Super-Scripty!

Nice lunch today with Veronica Lupu and Joe Cirillo near the Kaufman Astoria Studios. Veronica is a much-in-demand script supervisor who has worked with many top directors….and she is part of Team Megaball$ !  Veronica will look over the screenplay to see if her experienced eyes see any issues, then she’s off to do another film with director Ira Sachs. Excited to have her in our project and looking forward to working...

It’s not all fiction!

Those who have read the script for MegaBall$ often point out the suspension of belief needed to accept that there could be a possible mathematical solution to predicting lottery numbers. After all, numbers are randomly drawn. The odds of picking all 6 of the Powerball numbers are i in 292,201,338. You have better chance of being killed on the way to purchasing the ticket. Richard Lustig, who was going to make a cameo in our film but recently passed away, won seven grand prizes. However, there have been two documented cases were algorithms have done very well! One was a case where a group of MIT students gamed the system in Massachusetts in 2005, winning millions. They found a flaw in the state run game called “Cash WinFall.” They won millions, and it led to the state to changing the game. Read more HERE, HERE and HERE. More recently, Stefan Mandel, a Romanian-born Australian mathematician/economist, defied the 1 in 14 million odds and won 12 major wins. READ MORE. So the concept is not totally impossible, and there is a grain of truth to what our inept would-be heroes attempt in MegaBall$. Hey, you never know when your number’s...

Queen for a Day

Last week I was invited to a performance of the new Off-Broadway play, Queen for a Day, starring David Proval (Richie Aprile of The Sopranos) and Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos’ Big Pussy), at the Theater at St. Clements on the west end of Restaurant Row. I had no idea what to expect, except that it was probably a Mob story, simply based on these two actors who have made good careers in that genre. It starts out as typical. Giovanni “Nino” Cinquimani (David Proval) is a crime boss meeting with his lawyer, Sanford Weiss (played by David Deblinger) in an empty warehouse, waiting for a Federal Agent Patricia Cole (played by Portia) to discuss Nino’s crime family life as part of him testifying against his brother, Pasquale, the family Capo (played by Vincent Pastore). This is to be their first meeting to see if Nino has a usable information to qualify him for witness protection. The title Queen for a Day is the slang used for the proffer agreement between the government and witnesses which allows them to talk freely, where nothing may be used against them, as first step towards turning state evidence. Nino, deftly played by Proval, runs his lawyer to the ground as they nervously wait for the arrival of Agent Cole. We learn of Nino’s life as he reminisces of better times in Brooklyn, and of his life as a crime figure. What he has to offer is not enough,  and Agent Cole pushes Nino hard. Real hard, forcing him to dig deeper. About midway through the play, well written by Michael Ricigliano, Jr., takes...