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"Mississippi Grind," the new film from directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (review), may be a two-hander (as you can tell from this new trailer), but the focus and the driver of the action is undoubtedly Gerry, the character played by Ben Mendelsohn. Emerging from the film's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival gala screening, I found myself trying to work out what exactly it was about the Australian actor in that role that was so different from almost everything else we might know him from recently —his incendiary turn in "Starred Up," his breakout "Animal Kingdom," his memorable supporting appearances in "The Place Beyond the Pines" and "Killing Them Softly," his pivotal performance in Netflix's "Bloodline." The closest I got was that as messed up and flawed as the character is (it's no spoiler to say he's an inveterate gambling addict), Gerry has no violence in him —in fact, he »
- Jessica Kiang
Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begins to change when he meets Curtis (Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans.
As they make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis manage to find themselves in just about every bar, racetrack, casino, and pool hall they can find, experiencing both incredible highs and dispiriting lows, but ultimately forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure is over.
Reminiscent of classic 1970s American Cinema, Mississippi Grind is an unforgettable journey featuring two characters who—flawed as they may be—are always worth rooting for. »
- Michelle McCue
From July 27 to August 3 at the Sundance Resort in Utah, the Institute holds its Creative Film Producing Initiative including its latest series of Labs and a special Summit that brings together over 50 industry leaders. The focus is on nurturing the next generation of indie producers. Participants of the Feature Film Creative Producing Lab (July 27 – July 31) work under Creative Advisors including producers Lindsay Doran ("Sense and Sensibility"), Lynette Howell Taylor ("The Place Beyond the Pines"), Gina Kwon ("Me and You and Everyone We Know"), Paul Mezey ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Jay Van Hoy ("Beginners") and director Matthew Ross ("28 Hotel Rooms"). The Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab (July 27 – August 1) brings together documentarians under Creative Advisors include producers Julie Goldman ("Best of Enemies"), Bonni Cohen ("3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets"), Ryan Werner (of Cinetic »
- Ryan Lattanzio
I saw a lot of movies at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, but few stuck with me for as long or hit me as hard as director John Crowley’s (Boy A) drama Brooklyn. Scripted by Nick Hornby and based on the novel of the same name by Colm Toibin, the film is an immigrant story of a young Irish girl (Saoirse Ronan) in the 1950s who moves to New York City in search of opportunity, but finds herself stuck between two worlds, unsure to which she truly belongs. This is one of the most touching and poignant immigrant stories ever told, and it’s anchored by tremendous performances from Ronan and Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines), as well as a standout turn from Julie Walters. It ranges from hilarious to heartbreaking to heartwarming, and Crowley wonderfully balances the intimacy of the story without delving into saccharine territory. Quite simply, »
- Adam Chitwood
Every gal has that one special pair of skinny jeans... But some, like Eva Mendes, hold onto their favorite denim duds for years—Ok, decades—in the hopes of eventually fitting into them one fateful day. The stunning actress just posted a throwback pic on her Instagram account, showing her on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines wearing a pair of super-short shorts and a blue tank top. "So proud of this film but wish there was more to this outfit. Literally. #PlaceBeyondThePines," she wrote. A fan of Ryan Gosling's leading lady immediately commented, "I read somewhere where those were shorts from your 20s and [you] tore the sides for the movie!" Mendes, who »
Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has become a huge Hollywood star in recent years. Unlike many top actors, who seem to burst onto the scene, Cooper slipped into our collective consciousness over time, moving from minor TV roles to cult movies until he was a bona fide blockbuster.
The early years
As an unknown actor, Cooper made his television debut in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in Sex and the City in 1999. His first significant role was opposite Jennifer Garner in Jj Abrams's Alias from 2001-06, not as Sydney Bristow's secret agent love interest but as her mild-mannered and slightly awkward reporter friend.
Chicago – Now playing at Chicago’s Music Box Theater and on VOD (but best seen on the largest screen possible), “Slow West,” is a tight genre journey pic that invigorates the western while confirming that its territory remains open, despite the many who have passed through.
It’s a progressive western; recognizable for Fassbender’s Clint Eastwood impression, but offering something new with its ideas of gender and violence. Not for nothing, it also features “The Place Beyond the Pines” actor Ben Mendelsohn in a coat that will change the way you look at fashion.
