Russo brothers

Anthony Russo (born February 1970) and Joseph Russo (born July 1971),[1] collectively known as the Russo brothers (/ˈruːsoʊ/),[2] are American film and television directors. The brothers direct most of their work jointly, and also occasionally work as producers, screenwriters, actors, and editors. The brothers directed the superhero films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), as well as Avengers: Endgame (2019), all four part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are also known for their work on the comedy series Arrested Development, for which they won an Emmy Award, and Community. Their film Avengers: Infinity War became the fourth film and the first superhero film to gross over $2 billion worldwide, breaking numerous box office records and becoming the highest-grossing film of 2018 Worldwide, as well as the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time and in the United States and Canada.

Russo brothers
Anthony and Joe Russo by Gage Skidmore
Joe (left) and Anthony Russo in 2013
BornAnthony: February 1970 (age 48–49)
Joseph: July 1971 (age 47–48)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Iowa (Joe), Case Western Reserve University
Occupation
  • Film directors
  • producers
  • screenwriters
Years active1994–present

Life and career

Anthony and Joe Russo were raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Benedictine High School.[3] Their parents are Patricia and Basil Russo, an attorney and former judge.[4] Joe graduated from The University of Iowa and majored in English and writing.[5][6] The Russos were graduate students at Case Western Reserve University when they began directing, writing, and producing their first feature, Pieces. They financed the film with student loans and credit cards.[7] After viewing Pieces at the Slamdance Film Festival, Steven Soderbergh approached the duo and offered to produce their next film, along with his producing partner George Clooney.[7] This project was the crime comedy Welcome to Collinwood, starring William H. Macy, Sam Rockwell, and Clooney.

FX network executive Kevin Reilly hired the Russos to direct the pilot for the series Lucky, having liked the pair's work on Collinwood.[7] Ron Howard was a fan of the pilot, and he had a hand in hiring the brothers to direct the pilot for Fox's Arrested Development.[7] The brothers won an Emmy for their work on the episode.

In 2006, the Russo brothers returned to film, directing the Owen Wilson comedy You, Me, and Dupree. The film grossed $130 million worldwide.[7] For the 2007–08 TV season, the Russos joined the crew of the ABC series Carpoolers as executive producers and directors. They served as executive producers and directors on the first several seasons of the NBC sitcom Community and the ABC series Happy Endings.

In July 2013, the brothers wrapped principal production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a superhero sequel for Marvel Studios; the film was released on April 4, 2014.[8]

In January 2014, the brothers signed on to return to direct the third Captain America film, Captain America: Civil War, which was released on May 6, 2016. In May 2014, they were announced to co-write and direct The Gray Man. In March 2015, the brothers were set to direct an all-male installment in the rebooted series of the Ghostbusters franchise, produced by Sony's new-founded production company, Ghost Corps.[9][10][11] However, as of March 2016, the Russos are no longer attached to the Ghostbusters project.[12]

The Russo brothers directed Avengers: Infinity War (2018), which became the first superhero movie to gross over $2 billion at the box office. They are the third directors to make a $2 billion movie after James Cameron's films Avatar and Titanic and J.J. Abrams's film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Its sequel, Avengers: Endgame, is scheduled for release in 2019.[13] The brothers are also financing the Los Angeles and Beijing joint-production company Anthem & Song, which is producing the Chinese superhero movie The Hero’s Awakening.[14][15]

The Russo brothers have signed on to produce a television series based on Deadly Class. The Sony Pictures Television-produced adaptation has been optioned as a pilot for the Syfy channel.[16] Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, Michel Duval and María Gabriela de Faría are among the actors cast in main roles for the series.[17] On April 18, 2018, Syfy picked up the pilot to the series.[18]

In August 2018, the brothers won the rights to adapt Nico Walker 2018 novel Cherry.[19] They also served as award presenters at The Game Awards 2018 ceremony, which honored the best video games of that year.[20]

Filmography

Year Title Credited as Notes
Directors Writer(s) Producers
2002 Welcome to Collinwood Yes Yes No
2006 You, Me and Dupree Yes No No
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Yes No No
A Merry Friggin' Christmas No No Executives
2016 Captain America: Civil War Yes No No
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Yes No No
2019 Avengers: Endgame Yes No No Post-production
17 Bridges No No Yes Post-production
Dhaka No Joe Russo Yes Filming[21]

Short films

Year Title Credited as
Directors Writer(s) Producers
2002 The Kiss Yes Yes Yes
2006 No. 6 No No Joe Russo
2008 Square One No Anthony Russo No
Carforkers Yes No No
2009 Donkey Punch No No Anthony Russo
2012 Leader of the Pack No No Yes

