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Most people never step inside a casino until they’ve reached adulthood. When they do, they typically approach them with expectations of smartly dressed punters, towers of chips exchanging hands around a poker table, and hundreds of flashing, buzzing slots contraptions with waterfalls of coins pouting out. The reason for these particular images? Hollywood. Casinos have starred in the movies for decades. Bright, exotic and ever-so-slightly decadent, they make a perfect setting for every kind of story. From drama to comedy films, casinos have provided audiences with thrills and laughs in equal measures, and in this article we review five top movies that are based on gambling.
The Hustler (1961)
Credit: 20th Century Fox
Director: Robert Rossen
Running time: 134 min
By Anjelica Oswald
Oscar buzz continues to follow Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May and its screenings at various film festivals, including the Telluride, Toronto and New York film fests. The film is set to close AFI Fest Thursday and open in Theaters on Friday. Sony Pictures Classics will be pushing for three of its stars to land Oscar nominations: Channing Tatum and Steve Carell for lead actor and Mark Ruffalo for supporting. If the film was to score all three nominations, it would be one of 15 films to land that many actor nominations and the first film since 1991’s Bugsy.
The biographical crime drama about Benjamin Siegel, the infamous gangster known as Bugsy, landed Warren Beatty a lead actor nomination for his role as Bugsy and supporting actor nominations for Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley. None of the actors won. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Patience is a very important skillset for a film buff, as Hollywood often leaves fans waiting for more for years -- even decades.
Nearly twenty years after audiences were first introduced to the dim-witted duo of Harry and Lloyd, fans are finally getting a sequel to Dumb and Dumber. With Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey reprising their roles as the titular idiots and the Farrelly Bros.’ stepping behind the camera to direct Dumb and Dumber To, audiences will no doubt be chomping at the bit to take another bite out of a classic comedy gold.
Starting with the shortest wait and leading up to the longest, here’s a rundown of some of the longest-awaited sequels of all time.
American Reunion (2012) - 9 years
When we were first introduced to the pubescent pastry-procreating protagonists of American Pie, they had barely graduated high school. Fast-forward thirteen years, however, and they’re all grown up with jobs, »
- Daniel Bettridge
Why do we play games? Some might say it’s purely for the challenge, others may insist it’s for the love of competition, certain misguided individuals may even say it’s not the outcome that counts but rather the taking part. Whether the arena is an Olympic stadium or dining room table, ultimately, we play to win.
For centuries we have competed within the rules and regulations of games (sometimes outside of according to that gold monopoly money stuffed in your back pocket) in the hope of triumphing over our fellow-man or woman and in the process walk away with our pockets filled with the spoils and our bellies brimming over with a comforting cocktail of pride and hubris.
However, when it comes to depictions of games on the big screen, there’s often a far greater prize on the line: the fate of the planet, the heart of a lover, »
- Brody Rossiter
Thanks to the release of Edge of Tomorrow, we felt the need... the need to base a quiz around Tom Cruise. We've gathered 10 posters from the films of Tom Cruise and then totally Flipped Out; cropping them to shreds. Now it's time for you to show us the right answers! Take a look at the cropped images and see if you can... complete me. No wait, I mean complete the quiz. The first person to correctly name all 10 posters will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. This quiz will self-destruct in 10 seconds. To get us cruising in the right direction, take a gander at the poster for The Color of Money. Martin Scorsese directs Tom Cruise and Paul Newman in the sequel to The Hustler? Why aren't you watching this movie right now?! Last week's...
- Brian Salisbury
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
(Sidney Lumet, 1973; Eureka!, 18)
An enduringly entertaining thriller, Serpico is important in three related contexts. First, it belongs to a remarkable cycle of police pictures made in the turbulent last years of the Vietnam war. Influenced by the success of Patton and its ambivalent appeal to Vietnam hawks and doves, Hollywood jumped off the youth bandwagon and on to the police paddy wagon with pictures about maverick cops fighting a lonely battle on America's lawless streets.
The most controversial were films on the right – The French Connection and Dirty Harry. The most amenable to liberals was this true story of the quietly idealistic Frank Serpico, an Italian-American hippy type, bearded and hairy, who first attempts to find a modus vivendi in the endemically corrupt New York police before blowing the whistle and nearly paying with his life. One of the grittiest, least romantic movies ever shot in New York, it's incisively edited by Dede Allen, »
- Philip French
Today's magic number is 10. I know you were hoping for a look back ten years to that long awaited 2003 Supporting Actress Smackdown but the lists of reasons that has been delayed multiple times are too boring and painful to share. I promise it's coming! (I'll try for the Saturday morning before the Oscars as a deep breath before the plunge.) Funny but true: I was working on it earlier today and thought "oh, I know. I'll post it on the 10th anniversary of that Oscar ceremony" But guess what date that turns out to be? February 29th. A leap year haha and the date doesn't exist this year.
I haven't managed to find a fun trivia note involving the number 10 that relates to this year's Oscars so please enjoy this photo of Paul Newman mocking his Oscar losses with a makeshift trophy »
- NATHANIEL R
Maximilian Schell dead at 83: Best Actor Oscar winner for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ (photo: Maximilian Schell ca. 1960) Actor and filmmaker Maximilian Schell, best known for his Oscar-winning performance as the defense attorney in Stanley Kramer’s 1961 political drama Judgment at Nuremberg died at a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, on February 1, 2014. According to his agent, Patricia Baumbauer, Schell died overnight following a "sudden and serious illness." Maximilian Schell was 83. Born on December 8, 1930, in Vienna, Maximilian Schell was the younger brother of future actor Carl Schell and Maria Schell, who would become an international film star in the 1950s (The Last Bridge, Gervaise, The Hanging Tree). Immy Schell, who would be featured in several television and film productions from the mid-’50s to the early ’90s, was born in 1935. Following Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938, Schell’s parents, Swiss playwright Hermann Ferdinand Schell and Austrian stage actress Margarete Schell Noé, »
- Andre Soares
Martin Scorsese's latest movie The Wolf of Wall Street hits the big screen next week, and if you can look past the controversy you'll find a fast, funny and hugely entertaining look into the lives of some very bad men.
The heralded filmmaker has always had a keen eye (and ear) for marrying image to music, so with Wolf of Wall Street poised to open on Friday (January 17) in the UK, Digital Spy takes a look at 8 great uses of pop songs in Scorsese's career.
The Ronettes - 'Be My Baby' (Mean Streets)
10 items from 2014
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