After last month’s Getaway I was really looking forward to a good movie to review. Unfortunately for Runner, Runner, this isn’t it. The gambling themed thriller doesn’t even live up to the genre, has a boring hero, an equally boring plot and an ending as predictable as rain in Vancouver.
The film is about Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake), who is a student and teaching assistant at Princeton University who gets all of his tuition money cheated from him by a poker website. Richie then heads to Costa Rica with proof that he was cheated to convince the site’s billionaire owner, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) to give him his money back.
Really Warner Bros, REALLY!!! I’m not a Ben Affleck hater by any means. I’m probably the only one who enjoyed Jersey Girl and was his biggest cheerleader when he won an Oscar for Argo, but c’mon. This casting news is the worst ever. Did the studio not watch Daredevil? That was a trainwreck and a half. I’m almost tempted not to watch the upcoming Man of Steel sequel because of this lapse in judgement.
“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.” – director Zack Snyder
“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. president for creative development and worldwide production. “His outstanding career is a testament to his talent, and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”
If you’re more of a fan of Justin Timberlake the actor as opposed to “Mirrors” Timberlake, fear not. The 32-year-old entertainer hasn’t abandoned his film career just yet. JT returns to the screen in the upcoming flick, Runner, Runner which delves into the world of online gambling.
The studio just released three character posters featuring Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton and Timberlake. Affleck’s poster comes with the tagline “The house always wins.” Clearly he’s the antagonist in the flick. Check out what Gemma and Justin’s artwork have inscribed on them below. Runner, Runner which is co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio hits theaters on September 27.
Princeton grad student Richie, believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.
If you’re more of a fan of Justin Timberlake the actor as opposed to “Suit & Tie” Timberlake, fear not. The 32-year-old actor hasn’t abandoned his film career just yet. The first trailer for his upcoming flick Runner, Runner about online gambling has just been released.
Timberlake plays Richie Furst a Princeton student who is cheated out of his tuition money by playing online poker. When he learns that the site is hosted from a remote island location, he goes to confront the site’s corrupt owner, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), but is lured into becoming Ivan’s protégé and right-hand man. Their relationship starts to reach a boiling point all while an FBI agent tries to use Richie to bring Ivan down.
The film also features Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, Oliver Cooper, Ben Schwartz and Sam Palladio. Leonardo DiCaprio co-produced the film. It’s a bit hilarious DiCaprio and Affleck are involved in this project considering a couple years back they were allegedly part of an underground gambling ring. At least they didn’t have to do much research for the film ;) Check out the trailer below. Runner, Runner comes to theaters on September 27.
Kristin Wiig is returning to her former stomping grounds, albeit in a hosting capacity, but at least it’s something. The 39-year-old comedienne will appear on the next-to-last episode of this season of Saturday Night Live airing May 11. Wiig joins Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy as former SNL alums who hosted the show the first year after leaving.
This isn’t the first time Wiig pops up on SNL since her departure last season. Back in December, she made a cameo in the Martin Short-hosted episode. I wonder if Kristen will reprise Gilly, Dooneese Maharelle or any of her other popular characters. Vampire Weekend will be the musical guest.
For the most part, I’m not usually drawn to or super keen on romance dramas, but this movie looks pretty intense and I really like all of the actors in it. The film is called To The Wonder and the first trailer has just been released.
The romantic drama centers on an American man, played by Ben Affleck, who falls in love with a European woman, played by Olga Kurylenko. When their relationship starts to fall apart, Affleck’s character reconnects with a woman from his hometown, played by Rachel McAdams. The trailer does a great job of setting up the mood and intensity of the film without giving away too much about the plot.
The film was written and directed by Terrence Malick and also stars Javier Bardem. Check out the trailer below.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards took place on Sunday, bringing together Hollywood’s finest to soak up each other’s awesomeness as they are honored for the best in cinema in the past year. The evening was hosted by the hilarious Seth MacFarlane who did a great job.
I loved all of the heartfelt speeches and enjoyed that First Lady Michelle Obama came in a live video stream from the White House to help Jack Nicholson announce the winner for Best Picture… which turned out to be Argo. Ben Affleck, who directed and starred in the film, delivered a really genuine and emotional acceptance speech, ending the show on a great note.
Check out the list of winners below and share your thoughts in the comments as to if you were surprised by any of the wins.
Well, isn’t this an interesting crinkle. Ben Affleck continued his hot streak of picking up every award out there since being snubbed by the Academy Awards. The 40-year-old won the prestigious Directors Guild Award for his directing efforts on Argo. Affleck became only the third person in the guild’s 65-year history to win the DGA but not get an Oscar nomination- Steven Spielberg (The Color Purple) and Ron Howard (Apollo 13) being the other two.
Long considered the most accurate Oscar precursor, the DGAs have only NOT matched the Best Directing Academy Award winner only six times since its inception including this year. If Argo does end up winning Best Picture at the upcoming Oscars, it’ll only be the fourth film to do so without a corresponding directing nod. The last movie to achieve that feat was Driving Miss Daisy back in 1989. Personally, I’m rooting for Ben to do the same. Perhaps, he’ll finally be vindicated for Gigli, Pearl Harbor, etc… Check out all the 2013 DGA winners below including one for Girls‘ Lena Dunham.