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‘I Care a Lot’ Review: Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage Are Riveting in a Scam-Artist Thriller That Won’t Let Go



“I Care a Lot” is a sleekly unnerving thriller. It’s built around a scam just plausible enough to give you pause, and a protagonist who’s so efficient in her diabolical ruthlessness that you can scarcely take your eyes off her vicious amoral glow. Rosamund Pike, in killer suits and a bob so precise it looks like a blonde helmet sliced with a laser, plays Marla Grayson, a conservator who’s really a con artist. She’ll stand up in court, radiating a beam of articulate compassion, and argue that a senior citizen can no longer look after him or herself and should therefore be placed under Marla’s care. She then becomes their guardian — and sticks them in a rest home, so that she can slowly but surely suck away their assets. She’s the film’s protagonist, but she’s no mere grifter. She’s a sociopath, a predator who will toss someone’s life into the trash with a duplicitous grin of pride.

Because here’s the real crime: Some of the wards Marla takes under her wing are still perfectly capable of taking care of themselves. Early on, she shows up at the door of Jennifer Peterson, a nice old lady played by Dianne Wiest with so much soulful gumption that she’s like a quiet American Judi Dench. With several policemen in tow, Marla leads Jennifer away, because she’s got the legal papers to do it. They state that Jennifer is showing symptoms of dementia, and they’re signed by a physician, Dr. Amos (Alicia Witt), who is Marla’s partner in crime.

It’s not often that a movie’s production design creates something outwardly emotional, but Jennifer’s home is a lived-in thing of beauty: tranquil and aesthetic, painted a lovely flat shade of royal blue, adorned with knickknacks that suggest it’s a nest she’s been feathering for decades. It’s the kind of “modest” home that now fetches a pretty penny, and J Blakeson, the writer-director of “I Care a Lot,” creates a richly unsettling sequence in which Jennifer is led away from her quaint domestic oasis and driven to the Berkshire Oaks Senior Living facility, where she’s greeted by a row of creepy friendly nurses and assistants, stripped of her cell phone, and — of course — put on a cocktail of tranquilizing drugs. (Moments later, we see her house being emptied, painted, placed on the market, and sold.) If she demands the use of her phone or gets angry about something or asserts that she doesn’t need assistance, she’ll now be seen as a dementia patient who has lost control of herself. It’s “Requiem for a Dream” meets Kafka.

You watch this sequence with a knot in your stomach, as if Jennifer were your own parent. “I Care a Lot” hinges on an outrageous criminal racket, but it’s the kind of suspense film that hits small nerves of social reality — not in a heavy way, but under the surface.

Watching Jennifer trapped in her assisted-living prison makes us question the whole system by which old people are consigned to — and sometimes dumped into — rest homes. The fact that Marla achieves all this through the courts, which collude with her in shunting aside the blood relatives, carries its own eerie specter: of a society increasingly controlled by a network of medical and legal bureaucracies.

And then there’s Marla herself. Her whole personality is a sinister corporate construct, brought to brazen life by Rosamund Pike, who shows far more star quality here than she did in “Gone Girl” (though the roles are in certain ways similar). Marla’s actions are over-the-top villainous, and the film works up so much sympathy for Wiest’s beleaguered Jennifer that it’s clear whose side we’re on. But then there’s a twist: the introduction of an underworld businessman, Roman Lunyov, played by Peter Dinklage with a furious twitch of icy intelligence, who has a crucial connection to Jennifer. He dispatches an attorney to Marla’s office, and the lawyer (Chris Messina) looks at Marla with juicy contempt and calls out her scam. He offers her $150,000 to let Jennifer go, making it clear that if she won’t cut a deal, ominous consequences will follow.

