IMDb > Chris Messina > News
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDeskmessage board
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDeskmessage board
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

News for
Chris Messina (I) More at IMDbPro »

Connect with IMDb

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2005

1-20 of 35 items from 2016   « Prev | Next »

Interview with Director Rob Spera for ‘The Sweet Life’

24 June 2016 3:27 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Suicide is a drastic decision until love complicates the matter.

In an unconventional comedy drama, it follows Kenny Parker (Chris Messina) and Lolita Nowicki (Abigail Spencer), who are suffering from their own personal demons, traveling across the country to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide together. Their suicide pact gets complicated as they start to fall in love.

The film had its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this month.

Latino-Review had a sit-down interview with director Rob Spera.

Watch the interview below.


- Gig Patta

Permalink | Report a problem

Ben Affleck’s new directorial project “Live by Night” might be jumping into 2016

21 June 2016 3:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Well, it’s just speculation right now, but this is potentially some very exciting news. Word trickled down over the weekend that Warner Brothers has moved the release date of Ben Affleck’s next project behind the camera, the crime epic Live by Night. Originally, we were scheduled to get it in October of this year, before it was delayed a year to October of 2017, partly to accommodate Affleck becoming Batman. Now, we’ve gotten notice that the WB has it opening in early January of 2017, which is right where American Sniper hit a few years back. As such, it’s almost a foregone conclusion now that it’ll get a qualifying run in December and be a part of the 2016 awards season. Make room folks, as a huge new contender could be joining the early stages of the race, potentially as the last player we’ll get this year. »

- Joey Magidson

Permalink | Report a problem

Gerard Butler’s ‘Geostorm’ Pushed Nine Months; ‘Lego Movie 2’ Delayed

17 June 2016 7:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has pushed Gerard Butler drama “Geostorm” back nine months to Oct. 20, 2017, and delayed “The Lego Movie 2” until 2019.

The studio has also moved Ben Affleck’s crime drama “Live by Night” forward nine months to Jan. 13, 2017 — which had been the slot for “Geostorm.” Affleck directed “Live by Night” from his own script, adapted from the 2012 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. The film stars Affleck, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper and Elle Fanning.

Finally, Warner Bros. moved its Ed Helms-Owen Wilson comedy “Bastards,” produced by Alcon, back to two months from Nov. 4 to Jan. 27.

Warner Bros. has two other Lego movies coming in 2017 — “Lego Batman” on Feb. 10 and “Ninjago” on Sept. 17. “The Lego Movie 2″ will open on Feb. 8, 2019,” utilizing the same opening weekend that “The Lego Movie” had in 2014.

The Lego Movie” was a surprise success, opening with a $69 million weekend domestically. »

- Dave McNary

Permalink | Report a problem

Scott’s Los Angeles Film Festival Dispatch, Part One

15 June 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Independent cinema is the clear focus at La Film Fest. This doesn’t mean they’re completely clear of the sort of pre-packaged, studio-lite fare that tends to climb awards-season ladders into our multiplexes – this year’s festival featured films starring Chris Messina, Idris Elba, Alfred Molina, Gemma Arterton, Gael Garcia Bernal, Gillian Jacobs, and Topher Grace, plus The Conjuring 2, an outright studio film. And even those films without such attachments are not entirely free from the influence, following familiar beats and a sort of glossy presentation in an attempt to “fit in” with the big boys. The extent to which these films could truly be called “independent” is thus debatable, and lends a sort of discomfort to aligning them with truly adventurous voices. That disparity is most evident in four thrillers that played at the festival, which range from practically begging to be let in to actively refusing any sense of acceptance. »

- Scott Nye

Permalink | Report a problem

23 Surprises, Oddities, and Oversights in This Year’s Emmys Ballot

15 June 2016 11:08 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Lemonade and Horace and Pete are in, and Chris Messina is a ... lead on The Mindy Project? »

- Jackson McHenry

Permalink | Report a problem

Mindy Kaling on the Freedom of Hulu, ‘Mindy Project’ Future: ‘I Have an Ending in Mind’

14 June 2016 4:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mindy Kaling does not miss the panicky day-after phone calls that are a way of life for showrunners on network TV series.

The Mindy Project’s” move from Fox to Hulu last year for its fourth season has been a creatively “freeing” process that has been invigorating, Kaling told the crowd Tuesday at Variety’s TV Summit.

The lack of pressure that comes with overnight ratings reports is a welcome relief, Kaling said during her keynote conversation with Variety’s Elizabeth Wagmeister.

