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The movie is an adaptation of the novel by John Williams. The story follows the hardscrabble life, both interior and exterior, of a farmer turned academic making his way through the first half of the 20th century.
All three partners on the movie have had a stellar year: Blumhouse’s first micro-budget drama, “Whiplash,” won three Academy Awards; Cohen Media Group’s “Timbuktu” was an Academy Award nominee for foreign-language film; and Film4’s recent credits include Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina,” which has been a specialty hit in the U.S., and the company »
- Leo Barraclough
Cannes is in full swing, so that means a zillion deals and movie packages are being revealed. One of the biggest assembles two major stars Chris Pine and Elizabeth Olsen to star in “Wind River.” It’s the directorial debut of actor/writer Taylor Sheridan, who wrote the upcoming Cannes thriller “Sicario.” Pine will play a fish and game hunter forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent (Olsen) in a quest to solve a murder in the lawless Wind River Indian Reservation. [ScreenDaily] Ben Wheatley’s “High Rise” didn’t show up at Cannes, but the picture will turn up later this fall, you can bet. Meanwhile, the uber-prolific filmmaker is already prepping his next film, a gang shootout movie called “Free Fire.” It already stars Luke Evans, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer and Wheatley regular Michael Smiley. “District 9” actor Sharlto Copley announced on »
- Edward Davis
Chicago – Browsing Dostoyevsky titles with consideration for proper roles for Mark Wahlberg, one might expect the Beantown hero to take on an adaptation of “The Idiot” before anything like “The Gambler.” After all, while Wahlberg has proven to be a diverse screen force - one who has well-grown past his Funky Bunch days - he often leans towards goofy men, or at least goofy men in goofy movies.
Such provides a nice surprise with the drama “The Gambler,” which finds him in a role the utilizes his charisma and acting skills, within a tale that doesn’t involve directors Michael Bay or Seth McFarlane. Playing a college professor who gambles his life away, the film is a showcase of his talents, like his compelling motormouth delivery, or a stable cool that he maintains even when his character is falling apart. Here’s a film that offers a scene of Marky Mark rambling about Camus, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Pine is set to play a fish and game hunter forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent in a quest to solve a murder in the lawless Wind River Indian Reservation. [Source: Screen]
Set in Boston in 1978, the story deals with a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. Luke Evans, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer and Michael Smiley also star. [Source: Twitter]
- Garth Franklin
Ben Wheatley’s hotly anticipated upcoming movie High Rise based on the acclaimed novel by J.G. Ballard and starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans won’t be hitting the big screen until later this year but already the English director is gathering a stellar cast for his next project Free Fire.
Sharlto Copley (District 9, Chappie) announced via his Twitter that he has officially signed on for Free Fire, although he doesn’t give up any details about what the role is. The South African will join the likes of Armie Hammer (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Cillian Murphy (In the Heart of the Sea), Luke Evans (The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies) and long-time Wheatley journeyman Michael Smiley.
Set in Boston in 1978, Free Fire focusses on a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs that turns into a shootout and a game of survival. »
- Gavin Logan
Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg stars in the dramatic thriller The Gambler, which debuted on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD last week from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Mark Wahlberg stars as Jim Bennett, a brilliant professor leading a secret double life as a high-stakes gambler.  When Jim is forced to borrow money from a notorious gangster, he places the lives of those he loves in mortal danger. With time running out, he must enter the criminal underworld and risk everything to keep from losing it all.
To celebrate the release of The Gambler, we caught up with Mark Wahlberg's co-star and love interest Brie Larson. In the film, she plays a college student by day, cocktail waitress by night who falls for her professor. The actress offers new insight into this thriller, and what it was like watching Mark Wahlberg work. She also talks about her audition for »
Chicago – Friday, May 1st, kicks off one of 2015 Chicago’s most special events, the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association. The place to be is at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, and the titles included are an exciting batch of movies making their premiere here.
Many of the films had their world premiere at festivals like Sundance, Toronto and South X Southwest, and HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the kick-off weekend. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
Be sure to check back with HollywoodChicago.com on Monday, when we finish our preview of the festival by looking ahead to the weekday schedule, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Boy Next Door (cougar-in-peril thriller; Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman; rated R) The Gambler (drama; Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson; rated R) Paddington (family; Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville; rated PG) The Wedding Ringer (comedy; Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting; rated R) Mommy (drama; Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon; rated R) Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from $4-$7 or own...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Brie Larson is one of the most in-demand actors working in American cinema right now. She hasn’t had the requisite breakthrough to push her forward, but has instead had a variety of strong roles that accumulated on her resume have made her very in-demand. She won much critical (and audience) praise for her turn in the remarkable, if little-seen, Short Term 12 in 2013, and offered stellar supporting work in films like 21 Jump Street and The Spectacular Now.
Larson is only 25 but already has more than 40 screen credits to her name, including main roles on TV series like Raising Dad and The United States of Tara. (Others may know her best for a recurring role as Abed’s ex-girlfriend, Rachel, on Community.) She has many exciting films on the horizon as well, including this summer’s Trainwreck and the adaptation of the bestselling novel, Room.
The actress also recently gave »
- Jordan Adler
Mark Wahlberg digs a nearly impossible hole to climb out of in The Gambler. Co-starring Jessica Lange, John Goodman and Brie Larson, the film examines a successful man whose gambling problem and poor decisions send his life spiraling out of control. The Gambler will make its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD debut on April 28.
