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“They fought for the future / to wipe away their past” goes a line in the lyrics of the theme song from John Sturges’ 1960 original of The Magnificent Seven, telling us about the seven none-too innocent men (led by Yul Brynner’s Chris Adams) who redeem themselves defending an oppressed Mexican village from a gang of 40 bandits. Now, Antoine Fuqua has remade the film through the prism of our times. Andrew L. Urban reports.
A spectacular costume from the Hollywood biopic, Million Dollar Mermaid, in which Esther Williams portrays Australia’s amazing Annette Kellerman, is part of an exhibition at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum (from August 10, 2016), which also includes footage from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s collection, showing Kellerman performing an underwater adagio ballet in 1939.
A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews and stories of The Beatles 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966 (opens in Australia on September 16, 2016) is like a rush of musical nostalgia – taking us back to those memorable, socially and musically blooming years in the 60s.
Jasper Jones, Spin Out, Girl Asleep and the MIFF@CinefestOZ film The Death and Life of Otto Bloom are the four finalists vying for Australia’s richest film prize at CinefestOZ, with the films to be judged at the Festival (August 24 – 28, 2016) by a jury of five, led by award-winning director Gillian Armstrong.

“It is remarkable to watch Shine again after all these years; the film is still as fresh and as compelling as it ever was. This series of screenings around Australia celebrates a remarkable success story for Australian cinema and for the remarkable team that brought the film to the screen,” said Ronin Film’s Managing Director Andrew Pike, who oversaw the original cinema release campaign, on the eve of its 20th anniversary cinema season around Australia (August 10 – 19).
‘My Own Film Festival – Finally!’ as Alfred Hitchcock is portrayed with a superior grimace, seen holding the sign. It’s an apt quote, even if the old wizard didn’t say so from his grave. But we can believe he would if he could. The Festival, July 21 – August 10, at Sydney’s Cremorne Orpheum, will screen 15 of the master’s films, including his classics Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, North By Northwest and Dial M For Murder.
Michael Winkler’s self published book, Fahfangoolah!, is subtitled ‘The despised and indispensible Welcome to Woop Woop’ – perhaps it should also carry a warning slash: ‘Beware – minefield!’ Andrew L. Urban throws caution to the cinematic wind and steps inside.
  About The Gambler
The Gambler is the sort of film that attracts a lot of highly diverse opinions. A plurality of reviewers have disliked it and a plurality of reviewers have liked it. As such, it might be anyone's guess as to whether a given reviewer or audience member is going to like it or not.
  Best James Bond Gambling Scenes
Admit it. There was at least one point in your life when you’ve envied Bond. And who can blame you? Her Majesty’s top secret man has always embodied what most men secretly desired to be, even if that desire was far from reality.
  Bring the Movies to the Small Screen on the Casino Reels
It’s no secret that we absolutely love the movies here on the site, but one thing that we weren’t prepared for was just how much the companies behind some of Australia’s favourite online casino games love them too. When we’re not watching the newest releases, we don’t mind the occasional dabble in poker machines – we love the pokies almost as much as everyone else too – but now that we have discovered just how many cinematic classics have made their way online and just how simple it is to get into them, you’ll probably find our playtime increasing many times over!
  Casino Films
For decades, casinos have often been regarded as a place of glamour, a little bit of mystery, and a place where any man or woman could have the best day of his or her life.
  Casino Royale - James Bond's Best Movie?
Asking the question of who was the best James Bond - and which was the best Bond movie - is one that almost anyone is likely to have an opinion on. Until Daniel Craig made his debut in 2006's Casino Royale - which we will be discussing in this article - the majority of fans would likely have remained loyal to Sean Connery's classic depiction of the sophisticated and devilishly roguish spy. However over the last decade Craig has presented Bond in a very different manner, with his four outings having depicted a much rougher, yet also curiously more vulnerable secret agent.
  Cult Movies That Have Been Made Into Slot Machines Games
Slots, or pokies as they’re called in Australia, are the most popular category of casino games. There is a lot of competition, as there are hundreds of slots and dozens of popular casinos. Therefore, casinos try to come up with ways to attract new players. One of the most lucrative methods is to offer free spins, which give players a chance to win something without risking anything. Check out this list of Australian free spins casinos.
  Five stereotypes about businesses you always see in films
Whenever you think of a working environment certain images and expectations will pop into you head. These images are often stereotyped and exploited within the world of TV and films. In many cases the characters are barely at work at all, but what happens when films do show the working and business environment? Well here we break down just five examples of how business is portrayed in films.
  Gambling in the Movies
For years, Hollywood has treated us to films surrounding the topics of Gambling, Spread Betting and Trading, and while they may not always enjoy the greatest of receptions due to the stigma attached to the subject, there have been several that have gone on to become cinematic greats.
  Hard Eight
There are lots of movies that manage to take advantage of the casino aesthetic in more ways than one. These movies are usually going to make use of the fact that casinos tend to be well-decorated areas that are already picturesque enough for a film. Some of these movies are about heists, and casinos are more glamorous settings for heists than liquor stores or some of the more common locations for heists in real life. Movies that are more strongly about the experience of gambling are much more rare, and the gamblers that manage to find any of them should appreciate them that much more as a result. Finding a Hard Eight movie review written by an enthusiastic gambler is not difficult.
