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From show creator/executive producer Garry Trudeau, the Amazon original series Alpha House is a hilarious comedy about four misfit senators – Gil John Biggs (John Goodman), Robert Bettencourt (Clark Johnson), Louis Laffer Jr. (Matt Malloy) and Andy Guzman (Mark Consuelos) – who rent a house together in Washington, D.C. and deal with all of the outrageousness that comes with a life in politics. Having watched Season 1, I can vouch for the fact that the writing is smart, the acting is great, and the stories are sometimes all-too-real, and Season 2 is sure to be that much stronger. During this exclusive interview with Collider, Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Trudeau talked about why a TV show and why Amazon, at this point in his career, what John Goodman brings to the show, why he’s turned down so many offers over the years, his previous TV experience, why he’s maintained such a low personal profile, »
- Christina Radish
Did Garry Trudeau feel the need to change anything for season two of his Capitol Hill satire Alpha House, all ten episode of which roll out on Amazon Prime today? “We just tried to do it better,” the Doonesbury cartoonist tells Vulture of the series, which stars John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and Matt Malloy as a quartet of Gop congressmen sharing a D.C. townhouse. “We tried to make the stories faster, funnier, and edgier — all that good stuff.”What’s the biggest difference in writing a comedy series and a comic strip? I’ve never had a single full-time employee in the last 40 years, and now I have 120-some-odd teammates. But it’s a wonderful group of collaborators. I wonder why it took me so long to realize the joy of working with other people. It’s been thrilling. You’ve got cameos in season two from »
- Bruce Fretts
Amazon's first original series has now begun its second season. Alpha House, which follows a group of Republican senators who live together in a house in DC, has added ten new episodes to its library on Amazon Prime. Alpha House stars John Goodman as Gil John Briggs, a Senator who, during the second season, must fend off a Democratic challenger and win re-election. This plot is ripped straight from the headlines; Alpha House's debut comes less than two weeks before midterm elections in the Us. When the first season of Alpha House arrived last year, critics met it with middling reviews. This year, the early consensus seems to have come out a little more positive, with critics from Variety and the Los Angeles Times praising the series' low-key brand of comedy. "Alpha House isn't the most popular or celebrated title amid the present onslaught of D.C.-set political series, »
- Sam Gutelle
Just in time for the actual midterm elections, the four Senators of Alpha House are back for another season today, doing whatever they can to hang on to their dignity and their jobs – fending off political opponents, magicians, reality show cameras, and comedy roasters. Start the binging right now.
Unlike other shows set in D.C., Alpha House is set against the backdrop of the current election season, where Obama is president and actual political stars, like Senator John McCain, David Axelrod, Grover Norquist and George Stephanopoulos, make appearances.
Enlisting members of both parties – in guest appearances and story lines – also helps drive the series. “It may be one of the only political endeavors getting bipartisan support,” says Alter.
But several »
. Anne Thompson reports on a fascinating conversation with her dinner companion at Tuesday's American Cinematheque Ball honoring Matthew McConaughey, star of the upcoming "Interstellar": "CalTech astrophysicist Kip Thorne worked closely with Christopher Nolan and his VFX people to create a scientifically realistic wormhole and black hole so that the film's use of relative time would be as accurate as possible. Thompson on Hollywood -Break- As Esther Zuckerman observes, "John Goodman has some words for Mark Wahlberg in the teaser for their upcoming film 'The Gambler,' and since it’s a red-band teaser, it’s probably evident that the words aren’t exactly pretty. (Get ready for a lot of “f–k yous” to be uttered.)" EW Oscars predictions update: Experts still backing 'Boyhood,' Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, ... Jason Hughes teases Air New Zealand's “The Most Epic..."' »
Paramount Pictures has unveiled both the official one-sheet and red-band trailer for Rupert Wyatt's "The Gambler" starring a very lean Mark Wahlberg. William Monahan penned the script for the film which also stars Brie Larson and Jessica Lange.
