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Gambling has been extensively used in movies as a plot device to convey tension and instances of high drama. Whether it’s a spin at the roulette table or a game of cards, seeing the hero and enemy at the mercy of sheer luck is a heart-stopping moment in any film that has us at the edge of our seats eager to find out the outcome of their gamble.
But you shouldn’t believe everything you see on the big screen. In this article we list the five silliest gambling scenes in movie history and explain the mistakes that spoil the fun for gamblers who know their game.
Director: Robert Luketic
Running time: 123 minutes
21 is a crime-thriller-drama movie that follows the factual exploits of six MIT whizz kids who decide to combine their intellectual genius to take on the blackjack tables at Vegas »
- Gary Collinson
• Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. Gerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will »
- Jake Perlman
Everyone is entitled to a favorite screen pairing – Taylor and Burton, Hepburn and Tracy, R2D2 and C3PO – but they simply don’t get any better than Bogart and Bacall.
Lauren Bacall – the surviving half of that duo for 57 years – has died at the age of 89. But her legacy as one of the great actresses has long been secured, both for the work she did with Humphrey Bogart – who she met, and soon married, via their first collaboration, “To Have and Have Not” – and what came after, not just in movies but on stage and television.
Still, any remembrance of Bacall has to begin with her roles opposite Bogart, a pairing so terrific and seemingly right that it tended to obscure the pesky details, like their 25-year age difference, or the fact he was still married when their by all accounts torrid affair began.
Bacall’s alluring looks – there »
- Brian Lowry
Lauren Bacall Dead: 89-year-old Oscar nominee who starred opposite Humphrey Bogart in ‘To Have and Have Not’ and ‘The Big Sleep’ Lauren Bacall has died following a massive stroke earlier today, August 12. Curiously, the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee for The Mirror Has Two Faces, and the star of film classics such as To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, and How to Marry a Millionaire, had been "killed" by an Internet hoax yesterday. Bacall would have turned 90 on September 16, 2014. According to Media Mass, the Lauren Bacall death rumors began on Monday, August 11, following the creation of a "R.I.P. Lauren Bacall" Facebook page that "attracted nearly one million of ‘likes.’" On the "R.I.P. Lauren Bacall" ‘About’ page, there was the following explanation: “At about 11 a.m. Et on Monday (August 11, 2014), our beloved actress Lauren Bacall passed away. Lauren Bacall was born on September 16, 1924 in New York. »
- Andre Soares
There are certain types of films that kind of go hand in hand with horror/thrillers/genre films. Though not specifically horror, the crime noir sub-genre gets me as excited as mentally possible, with enough twists and turns, and atmosphere to last for days. I’m a big fan of double features, so on most nights, instead of two slasher films, I like to switch things up and watch one of my favorite horror films, mixed with classic noir films.
Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video are gearing up to keep that tradition alive beginning December 2nd, by releasing TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends- Bogie & Bacall, a 4-film set that includes not only some excellent crime noir gold, but some of my favorite films of all time. With an Srp of $27.92, how could crime noir fans go wrong?
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends – Bogie & Bacall
- Jerry Smith
Directed by John Huston
Travelling by bus through the muggy Florida Keys, Maj. Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) finally arrives at his desired destination: a modest hotel run by the father and widow of a friend he lost during the recent war effort. James Temple (Lionel Barrymore) and Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall) greet him with open arms, eager to learn more of what happened to their loved one during combat in Italy. Much to Frank’s concern however, several of the establishment’s current occupants have a dirty look about them. Their claims to wanting to make friends are off kilter and plainly disingenuous. As a terrifying tropical storm begins cooking outside, inside the hotel the leader of the scruffy looking band reveals himself to be none other the infamous hoodlum tycoon Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson), recently exiled »
- Edgar Chaput
- Michelle McCue
A pop-culture touchstone, a nearly all-purpose metaphor and one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of the Seventies and beyond, the Planet of the Apes films do what all good what-if fantasies should do: hold up a mirror to humanity and reflect our own conflicts, issues and failings back to us through a wildly outrageous premise. The original 1968 movie mixes satire, social commentary, action and suspense, capped by a first-rate twist at the end. ("Damn you, damn you all to hell!")