Scary fairy tales of evil stepmothers and wicked witches, of monsters and fire spitting dragons, cruel kings and evil spirits are not things of the past. They are not confined to our childhood. Far from it. We also crave them as adults and movies – and video games, and games of chance - deliver them.
People always tend to say that all movie scripts are just one big cliché, which misleads viewers to believe that everyone gets a happy ending. However, that actually can’t be any further from the truth since there’s a good deal of successful movies that didn’t end well for the protagonists. In fact, historically, movies with tragic endings scored much more awards and respect than simple love stories or unrealistic action movies where the good guy beats the bad guys.
  Ocean's Eleven
While all sensible casino players would always be looking for an opportunity to legally take home some winnings from their trip, Ocean's Eleven has a rather special place in many hearts as one of the best heist movies of modern times. Featuring an all-star cast and a script that oozes class and charisma, despite being over fifteen years old it still seems extremely fresh today. The casino's featured in the movie - The Bellagio, The Mirage and The MGM Grand are beautifully shot throughout by director Stephen Soderbergh, and encapsulates the changing times from exclusive pit-based table games in the face of emergent casino onlineaction.
  Seven of the greatest casino movies of all time
With the smell of get-rich-quick ambition in the air, the excitement of the surroundings, the bright lights and more beautiful people than you can shake a stick at, it’s no wonder that the all-American casino has been used as a setting for some of Hollywood’s greatest ever movies. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best casino-based films to have graced the silver screen.
  The best Marvel casino games
The year 2008 was a breakthrough year for Marvel Studios. From wavering on the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1990s and having enjoyed little success with previous films featuring their superheroes – take Sam Raimi’s Spiderman movies, for example – Iron Man literally came to the rescue.
  The Hangover: Is It Still Good 7 Years Later
The Hangover is the first in a trilogy of comedy films directed by Todd Phillips and starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha and Jeffrey Tambor. The film tells the story of Phil (Cooper), Stu (Helms), Alan (Galifianakis) and Doug (Bartha) who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party to celebrate Doug’s impending marriage. The following morning, Phil, Stu and Alan walk up to find Doug missing and they have no memory of the previous night’s events, and must find the groom before the wedding can take place.
  The rise of blockbuster movie themed online pokies
In recent months those who enjoy to play slot machines and pokies at online casinos have witnessed a surge in the range of titles themed around blockbuster movies. Why are so many Hollywood studios selling the rights to their movies to be used as gambling games?
  The thrill of casinos in the cinema
Throughout the years casinos established a fascinating way of excitement like no other. The reason, of course, is that the thrill, and the agony of gambling is the same inside every man or woman that decides to find himself for a few days inside a casino and enjoy as long as it is possible. This feeling leads many different people to be a part of the casino universe for all different reasons.
  The Top 5 Casino Movies of All Time
Everyone loves the idea of striking it rich at the casino – the dream of winning a fortune for seemingly little work is one which strikes a chord in all of us. Perhaps this is the reason that the casino has proved such a popular movie setting over the years; perhaps it’s simply the suave, glamourous feel of the casino that makes it the perfect backdrop for our favourite heroes and villains. Either way, there’s no doubt that the casino is a perfect backdrop for many of our Hollywood favourites, whilst you’re reading through this top list you might want to get yourself clued up on the history of some of the card games that are featured within them such as blackjack.
  Top 3 games based movies
The top 3 games based movies will vary depending upon a few things. For one thing, some people will define 'game based movies' differently. Movies that are based on the video games themselves are common, and yet the majority of them tend to be very low-quality. The commercially successful and critically acclaimed movie Wreck-It Ralph is an anomaly in that regard. While some video game movies are popular, such as the Resident Evil series, many people wouldn't really consider the films to be especially high-quality.
  Watching the Best Movies With a Casino Theme
Lots of great movies have a casino theme. The casino theme manages to lend itself very well to motion pictures in general, and it isn't surprising that so many films have been set in casinos and so many films have revolved around gambling or casino life in some way, shape, or form.
  Why is James Bond so successful at the casino?
There is no one who loves gambling high stakes and winning big more than James Bond. In the movie Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s Bond won a combined sum of the equivalent of $129,629,934. Although his preferred table game is baccarat, there is a roulette strategy named after him, which covers a large number of outcomes in order to guarantee a profit, so you can try to replicate the success that James Bond achieves in the casinos.
  Will Ocean's 2016 movie have hacking and robbing an online casino?
The Ocean's Eleven franchise of casino movies is one of the most successful casino movie franchises in all of history. These are films that have helped further the careers of everyone involved, including many of the more established stars like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and George Clooney. There is a new Ocean's Eleven movie that has been in development since the year 2015, and it is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2016.
  5 of the Most Stupid Fight Scenes Ever in Movies
There’s a reason why men (well women too) like action films that include fight scenes. Despite the fact that such movies can be quite violent, we all have to admit that watching people fight is simply thrilling. However, directors can sometimes cross the line and shoot film scenes that are plainly absurd. We’ve seen people doing things that are not only physically impossible, but also look ridiculous. Instead of making us feel excited and even psyched up, they make us laugh, although unintentionally. Still some of us like these films exactly because they make us laugh.
  Top 5 Matt Damon Films

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