The Rat Pack’s Las Vegas

The Rat Pack’s Las Vegas

Join Frank, Dino, Sammy, Joey and Peter in the “Rat Pack’s Las Vegas.” This unique program traces the history of the Rat Pack, beginning with Frank Sinatra’s solo stint as a Vegas headliner when his movie and recording careers crumbled, to his famous “summits” with the rest of the pack at the fabled Sands “A Place in the Sun” Hotel, to the triumphant on-location filming of the Pack’s “Ocean’s 11″ (which showcased as many stars as could make it to Vegas during the filming). The program features rare footage of the Pack in action at the Sands’ Copa Room as well as rare stills of John F. Kennedy and other Kennedy Era luminaries. The program also offers frank discussions of the racism that dominated Las Vegas in the 1950′s – and Frank Sinatra’s heroic efforts to end it for his good friend Sammy Davis Jr. From the birth of the Sands to its razing to make way for today’s fabulous Venetian Resort Hotel, the “Rat Pack’s Las Vegas” showcases the men and times that buils the myth – and mystique – of America’s No. 1 tourist destination.

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The Gangster Collection (American Gangster/Casino/Eastern Promises) [Blu-ray] Reviews

The Gangster Collection (American Gangster/Casino/Eastern Promises) [Blu-ray]

Genre: Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 14-OCT-2008
Media Type: Blu-Ray

American Gangster

Ridley Scott puts on his “sweeping saga” gameface again, this time not for the sci-fi vistas of Blade Runner or the ancient world of Gladiator but for an urban epic. American Gangster gives the story of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a real-life Harlem crime lord who built an empire on Southeast Asian heroin in the 1970s. Running parallel to Lucas’s somewhat standard story is the investigation led by a persistent New Jersey cop, Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe). Roberts is a more interesting character than Lucas–too honest for his own good, unlucky in his personal life–and this kind of character, easily patronized by others, fits Crowe like a polyester shirt. Scott’s tendency to hit his points square on the noggin is much in evidence here, including the typecasting of the supporting roles and the predictable Serpico atmosphere of the whole thing. (And speaking of supporting actors, the film needs more Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose role as a Lucas sidekick feels cut down.) It succeeds as a kind of chewy entertainment, fueled by the presence of two big stars working their muscles. Both Washington and Crowe look pretty brawny here. –Robert Horton

Casino

Director Martin Scorsese reunites with members of his GoodFellas gang (writer Nicholas Pileggi; actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Frank Vincent) for a three-hour epic about the rise and fall of mobster Sam “Ace” Rothstein (De Niro), a character based on real-life gangster Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal. (It’s modeled after on Wiseguy and GoodFellas and Pileggi’s true crime book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas.) Through Rothstein, the picture tells the story of how the Mafia seized, and finally lost control of, Las Vegas gambling. The first hour plays like a fascinating documentary, intricately detailing the inner workings of Vegas casinos. Sharon Stone is the stand out among the actors; she nabbed an Oscar nomination for her role as the voracious Ginger, the glitzy call girl who becomes Rothstein’s wife. The film is not as fast paced or gripping as Scorsese’s earlier gangster pictures (Mean Streets and GoodFellas), but it’s still absorbing. And, hey–it’s Scorsese! –Jim Emerson

Eastern Promises

David Cronenberg’s signature obsessions flower in Eastern Promises, a stunning look at violence, responsibility, and skin. Near Christmastime in London, a baby is born to a teenage junkie–an event that leads a midwife (Naomi Watts) into the world of the Russian mob. Central to this world is an ambitious enforcer (Viggo Mortensen) who’s lately buddied up with the reckless son (Vincent Cassel) of a mob boss (Armin Mueller-Stahl, doing his benign-sinister thing). Screenwriter Steve Knight also wrote Dirty Pretty Things, and in some ways this is a companion piece to that film, though utterly different in style. The plot is classical to the point of being familiar, but Cronenberg doesn’t allow anything to become sentimental; he and his peerless cinematographer Peter Suschitzky take a cool, controlled approach to this story. Because of that, when the movie erupts in its (relatively brief) violence, it’s genuinely shocking. Cronenberg really puts the viewer through it, as though to shame the easy purveyors of pulp violence–nobody will cheer when the blood runs in this film. Still, Eastern Promises has a furtive humor, nicely conveyed in Viggo Mortensen’s highly original performance. Covered in tattoos, his body a scroll depicting his personal history of violence, Mortensen conveys a subtle blend of resolve and lost-ness. He’s a true, haunting mystery man. –Robert Horton

