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There’s enough swaggering cynicism for three pictures but barely enough soul to sustain even one in Rupert Wyatt’s “The Gambler,” a stylish, energetic but disappointingly glib remake of Karel Reisz’s still-potent 1974 drama of the same title. Mark Wahlberg tears into one of his meatiest roles as an English professor drowning in a sea of blackjack debts and self-destructive impulses, a born risk-taker who’s aptly described as everything from “the kind of guy that likes to lose” to “the world’s stupidest asshole.” But it’s that surfeit of macho attitude in William Monahan’s script that keeps Wahlberg from coming anywhere near James Caan’s sly brilliance in the earlier film, making this a movie of slick, surface-level pleasures that’s unpersuasive at its core. In a roll of the awards-season dice, Paramount is launching “The Gambler” Dec. 19 with a one-week Oscar-qualifying run before its Jan. »
- Justin Chang
When DC Comics announced their release slate through the year 2020 last month, it was clear that the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be the launching pad for this massive comic book universe. As it turns out, Warner Bros. may have wanted last year's Man of Steel to truly set up this world, but producer Christopher Nolan shot down the notion.
A lengthy profile of Christopher Nolan in The Guardian offers an anecdote about how Zack Snyder first met Christopher Nolan, and how Warner Bros. asked the director to add a "comedy coda" to the end of Man of Steel. Here's an excerpt from the article.
"'The Batman movies - that take, that tone - came out of nowhere,' said director Zack Snyder, who first met Nolan on a Warner Bros plane heading to a film industry convention in Las Vegas and leapt at the chance to »
The writer-director-actor's comedy received an Audience Award at SXSW.
Before I Disappear centres around struggling Richie (Christensen), who agrees to look after his estranged sister's 11-year-old daughter.
After a day of misadventures, Richie begins to realise that he may be the one who needs to grow up.
Before I Disappear will open on November 28 in the Us. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
They're making a "gadget," one that they hope will save the world ... but fear will actually destroy it someday. In Manhattan, Wgn's new World War II drama about scientists racing to develop an atomic bomb while grappling with the threat of espionage and the equally undermining power of egos, has just finished its first season, and the network is re-running all 13 episodes this Sunday, Oct. 26, in one marathon showing starting at 11 a.m. Et (8 a.m. Pt.) For those who are already fans, it's a chance to revisit those earlier episodes and catch little hints and Easter eggs that become »
- Anthony Breznican
The history of America’s “War on Drugs” has produced many stories. One of the lesser-known ones is that of the late Gary Webb, an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News who wrote a series of articles about the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking into the United States. The film Kill the Messenger tries to tell the story of Webb and the backlash he faced because of his writing. Unfortunately, despite some good performances, the film falls short of its lofty ambitions.
Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), a journalist for the San Jose Mercury News, thinks he’s found the story of a lifetime when he discovers information that seems to expose the CIA’s role in arming the Contra rebels in Nicaragua and supporting their trafficking of cocaine into the United States. But after Webb’s expose is published, he becomes the target of a vicious smear »
- Timothy Monforton
Director Rupert Wyatt’s long-awaited follow-up to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes is The Gambler, written by William Monahan (The Departed) and based on the 1974 James Toback-scripted film of the same name. Taking on the original’s James Caan part is Mark Wahlberg, playing a literature professor who runs afoul of gangsters thanks to, you guessed it, his gambling problems.
An expletive-heavy red band teaser for the film has been released, which shows off glimpses of the film’s stacked supporting cast, which includes Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Michael K. Williams, George Kennedy, Leland Orser, Domenick Lombardozzi, Sonya Walger, and Richard Schiff. The Gambler will receive a limited December 2014 run for awards season purposes, but will expand to wide release in North America on New Year’s Day 2015. Check out the ‘fuck’-filled teaser below. Also, fuck you.
