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Alex of Venice | Review

17 April 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Touch of Venice: Messina’s Understated, Observational Debut

There’s much to admire in actor Chris Messina’s assured, astutely observed directorial debut, Alex of Venice. Namely its central performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who carries this understated character study that rather uneventfully charts a workaholic woman’s mildly difficult navigation through the denial that her marriage is over. As written by its trio of writers (with Jessica Goldberg joined by first time screenwriters Katie Nehara and Justin Shilton), its dramatic possibilities are severely downplayed, instead attempting to reflect meaning off intertextual echoes borrowed from Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard (the play being staged within the film).

An attorney for an eco-advocacy group, Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is left reeling when her high school sweetheart husband George (Messina) abruptly announces he’s unhappy with their marriage. A taken-for-granted stay-at-home dad, who cares for both their young son and Alex’s »

- Nicholas Bell

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead on Indie Film Love: It’s Hard to Find a Complex Female Role in Blockbusters

16 April 2015 5:15 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is one of those rare actresses who can take on anything – whether it’s geek fare like “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Final Destination” or small, serious indie dramas like “Smashed.” She’s the very definition of versatile. With another critically acclaimed role in Chris Messina’s directorial debut, “Alex of Venice” (out today in theaters and VOD), Winstead sat down with toofab’s Brian Particelli to talk about why she loves going back and forth between big budget films and indies and the frustrations that come from the latter. toofab: You’re on an indie roll right now, what draws you to these kinds of films? Mary: Its just the bigger films tend to be male driven. It’s kind of hard to find like an interesting complex female role in those worlds. Not to say they aren’t great movies, but from time to »

- tooFab Staff

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What Chris Messina Had to Do to Get Don Johnson to Be in His Movie

16 April 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

When Chris Messina was casting his feature film directorial debut Alex of Venice, he only had one person in mind to play the stoner grandfather—Don Johnson. "I went up north where he lives and he took me to his son's basketball game," Messina tells me. "And I pretended I cared, I'd watch the game and I'd be like, 'He's really good. Now, do you want to the movie?' It took some more convincing. "He kind of hemmed and hawed, understandably [with] a first time director," Messina said. "His agents were probably like, 'It's the guy from The Mindy Project' and he was probably like, 'What's The Mindy Project?'" Fortunately, the Miami »

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Alex of Venice Features Another Stirring, Sterling Performance From Mary Elizabeth Winstead

15 April 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Editor’s note: Our review of Alex of Venice originally ran during 2014’s Tribeca Film Fest, but we’re re-posting it now as the film opens this Friday in limited release. Mary Elizabeth Winstead has the “one to watch” thing down pat. The former teen actress has now blossomed into one of independent film’s most reliable and relatable leading ladies and her steady rise up the cinematic ranks – from the drunken darkness of Smashed to the dark humor of Faults, with a little The Thing and A Good Day to Die Hard thrown in for a touch of blockbuster fun– has long been someone worth watching, and now. For his directorial debut, actor Chris Messina has quite wisely built a story around Winstead’s charms, setting her up as the eponymous Alex for his Alex of Venice, an amiable outing that serves as yet another reminder that Winstead is more than enough of a draw on »

- Kate Erbland

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Trailer for Al Pacino's Manglehorn

15 April 2015 4:37 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the first trailer for the upcoming "Manglehorn" film, starring Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Chris Messina and Harmony Korine. It's directed by David Gordon Green (The Sitter, Pineapple Express) and is set to hit theaters on June 19th. Check out the trailer below. Plot: Reclusive small town locksmith Aj Manglehorn (Pacino) has never recovered from losing the love of his life, Clara. Fixated on her memory, he feels closer to his beloved cat than the people around him. Still, he forges on with his tenuous human connections, maintaining intermittent contact with his son (Messina) and taking misplaced pride in a former protege gone astray, and establishing a cautious friendship with a kind woman from the local bank. As this solitary man approaches the possibility of new love, he finds himself at a crossroads between staying mired in the past and embracing the present. Trailer: »

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Alex of Venice Is a Poignant Snapshot of a Woman Remaking Her World

14 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

There's a line at the end of a Chekhov play that goes, "Life's gone on as if I'd never lived." This does a passable job summarizing Chris Messina's Alex of Venice, a trifling yet nonetheless poignant snapshot of a young woman trying to come to terms with both immediate personal crises and the dawning knowledge that — to paraphrase Trip Harrison from Meatballs — maybe it all just doesn't matter. An "overworked environmental lawyer" (like there's any other kind these days), Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is not only attempting to stop a new hotel development in Southern California's vanishing wetlands (like there's any other kind these days), but also dealing with the burden of being the only remotely competent adult in a collection of giant children. </ »

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Review: Well-Intentioned And Intimate 'Alex Of Venice' Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead

