Paramount to Remake ‘The Gambler’ with Wahlberg, Lange and Lawson

The initial poster for ‘The Gambler’ starring James Caan and Lauren Hutton; Mark Wahlberg will be playing this role in the remake.

Modern audiences often capture the classics of literature via their film versions; simply take Victor Hugo’s ‘Les Miserables’ or Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’. Mention Fyodor Dostoevsky to a more youthful generation of Internet-raised intelligentsia, and you could get nothing however a blank stare; and the 1974 movie variation, loosely on the basis of the prolific journalist’s novella, may perhaps not resonate more either. But that movie’s initial cult success has now spurred movie giant Paramount Pictures to attempt a remake of this flick that is classicwhich by the way is not related in any method to the Kenny Rogers classic country song of the identical title) with an all-star cast that can hold its against the original.

A Lot to Real Time Up To

The remake has some iconic performances to match up to, that is for sure; not to mention quite a bit of Hollywood lore that went on during the original production’s filming. An english professor in New York City whose gambling addiction overtakes his life for example, a then-very-young James Caan (who from 2003-2007 played the casino magnate lead in the hit TV series ‘Las Vegas’), was reportedly grappling with his own real-life cocaine addiction during filming; he was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Axel Freed. In a kind of art-imitates-life-imitates-art affect, into the film, Freed is teaching his students Dostoevsky, but in his life that is personal massive gambling addiction has, needless to say, left him saddled with debt; to be specific, $44,000 owed to his bookie Hips that he cannot come up with on their own.

Freed gets your debt compensated by his own mother, and heads off together with girlfriend Billie (played within the original film by gap-toothed model Lauren Hutton) to Sin City, where he brings an Archie Karas-style rise and autumn of gambling fortunes move. Billie has to bear the brunt of his wrath at losing his fortune that is amassed back, when she expresses her displeasure at loan sharks arriving at all hours of the night and day to gather their due. Even though Axel thinks his own grandfather will pull him away from hot water this time, he is sadly disappointed when the man refuses to have anything regarding him.

Debt Repayment Arrange

Up against a wall with no chance to pay back his debts and bookies hounding him, Axel recruits one of his true pupils who is a black colored basketball star to take a bribe in one of their bookies to shave points in an upcoming game. When that stunt is drawn off, Axel goes confidently into the ghetto along with his student friend, ignoring warnings from his primary bookie that it’s a dangerous area.

Of course, he ultimately ends up fighting a pimp when he will not pay a hooker, and Axel gets the very best of that match, only to be slashed over the face by the unhappy prostitute. In the last scene, he stares at his bloody face in a mirror, and smiles just as if understanding that this is how life has brought him.

The initial version showcased Paul Sorvino as Hips, Caan’s ingratiating bookie, among an all-star cast that included a young James Woods; and the remake promises no less in its recasting of this classic. Mark Wahlberg is taking on the role of Axel Freed, with an aging Jessica Lange most widely known to current audiences for her starring role in American Horror Story on television as Axel’s wealthy and over-the-top mother. Brie Larson is reportedly cast in the Lauren Hutton/girlfriend role of Billie this go-round.

No word yet on when manufacturing shall begin, or when the remake is likely to hit theaters.

New Players in American Gaming Association Set to Lobby Congress Hard

Getting ready for a major lobbying push in Congress, the United states Gaming Association has had five brand new seasoned veterans on board (Image: AFP/Robert Sullivan)

It’s a new 12 months, plus the winds of change carry on to blow, in Washington, D.C. especially. And the casino industry’s many trade that is prominent which really is a low-key means of saying ‘lobbying group’ is arming for battle, it seems, by bringing in some new senior staff to make their case to lawmakers, a case which includes continuing to hound Congress for federal oversight of online gaming.

Not that Congress has been particularly receptive to that bid yet, but wish springs eternal.

Ready for Battle

The American Gaming Association (AGA) announced this new staff members early this week, noting that their main functions will be to amp the group up’s marketing efforts and also to clarify their policy functions. Which should be fun, taking into consideration the AGA’s very own membership is at major odds as far as what that policy should be; while most members heartily endorse or at minimum are using a wait-and-see approach to online gaming and its legalization, one prominent and long-time user vegas Sands Corporation’s Sheldon Adelson stays vehemently opposed, and it is investing millions of his own bankroll into anti-Internet gambling campaigns and their own military of lobbyists to market that agenda.