“I don’t know what the ratings are. They tell me we’re doing great and that’s it,” Kaling said. “I think that’s great. I don’t need the Wednesday morning panicky feeling. The ratings from the [night before] govern your entire morning. I’m so happy not to be part of that anymore.”

Moreover, Kaling appreciates the certainty that she has on Hulu about the number of episodes for each season. “I know going in how many episodes it’s going to be. We go in planning our season, not hoping that one of your other friend’s shows dies so that you can get a back nine.”

“Mindy Project” delivered a whopping 26 episodes for its fourth season and has been renewed for Season 5. Although the workload was intense for Season 4, Kaling kept her staff lean by design. She has a co-showrunner in Matt Warburton and Howard Klein as exec producer to liaise with the network and handle other business-centric matters that crop up. And her writers room is only a handful of people by choice. “When I was on ‘The Office’ we did 22-24 episodes with a staff of seven or eight writers. I like the feeling as a writer that the show is going to be good or bad based on your contribution to it. I like that feeling of being on the hook.”

Season 5 is likely to run 16 episodes, broken up into eight-episode blocks, she said.

Kaling referenced the twists and turns that the show has experienced as being a good education for her as a showrunner and as a leader. “Mindy Project” was initially developed for NBC, then got picked up as a series at Fox, and then moved to Hulu when Fox dropped it because “Mindy” reruns had performed so well for Hulu.

Kaling gave a shout-out to former Universal Television president Bela Bajaria for showing her by example how to be an effective leader. Kaling was on camping vacation in Montana with her “30 Rock” writer Tracey Wigfield last summer when she got the call that Fox was dropping “Mindy Project” after three seasons.

Bajaria “neither luxuriates in praise or in failure,” Kaling said. “She told me ‘Fox is opting not to pick up the show and we’re going to have it on Hulu.’ That was her plan. I think that’s very leader-y. When you’re a showrunner you’re not always bringing the best news to your staff. But I appreciated that she came with a plan. No one wants to see their leader say ‘I don’t know what we’re going to do.’ I really appreciated that she had a plan.”

Among other highlights from the conversation:

** Kaling credits the explosive growth of TV options for allowing her show to exist, especially in its current form where her ethnicity is not the central focus of the show. “For someone who looks like me — my career only exists in this new time when there is so much opportunity. As recently as five or six years ago minorities could only be on television if that was what the show was about. (But) the name of my show is ‘The Mindy Project’ not ‘The Indian Girl Project.’”

** How long does she envision “Mindy” running? “I have an ending in mind. I don’t know when it would be,” she said. She has aspirations to write and direct a movie and do other pilots. “I am tempted by a lot of other interesting things.”

** Kaling cited Tina Fey and Emma Thompson as important role models. Seeing Thompson nominated at the 1996 Oscars for both acting and writing was eye-opening for Kaling.

** Kaling is using “Sex and the City” as a guide for how it is handling the transition of the character of Danny that Chris Messina plays on “Mindy Project” in the fabric of the show. She cited how Chris Noth’s Mr. Big remained a presence on “Satc” even though he was not seen much in the later seasons. “He’s going to be in it — it’s just that not having him in every episode allows my character to have adventures without having the specter of my ex-husband there.”


- Cynthia Littleton

Permalink | Report a problem

Joel McHale and Sarah Hyland Enter Hulu's Dimension 404

14 June 2016 1:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Joel McHale‘s time at Greendale Community College is going to seem relatively normal compared to his next small-screen endeavor.

The star of CBS’ upcoming The Great Indoors will appear in an episode of Hulu’s Dimension 404, our sister site Deadline reports, playing the wacky creator of a matchmaking service. (Appropriately, McHale’s character’s name is — wait for it — Mr. Maker.) As you may have inferred, Mr. Maker’s service is the same one that matches Lea Michele and Robert Buckley’s characters; their casting was announced last week.

Additionally, Sarah Hyland will appear in a separate episode, in »

Permalink | Report a problem

Roots Remake to Stream on Hulu

14 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

As part of a new deal with A+E Networks, Hulu has acquired the exclusive subscription streaming rights to History’s well-received Roots remake.

“We’re so proud to welcome such a culturally important and highly-rated series… to Hulu,” said the streaming service’s head of content, Craig Erwich, in a statement. Roots’ Memorial Day premiere drew 5.3 million total viewers, making it the No. 1 mini premiere on cable since A+E’s Bonnie & Clyde three years earlier.