14 April 2015 3:04 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In the tranquil suburbs of Venice, Alex, an environmental rights attorney, is about to receive a rude awakening. A workaholic, she brings home the bacon, while George, her stay-at-home husband, runs the household and takes care of both their son Dakota and Alex’s forgetful, pot-smoking father. But the rug gets pulled out from under Alex when her husband unexpectedly decides to pack it all in and announces that he’s leaving the family, at least for now, to work on his waning art career and find some space. Thrown for a loop, Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) barely has time to register her own pain, surprise, and heartache because she’s immediately overburdened with the responsibilities of two full-time jobs. It soon becomes abundantly clear how inept she is at home, and how important George (Chris Messina) was. Cooking, cleaning, getting Dakota (Skylar Gaertner) to school on time, and managing »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Al Pacino is frustrated with life in first ‘Manglehorn’ trailer

14 April 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I guess life can be frustrating when you are Al Pacino also.

The first trailer for director David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn was released on Tuesday with Pacino leading a cast that also includes Chris Messina, Holly Hunter, and Harmony Korine.

Manglehorn is about a strange and lonely man (Pacino) who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life. Gordon Green has been on a roll lately with Prince Avalanche and Joe so this film should shoot to the top of many people’s most anticipated films to the year list.

Our own Jacob Carter wasn’t a giant fan of Manglehorn, saying that “(the film) is composed of underdeveloped, disconnected characters and disparate story elements. There is little connective tissue binding the film together. One scene haphazardly transitions to the next until the narrative reaches its futile conclusion. Despite having »

- Zach Dennis

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First Trailer for David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn' with Al Pacino

14 April 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"Not a day goes by where I don't miss you deeply." This isn't anything like Pineapple Express or Your Highness, but it is another unique film from director David Gordon Green. His latest film, aside from Joe, is the drama Manglehorn starring Al Pacino as an aging locksmith in Texas who longs for the lost love of his life. Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine and Chris Messina also star. This trailer is a rather beautiful setup for a very tragic, low key film that doesn't amount to much. Most of what you see in here is what is in the film. I wish I could say it's even better than this trailer is - since I saw this at Tiff last year and it's okay, not that great. That said, if you have been waiting to see Al Pacino back at his best, start here. Here's the first trailer (from France »

- Alex Billington

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The Mindy Project Exclusive Video: Watch Ike Barinholtz Impersonate the Show’s Cast

14 April 2015 6:46 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

If you’re like me and have been missing The Mindy Project like crazy since the series finished its fantastic third season last month, you’re in luck, because SundanceTV may just have something to help cure your Mindy Project blues. The network’s series Behind the Story With the Paley Center will soon be airing an episode devoted to the cast of The Mindy Project, and by soon, I mean tonight. However, you don’t have to wait until 8 p.m. when the episode airs to get a glimpse of the show’s cast having fun, as we here at TVOvermind have an exclusive first look at The Mindy Project installment of Behind the Story, and it involves one the show’s stars (and one of its best writers and directors) Ike Barinholtz doing some seriously great impressions. In the clip below, you can watch as Barinholtz mimics everyone, »

- Chris King

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Review: Alex of Venice

14 April 2015 3:41 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is a young lawyer with a thriving career whose husband George (Chris Messina) stays home to take care of their son Dakota (Skylar Gaertner) and her middle-aged actor father (Don Johnson). When George walks out on the family, Alex is forced to rely on her father and irresponsible sister Lily (Katie Nehra) for help, while also trying to rebuild her once picture-perfect life. Review: Alex Of Venice is an impressive directorial debut for actor Chris »

- Chris Bumbray

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Watch: Chris Messina on How Ben Affleck Helped Shape his Directorial Debut

13 April 2015 6:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Has Lost Control In The First Trailer For ‘Alex Of VeniceChris Messina is an actor best known for his work on Mindy Kallng's sitcom "The Mindy Project." Now he's made his feature directorial debut with "Alex of Venice," which he also stars in. In the drama, Mary Elizabeth Winstead  ("Smashed") plays Alex, an attorney whose life is thrown into disarray after her husband (Messina) unexpectedly leaves her. Now, she must piece together her own life while also holding together her crumbling family.  Indiewire's Nigel M. Smith spoke to Messina for AOL Build about the project and what it was like to direct his debut feature. Here are some of the key highlights from the talk. You can watch it below. Messina doesn't like the phrase, "Action!" Messina thinks the chaotic nature of a film set can intrude on an actor's process. "Maybe it's »

- Travis Clark

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Exclusive: See Chris Messina in His Directorial Debut, Alex of Venice

13 April 2015 5:57 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

We've got an exclusive clip from Alex of VeniceThe Mindy Project's Chris Messina's directorial debut, and the story of a family dealing with a surprising shake-up. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Alex, who has to figure things out after her husband, George (Messina), leaves her with a 10-year-old and her unreliable father (Don Johnson). In this exclusive clip, we see Messina's George on this way out — a cruel acknowledgement that he isn't getting what he wants from his supposedly happy little family. Alex is blindsided. Things aren't always as perfect as they seem. Catch Alex of Venice on-demand April 17.  »

