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Movie Review: The Gambler

1 hour ago | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The Gambler is a film about an English literature professor with a dark side, a gambling addiction that has gotten him into debt with Los Angeles gangsters to the tune of $240,000. The film was directed by Rupert Wyatt (best known for Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)). The film’s screenplay was written by William Monahan (The Departed (2006)), based on the James Toback screenplay for the original film in 1974.

The new film opens with Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) at the bedside of his dying grandfather Ed Bennett (George Kennedy) – not what you would call an upbeat start. After the obligatory funeral scene, Jim goes directly to an underground casino to blow off some steam, where he proceeds to lose a lot. We are now introduced to the gangster who owns the casino, Mr. Lee (Alvin Ing), who gives Jim seven days to pay his $240,000 debt. The clock starts ticking. »

- Steven Gahm

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‘Into the Woods,’ Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ and ‘Selma’ Lead Christmas Parade at Box Office

12 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Interview” may be the most talked-about movie heading into Christmas Day, but the star-laden Disney musical “Into the Woods,” the Angelina Jolie–directed “Unbroken” and Oscar frontrunner “Selma” lead a holiday parade of eight new movies that could wrest the spotlight this weekend.

With the exception of the blockbuster Peter Jackson epic “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the holiday box office has been sluggish. But the high-profile releases could turn that around starting Thursday.

The Mark Wahlberg crime drama “The Gambler” is also opening nationwide, while the Clint Eastwood–directed “American Sniper,” Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes »

- Todd Cunningham

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‘The Gambler’ nails the look, but misses the feel of the original

23 December 2014 2:30 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Caution: The endings of both Rupert Wyatt’s film and the 1974 original are discussed in the editorial below.

The Gambler

Written by William Monahan

Directed by Rupert Wyatt

USA, 2014

Usually the first thing added to a film when it is remade is glitz. American films from the 1970s had their own distinct, philosophical quality to them, something that inevitably gets lost in translation when the material is put to screen again by a new team of filmmakers. Still, the one thing I didn’t anticipate while watching screenwriter William Monahan and star Mark Wahlberg tackle The Gambler was a lack of visceral thrills. Director Rupert Wyatt’s film nails the look of 1974′s The Gambler, but it lacks the feel of the original.

Jim Bennett (Wahlberg) — changed from Alex Freed (James Caan) in the previous film — is a gambler. He earns his money as a literature professor, but the tables »

- Colin Biggs

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Mark Wahlberg Talks The Gambler, Shedding Sixty Pounds For The Role, The Six Billion Dollar Man, Deepwater Horizon, and More

23 December 2014 2:07 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the ApesThe Gambler opening Christmas Day, I recently participated in a roundtable interview with Mark Wahlberg .  As most of you know from the trailers, the remake stars Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  The film also stars Brie LarsonJessica LangeJohn Goodman, and Michael K. Williams.  As you might imagine with a script by The Departed scribe William Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. During the interview Wahlberg talked about if he had any apprehension about remaking the 1974 film, Monahan's script, losing weight for the role,  how he got into acting, his connection to Boston, if he takes any credit for Warner Bros. making an Aquaman movie because of Entourage, if he'll play a superhero in the future, doing Deep »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Gambler | Review

22 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Kens and Dolls: Wyatt Revamps Toback Prose for the Plastic Age

Working steadfastly against the success of Rupert Wyatt’s up-do of The Gambler, which was originally a 1974 film starring James Caan, directed by Karl Reisz, and written by James Toback (based on semi-autobiographical elements), are two distinctive flaws. Firstly, Wyatt and screenwriter William Monahan fail momentously to live up to the gritty, unpleasantly self-sabotaging believability astutely evidenced in the original. Second, Mark Wahlberg’s overly determined performance careens ungraciously into flaunting bourgeoisie privilege in a role that doesn’t quite sit right on the shoulders of a celebrity still shadowed by his ridiculous early 90s persona. While Monahan wrote the role for which Wahlberg scored an Oscar nod eight years ago (2006’s The Departed), his hyper-intelligent, well-bred, successful novelist turned consummate gambler is more often than not unbelievable with Wahlberg in breathy, demure mode, rambling through a series of nicely written bits of misanthropy. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Brad Pitt’s Plan B Honored by Producers Guild with Visionary Award

22 December 2014 9:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has selected Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment as the recipient of its 2015 Visionary Award.

Plan B produced “12 Years a Slave,” which won the Best Picture Oscar this year, along with awards season contender “Selma.”

Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will accept the award at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The PGA’s Visionary Award recognizes television, film or new media producers for their unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.

Plan B Entertainment is being recognized with the Visionary Award for producing stories that have breathed new life into some of the seminal — and in some cases, most painful — episodes of our shared history,” the PGA said.