The story follows a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee), as he ventures across 19th century America in search of a woman (Caren Pistorius) that he loves. He receives some help from independent traveler Silas (Fassbender), while encountering unpredictable forces of nature (played by Mendelsohn) and brutal inhumanity.
Before his debut film, director John Maclean was in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Eva Mendes popped her selfie cherry with this cute Instagram pic. But The Place Beyond the Pines star is not just your stereotypical self-absorbed celebrity jumping on a trend. This selfie is for a cause. If you direct your attention away from her beautiful dimpled smile you'll notice her shirt reads "Hopes and Prayers for Andrew Wilson." Who ever said selfies were just an exercise in vanity? Mendes shows the only thing bigger than her smile is her heart by bringing public awareness to a young boy with cancer through her celebrity. She posted alongside her pic, "This is my first selfie and it's for an amazing cause! Thank you all so much for helping support Andrew Wilson and his family. »
Lake Bell, Benjamin Bratt, Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Jon Bernthal (“Fury”), Emory Cohen (“The Place Beyond the Pines”), Juan Pablo Raba (“Narcos”), Evan Jones (“8 Mile”) and Jeffrey Donovan (“Sicario”) have signed on to join Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Ric Roman Waugh’s thriller “Shot Caller,” it was announced Wednesday by Bold Films. Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) stars as a newly released prison gangster who is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California. Waugh (“Snitch”) is directing from his own script, and production will start May 26 in. »
- Jeff Sneider
With the exception of last summer’s surprise blockbuster Lucy, Luc Besson hasn’t had a true classic film since The Fifth Element back in 1997. But now arriving nearly two decades later, Besson is returning to those sci-fi roots.
Today the French director joined Twitter, and for his first ever posting announced some big news: his new film would be the sci-fi Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Deadline confirmed the news, along with the update that Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spiderman, Chronicle, The Place Beyond the Pines) and Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) would star. DeHaan will play the title character Valerian.
Besson additionally said on Twitter that the film would begin shooting in December and would be expected for a 2017 release. See all his tweets and a new logo he released for the film below:
My first tweet ever! Let’s share a real news! My next »
- Brian Welk
Sales executive to “pursue other opportunities”.
La-based Sierra/Affinity has announced that sales exec Kristen Figeroid is to leave her role at the company to explore new opportunities.
Figeroid most recently served as Sierra/Affinity’s evp sales and distribution sourcing and representing films that Sierra/Affinity brought to the international marketplace.
Figeroid has been with Sierra/Affinity since 2010 when she joined as svp of sales. Figeroid will be part of the firm’s team at this year’s Cannes Marche representing the company and its sales slate.
She will formally exit her post in mid-June, when her responsibilities will be absorbed by the existing team at the company.
“Kristen is a very talented executive and we are confident she will continue to thrive in any future position or venture she undertakes,” they added. “We »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
*Updated* This April, genre fans have a lot of interesting films arriving on VOD and Digital Platforms to look forward to, including the highly-anticipated directorial debut from Ryan Gosling, Lost River, which Warner Bros. is set to release on the 10th.
The very same day, IFC Films is debuting the latest from filmmaker John McNaughton- The Harvest- who is the same visionary behind the visceral cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer starring Michael Rooker. FilmBuff will also be busy on April 10th as they’re releasing The Reconstruction of William Zero, an indie sci-fi thriller starring Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture), Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead), Aj Bowen (You're Next), and newcomer Conal Byrne.
April is also chock-full of genre entertainment choices from Uncork’d Entertainment and we’ve also got several indie horror titles making their way to digital as well including the latest from Dark Sky Films, »
- Heather Wixson
John Ford's Stagecoach and The Searchers, Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo and Red River, and Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales and Unforgiven come to mind for Ben Mendelsohn, who stars with Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in John Maclean's untamed Slow West. He has recently been seen in David Mackenzie's prison drama Starred Up with Jack O'Connell, Kevin Macdonald's treasure-hunting tale Black Sea with Jude Law, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly with Ray Liotta, Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy and James Gandolfini and Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines with Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes.
When I met up with Ben the day before »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Actress-producer Olivia Wilde and the producers of successful indies Bachelorette, The Place Beyond the Pines and Beasts of the Southern Wild talked about the business of independent film at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday. The Hollywood Reporter's Tatiana Siegel moderated the Tribeca Talks: The Producers panel that, among other topics, explored the challenges of financing and casting films with no guarantee those movies will see the light of day. Read More Tribeca 2015: At 'SNL' Doc Premiere, Castmembers Recall Taking on Hot Topics Wilde just produced her first narrative film, Meadowland, which is premiering at Tribeca on Friday,
- Hilary Lewis
The president of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is stepping down after 10 years to set up a private psychotherapy practice with his wife.
