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10 Best Gambling and Poker Movies

All movie-makers love to put a little casino action into their films. There’s something so glamorous about the events that unfold around the gaming tables that it’s perfect for livening up even the dullest screenplay. So here’s a look at the top ten movies to tempt us into taking a trip to the casino!

Casino

We had to start our list with Martin Scorsese’s gambling masterpiece. This has everything you need in a casino film with Robert De Niro very impressive as the guy from the mob who takes over a Las Vegas gambling establishment. But it was Sharon Stone’s show-stopping performance as Ginger McKenna that really added that all-important glamour factor.

Ocean’s Eleven

But for suave sophistication it’s hard to beat the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven. With an awesome script that saw a bunch of very stylish guys attempting a heist
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Scarecrow

We’re on the road again with a pair of eccentric new-age hobos, the kind that just can’t hack it in polite society. Gene Hackman and Al Pacino’s conflicting acting styles get a workout in Jerry Schatzberg’s tale of drifters cursed with iffy goals; Vilmos Zsigmond’s Panavision cinematography helped it earn a big prize at Cannes.

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Warner Archive Collection

1973 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 112 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan, Ann Wedgeworth, Richard Lynch, Eileen Brennan, Penny Allen, Richard Hackman, Al Cingolani, Rutanya Alda.

Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond

Film Editor: Evan Lottman, Craig McKay

Production Design: Albert Brenner

Original Music: Fred Myrow

Written by Garry Michael White

Produced by Robert M. Sherman

Directed by Jerry Schatzberg

Movie-wise, everything was up in the air in the early 1970s. The view from Westwood in West Los Angeles, then the place to go see a film,
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'Logan Lucky': The Six Things You Need to Make a Perfect Heist Film

'Logan Lucky': The Six Things You Need to Make a Perfect Heist Film
Head to the movies this weekend to see Logan Lucky, and you'll see more than Steven Soderbergh ending his moviemaking retirement phase and returning to the big screen. (You've been greatly missed, sir.) You'll see more than just Channing Tatum and Adam Driver playing down-on-their-luck Southern brothers who hatch a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. You'll even see more than Daniel Craig sporting a bottle-blond crop-cut hairdo and Seth MacFarlane sporting something on his head that looks like a cross between a mullet, a Jheri curl and roadkill.
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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Celebrates 40th Anniversary With New Poster And Trailer

“This means something. This is important.” Prior to the 4th of July holiday, this mysterious video was released sparking a wildfire of internet buzz over the below teaser. Was it a clever way to announce a remake or sequel? Either way it was pretty awesome.

Now we know.

A 40th Anniversary trailer and poster have landed for Sony Pictures Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. The film will be re-released in cinemas September 1, 2017.

As a highlight of the celebration, the film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen in the United States and Canada. The Director’s Cut will receive an exclusive 1 week engagement in theaters across the country starting September 1, as well as a World Premiere in the Venezia Classici section of the Venice International Film Festival.

In their original review from 1977, The Hollywood Reporter wrote:

“To get to the bottom line with minimum delay,
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How a low budget film led to James Cameron's Aliens

Ryan Lambie Jul 14, 2017

A cult gem in its own right, 1981's Galaxy Of Terror also gave James Cameron his start in big-screen filmmaking...

In most respects, it's pure Roger Corman: low-budget, swiftly made, and loaded with gratuitous gore and bare flesh. But take a closer look at Galaxy Of Terror, the amiably tawdry sci-fi horror flick released by Corman's New World in 1981, and you'll see the creative fingerprints of one James Cameron.

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Directed by Bruce D Clark - who also co-wrote - Galaxy Of Terror slams together the plots of Ridley Scott's Alien and the 50s classic, Forbidden Planet. A group of explorers land on the planet Morganthus, where they discover a huge ancient pyramid; one by one, the visitors are terrorised and killed by monsters from their subconscious. One luckless character is torn apart by claws and tentacles
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Charlie Sheen Pushing For New Major League Film

Slashfilm is reporting that Charlie Sheen is focusing on making another Major League film. His idea for the story would be a sort of passing the torch story. Per Charlie Sheen:

You find the Vaughn character selling cars and his arm is so shot that if you buy a car from him, he’ll play catch with your kid in the parking lot. And then there is an ex who shows up, who he had a tryst with a couple decades ago, and she has a twentysomething kid, who is now in the Cleveland organization, throwing about 102 mph. So, the story pretty much focuses on that. The kid does not like me. We do not like each other. It bookends our story, but it also passes the torch.

While Sheen may be excited for the project, the rights holder, Morgan Creek Films, has no interest in making the movie:
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When Did Films Start Getting So Long?

Neil Calloway wonders why every film has to be so long now…

With the rumour that Justice League is going to clock in at just shy of three hours, it’s time to ask when did movies start getting really long?

