Gotti and Holmes & Watson lead 2019 Razzie Awards nominations

Gotti and Holmes & Watson are among the top contenders to be named worst movie of 2018 at the upcoming Golden Raspberry Awards.The spoof film prizes, also known as the Razzies and Razzie Awards, were announced in a YouTube video by organisers on Sunday…

Gotti and Holmes & Watson are among the top contenders to be named worst movie of 2018 at the upcoming Golden Raspberry Awards.

The spoof film prizes, also known as the Razzies and Razzie Awards, were announced in a YouTube video by organisers on Sunday night (20Jan19), with John Travolta’s crime-drama Gotti and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s buddy comedy Holmes & Watson each receiving six nominations.

In addition, Melissa McCarthy’s black comedy The Happytime Murders garnered six nods, as did Dinesh D’Souza’s political documentary Death of a Nation, while Winchester, Robin Hood, Fifty Shades Freed and Death Wish all received multiple nominations.

Travolta is up for the Worst Actor for his performance as mob boss John Gotti, with the category rounded out by Bruce Willis in Death Wish, Ferrell in Holmes & Watson, Johnny Depp in animated feature Sherlock Gnomes, and perhaps most controversially, U.S. President Donald Trump is nominated over archival footage of himself in documentaries Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9.

Travolta and his real-life wife Kelly Preston also scored a nod for Worst Screen Combo.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is up for worst actress in two films, The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party, while Peppermint’s Jennifer Garner, London Fields’ Amber Heard, Winchester’s Helen Mirren, and The Clapper’s Amanda Seyfried join her in the category.

The winners of the 39th edition of the Razzie Awards will be announced on 23 February – the night before the 91st annual Academy Awards.

The full list of Razzie Awards nominations is as follows –

Worst Picture:

Gotti

The Happytime Murders

Holmes & Watson

Robin Hood

Winchester

Worst Actress:

Jennifer Garner – Peppermint

Amber Heard – London Fields

Melissa McCarthy – The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party

Helen Mirren – Winchester

Amanda Seyfried – The Clapper

Worst Actor:

Johnny Depp (voice only) – Sherlock Gnomes

Will Ferrell – Holmes & Watson

John Travolta – Gotti

Donald Trump – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Bruce Willis – Death Wish

Worst Supporting Actor:

Jamie Foxx – Robin Hood

Ludacris (voice only) – Show Dogs

Joel McHale – The Happytime Murders

John C. Reilly – Holmes & Watson

Justice Smith – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Worst Supporting Actress:

Kellyanne Conway – Fahrenheit 11/9

Marcia Gay Harden – Fifty Shades Freed

Kelly Preston – Gotti

Jaz Sinclair – Slender Man

Melania Trump – Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Screen Combo:

Any two actors or puppets – The Happytime Murders

Johnny Depp and his “fast-fading film career” – Sherlock Gnomes

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly – Holmes & Watson

Kelly Preston and John Travolta – Gotti

Donald J. Trump and his “self-perpetuating pettiness” – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel:

Death of a Nation

Death Wish

Holmes & Watson

The Meg

Robin Hood

Worst Director:

Etan Cohen – Holmes & Watson

Kevin Connolly – Gotti

James Foley – Fifty Shades Freed

Brian Henson – The Happytime Murders

Peter and Michael Spierig – Winchester

Worst Screenplay:

Death of a Nation – Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley

Fifty Shades Freed – Niall Leonard

Gotti – Leo Rossi and Lem Dobbs

The Happytime Murders – Todd Berger and Dee Austin Robinson

Winchester – Tom Vaughan, Peter and Michael Spierig

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John Gotti filmmakers urge moviegoers to make their own opinions about biopic

Filmmakers behind John Travolta’s new movie Gotti are hitting back against critics’ negative reviews. The movie has received a zero per cent score on film website Rotten Tomatoes and has been panned by critics. However, a message from a spokesperson o…

Filmmakers behind John Travolta’s new movie Gotti are hitting back against critics’ negative reviews.

The movie has received a zero per cent score on film website Rotten Tomatoes and has been panned by critics. However, a message from a spokesperson on the movie’s official Twitter page is urging moviegoers to see it.

“Audiences loved Gotti but critics don’t want you to see it…,” the message reads. “The question is why??? Trust the people and see it for yourself!”

