Lucky You (film)

Lucky You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Curtis Hanson, starring Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore and Robert Duvall. The film was shot on location in Las Vegas; the screenplay was by Hanson and Eric Roth, but the film was inspired by George Stevens' 1970 film The Only Game in Town. Set in 2003, Huck Cheever is a young and talented poker player in Las Vegas haunted by his relationship with his estranged father, L. C. Cheever, a two-time World Series of Poker Champion. Huck is a regular in Vegas poker rooms but needs $10,000 to get a seat in the World Series of Poker Main Event. After a good night at the Bellagio hotel's poker room, Huck goes to a party and meets aspiring singer Billie Offer, who has just arrived in town. Billie's older sister Suzanne warns her that Huck is "hustle 10, commitment zero." Back at the Bellagio, Huck is doing well at the tables before L. C. returns to town from the South of France. Huck greets his father coldly; the two play heads-up. Loan shark Roy Durucher tells Huck that he plays poker as well as anybody, except for his reputation as a "blaster" who always goes for broke.

Roy proposes to stake Huck in the $10,000 main-event with a 60% — 40% split of any winnings, but Huck refuses. After failing to borrow money from his friend Jack, Huck goes to Suzanne's place hoping for a loan. Instead he runs into Billie. Huck proposes a celebration and at Binion's Horseshoe he shows her how to play poker. L. C. arrives and shows Huck a wedding ring of Huck's late mother's that Huck had pawned and that L. C. has redeemed. Huck loses his winnings. Over dinner, he explains to Billie. Huck says his father taught him how to play on the kitchen table with "pennies and dimes." They make love after dinner. As Billie sleeps, Huck steals money from Billie's purse. Huck plays in a "super satellite" for his entry to the main event, he appears to have the seat won. Roy agrees to stake Huck and gives him an extra $1200 so that he can repay Billie, he apologizes to her. They run into L. C. who wins all of Huck's stake money for the World Series in a quick game of guts. Billie holds the stopwatch in a golfing marathon.

She declines to cheat for him. Huck gets a black eye, they warn him to return the $11,200 stake that he owes to Roy or get a seat in the World Series within 48 hours. When Huck goes to Suzanne's apartment looking for Billie, he learns Billie has gone home to Bakersfield. Huck sells the wedding ring to his father for $500, makes the 10 grand playing poker in one night to buy a seat in the World Series. Huck travels to Bakersfield to tell Billie that he meant what he said when he felt they had a chance at something special. Back in Vegas, having found the entry money, Huck enters the World Series, he and his father both advance to the final table of nine. Billie looks on from the audience as Huck and L. C. have a showdown. Huck deliberately folds a winning hand. A few minutes L. C. gets rivered and goes out in second place, losing the title to Jason Keyes who had "won his entry in an online satellite". After the tournament, L. C. offers his son a one-on-one rematch, playing only for pennies and dimes.

Their relationship is restored, as is Billie's in the final scene. Eric Bana as Huck Cheever Drew Barrymore as Billie Offer Robert Duvall as L. C. Cheever Debra Messing as Suzanne Robert Downey Jr. as Telephone Jack Horatio Sanz as Ready Eddie Jean Smart as Michelle Carson Kelvin Han Yee as Chico Bahn Michael Shannon as Ray Danny Hoch as Bobby Basketball Evan Jones as Jason Keyes Phyllis Somerville as Pawnbroker Many of the players seen are actual poker pros. They are: Three others featured in the film play fictional characters, they are: Jennifer Harman as Shannon Kincaid John Hennigan as Ralph Kaczynski David Oppenheim as Josh CohenWorld Series of Poker Host Jack Binion Tournament Director Matt Savage Eric Bana was cast in the lead role in September 2004. Drew Barrymore was cast in January 2005, but did not accept the job because of a lack of singing ability. Debra Messing was cast in February 2005. Doyle Brunson served as a poker consultant on the film. Eric Bana and Robert Duvall were coached for months by Brunson on how to play like professional poker players.