Nonetheless, AGA president Geoff Freeman who so far has pretty diplomatically skirted the internal wars among his casino industry constituents issued a generically worded statement on the hirings that hinted at a lobbying agenda that is strongly pro-internet.

‘Through groundbreaking research, aggressive outreach and on-the-ground activities, this team of specialists will position the AGA to champion gaming’s value as a motorist of innovation and growth that is economic’ Freeman’s media quote reads. One can only assume that ‘innovation and economic development’ refer primarily towards the expansion of legalized online poker and gambling over the united states of america; as everyone surely knows by now, Nevada, Delaware and nj-new jersey already are installed and operating, and California is looking like it may be next.

If the Golden State does legalize at least internet poker, it will be a game-changer, provided their 38-million-ish in-state population, which dwarfs next-largest currently online, nj-new Jersey, by almost 29 million potential players.

Bringing Plenty of Ammo to the battle

Freeman claims the new hires all have gaming industry backgrounds, along with experience both in the private sector and with other trade associations. Interpretation: they understand how to schmooze, no matter the agenda or setting. In the end, that’s basically what lobbyists do, besides delivering implied promises of financial support to those who promise to back their organizations’ agendas.

The brand new group has pretty impressive resumes: i.e., connections garnered over years of previous schmoozing. They include a former vice president of public affairs, Sara Rayme, whom helped push through MGM Resorts’ transfer to the Maryland land casino market; a former vice president of federal government relations, Chaka Burgess, who brings 20 years of coalition building, lobbying and ally development experience with him: that ability must be tested because of the AGA’s factional membership base. Burgess previously worked with Amgen, Inc. a biotech manufacturing firm as a director inside their international government affairs unit.

Then there’s a former senior director of communications for the U.S. Travel Association (Freeman’s previous workplace before joining AGA in 2013), Allie Barth; International Game Technology (IGT) former manager of gaming policy Elizabeth Cronan, and lastly a new basic counsel, Virginia Hurt Johnson, who is available in with 30 years of private and public sector background.

Freeman himself has only seven months utilizing the group under his belt; he took over from the lobbying organization’s first and only CEO that is previous and Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr. when the latter retired in June 2013.

This new hires mirror a renewed energy for the AGA: industry leaders Steve Wynn of Wynn Resorts Ltd. and Frank Fertitta III of Stations Casinos, as well as Kentucky’s Churchill Downs racetrack and casino, all recently finalized up as well. Wynn and Fertitta will be on the AGA’s Board of Directors to boot.

CoinYe West Enters Cryptocurrency Market with New Brand of Coins

There’s gold it launches January 11 in them thar hills or at least, a new line of cryptocurrency called CoinYe West hopes there is when.

Branding your name onto an endless array of products is absolutely nothing new for major celebrities, but some new currency that is digital have surely forced the envelope this time. Just because a new knockoff of Bitcoins that is set to launch on January 11 using the cringe-worthy name of CoinYe West hasn’t also received Kanye western’s papal blessing for the use words.

CoinYe Oh CoinYe

Obviously, Kanye is not the mastermind behind the technology here either, and nobody is revealing whom is. But in a recent interview with an online pub that encompasses all thinks hipster artsy-fartsy the secretive creators said that ‘Coinye West is really a cryptocurrency for the masses. Bitcoin is for hardcore money-hoarders, and Dogecoin was more for the Internet-meme crowds … Our goal with Coinye West is to make it easier for individuals to use cryptocurrency.’

Just in case you’ve been living in a cave and are still new to cryptocurrencies, they are essentially decentralized, unregulated, difficult-to-trace systems that are financial values are based solely on peer-to-peer market perceptions. These currencies’ appeal has been the anonymity that accompanies their usage; and as they may have some genuine online destinations, they’ve become infamous as the sole transaction currency for sites like Silk Road a site that specializes in every things nefarious and illegal, from medications to weapons to illegal services for hire. Although shut down and seized a months that are few by the Feds, Silk Road quickly reemerged ‘under new management,’ and was back in to business as always, apparently with tighter encryptions and much more secrecy than ever.

Because of their perception-only-based values, there happen wild swings for other existing cryptocurrencies; such as the market leader Bitcoins, which has seen values veer from as low as $60 spring that is last over $1,000 in November, so when with this writing, rests at abou