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Once I lived in a palace... (2.48)

Max: Once I lived in a palace. Right in Khamovniki district.

Bobby: I admire any man who earns a castle. But it is harder to keep one.

Max: I should have met you then, when your words might have helped. Instead of fortifying myself, I swam in my pool Olympic sized. Every day. I'm not such a good swimmer no more.

Khamovniki District is a district of Central Administrative Okrug of the federal city of Moscow, Russia. Population: 102,730. The district extends from Bolshoy Kamenny Bridge into the Luzhniki bend of Moskva River; northern boundary with Arbat District follows Znamenka Street, Gogolevsky Boulevard, Sivtsev Vrazhek and Borodinsky Bridge. The district contains Pushkin Museum, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Devichye Pole medical campus, Novodevichy Convent and memorial cemetery, Luzhniki Stadium. The stretch of Khamovniki between Boulevard Ring and Garden Ring, known as Golden Mile, is downtown Moscow's most expensive housing area.

Where's my fucking lucky dollar?... (8.19)

Dollar Bill: Where's my fucking lucky dollar? Unless you want to wheel through the rest of your lives like Teddy fucking Pendergrass, you will tell me where it is.

Ben: Where what is?

Dollar Bill: New Girl! This your idea of making a name for yourself?

Bonnie: My name is Bonnie

Dollar Bill: What the fuck does that have to do with my lucky dollar.

Bonnie: I've never seen it.

Mafee: I thought you saw everything.

Bonnie: I can't even lay eyes on his station from down here.

Dollar Bill: Oh, you've seen it. Everyone's seen it. And everyone knows I won a huge liar's poker game with it against Carl Icahn. It's brought me luck ever since.

Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010) was an American singer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he initially rose to musical fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. After leaving the group over monetary disputes in 1976, Pendergrass launched a successful solo career under the Philadelphia International label, releasing five consecutive platinum albums, then a record for an African-American R&B artist. Pendergrass' career was suspended after a near-fatal car crash in March 1982 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Pendergrass continued his successful solo career until announcing his retirement in 2007. Pendergrass died from colon cancer in January 2010.

Liar's poker is an American bar game that combines statistical reasoning with bluffing, and is played with the eight digits of the serial number on U.S. dollar bills. The digits are usually ranked with the 1 as "ace" as the highest value, followed by 0 as "10", down to 2 as the lowest. Each player holds one bill, unseen by the other players. The objective is to guess how often a particular digit appears among all the bills held by all the players. Each guess or bid must be higher in quantity, or equal in quantity but higher in value, than the previous bid. The round ends when all the other players challenge a bid.

Carl Celian Icahn (born February 16, 1936) is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder and controlling shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate holding company based in New York City, formerly known as American Real Estate Partners. He is also Chairman of Federal-Mogul, an American developer, manufacturer and supplier of powertrain components and vehicle safety products. In the 1980s Icahn developed a reputation as a "corporate raider" after profiting from the hostile takeover and asset stripping of the American airline TWA. According to Forbes magazine, Icahn had a net worth of $17 billion in 2019, making him the 26th-wealthiest person on the Forbes 400, and the 5th-wealthiest hedge fund manager. Icahn served as special economic adviser on financial regulation to US President Donald Trump briefly in 2017, leaving amid concerns of conflicts of interest.

Is that a Lisa Ann Fleshlight?... (9.10)
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Mafee: Is that a Lisa Ann Fleshlight?

Rudy I don't know.

Dollar bill: Ew!

Rudy: Yes, they're gag gifts, I'm going to a bachelor party tonight.

Whoever took my dollar, give it the fuck back because I will find you!

Mafee: All right, Liam Neeson.

Lisa Ann (born May 9, 1972) is an American pornographic actress and radio personality. She has also worked as a director and talent agent. She has received mainstream notice for parodying former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in six adult films. She is a member of the AVN, XRCO, and Urban X Halls of Fame.