Matt Savage served as a tournament consultant, while Jason Lester served as a consultant on scenes involving the Main Event championship. Filming began on March 28, 2005, in Las Vegas, where a majority of filming took place. Filming took place over nine days in the parking lot of Dino's Lounge on South Las Vegas Boulevard. A set was built on a soundstage in Los Angeles, used for interior scenes of the bar. Other filming locations in Las Vegas included the fountains of the Bellagio resort, Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel, the Jockey Club timeshare on the Las Vegas Strip. In April 2005, scenes were filmed at Summerlin's Bear's Best Golf Club, at Tiffany's Cafe inside the White Cross Drugs store; that month, filming took place at the Silverton Casino Lodge's 117,000-gallon aquatic tank, where Debra Messing spent 16 hours filming a scene dressed as a mermaid in the casino's mermaid show. The scene was cut from the film. Filming took place at the Cosmopolitan resort, under construction

EverQuest Online Adventures

EverQuest Online Adventures was a 2003 3D fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game for the PlayStation 2. The game was part of the EverQuest franchise before being shut down on March 29, 2012, after nine years of operation. An expansion pack was launched on November 17, 2003: Frontiers added a playable race—the Ogre—and character class—Alchemist—as well as many quests and items. EverQuest Online Adventures was set in the fictional world of Norrath 500 years prior to the original EverQuest, in the "Age of Adventure"; the world featured many places familiar to fans of the original and most of the differences were explained in the lore of EverQuest. The gameplay focused on character advancement, environment combat, exploration and socializing, it contained a simple dueling system for 1 v. 1 player action, which suffered much criticism and was involved in many item duping glitches. There were fifteen playable classes, ten races. Classes included Cleric, Shaman, Wizard, Necromancer, Bard, Rogue, Paladin and Warrior.

Races consisted of Dwarves, Dark Elves, Gnome, Ogre, Barbarian and Halfling. EverQuest Online Adventures was developed and published by Sony Online Entertainment, first released on February 11, 2003, in North America; the game was developed. Since no HDD for the system was released in PAL territories, EQOA remained the only MMORPG there. EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers was launched on November 17, 2003. Frontiers added a playable race—the Ogre—and character class—Alchemist—as well as many quests and items; the continued development of content after the first expansion was introduced as free content updates instead of additional expansion packs. The end of EverQuest Online Adventures was announced on the game's site on February 29, 2012; the shut down date was Thursday, March 29, 2012. Official website

Jean Martin

Jean Martin was a French actor of stage and screen. Martin served in the French Resistance during World War II and fought with the French paratroopers in Indochina. Theatrically, he is best known for originating two roles in Samuel Beckett's most famous plays: Lucky in Waiting for Godot, Clov in Endgame. During the 1950s, he was a performer at the Théâtre National Populaire and worked for radio plays. Making over eighty film and television appearances, Martin is best remembered by international audiences for his role as the French paratroop commander Col. Mathieu in The Battle of Algiers, as the gunslinger Sullivan in Sergio Leone's My Name is Nobody and as the laconic OAS adjutant Viktor Wolenski in The Day of the Jackal, he had one of the lead roles in the 1968 French mini-series Les Compagnons de Baal. Most of his other screen work was in French or European cinema, though his stage performances gained him much more recognition and acclaim. Martin was an active political leftist, was fired from the Théâtre National Populaire for signing the manifesto of the 121 against the Algerian War.

He was blacklisted from radio work and remained unemployed for a time as a result. Martin was hired for The Battle of Algiers because director Gillo Pontecorvo was looking for a little-known professional actor to play the part of Col. Mathieu. Martin had by worked extensively on stage, but had done just a few appearances on screen. Enjoying movie work and wishing to develop his film career, Martin was hired. Martin explained that his working relationship with Pontecorvo on the set of The Battle of Algiers was difficult, as the director otherwise hired non-professional actors for the film. Martin, as the film's only professional actor, was sometimes uncomfortable working with untrained performers, while Pontecorvo was worried that their acting styles might be too different from each other and work against the picture. Martin was very happy with the film. Jean Martin continued working on stage and on screen, playing a variety of supporting roles in French films and television productions, he provided the voice of L'oiseau in the animation feature film Le Roi et l'oiseau.

Martin died from cancer in Paris on 2 February 2009, aged 86. Jean Martin on IMDb Obituary Jean Martin as Col. Mathieu Jean Martin