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Read It Before They Screen It: Money for Nothing and I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

Edward Ugel's memoir of the lottery world, Money for Nothing, has been picked up by Warner Independent Pictures.

At age twenty-six, Ed found himself broke, knee-deep in gambling debt, and moving back into his parents' basement. It all changed, however, when he serendipitously landed a job as a salesman for The Firm — a company that offered up-front cash to lottery winners in exchange for their prize money....Ed spent his time closing deals with lottery winners, making a lucrative and legitimate — if sometimes not-so-nice — living by taking advantage of their weaknesses...weaknesses he knew all too well.

"[A]lternates sleaze and hilarity, exploits and exploitation," declares the Oregonian. "[Ugel's] accounts...are at once addictive and depressing — much like gambling itself."

The script will be written by Peter Steinfeld, who most recently adapted Ben Mezrich's Bringing Down the House to the screen as 21.

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"My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole." That simple statement is from the introduction to the book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, which Tucker Max will be turning into a film for director Bob Gosse.

The film will follow his trip to a friend's bachelor party, where he ensnares the groom in a lie that threatens the wedding, then abandons him to pursue further carnal knowledge. After being banned from the nuptials, Max attempts to get back into his friend's good graces.

Check out his website, tuckermax.com, where you can read a selection of his short stories, such as "The Blowjob Follies" and "The Famous 'Sushi Pants' Story."

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