boss of Cosa Nostra, Francesco Bonura

A judge in Milan ordered the release of one of the most influential bosses of Cosa Nostra, Francesco Bonura, 78, who was serving a 23-year sentence. The terms of Bonura’s release to house arrest allow his movement for health-related appointments.

Also ordered released from prison were Vincenzino Iannazzo, 65, and Rocco Santo Filippone, 72, both alleged ’Ndrangheta bosses. Judges feared that a Covid-19 infection could be lethal for Filippone since he suffers from serious cardio-vascular disease.





[March 12 2020   Berlusconi: COVID-19 requires EU Marshall Plan   ]

360_bush_berlusconi_1013For the coronavirus emergency Silvio Berlusconi left Milan and moved to the city of Nice together with his daughter Marina and the new girlfriend Marta Fascina.

COVID-19 deaths continues to rise, reaching 1,016 on March 12 — a jump of 23% over a period of 24 hours. The number of cases in the country rose to 5,883 on Saturday, March 7 2020 from 4,636 announced on Friday, meaning that contagion is showing little sign of slowing down.

[March 5 2020]

Italy said confirmed infections had risen 40% in 24 hours to 1,576, with the death toll now at 34.

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Ex-premier and 30-year-old Marta Fascina, an MP from his party left a hotel in Switzerland walking 34-year-old Francesca Pascale’s dog

[March 1 2020]
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“Forza Italia will ask in all European fora, starting from the European Parliament, to be able to put in place a real Marshall Plan for the development, for the benefit of all countries, an operation that must inevitably go through a temporary suspension of the rules and European public finance constraints, ” concludes the Italian leader. -Berlusconi, age 83 years.

[December v21 2019 Francesca Pascale on ‘sardines’ ]


” I look with interest at the sardines, I find there elements and that freedom that were typical of Berlusconi’s liberal revolution”.I hope that the ” sardines”, in order not to lose their independence and to ensure that the message they are sending does not lose their authenticity, change their mind about becoming a structured movement or political party. ‘m not only from Forza Italia, I’m Berlusconi. Nobody is more so than me!”


[April 9 2019 sentence-rigging charge dropped ]

Rome, April 5 – Rome prosecutors requested the shelving of a probe into ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi on alleged sentence-rigging at the Council of State, Italy’s highest administrative court.
Last month the three-time former premier and media magnate was placed under investigation for alleged corruption in legal procedures.
The case concerns a ruling on March 3, 2016, by the Council of State, Italy’s top administrative court, that annulled the obligation for the ex-premier’s holding company to sell a stake held in financial services group Mediolanum.
Berlusconi’s lawyer Niccolo Ghedini told media outlets that he was sure the case would be dropped.

[June 3 2018 Forgive $296 billion of Italian debt? ]

Arguing it is “time to abandon many taboos” on the euro, newly-appointed finance minister Giovanni Tria said it is now necessary to find “alternative solutions” to how the eurozone is being regulated.berlusconi18 5

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said while cohesion among members of the single currency bloc was important, “solidarity among euro partners should never lead to a debt union, rather it must be about helping others to help themselves.”

The Chancellor made the remarks when asked about a media report that Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League had planned to ask the European Central Bank to forgive 250 billion euros ($296 billion) of Italian debt.

[May 29 Cottarelli gets Berlusconi backing ]

Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says he’s open to running for office in Italy’s next parliamentary election as part of the same center-right bloc that won 37 percent of the vote March 4. “I cannot believe I am writing these words, but faced with the alternatives, Berlusconi might not so bad after all.” Esme O’Keeffe

Rome, May 28 – League leader Matteo Salvini that the centre-right coalition will collapse if Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia backs an interim government led by former spending review chief Carlo Cottarelli [Carlo Cottarelli, a former official at the International Monetary Fund].

[ May 13  Berlusconi rehabilitated, may run   ]

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Pascale looks on

Berlusconi may run for office.   The ban on the former prime minister seeking or holding public office was due to expire next year but the tribunal ruled that he already had been “rehabilitated”.

[ March 5 2018  Salvini not Berlusconi to lead?   ]


Salvini and Berlusconi – heading for almost 18 percent and 14 percent respectively – appeared to have dominated the wealthier north, with the center-left squeezed into a narrow stretch of central Italy. The League emerged as the senior partner. The role reversal marks a bitter personal defeat for the billionaire media magnate.

[November 12 2017 Berlusconi: “It’s time to put Italy first again” ]

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Silvio Berlusconi, an 81-year-old, arrived at his political homecoming party on the posh island of Ischia last month aboard a fancy yacht alongside his 30-year-old live-in girlfriend Francesca Pascale and his closest advisors. The Sicilian election held on Nov. 5 marked a strong political comeback for Silvio Berlusconi, handing government of the island to a center-right bloc backed by the four-times prime minister. Berlusconi brought his Forza Italia party to a somewhat astonishing victory in regional elections in Sicily when his candidates outperformed expectations on a platform for change which, for the longest-serving elected prime minister in modern Italian history, is a curious promise. But he also embraced an anti-immigration stance promising that Italy would no longer be the welcome mat for migrants. He promised his party would cut taxes and renegotiate some key trade deals, which, as a businessman only he has the smarts and the power to do. “It’s time to put Italy first again,”

[February 28 2016 Silvio Berlusconi and 21-year old Roman Lavinia Palombini and a furious Francesca Pascale ]


[June 21 $6.3 billion from Italy shipped to China for sneakers ]


More than 4.5 billion euros ($6.3 billion) in proceeds from counterfeiting, prostitution, labour exploitation and tax evasion had been sent to China in less than four years though a money-transfer service called Money2Money. Close to half the €4.5bn, transferred between 2007 and 2010, went through Bank of China branch in Milan. The Bank of China received €758,000 in commission for the transfers. The bank had an exclusive contract with Money2Money. Investigators said they got nowhere when they tried to appeal to Chinese authorities for help. Once the money left Italy, it vanished behind China’s great legal firewall. The case is now stalled in Italian courts, as prosecutors try to notify nearly 300 hard-to-find defendants, most of them Chinese. Prosecutors in Florence have filed a 170-page document to be reviewed by a judge, who will decide whether to file formal charges.
Money laundered through Money2Money was used to buy counterfeit goods in China, which were then smuggled back to Europe, a large import-export firm called the Wenzhou Cereals Oils and Foodstuffs Foreign Trade Corporation, sent tens of thousands of fake Converse sneakers to the United States and Croatia is suspected.

