Michael Turley, Alleged Director of Terrorist Hoax Movie, Makes Actual Movies (and Magic)
Michael Turley, the alleged director of the terrorist hoax video starring his own nephew as a terrorist, is actually known as "Michael Giannantonio" in the world of professional film-making. If you're into hypnotism and magic, you may also know Turley as "Gianni."
Turley was arrested last week after allegedly having his nephew wear a sheet on his body and a towel on his head, then run around a Phoenix intersection with a fake rocket-propelled grenade launcher, in an attempt to "test" the Phoenix Police Department's response to a terrorist situation.
-Michael Turley Wanted to "Test" Phoenix Cops -- With a Kid Dressed as a Terrorist Running Around With a Fake Grenade Launcher
-Michael Turley Put His Own Nephew Up to the Task of Pretending to Be a Terrorist
It turns out that the guy does actually make movies, albeit not incredibly successful ones.
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He wrote and directed his own movie starring John Voight, which sounded awesome until we found out that John Voight is not Jon Voight. According to Turley's/Giannantonio's description, it's a movie about a guy who gets stuck at a lot of red lights.
According to IMDb, he's also credited for cinematography work in 2003 on the TLC show What Not to Wear, in which a pair of fashionistas put someone wearing awful clothes into slightly less-awful clothes. Turley also got credited for cinematography for Howard Stern on Demand, among other shows and films.
Turley was also hit with a $2,000 fine from the Arizona Corporation Commission's securities division in 2006, after he tried to raise money for a new movie by promoting it as an investment opportunity, and the securities division discovered he's not a registered salesman.
On the plus side, Turley does do magic.
You can see his magic website here -- Gianni says he can do "almost any trick."
In hindsight, it may not have been the best idea to "tweet" that "crazy video" of some kid pretending to be a terrorist on the streets of Phoenix.
Turley faces charges of knowingly giving a false impression of a terrorist act, endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and misconduct involving a simulated explosive.
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