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« Reply #75 on: October 11, 2015, 10:55:16 AM »

just saw this movie, on BRD, courtesy of DJ  Afro

What did he do? I bet he tied you and forced to watch it, Kubrick style:


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« Reply #76 on: October 11, 2015, 01:07:07 PM »

What did he do? I bet he tied you and forced to watch it, Kubrick style:


Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin I didn't, but I'll bet Drink did it to himself to make it all the way through.

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« Reply #77 on: October 11, 2015, 02:20:08 PM »

Wolf of Wall Street is far too funny for D&D to have actually enjoyed ...my bet is he hypnotized himself

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« Reply #78 on: October 12, 2015, 01:13:48 AM »

Another option: may be DJ switched the BD and put Requirm For A Dream instead. That would explain the "the drug scene wasn't THAT funny" comment.

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« Reply #79 on: November 30, 2015, 01:37:21 PM »

Drink, has this defamation case got a chance? http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/50m-suit-wolf-wall-street-proceed-article-1.2449992

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« Reply #80 on: July 20, 2016, 09:48:16 PM »

major news in the business world: US prosecutors are alleging a massive embezzlement scheme by the Malaysian prime minister, tied to an investment fund. One of the items that the crooks supposedly used the embezzled money for was a film company called Granite Pictures, which financed The Wolf of Wall Street

 The US Justice Department is suing to seize assets from the fund. This story is all over the Internet:

 here it is on Associated Press: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_UNITED_STATES_MALAYSIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Wall St. Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-seeks-1-billion-in-asset-seizures-tied-to-malaysian-fund-1mdb-1469019540

WSJ had this article on April 1st:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/malaysias-1mdb-the-secret-money-behind-the-wolf-of-wall-street-1459531987

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« Reply #81 on: June 15, 2017, 04:30:40 PM »

https://www.reuters.com/article/malaysia-scandal-usa-idUSL1N1JC11F



U.S. Moves to Seize DiCaprio's Picasso, 'Stolen' Funds in 1MDB Case
By Joel Schectman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities moved on Thursday to seize a Picasso painting given to American movie star Leonardo DiCaprio and the rights to two Hollywood comedies, as they filed complaints to recover about $540 million they say was stolen from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad sovereign wealth fund.

The U.S. Justice Department filing was the latest legal action tied to alleged money laundering at the fund set up by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2009 to promote economic development. In the complaints, the department alleges more than $4.5 billion was taken from 1MDB by high-level fund officials and their associates.

"This money financed the lavish lifestyles of the alleged co-conspirators at the expense and detriment of the Malaysian people," Kenneth Blanco, acting assistant attorney general, said in a statement. 1MDB could not be immediately reached for comment.

Najib has denied taking money from 1MDB or any other entity for personal gain, after it was reported that investigators traced nearly $700 million to bank accounts that were allegedly in his name.

The assets U.S. authorities are seeking to seize include the rights to "Dumb and Dumber To," a 2014 comedy starring Jim Carrey, they allege was financed with tens of millions of dollars stolen from 1MDB, and the 2015 film "Daddy's Home" starring Will Ferrell. Last year, U.S. authorities moved to seize rights to the 2013 film "The Wolf of Wall Street," which starred DiCaprio.

The three films were produced by Red Granite, a company founded by Najib's stepson Riza Aziz. Red Granite said in a statement it was in discussions with the Justice Department "aimed at resolving these civil cases and is fully cooperating."

U.S. authorities accuse Jho Low, a Malaysian financier, of laundering more than $400 million stolen from the fund through an account in the United States, where he and his friends used the money to pay for lavish parties, gambling and yachts. Despite the civil allegations, U.S. authorities have not charged Low with any crime.

Low did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent to his Hong Kong-based company Jynwel Capital.

Authorities said that in 2014 Low used $3.2 million diverted from a 1MDB bond sale to buy a Picasso painting for DiCaprio. "Dear Leonardo DiCaprio, Happy belated Birthday! This gift is for you," a friend of Low's wrote in a note.

Low also used $9.2 million diverted from 1MDB bond sales to buy a collage made by the New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat which was also given to DiCaprio. DiCaprio and Low signed a note in March 2014 absolving the star of "any liability whatsoever resulting directly or indirectly from these art-work," according to the filings.

A spokesman for DiCaprio said in an emailed statement on Thursday the actor last July "initiated the return" of gifts he had received from financiers connected to the 1MDB case. The spokesman said DiCaprio also returned a Oscar won by actor Marlon Brando. That was given to DiCaprio by Red Granite "to thank him for his work on The Wolf of Wall Street," the statement said.

DiCaprio's spokesman said the star accepted the gifts to raise funds in an auction for his environmental foundation.

Fraud allegations against 1MDB go back to 2009, the Justice Department said, and the fund is subject to money laundering investigations in at least six countries, including Switzerland and Singapore.

The complaints allege that officials at 1MDB, their relatives and other associates allegedly laundered the funds using complex transactions and shell companies with bank accounts located in the United States and abroad.

That allowed the origin, source and ownership of the funds to be hidden and ultimately passed through U.S. financial institutions, with the money being used to buy and invest in assets in the United States and overseas, according to the complaints.

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« Reply #82 on: June 18, 2017, 04:43:05 PM »

https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/leonardo-dicaprio-turns-over-picasso-painting-brando-oscar-184347676.html

Leonardo DiCaprio Turns Over Picasso Painting, Brando Oscar to Justice Department

By Ross A. Lincoln

Leonardo DiCaprio has voluntarily surrendered several works of art worth millions of dollars and an Oscar statuette that once belonged to Marlon Brando to the U.S. Government, as part of its ongoing investigation into a money laundering operation connected to Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak.

The surrendered items include: a Picasso painting, “Nature Morte au Crane de Taureau,” valued at more than $3 million; a Basquiat collage, “Redman One,” valued at at least $9 million; a Diane Arbus photograph valued at $750,000; and the Oscar Brando won for his performance in “On the Waterfront.”


The paintings and photograph were reportedly gifts from Malaysian financiers connected to Riza Aziz, co-founder of Red Granite Pictures, the outfit that produced the DiCaprio-starring “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The Justice Department has been investigating whether Aziz assisted Prime Minister Razak, his father-in-law, in embezzling more than $4 billion. Some of that money was used to finance Red Granite, and several of the company’s films.

The paintings and photograph were included in a 250-page forfeiture complaint filed last week by the Justice Department. However, representatives for DiCaprio say that the paintings were surrendered to the government before the complaint was filed.

DiCaprio intended the art for an upcoming charity auction, not for his personal collection, his representatives say.

The Marlon Brando Oscar, a set gift from Red Granite, was not mentioned in the Justice Department complaint, but was turned over voluntarily along with the other items nonetheless.


“Last July, upon hearing of the government’s civil action against certain parties involved in the making of The Wolf of Wall Street, Mr. DiCaprio’s representatives – working under his instruction – initiated contact with the Department of Justice,” representatives for DiCaprio said in a statement. “This effort was to determine if there were any gifts or charitable donations originating from the parties named in the civil complaint, and to offer the return of any such gifts or donations with the aid and instruction of the government.”

The statement continued: “Prior to the government’s filing of the civil pleading today, Mr. DiCaprio initiated return of these items, which were received and accepted by him for the purpose of being included in an annual charity auction to benefit his eponymous foundation. He has also returned an Oscar originally won by Marlon Brando, which was given to Mr. DiCaprio as a set gift by Red Granite to thank him for his work on The Wolf of Wall Street.

Mr. DiCaprio is grateful for the support of the government in this effort, and continues to hope that justice is done in this matter.”

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