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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
Oliver Stone's next project as director is to be a movie about Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who turned whistleblower, exposing the American government's programme of mass surveillance. The film has now been confirmed, and Stone will begin shooting the thus-far unnamed movie in January. That points to a possible release before the end of 2015.
He'd been rumoured to star in the film and take on the role of Snowden beforehand, but it's confirmed now that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on board the project as well.
Oliver Stone has penned the screenplay for the film, using the books Time Of The Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena and The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding as his basis.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt remains the only »
The career of Sharon Stone has been nothing if not unpredictable. From big screen blockbusters, such as Total Recall and Basic Instinct, to independent fare such as Broken Flowers and Bobby; from awards-fodder such as Casino, to diabolical travesties, such as Catwoman – Stone has continued to keep us on our toes. Her latest creative venture, titled Agent X, is headed to the small screen – courtesy of TNT and a 10 episode series order – and Stone is on board as both star and executive producer.
The show is written by William Blake Herron (The Bourne Identity), and directed by Peter O’Fallon (Legit), with Armyan Bernstein (Air Force One) joining Sharon Stone in executive producing. Her supporting cast will feature Jeff Hephner (Chicago Fire), Gerald McRaney (House Of Cards), Mike Colter (The Good Wife), Jamey Sheridan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and John Shea (Gossip Girl), among others.
Taking the lead role, Stone »
- Sarah Myles
TNT has given a greenlight to "Agent X," a spirited action-drama starring Jeff Hephner (Interstellar, "Chicago Fire") and Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe® winner Sharon Stone (Casino). Gerald McRaney ("House of Cards") also stars in the series, which is being produced by TNT Originals in association with Beacon Pictures, with Armyan Bernstein (Air Force One, Spy Game, Children of Men, "Castle") and Sharon Stone serving as executive producers. William Blake Herron (The Bourne Identity), who will also executive-produce, penned the pilot, which was directed by Peter O'Fallon. TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the first season of the series, with plans to launch in the second half of 2015. »
There's a new female veep coming to cable—and she has a secret weapon at her disposal. TNT announced on Friday that it has ordered a 10-episode first season of Agent X, an action drama that stars Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct, Casino) as Natalie Maccabee, America's first female Vice President who learns that she has a super special agent in her service to help protect the country in times of crisis. Jeff Hephner (Interstellar) stars as John Case, the aforementioned operative who tackles those cases deemed too sensitive for the CIA and FBI. Gerald McRaney (House of Cards and Major »
- Dan Snierson
Sharon Stone knows how to boogie! Just check out the Casino star's dancing during Diana Ross' surprise performance last night's amfAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles. Dressed in a low cut black sleeveless jumpsuit (her body really is smashing!), Stone gyrated and pumped her palms into the air in front of the stage as the Supremes legend belted out several tunes, including "I'm Coming Out." Clearly having a great time, Stone looked over at one point to event producer Josh Wood and gave him a big smile. In the same video, you can also see Ross' son Evan Ross dancing next to his new wife Ashlee Simpson as well as his sister Tracee Ellis Ross. Event host Gwyneth »
Gene Simmons could soon be playing the role of his lifetime: A god. The Kiss singer and bassist is currently shopping around a music competition show called Coliseum, on which competitors form bands and perform for a panel of three judges. They also mix and match group members until finding the right combination until Simmons, the show's "Rock Caesar," gives a thumbs up to the winning combination. "If you've got the goods, I will be the god that will make your dreams come true, because I do have the power, »
In 1998, Martin Scorsese was just coming off production on "Kundun." In some ways a surprising follow-up to "Casino," "Kundun" took Scorsese overseas to China and Tibet. On April 4, 1998, he sat down with Irish filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins on the talk show "Scene By Scene’ to discuss select parts of his filmography that led to "Kundun." This illuminating interview with the director splices clips from his films together, as well as archival footage of Scorsese and his cast and crews on set. The interview opens with Cousins and Scorsese watching a scene from "After Hours," in which Griffin Dunne delivers a monologue (while giving a massage) about having his tonsils removed as a young child. Watching the clip jogs Scorsese’s memory, and he explains how when he was a boy, his mother duped him into going under the knife to have his tonsils taken out. He recalls not speaking »
