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Irish actor Brendan Gleeson made his film debut in 1990’s “The Field,” starring Richard Harris and based on the play by John B. Keane. Five years later, he made an impact internationally as Hamish Campbell in Mel Gibson’s Oscar winner “Braveheart.” Since then, film lovers have seen the versatile thesp in a wide range of blockbusters and indie films. “Harry Potter” aficionados know him as Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody, and fans have treasured his work in such fare as John Boorman’s “The General,” John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary” and Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” and for his Emmy-winning turn as Winston Churchill in TV film “Into the Storm.”
Now on-screen as Detective Bill Hodges in the new Stephen King neo-noir TV series, “Mr. Mercedes,” Gleeson was first noticed by Variety on Aug. 1, 1990, for his performance in Dublin in Keane’s play “The Year of the Hiker.”
- Steven Gaydos
Directed by John Frankenheimer.
A group of mercenaries are hired by Irish terrorists to retrieve a case to stop it falling into Russian hands.
In case you didn’t know, ronin are Samurai warriors whose masters have been killed, leaving the warriors free to roam the land as swords-for-hire to anybody willing to pay them. The movie Ronin informs you of this in the title cards so you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to be a bloodthirsty martial arts epic in the vein of Shogun Assassin until you are thrown into a Paris bistro as a ragtag group of shifty characters are assembling. We don’t know them, they don’t know each other and only one person knows why they are there – that person being »
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There are few filmmakers out there that can boast a filmography that stacks up to Martin Scorsese’s. Argued to be the best director of the Hollywood New Wave generation – not a small feat, considering he’s up against heavyweights like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Oliver Stone, Scorsese started his career in 1967 with his debut Who’s That Knocking On My Door, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon at his 74 years of age.
With big news coming out regarding his long gestating return to gangster epics The Irishman, we thought we’d take a look at some of the highlights of Scorsese’s wide spanning and eclectic career.
- David Agnew
Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” may have been his 28-year-old passion project, but it was mostly ignored by audiences, grossing only $7 million in the U.S. opposite a $40 million budget. Something tells us the same fate won’t meet the director’s next project, which carries an even bigger budget and bigger stars.
Read More: Why Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Deal Is The Future of Cinema (And That’s Ok)
“The Irishman” is gearing up for production this summer, and it brings Scorsese back to the genre he helped define in the modern era and reunites him with some of the actors he helped make iconic. Anticipation is sky high (and warranted, given everything we know about the movie). Here are the 9 most essential bits of information you need to know:
1. The Movie is Martin Scorsese’s First Gangster Movie in Over A Decade
Scorsese has built his career on iconic gangster movies, »
- Zack Sharf
Twin Peaks has given us a new monster to fear, and his name is Richard Horne. He's not a creature from the Black Lodge like Bob or the Woodsmen, at least as far as we know. He's just Ben and Sylvia Horne's piece-of-shit grandson, which would make Audrey Horne – Sherilyn Fenn's girl-next-door femme fatale, still unseen in the show's astonishing third season – his mother. His father? Good question, although given reports of Dale Cooper's Bob-ppelganger skulking around the young woman's hospital bed 25 years ago after the events of the Season Two finale, »
Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights: Big News Quentin Tarantino has a surprising new project: Quentin Tarantino's next movie will be about the Manson Family murders, and word has it he's looking at Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Samuel L. Jackson and Margot Robbie to star, the last as slain actress Sharon Tate. Read more here. Great News Joe Pesci joins Martin Scorsese's The Irishman: Martin Scorsese's next gangster movie, The Irishman, is turning out to be a Raging Bull-Goodfellas-Casino reunion as Joe Pesci has joined the cast, which already includes Robert De Niro. Meanwhile, Harvey Keitel, who starred with De Niro in Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, is in talks, as are Al...
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- Christopher Campbell
Movies set around casinos and gambling have mostly been a fair bet to success for the film industry. The drama and tension that naturally occurs within a gaming environment, and that can include the glitz and glamour of a big Las Vegas Casino, or the smoke filled back room, transfers over to the silver screen very well.