We expect her to back down, since it’s clear that the threat is no joke. Yet she remains unfazed, almost amused in the face of danger. “I Care a Lot” is a thriller about what people think they can get away with — a suspense film that’s really a parable of power. Marla’s belief in herself may seem nuts, but it starts with her perception that the world is designed to make women back down. “If you can’t convince a woman to do what you want,” says Marla, speaking to her lover and criminal assistant, Fran (Eiza González), “then you call her a bitch and threaten to kill her.” Later, when Marla is tied to a chair, negotiating with a man who would kill her in a cold heartbeat, she remains fearless, and our antipathy starts to melt into…admiration. She becomes both villain and heroine, as we develop a rooting interest in her scary cunning.

J Blakeson has made a couple of low-grade genre movies (“The 5th Wave,” “The Disappearance of Alice Creed”), but I’m here to say: He’s a major talent. “I Care a Lot,” while it could have used a catchier title, is a riveting film with its own hairpin logic. Blakeson’s dialogue has a witty subversive snap, and when he finally gets around to staging an action sequence, it’s a doozy — not because it’s so spectacular (it involves a car crashing into a river), but because he takes his time and has you hanging on every moment. (That’s what Hitchcock did. It’s called suspense classicism.) Blakeson has written a terrific role for Peter Dinklage, who gets to show off his own propensity for stylish power games, but what the filmmaker teases out in Rosamund Pike is a revelation. Together, they create a femme so fatale that she seems to have left a century’s worth of movie nice girls in the dust.


Caesars, Eldorado Complete Merger





“Eldorado Hotel Casino, Reno, Nevada” by Ken Lund is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

One of the biggest names in the casino and entertainment industry is growing larger. Caesars Entertainment, Inc. announced that Eldorado Resorts has completed its acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. The transaction creates the largest casino and entertainment company in the U.S.A.

This transaction further enhances Caesars’ position as the leading regional and destination gaming operator in the U.S. The combined company owns and operates more than 55 casino properties worldwide, including an iconic portfolio of eight casino hotel properties on the Las Vegas Strip, highlighted by the legendary Caesars Palace.

Additionally, Caesars owns or operates casinos in 16 states across the U.S., including Nevada, Colorado, Missouri, Iowa, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, California and Maryland.

“We are pleased to have completed this transformative merger, thus making us the premier leader in gaming and hospitality,” Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. said in a statement. “We look forward to executing on the numerous opportunities ahead to create value for all stakeholders.

“Additionally, we are pleased to welcome all of our Team Members to the combined company, and we look forward to implementing all of the strategic initiatives that will position the company for continued growth.”

“William Hill outside Goodison Park” by Ben Sutherland is licensed under CC BY 2.0

William Hill Moving In

As part of this epic agreement, venerable British bookmaker William Hill is taking over operation of all of the Caesars sportsbook properties. William Hill had a previous agreement in place to operate the sportsbooks at all Eldorado properties.

Founded in 1934, William Hill is to sports betting what Caesars is to casino and resort living. No online sportsbook app permeates the U.S. market as efficiently and effectively as William Hill.

Last week, William Hill entered into a multi-year agreement with ESPN. The new deal includes link integrations from ESPN’s digital platforms to sportsbooks from William Hill as Caesars Entertainment’s sports betting partner. The deal comes shortly after William Hill became the exclusive sports betting operator for Caesars Entertainment, following the merger with Eldorado Resorts.

Link integrations to William Hill’s sports betting apps, geo-targeted to legalized sports betting states, will appear on web and mobile web and the ESPN Fantasy app.

“ESPN is one of the pre-eminent brands in sports, Ulrik Bengtsson, Group Chief Executive Officer of William Hill, said in a statement. “Tens of millions of fans will now have a direct link to our sports betting apps and odds.

“Giving ESPN users this access will accelerate our leadership, as we continue to expand in the US.”

As part of the new agreement, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill will also become a sponsor of ESPN’s Fantasy products, deepening an existing relationship as ESPN’s exclusive odds provider. The news follows an expanded content collaboration with ESPN and the recent launch of ESPN’s Las Vegas studio at the Caesars-owned The LINQ Hotel + Experience.

