Thursday, September 27, 2007

"21" (2008) 'Bringing Down the House: The Movie!'

There are a ton of exciting new movies coming out in 2008!

One film I've really been looking forward to seeing is "21", based on the book "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions" by Ben Mezrich









"21" is a film based on a true story... a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, played by (Kevin Spacey) teaches a group of students to use mathematics to count cards and increase their odds of winning at Las Vegas casinos. The students are able to bring home millions as a result.

Interview With "21" Director Robert Luketic

Podcast with Producers Dana Brunetti and Mike De Luca fresh off the Set of '21' in Vegas

Behind the Scenes of '21'
Dana Brunetti and Mike De Luca are joined by a special guest, Kevin Spacey, who assists in introducing behind the scenes footage of Dana, Mike, and author Ben Mezrich at a radio interview on the #1 rated morning show in Boston, "Matty in the Morning." De Luca discusses "Ghost Rider" and some of his other films, and then the discussion turns to "The Untitled Blackjack Project." aka '21'

Directed by
Robert Luketic

Writing credits
(WGA)
Peter Steinfeld (screenplay) and Allan Loeb (screenplay)

Cast (in alphabetical order)

Jim Sturgess ... Ben Campbell
Kevin Spacey ... Mickey Rosa
Kate Bosworth ... Jill Taylor
Laurence Fishburne. Cole Williams
Aaron Yoo ... Choi
Josh Gad ... Miles Connoly
Jacob Pitts ... Fisher
Jack McGee ... Terry
Liza Lapira ... Kianna
Sean Paul Cormier.. Friend
Spencer Garrett ... Stemple
Sam Golzari ... Kameron

Produced by
William S. Beasley.. executive producer
Dana Brunetti .... producer
Michael De Luca .... producer
Ryan Kavanaugh .... executive producer
Brett Ratner .... executive producer
Kevin Spacey .... producer

Cinematography by Russell Carpenter
Film Editing by Elliot Graham
Casting by Francine Maisler
Production Design by Missy Stewart
Art Direction by James F. Truesdale, Christina Ann Wilson
Set Decoration by Tracey A. Doyle
Costume Design by Luca Mosca

Full Cast and Credits


Production Companies

Michael De Luca Productions
Trigger Street Productions

Distributers

Columbia Pictures (2007) (USA) (theatrical)
Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)

Trivia

* The scenes in the MIT bar were actually filmed at the BU (Boston University) Pub. MIT would not allow them to film on campus.

* Much of this movie was actually shot across the river from MIT at Boston University.

* Filming was done at the Christian Science Center in Boston, MA.

Though not originally intended to have a sequel, Mezrich followed this book with Busting Vegas (ISBN 0060575123). Busting Vegas is about another group of MIT students who use different tactics than the card counting the group in this book employ. This sequel, like the original, went on to become a New York Times Best Seller.


Ben Mezrich: the telling of a true story, a 2004 interview focused on Bringing Down the House, published at Kuro5hin

  1. Movie Geeks United! interviews co-star Spencer Garrett
  2. IGN FilmForce
  3. Monsters and Critics
  4. AceShowbiz.com
  5. Buzz Cinema
  6. Comingsoon.net
  7. El Séptimo Arte (Spanish)
  8. Estrenos de Cine (Spanish)
  9. Hollywood Reporter article (subscription required)
  10. Ioncinema
  11. KillerMovies
  12. Kulthit.de (German)
  13. Moviecentre.net - Preview, Release Date, Trailer, Photos
  14. Movies-Studio.com
  15. RopeofSilicon
  16. WorstPreviews.com - Preview, Trailer, Pictures, Posters
  17. Zelluloid.de (German)

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5 comments:

  1. ...or you could save time and try and find the BBC's Horizon documentary 'Making Millions the Easy Way', featuring the actual people who pulled this stunt.

    It's worth it.

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  2. This has already been done before, a Canadian movie called "The Last Casino" basically has the exact plot. It's actually pretty good for a Canadian movie, basically this Math prof who's having financial problems goes out and find 3 students 1 who is amazing at remembering complicated math solutions (can remember Pi to 72 digits) and then another who has a very good memory for remembering objects and images, and finally a third who is able to calculate mathematical odds and probability. He teaches the 3 to count cards and they start making in huge wads of cash.

    They pay out 75% to the Prof, and keep 25%, but the prof has gambling problem and ends up losing most of his money. When a loan shark that had been banking them doesn't get paid, he ends up demanding his debt paid in full within a few days. The prof having no where to turn lies to his team and tells them that they owe the money, causing them to go in to panic and start hitting the casinos in an effort to win back the money - problems arise when they're soon spotted as counters.

    It's a good movie, and sadly this movie will upstage it when I bet it will most likely be worse off then it's Canadian counterpart.

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  3. Look, I'm all for having geeks get their day in the sun, but what about us "Asian geeks."

    Read the book... the main guy's an Asian guy and the guy who taught him (I think) is like a 5'4" brilliant latino.

    God forbid they actually have the main star be Asian.

    Look... I'm not looking to pick a fight... but, c'mon hollywood, show us some love.

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  4. Look, I'm all for having geeks get their day in the sun, but what about us "Asian geeks."

    Read the book... the main guy's an Asian guy and the guy who taught him (I think) is like a 5'4" brilliant latino.

    God forbid they actually have the main star be Asian.

    Look... I'm not looking to pick a fight... but, c'mon hollywood, show us some love.

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