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Casino Royale [VHS]

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John Huston was only one of five directors on this expensive, all-star 1967 spoof of Ian Fleming’s 007 lore. David Niven is the aging Sir James Bond, called out of retirement to take on the organized threat of SMERSH and pass on the secret-agent mantle to his idiot son (Woody Allen). An amazing cast (Orson Welles, Peter Sellers, Deborah Kerr, etc.) is wonderful to look at, but the film is not as funny as it should be, and the romping starts to look mannered after awhile. The musical score by Burt Bacharach, however, is a keeper. –Tom Keogh

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Trade Like a Casino: Find Your Edge, Manage Risk, and Win Like the House (Wiley Trading)

Trade Like a Casino: Find Your Edge, Manage Risk, and Win Like the House (Wiley Trading)

A detailed look at the common characteristics found in most successful traders

While there are a variety of approaches to trading in the financial markets, profitable traders tend to share similar underlying characteristics. Most have a methodology that they believe will prove profitable over the long run and are willing to endure short-term setbacks. If you’re looking to make the most of your time in today’s markets, you need to understand what separates the best from the rest. And with Trade Like a Casino, you’ll gain the knowledge needed to excel at this challenging endeavor.

Engaging and informative, this reliable guide identifies and explains the key techniques and mental processes characteristic of successful traders. It reveals that successful traders operate very much like a casino in that they develop a method that gives them “positive expectancy” and they unflappably implement the method in the face of changing, and oftentimes volatile, market conditions. Page by page, the book explores the intricacies of methodology, mental control, and flexibility that allow traders to develop and maintain the casino-like edge.

  • Reveals how many successful traders tend to follow the same general principles, even if their approach to trading may differ
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Fortune’s Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street Reviews

Fortune’s Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street

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In 1956 two Bell Labs scientists discovered the scientific formula for getting rich. One was mathematician Claude Shannon, neurotic father of our digital age, whose genius is ranked with Einstein’s. The other was John L. Kelly Jr., a Texas-born, gun-toting physicist. Together they applied the science of information theory–the basis of computers and the Internet–to the problem of making as much money as possible, as fast as possible.

Shannon and MIT mathematician Edward O. Thorp took the “Kelly formula” to Las Vegas. It worked. They realized that there was even more money to be made in the stock market. Thorp used the Kelly system with his phenomenonally successful hedge fund, Princeton-Newport Partners. Shannon became a successful investor, too, topping even Warren Buffett’s rate of return. Fortune’s Formula traces how the Kelly formula sparked controversy even as it made fortunes at racetracks, casinos, and trading desks. It reveals the dark side of this alluring scheme, which is founded on exploiting an insider’s edge.

Shannon believed it was possible for a smart investor to beat the market–and Fortune’s Formula will convince you that he was right.

Fortune’s Formula is a fascinating study of the connections between such seemingly unrelated topics as gambling, information theory, stock investing, and applied mathematics. The story involves the stunning brainpower of men such as MIT professor Claude Shannon, who single-handedly invented information theory, the science behind the Internet and all digital media; Ed Thorpe; and John Kelly of Bell Laboratories, who developed the “Kelly criterion,” a now-legendary investment strategy for maximizing growth while controlling risk. Initially, Shannon and Thorpe took Kelly’s theory to Las Vegas and applied it to roulette and blackjack. Later, they took it to Wall Street and cleaned up–Shannon made a personal fortune while Thorpe created the highly successful hedge firm Princeton-Newport Partners. They both discovered that Kelly’s system was particularly effective when applied to arbitrage (minute price differences that result from market inefficiencies). As Poundstone ably demonstrates, the merits of Kelly’s criterion are still hotly debated today.

Poundstone has a tendency to meander in his writing, but his asides are so revealing and interesting that they add, rather than detract, from the narrative. The book also includes a cast of fascinating and colorful characters as varied as Ivan Boesky, Warren Buffet, Rudolph Giuliani, and notorious mobsters such as Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky. In explaining the lasting impact of the work done by Shannon, Thorpe, and Kelly, Poundstone even explains Kelly’s system for those wishing to follow his formula, offering readers both theoretical and practical lessons. Whether viewed as a how-to guide or straight scientific and financial history, Fortune’s Formula proves an entertaining and illuminating analysis of “the most successful gambling system of all time.” –Shawn Carkonen

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