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A classy crime thriller, with edgy suspense and twists that can't be predicted. Mike Hodges directs Paul Mayersberg's script about a frustrated writer who returns to casino work to find material for a book. A young Clive Owen shines as the rakish but sensible roulette & blackjack dealer, who documents his own criminal activities. Croupier Blu-ray Hen's Tooth Video 1998 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date November 3, 2015 / 24.95 Starring Clive Owen, Gina McKee, Kate Hardie, Alex Kingston, Nicholas Ball, Paul Reynolds, Ciro de Chiara, Rhona Mitra, Loretta Parnell. Cinematography Michael Garfath Production Designer Jon Bunker Art Direction Ian Reade-Hill, Alexander Scherer, Gernot Thöndel Film Editor Les Healey Original Music Simon Fisher-Turner Written by Paul Mayersberg Produced by Jonathan Cavendish, Marlow De Mardt, Jake Lloyd, James Mitchell, Brigid Olen, Christine Ruppert Directed by Mike Hodges
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
He: "You're my conscience." She: "Don't you have a conscience of your own?" If »
- Glenn Erickson
Sandra Bullock returns to the big screen this weekend with Our Brand Is Crisis, portraying a political campaign strategist, a role that was originally written for her Gravity co-star George Clooney. The actor stayed on to produce that film, and now they are re-teaming for another gender-swapping project, with Sandra Bullock attached to take on George Clooney's lead role in an all-female remake of his 2001 hit Ocean's Eleven. The Playlist reports that this Ocean's Eleven reboot has been in the works for over a year, with Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) signing on to direct.
The project reportedly came together last fall, originated by Ocean's Eleven star George Clooney, director Steven Soderbergh and producer Jerry Weintraub. The trio have enlisted screenwriter Olivia Milch (Queen & Country) to tackle the script, which she has been working on for several months. There was speculation the project might have been delayed, after producer »
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Indiewire reports an Ocean's Eleven sequel is in the works, and that it will feature an all-female caper crew. Clooney is producing, Olivia Milch (Little Women) is writing, and Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Hunger Games) is directing. The biggest news for Actressexuals: Sandra Bullock has landed the Danny Ocean role.
Bullock's star-persona is a little goofier than Clooney's ultra-suave schtick, but she seems like a great choice nonetheless. Very few performers ooze of charisma as strongly as Bullock. I mean, I still find myself thinking of her speaking "Chinese" at the Oscars from time to time.
The bigger question, though, is what other wonderful actresses should join her and her team of madcap con artists. Here are some options:
An Ocean’s Eleven reboot is on the way with Sandra Bullock leading an all-female cast this time around. The George Clooney and Brad Pitt starring original was released back in 2001, and that movie was actually based on a Rat-Pack flick from decades ago, but it seems that Hollywood has run out of ideas once gain, and wants a remake.
There’s a chance that Clooney may also cameo in the new movie too, but one question remains; what will they call it? The ‘Ocean’s’ in the title referred to Clooney’s character, Danny Ocean, so will Bullock’s character potentially be related?
- Paul Heath
For most genre fans, it doesn’t get much better than Cannon Films. A staple in action, horror and complete insanity, the studio that dominated the 1980’s were put down by bigger studios, frowned upon by most mainstream critics, and completely adored by genre fans. Led by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the fledgling company put out more films per year than most of the other studios, with everything from Masters Of The Universe, Cobra, The Last American Virgin, Lifeforce and hundreds of other varying films that were all across the genre board before shutting down in 1994. Machete Maidens Unleashed/Not Quite Hollywood director Mark Hartley uses the rise and fall of the studios and its two leaders as his subject in Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films, a film that focuses more on the notorious past of the studio and less on what did go right. »
- Jerry Smith
Let the River Run: Boden & Fleck’s Melancholy, Character Driven Road-Trip
Filmmaking duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck return with their best collaboration since the 2006 break out title Half Nelson (a film which Boden only shared co-writing credit). Considering their last effort was the 2010 dramedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story, it’s with definite pleasure to see them return to their talents for concocting acute characterizations and capturing impressive performances with Mississippi Grind, a rambling, gambling tumbleweed of a film. Gilded with a palpable sadness in its exploration of hollow lives desperately chasing impossible dreams, the film pays homage to Robert Altman’s 1974 classic California Split, which starred Elliott Gould and George Segal. Boden and Fleck transport us to the modern day Mid-West, utilizing the eponymous river as journey through the threadbare humanity on the road.
