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Buzz and Woody and Slink and Hamm have been in our lives for two decades — Pixar’s “Toy Story” opened 20 years ago today, making animation history as it did. The first feature film from the studio and the first created completely using computer-generated imagery paved the way for movies like “Shrek,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and, of course, several more films from the acclaimed Pixar. Its 16th feature film, “The Good Dinosaur,” opens in theaters this Wednesday. A third sequel to “Toy Story” will come in 2018. The legacy of “Toy Story” is difficult to overstate: In addition to being a game-changer in the world CG animation, it raised the bar on family films that really appeal to audiences of all ages; Andy’s toys can be seen in Disneyland rides, real-world kids’ toy boxes and in countless Halloween costumes each year; and in 2005 the U.S. Library of Congress declared the movie culturally, »
- Emily Rome
Hollywood has dabbled in the casino world over the years with many casino games appearing in various movies. The most obvious is the 1995 Martin Scorsese movie Casino, which starred Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci, but what about other casino themed movies, and what films are influenced by which casino games?
Let’s take a look.
Well, let’s kick things off with poker and perhaps the greatest poker movie of modern times, Rounders. Starring John Malcovich and Matt Damon, the film revolves around a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks. Edward Norton and Gretchen Mol also starred in the film, which was released in 1998. Another mention is this year’s Mississippi Grind, which stars Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as a couple of gamblers who take to the road to win big in a »
- The Hollywood News
In life, some things are certain. The earth will spin on its axis, the sun will rise and set, and Robert De Niro’s leading ladies will be at least two decades younger than him. It comes as no surprise, then, to hear the news that Jennifer Aniston has committed to star opposite the Academy Award winning legend, in his long-awaited humorous project, The Comedian – to be directed by Oscar winner Taylor Hackford.
The Comedian seems to have had a particularly long gestation period and was, at one point, going to be directed by Mike Newell. Robert De Niro has remained with the project throughout the development process, however, and that patience is now paying off, with the final pieces of the puzzle falling into place. Written and produced by Art Linson (What Just Happened) – with stand-up material by Jeffrey Ross – The Comedian will feature De Niro in the role »
- Sarah Myles
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
“Ghostbusters” won't be the only franchise getting the all-female treatment -- Sandra Bullock has partnered with George Clooney to revive the “Ocean’s 11” series, this time with an all female cast! In the original “Ocean’s 11” film, starring Rat Pack actors Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop, a team of men set out to pull off a record breaking heist on New Years Eve. In Steven Soderbergh's revival of the series in 2001, George Clooney and Brat Pitt lead another all-male team to steal over $150,000,000 from the Belagio Casino in Las Vegas. Clooney and Pitt made two more films, rounding the “Ocean’s” franchise out to a trilogy. Now Indiewire is reporting that Clooney will be reviving the series again, this time with Sandra Bullock staring in the lead role, presumably as a female Danny Ocean. Her team will consist of all women, which »
- Lauren Gallaway
The retro Hollywood-styled facility is the casino-resort that does the most to push Macau’s claim to be Asia’s entertainment capital.
That is important for the enclave, which in a matter of a few short years scaled up to overtake Las Vegas in terms of gambling revenue, but for the past 18 months has been in retreat. The territory has been hit by a combination of China’s economic slowdown, an anti-corruption drive, and an over-dependence on gambling.
The transformation from gambling den to family-friendly entertainment nexus is a necessary one if the former Portuguese colony is to regain momentum and if gamblers and shoppers »
- Patrick Frater
To celebrate the release of Misery Loves Comedy, available digitally on 19th October 2015 and on DVD from 2nd November 2015, we have three DVD’s to give away courtesy of Spectrum.
Featuring more than 50 comedy legends including Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Matthew Perry, Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Favreau, Lisa Kudrow, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Coogan, Stephen Merchant, Martin Short and Larry David, these icons candidly explore their motivations and inspirations in this hilariously unique examination of the age old question: do you really have to be miserable to be funny?
