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Movies set in casinos conjure up evocative mental images of bright lights or dark rooms filled with blackjack tables, roulette wheels and rolls of the dice. Just think of the Ocean's Eleven franchise, the Edward Norton and Matt Damon-starring Rounders or (of course) Martin Scorsese's Casino. Gambling movies can be like sports movies in the sense that it can be hard to convey on screen the sheer thrill of the game or give a sense of the rules in most cases - but they're not all like that. Here are a few that stand out for unique reasons of their own. While there's a strong possibility that you may have heard of at least some of these films, it's likely you haven't seen all of them. So, here's an introduction for the uninitiated - or a reminder to rewatch for casino movie aficionados.
- CineVue UK
Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and more star in the horror Western Bone Tomahawk, the closing film of Fantastic Fest 2015. Karyn Kusama's The Invitation is also included in the first wave of programming for the Austin-based festival that kicks off September 24th.
Press Release: "Austin, TX - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn's collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters. "We're very excited about this year's mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and »
- Derek Anderson
Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones (Men In Black; Captain America: The First Avenger) has officially signed on to face-off with Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) in the upcoming fifth installment of the Bourne franchise. Details on the film's plot are still scarce, but Variety reports that Jones is set to play a high-ranking officer at the CIA, a role akin to ones played by Edward Norton, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, and David Strathairn in previous installments. In addition to Damon, director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) is back to helm his third Bourne film and longtime co-star Julia Stiles (Dexter) is also returning for her fourth adventure. Along with Jones, Alicia Vikander (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) has been confirmed to be joining the franchise and it's been rumored that Viggo Mortensen (The Lord Of The Rings) is in line for a villainous role. Greengrass and frequent collaborator Christopher Rouse are currently »
When she's not saving lives as Michonne on The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira is helping improve the lives of Zimbabweans in real life. By donating to Danai's Almasi Arts Alliance, you'll have the chance to win The Walking Dead fan experience, which includes attending the Season 6 premiere with Danai in Madison Square Garden.
Press Release: "Danai Gurira, who plays “Michonne” on “The Walking Dead,” has teamed up with CrowdRise to offer fans a chance to attend the exclusive event and win the ultimate fan package. By donating as little as $10 at www.crowdRise.com/WalkingDead, fans will be entered to win a trip for two to New York, including flights and hotel. The winner and a guest will attend the season 6 premiere at Madison Square Garden, where they’ll get a chance to go backstage with Gurira.
Additionally, the winner will be flown to Atlanta, Ga, to tour some of »
- Derek Anderson
While Universal Pictures and the filmmakers still haven't decided on an official title for the Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel, the cast continues to grow. Variety reports that Tommy Lee Jones has signed on for Bourne 5, portraying a "superior officer at the CIA." The role is being compared to the characters played by Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, Brian Cox and Edward Norton in the first four Bourne movies.
Tommy Lee Jones will be joined by Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons and Alicia Vikander, whose role has not yet been revealed. We reported last month that Viggo Mortensen was being sought to portray the main villain, but his involvement has never been confirmed yet. Universal is also moving forward with a separate sequel for 2012's The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, but producer Frank Marshall has confirmed that there are no current plans for Jason Bourne »
Tommy Lee Jones will reportedly play "a superior officer at the CIA" in the upcoming Bourne sequel bringing Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne and Paul Greengrass to direct following the less than stellar response to The Bourne Legacy. Not much is known about the film so far other than the fact Damon is back as Bourne, Julia Stiles is back as Nicky and Alicia Vikander is joining the feature as an unknown character while Viggo Mortensen's name has been rumored for a villain role. Jones' role is expected to be along the same lines as those played by Edward Norton, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox and David Strathairn in past Bourne features. The film is currently slated for a July 29, 2016 release with production expected to begin later this summer. Variety »
- Brad Brevet
As Universal preps the untitled fifth Bourne movie to go before cameras later this summer, it’s been revealed that Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones is joining the cast.
Variety was the first to report the news, noting that Jones may play a senior officer at the CIA. Matt Damon is returning to topline as amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne, with Julia Stiles also expected to come aboard and reprise the role of covert agent Nicky Parsons.
