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Feb 252017
 

Hollywood Who Is Who To Present 2017 Oscars

JENNIFER ANISTON, JASON BATEMAN, WARREN BEATTY, SOFIA BOUTELLA, MATT DAMON, FAYE DUNAWAY, MICHAEL J. FOX, RYAN GOSLING, SALMA HAYEK, TARAJI P. HENSON, DEV PATEL, SETH ROGEN, OCTAVIA SPENCER,
MERYL STREEP AND VINCE VAUGHN ANNOUNCED AS FINAL SLATE OF 89TH OSCARS® PRESENTERS

Oscar® producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the final slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network. The presenters, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Warren Beatty, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Vince Vaughn.

Previously announced presenters include Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, Halle Berry, John Cho, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Gael García Bernal, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Mark Rylance, Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Stone, Charlize Theron and Alicia Vikander. Additionally, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho, Sting and Justin Timberlake are set to perform.

Aniston’s film credits include “Office Christmas Party” (2016), “Cake” (2014), “Horrible Bosses 2” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011) and “Friends with Money” (2006). Additionally, she’s appeared in “Just Go with It” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “The Break-Up” (2006).

Bateman’s credits include the Oscar-winning film “Juno” (2007) as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Zootopia” (2016) and “Up in the Air” (2009). Other notable credits include “Office Christmas Party” (2016), “The Family Fang” (2015) and “This Is Where I Leave You” (2014). Additionally, he directed and appeared in “Bad Words” (2013).

Beatty is a producer, director, writer and actor and has received 14 Oscar nominations. Beatty won an Oscar for Directing “Reds” (1981) and the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2000. He has the rare distinction of being nominated as a producer, director, writer and performer for the same film on not just one, but two occasions, for “Heaven Can Wait” (1978) and for “Reds.” Beatty’s credits also include “Rules Don’t Apply” (2016), “Bulworth” (1998), “Bugsy” (1991), “Dick Tracy” (1990), “Shampoo” (1975), “The Parallax View” (1974), “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” (1971), “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “Lilith” (1964) and “Splendor in the Grass” (1961).

Boutella appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “Star Trek Beyond” (2016). Additionally, her film credits include “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014), “Monsters: Dark Continent” (2014) and “StreetDance 2” (2012). Boutella will next appear in “Atomic Blonde” and “The Mummy.”

Damon won an Oscar for Original Screenplay (shared with Ben Affleck) and was nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for his work on “Good Will Hunting” (1997). He is nominated this year for Best Picture for “Manchester by the Sea” (2016) shared with producers Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh. In addition, Damon received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Martian” (2015) as well as an Actor in a Supporting Role nomination for “Invictus” (2009). His upcoming projects include “Downsizing” and “Suburbicon.”

Dunaway won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for “Network” (1976). She’s been nominated twice before in the same category, for “Chinatown” (1974) and “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967). Dunaway’s numerous credits also include “Don Juan DeMarco” (1994), “Arizona Dream” (1993) and “Barfly” (1987), as well as the now classic films “Three Days of the Condor” (1975), “The Towering Inferno” (1974), “Little Big Man” (1970) and “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968).

Fox’s credits include the Oscar-winning film “Back to the Future” (1985) and the Oscar-nominated features “Back to the Future Part II” (1989) and “The American President” (1995). In addition, his credits include “Bright Lights, Big City” (1988), “Teen Wolf” (1985), “Doc Hollywood” (1991), “Back to the Future Part III” (1990) and “Casualties of War” (1989).

Gosling received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for “La La Land” (2016) and “Half Nelson” (2006). He also appeared in the Oscar-winning film “The Big Short” (2015) as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Drive” (2011), “The Ides of March” (2011), “Blue Valentine” (2010) and “Lars and the Real Girl” (2007). Gosling’s credits also include “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011) and “The Notebook” (2004). He will next appear in “Blade Runner 2049.”

Hayek received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “Frida” (2002). In addition, her credits include “Septembers of Shiraz” (2015), “Tale of Tales” (2015), “Savages” (2012) and “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996). Upcoming projects for Hayek include “Beatriz at Dinner,” “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “How to Be a Latin Lover.”

Henson received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008). Her feature credits include the Oscar-winning film “Hustle & Flow” (2005) and the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures” (2016). Additional credits include “Think Like a Man Too” (2014), “Top Five” (2014), “Think Like a Man” (2012), “Larry Crowne” (2011), “Date Night” (2010), “The Karate Kid” (2010) and “Four Brothers” (2005).

Patel received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role for “Lion” (2016). Additionally, his credits include the Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Chappie” (2015), “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (2015), “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2015) and “The Road Within” (2014). Patel will next appear in “Hotel Mumbai.”