[March 12 Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal in “bunga bunga” final – Francesca thumbs up]

Signorina Pascale

The President of the  current session of the Court of Cassation Antonio Esposito reads the judgment

The President of the current session of the Court of Cassation Antonio Esposito reads the judgment

The Rome court Corte Suprema di Cassazione, in a ruling that is now definitive, rejected an appeal by Milan prosecutors to overturn the acquittal and to hold a new trial. It upheld Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal in his infamous “bunga bunga” case.

[February 12 Berlusconi raises 392 million euros ($447 million)]

– Fininvest, the holding company controlled by the family of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ,78 years (September 29, 1936), said February 12 it will sell a 7.8% stake in broadcaster Mediaset SpA.. The firm controls a 30% stake in bank Mediolanum , a 50% stake in publishing firm Mondadori and will continue to be the largest investor in Mediaset, with a 33.4% stake. It also controls soccer team A.C. Milan and other activities. But both Mediaset and Mondadori have been struggling with their finances.
The stake is worth 392 million euros ($447 million) at February 12’s closing price. Fininvest said the profits from the sale could also contribute to “investments aimed at portfolio diversification.” In 2005 the company had cut its stake in Mediaset to 34.3 percent from 51 percent.

[February 6 Berlusconi good behavior allows a higher-profile role]

The friends of Gianpaolo Tarantini

The friends of Gianpaolo Tarantini

Silvio Berlusconi will not have to serve the final 45 days of a one-year community service on good behaviour grounds. Berlusconi will also regain his freedom of movement, which was restricted under the order, enabling him to resume a higher-profile role in national politics, despite still being banned from public office.
In a trial in Bari this week, businessman Gianpaolo Tarantini and six other people are charged with having promoted prostitution because, between 2008 and 2009, they organised for 26 different young women to attend parties in various Berlusconi residences.
To a certain extent, this trial involves a replay of the infamous Rubygate trial which in June 2013 found Mr Berlusconi guilty of “abuse of office” and having underage sex with Karim “Ruby” El Mahroug, then aged 17.

That judgment was later overturned by a January 2014 appeal court ruling which acquitted the media tycoon.
At issue then and now is the exact nature of Mr Berlusconi’s parties. Were they, as his defence always claimed, “elegant dinner parties” or were they, as various participants have reported, “bunga, bunga” nights of multiple sexual encounters?

[January 31 Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party in disarray]
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Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party appeared in disarray after the vote for President on January 31, a political victory for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.. Berlusconi ordered his party to cast blank ballots after accusing Renzi of betraying what he said was a promise to give him a role in choosing the candidate. Instead, more than 30 refused, opening a wound in the party.

[December 31 Passion spent: Francesca Pascale, in Madrid, to study languages, Berlusconi in Arcore]
All is not well between the media mogul and Francesca Pascale, a former shop assistant and member of the Berlusconi fan club.The couple spent Christmas apart, with Mr Berlusconi at his principal home, Villa San Martino in Arcore. Ms Pascale, meanwhile, was settling into her a new apartment in Madrid, where she hopes to study languages. His legal travails continue as he faces charges of inducing a pimp to commit perjury and of bribing a senator to swap sides in parliament, which he denies.
[September 24 Berlusconi redux, tax case appeal granted]

The Prime Minister met with predecessor Silvio Berlusconi

The Prime Minister met with predecessor Silvio Berlusconi

The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear an appeal by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi against his conviction for tax fraud in August 2013, to examine Berlusconi’s argument that he had been denied a fair trial in the case. A date had been set for the appeal to begin.

[August 6]
Rome, August 6 – Former premier Silvio Berlusconi met August 6 with Premier Matteo Renzi to discuss reforms to Italy’s discredited electoral law, now being debated in parliament. The session in the premier’s office marked the third such meeting between Berlusconi, head of the center-right Forza Italia (FI) political party, and Renzi, who leads the center-left Democratic Party (PD).
The Prime Minister met with predecessor Silvio Berlusconi August 6 in a bid to rally parliamentary support for his reform bill, which was presented with nearly 8000 amendments on its first day in parliament.

“Italy never got out of the recession. If you look at the figures it has stagnated for years,”.

[July 18 Ruby case overturned: Silvio Berlusconi sentence can be restored on appeal]

A Milan appeals court overturned a conviction of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage girl and then abusing his power in trying to cover it up. Italian prosecutors can appeal the July 18 decision to Italy’s highest appeals court. The final decision by the country’s highest appeals court isn’t likely to come before next year.
Mr. Berlusconi—who was then prime minister—phoned a Milan police station asking for information about a Moroccan woman, Karima El Mahroug, an underage nightclub dancer nicknamed Ruby Heart-Stealer, who had been detained for allegedly stealing cash. Ms. El Mahroug has always denied the allegations

The billionaire politician was sentenced to seven years in prison as a result of the guilty verdict last year. Mr. Berlusconi, who was also banned from public office and ousted from Italy’s Senate as a result of the tax fraud conviction, has always denied the charges in the sex case, which dates back to May 2010.

Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Berlusconi pressed the police to release the woman, thus constituting abuse of power. They also argue that Mr. Berlusconi sought to have her released to cover up the fact that he had paid her for sex when she was 17. Berlusconi claims that he never had sex with her and that, anyway, she told him she was twenty-four. He admits that he gave her thousands of euros at the end of her first evening at Arcore, and tens of thousands more later, but insists that these were innocent acts of generosity. He instructed the police to release her from custody, he says, because he thought that she was a niece of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and he wanted to avoid straining diplomatic relations. (Mahroug, who was born in Morocco and grew up in Sicily, is not related to Mubarak.)


[June 13]

Arriving at   Fiumicino airport in Rome, former senator of Forza Italy was assigned to the medical facility inside the prison

Arriving at Fiumicino airport in Rome, former senator of Forza Italy was assigned to the medical facility inside the prison

Marcello Dell’Utri was arrested last month on an Interpol warrant in Beirut

Marcello Dell’Utri was arrested last month on an Interpol warrant in Beirut

Marcello Dell’Utri, 72, landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on June 13 accompanied by Interpol officials and was handed over to the Italian police, airport authorities said.

An Italian court has sentenced Dell’Utri, who comes from Sicily, to seven years in jail for acting as a go-between for the mafia and the Milan business elite, including Berlusconi’s companies, from 1974 to 1992.
Lebanon extradited Dell’Utri to Italy on June 13 who fled to Beirut in April just before being found guilty of dealings with the Sicilian mafia.

