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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
The story, written by David Scarpa, centers on the 1973 kidnap in Italy of J. Paul Getty III — the rebellious teenage grandson of oil billionaire J. Paul Getty, who was reluctant to pay the $17 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers. Natalie Portman is being eyed to play the part of Gail Harris, the mother of John Paul Getty III.
The kidnappers sent a lock of hair and the teen’s severed right ear to the family to convince them pay the ransom. Harris and the boy’s father eventually convinced the elder Gerry pay a $2.9 million ransom, resulting in the teenager being freed after six months. He had been chained to a stake in a cave in Italy.
- Dave McNary
Casey Affleck, who won the best actor Oscar on Sunday, became a frontrunner after he swept a series of precursor awards last winter. But when he started doing press for “Manchester by the Sea” in the fall, Affleck was certain he’d never win an Academy Award.
For a cover story in October, here’s what he told Variety about the early Oscar buzz.
“I think other than the campaigning and the stuff that happens, there’s another factor, which is you are the kind of person who has had years and years of doing magazines and talk shows and being out there,” said Affleck, who spent two decades making under-the-radar indies like “Gerry” and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” “That is what makes the big difference. You are the kind of person that the Academy voters feel like they know. I haven’t led that kind of life. And »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?
There can be only one.
Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox
- David Ehrlich
4 items from 2017
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