16 items from 2015
The Gambler, 2014.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt
Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?
Spoilers for both the 1974 and 2014 versions of The Gambler below…
At the end of Karel Reisz’s 1974 film The Gambler James Caan’s character is debt-free after dragging a young student with a promising basketball career into the world of sports fixing. The student, Caan sees, is just as susceptible to making a quick thousand dollars as Caan is to losing it. Caan never smiles or shows signs of having broken free of his addiction; rather he goes into a nearby rundown brothel, picks a fight with a pimp, »
- Gary Collinson
It’s Friday, the edge of the weekend, nearly the first payday of 2015 and now things get even better with our exclusive clip from Mark Wahlberg’s new movie The Gambler that opens today in cinemas across the UK. Here’s a little background:
Jim Bennett (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 (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, »
- Dan Bullock
We reported that it finished filming last year and this one stars Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia. This one sounds like another fun outing as it centres around the discovery of a bone and a gun which, in turn, sends a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.
It was co-written by Swanberg and Johnson and will debut at the upcoming Sundance:
Source: TheWrap »
- Dan Bullock
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
The Gambler, 2014.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt.
A dejected literary professor is given just seven days to pay back his substantial gambling debts.
First, a word on the trailer: balls. Much like how last year’s wonderful Pride was made to look like a schmaltzy television movie (when in fact it was a schmaltzy movie movie) in its trailer, The Gambler looks like a moody, pretentious brat. Actually, that rather neatly sums up its lead character, but it’s far from the world’s best marketing technique.
The trailer is not representative of how much you will enjoy this film.
Now a few more words on the movie itself: surprisingly enjoyable. A remake of the 1974 James Caan film, The Gambler tells the story of Jim Bennett (played with remarkable faux-disinterest by Mark Wahlberg), a literature professor and chronic gambler. »
- Oli Davis
Director: Rupert Wyatt; Screenwriter: William Monahan; Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K Williams, Alvin Ing, Anthony Kelley; Running time: 111 mins; Certificate: 15
Crime pays but blackjack most certainly doesn't in The Gambler, a so-so existential thriller based on the cult '70s film starring James Caan. Mark Wahlberg doesn't look too comfortable in those hand-me-down shoes, or with the tousled hair that is supposed to imply hours spent scratching his head over thoughts of his own mortality and the complete works of William Shakespeare.
He is no-one's idea of a literature professor and yet, that's the day job of James Bennett, whose nights are spent in high-stakes gambling dens run by Korean gangsters. The joy of winning is always short-lived because his next move is an all-or-nothing bet that leaves him with, guess what - nothing, except the threat of imminent death. It's this compulsion that »
This week, the Sundance Film Festival gets underway, seeking to highlight the best in independent film. I won’t be in Park City this year, sadly, though I have been in the past and can vouch for it as a really unique and enjoyable (if exhausting) festival to attend. In honor of its 2015 start, I wanted to run down some of the higher profile titles that could make a dent on the awards season later on this year. If not Oscar players, these could at least become the indie darlings of the season, or perhaps just crossover successes. Had I been in attendance at Sundance, there’s almost two dozen movies that I’d be hoping to catch, but I whittled a list down to just ten of the ones I want to highlight most. Take a look… Here are ten films to look forward to once they leave Sundance: »
- Joey Magidson
Actress and singer Brie Larson first made her mark on television, and has since appeared in such films as 21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and Rampart. She really made her mark with Short Term 12, the 2013 drama in which she starred as Grace, a supervisor in a home for troubled teenagers. It was a sensitive, thoughtful performance, and like the film itself, widely acclaimed and nominated for numerous independent film awards.
Larson’s latest film is The Gambler, a drama starring Mark Wahlberg as a well-to-do college professor with a tendency to lose money in various gambling dens. Larson plays Amy, a gifted English student who’s uniquely aware of her teacher’s insidious addiction. Although The Gambler’s very much Wahlberg’s film, Larson again brings intelligence to her role here. »
Buyers will be out in full force this week in Park City but with so many options to choose from, it helps to have a cheat sheet to prioritize the must-see acquisition titles at Sundance. After talking to buyers and sellers alike, here are the 10 most promising titles with the loudest buzz heading into this year’s festival.
The Bronze (WME)
What’s the Deal?: The highlight of Sundance’s opening night lineup is this raunchy comedy from director Bryan Buckley featuring co-writer Melissa Rauch in what could prove to be a star-making performance. The “Big Bang Theory” actress plays a washed-up Olympic gymnast whose local celebrity is threatened by the arrival of a promising young gymnast seeking a mentor. Sundance describes the foul-mouthed protagonist as “a lovably loathsome character who makes Tonya Harding look like Grace Kelly,” so perhaps this will be the next “Bad Words?”
