“Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against The Universe” to Premiere Exclusively on Disney+ on Friday, August 28

BURBANK, Calif. (July 2, 2020) — The out-of-this-world animated movie “Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe,” from Disney Television Animation, will premiere exclusively on Disney+ Friday, August 28. The soundtrack, from Walt Disney Records, will be available the same day. 

Executive-produced by the creators/executive producers of the Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb” series, Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, “Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe” is an adventure story that tracks stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb as they set out across the galaxy to rescue their older sister Candace, who after being abducted by aliens, finds utopia in a far-off planet, free of pesky little brothers.  

Voice talent reprising their roles from the original series and movie include: Ashley Tisdale as Candace Flynn; Vincent Martella as Phineas Flynn; Caroline Rhea as their mom, Linda; Dee Bradley Baker as Perry the Platypus; Alyson Stoner as Isabella; Maulik Pancholy as Baljeet; Bobby Gaylor as Buford; Olivia Olson as Vanessa Doofenshmirtz; Tyler Mann as Carl; and Povenmire and Marsh as Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram, respectively. David Errigo Jr. joins the cast as Ferb Fletcher. 

The movie also stars: Ali Wong (“American Housewife”) as Super Super Big Doctor; Wayne Brady (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) as Stapler Fist; Diedrich Bader (“American Housewife”) as Borthos; and Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) as Garnoz.

In addition to Povenmire and Marsh, the talented crew includes: director Bob Bowen (“Family Guy”), composer Danny Jacob (“Phineas and Ferb”) and songwriters Karey Kirkpatrick (“Something Rotten!”), Emanuel Kiriakou (Whitney Houston’s “I Look To You”) and Kate Micucci (“Garfunkel and Oates”).

All four seasons of the original animated series “Phineas and Ferb,” along with the Disney Channel Original Movie “Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension,” are also available to stream on Disney+. Beginning Tuesday, August 25, all episodes will be presented on Disney XD leading up to the movie’s premiere.

In addition to the soundtrack for the new movie, brand extensions for the movie will include cross-category product available at Hot Topic, BoxLunch and Amazon this August.

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About Disney+

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George McGrath talks about his work on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and writing the movie Big Top Pee-Wee

George McGrath is known for voicing the characters Cowntess / Fish / Globey / Flower / Pterri in “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse”. He is also the writer of various episodes of the show including the theme song.

George also wrote the film “Big Top Pee-Wee” and was a writer on the HBO series “Tracy Takes On”. Media Mikes had a chance to chat about “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” and his work on the show.

The Best Casino Movie Scenes of All Time

In films gambling is often shown as part of the plotline to illustrate a certain degree of tension. Someone is playing a game of poker and the stakes are high… Or there is a roulette spinning, all eyes on the ball and the protagonist questioning the bet just made.

The presence of gambling scenes does not dictate a specific genre. There are romantic comedies, action films, and thrillers. Let’s have a look at 5 of the best scenes from casino themed movies down below.

Poker, pokies, roulette, blackjack, dice…

There surely is a great way to get your hands on all the most scene-worthy games like roulette, blackjack, video poker, and pokies all in the same place. These are all offered at Televega casino, Australia’s favourite place to gamble. But sometimes you just feel like kicking back and watching a good movie.

When it comes to poker, there aren’t that many films that perfectly capture the essence of the game. But there are a few good ones where you can appreciate the build-up of tension.

In most cases, you’ll find the best casino movies featuring blackjack, roulette, craps, and pokies. Probably because these are easier to understand for the audience that may not be familiar with the hierarchy of poker hands.

Molly’s Game

This film was released in 2017 and tells the story of Molly Bloom. Getting seriously injured during a pre-game qualifier, she takes a year off and moves to LA.

Following some waitressing at a club, she starts running an underground business. The business involves setting up poker games for celebrities, business titans, and the like.

The new job isn’t exactly a career soar. But Molly steps up in the new world and starts running her own games. The film follows her down the rabbit hole of underground poker games.

Throughout the movie, you are left guessing whether Molly will come out on top, with poker adding more depth.

The best scene is the one with Harlan, the guy who “played poker, while the others were gambling” getting bluff by Bad Brad, the worst player. The scene comes commented by the movie protagonist, which lets even less experienced poker fans appreciate the drama.

Casino Royale

The 2006 movie Casino Royale is one of the most famous movie casino scenes. Agent 007 a.k.a. Daniel Craig is on another mission. Poker comes up, as it often happens in movies trying to hike up the sense of tension.

Up against a dangerous terrorist and eyeing the pot with 120 million, James Bond proves yet again he’s always one step ahead of the opponent. Perfectly tense and deliciously nerve-racking, this one is a must-see. The pressure of the real game is portrayed to perfection. As a result, the viewers gain a better understanding of the real atmosphere at the table.

Ocean’s Eleven

Ocean’s Eleven is an illustration of how the gambling theme can become an excellent setback for an action-packed masterpiece. George Clooney’s character is after robbing three Las Vegas casinos in one take.

