Movie News: Mark Wahlberg Is 'The Gambler' for 'Apes' Director; Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts in 'August: Osage County' Trailer

Movie News: Mark Wahlberg Is 'The Gambler' for 'Apes' Director; Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts in 'August: Osage County' Trailer

Sep 12, 2013

Two Guns  /  The Gambler

The Gambler: Mark Wahlberg is giving new life to a prospective remake of 1974's The Gambler. The original, written by James Toback based on his own experiences, starred James Caan as a literature professor with a compulsive gambling habit. Wahlberg is now said to be "circling" the remake, written by William Monahan, who also wrote The Departed, in which Wahlberg had a juicy role. Lending further momentum to the project, Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is already in negotiations to direct. [The Wrap]

Bill and Ted 3: Why are we still waiting for the third installment of the Bill and Ted series? Keanu Reeves says that he and Alex Winter are still on board, and that a script is ready, but "there's darkness out there that's keeping it from happening. ... There's lots of subterfuge and conspiracy theories." He added, in a joking sort of way, "It's that part of the story where it's looking grim." [MTV]

The Wind Rises: The decision by Japanese master animator Hayao Miyazaki to retire from filmmaking could propel his final film into the Oscar race. That's the suggestion by one awards analyst, who notes that The Wind Rises will be eligible, due to the decision by Disney's Touchstone Pictures to give it an Academy Award-qualifying theatrical run in November ahead of a general release in February 2014. Miyazaki's Spirited Away previously won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. [The Hollywood Reporter]

August: Osage County Trailer: Admist rumors that the ending might be changed before it goes into general release on December 25, a new trailer for the highly acclaimed August: Osage County highlights the humor. The story revolves around the reunion of an extended family, featuring an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin and Juliette Lewis. [Yahoo!]



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