A remake of the James Caan-led 1974 film, Wahlberg plays a college professor with a gambling addiction that leads him to lay his own life on the line as collateral against a loan from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams). The move brings him to the attention of a loan shark (John Goodman).
"The Gambler" will open in limited release on December 19th.
- Garth Franklin
Mark Wahlberg plays a literature professor whose gambling addiction gets him way more than he bargained for when he gets mixed up with a bunch of mobsters. That's the set up for The Gambler -- a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan -- and the first foul-mouthed trailer has arrived online just in time to remind you how much you love John Goodman when he gets his hands on a nice, juicy role. Warning: The following trailer is Nsfw and contains foul language. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and starring Wahlberg, Goodman, Jessica Lange and Brie Larson, The Gambler looks like a shiny piece of badass -- sort of how you feel sitting in front of a bunch of casino chips, just waiting to risk 'em all because... f**k it. Wahlberg...
- Erik Davis
A new red-band trailer has landed online for The Gambler, in which John Goodman dispenses some words of wisdom in Mark Wahlberg’s direction. Wahlberg plays a college lecturer with a high-stake gambling problem, who happens to have got himself in deep with Michael K. Williams’ gangster. With his life on the line, the only option as he sees it is to gamble his way back into profit, attempting to play Williams off against the operator of a prominent betting ring… Take a look at the new trailer, below… More F-bombs than...
- George Wales
Jim Bennett (Academy Award-nominee 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 (Academy Award-winner 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, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…
Directed by Rupert Wyatt »
- Gary Collinson
Mark Wahlberg is stepping into the shoes that James Caan originated in the upcoming remake of 1974's The Gambler. The first trailer is here, and it showcases Wahlberg's very noticeable weight loss for the role of Jim, a literature professor with a severe gambling problem. It's a little jarring to see him about 60 pounds down from what he usually is, but hopefully the transformation will be worth it. So far I'm loving Jessica Lange as his mother, though it's actually really strange to see her out of American Horror Story at this point. Brie Larson plays a student with whom Jim has a relationship, so let's just pretend that 18-year age gap doesn't weird us all out. The movie looks good, and I'm excited to see more footage before its Dec. 19 release date. This is the red band trailer, so prepare for lots of cursing, and also, John Goodman. Front »
Sneak Peek an official 'red band' restricted trailer supporting director Rupert Wyatt's remake of the 1974 drama "The Gambler", starring Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange and John Goodman, opening December 19, 2014:
"...'Jim Bennett' (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 (Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of 'Frank' (Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance..."
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- Michael Stevens
Finally we have the brand new red-band teaser trailer and UK poster for The Gambler, the new film starring Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange. Rupert Wyatt, the helmer that brought us the awesome Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, directs.
Here’s the synopsis.
Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee 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 (Academy Award®-winner 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. »
- Paul Heath
Did seeing Mark Wahlberg as a (pretty lame ass) inventor running around with robots and his over sexualized underage daughter in Transformers: Age of Extinction leave a bad taste in your mouth? You can either cleanse that palette by grabbing a bite at Wahlburgers, or you can watch this intense teaser trailer for the actor’s new film The Gambler. The red band teaser sets up a really promising, high-stakes drama. Director Rupert Wyatt looks to have done an amazing job on his first feature since walking away from the Planet of the Apes franchise he successfully rebooted with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Paramount Pictures is placing their bets on this new film, and hoping to walk away with some Oscars. They’ve got some pretty good odds too. The script for the remake of the 1974 James Caan film comes from screenwriter William Monahan, who took home »
- Eli Reyes
Mark Wahlberg has a few Nsfw words for John Goodman in Paramount’s first reveal of The Gambler, the remake of the 1974 drama that nabbed James Caan a Golden Globe nomination and jumpstarted screenwriter James Toback’s career. Given his reaction a few years back when the remake was announced, Toback might share the sentiment. This Gambler stars Wahlberg as a college professor struggling with a crippling gambling addiction, with Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams and Jessica Lange rounding out the cast.
