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Cannes — Global sales and financing house WestEnd Films has acquired international rights to Woody Allen’s “Match Point” and “Scoop,” which further strengthens the company’s collection of Woody Allen films.
WestEnd already holds the rights to 10 Allen movies, including “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Sweet and Lowdown,” “Deconstructing Harry” and “Small Time Crooks.” The films topline such stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Hugh Grant.
2005 movie “Match Point,” which stars Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Penelope Wilton, was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for original screenplay. 2006 film “Scoop” stars Allen, Hugh Jackman, Johansson and Ian McShane.
WestEnd was co-founded by Eve Schoukroun, Maya Amsellem and Sharon Harel-Cohen, the founder of Capitol Films. Its line-up includes “Shepherds and Butchers” by Oliver Schmitz, starring Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough, »
- Leo Barraclough
In “Mississippi Grind,” Ben Mendelsohn plays a gambler addict, and in this exclusive featurette provided by distributor A24, the Australian actor’s co-stars discuss his approach to the character. Directed by “Half Nelson” filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the film follows Gerry (Mendelsohn) and Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), who embark on a “Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn” type of adventure down the Mississippi, gambling their whole way to Louisiana. Gerry must reach a big-time poker game in New Orleans to dig himself out of major debt. Mendelsohn, who often plays menacing characters, brings a lightness to Gerry that makes the character endearing, »
- Alana Bracken
According to an official description of the new drama Mississippi Grind, the film is intended to play as a textured human tale with grit, evoking everyone's favorite golden era of cinema, the 1970s. The description is not far off, as the small scale film completely wears its apparent lack of resources as a badge of honor. All lighting appears natural, all locations appear unaltered. Being that Mississippi Grind is the sometimes agonizing tale of a down-on-his-luck gambler (a sad sack Ben Mendelsohn) and his mysterious new confidant (Ryan Reynolds), this overall aesthetic choice isn't just one of convienience, it's the right one. That said, the feel of Mississippi Grind is one less recognizable than the 70's classics that may spring to mind. Think less Five Easy Pieces...
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By Cate Marquis
Mississippi Grind is a low-budget, indie-style road trip movie about two down-on-their-luck fellows, a gambler and his smooth-talking financier, as they make their way down the Mississippi River to a big poker game in New Orleans. With beautifully shot scenes in St. Louis, as well as other river town locations, this rambling, gambling road trip features a fine performance by Ben Mendelsohn and possibly the best-ever performance by Ryan Reynolds, who play a pair of losers looking for redemption and a final jackpot.
Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a middle-aged addictive gambler who has some skill at poker but no little judgment on when to walk away. Gerry is eking out a living in a dead-end job in a small upper Midwestern town when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger man looking for a “talent” to back. The set-up has echoes of Paul Newman’s “The Hustler »
- Movie Geeks
Sir, I'm going to be smoking here," Ben Mendelsohn says, brandishing his cigarette carton at a fellow diner on the less-than-roomy terrace. "Just, you know, Fyi." It's a Saturday morning, and he's sitting out back of a neighborhood patisserie in tranquil west London, the sort of quirky-decor joint that would be rejected by Wes Anderson for being a little too Wes Anderson-ish. Anyone who's seen the 46-year-old Australian actor on screen, where he's portrayed assorted cads, slimeballs and psychos with unsettling intensity, would probably be more likely to tell »
With hopes of turning his bad luck around, Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn), a down on his luck gambling addict who owes money to just about everybody in town, teams up with Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a young, charismatic poker player with a seemingly endless supply of good luck, on a road trip throught the South to win back all that he has lost. In this Fandango exclusive featurette, Ryan Reynolds: The Drifter, co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, along with the films cast including, Reynolds,...
