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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
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."

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8 Jan 2014
Roulette Table

Roulette Table

Whether you’re a diehard casino-loving gambler or a regular Joe who likes the extravagant atmosphere of casinos, you can get some of the rush of betting big on your TV screen. Here’s our choice of the top five casino movies to watch next.

1. The Sting (1973)

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
Running time: 129 min

The Sting tells the gripping story of Johnny Hooker, a young con-man in 1930s Chicago, who accidentally crosses mob boss Doyle Lonnegan during one of his stunts. This mishap gets Johnny's partner killed and, fearing for his life, Johnny flees the Windy City.

After meeting up with master con-man Henry Gondorff, Johnny plots an elaborate scheme to relieve Lonnegan of a huge sum of money. With the help of a team of tricksters, a high stakes game is set up with more than just a lot of money on the line. From poker to horse racing, the play for money is as intense as it can be. To pull it off, Hooker and Gondorff will not only need huge playing skills; they’ll also need guts.

The Sting was a hugely successful movie and although dated, it still makes for great viewing. The film won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, in 1974.

 

2. Bugsy (1991)

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel
Running time: 136 min

Released in 1991, Bugsy is an American crime-drama that tells the tale of mobster Bugsy Siegel, the man who dreamt it big in Las Vegas and founded the seemingly impossible, the extravagant Flamingo Hotel & Casino. The story of how Bugsy became a driving force in the development of The Strip as a gaming haven started off almost by accident. Flying in to Los Angeles in order to gain control of betting parlours from rival gangs, Bugsy visits a gambling den in Las Vegas and sets his sights on constructing a casino right in the middle of the desert, in a state where gambling was legal.

The financing of the Flamingo soon goes off the charts, as its budget tops $6 million. Bugsy is determined to see it finished, fueled also by his desire to impress Hollywood starlet and seductress Virginia Hill. However, betrayal and murder threaten the fulfillment of Bugsy’s dream.

If the movie was redone today you’d probably find some young Turk trying to fund set up a site where punters could play games online. Oh wait, that was already done in Runner Runner - a film which did NOT make this list. Bugsy brings old school class to mob gambling and makes this an excellent film in all respects.

 

3. Swingers (1996)

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Jon Favrea
Running time: 96 min

Let’s hold off the drama for a moment and unwind with some laughs. Swingers is a comedy film that recounts the troubles of two single, unemployed actors living in California and waiting for their big break.

When Mike is dumped by his girlfriend, he decides to leave New York and heads out on his own to Hollywood, where he meets his friend Trent. Seeing him so dejected, Trent takes Mike to Las Vegas to cheer him up a bit and teach him about living the good life. From one misadventure to the next, the two friends realize that life is a lot harder than the movies, and in Sin City only the toughest can win.

Swingers rides on the swing revival that took the early 90s back to the classy elegance of the 40s. The film was a commercial success and shot Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau to stardom.

 

4. Hard Eight (1996)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow
Running time: 102 min

Hard Eight’s style harks back to the classic noir films with its gritty storytelling full of intrigue and twists. The film opens with a shot of John, a washed out gambler brooding over his recent losses, at a diner. Fate, however, seems to have an unexpected card to deal to him in the form of Sydney, a veteran gambler who agrees to turn John into a star player and help him raise enough money for his mother’s funeral.

Through Sydney’s coaching, John becomes a successful professional gambler and starts dating Clementine, a cocktail waitress who moonlights as a prostitute. Clementine’s lifestyle doesn’t seem to bother John, until they get married and dark secret about Sydney’s past threatens to turn their lives upside down.

Hard Eight isn’t your usual movie fare, but with its solid acting and tight plot, it guarantees a riveting viewing experience to share with your casino-loving friends.

 

5. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts
Running time: 116 min

Danny Ocean and his gang have entered movie history with their thrilling heist involving three Las Vegas casinos being robbed at the same time. This 2001 release was a modern take on the classic Ocean’s Eleven from 1960 that starred the Rat Pack. Soon after he is released from prison, Danny Ocean meets up with this partner-in-crime Rusty Ryan with a fresh idea for their next caper. The plan consists of an ambitious and complicated scheme to rob three of Las Vegas largest casinos: the Bellagio, The Mirage and the MGM Grand, simultaneously.

A plot this big cannot be pulled off by the two of them alone, so Danny and Ryan seek out the help of their millionaire friend and former casino owner Reuben Tishkoff who explains to them the obstacles they’re likely to meet in this endeavor. Undaunted by the enormity of their project, Danny and Ryan recruit eight of their former colleagues and band together to execute the heist of the century.

The movie was wildly successful at the box office, grossing over $450 million and wowing critics all over the world. Ocean’s Eleven spawned two sequels, each adding an additional member to the original cast. Although the 2001 version and the original one from 1960 largely tell the same story, both come highly recommended for your next movie night.

