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Special Feature: Forgotten casino classics

2 August 2015 2:05 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Movies set in casinos conjure up evocative mental images of bright lights or dark rooms filled with blackjack tables, roulette wheels and rolls of the dice. Just think of the Ocean's Eleven franchise, the Edward Norton and Matt Damon-starring Rounders or (of course) Martin Scorsese's Casino. Gambling movies can be like sports movies in the sense that it can be hard to convey on screen the sheer thrill of the game or give a sense of the rules in most cases - but they're not all like that. Here are a few that stand out for unique reasons of their own. While there's a strong possibility that you may have heard of at least some of these films, it's likely you haven't seen all of them. So, here's an introduction for the uninitiated - or a reminder to rewatch for casino movie aficionados.

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- CineVue UK

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Gambling Movies 101

9 July 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It is ironic that people want to escape risk all the time but at the same time a large part of the populace is fascinated with gambling. The foremost example of this fascination is the spate of gambling movies which hit the screen every year. Some become part of pop culture, some win critical acclaim, and some set the box office on fire. But one thing is for sure: gambling aficionados watch them with great eagerness, sometimes in the hopes of catching a trick or two. Rain Man is one movie which comes to mind where the autistic lead character counts cards at a casino, but that one is not a gambling movie.

Now, there are different kinds of gambling. Some of them involve gambling as the main plot point while others have gambling going on in the background while the story takes its course. Casino is one example of »

- Gary Collinson

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Taylor Hackford Directing Robert De Niro’s Passion Project The Comedian

7 July 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Robert De Niro is so widely respected in Hollywood that he could really do anything he wants at this stage in his career. To the Oscar winner’s credit, though, he’s not rolling over and taking easy paycheck roles all the time – for years, De Niro has been pushing to get The Comedian made, with an eye to starring in the Art Linson-penned drama. And now, he’ll finally complete that passion project, having recruited Taylor Hackford to direct the pic.

De Niro will take on the role of a self-destructive, acerbic insult comic inspired partly by comedian Don Rickles (De Niro’s co-star in Casino). It won’t be the actor’s first time playing a professional funnyman – he took on the role of aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin to widespread acclaim in The King of Comedy.

Excitingly, though Linson (known for the De Niro-starring, Hollywood-set What Just Happened? »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Scorsese’s return to the casino

2 July 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In 1995 acclaimed director Martin Scorsese made one of his best loved films, the intense crime drama Casino. And earlier this year he revisited the casino format with a multi-million dollar advertisement for two Asian casinos that featured some seriously heavyweight names.

The Asian Las Vegas

Although Casino was based in the famous American gambling hotspot Las Vegas, his latest advertisement, which is entitled “The Audition”, travels much further afield by being filmed on location in Macau.

Macau is frequently known as being the Las Vegas of the East with its reputation for high stakes gambling in the many opulent casinos that are crammed into the tiny enclave on the southern coast of China.

Although recent reports have stated that Macau has actually overtaken Las Vegas as the world’s premier betting destination, the enclave has recently hit hard times with revenues falling due to corruption and the rise of online gaming. »

- Kyle Reese

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The Ultimate Gangster Collection: Casino Edition

30 June 2015 1:12 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The quality of the features offered in this selection lends well to the nature of the ultimate characterization. The films included in this selection are American Gangster, Scarface, Casino, Carlito’s Way, and Mean StreetsRidley Scott’s American Gangster may be an enjoyable romp, but it has tendencies of staggering under the weight of the film’s own perceived epic stature. The other four films, however, are bona fide classics, making this selection of movies an excellent primer for some of the best gangster movies ever committed to film.