Rogen’s film credits include the Oscar-nominated “Steve Jobs” (2015). Additionally he’s appeared in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” (2016), “Sausage Party” (2016), “Neighbors” (2014), “The Interview” (2014), “50/50” (2011), “The Green Hornet” (2011), “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011), “Kung Fu Panda” (2008) and “Knocked Up” (2007). Rogen will next appear in “The Masterpiece.”

Spencer won an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011) and is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Hidden Figures” (2016). She also lent her voice to the Oscar-nominated film “Zootopia” (2016). Spencer’s film credits also include “Allegiant” (2016), “Bad Santa 2” (2016), “Fathers & Daughters” (2015), “Insurgent” (2015), “Black or White” (2014), “Fruitvale Station” (2013), “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (2013) and “Snowpiercer” (2013). Spencer’s upcoming films include “Gifted,” “The Shape of Water,” “Small Town Crime” and “The Shack.”

Streep received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016), her 20th nomination. She has won in this category previously for “The Iron Lady” (2011) and “Sophie’s Choice” (1982). In addition, Streep earned an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979). In addition, she has earned acting nominations for “Into the Woods” (2014), “August: Osage County” (2013), “Julie and Julia” (2009), “Doubt” (2008), “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), “Adaptation” (2002), “Music of the Heart” (1999), “One True Thing” (1998), “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995), “Postcards from the Edge” (1990), “A Cry in the Dark” (1988), “Ironweed” (1987), “Out of Africa” (1985), “Silkwood” (1983), “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981) and “The Deer Hunter” (1978).

Vaughn appears in the Oscar-nominated film “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016). Additionally, his credits include the Oscar-nominated feature “Into the Wild” (2007), “Delivery Man” (2013), “The Internship” (2013), “The Break-Up” (2006), “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005), “Old School” (2003), “Wedding Crashers” (2005) and “Swingers” (1996). Vaughn will next appear in “Brawl in Cellblock 99.”

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Additionally, “The Oscars: All Access” live stream from the red carpet and backstage will begin at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on Oscar.com.

 

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Jul 162013
 

The Actors Who Keep Cassinos CoolCasino gaming has always been a popular activity, both for those doing it recreationally, and for those looking for a big score. This is why millions of tourists flock to shining gambling destinations like Las Vegas every year. However, in the past decade or so, casino gaming has stretched to include the massive industry of online gaming. Sites like http://www.betfaircasino.com and Party Poker bring in incredible traffic as people find joy in gambling from their computer screens at home.

In addition to adapting industry practices, however, one thing that has helped keep casino gaming so wildly popular over the years is its inclusion in Hollywood. Some of the biggest actors in film have starred in roles that saw them stacking chips and flipping cards, and these images have helped to keep casino gaming cool over time. With that in mind, here’s a look back at the 5 actors we most associate with casino gaming in modern cinema.

5. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Hoffman did his part to keep gaming hot in Hollywood with his role as Dan Mahowny in the 2003 film “Owning Mahowny.” Though the film was ultimately more about Mahowny’s bank fraud (based on a true story), the character’s inability to give up his gambling addiction plays a major role. Mahowny may not be the smoothest character we’ve ever seen in a casino, but he knows how to win and he gambles big.

4. Jim Sturgess

Jim Sturgess doesn’t quite have the reputation of the other actors on our list, but he made a fantastic casino movie in 2008’s “21.” The film, also based on a true story, concerns a group of MIT students who are chosen by a professor (Kevin Spacey) for their elite mathematical abilities. The group forms a gambling club that jets off to Vegas on weekends to use teamwork and mathematics to dominate the Blackjack tables.

3. Matt Damon

It’s a bit unfair to pick between Matt Damon and Edward Norton given that their 1998 film “Rounders” is probably the most poker-intensive film made in the past two decades. Nonetheless, Damon has the larger role as Mike McDermott, a young man who gives up gambling to focus on his life, only to be pulled back into the game by his indebted friend Worm (Norton). It’s simply a film all about the risks and rewards of high stakes gambling.

2. Daniel Craig

For a Bond movie, “Casino Royale” had a lot to do with poker, and not much looks cooler than Bond (Daniel Craig) sitting in a casino gambling millions of dollars mid-mission! Need we say more?

1. George Clooney

Finally, there’s George Clooney, who after 2001’s “Ocean’s 11” remake became the king of casinos in film. It’s worth noting that Clooney’s character, Danny Ocean, barely touches a card table the whole movie. Regardless, the lasting image of the film, and perhaps of Clooney’s career, is his smugly confident look as he strolls through casinos. It just makes you want to go to Vegas.

 

Post contributed by Mark Langdon who is a freelance writer and entertainment blogger with a passion for all things related to film.