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Most people never step inside a casino until they’ve reached adulthood. When they do, they typically approach them with expectations of smartly dressed punters, towers of chips exchanging hands around a poker table, and hundreds of flashing, buzzing slots contraptions with waterfalls of coins pouting out. The reason for these particular images? Hollywood. Casinos have starred in the movies for decades. Bright, exotic and ever-so-slightly decadent, they make a perfect setting for every kind of story. From drama to comedy films, casinos have provided audiences with thrills and laughs in equal measures, and in this article we review five top movies that are based on gambling.
The Hustler (1961)
Credit: 20th Century Fox
Director: Robert Rossen
Running time: 134 min
Variety is reporting that four more names have joined the cast of New Line’s currently-in-production Vacation reboot, with Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie), Nick Kroll (The League), Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Michael Peña (American Hustle) all set to feature in the film.
The latest Griswold outing is being directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (writers of Horrible Bosses) and sees Ed Helms (The Hangover) leading the cast as the adult Rusty Griswold. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will cameo as Clark and Ellen, while Christina Applegate (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Leslie Mann (This Is 40), Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses 2), Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World), Skyler Gisondo (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) and Steele Stebbins (A Haunted House 2) also feature in the cast.
Vacation is set for release in the States »
- Gary Collinson
Ed Helms is starring as Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark Griswold (portrayed by Chevy Chase in the 1983 film), who takes a family trip similar to the one he took as a boy. Leslie Mann is playing Rusty’s sister Audrey Griswold, who was played by Dana Barron in the 1983 original.
New Line plans to release “Vacation” on Oct. 9.
- Dave McNary
Earlier this week, Yahoo announced that season 6 of "Community" would get some much-needed new blood, with Paget Brewster and Keith David joining a cast that's lost Donald Glover, Chevy Chase and Yvette Nicole Brown in the last few years (not to mention prominent recurring players Jonathan Banks and John Oliver). Now, sometimes, late-in-life TV show cast changes and/or additions can be a death knell. "The X-Files" without Mulder (and then Scully) just isn't "The X-Files," and nobody much liked either Doggett or (especially) Reyes. Ditto "The Facts of Life" trying to swap in Cloris Leachman for Charlotte Rae, or "Welcome Back Kotter" thinking they could survive without John Travolta as Barbarino. Other times, though, a cast change can be just the shot in the arm a veteran show needs. "Law & Order" most famously made a science out of swapping actors in and out of its cast, but lots of »
- Alan Sepinwall
After 200 episodes, “Supernatural,” which bowed in 2005, has been to hell and back (several times), with a few sojourns to heaven, purgatory, Oz, the past, the post-apocalyptic future and even our world along the way. The show weathered the conversion from The WB to The CW, survived the 2007-08 writers’ strike, and transitioned through several showrunners — and there’s no end in sight. Here, the stars and creative team chart the unlikely journey of the “little show that could.”
Eric Kripke (Creator): For me, the core notion behind “Supernatural” was to make a series about urban legends. I think they’re this incredibly rich mythology about the United States, and no one had really tapped into that, so when I started as a writer, one of the first ideas I ever pitched was an urban legend show.
A couple years later I tried to pitch, basically, a “Scooby Doo” rip »
- Laura Prudom
It’s unsurprising that Community is growing its cast – with Chevy Chase, Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown all leaving the show for various reasons, there were always going to be a few gaps in need of filling.
Nonetheless, there’s some interesting new talent joining the team for the show’s sixth season, its first at its new home Yahoo.
Paget Brewster of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Criminal Minds has signed up as Frankie Dart, a consultant brought in to help shape up the school. From her past roles we’d expect a stern tone.
Additionally, Keith David, who you may recognise from Platoon, Crash, Mr & Mrs Smith and many more, has joined the show as “Elroy Patashnik, a retired scientist reinventing himself.” The new Pierce Hawthorne, anyone?