RelatedLea Michele, Robert Buckley Join Hulu Anthology Series Dimension 404

In addition to Roots, which will become available to stream in the fall, »

Permalink | Report a problem

Does Supergirl Need Superman? Is There Nashville Fat to Trim? Your Final Rizzoli Wishes? And More TV Qs

10 June 2016 11:29 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Girl Meets World, Supergirl, UnREAL and The Americans!

1 | We get that it was meant to reflect a big change in the characters’ lives, but could Girl Meets World have made high school seem any more terrifying or depressing? (It ain’t prison, people!) And how did the seniors get Riley’s home address to pay her a visit at the bay window?

RelatedAsk Ausiello: Spoilers on The Flash, Chicago Fire, Outlander, Gotham, Bones, »

Permalink | Report a problem

Mindy Kaling Addresses Chris Messina's The Mindy Project Future

9 June 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If recent reports about Chris Messina no longer being a series regular on The Mindy Project for the show's upcoming fifth season (it's second at new home Hulu) had you as concerned as we were that our favorite dancing doctor Danny Castellano would be missing in action, Mindy Kaling is here to ease your fears. "When people hear that, I think that they sometimes get worried that they're not going to see him, but he was in these past 13 episodes very frequently and they share a child, so I don't want to scare people off about him not being in the show because the character is built into the fabric of the show, especially as the father of Mindy's child," Kaling told E! News at The Mindy Project's »

Permalink | Report a problem

Lea Michele, Robert Buckley Join Hulu Anthology Series Dimension 404

8 June 2016 11:17 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Forget serial killers and zombies — Lea Michele (Scream Queens) and Robert Buckley (iZombie) are about to face the greatest enemy of all: the world of online dating.

RelatedDeadbeat Cancelled at Hulu

The duo has been cast in a standalone episode of Dimension 404, a new Hulu series which explores the “weird side of the web.” The anthology series, also from RocketJump and Lionsgate, has been ordered for six episodes.

Michele will play Amanda, a type-a lady who resorts to a matchmaking service after a messy breakup. She’s paired with Adam (Buckley), who makes things weird by dropping the L-bomb way »

Permalink | Report a problem

TV News Roundup: ‘Outcast’ Premiere Sets Cinemax Record, Amazon Acquires ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6

7 June 2016 5:36 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sarah Evans will appear in the “Chrisley Knows Best” finale, Robert Kirkman’s “Outcast” is breaking ratings records for Cinemax and more in today’s TV news Roundup. 


Sara Evans will guest star in the season 4 summer finale of USA Network’s hit reality series “Chrisley Knows Best” airing Tuesday, June 14 at 10 p.m.

Evans teamed up with star Todd Chrisley for a special duet entitled “Infinite Love,” which will be performed in the finale episode and is available for pre-orders on iTunes beginning June 7.

“Todd and I had so much fun together in the studio working on ‘Infinite Love’! My family watches and loves “Chrisley Knows Best’ each week, which makes my duet with Todd even sweeter,” said Evans. “I can’t wait for fans to see the episode and hear the song.”

Chris Messina will not be a series regular when the “Mindy Project” returns for its fifth season, »

- Lamarco McClendon

Permalink | Report a problem

The Mindy Project Review: We Need to Talk About Jody

7 June 2016 2:39 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The news broke earlier today of Chris Messina’s downgrade from series regular to guest star for the upcoming fifth season of The Mindy Project. Needless to say, I was distracted with the implications of what that could possibly mean for the direction of the show’s future as I watched this episode. All signs are pointing to an inevitable Jody and Mindy romance especially as they’re both now aware of their feelings for the other. Jody usually moves so slowly to do anything with his Southern drawl that Mindy was rightfully surprised to return from Texas to see he’s got a

The Mindy Project Review: We Need to Talk About Jody »

- Jen Winkler

Permalink | Report a problem

The Mindy Project: Chris Messina Returning as Guest Star for Season 5

7 June 2016 9:18 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It’s a good news/bad news situation for fans of The Mindy Project, especially for viewers who love Chris Messina’s Danny Castellano. The actor, who has appeared sporadically throughout the comedy’s fourth (and first on Hulu) season, will return to the show for Season 5; however, he won’t be back as a series regular. As TVLine first reported, Messina will be a recurring guest star during The Mindy Project‘s fifth season. The casting announcement can’t come as a huge shock to fans of the series who have seen Messina’s (and therefore Danny’s) presence on the show extremely reduced this season. Not long after

The Mindy Project: Chris Messina Returning as Guest Star for Season 5 »

- Chris King

Permalink | Report a problem

Mindy Project: Chris Messina Returning for Season 5 But Not as a Series Regular

7 June 2016 8:41 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chris Messina‘s markedly lighter Mindy Project workload will soon be reflected in his billing.