First Screening: Thursday, Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m. – Eccles
What’s the Deal?: Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt play East L.A. parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown as they juggle marital and parenting duties. Things get weird when she enjoys a night on the town with her girls and he takes the opportunity to invite his buddies over for smoking, drinking and carousing. Joe Swanberg’s latest may be his most commercial film yet, and it certainly features his most high-profile cast. Between Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Timothy Simons, Ron Livington, comedian Mike Birbiglia and veterans Sam Elliott and Judith Light, there’s someone for everyone.
First Screening: Monday, Jan. 26, 9:45 p.m. – Eccles »
- Jeff Sneider
Joe Swanberg’s “Digging for Fire” debuts at Sundance this week and TheWrap has exclusively obtained a new image of star/co-writer Jake Johnson enjoying himself while his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) is away.
In “Digging for Fire,” the discovery of a bone and a gun sends a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.
Johnson and DeWitt are joined in the film by Anna Kendrick, »
- Jeff Sneider
Mark Wahlberg talks to Lanre Bakare about his role as a privileged don who hits casinos to stave off ennui in a remake of 1974 classic The Gambler. Director Rupert Wyatt explains the gestation of the project, while co-stars Brie Larson and Michael K Williams give their opinions on why Wahlberg's character dabbles with such high stakes
• Interview: Michael K Williams on drugs, guns and avocados
• The Gambler is out now in the Us and is in UK cinemas this Friday Continue reading »
- Lanre Bakare and Paul Frankl
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Run Time: 111 minutes
Synopsis: The death of a beloved grandfather sends a literature professor with a high-stake gambling addiction on a path of self-loathing and destruction as he counter-balances mounting gaming debts with borrowed money from a number of dangerous loan sharks.
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’s Rupert Wyatt shows viewers a glimpse into the havoc of an entitled and self-indulgent whiner hell-bent on self-destruction in his latest film The Gambler that stars Mark Wahlberg in the lead role.
Rebooted from James Toback’s original 1974 film starring James Caan, Wyatt’s direction and William Monahan’s screenplay are decidedly different from their predecessors: not only in comparable terms (the protagonist is still a gambling addicted literature professor and disgraced scion of a wealthy »
- Sacha Hall
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Mark Wahlberg leads The Gambler as Jim Bennett, a guy with a serious gambling addiction who’s deeply in debt to three moneylenders - a gambling ring operator (Alvin Ing), a gangster (Michael K. Williams) and John Goodman’s character, Frank, a loan shark who wants his money back but also wants to see Jim pull himself together. You can get a sense of Jim and Frank’s unique relationship in our exclusive The Gambler clip showing off a piece of their first meeting together. And a fun fact, director Rupert Wyatt told me he color coded all of the moneylenders. Check out Goodman’s red hat in our clip after the jump and then keep an eye out for more color coded components in the full feature which is playing in theaters now. The Gambler also stars Brie Larson, Emory Cohen, Anthony Kelley and Jessica Lange. Here’s our »
- Perri Nemiroff
Whether it's an actor, producer, writer or director, it's always nice to sit down for an interview when your subject has good news. Last month, I pulled up a booth on the Clyde's set -- Yes, the booths are disconcertingly moveable -- with "New Girl" star Jake Johnson hot on the heels of the announcement of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival schedule, which includes Joe Swanberg's "Digging For Fire," an ensemble that represents Johnson's co-writing debut. Johnson also co-stars as part of a rather astounding cast including Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Melanie Lynskey, Sam Rockwell, Sam Elliott and Chris Messina among many many more names. Johnson was excited about the Sundance announcement, as well as this summer's reunion with his "Safety Not Guaranteed" director Colin Trevorrow on the slightly larger scale "Jurassic World." And yes, Johnson is also excited about Season 4 of "New Girl." He has perhaps my »
- Daniel Fienberg
With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) The Gambler now playing in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with the busy director. As most of you know from the trailers, the remake stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him. The film also stars Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. Williams. As you might imagine with a script by William Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. During the extended interview Wyatt talked about making The Gambler, Monahan's script, how his first cut differed from the final product, deleted scenes, what he would have done with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Wyatt also talked about his first feature, The Escapist, and how it's found a new audience on Netflix (if you've »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
16 items from 2015
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