Production of the new season kicks off this month. »
Highland Film Group today announced the closing of major territory sales, including: Us, UK, France, Australia and more, on Brian K. Roberts’ Christmas heart-warmer Shelby, starring Chevy Chase (Caddyshack, Community), John Paul Ruttan (Robocop), Tom Arnold (True Lies), and the vocal talents of Rob Schneider (Grown Ups) as the mischievous dog.
The U.S. rights have been acquired by Starz Media with home video distribution via Anchor Bay Entertainment. In addition to the following territories and respective distributors have been secured: Signature Entertainment in the UK; Jigsaw in Australia/New Zealand; Just Bridge in Benelux; Zylo in France; Falcon in the Middle East; TV Joj in Slovakia; Fox Asia for PanAsia TV; Padora in Ex Yugo; and Profile Media in Turkey.
Shelby is an uplifting Christmas tale of a down-on-his-luck orphaned dog (voiced by Schneider), who escapes from the local pound and finds himself in the home of a young »
- Michelle McCue
Production is about to begin on the online-only sixth season of Community, and Yahoo--which will distribute the show through its Yahoo Screen platform--has announced a pair of new names who will join the comedy's cast: The latest additions to the Greendale Community College campus are Paget Brewster and Keith David. A press release from Yahoo defines the two new roles. Brewster, who recently completed a seven-season run on the CBS drama Criminal Minds, will play a consultant hired to "shape up" Greendale. David, who has acted in films like Platoon and Crash, will play "a retired scientist reinventing himself." It's worth noting that David was also one of The Cape, a short-lived NBC series that served as the inspiration for Community's famous "six seasons and a movie" joke. If Community creator Dan Harmon doesn't find a way to slip in a reference to that role, I'll be disappointed. Brewster »
- Sam Gutelle
Rights to Shelby have gone in the UK (Signature Entertainment), Australia/New Zealand (Jigsaw), Benelux (Just Bridge), France (Zylo), Middle East (Falcon), Slovakia (TV Joj), former Yugoslavia (Padora), Turkey (Profile Media) and pan-Asian TV (Fox Asia).
Starz Media has acquired Us rights and will distribute on home entertainment via Anchor Bay Entertainment.
John Paul Ruttan, Tom Arnold and the voice talent of Rob Schneider round out the cast on the Christma tale of a dog that escapes from the pound and lands at the home of an aspiring young magician and his grandfather.
UK and Los Angeles-based producer-financier The Fyzz Facility fully developed the original story before going on to finance the project in conjunction with Canadian producers Naked Fury and Outpost Media.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
With production on "Community" season 6 beginning next week, the comedy is adding two actors to the cast: Paget Brewster and Keith David. The series was already without original regulars Donald Glover and Chevy Chase by the end of last season, and Yvette Nicole Brown had to leave to care for her ill father. Plus, Jonathan Banks and John Oliver, who were significant parts of season 5, are busy with other jobs ("Better Call Saul" and "Last Week Tonight," respectively) and aren't likely to be back. Even with the return of Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong, the world of Greendale was getting awfully under-populated. Now the show's added two comedy veterans — one of whom has already been on the show in another role. Brewster (who, before her stint on "Criminal Minds," was a regular on a whole bunch of sitcoms, albeit most of them »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Texas-born actor was practically a leading man from the get-go, starring in critically-acclaimed dramas before topping the box office in a flurry of romantic comedies. And then the McConaissance began. McConaughey transformed himself for a role in "Dallas Buyers Club," won his first Oscar -- and then nearly won an Emmy for "True Detective," too. Now, the actor continues his hot streak by starring in Christopher Nolan's space epic "Interstellar."
From his early days shooting armadillo to his love for bongo drums, here are 35 things you probably don't know about Matthew McConaughey.