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In most gambling movies, you can count on the "stake me" scene — that is, the moment that our struggling anti-hero must depend on the kindness of one skeptical benefactor to get him back into the game for one last score. The new film from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Mississippi Grind, has that exact scene (and we've got an exclusive clip from it below), but why would you need to reinvent the wheel when you've got two actors who can spin it as skillfully as Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds? In particular, watch below as Emmy-nominated Bloodline scene-stealer Mendelsohn works his magic on Reynolds: His character is almost manically excited about a new gambling notion that would take both men to New Orleans, but all it takes is some gentle prodding from Reynolds before Mendelsohn droops and exposes the full depths of his despair. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2 was expected by most to take the top spot at the box office this weekend, but the estimates from Box Office Mojo reveal that the animated sequel actually set a box office record. Hotel Transylvania 2 took in an impressive $47.5 million this weekend, surpassing its predecessor Hotel Transylvania's September opening weekend record of $42.5 million. The sequel opened in 3,754 theaters, over 400 more than the original movie, pulling in a solid $12,653 per-screen average. September isn't typically a huge month for box office receipts, but this animated franchise proves that families will still come out in full force, even though summer is officially over.
Hotel Transylvania 2 brings back original voice cast members Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi and David Spade, with new additions including Keegan Michael Key and Mel Brooks. The animated movie sequel didn't fare terribly well with the nation's critics, »
In fact it's Sony's biggest opening in over a year, and sets a new September record - a full $5 million ahead of the first film's $42.5 million launch in 2012. Budgeted at an economical (by animation standards) $80 million, the film has proven a winner.
The other big newcomer this weekend was Nancy Meyers' Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway-led comedy "The Intern" which made a solid $18.2 million in its second place finish - that's about on par with Meyers' other films.
After an IMAX run last weekend, "Everest" went wide and pulled in a further $13.1 million along with a healthy $73.7 million from various overseas territories.
- Garth Franklin
Mississippi Grind, 2015.
Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost.
Down on his luck and suspended only mere inches above rock-bottom, Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) confesses to Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), his road buddy and lucky charm for success, that he isn’t a good person, and while it is heartbreaking to watch someone come to that self-realization, it stings more because it isn’t necessarily true.
Gerry has a compulsion for gambling which tempts him to put his family through some seemingly unforgivable situations (his addiction got so bad that he removed himself from his daughter’s life, »
- Robert Kojder
Inspired by films of the 1970s like California Split, The Gambler and Scarecrow, Mississippi Grind is a character study in the form of a road trip, expertly guided by writer-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, who brought us such notable indie films as Half-Nelson and Sugar. Like the films that inspired it, their new effort is more about the journey than the destination, and sparked by two exceptional performances. Ben Mendelsohn plays a compulsive gambler who has let his addiction destroy every aspect of his life—including a marriage and even a relationship with a not-unsympathetic loan shark in his hometown of Dubuque, Iowa. Like most men in his situation he has become a...
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- Leonard Maltin
Let the River Run: Boden & Fleck’s Melancholy, Character Driven Road-Trip
Filmmaking duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck return with their best collaboration since the 2006 break out title Half Nelson (a film which Boden only shared co-writing credit). Considering their last effort was the 2010 dramedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story, it’s with definite pleasure to see them return to their talents for concocting acute characterizations and capturing impressive performances with Mississippi Grind, a rambling, gambling tumbleweed of a film. Gilded with a palpable sadness in its exploration of hollow lives desperately chasing impossible dreams, the film pays homage to Robert Altman’s 1974 classic California Split, which starred Elliott Gould and George Segal. Boden and Fleck transport us to the modern day Mid-West, utilizing the eponymous river as journey through the threadbare humanity on the road.
Down on his luck Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) seems determined to live on the precipice of complete ruination, »
- Nicholas Bell
After the second biggest summer season in box office history this year, September is proving to be more lucrative than usual. Each weekend this month is up significantly from last year's grosses, and this weekend looks to be no different, with three new movies debuting in wide release, Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2, Warner Bros.' The Intern and High Top Releasing's The Green Inferno, with the buzzworthy Sicario and Everest also expanding into more theaters. According to the projections from BoxOffice.com, Hotel Transylvania 2 should easily come away with a convincing win, although it's actually tracking less than its predecessor, 2012's Hotel Transylvania.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is projected to take the top spot with $37 million, which isn't too surprising since the animated movie sequel will have the widest release of this trio of newcomers. While we don't have an exact theater count yet, Hotel Transylvania 2 is »
Read More: Toronto: Even 'Mississippi Grind' Filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden Were Blown Away By Ben Mendelsohn Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson," "Sugar") have teamed up again for "Mississippi Grind," a dramatic journey of two new friends who decide to gamble their way across the country. The film features a superb cast that includes Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller and Analeigh Tipton. The official film synopsis reads: "Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry (Mendelsohn) teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis (Reynolds), in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what's been lost." The film premiered at Sundance and is currently available on DirecTV. It will open in New York City on September 25 and Los Angeles on October 2, with an On Demand release to »
- Sonya Saepoff
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new drama “Mississippi Grind” starring Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds!