Shares in Berlusconi’s Mediaset rose 3.5 percent on June 12 after reports that Telefonica (Madrid: TEF.MC – news) would make an offer to buy the Italian broadcaster’s stake in Spanish pay-TV group Digital Plus.
[May 13]
Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome has confirmed the sentence imposed on 72-year-old Marcello Dell’Utri by Palermo’s Court of Appeal in March last year.
The longtime ally of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi is facing extradition to Italy after his arrest last month on an Interpol warrant in Beirut for allegedly fleeing a likely conviction from the supreme court for Mafia association.
“In the period of time we’re talking about a continuous crime,” said prosecutor Aurelio Galasso. Silvio Berlusconi – Italy’s former Prime Minister and one of the world’s most recognisable politicians – did business with the mafia for nearly two decades via his conduit and former senator Marcello Dell’Utri. Judges sentenced Dell’Utri to seven years for mafia association. Three-time premier Berlusconi, 77, has always denied rumours that mob links were behind the large and opaquely sourced investments used to kickstart his construction and media businesses in the 1970s and 1980s. But Supreme Court judges accepted prosecutor Aurelio Galasso’s claim that “for 18 years, from 1974 to 1992, Marcello Dell’Utri was the guarantor of the agreement between Berlusconi and Cosa Nostra”.

[April 15]

Former Prime Minister and current friend Francesca Pascale

In the first sentence against him ever confirmed by Italy’s highest court, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi must spend at least four hours a week in the service of the elderly to repay society for his tax fraud convictionBerlusconi was sentenced to four years for tax fraud, reduced to one year for a general amnesty. The one-year community service order may eventually be reduced by 45 days.

The state prosecutor supported the petition for community service, but asked the court to consider revoking it if Berlusconi insults judges while serving — something he has frequently done as he has fought numerous prosecutions over the years, mostly related to his business dealings.

The media mogul is on trial for political corruption in Naples and under investigation in Milan for witness tampering in trials relating to sex-fueled parties at his villa near Milan. His appeals trial for a conviction for having paid for sex with a minor and using his influence to cover it up is scheduled to open in June. He was sentenced to seven years in jail and given a lifetime political ban, but that has yet to be confirmed.

[December 4 2013]

Marcello Dell'Utri was the

Marcello Dell’Utri was the ” contract broker” of an agreement between Cosa Nostra and Silvio Berlusconi,

Italian Finance Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni says the sidelining of the longtime conservative leader leaves the government led by Prime Minister Enrico Letta “more cohesive and…more determined in the implementation of our program.”

Mr. Berlusconi—whose threats earlier this fall to bring down the Letta government made it exceedingly hard for the young coalition to govern—was stripped of his Senate seat because of a conviction for tax fraud.

Mr. Letta is under intense pressure to step up the pace of reforms aimed at freeing up Italy’s sclerotic economy.

The premier is hoping the government will survive until 2015, giving it time to cut taxes, ease labor laws and lower unemployment.

Mr. Saccomanni said Italy’s economy is slowly on the mend after what he described as a “deep depression.” The Italian economy has contracted for nine quarters in a row, and the government expects little more than anemic growth next year.

With a stronger majority in Parliament, the government should “operate with a more medium-term perspective than the one we have been obliged to have until now,” .

After months in which the Letta government teetered on the brink of collapse, European policy makers have publicly fretted over the ability of Rome to enact serious overhauls and keep its debt—currently more than 130% of gross domestic product—under control. Some regard chronic instability in Italy, the euro one’s third-largest economy, as the major threat to the currency bloc.

EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said that Italy has “no margins [to] maneuver.” He also expressed skepticism as to whether Mr. Letta’s government would manage, for instance, to achieve its ambitious privatization program.

[November 5]

Italian Senators will vote on November 27 on whether to expel center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi from parliament following his conviction for tax fraud, officials from the main parties said on Tuesday.

[October 23]
Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to stand trial for the alleged bribery of a senator.
Berlusconi is accused of paying the left-wing senator 3m euros ($3.9m) to defect to his party in 2006 and help bring down the government.

The senator, Sergio De Gregorio, was sentenced to 20 months on October 23 at a plea bargain hearing in Naples.

[October 19]

The Court of Appeal of Milan ruled on October 19 that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office for two years following a conviction for tax fraud.

However, since Berlusconi is a senator, the court’s decision will have no immediate effect and his expulsion from the Senate will depend on a separate vote in the upper house of parliament, expected to take place next month.

Bulgarian actress, producer and director Michelle Bonev has described her nights at his Arcore home. “This is how it works. At the end of the party, each girl has a request to make to him because she came to get something – a part in a film, a python handbag, a… to pay the rent, the electricity, the gas. He would stay in the room. We all went out and sat on the sofas. Then he would listen to what we wanted, one by one like the godfather”

The appellate court was ordered by Italy’s highest court to determine the length of the political ban accompanying his tax fraud conviction and four-year jail term after prosecutors conceded sentencing errors in the original five-year ban.

[October 3]

Prime minister Enrico Letta, the centre-left leader of the government won the Italian senate confidence vote with a sweeping majority. Only 70 of 305 MPs voted against; 235 MPs voted for. Berlusconi – the man who triggered the crisis and spent days clamouring for the government’s downfall – was one of them. Berlusconi been forced into a humiliating climbdown by a rebel faction of his own MPs, 32 senators voting with their leader, 24 absenting themselves, and 25 against him. He is scheduled for expulsion from the senate and the enforcement of his commuted one-year sentence, at the moment.
[September 29]
“In the end it’s all up to the PDL, I think there’s a deep debate taking place within the PDL.” Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta
20 senators of Berlusconi’s People of Liberty, or PDL, are ready to form a breakaway group if the ex-premier doesn’t back down on his confrontation with Letta, perhaps. Letta needs 24 votes in the Senate to secure a new majority without Berlusconi. To do so, the 47-year-old premier must win over opposition lawmakers or convince members of Berlusconi’s People of Liberty party to abandon their leader.
[September 23]
Silvio Berlusconi was forced from office at the height of the euro zone debt crisis in November 2011. 54th Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti ‘s efforts to deregulate services and labor laws were squashed by the parties that propped up his government before Italians gave him a resounding thumbs down at an election in February 2013 which produced no clear winner.

The resulting left-right coalition government led by Enrico Letta has bickered from the moment it took office and prospects for both growth and the debt have continued to worsen.

