12 Nov 2014

Hollywood is fascinated by gambling and gamblers, creating several iconic characters who have played, cheated or bluffed their way through many sticky situation on screen. In this article we list our top five gambler character in movie history.

#5 Le Chiffre – Casino Royale (2006)

Le Chiffre

Le Chiffre

Credit: Eon Productions

Le Chiffre was the very first villain that the literary Bond had to face when the debut novel that launched a 50-year, multi-million franchise was published back in 1953.

In this 2006 reboot of the movie series James Bond sits across the table to Le Chiffre to have another go at him, swapping old-fashioned baccarat for the most famous card game in poker rooms around the world and online, Texas Hold’em.

Le Chiffre proves to be a tough match for 007. His cold, calculating mind can sort through the odds of any card combination in seconds and his genius extends also to the hatching of callous schemes to get rid of Bond for good. Although the guy suffers from some very obvious and inconvenient tells, including a twitch and the fact that he weeps blood, his elegantly tailored black suit and icy stare embody the very idea of what a poker pro should look like.

#4 Micky Rosa – 21 (2008)

Micky Rosa

Micky Rosa

Credit: Columbia Pictures

Professor Micky Rosa, played by Kevin Spacey in the heist drama film 21, teaches mathematics at MIT by day and uses his incredible number crunching skills to coach a small group of whiz kids in the finer points of blackjack card counting.

Rosa is an amoral man who stops at nothing in order pull of his money-making scheme which involved flying his students to Vegas and into getting them to win millions playing at the casino tables and then conning them out of their winnings.

His arrogant attitude coupled with a genuine brilliance at what he does makes Rosa a character which viewers paradoxically find repulsive and compelling at the same time.

If you’re looking to make millions at the casino like Professor Rosa’s star students there’s no need to save up for a flight to Vegas or enroll in some secret gambling society.

Just point your internet browser to any one of the large number of highly reputable online casino and poker room operators who provide players with the opportunity to enjoy genuine gambling thrills from the comfort of their homes. (Have a look here to find out more).

#3 Eric ‘The Kid’ Stoner – The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

Eric the Kid

Eric the Kid

Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Eric Stoner, alias ‘The Kid’, is played by Steve McQueen in the gambling movie classic Cincinnati Kid. Eric is an amateur poker player who dreams of taking on the pros and prove the world he’s a force to be reckoned with.

Stoner’s determination, methodical play and flawless skill in poker strategy are three traits which poker players all around the world aspire to imitate, however the character often lets his quick temper cloud his good judgement: a fact which definitively shapes the events that befall him in the movie.

The Kid’s fearless attitude makes him one of the most iconic gambler characters to appear on the silver screen and his prodigious skills are the envy of any wannabe poker player who wants to hit it big at the tables.

30 Oct 2014
Girls Generation

Girls Generation

The South Korean girl group Girls Generation is spotted on the set of the set of the TV series My Spring Day earlier this week in Korea. The group was there in support of Sooyoung, who's guest-starring on the show. Sooyoung tweeted:

"The goddesses got together at our set. They bowed to the director and cast, greeting them one by one and asking them to look at our Sooyoung fondly..My dependable sisters.. Thank you so so much. I love you ! #MySpringDay #Goddesses #DongHa'sBigSmile #Girls'Generation #LoveYouFriends."

Looking good, girls!

*3 Girls Generation pictures total in the gallery:

  • 10723953_291831851026389_1395107070_n
  • 10724802_749956548418697_463815071_n
  • 10731480_732449580157169_1541262784_n
8 Apr 2014
Rachel Nichols and Brian Markinson

Rachel Nichols and Brian Markinson

Rachel Nichols and Brian Markinson are spotted on the set of Continuum in Vancouver late last month. In the Canadian science fiction series, Rachel plays a detective from the year 2077 trapped in the present time hunting future criminals also trapped in the present time. Got that?

PICTURES: Check out more on the Continuum page!

The new season of Continuum premiered last month, so be sure to set your DVRs for all the new episodes. You can catch it on Showcase in Canada and SyFy in the United States.

*12 Continuum pictures total in the gallery:

  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-01
  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-02
  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-03
  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-04
  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-05
  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-06
  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-07
  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-08
  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-09
  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-10
  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-11
  • rachel-nicholas-continuum-12
25 Mar 2014
Jesse McCartney and AJ Michalka

Jesse McCartney and AJ Michalka

Jesse McCartney and AJ Michalka are spotted on the set of Amish in Los Angeles last week. I hope this is the start of something more. They would make such a cute couple!