Down on his luck Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) seems determined to live on the precipice of complete ruination, »
- Nicholas Bell
A new film series by British film maker and YouTube talent KickthePJ is set to debut on the Vimeo on demand service this week. Oscar’s Hotel For Fantastical Creatures is a collaboration between KickthePJ, real name Pj Liguori, Hollywood Director Ron Howard’s New Form Digital company, and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™.
Focussing on a young man named Oliver, the shows introduces us to a cast of surreal and psychedelic creatures, as Oliver embarks on temporary management of his Uncle’s mystical and truly peculiar hotel. With contributions from a myriad of well known and established performers such as the legendary Patrick Stewart, Alfred Molina, and Elliott Gould, the film series is a culmination of months of hard word and pretty off the wall brainstorming.
- Dan Powell
One of the most exciting new series to emerge from YouTube’s creative community has officially arrived on Vimeo. Oscar’s Hotel For Fantastical Creatures, a six-episode series created by YouTube star Pj “KickThePJ” Liguori, has become available for purchase via the premium Vimeo On Demand platform.
Oscar’s Hotel is based off a short film Liguori created alongside production company New Form Digital. The series takes place at its titular establishment, where young, ambitious manager’s assistant Oliver keeps watch over the monstrous, fantastical tenants. The cast is chock full of YouTube stars (such as PewDiePie, Anna Akana, and Mitchell Davis), many of whom are unrecognizable within their elaborate costumes. A trio of well-established Hollywood actors--Alfred Molina, Patrick Stewart, and Elliott Gould--also join the fun.
Since it was announced as one of New Form’s first two original series back in January 2015, Oscar’s Hotel has picked up some enticing creative partners. »
- Sam Gutelle
CBS no longer has any Doubt about who will be the male lead in its upcoming drama pilot.
From Grey’s Anatomy EPs Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, Doubt centers on Sadie Ellis (played by Katherine Heigl), a lawyer who becomes romantically involved with a client (Pasquale) who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
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Pasquale will play Billy, a decent and altruistic pediatric surgeon recently accused of murdering a 15-year-old girl many years ago. Billy is having a secret love affair with his attorney, Sadie, played by Heigl.
After being narrowly passed on by CBS for a series order this past May, the network decided to give the legal drama another go with re-casting and re-tooling of the script by creators, “Grey’s Anatomy” duo Tony Phelan and Joan Rater.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Heigl will play a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. Dule Hill, Laverne Cox, Kobi Libii, Elliott Gould and Dreama Walker also star. [Source: THR]
Matthew Lewis ("Harry Potter"), Shirley Henderson ("Filth"), Kevin Doyle ("Downton Abbey"), Katherine Kelly ("Mr. Selfridge"), Julie Hesmondhalgh ("Coronation Street") and Amelia Bullmore ("Scott & Bailey") have joined the cast of the second season of the BBC's acclaimed drama "Happy Valley" which begins shooting this week.
- Garth Franklin
Katherine Heigl will attempt another stab at TV with a starring role in a pilot for CBS's Doubt. TheWrap reports that Heigl will play a defense attorney named Sadie, who "becomes romantically involved with one of her clients charged with a violent crime." KaDee Strickland was reportedly attached as the show's original star, but Heigl will replace her in a reworked script fashioned by Grey's Anatomy's Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, and directed by Adam Bernstein. Other initial castings — including Laverne Cox, Elliott Gould, Dulé Hill, and Dreama Walker — will remain intact, according to the trade, and Phelan, Rater, Bernstein, Carl Beverly, and Sarah Timberman will be executive producers. Heigl's last starring TV role was in NBC's State of Affairs, which was canceled after its first season in May. If this shot doesn't work out, no word yet whether Katherine intends to say "bye-gl" to television. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Katherine Heigl‘s state of affairs has improved considerably.