2. His mother is a former kindergarten teacher, while his father ran an oil supply business.
3. McConaughey's father was also »
- Jonny Black
Jay Leno returning to “The Tonight Show” as a guest Friday won’t be Leno’s first appearance on Fallon’s “Tonight Show” — he appeared in "House of Cue Cards” in August — but it’ll mark his 1st time sitting on Fallon’s couch. Leno will be promoting his Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which will air on PBS on Nov. 23. Louis Ck’s Twitter account suddenly disappears The account @louisck is gone one month after the comedian ranted against Isis. Nick Offerman stars in a fake Home Depot ad for John Oliver Watch "Last Week Tonight” skewer human-size robotic "shopping assistants.” Click Read Full Post For More FX teases “Archer” Season 6 The animated comedy will return to spying in January. HBO orders “Bros,” a comedy about 3 black brothers searching for love in L.A. Of the three brothers, two are straight and one is gay. Savannah Guthrie returns »
- Norman Weiss
Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.
Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)
1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13
Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.
2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG
3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13
Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »
- Sharon Knolle
Like most actors, Michael Keaton claims he doesn’t enjoy watching himself in his own movies. But when it comes to his buzzy starring role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” which Fox Searchlight opens in limited release Friday, he can’t stop watching himself — as if in disbelief that it’s really him up there onscreen. “I like this movie so much, I just can’t get enough of it,” he says over a recent lunch at Santa Monica’s Miramar Hotel, the day after he’d seen “Birdman” for the third time, at an Academy screening attended by his old “Batman” sparring partner, Jack Nicholson. “I’m watching this movie and I’m thinking, God, I love this movie. And then I realized: Wait a minute, I’m in this movie!”
Coming from most people, a statement like that would sound like false modesty at best and willful self-delusion at worst, »
- Scott Foundas
Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, »
- Steve Montgomery
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has seen its release date pushed back into next year.
The sci-fi comedy was due to open in cinemas on Christmas Day through Paramount, but has now been delayed until February 20, 2015.
Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Chevy Chase all reprise their roles from the original film, with Adam Scott stepping in for the absent John Cusack. Scott will play the son of Cusack's character.
The sequel's storyline sees Robinson and Duke's characters leaping back into the hot tub in a bid to head »
In an extremely unsurprising turn of events, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has been shifted from its previous Christmas release date to February 20th of next year. The holiday season is always tremendously crowded at the box office, and the competition is so steep this year that the raunchy sequel wouldn’t have stood an ice cube’s chance in hell at the box office.
Clark Duke, Rob Cordrry, Craig Robinson, Chevy Chase and Collette Wolfe all return for the follow-up, in which Lou (Cordrry) becomes the father of the Internet and is shot by an unknown assailant from the future, leading the gang to jump into the time machine to save their friend. John Cusack is not returning, and Parks and Recreation‘s Adam Scott will be taking on a new role to fill in for him. Community‘s Gillian Jacobs also has a part.
In its previous slot, »
- Isaac Feldberg
This isn't all that surprising. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is now foregoing its original December 25th, 2014 release date and moving to February 20th. This makes sense for a few reasons, the first of which is that it needs to get out of the way of Seth Rogen and James Franco's The Interview, which is shaping up to be something of a comedic juggernaut (at least in terms of my perception - it feels like awareness is high for that one). Also telling? My first thought when I saw this news was, "that was supposed to come out on Christmas?" It doesn't feel like they've been aggressively marketing the movie (aside from the trailer) and I feel like February is safer ground for this franchise anyway. Paramount also moved Scouts vs. Zombies from that date and placed it on October 30th, 2015, also a move of confidence in that horror comedy it looks like. »
- Evan Dickson
1983 marked the beginning of the famous Vacation franchise that made a lot of careers in the mid 1980's. Among those whose success was enriched in the film's ensuing success were director Harold Ramis, writer John Hughes, and of course the couple at the center of it all, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. In the roles of Clark and Ellen Griswold, the two would be three of the only original cast members to star in each installment of the series. So naturally, they were invited for the modern sequel, and we have a photo from the film's set commemorating the moment the franchise was handed off. Courtesy of Ed Helms' HootSuite page, we now have the first photo of him as Rusty Griswold, standing in the middle of his cinematic mom and dad in the new Vacation film. Keep in mind, the last time you've seen the Griswolds on film »
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