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- Sasha Stone
Wahlberg stars alongside John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange and also produced the film alongside Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. Paramount will release The Gambler on December 19 in the Us.
As previously announced, the world premiere of J C Chandor’s A Most Violent Year and a screening of Foxcatcher bookend the AFI Fest, while Sophia Loren is the subject of a tribute.
The festival is set to run in Hollywood from November 6-13. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Mark Wahlberg‘s “The Gambler” will have its world premiere at the AFI Fest on Nov. 10. The Paramount film, directed by Rupert Wyatt and written by Oscar-winner William Monahan, follows a high-stakes gambler who bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his life as collateral. He plays both sides by immersing himself in an underground world. Also read: John Goodman Joins Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson in ‘The Gambler’ (Exclusive) The film was produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. It also stars John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange. »
- Gina Hall
The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt from a screenplay by William Monahan, and produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. Wahlberg, who stars along with John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange, plays an English professor and a high-stakes gambler in this remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan and written by James Toback.
Paramount will release the film on Dec. 19.
- Dave McNary
"The Gambler," Brit director Rupert Wyatt's follow-up to smart blockbuster "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," will come out of the woodwork for an AFI Fest gala premiere at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars, on November 10. Written by William Monahan ("The Departed"), this remake of Karel Reisz' 1974 thriller follows Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg, stepping into James Caan's shoes), an English professor and high-stakes gambler who borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and hands over his own life as collateral. As he enters an illicit underground world (what else is new?), Bennett juggles his wealthy mother (Jessica Lange), a loan shark (John Goodman) and a relationship with a student (Brie Larson). The film is produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. With a limited window to promote the film as he shoots "Ted 2," Wahlberg is happy to return to AFI Fest (November. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Thanks to USA Today, we now have the first photos from the upcoming "The Gambler" thriller, starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) from a script by William Monahan (The Departed). Check out the photos below. In the film, Wahlberg plays a college professor with a serious gambling addiction that gets him in trouble with local gangsters. For the role, Wahlberg lost a whopping 60 pounds after "Transformers: Age of Extinction." "Forget losing the weight. Being believable as a teacher was one of my greatest challenges and most rewarding," Wahlberg explained. "It meant being able to have the comfort to really understand and say those words." Obviously the actor would like to forget about "The Happening," in which he already played a teacher. That weight loss is enough evidence to show that Wahlberg loves "The Gambler." "My character is in every scene, but »
After dodging giant robots and running around a lot for Michael Bay in Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Mark Wahlberg’s spent time since dealing with something a little more down to Earth in Rupert Wyatt’s new film The Gambler. The first images are now online. The Gambler follows a literature professor whose gaming addiction lands him in trouble with his girlfriend, his family and some nasty gangsters. The Departed’s William Monahan wrote the new iteration of the script, which was penned for the original 1974 version by James Toback."This is a man who has everything – wealth, looks, education," Wyatt tells USA Today. "But he's trapped in a gilded cage of privilege. He sets out on this journey to rid himself of all material possessions – to blow it all up – a quest to strip himself to get back to zero."For Wahlberg, the biggest challenge was not the weight »