One of the most iconic scenes is the one with Clooney joining Pitt at the poker table. “What’s the first rule of poker?” – “Leave emotions at the door.”

Even if you aren’t a fan of those two guys and their indirect verbal square off, the tips offered by Pitt to his disciples are worth hearing. Just to brush up on the basics.

And if you start missing Ocean’s Eleven right after watching, there are two sequels and a spin-off.

Casino

Made in 1995, this is the kind of movie that you may still have on VHS as a memory of the time long gone. This one is a must-see and must-rewatch if you have trouble remembering the cowboy scene.

In that scene, a cocky cowboy feels like putting his feet up during a game of blackjack.  Predictably, he gets dragged out and thrown through the door and out, literally. Respect and all that, to be expected in a movie featuring De Niro and Pesci.

Besides that, the movie is filled with masterfully-captured casino scenes.

Indecent Proposal

Released in 1993, this one has a few memorable scenes featuring roulette and dice. Indecent Proposal is about a couple of high school sweethearts who find themselves in a difficult situation. Hoping to score a big win to realize a fantasy real estate project, they end up losing everything.

As everyone knows, relying on a casino win to build your life up is never a good idea.

There are two interesting scenes worth mentioning. One when they lose their money playing roulette. The other one with Demi Moore kissing the dice before rolling out a seven (with stacks of chips at stake).

Final words

There are many gambling-themed movies out there, but only a few ones worth rewatching. Hope all the five movies listed above make it to your personal list of favorites.

Bill Farmer talks about Disney+ series It’s A Dog’s Life, Voicing Goofy & the 25th anniversary of A Goofy Movie

Bill Farmer is a Disney Legend. He has voiced the role of Goofy since 1987 and the voice of Pluto since 1988. He currently has a new show on Disney+ called “It’s A Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer”. He also currently voices over 20 characters on Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures”.

Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Bill about his new show “It’s a Dogs Life”, voicing Goofy for all these years and reflecting on the 25th anniversary of “A Goofy Movie”.

Movie Themed Slots

As you may be aware, the iGaming industry is fiercely competitive. There are now hundreds of developers around the world desperately competing with each other for the attentions of players. But these days, it’s not quite as easy to satisfy a world-weary audience that’s now kind of familiar with the manure that gets shovelled out by the big software houses. So in order to hook players into the lucrative and potentially destructive risk-reward loop, slot developers need a compelling and appealing theme.

Greek Ruins

Days of antiquity are a particular favourite, especially when it comes to ancient Greece. Allow us to elaborate.

In the past decade, gamers have been subjected to God of the Sun, Age of the Gods, Age of the Gods: Goddess of Wisdom, Age of the Gods: Furious 4, Fortune of the Gods, Casino Gods, Greek Goddess, Gods of Olympus, The Legend of Olympus, The Prince of Olympus, The King of Olympus, The Rise of Olympus, Olympus Glory, Pandora’s Box, Medusa I, Medusa II, Medusa, III and Medusa IV: Total Lack of Imagination.

Ok, so we made the last one up. But it’s fair to say that Mediterranean days of lore have been done to death. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Greek god-bothering is not quite as popular amongst developers as it once was. Instead, many now focus on Hollywood for inspiration (somebody had to). In fact, movie-themed slots can spell big-bucks for the major studios.

Retro Signalling

Although they’re not exactly cheap to create (acquiring the rights can be an expensive business), movie themed slots tend to go down very well with gamblers. Some of the most popular examples include Man of Steel, Planet of the Apes, Halloween and Terminator 2, and you will find full reviews of these great games at Inside Casino Canada. These games often boast polished imagery and branding taken directly from the movie. Sadly, this isn’t always the case though.  The Gremlins slot, recently launched by WMS, was besmirched with cartoon-renderings of the main characters which weren’t exactly to everybody’s liking.

The Past is a Foreign Country

But games like Gremlins, Halloween and to a certain extent, Man of Steel represent an increasingly popular niche within movie slot development, namely, retro. Yep, our yearning for the good old days is now being gleefully exploited by those who want us to blow our money playing online slots. In addition to the titles already mentioned, there’s Top Gun, Rambo and the Goonies. You can even try your hand at a slot based on Ghostbusters – mercifully the original, not the crap remake with the all Female cast, praise-be-to-Gozer.

The Cult of Celebrity

As well as creating games designed to take money from people with impulse-control problems, slot developers are very keen to attract those looking to escape, of which there are plenty. It should also be kept in mind that many of these classic movies enjoy cult followings. ‘Cult’ is probably the wrong word to use here though because a lot of these films have millions of fans. So you can probably see why the market is now flooded with them.

