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Lots of moviegoers have soft spots for cinematic scuzz. Perhaps it's the inertia felt by some audience members when confronted by modern Hollywood and its sea of green-screen, but many are willing to overlook myriad flaws in exchange for a touch of grime. In the case of casino flicks, there seems to be a paucity of pulpy filth. Where, in the modern gambling movie, is the sweaty desperation of James Caan in The Gambler (1974) or the tobacco-drenched intensity of The Cincinnati Kid? The spotlessness of the Monte Carlo poker tournament in Casino Royale (2006) seems to have set the benchmark in recent years and there's the potential that it will be a fair while before grunge manages to find its way back into the casino picture.
- CineVue UK
Gambling has been extensively used in movies as a plot device to convey tension and instances of high drama. Whether it’s a spin at the roulette table or a game of cards, seeing the hero and enemy at the mercy of sheer luck is a heart-stopping moment in any film that has us at the edge of our seats eager to find out the outcome of their gamble.
But you shouldn’t believe everything you see on the big screen. In this article we list the five silliest gambling scenes in movie history and explain the mistakes that spoil the fun for gamblers who know their game.
Director: Robert Luketic
Running time: 123 minutes
21 is a crime-thriller-drama movie that follows the factual exploits of six MIT whizz kids who decide to combine their intellectual genius to take on the blackjack tables at Vegas »
- Gary Collinson
With a career lasting just over 20 years, Hal Ashby has had a notable influence on Hollywood and cinema. Beginning his career as an editor under the training of Norman Jewison, Ashby worked on movies such as The Cincinnati Kid and The Thomas Crown Affair, before going on to direct his own features, which included Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, and Coming Home. Despite his impact, however, there has yet to be a documentary made looking at the life and career of Ashby, and the effect his features have had on subsequent filmmakers. It is this project that filmmaker Amy Scott aims to tackle with Once I Was. Making her feature-length directing debut, Scott has the support of Ashby’s estate, as well as access to the cast and crew that worked with the director, providing Once I Was with the potential to be a detailed and comprehensive look at Ashby’s life and career. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Cincinnati Kid is considered by many to be one of the best poker movies ever made. The 1965 film stars Steve McQueen as Eric Stoner (The Kid) and Edward G. Robinson as Lancey Howard (The Man) and is set in New Orleans.
Stoner is an up and coming player and Lancey is, well, “The Man”, the one player that holds the unofficial title as the best poker player. Both of the players are rounders, travelling from town to town in search of poker action. Since casinos and dedicated poker rooms were non-existent in 1930’s, the time period the movie is set in, most of the action occurs in smoky backrooms and in hotel suites.
The game is five-card stud, a poker variant that has fallen out of favour in the last couple of decades. In five-card stud, the players get one down card and the rest are dealt face up, »
- Gary Collinson
By Tom Lisanti
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Gail Gerber passed away on March 2, 2014 due to complications from lung cancer. Gerber was born on October 4, 1937 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and began studying ballet at age seven. Extremely talented, at fifteen she became the youngest member of Les Grandes Ballets Canadiennes in Montreal. Quitting the ballet troupe in the late 1950s and abandoning a husband who was a jazz musician, she moved to Toronto to work as an actress. She appeared on stage and in many live CBC television dramas. As part of the act of legendary vaudeville entertainers Smith and Dale (who were the basis for The Sunshine Boys), she appeared on The Wayne and Schuster Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. Moving to Hollywood in 1963, the talented blonde with a flair for comedy quickly snagged the lead role in the play Under the Yum Yum Tree »
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Content announced today that it will be handling worldwide rights to the Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna produced documentary The Man & Le Mans at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. The Man & Le Mans will be executive produced by Motorsport consultant and former PR executive Andrew Marriott, noted archive producer Richard Wiseman, and Content's Jamie Carmichael. By 1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood. Hot off the back of classics The Magnificent Seven , The Great Escape , The Cincinnati Kid and The Thomas Crown Affair , McQueen made an indelible mark as the maverick cop in Bullitt . the movie that made car chases a staple of the movie industry. He was at the top of his game, commanding respect and wielding power; securing a six-picture deal with »
[Press Release] Los Angeles, January 30, 2014 - Content will be handling worldwide rights to the Gabriel Clarke and Jon McKenna produced documentary The Man & Le Mans at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. The Man & Le Mans will be executive produced by Motorsport consultant and former PR executive Andrew Marriott, noted archive producer Richard Wiseman, and Content's Jamie Carmichael. By 1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood. Hot off the back of classics ‘The Magnificent Seven’, ‘The Great Escape’, ‘The Cincinnati Kid’ and ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’, McQueen made an indelible mark as the maverick cop in ‘Bullitt’ – the movie that made car chases a staple of the movie industry. He was at the top of his game, commanding respect and wielding power; securing a six-picture »
- Pietro Filipponi
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