American Gangster

In American Gangster, the real-life character Frank Lucas starts out as a quiet driver for his boss, but exploits an opening in the power structure when his boss dies to build his own empire, creating his own version of the American Dream. Lucas outplays others in this field through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, even entering the »

- The Hollywood News

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The Ultimate Gangster Collection: Casino Edition

30 June 2015 1:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The quality of the features offered in this selection lends well to the nature of the ultimate characterization. The films included in this selection are American Gangster, Scarface, Casino, Carlito’s Way, and Mean StreetsRidley Scott’s American Gangster may be an enjoyable romp, but it has tendencies of staggering under the weight of the film’s own perceived epic stature. The other four films, however, are bona fide classics, making this selection of movies an excellent primer for some of the best gangster movies ever committed to film.

American Gangster

In American Gangster, the real-life character Frank Lucas starts out as a quiet driver for his boss, but exploits an opening in the power structure when his boss dies to build his own empire, creating his own version of the American Dream. Lucas outplays others in this field through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, even entering the »

- The Hollywood News

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Watch: Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas' In 6 Minutes

26 June 2015 10:54 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Viewed today, perhaps the most impressive thing about Martin Scorsese’s electric mob picture “Goodfellas” is still its pace. This is one of the most relentless films of all time, and we mean that in the best possible way. “Goodfellas,” the story of the rise and fall of Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill, shoots like a beam of lightning cocaine through three decades of life in the mafia, chronicling the dizzying highs and gory lows of a gang of self-made “wiseguys” whose only dreams were to get as rich as possible, as fast as possible. The film is a recollection, sure, with its protagonist fondly recalling all the cars he used to boost, the heists he used to pull, and most certainly all the drugs he used to sell, inhale, and flush down the toilet. But for a two-and-a-half-hour cinematic nostalgia trip, it’s a furious one. Scorsese has made »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Mark Wahlberg: I dreaded the semen scene in 'Ted 2'

25 June 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Ted 2" is bigger than "Ted" in almost every conceivable way: Its slapstick scenes are wilder, the list of guest-stars is more staggering, and the runtime ticks closer to two hours. But the critical elements -- the wisecreacking CGI teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane, his "thunder buddy" camaraderie with John (Mark Wahlberg), and a dastardly performance by Giovanni Ribisi -- remain intact.  We caught up with Wahlberg, who phoned us from a UK press tour to talk about why he likes "Ted 2" better than the original. Here are seven things he taught us about the filming experience, the difference between Mila Kunis and Amanda Seyfried, and the most intimidating actors he's ever worked with.  1. "Transformers" made the act of talking to an invisible teddy bear a lot easier.  On filming with a CGI costar: "We definitely had on-the-job training with the first 'Ted.' Doing 'Transformers" made that a lot less nerve-wracking. »

- Louis Virtel

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The Films that have turned their on-screen successes into the online Casino market

23 June 2015 9:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The graphics in films are outstanding, but the high-quality images used are not only on the big screen. The growing world of online Casino is able to replicate many successful films and maintain their impressive graphics on the small screen of your laptop or mobile. This hasn’t gone unnoticed in Hollywood, and they’ve commissioned many films to be available to play on online Casino – notably NetBet. Some of the most successful slots and progressive jackpot games in-fact are movie based, with their characters and plot stories being transferred into the games themselves. The following are four notable films that are a success in the online Casino world as well as their box office figures.

Basic Instinct

This 1992 American Thriller that saw a police detective (Michael Douglas) fall in love with a prime suspect of a murder trial (Sharon Stone) was one of the most successful films to be released in the decade. »

- Gary Collinson

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Interview: Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon of ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’

11 June 2015 4:07 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In my second meeting with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, I was struck by his almost child-like wonder regarding his breakout film, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” Gomez-Rejon bleeds celluloid, and loves films in every fiber of his being. To be able to contribute to the cinema universe is his greatest reward.

