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AFI Fest's Gala Premieres: 'The Gambler' and 'The Homesman'

16 November 2014 8:54 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Margaret here, reporting from the La festival beat with short takes on some would-be Oscar contenders.

The Gambler

Screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed), director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and star Mark Wahlberg joined forces on this remake of the 1974 James Caan movie of the same name, and the result is certainly stylish. It's well-shot, coolly assured, and smartly paced. Wahlberg leads the movie capably as Jim Bennett, a man from a rich family with a solid career who has nonetheless dug himself to rock bottom with extravagant compulsive gambling. 

The film is at its best when it engages with the question of why someone whose life is granted so much privilege so systematically pisses it all away. John Goodman, typically scene-stealing as a dangerous loan shark, makes many salient points about Jim's decisions, which are either self-destructive or indefensibly stupid.  To its detriment, the film »

- Margaret de Larios

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The Gambler | 2014 AFI Film Festival Review

12 November 2014 6:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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

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‘Selma’ And ‘The Gambler’ Take Center Stage As Paramount’s Oscar Hopefuls Storm AFI Fest

12 November 2014 10:17 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Paramount’s late-breaking strategy of premiering the entire film of Selma at Tuesday night’s AFI Fest, rather than just the previously advertised 3o-minute preview, paid off in a prolonged and enthusiastic standing ovation from the packed-to-the-rafters audience at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. Though director Ava DuVernay said the movie wasn’t “quite” finished with some sound mix work still to be completed (there was also no end credit roll yet), the powerful drama about the Martin Luther King Jr.-led 1965 march on Selma in support of gaining voting rights for blacks turned out to be a stirring and emotional experience for the crowd, who exited after a lively Q&A singing the movie’s praises.

Awards bloggers immediately began ecstatic tweeting suggesting Oscar nominations could be in store, particularly for DuVernay who not only would be the rare female to break into Oscar’s elusive, exclusive directing club, but also the first black woman. »

- Pete Hammond

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Daily | Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler

11 November 2014 4:49 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"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," begins Justin Chang in Variety. "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." We've got more reviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »

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Film Review: ‘The Gambler’

11 November 2014 12:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Review: Mark Wahlberg tempts fate in the sly and stylish 'The Gambler'

10 November 2014 11:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For the purposes of this review, it doesn't matter that there's a movie from the '70s starring James Caan that is a key piece of the James Toback mythology as created by James Toback himself that is also called "The Gambler." This film doesn't exist without that film as a springboard, but screenwriter William Monahan, director Rupert Wyatt, and star Mark Wahlberg have made something that lives and dies on its own merits, in its own voice, worthy of its own conversation. "The Gambler" details a week in the life of a desperate man. Setting a ticking clock is an easy way to get the audience hooked early. In "A Most Violent Year," someone signs a business deal that has a hard 30-day-pay-or-quit clause built in, and you know that you're going to see every second of every one of those days of someone struggling to meet that deadline. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Tense New Trailer for Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler

5 November 2014 6:44 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange and Brie Larson star in the film written by William Monahan. How nice to see Lange on the big screen again. »

- Sasha Stone

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New Promo For The Gambler

5 November 2014 11:42 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The red band trailer for Mark Wahlberg’s latest, The Gambler arrived a couple of weeks ago, full of F-words and serious threats to Wahlberg’s character. Now the standard-issue promo has landed, with less swearing and more Brie LarsonRise Of The Planet Of The ApesRupert Wyatt is behind the camera for this one, focusing on literary professor Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), whose weakness for the cards tables lands him in deep with all kinds of people you really don’t want to be in deep with. As gangsters and John Goodman's loan shark circle, his family wonders how to tackle the crisis while Bennett appears ready to resort to extreme measures. This second look at the remake shows more of the charming, vulnerable side of Wahlberg’s dark academic, a man who falls for Larson’s warm, tough student, a woman who has also seen the »

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Domestic Trailer Hits for 'The Gambler'

5 November 2014 11:18 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Paramount Pictures has released the domestic trailer for the upcoming 1974 remake of "The Gambler" starring Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, Leland Orser, Jessica Lange, Michael Kenneth William, Alvin Ing, and John Goodman.

The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt  (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) from a screenplay written by William Monahan.

The film follows Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) who's 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 »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Full-Length The Gambler Trailer Finds Mark Wahlberg Wrestling with Very High Stakes

5 November 2014 11:14 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Paramount Pictures has released the first full-length The Gambler trailer for director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) remake of the 1974 drama, which was written by Oscar-winning The Departed scribe William Monahan.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  Maybe it's the use of The Rolling Stones, but this trailer gives off a very heavy Martin Scorsese vibe to me.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, and Wahlberg really looks to be giving a hell of a performance as his face evokes the toll this kind of stress takes on his spirit.  I'm also happy to see Brie Larson getting a co-lead role in a major studio film, and I'm eager to see where Wyatt takes this particular story.  So far, so good. Watch The Gambler trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Jessica Lange, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Watch Mark Wahlberg risk everything in The Gambler's new trailer

5 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Gambler has released a new trailer.

The upcoming crime drama from director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange.

The Gambler follows Jim Bennett (Wahlberg), an English professor and high-stakes gambler who borrows from a gangster (Williams), offering his own life as collateral.

Bennett is increasingly immersed in an illicit, underground world and, as his relationship with a student (Larson) deepens, he finds he must take a huge risk for a second chance.

Wahlberg reportedly lost 61lbs to play the lead, living off a diet of liquid fruit and vegetables.

The Gambler, a remake of James Caan's 1974 film, is written by Oscar winner William Monahan.

The Paramount Pictures movie opens in the Us on December 19 and in the UK on May 1, 2015.

