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Paramount Pictures released their new drama flick, "The Gambler," into theaters this past Thursday. I just watched it and thought it was quite entertaining with an interesting plotline, much drama, and more. It stars: John Goodman, Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson and Michael Kenneth Williams. The movie revolved around English professor, Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), who is also an extreme gambler that just constantly gambles away every single penny that he has and then some. After his tab with an Asian gambling ring owner, Alvin Ing, reaches over $260,000, he decides to borrow another $50,000 from a dangerous gangster, named Neville Baraka, only to gamble it all away just moments later. Oh, it was so painful to watch. Now owing two dangerous people a whole hell of a lot of money, Jim turns to an even more dangerous loan shark, named Frank ( John Goodman), to get the money to pay off Neville and Alvin, »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, Paramount Pictures dropped this new movie clip (below) for their new "The Gambler" drama flick. The clip is titled, "Inappropriate Relationship," and it gives us a new look at Mark Wahlberg's character , Jim Bennett, getting picked up by the beautiful Brie Larson who plays character, Amy Phillips in the movie. Check it out,below. The movie stars: John Goodman, Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson and Michael Kenneth Williams. The official plotline for the movie, reads like this: "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. »
Paramount Pictures released their new drama film, "The Gambler," into theaters yesterday, December 25th, and all the reviews have been turned in from the top, major movie critics in the biz. It turns out that they were pretty mixed with their opinions, giving it an overall 55 score out of a possible 100 across 31 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The movie stars: John Goodman, Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson and Michael Kenneth Williams. We've provided blurbs from a few of the critics, below. Mick Lasalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 score, saying: "Actually, Mom is the essential difference between Wahlberg and Caan. Caan has the glow of mother love on him. Wahlberg plays Jim as having made the adjustment to a lack of love, but in a twisted way. He's gambling now to see if the universe loves him." Kyle Smith over at the New York Post, »
- Andre Braddox
Wahlberg stars as Jim Bennett, a college literature professor by day, a high-stakes player in the world of underground gambling by night who has reached the end of his game. Balancing a heavy debt he owes to a loan shark, Jim is struggling to make it out alive aided by one of his students, Amy (Brie Larson), with whom he’s developed a relationship with.
With a great supporting cast that includes Jessica Lange as Jim’s estranged mother and John Goodman as a loan shark, The Gambler is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist). Shot on location in Los Angeles, The Gambler is a throw-back to 1970’s era genre films, and while not a remake of the 1974 movie of the same title starring James Caan, that »
- Rachel West
Chicago – Gritty, funky and quote worthy, the re-imagining of “The Gambler” – from a 1970s source film – is one of Mark Wahlberg’s best performances. His addicted-to-gaming soul has roots in other frustrations, and the actor is willing to communicate the whole range of emotions.
Director Rupert Wyatt, working from an adaptation from writer William Monahan, creates a parallel symbolic universe to the American dream, and the tragedy that occurs when waking up the next morning. Wahlberg’s character of “The Gambler” is complex and deep – his secret identity is as a adjunct professor of literature. This personality, which drove him to write his first book, is also responsible for his gambling addict side, and feeds his ability to walk away from both victory and losses without an indication of reactive feeling. The film is a broad, rich bite of tension, great acting and a John Goodman who in effect steals the picture. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Mark Wahlberg leads The Gambler as Jim Bennett, a college professor with a nasty gambling addiction who’s got absolutely no problem blowing big bets, failing to pay back his moneylenders and putting his life at risk. Whether you’re a big bad loan shark, someone looking for a relationship or a close family member, when someone like Jim steps into your life, you turn the other way. However, that’s not the case in The Gambler. Jim may be self-destructive to the max, but his relationships in the film are too dynamic for those around him to just write him off, even after he makes a slew of terrible decisions. The Gambler is very much about a guy who has to win big to pay off his debts, but one of the most fascinating elements of the film is how the supporting characters react to his decisions. With The Gambler »
- Perri Nemiroff
At year’s end and with little fanfare comes one of the very best movies of 2014. Rupert Wyatt’s spellbinding The Gambler is a dangerously cool drama with a heart, a brain, a terrific lead performance from Mark Wahlberg, and enough existential angst to please lovers of European art-house cinema. It’s a remake of a 1974 film that starred James Caan (and his man-fro) written by James Toback who receives producer credit on the new one.