- Zach Hollwedel
40. Night of the Hunter (1955)
Scene: The Preacher on the Horizon
Video: http://youtu.be/9PyNL2ahKwc?list=PLZbXA4lyCtqolaQOAXly96de5FYQlPzqK Just like a few others in this section of the list, Charles Laughton’s brilliant Night of the Hunter isn’t really a horror film, but still sets out to keep the audience on edge. Starring a diabolical Robert Mitchum as a preacher/serial killer Reverend Harry Powell, it follows him as he tries to woo his former cellmate’s widow Willa (Shelly Winters), hoping to learn where he has hidden his bank loot. Powell devises that his children John and Pearl must know, but he struggles to gain young John’s trust. When Willa learns of his plan, Powell is forced to kill her and hide the body, leaving him as sole caretaker of the children, who flee down the river. And then the scene. Having believed they have escaped Powell, »
- Joshua Gaul
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's joint jazz standards album "Cheek to Cheek" hit No. 1 on the album sales charts last week, so it's about time they got around to announcing their first concert together. That will be at The Cosmopolitan Casino in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve at the very end of 2014. "I can't wait to kick off 2015 'cheek to cheek' with the legendary Mr. Tony Bennett," Lady Gaga, 28, said of her 88-year-old collaborator. "New Year's celebrations are about cherishing family, friendship, and the future -- three things this man has taught me much about." Tickets go up on Friday. Below, check out their performance of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" for "Great Performances: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!" on PBS, which airs Oct. 24. »
- Katie Hasty
While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.
With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. Et, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:
Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown, »
- Ariana Bacle
“The truth is I’m just an old veteran character actor” says Robert Englund as we sit down to discuss The Last Showing, his latest foray into genre cinema. To find one standing opposite the genial and softly-spoken man who devoured so many hours of sleep by searing to the mind the menacing image of claws piercing first the mattress and then the torso, can only be described as ‘surreal.’ As these words flow onto the page there is a realisation that the reason horror cinema earns our affection was so eloquently phrased by Emily Berrington when she said, “There is a desire to feel that tiny part of your mind that otherwise doesn’t get tapped into.” By touching our sensibilities in a way that we crave, these terrifying encounters remain some of the most evocative and defining moments of the human experience, and therein cinema is our fix. »
- Paul Risker
The good news: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro are teaming up to star in a new film from Martin Scorsese. The disappointing news: It’s for a short film promoting a casino. According to Deadline, RatPac Entertainment is producing a short film that will be used as a campaign for Melco-Crown Entertainment, a global resorts and casino brand. In addition to nabbing three movie stars and a legendary director, Terrence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) will handle the script. The film will premiere next year at a new movie-themed resort in Studio City, Macau. I assume it will be about how casinos are awesome as opposed to Casino, which shows a glamorous world of delights masking a seedy, violent underbelly. Despite the short's purpose, I’ll still watch it if I get a chance. It’s too exciting to see this kind of talent align for any project. »
- Matt Goldberg
At an early Academy screening of The Wolf of Wall Street, a screen-writer approaches Martin Scorsese after the movie and screamed at him, “how could you? You’re disgusting.” We can only imagine that Scorsese’s first thought was, “No, I’m Martin Scorsese.” Whether it be mob politics, child prostitution, the weighing of show girls, or highly controversial interpretations of some fairly important religious texts, the director has always handled morally dubious material. The only difference with The Wolf of Wall Street was that this time it looked like a lot more fun.
The critic’s point was that the movie seemed to glamorize the hedonistic, grotesque lifestyle of these men, who had made their money dirtily and who didn’t treat each other or their families any better. But really, what else did he expect? For one thing, The Wolf of Wall Street was based on actual events »
- Rachel North
A slew of classic Disney movies are hitting for the first time on Blu-Ray, including one double-pack release, and you’re going to want to make sure to pick these up. You haven’t paid attention to some of these titles for a while, and it’s about time you got the chance to catch them on Blu-Ray. The best part is that there’s a great mix of releases hitting. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is all but lost in the cultural consciousness, and it deserves a return. The Academy Award-winning movie from the year I was born is filled with a lot of fun and adventure, and like most Disney films, holds up well for a whole new generation.
