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The Gambler Review

17 March 2015 12:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

• Directed by Rupert Wyatt • Scripted by William Monahan, adapted the original 1974 screenplay by James Toback • Warning, spoilers ahead!

Here’s another movie review for the The Hollywood News.  It’s a very loosely adapted remake of the 1974 James Caan (The Godfather’s Sonny Corleone) vehicle of the same name about an English literature professor with a compulsive gambling problem, this time starring Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch), Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar from The Wire), Brie Larsen (Rachel from Community), as well as veterans Jessica Lange (The postman always rings twice) and John Goodman (Barton Fink).

 And this gambling problem becomes the driving force of the movie as Jim Bennett (Wahlberg) struggles between trying to achieve an iota of normalcy in his life and his overwhelming desire to have everything, visually represented by having Bennett place increasingly larger bets at casinos, doubling and tripling his winnings, »

- Paul Heath

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Tff 2015: Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-up For Spotlight Program

14 March 2015 5:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival taking place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City has announced the films selected for screening in the Spotlight screening section.

Co-sponsored by Brookfield Place and The Lincoln Motor Company, Spotlight is destination for today’s most talked about themes and filmmakers and will feature 40 films: 23 narratives and 17 documentaries with 24 of those films being world premieres. Debuting new work from master directors such as the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip To Italy), and Neil Labute (Death At A Funeral), audiences will also be introduced to new voices like first time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie and Pray The Devil Back To Hell producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut The Armour Of Light.

Audiences will also see familiar performers taking on unique and challenging roles such as Jessica Biel’s turn as a yoga instructor in Bleeding Heart, »

- Sacha Hall

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Hot Rumor: 'Tron 3' Will Start Filming This Fall With Garrett Hedlund

11 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Dust off your Led suit and get ready to go back to the Grid, because the word on the street is that "Tron 3" is filming this fall.

According to Vancouver's VancityBuzz blog, "Tron 3" will begin filming on October 5, 2015, with Garrett Hedlund attached to reprise his role as Sam Flynn. Badass Digest got confirmation from a trusted source in the industry that the movie is a go, with "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski returning as well. During an interview for "Oblivion" in 2012, Kosinski said, "I've said it would have to be our 'Empire Strikes Back' for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea. We do have the idea that feels big and really blows the doors off this franchise."

It makes sense that Kosinski would return for another run, but Hedlund's run of dramatic roles »

- Jenni Miller

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Photos: Eddie, High, State, Mojave, Eyes

9 March 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A couple of key new photos have gone online. First up, the first set photo from the Eddie The Eagle biopic which just began filming. "Kingsman" hunk Taron Egerton plays the title character and Hugh Jackman is his trainer in the story of the long-sighted UK ski jumper who won many fans around the world despite coming last.

Next up comes the first photo of Luke Evans in Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's darkly satirical novel "High Rise" which also stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Elisabeth Moss.

Then there's the first official image from Gary Ross' Civil War drama "The Free State of Jones". Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali star in the story of a Southern farmer and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

Next comes a new shot of Garrett Hedlund in William Monahan's "Mojave". The »

- Garth Franklin

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First Look at Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund in Mojave Thriller

9 March 2015 2:55 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the first photos from the upcoming "Mojave" thriller, starring Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy), Mark Wahlberg and Walton Goggins. Check everything out below. Plot: Armed with little more than a knife and two handles of vodka, an on-edge desolated, violent Hollywood director (Hedlund) sets out to the Mojave Desert looking for solitude. But what he ends up finding is a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter (Isaac) brandishing a rifle and claiming to be the Devil. The new movie is written and directed by William Monahan, the writer behind such films as "The Departed" and "Body of Lies." It's set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. Photos: (click to enlarge) »

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First Look: Oscar Isaac & Garrett Hedlund Star in Monahan's 'Mojave'

6 March 2015 2:01 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After scripting thrillers like The Departed, Body of Lies and Edge of Darkness, in addition to making his directorial debut with London Boulevard, screenwriter William Monahan is back behind the camera for his sophomore effort, a new thriller called Mojave. The film was just announced as being part of the line-up at the Tribeca Film Festival next month, and with that news comes the first photos of the film with future Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac and Tron Legacy lead Garrett Hedlund. There's nothing too revealing, but Hedlund is sporting a new look, and the photos give off a pretty gritty, almost western vibe. Look now! Here's the first photos from William Monohan's Mojave (via The Playlist): Mojave is written and directed by William Monahan, director of London Boulevard and Oscar-winning screenwriter of Martin Scorsese's The Departed, Edge of Darkness and Body of Lies. Armed with little more »

- Ethan Anderton

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Garrett Hedlund Joins Ang Lee’s Iraq War Drama

6 March 2015 12:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Garrett Hedlund is in advanced talks to co-star in Ang Lee’s Iraq war drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” for TriStar.

