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Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' dancing, with Garrett Hedlund on the right Down memory lane: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' images At the time best known as The Twilight Saga's conflicted human Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was cast as the exuberant Marylou in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road. Salles had been impressed with Stewart's pre-Twilight work in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. Based on LuAnne Henderson, Kerouac's close buddy Neal Cassady's first wife, Marylou is described as a "beautiful little sharp chick." Apparently, one who also likes to move seductively to the sound of music – as can be attested by the Kristen Stewart picture above, which first came out online in early 2011. Besides Stewart, On the Road also features Garrett Hedlund – at the time best known for Tron: Legacy – as Dean Moriarty, »
- Zac Gille
Last year, ABC began airing Resurrection -- a series about people returning from the dead, based on the book The Returned by Jason Mott. It did well in its first season but tanked in the ratings in season two and is sure to be cancelled. Now, A&E has unveiled their own show called The Returned, based on the French TV show Les Revenants. Will it survive to see a second season or will it be cancelled? Stay tuned.
On The Returned, the residents of a small town have their lives turned upside down when some of their loved ones appear to return from the dead. The cast includes Mark Pellegrino, Tandi Wright, Jeremy Sisto, India Ennenga, Sophie Lowe, Mat Vairo, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kevin Alejandro, Sandrine Holt, Dylan Kingwell, Aaron Douglas, Rhys Ward, Leah Gibson, Agnes Bruckner, and Michelle Forbes.
The ratings are typically the »
John Singleton is poised to be the next filmmaker to make the leap to television, as FX has picked up the pilot for Snowfall, a show co-created by Singleton. The press release had this summary of the series.
Los Angeles 1981. A storm is coming and its name is cocaine. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.
Singleton will also direct the pilot.
The partnership between Fox and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
In January, word arrived that Ridley Scott was producing and developing a new TV drama for Us network PBS set during the American Civil War and medical staff treating wounded warriors. Now we know the title – Mercy Street – and that the likes of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Josh Radnor and Gary Cole will be among the cast. Mercy Street focuses on two volunteer nurses whose political ideology falls on opposite sides of the conflict. New England abolitionist Mary Pinney (Winstead) works alongside Confederate supporter Emma Green (Hannah James) in the luxury hotel owned by the latter’s family that has since been converted into a Union Army hospital.Radnor is aboard as Jebediah Foster, a civilian surgeon who grew up in a privileged Southern slave-owning household. The scripts will be drawn from memoirs and letters of real medical volunteers at Mansion House Hospital.The main trio is bolstered by Cole, Peter Gerety, »
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: March 9, 2015 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Mark Pellegrino, Tandi Wright, Jeremy Sisto, India Ennenga, Sophie Lowe, Mat Vairo, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kevin Alejandro, Sandrine Holt, Dylan Kingwell, Aaron Douglas, Rhys Ward, Leah Gibson, Agnes Bruckner, and Michelle Forbes.
TV show description:
Based on the French TV show Les Revenants, this dramatic series focuses on the small town of Caldwell which is turned upside down when several local residents -- who have been believed dead for a long time -- suddenly reappear. With them, they bring both positive and detrimental consequences.
As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on both physical and emotional levels. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and »
The Civil War will always be relevant in television and film, mainly due to the sociopolitical lines that were clearly drawn from the outset of the conflict. It will no doubt not come as a shock to some readers to learn that those lines have barely been moved in this day and age, and the territories where these philosophies and beliefs differ are still, essentially, the same. The hope, one would think, in looking at the Civil War once again is that by uncovering the roots of this divide, we might find some way of mending them, which is seemingly the thematic undercurrent of Mercy Street, the upcoming PBS series and the first original American series to air on the channel in over a decade. As Deadline reports this morning, the Ridley Scott-produced series has firmed up its cast, with Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole, and Cherry Jones leading alongside Peter Gerety, »
- Chris Cabin
This has “Classic Schmosby” written all over it!
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The 19th century drama focuses on two volunteer nurses (Winstead and newcomer Hannah James) working on opposing sides of the war. Radnor will tackle the role of Jedediah Foster, a southern surgeon who comes from a slave-owning background.
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TV Picks: Coming soon to PBS: “Mercy Street” is a new drama that features Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety, Norbert Leo Butz, Shalita Grant, Jack Falahee, McKinley Belcher III, AnnaSophia Robb, Donna Murphy, Cameron Monaghan, Hannah James, and guest star Cherry Jones from Scott Free Productions. The layered drama follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War — New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green.The Green family’s luxury hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, has been transformed into Mansion House, a Union Army hospital tending to the war’s wounded. […] »
- April Neale
“How I Met Your Mother” alum Josh Radnor and “The Returned’s” Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star in PBS’s civil war drama “Mercy Street” from exec producers Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, David Zabel and Lisa Q. Wolfinger, the network announced Wednesday.