Television

Year Title Director(s) Producer(s) Episode(s)
2003 Lucky Yes No "Calling Dr. Con"
2003–05 Arrested Development Yes No Both: "Pilot"
Anthony only: "Top Banana", "Key Decisions", "The Immaculate Election", "Spring Breakout"
Joe only: "Bringing Up Buster", "In God We Trust", "Pier Pressure", "Marta Complex", "Shock and Aww", "Missing Kitty", "Hand to God", "Motherboy XXX", "Meat the Veals"
2004 LAX Yes No "Pilot"
2004–05 No executive All episodes
2006 Secrets of a Small Town No executive Failed ABC pilot
What About Brian Yes No "Pilot"
2006–07 No executive All episodes
2007–08 Carpoolers Yes No Both: "Pilot"
Anthony only: "The Code", "The Recital"
Joe only: "Laird of the Rings", "What Would You Do?", "Down for the Count", "The Seminar",
"A Divorce to Remember", "The Handsomest Man", "Lost in America"
No executive All episodes
2008 Courtroom K Yes No Failed Fox pilot
2009 Untitled Family Pilot Yes No Failed NBC pilot
Comedy Showcase Yes No "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret"
2009–2012, 2014 Community Yes No Both: Pilot
Anthony only: "Introduction to Film", "Social Psychology", "Home Economics", "The Politics of Human Sexuality", "Physical Education", "Beginner Pottery", "The Psychology of Letting Go", "Basic Rocket Science", "Asian Population Studies", "Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy", "Biology 101", "Competitive Ecology", "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism"
Joe only: "Spanish 101", "Advanced Criminal Law", "Football, Feminism and You", "Debate 109", "Investigative Journalism", "Romantic Expressionism", "Pascal's Triangle Revisited", "Anthropology 101", "Accounting for Lawyers", "Cooperative Calligraphy", "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons", "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking", "Competitive Wine Tasting", "A Fistful of Paintballs", "Geography of Global Conflict", "Advanced Gay", "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux", "Geothermal Escapism", "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons"
Yes executive Seasons 1–3 and 5
2010 Running Wilde Yes executive "Pilot"
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Yes No "In Which Claims are Made and a Journey Ensues" (original Comedy Showcase pilot, some footage reshot)
2011 The Council of Dads Yes No Fox pilot
2011–2012 Happy Endings Yes No Both: "Pilot"
Anthony only: "Barefoot Pedaler", "Blax, Snake, Home", "Secrets and Limos"
Joe only: "Bo Fight", "Yesandwitch", "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre"
No executive Season one & season two
Up All Night Yes No Joe only: "Cool Neighbors", "Working Late and Working It", "Day After Valentine's Day"
2012 Animal Practice Yes No Both: "Pilot"
Anthony only: "Clean-Smelling Pirate"
Joe only: "Ralphie"
No executive All episodes
2015 Agent Carter Yes No Joe only: "Bridge and Tunnel" (as Joseph V. Russo)
2019 Deadly Class No executive Both: "Pilot"

Joe Russo's acting credits

Year Title Role
2006 You, Me and Dupree Personal Trainer
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Dr. Fine
2016 Captain America: Civil War Dr. Theo Broussard
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Bert (a photographer; deleted scene)

References

  1. ^ a b Anthony Russo in Lovece, Frank (March 25, 2014). "Soldier showdown: Joe and Anthony Russo take the helm of 'Captain America' franchise". Archived from the original on September 21, 2016. I was born in February of 1970 and Joe was born in July of 1971.
  2. ^ "Infinity War's Directors Break Down the Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy Scene". Vanity Fair. May 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Luttermoser, John (August 29, 2009). "Anthony and Joe Russo put 'Community' on edge for NBC comedy series". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': Directors Anthony and Joe Russo on landing in the Marvel universe and their love of '70s crime thrillers". cleveland.com.
  5. ^ Alumni, University of Iowa. "Iowa Alumni Magazine: Captain Middle America".
  6. ^ "Iowa has close ties to 'Captain America' series".
  7. ^ a b c d e "Anthony and Joe Russo: Executive Producers/Directors". Community official site: "About/Bios" (NBC). Archived from the original on September 22, 2009.
  8. ^ "Russo Brothers On For Captain America 2 – Movie News – Empire". empireonline.com.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 28, 2014). "Sony Acquires 'The Gray Man' for Joe Roth and 'Captain America' Directors (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Lucy Lawless Joins Ash vs. Evil Dead". Dread Central.
  11. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Guy 'Ghostbusters' In Works With Russo Brothers, Channing Tatum & Drew Pearce – Deadline". Deadline.
  12. ^ Barken, Jonathan (March 18, 2016). "The Russo Brothers 'Ghostbusters' is Confirmed Dead". Bloody Disgusting.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys; Siegemund-Broka, Austin (March 23, 2015). "Russo Brothers to Direct 'Avengers: Infinity War' Parts 1 and 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 23, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  14. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (March 13, 2016). "Russo Brothers Launch Studio to Produce Chinese-Language Films (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  15. ^ Frater, Patrick (May 10, 2016). "'Captain America' Filmmakers Announce Chinese Superhero Project". Variety.
  16. ^ Melrose, Kevin (July 21, 2016). "SDCC: Russo Brothers to Produce "Deadly Class" TV Series". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (November 9, 2017). "'Deadly Class': Syfy Sets Full Cast For Comic-Based Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (April 18, 2018). "Syfy Picks Up To Series 'Deadly Class' Drama Based On Graphic Novel From The Russo Brothers". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  19. ^ McNary, Dave (24 August 2018). "Russo Brothers Close Deal to Direct PTSD Drama 'Cherry'". Variety. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  20. ^ Pereira, Chris. "Avengers 4 Directors Will Be At The Game Awards". GameSpot. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Chris Hemsworth begins shooting for Netflix film 'Dhaka' in India". November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.