The “Life of Pi” director has tapped newcomer Joe Alwyn to star in the title role, based on the Ben Fountain novel. “Billy Lynn” will be co-financed by Jeff Robinov’s Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group.

The story centers on 19-year-old private Billy Lynn and his company, who survive a harrowing battle that’s captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game — while facing an imminent return to the war.

Hedlund will portray the leader of the Bravo Company squad, Sgt. Dime.

Lee is using the Sony F65 camera and shooting in native 3D, high resolution and with an ultra-high frame »

- Dave McNary

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Arnold Schwarzenegger-Starring Zombie Film, ‘Maggie,’ Giant Wasps Movie ‘Stung’ & More Announced for 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

5 March 2015 12:31 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Tribeca Film Festival has always featured macabre offerings for horror hounds to enjoy, and this year is no exception. A poignant zombie drama starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin (which was originally scheduled to premiere at last year's Tiff), a mutated wasps creature feature co-starring Lance Henriksen and Clifton Collins Jr., and Adrián García Bogliano's darkly humorous kidnapping tale are just a few films on the onscreen scare slate for the 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival.

Press Release - "New York, NY (March 3, 2015) —The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by At&T, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screening sections as well as work in progress screenings. The 14th edition of the Festival will take place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City.

The Spotlight section features 40 films, consisting of 23 narratives and 17 documentaries. Twenty-four films in the selection world premiere at the Festival. »

- Derek Anderson

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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave

5 March 2015 11:56 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil Labute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced the Spotlight section of 40 films comprising 23 narratives and 17 documentaries.

Twenty-four are world premieres, among them Monahan’s thriller Mojave, Labute’s Dirty Weekend and Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions snapped up before Toronto before pulling the premiere.

Bogliano’s Here Comes The Devil follow-up Scherzo Diabolico plays in Midnight and is one of four world premieres in the five-strong genre strand.

Special Screenings include the world premiere of documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions (pictured).

Work In Progress screenings include LoveTrue, the latest documentary from 2011 Best Documentary Feature Award winner Alma Har’el. Patrick Creadon, who directed 2011 entry Wordplay, will show a cut of All Work, All Play, which centres on the world of video game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave

5 March 2015 11:56 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil Labute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced the Spotlight section of 40 films comprising 23 narratives and 17 documentaries.

Twenty-four are world premieres, among them Monahan’s thriller Mojave, Labute’s Dirty Weekend and Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions snapped up before Toronto before pulling the premiere.

Bogliano’s Here Comes The Devil follow-up Scherzo Diabolico plays in Midnight and is one of four world premieres in the five-strong genre strand.

Special Screenings include the world premiere of documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions (pictured).

Work In Progress screenings include LoveTrue, the latest documentary from 2011 Best Documentary Feature Award winner Alma Har’el. Patrick Creadon, who directed 2011 entry Wordplay, will show a cut of All Work, All Play, which centres on the world of video game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tribeca 2015 announces second wave

5 March 2015 11:56 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil Labute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced the Spotlight section of 40 films comprising 23 narratives and 17 documentaries.

Twenty-four are world premieres, among them Monahan’s thriller Mojave, Labute’s Dirty Weekend and Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions snapped up before Toronto before pulling the premiere.

Bogliano’s Here Comes The Devil follow-up Scherzo Diabolico plays in Midnight and is one of four world premieres in the five-strong genre strand.

Special Screenings include the world premiere of documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions (pictured).

Work In Progress screenings include LoveTrue, the latest documentary from 2011 Best Documentary Feature Award winner Alma Har’el. Patrick Creadon, who directed 2011 entry Wordplay, will show a cut of All Work, All Play, which centres on the world of video game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tribeca Film Festival Sets Spotlight, Midnight & Special Screening Sidebars

5 March 2015 11:31 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled its slates in the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screenings sections for the 14th edition of the NY-based fest, which runs from April 15-26. Among the highlights are a slew of world premieres including the documentary Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions, followed by a concert from the R&B icon at the Beacon Theatre. Also premiering is writer-director William Monahan’s Mojave and Maggie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail… »

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Tribeca Festival Adds Mary J. Blige, Cannibal Cop and a Schwarzenegger Zombie Movie

5 March 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will round out the second half of its 97-feature slate with a Spotlight section that includes the world premiere of a zombie movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and a documentary about New York’s “Cannibal Cop,” as well as a Midnight series and a handful of special screenings such as documentary “Mary J. Blige — The London Sessions,” to be followed by a concert performance by Blige.

A couple of work-in-progress screenings also will fill out the Tribeca lineup, following the announcement of the first half of the slate (including competition titles) earlier this week.

