David O. Russell to Direct JFK Assassination Film 'Legacy of Secrecy'?
In the fall of 2010, news surfaced that Leonardo DiCaprio was going to star in and produce Legacy of Secrecy, an adaptation of Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann's non-fiction book of the same name. The actor's father brought the book to his attention which includes new and recently disclassified information from the FBI and National Archives which hypothesizes a motive behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Since then we haven't heard anything about the project, but Showbiz 411 caught up with DiCaprio's father at Cannes, and reportedly David O. Russell is going to write and direct the film now.
In the film, DiCaprio would play FBI informant Jack Van Laningham who apparently witnessed the confession of Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello for the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The confession came about after a dangerous and long-secret undercover operation, wherein the FBI positioned Van Laningham to become confidant to Marcello, who ruled organized crime in Louisiana and most of Texas for decades. The 1979 House Select Committee on Assassinations said mobster Santo Trafficante and Marcello "had the motive, means, and opportunity to assassinate President Kennedy."
DiCaprio's father mentioned that in addition to Russell taking on the film, Robert De Niro has been tapped to play Carlos Marcello. And in case this was just a hopeful father giving out only potential project details, van Laningham's son Craig also spoke with Showbizz 411 and confirmed the same details. The question is just how soon a project like this might get off the ground. Russell always seems to flirt with a few projects before settling on one, so he could just as easily not end up directing this film. DiCaprio is also quite the busy man, so this one might be awhile off. Hopefully we'll hear more soon.
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Legacy of Secrecy is bullshit JFK research. It says "mafia only" did it and then the US govt. covered it up. WHAT ROT!!! If you want to get quickly “up to speed” on the JFK assassination, here is what to read. Focus on Lyndon Johnson, US military intelligence, CIA and Dallas, TX oil executives. 1) LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination by Phillip Nelson 2) JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters by James Douglass 3) Brothers: the Hidden History of the Kennedy Years by David Talbot 4) The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour Hersh 5) Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty by Russ Baker 6) Power Beyond Reason: The Mental Collapse of Lyndon Johnson by Jablow Hershman 7) Operation Cyanide: Why the Bombing of the USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War III by Peter Hounam (LBJ engineered the attack on the USS Liberty) 8) Inside the Assassinations Records Review Board Volume 5, by Doug Horne 9) Watch "The Men Who Killed Kennedy - the Guilty Men - episode 9" at YouTube - best video ever on the JFK assassination; covers well Lyndon Johnson's role 10) Google the essay “LBJ-CIA Assa ssination of JFK” by Robert Morrow 11) Google “National Security State and the Assassination of JFK by Andrew Gavin Marshall.” 12) Google “Chip Tatum Pegasus.” Intimidation of Ross Perot 1992 13) Google “Vincent Salandria False Mystery Speech.” Read every book & essay Vincent Salandria ever wrote. 14) Google "Unanswered Questions as Obama Annoints HW Bush" by Russ Baker 16) Google "Did the Bushes Help to Kill JFK" by Wim Dankbaar 17) Google "The Holy Grail of the JFK story" by Jefferson Morley 18) Google "The CIA and the Media" by Carl Bernstein 19) Google "CIA Instruction to Media Assets 4/1/67" 20) Google "Limit CIA Role to Intelligence" Harry Truman on 12/22/63 19) Google "Dwight Eisenhower Farewell Address" on 1/17/61 20) Google "Jerry Policoff NY Times." Read everything Jerry Policoff ever wrote about the CIA media cover up of the JFK assassination.
Robert_Morrow on May 17, 2013
Whoa! Conspiracy nerd alert!
Jimmy the gent on May 17, 2013
Correct. Madeleine Duncan Brown was a mistress of Lyndon Johnson for 21 years and had a son with him named Steven Mark Brown in 1950. Madeleine mixed with the Texas elite and had many trysts with Lyndon Johnson over the years, including one at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX, on New Year's Eve 12/31/63. In the late evening of 12/31/63, just 6 weeks after the JFK assassination, Madeleine asked Lyndon Johnson: "Lyndon, you know that a lot of people believe you had something to do with President Kennedy's assassination." He shot up out of bed and began pacing and waving his arms screaming like a madman. I was scared! "That's bull___, Madeleine Brown!" he yelled. "Don't tell me you believe that crap!" "Of course not." I answered meekly, trying to cool his temper. "It was Texas oil and those _____ renegade intelligence bastards in Washington." [said Lyndon Johnson] [Texas in the Morning, p. 189]
Robert_Morrow on May 17, 2013
Thanks Mr. Morrow. I will check these books out.
DAVIDPD on May 17, 2013
LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination HUGE screaming headline on one of the smut sheets as I went through grocery line yesterday........ When I was in Turkey in Peace Corps they were telling me it was all Lady Bird's doing............... >;-)
$15717468 on May 18, 2013
The truth is no one will ever know, it's all bullshit everywhere. Yet I still enjoy the Oliver Stone version which I find sort of true to fact.
