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Warner Bros. Closes In On Dangerous Odds

26 January 2015 8:48 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Warner Bros. is in the process of negotiating the acquisition of Dangerous Odds – an adaptation of the book Dangerous Odds: My Secret Life Inside An Illegal Billion Dollar Sports Betting Operation, by Marisa Lankester – which is set to be scripted by Andrea Berloff (World Trade Centre). The story is notable for being a female-led tale, with plenty of opportunity for drama, intrigue and diverse casting.

Dangerous Odds is Lankester’s memoir, focusing on the time she spent helping develop the world’s largest sports betting operation, before going on to establish the world’s first off-shore gambling organization in the Dominican Republic. The business ties to organized crime meant Lankester was repeatedly arrested, becoming embroiled in a corrupt and violent world where she was brutalized and imprisoned before finding happiness in a lifestyle change and relocation.

Margot Robbie is attached to star as Lankester, which immediately makes this one of »

- Sarah Myles

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Second Opinion – The Gambler (2014)

24 January 2015 3:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Gambler, 2014.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt

Starring Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Michael K. Williams, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange and George Kennedy.

Synopsis:

Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?

Spoilers for both the 1974 and 2014 versions of The Gambler below…

At the end of Karel Reisz’s 1974 film The Gambler James Caan’s character is debt-free after dragging a young student with a promising basketball career into the world of sports fixing. The student, Caan sees, is just as susceptible to making a quick thousand dollars as Caan is to losing it. Caan never smiles or shows signs of having broken free of his addiction; rather he goes into a nearby rundown brothel, picks a fight with a pimp, »

- Gary Collinson

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Movie Review – The Gambler (2014)

22 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Gambler, 2014.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman and Michael K. Williams.

Synopsis:

A dejected literary professor is given just seven days to pay back his substantial gambling debts.

First, a word on the trailer: balls. Much like how last year’s wonderful Pride was made to look like a schmaltzy television movie (when in fact it was a schmaltzy movie movie) in its trailer, The Gambler looks like a moody, pretentious brat. Actually, that rather neatly sums up its lead character, but it’s far from the world’s best marketing technique.

The trailer is not representative of how much you will enjoy this film.

Now a few more words on the movie itself: surprisingly enjoyable. A remake of the 1974 James Caan film, The Gambler tells the story of Jim Bennett (played with remarkable faux-disinterest by Mark Wahlberg), a literature professor and chronic gambler. »

- Oli Davis

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The Gambler review: Mark Wahlberg isn't playing with full set of cards

22 January 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Rupert Wyatt; Screenwriter: William Monahan; Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K Williams, Alvin Ing, Anthony Kelley; Running time: 111 mins; Certificate: 15

Crime pays but blackjack most certainly doesn't in The Gambler, a so-so existential thriller based on the cult '70s film starring James Caan. Mark Wahlberg doesn't look too comfortable in those hand-me-down shoes, or with the tousled hair that is supposed to imply hours spent scratching his head over thoughts of his own mortality and the complete works of William Shakespeare.

He is no-one's idea of a literature professor and yet, that's the day job of James Bennett, whose nights are spent in high-stakes gambling dens run by Korean gangsters. The joy of winning is always short-lived because his next move is an all-or-nothing bet that leaves him with, guess what - nothing, except the threat of imminent death. It's this compulsion that »

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Rupert Wyatt Interview

21 January 2015 2:54 PM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Recently I caught up with Rupert Wyatt who dropped by the podcast to talk about his new movie with Mark Wahlberg, The Gambler. As per usual plenty of ground covered and Rupert has a completely different interpretation to his movie than I have. It’s an interesting listen to say the least. TuneIn App Users Click here – iOS / Android / Windows Phone   Stitcher Users Click here – iOS / Android   Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to download.   iPhone / iPad Users– Click here to open your iTunes podcast app and click Subscribe!   Direct Download from the podcast tab on the right of the screen »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Brie Larson interview: The Gambler, Greek mythology, Rampart

21 January 2015 5:59 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We talk to one of the stars of The Gambler, Brie Larson, about Greek mythology, Short Term 12 and Rampart...

Actress and singer Brie Larson first made her mark on television, and has since appeared in such films as 21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and Rampart. She really made her mark with Short Term 12, the 2013 drama in which she starred as Grace, a supervisor in a home for troubled teenagers. It was a sensitive, thoughtful performance, and like the film itself, widely acclaimed and nominated for numerous independent film awards.

Larson’s latest film is The Gambler, a drama starring Mark Wahlberg as a well-to-do college professor with a tendency to lose money in various gambling dens. Larson plays Amy, a gifted English student who’s uniquely aware of her teacher’s insidious addiction. Although The Gambler’s very much Wahlberg’s film, Larson again brings intelligence to her role here. »

- ryanlambie

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Greig Fraser interview: the cinematography of The Gambler

21 January 2015 5:37 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Cinematographer Greig Fraser talks to us about his work on The Gambler, from lenses to shooting in Los Angeles...