[Via: The Film Stage]
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- Josh Slater-Williams
Earlier this week, Wgn America ordered a second season of "Manhattan," which pleased me and a number of you. A few thoughts on tonight's season finale, and season 1 as a whole, coming up just as soon as I run for town council... For a while there, it seemed like "Perestroika" was going to present a great victory for Frank at an even greater cost — not unlike what will happen when the fruits of the Manhattan Project will be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The gun model has been dismissed, and the government is putting all of its mighty resources behind Frank and his team of misfits — but only after the deaths of Sid Liao and Reed Akley, the arrest of Charlie, Fritz ingesting the plutonium, Lancefield being framed for espionage, Glen kicked off the project, etc. The collateral damage is remarkable, yet the victory — both the support of a model that will work, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Implosion. Pre-detonation. Radioactivity. Meltdowns. The terms that define Wgn’s atomic bomb drama Manhattan also apply to its characters, a mix of men and women trying to stop a world war by creating a weapon that could destroy the planet completely. There isn't a simple equation among them. Throughout season one, which came to an end Sunday night with its thirteenth episode (“Perestroika”), the show mastered the art of contradiction, presenting heroes you root for even as they betray their own better natures. In the finale, the scientists of Los Alamos are still far from the breakthroughs they will need »
- Anthony Breznican
.Kill the Messenger. arrives in theaters near you but is this film worthy of Jeremy Renner.s performance? Here.s what I can tell you. The movie is scary! Why? Because it happened in real life! Take a look at my review!
Official .Kill the Messenger. Synopsis
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. »
A new TV show's opening credits sequence is often one of the last things completed, and therefore something critics don't always get to see before a show debuts. I don't know that the title sequence for "Manhattan" — which Wgn America just renewed for a second season — would have significantly upgraded my initial review of the show, but it does a nice job of suggesting the level of ambition and execution the show would be able to achieve over the course of its first season, which concludes Sunday night at 9. That title sequence (you can watch it here) presents an overhead view of a series of sketches and diagrams, as the military base that housed the Manhattan Project is rapidly constructed in the Los Alamos desert. We start with some solitary workmen, then blueprints of houses, then the houses themselves, with plans being mixed with physics equations and desert recipes and propaganda fliers, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Remember Rupert Wyattc He made Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Okay, now you remember him. Good, because he has a new movie coming out, a remake of 1974's The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters. Paramount is bringing the film to theaters on December 19 and they've finally decided to give us a first look via three new pictures courtesy of USA Today. The film is obviously being groomed as an Oscar contender and the USA Today piece is doing everything in its power to set the stage starting the article off saying: For months before showing up on set, Wahlberg pored over the script, became versed in every literary mention and sat through university lectures for inspiration. He is ready to show his Jim Bennett to the world. The Gambler is slotted for an awards season-friendly limited release Dec. »
- Brad Brevet
Oprah Winfrey is still a proud Lindsay Lohan supporter! The talk show queen and beloved personality flew to London this weekend to see the one and only Lohan in her new production. "@LindsayLohan backstage at her new play in London. #SpeedthePlow," Oprah wrote on Instagram while sharing a smile with the actress. Lohan added, "So thrilled to have @Oprah and @Lupita_Nyongo in the audience tonight. I'm a lucky girl! XXo #Myfairygodmother." Lohan has been hard at work while starring in David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow alongside Richard Schiff. The popular production is a satirical dissection of the American movie business and features three different acts. Lohan has »
Lindsay Lohan made her West End stage debut in London on Thursday night, appearing in Speed-the-Plow with a performance that received mixed reviews from the U.K. press. The 28-year-old plays the secretary Karen in David Mamet’s Hollywood satire — a role made famous by Madonna on Broadway in 1988 and played by Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss in the 2008 revival — and appears alongside West Wing star Richard Schiff and U.K. stage actor Nigel Lindsay. The BBC pointed out that the actress once forgot her lines during the second act, with a prompt on hand
- Alex Ritman
Jeremy Renner is mesmerizing and totally unforgettable in the upcoming movie .Kill the Messenger.. He plays the true-life character, Gary Webb, the San Jose Mercury News reporter who exposes the CIA.s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and then importing cocaine into the mean streets of California.
