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Bad Publicity Killed Taxpayer-Funded Film Deal in Pa.: Paul Sorvino

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    Paul Sorvino starred as "Paulie" Cicero in "Goodfellas."

    "Goodfellas" actor Paul Sorvino is blaming unfavorable news coverage for killing a deal to distribute a movie he produced with $500,000 from a Pennsylvania county.

    Sorvino told WILK-FM on Wednesday that negative commentary from a station host and a newspaper columnist caused trouble for "The Trouble With Cali."

    He says a Canadian distributor didn't want to be part of the controversy surrounding the taxpayer-subsidized production.

    Lackawanna County commissioners agreed to help fund the $1.3 million film in 2006.

    It was written by Sorvino's daughter Amanda and co-starred his Oscar-winning daughter Mira. Portions were filmed in Scranton.

    Sorvino says he's upset the movie languished after debuting at a 2012 film festival.

    He says he'd repay taxpayers if he had the money.