The film only grossed $1.6 million (£1.2 million) on the North American box office during its opening weekend (15-17Jun18) and several critics have blasted the movie, which stars John Travolta as the late leader of the Gambino crime family in New York City.

“His performance ain’t lousy, but the movie that surrounds it is, and it’s almost laughable to see this iconic star trying so hard on behalf of a project that is so compromised in its intentions,” a review from Variety read.

Critics at the New York Post also called it “the worst mob movie ever.”

Despite the negative reviews of the movie, Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston, who plays Gotti’s wife Victoria, has revealed the late mob boss’ family is thrilled with the movie.

“We had a screening with the family yesterday,” she told U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America earlier this month (Jun18). “It was the entire family, all of their friends, everybody who knew John Gotti, who (still) knows the family, and it was amazing, the reception and the reaction was absolutely (amazing).

“It was the greatest gift I could ever be given as an actor of how they felt about the film.”

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John Travolta teaches Jimmy Fallon his iconic Grease dance

John Travolta taught Jimmy Fallon his “four corners” Grease dance when he stopped by his talk show on Wednesday night (13Jun18).Wednesday marked the film’s 40th anniversary, with the New York premiere of the beloved musical taking place on 13 June 1978…

John Travolta taught Jimmy Fallon his “four corners” Grease dance when he stopped by his talk show on Wednesday night (13Jun18).

Wednesday marked the film’s 40th anniversary, with the New York premiere of the beloved musical taking place on 13 June 1978.

John, who starred as the hit movie’s uber-cool leading man Danny Zuko, was promoting new film Gotti on The Tonight Show, but Jimmy couldn’t help but ask about the ’50s-set flick.

“We just had a karaoke party the other day for our nieces, and they’re probably like 10 or 12 years old, and they’re all singing your songs and doing you, doing impressions of you,” an excited Jimmy told his guest. “Not only your singing but your dancing… the singing knocked me out, the dancing, the part at the end with Olivia (Newton-John).”

“The four corners,” John replied. “Like in Pulp Fiction, I grew up with all these novelty dances. So in Grease, they needed a step for You’re the One That I Want at the end. So I said, ‘Well, we used to do the four corners, why don’t we do that?’ So the choreographer said, ‘Show it to me’, and I did.”

Asking if he’d teach him how to do it, the 64-year-old was happy to oblige.

When the house band started to play You’re the One That I Want, John and Jimmy held their fingers through their belt loops and made a four-step box with their feet.

“My God, this is unbelievable!” Jimmy exclaimed.

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Gotti family and friends approve of John Travolta’s new biopic

John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s new Gotti biopic has won the seal of approval from the infamous mob boss’ family and friends following a private screening on Sunday night (10Jun18). The Grease star portrays the late leader of the powerful Gambino cr…

John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s new Gotti biopic has won the seal of approval from the infamous mob boss’ family and friends following a private screening on Sunday night (10Jun18).

The Grease star portrays the late leader of the powerful Gambino crime family in New York City in the new movie, with John’s real-life wife Kelly playing Gotti’s widow, Victoria.

The actress got the opportunity to really get to know Victoria as the film was being developed, and forming a friendship with her movie subject really helped Kelly understand her character’s thoughts and feelings in different scenarios.

“First of all, it’s daunting to play someone who is alive… her husband is so iconic,” Kelly told breakfast show Good Morning America on Monday (11Jun18). “But she’s amazing; she is smart, funny, kind, she was open and warm. She cooked us lunch, a beautiful Italian lunch, kids were coming in and out (of her house).

“We became friends via email as well, so I could ask her anything I wanted about how she was feeling, what she would say.”

Their close connection allowed Kelly and John to tweak the dialogue in the script to ensure it was spot on.

“This movie is so real, there’s not one word that’s in it that wasn’t said; it’s a real behind-the-scenes look at this family,” Preston explained.

The new biopic, which spans several decades of Gotti’s rags-to-riches life, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France last month (May18), and on Sunday – the 16th anniversary of the mobster’s death – the acting couple was able to receive personal feedback from the extended Gotti family – and Kelly was flattered by the “amazing” response.

