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Don’t Blame Johnny Depp for ‘Mortdecai’ Misfire – Star Power Just Can’t Match Superheroes

6 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Brands like Marvel and DC Comics now drive the box office and studio strategies, far more than A-list names

Johnny Depp’s box-office blunder with the comedy “Mortdecai” this weekend says as much about the state of the movie business as it does the actor, who’s endured five straight box office flops.

The fact that well-made movies will usually still succeed, and bad ones won’t, hasn’t changed. But it’s superhero brands like Marvel and DC Comics and high concepts that are drawing the biggest audiences to theaters today, replacing the A-list talent that formerly topped the multiplex marquees. »

- Todd Cunningham

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‘Hobbit’ Storms China, Crosses $600M Overseas: International Box Office Update

18 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update 7:10 Pm Pt: The holdovers had it at this weekend’s international box office. The frame was up roughly 11% from last weekend across the Top 10 studio titles playing overseas, largely thanks to the China performance of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. That film now has an international cume of $616.9M and a worldwide total of about $866.5M. That’s a little less than $100M off the $960M with which The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ended its run in 2014. However, an apples-to-apples comparison would be difficult to make at this juncture given currency fluctuations. Nevertheless, the China bow of Five Armies nearly bested the entire Middle Kingdom run The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in local currency terms. The earlier film traveled to a total 315.9 yuan while Five Armies grossed 307.9 yuan in its first three days. Smaug’s three-day was just 198M yuan in February on 2014. On just under 200 plays, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Film Review: ‘Mississippi Grind’

25 January 2015 1:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The moody, measured intelligence and exceptional skill with actors long evinced by filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (“Half Nelson,” “Sugar”) once again serves them well in “Mississippi Grind,” a bittersweet, beautifully textured road movie that plays like a conscious throwback to the lost souls and open highways of 1970s American cinema. Starring a never-better Ben Mendelsohn as a desperate poker player who embarks on a high-stake gambling trip through the South with his personal good-luck charm (Ryan Reynolds) in tow, this low-key but emotionally rich journey may not deliver the narrative oomph that some audiences may crave from their tales of addiction and redemption, spelling modest commercial impact. Still, discerning arthouse-goers will warm to the film’s superb performances, haunting sense of place and willingness to meander, as well as its sly rumination on the mysterious interplay of fate and friendship in shaping an individual’s destiny.

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- Justin Chang

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Second Opinion – The Gambler (2014)

24 January 2015 3:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Gambler, 2014.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt

Starring Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Michael K. Williams, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange and George Kennedy.

Synopsis:

Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?

Spoilers for both the 1974 and 2014 versions of The Gambler below…

At the end of Karel Reisz’s 1974 film The Gambler James Caan’s character is debt-free after dragging a young student with a promising basketball career into the world of sports fixing. The student, Caan sees, is just as susceptible to making a quick thousand dollars as Caan is to losing it. Caan never smiles or shows signs of having broken free of his addiction; rather he goes into a nearby rundown brothel, picks a fight with a pimp, »

- Gary Collinson

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Adrian Grenier Says ‘Entourage’ Movie Sequel Is Sure Bet (Exclusive Video)

23 January 2015 3:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Actor tells Larry King he’s seen the rough cut: “The risks are larger and the reward is even greater”

Adrian Grenier has so much faith in the upcoming “Entourage” movie, he’s betting the big-screen adaptation of the HBO series has already earned a sequel.

Grenier spoke to Larry King about the film, due for release June 5, in an interview filmed for the Feb. 9 episode of “Larry King Now.” The actor made the appearance to promote documentary “52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World,” for which he served as producer.

King pressed for details on the Doug Ellin-directed film. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Week in Review: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is finally getting made

23 January 2015 10:26 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of the most anticipated films of 2015 is Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Although that anticipation was under the presumption that Silence would actually come out this year, let alone be made. The film has been in pre-production for ages, by Marty’s account, nearly two decades, but the film is finally coming together with funding from Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films, Deadline reported.

Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver (yes, he’s in Everything now) as two Jesuit priests in 17th Century Japan on a mission to spread Christianity and locate their mentor, played by Liam Neeson. The pair face incredible, violent persecution while on their journey, and the film has been likened to Scorsese’s last East Asia epic, Kundun.

Silence is based on a 1966 novel by Shūsaku Endō and is adapted from a script by Jay Cocks, who worked with Scorsese on his last long delayed period piece, »

- Brian Welk

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Exclusive Clip From ‘The Gambler’ Starring Mark Wahlberg – In UK Cinemas Now

23 January 2015 9:11 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s Friday, the edge of the weekend, nearly the first payday of 2015 and now things get even better with our exclusive clip from Mark Wahlberg’s new movie The Gambler that opens today in cinemas across the UK. Here’s a little background:

Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, »

- Dan Bullock

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Will Ferrell clobbers a cheerleader in the face (it's for a film, don't panic)

23 January 2015 7:55 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Will Ferrell shocked basketball fans by coldly smacking a cheerleader in the face with a ball on Wednesday (January 21).

Don't worry, it was all a stunt for his latest film, but we're not quite sure if everyone in the audience was aware of what the hell was going on.

The incident occurred during halftime at the Pelicans vs Lakers game, and was part of a shoot for Ferrell's upcoming movie Daddy's Home.

Ferrell's character was attempting a half-court shot while the cheerleaders lined up either side. However, instead of aiming for the basket, he pummels the ball directly into the face of one of the girls.

Within minutes of the shoot, many YouTube clips and Vines were uploaded showing Ferrell getting carried out of the stadium.

The cheerleader in question was actually played by stuntwoman and wrestler Taryn Terrell.

Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini and Hannibal Buress will also star in the comedy project. »

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The Guardian Film Show: Ex Machina, The Gambler, Mortdecai and A Most Violent Year - video reviews

23 January 2015 6:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Guest host Paul MacInnes joins Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw to review this week's big releases. On the conveyor belt this week, Alex Garland's robot romance, Ex Machina, the other Oscar Isaac movie out this week, A Most Violent Year, Mark Wahlberg's turn as a literature lecturer in The Gambler and Johnny Depp's reportedly terrible 'tache comedy, Mortdecai

• Don't fancy slogging through the whole show? Now you can see standalone reviews – here's Ex Machina, The Gambler, Mortdecai and A Most Violent Year Continue reading »

- Catherine Shoard, Peter Bradshaw, Paul MacInnes, Paul Frankl, Joan Portillo and Mona Mahmood

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Will Ferrell causes mayhem at basketball game for new comedy Daddy’s Home

23 January 2015 3:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

For a few moments on Wednesday night across the pond, it seemed that Will Ferrell had gone a few steps too far. Coverage on all of the major Us news networks were running footage of the comedian causing havoc at last night Los Angeles Lakers game as they took on New Orleans Pelicans, but somehow unbeknown to them, Ferrell’s antics were all in the name of comedy.

Shooting scenes for his new film, Daddy’s Home, Ferrell took to the court during the half-time break to shake things up, including throwing a basketball straight into the face of a cheerleader, and causing quite a reaction across all social media platforms. You can see some fan videos and pictures of Ferrell’s antics here…

The new film sees Ferrell re-team with his The Other Guys co-star Mark Wahlberg (The Gambler) in the new film from Sean Anders and John Morris (Dumb and Dumber To, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Watch a Drunken Will Ferrell Attack a Cheerleader at a Basketball Game

22 January 2015 8:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

If you happened to be at last night's Pelicans game in New Orleans, you were treated to quite the bonus surprise when someone who looked and sounded an awful lot like a drunk Will Ferrell took to the court and attempted to make a long-distance shot to win a prize. You were greeted with even more of a shock when Ferrell failed miserably, instead drilling a nearby cheerleader in the head with the ball, dropping her to the floor. Sadly it wasn't for a bizarre Space Jam remake. And no, Ferrell wasn't actually drunk, as he appears in the clip. It was all for a scene from a new comedy called Daddy's Home that reunites Ferrell with his The Other Guys costar Mark Wahlberg. In it they play two men competing for the affections of the same woman. We're guessing this...

