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Discussion in 'CASINO NEWS' started by Mben, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Admin Staff Member

    A film that delves into the world of online gambling, Runner, Runner , will star two big names, Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.[​IMG] The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman will head up the project.From Filmonic.com:There aren't any more details on the story other than the bit about online gambling, but an encouraging piece of information (aside from the casting) is that the film's screenplay was written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the guys who wrote the poker movie Rounders for Affleck's buddy Matt Damon back in 1998. Rounders beat America's poker craze by about five or six years, so this duo is obviously very familiar with how to make a great gambling movie.Leonardo DiCaprio had initially developed the project but it was later sold to New Regency by Paramount. DiCaprio will be a producer for the film.Production should begin this summer.<a href="http://www.gambling911.com/gambling-news/online-gambling-film-%E2%80%98runner-runner%E2%80%99-will-star-ben-affleck-justin-timberlake-041412.ht" >Source</a>sidenote - I would have loved for Leonardo DiCaprio to have starred in this movie. He's yummy! lol
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  2. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Admin Staff Member

    Crew, Director and Cast Getting Ready To Shoot In Puerto Rico

    Film crew, director and cast for the new movie about online poker, Runner, Runner (see previous InfoPowa reports) are preparing to travel to the shooting location in Puerto Rico, where filming starts end June, according to an update from the publication Variety.The movie features Justin Timberlake as a young college student who loses his tuition fees playing online poker and instead becomes the lieutenant of a corrupt online poker website operator based in Puerto Rico, played by Ben Affleck.Actress Gemma Arterton has been cast as Timberlake's love interest, and Brad Furman is the director.<a href="http://www.casinomeister.com/news/june2012/online_casino_news1/ONLINE-POKER-MOVIE-READY-TO-SHOOT-Update.php" >source</a>
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    Mben No Deposit Forum Admin Staff Member

    RE: Online Poker Film ‘Runner Runner’ Opens In September

    A film about the online poker industry opens in September and stars the likes of Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck.It remains to be seen how true to form the film actually is.   Runner Runner does take place in a remote island location , though most of the location shooting occurred in Puerto Rico. The film involves a poor college student who cracks an online poker game and eventually meets up with the sly offshore gambling entrepreneur he feels cheated him. The official trailer was released this week with the film scheduled to open in theatres September 27.  If the trailer is any indication, we can surmise that the industry as a whole will not be depicted in the best light (see crocodile eating human scene in trailer).<a href="http://www.gambling911.com/poker/online-poker-film-%E2%80%98runner-runner%E2%80%99-opens-september-video-081413.html" >source</a>[video=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyboDr1e2xI#at=21]
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    Mben No Deposit Forum Admin Staff Member

    Online Gambling Film ‘Runner, Runner’ Will Not Be Good For The Industry

    It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Runner, Runner which will be in movie theatres worldwide in a month staring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck won't bring good news for the off-shore gambling business. The movie, which was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, and written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien purports to show the insides of Costa Rica and the online gambling business.Brian Koppelman approached me a number of years ago and asked me to assist him in gaining access to some of the executives I know in Costa Rica. It took me exactly one lunch to determine that even though I loved his movie Rounders, I wouldn't have anything to do with helping him harm the people who work in online gambling. In fact, the movie purports to show a college student who is cheated out of his tuition money by playing online poker.Indeed, very, very few in online gambling cheat - these are big businesses, run by old-school, hard-working executives who go to work to earn a living for their families. Nearly every off-shore operator is honest, reliable and hard working.A close friend of mine who is a senior executive at a major Costa Rican gaming company spends his evenings playing video games with his kids, weekends golfing and driving his kids around to soccer, and wife around so she can shop. He works very long hours, and has the same pressures as anyone who is successful. I have some friends who are day traders, others in hedge funds, and he is in offshore gambling. Each of us have our own pressures, and stresses - there aint no such thing as easy money. I did indeed recently visit his house - there wasn't money growing from the trees.The bottom line is that while naturally many of us will watch Runner, Runner and be entertained, there's little doubt that it will be harmful to the offshore gambling industry - and undoubtedly far from realistic. Just from watching a number of trailers, I can say that surely these movie makers don't know just how gross a city San Jose, Costa Rica is which is where most of the Costa Rica gambling companies are located. I have never seen anything remotely resembling the scenery they show in movie trailers. (Further reading informs me that the movie was shot in Puerto Rico - surely not Costa Rica.).Press can be very harmful, and it's not always a good thing. This attention can bring shine to this industry which won't help.<a href="http://www.gambling911.com/poker/pr-agency-exec-ronn-torossian-%E2%80%98runner-runner-won%E2%80%99t-be-good-industry%E2%80%99-090113.html" >source</a>

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