Monday, April 22, 2024

Movies: John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s Daughter Ella Joining the Mob as John Gotti’s Oldest Kid


Since Scientology is a lot like the Mafia, I guess all this makes sense: Ella Bleu Travolta is playing John Gotti’s eldest daughter, Angel, in the not very promising movie being shot now in Cincinnatti, Ohio.

The movie is “The Life and Death of John Gotti.” This is the long, long, long in the making project produced by ex con Marc Fiore, now with Emmet/Furla Productions, and directed by “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly. John Travolta plays John Gotti, Sr. Kelly Preston plays the Don’s wife.

Now Ella, who’s 16 and has only acted once before in a small role in “Old Dogs” (2009), has joined the cast. Travolta and Preston are part of a cult, but they’re good actors. And Travolta’s sister, Ellen, used to get a lot of work. So did his brother Joey.

Plus Kelly once lived with Charlie Sheen until he accidentally shot her. So Ella may have inherited those genes. (Also, don’t forget, everyone laughed at Sofia Coppola in “The Godfather Part III,” and who’s laughing now?) Kelly Preston also played a convincing bitch in “Jerry Maguire.” Remember that?

The “Gotti” movie looks horrible, but you never know.¬†Stacy Keach, a serious actor, is in it. The cast is largely a budget group, with Pruitt Taylor Vince the only other vaguely recognizable name. John Gotti Jr. is played by relative newcomer Spencer Lofranco. The movie also has a whopping 24 producer credits. The Academy only lets three producers on stage to win an Oscar, but that probably won’t be an issue here.

Anyway, it’s always fun to read the history of this movie. Connolly will be fine no matter what happens. The worst that happens, this is his “Glitter.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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