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- Peter Hall

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Was There Belichick Ball Deflation? Will Ferrell Brains A Cheerleader With ‘Errant’ Half-Court Shot – Video

22 January 2015 7:15 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

File this under “Harm, but no foul.” Here’s a look at a shocking scene in which a man is invited to try sinking a miracle half-court shot during a break in an NBA game. You’ll note that his aim is just a wee bit off, resulting in a cheerleader getting a Wilson sandwich and the boorish guy being forcibly removed from the court. Relax, the loser was Will Ferrell, shooting a scene for the actor’s upcoming pic Daddy’s Home, a reteam with Mark Wahlberg in which Ferrell plays a mild-mannered radio executive who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children. But complications arise when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. Fear not — the cheerleader’s really a stuntwoman.

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- The Deadline Team

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Video: Will Ferrell Hits Cheerleader in the Face at Basketball Game

22 January 2015 7:08 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

During the halftime of Wednesday's basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans, fans got to see Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg film a scene for their upcoming "Daddy's Home" movie. In the scene, Ferrell's character hits one of the Pelicans cheerleaders in the face with a basketball and is then tackled by actors playing security guards, before being escorted off the court. Lots of fans recorded the scene and put it online. Check out one of those videos below. "Daddy's Home" follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife's two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. Video: »

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The Gambler Review

22 January 2015 2:06 PM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Mark Wahlberg has described his role of gambler Jim Bennett as the most challenging role of his career (battling giant robots aside..ahem) Besides the fact that Wahlberg attended numerous college lectures to nail down professor mannerisms and style, he lost a whopping 61lbs on a diet that consisted of vegetables, liquids, cardio and probably some left over oil from the last Transformers outing. With a slightly withdrawn and gaunt looking Jim Bennett, it’s easy to see where Wahlberg put in the physical work for this role. However, his performance of a gambler who borrows money from his mother and a loan shark, in a quest for a second chance at life, while good is not exactly outstanding. At this stage of his career, Mark Wahlberg is playing more of himself than any other character, in the same way that Bruce Willis or Arnie does. However, that’s not »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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The Gambler review – Mark Wahlberg is unconvincing in a contrived remake

22 January 2015 1:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The 1974 film scripted by James Toback is relocated to Los Angeles, and turned into something pretty preposterous in the process

Writer and film-maker James Toback has had a mini-resurgence lately: his documentary Seduced and Abandoned was widely enjoyed, and Jacques Audiard remade his 1978 movie Fingers as The Beat My Heart Skipped. Now 1974’s Toback-scripted The Gambler has had a modern – rather sanitised – makeover, transposed from New York to La. It’s another tellingly personal tale of a highbrow guy with a lowlife secret.

Mark Wahlberg plays the part that James Caan had in the original. He is Jim Bennett, a university professor and novelist with an addiction to gambling. Wahlberg is, sad to say, uncharismatic and unconvincing in a tiresome role in which he has to harangue his students on the subject of true genius. On his personal time, he loses a fortune at blackjack, and finally stakes everything on »

- Peter Bradshaw

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The Gambler movie review: to bet, or not to bet?

