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TRAILER: New Orleans-Shot ‘Mississippi Grind’

by Caitlin Brimer on July 23, 2015

1437577639-1401x788-0000515997-1-mississippigrind-still1-unknownMonths after Mississippi Grind’s premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the first official trailer for the road trip drama by the writer-director duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, It’s Kind of A Funny Story) has been released.

Emmy-nominated Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline) stars as Gerry, a desperate gambler looking for any place to put his hope. He latches on to the young, charming and slightly sketchy poker player Curtis, played by Ryan Reynolds, who has a cool indifference about winning.

In order to pay Gerry’s debts, and perhaps curb his self-destructive habits, the two go on a road trip from Iowa to New Orleans, making several stops along the way to confront their past. While road trip movies are well worn territory, Mississippi Grind focuses mostly on the characters. The hot streak of an enigmatic Reynolds stands in contrast to the habitual failures of Mendelsohn, who never turns in a bad performance. As Gerry says, “Some guys are born to lose.”

For Reynolds, this film will be his fourth major New Orleans area production, following after Self/less, which premiered earlier this month, Green Lantern in 2011, and Waiting… in 2005.

Mississippi Grind also features a great cast that includes Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard and Robin Weigert.

From A24, this dramatic road trip will debut on DirectTV August 13 and will open in theaters on September 25.



Ex Machina

Dredd penman Alex Garland directs from his own script in this Sci-Fi drama starring Oscar Isaac and Domhall Gleeson. A story of seduction and deceit involving a young programmer, a scientific icon and his creation, a breathtaking female artificial intelligence. 108 min. Rated R.

The Longest Ride

From the ink of Nicholas Sparks, the romantic drama unfolds between two complete different time periods. An unlikely couple save an old man’s life and unlock lost love as they traverse back in time. 139 min. Rated PG-13.

Lost River

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut comes a story of a single mother trying to protect her son from a dark underworld. Christina Hendricks stars alongside Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes. 95 min. Rated R.



‘Killing Them Softly’ Launches Teaser Website

by Morgan Charlesworth on May 31, 2012

After Killing Them Softly‘s successful opening at the Cannes Film Festival, the film has launched a teaser website for those who want to know more about it before it is set to release this September in theaters.  The teaser website includes clips from the film, photos, synopsis and press notes.

Killing Them Softly is based on a novel written by George V. Higgins and is set in New Orleans.  The film follows the life of Jackie Cogan (Pitt), a professional hit man, as he tracks down two men who robbed a mob guarded poker game. Directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), this film has an all-star cast including Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfi, Ray Liotta, Scott McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella and Sam Shepherd.

Killing Them Softly was filmed in New Orleans and is set to release September 21, 2012.

Source: Slashfilm


First look at Cage and Kidman in “Trespass”

by Danielle Tabary on October 7, 2010

The first image from the upcoming thriller “Trespass” shows Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman face to face with their home’s intruders. Currently filming in Shreveport, the Joel Schumacher movie depicts a wealthy couple who’s home is invaded by a group of criminals whose financial interests may go beyond just looking to make some quick cash.

Cage originally wanted to play the lead criminal, but it looks like he’ll have to settle being married to Nicole Kidman for a little while. Joining the couple are Ben Mendelsohn, Dash Mihok, Liana Liberato, Cam Gigandet and Jordana Spiro.

Source: EW