSD.

“She probably should be going to her therapist a lot more than she is.”

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Little Big Shot On Federal Hill: Mob Vet Eddie Lato Promoted To Patriarca Crime Family Underboss In Providence, Per RISP


November 12, 2022 — Longtime Providence mobster Edward (Little Eddie) Lato is the new underboss of the New England mafia, according to the Rhode Island State Police. The 75-year old Little Eddie Lato’s fresh designation on the Feds radar came via court filings related to an embattled political powerbroker and an infamous Patriarca crime family associate’s business dealings in the legal marijuana dispensary space.

Lato, 75, was released from federal prison in 2019 after serving a sentence for extorting Rhode Island strip clubs. He was bumped up to a capo’s post in the early 2000s following another federal prison stint for loansharking.

The news broke late last month from ace reporter Tim White as part of WPRI TV’s “Troubling Ties” investigation probing the connection between then-Rhode Island House of Representatives Deputy Chief of Staff John Conti and the New England mafia’s Providence faction. Conti resigned upon the report airing and is alleged to have ties to Little Eddie Lato, Cranston-based capo Matthew (Good Looking Matty) Guglielmetti and veteran Providence mob enforcer Raymond (Scarface) Jenkins.

State police investigators surveilled Conti at a 2020 Christmas party held on Federal Hill where Lato and Guglielmetti were reported to be taking tribute payments. Jenkins and Conti were partners in a licensed marijuana grow and dispensary called Organic Bees. According to texts obtained in the case against Jenkins for illegal ownership by a convicted felon, Jenkins, 58 and Conti, 59, grew up together in East Providence and are close friends.

Guglielmetti, 74, had been the Patriarca clan’s underboss and Providence skipper, but relinquished the role to Lato due to health concerns, per sources. Lato rose through the ranks of the Providence mob under former crew boss Rudy (The Captain) Sciarra, who died of natural causes in 2012. The FBI considers Lato a top suspect in the 1992 gangland slaying of New England mafia enforcer Kevin Hanrahan on a Federal Hill street corner.

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