 

It’s show time!

Now you know what’s showing at your next DVD night -- heck, we got five planned out for you and your friends. Switch on the telly, dim the lights, and for tonight, pass the popcorn, not the poker chips.

24 Feb 2013

Looper

"A Look Back” is a series of posts we here at Caughtonset.com feature weekly. It’s as simple as the title makes it sound. Each Friday we will take “A Look Back” to the set of a newly released film. Look at pictures from the set today, then watch the movie tonight.

One of this weekend's new releases stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Looper looks to help the movie industry break out of the funk at the box office. Although it may not be the top movie out this weekend. According to Ray Subers at BoxOfficeMojo.com:

PICTURES: Check out more on the Look Back page

"After a few agonizingly slow weeks, the box office should experience a bit of a bump in the final weekend in September thanks to the debuts of Hotel Transylvania and Looper. Both movies are being released by Sony, with Hotel Transylvania coming from the main Columbia division while Looper is being handled by the TriStar department. Public school drama Won't Back Down is also opening in nationwide release, while Universal is experimenting with an early limited release for Pitch Perfect this weekend. Over the past few months, the buzz has been slowly building for sci-fi thriller Looper, which is opening at 2,992 locations this weekend. Trailers and commercials have generated interest thanks to the slick visuals and unique premise, which finds an assassin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) on the run after failing to kill his future self (Bruce Willis). Recently, a steady stream of enormously positive reviews have been coming in, some of which claim the movie is a new sci-fi classic (as of Thursday afternoon, Looper had a strong 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes)

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11 Jan 2013

Alongside the likes of poker and roulette, blackjack is undoubtedly one of the most popular table games available at casinos, but for some reason, it doesn’t tend to feature in movie portrayals of these establishments to anything like the same degree. Possibly the people making these films just think that poker and roulette are games that more non-casino fans know about, but otherwise it seems baffling. Nonetheless there have been some great casino movie scenes where online blackjack was the name of the game – and these are the three top ones.

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In this 2008 film, based on the real life story of the MIT Blackjack Team, the game is right at the centre of everything that happens. It is all about a college mathematics professor (Kevin Spacey) who puts together a team from his most gifted students to hit the Vegas casinos and win a fortune by counting the cards at blackjack. It becomes a story of how one young man almost destroys a promising future in his chosen career, as he becomes blindsided by greed following the success of the team.

Swingers

The scene at the blackjack tables in this 1996 comedy probably rivals the infamous answering machine scene as the most famous in the movie. In fact there is more than one scene in the movie where the characters play blackjack, but it is the ‘double down’ scene that has stuck in the memories of those who have seen the movie since its initial release.

Rain Man

It is simply impossible not to include this movie on the list, as it may contain the single most famous blackjack scene to feature in any movie. Centring on two brothers, Charlie (Tom Cruise) and his autistic older sibling Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) the blackjack scene is another card counting one. However here it is all about Charlie exploiting his brother’s savant maths skills, despite the problems the latter has coping with the flashing lights and noises of the casino. Thus it shows us something about both characters at an early stage of the movie, while also providing one of the quirkiest casino scenes in cinema history.

4 Oct 2012

Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the set of Kick Ass 2 filming on location in Toronto, Canada. Aaron was joined on set by Chloe Moretz and Jim Carrey while filming scenes in full costume for the upcoming sequel. After the scene, he Aaron went back to his hotel and learned how to get started playing online bingo.

PICTURES: Check out more on the Chloe Moretz page

I can't wait to see this movie. Every time I see pictures from the set it makes me more and more excited (but not as excited as playing bingo games online). The original was so much better than I anticipated so hopefully this edition is equally as entertaining. Being a sequel is always difficult, but especially when the original was so damn good.

*26 Kick-Ass 2 pictures total in the gallery:

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1 Oct 2012

Selena Gomez

The Weekend Winner is a weekly update here on Caught on Set. Every Monday we will post pictures from the set of the movie that wins the box office battle over the weekend.

This weekend at the box office had a little bit of a surprise at the top. I don't think anyone was surprised by which movie earned the top spit, but rather how much it earned. Hotel Transylvania was the big winner bringing in over $40 million. A new record for the last weekend of September. From BoxOfficeMojo.com:

1 Hotel Transylvania $43,000,000
2 Looper $21,200,000
3 End of Watch $8,000,000
4 Trouble With the Curve $7,530,000
5 House At the End of the Street $7,154,000

PICTURES: Check out more on the Weekend Winner page

That is quite a bit of money. Especially when you look at how poor ticket sales have been lately. It just goes to show that you can't go wrong with an animated movie that appeals to children as well as adults. I'm about to go watch Hotel in theaters and I don't even have any kids.

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