In Foxcatcher, there’s a captivating scene where Steve Carell’s character, millionaire John du Pont, ushers a stable of horses out into a grey, autumnal morning. It’s a moment given a luminous, magical quality by cinematographer Greig Fraser, whose other recent film credits include Let Me In and Zero Dark Thirty.

The Gambler, the new drama written by William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom Of Heaven) and directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) represented its own set of unique challenges. One of them was to bring tension and visual excitement to a story that frequently sees its wayward protagonist Jim (Mark Wahlberg) frittering his money away at a blackjack table or lecturing a theatre full of distracted college students.

It’s testament to »

- ryanlambie

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Mark Wahlberg on The Gambler: 'I loved the idea of playing a literary professor' – video interview

20 January 2015 1:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mark Wahlberg talks to Lanre Bakare about his role as a privileged don who hits casinos to stave off ennui in a remake of 1974 classic The Gambler. Director Rupert Wyatt explains the gestation of the project, while co-stars Brie Larson and Michael K Williams give their opinions on why Wahlberg's character dabbles with such high stakes

• Interview: Michael K Williams on drugs, guns and avocados

The Gambler is out now in the Us and is in UK cinemas this Friday Continue reading »

- Lanre Bakare and Paul Frankl

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In New Global Hollywood, Will The Need To Please Gatekeepers Neuter Courage?

19 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

London — For more than three decades, foreign countries lined up to see American-made films with big stars and directors, plenty of noisy spectacle and the latest hi-tech innovations from CGI to 3D. Hollywood became one of the America’s leading exporters and an attractive global investment target. And if its U.S.-centric happy endings came at the expense of Russians, Chinese, or Middle East villains, too bad.

Cut to the New Now. DVD revenues flattened. Swing-for-the-fences movies, the ones that can generate $1 billion in global ticket sales, became astronomically expensive, Every studio is owned by a global conglomerate whose fortunes fluctuate. All of them impose tight fiscal restrictions which work in some industries but strangle a creative business traditionally known for excess. Domestic box office has become a smaller piece of a movie’s P&L each year, as non-u.S. ticket sales today account for 70% of business and climbing. »

- Ali Jaafar

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The Gambler Review

19 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams, Leland Orser, Emory Cohen, George Kennedy, Richard Schiff

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 111 minutes

Synopsis:  The death of a beloved grandfather sends a literature professor with a high-stake gambling addiction on a path of self-loathing and destruction as he counter-balances mounting gaming debts with borrowed money from a number of dangerous loan sharks.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’s Rupert Wyatt shows viewers a glimpse into the havoc of an entitled and self-indulgent whiner hell-bent on self-destruction in his latest film The Gambler that stars Mark Wahlberg in the lead role.

Rebooted from James Toback’s original 1974 film starring James Caan, Wyatt’s direction and William Monahan’s screenplay are decidedly different from their predecessors: not only in comparable terms (the protagonist is still a gambling addicted literature professor and disgraced scion of a wealthy »

- Sacha Hall

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The Gambler: Mark Wahlberg's new film is a dud

18 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

All workmanlike polish and no sense of play makes the remake of James Toback’s 1974 drama a very dull film indeed

The Gambler has a director’s name on it – a damn good director, as it happens – but really, like most movies these days, it was made by The Machine. The film was put together by skilled agents and casting directors (it has a cast that, on paper, at least, is out of this world), while the script got passed around among the top directors, after Scorsese spent time developing it with his Departed writer William Monahan. He jumped ship, and when the bottle finally stopped spinning, it pointed at Rupert Wyatt, helmsman of the excellent Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

All of which sounds pretty peachy, right? Stars all aligned, script polished to a gleaming sheen, everyone burning on all cylinders. Hitsville, here we come!

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- John Patterson

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Rupert Wyatt interview: The Gambler, Apes and more

16 January 2015 3:19 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

British director Rupert Wyatt talks to us about his new film The Gambler, and what he's up to next...

Having made his debut feature with the acclaimed 2008 thriller The Escapist, British filmmaker Rupert Wyatt directed the hugely successful Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes in 2011. Reviving a franchise that had long since slipped into the doldrums, it was hailed as a summer film with an all-too-rare streak of intelligence.

Wyatt's latest film is a very different proposition: a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan, The Gambler is a slickly-written drama about a college professor (an against-the-grain Mark Wahlberg) in hock to some very dangerous people. With his debts mounting, Wahlberg's gambler resorts to a series of schemes to try to pay his way out of trouble, only for his self-destructive nature to send him sinking further into the mire.

As The Gambler's UK release approaches, we catch »

- ryanlambie

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The Gambler: Mark Wahlberg's new film is a dud

12 January 2015 2:31 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

All workmanlike polish and no sense of play makes the remake of James Toback’s 1974 drama a very dull film indeed

The Gambler has a director’s name on it – a damn good director, as it happens – but really, like most movies these days, it was made by The Machine. The film was put together by skilled agents and casting directors (it has a cast that, on paper, at least, is out of this world), while the script got passed around among the top directors, after Scorsese spent time developing it with his Departed writer William Monahan. He jumped ship, and when the bottle finally stopped spinning, it pointed at Rupert Wyatt, helmsman of the excellent Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

All of which sounds pretty peachy, right? Stars all aligned, script polished to a gleaming sheen, everyone burning on all cylinders. Hitsville, here we come!