Charlie Hard on May 17, 2013
I have always thought this nugget had truth as well. [From Defrauding America, Rodney Stich, 3rd edition 1998 p. 638-639]: “The Role of deep-cover CIA officer, Trenton Parker, has been described in earlier pages, and his function in the CIA's counter-intelligence unit, Pegasus. Parker had stated to me earlier that a CIA faction was responsible for the murder of JFK … During an August 21, 1993, conversation, in response to my questions, Parker said that his Pegasus group had tape recordings of plans to assassinate Kennedy. I asked him, "What group were these tapes identifying?" Parker replied: "Rockefeller, Allen Dulles, Johnson of Texas, George Bush, and J. Edgar Hoover." I asked, "What was the nature of the conversation on these tapes?" I don't have the tapes now, because all the tape recordings were turned over to [Congressman] Larry McDonald. But I listened to the tape recordings and there were conversations between Rockefeller, [J. Edgar] Hoover, where [Nelson] Rockefeller asks, "Are we going to have any problems?" And he said, "No, we aren't going to have any problems. I checked with Dulles. If they do their job we'll do our job." There are a whole bunch of tapes, because Hoover didn't realize that his phone has been tapped. [Defrauding America, Rodney Stich, 3rd edition p. 638-639]
Robert_Morrow on May 17, 2013
Didn't Leo say that after Wolf of Wall Street he was going to take a break for awhile?
Matt Peloquin on May 17, 2013
Hasn't this subject been exhausted a million times over?!
racquetman on May 17, 2013
It is unfortunate that so much credence is being given to this book that it is being made into a movie. I believe or at least hope that some day Di Caprio will regret doing this film.
Olivia on May 17, 2013
I cant believe people are still interested in this topic. Back and to the right, back and to the right...
Happy camper on May 17, 2013
The book "Legacy of Secrecy" is impeccably researched and utterly convincing. The general thesis is the CIA-Mafia plots to assassinate Fidel Castro are at the root of the JFK assassination. In addition to Carlos Marcello, other Mafia people involved include Santo Traficante and Johnny Roselli. As the book details CIA personnel were also involved. Rosselli was linked to CIA agent David Morales. CIA assets Bernard Barker and John Martino were linked to Santo Traficante. In addition to Marcello's confession which is detailed in Legacy of Secrecy, Traficante, Roselli, Morales and Martino all made credible confessions to being involved in the Kennedy assassination. It's compelling reading, and again the research on this book is impeccable. There are over 2,000 end notes in the book drawn from government files and declassified documents.
Brome on May 18, 2013
Spoiler Alert! LBJ did it! Roger Stone’s new book, The Man Who Killed Kennedy, proves how and why LBJ had JFK assassinated. Stone lays out an air-tight case against Johnson. The book will be available on October 1st.
beebeelinda on May 21, 2013
You're so naive; LBJ was only a minor figure in the conspiracy. The CIA collaborated with Texas Oil Men and the Mob to arrange for JFK to be killed. Ultimately it was the ultra-right wing who killed kennedy. Politics is much deeper than Roger Stone would have you believe; I suggest you do a lot more research before making such bold statements.
THarryEvans on Aug 5, 2013
We now know that the US CIA Castro Assassination team recalled by JFK's order to stand-down the Cuban Brigade was then turned on the Pres. by the CIA as payback this edict and for JFK threat to break agency "into 1000 pieces" after Bay of Pigs debacle. Please don't let Warren Commission fiction hood-wink the public.
AndrewGross on Jun 12, 2013
First, congrats in advance to my Hommocks JHS (Larchmont, NY) classmate David O. Russell. Anyhoo, if LBJ had JFK murdered, it would't surprise me. Apparently, he had a key witness in the Bobby Baker case clipped as well. Shortly before Mr. Baker's beauty queen ex was scheduled to testify against him (thus implicating his big boss), she was killed in a private plane crash in Chesapeake Bay. The official cause of the crash? Why, the plane RAN OUT OF GAS! As Lucy Van Pelt would say, "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
Jim J on Dec 15, 2013
I had just turned five (DOB 11/15/58) when JFK was assassinated. ITBT, I don't remember the actual event (although I remember my b'day party on 11/16 as if it were yesterday!). I do, however, remember seeing Oswald get iced on 11/24. "Mommy! Mommy!" I yelled, "Oswald just got shot!" "No, honey," my mom replied from the kitchen, "Oswald shot Kennedy." "No, Mommy, somebody just shot Oswald!" When my mother rushed into the living room and saw what I had just seen, she said, "Oh my God, it's a coup!" "Mommy, what's a 'coo'?" I asked. At that moment, EVERYBODY assumed the JFK assassination was a conspiracy. I mean, how could they not?
Jim J on Dec 15, 2013
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