“We had a screening with the family yesterday,” she shared. “It was the entire family, all of their friends, everybody who knew John Gotti, who (still) knows the family, and it was amazing, the reception and the reaction was absolutely (amazing).

“It was the greatest gift I could ever be given as an actor of how they felt about the film.”

Gotti, directed by Kevin Connolly, opens on Friday (15Jun18).

John Gotti lost his battle with cancer in 2002, while serving a life sentence for five murders and illegal gambling charges, among others.

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John Travolta’s Gotti drama lands summer release

John Travolta’s Gotti movie has a new summer release date after he pulled it from its pre-Christmas debut. Gotti was set to hit cinemas on 15 December (17), but disappeared from film company Lionsgate’s schedule after executives sold the project back …

John Travolta’s Gotti movie has a new summer release date after he pulled it from its pre-Christmas debut.

Gotti was set to hit cinemas on 15 December (17), but disappeared from film company Lionsgate’s schedule after executives sold the project back to producers at Emmett/Furla/Oasis.

Travolta laughed off reports suggesting the project had been pulled indefinitely, insisting he simply wanted the movie to have a wider release than the one that was planned by Lionsgate bosses.

Now, director Kevin Connolly has taken to Instagram to reveal the film will hit U.S. theatres in June (18).

It’s the actor’s third film as a director.

In it, Travolta portrays the mob boss dubbed the Teflon Don.The project also features his wife Kelly Preston, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Stacy Keach.

Connolly and Travolta are also hoping to show the film at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May (18).

Following news of the film’s cancelled December release, the Pulp Fiction star released a statement to Deadline, which read: “Unfortunately, the reports were speculation bordering on fake news. Lionsgate was planning on a minimal release and I did an investigation into people who might have the interest and financial wherewithal to better release it.

“(Producer Edward Walson) is a fan of mine and of the Gotti story, and really wanted to see the movie. I invited his group, they saw it and bought it. That is the simple explanation for this. It wasn’t dropped.

“It wasn’t easy to get Lionsgate to give it up. They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and they finally and generously let it go. We signed this deal about three weeks ago, to purchase back the film from Lionsgate (sic). Our mistake was we should have said something right then, and discussed our plan for the film. We didn’t anticipate this speculation that is so grossly wrong.”

The film spans several decades of Gotti’s life and follows his rise from poverty to becoming the leader of the powerful Gambino crime family in New York City. Gotti managed to avoid jail time throughout the 1980s but was incarcerated for life in 1992. Among his charges was a conviction for five murders and illegal gambling. He died of throat cancer behind bars.

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John Travolta plotting new father-daughter movie project

John Travolta is planning to make a new movie with himself and his teenage daughter Ella Bleu in starring roles. The Grease actor starred alongside his wife Kelly Preston in an upcoming biopic of New York mafia don John Gotti, with their 17-year-old d…

John Travolta is planning to make a new movie with himself and his teenage daughter Ella Bleu in starring roles.

The Grease actor starred alongside his wife Kelly Preston in an upcoming biopic of New York mafia don John Gotti, with their 17-year-old daughter Ella cast in a minor role as Angel, the gangster’s daughter.

Now John says he’s planning to make a new movie, titled Poison Rose, in which Ella Bleu once again plays his daughter, but this time in a starring role.

“My daughter is stunning and we’re planning to do a movie together,” he told ExtraTV.com. “Yes, called Poison Rose, and she plays my daughter, but I don’t know she’s my daughter… Although I look at her and she looks just like me, so it’s going to be hard to play that, but that’s next.”

John, 63, has a string of projects lined up for release in 2018, including the Gotti biopic, which was surprisingly delayed just before its December (17) premiere.

However, John says there’s nothing untoward about the postponement of the movie’s debut, explaining that a mystery financial backer had provided him with the funds to give the film a wider release this summer.

“If you want to know the absolute truth, I found an individual that was willing to finance it as a widely distributed film and so we pulled it from the distributor that had a limited market they were going to go for because it costs money to release a film widely these days – that’s the truth,” he revealed. “So in June, it gets to be for everybody, so yeah, I’m very excited about the possibilities of that film.”

In Gotti, John and Kelly play the lead roles of the notorious mobster and his wife Victoria alongside Stacy Keach and Pruitt Taylor Vince as Gotti’s underlings and Spencer Lofranco as his son.

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