24 Feb 2013
Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian at the Kentucky Derby

Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian at the Kentucky Derby

While most people associate the Kentucky Derby with horse betting and mint juleps there is another sideshow that appears annually at Churchill Downs:  a wide array of fancy hats on women (and some men).  In fact, women in stylish dresses and loud—sometime garish—hats is synonymous with every major American horse race.

So how did all of this start?  You have to go back to the early days of the Kentucky Derby to find the answer.  The first Kentucky Derby was run in 1875, the brainchild of Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, who was the grandson of William Clark of ‘Lewis and Clark’ fame.  Clark traveled to Europe and was captivated by England’s Epsom Derby horse race at the famed Epsom Downs race track.  When he returned to Kentucky he set about recreating the track and race in his home state. The land for the track was donated by Clark’s relatives, John and Henry Churchill, and the horse racing facility soon became known as ‘Churchill Downs’ although it wouldn’t be officially incorporated under that name until the 1930’s.  After some rough going in the early years the Churchill Downs race track and the Kentucky Derby itself became the signature event for the region and the sport.

Part of the success involved changing the image of the Derby.  In the early days—and quite honestly today, at least most of the time—horse racing was viewed as something of a low brow masculine enterprise.  In fact, the race track was considered a place that women and children would not usually be seen.  This was in marked contrast to Europe, where high society flocked to the big events like the Epsom Derby in London and the Grand Prix in Paris.  Clark knew that if his horse race was to become a big event and not just another 'day at the track' he had to change the image.

For that he enlisted the help of his wife. With her he did what was in essence an political campaign to convince the upper crust of Louisville that the race track was where they wanted to be seen.  The media quickly caught on to his plan and they began to speculate that if Clark could make the Derby 'fashionable' that the rich and famous of the region would flock to what was being pitched as 'a picnic at the race track'.

Somehow the Clark's ersatz campaign worked.  On the day of the first Kentucky Derby nearly 10,000 people showed up—among them a coterie of well dressed ladies with regal hats.  It was such a big event that it received coverage in major publications like the New York Times and the rest was history.  The following year the upper class was back but so too were the lower socio-economic classes with one common bond—they were all wearing fancy hats.  Historians speculate that the hat was something that even a person of average means could aspire to and for one day at least they could look like part of the 'upper crust'.

So it continued for years but the trend gained new life in the 60's when the convergence of history and the prevailing sartorial trends created the rush to wear more and more elaborate hats.  This trend continues through the present.  Now fashion magazines and style sections of newspapers focus on the dresses and hats as the sporting press focuses on Kentucky Derby betting.

24 Feb 2013


"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)

*10 Looper pictures total in the gallery:

  • Looper
  • Looper Set Pics
  • Looper Behind The Scenes
  • Looper Set Photos
  • Looper BTS
  • Looper Set Pictures
18 Feb 2013

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich was caught on the set of a photoshoot where she appears to mimic the look of the great Marilyn Monroe. I couldn't find out what this photoshoot was for, so if any of you readers out there know, please feel free to let us in on the joke. Milla has been out doing a lot of work promoting the latest Resident Evil flick, so maybe this shoot was for an interview promoting the movie.

PICTUES: Check out more on the Milla Jovovich page

Either way she was sporting a look that conjured up memories of the sexiest woman who ever live, Marilyn Monroe. Milla isn't quite to Monroe's level, she shouldn't feel too bad since not many have ever reached that level since, but she looks good as a blonde. I've never seen it before and I think that I like it....yep, I do like it.

*10 Milla Jovovich pictures total in the gallery:

  • Milla Jovovich Bulge
  • Milla Jovovich Weight Gain
  • Milla Jovovich Cute Butt
  • Milla Jovovich Hair
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6 Feb 2013

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.

5 Feb 2013
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.

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.


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.

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:

  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson Bulge
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson Weight Gain
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson Cute Butt
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson Hair
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson Set Pics
  • Is Aaron Taylor-Johnson Gay?
  • Does Aaron Taylor-Johnson Have A Girlfriend?
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson Shirtless
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson Weight Loss
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson Topless
  • Does Aaron Taylor-Johnson Have A New Show?
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