Digital Review “Impractical Jokers: The Movie”

Impractical Jokers: The Movie
Starring: James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulvano
Directed by: Chris Henchy
Running time: 92 mins.
Rating: PG-13
truTV

I have been fan of Impractical Joker since Season 1 but this movie falls flat and doesn’t really bring the laughs that I expected. If you aren’t familiar with Impractical Jokers, the TV show has been airing for years and stars real-life friends, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulvano, that make each other play pranks with hidden camera challenges and whoever “loses” has to take a punishment. It’s a very funny TV series but the film fails to capture any of the shows magic.

With the fan base of the show as big as it is I was hoping for something on a much bigger scale. Instead the film feels like they threw a cheap narrative together mixed with the show’s practical jokes and punishments. It just doesn’t fit together. I also expected to see some bigger cameos from other celebrities, who we got instead are Paula Abdul, Jaden Smith, and Joey Fatone (for about 3 seconds at the end). I would have loved to seen the films narrative mixed in better with the hidden camera challenges.

Official Premise: Impractical Jokers: The Movie stars James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulvano, also known as the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, playing themselves in a fictional story of a humiliating high school mishap from the early nineties. Featuring appearances from Paula Abdul, Jaden Smith, and Joey Fatone, the movie combines the fictional narrative with real life footage of over-the-top punishments and callbacks to classic moments from the series. Once the Impractical Jokers hit the road, they compete in hidden camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and find redemption.

If you are interested to check out this film, it is available now on all VOD sites including VUDU.

How to write a script for a movie

Writing a screenplay: How to tell your story right

Writing is the art and should be taken seriously: from a school research paper to a movie script, it requires attention, effort, creativity and following the rules in order to tell a great story. If writing is not your cup of tea, you may always find help at writingpapersucks.com choosing a service based on feedback and reviews. However, writing is a great and necessary skill that can help you throughout your life and daily activities or even become your hobby. In this article, we will talk about writing a movie script and observe the main aspects of this process. Enjoy!

The key aspects of writing a movie script

The common problem for all scriptwriters is having a good idea but at the same time lack of creativity to develop it in something bigger. There are evergreen topics like vampires living among people, lovers hiding from their angry parents or a poor guy that becomes a millionaire so if you are planning to write about similar subjects, you do need something outstanding. In fact, even a simple idea can be successful if described the right way you only need to make it unpredictable and catchy.

There are key ways to take into account working on your concept:

·         Be a viewer. You are in the cinema. What would you like to see? What scenes can surprise you? What kind of plot twist can make you experience the strongest emotions and tension? Knowing your audience, you can come up with the story that has a chance to blow up their minds;

·         Take your initial idea. Then research through similar movies trying to find ways to make it more original. Maybe some extra conflicts or unexpected events can change the situation;

·         Read the scripts written by professionals to learn from them and see how they implemented their ideas. The more examples you see, the better will be your own one;

·         Write an outline before the script. This little plan can help you follow the story and not miss any important details or sequence when describing events and characters;

·         Get feedback. How good are your logline and treatment? Make a brief pitch and tell about your movie your friends and family. Does your plot have any holes?

·         Add a character arc. Sometimes to open up a certain personality and show how it changes, we need more than a few movie scenes. Does a person go out of their comfort zone and how? Are the characters surprised at what is going on in the movie?

·         Learn how to build dialogues. What do you know about verbal battles? Who will win in yours? The right building of dialogues is another section in the art of writing;

·         Dig deeply into each scene. Does it meet the audience`s expectations? Each scene should be ended with a moment when the question is hanging in the air and when your viewers try to guess what happens next;

·         Shake up situations and locations. Places should not be predictable, so try to research this aspect as well.

There is no universal solution to writing a movie script, only recommendations, reading through examples and your creativity. Push your imagination as far as possible and don`t fall into the trap of just learning some of the scriptwriting theory and considering yourself a professional. Practice makes perfect.

How to write a movie review

Movie review in simple tips: how to write a good one

Writing assignments are the basic elements of each college program so you may have papers from a few subjects at once (and not only Literature). Many students are not fans of writing as it requires time, creativity and following academic standards. To avoid this task, they look for a cheap reliable essay writing service that can be usually found in reviews at topessayservices.com. However, when it comes to movie reviews, you can try your best to complete the assignment yourself: this is easy, enjoyable and fast in case you like the movie and follow some good writing advice.

Writing a review about a favorite movie

As movie-making is an amazing and picturesque world filled with magical creatures, true love, and breathtaking adventures, it is not deprived of our attention. We watch and love movies, so it should not be a problem to come up with a brief but creative movie review describing your opinion. Try to form your ideas and thoughts with the following tips:

1.     Watch the movie. A few times. As many times as you need to get the main idea and to notice those moments that you missed when you were filled with emotions. While watching, take notes not to forget important points and refer your reactions;

2.     Be honest. The main point of the movie review is to express your opinion based on the scenes and characters. Professional movie reviewers are not afraid to honestly speak about the moments they didn`t like providing this criticism is fair. If you watched many movies, you can compare this one with episodes from others thus proving your point;

3.     Watch the audience. Imagine they have never seen this movie. What should you include in your review to form their opinion? Depending on the result, they will either want to watch it or will be disappointed with the described arguments. But remember that there should not be any spoilers!

