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Movies set in luminescent 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.
- CineVue UK
Director Gary Ross reveals that Ocean's 8 is going to keep the tone of the recent trilogy, an
Director Gary Ross is putting the finishing touches to his new film, Free State Of Jones. And in an interview to promote the movie, talk has turned to his next project, the reboot of sorts of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11 trilogy.
The new movie has a cast that’s reported to star Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Banks, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling. Jennifer Lawrence has been linked too, but her involvement is very much up in the air, given her crowded schedule.
So what should we expect from the new movie? Well, firstly, a new name. Ross has confirmed that the title of it will be Ocean’s 8.
“I think it’s a pretty similar tone”, he added. “You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t. I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation”.
That ties into rumours that the movie is more of a follow-on than anything.
“We’re different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I’m drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honoured to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with”, Ross added.
Ocean’s 8 is due to start filming before the end of the year. A release before the end of 2017 is a possibility…
Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven franchise will live on under the direction of Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) and there have been a number of actor's either reported or rumoured to be involved including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Banks, Helena Bonham Carter, and Mindy Kaling. Although at times it has been unclear whether Ross' project will be a... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Confirming that the title is "Ocean's Eight" for now, he also re-affirms that this upcoming all-female cast spin-off of the "Ocean's Eleven" films is a continuation of the tone that Steven Soderbergh established in the trilogy:
"I think it's a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren't. I don't think he would've wanted anyone to do it if we weren't. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He's a producer on the movie.
In one way or another, this has been a 20-year conversation between Steven and I, collaborating in ways the whole world doesn't know about: I helped him on the previous Ocean's Eleven films; he shot second unit on The Hunger Games; I've done Adr lines for him; and he reads all my scripts. It's a very long, ongoing collaboration. This, I think, is a very seamless process.
We're different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I'm drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I'm in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I'm thrilled and honored to be extending it."
- Garth Franklin
Last week, we reported that the cast of Sandra Bullock's female reboot of Ocean's Eleven has added Elizabeth Banks, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling. That report also teased that the project's working title was Ocean's Ocho, since the story will center on eight female thieves, but it seems that title wasn't quite accurate. While doing press for his new film The Free State of Jones, director Gary Ross confirmed that the title is actually Ocean's Eight, and that Ocean's Ocho was just a nickname for the project.
This project has been secretly in development over the past few years, with Ocean's Eleven director Steven Soderbergh, star George Clooney and producer Jerry Weintraub bringing aboard Olivia Milch (Town & Country) to write the script. Gary Ross revealed to SlashFilm that this project is not simply a female reboot, but a continuation of Steven Soderbergh's trilogy. Here's what Gary Ross had to say below, discussing how both he and Steven Soderbergh have collaborated on each other's projects over the years, and how Ocean's Eight will be similar in tone to Ocean's Eleven.
"I think it's a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren't. I don't think he would've wanted anyone to do it if we weren't. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He's a producer on the movie. In one way or another, this has been a 20-year conversation between Steven and I, collaborating in ways the whole world doesn't know about: I helped him on the previous Ocean's Eleven films; he shot second unit on The Hunger Games; I've done Adr lines for him; and he reads all my scripts. It's a very long, ongoing collaboration. This, I think, is a very seamless process. We're different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I'm drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I'm in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I'm thrilled and honored to be extending it. It's really fun to work with."
The director wouldn't confirm any of the cast members that have been previously reported, but he did joke that he'd "break the Internet" if they announced the cast right now. He also didn't address rumors about the story, including reports that Sandra Bullock's character is actually the ex-con sister of George Clooney's Danny Ocean from Steven Soderbergh's trilogy. The story reportedly centers on a group of eight thieves who plan on stealing an expensive necklace from the Met Ball, while framing a gallery owner for the crime.
