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When Seth Rogen was at our offices last week to discuss his new film 'The Night Before," we touched on a number of subjects, and the conversation turned at one point to "Sausage Party," an animated film directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon. For those who haven't heard of the film, it's understandable. It's not due in theaters until August of 2016, but it's been in production for a while now. The film tells the story of Barry, a hot dog voiced by Michael Cera, who begins to suspect that the entire ideological afterlife that has been explained to him for his entire existence is, in fact, a lie. What that lie is and how his adventure peels back the layers of reality is something you'll have to see for yourself, but it's a blisteringly filthy script, and very, very funny. It's got a great voice cast, including Rogen, »
- Drew McWeeny
Hollywood has dabbled in the casino world over the years with many casino games appearing in various movies. The most obvious is the 1995 Martin Scorsese movie Casino, which starred Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci, but what about other casino themed movies, and what films are influenced by which casino games?
Let’s take a look.
Well, let’s kick things off with poker and perhaps the greatest poker movie of modern times, Rounders. Starring John Malcovich and Matt Damon, the film revolves around a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks. Edward Norton and Gretchen Mol also starred in the film, which was released in 1998. Another mention is this year’s Mississippi Grind, which stars Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as a couple of gamblers who take to the road to win big in a »
- The Hollywood News
Being a successful gambler, especially in poker, requires a certain amount of acting skill. Maintaining a calm and rational demeanor no matter if you are on a hot streak or a dry spell (and, of course maintaining a stonewall poker face) is key to making the hobby a lucrative one.
As hard as that is to do in real life, we admire those talented actors that are able to do it in front of a camera and film crew. Below is our list of the best casino, poker, and gambling movie actors.
While Matt Damon has appeared in a few gambling-related movies, and John Malkovich’s role as Teddy Kgb makes Rounders the most quoted gambling movie out there, for us it’s Edward Norton’s role in the 1998 poker drama that carries the film for us.
The cocky and slick Worm introduced the ‘mechanic’s grip’ and »
- Kyle Reese
With Marvel exploring the depths of its comic book catalogue for its third phase of Marvel cinematic universe productions, many of us by now had expected a fresh Hulk film to be part of the mix. After all, Mark Ruffalo's take on the character across two Avengers movies has gone down exceptionally well.
Yet in a new interview with USA Today, Ruffalo admitted that a solo Hulk adventure "feels even further away". The problem remains that "it's not Marvel's property, it's Universal's property. I don't know. It seems really problematic".
What Ruffalo is alluding to is the fact that Universal holds some options over Hulk, following the pair of movies it part-backed based on the character previously. Those would be Ang Lee's hugely underappreciated Hulk, and Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk (the films »
Though Eric Bana and Ed Norton got their own standalone films, it has been Mark Ruffalo's interpretation of Bruce Banner/The Hulk in both "The Avengers" films that have become the widely embraced version of the character.
Out doing press for his new journalism drama film "Spotlight," the actor sadly admits to USA Today that he won't be getting his own film like his predecessors any time soon:
"Actually, it feels even further away. It's not Marvel's property, it's Universal's property. I don't know. It seems really problematic. I've been around long enough to be Ok with it. There's only so much that's in my power and I'm not going to agonize over what is not in my power. I definitely try to limit that to my kids and the things that really matter to me."
Even if he is resigned to the fact he's probably not going to »
- Garth Franklin
One of the biggest contenders for Best Actress at the Academy Awards this year is Saoirse Ronan for her performance in Brooklyn. Helping her make the case for an Oscar in a big way is the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which will be honoring her with the New Hollywood Award. This is a very prestigious citation, one that will surely help her in the Actress race with Academy voters. She’s outstanding in Brooklyn and has been impressing for years already, so Ronan very much deserves this honor. With the precursor season basically upon us, I strongly suspect that it won’t be the only one that she receives before Oscar nominations are announced… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan will receive the “New Hollywood Award” for Brooklyn. The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards »
- Joey Magidson
An actor can wait years for that one great role or movie; some get it, some don’t. Others get a couple of great ones separated by years of filler, like Ed Norton, who waited fourteen years between his last great role, Birdman, and the one that preceded it, Spike Lee’s 25th Hour. Some only ever skim greatness (think Matt Damon, though there’s still time yet), and some don’t start producing it until the twilight of their career (think Christopher Plummer.)