When critics use the word gripping, they were probably thinking of .Kill the Messenger..
Take a look at my interview with the actor who also moonlighted as producer in the film. What inspired him to do the movie, and wait .til you see his answer if we are still having war on drugs.
Official .Kill the Messenger. Synopsis
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men »
Lindsay Lohan Forgets Lines
Lohan, 28, is courting intense scrutiny as she tries to regain credibility in the acting world. News outlets, which usually wait to weigh-in on plays until closer to its actual premiere, have offered reviews of Lohan’s first performance on the stage, where her nerves apparently took over.
“Lohan managed to hang on through her small but critical role as Hollywood secretary Karen — but only with the aid of some crew members offstage who shouted lines at her when she blanked on what she was supposed to say,” according to the New York Daily News. “She also seemed to rely on a book she clutched as a prop that had some lines from the script scribbled in it. »
Lohan, who plays temporary secretary Karen in Mamet’s tale of Hollywood executives, reportedly missed lines during the opening performance Wednesday—prompting laughter from the audience and one cry of, “Oh my God, it’s so embarrassing,” according to The Daily Beast. An on the scene report from New York magazine notes that things really went downhill for Lohan in the second act. “Lohan forgot a line, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Lindsay Lohan forgot her lines in her first-ever theater performance last night. That’s the headline gleefully reported all over the web today, and it’s accurate. But what hasn’t been so widely reported is that Lohan wasn’t the first to make a mistake during the opening night of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow at London’s Playhouse Theater. Richard Schiff, who has far more experience, called out, “Give me the line, please,” within minutes of starting the play. British actor Nigel Lindsay was the only person in the three-actor play to get through the entire performance without an audible prompt, and even he seemed to struggle at times to remember what came next.Director Lindsay Posner spoke to the Independent yesterday about the process of rehearsing Mamet’s fast-paced play. He described how he asked the actors to drill the lines until they internalized them, and told the newspaper, »
- Hattie Crisell
It was a big night for Lindsay Lohan. The actress finally made her long-awaited West End debut tonight as she took the stage for David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow alongside Richard Schiff, and it seems as though LiLo may have had a rough start. According to a review from The Daily Beast, the star seemed a bit forgetful during a few acts. "On the first night of previews, a work-in-progress feel is to be expected. But halfway through the second act of Speed-the-Plow, the audience was openly laughing at Lohan's struggle to grasp Mamet's sharp, trademark dialogue," Nico Hines writes, but also added later that "Lohan remained charming throughout." Even the Internet acknowledges »
Seth MacFarlane always likes to pepper his projects with pop cultural references and respectable actors doing outrageous things for a laugh, and 2012’s Ted was no exception. The sequel to the talking teddy comedy is going the same route, with Morgan Freeman set to take a role.MacFarlane is already shooting the sequel in Boston, with Mark Wahlberg and a swathe of the supporting cast back for more, Amanda Seyfried joining as a potential love interest for Wahlberg’s John Bennett and another new addition in the shape of Richard Schiff.While the story for the new movie is still largely a secret, Variety reports that Freeman will be a famous civil rights lawyer who helps out our furry hero (voiced once again by MacFarlane) when he needs help with some legal issues. Sounds like Ted, the bear brought to life by a Christmas wish, will have some issues proving his status. »
Last week, new photos from the Detroit set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice showcased actor Scoot McNairy wearing green socks that teased the bottom half of his legs will be replaced with CGI elements, leading many fans to believe that he is actually playing Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash. The actor joined the cast back in June, but his exact role remains shrouded in mystery. Screen Rant has a new theory about who Scoot McNairy may be playing, which could tie in to Ray Fisher's character, Victor Stone, a.k.a. Cyborg.
While some theorize that Scoot McNairy may be playing Barry Allen, whose legs are replaced with some sort of mechanical implants, which would alter the character's origin story from the DC comic books, Screen Rant believes the actor is playing either the S.T.A.R. Labs "top mind," The Chief, or Dr. »
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