Posts Tagged ‘Mickey Cohen’


Sean Penn Lets rip as Mickey Cohen in The Gangster Squad

Gangster squad has a release date Crimeziners and that date is September 7th 2012. In case you missed Crimezines exclusive announcement of the movie that out Confidentials Ellroy, here is the essential dope— Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. Crimezine cannot wait, While Sean Penn looks like a Mickey Cohen Lite, we know he will more than make up in attitude what he lacks in weight in his portrayal of the ice-cream loving crime kingpin.

Postscript: Due to the Aurora cinema slayings, The Gangster Squad release date has been delayed until January. The current trailers involve gun toting gangsters spraying a screaming  cinema audiences with gunfire… Why is there never a tooled up NRA member on hand when you need one?.

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The Gangster Squad: Classic Crime

We know you love the Mickey Cohen story Crimeziners. Everyone loves a classic gangster story, and it doesn’t get any better than The Gangster Squad a neo-noir crime picture set in vintage Los Angeles. Crimezine can exclusively reveal that principal Cinematography has finally wrapped and the movie is scheduled for an autumn release.

The Gangster Squad stars Sean Penn as Hollywood gangster– ‘Marvelous’ Mickey Cohen. The movie also offers up an all star cast featuring cameos by Nick Nolte as Chief Bill Parker, Josh Pence as Darryl Gates,  Crimezine favorite Ryan Gosling as Sgt Jerry Wooters, and Josh Brolin as John O’Mara.

The movie from Warner Brothers Pictures, chronicles the fight against organized Crime in Los Angeles during the 1940’s and ’50’s, it is written by Will Beall and directed by Ruben Fleischer.

Expect brass-knuckled LA-Confidential meets Dragnet style action  with a Femme Fatale chaser in the shape of the gorgeous Emma Stone. The release date is October 19, 2012. You heard it first on Crimezine.

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So you thought Mickey Cohen was just a figment of James Ellroy’s amphetamine amped imagination? No way Jack, the devil dog of crime fiction wasn’t joshing ya! Mickey was real and he was Baaaad, super Baaaad. The reality: Mickey Cohen was Al Capone’s man on the West Coast, and he acted accordingly, beating, bullying and bribing all that lay before him. He entertained more starlets than Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs and had a larger entourage than Mike Tyson. Brad Lewis’s book is like one of the delicious super-sundae ice creams that the rotund Cohen guzzled by the pint. (he didn’t drink alcohol.) It is by turns delicious and sickening. Lewis takes us from Cohen’s paperboy beginnings to his Tony Montana style blow up on national television and beyond. This is a story that keeps on giving: triumph, tragedy and starlets aplenty. Cohen had charisma and lots of it .  Marvel as he  climbs the slippery pole of crime lord achievement, whoop and holler as he reaches the very zenith of national notoriety, groan as he throws it all away on the alter of his own rampaging ego. If there is one true crime book you must read,this holiday season, this is it.