I didn't even realize this was going to be the 250th installment of the "What I Watched" columns. To think I started this column almost four years ago with my first viewing of Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, a film that would become my first "Best Movies" entry this year, is almost astonishing. I guess it's also exciting, for me personally, that I saw a film just today, a film I finished only seconds before starting today's column, that I absolutely loved. That film was Werner Herzog's The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, which will be this week's Herzog review so more on that shortly. Today, in fact, was a day of movies for me as I also watched Michael Bay's Bad Boys and John Huston's Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall and Lionel Barrymore. You all know Bad Boys, but I will »
- Brad Brevet
The Cincinnati Kid is considered by many to be one of the best poker movies ever made. The 1965 film stars Steve McQueen as Eric Stoner (The Kid) and Edward G. Robinson as Lancey Howard (The Man) and is set in New Orleans.
Stoner is an up and coming player and Lancey is, well, “The Man”, the one player that holds the unofficial title as the best poker player. Both of the players are rounders, travelling from town to town in search of poker action. Since casinos and dedicated poker rooms were non-existent in 1930’s, the time period the movie is set in, most of the action occurs in smoky backrooms and in hotel suites.
The game is five-card stud, a poker variant that has fallen out of favour in the last couple of decades. In five-card stud, the players get one down card and the rest are dealt face up, »
- Gary Collinson
Bob Hoskins dead at 71: Hoskins’ best movies included ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ ‘Mona Lisa’ (photo: Bob Hoskins in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ with Jessica Rabbit, voiced by Kathleen Turner) Bob Hoskins, who died at age 71 in London yesterday, April 29, 2014, from pneumonia (initially reported as “complications of Parkinson’s disease”), was featured in nearly 70 movies over the course of his four-decade film career. Hoskins was never a major box office draw — "I don’t think I’m the sort of material movie stars are made of — I’m five-foot-six-inches and cubic. My own mum wouldn’t call me pretty." Yet, this performer with attributes similar to those of Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, and Lon Chaney had the lead in one of the biggest hits of the late ’80s. In 1988, Robert Zemeckis’ groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which seamlessly blended animated and live action footage, starred Hoskins as gumshoe Eddie Valiant, »
- Andre Soares
There are few auteurs as instantly recognizable and divisive as Stanley Kubrick, few filmmakers as idiosyncratic or groundbreaking. His work spans the entirety of life itself–sometimes in the same film–and has inspired almost as much derision as hosannas. There is no easy consensus on Kubrick’s films–though you may not be terribly surprised by our writers’ choice for his best, it’s hard to imagine that your ranking of his work will line up wholly with ours–nor on the messages imparted within. Is The Shining secretly about the moon landing? Is 2001? What is he really saying about violence in society in A Clockwork Orange? And so on. Closing out (some weeks late, granted) our monthly theme on his works, here is Sound on Sight’s ranking of the films of Stanley Kubrick. Enjoy. Share. Debate. We know you’ll want to debate.
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey »
- Josh Spiegel
The idea of the modern serial killer dates back to 1888 with the Whitechapel Murders. Of course the perpetrator in this case was never officially apprehended and has been infamously dubbed Jack The Ripper. Though Jack managed to elude the law enforcement of the time, thankfully many others have not been as lucky.
From these studying these murders, it has been learned that many of them share similar characteristics. They often suffer mental illness or have low Iq’s, have been abused or bullied as children, or they fit some or all of the Mcdonald Triad. Another trait many seem to share is their penchant for art. A surprising number of serial killers fancy themselves the artist. We collected some of their work below.
John Wayne Gacy
Keith Hunter Jesperson
John Edward Robinson
Though many of the men above are famous, »
- Chris Connors
We move into the top 20 now, where the films become incredibly spiritual. One major component seen in many of these religious films: the overtones meant to instill a sense of mystery and wonder. You see it in films set in both sweeping landscapes and intimate settings. Whether or not any of the films on this list are condoning the acceptance or rejection of faith and religion is almost beside the point. The real point is that it is so influential on our culture that movies will always be made about it.
courtesy of lassothemovies.com
20. Babette’s Feast (1987)
Directed by Gabriel Axel
The 1987 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner (beating Au Revoir Les Enfants), Babette’s Feast is the story of two devout Christian sisters whose father – the leader of a small Christian sect in Denmark – has died. Unfortunately, Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodjil Kjer) find they have no way to gain new members, »
- Joshua Gaul
“Animation is built on plagiarism. If it weren’t for someone plagiarizing The Honeymooners we wouldn’t have The Flintstones. If someone hadn’t ripped off Sergeant Bilko, there’d be no Top Cat. Huckleberry Hound, Chief Wiggum, Yogi Bear? Hah! Andy Griffith, Edward G. Robinson, Art Carney.” – Roger Meyers, Jr. “The Day The Violence Died,” Season 7 of The Simpsons.
