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Early this month, Roberto Orci stepped down from directing duties on Star Trek 3, and Paramount has been hunting for someone to take his Place. A shortlist of directors looked promising, but only one man can take the job, and they've given it to Justin Lin. Come inside to learn more!
We knew Paramount had to work fast. A lot of rumors were swirling soon after it was announced that Roberto Oric was no longer directing Star Trek 3 (though he is still producing it), including reports that he was taken off the project because Paramount wasn't happy with the script. 2016 marks Star Trek's big 50th anniversary, and the studios aren't about to let such a prime spot slip away from them without a new movie. So they don't seem to have wasted much time in finding a new director in Justin Lin, known best for his Fast & Furious movies. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
After producer/writer Roberto Orci dropped out of directing the upcoming sequel Star Trek 3 a few weeks ago, Paramount Pictures has now set Fast Five helmer Justin Lin to direct the sci-fi pic. With J.J. Abrams busy on Star Wars, Paramount was in need of a new shepherd for the franchise. Orci, who produced and co-wrote the previous two Trek films, subsequently won the directing gig after campaigning to be given the reins. Despite fan disappointment over the decision, he had Abrams’ blessing and all seemed to be moving forward quite smoothly until a couple of weeks ago, when we learned that Orci had been forced out of the position over creative differences (though he remains involved as a producer). Paramount wasted no time in finding a replacement, and they now have a director well-versed in the arena of franchise filmmaking. More after the jump. News of Lin’s hiring comes courtesy of Deadline, »
- Adam Chitwood
Just over two weeks after filmmaker Roberto Orci backed away from making his directorial debut on Star Trek 3, Paramount Pictures has brought on Justin Lin to take the helm of this highly-anticipated sequel. He was one of five filmmakers mentioned to be in contention last week, including Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), who was said to be the front runner, Morten Tydlum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and Duncan Jones (Warcraft). Out of all those filmmakers, though, Justin Lin was the only one who received an offer from Paramount.
Justin Lin is now available to make Star Trek 3 because Universal Pictures pushed his sequel to 2012's The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, in favor of a new Jason Bourne project which reunites Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. Deadline reports that Justin Lin was also approached to direct a »
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
Director Rupert Wyatt’s been attached to Echo Chamber for quite a while now. Back in 2012, it was reported that HBO was developing the miniseries, which would cover the true story of a British solider who infiltrates the Irish Republican Army in the 1980s. As he rises through the ranks, he must deal with betrayal and life threatening situations. At that time, the plan was to air the series as three 90-minute telecasts, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. On top of that, while talking to Wyatt for his upcoming release, The Gambler, he told me that Echo Chamber isn’t about the British solider/Ira scenario specifically and that his take has a sci-fi component to it. Hit the jump for more. Here’s what Wyatt said when asked if he’s in pre-production on Echo Chamber: “I’ve been in pre-production on that »
- Perri Nemiroff
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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
Whether you like it or not, it looks like we're getting another Transformers sequel, at least according to Mark Wahlberg. While promoting The Gambler, the actor told MTV that he'll be returning for Transformers 5, and that shooting might begin sooner than we think.
“Yeah, I committed to doing a couple more,” Wahlberg said. “I can’t speak for Mr. Bay, but something tells me we’ll be on set soon.”
In Age of Extinction, Wahlberg played Cade Yeager, a Texas inventor and mechanic who was also very protective of his daughter, Nicola Peltz’s Tessa Yeager.
It is unknown if Bay will maintain his role as director. In the past he has expressed interest in passing over the torch to a new helmer. But even if he does give up the director's chair in this franchise, that doesn't mean the next sequel will be any good. One thing is for sure however, »
- Laura Frances
Earlier this week it was reported that Paramount had identified a shortlist of directors to replace Roberto Orci on Star Trek 3, with Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) and Duncan Jones (Source Code) all said to be in contention.
Well, we can now scratch one of those names from the list, with Duncan Jones – who is currently putting the finishing touches to his Warcraft movie – ruling himself out of the running for the job, stating on Twitter that:
Very flattering being on short list for Star Trek, but won’t be doing it. Absolutely Must make my own thing next, or I’ll die of old age!