TVLine has learned exclusively that when the Hulu comedy returns for its fifth season, Messina will no longer be a series regular. The actor will, however, continue to pop in and out of Mindy‘s orbit, albeit as a recurring guest star.

PhotosFall TV’s First Scoops: A Grey’s Baby, Vampire Diaries‘ New Big Bad and More Early Intel From 18 Returning Series

Messina’s Danny started the season as Mindy’s fiancé, though the engagement was called off in the midseason premiere. Since that episode, »

Permalink | Report a problem

2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

1 June 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Jeffrey Tambor won the Emmy Award last year for his groundbreaking portrayal of transgender Maura Pfefferman on “Transparent,” he acknowledged backstage that though his show is a comedy, it deals with very serious issues. “Lives are at stake,” he said. “This (award) is bigger than me.”

Tambor could well repeat his win this year, though he faces strong competition, often from other actors who combined pathos with their comedy. Previous nominees Anthony Anderson, William H. Macy and Will Forte all manage to find laughter while tackling such topics like racism (“Black-ish”), alcoholism (“Shameless”) and the extinction of the human race (“The Last Man on Earth”). Freshman series “Master of None,” “Difficult People” and “Baskets” gave leading men Aziz Ansari, Billy Eichner and Zach Galifianakis, respectively, the chance to show a more serious side.

Previous nominees who could repeat include Don Cheadle, who already has four consecutive nominations for “House of Lies, »

- Variety Staff

Permalink | Report a problem

‘The Sweet Life’ Clip: Chris Messina & Abigail Spencer Check Out In L.A. Film Festival Pic

25 May 2016 10:11 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Here’s the first look at Rob Spera’s dramedy The Sweet Life which is having its world premiere at next month’s Los Angeles Film Festival’s Limelight section. Chris Messina and Abigail Spencer star as Kenny and Lolita, who are each struggling with their own brand of demons. They first meet by chance in Chicago and make a pact to travel across country to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide. That plan becomes complicated when they fall in love along the way… »

Permalink | Report a problem

The Mindy Project: Season Five Renewal from Hulu

4 May 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_48437" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Mindy Project TV show on Hulu. Image via Hulu.[/caption]

The Mindy Project TV show has been renewed by Hulu for a fifth season. The single-camera comedy series is created by and stars Mindy Kaling as Ob/Gyn Mindy Lahiri. The Mindy Project was cancelled by Fox after its third season. Hulu then picked up the comedy series for its fourth season, in May 2015.

The Mindy Project cast also includes Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Beth Grant, Xosha Roquemore, and Fortune Feimster. The show comes from 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Universal TelevisionThe Mindy Project is executive produced by Kaling, Howard Klein, Matt Warburton, Charlie Grandy, and Michael Spiller.



Permalink | Report a problem

Hulu Renews 'The Mindy Project' For Season 5

4 May 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"The Mindy Project" is returning for a fifth season!

Hulu announced that it was renewing the comedy for season 5, which will be the second to play exclusively on the streaming service. Last year, the series, which was created by Mindy Kaling, was cancelled by Fox, and Hulu swooped in to save it. Now, viewers will get to see further adventures and wacky antics from Kaling's Ob/Gyn character and her doctor and nurse co-workers.

It's true! #themindyproject is back for season five! »

- Kelly Woo

Permalink | Report a problem

Hulu Renews The Mindy Project for Season 5 and The Path for Season 2

4 May 2016 6:52 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Hulu handed out a pair of renewals Wednesday, ordering new seasons of its comedy The Mindy Project and its drama The PathMindy Kaling’s Fox-turned-Hulu sitcom will return for a fifth season, while The Path, executive-produced by Friday Night LightsJason Katims, will be back for Season 2. Furthermore, TVLine reports that Chris Messina, who plays Mindy’s current ex, Danny, on The Mindy Project, is listed as a series-regular cast member on Hulu’s official press release for the show’s Season 5 renewal. While many fans have worried that Messina’s decreased amount of screentime in Season 4 would lead to the actor officially departing the series, this announcement appears

Hulu Renews The Mindy Project for Season 5 and The Path for Season 2 »

- Chris King

Permalink | Report a problem

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2005

1-20 of 35 items from 2016   « Prev | Next », Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners