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OCEAN'S TWELVE UNDER MAFIA THREAT

OCEAN'S TWELVE UNDER MAFIA THREAT

2004-07-14 : 10:43:39

George Clooney’s latest film Ocean’s Twelve was targeted by Mafia godmothers demanding protection money.

It became a case of reality imitating art since Oceans Twelve continues in its con artist vein with the leading players pulling off huge scams in a bid to become the greatest thieves the world has ever known. Informers in Italy told police that there were planned arson attacks on the set and it’s production trucks to intimidate Warner Brothers – the production company behind the film.


Oceans Twelve came under threat when it filmed for just one day at an isolated beach near Trapani, Sicily, which has a Mafia stronghold. Police Officer Giuseppe Linares reported: “This area has been territory to this particular clan for years. They planned to extort cash from the movie producers when filming in Sicily.”


Linares added in a phone call from Trapani that the Mafia may also have been “worried that a secret alcove used to hide arms in the area could be discovered during the production.” Undercover and uniformed police secretly monitored the set after noticing that suspected mobsters were hanging around. The film's crew and cast however, were unaware of the investigation and of the local Mafia activity, Linares said, adding that authorities did not inform the filmmakers of the secret surveillance.


Mafia bosses Antonella Di Graziano and Rosa Fiordilillo were among 23 people arrested over the plot. Those imprisoned are accused of a range of crimes, from Mafia membership, to extortion, to the illegal possession of arms and explosives.


The sequel to the heist hit starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts has been shooting in Italy for weeks, including a stint this month in the seaside town of Scopello, western Sicily.  Linares concluded: “It wasn’t such a bad job for those officers involved, as in the beach scenes Catherine Zeta Jones swims in the sea at midnight.”


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MCG QUITS SUPERMAN OVER LOCATION

2004-07-14 : 15:22:14

Charlie’s Angels director Joseph McGinty Nicol AKA McG, says he has ‘amicably parted ways’ with Warner Brothers. The studio wanted him to fly to Australia to direct the much-anticipated Superman, but, says Joe, “As a filmmaker, I felt it inappropriate to try to capture the heart of America on another continent.” Other parties however are saying his decision rests on the fact that he just couldn't be bothered to travel.


CALISTA: NO SHADES NO EAT

2004-07-14 : 15:11:32

Just before her European holiday with Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart was lunching with a friend when her designer sunglasses fell off and broke. Which meant the star had to dash to the closest shop to buy another pair claiming: “I just can’t eat without my sunglasses.”


JENNIFER ANISTON'S BIG STROP

2004-07-14 : 14:59:18

Obviously used to getting her own way on the set on Friends, Jennifer Aniston’s moody expression in the latest Barclaycard advert may have something to do with the huge hissy-fit she threw when she had to film re-shoots for the ad. A source says she was so irritated at having to do the re-shoots that when the team joined her in Miami, “she gave them a very hard time. She insisted on having her hair a particular way and wearing the clothes she wanted. When they protested, she threatened to walk off.”


MAGUIRE SHUNS STARS

2004-07-14 : 13:26:17

Tobey Maguire infuriated a host of stars by inviting them to the London premiere of Spider-Man 2, only to ignore them at the after show party. Columbia splashed out thousands of pounds on a luxurious bash so guests could meet the movie's actors. But the young heartthrob refused to talk to anyone he didn't know and insisted on sitting in his own VIP area all evening. Guests including Samantha Mumba, Busted and members of boy-band Blue, were all turned away by the 29-year-old actor. Maguire recently revealed he’s far from a fan of the limelight: "I guess I'm just a reluctant celebrity”.


LOVE IN MORE TROUBLE

2004-07-14 : 12:44:05

Courtney Love has reportedly gone AWOL since being discharged from hospital on Monday, after reportedly undergoing treatment for a botched abortion. The night before, the troubled rock star had been celebrating her 40th birthday, and was seen throwing bottles from her New York apartment shouting: "It's my birthday and I had an abortion." Earlier that day a warrant was issued for her arrest after she failed to appear in a Los Angeles court on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Her close friends now fear she is on the verge of cracking up. A source revealed: "She is in the depths of despair and talks endlessly about death”. The star's lawyer said she could be on her way to Los Angeles to finally face her court appearance.


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