22 January 2015 12:40 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It doesn’t quite work as a package, but Wahlberg is a real pleasure to watch as he crafts a portrait of a tormented anti-hero with an apparent death wish. I’m “biast” (pro): like Mark Wahlberg

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I think you’re the kind of guy who likes to lose.” So someone pegs Jim Bennett, child of privilege, literature professor, and dude in to an illegal Los Angeles casino run by Korean gangsters for $240,000. Which he has to repay in seven days, or else. But a perverse pleasure in losing — blackjack and roulette seem to be his entertainments of choice — is only a small part of Bennett’s intriguing, but most definitely anti-heroic, complexity. Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: Age of Extinction), as Bennett, has never been this good: he actually makes us buy that Bennett is »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Watch Will Ferrell Take Out A Pelicans Cheerleader While Filming Daddy.s Home

22 January 2015 11:44 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Imagine you are at an NBA basketball game. Everything is seemingly normal, the game is moving along, until half-time. Instead of a fun and peppy performance by the New Orleans Pelicans cheerleaders, Will Ferrell stopped by, playing a drunk idiot with a basketball, and nailed an unsuspecting cheerleader right in the head. Watch below: Since this does occur at halftime of a regular season NBA game, it feels pretty darn real. But don.t worry, the scene was scripted, and the crowd in attendance was forewarned. Will Ferrell was supposed to be playing an uncoordinated drunk. And though you can not see it from this Vine, Mark Wahlberg is sitting on the sideline, watching this ridiculous scene occur. The two are filming for their upcoming film together, Daddy.s Home which follows the story of a recently married radio executive (Ferrell) determined to become the best stepdad possible while competing »

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Watch Will Ferrell Take Out A Pelican.s Cheerleader While Filming Daddy.s Home

22 January 2015 11:44 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Imagine you are at an NBA basketball game. Everything is seemingly normal, the game is moving along, until half-time. Instead of a fun and peppy performance by the New Orleans Pelicans cheerleaders, Will Ferrell stopped by, playing a drunk idiot with a basketball, and nailed an unsuspecting cheerleader right in the head. Watch below: Since this does occur at halftime of a regular season NBA game, it feels pretty darn real. But don.t worry, the scene was scripted, and the crowd in attendance was forewarned. Will Ferrell was supposed to be playing an uncoordinated drunk. And though you can not see it from this Vine, Mark Wahlberg is sitting on the sideline, watching this ridiculous scene occur. The two are filming for their upcoming film together, Daddy.s Home which follows the story of a recently married radio executive (Ferrell) determined to become the best stepdad possible while competing »

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Will Ferrell Hits Cheerleader with Basketball While Filming New Movie

22 January 2015 11:12 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

On Wednesday, Will Ferrell made a surprise appearance at a New Orleans Pelicans game against the Los Angeles Lakers where he pelted a cheerleader in the face with a basketball. The actor was then immediately tossed from the arena.

The incident was all part of a stunt for the actor’s new film, Daddy’s Home, in which an attempted half-court shot goes awry.

Watch: Will Ferrell Pumps Up World Cup Fans

Of course, the entire scene was caught on camera as fans and reporters shared Vines and images on social media.

Will Ferrell knocks a #Pelicans cheerleader off her feet with a "drunken" throw while filming a scene at halftime. pic.twitter.com/AD8FMkX5ad

— Michael DeMocker (@MichaelDeMocker) January 22, 2015

Video of Will Ferrell's halfcourt shot just filmed for movie "Daddy's Home."

A video posted by Kevin Ding (@kevinding) on Jan 21, 2015 at 6:24pm Pst

Even better pic of Will Ferrell being led out of »

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Movie Review – The Gambler (2014)

22 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Gambler, 2014.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman and Michael K. Williams.

Synopsis:

A dejected literary professor is given just seven days to pay back his substantial gambling debts.

First, a word on the trailer: balls. Much like how last year’s wonderful Pride was made to look like a schmaltzy television movie (when in fact it was a schmaltzy movie movie) in its trailer, The Gambler looks like a moody, pretentious brat. Actually, that rather neatly sums up its lead character, but it’s far from the world’s best marketing technique.

The trailer is not representative of how much you will enjoy this film.

Now a few more words on the movie itself: surprisingly enjoyable. A remake of the 1974 James Caan film, The Gambler tells the story of Jim Bennett (played with remarkable faux-disinterest by Mark Wahlberg), a literature professor and chronic gambler. »

- Oli Davis

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