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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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13 Cult Films About Cults

18 March 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Here at The Playlist, where we pray to our benign Leader every time we hit "publish," abstain from all sexual activity, grow our own vegetables and pause in our tasks thrice daily to face due East and chant our mantra "Kurosawa, Kurosawa, Bergman, Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Ommm," we'd obviously know better than to get ourselves caught up in any sort of cult. But the lure that can be exerted over weaker souls than our own perfected ones has led to some fascinating, often chilling films, whether set within the confines of the sect or dealing with the process of deprogramming and reinsertion into ordinary society. The latter is the background for this month's release of "Faults," from debut feature director Riley Stearns (review here) and which stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a cult member whose parents hire a has-been expert played by Leland Orser to un-brainwash her during a week in a bland hotel room. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead starts a new life in Alex of Venice trailer

13 March 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mary Elizabeth Winstead starts her life for the second time in a trailer for Alex of Venice.

The drama film is directed by The Mindy Project's Chris Messina, who also stars as a stay-at-home dad who leaves his family.

His ex-wife Alex (Winstead) tries to move on with her life and find love again with a new boyfriend (Derek Luke) with the help of her family.

Don Johnson appears as Alex's pot-smoking hippie father, while Glory Daze actress Julianna Guill portrays Alex's wild child sister.

Playwright Jessica Goldberg collaborated on Alex of Venice's screenplay with Messina, Half Nelson actress Katie Nehra and Little Miss Sunshine actor Justin Shilton.

Alex of Venice opens on April 17 in the Us. »

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Faults Review

8 March 2015 11:05 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Control, and lack thereof, is at the black heart of Faults, the twisted and terrific directorial debut of Riley Stearns (some may recognize him for short film The Cub). Who claims to have control, who says they want it and who actually wields it are distinct questions the film raises and, over the course of a taut 89 minutes, suggests answers to that are both appalling and somewhat amusing.

Arriving at the heels of some other great cult films – including Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, which featured a stunning debut performance by Elizabeth Olsen – Faults sets itself apart by crafting two arrestingly good leads.

In one corner, there’s Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), a once-acclaimed expert on cults and mind control who is a step away from living out of his car, having lost his TV show, marriage and financial security in quick succession. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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The Returned Season 1 Review

7 March 2015 11:42 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This review is based on the first four episodes of season 1, made available prior to broadcast for reviewing purposes.

It’s hard for someone who has never experienced the sudden loss of a loved one to truly understand grief.

To those in its throes, it’s all-consuming, an unceasing barrage of waves constantly crashing down, threatening to wash away every sensation – save pain. Grief is always present, a physical burden as well as an emotional one, a pit in the stomach and in the mind, alternately bearable and overwhelming. Immediately after a loss, those waves come fast and ferociously, stymying all effort to break free and take a simple breath. One quite literally feels that they are drowning.

As the days turn to weeks, the weeks turn to months, and the months turn to years, though, those waves arrive less frequently. In the lull between them, mourners can begin to rebuild, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Review: A&E’s ‘The Returned’ is a lifeless resurrection retread

6 March 2015 11:47 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When Fox's "Gracepoint" premiered this fall, I was at a loss for what to say about a show that was a beat-for-beat, and often shot-for-shot, remake of a series I knew and liked very much in "Broadchurch." The argument Fox and the "Gracepoint" producers made was that their show wasn't made for the hundred thousand-odd viewers who watched "Broadchurch" on BBC America, but for the potentially much larger audience that might be engaged by the story and the fine cast assembled to act it out, and I could see the merit to that(*), even as it was impossible for me to divorce myself from knowledge of the original. (*) Technically, Fox was right: the "Gracepoint" audience was Much larger than the American "Broadchurch" audience, but was still a failure by broadcast network standards. "The Returned," A&E's remake of the the French series "Les Revenants" — which has already aired on Sundance under the title "The Returned, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Q&A: Mary Elizabeth Winstead on The Returned

6 March 2015 6:31 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Mary Elizabeth Winstead makes a late appearance in the pilot of The Returned. It’s not exactly a surprise to those who have seen the French original, but as the name Rowan is repeated, the Scott Pilgrim star is the reveal—crying in her wedding veil, confronted with her own returned loved one.  Shock spoke with Winstead after…

The post Q&A: Mary Elizabeth Winstead on The Returned appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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Movie Review – Kill the Messenger (2014)

6 March 2015 6:24 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kill the Messenger, 2014.

Directed by Michael Cuesta.

Starring Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Tim Blake Nelson, Ray Liotta, Michael K. Williams, Barry Pepper, Andy Garcia, Rosemarie DeWitt and Oliver Platt.

Synopsis:

A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.

