Argo wins best picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Ben Affleck’s hostage negotiation drama Argo took home the best picture award at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards at the weekend, further intensifying speculation that the film could be the surprising recipient of the corresponding Oscar award in a few weeks time.

Argo beat four other films; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Misérables, Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln to the gong and many experts feel that this may well be a dress rehearsal for Oscar’s night.

While not originally thought of as a leading contender for the big prizes, Argo has been well received by many critics and many people (see highrolleronlinecasino.net) are making the film a strong favourite to also land the Best Picture Oscar.

Other winners on the night included Daniel Day Lewis, who won the SAG award for his portrayal of the title role in Steven Speilberg’s Lincoln. There was further recognition for the film when Tommy Lee Jones also won the award for the best supporting actor.

Jennifer Lawrence arguably sprung the surprise of the evening when she pipped favourite Jessica Chastain, from Zero Dark Thirty, to earn the best actress award for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.

One time Oscar favourite Les Misérables had to be content with just the one award, for best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway, who beat Sally Field, Nicole Kidman, Maggie Smith and Helen Hunt to the gong.

The lifetime achievement award went to Dick Van Dyke, perhaps best known for his role as the cockney-accented chimney sweep in Disney’s Mary Poppins.…

Stars at Sundance

The Sundance Film festival is a place to take risks, just like at the craps table. This year’s festival included plenty of films featuring big-name Hollywood stars, but not all of them succeeded in creating unique and memorable films. Here are a few of those star-powered films and how they fared at Sundance.

Don Jon’s Addiction. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in his own directorial debut playing a pornography-addicted Jersey shore stereotype who needs to decide once and for all which is better: fantasy or reality. Though Gordon-Levitt displays some interesting directorial chops and plays his slime ball character quite convincingly, the story’s over-simplified, predictable resolution leaves something to be desired.

Mud. Matthew McConaughey continues his recent streak of outstanding films in this Arkansas coming of age tale. It’s hard to believe this actor was once pigeonholed as a rom-com lead as he gives another nuanced performance here, mixing caution and charisma as he charms two young boys into helping him evade the law and reunite with his lover (played by Reese Witherspoon). This film may be a bit long and meandering, but the music, cinematography, and characters can justify the length.

The East. cn_image.size.sundance-film-festival-2013-park-city-utahThis thoughtful and provocative spy thriller comes from Sundance stars Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, who starred and directed (respectively) in previous Sundance sensation, Sound of My Voice. If this second film is any indication, these two are set to become household names just like another indie favorite, Ellen Page, who also happens to be in this film. Full of twists and turns, The East also has a solid storyline with a satisfying ending and not too many leaps of faith required.…

Making the World Laugh, One Comedy Movie at a Time

The saying goes that money makes the world go around. However, you can say that comedy makes the world go round. Without comedy, there is rarely any joy in life. People will not smile and laugh and can remain simply lifeless ad dull. This is where comedy movies come in real handy.

General Comedy
General comedy movies are such that they include general humor above all else. In such movies, the humor is rather simple and is made to be more family orientated. Meet Dave is an example of a general comedy movie starring Eddie Murphy. The movie takes people on the adventure of a group of aliens and their adventure in a robotic suit; trying to get back their orb. This movie has many comedic scenes that make you laugh but are family friendly at the same time.

In essence, general comedy is a type of comedy that anyone and everyone can both watch and understand. This is one of the biggest reasons why general comedy movies such as Meet Dave or even RW (Robin Williams) have garnered so much success. This is quite contrary to adult comedy where only truly mature audiences can only understand, appreciate and enjoy the jokes.

Parodies
Parodies are amongst some of the best comedy movies ever made. Parodies take the concept(s) of many different genres of movies and, well, make fun of them. Some of the most successful parodies include the Scary Movie series, Sean of the Dead, Evil Dead 2, Spaceballs and Meet the Spartans.

Each movie takes on normal movie, horror, family, zombie apocalypse, action, etc. and turn them into some of the funniest comedic moments you have ever seen. However, parodies are not for everyone primarily due to the fact that parodies ‘make fun’ of the original movies; a fact not everyone appreciates.

Adult Comedy
Adult comedy is a whole different genre of comedy. In essence, if you are mature enough to understand the jokes (adult), these comedy movies can be some of the best you have ever seen. These movies use a lot of vulgarity, sex jokes and sexual references to make the audience laugh. Of course, when watched by mature audiences, these movies do really well. One great example is the Harold and Kumar trilogy.

The Harold and Kumar trilogy takes you on the journey of 2 best friends in their adventures for women, weed, and love and of course, burgers. During the course of any of the 3 movies, there are a multitude of adult jokes; all of which truly make mature audiences laugh.

Comedy movies contain a host of different themes, portrayed in different ways. However, each makes you laugh a lot and no two comedy movies are ever the same. While some people enjoy the simple side of classic comedy, many others enjoy parodies. Whilst many people love general comedy, many others love adult comedy. In essence, it really does depend on you and your comedic preferences.

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Movie Rounders – Casino Movie

Online gambling has become one of the most popular industries since the last three years. Compared to land-based casinos, online casinos are the biggest reasons why virtual gaming is becoming popular every day. As online casinos increase day by day, much can be said about your old fashioned brick and mortar casinos. The number one reason, however, for a gambler to play online is that when playing online the odds are better, with a payout percentage as high as 98% in some instances.

It can be said that the profit from online casinos, such as Yukon Gold Casino, is growing exponentially. As more and more industries are trying to join the bandwagon, online casinos have gained more customers than land based casinos. This popularity can be attributed to the internet allowing for easier access to games and funds with the simple help of a click.

In addition to the above you can also enjoy the movies undercurrent of gambling, Matt Damon plays a great character who runs into a big game against the KGB, he eventually succeeds but the entire movie leaves you with a need to hit the casino floor and gamble. Unfortunately most people don’t have the opportunity to just visit their local casino so they make do with visiting an online casino, its a dangerous place to go as its ripe with corruption and scams. Before you visit an online casino I suggest you read some reviews such as the ones found on clickonlinecasinos.com.

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