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Runner Runner, 2013.
Directed by Brad Furman.
When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.
When it comes to movies about poker or playing cards, more often than not they end up being pretty bad. Every now and again you get something like Casino Royale which ends up being great, although a lot of that may have been because it was a Bond movie. The majority of the time though, you get movies like 21 which are just ridiculous and take themselves way too seriously. Unfortunately, Runner Runner falls in with the latter as it's not very entertaining and a rather dull movie.
Justin Timberlake stars as Richie, a college student with money problems who spends most »
- Gary Collinson
Jared Leto questions if Jennifer Lawrence is putting on an act - HuffPost Celebrity You'll never guess how much Mary-Kate Olsen's engagement ring cost - People Amber Heard and Johnny Depp show adorable Pda - Et Jessica Simpson has reached her weight-loss goal - Us Weekly The latest Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel baby rumor - Lainey Gossip Listen to Ed Sheeran's cover of "Drunk in Love" - Gossip Girl John Stamos dressed as Uncle Jesse for The Big Lebowski's anniversary - BuzzFeed We can barely recognize this Glee star after her shocking makeover - TooFab Josh Hutcherson wants "tattoos covering every inch" of his body - Wonderwall A judge admitted he leaked news about Charlize Theron's adoption - The Frisky Sharknado 2 is coming sooner than you think - Hollywood Reporter Will you see this crazy, bloody, and sexy sequel? - Rotten Tomatoes »
- Alyse Whitney
It's been one exciting outing after another for two of the former stars - and current real-life BFFs - of 7th Heaven. Around the same time Jessica Biel was whisked away to Miami Beach by hubby Justin Timberlake for her 32nd birthday, new mom Beverley Mitchell stepped out sans daughter Kenzie at trendy L.A. hotel Sls, where she happily chatted with guests at a fancy garden brunch hosted by Crystal Light Liquid #tinywin. "She admitted she just had her first night away from her daughter," an event-goer tells People. "But she said she knows her daughter is always in »
- Dahvi Shira
A salute to ectomorphs, inside popular masturbation parties, Virginia finally repeals sodomy ban
Lance Bass says that the first person in ‘NSync he came out to was Joey Fatone, but it wasn’t on purpose. “Joey walked in on me with the guy I was dating just kind of sitting on my lap. Straight guys don’t do that.” As for Joey’s reaction? “He was like, ‘Dude, I don’t care.’ I’m like, ‘Surprise!’ Joey was just like, ‘Dude, I don’t care. I have so many gay friends — I don’t care.’”
Sony is going to make a movie called Grasshopper Jungle, and the description will make you think the executives were high when they bought it. “It’s perhaps best described as Stand By Me meets Attack The Block, a coming-of-age yarn revolving around a teenager in Iowa trying to come to grips with his own »
- Ed Kennedy
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel party it up in Miami! The couple kept the good vibes going after J.T.'s concert and hung out at Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge until the wee hours of the night. E! News learned that the famous duo arrived with a group of over 30 people at 1 a.m. and stayed for a few hours. Night owls! The group ordered drinks and watched a performance by the venue's Brazilian dancers. Biel seemed to enjoy the act so much that she was even spotted taking pictures of the ladies! We're told that the lounge stayed open late especially for the very special guests, and that Timberlake brought his own DJ who spun for the party for the remainder of the evening. At the »
After walking the Oscars red carpet solo, Jessica Biel jetted off to Miami Beach to celebrate turning 32 with husband Justin Timberlake. The birthday girl was treated to a party in the intimate wine cellar of the Forge, one of Timberlake's favorite eateries in the area, Monday night. His parents also attended. "The group entered the restaurant around 9 p.m. through the front door and walked directly to the secluded wine cellar," an onlooker tells People. "It is one of the prettiest places to have a party you can imagine." Biel was surprised by an Italian wedding cake made specially by »