4.     Describe the actors. This is not the book where we can imagine the characters: the actors have a huge role in the movie either ruining it or making it successful. Observe the main and secondary characters and speak about the people who played them;

5.     Mention directors. Who took part in the creation of the movie? What highlights and missteps did the cinematographers make? Describe what scenes worked well, what settings were not realistic and what surprised you or ruined the moment;

6.     Check examples. There are many blogs or academic essay examples of movie reviews that can be a template for your own one – the more you read, the better your review will look in the end. What reviews you didn`t like and why?

7.     Edit and proofread. Once you finish, don`t forget to check your paper for mistakes or typos. Even the best review can be ruined with poor grammar;

8.     Find your voice. Even following the professionals, you should still stick to your own voice and have a distinct personality. This is a great first shot for a starting writer.

IMPRACTICAL JOKERS: THE MOVIE GETS EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE

Following a Successful Theatrical Run, truTV’s First-Ever Feature-Length Film is Arriving Early on Digital April 1

BURBANK, CA (March 27, 2020) Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is bringing the pranks into homes this April Fool’s Day with the early digital release of Impractical Jokers: The Movie on April 1, 2020, only five weeks after its successful theatrical debut. The film, an extension of the wildly successful Impractical Jokers series, was directed by Chris Henchy (Daddy’s Home, “Eastbound & Down”). A truTV original production and produced by Funny Or Die, Impractical Jokers: The Movie carries a suggested retail price of $19.99 for the Digital ($24.99 in Canada) and is rated PG-13.

“Impractical Jokers raised the stakes bringing their hijinks to the big screen and we couldn’t be more proud of their impressive box office debut,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS, & truTV. “The unwavering support of their fans prove that this comedy franchise continues to provide endless laughs and entertainment that we are pleased to bring into homes.”

“Impractical Jokers first premiered on truTV to much fanfare in December 2011 and quickly became a hit, especially among young adults,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation & Family Marketing. “The power of the loyal fanbase has proven the sky’s the limit for this comedy franchise, and we are eager to bring home the laughter and antics of their first feature film for the whole family to enjoy.”

“For all our wonderful fans who’ve been requesting, we’re happy to announce that Impractical Jokers: The Movie will be available in your homes to watch digitally on April 1st”, said The Tenderloins. “Hoping we can provide some laughs to families and friends at a time when we can all surely use some.”

Impractical Jokers: The Movie stars James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulvano, also known as the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, playing themselves in a fictional story of a humiliating high school mishap from the early nineties. Featuring appearances from Paula Abdul, Jaden Smith, and Joey Fatone, the movie combines the fictional narrative with real life footage of over-the-top punishments and callbacks to classic moments from the series. Once the Impractical Jokers hit the road, they compete in hidden camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and find redemption.

Impractical Jokers: The Movie is produced by Gatto, Murray, Quinn, Vulcano, Henchy, and Funny Or Die’s Jim Ziegler and Buddy Enright. Executive producers include Jack Rovner and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell. The Impractical Jokers series has aired eight seasons with over 200 episodes to date and remains a top three original cable comedy series with ratings that continue to grow. New episodes of Impractical Jokers keep truTV in the top 10 ranking among cable networks in primetime.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About truTV
truTV, a WarnerMedia Entertainment brand, is a bold, fresh entertainment network that gives viewers audacious content with laugh-out-loud moments and relatable characters. With millions of engaged fans across linear, digital and social channels, the cable network features a growing roster of critically acclaimed and fan-favorite, premium scripted, non-scripted and hybrid series, such as Impractical Jokers, Adam Ruins Everything, At Home with Amy Sedaris, I’m Sorry, Tacoma FD, The Carbonaro Effect, Paid Off with Michael Torpey, Hot Ones: The Game Show, based off the popular digital series, and more. truTV is also a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship each year.
Website: www.trutv.com

About Funny Or Die
Funny or Die is a premiere entertainment brand and comedy studio that creates award-winning comedy. Known for its celebrity driven and political content, Funny Or Die reaches a global audience of more than 40 million people, and is the #1 comedy brand on both Facebook and Twitter. Funny Or Die’s Emmy Award-winning long-form division produces shows like the critically-acclaimed Brockmire for IFC, Emmy nominated Billy on the Street, the Peabody award-winning American Vandal for Netflix, the Emmy nominated Sarah Silverman series I Love You, America for Hulu and No Activity for CBS All Access, and Between Two Ferns: The Movie for Netflix. FOD also makes award-winning TV commercials and Branded Content for all verticals and many Fortune 500 Companies from soft drinks to automobiles and toilet paper.