PICTURES: Check out more on the Jesse McCartney page!

Regarding the new flick, director Richard Gabai recently said: “I’m developing a project in a completely sort of different space. It’s going to be in the Amish world. It’s a dramatic feature.”

Can't wait to see it!

*12 Amish pictures total in the gallery:

  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-01
  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-02
  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-03
  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-04
  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-05
  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-06
  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-07
  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-08
  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-09
  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-10
  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-11
  • jesse-mccartney-amish-movie-12
5 Mar 2014
Jodi Foster and Mel Gibson on the set of Maverick

Jodi Foster and Mel Gibson on the set of Maverick

There have been many gambling scene in movie history that have made our pulses quicken and kept our eyes glued to the screen.

There’s an inherent drama in gambling that has players confront each other for the last remaining chip on the table while making us all stand and watch in awed silence.

But should you believe all you see on screen?

Unfortunately even the well-scripted scenes in some of the best gambling movies in history suffer from glaring blunders that would make any pro cringe. Here’s our pick of the least believable gambling scenes in movie history. Gamblers who play their games online and in land-based casinos enjoy movies about their favorite past time. But where has Hollywood messed up and made these less than believable?

Rounders (1998)

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich
Running time: 121 min

Rounders is widely considered a classic among movies about gambling. The plot is centred around highly gifted poker player and law student Mick McDermott (Matt Damon). His winning streak soon comes to a tragic end when he loses all his money to Teddy KGB (John Malkovich), a Russian crime boss.

Promising himself never to touch the cards again, McDermott tries to move on and to concentrate on his law studies and budding love relationship instead. But things take an unexpected turn when Mick ends up doing the rounds of high-stakes games once again, with his childhood friend Lester 'Worm' Murphy (Edward Norton), who has been released from prison and has to pay his poker debts back.

A blow to purists:

The movies has many great scenes, however poker aficionados who have proper poker etiquette at heart will have a tough time swallowing the fact that there are multiple occasions in the film where the characters ‘string bets’. Stringing bets is the practice of upping the stakes soon after having made your bet.

In this film you often hear people calling and then raising their bets, something which poker purists frown upon and makes the poker action look less authentic.

25 Feb 2014
Ty Burrell and Sofia Vergara

Ty Burrell and Sofia Vergara

Ty Burrell and Sofia Vergara are spotted filming Modern Family on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia on Thursday (February 22). Also spotted were youngsters Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez filming a hilarious scene involving a couple of topless women. The entire cast has been on location in Sydney all week. Can't wait for the episode!

PICTURES: Check out more on the Modern Family page!

Sofia -- who's engaged to longtime boyfriend Nick Loeb -- recently confessed that she can't decide if she wants a big or small wedding:

"The thing is, I don't know what to do. It's either I do something really big, or I do something really small with Nick and I and my son, and then my mom, and then my cousins, and then it's impossible. It's been awful because since that news came out, all my family is so excited, and they're already planning outfits. It's like, 'What are we going to do? How are you going to get us there?' … I'm disappointed to have to tell them it's not true. I haven't even planned anything."

*12 Modern Family pictures total in the gallery:

  • modern-family-bondi-beach-01
  • modern-family-bondi-beach-02
  • modern-family-bondi-beach-03
  • modern-family-bondi-beach-04
  • modern-family-bondi-beach-05
  • modern-family-bondi-beach-06
  • modern-family-bondi-beach-07
  • modern-family-bondi-beach-08
  • modern-family-bondi-beach-09
  • modern-family-bondi-beach-10
  • modern-family-bondi-beach-11
  • modern-family-bondi-beach-12
25 Feb 2014
Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl is spotted on the set of her new film Your Right Mind on Historic 25th Street in Ogden, Utah earlier this month. In the film, Heigl plays a single mother fighting to maintain custody of her daughter. It also stars hottie Ben Barnes as her romantic interest.

PICTURES: Check out more on the Katherine Heigl page!

Line producer David Wulf explained why he chose Ogden for filming:

"There is a lot of natural production value. It's just a really nice place. There were a couple places in Salt Lake that we looked at, but we felt like Ogden's Union Station had so much character and history, and it was the right size."

*6 Katherine Heigl pictures total in the gallery:

  • 198264-247585
  • 198264-247586
  • 198264-247587
  • be7s-daccaag4dy-jpg-large
  • bgtafpyceaawofv-jpg-large
  • yourrightmind100214-1