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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
Rock'n'roll... rock'n'roll never changes. In the world where the Soviet Union won the nuclear war, the music has become the only virtue. Rock’n’roll musician Cash and his fellow Wanderer travel to the final citadel of civilization — Last Vegas — where they hope to overthrow usurper king Jackson. And only Saint Elvis knows how many dangers await them along their way to the city... Last Vegas is driven by dark humor, sword fights and rock’n’roll. The story of Last Vegas started back in 2016 at Fidel Pictures studio which was formed by the Moscow fans of post-apocalyptic fiction. Director and screenwriter Dmitry...
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Despite competition from Sony’s animated “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” in this weekend’s continued box-office battle of the PGs, DreamWorks Animation’s “The Boss Baby” (20th Century Fox) again beat out live-action “Beauty and the Beast” (Disney). During the week “Beauty” actually outgrossed “Baby” by about $1 million, which means it’s playing beyond the kiddie crowd.
Though hardly stellar, Warners’ “Going in Style” remake with senior Oscar-winners Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine exceeded low expectations and could sustain a smaller than usual second weekend drop.
The third opener, Christian title “The Case for Christ” (Pure Flix), while based on a pre-sold bestseller and marketed in churches ahead of Holy Week, earned less than $4 million. Religious audiences, sparked by group sales, often come out on Friday night, but the 15 per cent Saturday drop suggests poor word of mouth. But it could get a boost over the Easter holiday weekend. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
Three New Movies May Have Trouble Making Much of a Mark
After a couple impressive March weekends with one new box office record, and a couple impressive openings, we’re now into April, and of the new movies, there just doesn’t seem like anything can defeat last week’s powerful duo of DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby--which exceeded all predictions with $49 million, taking the top spot from Beauty and the Beast. Ghost in the Shell didn’t even do as well as I thought it may, opening with just $19 million, those late reviews helping to kill its weekend.
- Edward Douglas
We've already seen some strong performances at the box office this year all of which have contributed to the yearly domestic box office topping $3 billion in ticket sales faster than it ever has before. Last weekend, The Boss Baby became the fifth release of 2017 to top $50 million at the weekend box office and while this weekend won't see similar returns for the week's new wide releases, it's the relative calm before the storm as Universal's The Fate of the Furious debuts next weekend, sure to become the year's second $100+ million opener. As for this weekend, the top twelve may struggle to reach $120 million collectively as both Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style are looking at relatively soft openings while Pure Flix's The Case for Christ should find a spot in the lower half of the weekend top ten. At the top of the box office it's looking like »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Back before Martin Brest was placed into forced retirement post-Gigli, he had a run of comedy hits including Midnight Run and Beverly Hills Cop. The first of these studio pictures, however, was a heist flick starring eighty-year old George Burns, seventy-year old Lee Strasberg, and fifty-year old Art Carney as clean-nosed roommates inexplicably looking to rob a bank. The fun was in the preparation—a rejuvenated excitement in their lives. The drama came via a long, winding road of tragedy afterwards. So of course Warner Bros. thought about how they could cull together a twenty-first century trio of octogenarians to do the exact same thing. Have them decide to rob their own bank for revenge and ride into the sunset for a senior citizen Hell or High Water.
Well, the result isn’t quite that successful so don’t start handicapping Going in Style for any Oscar nominations just yet. »
- Jared Mobarak
“The Boss Baby” (20th Century Fox) and “Beauty and the Beast” (Disney) should take the top slots this early spring weekend, but the DreamWorks Animation comedy isn’t guaranteed to hold on to number one.
We’re in the middle of staggered school spring vacation season, so family-oriented films abound. That explains Sony’s release of “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” which looks to do best among the three new wide releases. However, “Going in Style” (Warner Bros.) and “The Case for Christ” (PureFlix) are less predictable with their respective older and faith-based core audiences.
This looks like another weekend that will outpace last year’s, when the top 10 grossed $91 million; expect this one to reach at least $100 million.
Alec Baldwin as an overgrown, big-mouth animated infant bested the third week of “Beauty” by $5 million, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Families have been dominating the box office with The Boss Baby doing much better than expected business and Beauty and the Beast breaking all sorts of records. This week sees another family-friendly affair enter the ring with Smurfs: The Lost Village, while Going in Style looks to please the older crowd. Let’s see if either are worth your time.
What we are excited about: Are we allowed to say nothing? Clearly this movie is not aimed at our demographic, but if your family has already seen Beauty and the Beast and has no interest in seeing Alec Baldwin playing a toddler in Boss Baby, maybe a trip to Smurfville will be a fun one. The movie thankfully ditches the half live-action/animated formula and decided to »
- Scott Davis
Live-action fairytales are all the rage in Hollywood (see: Beauty and the Beast), but what about live-action fairytales that enter a new genre altogether?