About The Tenderloins
The Tenderloins is a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the Creators, Executive Producers, and Stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Now in its ninth season, Impractical Jokers follows The Tenderloins as they compete to embarrass each other while being filmed by hidden cameras, all the while showcasing their longstanding camaraderie. Their newest TV show – TBS’s “The Misery Index” hosted by Jameela Jamil – premiered as a top rated cable comedy in 2019 and recently wrapped production on its second season. In addition to TV success, The Troupe has toured steadily over the last six years with its wildly popular live show, performing for over one million fans in the US and UK, including six sold-out nights at Radio City Music Hall, a sold-out Madison Square Garden, and six sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena. Natives of Staten Island, NY, Vulcano, Gatto, Murray and Quinn met while attending high school and later formed The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe in 1999. After years of performing live improv and sketch comedy, The Tenderloins crossed over to the web, garnering millions of views for their internet sketches, eventually creating the runaway success Impractical Jokers for truTV. In addition to success in the US, Impractical Jokers is the #1 show on Comedy Central in the United Kingdom and India.

A Great Movie Marathon For The Casino Lover

2020 started, shall we say, homebound. Our list of the best gambling movies is for anyone who has missed a poker evening with friends or just wants to see hustlers try and fail to make it big.

This list follows 3 rules:

  1. The 5 movies on this list are about poker.
  2. The movies do not merely take place in Vegas or a casino; they are specifically about gambling.
  3. These are recent gambling movies; some fan favourites will be missing. A list for the best gambling movies of all time would take more than 5 entries.

We have a handful of exciting movies about poker that should trigger a craving for speed and intrigue of gambling.

Maverick (1994)

Mel Gibson is at his most fun and charming peak in this delightful western comedy about a con man who tries his best to make enough money to enter a high-stakes poker game.

A strong supporting cast includes campy, yet delightful turns from James Garner and Alfred Molina Magnificent. Jodie Foster is also in the movie, and she plays a con-artist-slash-damsel-in-distress a three years after her Oscar-winning turn in Silence of the Lambs.

The oldest film on this list, Maverick, is still a wild ride through wild-wild west. One of the best gambling movies of all time, this one is also extremely fun.

Rounders (1998)

Some famous poker players credit this film for sparking their interest in the game, while many poker enthusiasts dub it the best film about poker ever.

This Matt Damon vehicle might not be that good, but it’s quite enjoyable nonetheless. Stellar supporting turns by Edward Norton, Martin Landau, Famke Janssen, and John Turturro power this film.

Wonderful John Malkovich is in a role one critic described, “so over the top he’s passing Pluto.” And Pluto was still a planet then.

This is one of those movies about poker that are character-driven. A law student loses big, tries to quit, gets dragged back to the casino by an old friend, and has to go all in. Intriguing, eh?

Casino Royale (2006)

Could we do without Bond, James Bond? Of course, not! Her Majesty’s best agent’s shenanigans have been the longest-running film franchise. This soft reboot finds the legendary 007 shaken but not stirred, at a poker table.

Agent 007 is betting against one of the most dangerous criminals in cinema, Le Chiffre, portrayed masterfully by the great Mads Mikkelsen. Gorgeous Eva Green plays no less dangerous Bond girl Vesper.

Packed with action, intrigue and highest stakes, Casino Royale is a classic film to choose for an evening with a significant other.

Molly’s Game (2017)

This biographical crime drama is based on the memoir of Molly Bloom. Molly has been training to be an Olympic skier her whole life to get a career-ending injury at the last minute.

Instead of following her original plan to go to law school, she starts an underground poker operation for rich people. What could go wrong?

Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriting genius behind the “Newsroom,” “The Social Network,” and Steve Jobs, directs the film. Jessica Chastain gives one of the best performances of her career in this film. Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, and Jeremy Strong round up the stellar cast.

This one is one of the recent gambling movies with sharp and smart dialogue, real-life crime stories, and great acting.

Uncut Gems (2019)

Many cinephiles got upset when Adam Sandler did not get an Oscar nomination for this… gem.

In the best performance of his career, Sandler plays Howard, a jeweller with gambling addiction, who must get back the gem he brought to pay off his debts.

This film is notoriously intense. It’s an emotional roller-coaster, where viewers wait for Howard to make it right. We are not going to spoil the fun here, but we believe everyone should watch “Uncut Gems” as soon as possible. It is one of the best gambling movies of the 2010s.

Conclusion

There you have it: 5 great recent gambling movies for the casino lovers. Please tell us about your favourites and check out https://casinocanada.com/ for some real game action.

Author:

Michelle H. Thomas is a casino blogger who tries to steer people away from scams and help them find the best casinos for their needs.

Win It All Movie Review

Win It All is a compelling movie that showcases Jake Johnson’s acting range brilliantly. Although it’s essentially a comedy, it does feature some great dramatic moments throughout. The main character, Eddie Garrett, spends his evenings playing poker — and, sadly, losing. Even though it’s a modern movie, Eddie doesn’t play at online casinos, and uses the old-school method of finding poker games around town instead.

Jake Johnson Shines

Jake Johnson is excellent as Eddie. Anyone who’s seen New Girl will know just how good he is, and he brings some much-needed sympathy to the character. This is vital as, throughout the movie, you’ll find yourself rooting against Eddie.