“With Caesars utilizing odds from William Hill’s sports betting data, we are able to deliver content in new and innovative ways,” Mike Morrison, ESPN’s Vice President of Business Development and Innovation, said in a statement. “Our multi-dimensional relationship is a testament to the growth and opportunity in the sports betting space.”

Since becoming Caesars Entertainment’s exclusive sports betting partner a month ago, William Hill has opened 12 branded sports books at Caesars’ properties in Nevada, Iowa, and most recently, New Jersey. Pending regulatory approval, the remaining sports books across the Caesars portfolio will be rebranded in the coming weeks as Caesars Sports Book by William Hill. Once this changeover is fully completed, William Hill will operate in more than 170 retail locations across 13 states.

“As our exclusive sports betting operator, William Hill has added immediate value to Caesars Entertainment’s portfolio of properties nationally,” Reeg said. “Our new agreement with ESPN, as the largest provider in sports content, completes what is sure to be a momentous partnership in gaming and sports wagering.”

Pending the completion of the Eldorado-Caesars merger and William Hill’s previously announced proposed acquisition of CG Technology, more commonly known as Cantor, the company will further expand their Nevada position, adding 15 locations. Many of these locations are on the Las Vegas Strip, providing William Hill a leading sports book presence in this iconic location for the first time.

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Best Places to Date in Vegas




When you’re dating in Las Vegas, there are so many options that will make it easy to plan the perfect daytime get-together or romantic evening. But knowing the best places to go to have an unforgettable time with your date is the first step. Check out our list below to start generating some ideas that are sure to impress!

Movies and Dining at The Eclipse Theater

If you and your date are up for a classic dinner and a movie, check out the Eclipse Theater, where you can enjoy food, wine, and cocktails while you watch the movie. And if you want to really impress your date, opt for the VIP Prime seats, which provide you with a call button to get your server whenever you want. Plus, there’s also a lounge and outdoor patio where you can spend time chatting and getting to know each other better before or after the film. Basically, if you want to go beyond a regular old movie theater, and you want to enjoy a luxury experience for a change, definitely check out this venue in downtown Las Vegas. 

Hiking at Red Rock Canyon

Sure, you can chat, flirt & date online with singles from your area, but if you want to really get to know someone, heading out into the great outdoors for a day of adventure is a great way to see if you’re truly compatible. And a beautiful place to do just that is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It boasts many hiking trials that you and your date can choose from, or you can opt to take a scenic drive instead. Just don’t forget to pack food so you can enjoy a quiet picnic together while enjoying the fresh air and scenery.

Playtime at VR Adventures

Another great date night idea when you’re in Las Vegas is VR Adventures, where you can go to play and have fun with virtual reality games. Simply choose from the different simulations that are available, such as being able to fight zombies, drive a race car, make your way through a haunted house, or go flying through the sky like a superhero. If you have been chatting with someone who’s located nearby on, this can be an exciting first date that will have you both laughing in no time. Plus, it’s a great way to break the ice and feel comfortable around each other when meeting in person for the first time.

Gondola Rides at The Venetian

Head to The Venetian to experience a romantic gondola ride, much like you would be able to do in Venice, Italy. A gondolier will sing while taking you on a journey that you are sure to remember, whether you choose the indoor ride or the outdoor ride. Relax as you take in the scenery that surrounds you as you make your way along the Grand Canal, with its lovely bridges, balconies, and cafes. 

So Many Amazing Places to Choose From!

When you’re in Las Vegas, it’s all about experiencing life to the fullest, and making the most of every date, whether you’re on your first date with someone or you have been together for a while. With so many different places to go and things to do, you’ll always have options and you’ll never get bored. So, go ahead and plan the perfect date night that’s sure to impress!

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Online slots guide: best games and tips for players




Slots are the most popular games in both online casinos. They attract users by the high payouts level, great design and the ability to win a huge jackpot that can reach millions of dollars. Slot machines are also easy to play. You don’t need to learn complicated rules. Just choose the game you like and online casino Canada real money.