The economy shrinking 1.7 percent this year, down from a 1.3 percent contraction forecast in April, and it cut 2014 growth to 1.0 percent from 1.3 percent. Most analysts see growth of 0.7 percent at best next year.

Italy’s political situation has made no more progress than its economy, dimming prospects for the reforms needed to turn things around.

Italy’s medium term growth potential is now close to zero due to its failure to reduce costs and bureaucracy, tackle corruption or reform the justice system.
Since the days of the deepest crisis (in 2011) Italy has done nothing to improve its competitiveness, As a result its prospects for sustained debt reduction are non-existent.

Letta cuts a far more sober and reassuring figure than Berlusconi, but his ruling coalition is just as unruly and is deeply divided on economic policy.

Speculation has risen that there will be a new election in spring and on September 22 Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni threatened to resign as the government squabbled over whether to suspend a hike in sales tax due to take effect in October.

[September 17]

Fininvest, The family holding company of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered on Tuesday to pay 494 million euros in damages stemming from the disputed purchase of publisher Mondadori.
The final ruling by Italy’s top appeals court was a fresh blow to Berlusconi, 76, already reeling from a supreme court verdict which confirmed a four-year jail sentence last month, commuted to one year, for massive fraud at his Mediaset television empire.

[september 7]

Marcello Dell'Utri was the

Marcello Dell’Utri was the ” contract broker” of an agreement between Cosa Nostra and Silvio Berlusconi,

The judges of the Third Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Palermo in the written judgment in which the former senator of the PDL was sentenced on March 25 to seven years in prison for collusion with the Mafia. The Court has also found payments solicited by the Mafia to Berlusconi “as the price of protection,” and that according to the judges began in 1974, with a request for 100. million lire

Disgraced ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi made a 20-year pact with Mafia bosses to whom he paid millions of euros in exchange for protection and help with his business empire, according to a judicial report.

The tycoon’s deal with the mob was described by judges of the Palermo Appeals Court as part of their 476-page reasoning, released on September 5, behind the jail sentence for his Mafia association given to Berlusconi’s close friend Marcello Dell’Utri.

The judges say that Dell’Utri, a Palermo-born former senator in Berlusconi’s PDL (People of Freedom) Party, was the mogul’s go-between with the Cosa Nostra for 20 years, up until 1992, the year in which the Mafia assassinated two prosecutors in bomb attacks.

[August 24]

How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln

How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln

But while the crisis is leaving the Letta government’s prospects dim, Berlusconi’s Mediaset seems to have shrugged off the news. The shares have been on a tear so far this year, nearly tripling in value from their all-time low of €1.16 ($1.52) set in December by the end of July (the Supreme Court ruling was Aug. 1). They’ve been mostly flat since then, but they have still outperformed the Italian Stock Exchange’s blue chip index over that period, closing trading Friday at €3.36 ($4.40). Several investment banks have upgraded Mediaset’s ratings in recent weeks, judging that the tycoon’s political and legal woes are likely to have limited impact on the company’s day-to-day operations.
[August 14]
“Any definitive sentence, and the subsequent requirement to apply it, must be accepted,” Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said August 13 in an e-mailed statement. “That goes for the case at the center of attention today as with every other one.”
Napolitano noted that Silvio Berlusconi would not be expected to go to jail. Because of his age, the billionaire businessman is likely to serve the sentence under house arrest or doing community service.
Five Star Movement Founder Beppe Grillo, head of the biggest opposition party in parliament, said Napolitano was too lenient with Berlusconi and called on the president to resign.

[August 6]

Berlusconi already has a successor lined up — his daughter Marina. Marina is Berlusconi’s oldest daughter from his first marriage and has always been her father’s favorite. Despite having dropped out of university, Marina was installed as the chief executive of her father’s media company at the tender age of 30, making her — according to Forbes — the most influential woman in Italy.
On Facebook and fansites, she presents herself as a friend of Silvio’s fiancée Francesca Pascale. Marina, who is approaching her 47th birthday, doesn’t seem to mind the age gap. Her father’s new belle is only 27. In recent days, Marina has been a part of all high-level party meetings, a noticeable change from the past. Indeed, Berlusconi used to be fond of saying that he didn’t want his daughter to have to suffer as he has. Now, according to various Italian media outlets, Berlusconi has confided in a select few that his daughter should stand in the upcoming election. Berlusconi-owned “Il Giornale” has also predicted that Marina would perhaps throw her hat into the ring in her father’s place. The affection between father and daughter is clearly mutual. Despite marrying a ballet dancer and having two children of her own, Silvio remains his daughter’s main man. She refuses to tolerate even the slightest criticism of him. And there are other similarities as well: Marina and Silvio both enjoy a good dye job and the occasional surgical intervention. She is the daughter of Silvio Berlusconi with his first wife Carla Elvira Lucia Dall’Oglio, and is the elder sister of the businessman Pier Silvio Berlusconi. She is married to Maurizio Vanadia.

Marina Berlusconi Vanadia, 47 year-old university dropout

[August 4]

On August 1 Berlusconi was ordered to serve four years in prison, a sentence that has been commuted to one year under a 2006 amnesty and will consist, due to his age, of detention under house arrest or community service rather than jail.

The five judges of the court of cassation ordered another part of the previous sentence – a ban on public office – to be re-evaluated by a lower court. “If there is not a reform of the justice system we are ready for elections,” he told his followers. “This alliance is now unsustainable. The PD should draw up an exit strategy,” Pippo Civati, a centre-left MP, was quoted as saying. “Let’s pass the electoral law, then go straight back to the polls.” Whatever the government’s fate, Mr. Berlusconi isn’t about to start serving his sentence or lose his seat. He has until mid-October to decide whether to serve the year’s sentence at home or perform some socially useful service. And Senate procedures to strip him of his post will likely take months.