- Lindsey Weber

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Chris Messina: I Don't Know Yet If The Mindy Project is Coming Back

9 April 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Our fingers are so crossed that The Mindy Project will be back for a fourth season. "I don't know," Chris Messina insists when asked if has any pick-up intel he could share with us. "You'll probably find out faster than I will. I'm the last person to know these things." While we doubt that, Messina did say he's anxious to see Danny as a father. "I'd love to see Danny and this baby," said Messina. (I talked to the actor while he was promoting the April 17 release of his feature film directorial debut Alex of Venice—more on that later.) "I never imagined I would be on a TV show with a baby, certainly not this one because, you know, in the pilot I said to »

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Exclusive: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Tries To Figure Things Out In Clip From 'Alex Of Venice'

9 April 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you haven't been paying attention to the choices Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been making, maybe it's about time to see what the actress has been up to. Last month she led the excellent cult drama "Faults," and she's on the small screen in the eerie "The Returned." She also gives another solid performance in "Alex Of Venice," and today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Read More: 'Alex Of Venice' Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson, And Chris Messina The directorial debut of Chris Messina, who also stars alongside Don Johnson, Derek Luke, Katie Nehra, and Sklar Gaertner, the story follows a workaholic environmental attorney who finds her life shaken up when her husband suddenly leaves the family. As you'll see in this clip, she struggles to put together the choices that have found her on this path. "Alex Of Venice" arrives in limited release on April 17th. »

- Edward Davis

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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln

28 March 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Andrew Lincoln

The Show | The Walking Dead

The Episode | “Try” (March 22, 2015)

The Performance | We always knew that Lincoln could play the living daylights out of anything that was thrown at him. But until this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, we didn’t realize that he could act his way from A to Z all within the span of a single hour.

Talk about a revelation! Early on in “Try,” the native of London revealed his character’s sweet, sensitive side during his interaction with (forbidden) love interest Jessie. »

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Chris Messina on Making His Directorial Debut and The Mindy Project's Unsure Future

25 March 2015 12:10 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Tuesday night's Mindy Project finale, with its grand romantic gesture, left us wondering if this could perhaps be the end. (Say it ain't so!) Not only that, but Mindy stars are already off doing other things — take Chris Messina, who is making his directorial debut with Alex of Venice (in theaters and VOD on April 17), a sweet indie drama that stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a young working mom whose family is thrown for a loop after her husband (played by Messina) decides to leave. We spoke to Messina about doing triple duty, being a first-time director, and the future of The Mindy Project. You’re out in L.A., right?I’m in L.A., where it’s very sunny. Sorry. It’s always nice there. While I was watching Alex of Venice, I kept dreaming of Venice, California. It’s so kooky and great. Yeah, it’s a great place. »

- Lindsey Weber

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Will The Mindy Project Get a Season 4? Here's the Good News/Bad News…

25 March 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The world needs more Danny and Mindy like the world needs oxygen and water. Period. This was never more clear than after last night's incredibly crafted The Mindy Project finale, in which not only did Danny Castellano introduce the world to #DannyScruff (quick, everyone hide Chris Messina's razor til the end of time), but one of Mindy Kaling's trademark amazing grand gestures: Danny flew all the way to India to prove he loved her. So what are Mindy's chances of a season four at Fox? Precisely…50/50, according to multiple insiders. The show's ratings have never been anything to write home about, sadly, but the critical praise and sincere love among Fox's top brass »

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Season finale review: 'The Mindy Project' - 'Best Man': Meet the parents?

25 March 2015 6:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quick review of last night's "The Mindy Project" season finale coming up just as soon as the needle goes around a second time... All signs seem to be pointing toward "Best Man" being the last new "Mindy" episode on Fox. The question is if some other outlet (Netflix? Hulu? NBC, whose sister studio produces it?) wants to pick it up, banking on the small audience being a loyal one, or if "Hi, I'm Danny Castellano, and I'm in love with your daughter" was the show's final moment. If that was it for "Mindy," I'll be disappointed. The show never really figured out what to do with the many different iterations of its supporting cast(*), but the dialogue's sharp and funny, and that central relationship has remained one of the best, most interesting opposites-attract pairings in recent memory. "Best Man" did a nice job of balancing the comical aspects of »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'Mindy Project' Finale: Mindy Kaling on That "Risky" Cliffhanger, Potential Season 4

24 March 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from "Best Man," The Mindy Project's third season finale.] After a season of major change for Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) — including a somewhat rocky relationship with Danny (Chris Messina), a short-term move to San Francisco, a new business and pregnancy — things couldn't end without yet another shake-up. "Whenever Mindy's life seems too perfect ... it's important that we throw her a curve ball," Kaling tells The Hollywood Reporter. And that the show did just that. It turned out Mindy and Danny were both having second thoughts about the future

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- Danielle Turchiano

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