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Memorable Poker Moments on Screen

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When it comes to drama and suspense, you can’t beat a poker scene on the big screen. Just like the game itself, you never know quite how the scene is going to unfold and movie goers have had the pleasure of witnessing some highly memorable scenes. Maybe it’s the style that makes them memorable. Maybe it’s the slickness of it all. Who knows? One thing that you can be sure of, however, is that whenever there’s a poker scene in the movies, you certainly won’t leave your seat until you know how it ends. Below in this article, we discuss some of the best, most famous poker scenes the big screen has ever gifted us.

Casino Royale

In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig, starring as the world’s most debonair spy, James Bond, features in one of the most famous poker games in movie history and
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Avengers: Endgame Directors Think Robert Downey Jr. Needs to Win an Oscar for Iron Man

Avengers: Endgame Directors Think Robert Downey Jr. Needs to Win an Oscar for Iron Man
Should Robert Downey Jr. be considered for an Oscar for his work in Avengers: Endgame? The directors of the movie certainly seem to think so. Joe Russo and Anthony Russo have now worked with the man behind Iron Man in three movies, which also includes Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War. So they have a pretty good idea of what he's capable of as an actor. They're convinced he's worthy of an Academy Award for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the last 11 years.

The Russo brothers have been very busy promoting Avengers: Endgame over the course of the last month or so. During a recent interview, the subject of Robert Downey Jr.'s sheer acting talent and what he brought to the role of Tony Stark, starting with the original Iron Man in 2008. Because of all he's done, not just on screen but for pop culture in general,
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Both Movies And The News Media Need The Next ‘Absence Of Malice’

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Will there ever be another great journalism film? Given the chaos in both movies and the news media—audiences polarized, anonymous sourcing resurgent, Twitter rampant, prevailing narratives debunked (or not)—the temptation is to say, no, probably not.

But common sense says the next great media movie is bound to happen, sooner or later. And when it does, that film will probably look a lot more like Absence Of Malice than All The President’s Men.

Other films—Broadcast News, Network, The Insider, Shattered Glass, Truth, to name a few—have taken a serious cut at journalism in the years since classics like The Front Page, Citizen Kane, and The Sweet Smell Of Success put a framework around the genre.

But no movies in the last half-century have better defined inherent polarities in journalism—good reporter/bad reporter, fearless investigator/flawed newshound, bearer of truth/purveyor of damaging falsehood—than those two dramas,
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Sidney Sheinberg, MCA/Universal Exec Who Nurtured Steven Spielberg, Dies at 84

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Sidney Sheinberg, MCA/Universal Exec Who Nurtured Steven Spielberg, Dies at 84
Sidney Sheinberg, who served for more than 20 years as president and COO of MCA, Inc and Universal Studios and helped build the former agency into a potent entertainment corporation, died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 84.

Sheinberg’s son, Jonathan, confirmed the news in an email.

“He was an amazing man,” he wrote. Jonathan also remembered his father’s impact on the industry and the people whose lives Sheinberg touched through philanthropy.

“My heart is broken at this news,” said Steven Spielberg in a statement. “For now let me just say that Sid had a big personality and a tender heart. He was the tallest most stand up guy I ever knew. He gave birth to my career and made Universal my home. He gave me ‘Jaws,’ I gave him ‘ET’ and he gave me ‘Schindler’s List.’ We were a team for 25 years and he was
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The Filmmakers Podcast #98: How to make a studio Indie Movie with Jack Binder

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Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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Oscars flashback 45 years to 1974: Katharine Hepburn, Liza Minnelli and the infamous streaker

Oscars flashback 45 years to 1974: Katharine Hepburn, Liza Minnelli and the infamous streaker
I was three years old in 1974. I’m giving away my age, but I love the fact that I can remember the 1970s and 1980s. The classic film stars who many young people today don’t recognize were still popping up on award and variety shows. One such very memorable occasion was the 1974 Academy Awards telecast. Granted I was too young to remember this awards show, and it would be another decade before my passion for movies took hold. However, it is one of the ceremonies that has multiple special moments that are still discussed on this anniversary 45 years later. And it took place during an era when over-the-top, cheesy broadcasts were in full bloom. This particular ceremony provided the only appearance by Katharine Hepburn at the Oscars, the youngest Oscar winner ever, an odd quartet of hosts with an opening musical by Liza Minnelli and a very shocking but amusing “visitor.
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Oscars Experts’ Top 5 underdogs for Best Actor: Ryan Gosling, Willem Dafoe, Stephan James …

Oscars Experts’ Top 5 underdogs for Best Actor: Ryan Gosling, Willem Dafoe, Stephan James …
We’ve polled more than two dozen Expert journalists from top media outlets for their Oscar predictions, and they’re almost unanimous about four nominees for Best Actor: front-runner Christian Bale (“Vice”) and then Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”). For the fifth spot, most of them are predicting critics’ darling Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”).