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 15, 2014
So, who would you like to see taking the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise’s next big screen outing? »
- Gary Collinson
Star Trek 3 is going through a heck of a time landing on a director. Even though a shortlist of filmmakers was only revealed earlier this week, one of the individuals has already publicly and gracefully declined the offer. Duncan Jones, who is most notable for directing the imaginative films Moon and Source Code, recently tweeted out this message regarding his feelings on directing Star Trek 3: Very flattering being on short list for Star Trek, but won't be doing it. Absolutely Must make my own thing next, or I'll die of old age!. Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 15, 2014 Well then. I guess that.s that. It's worth mentioning at this point that reports have said Duncan Jones wasn.t the top dog on the list, as it looks like Paramount is courting The Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt most heavily. Still, Jones seems to be ending »
In Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg plays Jim, a hollow-cheeked college professor (Wahlberg lost 60 pounds for the role) with a compulsion to spend his nights throwing good money after bad on the blackjack table. A remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan, The Gambler hands Wahlberg his flashiest character in years, and as the actor told Vulture last week, he didn't take that opportunity for granted. Here's what Wahlberg had to say about his intense preparation, how he turned his career around, and what he makes of those Sony leaks blasting actors like Angelina Jolie.Let's talk about Jim's self-destructive streak. Even when he's up — or maybe I should say especially when he's up — he keeps pushing himself until the point that he loses it all, the point where he can strip himself of everything he's got. In the original movie, the gambling was all about »
- Kyle Buchanan
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
Five years ago, Paramount successfully rebooted its "Star Trek" franchise with J.J. Abrams film becoming both a commercial and critical hit. Boasting a considerable $150 million budget, "Star Trek" scored an impressive $257 million domestic box-office haul - more than 2.5 times that of the previous record holder "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home".
Yet not everything went smoothly. Overseas audiences dramatically improved for the film series, but the $127 million international haul was not enough to justify such high price tag. Thus along came 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness," an even more costly venture at $190 million.
Reviews for this entry were solid but not as good, especially amongst the original fanbase who kept the franchise running for so long. Whilst Abrams first film had a feel similar to the previous shows and films, 'Into Darkness' pushed into more "Star Wars"-style territory whilst at the same time serving as something of a strange »
- Garth Franklin
Wamg has your passes to the advance screening of The Gambler.
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. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…
The Gambler Opens December 25th
One winner will receive a download link for the digital soundtrack and a pass to the screening. »
- Movie Geeks
How’s Rupert Wyatt’s “The Gambler” remake starring Mark Wahlberg? A bit uneven, but still entertaining. And its soundtrack? Well, we included it in our Best Soundtracks Of 2014 feature, so you know it’s worth a listen. Out digitally as of yesterday in a surprise, “it’s here!” announcement, “The Gambler” soundtrack does not feature the score by Jon Brion and Theo Green, but does include a lot of choice cuts. The most emotional and heartbreaking is easily Dinah Washington’s “This Bitter Earth,” but also moving and soaring are the two tracks by M83. The film also includes a lot of covers: Billy Bragg covering Bob Dylan (“Don't Think Twice, It's Alright”), dub reggae group Easy Star All Stars covering Pink Floyd twice (“Money” and “Time”), and Scala & Kolacny Brothers’ choral/vocal cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ provide some cool, smoky soul akin »
- Edward Davis
Those walking into The Gambler expecting another chip-splashing thriller like 21 or Rounders are going to be sorely disappointed, as William Monahan’s script focuses heavily on a downward-spiralling character whose narcissism and suicidal subconscious translates into unhealthy, life-threatening habits. Rupert Wyatt’s directorial follow-up to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is a character study about someone who cares so little about their own self-worth yet doesn’t have the backbone to harm themselves, which is made clearly evident by a forceful story that ensures audiences understand each literary-laced nuance. Sometimes you’ve got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em, but The Gambler disregards Kenny Roger’s wisdom and focuses on what happens when your “addiction” takes over, and you just can’t seem to care.
- Matt Donato
Paramount Pictures is still moving forward with Star Trek 3, despite parting ways with director Roberto Orci earlier this month. No reason was given for the departure, but the filmmaker revealed last week that he is still involved with the sequel as they search for a new director. A new report from Badass Digest reveals that Roberto Orci may have parted ways with Paramount because the studio wanted to make the sequel more like Marvel's current box office hit Guardians of the Galaxy.
The site reports that there are two different stories floating around about Roberto Orci's last days on Star Trek 3, one is that he quit because he refused to address the studio's notes on the script, which was also dumped, and the other is that Paramount actually pulled the plug on the project a month ago, engaging in talks with other filmmakers before officially announcing that Roberto Orci has stepped away. »
The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan which I have not seen, is another film dealing with addiction and inner demons. This time, as the title obviously states, our protagonist's (played by Mark Wahlberg) addiction is gambling and the reasons behind his willingness to go all in and his acceptance when he loses everything seem to stem from his upbringing, including his recently deceased grandfather (George Kennedy) who passes away in the film's opening scene and his wealthy Beverly Hills mother (Jessica Lange). The last time screenwriter William Monahan wrote a movie in which Wahlberg starred it was The Departed and the result was the actor's first Oscar nomination. While The Gambler won't likely find Wahlberg earning a third nom, Monahan was definitely crafted a script playing to Wahlberg's strengths as the best parts of this film come when Wahlberg is going full steam ahead, delivering witty lines at a quick clip, »
- Brad Brevet
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