The choice of Ben Affleck as Batman has caused quite a stir, judging from the coverage and outpouring on social media sites! Meanwhile, I wrote a very different Affleck story yesterday about his star turn in another upcoming movie called “Runner, Runner;” which also stars Justin Timberlake. The movie is about the dark side of online poker when not properly regulated.
Timberlake plays a Princeton grad student named Richie, who travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block, played by Affleck, with a belief that he’s been swindled.
The movie is coming out on Oct 4 just as states like Nevada and New Jersey are introducing legalized online poker within their borders. The gaming industry, which usually enjoys big marketing buzz from movies the “Hangover” and “Oceans 11” series, which glamorize the Las Vegas strip, are now joining forces to spin “Runner, Runner” as a “cautionary tale” and educate movie viewers about could go wrong if you bet online with unauthorized companies.
Here’s my story:
In other Timberlake educational news, turns out that three alumni from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Kevin Williams, Sean Erick, and Leon Silva Jr. are currently playing trombone, trumpet, and saxophone, respectively, on Timberlake and Jay-Z’s “Legends of the Summer” tour.
The trio, known as Regiment Horns, made a stop at Boston’s Fenway Park for concerts on August 10 and 11. Regiment Horns delighted the crowd, particularly on Timberlake’s new brass-driven jam, “Take Back the Night.”
Berklee College of Music, http://www.berklee.edu/ , is an amazing place for anyone interested in pursuing a life in music. When I lived in Boston many years ago, I studied piano with a fabulous Berklee teacher named Harvey Diamond and gave him a shout out in my first book “The Practice Room.” I had fun reuniting with all my different piano teachers across many states!