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Vegas Museum To Spotlight Mob Films

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A museum slated to open soon in Las Vegas will examine how Hollywood has portrayed mobsters.

Screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi tells The Associated Press that he will help launch the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement next month in Las Vegas. Pileggi will appear in a five-minute documentary on the mob and pop culture that will be shown near the end of the museum tour.

The exhibit called “The Myth of the Mob” also will feature costumes from mobster-centric TV shows and movies, including The Sopranos.

Pileggi wrote the book “Wiseguy” and then adapted it into the Martin Scorsese film “Goodfellas.”

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman came up with the idea of the museum. He formerly represented mobsters in court and helped Pileggi when he was writing “Casino.”

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