[July 10]
The Court of Cassation has decided to schedule an appeal in the media mogul’s tax fraud trial for July 30, months earlier than expected. The high court said it moved up the date to prevent the statute of limitations from expiring on one of the charges on Aug. 1. A high court decision could see former Premier Silvio Berlusconi banned for years from public office.
Although Berlusconi isn’t in the government himself, steady support from his center-right People of Freedom party is necessary to keep Premier Enrico Letta’s 10-week-old government alive, since Letta’s center-left Democratic Party doesn’t have enough support in Parliament to control both houses.
[June 25]
On June 19, Italy’s Constitutional Court rejected a procedural challenge related to Berlusconi’s October conviction for tax fraud. The tax-fraud conviction, upheld on appeal last month, carries a four-year prison sentence and five-year ban from public office. The final appeal for that case, involving Berlusconi’s related to the acquisition by his media company Mediaset SpA of television and film rights almost a decade ago., is underway. Mediaset, Italy’s dominant private television broadcaster, bought U.S. film and television rights at inflated prices, allowing the company to fraudulently lower its tax bill. Mediaset itself wasn’t charged. Separately, Mr. Berlusconi has appealed his conviction and the four-year jail term handed down by the lower court. Both were upheld last month by an appeals court, but a standard second appeal is pending.
Berlusconi has, according to his own estimate, been the subject of some 2,500 court hearings. But, incredibly enough, the former prime minister has yet to serve a sentence:
• 1990: Berlusconi is found guilty of perjury for providing false testimony regarding his membership in Propaganda Due, a subversive and illegal Masonic lodge. Amnesty granted in 1989 saves him from actual sentencing.
• 1994: Berlusconi faces corruption charges over subsidiaries of his company Fininvest paying bribes totaling $240,000 to tax inspectors. In 1998, he is sentenced to 33 months in prison, which he never serves because the statute of limitations expires during an appeal.
• 1995: Berlusconi is found guilty of falsifying documents during Fininvest’s acquisition of the Medusa film company. In 2001 he is acquitted, and thus never serves a mandated 16-month prison sentence.
• 1998: In his second conviction in a week, Berlusconi is sentenced to 28 months in jail for using an offshore company to bribe former Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi. An appeals court throws out the charges a year later because the statute of limitations has expired.
• 2002: The Italian Parliament passes a bill allowing defendants to appeal for a change of venue if there is “legitimate suspicion” that the judge involved in a case is biased. Berlusconi uses the legislation to his advantage by dragging charges out past the statute of limitations (he will go on to evade false accounting charges through other laws passed by his government).
• 2013: An appeals court upholds charges of tax fraud against Berlusconi after he is initially sentenced to four years in prison and banned from public office for five years in 2012. Berlusconi is now appealing the verdict to Italy’s highest court, which has yet to issue a final verdict.

aka Ruby

aka Ruby

A Milan court on June 24 convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during infamous “bunga bunga” parties at his villa and then using his influence to try to cover it up.

Berlusconi, 76, was sentenced to seven years in prison and barred from public office for life — a sentence that could mean the end of his two-decade political career. However, there are two more levels of appeal before the sentence would become final, a process that can take months.

[October 14 2011]

Le Monde publishes excerpts from DSK explanation
Given the “lack of sufficient elements of proof” uncovered by the police, “an investigation into attempted rape cannot be undertaken,” the public prosecutors’ office said.
The leader of the UMP Jean-Francois Cope held Monday “pathetic and sad” the intervention of Dominique Strauss-Kahn yesterday on TF1, saying “shocked” hints at a possible conspiracy. 7sur7
The leader of majority party said he was “deeply” shocked by the assumption of a trap that could have been stretched to DSK. figaro
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Credit Suisse said March 31 that its offices in London, Paris and Amsterdam were searched March 30 by authorities in connection with client tax matters.

The U.K. tax authority is investigating “senior employees” at a global financial institution, it said in a statement. Australia’s Serious Financial Crime Taskforce said it had identified 346 of its citizens “with links to Swiss banking relationship managers alleged to have actively promoted and facilitated tax evasion schemes.”

Credit Suisse has previously been hit hard in tax probes. The bank was fined $2.6 billion in the US in 2014 after pleading guilty to helping American citizens evade tax and it was also fined €150 million in Germany in a similar case back in 2011.

[July 7 2015 Fana Hlongwane, SA agent on Gripen sale, had HSBC Swiss account]


Gripen by SAAB

Gripen by SAAB

Former South African arms deal advisor, Fana Hlongwane, holds one of more than 2,000 accounts held by South Africans at HSBC . Saab and BAE paid over a billion rand in commission to agents to secure the sale of 26 Gripen fighter jets to South Africa,
Apparently R154 million of the R1.5 billion in commission was paid to Fana Hlongwane, adviser to late defence minister Joe Modise. According to Expressen, R2 million was paid to Hlongwane in October 1999 via the company Red Diamond. The money then travelled via a Swiss agent into Hlongwane’s company Westunity.

In February 2015 the HSBC leak found 100 million kronor ($11.7 million) in three Swiss bank accounts belonging to Hlongwane. The programme reported that the money was related to the sale of Gripens to South Africa.

[May 14 HSBC Brazil CEO Guilherme André Brandão has no details on Switzerland bank accounts]

HSBC Brazil CEO Guilherme André Brandão Marcelo Camargo

HSBC Brazil CEO Guilherme André Brandão Marcelo Camargo

According to documents leaked by Hervé Falciani, which lists client names as of 2006, a total 8,000 Brazilians had accounts with HSBC Switzerland in that year. But no further information on suspected fraud has emerged so far
HSBC Brazil CEO Guilherme André Brandão was heard May 5 by a congressional committee of investigation (CPI) at the Senate that is probing potentially fraudulent bank accounts held by Brazilians with HSBC Switzerland. He claimed he has no details on Switzerland bank accounts, not even those held by Brazilian nationals.
According to Brandão, when a Brazilian client contacts the bank to open an account in Switzerland, bank executives in Brazil merely refer the applications to the agents overseas in charge of analyzing and approving investment recommendations and account applications. The bank’s office in Brazil holds a list of client referrals, but has no information as to which of them are successful.more on “operation Car Wash”

[February 21 Geneva’s Attorney General Olivier Jornot raids HSBC- implications for the bank]

Swiss prosecutors investigating allegations of tax avoidance have raided HSBC’s Geneva offices. The FT’s Martin Arnold and Jonathan Guthrie discuss the implications for the bank, and what this means for investors.

[February 18 Geneva’s Attorney General Olivier Jornot raids HSBC]

Geneva's Attorney General Olivier Jornot is seen leaving an HSBC Swiss branch of the bank in Geneva on February 18. Geneva's public prosecutor searched the premises of HSBC Holdings PLC in Geneva on Wednesday and said it had opened a criminal inquiry into allegations of aggravated money laundering.

Geneva’s Attorney General Olivier Jornot is seen leaving an HSBC Swiss branch of the bank in Geneva on February 18. Geneva’s public prosecutor searched the premises of HSBC Holdings PLC in Geneva on February 18 and said it had opened a criminal inquiry into allegations of aggravated money laundering.