--Ben Affleck trying on the medals of Winter Olympians Erin Hamlin, Maddie Bowman and Devin Logan at the In Style Oscars party in Beverly Hills. --Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel treating their big entourage of friends after his concert to a fun night out at Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge in Miami. --Robin Thicke closing his show with Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at the Borgata Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. --Anthony Mackie stopping into the Gilded Lily grand-opening party in NYC. --Kristin Chenoweth leaving Kari Feinstein's Oscars Style [...] »
Weekly Column: Three weeks into the post-Jay Leno Tonight Show era, his replacement Jimmy Fallon is still the frontrunner, though his margins have shrunk, his ABC competitor Jimmy Kimmel has regained ground he lost temporarily during Fallon’s highly hyped first week with a Sochi Olympics lead-in. Now the two Jimmys are settling in for the long haul, as they wrestle over America’s late-night viewing habit. All eyes were on Fallon when he kicked off his Tonight tenure during the second Monday of NBC’s Olympics coverage, with a star-studded week that included guests Will Smith, U2, Jerry Seinfeld, Lady Gaga, the First Lady, and Justin Timberlake. More than 11 million viewers listened as Fallon asked that they give him time to get it right. And, over the course of that first week, with DVR-watchers factored in, Fallon drew the biggest weekly audience Tonight had enjoyed since Johnny Carson »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Jessica Biel may have attended Sunday's Oscars solo, but the very next day she enjoyed a romantic birthday party dinner with her hubby, Justin Timberlake. The gorgeous actress, who jetted out of L.A. the morning after the Academy Awards, reunited with her man in Miami on Monday to celebrate her 32nd birthday at The Forge restaurant. "Justin and Jessica came in through the main door [around 9 p.m.], and they went directly downstairs to the wine cellar, which is private," a source tells E! News of the lovebirds, who were accompanied by Justin's parents, Lynn and Paul. During the intimate dinner, J,T, and Biel "kept a low profile," according to the source. "They looked happy and »
After diving into the world of rap in Hustle & Flow and following it up with the odd Black Snake Moan, director Craig Brewer is in talks to reunite with one of the co-stars from the latter Southern drama for his next project. As we learned late last summer, Justin Timberlake is producing the remake of the 1980 music industry drama The Idolmaker, and now Brewer has been tapped to direct the film. However, Variety says Timberlake is still staying behind the camera as a only producer and won't be starring in the story of a mercenary music promoter who takes on two boys with the intent of turning them into teen idols. But still, Timberlake's experience as part of the boy band *Nsync makes him perfect to see this story come to life. The singer and actor can certainly offer the right amount of insight, and we're betting the 80s story »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Craig Brewer knows his way around music-centered flicks. He broke out with rapper tale "Hustle & Flow," brought swamp stomping blues to the big screen with "Black Snake Moan" and made the kids fight for their right to dance in the "Footloose" remake. And now he's going back to the golden era of pop for another music movie. Variety reports that Brewer has signed to direct the developing redo of MGM's "The Idolmaker." A project once eyed by Ryan Gosling, the remake of Taylor Hackford's lesser known 1980 film is a biopic of music producer and promoter Bob Marcucci, who managed '50s rock'n'roll stars like Frankie Avalon and Fabian before burning out. And Brewer will have some familiar talent helping him out with his "Black Snake Moan" star Justin Timberlake lending his producing powers, though he won't be starring in the effort. No word yet on who is working »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After a lengthy hiatus, Justin Timberlake finally returned to making new music last year with the album The 20/20 Experience. But he hasn’t given up on his Hollywood dreams. MGM is developing a remake of The Idolmaker, with Timberlake set to produce. Now Hustle & Flow‘s Craig Brewer, who directed Timberlake in Black Snake Moan, in talks to […]
- Angie Han
MGM’s plan to remake the award-winning 1980 musical drama The Idolmaker has so far had a bumpy ride. Ryan Gosling was originally attached to star, as well as intending to make it his directorial debut, but pulled out due to scheduling issues. Now, as Justin Timberlake closes a deal to produce, director Craig Brewer (Hustle And Flow, Footloose) has reportedly thrown his hat in the ring.
