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ROUNDERS writers have another poker pic in the pipeline, this time with DiCaprio splashing zee pot!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Looks like the guys behind ROUNDERS, Brian Koppelman and David Levien (also THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE and OCEAN'S 13) have another Poker film, this time centered around online casinos in Costa Rico, that was just picked up by Paramount, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Leonardo DiCaprio is attached as is his production banner, Appian Way. I have no idea how interesting a movie about online poker can be, but I'm sure there's going to be some crazy scummy criminal things that go down in Costa Rica. Hey, I love poker and I loved ROUNDERS, which is constantly quoted at my regular home game (mostly Malkovich, of course) so I'm down. We'll see which one of DiCaprio's 700 projects will actually go into production... it probably won't be anything we know of yet. I'm sure Scorsese will pull another film out and run with it and that's where we'll see DiCaprio again. Thoughts? -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • June 16, 2009, 1:59 a.m. CST

    testing 1 2 3

    by xega


  • June 16, 2009, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Devastator's Balls

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Devastator has a scrotum !

  • June 16, 2009, 2:04 a.m. CST


    by shaladz

    isn't Leo getting ready for Nolan's next movie?

  • June 16, 2009, 2:11 a.m. CST

    I love online poker, but...

    by Screwhead

    I can only hope they're going to take more or less the approach of Scorsese's CASINO and focus on the behind-the-scenes personalities, rather than the game itself. The average movie fan isn't going to sit still for 90-120 minutes of onscreen avatars with gibberish-sounding screen names typing "ura donk" at each other in the chatbox.

  • June 16, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Well it's probaly less about people sitting at their computers

    by YackBacker

    And more about the behind-the-scenes shady dealings that these guys engage in offshore. I mean, fuck, could you imagine a 2 hr movie with Leo and some stoner roommate playing online poker? That's fucking Oscar Fool's Gold!

  • June 16, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST

    I haven't bought Leo in a film since...

    by Toilet_Terror

    Gilbert Grape? Ah well. Sort of comforting to see Hollywood continue their century-long tradition of casting leading men stiffer than an oak tree. <br>Actually he was good in that cell phone commercial he did.

  • June 16, 2009, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Rounders is almost literally the only poker movie...

    by BadMrWonka

    that got it right...<p>poker is so dumbed down normally for public consumption. to see it treated with a little bit of reverence was refreshing.<p>these 2 guys have some pretty sketchy credentials after Rounders and Oceans 13, (which I'm assuming was 2/3 written before they touched it) so we'll see.<p>but hey, I'm in....they obviously love poker!

  • June 16, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 16, 2009, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Get out of your momma's basement and get an Atlas

    by gingerella

    It's Costa Rica

  • June 16, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST

    I've got Full Tilt open right now.

    by PsarevoOmorfia

    Just from the details given, I'd like to formally guarantee Paramount at least two butts in the seat for opening weekend.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:34 a.m. CST

    I think it could be about the Absolute Poker Scandal

    by Fuzhi or from the same people that brougt you the absolute poker scandal the ultimate bet scandal

  • June 16, 2009, 3:38 a.m. CST

    oceans 13

    by TheExterminator

    sucked balls

  • June 16, 2009, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Rounders was a great movie

    by Broseph

    I enjoyed the hell out of it solid cast.I'll watch anything leo's in these days he hasn't put out a movie since he reemerged i havn't liked

  • June 16, 2009, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Poker is boring.

    by losder

    It's about like computers in terms of plot devices. Computers are not interesting or dramatic in real life. You can't do anything visually cool (in and of itself) with a computer except type stupid shit to your BFF Jill. <BR> <BR> Likewise, poker is 99% folding and waiting for something interesting to happen. It is entertaining to human beings because on some level we are all just pigeons, pecking thousands of times at nothing because we remember that one awesome time we found a piece of food.

  • June 16, 2009, 6:37 a.m. CST

    loves rounders

    by palewook

    Want a cookie?

  • June 16, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    I liked Ocean's 13.

    by Knuckleduster

    That Oprah joke was funny.

  • June 16, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST

    This will be on the backburner...

    by Reckoner

    DiCaprio is about to shoot Inception for the next 6 months with a reported budget of $200 million...

  • June 16, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    Rounders did not get it right

    by Beezbo

    Malkovich's tell was ridiculously obvious. I know it has to be dumbed down for the masses, but come on.

  • June 16, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Broseph, good point- Leo's been on a winning streak

    by YackBacker

    Mind you, he only works with top directors/writers now so it's hard for him to completely fuck up (I still haven't seen his last one BODY OF LIES). But generally speaking, the guy does make good movies. He's built a storied career.