The 40 movies filed under Spotlight, which tend to feature the highest proportion of prominent creatives and star performers in Tribeca lineup, this year includes the debuts of films that star Mickey Rourke (Tony McNamara’s “Ashby”), Jessica Biel (Diane Bell’s “Bleeding Heart”), recent Oscar winner Patricia Arquette (Nick Sandow’s “The Wannabe »

- Gordon Cox

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2015 Tribeca Film Festival Adds ‘Mojave,’ ‘Slow West,’ Schwarzenegger Zombie Movie ‘Maggie’ & More

5 March 2015 11:00 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Tribeca Film Festival already unveiled its main slate earlier this week and now finishing up most of their line-up. The festival has announced its Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screening sections, as well as work in progress screenings. The 14th edition of the Festival will take place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City. World premieres in the Spotlight section include William Monahan's crime thriller "Mojave," starring Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Mark Wahlberg, and Walton Goggins; “Maggie,” the Lionsgate-owned zombie movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that was pulled from the Toronto International Film Festival line-up at the last minute last fall; “Bleeding Heart,” which features Jessica Biel and “Girls” star Zosia Mamet; Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve lead “Dirty Weekend”; another Tim Blake Nelson directorial effort titled “Anesthesia” starring Sam Waterston, Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart and Corey Stoll; Rebecca Hall, Jason »

- The Playlist Staff

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Noam Murro To Direct Black List Script ‘Blink’ For Atlas Independent – Berlin

29 January 2015 1:05 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

As the European Film Market approaches, Atlas Independent has set Noam Murro to helm Blink, the 2014 Black List script by Hernany Perla. Murro, who recently directed Warner Bros’ 300: Rise Of An Empire, is gearing up for a summer production start. Highland Film Group is launching international sales next week in Berlin.

Perla’s story centers on a man left fully paralyzed during an infamous, unsolved bank robbery. Years later, he is taken hostage for the secrets in his head. With only the use of his eyes, he must outwit his captors and solve the mystery of the heist. William Green and Aaron Ginsburg are producing with Jake Kurily of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment.

An eight-time DGA Award nominated commercials director, Murro made his feature debut with 2009’s Smart People. He is repped by CAA and Management 360. Perla is exec producing Sony’s action thriller Shadow Run and »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘300: Rise of an Empire’s’ Noam Murro to Direct ‘Blink’ for Atlas Independent

29 January 2015 11:40 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Atlas Independent has tapped Noam Murro to direct Hernany Perla’s script “Blink,” which was voted to the 2014 Black List.

Years after being left fully paralyzed during an infamous, unsolved bank robbery, a man is taken hostage for the secrets in his head. With only the use of his eyes, he has to outwit his captors and solve the mystery of the heist.

Atlas Independent’s William Green and Aaron Ginsburg are producing with Atlas Entertainment’s Jake Kurily. Highland Film Group will introduce the project to international buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. Production is slated to begin this summer. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Most Adapted Screenplay Winners Are Adapted From Books

28 January 2015 7:52 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Only one of this year’s adapted screenplay nominees isn’t adapted from a book, and that’s Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which is adapted from his short film of the same name that took home the jury prize for short film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The other four adaptations all come from books, three non-fiction and one fiction.

American Sniper is based on Chris Kyle’s (portrayed in the film by Bradley Cooper) autobiography of the same name, which he wrote with Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice.

The Imitation Game is adapted from Alan Turing: The Enigma, written by Andrew Hodges, a mathematician and author. Turing is played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film.

Adapted from Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking by Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything explores Stephen Hawking’s relationship with his ex-wife. The couple is played »

- Anjelica Oswald

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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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"Oblivion" Scribe Upset By The Final Film

23 January 2015 3:50 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Film scripts are re-written all the time by numerous writers, with each subsequent iteration often differing from the last. Changes can take place to such an extent that you often end up with a shooting script that doesn't resemble the one that sparked a studio's interest.

Such is the case with 2013's Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle "Oblivion" according to the film's original script writer William Monahan. Monahan, who penned the likes of "The Departed" and "Kingdom of Heaven," handed over his "Oblivion" script which then scored re-writes by the likes of Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt.

In a new interview with Den of Geek, Monahan surprisingly laments the loss of his original script and what Joseph Kosinski's film ultimately turned out to be:

"It differed enormously. I’d written something I think was very good, perhaps a science fiction classic, which I imagine got the film greenlit, and then »

- Garth Franklin

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No One Hates Oblivion More Than The Guy Who Wrote Oblivion

22 January 2015 2:33 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The 2013 Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle, Oblivion did rather well for itself with a $280 million worldwide take. By most accounts, it was a visually stunning film with solid cast performances and even carried somewhat of an interesting series of plot twists. However, don.t expect any kind of adulation from writer, William Monahan, who penned an early draft of the film.s original script. According to Monahan, whatever he had originally written was cut up and altered to the point that there was "nothing left of me." In an interview with Den of Geek, Monahan expresses a serious case of lament regarding the fate of his original script, which would eventually fall into the narrative hands of screenwriter, Karl Gajdusek and then later, Michael Arndt. (Who would himself fall victim to the script-slicing game with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens script.) Monahan rants rather passionately of the final product that »

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