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When actresses and audiences alike lament the lack of interesting roles for—and movies about—women as central characters, “Alex of Venice” should be held up as a shining example of what could be. The independent feature, which premiered this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Smashed,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) as the title character, whose tenuous grasp on her multitasking life is rocked when her husband (Chris Messina, who also directed) announces he is leaving. Alex is a mother, she’s an environmental lawyer, and she’s also caring for her aging actor father (played by Don Johnson in a much-buzzed-about cameo), who’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. As she navigates her new (single) life, Alex dances around a romantic entanglement with her legal adversary (Derek Luke), and she fiercely tries to keep her 10-year-old son’s world grounded. Alex’s sister Lily (Katie Nehra, »
- Kristin McCracken
In the tranquil suburbs of Venice, Alex, an environmental rights attorney, is about to receive a rude awakening. A workaholic, Alex 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 suddenly gets pulled out from under Alex when her husband unexpectedly decides to pack it all in and announce 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. And 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 »
- Rodrigo Perez
Chris Messina is nothing like Dr. Danny Castellano, the typical gruff New Yorker with a chip on his shoulder from The Mindy Project. Much to the contrary, Messina is warm, inviting and genuinely wants to have a discussion about his first film as director, Alex of Venice, which premiered this week in New York. Of course, there's still that New Yorker about him both in accent and word choice, but it only adds to his charm.Alex of Venice is a quiet vraisemblance about a workaholic environmental attorney, Alex, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who is forced to reinvent herself after her husband (Messina) - the only man she's ever had sex with and bore a child for at 19 - ups and leaves the family....
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Life is hard, struggle is real. There should be a class in college that teaches about how life really works -- lots of disappointment, heartbreak and starting over when you thought your life was set. This is perhaps the most personal kind of curveball life throws at you and for some people, it happens a lot. Life is hard, struggle is real. But you can change and you can heal your wounds and carry on. To quote the great Broken Social Scene, "All the time we get by trying to figure out our lives." Alex of Venice stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the titular character, Alex, an attorney currently fighting to save the planet. She's a tender heart who's looking out for the Earth --...
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Two years after first revealing that she was working on music with Deltron 3030's Dan the Automator, Mary Elizabeth Winstead says that the full length debut album of their band Got a Girl has finally been printed. “I feel like I've been crying wolf for so long, saying ‘It's coming up, it's coming up!'” the actress told TheWrap this weekend in New York, where she's debuting her new film “Alex of Venice” at the Tribeca Film Festival. “Dan has so many other projects so it kind of got lost in the shuffle for a while, he's on tour right now. »
- Jordan Zakarin
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 her own. The duo star in the domestic drama as a long-time couple fractured and felled by apparently normal grievances. Alex (Winstead) is a hardcore workaholic, and »
- Kate Erbland
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Patrick Stewart were two of the stars of the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night, anchoring strong films that made their world premieres half an hour and a couple of miles apart. While Winstead was charming, subtle and quietly devastating in actor/director Chris Messina's “Alex of Venice,” Stewart was gloriously entertaining but also heart-wrenching in Stephen Belber's adaptation of his Broadway play “Match.” “Alex of Venice” screened a little earlier and a little further uptown; directed by Messina, whose day job includes regular roles on “The Mindy Project” and “The Newsroom,” it stars Winstead as the. »
- Steve Pond
Jon Favreau’s comedy builds up most overall buzz, but Goodbye to All That leads the way with 81% intent-to-view.
Knightley and Ruffalo lead the cast of the festival’s closing film Begin Again, while Messina’s directorial debut Alex of Venice, which he also »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival begins Wednesday, April 16 with a lineup featuring over 50 world premieres and even more must-see films.
This year’s Tribeca line-up begins Wednesday, April 16 with a screening of Time Is Illmatic, a documentary celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic. After the screening, Nas himself will perform songs from his legendary album.
Features Premiering At Tribeca
TV comedies collide in About Alex, which stars Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza and New Girl’s Max Greenfield – not to mention Jane Levy (Subergatory), Max Minghella (The Mindy Project, The Social Network), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Nate Parker and Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost). Written and directed by Jesse Zwick, this The Big Chill homage takes place during a weekend away, as old friends in their mi-twenties come together to help one in the group who is suicidal.
Another TV-star driven film premiering at Tribeca is Life Partners, starring »
Chris Messina both directs and stars in "Alex of Venice," a drama about Alex, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a woman pushed past the comfort zone of everything she knows. Previously known for his work on "The Mindy Project" and HBO's "The Newsroom," this is Messina's directional debut. Tell us about yourself? I was born and raised in New York and spent many years performing in plays from anywhere from the Bronx to off-Broadway to Broadway. About 8 years ago Alan Ball cast me on the last season of "Six Feet Under" and I moved to Los Angeles to work in film and television more. I've been lucky enough to work with film directors like Woody Allen, Sam Mendes, Nora Ephron, Ben Affleck, David Gordon Green and Noah Baumbach and I learned a great deal from all of them. I live in Los Angeles with my wife Jennifer Todd who is a film producer and our two boys, »
From 1999-2008, NBC and DirecTV aired one of the strangest soap operas that ever existed. Yep, we're talking about "Passions."Featuring witches, talking dolls, incestuous hookups and even mermaids, the series was beyond weird ... and, thanks to its bizarre stories, also oddly addictive.It's also known as the show that introduced the world to Jesse Metcalfe's abs and served as a launching pad for stars like Natalie Zea ("The Following"), Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") and Justin Hartley ("Smallville," "Revenge").But what have the other residents of Harmony been up to since the show went off the air? We caught up with Sheridan Crane herself, McKenzie Westmore, last week -- where she revealed what she thought the wildest story-lines on the show were and if she keeps in contact with any of her costars.Check out the gallery above to find out which costars got engaged, »
- tooFab Staff
The rumor about a new Indiana Jones movie with Bradley Cooper starring as Indy was quickly quashed, but it got us thinking about the beloved franchise. We’re sick to death of reboots/remakes/reimaginings of franchises, yet we just love a good adventure flick that follows a Nazi-hating treasure hunter. So why not start a new series about that type of character? Perhaps the character could be one of Dr. Indiana Jones’ former students. And perhaps it could even be a lady. We're picturing a smart, resourceful graduate student who is attractive, likable and played by an actress who is recognizable, but not necessarily a household name. So who would you pick to star as a 1930s lady archeologist? Cast your vote now.