University Literature Professor Jim Bennett (Wahlberg) has a monkey on his back. He loves to gamble. He’ll wager on anything for overwhelming stakes. But more than winning Jim likes the thrill, the uncertainty, and even the threat of disaster that ultimately could mean a beating or worse. Jim runs up tens of thousands at an upscale Korean-owned gambling den. He never sets any of his winnings aside, doubling down at blackjack until he blows it all. »
- Tom Stockman
The Gambler marks somewhat of a departure for the British-born writer/director in that it’s subdued and somewhat ambiguous. The film follows an English professor and high-stakes gambler (Mark Wahlberg) who finds himself at the mercy of the gangster (Michael K. Williams) he borrowed money from. A remake of the 1974 suspense drama, The Gambler features impressive supporting turns from the likes of John Goodman, Jessica Lange and Brie Larson.
We had the chance to sit down with Wyatt to discuss his inspired casting choices, inventive scene blocking and his unique take on Los Angeles.
After The Rise of the Planet of the Apes you really had a pick, you had options, which is a rare thing early on in one’s career. Why instead of choosing more of a »
- Justine Browning
With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) The Gambler opening Christmas Day, I recently participated in a roundtable interview with Mark Wahlberg . As most of you know from the trailers, the remake stars 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 The Departed scribe William Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. During the interview Wahlberg talked about if he had any apprehension about remaking the 1974 film, Monahan's script, losing weight for the role, how he got into acting, his connection to Boston, if he takes any credit for Warner Bros. making an Aquaman movie because of Entourage, if he'll play a superhero in the future, doing Deep »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Ever since Short Term 12, I’ve been counting down the days until Brie Larson’s next release and now it’s finally here. She stars opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler as Amy Phillips, a college student by day and a pop-up casino employee by night, making her one of few people to see both sides of Jim Bennett’s (Wahlberg) life - his work as a college professor and his gambling addiction. With The Gambler arriving in theaters on December 25th, Larson took the time to sit down and discuss her experience making the film. She touched on the audition process, working with Wahlberg, connecting to Amy and her decision to pursue such a self-destructive person, Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of Emma Donohue’s book, Room, and more. Hit the jump to check it all out. Brie Larson: Is she into gambling? Her preference for Mario Kart. »
- Perri Nemiroff
It would have been easy for Amy to get lost in The Gambler. As Mark Wahlberg‘s love interest, she’s a quiet woman among big, destructive personalities. But she’s played by Brie Larson, and that means she’s never boring. Larson exudes a wise-beyond-her-years calmness, becoming an oasis of understanding in the desert of Jim’s messed-up life. In person, […]
- Angie Han
Kens and Dolls: Wyatt Revamps Toback Prose for the Plastic Age
Working steadfastly against the success of Rupert Wyatt’s up-do of The Gambler, which was originally a 1974 film starring James Caan, directed by Karl Reisz, and written by James Toback (based on semi-autobiographical elements), are two distinctive flaws. Firstly, Wyatt and screenwriter William Monahan fail momentously to live up to the gritty, unpleasantly self-sabotaging believability astutely evidenced in the original. Second, Mark Wahlberg’s overly determined performance careens ungraciously into flaunting bourgeoisie privilege in a role that doesn’t quite sit right on the shoulders of a celebrity still shadowed by his ridiculous early 90s persona. While Monahan wrote the role for which Wahlberg scored an Oscar nod eight years ago (2006’s The Departed), his hyper-intelligent, well-bred, successful novelist turned consummate gambler is more often than not unbelievable with Wahlberg in breathy, demure mode, rambling through a series of nicely written bits of misanthropy. »
- Nicholas Bell
In "The Gambler," Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) doesn't know when to hold 'em or when to fold 'em, which means he's in a tight spot with some bad people. What's a guy to do in a pinch like this, if not turn to his rich mom for a little help? Luckily, Roberta (Jessica Lange) is happy to help. Well, she's not happy about it, but she'll help anyway.
In this exclusive clip from "The Gambler," Lange is delightfully icy as she demands to withdraw $260,000 in cash from her bank account, no questions asked. "Nothing's okay when someone needs that amount of money in cash, but it's my money and it's none of your damn business," she tells the banker. Meanwhile, Jim is sitting next to his mom like an embarrassed schoolboy hiding behind his sunglasses. You're never too old to be humiliated by your parents.
"The Gambler," which is directed »
- Jenni Miller
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 do 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.
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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
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