Directed by Kevin Pollak, whose acting credits include The Usual Suspects and Casino, the star- studded cast dig into their earliest comic experiences, most epic fails and tell unforgettable anecdotes to reveal a performer’s deep, and perhaps paradoxical, desire to connect with audiences.
This master class in comedy offers a rare opportunity to hear comedy icons dissect the art »
- Laura Holmes
Warning: This may ruin your childhood memories. So get that through your f--king head now before it's too f--king late. The creative folks at BloodBlitz Comedy -- the evil geniuses behind "If Harry Potter Was the Villain," "If Elsa Was the Villain," and "If Joffrey Was the Hero" -- recently took on "The Lion King," imagining how the Disney movie would look if Martin Scorsese created a trailer.
The result is "Lion King: A Tale of Two Mobsters," which uses audio from Scorsese's "Casino" and turns Timon and Pumbaa into Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, complete with (bleeped) f-bombs and lines to poor Simba like "You sh-t-kicking stinky horse manure smelling motherf--ker, you. You f--k me up over there, I'll stick you in a hole in the f--king desert, you understand?" Yikes! If only Pesci and De Niro just sang a few bars from "Hakuna Matata," everything would be Ok. »
- Gina Carbone
Lyon, France — An echo of his prolific career, colorful personality and enduring passion for movies, Martin Scorsese was celebrated by an impressive delegation of French and international film figures on Friday night in Lyon, where he received the Lumiere tribute.
The ceremony was emceed by Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director and general delegate of both Cannes and Lyon Lumiere film festivals. Fremaux, who created the festival seven years ago with vet French helmer Bertrand Tavernier to showcase heritage films, said the pair had dreamt of honoring Scorsese even since the festival was launched.
“This festival was created to celebrate the history of cinema, as well as passion and knowledge and Martin Scorsese embodies all these things in an absolute way,” Fremaux told Variety before the fest kicked off. Previous Lumiere tributes were awarded to Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and Clint Eastwood.
Like a rock star, Scorsese walked into the jam-packed »
- Elsa Keslassy
Celebrities and poker go together like peas and gravy… to quote Forrest Gump. The World Series Of Poker is a series of poker tournaments held in Las Vegas every year, and for many years, the event has attracted a number of celebrities to the poker rooms of Caesar’s Palace. You’d be surprised as to who likes to hit the tables, stack their chips and go for gold in the Wsop, as many of them are some really quite well-known actors. Here. we take a look at a few of them.
First up is Ray Romano, he of Everybody Loves Raymond fame. The actor, who popped up in a movie called Rob The Mob last year, is a regular at the World Series Of Poker, and in 2013 achieved a personal best by making it to the third day of play. This year, Romano appeared at the Wsop once again, »
- The Hollywood News
Late last week, word spread throughout the industry that legendary actor Robert De Niro was going to be the latest recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th edition of the Hollywood Film Awards. This marks just the latest in a long line of honors for De Niro throughout the course of his time as an actor. A two time Academy Award winner, he’ll also be in contention once more this year for Oscar love as part of another David O. Russell ensemble, this one being the upcoming film Joy. With this tribute coming his way, I wanted to do the same today as the first installment of the Hollywood Film Awards Series. De Niro is probably best known for his actor/filmmaker relationship with Martin Scorsese, which resulted in an Academy Award for Best Actor going De Niro’s way for Raging Bull. The partnership began with Mean Streets, »
- Joey Magidson
- Jordan Ruimy
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Robert De Niro, the legendary star of innumerable classic American films over the past 50 years — among them Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, The Untouchables, GoodFellas, Casino and Silver Linings Playbook — will receive the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th Hollywood Film Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The ceremony will take place Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 1.
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- Patrick Shanley
"We are doing it... We should be doing it sometime next year," De Niro said. "We're slowly, slowly getting it in place."
What's more, the plan is to bring Al Pacino and Joe Pesci along for the ride, making this gangster movie a who's who of seasoned big screen wise guys.