Kimmel plans to reveal a replacement shortly. Carla Hacken continues as Ske’s president of production and reports directly to the founder and CEO.
“I have truly enjoyed working with Jim,” said Kimmel. “He’s successfully overseen all of our productions for a decade, and has been key to our success and growth.
“He has my full support and best wishes as he embarks on this new professional venture.”
Tauber, who is a licensed psychotherapist, said: “I am so grateful for my career in the entertainment business and the people with whom I have had the fortune to work.
“Working with Sidney has been a highlight of my career. This change has been a dream of mine for a long time and Sidney has been supportive beyond all hopes as I pursued this new chapter in my professional »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has continued its upcoming Blu-ray release information push with news that Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, will soon see a home entertainment release on May 5th in the States and June 1st in the UK.
Pre-order Lost River Via Amazon Us And Amazon UK
With its debut in the Us and UK this Friday (April 10th) on both theatrical and streaming/VOD platforms, Warner’s are putting a big push behind the film, despite its lacklustre debut at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, which has seen it delayed until now. The film stars Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Eva Mendes (The Place Beyond The Pines) and Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises).
See Also: Read our review of Lost River here
Lost River is a dark fairy tale about love, family »
- Scott J. Davis
When I saw "Lost River" at its Un Certain Regard press screening at Cannes, I thought the actor did a fine job of creating a visually and aurally atmospheric gothic family drama, well-acted by Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") as a single mom and discovery Iain De Caestecker as her son in time-ravaged Detroit, which was not too far from where Gosling grew up in Ontario. Partially set in an underwater city, "Lost River"'s cast includes Gosling's almost co-star on "Lovely Bones," Saoirse Ronan, his "The Place Beyond the Pines" costars Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes (the mother of Gosling's child), and "Dr. Who" star Matt Smith. Originally titled "How to Catch a Monster," the film finally opens almost a year later with an April 10 multi-platform release by Warner Bros. Watch Video Interview: Ryan Gosling Talks "Werewolf" Role in Nic Winding Refn's Cannes Hit 'Drive' Inside the »
- Anne Thompson
Last week we heard that brilliant Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, The Place Beyond The Pines, Starred Up) might be orbiting an unspecified role in the first Star Wars spin-off movie, which will be helmed by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. Entertainment Weekly gave Mendelsohn a call to see if there was any truth to this, and though he wouldn't confirm or deny anything ("I’m absolutely not sure about any of this at all. It sounds great, and certainly — Wouldn’t that be nice?"), he does reveal that he's a huge fan and makes it clear that it'd be something he'd be interested in. Was that original trilogy a touchstone for you growing up? "Enormous. Enormous! I mean, enormous! I’m the kid who had the whole set of trading cards. Enormous! I mean, I was born in 1969. The first one comes out in what, ‘77? The first »
Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, will finally hit a (small) number of theaters, and VOD, on April 10. Gosling's freshman effort debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was promptly slammed by critics. One of the main complaints? That the film, which Gosling also wrote, feels like a mishmash of styles cribbed from several more-established directors: David Lynch, Terrence Malick, and Gosling's Drive and Only God Forgives director, Nicolas Winding Refn, among them. That may be true, but when I caught the Cannes premiere screening of Lost River, I was struck more by all the elements in the movie that reminded me of elements from other Ryan Gosling movies. Here are a few devices, props, and people from Gosling's past work that pop up in subtle - and not-so-subtle - ways in his first behind-the-camera effort: Detroit Gosling returned to Detroit, where much of his film The Ides of March was shot, »
After stunning Netflix subscribers worldwide with his powerhouse turn in the first season of star-studded drama Bloodline, Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn certainly appears to be on the rise. And now, after a career of strong supporting performances, he could be about to get his big break: Deadline reports that he may be joining the cast of Star Wars: Rogue One.
Details on the first Star Wars spinoff, which will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards and boasts a script by Chris Weitz (Cinderella) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), are pretty sparse. Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has bagged the lead role, but rumors suggesting that the pic will be a heist movie revolving around bounty hunters who steal blueprints for a Death Star are still unconfirmed.
Regardless, it’s exciting to hear that Mendelsohn is on the cusp of landing a major studio role like this. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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