Well, if a new report collated by The Tracking Board is to be believed, Princesses could go on to become the answer. Hatched by screenwriter Nir Paniry (Extracted), the project only has a spec script to its name at the moment, but TB claims the treatment is being shopped to studios near and far – Disney included.
The elevator pitch is a “female-driven Avengers featuring classic fairy tale princesses,” and though it’s unclear which characters will feature – it’ll largely depend on where the project lands, essentially – we understand Joachim Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) is currently attached at the helm, with Lawrence Grey (Lights Out, Last Vegas) involved in a producing capacity.
Buoyed by the success of female-driven tentpoles in »
- Michael Briers
There’s not many places on Earth more bright, glitzy and glamorous than Las Vegas. With its famous shows, many casinos and constant parties, it’s no surprise that the city in the desert is popular with Hollywood and the film industry. Situated just 263 miles east of Los Angeles and the film community, Vegas has attracted the attention of movie producers for decades.
Founded in 1905, not too long after the birth of the movie industry itself, the City Of Las Vegas first appeared in a motion picture in 1952. The film was The Las Vegas Story, a Howard Hughes production starring Jane Russell and Victor Mature that was a suspenseful thriller involving murder and intrigue. It was quickly followed by the likes of Crashing Las Vegas and Meet Me In Las Vegas a few years later, but it was the arrival of the 1960 Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11 which really united »
- David Agnew
Life, Itself is a multi-generational love story that weaves together characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back.
FilmNation is fully financing and produces and handles international sales while Wme Global represents Us rights.
His directorial »
FilmNation Entertainment and Temple Hill are producing the multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades — from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside. Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Mandy Patinkin, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, and Alex Monner also star. Principal photography is beginning in New York City and will continue in Spain in May.
FilmNation will fully finance, produce, and handle international sales for the film. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce with FilmNation, along with Fogelman. Wme Global will handle the U.S. sale on behalf of FilmNation.
‘This Is Us »
- Dave McNary
A wise and wistful love letter from one remarkable character actor to another, John Carroll Lynch’s “Lucky” returns 90-year-old Harry Dean Stanton to the dusty desert environs he shuffled through in 1984’s “Paris, Texas,” and offers the rawboned legend one of the best roles he’s had since. Beginning as a broad comedy before blossoming into a wry meditation on death and all the things we leave behind (a transition that kicks into gear when one of Stanton’s old friends shows up and steals the show), Lynch’s directorial debut is a wisp of a movie, blowing across the screen like a tumbleweed, but it’s also the rare portrait of mortality that’s both fun and full of life.
- David Ehrlich
It's capable of bringing down a T-Rex in prehistoric times, so just imagine the meal it could have with a modern-day menu. The massive Megalodon shark from Steve Alten's 1997 novel, Meg, will finally come to life on film via Warner Bros., but viewers now have a bit longer of a wait to see the ultimate apex predator make its splash on the big screen.
Multiple sources, including Variety, report that Meg will now be released in theaters (in 3D and IMAX) on August 10th, 2018, moving it several months from its previous March 2nd slot.
Directed by Jon Turteltaub (Last Vegas, National Treasure) and featuring a cast that includes Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Cliff Curtis, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose, filming on Meg began last October in New Zealand, with shooting on the project also being done in China.
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates, check out the »
- Derek Anderson
Author: Zehra Phelan
The first look at Elle Fanning as English novelist, Mary Shelley, who is best known for the Gothic novel Frankenstein, has emerged via The Hollywood Reporter. The drama is currently under offer to buyers from Hanway at the Berlin Film Festival, Berlinale.
At the tender age of just 18 (19 come April), Elle Fanning has just been seen in an appearance in the sinister yet beautiful trailer for the upcoming The Beguiled alongside Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. She eems to have surpassed her elder sister, Dakota Fanning, through numerous projects which have not only gained critical acclaim (read our review of The Neon Demon here) but has many flocking to have her lead their pictures. Most recently we have seen her in Live by Night alongside Ben Affleck and just last week saw the release of 20th Century Women.
In the image Elle Fanning is lost deep in »
- Zehra Phelan
Mike Karz of Karz Entertainment and Josie Rosen of Gulfstream Pictures are producing the project, which has been in development for more than a decade. Russell Hollander of Hollander Entertainment is the executive producer.
Dan Fogelman, whose screenplay credits include “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Last Vegas,” is the screenwriter. Baker’s novel focuses on a hard-living man who falls in love with a woman who literally saves him from himself — despite the best efforts of her protective father to crush the relationship. When she dies tragically just before the wedding, the men wind up going on the honeymoon together to reconcile their differences.
- Dave McNary
16 items from 2017
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