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From 21 Jump Street to The Spectacular Now to Short Term 12, Brie Larson has consistently elected to participate in films she wholeheartedly believes in. Her latest is Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler, out in wide release this week, a reimagining of the 1974 film of the same name written by James Toback. Larson recently spoke to Vulture about the biggest change in her career, the complexity of William Monahan’s script, and how she lived like a monk in preparation for the role of college student Amy Phillips. Are you still eating cereal in the shower?(Laughs) No, I'm way over that phase. You've matured past that?I've totally matured past that. I tried it. Realized it's not an efficient use of my time. For Short Term 12 you shadowed a worker to prepare for your role. What did you to for The Gambler? Did you read The Stranger?I did read The Stranger. »
- Samuel Fragoso
New films on Screenbase this week include Salon Pictures’ true story about a feral child Ivan and the Dogs.
Salon Pictures’ Ivan and the Dogs
Andrew Kötting will direct this feature, now in pre-production, about a four-year-old who leaves his Moscow apartment and is adopted by a pack of wild dogs.
Shooting is due to begin in early 2015 in London, Moscow and Chile, and casting is now in progress. Funding comes from BFI and Seis Salon Workshop, and Soda Pictures will distribute in the UK.
Dad’s Army remake
Written by Hamish McColl and directed by Oliver Parker, Dad’s Army stars Bill Nighy (Sergeant Wilson), Catherine Zeta Jones (Rose Winters), Toby Jones (Captain Mainwaring), Tom Courtenay (Lance Corporal Jones) and Michael Gambon (Private Godfrey).
The film is in post-production, after seven weeks of filming in Yorkshire came to an end at the end of November. It is due for release on 5 February, 2016.
Sadie Frost’s Set the »
- Laurence.Bartleet@city.ac.uk (Larry Bartleet)
January 2, 2015
Director: James Marsh
Running time: 123 mins
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
Director: Tom Harper
Running time: 98 mins
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Running time: 119 mins
Director: Paul Schrader
Running time: 92 mins
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Running time: 90 mins
January 9, 2015
Director: Olivier Megaton
Running time: Tbc
Director: Bennett Miller
Running time: 134 mins
Director: Rob Marshall
Running time: 125 mins
January 16, 2015
Director: Clint Eastwood
Running time: 132 mins
Director: James Kent
Starring: Alicia Vikander, »
The Gambler Paramount Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Rupert Wyatt Screenwriter: William Monahan based on the 1974 film “The Gambler” Cast: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams, George Kennedy, Jessica Lange, Richard Schiff, Andre Braugher Screened at: Paramount, NYC, 12/2/14 Opens: December 19, 2014 (limited) Some say that compulsive gamblers who bet more money than they can afford are self-destructive, even suicidal. They actually want to lose, given their self-hate. This is doubtless true for some. In “The Gambler,” however, scripter William Monahan finds Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) as a guy who gambles despite a losing streak because [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Yesterday we heard some plot details for Paul Feig’s upcoming all-female Ghostbusters remake, and now the latest round of Sony leaks has given us some insight into Ivan Reitman’s original plans for Ghostbusters III, which stem from an email last year from the director, which was sent to Sony co-chariman Amy Pascal and concerned the second draft of the script.
Titled Ghostbusters: Alive Again, the film would have focussed on Ray (Dan Aykroyd), Egon (Harold Ramis) and Winston (Ernie Hudson) passing the torch to a younger team of Ghostbusters which included ‘Chris’, the son of Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman (who is assumed to be Oscar, Venkman’s son with Sigourney Weaver’s Dana Barrett).
For the role of Chris, Reitman said that he had met with Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses) and Adam Pally (The Mindy Project) but stated that he was “unsure” about the casting. »
- Gary Collinson
Aggressive, desperate, and quick-tongued, Mark Wahlberg’s titular character in Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler is a captivating figure as he leads a downward spiral. For all its absurd comedy, palpable tension, great music, and fantastic acting from an ensemble cast (John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson), the film is still a character study through and through.