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- Mandy McAdoo
The 57th annual San Francisco International Film Festival has chosen its opening and closing night films.
The fest will open with a presentation of Hossein Amini’s Patricia Highsmith adaptation “The Two Faces of January,” which stars Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. The two-week festival will close with Chris Messina’s “Alex of Venice.” The drama features Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson and Messina.
“We are delighted to offer these exceptional films by first-time directors who are best known for their work in other areas of the film world,” said San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan. “Championing talented artists who aren’t afraid of taking risks is at the heart of the Film Society’s mission and our ongoing support of filmmakers around the world. I can’t think of a better pair of films to kick off and wrap up what is going to be an amazing festival. »
- Francesca Bacardi
Amini’s debut and Patricia Highsmith adaptation The Two Faces Of January (pictured) stars Oscar Issac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst in the story of a wealthy couple on holiday in Greece who are plunged into danger alongside a local tour guide.
“We are delighted to offer these exceptional films by first-time directors who are best known for their work in other areas of the film world,” said newly installed San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan.
“Championing talented artists who aren’t afraid of taking risks is at the heart of the Film Society’s mission and our ongoing support of filmmakers »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
• Full week-by-week UK box office analysis
Arriving with £2.01m including previews of £469,000, Need for Speed dethrones 300: Rise of an Empire to occupy the chart summit, in the process becoming the lowest-grossing chart-topper of 2014. In fact, Need for Speed has delivered the lowest weekend takings for a top title since last October. Sunny skies at the weekend are likely to have reduced box-office, although with temperatures cooling just in time for the crucial evening showtimes, warm spring weather is usually less detrimental to a film's success than hot sunshine at the start of the summer.
- Charles Gant
Ben Barnes (The Chronicles Of Narnia franchise) has been tapped as a male lead opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in ABC‘s drama pilot Exposed, from writer Charles Randolph, Peter Traugott’s Tbd Entertainment, Sweden-based Yellow Bird Entertainment and Universal TV. Based on the best-selling Swedish novels by Liza Marklund, Exposed centers on Anna (Winstead), an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, including making questionable alliances. Barnes, repped by Wme and Luber Roklin, will play Stoya, a mysterious man who develops an intimate relationship with Anna. He claims to be a pilot but is in fact an Nsa whistleblower who is being hunted by the U.S. government because he knows too much. Daniel Henney (X Men Origins: Wolverine) has been cast opposite Bojana Novakovic in ABC’s drama pilot Agatha, from ABC Studios and Mark Gordon Co. It centers on former convict-turned-big-city criminologist Agatha (Novakovic »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Don’t let yourself get swayed by a mysterious cult, otherwise, someone like Leland Orser’s Ansel Roth will come after you – especially if your parents will put up a pretty penny to bring you home. In Riley Stearns’ feature directorial debut, “Faults,” Ansel is an expert on mind control who specializes in deprogramming cult members. When an attempt at deprogramming one such member goes horribly wrong, Ansel loses just about everything including his TV show and his wife, too. In desperate need of cash, he accepts an offer from a couple determined to get their daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) back. Ansel successfully kidnaps her, brings her to a motel and [ Read More ]
- Perri Nemiroff
TV news and notes:
- Tom Bergeron will step aside as host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" after next season, his 15th with the show. "I've decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of 'Afv,' next year, the show's 25th annviersary(!!), will be my last," he says in a statement. Bergeron hosts "Dancing With the Stars" and says he's also pitched a live "Afv" spinoff to the network. [Vulture]
- HBO has released a teaser for Season 3 of its comedy "Veep," premiering April 6, and it appears that Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has just about had it with her job as vice president. Take a look (some Nsfw language):
- Watch out, "Sharknado." Syfy has lined up its next TV movie and even cast a respected actress in the lead role. Linda Hamilton ("The Terminator") will star in "Bermuda Tentacles" as an admiral aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, searching »
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been spoken for. One of the most hotly pursued actresses this pilot season has been tapped as the lead of ABC‘s drama pilot Exposed, from writer Charles Randolph, Peter Traugott’s Tbd Entertainment, Sweden-based Yellow Bird Entertainment and Universal TV. Based on the best-selling Swedish novels by Liza Marklund, Exposed centers on Anna (Winstead), an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, including making questionable alliances. Winstead turned down some half-dozen pilot offers this season before settling on Exposed. The actress, repped by Wme and Anonymous Content, has been straddling the indie and mainstream feature worlds with roles in indies like the 2012 Smashed, which landed her an Indie Spirit nomination, and in such big-budget movies as A Good Day To Die Hard and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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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