FEB 18, 2015 – 10:47 ” A search is currently under way in the premises of the bank, led by Attorney General Olivier Jornot and the prosecutor Yves Bertossa,” Geneva’s prosecutor said in a statement. The Geneva public prosecutor says it has initiated proceedings against the Swiss branch of HSBC for suspected money laundering. The prosecutor announced that following recent public revelations about the HSBC Private Bank – a Swiss subsidiary of a leading British bank – a criminal case has been filed against the bank and unknown persons for money laundering.
Regardless of the criminal liability of its employees, the bank can be prosecuted if it failed to take all the organisational measures necessary to prevent infringement from occurring.
Depending on its evolution of the investigation, the process is also likely to extend to individuals suspected of participating in money laundering within the bank, according to a statement by the prosecutor’s office. read more

[February 14 HSBC scandal in U.S.: Loretta Lynch avoided criminal prosecution of bank officers?]

 U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York 2012

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York 2012

Republicans believe leak ‘throws a monkey wrench’ into Lynch becoming the next attorney general as questions swirl over her role in $1.9bn bank settlement in 2012

The office of Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced it is investigating why Loretta Lynch, in her capacity as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, allowed banking giant HSBC to avoid criminal prosecution of bank officers and other employees. HSBC paid a hefty fine, instead, for laundering uncounted billions of dollars of illegal drug and terrorist money through its U.S. bank in the service of Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists.
Main Justice prosecuted these cases, Lynch’s name just appeared on the press releases, it was Eric Holder’s show. But as a federal prosecutor, Lynch could have easily made decisions to charge individuals after the settlements were completed. She had the information at her disposal. But she chose instead to go along to get along, and you can see her elevation to attorney general as part of the reward.

[February 12 HSBC & Lord Fink “‘I didn’t object to his use of the word tax avoidance, because tax avoidance – everyone does it’.]
Shabana Mahmood, the shadow Treasury minister, has called for a “full and frank” statement from Lord Green, the former HSBC boss and former Tory trade minister, about what he knew about the tax scandal at HSBC.
Launching Labour’s education policy for the May general election at his former school in north London, Mr Miliband accused the coalition Government of failing to “act properly against tax avoidance”. The Labour leader said: “Yesterday a Conservative donor challenged me to stand by what I said in the House of Commons. I do. “And believe it or not, now today he confirmed it as well. He has just said, and I quote ‘I didn’t object to his use of the word tax avoidance, because tax avoidance – everyone does it’. “David Cameron must explain why he appointed a treasurer of the Conservative Party who boasts about engaging in tax avoidance and thinks it is something that everyone does. Baron Fink is a British former hedge fund manager, the former CEO and deputy chairman of the Man Group plc
The peer branded the Labour leader’s jibe in the Commons yesterday “untrue and defamatory” and challenged him to step out from the cover of parliamentary privilege so he could take legal action: he had a Swiss bank account because he was working for the Man Group in the country for four years from 1996 to 2000. “During this time I had need of a local bank account to do simple things like receive my Swiss franc salary and pay grocery bills,” he said.

[February 10 HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA -Hillary Clinton’s Foundation received $1M from account]

HSBC’s notes contain an instruction to ‘transfer [$1m] to Bill Clinton’s Foundation as a contribution following his involvement in the charity function.’

HSBC’s notes contain an instruction to ‘transfer [$1m] to Bill Clinton’s Foundation as a contribution following his involvement in the charity function.’ i.e.The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. After leaving the State Department, she officially joined the foundation, which changed its name to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

The files released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism detail 30,000 accounts held with the bank between 2005 and 2007 covering assets of nearly £78 billion. The files cover almost 7000 UK citizens and have been in the hands of HMRC since 2010.
HMRC has clawed back around £135 million from some of the 3600 British clients of the bank alleged to have avoided tax. Only one person has been prosecuted.

[February 9

David Cameron with HSBC's[now] Lord Green

David Cameron with HSBC’s[now] Lord Green February 14 Lord Stephen Green, the former HSBC boss at the centre of the storm over the bank’s alleged tax dodging, is to resign from his role with an influential financial services lobby group.

HSBC files show how HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA helped clients dodge taxes and hide millions
Data in massive cache of leaked secret bank account files lift lid on questionable practices at subsidiary of one of world’s biggest financial institutions. Data from around 130,000 customers at the Anglo-Asian bank -see below
Under the terms of the 2012 agreement, HSBC was obligated for five years to both fully cooperate with prosecutors on any other investigations and commit no crimes after it signed the deal. HSBC Holdings plc (HSBA.L) could see its 2012 deferred prosecution deal with U.S. authorities over anti-money laundering lapses reopened as a result of separate, ongoing probes into the bank’s alleged role in manipulating currency rates and helping Americans evade taxes.

[November 21 2014 HSBC tax fraud and money laundering charges in France, Belgium from Hervé Falciani, whistleblower in Switzerland]

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA

Hervé Falciani, a French citizen and former employee of HSBC Private Bank in Geneva, has helped uncover an international tax evasion scandal.

Hervé Falciani, a French citizen and former employee of HSBC Private Bank in Geneva, has helped uncover an international tax evasion scandal.

“We confirm that HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates who are examining whether the bank acted appropriately between 2006-07 in relation to certain clients of the bank who had French tax reporting requirements, as well as in relation to the way the bank offered its services in the country,” HSBC Private Bank In connection with the investigation, the bank has agreed to deposit a bail bond of 50 million euros ($62 million.
The investigation follows the theft of personal details of HSBC private banking clients in Switzerland that were passed on to Belgian and French authorities in 2010. HSBC Private Bank was charged with tax fraud and money laundering in Belgium on November 17.

At the end of 2008, Hervé Falciani committed what is believed to have been the most portentous theft of banking data in history. The systems engineer and former employee at the Geneva offices of HSBC left Switzerland for France and took data from around 130,000 customers at the Anglo-Asian bank along with him.

France’s finance minister at the time, current International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde, then handed data supplied by Falciani on to other countries. With the help of the information, authorities were able to uncover hundreds of cases of tax evasion, including those involving members of Spain’s Botín banking family. In Greece, the data, which is often referred to as the “Lagarde List,” was largely forgotten until it returned to the headlines during the debt crisis.
Falciani, 41, has also cooperated with the American authorities. Indeed, on the strength of the information he provided, HBSC was forced to pay a $1.9 billion settlement with the United States after a Senate committee found that failures in HSBC’s money-laundering controls had enabled terrorists and drug cartels to gain access to the US financial system.