Some actors, however, seem to have periods of sustained greatness, hot streaks that see them blessed with Midas’ proverbial golden touch. What’s more, the streaks contained in this list – while all great performances regardless – do, for the most part, come in genuinely great films, ensuring that their performance is all the more worthy of that greatness tag.
You’d be surprised by »
- Taylor Burns
In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Mark Ruffalo revealed the next film in the Thor franchise to be a "Buddy Movie" between Thor and Hulk. Read on for more.
It's been a long time since the Big Guy has been in a Marvel Movie outside of the Avengers. In fact, the last time he was in one, Edward Norton was Hulk's alter ego. However, that's all about to change in Thor: Ragnarok as Mark Ruffalo has confirmed that this action packed thriller will be more of a Buddy movie.(?)
This is Mark Ruffalo's comment to Nydn, "I think it's going to be a buddy picture with Thor and Bruce Banner, I think they'll probably fight. There's no doubt, everyone wants us to fight at one point."
The addition of Hulk in Ragnarok makes for a very interesting film, more so than just the title. In fact, »
- email@example.com (Matt Malliaros)
After Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, where does Wes Anderson go next? The answer, it seems, is somewhere dark - or somewhere snowy - as he's hinted a horror or Christmas film may be on the cards.
Currently working on an as-yet unnamed stop motion film about dogs (no, really), Anderson was speaking to author Donna Tartt at the Rome Film Festival when he made the startling revelations:
"I have thought of doing a horror movie, and I have thought of doing a Christmas movie. With the kind of movies I do, you're supposed to say is this part supposed to be funny, or is this part supposed to be sad? Well, you say, I don't know. I'm not sure. This is the way we wanted it.
"When you make a horror or a thriller, you say you're supposed to be scared here. You're supposed to be relieved here. »
Beloved arthouse director and kooky style maven Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Royal Tenenbaums") may be bringing his signature style to a quite different genre in the near future - horror.
In a conversation at the Rome Film Festival with author Donna Tartt, Anderson revealed that he soon might step out of his comfort zone with an attempt at scarier fare than he's normally associated with. He tells Filmmaker Magazine:
"I have thought of doing a horror movie, and I have thought of doing a Christmas movie. Horror is an area where if a filmmaker really wants to use all the tricks, the techniques to affect your emotions…. With the kind of movies I do, you're supposed to say is this part supposed to be funny, or is this part supposed to be sad? Well, you say, I don't know. I'm not sure. This is the way we wanted it. »
- Garth Franklin
Comedy auteur Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) has expressed his desire to make a horror movie in an interview with Filmmaker Magazine.
“I have thought of doing a horror movie, and I have thought of doing a Christmas movie,” said Anderson, best known for his colourful, quirky comedy films.
He added: “When you make a horror or a thriller, you say you’re supposed to be scared here. You’re supposed to be relieved here. Here we’re explaining something so you know the next part so you’ll be more scared then.
“I like the idea of the requirements and the obligations of working in a genre like that. I’ve done some scenes like that, »
- Tom Beasley
The Criterion Collection basically invented the commentary track, but as Criterion President Peter Becker — who makes a rare audio appearance on the “Moonrise Kingdom” commentary track — tells a distracted Wes Anderson, “[this commentary] is not about [Criterion].” It’s an amusing, comedically dry, occasionally patience-testing commentary track for Anderson’s eighth film. The “host” and self-proclaimed master of ceremonies on the commentary is, strangely enough, the young Jake Ryan who plays Lionel, one of the young siblings in the Bishop family, and he is joined by Anderson and the aforementioned Becker, hilariously trying to keep the scattered conversations on track. It’s one of the most curiously ramshackle Criterion commentaries in quite some time — the trio are joined by Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and co-writer Roman Coppola by speaker phone, with missed calls included and all — but really just as entertaining and informative, if perhaps slightly more discursive »
- Rodrigo Perez
You know what they say: never judge a movie by its poster. They actually don't say that, but looking at the collection we've assembled below, they ought to start.
What follows is a bunch of very bad posters for very good movies, all trying their hardest to sell the film, and all of them failing on pretty much every level. Enjoy...?
