Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in MOLLY'S GAME

It’s Only a Movie: Batman & Spiderman Walk Into MOLLY’S GAME, But Jessica Chastain Doesn’t Cave to Superheroes

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent

Holy Toledo, sometimes an insider Hollywood story is so good, you see how the game is played.

Jessica Chastain in MOLLY'S GAME

Jessica Chastain in MOLLY’S GAME

So once upon a Batman, and a few-movies-ago Spiderman, the caped one and the web slinger became poker fanatics, like super fanatics, in a snake-pit-named Hollywood club’s back room, a club once owned by a Pirate. True story, plus there’s an ex-Olympic skier with the same name as a character from James Joyce’s opus “Ulysses” who ran the tables, the whole game. But in a short decade the card mania went awry, as doomed as an Irish-made ocean liner, whose lead also flipped his chips there as the face-card bash spread from LA to NYC to the FBI.

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in MOLLY'S GAME

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in MOLLY’S GAME

MOLLY’S GAME is based on the Joycean real-life Molly Bloom’s 2014 book “Molly’s Game: High Stakes, Hollywood’s Elite, Hotshot Bankers, My Life in the World of Underground Poker,” from HarperCollins. Her memoir begins circa 2004 and spans almost a decade of decadence. Lawless screen siren Jessica Chastain is die-cast as the ‘Poker Princess’ who found her mettle dealing with all the superheroes’ undesirable antics. Red is on fire in this one, shall we say.
Aaron Sorkin’s movie mostly deals with Bloom’s fight for survival with the Feds on gambling and likely racketeering charges, but Chastain also has to find an air hole in a superego’s off-screen realm where every A-Lister is vying for all the oxygen in a room where huge money stakes makes everyone a lot uglier in a hurry. As in “bark like a seal,” ugly.
Ultimately Batman and versions-ago Spiderman end up in high-profile divorces while their wronged spouses, one a movie star, the other a studio mogul’s daughter, end up vindicated. Wait, scratch that, will end up vindicated as MOLLY’S GAME is released by STX Films on Nov. 22. So tempting to say *payback is a bitch,* but you get the drift.

Jessica Chastain and Chris O'Dowd in MOLLY'S GAME

Jessica Chastain and Chris O’Dowd in MOLLY’S GAME

Again this gambit/movie comes from the deft hand of writer/director Aaron Sorkin, who literally can make a piece of paper into a smash hit. Sorkin has so many credits, though THE SOCIAL NETWORK rings a bell to most people.
Amy Pascal, ex-SONY hack now indie purveyor, lays down her aces as a producer; Idris Elba also comes into play here as memorable onscreen; with Kevin Costner taking a break from his own helming ways to add a hell of a sweet cameo. Michael Cera is the pivot point, a clue to Hollywood’s real elite players mentioned above. You gotta see this story to believe it. Bridesmaid’s Chris O’Dowd rounds out a great cast here that includes Graham Greene, Joe Keery and Rachel Skarsten.

Make Your Bets This Will Be Something of a Royal Flush

MOLLY’S GAME will open first at TIFF, Sept. 7 – 17, mark it down, dude.

Playing Pick-Up STX, Or Close to the Bone On Official Notes?

MOLLY’S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

In Theaters November 22, 2017

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Chris O’Dowd, Michael Cera, Joe Keery, Rachel Skarsten, Graham Greene and Brian d’Arcy James

Director: Aaron Sorkin

Writer: Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. Based on the memoir by Molly Bloom

Producers: Stuart M. Besser, Mark Gordon, Leopoldo Gout, Matt Jackson, Lauren Lohman, Lyn Lucibello and Amy Pascal

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MOLLY’S GAME fans out this loaded hand on November 22, 2017.

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Joe Bang Gives Up James Bond for Channing Tatum in Tenn., LOL, for LOGAN LUCKY

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent

Some good news Down South as Channing Tatum, who stars in LOGAN LUCKY directed by Steven Soderbergh, has gotten James Bond to dye his hair blonde — “Dye Another Day” would be a great 007 title — wait, that’s not real news.

JoeBangLLDC17Even though Daniel Craig’s surprise Hillbilly-meets-Okie mega-cameo as Joe Bang in this movie is quite a towhead, the real news?

Well, over a ways yonder in Tennessee the cast of LOGAN, which will be released by Bleeker Street on Aug. 18,  did some great charity work in “The Volunteer State”, also known as home of the Grand Ole Opry, Tennessee.

Tatum? Be There in Tenn... For Charity.

Tatum? Be There in Tenn… For Charity.

Btw, Tennessee got the moniker volunteer state from the 1812 War, when TN Troops under Stonewall Jackson lent a hand in the Battle of New Orleans to much fanfare in the medal category. But we digress, as last night Channing Tatum and his cast had a blast with films fans.

Always on Deck for Him Selfie & Fans.

Always on Deck for Him Selfie & Fans.