  • June 16, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST

    I love Rounders but I hate

    by Jor-El23

    That it made everyone else think that people wanted to watch people play fucking cards on fucking TV. It's the same reason I half hate Swingers for making people think that shitty swing music and shitty swing dancing needed to be a "craze"

  • June 16, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Beezbo is right re: Rounders not getting it right

    by firewhale

    I like the movie well enough, and there are some great scenes and a great score (the scene/music/monologue at the check-cashing store is perfect) but <SPOILERS> the whole 'watching Chan check the nuts at the World Series' then 'sitting down and out-bluffing Chan (on ONE hand!)' then 'catching the same nut straight and checking to the river just like Chan' was like a freaking sledgehammer. PLUS, if I remember correctly, in the last hand Damon's Mikey was short-stacked against Malkotrazz’s Teddy KGB, so what difference would it make if Mikey won that last hand? All he did was double up his short stack. For dramatic effect, it’s filmed like he busted KGB, but it makes the ending annoying as hell. On the other hand, Famke is so ridiculously hot in this and I can’t criticize anything she’s been in because, to her face, I would tell her I’ve LOVED EVERYTHING she’s been in!!

  • June 16, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Actors like poker scenes for lots of close-ups.

    by kabong

    Look at me, they preen, look at me. Larger than life. My neurosis has been assuaged. My shallow sense of self has been asserted however spuriously. Look at me, damn you. Look at MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • June 16, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I manage Revenues at a Casino and can tell you this for sure:

    by Stormwatcher

    Rounders is the only movie that industry people actually have any respect for. The Cooler is awesome and quite lovely but a fairy tale (there are no coolers) and the first 20minutes of Casino is bang on (Everyone reports to someone higher up) but Rounders is the only one any of us respect. The movie 21 brought in tons of stupid, stupid, stupid, college kids who thought they could count cards. Oh man, that movie is so retarted, like their hand signals? Uh that would be caught in like 2 seconds by floor surveilance. And EVERY DOOR is locked and bio-scanned even in the boonies, you can't 'make an escape' out the back through the kitchen. 21 is so incredibly retarted but comes from an excellent book. And the real money is in BlackJack not Poker. Casino's care very, very little about Poker since we get a very small rake from it, that's why there are few High Limit Poker rooms, Baccarrat now, that's different. But I will tell all of you this. If a person can say to me in plain english 'I'm a High Roller' then I know they are a chump. the ONLY high Rollers in this world are ASIAN PLAYERS. White people (and I am one of them) have NO concept of what a High Roller is, When you play $50K a hand, every hand, and loose millions in a day and don't care AT ALL, then you are a high roller. Trust me, none of you know any High Rollers.

  • June 16, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by dsback

    Couldn't agree more about 21. Though I don't work in a casino, I do enjoy the occasional trip and know how to play blackjack "by the book". Watching 21 was the most infuriating experience, and I sat there thinking to myself that the casinos most be licking their chops for all the donks that this movie would bring in to play blackjack.

  • June 16, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Should be interesting, and I somewhat trust Leo

    by ricarleite2

    Might watch it.

  • June 16, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST


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  • June 16, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    California Split ...

    by ColonelFatheart

    ... now there was a gambling movie.

  • June 16, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Don't forget

    by CastingCouch

    That after making their name with Rounders, Koppelman-Levien also then used up the good graces of knowledgeable gambling fans/viewers by laying that incredibly lame and smelly turd that was "TILT," the allegedly dramatic poker series that was short-lived on ESPN. You remember, the one where every great player is a cheat, all men fear Michael Madsen as "The Matador" and all women felt their crotches moisten at the first sight of Eddie Cibrian's beard scruff, which out-acted the rest of him in every episode.

  • June 16, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...what? Poker Movie?

    by uberman

    What about my bingo movie? Yaaawwwnnn. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • June 16, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Highly Appreciate Rounders But...

    by Rowsdower.ZabRowsdower

    Some of the notions in that movie... such as the assertions Mikey makes in the narrative vo about how even the top pros "won't touch the high-limit card games" and "some players lose their minds" at it. Really? The same guys who, for years and years before that joke Moneymaker luck-boxed his way into the title, played regularly for the gross national income of small nations. Without batting an eye. (By the way, for a great read about the early days... the outlaw days... check out Brunson's "My Most Memorable Hands"... that'll make your curse-n-smoke laden homegame look like an advertisement for feminine hygeine products.) I will give the movie a lot of credit, though. The speech, the mannerisms, the habits, the beatings, the seedy NY backrooms... all pretty spot-on. But what made the movie great was clearly Ed Norton. Despicable yet pitiable. He was the perfect counterpoint to Damon's tight, careful personality (post bankroll failure) and his electricity in the role just crackled. This new DiCaprio movie sounds interesting... we'll see.

  • June 16, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Love Rounders as well but...

    by DarthCorleone

    ...the poker craze has come and gone.

  • June 16, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Will they yap about "playing the man"

    by kabong

    and then win with a lucky draw? Audiences seem to dig that.

  • June 16, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Little Known Fact

    by ChetPussy

    Rounders is actually based somewhat on the experiences that Norm Macdonald had at the Mayfair club in New York.

  • June 16, 2009, 9:57 p.m. CST

    oh jeez... not another poker movie

    by MurderMostFowl

    This time it will be texas holdem because that's the only thing people can understand. No "sport" bores me more.