Last year, officials in Spain arrested Falciani in Barcelona. After a Spanish court rejected a Swiss extradition request for the Franco-Italian, he returned a few weeks ago to France, where examining magistrates have opened a new investigation into HSBC. The Botin family, which owns barely 2 percent of Santander, paid 200 million euros in penalties in 2011 to avoid charges of tax evasion related to a secret Swiss bank account. ‘Botin was the unofficial king of Spain.’

[October 22 Accounting system by consortia evades 1.7 billion euros in taxes for private companies of national importance]

Piero Tulli, presidente del Gruppo Cisco Italia

Piero Tulli, presidente del Gruppo Cisco Italia

Italy’s financial police on Tuesday said they had broken up a ring of companies they believe used false accounting to defraud the state of 1.7 billion euros ($2.2 billion) of tax. Police said two Rome businessmen, Pierino Tulli and Maurizio Ladaga, created a system using false invoices issued by intermediary subcontracting companies in areas such as security services and industrial cleaning to perpetrate the fraud. Using these false invoices, large sums of money were put into the accounts of shell companies. The funds were then taken out in cash and deposited in San Marino or Luxembourg, and the companies declared bankrupt, the police said.
The mechanism fraudulently used since 2001 to today’s date consisted generally in foster subcontracting services to co-operative societies specially constituted by the consortia administered by the suspects, who reportedly accounted for contracts from public entities, both by private companies of national importance . Cooperative societies, in turn, through the issuance of invoices for nonexistent transactions for about 400 million euro – credit the money received to further cooperative so-called “final”, whose accounts were gradually emptied by withdrawals cash, not justified by any business logic.
A total of 62 people are suspected of taking part in the fraud to some degree.

SoftBank, which owns a majority stake in U.S. wireless carrier Sprint, will invest $250 million in Legendary Entertainment, the Burbank production house and financier behind recent movies including “Godzilla”

Summer’s “Godzilla” grossed about $525 million in ticket sales around the world, 62% of which came from outside the U.S. and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo.

SoftBank has plenty of money to spend, especially after the initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the Chinese Internet company that began trading on Wall Street last month. More than 30% of Alibaba’s shares are owned by SoftBank.

[September 15 Ultron’s scarlet witch: Elizabeth Olsen witnessed first-hand the interaction of twins]

Optioned for Godzilla 2?

Optioned for Godzilla 2?

Elizabeth Olsen has been cast as Audrey Williams, Hank Wiliams’ wife, in I Saw The Light, an upcoming biopic of the country music pioneer. Olsen will be starring alongside Hiddleston, who has already started prepping for the lead role in the film directed by Marc Abraham. Audrey Williams served as the Alabama-born singer’s wife, manager, duet partner, and occasional member of Williams’ touring band throughout the couple’s tumultuous marriage.

Olsen starred in “Godzilla” this summer and is also set to star in the Avengers: Age of Ultron next year. The 25-year-old actress has gained critical acclaim for her roles in movies such as Kill Your Darlings and Very Good Girls.

“Godzilla” will be the biggest box office bomb of 2014. Godzilla as a character is box office poison. The fact is the last 3 Godzilla movies released domestically have flopped: “Godzilla 1985” made $4M; “Godzilla 2000” made a whopping $10M and the last attempt at a Hollywood-style big budget remake, also called “Godzilla” bombed so bad that its lead toy licensee went bankrupt. Had the movie made a profit the studio wouldn’t have just let the rights expire in 2003 without even attempting a reboot or sequel. They had 5 years to make a new film based on this property yet they passed. 1/23/2014 John Furrier Forbes

Godzilla 2 will stomp into theaters on June 8, 2018, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced on August 14. This summer, Godzilla amassed a solid $507.7 million at the global box office, successfully launching a franchise based around the iconic monster.
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $200,676,069 38.2%
+ Foreign: $324,300,000 61.8%
= Worldwide: $524,976,069 [August 28]

Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April 24th 2015 and North America on May 1st 2015,

Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April 24th 2015 and North America on May 1st 2015,

The Scarlet Witch is always in an eerie, otherworldly state—overwhelmed by the vast psychic knowledge inundating her at all times. “The reason she’s so special is because she has such a vast amount of knowledge that she’s unable to learn how to control it,” Olsen says. “No one taught her how to control it properly. So it gets the best of her. It’s not that she’s mentally insane, it’s just that she’s just overly stimulated. And she can connect to this world and parallel worlds at the same time, and parallel times.”
The actress said she drew on her own family experience—having a very close relationship with her older brother, and witnessing first-hand the interaction of twins. (She’s the younger sister of former child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.)
“My understanding of twins is that they always balance each other out,” she says. “When one’s high, the other one’s low. When one’s sick, the other one’s healthy. That happens, I think, a lot more often than not when people are really close as twins.”

 I signed on after talking to Gareth

I signed on after talking to Gareth

 Even though Godzilla didn't show us a lot of family bonding, it didn't ask us to question the nature of family bonds themselves or the need to rescue wife and kid. In Godzilla,   In Godzilla, the main point of the story is to be rescued. All our efforts to fight the MUTO are doomed to fail, and it's only when Godzilla randomly decides to fight them off that we're saved.

Even though Godzilla didn’t show us a lot of family bonding, it didn’t ask us to question the nature of family bonds themselves or the need to rescue wife and kid. In Godzilla, the main point of the story is to be rescued. All our efforts to fight the MUTO are doomed to fail, and it’s only when Godzilla randomly decides to fight them off that we’re saved.

Godzilla’s formulaic fun earned so much money its first weekend that the studio has already ordered a sequel. Legendary Pictures and distributor Warner Bros. have seen Godzilla stomp through box office records. The film has grossed more than $203.8 million worldwide, crossing the $100 million mark domestically in just four and a half days. Its $93.1 million opening weekend was a surprise
Speaking on the red carpet about the film in London, Elizabeth Olsen said: ‘I didn’t really know what a Godzilla film is, I had never seen one before. But I signed on after talking to Gareth, who told me it is the best monster movie ever made.

[April 24]

Therese starring Elizabeth Olsen planning Oscar run

In Secret starring Elizabeth Olsen

In Secret box office: Domestic Total as of Mar. 6, 2014: $444,179
Distributor: Roadside Attractions Release Date: February 21, 2014

[April 1]

[March 24]

The whip, please

The whip, please

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in theaters on May 1, 2015. First unit production on “Avengers: Age of Ultron” began on March 22, Filming in and around Fort di Bard in Valle D’Aosta, Italy.
The Valle d’Aosta has been selected to be backdrop for several key scenes in Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” including Forte di Bard, Verres, Donnas, Pont- Saint-Martin, Bard and Aosta Rollandin.