He ignores the good advice offered by his friends, family and even GA sponsor, and continues to get himself into trouble. This could be why Johnson was chosen to play him, because without his natural charm, Eddie would definitely be the villain of this movie.

This makes it extremely hard to root for him, and the viewer ends up becoming more sympathetic towards the various people that he hurts instead. However, Johnson is so charming and such a likeable actor that it’s easy to connect with him at times, even when his behaviour is so questionable.

Doesn’t Break New Ground

The movie’s storyline is relatively easy to follow. Eddie Garrett is a habitual loser. Everything that he touches goes bad. This includes his poker playing. One night, a local criminal drops a bag off at his house and asks him to hold onto it until he gets out of prison. He tells him that as long as he doesn’t look in the bag, he will give him $10,000 when he gets out. Eddie agrees, and of course, looks in the bag. He finds piles of money in there, and as he’s a gambling addict, he uses some of it to wager with.

The movie takes him on a journey of highs and lows that are generally quite cliched. There’s nothing unexpected to be found in the film. That doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining, it’s just not quite as good as the previous Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson collaboration, Drinking Buddies. But if you were a fan of Drinking Buddies, Win It All is definitely worth a watch.

There’s of course the obligatory romantic storyline that underpins everything, but Johnson plays it with such charm that it feels natural. It might be a familiar trope, but it’s not overbearing and doesn’t take away from the enjoyment the film offers.

The undoubted highlight of the movie is Keegan-Michael Key. He plays Eddie’s Gamblers Anonymous sponsor, Gene, and brings a lot of energy to the part. It also helps that he has the best lines of all the characters, but his delivery of those lines is excellent. You’ll find yourself looking forward to seeing Gene on screen more than Eddie.

Entertaining but not Spellbinding

On the whole, the movie has a lot going for it, yet there are just too many flaws for it to be heralded as a classic. The cast are all likable and play their parts well. The writing is sharp and funny, with some excellent lines that will have you laughing out loud in places. But, sadly, the story is a little too similar to so many other movies and generally cliched.

If you’ve seen one romantic comedy, it’s fair to say you’ve seen Win It All. This doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie, not by any stretch, but it does mean that it’s nothing new or original.

If you’re a fan of Jake Johnson or want something to watch for a lazy evening in, Win It All is a great choice to watch. If you want something that has some depth or originality to it, maybe this isn’t the movie for you. It’s definitely an entertaining film, but it’s been done before many times in the past.

“Cashing Out” Movie Review

Cashing Out
Starring: Tyler Mills, Michaela Lichvanova, Tremont Turner
Directed by: Alex Srednoselac
Running Time: 1 hr 58 mins
AWS Films

Alex Srednoselac is the man behind the newest movie about gambling. The director hopes to move away from all the tired casino clichés and show the world of gambling in a more raw or realistic way. Sresnoselac, who had worked at the Portage 16 movie theatres for almost a decade, shares a deep love for films and cinematography. Over the years, his desire to direct or shoot his own films has only got stronger. Having lived around films, and interacted with viewers on a daily basis, Sresnoselac managed to learn a fair bit… Despite never attending a film school or receiving any formal training.

Cashing Out follows the main character, Allen. Allen wants to play casino games with high stakes and work on his skills as a professional gambler. He pursues his love for gambling, but he finds himself tangled up in organized crime. During one of his high stake games, a group of robbers disrupts the game, stealing everyone’s cash. Later, the protagonist reveals that he was also involved in the robbery and actively helped to make it happen. The plot thickens. We follow Allen as he tries to disassociate himself from the messy crime scene, manage his love life and family affairs, all while keeping his “special relationship” with poker. The movie is relatable, exciting and feels fresh. It is rare to surprise or impress anyone with a gambling move… It has been a while since we saw anything this original, offering an interesting take or angle on gambling and casino-style games.

Besides the intriguing plotline, the main appeal of the story is that it takes gambling in a completely different direction. We are used to bland portrayals of casino games as tropes and set-ups for other more important storylines. Unfortunately, movies tend to show a completely one-sided view of what it is like to be a professional gambler. What sets this movie apart is the director himself, Alex Srednoselac. Srednoselac has been an avid poker player for as long as he can remember. The Portage 16 movie manager has a first-hand experience of what it is like to enjoy professional gambling. While the director is definitely the main hero of the story, the movie was only made possible thanks to the active involvement of the local community in Chicago, where he is based.

As we mentioned before, the director has been working in the theatre since 2007. All of his co-workers, as well as the local residents, were more than excited to help him out! The whole movie crew was made up of “just” 60 people. The budget was minimal. The Portage 16 also offered to screen Srednoselac’s movie in the theatre. This already is a “tradition” that the cinema follows every year, in order to help those young creators gain more exposure or wider recognition for their work. The years spent serving movie-goers have not gone to waste. In fact, they helped Srednoselac achieve his dream. The film is already in line for multiple awards and has attracted all-positive reviews on the leading movie ranking sites.