Plan B’s credits include  HBO’S “The Normal Heart,” “World War Z,” “Tree of Life” and “The Departed. »

- Dave McNary

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Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment to Receive Producers Guild’s Visionary Award

22 December 2014 9:23 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Plan B Entertainment, the company headed by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, will receive the 2015 Visionary Award from the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Monday.

The award will be presented at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Also read: HBO Movie ‘The Normal Heart’ Wins Producers Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award

Plan B is responsible for such films as “12 Years a Slave,” “The Tree of Life,” “The Departed,” the HBO film “The Normal Heart” and the new “Selma.”

Previous winners of the Visionary Award include Laura Ziskin, »

- Steve Pond

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Exclusive: Composer Howard Shore Talks The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Rosewater, Maps To The Stars, Silence, and More

19 December 2014 12:17 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore is among today’s most respected composers and conductors.  He’s been a frequent collaborator with David Cronenberg for 35 years and has scored nearly all his films since 1979 including 2014’s Maps to the Stars.  He’s also had a long-standing collaboration with director Martin Scorsese on films that include Gangs of New York, The Departed, The Aviator, and Hugo.  However, he is probably best known for his work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, including this year’s The Battle of the Five Armies.  Recently, he also composed the original music for director Jon Stewart’s biopic, Rosewater. In an exclusive interview, Shore spoke about his creative partnerships with Cronenberg, Jackson, Scorsese and Stewart, his unique approach to composition and orchestration, the challenges of scoring an edgy drama compared to a large scale action movie set in a complex fantasy world, »

- Sheila Roberts

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Mark Wahlberg to star in "couple more" Transformers films

19 December 2014 11:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mark Wahlberg has confirmed that he will continue to star in the Transformers franchise.

The Departed actor said that he is returning for "a couple more" films in Michael Bay's action series.

"Yeah, I committed to doing a couple more," he told MTV.

"You know I can't speak for Mr Bay, but something tells me [that] we'll be on the set soon."

The fourth instalment in the franchise - which stars Wahlberg as Cade Yeager - has made more than $1 billion (£640 million) in worldwide ticket sales.

The next Transformers film is scheduled for 2016.

Watch Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction below: »

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14 comics from 2014 that should be movies

18 December 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

2014 has been a landmark year for comic book movies. Not only did we get two of Marvel's best-ever films (Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but the major studios announced enough future superhero adaptations to take us all the way up to 2019.

It's been a pretty landmark year for comic books too. It feels as though more genuinely exciting new titles launched in 2014 than in the past ten years combined, with DC, Marvel and especially Image taking big risks and creating some seriously compelling comics in the process.

We've picked out our 14 favourite comics from this year in terms of big-screen potential:

14. Spread

The Comic: On paper, Spread doesn't sound like the most original book on the market. Like The Walking Dead, it's set in a post-apocalyptic world where survivors fight off gruesome monsters and each other. As with The Thing, those monsters are giant shape-shifting »

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Watch: Study Cinema History With Full Doc 'A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies'

17 December 2014 10:20 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Martin Scorsese, arguably one of the greatest living filmmakers, often gets unfairly branded as a guy who mainly makes “mafia” movies. While it’s true that Scorsese’s contributions to the genre (“Mean Streets,” “Goodfellas,” “The Departed”) are nothing to scoff at, it’s also an unfair and reductive generalization. The truth is that he has contributed to more cinematic genres then you can shake a bloody baseball bat at: from lavish period dramas to rock n’ roll documentaries, religious parables and children’s fantasies. Scorsese also peppers all his pictures with references to films that influenced him: for instance, his underrated “Shutter Island” is deeply indebted to Samuel Fuller’s “Shock Corridor." Of all the New Hollywood filmmakers that emerged in the 1970’s —those film-literate autodidacts who studied the visual language of forebearers Howard Hawks and John Ford and then radically rebelled against that selfsame establishment— Scorsese is almost certainly the most. »

- Nicholas Laskin

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'The Gambler' (2014) Movie Review

16 December 2014 10:27 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan which I have not seen, is another film dealing with addiction and inner demons. This time, as the title obviously states, our protagonist's (played by Mark Wahlberg) addiction is gambling and the reasons behind his willingness to go all in and his acceptance when he loses everything seem to stem from his upbringing, including his recently deceased grandfather (George Kennedy) who passes away in the film's opening scene and his wealthy Beverly Hills mother (Jessica Lange). The last time screenwriter William Monahan wrote a movie in which Wahlberg starred it was The Departed and the result was the actor's first Oscar nomination. While The Gambler won't likely find Wahlberg earning a third nom, Monahan was definitely crafted a script playing to Wahlberg's strengths as the best parts of this film come when Wahlberg is going full steam ahead, delivering witty lines at a quick clip, »

- Brad Brevet

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14 most shocking Oscars snubs: Despite nominations at Critics' Choice, Globes and SAG'