We've been given the opportunity to host a fantastic giveaway for The Gambler home video debut from Paramount Home Entertainment. As with a game of cards, only the luck of the draw will determine the winners.
One grand prize winner will take home a copy of The Gambler on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD signed by Mark Wahlberg, a branded poker set, a gym bag to carry said poker set, and a t-shirt (all pictured above). A pair of runner-ups will each score The Gambler on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
For a chance to win one of these prizes, »
2015 is shaping up to be Amy Schumer's year. She recently did a stellar job hosting the otherwise insufferable MTV Movie Awards, sharply skewering most of the modern music industry and Hollywood with her particular brand of provocative satire and absurdism. Later this year, she's toplining Trainwreck, Judd Apatow's hugely anticipated first female-led film which was also written by Schumer. The film focuses on Schumer's commitment-phobic character, appropriately named Amy, getting romanced by a friendly sports doctor, played by Bill Hader. Apatow's film helped wrangle Schumer an EW cover and will feature supporting and cameo roles from John Cena, Brie Larson, Marisa Tomei, Tim Meadows, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James, and Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man. Perhaps, then, it doesn't come as such a surprise that Comedy Central announced today that the network will be renewing the Peabody Award-winning Inside Amy Schumer for a fourth season, likely to debut later this year or next year. »
- Chris Cabin
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
Schumer portrays the brash and quirky Amy, who often finds herself unlucky in love.
Trainwreck opens on July 17 in the Us and August 28 in the UK.
Digital Spy previews the year's top blockbusters below: »
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
In Paramount's The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg plays Jim Bennett, a professor by day and a degenerate gambler by night, who continues to rack up more and more debt from his illicit hobby. Today we have an exclusive preview where the star reveals he wanted to take on one of his toughest scenes in the movie first, a 10-page lecture where he discusses William Shakespeare with his class. The actor explains that filmmaker Rupert Wyatt was surprised by his choice to tackle this dialogue-heavy scene right away, but the actor says that he learned a trick from his time on The Fighter, where they got the most physical scenes done as soon as possible.
We also hear from Brie Larson, who plays one of Bennett's students Amy. She reveals that Mark Wahlberg must have done that scene over 100 times, over the first two days of production, and watching him work was »
The original cast announcement for Ben Wheatley‘s next film Free Fire included Olivia Wilde, but with the announcement that she’s doing Tron 3 things have changed for Wheatley’s movie. Wilde is now out, but someone just as talented, and slightly more surprising for a film like this is stepping in to the role. Brie Larson has […]
- Russ Fischer
Last fall, we learned filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) would make his first film in the United States with a thriller called Free Fire, and he had an impressive cast that included Olivia Wilde (Rush), Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and also Armie Hammer (The Social Network). However, the line-up has changed slightly as Variety reports Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Short Term 12) has taken a role, replacing Wilde, who is departing due to scheduling issues, which may be because she was just confirmed to return as Quorra in Tron 3, which starts shooting this fall in Vancouver. For those just joining us, Free Fire is a thriller set in 1978 with Larson playing a woman in Boston who brokers a meeting between two men, Murphy and Michael Smiley (a regular in Wheatley's films), and a gang led by Hammer and Evans. But the meeting turns deadly when a shootout breaks out, »
- Ethan Anderton
Trainwreck was applauded for being one of the best comedies to premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival, with sports stars LeBron James and John Cena called out for being huge scene stealers. We have the first clip from the movie, which features one of the men in question. LeBron James plays himself, serving as the ultra-protective wingman to his on-screen doctor, played by Bill Hader.
Ever since her father drilled into her head that monogamy isn't realistic, magazine writer Amy (Amy Schumer) has made promiscuity her credo. As much as she enjoys an uninhibited life free of commitment, Amy is really in a rut. While writing a profile about charming and successful sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), she finds herself actually falling in love for the first time -- and what's more, Aaron seems to like her too. Amy starts to wonder if it's time to clean up her act. »
Read More: Watch: Monogamy Isn't Realistic in First Trailer for Amy Schumer's 'Trainwreck' After premiering to raves at SXSW, anticipation is building for the upcoming Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck." In "Trainwreck," Schumer plays Amy, a magazine writer living by the credo that an uninhibited life is best enjoyed when free from stifling, boring romantic commitment. But Amy, who's in more of a rut than she wills herself to believe, finds herself falling for the subject of the new article she's writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader). Directed by Judd Apatow, "Trainwreck" appears to be a perfect fusion of the "40 Year-Old Virgin" director's sensibilities and the "Inside Amy Schumer" star's vibrant comedic energy. To further build enthusiasm, set to appear in the film is Marisa Tomei, Daniel Radcliffe, Brie Larson, LeBron James, Ezra Miller and, in what is supposedly a scene-stealing »
- David Canfield
Trainwreck screened at SXSW last month as a work in progress, but even if director Judd Apatow left it as is, he’d still be delivering his best film (as a director) since Knocked Up. (And that’s coming from someone who enjoyed Funny People and This is 40.) Trainwreck stars Amy Schumer as Amy, a magazine writer in New York City who lives by what her father (Colin Quinn) taught her as a child - monogamy isn’t realistic. She sleeps with anyone she pleases and dates with zero commitment until she meets sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader). You can check out what happens when Aaron surprises Amy with a phone call the morning after they sleep together below. It isn’t the funniest standalone clip, but I can assure you that the moment works well in context, which is actually quite similar to the large majority of »
- Perri Nemiroff
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