Wyatt, who found great success in his reboot of a famed franchise with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, now retells another story in his own unique way. As he told us during a stop in Toronto to promote the film, his version of The Gambler is decidedly different than the 1974 film starring James Caan on which it is based.
Speaking to what makes the film modern and poignant, Wyatt details Walhberg’s dedication and the reasons why he wanted to tell a story with a mix of humour and horror.
- Anthony Marcusa
Before Paul Feig came around to reboot the Ghostbusters franchise for a new generation and launch a whole new franchise, there was a direct sequel to the original films that was in development for years. That project will never happen at this point, but some details have surfaced on what that sequel would have entailed.
Screenwriter Etan Cohen (Men In Black 3) completed a second Ghostbusters 3 draft. The film's producer, Ivan Reitman, who was attached to direct the film at the time, sent an email to Sony Pictures Chairman Amy Pascal that contained the second draft, and it reveals the title of the movie and his plan for the cast.
There's not much revealed about the plot, but it would have centered on Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) passing the franchise off to a younger generation of Ghostbusters. Sadly, a month after this email was sent, »
- Joey Paur
Wamg has your passes to the advance screening of The Gambler.
Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee 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 (Academy Award®-winner 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, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…
The Gambler Opens December 25th
One winner will receive a download link for the digital soundtrack and a pass to the screening. »
- Movie Geeks
Those walking into The Gambler expecting another chip-splashing thriller like 21 or Rounders are going to be sorely disappointed, as William Monahan’s script focuses heavily on a downward-spiralling character whose narcissism and suicidal subconscious translates into unhealthy, life-threatening habits. Rupert Wyatt’s directorial follow-up to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is a character study about someone who cares so little about their own self-worth yet doesn’t have the backbone to harm themselves, which is made clearly evident by a forceful story that ensures audiences understand each literary-laced nuance. Sometimes you’ve got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em, but The Gambler disregards Kenny Roger’s wisdom and focuses on what happens when your “addiction” takes over, and you just can’t seem to care.
- Matt Donato
The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan which I have not seen, is another film dealing with addiction and inner demons. This time, as the title obviously states, our protagonist's (played by Mark Wahlberg) addiction is gambling and the reasons behind his willingness to go all in and his acceptance when he loses everything seem to stem from his upbringing, including his recently deceased grandfather (George Kennedy) who passes away in the film's opening scene and his wealthy Beverly Hills mother (Jessica Lange). The last time screenwriter William Monahan wrote a movie in which Wahlberg starred it was The Departed and the result was the actor's first Oscar nomination. While The Gambler won't likely find Wahlberg earning a third nom, Monahan was definitely crafted a script playing to Wahlberg's strengths as the best parts of this film come when Wahlberg is going full steam ahead, delivering witty lines at a quick clip, »
- Brad Brevet
Casinos rake in money hand over fist for one reason: they know the odds are stacked in their favor. But the reason gambling is such a fascination, and for some an addiction, is that there are those who think they can beat the odds, or control the game. While there are a select few who can pay the bills by playing cards, most others can't get on the right side of the numbers. And it's in that milieu that "The Gambler" plays, and today some new peeks at the movie have arrived. Rupert Wyatt ("Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes") directs this remake of the '70s film, with Mark Wahlberg in the lead role of a college professor who owes money to the wrong people, is engaging in an inappropriate relationship with one of his students, and will have to find a way out of his troubles before they catch up with him. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“The Gambler,” which opens on Dec. 25, 2014 and is rated “R,” also stars John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, Caitlin O’Connor, Cassandra Starr, Erika Jordan, Leland Orser, Michael Kenneth Williams and Sonya Walger from director Rupert Wyatt and writer William Monahan. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free “The Gambler” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Chicago Suburb Of Woodridge. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
