10 items from 2015
Creed, the latest film in the Rocky franchise, opens today bolstered by a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is anchored by strong performances from 28-year-old Michael B. Jordan, who stars as boxer Adonis Johnson, the son of late boxer and former Rocky Balboa rival, Apollo Creed, and Sylvester Stallone, who returns for the seventh time to the role that earned him the only two Oscar nominations in his career and made him a star nearly 40 years ago.
39 years ago, in 1976, Stallone premiered the first film in the pugilistic franchise and it paid off in big dividends for the then-30-year-old actor. In addition to a best actor nomination that year, Stallone also earned a nomination for best original screenplay, becoming only the third person in history to earn nominations for both starring in and writing the same film. If that wasn’t enough, the »
- Patrick Shanley
Being a successful gambler, especially in poker, requires a certain amount of acting skill. Maintaining a calm and rational demeanor no matter if you are on a hot streak or a dry spell (and, of course maintaining a stonewall poker face) is key to making the hobby a lucrative one.
As hard as that is to do in real life, we admire those talented actors that are able to do it in front of a camera and film crew. Below is our list of the best casino, poker, and gambling movie actors.
While Matt Damon has appeared in a few gambling-related movies, and John Malkovich’s role as Teddy Kgb makes Rounders the most quoted gambling movie out there, for us it’s Edward Norton’s role in the 1998 poker drama that carries the film for us.
The cocky and slick Worm introduced the ‘mechanic’s grip’ and »
- Kyle Reese
Tom Hardy has made a career playing intense roles, including this summer’s blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road which has an outside shot at a best picture nomination, and this year is shaping up to continue that trend for the British actor.
With this month’s Legend, in which Hardy plays dual roles as identical twin gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, and a role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in last year’s best director winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant this Christmas, Hardy may be looking at his first nomination from the Academy. That may not be an accomplishment the actor aspires too, however, as he described the Oscars to Entertainment Weekly last week, “It’s like putting a wig on a dog, or a tutu on a crocodile. It doesn’t look right, it’s not fair to the animal, and inevitably someone will get bitten and hurt. »
- Patrick Shanley
I was reminded of Paul Newman in his prime when I saw Burnt, which stars Bradley Cooper as a career-obsessed arrogant chef trying for a comeback in the culinary kingdom of London. Cooper isn’t afraid to be unlikable here as an undeniably talented maestro in the kitchen, but a very flawed human being who isn’t operating on all cylinders. He reminded me of Newman classic roles like in Hud and The Hustler (both of which I had just seen on a double bill at Quentin Tarantino’s… »
By Cate Marquis
Mississippi Grind is a low-budget, indie-style road trip movie about two down-on-their-luck fellows, a gambler and his smooth-talking financier, as they make their way down the Mississippi River to a big poker game in New Orleans. With beautifully shot scenes in St. Louis, as well as other river town locations, this rambling, gambling road trip features a fine performance by Ben Mendelsohn and possibly the best-ever performance by Ryan Reynolds, who play a pair of losers looking for redemption and a final jackpot.
Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a middle-aged addictive gambler who has some skill at poker but no little judgment on when to walk away. Gerry is eking out a living in a dead-end job in a small upper Midwestern town when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger man looking for a “talent” to back. The set-up has echoes of Paul Newman’s “The Hustler »
- Movie Geeks
When Ed Burns was a kid, he remembers his relatives giving him pictures of his great grandfather, these grainy black-and-white shots that hinted at a wild, we-make-our-own-rules-here past. "He's standing on the roof of his place in Hell's Kitchen, with giant scissors in his hand," the writer-director says, sipping a Guinness in a Tribeca bar near his home. "And he's about to cut the ears of his champion fighting pitbull, this beast with a muzzle on. I asked my dad, what's the deal here exactly? Seems the old man was in the trucking business, »
Article and interview by Kelly Dunn.
Celebrities and monster fans from all over the United States spent the weekend of July 24-26 celebrating all things horror for a good cause at the Second Annual Scares That Care Weekend film festival and convention. Held at the Doubletree By Hilton Hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Scares That Care Weekend featured special guests David Naughton (American Werewolf In London), Kim Coates (Sons Of Anarchy), and Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead). But the weekend’s grande dame was horror icon and three-time Academy Award nominee Piper Laurie (Carrie, Twin Peaks, The Hustler).
Scares That Care is a horror-themed, IRS-approved, 501(c)(3) charity with a mission “to fight the Real Monsters of childhood illness, burns, and breast cancer.” Founded by retired police detective Joe Ripple and run entirely by volunteers, Scares That Care benefits families who are suffering the financial burdens of severe illness.
Though charity film festivals abound, »
- Holly Interlandi
Twenty years ago today, Bryan Singer, the director of the “good X-Men movies” (read: all of them except X3), and writer Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue One) rounded up five thieves for the heist of the 90’s. It all starts out with a seemingly harmless lineup, but Keyser Söze – bogeyman of the criminal underworld – has very specific (and sinister) plans for The Usual Suspects’ Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), McManus (Stephen Baldwin), Fenster (Benicio del Toro), Hockney (Kevin Pollak), and Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey). Bonus points to Singer for casting Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”’s Gus Fring), who looks ridiculously young as one of the FBI agents after Keyser Söze.
From pool sharks and grifters to tricksters, card cheats and American hustlers, here’s our rundown of the most memorable con artists in movie history.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
One of the finest fraudster films to ever »
- Daniel Bettridge
The 2nd annual Scares That Care event and festival just happened on July 24th-26th in Williamsburg, Virginia, with quite the turnout and an even more impressive feat: the appearance by film legend Piper Laurie (The Hustler, Carrie). Laurie’s appearance was not only there to help the charity foundation, but also to screen actor-turned-director Michael Lee Stever’s entertaining documentary, Resurrecting Carrie. Stever is no stranger to filmmaking, with past films such as Saturday Nightmares; The Ultimate Horror Expo, featuring George Romero, Tom Savini & Adrienne Barbeau, Jan Broberg’s Guide To Thespians, Sociopaths & Scream Queens featuring Elijah Wood, and most recently Heather’s Freddy Cut Nightmare featuring iconic A Nightmare On Elm Street heroine, Heather Langenkamp.
“Scares That Care is changing the face of the American film festival, and you can bet things are starting to heat up in a major way. With hundreds of film festivals and genre »
- Jerry Smith
Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) is a man who has given up. A once-promising honors graduate of Boston College Law School, partner in one of the city’s most prestigious firms (not to mention married to the daughter of the firm’s founder), Galvin discovered too late that he had the biggest Achilles Heel an attorney can be cursed with: a conscience. Upon learning that another partner in his firm tried to bribe a juror from a case Frank was trying, thinking he’d be helping Frank out, Frank threatened to report him to have him disbarred and prosecuted. So of course, the firm backed Frank, fired the crooked lawyer and made sure he spent many years making license plates at the state pen, while giving Frank a raise and a key to the city. Right?
- The Hollywood Interview.com
10 items from 2015
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