Toy Review: Playmobil The Movie “Del’s Food Truck”

“Playmobil The Movie”

Del’s Food Truck

Playmobil

Our Score:  4 out of 5 stars

By chance siblings Marla and Charlie are drawn into the magical Playmobil universe and separated. To find Charlie again, Marla must embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Fortunately she meets Del, a crazed food truck driver, who helps her to find her way in this fantastic world with its wacky rules. Matching the cinema launch, Is the “Del’s Food Truck” play set consisting of film characters Marla in college jacket and Del, Del’s red food truck with equipment, sleeping serum, magic hay and many other extras that let you relive the adventure of the film and beyond all from your very own home.

Playmobil continues to make their mark on the always growing licensed toy market however this time it’s a license of their own creation. Based off the recently released “Playmobil The Movie” youngsters and fans of the film can relive all hysterical action from the film. We had a chance to check one of the key pieces in the set and from the movie “Del’s Food Truck”. Packed with tons of cool details and accessories this play set will have you up and going on adventures in no time. From a parent’s stand-point there is quite a bit of assembly and sticker-ing which needs to be done so be prepared for several “are you done yet?” questions from your young ones. Also I do want to point out that a lot of the parts in this set are quite small so you will defiantly want to make sure your loved one is passed the “putting stuff in the mouth” phase before handing this over However, once you have the truck assembled and all the food in-place you probably won’t see your loved one for a bit as they surely will be busy providing food and fun to other toys in their expansive collections. Our in-house toy tester Ian provided spicy burritos and magic hay to anyone he could. I think our dog Damon even took part in an adventure or two which was quite entertaining to say the least given his rather anti-social personality.

I can’t say it enough; this is probably one of the most detailed sets to date from the fine folks at Playmobil. From labeled food cans to Del’s removable rubber slides there was no expense spared. I would have like to have seen a few less stickers to put on (mainly the really smalls one) however once on everything looked great. Scale wise everything matches to previous Playmobil sets allowing for seamless play between other sets allowing you and/or your loves ones to create endless scenarios time and time again across all Playmobil licenses.

The Smartest AI Across Movie History



From the very earliest movies, people have been obsessed with the concept of artificial intelligence, or AI. It’s even showed up in movies reaching back as far as the 1920s. But what are the smartest AI in the most prominent movies across the decades? This ranking of AI in movies will give you more information about all the movie AI programs with superhuman levels of intelligence.

HAL 9000 – 2001: A Space Odyssey

This is potentially one of the most well-known superhuman AI programs in a movie. HAL 9000 has speech recognition, facial recognition, natural language processing, lip reading, art appreciation, and the ability to interpret emotions and reason. The AI’s iconic “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that” is a widely-recognized and widely-parodied example of true artificial intelligence.

Marvin the Paranoid Android – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Modeled on literary depressives, Marvin the Paranoid Android is a charmingly depressed robot assistant. Though Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy started as a radio program in the 1970s, its status as a cult classic allowed for a movie release in 2005. But don’t be fooled by his depressing tone of voice; he states that he has a brain the size of a planet, making him 50,000 times smarter than a human.

Skynet – The Terminator

This is another incredibly iconic evil superhuman AI. Skynet is one of the most definitively evil AI programs in movies, as its stated goal is to try and kill all of humanity. It’s also clearly very powerful, as it’s able to time travel, command armies, and develop nuclear weapons. However, as a true testament to the growth of technology, Skynet actually runs slower than modern supercomputers.

Data – Star Trek

Data is one of the most competent AI programs on the list, and that’s partially because he’s such a likeable character. His super-strength and encyclopedic memory are bolstered by his 100,000 terabytes of memory and mentioned ability to compute sixty trillion operations per second. That makes him the perfect choice for the second officer of the main ship.

David – AI

As a childlike humanoid with extremely realistic visuals, David’s entire character arc is that although he’s a manufactured android, he’s programmed to love like a child. It’s an intriguing concept inspired by Pinocchio. But with intelligent behavioral circuits and neuron sequencing technology, he’s far from childlike in intelligence.

Viki – I, Robot

Isaac Asimov’s short stories, which created the base for much of modern science fiction, inspired this main operating core, which is extremely confident in its logical capabilities. It uses its processing speed of .003 seconds to attempt to enslave all of mankind.

AUTO – Wall-E

It’s no surprise that AUTO is a hyper-intelligent and evil AI; it was inspired largely by HAL 9000. Its self-driving ability through light speed makes it easy for the AI to do what it wants in the movie. Plus, it’s voiced by MacInTalk, Apple’s text-to-speech program, to give it a voice that falls squarely in the uncanny valley.

Samantha – Her

Her is an intriguing movie about a man who falls in love with an operating system. Although Samantha’s behavior is closer to an adult’s behavior than a hyper-intelligent AI, the character presented throughout the movie make it clear that she’s upgraded to a much higher form of operation that allows her to form true relationships.

