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For people who get a real rush of adrenalin when they have a bet on a game or sports fixture that they’re watching, it’s great when you can find movies that have a similar theme in the plot.
Today, almost no-one places their bets in the traditional way; down at the bookies. You can bet on your computer or mobile, using one of the many different betting apps. For the more serious bettors amongst us, there are even specific betting trading apps like Betpractice score grid for football which help manage multiple markets at once.
How times have changed since the following movies were released – when the only way to place a bet was at the bookies, at the races or over the phone. For a bit of betting nostalgia, check out one of these movies.
Sports betting features in this 2003 movie; if only as a sub-plot. »
- David Agnew
Wes Bentley and Jaimie Alexander will star in Belgian commercial director Bram Coppens' psychological thriller "Broken Vows". James Agnew and Sean Keller penned the script and filming begins late June.
The storey follows a charming yet troubled man named Patrick (Bentley) who seduces Tara (Alexander), but when she rejects him, he is sent spiraling into madness and delusion, erupting into psychotic rage. [Source: THR]
The story follows the relationship between neighbours Ed Wallis, a high school student (Wolff) and Ashby, a retired CIA assassin (Rourke) who only has a few months left to live. Kevin McCormick and Rory Koslow will produce. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Oscar nominee Michael Lerner (Barton Fink) [pictured], Kevin Dunn (Veep), and Zach Knighton (Happy Endings) have joined Mickey Rourke in Ashby, which started shooting this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The story follows the relationship between neighbours Ed Wallis, a high school student (Wolff) and Ashby, a retired CIA assassin (Rourke) who only has a few months left to live.
The producers are Langley Park Pictures’ Kevin McCormick and Rory Koslow; Tagline Pictures’ Josh Kesselman; and Head Gear Films’ Phil Hunt and Compton Ross. Stephen Kelliher and Hilary Davis of Bankside Films serve as executive producers; Bankside also handles international sales. CAA-uta jointly rep North American rights.
Bankside has already pre-sold the film to Cis & Baltic States (Exponenta), Greece (Hollywood Films), Middle East (Shooting Stars), and South Africa (M-net).
Stephen Kelliher, Head of Sales »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ review: Bryan Singer has a surefire hit with latest ‘X-Men’ sequel (photo: Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’) With yet another spring and summer movie season overstuffed with superhero extravaganzas, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men series, which debuted in 2000 and spans more than half a dozen films, now feels like the granddaddy of the genre. It certainly felt ready for retirement at the conclusion of Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), a sequel so over-amped and underfed that it mothballed the series, allowing 2008’s first Iron Man movie to usher in the era of Marvel-produced spandex spectaculars. Nowadays though, franchises don’t die, they’re rebooted with a 9-figure budget and an eye towards an exploding Chinese moviegoing market that was hardly a consideration during the high times of DVD. That’s why Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class (2011) was such a pleasant surprise. »
- Mark Keizer
Written by Tom McCarthy
Directed by Craig Gillespie
There’s a scene roughly halfway through Million Dollar Arm that speaks to the film’s inherently generic nature. In it, our ostensible hero, workaholic agent/pitchman Don Draper—er, J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) is brought in to talk with USC baseball coach Tom House (Bill Paxton) to talk about Bernstein’s two Indian prospects and the recent troubles and frustrations they’ve faced. House alludes to the fact that one of the boys lashed out at a USC player who called him a derogatory name, presumably a race-based one. Bernstein asks, “What’d they call him?” House says, “That doesn’t matter.” The issue is never again broached or even referenced by any of the characters (and none of the USC players are even given dialogue). That a Disney movie would shy away from even a »
- Josh Spiegel
On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 7 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Plot: A large lizard, mutated by radioactivity, arrives in New York.
It was only a matter of time. Hollywood itself had never been too fond of the ‘man in suit’ approach to cinematic monsters, but once technology caught up with the genre it was time to unleash Godzilla in the Us. On paper it made sense. A massive dinosaur-like creature destroys New York. With the success of Jurassic Park, surely bigger would easily be better. This was demonstrated in one of the film’s many great teasers as Godzilla »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
From April 8th to the 11th, Indian films will once again be showcased in the Us at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla). In its 12th year, Iffla boasts an incredible lineup of fabulous films that reflects the rich diversity of Indian cinema. Iffla’s Artistic Director Jasmine Jaisinghani says, “I’m thrilled and proud that Iffla’s line-up this year includes an especially diverse range of cinematic experiences, covering many regions of India and the diaspora.”
Iffla 2014 presents 33 films that include feature films, documentaries and shorts. The festival will have three world premieres, six North American premieres, six U.S. premieres, and 16 Los Angeles premieres. The films feature 10 different languages, from Hindi to Marathi, to Russian to Bengali. Additionally, Iffla supports American, Australian, British, Canadian, and European diaspora filmmakers from nine different countries telling their stories.
Bollywood will be well represented with three outstanding films all showing during the festival’s run. »
- Stacey Yount
While we are talking about fiction, science fiction and non-fiction stories of little importance, many filmmakers are currently exploding with ideas to make films based on Nikola Tesla’s life and work. It all happens like a thunder, explosion from the heavens, with studios and independent filmmakers alike. They are actively seeking investors, crowd funding and sponsorships, partnerships with studios, while simultaneously doing the hard work of script writing, research, and casting.
It seems like the world is awakening, an angelus force is impacting our consciousness. Up to this point, history has been filtered in many ways, and most people believed the media and the government. But with such an activist-like attitude, that is going to change. As people, we are starting to think Tesla’s way, bringing awareness of using free energy, caring about the environment and looking at the future with his eyes. In this article, I will »
- Marija Makeska
In his 30-year career as a composer, Carter Burwell’s film scores have run the veritable cinematic gamut. From composing for Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Where the Wild Things Are) to his work being the best parts of the Twilight saga, Burwell’s résumé is sporadic and unconventional, even for a man who makes film music for a living — it’s fitting, given his less-than-conventional roots as a cartoonist for The Harvard Lampoon and later as a vagrant New York punk rocker. Undoubtedly, Burwell’s become best known for the his collaborations with Joel and Ethan Coen. Last week, Sound on Sight ranked the films of the Coen Brothers, so what better way to take over The Big Score than with a similarly themed meditation on their work with Burwell? As much as the Coens’ filmography is defined by their trademark cynicism and wit, Burwell’s compositions are »
- David Klein
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