Alicia Vikander, who broke out in a big way earlier this year playing artificially intelligent android Ava in Ex Machina, is also in talks to come aboard in the lead female role opposite Damon.
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Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Viggo Mortensen (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) was at one point being courted for the role of an assassin hunting Bourne around the globe in the wake of The Bourne Ultimatum. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Frank Marshall will produce again alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith will also produce, while Rouse and Henry Morrison will serve as executive producers.
Plot details are unknown at this time, though sources say Jones will play a superior officer at the CIA. Edward Norton, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox and David Strathairn have playing similar roles in past “Bourne” movies. Production is expected to begin later this summer. The film will bow on July 29, 2016.
Damon’s three Bourne movies, the first of which was released in 2002, grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide at the box office. Damon last played the iconic role in 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum, »
- Justin Kroll
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip (Rihanna), who is on a quest of her own, in this DreamWorks Animation family film. If you bring "Home" into your home, it'll bring a ton of extras with it. The DVD and Blu-ray editions both include long lists of special features, with the Blu-ray offering a cute new animated short created for the home entertainment release called "This is Being Boov."
Here's an exclusive look at "This Is Being Boov": "The Water Diviner"
Russell Crowe both stars and makes his directorial debut in this drama about an Australian farmer who goes in search of this three missing sons, »
- Gina Carbone
Chris Cooper ranks the Marvel Cinematic Universe…
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) is now at twelve films. It’s huge, with connecting story lines and teases stretching out for years to come. Ant-Man marks the end of Marvel’s ‘Phase 2Two’, with ‘Phase Three’ kicking off with Captain America: Civil War next year.
You know how the internet loves a list, and even more so one that can anger those with their pants on a bit too tight. So here we are, the Marvel films ranked from 12 to 1.
I’ve not spoken to one person who agrees completely, and I don’t expect any of you either! My wife is still giving me crap about were I’ve put Iron Man 3 two years later. So it’s a good exercise in kicking the hornets nest and seeing who disagrees most vehemently.
Obviously I’ve had more time some to »
- Chris Cooper
But we would argue that Marvel should be pleased with the performance of its latest film and be prepared for more relatively modest successes further down the line.
The trouble with Ant-Man
It's small wonder that there has been some surprise over Ant-Man's opening weekend Us gross of $57,225,526 (£36,807,903). The Edward Norton-starring, largely forgotten 2008 film Incredible Hulk (which took $55,414,050 / £35,645,019) was Marvel Studios' first official release, and since then their profile and success has been consistently on the rise.
Ant-Man was a challenge for Marvel, and the company didn't make it easy on itself. It wasn't the first release on the more obscure end of its catalogue, but 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy overcame scepticism with what was probably »
'Ant-Man': Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19, '15. That didn't happen. A mere three days ago, Variety enthused that Ant-Man was "marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office." But instead of a $65 million domestic debut like those of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man bowed with a considerably more modest $57.22 million (down from the studio's $58.04 million Sunday estimate), including Thursday evening screenings. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry averaged a highly disappointing – especially for an McU entry with loads of steeper-priced 3D and IMAX / Pfl screenings – $14,841 per location. But really, why "highly disappointing"? Trailing 'The Incredible Hulk' Even taking into account the fact »
- Zac Gille
Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then.The lineup for the 2015 festival has been revealed, including new films by Hong Sang-soo, Andrzej Zulawski, Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsangari, and others, alongside retrospectives and tributes dedicated to Sam Peckinpah, Michael Cimino, Bulle Ogier, and much more.Piazza GRANDERicki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme, USA)La belle saison (Catherine Corsini, France)Le dernier passage (Pascal Magontier, France)Der staat gegen Fritz Bauer (Lars Kraume, Germany)Southpaw (Antoine Fuqua, USA)Trainwreck (Judd Apatow, USA)Jack (Elisabeth Scharang, Austria)Floride (Philippe Le Guay, France)The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, UK/USA)Erlkönig (Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland)Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre (Philippe Falardeau, Canada)Bombay Velvet (Anurag Kashyap, India)Pastorale cilentana (Mario Martone, Italy)La vanite (Lionel Baier, Switzerland/France)The Laundryman (Lee Chung, Taiwan)Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA) I pugni ni tasca (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)Heliopolis (Sérgio Machado, Brazil)Amnesia (Barbet Schroeder, »
While “Ant-Man” topped the weekend box office with a $58 million domestic opening, the Paul Rudd-led superhero caper fell short of the $60 to $65 million that had been predicted. It’s the weakest opening for a Marvel Studios production since 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk” starring Edward Norton, which debuted with a modest $55 million on its way to a tepid $134 million domestic haul. Though the studio re-cast Mark Ruffalo in the role in the “Avengers” films, another standalone “Hulk” feature is nowhere to be found on Marvel’s multi-year movie slate. Also Read: 'Ant-Man' Tops With $58 Million, 'Trainwreck' on Track. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Leonardo DiCaprio’s road to Oscar gold is one fraught with troubles (and enough supermodels to fill an entire magazine).
Frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese has banked the forty-year-old actor two Oscar nominations – on top of two others for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? and Blood Diamond – but never a win. Leo has never held an Academy Award at the actual ceremony unless it was Kate Winslet’s.
In a shrewd move, Leo had the foresight to work with Alejandro González Iñárritu on Oscar Attempt #3,876 – The Revenant. Iñárritu won the big prize from the Academy this winter, going home with both Best Director and Best Picture for Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, and Edward Norton.
Based on the novel by Michael Punke, The Revenant also stars Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road), Will Poulter(The Maze Runner), Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and a bear that might just eat them all. »
- Sasha James
Read More: Locarno Film Festival Announces Lineup Including Including Luc Besson's 'Lucy'; Honors Juliette Binoche, Mia Farrow The Locarno International Film Festival celebrates auteur cinema for its 68th year this August. Locarno, Switzerland is situated at the crossroads of Italy, Germany and France, making its diverse international feature film premieres all the more accessible to the press and public. Known for embracing both emerging and established members of the European and American film industries, the festival has become a key event for over 8,000 filmgoers to meet and collaborate. Artistic Director, Carlo Chatrian, has structured the festival's lineup into a variety of categories for audiences to explore film and the cinematic art of storytelling. The festival will open with "Ricki and the Flash" by Jonathan Demme, featuring Meryl Streep and deliver the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon to Edward Norton. After ten days of celebrating filmmakers and »
- Elle Leonsis
Next month’s 68th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will open with the the world premiere of Jonathan Demme’s Ricki And The Flash due to screen at the Piazza Grande on 5 August before a crowd of more than 7,000 spectators, it was revealed today (15 July).
Meryl Streep stars as a woman who abandons her family to pursue her dream of becoming a rock star. Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer also stars in the film, alongside Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield and Audra McDonald. Diablo Cody wrote the script. The film is due to open in the States two days after its Locarno premiere.
There is a distinct Stars and Stripes emphasis in this year’s line-up with actor Edward Norton receiving »
- Richard Mowe
Among the highlights of the just-announced lineup for the 68th Locarno Film Festival: Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then, Andrzej Zulawski’s Cosmos, Chantal Akerman's No Home Movie, Athina Rachel Tsangari's Chevalier, Benjamín Naishtat’s El Moviemiento, Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash, Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw, Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet, José Luis Guerin's L’Accademia delle Muse, Nathan Silver's Riot, a Sam Peckinpah retrospective, tributes to Marco Bellocchio, Walter Murch, Bulle Ogier, Edward Norton, Michael Cimino, Alex Phillips, Andy Garcia—and more. » - David Hudson »
The 68th Locarno Film Festival (August 5-15) will open with Jonathan Demme’s musical comedy-drama Ricki And The Flash, in which Meryl Streep stars as a musician who tries to make things right with her family after giving up everything to pursue her dream of rock-and-roll stardom.
Written by Diablo Cody, the film gets a Piazza Grande berth alongside Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, Catherine Corsini’s La Belle Saison and Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Cooper)
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