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Gargiulo's Italian Restaurant

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The restaurant was started and run by Gus Garguilo, and later he was joined by his brother Louis and sisters Tessie and Angelina, with other family members working in the kitchen. Large parties were often held in the spacious dining room with its large maroon drapes and the parties often spilled out into the small courtyard in the back on warm days. Pictures of these parties lined the walls in the entrance hall, many with recognizable faces such as Jimmy Durante.

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Laurence Bassini

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Prior to taking over at Watford Bassini had been made bankrupt in 2007 following the failure of his business The Fox at Ibstone near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, which he blamed on his father. Bassini was bankrupt for about a year and it was during this time that he changed his name to Bassini to have a "fresh start".Whilst chairman of Watford, Bassini had been due to meet with fans at the annual Fans Forum on 8 November 2011 but cancelled at the last minute citing ill health. He then cancelled a subsequent local radio phone-in on 22 November 2011, again at the last minute and again due to 'ill health'.Bassini's tenure at Watford will forever be remembered by Watford fans as a period of clown-like incompetence and financial impropriety culminating in the comical 'Safegate' scandal when just prior to the sale of the club in June 2012 Bassini called the police after an employee refused to hand him the keys to the club safe. He'll also be remembered for always wearing a ridiculous red builders helmet whenever he gave an interview to the local paper.In June 2012, 13 months after he bought the club, Bassini sold Watford Football Club to Gino Pozzo, son of Giampaolo Pozzo and owner of Udinese and Granada.In November 2012 it was announced the $1.5 million Bassini owed to Watford Football Club for 'cash advances' was unlikely to be repaid.In March 2013 an independent disciplinary commission found Bassini guilty of misconduct and dishonesty over financial dealings on behalf of Watford and banned him from being involved in a position of authority with any Football League club for three years. The commission found he had been "dishonest in his dealings with the league and with his fellow directors" and "practised secrecy and deception" when he told neither the league nor the other members of the Watford board about his secret forward financing arrangements.Following Watford's defeat to Crystal Palace in the 2013 Championship play-off final, Bassini sent a series of gloating texts to local newspaper Watford Observer, reveling in his joy at their loss. He has been described as an 'ugly, arrogant, and pathetic individual' by all that have come into contact with him. After the paper published details of his texts, Bassini made a number of legal threats via his Twitter account, none of which ever materialised.

In July 2013 Bassini added to his list of business failures when the High Court ordered his company Watford Leisure Limited be placed in liquidation.In March 2014, Bassini lost a High Court battle against the Russo brothers. The former Watford FC directors claimed that they were owed more than £3.5 million by Bassini. He was ordered to pay the sums of £3.5 million and £135,000 (plus an additional £568,000 in interest and £150k in costs); a total of £4,353,000. He has been told that he cannot appeal.

During the trial, in which he was described as 'evasive' and a maker of 'empty threats', the court heard Bassini had made numerous accusations of conspiracies against him without providing any evidence. Among these were that the Russos still secretly owned half Watford FC with the Pozzo family and were orchestrating a campaign against him. Bassini, who had been in court for the whole trial, left before the end after complaining of 'feeling dizzy' following 'a slip' on the High Court steps.In June 2014 Bassini was made bankrupt for the second time. The bankruptcy order was made after Bassini failed to pay the sum of £37,500. During the hearing Bassini claimed not to own any property despite receiving over £1.5 million in cash advances from Watford during his tenure.

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Salvatore Russo

Salvatore Russo (born in Nola, June 27, 1958)) is an Italian Camorrista and boss of the Russo clan from Nola, which he co-founded. He has been running the clan together with his brother Pasquale for over thirty years. He has been on the "most wanted list" of the Italian ministry of the Interior since 1995, for Camorra association, murder, concealment of corpse and other crimes. On April 15, 1994, an international warrant was issued against him, to be arrested for extradition.The criminal career of the Russo brothers started in the 1970s and they had close ties to Mario Fabbrocino and Michele Zaza. Later, they were in the top of the clan of Carmine Alfieri.In March 2008, assets worth 300 million euros belonging to the Russo clan were seized by the Italian State, including real estate, two supermarkets, luxury cars, and Swiss bank accounts. Police said the Russo clan had total control over illegal activity in about 40 towns in the Naples region.Salvatore Russo was arrested on October 31, 2009, in Somma Vesuviana, close to his native area Nola. He had set up a small hideout at a chicken and rabbit farm. The arrest was made just after 7:00 am at the farm after Russo returned from hunting. His brother Pasquale was arrested a day later, on November 1, 2009, in Sperone (Avellino) together with their younger brother Carmine Russo, a fugitive since 2007 and on the list of 100 most wanted fugitives. With the arrest of the top leadership, the clan has been dealt another severe blow. He is now serving a life sentence.

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