Slots machines are numerous. Dozens of developers work on slots to provide the best software for online casino users. As an inspiration they use various topics, including ancient mythologies, comics, movies, fairy tales, historical events, games etc.

Slots also may have different bonuses, additional rounds, jackpots and other features. The more money you can win, the more popular games are.

Playing slot machines online: brief instructions for players

It’s really easy to play slots. Still, there are a few things you should know before spinning the reels:

  1. Most games have a wide range of betting options. You can choose not only the actual amount of coins you want to use on one spin, but also the coin denomination. It means it’s possible to gamble online with both low or high budget.
  2. Even with small bets you can still win big. Slot machines have winning combinations that pay x5000 and even x10 000 to your initial bet amount.
  3. Playing slots isn’t only about money. It’s also fun and entertaining. You’ll always find the game that will appeal you most.
  4. Slot machines may have a various number of paying lines. Some games don’t have lines at all, just the ways to win a prize.

Playing slots online you’ll enjoy quality graphics, unique game design and huge wins that can reach tens thousands of dollars and more.

How do slot machines work?

Every game has its unique features, but most slot machines are built in the same way. There are the reels you can spin that create a game field. Each cell on the reel contains a place for a symbol. If 3 or more symbols (sometimes even 2) create a paying combination, you get a win.

To start gambling you should choose the number of lines to use, in case they’re not fixed, and then make your bet. After that, just use “Spin” button. There is usually a possibility to play online in automatic mode. You choose how many times you’d like to spin the reels at a certain bet level and than click on “Start”.

Slots give players lots of winning opportunities. They have special symbols like Scatter and Wild to increase your wins, unique features that deliver valuable prizes and bonus rounds where you can win free spins or cash rewards. Some games also have a risk game and a free spins round that is triggered by Scatter images.

How to find a good online slot machine?

Every software developer has its own style. Providers design games trying to meet users’ needs, but the fact is that everyone has own preferences. That’s why you have to decide what do you like. There are slots which:

  • offer incredible 3D graphics and animation;
  • have classic 3-reel design that resembles old Vegas machines;
  • use mostly fruits as paying symbols;
  • give you a chance to win huge jackpot;
  • have random special features.

It’s also important to pick the game that will be fun to play. Just think about a couple of topics you’re interested in and choose slot machines accordingly. But don’t forget about winning opportunities. Make sure the game you’ve selected has a high Return to Player rate.

Top slots to play online

Games may become popular for several reasons, but mostly because of high payouts. That’s why lots of gamblers choose Thunderstruck II slot to play online. Its highest payout reaches an incredible 2 400 000 coins amount, which is a huge sum of money. The game doesn’t have lines. It uses 243 ways to win instead. Apart from big prizes, Thunderstruck II has amazing graphics and engages users utilizing a popular mythological and movie character Thor.

Another game you should definitely try is Mega Moolah. This is probably one of the most played slot machines ever. It also holds the record for the biggest jackpot in the industry. A luck gambler has won more than 21 000 000 dollars! Since the jackpot is progressive, it increases again and again the more players make bets and spin the reels.

One more jackpot game that has managed to attract lots of online casino users is Mega Fortune Mega. With the second biggest payout ever (almost 20 million dollars), it’s right after Mega Moolah in the rating of the best-paying slot machines. The game has a wheel of fortune bonus round that is used to determine the player who’ll receive a progressive payout.

Slots don’t always have to offer millions of dollars to engage a lot of users. The game should also be entertaining. If you like movies and books about vampires, Immortal Romance is the slot machine you should definitely try.

Gambling industry offers players lots of slots to choose from. They’re entertaining, they have amazing graphics and give you a chance to win a lot of money. Just try to spin the reels online and you’ll see how fun it is.

How to play slot machines? A brief guide and top games Playing slot machines is fun and easy. Learn how do slots work and find out what are the best and the most high-paying games in online casinos.
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