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Why the Gambling Industry Translates So Well Onto the Silver Screen

The gambling industry has fascinated many people since time immemorial. Nevertheless, the surge in the 70s and 80s based drug series films, where gambling is also key to the plot, like Snowfall or American Made has promoted this industry significantly. With that said, it comes as a little surprise that many people, including, me love watching movies where gambling scenes are an important part of the story. But why are so many people fascinated by the gambling realm and why does it harmonize so well with the film industry?

Here are a few explanations from my recent research;

1. Drugs and Gambling Related Films Offer Depth and Variety

The driving force behind the success of many drugs and gambling movies is the way they tap into different parts of our minds; these movies shock, sadden, inform, excite and inspire. From films like Owning Mahoney, which exposes the lengths gambling addicts go to fund their habits, to 21, which champions the underdog as a group of students learn to count cards and bring the house down, movies where gambling is also key to the plot offer depth and variety.

No other theme covers as many bases as drugs and gambling. Drug and gambling related movies can be jovial and comic or dark and sinister. Furthermore, they can be fact, fiction or a blend of two. Finally, they can be fast-paced and action-packed or slow as well as brooding.

That is just because there are so many unique and exciting stories which come from the realm of gambling and drugs. These stories can be told in various styles; from the psychedelic mind-boggling scenes in the movie ‘American Made’ to the sleek and smooth cinematography of Snowfall movie.

2. Variety of Locations

Location is a major boost too. Many viewers love variety when it comes to this. Drugs and gambling centered movies are not characterized by one particular location as is the case with a good number of movies based on other themes as well as plots. Yes, Vegas is normally used as the backdrop for a good number of casino films, but there are equally many movies with scenes which have been shot in many other parts across the globe.

Speaking of location, you can now play progressive slots games at Royal Vegas Casino regardless of where you are. This online gaming company offers a wide variety of slot games to cater to gamers who do not have any casino nearby and are also looking for convenience. If you would like to play, simply go to the website, select your game and play from the comfort of your home.


The world of gambling has for a long time caught the imagination of Hollywood. The world of drugs and gambling has been portrayed in many films and in many different ways throughout the years. Hollywood tends to cast gambling in different lights and normally portrays characters non-homogeneously, either as good guys or bad guys, as heroes or traitors. It all depends on how producers choose to tell the story. There is no doubt that the film industry has and continues to provide a constant source of gambling inspiration to many people.


“Red to Black”

“Red to Black”

“I wanted to write something different and unique, which became this vampire love story. Vampires can be similar to human beings in so many ways in that they sacrifice a lot for blood including their own blood for love,” said author and noted filmmaker Romane Simon of his chilling book “Red to Black.”

Simon is at it again with his debut novel, “Red to Black,” (The Power of Love). As if it wasn’t enough to create the Lucky Strike Film Festival and write, direct and produce countless award-winning films, this book is hitting the presses in a big way!

Romane on the red carpet with his amazing book! Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier

Romane on the red carpet with his amazing book! Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier

This book is about an old family of vampires, Xavier Gains, Daniella Gains and Barry Styles. The story revolves around these intriguing characters and the humans they are attracted to while living in Los Angeles. Xavier falls in love with the beautiful Marisa Childs and kidnaps her away from her husband, Douglas Childs, and brainwashing her to join the fold. Through out all of this, Marisa would not allow Xavier to kill Douglas, as he is doing his best to bring his wife back from the clutches of this vampire fold. This story explores the depth of this magical world and how with the power of love, one will do anything for the one they love. Even shedding their own blood in the darkness for the vitality of eternal love and life.

There are powerful characters and a wonderfully compelling storyline, which was really romantic in a sense much to my surprise. It was scary without being too gory, which is a challenge in this kind of genre. Hopefully Romane will turn this book into a feature film or at least a series of young adult (YA) literature books.

Click Here to purchase “Red to Black”

World Premiere of ‘Blood Runs Thick’ on Halloween Night

'Blood Runs Thick' poster

‘Blood Runs Thick’ poster

The much anticipated horror film, “Blood Runs Thick” which stars legendary actor Tom Sizemore, will have it’s world premiere on October 31st, which is appropriately Halloween, at the Beverly Hills Fine Arts Theater at 6pm.

Rising to prominence in the 90s, Tom has been in films such as ‘Saving Private Ryan’ ‘Natural Born Killers’ ‘Heat’ ‘Blackhawk Down’ ‘True Romance’ and ‘Point Break’ and many others. This film has a wonderful ensemble cast consisting of Emmy winning soap stars Matthew Ashford and Judi Evans, Emily Killian, Alexander Man, Brooklyn Robinson, Isaac Rhino, Aaron Doh, with special appearances by Lilian Lev, Anjelika Kaufman-Joyce-JP Joyce, ,Ewart Chin, Karra Mane, and Carolyn Dupree.

Filmmaker Romane Simon with actor Tom Sizemore

Filmmaker Romane Simon with actor Tom Sizemore

A beautiful young woman (Killian) struggles with frightening hallucinations and a crumbling mental state after her husband goes missing.

This compelling film was produced by Lucky strike Films studio LLC. This film was directed by noted filmmaker Romane Simon and written by Simon and Rhonnie Fordham, who has collaborated with Simon before.

“It was great working with Tom Sizemore , he is one of my favorite actor and to be on the same set with him Directing him was a great experience,” said Simon.

Romane Antoine Simon, is also the author of best selling novel (Red to Black-The Power of Love). He’s a thriving young filmmaker from Haiti. He was determined to get to the place where he could paint his own screen stories and images he hungered for the world to know about.

Romane finally arrived in Hollywood & quickly made himself known among others who had a similar passion for film which resulted in a new world of cinematic magic. His dream took root & before he knew it, he was yelling ACTION! And his successful film-making journey began.

This was only a few years ago and Romane has continually directed feature films with big stars making the industry feel his artistic power and passion for story-telling on a grand scale.


Judi Evans and Braxton Davis

Judi Evans and Braxton Davis

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