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As HBO wrapped up True Blood on Sunday, the cabler also previewed the end of the line for another one of its signature original dramas: Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom. The final season of the Jeff Daniels starrer will bow in November and consist of only six episodes — down from 10 and nine, respectively. The first season three teaser features no actual footage but instead uses pages from Sorkin's scripts to preview some major drama to come. A sample: Will (Daniels): "How do you think they're gonna get the whistleblower?" Reese (Chris Messina): "He's gonna be sent to jail."
- Lesley Goldberg
The Deauville Film Festival heads have unveiled the make-up of the 40th edition of the fest, and naturally this coming September, we’ve got a Sundance-infused edition being readied for the North West coastal town. Celebrating several new American indie auteurs, noteworthy filmmakers from Park City include Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), A.J. Edwards (The Better Angels), Mark Jackson (War Story) and Damien Chazelle’s much acclaimed Whiplash. Also found in the 14 In Comp slate we find Nathan Silver’s Uncertain Terms — which our Nicholas Bell called “uneasy, uncomfortable, and certainly uncertain”. Also on tap: the French premieres of Before I Go to Sleep and director Chris Messina’s Alex of Venice. Here is the full selection and you can make a detour here to see who is being celebrated at the fest.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour
I Origins, »
- Eric Lavallee
The annual Gallic splurge devoted to American cinema in Deauville is hotting up for its 40th edition next month with a line-up that includes premieres for the Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth mystery drama Before I Go To Sleep as well as a slew of titles in competition, among them Shailene Woodley's White Bird In A Blizzard, Reese Witherspoon's The Good Lie, Mike Cahill’s I Origins, David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, Sundance favourite Cold In July with Michael C. Hall and Love is Strange starring John Lithgow and Marisa Tomei.
As well as Before I Go To Sleep »
- Richard Mowe
Haugesund, Norway– Deauville will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a strong competition lineup of U.S. indies, leading up with Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” and Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Good Lie.”
The Normandy-set festival will also play Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight alumni: Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” as well as David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows,” a Critics’ Week competitor. Other contenders include Nathan Silver’s “Uncertain Terms,” Mark Jackson’s “War Story,” Ira Sachs’s “Love is Strange,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins,” Carter Smith’s “Jamie Marks is Dead” and Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
Beyond “Whiplash,” which won Sundance’s grand jury prize, Deauville will play three other feature debuts: Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels” and Saar Klein’s “Things People Do.”
Deauville will also »
- Elsa Keslassy
Producer Brian Grazer will join Jessica Chastain, Will Ferrell and Ray Liotta in Deauville, while Shailene Woodley’s White Bird in a Blizzard and Reese Witherspoon’s The Good Lie will compete for the top prize at the film festival that kicks off Sept. 5, according to the full competition lineup organizers announced Wednesday. The festival, which puts the spotlight on American film every year, will also host the French premieres of the Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth mystery Before I Go to Sleep and director Chris Messina’s Alex of Venice, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and the European premiere of Guillermo del
- Rhonda Richford
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Why We're In: As Adam and Eve, Hiddles is the mopey yin to Swinton's yang. The costumes and production design are to die (or live forever) for. John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, and Jeffrey Wright shine in smaller roles. In a word, it's gorgeous.
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- moviefone (@moviefone) August 17, 2014
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Y Tu Mama También (Criterion)"
What's It About? Alfonso Cuarón's road trip romance features star-making performances by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, who play two young dudes who both become infatuated with an older woman. Beautiful, sexy, and sad.
Why We're In: Now when »
- Jenni Miller
Last year, the London Film Festival was bookended by a pair of Tom Hanks movies. This year, the fest is going in a different direction with opening- and closing-night films set during World War II. The event will open with The Imitation Game on October 8 and now has set David Ayer’s Fury as the capper on October 19. The pic stars Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, and Jon Bernthal. Pitt and Ayer are confirmed to attend the closing-night festivities in Leicester Square with screenings to be simulcast to cinemas across the UK. The film is set in April 1945 as the Allies make their final push in the European Theater. A battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) commands a five-man Sherman tank crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines where they face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Written and directed by Ayer, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Sam Smith's painting a pretty sad picture. The "Stay With Me" singer just released his new music video for "I'm Not The Only One," which stars Dianna Argon and Chris Messina, who play a couple going through some really tough times. In the video, the "Glee" actress plays Messina's wife, who knows the "Mindy Project" star been cheating on her with a sexy brunette. There are some pretty steamy scenes between Chris and his mistress, too! Video: Sam Smith Covers Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know." Dianna puts on a brave face as her hubby leaves for work, but breaks down once he's out of the house. Next, we see Messina getting hot and heavy with his secret lover, behind closed doors. The blonde beauty manages to put herself back together before her hubby arrives back home from his affair, Argon even welcoming him home with open arms. »
