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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
*3 Hotel Transylvania
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Kevin James, Sara Underwood and Ray Romano
Sara Jean Underwood shared a few twitpics of her and some friends hanging out with comedians Kevin James and Ray Romano. They ladies appear to be really excited to meet the two funny men.
PICTURES: Check out more on the Sara Jean Underwood page
That's kind of strange that that group would be excited to meet the two actors. It's not that Kevin James and Ray Romano aren't famous and have a couple of great careers, but the girls seem a little young. I couldn't imagine many of those females watching Everybody Loves Raymond. Maybe they're just older than I think they are.
*2 Sara Jean Underwood pictures total in the gallery:
Jim Carrey, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Linda Booth and Robert Emms
On September 21st Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jim Carrey, Linda Booth, Robert Emms and the rest of the crew were spotted on the set of Kick Ass 2 filming on location in Toronto, Canada. I don't like to be redundant, but they all look pretty kick ass.
PICTURES: Check out more on the Jim Carrey page
I guess I could have said they were looking bad ass. That way it wouldn't have been weird for everyone to have to read that sentence. Damn you me! You've let me down for the last time. I have to go now and I'll be back tomorrow. At least I hope so since after all of this crap I might be too beat up to even look at a computer.
*27 Kick Ass 2 pictures total in the gallery:
Maria Menounos was caught mid yawn while filming a segment for Extra! last week. Menounos was looking as gorgeous as ever in a form fitting dress.
PICTURES: Check out more on the Maria Menounos page
I wonder what made her so tired? It sure isn't her practicing and appearing on the newest season of Dancing With The Stars. I know she didn't win on her season, but how is she not an All-Star? She is an All-Star beauty, that should have gotten her on the show by itself.
*5 Extra! pictures total in the gallery:
Carly Rae Jepsen
Singer Carly Rae Jepsen was spotted sporting a retro 80's look on the set of her newest music video. The 26 year old Canadian songstress is looking to follow up on the success of her first single Call Me Maybe.
PICTURES Check out more on the Music Videos page
I can't wait to see this video. I love it when people go for the old school look in music videos. And I love her Call Me Maybe song. I honestly can't count how many times my sister and I have listened to it. It instantly became our anthem for the summer.
*8 Carly Rae Jepsen pictures total in the gallery: