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Blu-ray Review – The Cooler (2003)

The Cooler, 2003.

Directed by Wayne Kramer.

Starring William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin, Paul Sorvino, M.C. Gainey, Ron Livingston, Shawn Hatosy, and Arthur J. Nascarella.

Synopsis:

An unlucky casino ‘cooler’ working to pay off a debt to his brutal boss falls in love with a waitress but his boss won’t let him be happy.

The ‘cooler’ of this 2003 movie is not a drinking implement to stand at for a gossip in the office, nor is it another name for a nightclub bouncer but a term used for somebody considered unlucky who is employed by casinos to play at tables where somebody is winning big in order to jinx said player’s winning streak. Quite how one would quantify skills and experience needed for such a position is a mystery but in The Cooler Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy – Fargo) certainly seems suited to the position.

Lootz is one
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Voltage Pictures sets Sharks vs Killer Whale thriller Alphas

Voltage Pictures has tapped Aliens of the Deep director Steven Quale to direct Alphas, an aquatic thriller scripted by Frank Hannah (The Cooler), reports Variety.

The film will see a small coastal town terrorised by a school of great white sharks, and the residents’ only hope is a damaged killer whale which has been kept in solitary confinement for years after killing its trainer.

“[Alphas] is highly commercial yet sophisticated,” said producer Nicolas Chartier (The Hurt Locker). “Steven Quale has a formidable track record of bringing beautifully made blockbusters.”

In addition to Aliens of the Deep, Quale’s C.V. includes the horror sequel Final Destination 5 and disaster flick Into the Storm.

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Steven Quale Directing Shark Thriller ‘Alphas’ for Voltage Pictures

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Steven Quale Directing Shark Thriller ‘Alphas’ for Voltage Pictures
Aliens of the Deep” director Steven Quale is set to direct aquatic thriller “Alphas,” based on the screenplay by Frank Hannah. Finance and sales are by Voltage Pictures.

The story sees a school of great white sharks terrorize a coastal town. The town’s only hope is a damaged killer whale who has been in solitary confinement for years after killing its trainer.

Production is by Nicolas Chartier for Voltage, Pierre Morel (“Taken”) and Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin. Jonathan Deckter, president and COO of Voltage, will executive produce. The film is being pitched at the American Film Market.

Describing “Alphas” as “highly commercial yet sophisticated,” Chartier said: “Steven Quale has a formidable track record of bringing beautifully made blockbusters.” Quale, a protégé of James Cameron, has credits that also include New Line Cinema’s “Final Destination 5” and action thriller “Into the Storm.”

Hannah is a Scottish-born screenwriter and filmmaker,
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Steven Quale Will Direct Aquatic Thriller ‘Alphas’ For Voltage Pictures

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Steven Quale Will Direct Aquatic Thriller ‘Alphas’ For Voltage Pictures
Steven Quale is set to direct the upcoming aquatic thriller Alphas, based on the screenplay by Frank Hannah (The Cooler).

The deep sea epic centers on a school of great white sharks terrorizing a coastal town. The only hope is a damaged killer whale who has been in solitary confinement for years after killing its trainer.

Producers include Academy Award-winning Nicolas Chartier for Voltage Pictures, Pierre Morel and Sentient Entertainment’s, Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin. Jonathan Deckter, President and COO of Voltage Pictures will executive produce.

In addition to producing, Voltage Pictures will also finance the film and is handling worldwide sales for the VFX thriller.

“Alphas typifies the kind of highly commercial, yet sophisticated films that attract buyers to the Voltage slate,” said Nicolas Chartier, CEO of Voltage Pictures. “Steven Quale has a formidable
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Afm: Voltage Greenlights Shark Thriller 'Alphas' From 'Aliens of the Deep' Director

Voltage Pictures has boarded Alphas, a shark-invested thriller from Aliens of the Deep director Steven Quale. Nicolas Chartier's production and sales outfit will fully finance and handle worldwide sales on the project.

The plot of Alphas involves a school of great white sharks that terrorize a coastal town, whose only hope is to release a damaged killer whale that has been in solitary confinement for years after killing its trainer. Frank Hannah (The Cooler) penned the screenplay.

Chartier, whose credits include the Oscar winner The Hurt Locker and the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty, will produce Alphas for Voltage together with Pierre ...
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Voltage Pictures boards underwater thriller 'Alphas' (exclusive)

Voltage Pictures boards underwater thriller 'Alphas' (exclusive)
Pierre Morel to produce, James Cameron protégée Steven Quale to direct.

Voltage Pictures is fully financing the killer whale vs sharks thriller Alphas and has brought in Steven Quale (Aliens Of The Deep) to direct, and will produce alongside French genre ace Pierre Morel and Sentient Entertainment.

Voltage represents worldwide rights to the underwater thriller that is being lined up as an effects-heavy tentpole that takes place in a coastal community terrorised by a school of sharks.

The townspeople decide the only way to deal with the man-eating threat is to unleash a damaged killer whale held for years in
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Voltage Pictures boards underwater thriller 'Alphas' for Afm (exclusive)

Voltage Pictures boards underwater thriller 'Alphas' for Afm (exclusive)
Pierre Morel to produce, James Cameron protégée Steven Quale to direct.

Voltage Pictures is fully financing the killer whale vs sharks thriller Alphas and has brought in Steven Quale (Aliens Of The Deep) to direct, with French genre ace Pierre Morel set to produce.

Voltage represents worldwide rights to the underwater thriller that is being lined up as an effects-heavy tentpole that takes place in a coastal community terrorised by a school of sharks.

The townspeople decide the only way to deal with the man-eating threat is to unleash a damaged killer whale held for years in solitary confinement after it killed its trainer.
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Nickelodeon Names Shauna Phelan Head of Live-Action Scripted Content

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Nickelodeon has named Shauna Phelan as senior vice president of live-action scripted content, the kids’ network announced Monday.

Phelan joins Nickelodeon from Awesomeness, where she was formerly head of development and production, overseeing scripted and non-scripted series. In her new role, Phelan will oversee the development and production of all Nickelodeon scripted live-action content, as well as all live-action TV movies and specials. She will report to Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins.

“Shauna has an innate understanding of the youth audience and an eye for identifying great stories and characters and making them into generation-defining hits,” said Robbins. “We are excited to have Shauna bring her passion and creativity to Nickelodeon as we set the course for the brand’s next phase of innovation and success.”

In 2007, Phelan worked at Varsity Pictures alongside Robbins as his director of television development, where they developed the TV series “Blue Mountain State,” which ran
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Shauna Phelan Joins Nickelodeon As Svp Live-Action Scripted Content

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New Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins is starting to build his programming team with the hire of longtime close associate Shauna Phelan in the newly created position as Svp, Live-Action Scripted Content, for the Nickelodeon Group. Based in Burbank, she will oversee the development and production of all Nickelodeon scripted live-action content, as well as all live-action TV movies and specials, reporting to Robbins.

“Shauna has an innate understanding of the youth audience and an eye for identifying great stories and characters and making them into generation-defining hits,” said Robbins. “We are excited to have Shauna bring her passion and creativity to Nickelodeon as we set the course for the brand’s next phase of innovation and success.”

Phelan first worked for Robbins in 2007 when she joined his Varsity Pictures as Director of Television Development. The two developed the TV series Blue Mountain State, which ran for three seasons on Spike TV,
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Card Game Themed Movies: Which Are The Best?

Playing cards is a popular pastime in the real world, so it’s no surprise to see it crop up again and again in fiction. Many movie makers have a particular fascination with card games, since they can be used to create compellingly dramatic narratives and also help an audience learn more about the characters involved.

Here are just a few examples of the best movies which are either themed around card games, or feature them prominently at some point.

21

If you aspire to play blackjack like in the movies, you might want to start by watching this 2008 film. It’s based on the true story of college kids who decided to pay their extortionate tuition fees by counting cards and beating the odds in real world casinos.

The movie is a thrill ride, as well as acting as a cautionary tale about taking things too far and trying to
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Swedish casino: Taking a Gamble on a Theatrical Story in Swedish Film

The term cult classic may be overstretching the mark for this film release Kom til Casino, but there is an affinity towards the show turned movie directed by Mille Schmidt and Gösta Bernhard. It was the first film made in Sweden to depict the casino in its natural state and none have done so since. We discuss a little on this within our casino review of Kom til Casino (Come to Casino) and pick up on the matter which still oddly seems a taboo subject to portray.

The success of many online casino in Sweden is a sign that gambling is a favourite hobby but not shown on film

It’s well known that the Swedish have a passion for gambling, with sites like https://www.thecasinocity.se listing over hundreds of accessible online casinos for people to play live dealer games and slot machines it’s then surprising to
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Alec Baldwin Joins Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’

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Alec Baldwin Joins Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’
Exclusive: Alec Baldwin is boarding Todd PhillipsJoker movie at Warner Bros in a supporting role, Deadline has learned. Cameras roll on September 10.

While Warner Bros has not confirmed what role, buzz is that Baldwin is poised play the role of Thomas Wayne, who in DC canon is Bruce Wayne/Batman’s father. Thomas Wayne was first introduced in Detective Comics #33 (Nov. 1939) and he is respected physician and philanthropist in Gotham City. Wayne and his wife are murdered exiting the theater, an incident which young Bruce witnesses. That becomes his m.o. for ultimately becoming a vigilante. In the early comics, Wayne’s murderer is mugger/hitman Joe Chill, but starting with the first Tim Burton 1989 Batman movie, it’s the Joker who is the culprit.

Baldwin joins a growing cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, and Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond.
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Alec Baldwin movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Glengarry Glen Ross,’ ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘The Cooler’

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A few years ago, after rough battles with the press and paparazzi and the cancellation of his MSNBC talk show, Alec Baldwin penned a much-publicized article announcing he’d be leaving “public life.” Baldwin seems to have reconsidered that departure and has been all over the media this last year. is currently appearing in two popular films, “BlacKkKlansman” and “Mission Impossible: Fallout.” On the television side he appeared in the limited series “The Looming Tower”, recreated his recurring role on the reboot of “Will and Grace”, hosted “Match Game” and will premiere this fall in “The Alec Baldwin Show,” an interview program on ABC.