One of the films sneaking up on awards season this winter is The Gambler from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. It's a remake of the 1974 drama of the same name about a college professor (Mark Wahlberg) with an unhealthy gambling addiction that puts his girlfriend (Brie Larson) and mother (Jessica Lange) at risk. Believing Wahlberg as an inventor in Transformers: Age of Extinction was tough, but the actor shrunk down 60 pounds to look like a legitimate teacher, and we have a first look at the film. Just like our glimpse at American Sniper came out of nowhere, expect the first trailer very soon. Look! Here's the first photos from Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler from USA Today: The Gambler is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist) and written by William Monahan (The Departed, Edge of Darkness). The film »
- Ethan Anderton
Paramount Pictures and Academy Award winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) just snatched up some rather riveting yet tragic source material. Via his two-year first-look deal with Paramount through his company Henceforth Pictures, Monahan will adapt Sarah Stillman’s 2012 true-crime New Yorker article, “The Throwaways." The piece chronicles what happened when police turned young offenders into informants and sent them on dangerous and disturbingly risky assignments. Hit the jump for more on the planned The Throwaways adaptation. The Deadline article doesn’t reveal what direction Monahan is going in with this one, but Stillman’s piece does give him quite a few options. It opens with the story of a 23-year-old woman who was caught with a little more than five ounces of pot and some Ecstasy and Valium pills, talked into assisting the local narcotics team and then sent on a mission that required her to meet a pair »
- Perri Nemiroff
In an age where mature dramas are an endangered species, William Monahan remains a defender of the movies-for-adults business. The "Departed" and "Body of Lies" writer won't even let his uncredited work on "Oblivion" sneak into his IMDb credits. That's diligence. Monahan's next project maintains the high standard. According to Deadline, he'll team up with Paramount Pictures to acquire 'The Throwaways,' an expose by journalist Sarah Stillman published in Sept. 2012. The material plays into Monahan's penchant for visceral crime stories: In the feature, Stillman documents the gut-wrenching practice by American police of recruiting young men and women with minor offenses (typically drug possession) and exhorting them into participating in dangerous sting operations. The article's main subject, a 23-year-old woman from Florida, was coerced into wearing a wire and buying a gun with $13,000 in marked bills. During the operation, police lost track of the girl, who was later found shot to death. »
- Matt Patches
A new project to come out of that deal will be the true-crime conspiracy thriller "The Throwaways," based on a 2012 New Yorker article by Sarah Stillman. Monahan will write and produce.
The piece explores a kind of twisted real life 'Suicide Squad' - in this case cops enlisting young offenders as informants, sending them off on high-risk assignments without back-up.
Invariably the results proved fatal, such as in the case of 23-year-old Rachel Hoffman who was shot to death after the police lost track of her three weeks into her assignment.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Earlier this year screenwriter and occasional director William Monahan made a two-year first-look deal with Paramount, via his Henceforth Pictures banner. The latest possible future project to come out of it is The Throwaways, a true-crime conspiracy thriller based on a 2012 New Yorker article.The original New Yorker piece by Sarah Stillman exposed a dodgy practice in which cops were enlisting young offenders as informants, sending them off on high-risk assignments with little-to-no back-up. Sometimes the results were fatal, as in the case of Rachel Hoffman, a 23-year-old busted for weed, ecstacy and valium possession, who chose to cooperate with the police rather than face jail. Just three weeks into her assignement she was shot to death after the police lost track of her. Hers is just one story of many similar.It's ground covered recently in Ric Roman Waugh's Snitch, starring Dwayne Johnson as an aggrieved and vengeful father. »
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures and Oscar-winning The Departed scribe William Monahan are teaming up to acquire The Throwaways, a 2012 New Yorker article by Sarah Stillman that will be used as the basis for a film Monahan will write and produce under his Paramount-based Henceforth Pictures banner. I’m not sure where he goes with the subject matter, but the article is enough to incense any parent.
