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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - June 13, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE E12 E 12 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015 ENTERTAINMENT winnipegfreepress. com r e d r i v e re x. c o m # redriverex UP CLOSE GET JUNE 12 TO 21 1- 888- 33- CANAD ( 22623) canadinns. com/ Aaltos For menus, reservations or more information call or click today Aaltos Fresh Buffets offer something for Everyone and Every Occasion! IT’S “ PRIME TIME” Father’s Day Prime Rib Buffets Sunday, June 21 st A GRAND PRIZE OF A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE GARDEN SOIRÉE Wednesday, June 24, 5: 00 PM Secondary winners receive 2 PASSPORTS FOR DAY TOUR Join us in three stunning gardens for a delicious dinner and magical music by Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra musicians. Tour twelve fabulous gardens, specially chosen for you by Manitoba Gardener magazine. Garden Soirée Wednesday, June 24, 2015 5: 00 PM Day Tour Saturday, June 27, 2015 10: 00 AM Tickets to the Garden Soirée are $ 135 each or $ 250 per couple and include access to the Day Tour. Passports to attend the Day Tour are $ 35 each. Day Tour Rain Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 10: 00 AM Winners will be contacted by phone. Employees of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Winnipeg Free Press are not eligible to enter. The information collected is used only by the Winnipeg Free Press and is not sold, bartered, traded or given to any other parties. Enter online at winnipegfreepress. com/ contests Deadline is noon on June 21, 2015. ENTER TO WIN PLUS A MERICA has always loved its bad guys. From the outlaws of the old west to the mobsters of the Roaring ’ 30s to the financial- industry pirates who brought the “ greed is good” philosophy to Wall Street, U. S. popular culture has long mythologized the misdeeds of its villains in a way that makes them as popular as actual heroes who become famous for doing genuinely good things. And Hollywood’s love affair with gangster stories has been particularly intense, from Little Caesar and Angels With Dirty Faces back in the 1930s to such modern- day classics as The Godfather , Goodfellas , Casino , Miller’s Crossing and TV’s The Sopranos . It’s a simple equation: made guys make money for the folks who make movies and television. So it comes as no surprise that AMC is banking heavily on “ Mob Mondays” as a major part of its summer schedule. Anchored by the eight- part miniseries The Making of the Mob: New York ( which premières Monday at 9 p. m. on AMC), the mobbed- up Monday lineup will also include such iconic gangster- movie titles as The Godfather ( Parts I & II) , Donnie Brasco , Goodfellas , Scarface , Carlito’s Way and American Gangster . The Making of the Mob: New York is an ambitious and mostly entertaining docu- drama that chronicles the rise of underworld figures Charles ( Lucky) Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin ( Bugsy) Siegel, Frank Costello and Vito Genovese to the top of New York City’s organized- crime world during the first half of the 1930s. Employing a combination of dramatized scenes and first- person commentary from an odd assortment of lawenforcement types, former gangsters, author and entertainers, The Making of the Mob: New York takes a chronological approach to its examination of the Big Apple ’s most rotten criminal element. The main focus is on three individuals — Luciano, Lansky and Siegel — who meet as youngsters and forge a friendship, despite their cultural differences, based on their shared desire to rise above the poverty that made life miserable for most of America’s new immigrants in the early 20th century. The trio ( played in the series by Rick Graff, Ian Bell and Jonathon C. Stewart) dabble in low- level scams and petty crime, but soon realize the path to real money leads directly into the organized- crime enterprises of New York’s top bosses. They seize an opportunity to make an impression on Frank Costello ( Anthony DiCarlo), a mid- level player in the “ family” of ruthless mobster Joe Masseria ( Stelio Savante), and quickly work their way into positions of trust by demonstrating a willingness to do whatever was needed or asked. In the two episodes provided for preview, Luciano and Lansky are shown as a formidable team — Italian- American Luciano had guts and driving ambition, while Jewish immigrant Lansky possessed an analytical mind and an aptitude for working the numbers to maximize profits — and it’s clear from the outset that they are destined for great ( but very bad) things in the criminal world. The dramatized scenes in The Making of the Mob: New York are quite well executed, making the most of decent performances by unknown actors and portraying Mob- style violence in pretty much as graphic a fashion as a basic- cable channel can allow. The documentary- style interview clips are more of a curiosity, as they rely more on famous people whose work has loose connections to the Mob world than on the input of those with actual expertise in the area of organized crime. It’s fun to see actors such as Chazz Palminteri ( A Bronx Tale ), Joe Mantegna ( The Godfather, Part III ), The Sopranos ’ Vincent Pastore, Frank Vincent and Drea De Matteo, former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani and New Jersey- born singer Frankie Valli offer their perspectives on New York’s crime history, but their “ expert” credentials seem more than a little bit shaky. The emphasis is clearly more on entertainment than education, so we’ll let the celebrity- over- substance choice slide. In the end, The Making of the Mob: New York will be remembered as a pretty decent effort by a TV network to do its part in keeping Hollywood’s beloved and lucrative gangster mythology alive. brad. oswald@ freepress. mb. ca Twitter: @ BradOswald AMC From left, Ian Bell ( Lansky), Rick Graff ( Luciano) and Jonathon C. Stewart ( Siegel). WATCHING TV BRAD OSWALD Look, don’t ask questions; put on AMC... OK, we good? TV Review The Making of the Mob: New York . Narrated by Ray Liotta; featuring Joe Mantegna, Frankie Valli, Vincent Pastore, Chazz Palminteri, Rudy Giuliani and Meyer Lansky II . Monday at 9 p. m. . AMC š š š out of five E_ 12_ Jun- 13- 15_ FT_ 01. indd E12 6/ 12/ 15 3: 03: 48 PM

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