The film came out of the Sundance festival with the top jury prize and audience favorite awards, much as its predecessor “Whiplash” has done in 2014. The poignant film, about the effect a dying classmate has on a movie loving boy, is done almost as an allegory in so many aspects. Its success is a testament to director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who has worked his way upward in the film industry for years, under the auspice of mentors such as Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon On Set for ’Me and Earl and the Dying Girl »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley Lines Up All-Star Cast for '70s Thriller 'Free Fire'

9 June 2015 7:51 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ben Wheatley, the British director behind "Kill List," "Sightseers," and "A Field in England," has begun filming on his first American-made project, "Free Fire," Deadline reports. The thriller, set in Boston in the 1970s and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, features an all-star cast with indie cred—including Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, and Wheatley regular Michael Smiley—which suggests that "Free Fire" could make a play for audiences beyond the art house without losing the critics who've supported Wheatley's ferocious, painstaking past work. In an interview with The Guardian last year, the director described "Free Fire" as an homage to "hard-boiled crime movies" from "The Big Sleep" and "The Asphalt Jungle" to "Reservoir Dogs" and "Casino"; the film stars Larson as a woman who brokers an arms deal between two Irishmen and a local gang, »

- Matt Brennan

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Sharon Stone Shows Lots of Leg at 2015 Tony Awards Viewing Party

8 June 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Sharon Stone's still got it!  The "Basic Instinct" star attended the The Actors Fund's 19th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party in Los Angeles, California on Sunday.  The 57-year-old beauty stunned on the red carpet wearing a black and white quarter-length-sleeved dress, which showed off her long legs in the sheer portion of the skirt.  Stone completed her edgy yet classic look with retro sunnies, a gold clutch and black pumps. Sharon styled her short blonde tresses parted to the side and sported minimal makeup for the night.  While the "Total Recall" star seldom makes public appearances these days, we've never seen the actress look better!  Stone likewise recently penned an essay for The Hollywood Reporter, where she shared her personal feelings about aging in Tinsel Town.  "I love it when people say, 'In Hollywood, you're not allowed to get older.' Really, who gives a sh-t what Hollywood thinks about anything? »

- tooFab Staff

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Now You Can Own Robert De Niro’s Mansion From Casino

3 June 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Did you eve watch Casino and find your self envious of the luxurious Hartland Mansion Robert De Niro’s Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein called home. Well now, if you have a spare $3.5 million lying around, it can be yours as the extravagant Las Vegas property is now up for sale. Standing at an enormous 31,000 ft, after the original floor plan was expanded from 13,000 ft when the property was rebuilt after two fires in 1980 and 1981, the mansion is situated just off the city’s busy strip, and was first built in 1940 as two separate properties, before casino tycoon Lawrence Avery commissioned it to be converted into one huge mansion, and it got it’s name when it was bought by former evangelist and musician Toni Harte in 1978 for . Containing eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and a massive indoor pool, it has played host to some pretty famous guest over the years, including Michael Jackson, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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‘Me and Earl’ Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon on Taking Cues From Hollywood’s Greats

27 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Many a filmmaker shows up at the Sundance Film Festival dreaming of becoming the next Martin Scorsese. But only Alfonso Gomez-Rejon can claim to have crashed on the legendary director’s sofa, retyped his script pages and learned at his side.

Unsurprisingly, the “Taxi Driver” auteur is everywhere in Gomez-Rejon’s Sundance grand jury prize-winner “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” which Fox Searchlight opens in limited release June 12. Greg Gaines, the movie’s cinephile protagonist, has a “Mean Streets” poster tacked to his bedroom wall, a first-edition copy of “Scorsese on Scorsese” on his desk, and a photo of the filmmaker’s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker as his computer screensaver.

