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Video: Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game – 2017 Tiff Presentation

10 October 2017 2:10 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After Social Network, Moneyball, and Steve Jobs in the tens, Aaron Sorkin finally moves to the front of the camera with his directorial debut which was naturally afforded some name cast and therefore landing a red carpet splashed, showcase friendly world premiere at Tiff.

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- Eric Lavallée

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Wendi Deng-Produced Documentary Set for Theatrical Release in China

15 September 2017 2:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

China's film market will soon be getting a welcome dash of diversity as Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang opens theatrically in the country on Sept. 22.

The critically lauded documentary, which world premiered at Sundance in 2016, traces the career of Cai Guo-Qiang, the internationally acclaimed China-born artist famous for his mystical use of fireworks.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void) and produced by Wendi Deng, Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Fisher Stevens (Before the Flood), the film was snapped up by Netflix after its premiere and has been available on the platform since last fall.<br »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Molly’s Game Review

11 September 2017 4:37 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether or not you consider his dialogue to be overwrought, Aaron Sorkin’s emphasis on speech in a fundamentally visual medium is inarguably deserving of admiration. Striking the balance decisively more frequent than not, his narratives finesse the marriage of exposition and discourse effectively and memorably. While Molly’s Game doesn’t deviate from what Sorkin’s established as the baseline with Academy Award-caliber screenplays like The Social Network and Moneyball, his latest effort finds the scribe operating short of peak power.

Like most wordsmiths, Aaron’s worship of the written word includes a healthy consumption of literature. His fifth consecutive adaptation, Molly’s Game assuredly demonstrates the screenwriter’s unmistakable style and signifies that even the most accomplished ink-slinger continuously has a need to sharpen his craft.

The true story of the tabloid-dubbed, or self-proclaimed “Poker PrincessMolly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), dependant on who you ask, Molly’s Game »

- Joseph Falcone

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Tiff Review: ‘Molly’s Game’ is Undeniably Enjoyable and Hugely Forgettable

10 September 2017 5:10 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Molly’s Game is slick, flashy, highly entertaining, and hugely forgettable. Considering that it’s the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, that may come as a surprise. Sorkin is, of course, the much-imitated writer of The West Wing and The Newsroom. But perhaps his scripts for Moneyball and Steve Jobs are more relevant here. Both are based on true stories… just like Molly’s Game. Both are centered around tough, forceful protagonist… just like Molly’s Game. But when looking at this trio, Molly’s Game is far and away the lightweight.

That’s not entirely a bad thing. The story of underground poker titan Molly Bloom should be told with a light touch. Bloom’s tale is almost too full of highs and lows to be believed. Yet it’s all true. Bloom really was one of the nation’s finest young skiers, before a devastating injury ruined her »

- Christopher Schobert

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Tiff 2017: ‘Molly’s Game’ Review: Dir. Aaron Sorkin (2017)

9 September 2017 2:44 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Molly’s Game review: Aaron Sorkin delivers his much anticipated directorial debut, a tale of Molly Bloom, an enterprising young woman who staged high-stakes poker games for the Hollywood elite.

Molly’s Game review by Paul Heath.

Molly’s Game review

Following outstanding screenplays such as A Few Good Men, Moneyball and The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, another true story based around the exploits of Olympic skier turned Hollywood poker princess, Molly Bloom.

Adapting from Bloom’s memoir ‘Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker’, Sorkin has crafted a two hour-plus opus that engages from the opening frame.

Jessica Chastain leads the cast as Bloom, a charismatic, focussed former professional athlete who was once ranked as the number three mogul competitor in north America. Injury forced her to switch careers, »

- Paul Heath

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‘Molly’s Game’ Review: Jessica Chastain Goes All in for Aaron Sorkin’s Electrifying Poker Drama — Tiff

9 September 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every movie that Aaron Sorkin has written since the turn of the 21st century has been about a real person. On the other hand, it might be more accurate to say that none of the movies that Aaron Sorkin has written since the turn of the 21st century have been about a real person. Sure, “The Social Network” effectively “Rashomon”-ed the myth of Mark Zuckerberg, “Moneyball” immortalized Billy Beane, “Charlie Wilson’s War” reintroduced Americans to a semi-forgotten Congressman, and “Steve Jobs” made sure everyone knows that the guy who invented our phones was a pretty shitty dad, but those films weren’t interested in capturing their respective subjects so much as they were in selling them for spare parts.

Sorkin doesn’t want the life story; he wants the life rights. He wants to take the facts, sharpen them until they can cut through all the noise, and »

- David Ehrlich

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Jessica Chastain Moves Like A (Card) Shark In ‘Molly’s Game’ [Tiff Review]

9 September 2017 6:13 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For his entire career, Aaron Sorkin has delighted in following the journey of ambitious, visionary, and sometimes deeply flawed men. From the fractured geniuses of “The Social Network” and “Steve Jobs,” to the data driven obsession of the Oakland A’s general manager in “Moneyball,” to the news anchor eager to shake up the system in “The Newsroom,” the screenwriter has crafted singular portraits of those who eagerly want not just success, but the power to implement their unorthodox ideas, and the space to reshape the conventions around them.