The article detailed the death count of kids who were collared by drug enforcement agents for relatively minor or even borderline serious infractions, like being caught with small amounts of drugs, and trade cooperation for prosecution. What they do is take these untrained kids and wire them up and put them into incredibly dangerous sting operations to catch big fish. The article opens with the description of a young girl from Florida, who was caught with five ounces of pot and a couple Ecstasy and Valium pills. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Today's Mppa ratings bulletin has at least one interesting title, that being William Monahan's Mojave, which stars Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund and is still not only without a release date, but without a distributor. At least now it has an R-rating, but not that's not likely going to help sell it. Next is Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, which won't be hitting theaters until August 14, 2015, but at least we can now confirm it has PG-13 rating. Ron Howard's In The Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, will be hitting theaters March 2015 and it too has a PG-13 rating, just as does the upcoming Left Behind feature starring Nicolas Cage, arriving in theaters this October 3. The complete bulletin is listed directly below, including a rating for Cymbeline, which stars Ethan Hawke and Milla Jovovich and recently played the Venice »
- Brad Brevet
We hate to say it, but with certain Hollywood gossip mongers otherwise indisposed at the moment... toldja? A few days ago, we were discussing potential dark horses for the Oscar race, and one of the films we particularly highlighted was "The Gambler," Rupert Wyatt's remake of James Toback's 1974 James Caan vehicle about a college professor with the titular addiction. Penned by Academy Award-winning "The Departed" scribe William Monahan, it now stars Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange and John Goodman. The film was, heretofore, absent from the festival circuit and without a release date, but Paramount has just made their intentions known, announcing via Variety that the film will compete in the awards season this year, opening in limited release on December 19th, before expanding wider on New Year's Day, a similar pattern to the one that Wahlberg's "Lone Survivor" took last year. That film didn't ultimately do »
- Oliver Lyttelton
I guess it was news that "The Gambler" was getting a limited release in December to qualify for awards. This has been in the cards for a while now. Maybe it was all about settling on a date (or even some soul-searching at Paramount, which will be releasing a bunch of movies over a six-month stretch). The date: Dec. 16. The film is a remake of the 1974 James Caan drama with Mark Wahlberg in the lead. Wahlberg is pretty important to the studio as of late, anchoring the billion-dollar blockbuster "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and whatnot. He dropped a significant amount of weight for the role and could certainly become part of an already over-stuffed Best Actor converstion. But the way I hear it, John Goodman is someone to at least pay attention to in supporting, too. So take all that for what it's worth in early September. The film was »
- Kristopher Tapley
“The Gambler” is a remake of the 1974 James Caan film, written by James Toback, in which a college professor sees his gambling addiction spiral out of control. Toback based the script on his own experiences while teaching in New York City.
- Dave McNary
Well, if Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions' fifth installment in the rebooted Terminator franchise is going to bear the title Terminator: Genisys, then it's certainly feasible that the film's follow-ups could be called Terminator: Genisyx and Terminator: Geniseptem, right? While the titles of the sixth and seventh films may be up for debate, their release dates have now been established. To further confuse things, even though the fifth film comes out in 2015, the next two in the series won't debut until 2017 and 2018. And they're being referred to as Terminator 2 and Terminator 3. Oy. Hit the jump for more details. As THR reports, here's the current release date calendar for Paramount/Skydance's Terminator reboots: Terminator: Genisys - July 1, 2015 Terminator 2 (or 6) - May 19, 2017 Terminator 3 (or 7) - June 29, 2018 The plan is for the two sequels to film back to back, a plan which will likely hold true as long as the first »
- Dave Trumbore
The prequel to co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s 2005 visually groundbreaking film Sin City stars Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin and Eva Green and is scheduled for theatrical release this August. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For weaves together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales in which the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more repulsive inhabitants. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, developed by Frank Miller based upon his graphic novel with a screenplay by Miller and Academy Award winner William Monahan (The Departed), will not only bring fans back to the world that Miller and Rodriguez created, but also add a new dimension by bringing their unique visual style to life in 3D. Artist Paul Shipper's Sin City: A Dame To »
- Pietro Filipponi
"It's another hot night; the kind that makes people do sweaty, secret things." The sexiness of Eva Green has already resulted in one poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For that didn't get approved by the Motion Picture Association of America, and now she's apparently too hot for NBC to handle. A new TV spot has emerged online which was deemed too sexy by the network, and it seems to be because of the same kind of nudity, or maybe the quick flash of sex, that made the poster so scandalous. What else would you expect from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, especially after the red band trailer from Comic-Con? Watch! Here's the banned TV spot for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For originally from Moviefone: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is directed by Robert Rodriguez who co-wrote the script with William Monahan (The Departed) and Frank Miller, »
- Ethan Anderton
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