But you can always count on the Oscars to deliver at least a handful of major surprises across their 24 categories. So which underdogs should we watch out for in this race? Below are the top five contenders on the bubble with at least one Expert predicting them for nominations as of this writing.

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John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman” (11 Experts) — When you combine the predictions of all Gold Derby users, Washington actually ranks ahead of Hawke for his
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10 Best Gambling and Poker Movies to Watch in 2019

The ten best gambling and poker movies are a must-see for everyone. These movies are exciting because gambling is one of the most exhilarating activities worldwide. For example, gamblers experience a rush when they win risky bets. More importantly, the things that people do to win a game or prevent cheaters from defrauding a gambling company are shocking. That is why they provide excellent material for moviemakers. Here are the 10 best gambling and poker movies.

1. Casino

Casino is a 1995 film by Martin Scorsese. The film had a star-studded cast including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone. Casino earned $116.1 million at the box office. Film critics rated it highly. For example, it received an average score of 73 out of 10 on Metacritic. The film is about a gambling handicapper called to oversee the daily operations at a casino in Las Vegas. Ace has one job. That job is to keep
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Film Review: ‘Thugs of Hindostan’

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Reportedly the biggest-budgeted and most widely released Bollywood production ever, “Thugs of Hindostan” is an exuberantly excessive masala of swashbuckling heroics, broader-than-broad comedy, propulsively choreographed action, and raucously caffeinated song-and-dance sequences. Writer-director Vijay Krishna Acharya, a creative force behind the popular “Dhoom” movies, has borrowed freely from Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean,” even to the point of having Indian superstar Aamir Khan often come across as a smudged carbon of Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow while playing a similarly unreliable rogue. But for all its recycled elements and predictable narrative stratagems, this diverting Diwali-timed extravaganza stands on its own merits as a lightly satisfying popcorn epic — provided, of course, you have a taste for such over-the-top amusement.

During the darkly majestic opening scenes — set in 1795, when the Indian subcontinent was known as Hindostan — Acharya provides the impetus for a tale of rebellion, revenge, and redemption as members of a
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Oscar Flashback: ‘Psycho, ‘The Exorcist’ among the nominated horror films of the 1960s and 1970s

Oscar Flashback: ‘Psycho, ‘The Exorcist’ among the nominated horror films of the 1960s and 1970s
This article marks Part 2 of the Gold Derby series reflecting on Horror Films at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the spine-tingling movies that earned Academy Awards nominations, including the following films from the 1960s and 1970s.

Alfred Hitchcock‘s “Psycho” (1960) was met with enormous critical and commercial success upon release emerging the second-highest grossing film of the year, just behind Stanley Kubrick‘s “Spartacus.” Alas, the film was also greeted to a somewhat cool reception at the Oscars. “Psycho” did muster four nominations, in Best Director (Hitchcock’s fifth and final career bid), Best Supporting Actress (Janet Leigh), Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. Notably absent was Anthony Perkins, unforgettable as Norman Bates. Leigh, who won the Golden Globe for her performance, was ultimately defeated by Shirley Jones (“Elmer Gantry”). The film also failed to win on any of its other three nominations.

The following year,
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London Film Festival: Robert Redford says farewell to acting with ‘The Old Man and the Gun’

London Film Festival: Robert Redford says farewell to acting with ‘The Old Man and the Gun’
Robert Redford could well win an Oscar for his final role on film in “The Old Man and the Gun,” which recently charmed audiences at the London Film Festival. Writer/director David Lowery tells a merry little story that moves along at a neat pace with an entirely relaxed approach that extends to the performances. Here’s the official synopsis of the Fox Searchlight Pictures movie: Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.

In Redford’s swansong, his charm, charisma and likeability are used to full effect. This screen legend has only reaped one Oscar bid for acting: he lost in 1974 for his performance in the Best Picture champ “The Sting” to Jack Lemmon (“Save the Tiger”). He did win an Academy Award for directing the 1981 Best Picture “Ordinary People.
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Chevy Chase movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Vacation,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Fletch’

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Chevy Chase movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Vacation,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Fletch’
Chevy Chase celebrates his 75th birthday on October 8, 2018. Known for his smug, bemused sense of humor, the actor has become famous for a series of highly profitable comedies. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in New York in 1943, Chase turned to comedy after a series of odd jobs. After a short stint with the “National Lampoon,” he shot to stardom in 1975 as one of the original Not Ready for Primetime Players on “Saturday Night Live.” In its first season, Chase became famous both for his pratfalls and his Gerald Ford impersonation. He was also the initial host of “Weekend Update,” starting each week with the catchphrase, “I’m Chevy Chase, and you’re not.”

After winning Emmys for writing and performing in 1976, Chase left “SNL” after one year to pursue a movie career (he was
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Robert Redford Goes The “Upbeat” Route With ‘The Old Man & The Gun’

Robert Redford reunites with Pete’s Dragon filmmaker David Lowery with The Old Man & The Gun. The picture, which is based on the true story of stickup artist Forrest Tucker (Redford), is the actor’s final acting role. After years of putting in seminal work in The Sting, The Electric Horseman, Brubaker, and most recently All [...]