- tooFab Staff
Dianna Agron plays one-half of a very stale marriage in Sam Smith’s new “I’m Not the Only One” video. Her cheatin’ husband is played by Chris Messina. But would anyone really walk out on the Glee star? As somebody once said: “Show me the most beautiful woman in the world and I’ll show you someone who is tired of screwing her.” So it goes in Smith’s ode to marital dysfunction. ...Read More »
Everyone in Warsaw stops and stands still on Aug. 1 to remember the Warsaw Uprising. This is what happened on that day this year. Stephen Colbert weighs in on the Orlando Bloom-Justin Bieber fight in Ibiza, Spain. Yes, he thinks it's as silly as you do. Speaking of Stephen, he also shared some heartwarming advice to young women in Rookie Mag's ongoing "Ask a Grown Man" series. He weighs in on boys, sexual harassment, and how to not ask your father for permission to sleep with your boyfriend. This spoiled little deer wants to stay in this guy's arms forever. Listen to the most creative cover of Aladdin's "Prince Ali" ever made. Chris Messina and Dianna Agron star in the new music video for Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One." Warning: it's pretty heartbreaking. Jimmy Fallon threw a bunch of giant balls at Julia Roberts's face. »
Sam Smith is bringing on the heartache in the video for the sultry “I’m Not The Only One,” the British crooner’s follow-up to top 10 hit, “Stay With Me.” The Luke Monaghan-directed clip inly features Smith briefly; otherwise keeping the focus on the drama that unfolds between a wife, played by “Glee’s” Dianna Agron, and her cheating husband, portrayed by “The Mindy Project’s” Chris Messina. Agron seems perfectly oblivious at first, but as we quickly see, she just has a good game face and is keeping up appearances. However, in private, she crumbles. After guzzling a bottle of wine, she continues to trail her husband, eager to catch him in the act. And he’s in the act, all right. Things get pretty steamy between Messina and her lover. And they’re heating up for Agron as well, as she burns his clothes right there on the lawn. »
- Melinda Newman
Infidelity is an ugly, wretched subject, but at least Sam Smith has given it a beautiful soundtrack. The 22-year-old British singer-songwriter released a video for his new single “I'm Not the Only One” Friday, which features “Glee's” Dianna Agron as a scorned bride and “The Mindy Project's” Chris Messina as the cause of and cure for her heartache. See video: Peyton Manning Dances, We Think, to ‘Rocky Top’ at a Denver Broncos Practice “You say I'm crazy,” Smith sings while Agron's character pieces together her husband's indiscretions. “‘Cause you don't think I know what you've done. But when you call me baby, »
- Travis Reilly
You may love Chris Messina as Danny Castellano on The Mindy Project, but you're about to hate him in a major way. He stars alongside Glee's Dianna Agron in the music video for Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One," and he's a huge cheater. The song itself is beautiful, but the video is really fantastic. The two have what looks like the perfect marriage, until he leaves the house and goes trolling for hotties at a bar. Agron's reaction is heartbreaking and unexpected - watch and see. »
Evil husband Chris Messina, the alter-ego to The Mindy Project's Danny, stars in Sam Smith's new video for "I'm Not the Only One" — cheating on Glee's Dianna Agron, who wears runny mascara and drinks white wine from the bottle. Oof. A bit heavy-handed in its interpretation of adultery, but it's hard to fight with the best song on Sam Smith's debut, In the Lonely Hour. Can Agron go all Beyoncé next time, please? »
- Lindsey Weber
The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 4-14 this year, and local director David Gordon Green, Austin-frequenter Jason Reitman and Austin native Ethan Hawke will all be premiering films there.
Green, whose previous Texas-filmed work includes Joe (Jette's review) and Prince Avalanche (my review), shot Manglehorn in Austin last year and North American audiences will have the chance to see it for the first time at Tiff. Manglehorn stars Al Pacino, Holly Hunter and Chris Messina and tells the story of a lonely locksmith whose heart is stuck in the past.
The film crew was spotted at various Austin locations last fall, including Sharp's Locksmith and Little Mexico on South First and the Driskill downtown. In Debbie's interview with Green at the Dallas International Film Festival in April, he said Manglehorn would be the final installment of his "Texas trilogy" and described the movie as "melancholy but full of hope and life and love. »
- Caitlin Moore
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Three Cheers for this casting.
Related The Mindy Project Losing a Series Regular Ahead of Season 3
The show’s star and Ep. Mindy Kaling, teased the character’s arrival earlier this week at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour.
“The wonderful thing about the character is the trope of the mother-in-law-type figure who doesn’t like the girl is so pervasive, it’s like, ‘Ok, how do we »
Mindy Lahiri's boyfriends on The Mindy Project range from the really weird to the really, really wonderful, but there's nobody quite like Danny Castellano. Chris Messina's studly character is a man's man with a big heart, and whether he's doling out stubborn advice or whipping out impressive dance moves, he manages to win our hearts over and over again. Mindy and Danny's road to romance has definitely had its fair share of ups and downs, but this week, Mindy Kaling shared new insights into how their relationship will shift in season three: "Seeing two characters like that who are so different and would make virtually the opposite decision in every part of their day try to date has been really fun." Ahead of the upcoming season, which kicks off on Sept. 16, let's relive some of Danny Castellano's many swoon-worthy moments! »
- Laura Marie Meyers
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
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