The opulent feel of the casino has always intrigued gamblers and spectators alike, and as soon as technology advanced far enough online casinos made their appearance. Now statistically more people user their mobile phone to play on their favourite games on sites like Swanky Bingo online which provide that feeling of excitement and entertainment we all crave whenever and wherever we choose.
The history of gambling and casinos is a fascinating one, and so are the not so well known facts that surround some of our most favourite films set in and about casino life. »
- James Smith
The Irishman: Joe Pesci, who last worked with Martin Scorsese on Casino (above), will come out of retirement to play a mob boss in The Irishman. Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale are all in talks to join Robert De Niro in the cast. The movie is based on I Heard You Paint Houses, a book by Charles Brandt that told the story of a mob hit man who claimed he knew what really happened to long-missing union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Production is expected to begin next month. [Deadline] The Rhythm Section: Blake Lively (The Shallows, above) will star in The Rhythm Section. Based on the first of four novels in a series by Mark Burnell, the story follows a woman who becomes an assassin to track down the people responsible for the death of her family. The spy thriller...
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- Peter Martin
David Crow Jul 13, 2017
Martin Scorsese may be going to streaming with The Irishman, but he’s bringing almost his whole old school acting troupe with him. News came late Wednesday that after initially declining to appear in the film (apparently several times), frequent Scorsese stalwart Joe Pesci has joined the gangster movie.
Deadline reports that Joe Pesci is in the process of finalising a deal to appear the Jimmy Hoffa-based film, which already has Robert De Niro and Al Pacino signed and onboard. De Niro, who was Scorsese’s go-to leading man before the director’s recent partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio, is set to play the eponymous 'Irishman', a mob hitman by the name of Frank Sheeran. Pesci has also been a longtime co-star of De Niro’s in Scorsese movies, »
For most actors, if Martin Scorsese comes calling, you don’t ask any questions, and clear your calendar. However, Joe Pesci is not like everybody else. Even though he’s made three pictures with the director and his best friend Robert De Niro — “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Casino” — Pesci has been very resistant to get back in front of the camera.
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you are a film buff (which we would assume as you are if you're reading this), and you are into casinos (who doesn’t love having fun and winning prizes?) then you've come to the right place. Casinos have long been associated with glamour, gangsters, and silver screen success. There are a whole host of big blockbusters with story lines based around the thrills, and spills, of a casino.
Whether you like to visit your local casino in “real life” or you like to take advantage of an online casino bonus, let’s be honest, that is the closest you are going to get to living the life of a casino film protagonist! But what are the best casino films out there? It was a tough job narrowing them down, but we managed to pick our top three.
Read on to find out more, and see if you agree! »
The House review
Warner Bros. Pictures take a big $40 million gamble with another big concept comedy with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as two parents who must find a get-rich-quick scheme to finance their daughter’s incoming college bills.
Scott Johansen is a regular guy with a good house in the suburbs, loyal wife Kate (Amy Schumer), great daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins), and just enough income to keep them all afloat. However, with Alex about take the big leap into university life, they are very much relying on their town’s scholarship scheme to fund her continuing education. At a local council meeting in this very small town, it becomes quickly apparent that the townsfolk have »
- Paul Heath
The tale of an impulsive gambler struggling to win never makes a bad story line. Casinos and gambling have remained one of the best themes upon which enthusiastic filmmakers base their plot on. Everybody finds it appealing to watch the action at the poker table, rattling wheels, hot rolling dice and a bar depicting the life of gamblers. Jackpot Mobile Casino brings to you a list of the best movies on casinos that would leave your blood rushing.
The storyline revolves around the feuds between two best friends who are also mobsters over a gambling empire. The movie is all about deception, greed, murder, power, money and a trophy wife. Robert De Niro brings alive the low-level mobster in a flawless manner. Sharon Stone portrays as a call girl, Ginger McKenna with her outrageous wardrobes from the 70s. This movie is based on a novel written by Nicholas Pileggi »
- Paul Heath
When it comes to movie plot lines created mainly for shock value, few are more iconic than casino-based scenes. Usually, these clips appear in movies that focus on gambling, but it is not uncommon for writers from all different genres to include a casino scene or two to really up the stakes. Today, we thought we’d look at some of the best casino movie scenes of all time.