If you thought the recent Golden Globes nominations slighted some of the better performances this year, allow the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to shine its spotlight on some of the underdogs (along with a few major contenders we can’t cynically roll our eyes at — they’re just too lovable). Sbiff announced in a press release Friday afternoon that it would continue its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting The 2015 Virtuosos Award to Chadwick Boseman ("Get on Up"), Ellar Coltrane ("Boyhood"), Logan Lerman ("Fury"), David Oyelowo ("Selma"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"), J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Jenny Slate ("Obvious Child"). “These are seven exemplary performers that provide us with undeniable evidence that 2014 was a dynamic year in acting," festival director Roger Durling said in a statement. If you were thinking of contending with Sbiff’s choices, allow them to defend the picks in their own words: »
- Matt Patches
With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) The Gambler opening soon, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed). 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 Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. Over the past few years I've landed a number of great interviews with Monahan. While all the interviews were informative and insightful, I think the one you're about to read is the best yet. Not only is it really in depth and candid, but he talks for the first time about his severe motorcycle accident where he »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
See Also: Read our review of The Gambler here
Jim Bennett (Academy Award-nominee 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 (Academy Award-winner 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, »
- Gary Collinson
Just when we think it can’t get any better than Box of Lies and Lip Sync Battle, Jimmy Fallon goes and introduces another amazing game to play with his guests on The Tonight Show. On last night’s show, Fallon went up against Mark Wahlberg in a game of “Slapjack,” and it was pretty spectacular. As you can see in the video below, Slapjack is an absolutely ridiculous version of Blackjack, in which whoever wins gets to slap their opponent across the face with a giant prosthetic hand. As I said, it’s absolutely ridiculous, but it’s also really, really funny, especially thanks to the slow-mo replay that The Tonight Show had for each time either Wahlberg or Fallon got slapped. Wahlberg was on The Tonight Show last night to promote his new movie The Gambler, which co-stars American Horror Story‘s Jessica Lange, Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams (R. »
- Chris King
Comedian Amy Schumer has been picked to host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, the Viacom-owned cable channel announced.
“I am honored to be hosting the awards,” Schumer said in a statement provided by MTV. “I will carry the audience with me like a teen mom #breaktheinternet #breakmywater.”
The cabler’s 24th annual MTV Movie Awards will air Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt, broadcasting from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.
Schumer is creator, star, writer and exec producer of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” slated to return for a third season in April 2015. She will also appear in Universal Pictures’ “Trainwreck,” a comedy she wrote and developed with director Judd Apatow, set for July 2015 release. Schumer stars in the film alongside Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James and John Cena. Schumer was Variety‘s 2014 Breakthrough of the Year Award winner for comedy. »
- Todd Spangler
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.
Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.
Digging for Fire / U. »
Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the Premieres category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly: Digging for Fire – Directed and co-written by Joe Swanberg; starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, and Anna Kendrick. Don Verdean – Directed and co-written by Jared Hess; starring Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Leslie Bibb, and Will Forte. The End of the Tour – Directed by James Ponsoldt; starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, and Ron Livingston. Experimenter – Written and directed by Michael Almereyda; starring Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning, and John Leguizamo. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st. Digging for Fire The discovery of a bone and a »
- Matt Goldberg
Last year’s slate of seventeen Narrative Premieres (excluding secret screenings of Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) refreshingly included works from first time filmmakers. I hadn’t seen it coming but Little Accidents and The One I Love were included among the likes of Calvary, Frank and Love is Strange. 2015 will be a true we Swanberg family affair with Joe Swanberg joining wife Kris (Unexpected) with a feature as well in Digging for Fire. James Ponsoldt is officially four for four with Sundance — his latest End of the Tour should be a slam dunk for the Eccles. Sticking to the numbers game… we’ll have a lovely bedfellow pairings of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s already announced The Stanford Prison Experiment which is going to be mentioned in many loglines alongside Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter - about the Milgram experiment. Among the filmmaking duos we were expecting, we find Mississippi Grind »
- Eric Lavallee
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