The Gambler begins its awards run next month by opening AFI Fest before hitting theaters on December 19. Oscar nominated twice, for his supporting turn in The Departed and for producing The Fighter, Wahlberg is gunning for Best Actor in the starring role originally inspired by Toback’s own experiences. Rupert Wyatt directs from a William Monahan adapted script, »
- Jen Yamato
The Gambler Red Band Trailer. Rupert Wyatt‘s The Gambler (2014) red band teaser trailer stars Jessica Lange, , Michael Kenneth Williams, and John Goodman. The Gambler‘s plot synopsis: “a remake of the 1974 film of the same name, sees Wahlberg as a [literature] professor who’s hiding an increasingly out of [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
John Goodman has some words for Mark Wahlberg in the teaser for their upcoming film The Gambler, and since it's a red-band teaser, it's probably evident that the words aren't exactly pretty. (Get ready for a lot of "f-k yous" to be uttered.) "The wise man's life is based around 'f-k you,'" Goodman counsels. Wahlberg stars in Rupert Wyatt's remake of the 1974 James Caan movie, as an English professor, who has a taste for, well, gambling. He's surrounded in the film by some top-notch actors outside of Goodman, including Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, and Michael K. Williams. Wahlberg »
- Esther Zuckerman
Karel Reisz’s 1974 drama “The Gambler,” an autobiographical drama by James Toback, is a slow burn portrait of addiction. Every little bit literature professor Axel Freed (James Caan) makes on the Blackjack table, he sinks a few steps lower until he drowns in his melancholy reality. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt’s remake, swinging into the Oscar race at the tail end of the year, has a bit more bounce, channeling the Scorsese crime drama spirit with Mark Wahlberg as its troubled keystone. A totally different movie — and an intriguing departure (with plenty of cussin’ so you know it means business). The red-band trailer is murky the film’s connections to the original. Axel is now Jim Bennett, Los Angeles swaps in for New York, he still has a mom (Jessica Lange), but maybe John Goodman, lighting the screen on fire as a mob-ish boss, »
- Matt Patches
Warning: This trailer is red-band and as such is Nsfw. With the fall comes a slew of movies that are gearing for Oscar gold. Then as we move into the winter, a slate of big, flashy blockbusters pile up, demanding our attention. So how do you cut through all this clamor when you're a mid-level thriller about a professor with a gambling addiction? You unleash a trailer like The Gambler's, full of camp appeal and f-bombs, lazily chucked by the always awesome John Goodman. A remake of the 1974 James Caan vehicle, The Gambler stars Mark Wahlberg, who has shaved off about 60 pounds since he played the conniving bodybuilder in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain. Without the weight, the dude looks haggard, fitting as he's playing a literature professor who gets on the wrong side of some serious gangsters when his gambling debts stack up. Bringing some assurance of madness »
Paramount Pictures has debuted the official red band trailer for crime drama The Gambler, which stars Mark Wahlberg as an English professor that struggles to keep a hold on his relationship with the tables.
Billed as a loose remake of James Cann’s 1974 film of the same name, The Gambler will be directed by Rupert Wyatt who, like Wahlberg, is taking a break from the high-octane blockbusters following his work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
In essence, Wahlberg plays an everyday man known as Jim Bennett who has everything he could possibly need to sustain a happy, health life; but, one day, fuelled by his innate gambling urge, Bennett channels his inner Tyler Durden to rid himself of all forms of desire. Heck, even John Goodman’s loan shark is shocked by his left-field actions in the above trailer.
By preparing for the role, Wahlberg shed a »
- Michael Briers
"A wise man's life is based around 'fuck you.'" After some first look photos surfaced earlier this month, we finally get a better look at the last minute awards contender The Gambler from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. A red band trailer for the film starring Mark Wahlberg has arrived, and it has one hell of a profanity-ridden monologue from John Goodman that gets us really excited to see this flick. Wahlberg plays an English professor and a high-stakes gambler who bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael K. Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. But things don't go so well. Watch! Here's the first red band trailer for Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler direct from Paramount Pictures: The Gambler is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist) and written by William Monahan (The Departed, »
- Ethan Anderton
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