Based on the real life of Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, a Chicago Outfit associate who ran a number of Las Vegas casinos for a while back in the 70s, Martin Scorsese’s Casino has some of the most iconic gambling scenes of all time. The clip below is just one of many legendary scenes including Robert De Niro as Ace Rothstein, a reserved yet ruthless individual who will uphold the reputation of his casinos and associates by any means necessary.
The master filmmaker and a deadly sin.
- H. Perry Horton
Gambling and the movies have enjoyed a continuing relationship over the years. In the last three decades alone, the motion picture business has seen gambling and casinos play a huge part, not only in location settings, but as a huge part of the story. In this article, we thought we’d take a look at the films that have had their story influenced by gambling and had the narrative affected as a result.
The first film on our list is Rain Man, Barry Levinson’s 1988 Oscar-winner starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman where the two played the long lost Babbett brothers who are united after their father passes away, leaving the family’s fortune to elder sibling Raymond (Hoffman), an autistic savant. Charlie Babbett (Tom Cruise), who wasn’t even aware of his brother’s existence, and has only been left his father’s old car in his will. Learning »
- The Hollywood News
The film world has often been attracted to the world of gambling and sports betting in particular. From gambling in the likes of Casino, Martin Scorsese’s award-winning Casino back in 1995 to poker action with Matt Damon in the exceptional Rounders three years later in 1998, cinema is infatuated with betting.
One thing that it hasn’t touched up that much is sports betting, and in particular soccer betting, but it has shown up in a couple of films in recent memory. The first is the Matthew McConaughey and Al Pacino film Two For The Money. The film is written by Dan Gilroy, who would later go on to make the Jake Gyllenhaal movie Nightcrawler, and was directed by D.J. Caruso (xXx: Return Of Xander Cage). McCounaghey played the part of Brandon, a college American Football star who was forced into an early retirement by a life-changing injury. After the accident, »
- Paul Heath
When a movie as quality as Casino is made you can bet that the details of the film are going to be vast. With a director like Martin Scorsese it’s not only a requirement but a necessity that attention be paid to the very last thread of fabric on each character, word they say, and action they make. One of the most amazing things about the movie that we don’t realize had such precision is the wardrobe. In an excerpt from an old article in the La Times we can learn a bit more: From costumes to casting, the look
- Nat Berman
Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.The key image in Part 5 of the revived Twin Peaks is of a woman in ecstasy. Recall, however, the subtitle that series co-creator/director David Lynch appended to his thorny 2006 masterpiece Inland Empire: "A Woman in Trouble." The line separating rapture and anguish is a blurry one, especially for Lynch's ladies, who are as likely to end up exquisitely chiseled corpses (the ubiquitous Laura Palmer; Part 2's doomed henchwoman Darya) as they are world-weary survivors. For the moment, let's focus on Rebecca "Becky" Burnett (Amanda Seyfried), daughter of Rr Diner waitress Shelly Johnson (Mädchen Amick), though Becky's last name—taken from ne'er-do-well husband Steven Burnett (Caleb Landry Jones)—obscures the identity of her father. (Dana Ashbrook's now-law-abiding Bobby Briggs is the most likely candidate, »
There is just 424 kilometres between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, so its no surprise that the so-called ‘Sin City’ has attracted many TV shows to the bright lights of the city over the years. We all know that the popular TV series CSI – Crime Scene Investigation is famously set in Vegas, but what about other shows that have chosen to head to the vast array of hotels and casinos over the years.
Well, let’s kick things off with a little known show actually called Las Vegas. The series, which ran for five seasons between 2003 and 2008, starred Josh Dumamel, who would later go on to headline the Transformers franchise, and screen legend James Caan (The Godfather). Las Vegas revolved around life in a fiction casino called the Montecito Resort & Casino on the famous Vegas strip. These days you can head to an online casino gratis, but this was a time »
- The Hollywood News
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