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Robert De Niro is Bernie Madoff in "The Wizard of Lies"

Posted: May 14th, 2011 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Robert De Niro is Bernie Madoff in "The Wizard of Lies"Submit Comment
HBO has acquired the rights to "The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust," which is Diane Henrique's non-fiction book about Madoff who bilked millions from unsuspecting investors.

Robert De Niro is producing the film and is expected to also star as Madoff, the former chairman of NASDAQ who stole as much as $50 billion using a Ponzi scheme and is now serving a 150-year sentence for the crime.

This is just the latest film by HBO that is based on recent news. The network is planning to air "Too Big to Fail" this month about the 2008 financial crisis. And is shooting "Game Change," a film about the 2008 presidential election.

Source: THR


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technoreaper writes:
on May 14th, 2011 at 9:20:58 AM

Could have picked someone else...
bandolero999 writes:
on May 14th, 2011 at 1:22:16 PM

Deniro go back to directing your at that age now and A Bronx Tale is a masterpiece
Ranger writes:
on May 14th, 2011 at 1:34:55 PM

Maybe DeNiro will give a sh*t about this story and do it up right.

150 year sentence... yeah, I remember reading that a while back. As much as I admire the US legal system for piling on consecutive sentences (granted, not a proven deterrent by the crazies that do multiple murders... nevertheless...), as his crimes were serious, and considering prison population and early release programs... they really should implement a policy that if your sentence(s) carries you past your life span of (say) 100 years (some live that long)... then they put you down (for good!). WHY feed and house this prick 'til he dies naturally? And yes, I go back to Capital Punishment isn't a proven deterrent for (capital) crimes... but my thought/comment isn't directed towards deterring. It's simple math about housing people with sentences FAR beyond their life span. What was Dahmer serving.. 827 years or something like that? Put him down to take the job away from the brotha that took him down with the mop handle (of which that murderer, despite what he may have done initially to get into prison, is somewhat a hero to me for taking Jeffrey out).

A Bronx Tale - fav. scene... when the bikers get the sh*t beaten out of them

minkowski writes:
on May 14th, 2011 at 3:44:51 PM

"And yes, I go back to Capital Punishment isn't a proven deterrent for (capital) crimes"

Capital punishment works fine, Ranger, when it is used frequently and swiftly. When you think you may die after two or three decades of appeals, and in a worst case scenario execution is still fifty-fifty without even considering natural death inside the prison walls, capital punishment loses all it's efficacy.

But that's the effect of liberalizing a policy that was meant explicitly to seriously curb societies greatest ills, one that worked quite well for a very long time.

Furthermore, his sentence is based on, basically, tables that stipulate that the crimes he committed deserve some specific reciprocity. He hasn't killed anyone, technically, so death isn't an option, and given his non-violent offenses, and the number of them therein, it only makes sense to give him a sentence per crime, all of which numerically adds up, with the possibility of parole, not that he will ever live to see it.

Just one of those things wherein crime and punishment is run by a neat and nearly mathematical set of rules, the outcome of which doesn't resemble common sense.

As for the actual movie news, who the f*ck cares?
minkowski writes:
on May 14th, 2011 at 4:15:33 PM

"This is just the latest film by HBO that is based on recent news. The network is planning to air "Too Big to Fail" this month about the 2008 financial crisis. And is shooting "Game Change," a film about the 2008 presidential election."

I'm waiting for HBO to do one on the dark side of Obama's Chicago politics.


I'm still waiting, and I easily imagine I'll be waiting pretty much forever.
xtlhogciao writes:
on May 14th, 2011 at 7:09:42 PM

Because a movie about Obama in Chicago would be boring as hell.
Ranger writes:
on May 14th, 2011 at 11:04:49 PM

Good comments mink. I do understand Madoff's no murder,death,kill saves his ass from the death penalty. I meant it from an accounting point of view. He's a waste of food, and won't ever live to get out. Nuke 'em.

As for capital punishment being an effective deterrent. We'll agree to disagree. While I'm for it (in the case when there is NO doubt, and it's a capital crime), but were it truly a deterrent, I doubt the prison's would be flooded with so many on death row. I doubt anyone crazed enough to take a life has ever, at the last second removed their finger from the trigger for fear of legal reprisal. People kill out of emotion or cash. I think the legal implications rarely come across their radar. There isn't many in prison that thought they'd ever get caught (a few institutionalized criminals maybe that did a crime to go back into the system because they have learned that's the only place they can function after turning into an animal).

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