It was for a great cause, “Tennessee Benefit Screening for Variety — The Children’s Charity.” All the fun took place at the Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 in Knoxville. What’s the movie about?

Casting Call, Lol.

Casting Call, Lol.

Good question. It’s a madcap, multi-layer, moolah-related mash-up by marauding marvelously mysterious (cast-against-type) morons. How’s that for alliteration?

Katie Holmes rips up her scenes in a movie that officially brings her back into the pack of Hollywood actors of their own merit. And it stars these cool kids: Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Meg Ryan’s son Jack Quaid,  and Katherine Waterson. And kids at heart Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, with Hilary Swank as one itch-on-wheels FBI agent but later as a lovely barfly. Riley Keough, daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and Elvis’ grandkid proves she has a big future on screen by her own lights. SNC_7184

And James Bond gives a stunning, freakish American accent attempt somewhere in the clinical lab range of a genetically engineered Hillybilly-Okie mix with enough menace to make you wonder how he’d really be in a prison riot. Plus, Soderbergh, genius director, teases us in the critic world with an “Introducing” credit for Daniel Craig, which is usually only used to debut an actor. Bond does comedy, whoa, that is new, so maybe Soderbergh isn’t completely joking on that intro.

Meanwhile Channing Tatum and Adam Driver are stellar, so weird how well both act, even with the IQ dialed down to O (for “Ozark,” hey it kind of fits in the Netflix series Americana zeitgeist).

Channing is The Man from LUCKY LOGAN in Tenn.

Channing is The Man from LOGAN LUCKY in Tenn.

Kinda wonder about the writer Rebecca Blunt on this one… Hmm. Emily Blunt’s older sister is Felicity Blunt, married to Stanley Tucci, so it can’t be her. Even IMDB suspects someone big behind this pseudonym.
Another aside, this movie makes you ask yourself what? ‘Is this the first product of Hollywood in the Trump Administration?’ And, so Soderbergh must be psychic, since this movie hits a trend of ‘Real America’ leanings. From Bleeker Street on Aug. 18, and watch for more movies to hit this rustic-icana note in the 45 Era.

Enjoy  Trailer for Team Soderbergh’s Newest Film

Official Yada on Plot

“Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”
Not Paul Newman’s “Cool Hand Luke” Eggs, But Channing Tatum, Adam Driver & Daniel Craig Do Cool Stuff – WATCH

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Written by: Rebecca Blunt (as if?)

Produced by: Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin

Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterson, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, with Hilary Swank and introducing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang

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Break-Up School: Joachim Lafosse’s AFTER LOVE Has Bérénice Bejo vs Cédric Kahn

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent

After eons of human existence, or a short hop since the Sexual Revolution of the 1960’s, we still haven’t learned how to do two things well: Die or Divorce. Even with Gwyneth Paltrow’s co-opted “Conscious Uncoupling,” the recent so-called shock split of Chris Pratt and Anna Faris, that followed Ben & Jen, and Brangelina. Life, art, and pop culture peel back one common truth: we don’t know what to do after Love. DSC00570 ∏Fabrizio MalteseEnter a new film by director Joachim Lafosse, AFTER LOVE, pitting THE ARTIST’s Bérénice Bejo against Cédric Kahn. It’s an exploration of this very subject. And a love-letter to all the ex-es out there looking to refit the broken pieces of their domestic bliss.

Photos: Fabrizio Maltese

Photos: Fabrizio Maltese – Courtesy of Distrib Films US

No surprise this film was in the Official Selection for Directors Fortnight – Cannes Film Festival, also at Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, in AFI Fest and counting. [Original title is L’Economie du couple.]AfterLove_US_poster_675x1000What They’re Officially Saying About It

“From the director of Our Children Joachim Fosse, comes the story of Boris (Cédric Kahn) and Marie (Bérénice Bejo), a couple who have decided to separate after 15 years together. They have two girls that they adore, but tensions rise as cash-strapped Boris continues to live in the family home. Neither of the two is willing to compromise, making their apartment a war zone.

AFTER LOVE captures with great magnitude, the painfully intimate, harrowingly drama, emotional and financial complexities of a separation, at the end of a long love story.”

Watch What Happens AFTER LOVE

Presented by Distrib Film US, the movie opens Weds. Aug. 9 at The Quad in New York, then (updated) Sept. 1 in LA at the Laemmle Royal, followed by San Francisco’s 4 Star Cinema and a national roll-out to follow in September.

Director Joachim Lafosse

Director Joachim Lafosse

DISTRIB FILMS U.S. SENDS US “AFTER LOVE”

DIRECTED BY: Joachim Lafosse
STARRING: Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) , Cédric Kahn

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Directors Fortnight – Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, AFI Fest and many more.

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Screenplay: Mazarine Pingeot, Fanny Burdino & Joachim Lafosse
Cinematography: Jean-François Hensgens

France / Belgium – 2016 – 100min – Color – Scope – 5.1 – Not Rated – Drama. In French with English Subtitles.

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