And those are just some of the homages that crop up throughout the second feature by Gomez-Rejon, who learned some of his craft at Scorsese’s elbow, as the director’s production assistant on the Las Vegas shoot of “Casino” in 1995. Now, »

- Scott Foundas

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Robert De Niro To Star In Mike Newell's The Comedian

20 May 2015 5:08 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Once he was The King Of Comedy for Martin Scorsese. Now Robert De Niro is set to be The Comedian for Mike Newell. The actor and director will join forces for the film, based on a screenplay by Art Linson (What Just Happened?).De Niro will also produce the film, and has been keen to get it underway for some time. There's no information on the plot so far, but The Comedian revolves around an aging "insult comic", reportedly not dissimilar to Don Rickles, who made an appearance alongside De Niro in Scorsese's Casino. Comedy Central's Jeffrey Ross has written the stand-up material.Linson, Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton are also among the producers, and shooting is planned for November in New York. »

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Digital release for Oz musical comedy after festival premiere

3 May 2015 8:41 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

In another piracy-busting move, the creative team behind Super Awesome! plan to launch the musical comedy on iTunes and other VOD platforms on May 29, the same day as the world premiere in Toronto.

Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes, who co-wrote and co-directed the mico-budgeted film, play struggling actors who are given one last chance to prove themselves by staging a musical, Honey I.m Homeless.

The theme is marriage equality, a topic about which the naïve, straight guys know next to nothing.

The self-funded $60,000 film will premiere at the 25th Annual Inside Out Toronto Lgbt Film Festival, arranged by the international sales agent, French- based Outplay.

The cast includes Simon Burke (who performs the signature song Man to Man), Patrick Brammall, Rob Carlton, Annie Maynard and New York actor Vinnie Vella, whose credits include Casino, The Sopranos and Coffee and Cigarettes.

Australian distributor Curious Film is closing the VOD deals, »

- Don Groves

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Kevin Pollak on Dedicating 'Misery Loves Comedy' to Robin Williams

2 May 2015 5:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Misery Loves Comedy," is available now On Demand.] Some audiences know Kevin Pollak best as the actor from hit drams such as "A Few Good Man," "The Usual Suspects" and "Casino," while others remember the stand-up comedian and master impressionist who rose to fame on the 1980's comedy circuit. Regardless of how you see him, the 57-year-old actor is redefining his career once more by stepping into the director's chair for the very first time. In his debut documentary "Misery Loves Comedy," Pollak interviews some of the biggest names in comedy, including Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Larry David, Steve Coogan and Judd Apatow, in order to understand the relationship between a comedian and his/her deep desire to connect with audiences. During one of Apple and Indiewire's »

- Zack Sharf

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Pitt Former TV Co-Star Kallsen Dead at 48, Emmy Nominee Meadows dead at 95, Oscar nominee Mankiewicz dead at 93

30 April 2015 9:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's rags, citing a Facebook posting by one of the actor's friends. The cause of death was purportedly – no specific source was provided – a drug overdose.* Aired on Fox in July 1990, Glory Days told the story of four high-school friends whose paths take different directions after graduation. Besides Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt, the show also featured Spike Alexander and Evan Mirand. Glory Days lasted a mere six episodes – two of which directed by former Happy Days actor Anson Williams – before its cancellation. Roommates Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt vying for same 'Thelma & Louise' role? The Murdoch tabloid also »

- Andre Soares

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DVD Review: "Zarra's Law" (2014) Starring Tony Sirico

30 April 2015 1:14 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

When The Sopranos ended its run on HBO in June 2007, fans were forced to say goodbye to one of television’s greatest series. It is a difficult thing to bid farewell to characters you have come to know and enjoy watching, and Tony Soprano and his extended family and crew were no exception. Fortunately, most of the people who appeared on the show have gone on to other projects, some in a similar vein and others one hundred and eighty degrees removed from the actions of La Cosa Nostra. Actor Tony Sirico, who portrayed Pauley Walnuts since the series began in 1999, was himself involved in some criminal behavior and did less than two years in jail prior to becoming an actor. While the Internet Movie Database lists his first screen credit as appearing in The Godfather Part II (1974) - his appearance is both unconfirmed and uncredited - »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Why 1995 Was the Best Year in Movie History

30 April 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice.  1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »

- Jane Hu

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