The potential series centers on Sadie Ellis — played by Heigl — a female lawyer who becomes romantically involved with one of her clients (who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime).
Katherine Heigl has landed her next TV gig, and is set to star in CBS’ legal drama pilot “Doubt,” TheWrap has learned. The pilot, from “Grey’s Anatomy” alums Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, had originally featured KaDee Strickland in the lead role of Sadie, a defense attorney who becomes romantically involved with one of her clients charged with a violent crime. Original cast members Dule Hill, Laverne Cox, Kobi Libii, Elliott Gould and Dreama Walker still remain on board in the reworked version of the pilot. Also Read: TheWrap's TV Stars and Showrunners Exclusive Portraits (Updating Photos) The show is from CBS Television. »
- Linda Ge
Heigl has been cast as Sadie Ellis, a smart, chic and successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
The pilot from “Grey’s Anatomy” duo Tony Phelan and Joan Rater did not make the cut for a series order this past May, and Variety reported the project was poised for a reshoot this fall, after the script was rewritten and various roles were recast. With the changes, insiders say “Doubt” will be put on the fast track for series contention.
In the first pilot shoot, Heigl’s role was previously filled by KaDee Strickland (“Private Practice,” “Secrets and Lies”). Teddy Sears, who has since been cast in “The Flash” season two as Jay Garrick, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
Patricia Richardson’s challenge to SAG-aftra president Ken Howard has attracted endorsements from Elliot Gould, Valerie Harper, Ed Harris, Robert Hays, Amy Madigan, Ken McCord, Nick Nolte, Martin Sheen and Nancy Sinatra.
About 140,000 ballots went out this week to the SAG-aftra membership, with results due to be tabulated on Aug. 20. Richardson, best known as Tim Allen’s co-star on “Home Improvement,” announced her candidacy on June 25 as head of the self-styled progressive Membership First slate.
Howard won elections in 2009 and 2011 for the SAG presidency and then won the post in 2013 against Esai Morales in the first election for the merged SAG-aftra, running each time as the head of the moderate Unite for Strength slate. He announced June 1 that he would seek re-election with Jenny O’Hara as his running mate for secretary-treasurer.
- Dave McNary
Last year, Ray Donovan's ratings were up and it was the only Showtime scripted series to grow season-to-season. Will the series' numbers continue to climb or will they drop? Cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned.
Ray Donovan revolves around Los Angeles' best professional fixer (Liev Schreiber), the man who's called in to make the biggest problems of the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls go away. The rest of the cast includes Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Dash Mihok, Eddie Marsan, Elliott Gould, Katie Holmes, and Ian McShane.
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Jon Voight, Ian McShane Light Up Ray Donovan 301: ‘The Kalamazoo’ – SpoilersOne of Showtime’s crown jewel series, Ray Donovan, is back and larger than life with the addition of guest star Ian McShane.Donovan (Liev Schreiber) is down-ish. Still reeling from his lover Kate’s murder and his wife Abby’s (Paula Malcomson) affair, the Boston fixer seeks solace in tawdry La. The opener episode sees Ray lose the father figure/employer that brought him West: Ezra (Elliot Gould). Shunned by Deb and dismissed at Ezra’s funeral, our Ray is summoned by a billionaire Mr. Finney (McShane) to find and retrieve his kidnapped […] »
- April Neale
Ray Donovan Season 3, Episode 1 “The Kalamazoo” (original air date July 12, 2015): “You don’t know who you are anymore,” Ezra told Ray at the end of Season 2, and he was right. The season 3 premiere of Ray Donovan begins with a barely distinguishable Ezra (Elliott Gould) bedridden, clinging to life via the oxygen supply feeding him when a man in collar comes into focus. The man claims to be a minister to broken priests — Father Thomas Romero (Leland Orser) — who needs to know who placed the call from Ezra’s office that notified them of the … Continue reading →
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- Barb Oates
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