“Mississippi Grind,” which opens in Chicago on Oct. 2, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Sienna Miller, Yvonne Landry, Analeigh Tipton, Robin Weigert, Alfre Woodard, Anthony Howard, Jayson Warner Smith, P.J. Marshall and Stephanie Honoré from writers and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free passes to “Mississippi Grind” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Some men are just born to lose, and some men deserve second chances, but the beautiful losers of “Mississippi Grind” abuse the limits of luck landing in their favor beyond reparation in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's uneven fourth feature. These American indie filmmakers got their start at Sundance with their arresting debut drama “Half Nelson” with Ryan Gosling, however, Subsequent efforts have been only semi-successful. The baseball drama “Sugar” is more politely admired than actively loved, and the comedy “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story” was their first real misfire. The talented storytellers meld all of their gifts for this humanist gambling drama and two-hander, but as a rambling, should-be plucky riff on ‘70s-style shaggy losers on the road (see “Fat City,” “California Split”), “Mississippi Grind” can never quite deal itself a winning hand. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, “Mississippi Grind” begins with one drunken fateful evening. »
- Rodrigo Perez
People have been talking about Ben Mendelsohn’s performance in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s “Mississippi Grind” since its Sundance premiere, and with good reason: he’s brilliant in it. But as good as he is, you can't separate his performance from that of his costar Ryan Reynolds, whose charming, affable Curtis offers Mendelsohn’s schlubby, sad-sack Gerry a lifeline, as he does the film. Without Curtis, we would bail on Gerry about as fast as you can say, “weak link,” despite his sweet nature. Both are gamblers, Gerry of the unstoppable variety. He’ll do almost anything to get money to use on a poker game or at the casino, including steal from his ex-wife, always with the hope that he’ll hit it big and can pay back everyone he owes, which is just about everyone he knows. And then one night big, good-looking Curtis walks into »
- Tom Christie
★★☆☆☆ The saying goes that when in a hole you should stop digging. Meandering road movie Mississippi Grind (2015), co-directed by the Half Nelson (2006) and Sugar (2008) duo of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, features two hopeless gamblers on whom the sentiment of this old adage appears to have been entirely lost. The pairing behind the camera elicits a free-wheeling chemistry and fine performances from leading men Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds, but just as predictably as its central pair are drawn like moths to the flame of a blackjack table, the film is a rote, run-of-the-mill construction, including Reynolds' Curtis saying on numerous occasions that "the journey is the destination".
- CineVue UK
It was a big night for HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones last night at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, with the show enjoying a record-breaking haul of 12 awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama (Peter Dinklage).
In total, HBO pulled in 43 Emmys, winning Outstanding Comedy Series (Veep) and Outstanding Miniseries (Olive Kitteridge), while Viola Davis became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama (How to Get Away with Murder) and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm finally received the award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama at the eighth time of asking.
Check out a full list of the winners here…
See Also: List of winners from the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Outstanding Drama Series
“Game of Thrones” (Winner)
“Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Comedy Series
- Gary Collinson
Today is the television industry's biggest event, with the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, airing live today, starting at 8 Pm Et/5 Pm Et on Fox. History was made during the telecast, when Viola Davis became the first African-American actress ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, for her role in ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, while Mad Men star Jon Hamm ended his Emmy losing streak by picking up his first ever statuette. The big winner tonight, though, was HBO's Game of Thrones, which took home four Emmy Awards tonight, bringing its total to 12, counting the Creative Arts Emmy Awards that were held earlier this month (visit Emmys.com for the full list of winners).
After being nominated for Outstanding Drama Series for its first four seasons on the air, Game of Thrones finally won the big award tonight, »
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