While no other character details have been confirmed, Cate Blanchett is reportedly playing the right-hand woman of Bullock's character, similar to Brad Pitt's Rusty in the Ocean's Eleven trilogy. Jennifer Lawrence was previously being eyed to reunite with The Hunger Games director Gary Ross on the project, but our report from last week claimed that she isn't involved at this time. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more on Ocean's Eight as soon as more details come in. »
- Stephen Silver
The new film in the Ocean’s 11 series is set to have a female-led ensemble this time around, with Sandra Bullock sitting aboard the production for some time. Jennifer Lawrence was rumoured too, until her crowded schedule counted her out. But Cate Blanchett was recruited not long after.
Now we have news of some more additions to the line-up this time around.
Elizabeth Banks, who recently stepped away from directing Pitch Perfect 3 (and has just finished filming the new Power Rangers movie) is signing up for the film. And there are some more new faces, too. Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter are also said to be joining the merry band of thieves this time around.
George Clooney had been reported to be making a return cameo as Danny Ocean, but that’s now unlikely. Shooting on the movie though is set begin before the end of the year, and Warner Bros already reportedly has its eye on future sequels to this one.
Murder on the Orient Express: Angelina Jolie is in early talks to star in Murder on the Orient Express. Last year we heard that Kenneth Branagh would direct the new big-screen version of Agatha Christie's novel, which takes place during a trip on a luxurious train, and now it's been confirmed that Branagh will also portray famed detective Hercule Poirot in the ensemble mystery. [Variety] Ocean's Eleven: Elizabeth Banks may join the cast of the upcoming new version...
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Back in October, we reported that Oscar Winner Sandra Bullock had signed onto star in an all female reboot of the classic heist comedy Ocean's Eleven. Since then, we haven't heard much about this project, although word spread last month that Jennifer Lawrence was eyeing a role. Today we have word that, while Jennifer Lawrence won't be joining the cast, Elizabeth Banks is likely set to come aboard, along with new casting additions Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling.
Showbiz 411 reports that this project will start filming early next year in New York City. No details were given about the characters played by Elizabeth Banks, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter or Mindy Kaling. They will likely be part of this team of thieves assembled by Sandra Bullock's character, who is said to be the ex-con sister of George Clooney's Danny Ocean from 2001's Ocean's Eleven, and »
Currently going under the unofficial working title "Ocean’s Ocho," as there are eight thief protagonists instead of the traditional eleven, this would indicate at least three more major principal parts need to be filled by famous actresses.
A continuation of the George Clooney-led films, Bullock plays Danny Ocean's ex-con sister who, with help from her right-hand woman (Blanchett), forms a team of thieves to steal a necklace from the Met Ball in order to frame a duplicitous gallery owner.
Source: Showbiz 411 »
- Garth Franklin
Katherine Waterston may not be the most recognizable name just yet, but she certainly seems to be on the rise in Hollywood. A couple years ago, she was in P.T. Anderson's Inherent Vice, and just last year, she acted alongside Michael Fassbender in the Steve Jobs movie, and she'll be in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them later this year. She's currently dodging Xenomorphs in the movie Alien: Covenant, and now it looks like she's joined the growing cast of Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky, The Playlist reports.
Waterston will be joining an amazing ensemble cast that includes Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Adam Driver, Katherine Heigl, Seth MacFarlane. The film revolves around two brothers looking to pull off a heist during a Nascar race. Given that this film has an ensemble cast and involves a heist, it's quite fitting that it comes from the same director as Ocean's Eleven. »
- Joseph Medina
Zootopia: The "Gerbil Jerks," pictured above, are featured in a new video about deleted characters that will appear on the Zootopia Blu-ray, due out Tuesday, June 7. Other deleted characters include a pig politician named Mayor Swinton and razorback law enforcement officers (pictured below). Visit USA Today to see more deleted characters. Ocean's Eleven: Cate Blanchett is in talks to join Sandra Bullock in a reboot of Ocean's Eleven. Gary Ross (the upcoming Free State of Jones) is set to direct. The movie is aiming to begin production in late fall or early winter, though that may mean Jennifer Lawrence will not be available, as previously rumored, due to a potential schedule conflict. [The Playlist] Pitch Perfect 3: Last fall, we...