Groundhog Day (1993)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%
Leaving aside the notion of Bill Murray's head and hands - and only his head and hands - being trapped inside a Giant alarm clock, it's Andie MacDowell's raised-eyebrows, chin-stroking, utterly inexplicable face slapped on the bottom corner that earns this a thumbs down. Side note: if that clock rings, it's going straight out the window.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
The Incredible Hulk has become one of the most popular members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the 2003 Ang Lee-directed "disappointment" - hey, I liked it - and Ed Norton.s turn as the big green brute in 2008, Mark Ruffalo has made the poster boy for anger management his own with his portrayals of the man-beast in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Having seemingly acquired a firm grip on the role for probably as long as he.d like to play it, Ruffalo has now made it known one of his biggest desires for the character: he wants to see the Hulk and his Dr. Jekyll, Bruce Banner, meet face to face on the big screen. Ruffalo spoke with The Huffington Post about his big wish. I am excited to keep coming back to this role. I see a lot of space for it to grow. I feel »
The God of Thunder might just be getting some help from a fellow Avenger on his next solo adventure. Variety is reporting that Mark Ruffalo is finalizing a deal to star in Thor: Ragnarok alongside Chris Hemsworth. The deal would reunite Thor and the Hulk for a “solo” film in much the same way that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) are being reunited for Captain America: Civil War.
Teaming the Hulk with Thor appears to be Marvel’s alternative to creating separate, stand-alone Hulk films. When the studio first revealed it’s plans to the so-called Phase 3 movies, fans were quick to note that there was no “Hulk” film on the list. Marvel’s president addressed the issue this way: ” I wouldn’t say Hulk is absent from the timeline. I would say that Hulk is going to appear in many of those movies – particularly »
- Jeff Bricker
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including the impending new Star Wars trailer, The Hulk being confirmed for Thor: Ragnarok, Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studios teaming up and much, much more…
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Spectre explodes into cinemas later this month, most likely assailing down the side of the theatre and dressed in an impeccably tailored tuxedo. Now is the time for the film’s stars to ramp up the promotion. Shout its achievements from the tallest structures in the Greatest of Britains. Big Ben. The Shard. Simon Cowell’s waistline. James Bond is soon to be back, »
- Oli Davis
The cinemagraph is making a comeback, as Facebook embraces the animated Gif to its news feed at last and Apple tries to convince us that its magic Live Photos are completely and utterly different, honest. But it's the world's movie-watchers that remain the art form's finest exponent.
Movies, naturally, are tailor-made to make the most of cinemagraphy's mix of still photography and video, the subtle movements more artistic than the mega-lolz GIFs that usually flood our social feeds. Here are some of cinema's greatest scenes given the cinemagraph treatment.
1. Great Scott! Doc sends Marty to 1985 in Back to the Future
2. Father Merrin gets ready to face the devil in The Exorcist
You know those actors that seem to steal the show in everything they’re in but you can’t quite place their name? They’re finally getting their due with the first annual Carney Awards, held Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Bob Balaban (“Gosford Park,” “Waiting for Guffman”), Bruce McGill (“MacGyver”), David Paymer (“Mr. Saturday Night”), and Cch Pounder (“ER”) are the four nominated for this inaugural event. Michael Ealy (“Barbershop,” “2 Fast 2 Furious”) will be recognized as a young artist to watch. The awards are named after the late, great Art Carney, himself a “character” actor—and an Oscar winner and seven-time Emmy winner to boot. Nov. 1 also marks the 60th anniversary of “The Honeymooners,” in which Carney starred. The actor’s trademark Ed Norton hat will be on display for the very first time to commemorate the occasion. “We believe these character actors »
One of my favorite music cues from all of cinema is the ending of David Fincher’s Fight Club. “Trust me. Everything’s going to be fine,” Edward Norton’s character tells Marla Singer, as explosive charges blow and their surroundings start to come apart. The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” roars to life in the background, and Norton […]
The post Watch This: A Cello Cover of “Where Is My Mind,” Shot in Reverse appeared first on /Film. »
- David Chen
Taika Waititi was recently tapped to direct the film which will start production in 2016.
Plot details remain vague, other than that the film will take place somewhere other than Earth and Asgard. This will mark the first time Ruffalo will appear as the Hulk in a film that isn’t an “Avengers” pic. It is currently unknown how the Hulk will play into the storyline of the upcoming Thor movie.
- Justin Kroll
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