The Simpsons has introduced television audiences to a cast of thousands in its 25 years on television, and not every character is 100% original. Most of the Simpsons’ family is named after creator Matt Groening’s own family, with many more characters named after pets, street names, and more in Groening’s hometown of Portland, Oregon. And then there are the characters that are more than just “named after” someone or something else.
Call it an homage. Call it a parody. Or call it flat-out thievery. Whatever you prefer, The Simpsons have done it many, »
- The 'House
By Mark Pinkert
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Is the thirst for power more consuming than the thirst for money? Money is vanilla, everyone wants it. But only the true gangster craves pure authority and clout–power for its own sake. And when that guy comes along, he’ll do whatever it takes to get it. This is true for Caesar Enrico “Rico” Bandello (Edward G. Robinson) in Little Caesar (1931), directed by Mervyn LeRoy. In the beginning of the film, Rico sees a newspaper article about a Chicago gangster, Pete Montana (Ralph Ince), and then decides to head east to pursue that same power and recognition. “I could do all the things that this fella does and more,” he says to his partner, Joe Massara (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.). Massara agrees that he wants to head east to Chicago, but for him it’s the “money, girls, and clothes” and the chance to purse a career in dancing. »
- Mark Pinkert
Written by Nunnally Johnson
Directed by Fritz Lang
Richard Wanley (Edward G. Robinson) is an assistant professor of psychology at a local university. While the academic’s family is away for the summer, he spends his evenings at a gentlemen’s club with fellow intellectuals, among them Dist. Atty. Frank Lalor (Raymond Massey). Just next door to the club is an art shop where, set beside the window for all to see, a portrait of a beautiful woman sits, catching Richard’s attention. Happenstance has it that the subject, Alice Reed (Joan Bennett), passes by one night and, flattered by Richard’s admiration, invites him over to view other sketches. Everything is quite innocent until a middle-aged man, an acquaintance of Alice’s, storms into the apartment and attacks Richard out of jealousy. The professor has no other choice but to retaliate and stabs »
- Edgar Chaput
Written by Dudley Nichols
Directed by Fritz Lang
In a private party set up by J. J. Hogarth (Russell Hicks), president of one of New York’s largest banks, honours are bestowed upon the company and its employees for their diligent service. Among those celebrated is Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson), faithful cashier for 25 years. Chris is a mild-mannered, milquetoast sort of chap. He lives with his wife Adele (Rosalind Ivan), who only married him out of convenience after the passing of her first husband; she actually loathes him. A hopeful painter, all Chris has to call his joy is amateur painting on Sundays. Fate has something far different in store for Chris once he leaves his employer’s party. He stumbles upon a man physically assaulting a woman on the sidewalk, prompting him to come to her aid. The young woman, Katherine (Joan Bennett), is thankful »
- Edgar Chaput
Hardy said he has been working closely with Warner Bros, "watching their gangster films — the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson...it’s interesting to get them, and a bit of Capone, into the bloodstream… The idea isn’t to remake those films but to get a flavour of them as we explore Capone’s career as a racketeer."
Actors previously playing Capone in film include Rod Steiger, "Al Capone" (1959), Neville Brand, "The George Raft Story (1961), Jason Robards, "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" (1967), Buddy Lester, "Poor Devil" (1973), Ben Gazzara, "Capone" (1975), Robert De Niro, "The Untouchables" (1987), Eric Roberts, "The Lost Capone" (1990), Anthony Lapaglia, "Road to Perdition" (2002), Jon Bernthal, »
- Michael Stevens
Leonard Hirshan, the longtime manager of Clint Eastwood who also counted Edward G. Robinson, Greer Garson, Sophia Loren, Angela Lansbury, Sammy Davis Jr. and Bruce Beresford among his clients over the course of his six-decade career as an agent and manager, died January 31 in Beverly Hills of Merkel cell carcinoma. He was 86.
Hirshan had repped Eastwood since the 1960s, continuing to do so even after leaving Wme in 2004 to form his own eponymous management firm.
Among other notable accomplishments for the longtime former William Morris agent was negotiating Elvis Presley’s first Wma contract.
The native New Yorker got his start in the New York Wma mailroom in 1951, and quickly rose through the ranks when he pushed his first client, Eva Marie Saint, for the film “On the Waterfront,” for which she won a supporting actress Oscar.
- Variety Staff
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