[March 21]

Elizabeth Olsen is playing Scarlet Witch in Captain America: The Winter Soldier aka Captain America 2.”

Therese starring Elizabeth Olsen planning Oscar run

In Secret starring Elizabeth Olsen

DVD Release: In Secret
Digital, VOD & DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014 Price: DVD $26.98 Studio: Lionsgate
Indie film darling Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) stars in the thriller movie In Secret.
Rated R, the movie was released in a limited number of theaters and received mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers. Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Steven Rea called it “quite awful,” but Detroit News‘ Tom Long wrote the film “offers all the essentials: unbridled passion, deceit, fate so unkind, a classically creepy mother and grand tragedy.”

[March 17]
In Secret

Domestic Total as of Mar. 6, 2014: $444,179
Distributor: Roadside Attractions Release Date: February 21, 2014
Genre: Romantic Thriller Runtime: N/A
MPAA Rating: R Production Budget: N/A

Kate Winslet was attached for a long time to star in the lead role. Jessica Biel then replaced her with Gerard Butler as Laurent. In the fall of 2011, Elizabeth Olsen was announced as a replacement in the lead role.

[Febrary 9]

Director Spike Lee’s remake of the Korean cult classic had a tepid release and ended up as one of the director’s worst-performing movies ever.

Production budget: $30 million
Worldwide gross: $4.09 million
Elizabeth Olsen’s highest-profile role since her breakout turn in Martha Marcy May Marlene involved getting raped onscreen for kicks in Old Boy. The good news is that, quality of roles unknown; she will be a featured player in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and this summer’s Godzilla.

[January 7]

Elizabeth Olsen is playing Scarlet Witch in Captain America: The Winter Soldier aka Captain America 2.

Elizabeth Olsen is playing Scarlet Witch in Captain America: The Winter Soldier aka Captain America 2.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier aka Captain America 2. Elizabeth Olsen is playing Scarlet Witch, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson is playing Quicksilver. With Fox set to introduce their version of Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, it certainly makes sense that Marvel Studios would want to get their version on the big screen first (and Captain America: The Winter Soldier is their big opportunity to do so).
The buzz about Captain America: The Winter Soldier that has emerged from the test screenings is that the film is really good. Some are calling it the best movie from Marvel Studios to date and definitely the best of Marvel Studios Phase 2 so far.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is scheduled to be released in on April 4, 2014.

Elizabeth Olsen in Godzilla

Godzilla: Scream Lizzie Scream

Filming Locations

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii, USA
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Front Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Steveston, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

[December 4 2013]

In Secret opens in February 2014

[October 22]

Elizabeth Olsen and Julian Cihi,  relocated from within the cast after actor Finn Wittrock departed for a film role, (Cihi was to have played Tybalt).

Elizabeth Olsen and Julian Cihi, relocated from within the cast after actor Finn Wittrock departed for a film role, (Cihi was to have played Tybalt).

Olsen, star of the coming “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”, in a focused performance prefers boots: stomping, black, militaristic footwear that visually runs counter to the billowy white dress she wears, a combination that exudes beauty and toughness. This Juliet is in command of her sensuality, and her man — yet she’s inevitably overcome by the catastrophic forces of hormones and parental expectations. Any “Romeo & Juliet” will rise or fall on the chemistry of its leads, and in that light, the newest take on Shakespeare’s tragic lovers, now open at Off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company, ranks a notch or so ahead of its more-publicized Broadway counterpart.

Elizabeth Olsen on set of 'Kill Your Darlings'

Elizabeth Olsen on set of ‘Kill Your Darlings’

Sony Classics opened Daniel Radcliffe’s Sundance debut Kill Your Darlings from first-time feature filmmaker John Krokidas in 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles, grossing $57,722. The film averaged $14,431. To put in perspective, SPC’s Blue Jasmine opened in 6 theaters in August, averaging just over $102K. It will head to most major markets through November. Daniel Radcliffe is Britain’s richest “young celebrity”, according to a survey conducted by Heat magazine, whose net worth is estimated at £56.18m

[October 1]

Opening night of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Julian Cihi as the titular lovers, at off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company is set for October 16. Tea Alagic directs the production.

[July 20]

Godzilla human cast looks to include Elizabeth Olsen, who is a rising star after her strong performances in the films Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House.
The Gareth Edwards-directed reboot is the first big-budget film for Olsen, the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley whose turn in the 2011 indie drama “Martha Marcy May Marlene” garnered her critical acclaim and “next big thing” buzz.
[July 20]

Elizabeth Olsen billing [not final]

Elizabeth Olsen billing [not final]

A red band, which indicates approval for only “restricted” or “mature” audiences. These trailers may only be shown before R-rated, NC-17-rated, unrated movies (only films that are released in theaters rated R and not in theaters rated PG-13) or sometimes PG-13. These trailers may include nudity, profanity or other material deemed inappropriate for children – foul language and violent, sexual, or otherwise objectionable imagery. Perhaps the most promising twist is the cast. In addition to the dependable Brolin in the challenging lead role, Martha Marcy May Marlene’s Elizabeth Olsen plays the female lead.

Therese starring Elizabeth Olsen planning Oscar run

Therese starring Elizabeth Olsen planning Oscar run

A fall festival run and a September 27, 2013 release is scheduled for Therese, directed and written by Charlie Stratton and starring Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange and Oscar Isaac. An Oscar campaign is also planned for the romantic thriller based on the Emile Zola novel Therese Raquin, which is set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris.

[Feb. 29]

Graphic Novel for Spike Lee remake

Graphic Novel for Spike Lee remake

Lizzie with three other projects in 2013 but a sizable gap in her schedule

Lizzie, 23, with three other projects in 2013 but a sizable gap in her schedule

“Oldboy,” a graphic novel, was originally turned into a film by South Korean director Chan-wook Park. Will Smith and Steven Spielberg were originally toying with the idea of an American version, but Lee came aboard last year and Brolin soon followed to star. Elizabeth Olsen has been offered the female lead; with three other projects listed to start in 2013 but a sizable gap in her schedule before those projects are due to start. Indeed, scheduling issues with Brolin may be behind troublesome casting decisions here.read