Conclusion

There are plenty of incredibly intelligent AI programs in movies, and there are bound to be more in future science fiction movies as well. Whether they’re evil, good, or somewhere in between, it’s easy to see why people love these intriguingly thoughtful beings.

The timeless quality of movie making magic, and can future innovation cross a line

Since the early days of film making, the audience at the cinema have happily engaged in a suspension of disbelief and partook in the grand illusion of movies. The magical aspect of film making is getting the viewer to believe – to accept the storyline, the characters, the mis en scene, the location, and anything else they may see on the silver screen. Believe all this even though none may be true. The pioneers of cinema such as George Méliès in his 1902 French film ‘A Trip to the Moon’ (Le Voyage Dans la Lun) employed a number of cinematic technique and special effects to show a rocket blasting off into space. Since the industry was brand new, Méliès used many tricks of his own invention or learning such as disappearances that occur in substitution splices, smoke pyrotechnics, and transitional dissolves. Anyone familiar with Buster Keaton’s comedies know the artful use of these jump cut tricks to achieve a certain reaction. This was the silent era, where the film making focus was primarily visual. At times, a piano accompaniment would play in the cinema, yet the only dialogue or description was that of the readable black screen text shots during the film. Without sound and a voice, the silent film actor usually had to convey their expressions differently on screen and this if often why silent acting can seem effusive and theatrical. The always entertaining Charlie Chaplin, for instance, became famous for his ability to convey emotions with a multitude of facial features and movements on screen to evoke laughter or sympathy in the viewer.

The advent of sound at first terrified many in the film industry, especially actors who now had to use their voice and learn dialogue. In the classic film Singing in the Rain the character who plays a former silent film actress has such an awful, high-pitched voice that it needs to be dubbed over. Dubbing the voices or music in film went through a tipsy training wheel’s process whereby often synchronization issues led to sometimes comical situations (such as when the man had the woman’s voice or vice versa). Moments like these broke the veil of illusion or magic of cinema as the viewer would then be made aware that what they were watching was indeed a film full of mechanical or camera tricks. Unless the director wanted to achieve a certain message, as reflected with the oeuvre of Godard or Truffaut or with actors breaking the 3rd wall by looking at the camera, the inner workings must always be kept hidden. There is the famous scene in the Wizard of Oz where the powerful wizard demands “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” This essentially is a terrific metaphor for film making.

Another famous moment in the Wizard of Oz is when Dorothy steps out for the first time in the land of Oz and the world has magically turned to colour. Colour is another pivotal benchmark in the film industry as this led to greater realism and a deeper effect of the illusion. Before viewers were well aware that what they watched was a film, but now the world on screen reflected their own with colour and sound. Film buffs often love watching behind the scenes specials, playing trivia games, and also online games related to movies. For example, there are many online casino sites where film fanatics can discover slot games specific to movies. Online slots such as Elk Studios ‘Bloopers’ and ‘Platooners’ both show the process of film making while players spin 5 reels, 3 to 4 rows, and a set number of paylines. These slots are engaging, easy to learn, and offer many features and bonuses for the chance to win rewards. They also are great as casino slots, so an actor can even spin while getting their makeup done. Other movie themed titles include ‘Book of Oz’, Halloween’, and ‘Jurassic World.’

Speaking of Hollywood blockbusters like Jurassic Park, the introduction of colour also saw the rise of Studio era film making where set backgrounds and effects could magically shoot a Sahara Desert sandstorm in Egypt in the morning and a snowstorm in the Arctic circle after a lunch break. The magic of the Studio lot allowed for movies to be filmed anywhere in the world and at any time. From the 1950s onward, cartoons and in particular Disney grew to massive a success. Yet until now there has always been a clear identification between what is a piece of animation and what is filmed in real life. In the past couple decades, however, leaps and bounds have been made with animation that coincides with the digital age. Skilled animators use CGI technology to further heighten the movie making magic and create virtually lifelike animations that blend with real world shots or backgrounds. For instance, creating a believable looking dragon or even characters that walk and talk like live actors, yet are complete animations. Most viewers may not even recognize what is real and what is not.

There is a paradox in cinematic animation when a CGI creation is so real that it crosses a line over to the ‘uncanny’, which has a tendency to turn off and even creep out audience. This was the case with the 2011 movie ‘The Adventures of TinTin’ that received uncertainty among critics who were distracted by the slight indicators that the characters were not human, even though the animation was so good they appeared to be living. Lifelike dolls have this same tendency, which is why they are often featured in horror films. With animation so good, it further raises the question of whether resurrecting deceased movie stars crosses an ethical line. For instance, ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ used animation mixed with an actor to create Princess Leia that resembled the recently passed actress Carrie Fischer and Grand Moff Tarkin played by late actor Peter Cushing. This relatively new area in film making remains a grey area with divided opinions. The key to maintaining the magic, however, is to keep the audience guessing and most importantly entertained.

 

 

 

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