Continue reading Jessica Chastain Moves Like A (Card) Shark In ‘Molly’s Game’ [Tiff Review] at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Toronto: Aaron Sorkin Talks About Casting Directorial Debut 'Molly's Game'

8 September 2017 8:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on Friday paid tribute to Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba for making his directorial debut, Molly's Game, easier to shoot, despite minimal rehearsal time and scheduling.

"I was super smart to make that decision. I really can't give myself enough credit," Sorkin said with a wry smile when discussing his movie at the Toronto Film Festival as part of a master class he gave at the Glenn Gould Theater.

Sorkin, whose screenwriting credits include A Few Good Men, Moneyball and The Social Network, with his directorial debut portrays Molly Bloom, a former competitive skier who ran high-stakes, »

- Etan Vlessing

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Aaron Sorkin to Get Career Achievement Honor at Zurich Festival

8 September 2017 4:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will receive a lifetime achievement honor at this year's Zurich international film festival. 

Zurich will present Sorkin with its Zff Career Achievement Award at a gala ceremony on Oct. 4. The event will be followed by the European premiere of Sorkin's directorial debut, Molly's Game.

Sorkin won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his screenplay to David Fincher's The Social Network. He got a best adapted screenplay Oscar nomination in 2011 for his script (co-written with Steven Zaillian and Stan Chervin) to Bennett Miller's Moneyball. The West Wing, the TV »

- Scott Roxborough

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Aaron Sorkin on Directing 'Molly's Game' and Staging a Star-Studded Poker Room (Q&A)

7 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A Few Good Men, Moneyball, The Social Network) and showrunner (The West Wing, The Newsroom), needs no introduction. But now meet Aaron Sorkin the director. With his latest project, Molly's Game, the Emmy and Oscar winner is behind the camera for the first time. The estimated $30 million Stx film, starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, is based on the tell-all book by Molly Bloom, a former competitive skier who ran high-stakes, star-filled poker games in L.A. and New York that eventually placed her at the center of an FBI investigation. »

- Rebecca Ford

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Top 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True Stories

21 August 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Top 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True StoriesTop 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True StoriesAmanda Wood and Jenny Bullough8/21/2017 10:00:00 Am

Sports movies are a dime a dozen these days, but not all of them are able to claim the highly-coveted title of true stories. Battle of the Sexes is one such lucky film, as it tells the very true tale of the rivalry between tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in this ‘70s-set story of competition, commitment, and conviction.

There are plenty of other sports movies based on true stories that we love, and we’ve made a list to put all of our faves in one place. A wide variety of sports are represented here, with movies about baseball, football, wrestling, horse racing and more getting entries on our list. 

Check it out below to see if your favourites made the list, »

- Amanda Wood and Jenny Bullough

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Aaron Sorkin's Directorial Debut Molly's Game Gets A Trailer!

15 August 2017 12:50 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Famed Hollywood writer Aaron Sorkin has stepped into the director’s chair. Sorkin will make his directorial debut with the new film, Molly’s Game. The first trailer for the film was released earlier today. Sorkin has delivered a number of great movies through his writing, including A Few Good Men, The Social Network, for which Sorkin won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, and Moneyball. Sorkin also created the hit NBC show, The West Wing.

Molly’s Game stars Jessica Chastain in the lead role, and is based on the memoirs of Molly Bloom, off of which Sorkin wrote the screenplay. The movie follows the true story of a highly talented skier, Molly Bloom, who ran one of the more exclusive poker games in the world. Molly soon became a target of the FBI. Her high stakes poker games had participants such as Hollywood stars and top level businessmen, »

- Seth McDonald

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Molly’s Game trailer, starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

15 August 2017 12:09 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Aug 16, 2017

Aaron Sorkin directs for the first time with Molly's Game, a true story of poker, celebrities, and scandal...

It’s easy to say life is little more than a high stakes game. Who wins, who loses, and who gets to take home that pot at the end of the rainbow. For many years, the real winner was Molly Bloom, the subject of Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game. For almost a decade she ran an exclusive poker escape for the rich and powerful. It all came crashing down in the end, but now that she is being played by Jessica Chastain in a Sorkin film, it appears Molly will be coming out on top again.