Watch a previous teaser trailer for The Gambler »

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First Poster & Trailer: "The Gambler"

22 October 2014 6:24 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paramount Pictures has unveiled both the official one-sheet and red-band trailer for Rupert Wyatt's "The Gambler" starring a very lean Mark Wahlberg. William Monahan penned the script for the film which also stars Brie Larson and Jessica Lange.

A remake of the James Caan-led 1974 film, Wahlberg plays a college professor with a gambling addiction that leads him to lay his own life on the line as collateral against a loan from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams). The move brings him to the attention of a loan shark (John Goodman).

"The Gambler" will open in limited release on December 19th.

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- Garth Franklin

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Gripping Red Band Teaser for Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler

22 October 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Did seeing Mark Wahlberg as a (pretty lame ass) inventor running around with robots and his over sexualized underage daughter in Transformers: Age of Extinction leave a bad taste in your mouth? You can either cleanse that palette by grabbing a bite at Wahlburgers, or you can watch this intense teaser trailer for the actor’s new film The Gambler. The red band teaser sets up a really promising, high-stakes drama. Director Rupert Wyatt looks to have done an amazing job on his first feature since walking away from the Planet of the Apes franchise he successfully rebooted with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Paramount Pictures is placing their bets on this new film, and hoping to walk away with some Oscars. They’ve got some pretty good odds too. The script for the remake of the 1974 James Caan film comes from screenwriter William Monahan, who took home »

- Eli Reyes

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‘The Gambler': Mark Wahlberg In Remake’s First Redband Peek

22 October 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Mark Wahlberg has a few Nsfw words for John Goodman in Paramount’s first reveal of The Gambler, the remake of the 1974 drama that nabbed James Caan a Golden Globe nomination and jumpstarted screenwriter James Toback’s career. Given his reaction a few years back when the remake was announced, Toback might share the sentiment. This Gambler stars Wahlberg as a college professor struggling with a crippling gambling addiction, with Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams and Jessica Lange rounding out the cast.

Related: James Toback On ‘The Gambler’ Remake: “Not Possible… Rudeness And Disrespect”

The Gambler begins its awards run next month by opening AFI Fest before hitting theaters on December 19. Oscar nominated twice, for his supporting turn in The Departed and for producing The Fighter, Wahlberg is gunning for Best Actor in the starring role originally inspired by Toback’s own experiences. Rupert Wyatt directs from a William Monahan adapted script, »

- Jen Yamato

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'The Gambler' trailer rolls the dice on Mark Wahlberg and f-bombs

22 October 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Karel Reisz’s 1974 drama “The Gambler,” an autobiographical drama by James Toback, is a slow burn portrait of addiction. Every little bit literature professor Axel Freed (James Caan) makes on the Blackjack table, he sinks a few steps lower until he drowns in his melancholy reality. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt’s remake, swinging into the Oscar race at the tail end of the year, has a bit more bounce, channeling the Scorsese crime drama spirit with Mark Wahlberg as its troubled keystone. A totally different movie — and an intriguing departure (with plenty of cussin’ so you know it means business). The red-band trailer is murky the film’s connections to the original. Axel is now Jim Bennett, Los Angeles swaps in for New York, he still has a mom (Jessica Lange), but maybe John Goodman, lighting the screen on fire as a mob-ish boss, »

- Matt Patches

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Watch: Mark Wahlberg Bets Big in Red Band Trailer for 'The Gambler'

22 October 2014 10:49 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"A wise man's life is based around 'fuck you.'" After some first look photos surfaced earlier this month, we finally get a better look at the last minute awards contender The Gambler from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. A red band trailer for the film starring Mark Wahlberg has arrived, and it has one hell of a profanity-ridden monologue from John Goodman that gets us really excited to see this flick. Wahlberg plays an English professor and a high-stakes gambler who bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael K. Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. But things don't go so well. Watch! Here's the first red band trailer for Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler direct from Paramount Pictures: The Gambler is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist) and written by William Monahan (The Departed, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Red band teaser for Rupert Wyatt’s ‘The Gambler’ remake, starring Mark Wahlberg

22 October 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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.

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- Josh Slater-Williams

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Watch: Mark Wahlberg Skinnies Up to the Table in 'The Gambler' Red Band Trailer

22 October 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Paramount is finally lifting the lid on The Gambler, offering up the following red band trailer for the upcoming remake starring Mark Wahlberg as Jim Bennett, an English professor and high-stakes gambler, who 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 (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. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) directs a screenplay from William Monahan (The Departed). The film »

- Brad Brevet

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UK Red-Band Trailer and Poster Hit for 'The Gambler'

22 October 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Paramount UK has released the red-band trailer and onesheet for the upcoming 1974 remake "The Gambler" starring Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, Leland Orser, Jessica Lange, Michael Kenneth William, Alvin Ing, and John Goodman.

The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt  (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) from a screenplay written by William Monahan.

The film follows Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) who's 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 »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Rupert Wyatt.s The Gambler Red Band Trailer Lands Online

22 October 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Sporting an air of clammy tension and an Elmore Leonard-y vibe, crime drama The Gambler wants your attention for a couple of minutes. It has a new trailer that Empire is pleased to debut. Click below to watch it in full.Rupert ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Wyatt’s latest is a return to the jittery thrills of The Escapist. It draws a bead on literary professor Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), whose weakness for the cards tables lands him in deep with all kinds of people you really don’t want to be in deep with. As gangsters and John Goodman's loan shark circle, and his girlfriend and family wonder how to tackle the crisis, Bennett looks likely to resort to extreme measures. The Departed’s William Monahan turned out the script, which reworked James Toback’s version for the James Caan-starring 1974 original. “This is »

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