There’s so much deep and fascinating detail to cover in Kill the Messenger, it’s a wonder the film didn’t get swallowed up by the multiple strands which lay between conspiracy thriller, journalistic cautionary tale and biopic. It’s a credit to director Michael Cuesta and lead star Jeremy Renner that their film ends up being one of the better ‘based on a true story’ films of the last year. »

- Gary Collinson

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Check Out This Fantastic Illustrated Poster for Riley Stearns' 'Faults'

5 March 2015 5:57 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Tomorrow brings the release of Faults, the directorial debut of Riley Stearns, to limited theaters, and we've already highlighted the intriguing trailer featuring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser. For those who don't know, the film follows a woman (Winstead) still under the mental grip of a mysterious cult who goes through a deprogramming from mind control expert Ansel Roth (Orser) at the behest of the girls' parents, but with great risk to her health. It certainly looks like one of those indies you'll want to go out of your way to see, and as one last effort to hype the film, check out this new stylish illustrated poster. Here's the cool new poster for Riley Stearns' Faults from ComingSoon: You can still watch the trailer for Riley Stearns' Faults right here. Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Interview: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Talks Faults (Exclusive)

5 March 2015 4:08 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

While people often claim that they selflessly wish to help people in need without expecting any compensation in return, there are still many who harrowingly strive to aid others, in an effort to bolster their own reputation in society, and to garner the fame and fortune that goes along with it. That’s certainly the case with the narcissistic protagonist in Riley Stearns’ feature film writing and directorial debut, the upcoming thriller, ‘Faults.’ The drama, which opens in select theaters and on VOD nationwide on Friday, features a cult deprogrammer who enthralling balances moments of intensity and unintentional comedic undertones as he tries to separate a young woman from the group  [ Read More ]

The post Interview: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Talks Faults (Exclusive) appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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Netflix Nabs Global Streaming Rights For Supernatural Series ‘The Returned’

5 March 2015 10:08 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Netflix has been working tirelessly over the last year to expand its content offerings to attract international subscribers. To spur on those efforts, the streaming video company just closed a deal with FremantleMedia International which will bring A&E’s upcoming supernatural thriller The Returned to Netflix’s global territories.

Based on the International Emmy-winning French TV series Les Revenants, The Returned follows the story of a small mountain town dealing with the return of several local residents who were presumed dead. The 10-episode series will debut on A&E on March 9, 2015 in the United States, and then on Netflix on March 10 for all territories outside the U.S. and Canada. Netflix will bring The Returned to its streaming platform for Stateside and Canadian subscribers sometime in 2016.

The Returned stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Mark Pellegrino (Lost), Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), India Ennenga (Treme), and »

- Bree Brouwer

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Exclusive: Get Inside Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Head In Clip From 'Faults'

5 March 2015 10:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When it comes to being part of a cult, the process of brainwashing followers involves more than just taking advantage of the weak-willed. It involves manipulating emotional and spiritual needs, cutting ties to the past, and creating an illusion that there is no surviving without the cult. Trying to free someone from the grip of a cult is often monumentally difficult, but one man gives it a shot in the terrific "Faults." Today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives what we called a "commanding performance" in the Riley Stearns directed film about a washed up expert on mind control (played by Leland Orser) who is hired to deprogram a young woman (Winstead) by her desperate parents. What follows a tense and sometimes surprisingly funny movie that gets deep into the power dynamics that unfold between between the pair. In the scene below, you can »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Returned Us remake to stream on Netflix in UK

5 March 2015 2:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Us remake of The Returned has been confirmed on Netflix for the UK.

Episodes of the supernatural drama will be available to stream weekly in all territories outside of the Us and Canada from Tuesday, March 10 - within 24 hours of the Us broadcast on A&E.

Based on Fabrice Gobert's French series, The Returned follows a town whose residents have their lives turned upside-down when their loved ones start to return from the dead.

It is executive produced by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Raelle Tucker (True Blood).

Netflix executive Erik Barmack said: "Carlton and Raelle are incredible storytellers whose previous shows, Lost and True Blood, intrigued audiences around the world.

"We can't wait for our global audience to see Carlton and Raelle's interpretation of The Returned, a sensation in its own right that we think is perfect for Netflix."

The French original is also on Netflix in the UK, »

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The Returned Us remake to stream on Netflix in UK

5 March 2015 2:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Us remake of The Returned has been confirmed on Netflix for the UK.

Episodes of the supernatural drama will be available to stream weekly in all territories outside of the Us and Canada from Tuesday, March 10 - within 24 hours of the Us broadcast on A&E.

Based on Fabrice Gobert's French series, The Returned follows a town whose residents have their lives turned upside-down when their loved ones start to return from the dead.

It is executive produced by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Raelle Tucker (True Blood).

Netflix executive Erik Barmack said: "Carlton and Raelle are incredible storytellers whose previous shows, Lost and True Blood, intrigued audiences around the world.