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‘The Old Man and the Gun’ reviews: Is this a ‘stellar finale’ for Robert Redford, who is retiring from acting?

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‘The Old Man and the Gun’ reviews: Is this a ‘stellar finale’ for Robert Redford, who is retiring from acting?
Legendary actor Robert Redford is reportedly retiring from acting after “The Old Man and the Gun,” which opened on September 28. He stars in the film as real-life bank-robber Forrest Tucker, a career criminal who spent his life robbing banks, getting arrested and escaping prison. Rinse and repeat. Is this film a fitting farewell for the man whose career breakthrough came almost 50 years ago in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969)?

As of this writing “Old Man” has a MetaCritic score of 81 and an 89% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Tomatometer critical consensus calls it “a well-told story brought to life by a beautifully matched cast” and a “pure, easygoing entertainment for film fans — and a fitting farewell to a legend.” It’s the “best film yet” by director David Lowery, who previously helmed “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (2013), “Pete’s Dragon” (2016) and “A Ghost Story” (2017).

As for Redford, he exhibits “brilliant,
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‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Review: Redford Robs Banks — and Steals Your Heart

‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Review: Redford Robs Banks — and Steals Your Heart
Sometimes a movie arrives that charms its way into your heart — and The Old Man & the Gun is just such an unassuming, exuberant gift. Only afterwards do you see that its roots go deeper, that its evocation of the past points to an uncertain future. In this self-proclaimed “mostly true story,” Robert Redford — still defining movie-star magnetism at 82 — takes on the role of Forrest Tucker, a real-life bank robber who prides himself on having escaped from prison 16 times. You might call him a “gentleman bandit,” since he’s unfailingly polite to those he robs.
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‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Film Review: Robert Redford Goes Out Smiling

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‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Film Review: Robert Redford Goes Out Smiling
Saying goodbye isn’t easy. If we’re lucky, we are afforded one last chance to share time with them in ways that matter. Although Robert Redford will be alive for years after the lights dim on his film career, he’s given his fans a chance to say goodbye to Robert Redford the actor with David Lowery’s latest film, “The Old Man & the Gun,” which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last month.

Stephen King once wrote about being a writer, “I was being paid to do what I loved, and there’s no gig on earth better than that; it’s like a license to steal.” In what he has said will be his last film performance, Redford plays real-life bank robber and serial prison escapee Forrest Tucker. This story may not carry the same weight as, say, movies where the characters have to make “one
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Robert Redford’s 13 Best Movie Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: In honor of “The Old Man & the Gun” and its leading man’s supposed retirement from acting, what is Robert Redford’s greatest screen performance?

Matthew Zoller Seitz (@MattZollerSeitz), RogerEbert.com



All is Lost” is in some ways the perfect Redford performance, because he’s the only character, and that means he never has to share the screen with anyone for any reason. I know that sounds ungenerous, but as much as I’ve enjoyed a lot of the movies Redford has done over the years, it’s always bugged me that he often seemed more concerned with looking great and being in control and always getting the upper hand than in plumbing the depths of his psyche, and stretching his talent, as so many comparably famous ’70s leading men did.
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Robert Redford would make Oscar history with win for ‘The Old Man and the Gun’

Robert Redford would make Oscar history with win for ‘The Old Man and the Gun’
Robert Redford has recently announced that his appearance in the upcoming film “The Old Man and the Gun” will mark his retirement from acting. Since then, this Hollywood icon has been rising up the ranks on our Oscars prediction chart for Best Actor. Should he take home the Academy Award next February, Redford would, at age 82, become the oldest-ever winner of that race.

His new movie is based on the true story of an elderly ex-con who robs a number of banks and becomes a folk hero. The role makes a fitting bookend to a career that was launched into the stratosphere by “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” fifty years ago. This new film by David Lowery boasts an exceptional supporting cast including Oscar winners Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck and Keith Carradine as well as Emmy champ Elisabeth Moss and screen veteran Danny Glover.

Redford lost his only bid
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Best movies to learn card games and tricks

Playing cards isn’t only an enjoyable activity in itself, but also provides a great fodder for some of the most entertaining movies. The suspense that is built in card games rivals those of blockbuster movies and the tricks of skillful players add another layer of enjoyment to the experience. While it is rarely possible to pick up a game from a movie without any prior experience, there are some films that allow viewers to discover a new side to a familiar game or find out about tricks and strategies previously unknown. This article lists some of the best movies about card games that might prove useful for the audience in terms of advancing the playing skills (full list available here).

Rounders 1998

Rounders centers around a young poker player played by Matt Damon, whose success in the game allows him to pay for his education. After losing a game to a famous Russian gangster,
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