Continue reading. »

- John Patterson

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Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon joins Matt Damon in Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing'

8 January 2015 4:17 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Reese Witherspoon will star opposite Matt Damon in Downsizing. Alexander Payne will direct from a script he wrote alongside Jim Taylor. Set in the near future, the film follows a man who realizes he'd be better of if he shrunk himself. Payne, Taylor, and Witherspoon all previously worked on Election. [Variety] • The Fault in Our StarsAnsel Elgort is joining Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener in November Criminals. Sacha Gervasi is directing. Steven Knight adapted Sam Munson’s teen-thriller novel for the screen. The story tracks two teenagers in Washington D.C. who investigate a friend’s murder, and fall in love in the process. »

- C. Molly Smith

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Liam Neeson Attached to ‘The Escapist’ Remake

8 January 2015 11:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The most recent film from director Rupert Wyatt was a remake of The Gambler, and now his own first feature is getting the remake treatment. The Escapist is Wyatt’s UK debut, in which Brian Cox played a prison inmate who assembles a group of fellow inmates in order to stage an ambitious break from the […]

The post Liam Neeson Attached to ‘The Escapist’ Remake appeared first on /Film. »

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Liam Neeson To Star In Remake Of Rupert Wyatt's 'The Escapist,' Plus Check Out A New Clip From 'Taken 3'

7 January 2015 1:54 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With an underrated drama currently in theaters ("The Gambler," a flawed, but worthwhile remake featuring a committed performance from Mark Wahlberg), and having single-handedly rebooted a major franchise with "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," director Rupert Wyatt seemed to arrive out of nowhere. But you don't get a parking spot in Hollywood without something vouching for you, and for Wyatt, it was his 2008 prison drama "The Escapist." Led by Brian Cox as a veteran convict with an escape plan, the movie didn't win raves, but got noticed in the right places, enough to allow for the right meetings to get set up, and for Wyatt to launch his career. And now, the movie is getting a remake. Legendary Pictures announced (via Collider) that Liam Neeson will get grizzled in the lead role in the movie, which is currently searching for a director, but has a script from Sean O'Keefe. »

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Liam Neeson to star in Hollywood remake of The Escapist

7 January 2015 8:35 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Liam Neeson will star in the Hollywood remake of The Escapist.

The actor will lead the cast of the Legendary Pictures project, which has yet to secure a director.

2008's The Escapist was directed by Rupert Wyatt, and starred Brian Cox, Damian Lewis and Joseph Fiennes. Wyatt will serve as a producer on the remake.

The film follows a convict serving a life sentence, who plots a prison break when he learns that his daughter is terminally ill.

Neeson can next be seen in Taken 3, which he has previously suggested will be the final instalment of the series.

Taken 3 is released in the UK tomorrow (January 8) and in the Us on Friday (January 9). Watch a trailer below: »

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Liam Neeson lands lead role in remake of Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist

6 January 2015 11:50 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

With it being Neeson Season and all, I guess it's only appropriate a new project is in the works starring the actor. It's being reported that Liam Neeson will star in Legendary Pictures' remake of the 2008 prisoner thriller The Escapist. The original U.K. film was Rupert Wyatt's (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Gambler) directorial debut, and it starred Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper. No director has been announced, but Wyatt is attached to »

- Jesse Giroux

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Liam Neeson is 'The Escapist' as Jim Mickle Set to Direct 'Esperanza'

6 January 2015 2:57 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Legendary Pictures announced a deal for impressive Cold in July director Jim Mickle to be at the helm of a new project called Esperanza, based on the book of the same name by John N. Maclean. And in that news, they also revealed another developing project elsewhere. First of all, Sean O'Keefe, a writer who has had several scripts picked up but not produced into feature films yet, will be scripting Esperanza, the story of a Spartan culture of firefighters battling the ‘perfect storm’ of wildfires. Sounds like 300 meets Planes: Fire & Rescue to me. And it's O'Keefe who is also behind that aforementioned project we learned was in the works. In the same press release, it's mentioned that O'Keefe is working on a remake of The Escapist. The original UK thriller was directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler), who will produce the remake now. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Liam Neeson Set To Lead Remake Of British Prison Thriller The Escapist

6 January 2015 2:20 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Liam Neeson’s shift from solid drama actor to all-out action badass came rather late in his acting career. As this Friday sees the release of trilogy-closer, Taken 3, does this mean he might be heading for new waters? By the looks of his next project, the answer to that question is a resounding no. Just because Bryan Mills is retiring (we’ll see) doesn’t mean that Neeson has to relinquish his ass-kicking credentials, as he’ll be carrying on his action-packed antics in The Escapist.

A remake of Rupert Wyatt’s British thriller, Studio Canal are taking the reins on this Americanized take on The Escapist. It’s assumed that Neeson will tackle the role Brian Cox commandeered in the first movie, and it’ll be a change to see him dishing out orders while his lackeys do the heavy lifting.

In the 2009 original, Cox starred as a »

- Gem Seddon

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