The Idolmaker was originally directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray), written by Edward Di Lorenzo (Miami Vice), and starred Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher and Joe Pantoliano. Loosely based on the life of Bob Marcucci – the rock promoter and manager responsible for the careers of artists such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian – the story follows songwriter and manager Vincent Vacari through his obsession with finding ‘the next big thing’. After guiding a local band to success and expanding his client list, his obsession becomes a destructive »
- Sarah Myles
In the original 1980 film Ray Sharkey starred as a mercenary music promoter who takes on two boys with the intent of turning them into teen idols. The story was based on the life of the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
According to Variety, the film was “one of the MGM library projects that were put into development in 2011 after the storied studio went through a pre-packaged bankruptcy in late 2010.” The studio began working on reboots like RoboCop and Poltergeist, and now The Idolmaker.
Brewer does have experience directing reboots, as he did with 2011′s Footloose. Now the question is, will Timberlake also star in the film he is producing? What do you think? »
- Laura Frances
If you.re like MGM, you.ll agree that cinema just doesn.t have enough remakes of thinly veiled biopics that aren.t biopics. In that respect, you should be happy to know that their upcoming update of 1980.s The Idolmaker has landed a director with his own history of music-infused filmmaking. Footloose director Craig Brewer will stand at the helm for an all-star trio of producers: Justin Timberlake, Hawk Koch, who produced the original, and Rocky producer Gene Kirkwood. (Fun fact: Kirkwood also produced the remake-defying Uhf!) Even though it isn.t clear in Variety.s story in what capacity this remake is coming, Brewer is a strong choice for the job. He bumped a lot of car trunks with his 2005 breakout drama Hustle and Flow - a film that is infinitely rewatchable to me for some reason - and followed that up with the bluesy Southern drama Black »
Timberlake is producing and could potentially star in the Brewer-helmed project based on Taylor Hackford's 1980 drama.
The original followed a legendary music promoter and manager who discovered talented acts such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian. He sets out to turn two teenage boys into the next big stars.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The project is based on director Taylor Hackford's 1980 drama The Idolmaker, which starred Ray Sharkey as legendary music promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered talented acts such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian. The story centered on the promoter as he sets out to turn two teenage boys into the next big stars. Edward Di Lorenzo wrote the script for the original film, but it isn't known if a writer is attached to the remake yet.
We first reported on this project back in February 2011, as one of several movies MGM was planning on remaking, which included Robocop, Mr. Mom and Poltergeist. In May 2011, we reported that Ryan Gosling had been attached to star and make his directorial debut. »
MGM’s The Idolmaker remake has a new director. Though Ryan Gosling was initially attached to star in and direct a new iteration of Taylor Hackford’s 1980 musical drama, he subsequently left the project. Now Variety reports that Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer is in talks to take the helm as Justin Timberlake has closed a deal to produce. The original film starred Ray Sharkey and told the story of a songwriter/manager searching for “the next big thing.” The pic was based on the life of concert promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, but it’s unknown if this new iteration will still take cues from Marcucci’s life or if it will explore new territory. Brewer certainly has experience with music-themed projects, as he wrote and directed 2005’s Hustle & Flow and the 2011 Footloose remake. Since he has a tendency to also write the films that he directs, one imagines »
- Adam Chitwood
It looked briefly as though Ryan Gosling might make his directorial debut with the re-working of Taylor Hackford’s 1980 music drama The Idolmaker, only for that idea to vanish back into the ether almost as quickly as it arrived. MGM appears to have found a director, one versed in blending music with movies, in Hustle & Flow/Footloose man Craig Brewer.The original film starred Ray Sharkey as a music promoter who stops at nothing to turn his two young talents into big stars. It’s based on the life of Robert Phillip "Bob" Marcucci, who worked his way up to become a personal manager, first at Chancellor Records, then his own Robert P. Marcucci Productions, where he discovered and shepherded the career of such musicians as ‘50s/’60s teen idol Fabian and fellow warbling heartthrob Frankie Avalon. Marcucci later went on to become an occasional movie producer, and died in »
The original film, released in 1980, starred Ray Sharkey as a mercenary music promoter who takes on two boys with the intent of turning them into teen idols. The story was based on the life of the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
“The Idolmaker” was one of the MGM library projects that were put into development in 2011 after the storied studio went through a pre-packaged bankruptcy in late 2010. It also began working at that point on reboots of “RoboCop,” which was released through Sony last month, and “Poltergeist,” due to be released next eyar through Fox. »
- Dave McNary
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