Sorkin, who won an Oscar for The Social Network’s screenplay and has also written the screenplays for Steve Jobs, A Few Good Men, and Moneyball, appears ready to craft »

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Molly’s Game Trailer Starring Jessica Chastain: Aaron Sorkin Makes his Directorial Debut

15 August 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

He may have his detractors, but Aaron Sorkin is one of the most well-known and respected screenwriters currently working in Hollywood, having penned such films as The Social Network, Moneyball and A Few Good Men as well as shows like The West Wing and The Newsroom. Now he is stepping behind the camera for the […] »

- Sean

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‘Molly’s Game’ Trailer: Jessica Chastain Builds a Poker Empire in Aaron Sorkin’s Directorial Debut

15 August 2017 7:12 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Aaron Sorkin has a helluva story for his feature directorial debut. The writer behind The West WingThe Social Network, and Moneyball is telling another story of ambition and perseverance with Molly’s Game. Based on Molly Bloom’s fast-paced, high-stakes, and exceptionally entertaining memoir of the same name, Sorkin will show how she ran some of the most exclusive and lucrative underground […]

The post ‘Molly’s Game’ Trailer: Jessica Chastain Builds a Poker Empire in Aaron Sorkin’s Directorial Debut appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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A Movie About the Legendary Life of Lucille Ball Is in the Works, and It Already Has Its Star

8 August 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Image Source: Everett Collection Lucille Ball is one of the most legendary actresses from Hollywood's golden era. Not only was she a pioneer for independent women to carve their own career paths and not take no for an answer, but she was also an insanely talented actress whose show, I Love Lucy, is still beloved to this day. It should come as no surprise, then, that a biopic about her life and career is in the works at Amazon. While we've always been apprehensive about movies surrounding Lucy (she's so iconic that it's almost best to leave her story alone), we're actually pretty excited for this one. Not only is the authorized project, titled Lucy and Desi, being produced by Lucille and Desi Arnaz's children, Lucie and Desi Jr., but it already has its star! Keep reading to see everything we know about the biopic so far. The Story »

- Caitlin Hacker

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Lucille Ball movie with Cate Blanchett pressing ahead

7 August 2017 2:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Aug 8, 2017

Amazon Studios will produce a movie about Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy fame with Cate Blanchett and Aaron Sorkin attached.

Amazon Studios is really starting to leave its mark on moviemaking in 2017. Just this year, they produced The Lost City Of Z and The Big Sick - and they’re already looking toward the future. Generally speaking, casting a screen legend like Cate Blanchett as another one named Lucille Ball seems like a smart bet.

Deadline broke the news that Amazon Studios has acquired the film rights to Lucy And Desi, a long simmering film production that has Blanchett attached to play Ball, the star of I Love Lucy. The project has long been of interest, not least of all because in addition to its Oscar winning star, it also has a screenplay by another Oscar winner, Aaron Sorkin of The Social Network, Moneyball, and Steve Jobs fame. »

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Cate Blanchett and Aaron Sorkin’s Lucille Ball Biopic Heads to Amazon

7 August 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon Studios just landed a major in-development title with the acquisition of Cate Blanchett and Aaron Sorkin’s untitled Lucille Ball biopic drama. The actress has been in talks to star as the “I Love Lucy” comedienne since Variety first broke the casting news in September 2015, but now it appears the project is officially nearing a production start.

Read MoreCate Blanchett Plays 13 Characters in ‘Manifesto’ Because She’s Frustrated That Film Has Become Far Too Literal

Casting is now underway for the actor to play Ball’s husband and screen partner Desi Arnaz. Deadline reports that Javier Bardem is an early contender. Sorkin will be handling screenplay duties and using the memoirs written by the two subjects for inspiration. The couple’s children, Lucie Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz Jr., are involved in the authorized biopic as producers.

The news comes just ahead of a busy fall for both Blanchett and Sorkin. »

- Zack Sharf

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Brad Pitt’s Top 7 Performances

19 July 2017 4:24 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Brad Pitt is one of the most confident actors of this day and he’s well known for a long list of memorable parts, like the extreme killer in Killing them Softly, the hardened eccentric living on the edge of society in Fight Club, and the frustrated father in Tree of Life. He’s a brilliant actor, he takes on the role of different characters exceptionally well, and that’s why he’s continually cast in more top-notch films. Below are seven of Pitt’s top acting performances, and fittingly enough one of them is in the film Se7en.

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Thelma and Louise – 1991

Brad Pitt plays a smooth talking robber in his brief role as J.D. in Thelma and Louise. Sure he eventually robs Thelma after getting her to fall in love with him, but up until that point he’s highly charismatic, and manages to »

- Paul Heath

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Indie Film Invades the Emmys: Jean Marc-Vallée, Reed Morano and More Cinematic Voices Dominate

13 July 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

They say television is the new film, and that’s certainly true when you look at how many actors, directors, writers, cinematographers and more from the film world are counted among this year’s Emmy nominees. A majority of the biggest contenders, from “The Handmaid’s Tale” to “The Night Of,” “Big Little Lies” and “The Crown,” brought some of the best film talent to the small screen over the last year, and their work resulted in major recognition from the TV Academy.

Read More: 2017 Emmy Nominations List: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld’ Nominated for Best Drama Series

All of these nominations for film stars and behind-the-scenes talent shouldn’t come as a surprise in the era of Peak TV, but they confirm that the small screen is offering certain opportunities that Hollywood just isn’t these days. Between stronger female roles and a directorial freedom studios don’t allow, TV is »

- Zack Sharf

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