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Review: Online Gambling World Thriller 'Runner Runner' Starring Ben Affleck & Justin Timberlake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2013 9:02 AM
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While the conversation around the career rebound of Matthew McConaughey will continue this fall with "Dallas Buyers Club," many forget that it was 2011's "The Lincoln Lawyer" that gave the actor the first spring in his comeback step. On paper, it was a rather routine procedural, but it was elevated by director Brad Furman who shot it with some style and energy, and of course, McConaughey made his character leap off the page in the way few actors could. Which brings us to "Runner Runner," a movie that once again pairs Furman with a rather standard script, and though he does his best again to inject the proceedings with some spark and aided by a strong performance from a veteran actor, it doesn't quite graduate to the level of enjoyable pulp.

'Runner Runner' Helmer Brad Furman Gets 'Bigger,' Kevin Reynolds Plots A 'Resurrection' & More Director News

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 1, 2013 11:22 AM
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The buzz surrounding “Runner Runner” may not be all that great as it gears up for its premiere this weekend, but director Brad Furman has already moved on to “bigger” things. Furman, who previously directed “The Lincoln Lawyer,” has signed on to write and direct “Bigger.” The film will tell the story of bodybuilding icon Joe Weider, the man responsible for the creation of the Mr. Olympia competition and who mentored Arnold Schwarzenegger, a seven-time Mr. Olympia champion.

Watch: A Slick Batman Pushes Around MTV Pop Star In The Caribbean In New 'Runner Runner' Trailer

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 4, 2013 2:58 PM
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The upcoming gambling drama "Runner, Runner." Your choices are: A) entertaining drama, B) total B-movie trash, or C) fun B-movie trash? It's really hard to tell, honestly. On one hand, it's written by the always reliable Brian Koppelman and David Levien ("Rounders," "The Girlfriend Experience," "Oceans Thirteen") and it's directed by Brad Furman whose 2011 effort "The Lincoln Laywer," starring Matthew McConaughey was easily the most fun trashy B-movie of that year -- a little silly, but downright entertaining.

Neil Marshall Crowned For 'Game Of Thrones,' Phil Lord & Chris Miller Book A 'Reunion' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 9, 2013 2:03 PM
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After becoming the toast of the genre world with his sophomore feature “The Descent,” Neil Marshall has had trouble connecting with the mainstream. Though both the “Mad Max”-channeling “Doomsday” and “Centurion” left little mark on audiences, it’s his work on the “Game of Thrones” season two episode “Blackwater” that he’s probably now best known for. Empire is reporting that producers have brought back Marshall to helm the fourth season finale which -- POSSIBLE SPOILER -- is set around the Battle Of Castle Black “at The Wall, with Mance Rayder.” Given how terrific his previous episode was, we’re excited to see what Marshall does with such an important of the series.

Inside Pablo Escobar: Oscar Isaac To Play Famed Drug Kingpin In Upcoming Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 9:21 PM
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So how good is it to be Oscar Isaac right now? Thus far, he's worked with directors Nicolas Winding Refn, Ridley Scott, Zack Snyder, Steven Soderbergh and of course, the Coen Brothers on their upcoming "Inside Llewyn Davis." And with that film set to light up Cannes next week and likely to send Isaac into orbit, he's putting his name to a biopic about someone Hollywood has been trying to make a movie about for years.

Rumor: Brad Furman, Harald Zwart & Jeff Wadlow In The Mix To Direct 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 8, 2013 9:01 AM
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As every new trailer shows, the “Fast and Furious” franchise is slowly inching toward “Speed Racer” with tank tops, but that journey hit a bump last week when it was revealed that 'Furious 6' director Justin Lin would not return for the series' seventh installment. That didn't stop rumors from swirling about that film's villain, but it seems Universal have now made steps toward finding a new helmer, and quick.

Ben Affleck & Justin Timberlake Go Online Gambling In 'Runner, Runner'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2012 11:46 PM
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After playing Napster guru Sean Parker in David Fincher's "The Social Network," it looks like Justin Timberlake is getting ready to go back online, only this time the roll of the dice will be for something other than MP3s.

'The Lincoln Lawyer' Director Brad Furman To Take On Pablo Escobar Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 1:44 AM
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Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has captured the public imagination due to both to his extraordinary success and wealth thanks to his criminal activities and the brutality with which he cut down anybody in his path. At the height of his powers in the late '80s, Forbes listed him as the seventh richest person in the world and while he would die only a few short years later at the age of 44, even at the end of his life he courted controversy with competing versions of just how one of the most powerful figures of our time met his fateful end. Hollywood has certainly been trying to make a movie out his extraordinary life with Oliver Stone and Joe Carnahan prepping "Escobar" and "Killing Pablo" at various points (both projects are now on hold), and hell, even "Entourage" made a biopic a major arc of its third and fourth seasons. However, a new kid on the block riding high on a big spring hit is now hoping he'll be the guy to make it happen, as THR reports that Brad Furman is attached to helm a currently untitled film about Pablo Escobar.

Sorry, 'Terminator'; All Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie Projects On Hold Til Further Notice

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 9:46 AM
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After eight long years away from the movies in favor of, you know, being the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was on his way to an acting comeback in a big way. After circling several projects, the Austrian Oak agreed to star in the drama "Cry Macho," about a horse trainer in a kidnapping plot from "The Lincoln Lawyer" director Brad Furman, before reprising his most iconic role in a new "Terminator" film directed by "Fast Five" helmer Justin Lin.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will 'Cry Macho' This Fall

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 5, 2011 1:45 AM
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After a back-and-forth over his next project, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the big screen in "Cry Macho." The drama, to be directed by "The Lincoln Lawyer" helmer Brad Furman, deals with a former horse trainer who is forced to kidnap a boy, only to realize the boy's mother is in no way interested in getting the boy back. Bonding ensues. And, apparently, violence, as The Hollywood Reporter informs us "some action elements have been added to accommodate the star." What, did you expect Arnold to ACT his way out of a hostage situation?

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