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'Idol's Eye' Movie Canceled: Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson Thriller

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By Zac Gille

'Idol's Eye' production shut down: Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz to have starred in Olivier Assayas' action-thriller (photo: Robert Pattinson)
Production on screenwriter-director Olivier Assayas' action-thriller Idol's Eye, which was to have starred two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II, Raging Bull), Robert Pattinson (the Twilight movies, The Rover), and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), has been shut down, officially due to financing woes. Michael Benaroya's Beverly Hills-based Benaroya Pictures announced the bad news earlier today, November 3, 2014.
“Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol's Eye. The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing [to] the production.
“This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing a number of financing criteria deadlines that were mutually established by all parties, we were left with no other options. Benaroya Pictures plans to retain the rights of the film and move forward with production on the picture after we generate a revised script and assemble a new filmmaking team.”

'Idol's Eye' producers
The statement by Benaroya Pictures doesn't specify which producers missed "a number of financing criteria deadlines." According to Variety, Idol's Eye was being "developed and produced" by Charles Gillibert, who had recently worked with Olivier Assayas on the Cannes Film Festival entry Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Robert Pattinson's Twilight Saga co-star Kristen Stewart.
Besides Gillibert's CG Cinéma and Benaroya Pictures, others involved in the production of Idol's Eye were reportedly Bluegrass Films' Scott Stuber, Film 360's Scott Lambert, and Alexandra Milchan. Production on the film had been initially slated to commence last October in Toronto and Chicago; following delays, as per Variety filming was just about to start in Toronto.
In the coming days, International Film Trust, a sales company co-founded by Benaroya, was to have attempted to sell foreign rights to Idol's Eye at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California.

'Idol's Eye' plot
Set in Chicago's mob-ruled underworld, Idol's Eye is based on Hillel Levin's 2007 Playboy article "Boosting the Big Tuna," about a group of robbers brutally murdered after having burglarized the home of local mob boss Tony Accardo (aka "Big Tuna" and/or "Joe Batters") in 1978. Note: IMDb synopses of Idol's Eye have the burglars robbing a pawnshop serving as a front for the mob boss' business, while an online source has the robbers breaking into a porn store. (In real life, proving that crime does pay if you're powerful enough, Accardo was never sent to prison for the murders he had ordered. He died at age 86 in 1992.)
Although I could find no confirmation, in Idol's Eye Robert De Niro would likely have played Accardo (or a character based on him), while Robert Pattinson would have been cast as the leader of the gang of home or pawnshop or porn store robbers. And I'm not sure if there's any connection to the film, but throughout the '70s Chicago jeweler Harry Levinson owned the famed Idol's Eye diamond.
As an aside, it's unclear why Benaroya Pictures wants to revise the Idol's Eye screenplay before assembling "a new filmmaking team." Larry Richman has been tweeting about the Idol's Eye debacle, mixing speculation (about what may have happened) with facts about film production.
As found on the IMDb, besides Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson, and Rachel Weisz, Idol's Eye was to have featured Ace Hicks, Bo Martyn, Salvatore Inzerillo, Shane Daly, Breeanna Booth, PJ Lazic, Jim Cantafio, Stephen Badalamenti, Egidio Tari, Anna Douglas, Paul James Saunders, and Luke Vitale.
Benaroya Pictures' movies
Benaroya Pictures' productions include the little-seen romantic comedy The Romantics, starring Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, and Adam Brody; J.C. Chandor's Oscar-nominated (Best Original Screenplay) drama Margin Call, with Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, and Kevin Spacey; and Lee Daniel's box-office misfire The Paperboy, with Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman.
More recently, Benaroya Pictures was involved in the production of John Krokidas' modest box-office performer Kill Your Darlings, with Daniel Radcliffe. It's also behind Werner Herzog's upcoming Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Idol's Eye would-be star Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence aka Lawrence of Arabia.

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Feds: Credit Card Fraud Boss Threatened Rival Would Be ‘Cut Into Pieces’

CHICAGO (STMW) – The alleged Chicago boss of an international credit card fraud racket has ties to organized crime in Bulgaria, kidnapped a man in Chicago and robbed him of $800,000, ordered a beating and warned a rival would be “cut into pieces,” feds say.
And Gheorgui “Mitsubishi” Martov, 39, of Schiller Park, admitted as much when he was arrested last month, prosecutors allege in a recent court filing.
Indicted alongside 16 co-defendants on March 26, Martov is charged with overseeing the U.S. wing of a massive ATM fraud scheme headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria. Prosecutors accused him last month of dishing out credit card numbers that were stolen in Europe to lower level gang members who then made hundreds of fraudulent ATM withdrawals in the Chicago area using phony duplicate cards.
But allegations contained in court papers filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office Wednesday go far beyond mere financial fraud — painting him as a figure every bit as dangerous as Chicago’s Outfit.
Martov — a playboy who gambling websites show enjoyed success in high-stakes poker games — was seen meeting during what he claims was a “family vacation” with known leaders of the Bulgarian underworld at a Sofia hotel in 2012, the papers state.
And in a secretly recorded call in 2011, Martov told a government informant that he had ordered associates in Bulgaria to attack a man who owed him money, it’s alleged. Martov even played a recording of a call in which the victim described the beating he suffered, the feds say.
In another secretly recorded 2011 call, Martov allegedly said that another victim would be “cut into pieces” the moment he got back to Bulgaria.
Then, in 2012, in a third recorded conversation, Martov told an informant that he and another defendant, Radoslav Pavlov, had kidnapped someone in Chicago and made him take him to $800,000 that had been stolen from organized crime figures, it’s alleged.
Following his arrest last month, “Martov admitted that he and Pavlov had committed the kidnapping and robbery” and that he’d met with the underworld figures in Bulgaria in 2012, the feds say.
The FBI seized 13 guns from his home and estimates that Martov was helping the gang make $200,000 a week from the credit card scam. Martov has a Vicodin addiction and was branching out into marijuana dealing at the time of his arrest, it’s alleged.
The new allegations were made by prosecutors in a successful bid to prevent Martov from being freed on bond while he awaits trial.
Martov’s attorney, Tania Dimitrova, noted on Thursday that Martov has not been charged with any violent crime, adding that the new claims were “completely inaccurate” and were not supported by any evidence.
She pointed out that the government had retracted an earlier allegation that Martov traveled overseas on another man’s passport and said Martov’s legal team “needs time” to disprove the latest allegations.