The rest of the group covers a great spectrum, including two animated “big” titles, and a 10th Anniversary release. There’s a lot to expose your family to here, so check out all the info below, »
- Marc Eastman
Fading Gigolo will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 19.
Read Jim Batts’ review Here. “Kudos to the film’s screenwriter…John Turturro. Fading Gigolo is a charming, sometimes heart-breaking walk on the wild side with a couple of fellas’ who are really more on the mild side.”
In Fading Gigolo, Murray (Woody Allen) talks his friend Fioravante (John Turturro) into becoming a gigolo as a way of making some much needed cash after an out-of-the-blue request from his dermatologist (Stone). With Murray acting as Fioravante’s “manager,” the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.
Writer, director and star John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Transformers) leads an all-star cast including Academy Award® winner Woody Allen (Annie Hall, To Rome With Love), Academy Award nominee Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct, Casino), Golden Globe® nominee Sofía Vergara (New Year’s Eve, ABC’s »
- Michelle McCue
To coincide with the release of the Las Vegas-based dance flick Step Up 5: All In, we at Thn have decided to compose a list of ten of the best Vegas-based films in no particular order. Check out our review and let us know your favourite Vegas film!
10. Casino (1995)
Perhaps the ultimate Vegas film, Casino sees Robert De Niro play casino boss Ace Rothstein. Probably Scorsese’s ultimate gangster film, we have Sharon Stone as sexy mob wife Ginger and Joe Pesci as hot tempered Nicky. Based on a true story, Casino has it all, with its heavy violence and seedy characters all set under the glitzy Vegas backdrop. »
- Lucinda Holt
In 1995 and 1997, Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. had Heat and Jackie Brown released into cinemas. Not his best films or his best performances, perhaps, but mesmerising work in excellent pictures directed by master filmmakers: the former saw him convince for Michael Mann as the cool, meticulous leader of a gang of career criminals; the latter had Quentin Tarantino give viewers a dim crim whose uncontrollable anger contributes to the unravelling of a heist.
For a whole generation of moviegoers who have grown up since, however, the adulation that's universally showered upon De Niro must be perplexing. Occasionally he summons up a portion of his old intensity – his turns in What Just Happened, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are the (slim) picks of the last 15 years – but for anyone who got into movies from the late '90s on, he's the funny guy in Analyze This and Meet The Parents, »
When it comes to films, especially action-packed Hollywood blockbusters, many of us don’t really mind if every little detail is not correct, as long as we leave being satisfied and entertained by what we have just witnessed. For some however, this is not the case. Many Marvel comic books fans get upset and annoyed by the changes that are made to their favourite superhero character when they take to the silver screen. With a whole host of Marvel-themed games on site, Gala Casino have investigated some of the major differences that these die-hard comic book fans are talking about…
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk is one of the most famous Marvel characters, as the big green monster has had numerous films, comics and TV shows made about him. But surprisingly, The Hulk wasn’t actually meant to be green, he was meant to be grey. In the first »
- Matt MacNabb
It’s another 13th of the month. Here’s our top 13 list of unconventional murder weapons. All contributions are by the staff and listed as such.
Deadly Friend Death by Basketball
by Mike Hassler
Deadly Friend is not a good movie. At all. Wes Craven’s really hit or miss, in case you didn’t already realize this — for every Last House on the Left there’s a Vampire in Brooklyn, and for a Nightmare on Elm Street there’s a Shocker. His 1986 cheese-tastic gem Deadly Friend is quite a fun watch just for it’s terrible nature. The preposterous plot is of a young man implanting a computer chip into the girl next door’s brain which then gives her superpowers and causes her to go homicidal. The best moment? When our cybernetically altered hottie Samantha (Kristy Swanson) chucks a basketball at Anne “Mama” Ramsey’s head, which literally »
- Andy Triefenbach
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