"We can't wait for our global audience to see Carlton and Raelle's interpretation of The Returned, a sensation in its own right that we think is perfect for Netflix."

The French original is also on Netflix in the UK, »

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Review: Eerie 'Faults' Features A Commanding Performance From Mary Elizabeth Winstead

4 March 2015 3:06 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ansel Roth (Leland Orser) already has plenty of faults — a once-renowned expert on cults, he’s now lost a TV show, a marriage, and the rights to his latest book — but he’s looking for one more. To be specific, two worried parents (Beth Grant and Chris Ellis) hope that he can rescue 28-year-old Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) from the grip of a group known simply as “Faults.” Being significantly indebted to his manager (Jon Gries) and all-but living out of his car, Ansel agrees to kidnap their daughter and subject her to a week-long “deprogramming” session (even though his only other attempt backfired quite publicly). Anyone familiar with writer/director Riley Stearns’ short films (his most recent, “The Cub,” being a personal favorite) will be happy to hear that his first feature, “Faults,” maintains his droll sense of humor and unnerving use of framing while telling a rather different »

- William Goss

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Faults | Review

4 March 2015 2:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Split Image: Stearns’ Debut a Dark Hearted Cult Comedy

The insidious recruitment techniques of religious cults used to be a veritable genre staple, beginning, perhaps, with the fascination surrounding the highly publicized Manson Family murders in the late 1960s. The media sensation resulted in a culturally acknowledged terror reflected in the cinema for decades to come, and one may recall a slew of 1980s titles that cashed in on these cultural fears, with titles like Ticket to Heaven (1981) and Bad Dreams (1988) now languishing in obscurity, despite a variety of notable historical markers, from the Jim Jones’ led mass suicide in 1978 Jonestown, Guyana, to the Branch Davidian and Heaven’s Gate episodes of the 1990s. It appears there may be a minor resurgence in the topic, with Ti West’s recent The Sacrament (2013) recreating the spirit of Jim Jones. Now, Faults, the directorial debut of Riley Stearns, which premiered at »

- Nicholas Bell

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Kill the Messenger review: Jeremy Renner in buzzing electric form

4 March 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Michael Cuesta; Screenwriter: Peter Landesman; Starring: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Rosemarie DeWitt; Running time: 112 mins; Certificate: 15

It only takes one small-town journalist to make a difference in Kill the Messenger, a true-life conspiracy thriller in the vein of All the President's Men, with The Hurt Locker and The Avengers' Jeremy Renner in buzzing electric form as the titular scribe. His defining moment is a 1996 series of articles uncovering the CIA's involvement in aiming to depose the Nicaraguan government, an effort funded by sales of crack cocaine – mainly in South Central, Los Angeles.

Apart from the dodgy foreign politics, issues of race and class are squarely in the frame as government spooks deem the lives of some of their own citizens expendable when weighed against the cost of arming the Nicaraguan Contra movement (who supply and distribute the coke in the Us, »

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: Watch 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' at Home Now

3 March 2015 6:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Foxcatcher (drama; Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo; rated R) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 (Ya action sequel; Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth; rated PG-13) The Last of Robin Hood (drama; Dakota Fanning, Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon; rated R) Son of a Gun (action; Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites; rated R) Faults (thriller; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jon Gries...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Faults | Review

3 March 2015 10:30 AM, PST | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Like a magician, Stearns subtly turns the story inside out. Faults does not feature any gimmicky plot twists or shocking turn of events, the narrative arc is so elegantly rendered that the slight of hand is barely recognizable. Faults deftly delves into its characters' personalities; and while sometimes the constant reminders of Ansel's faults and foibles may seem a bit much -- as if Stearns is mockingly kicking the guy in the ribs while he is already down -- it turns out that the director is quite justifiable in focusing on the cracks in Ansel's ego. So much of this film rests solely on Leland Orser's perpetually unraveling shoulders, but this claustrophobic character study also preys off of the gorgeously muted supporting performances of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Beth Grant, and Chris Ellis. »

- Don Simpson

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On Demand DVD New Releases March 2-8

2 March 2015 7:00 AM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

On Demand DVD New Releases March 2-8 Faults To help their daughter escape an evil cult, two parents recruit an expert to kidnap and deprogram her. In a shocking twist, he learns the cult is more powerful than could be imagined. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leland Orser  3/6 Same day as theatrical release Foxcatcher (pictured above) John du Pont (played by an almost unrecognizable Steve Carell) is craving the chance to craft his legacy. He creates an amazing wrestling facility and recruits Mark Schultz to move to his ranch. Soon after, Mark’s brother Dave joins him to help lead the Olympic … Continue reading →

The post On Demand DVD New Releases March 2-8 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Meredith Ennis

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