I can’t quite bring myself to explain the Fleshlight thing but click on the link. Official website here.

Liam John Neeson OBE (born 7 June 1952) is an actor from Northern Ireland. He has been nominated for a number of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. Empire magazine ranked Neeson among both the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" and "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time". The reference here is to his role in the Taken movie franchise.

Twenty billion... (9.34)

Wags: For years, as our prime, you've touted your connections and offered capital introductions. And we've accepted and said thanks, but really…

Bobby: We didn't need you to generate those leads.

Wags: And so now is your moment to shine like a pasty on the nipple of Lili St. Cyr in the bright lights of the Florentine Gardens.

You want us to provide cap intro. Got it. Absolutely. What range were you thinking?

Bobby: Twenty billion.

And the timing? How soon do you want the money?

Bobby: Oh. The year 2112. We'll do the raise as a celebration of Rush's 2nd best album. That's why we got you in here today.

Taylor: You mean Moving Pictures is number one. But I think it goes Hemispheres then A Farewell To Kings then 2112 then Pictures.

Bobby: Well, you would. But the point is: I want the fucking money now.

Willis Marie Van Schaack (June 3, 1918 – January 29, 1999), known professionally as Lili St. Cyr, was a prominent American burlesquestripteaser. St. Cyr's reputation in the burlesque and stripping world was that of a quality and high-class performer, unlike others such as Rosa La Rose, who flashed her pubic hair.  St. Cyr started her professional career as a chorus line dancer at the Florentine Gardens, in Hollywood.

Rush was a Canadian rock band made up of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars), and Neil Peart (drums, percussion, lyrics). Formed in 1968, the band went through several configurations until arriving at its longest and most popular line-up when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group's first tour of the United States. Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. The band's musical style has changed several times over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving into progressive rock, and including a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers. In the early 1990s, Rush returned to a guitar-driven hard rock sound, which continued for the rest of their career. Rush announced plans to cease large-scale touring at the end of 2015. After nearly three years of an uncertain future, Lifeson reluctantly declared in January 2018 that the band had disbanded. Follow the links for the specific albums named.

We need Grigor Andolov... (10.48)

Bobby: We need the icebreaker now. We need Grigor Andolov.

Wags: Fuck. Guy is a Siberian brown bear. He'd as soon rip our faces off as give us his money. Don't go full Grizzly Man.

Treadwell was reckless. Forgot he was dealing with a wild animal. Thought they were friends. I won't.

Grizzly Man is a 2005 American documentary film by German director Werner Herzog. It chronicles the life and death of grizzly bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell. The film includes some of Treadwell's own footage of his interactions with grizzly bears before 2003, and of interviews with people who knew, or were involved with Treadwell, as well as professionals dealing with wild bears. He and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard who were both originally from New York state lost their lives to a grizzly bear on October 6, 2003. Treadwell's footage was found after his death. The bear that killed Treadwell and Huguenard was later encountered and killed by the group retrieving the semi-digested remains of the victims. An audio recording of the attack was captured by Treadwell's camera, but has never been released. The final film was co-produced by Discovery Docs, the Discovery Channel's theatrical documentary unit, and Lions Gate Entertainment.

Thick with power... (13.53)
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Grigor: Our lieutenants should meet. Pick through the grains of rice, strategies, numbers. How we make ourselves richer. Stronger. Thick with power, like Vasily Alekseyev himself. Yes? 

Bobby: Yes.

Vasily Ivanovich Alekseyev (7 January 1942 – 25 November 2011) was a Soviet weightlifter. He set 80 world records and 81 Soviet records in weightlifting and won gold medals at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics.

Fear isn't in this... (19.27)

Grigor: Answer. Is that some piss running down your leg? 

Bobby: Fear isn't in this. In me. I think you see that.

Grigor: Why do you say that? Because you invite me over to the house where your children sleep? And this makes you tall and tough and proud? I'm a fucking businessman. And a real sweetheart. I'm Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Bobby: Yeah. So am I. And if you mention my kids like that again you'll find out just how fucking friendly.

Casper the Friendly Ghost is the protagonist of the Famous Studios theatrical animated cartoon series of the same name. He is a pleasant and personable ghost.

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Stevie, this is KD... (26.16)

Bobby: You know I wouldn't ask if it wasn't important.

Kevin Durant: So, this kid is a good friend's kid?

Bobby: You know, to be honest, he's not that good a friend. And he's probably not even a good kid. But his father wants to support the Kevin Durant Charitable Foundation. To the tune of 50K

Kevin Durant: So, if it's worth 50K, it's gotta be worth a 100, right? We do some really, really good things, Axe.

Bobby: All right. Done. His name's Stevie.

Kevin Durant: Stevie, this is KD. Happy Bar Mitzvah, my man Enjoy.

Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for the University of Texas, and was selected as the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 NBA draft. He played nine seasons in Oklahoma City before signing with Golden State in 2016, winning back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018.

You ever see the movie Pi?... (27.24)

Connerty: You ever see the movie Pi?

Frances Lynch: Is that the story of why Chuck Rhoades gave you a public flogging?

Connerty: Figured you knew about that. No, it's about a mathematician. A numbers theorist really.

Frances Lynch: 3.14 pi.

Connerty: Right. This guy programs his computer all special, and it spits out a crazy long number that might be the key to everything. The stock market, religion, his fucking life. In trying to understand it, he passes out, and when he wakes up it's become a part of him. He can see all the patterns, all the answers. Only, he has these crippling headaches.

Frances Lynch: The burden of divine revelation.

Connerty: The knowledge is killing him. So you know what he does? 

Frances Lynch: Puts a power drill right into his cerebral cortex? 

Connerty: You've seen the movie.

Frances Lynch: I have. And at the end of it, he's sitting on a park bench, serene, happy to be freed from knowing too damned much. Is that you now? 

Connerty: In a way.

Pi (stylized as π) is a 1998 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky in his directorial debut. Pi was filmed on high-contrast black-and-white reversal film and earned Aronofsky the Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Gotham Open Palm Award.  The title refers to the mathematical constant pi. The film is notable for its covering of an array of themes including religion, mysticism and the relationship of the universe to mathematics. The story is about a mathematician and the obsession with mathematical regularity contrasts two seemingly irreconcilable entities: the imperfect, irrational humanity and the rigor and regularity of mathematics, specifically number theory.

Dylan said it first... (29.42)

Bobby: If it helps, Dylan said it first and best: "he not busy being born…”

Taylor: “…Is busy dying.”

Bobby: Yeah. So I'm choosing the former.

"It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan and first released on his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home. It was written in the summer of 1964, first performed live on October 10, 1964, and recorded on January 15, 1965. Described by Dylan biographer Howard Sounes as a "grim masterpiece," the song features some of Dylan's most memorable lyrical images. Among the well-known lines sung in the song are "He not busy being born is busy dying," "Money doesn't talk, it swears," "Although the masters make the rules, for the wisemen and the fools" and "But even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked." The lyrics express Dylan's anger at what he sees as the hypocrisy, commercialism, consumerism, and war mentality inherent in contemporary American culture. Dylan's preoccupations in the lyrics, nevertheless, extend beyond the socio-political, expressing existential concerns, touching on urgent matters of personal experience. 

Dylan has stated that "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" is one of his songs that means the most to him, and he has played the song often in live concerts. Since its original release on Bringing It All Back Home, live versions of the song have been issued on The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall, Before the Flood and Bob Dylan at Budokan. Dylan can also be seen performing the song in the film Dont Look Back and the video of the HBO special Hard to Handle. The song has been covered by a number of other artists, including Roger McGuinn, the Byrds, Billy Preston, Hugo Race, Terence Trent D'Arby, Mick Farren, Caetano Veloso, Marilyn Scott, and The Duhks.