In an interview, the director of “Goodfellas” and “Casino,” said the film was a perfect candidate for an appreciation because Lubitsch, whose other credits include “Ninotchka” and “To Be or Not to Be,” was “a great artist,” one who taught him about film structure.
“Everything in a Lubitsch film counts: every gesture, every word, every design choice for every set, every angle, every second,” Scorsese wrote in an email. “He was absolutely remarkable. And like many of the directors that came out of the silent era, he understood form so perfectly.”
He went on to praise “Heaven Can Wait,” which marks the director’s first color effort, as “like an ancient cathedral: the beauty and the integrity of the form are one and there’s not a stone out of place. »
- Brent Lang
Robert De Niro, the legendary star of innumerable classic American films over the past 50 years — among them Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, The Untouchables, GoodFellas, Casino and Silver Linings Playbook — will receive the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th Hollywood Film Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The ceremony will take place Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 1. The 72-year-old can be seen in three new films this year: Nancy Meyers' The Intern (Sept. 25), opposite Anne Hathaway; Scott Mann's The Heist (Nov. 13), a crime-
- Scott Feinberg
Variety is reporting that director Steven Soderbergh is to his work with HBO to bring new project Mosiac to the small screen.
Described as a “choose your own adventure” show, the story will have multiple scenarios and plot points that will see the production shoot on a variety of different locations to film all of the different ways the story can continue.
In a statement, Soderbergh said: “I believe the good people at HBO are genuinely enthusiastic about Mosaic for two reasons: first, it represents a fresh way of experiencing a story and sharing that experience with others; second, it will require a new Emmy category, and we will be the only eligible nominee.”
Mosaic is one of a few projects that Soderbergh has been involved with on the small screen, »
- Scott J. Davis
At 72 years old, legendary director Martin Scorsese is still churning out hits, with his last film, The Wolf of Wall Street, earning over $392 million worldwide and earning five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. The filmmaker recently wrapped production on his next film, Silence, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe, which hits theaters next year. Fans can see him in front of the camera in the new thriller Campus Code, which is currently available through Digital HD and VOD platforms such as Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo, Vudu, and Xfinity as well as On Demand with Charter, DirecTV, Verizon and Vubiquity. Today we have an exclusive clip that helps set up this unique plot, while showcasing Martin Scorsese's cameo.
After Ari (Jesse McCartney) falls from a 13-story building and walks away without a scratch, a group of students begin to sense something is amiss on their college campus. »
'Place your bets!' Unless you're betting that you'll never see Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris go up against Robert De Niro. Because that's exactly what happens in the thriller Heist! We have the first trailer, which brings plenty of action and high stakes, along with the first domestic poster. This is one hot slice of hickory smoked drama you're not going to want to miss this coming Holiday season.
Robert De Niro and Jeffrey Dean Morgan lay it all on the table in this sizzling crime caper from Lionsgate Premiere! Heist is directed by Scott Mann, best known for his 2009 action thriller The Tournament. The rest of the amazing cast includes Kate Bosworth, Gina Carano, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, D.B. Sweeney, Morris Chestnut, Summer Altice and Dave Bautista. Heist hits theaters and premieres on-demand this November!
When their attempt to rob a casino owned by the feared gangster »
Las Vegas has always been an interesting place to set a movie. glamorous casinos, fabulous weather, and that chance to win a fortune. Many movies have been set in Vegas over the years, so we thought we’d take a look at five of the best.
Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn starred in Doug Liman’s 1996 movie Swingers, and both were catapulted to super-stardom as a result. The film revolves around Jon Favreau’s Mike, who, following a split with his girlfriend, is taken to Las Vegas by his friend Trent (Vaughn). Things are looking up, but then Mike crashes and burns at the casino. Down on their luck financially, the two go on to meet a couple of ladies, but soon enough, their luck runs out with them too. The rest of the film relocates to Los Angeles, but Swingers remains one of the best movies to featuring Vegas of the nineties. »
- The Hollywood News
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