- Peter Martin
The planned new Ocean’s 11 reboot, whose primary cast this time will be female, is eyeing another Oscar-winner to add to its ranks. Already, Sandra Bullock is said to be on board the new film, with Jennifer Lawrence previously rumoured but apparently unable to fit the movie into her schedule right now.
However, one person who may have the time? That’s Cate Blanchett, who is set to be in talks to join the new Ocean’s 11 follow-on. She is set to be for Bullock in the new film what Brad Pitt was to George Clooney in the recent-ish trilogy.
Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) is still set to direct, and Olivia Milch is writing the screenplay for the new film. The working title for the movie (it won't be the final one) is reportedly Ocean’s Ocho, »
Zootopia: The "Gerbil Jerks," pictured above, are featured in a new video about deleted characters that will appear on the Zootopia Blu-ray, due out Tuesday, June 7. Other deleted characters include a pig politician named Mayor Swinton and razorback law enforcement officers (pictured below). [USA Today] Ocean's Eleven: Cate Blanchett is in talks to join Sandra Bullock in a reboot of Ocean's Eleven. Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, the upcoming Free...
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Late last year came word that "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross was developing an all-female "Ocean's Eleven" remake with Sandra Bullock starring. Ross brought the idea to both filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and producer Jerry Weintraub who loved it enough they've decided to move forward with it.
Helmed by Ross, the project is expected to enlist a star-studded cast, and now a new report at The Playlist has offered some new details. They say Cate Blanchett is currently in talks to join the film which is going by the affectionate nickname of "Ocean's Ocho" as it involves eight principal thieves pulling off a heist - not eleven.
Should a deal close, Bullock and Blanchett would be playing this version's equivalent of the Clooney and Pitt roles respectively, but the characters aren't "female versions" of the existing ones - rather all new ones which have friendship/partnership dynamics akin to the Soderbergh films. »
- Garth Franklin
Last year it was revealed that Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) would be directing an Ocean's Eleven remake/reboot/spin-off starring Sandra Bullock, and much like Steven Soderbergh's film, it seems like they've looking to assemble a star-studded cast. With Bullock filling a similar role to George Clooney's, she obviously needs a wise-cracking Brad Pitt type in order to help... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Brad Pitt is now and has been one of the biggest movie stars on the planet for a very long time. Though he can do a low key drama as well as anyone, he is actually quite the big action star in his own right between his work in various war films and heist films like Fury or Ocean's Eleven. Well, now Pitt can add real life hero to his resume, right alongside Sexiest Man Alive.
Recently while filming on the set of his latest film Allied, Pitt managed to step in and save a little girl from what could have been a really bad situation. During the filming of a scene, a large crowd of fans had gathered by some fencing to try and get a glimpse of the production, and unfortunately a little girl was starting to get crushed by the large amount of people. Lucky for her, »
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- Christopher Campbell
Ocean's Eleven: Jennifer Lawrence is rumored to be at the top of the short list for a planned continuation of the Ocean's Eleven series. Reportedly, she would join Sandra Bullock, with Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) eyed to direct. Bullock would play the sister of thief Danny Ocean (George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's trilogy), described as an ex-con who "sets out to steal a necklace from [New York's] Met Ball and frame a crooked gallery owner." [The Tracking Board] Godzilla 2: Filmmaker Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) has dropped out of directing the sequel to Godzilla (above) in favor of pursuing his own, "smaller in scale" projects. The filmmaker first gained notice with the low-budget Monsters. The release date for...
- Peter Martin
Plans continue to be put into place on the planned, female-led reboot of Ocean’s 11. It was a project that Sandra Bullock had been linked to, and The Hunger Games’ Gary Ross is working on the screenplay, and is set to direct too. Ross is putting his script together with Olivia Milch.
Now we learn that there may be a The Hunger Games reunion here, with the news that Jennifer Lawrence has come to the top of the casting shortlist. That’s not a sizeable surprise (she is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet), and Lawrence hasn’t committed to the movie at this stage. It may come down to whether he schedule can accommodate the planned autumn shoot for the movie.
Sandra Bullock is still in line to play »
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