Big pearls... (30.22)
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Bobby: Big pearls. If I didn't know any better, I'd think it was Beluga.

Grigor: How can it be Beluga when Beluga is illegal in this country?

Bobby: Of course.

Grigor: Next time, I'll fly in some pangolin.

Beluga caviar is caviar consisting of the roe (or eggs) of the beluga sturgeon Huso huso. It is found primarily in the Caspian Sea, the world’s largest salt-water lake, which is bordered by Iran and the CIS countries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. It can also be found in the Black Seabasin and occasionally in the Adriatic Sea. Beluga caviar is the most expensive type of caviar, with market prices, at the beginning of the millennium, ranging from $7,000 to $10,000/kg ($3,200 to $4,500/lb).

I can't interact now... (32.02)

Todd: I could lie to you and tell you I didn't get the message, but the truth is it's by design. I can't "interact" now. I have to fly above reproach, like one of those American Gladiator people on the SkyTrack.

Grigor: Your so-called gladiators would be slaughtered by a third grade choir back home.

American Gladiators is an American competition TV show that aired on NBC and Citytv in Canada. Hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali, the show matches amateur athletes against each other and the show's own "gladiators" in contests of strength, agility, and endurance. It is a remake of the original series of the same name which ran from 1989–1996, with elements of the UK version of the 1990s. The show is refereed by Al Kaplon, a former American League umpire, who can also be seen as the referee in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Play-by-play narration is handled by Van Earl Wright.

It's beautiful... (42.02)

Chuck: If there was one thing in life I would do over, it would be not quitting piano lessons when I was nine.

Wendy: He doesn't mean that.

Chuck: I wish I did.

Lonnie: Well, be glad he doesn't. Because then you would have to listen to it all day long.

Sandra: Hey

Lonnie: No. It's beautiful. It's beautiful. But sometimes you just want to watch an old NYPD Blue episode without a Tchaikovsky soundtrack.

NYPD Blue is an American police procedural drama television series set in New York City, exploring the struggles of the fictional 15th Precinct detective squad in Manhattan. Each episode typically intertwines several plots involving an ensemble cast. The show was created by Steven Bochco and David Milch, and was inspired by Milch's relationship with Bill Clark, a former member of the New York City Police Department who eventually became one of the show's producers. The series was originally broadcast on the ABC network, debuted on September 21, 1993‚ and aired its final episode on March 1, 2005. It was ABC's longest-running primetime one-hour drama series until Grey's Anatomy surpassed it in 2016. NYPD Blue was met with critical acclaim, praised for its grittiness and realistic portrayal of the cast's personal and professional lives, though the show garnered controversy for its depiction of nudity and alcoholism. In 1997, "True Confessions" (Season 1, Episode 4), written by Art Monterastelli and directed by Charles Haid, was ranked #36 on "TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.” In 2009, "Hearts and Souls" (Season 6, Episode 5), Jimmy Smits' final episode as a main cast member, #30 on "TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time."

It's a tool… (43.40)

Chuck: Calculation is not something to be scoffed at. It's a tool. A tactic. And I use it proudly and often. But here. Today. About this. There was none. No. There was only a dead man who should've been left alive. And I'll tell you something, Lonnie, if you were still in the office, nothing would've been different. Not one thing. Oh, I'm really glad to see you here tonight, in that Brioni suit, which is the mark of the lawyer who is successful at everything that doesn't really matter. No. You are, no doubt, exactly where you are supposed to be now. There's no shame in not being able to hack it at the highest levels of the real game, but the revisionist history, that's for your wife at home not for the man who fucking knows better.

Brioni is an Italian menswear couture house owned by French holding company Kering. Founded in Rome in 1945, It is known for its made-to-measure men's suits, sartorial ready-to-wear collections and leather goods.