“Mercy Street” follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War — New England abolitionist Mary Phinney (Winstead) and Confederate supporter Emma Green (played by newcomer Hannah James) — when the Green family’s luxury hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, has been transformed into Mansion House, a Union Army hospital tending to those wounded by the war. The series is inspired by memoirs and letters from real doctors and nurse volunteers at Mansion House Hospital.
Radnor will play Jedediah Foster, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
PBS unveiled the cast and directors for upcoming Civil War drama “Mercy Street” on Wednesday. Roxann Dawson and Jeremy Webb will direct Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety, Norbert Leo Butz, McKinley Belcher III, Shalita Grant, Hannah James, Cherry Jones and others on the upcoming six-part series, which is executive produced by Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker of Scott Free, as well as Lisa Q. Wolfinger and David Zabel. Filmed on location in Virginia, “Mercy Street” will be the first American drama to air on PBS in more than a decade. The series will join the »
- Tony Maglio
Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole and Cherry Jones are among the eclectic cast of new Civil War drama Mercy Street – the first American drama to air on PBS in more than a decade. Additionally, directors Roxann Dawson and Jeremy Webb have joined the project, from Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Thelma & Louise) and David W. Zucker (The Good Wife) of Scott Free, and Lisa Wolfinger (Desperate Crossing, The Untold Story Of The Mayflower) and David Zabel (ER). Webb… »
Humans are inherently programmed with an emotion known as “comfort” that kicks in as a safety net when uncertainty becomes too daunting, as a way of masking our scared vulnerability. Think how you’d react if your life changed tomorrow in the most drastic of ways. You lose your house, a significant other walks out, and you’re left to pick up the pieces all by your lonesome. It’s a terrifying, paralyzing fear that many of us dread, which is why we find solace in the “comfort” of monotonous routines, familiar emotions, and a recurring cycle that we’ve become “good” at managing – a theory that Chris Messina challenges through his new film, Alex Of Venice.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the titular Alex, a workaholic who begins to crumble under the weight of her chaotically overturned life. After her husband George (Chris Messina) walks out with no warning, Alex »
- Matt Donato
Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s lawyer, wife, and mother reflects realities of modern women’s complicated and harried lives that movies often ignore.
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- MaryAnn Johanson
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is eminently relatable in a compassionate, human-scaled movie of the sort that movies have almost forgotten of late. I’m “biast” (pro): I am desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Alex’s life is falling apart. Her husband, George (Chris Messina: Palo Alto), has had it with being a stay-at-home father and househusband and has hit the road. Her son, Dakota (Skylar Gaertner: They Came Together), is lonely and needs to make more friends, or so his teachers say. Her Dad (Don Johnson: The Other Woman), who lives with them, is having worrisome trouble with his memory. Her sister, Lily (Katie Nehra), has moved back into help out in George’s absence but could be doing more harm than good. And her work as an environmental lawyer for a tiny storefront activist »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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
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
I really admire Mary Elizabeth Winstead's career choices. She started out as a Scream Queen and then dabbled with big, bad studio movies. Lately her focus has been on roles in smaller films that really make an impact. Winstead still does those big, bad studio roles, but who wouldn't? Many of those movies are fun to watch, so I imagine it's just the same making them. Last week we spoke on the phone and discussed a variety of topics. Among them: her latest role in the eye-opening Alex of Venice (my review from last year's Tribeca Film Festival -- please excuse my ridiculously cool headline), the challenges of tackling the horror genre, our mutual love for independent cinema, and how she balances her fans on social...
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This weekend, Kevin James returns to keep our streets safe in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," a group of online chat room friends are haunted by a mysterious force in "Unfriended," and the Disneynature movie "Monkey Kingdom" follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive in the jungles of South Asia.
Also in theaters this weekend: "Child 44" stars Tom Hardy as a disgraced member of the military police investigating a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, and Gary Oldman also star in this dramatic thriller. "True Story" follows a disgraced New York Times reporter (Jonah Hill) whose investigation of an accused killer (James Franco) morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse. In "Felix and Meira," an unusual romance blossoms between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighborhood but vastly different worlds. "The Dead Lands" follows the teenage »
- Jonny Black
These days, Chris is extremely excited about his directorial debut. "Alex of Venice" tells the tale of one woman (the excellent Mary Elizabeth Winstead) whose life becomes complicated after her husband (Messina) abandons both her and their son. Thanks to his extensive work in front of the camera, Messina knew what he wanted to do once he got behind it. "I like having a voice [as an actor] and if I don't have a voice I get very uncomfortable," he tells toofab. "I don't like being told 'Stand here, say this, more funny, faster' and all that stuff. I wanted to create a space where there would be no 'No,' and we would just keeping saying 'Yes, let's try this,' 'Yes, that's a great idea." "I've worked with great directors where they've gave me wings, but often I've worked with s**t directors where they've clipped my wings and I don't »
- tooFab Staff
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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