Of course, there have always been long movies, but back then films came with an intermission, now we’re expected to sit through 170 minutes with no respite. There are a couple of reasons for this, I reckon. Though Zack Snyder has denied the movie will be that long, it sounds about right.

One is that with franchise films, each instalment has to be bigger and better, both metaphorically and literally. Everyone wants more action sequences than the last, and everyone wants more characters, too, which is where the second reason comes in.

Every actor wants to be the lead in a film and to receive top billing, but that
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Why 'Slap Shot' Captures the 1970s Better Than Any Other Sports Movie

Why 'Slap Shot' Captures the 1970s Better Than Any Other Sports Movie
Over the last few decades – thanks in part to movies and TV shows like Dazed and Confused, Boogie Nights, Anchorman and HBO's Vinyl – there’s been a pronounced pop cultural tendency to reduce the 1970s to little more than a fabulous parade of campy signifiers like mirrored disco balls, brightly-painted muscle cars, platform shoes, bellbottomed jeans, tube tops, Afro hairdos, pornstaches and piles of cocaine.

It's an understandable impulse, of course. (Who doesn't love Afros or piles of cocaine?) But taking such a superficial approach to the seventies means glossing over the grittier,
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Oscars 2017: How Does This Year’s Crop of Female Producers Fit in With the Best Picture Category’s History?

Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

There was always a chance for the best picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards to feature solid representation for female producers and, with the nominations official, the numbers are in. Turns out there are five of the nine films in this year’s top category with women behind it — but how does that stand up to the rest of Oscar history?

As mentioned above, there are five out of the total nine films in the best picture category this year that took some girl power to get made. There’s Hell or High Water (Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn), Hidden Figures (Donna Gigliotti and Jenno Topping), Lion (Angie Fielder), Manchester by the Sea (Kimberly Steward and Lauren Beck), and finally Moonlight (Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner). This leaves out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and La La Land as
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Imposters Season 1 Review

Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Is there a prouder American institution than that of the con artist? They abound throughout our history and literature. Huckleberry Finn adventured with the Duke and the Dauphin, Herman Melville gave us a literal boatload of con men in The Confidence Man, and Paul Newman and Robert Redford grifted and conned their way through The Sting.

And it’s not just fiction. Not only are all the aforementioned con artists based on real people, but they just keep popping up in the tale of America: Bernie Madoff, Frank Abagnale and Mel Weinberg are all living men infamous for their tricks of confidence. Even the sitting president has been labeled a con artist by both his detractors and members of his own political party.

With all this said, is it necessary to tell another story centered around con artists? Someone certainly seems to think so.
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Gold – Review

Inspired by a true story, the disappointing Gold stars Mathew McConaughey as Kenny Wells, who in the late 1980’s inherited the Washoe Mining Company in Reno, Nevada from his father (Craig T. Nelson). He’s such a failure that he’s soon running it from the back of the restaurant where his devoted girlfriend Kaylene (Bryce Dallas Howard) waits tables. But Kenny’s fortunes appear to change when he teams up with experienced geologist, Michael Acosta (Édgar Ramírez). The pair head to the jungles of Indonesia where, under the watchful eye of the Suharto regime, and after Kenny almost dies from malaria, the pair announce a major gold strike, the “largest of the decade”. Washoe’s stock soars as everybody vies for a piece of the action.

The elements are there for a good story with Gold, but they don’t fit together well thanks to an underwritten script and
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Who Gets Into The Good Place? Was Will & Grace Coda But a Dream? How Did Watson Escape? And More Qs!

Who Gets Into The Good Place? Was Will & Grace Coda But a Dream? How Did Watson Escape? And More Qs!
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Chicago Fire, Lethal Weapon, The Good Place and Mom!

1 | On Emerald City, who styled Dorothy’s hair as she quickly changed into her tornado-fighting gown? Unseen attendants? And shouldn’t she have changed back into street clothes/practical boots when resuming her arduous trek?

2 | Wouldn’t it be funny if MacGyver, while stranded with Jack in the Kazakhstan forest, revealed that he didn’t know how to start a simple campfire?

3 | SNL viewers,
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The Best Of The Best: The Greatest Movie Actors and the roles that made them great

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Author: Dave Roper

The prospective candidates for admission to MiB were hand-picked because they were the best of the best of the best. That’s a lot of superlatives. Eric Roberts and Chris Penn were two of the more unlikely members of a Tae Kwon Do team that took on Korea in The Best of the Best and across pretty much every athletic and artistic theatre of endeavour you can think of, debate rages as to who is the best of the best. Today we look at the greatest movie actors.

This new series of articles is not intended to lay such arguments to rest. Instead it will hopefully prompt some discussion and (polite) debate as we consider, within certain film-making disciplines, who might be considered to be the best and what is their best work. Highly subjective, of course, but that is whence springs healthy debate. We’ll get to actresses,
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Newswire: Newman’s Own tries to reach millennials who have never heard of Paul Newman

What will be Paul Newman’s legacy? Will it be the late actor’s performances in Cool Hand Luke or The Sting? His multiple road-racing championships? This? Or will it be Newman’s Own, his charity-oriented line of salad dressings and tomato sauces? Well, just don’t ask millennials, ‘cause they have no fucking clue who the dude is.