Most notably Baldwin continued his appearances on “Saturday Night Live” lampooning Donald Trump. He recently received his 19th Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Supporting Actor. Baldwin won the award last year and has previously won two Best Comedy Actor twice for his role on “30 Rock.
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Alec Baldwin movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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A few years ago, after a few rough battles with the press and paparazzi and the cancellation of his MSNBC talk show, Alec Baldwin penned a much-publicized article announcing he’d be leaving “public life.” Baldwin seems to have reconsidered that departure and has been all over the media this last year. is currently appearing in two popular films “BlacKkKlansman” and “Mission Impossible: Fallout.” On the television side he appeared in the limited series “The Looming Tower”, recreated his recurring role on the reboot of “Will and Grace”, hosted “Match Game” and will premiere this fall in “The Alec Baldwin Show,” an interview program on ABC.

Most notably Baldwin continued his appearances on “Saturday Night Live” lampooning Donald Trump. He recently received his 19th Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Supporting Actor. Baldwin won the award last year and has previously won two Best Comedy Actor twice for his role on “30 Rock.
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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘The Cooler’

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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘The Cooler’
William H. Macy received his fifth Emmy nomination in 2018 for playing Frank Gallagher, the outright horrible father of the Gallagher clan on “Shameless.” In total Macy has received a whopping 14 Emmy nominations for his work as an actor, writer, and producer. He won for two of those nominations back in 2003 for his acting and writing the TV movie “Door to Door.” While he has yet to take home an Emmy for “Shameless,” he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award three times. But it’s his film career for the focus of our photo gallery above, so take a tour of Macy’s 15 greatest movies, ranked from worst to best.

Macy had a long career on the stage and in episodic television and film, seemingly destined to be one of those actors who works steadily but never really becomes a household name. That changed in the mid-1990s. After appearing
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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
William H. Macy received his fifth Emmy nomination in 2018 for playing Frank Gallagher, the outright horrible father of the Gallagher clan on “Shameless.” In total Macy has received a whopping 14 Emmy nominations for his work as an actor, writer, and producer. He won for two of those nominations back in 2003 for his acting and writing the TV movie “Door to Door.” While he has yet to take home an Emmy for “Shameless,” he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award three times. But it’s his film career for the focus of our photo gallery above, so take a tour of Macy’s 15 greatest movies, ranked from worst to best.

Macy had a long career on the stage and in episodic television and film, seemingly destined to be one of those actors who works steadily but never really becomes a household name. That changed in the mid-1990s. After appearing
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Jamie Carmichael steps down as president of film at Kew Media Group (exclusive)

Industry veteran was formerly head of Content Film.

Jamie Carmichael

La-based international sales veteran Jamie Carmichael is stepping down from his role as president of film at Kew Media Group.

The long-time Content Film head is understood to be lining up another venture in the film and TV sector but details have yet to be confirmed.

Kew told Screen in a statement:

”Kew is further combining its film and television units. This allows for more cohesion and synergies across our sales and marketing teams and better positions the company for its growth and expansion. The new joint division will be led by Greg Phillips, President, Distribution. Jamie Carmichael, President of Film, has decided to leave the company to pursue new opportunities.”

Recent titles on the Kew slate include Zach Fox and Omri Dorani’s teen comedy How To Get Girls, Bees Make Honey starring Alice Eve, comedy An Actor Prepares with Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston and sci-fi
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Maria Bello and Jessica Goldberg Team Up for NBC Drama About Doctor on a Remote Island

Bello in “Goliath

Jessica Goldberg is switching gears from Meyerism to a medical drama. “The Path” creator has a new series in development at NBC, “Relief.” The project sees her teaming up with “NCIS” star Maria Bello, who conceived the idea with her. Variety broke the news.

The potential series centers on a “successful female doctor in L.A. who delivers supplies to her estranged brother on a remote island devastated by an earthquake,” the souce writes. “ A series of dramatic events propel her decision to stay on and become part of a group of volunteers from around the world who are saving lives and healing themselves in the process.”

Goldberg will pen the teleplay. Both she and Bello are among “Relief’s” executive producers.

Other series in development about female doctors include CBS’ “Love/Sick,” a comedy based on the South Korean series “Emergency Couple,” and an untitled NBC
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Top 5 Hollywood Casino Performances of All-Time

Casino Hollywood – Glitz, Glamour, & Drama

A high-stakes bet gone wrong. A crooked casino boss. A pretty girl, excessive smoking, and some booze.

These are all the tell-tale signs of a Hollywood casino movie. And there’s no shortage of beloved films that depict the reality of casinos, albeit over-the-top at times.

Most people only frequent the casinos from time to time – or hardly at all. But we love the world that Hollywood creates around a casino.

We love the glitz and the glamour. We love the adrenaline and the thrills and the danger. Many of us have fantasized about living a deviant lifestyle at some point or another. Casino films give us that 90-minute escape into a world of money, risk, and living on-the-edge.

And there were some performances in casino movies that were so unforgettable that we go back to relive the excitement again and again.

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