16 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Sure, we have 18 performers who have reaped bids at three key precursor prizes -- the Golden Globes, SAG and Critics' Choice Awards. But contending for that triple crown still doesn't make them sure things in the Oscars derby. Just ask Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Daniel Bruhl ("Rush"). These three thespians racked up recognition from all of these kudos last year but were snubbed on Oscar nominations morning.  Who else has fallen short of expectations for an Oscar nomination?  -Break- Pity poor Leonardo DiCaprio. He makes this list of dubious achievements twice. He was spurned by the actors branch of the academy for his leading performance in "J. Edgar" (2011) and his turn in "The Departed" (2006). In the case of the latter film, which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, he was the victim of category confusion. He had reaped lead nominati »

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Check Out These Exclusive New Photos From ‘The Gambler’

12 December 2014 2:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There’s no denying the impressive talent behind the new movie The Gambler. It is directed by Rupert Wyatt, the man behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes, directing his first film since that hit. William Monahan, the Oscar-winning writer of The Departed, scripted The Gambler based on a 1974 starring James Caan, originally written […]

The post Check Out These Exclusive New Photos From ‘The Gambler’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Exclusive: William Monahan Candidly Discusses The Gambler, His Severe Bike Accident Earlier This Year, His Approach to Writing, Mojave, Vengeance, John Le Carre’s A Delicate Truth, Television, and More

12 December 2014 10:11 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the ApesThe Gambler opening soon, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed).  As most of you know from the trailers, the remake stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  The film also stars Brie LarsonJessica LangeJohn Goodman, and Michael K. Williams.  As you might imagine with a script by Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. Over the past few years I've landed a number of great interviews with Monahan.  While all the interviews were informative and insightful, I think the one you're about to read is the best yet.  Not only is it really in depth and candid, but he talks for the first time about his severe motorcycle accident where he »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Trailer & poster for Robert Zemeckis' The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

9 December 2014 2:38 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

A teaser trailer and poster have landed online for The Walk, the upcoming Robert Zemeckis film about French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's walk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit and Ben Kingsley as his mentor, as well as James Badge Dale (The Departed), Ben Schwartz (The Other Guys) and Charlotte Le Bon (The Hundred-foot Journey). The Walk is an adaptation of Petit's memoir To Reach The Clouds: My High Wire Walk »

- Jesse Giroux

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Mark Wahlberg Wants Pardon For Crimes

5 December 2014 10:29 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Boston — Marky Mark doesn't want a black mark any longer. Actor Mark Wahlberg is asking Massachusetts for a pardon for assaults he committed in 1988 when he was a troubled teenager in Boston, saying he has dedicated himself to becoming a better person in his adult years so he can be a role model to his children and others. The former rapper known as Marky Mark and a star of movies including The Departed and The Gambler, filed a pardon application with state officials Nov. 26. New England Cable News first reported on the application Thursday. See more Mark Wahlberg:

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- The Associated Press

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Mark Wahlberg Seeks Pardon for 1988 Assaults

5 December 2014 8:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mark Wahlberg is asking Massachusetts for a pardon for assaults he committed in 1988 when he was a troubled teenager in Boston, saying he has dedicated himself to becoming a better person in his adult years so he can be a role model to his children and others. The former rapper known as Marky Mark and a star of movies including The Departed and The Gambler, set to open in theaters Dec. 19, filed a pardon application with state officials Nov. 26. New England Cable News first reported on the application Thursday. In 1988, when Wahlberg was 16, he hit a man in the head »

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Mark Wahlberg Seeks Pardon for 1988 Assaults

5 December 2014 8:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mark Wahlberg is asking Massachusetts for a pardon for assaults he committed in 1988 when he was a troubled teenager in Boston, saying he has dedicated himself to becoming a better person in his adult years so he can be a role model to his children and others. The former rapper known as Marky Mark and a star of movies including The Departed and The Gambler, set to open in theaters Dec. 19, filed a pardon application with state officials Nov. 26. New England Cable News first reported on the application Thursday. In 1988, when Wahlberg was 16, he hit a man in the head »

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A long history of Ridley Scott's on-again off-again movie projects

4 December 2014 12:03 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ridley Scott sure is picky for a director who has directed so many movies.  While famous for creating such visual feasts as "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Dawn," Scott has seemingly exited as many projects as he's seen through.  "Blade Runner 2" is merely the latest "will-he-or-won't-he?" moment in his career.  Recently, Scott dropped some hints about the long-delayed sequel to the 1982 film, but said he wouldn't be sitting in the director's chair. Now, he's backtracking, telling Yahoo, "I don’t know about [not directing 'Blade Runner 2'] yet." He added that the sequel could be his "most personal" film, and that the present script is "very, very good." It's certainly not the first time Scott has been ambiguous about taking on a directing gig. Here are some of the more interesting projects he never made: "I Am Legend" Scott got pretty far along on the pre-poduction process of the Richard Matheson adaptation in the '90s, »

- Dave Lewis

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