According to The New York Times, Newman’s Own is having trouble communicating its charitable message to our nation’s young’uns. See, Newman’s Own donates all of its post-tax profits and royalties to charity, with donations totaling more than $400 million since 1982. They make that clear on the bottle, but, according to Bruce Bruemmer, vice president of marketing for Newman’s Own, “they only see Paul’s face.” And, in 2016 at least, that face ain’t selling no dressing.

“A lot of people, particularly older generations, just ...
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Robert Redford to Retire From Acting After Next Two Films to ‘Focus on Directing’

Robert Redford to Retire From Acting After Next Two Films to ‘Focus on Directing’
Robert Redford’s days in front of the camera are coming to an end.

The screen icon, 80, revealed that he plans to retire from acting after his next two films during a new interview with his grandson, Dylan Redford.

“I’ve got two acting projects in the works: Our Souls at Night, with Jane Fonda, a love story for older people who get a second chance in life, and Old Man with a Gun, a lighter piece with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek,” he said.

“Once they’re done then I’m going to say, ‘Okay, that’s goodbye to all that,
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Robert Redford Is Ready to Retire from Acting

Robert Redford Is Ready to Retire from Acting
Hollywood may be losing one of its most iconic actors to retirement in the near future. During a recent interview with his grandson Dylan, Robert Redford hinted that he's leaning towards retirement, since he's getting "tired" of acting. Here's what he had to say in this new interview, when Dylan Redford asks if he's ever considered a return to painting.

"Yeah, a lot-and a lot lately because I'm getting tired of acting. I'm an impatient person, so it's hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take. At this point in my life, age 80, it'd give me more satisfaction because I'm not dependent on anybody. It's just me, just the way it used to be, and so going back to sketching-that's sort of where my head is right now. So, I'm thinking of moving in that direction and not acting so much."

The actor wouldn't definitively
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Robert Redford "Getting Tired Of Acting"; Retirement Impending

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Hollywood is about to lose another great — well, sort of. Robert Redford is a name that has long been associated with quality films. From his part in classic movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, and All the President's Men — not to mention his work in founding the world famous Sundance Film Festival, where the more indie pictures thrive — he’s a man who will have a lasting impact on the industry long after he passes.

But before you get concerned, no, that’s not something we anticipate anytime soon. As great as Redford’s acting cache is, given his experience, he was bound to retire soon. Based on a recent interview with The Guardian, however, it sounds like that will be coming sooner rather than later.

“I’m getting tired of acting. I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for
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Robert Redford Announces Retirement From Acting

After having made almost 80 films, one of the all-time greats, Robert Redford, has announced that he’ll be retiring from acting. His career his almost unparalleled in Hollywood, having delivered timeless classics like The Sting, All The President’s Men, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, among countless others. Even in his later years he was still doing excellent work in movies such as All is Lost and even Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Redford announced his retirement recently during an interview at the Walker Art Center, saying:

“I’m getting tired of acting. I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take,” he tells his grandson Dylan Redford in a recent career-spanning interview at Walker Art Center. “At this point in my life, age 80, it’d give me more satisfaction because I’m not dependent on anybody.
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Robert Redford Announces Retirement From Acting

With nearly 80 acting credits to his name — from classics such as The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Three Days of the Condor, and All the President’s Men to recent successes like All is Lost and Pete’s Dragon — Robert Redford has had a career like few others in Hollywood. Now, one aspect of his work will soon come to an end. While he’ll still keep up directing and his work championing independent voices after founding the Sundance Film Festival, he’s announced he’ll be retiring from acting after his next two features.

“I’m getting tired of acting. I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take,” he tells his grandson Dylan Redford in a recent career-spanning interview at Walker Art Center. “At this point in my life, age 80, it’d give me
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The Con is On: What you didn't know about classic film The Sting

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The Con is On: What you didn't know about classic film The StingThe Con is On: What you didn't know about classic film The StingIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine11/3/2016 9:46:00 Am

Sometimes on-screen chemistry can be a bad thing — it almost stopped Robert Redford and Paul Newman from starring in The Sting.

The problem was that Newman and Redford were so charismatic and likable in 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid — their first film together — that when it came to making 1973’s The Sting Universal Studios executives weren’t sure audiences would accept them as a pair of conmen who could possible betray one another.

Set in 1936 Chicago, the film casts Redford as Johnny Hooker, a newbie grifter who teams with old pro Henry Gondorff (Newman) to pull a sophisticated con on hot-tempered gangster Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Overflowing with plot twists and Newman and Redford’s feather-light comedic touches,
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