Screen Junkies » Chris Messina http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:06:33 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Elijah Wood To Try Out Being A Sassy Gay Friend http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/elijah-wood-to-try-out-being-a-sassy-gay-friend/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/elijah-wood-to-try-out-being-a-sassy-gay-friend/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 16:05:54 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213842 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' could definitely use some of his sass.

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The upcoming romantic comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever has Rashida Jones (as an actress AND screenwriter), Andy Samberg, an intriguing premise about a married couple trying to remain friends amidst their impending divorce, and a director in Lee Toland Krieger. What it doesn’t have, is a sassy gay friend played by Elijah Wood. UNTIL … NOW:

“Wood will play Celeste’s business partner, a metrosexual who tries to be her ‘saucy gay friend’.”

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He’s also joining Emma Roberts, Ari Graynor and Chris Messina. Wood has a lot of projects coming up, including the animated series “TRON: Uprising,” Happy Feet Two, the FX series “Wilfred,” and of course Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit. How he’s planning on figuring out the subtle nuances of the “saucy gay friend” with all that on his plate remains to be seen. I wish you luck, girlfriend! (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Emma Roberts Is Helping Rashida Jones Divorce Andy Samberg http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/emma-roberts-is-helping-rashida-jones-divorce-andy-samberg/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/emma-roberts-is-helping-rashida-jones-divorce-andy-samberg/#comments Tue, 24 May 2011 12:30:57 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213390 We're a step closer to Eric Roberts appearing in a Digital Short.

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With Bridesmaids being pelted with rice at the box office (in this instance, rice = dollars), it’s a good time to be a female-driven comedy. That may explain why Rashida JonesCeleste and Jesse Forever is finally moving forward after being shelved twice. The comedy-drama about a married couple who for some strange reason try to remain friends and roommates while going through a divorce has Jones and Andy Samberg secured to play the leads, and know we know that Emma Roberts, Chris Messina, and Ari Graynor are going to play the loveable knuckleheads who surround them.

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Roberts will play “a starlet who, when her career sags, helps the protagonist come out of her shell by hiring her to revamp her image. Messina plays a financial analyst who helps Celeste get over Jesse, while Graynor will play Celeste’s best friend from college who’s uncomfortable with her unusual arrangement.” Frankly, I don’t buy it. Why would Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg get a divorce? Are his awkward raps not adorable enough for her?? Rap more adorably, Samberg. You’ve got a wife to think about now. (Variety)

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Watch Jessica Alba Pretend To Love Math In Trailer For ‘An Invisible Sign’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-jessica-alba-pretend-to-love-math-in-trailer-for-an-invisible-sign/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-jessica-alba-pretend-to-love-math-in-trailer-for-an-invisible-sign/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 19:06:55 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=205647 There are numbers everywhere, man.

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Actress Jessica Alba’s reputation, if it were boiled down to a couple sentences, would probably not include the terms “math-obsessed,” “mousy,” or “sexless.” And yet, thanks to some Hollywood magic, she’s appearing in An Invisible Sign as a character which could be described by all three of those terms! The movie follows Alba’s character, who sees numbers in the air, man, as she deals with her mathematician father’s deteriorating mental condition, and falls in love with a funny bearded science teacher. If you’re wondering who has the privilege to share the screen with Alba, her dad is played by J.K. Simmons, and the science teacher is played by Chris Messina.

The trailer looks pretty standard, but if this is your thing, have at it. It’s pretty long, too, so maybe you can watch this in lieu of seeing the actual movie.

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Monogamy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/monogamy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/monogamy/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 16:00:59 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24691 Director: Dana Adam Shapiro Cast: Chris Messina, Rashida Jones, Meital Dohan Synopsis: A photographer, engaged to be married, becomes obsessed with a prostitute. Release Date: Apri 24, 2010

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Director: Dana Adam Shapiro

Cast: Chris Messina, Rashida Jones, Meital Dohan

Synopsis: A photographer, engaged to be married, becomes obsessed with a prostitute.

Release Date: Apri 24, 2010

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Here’s How To Stalk A Hooker http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/heres-how-to-stalk-a-hooker/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/heres-how-to-stalk-a-hooker/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 20:55:28 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=24171 In the trailer for Monogamy, Chris Messina spends all his time stalking a hooker even though he's got a perfectly good Rashida Jones at home.

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In the trailer for monogamy, Chris Messina spends all his time stalking a hooker even though he’s got a perfectly good Rashida Jones at home. Granted she is a pretty hot hooker and probably knows all kinds of hooker tricks but even that has its detriments. Everybody and your mom knows that the more attractive the hooker, the more expensive. Throw in the special hooker tricks and, whoo boy, you need a small business loan.

So just stick with Rashida Jones, Chris Messina. She’s more cost effective and slightly less likely to get you bludgeoned by an Eastern European pimp.

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Review: ‘Devil’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-devil/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-devil/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I just went to the midnight show of Devil for fun with a friend, but it turned out to be so entertaining I just couldn’t stop thinking of things to...

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I just went to the midnight show of Devil for fun with a friend, but it turned out to be so entertaining I just couldn’t stop thinking of things to say in a review about it. This is exactly what I want in a movie.

There are three levels to the story. The people stuck in the elevator would be enough of a movie, but it’s also got the cops investigating it as a crime scene and the security and maintenance just trying to fix the damn elevator.

Even without the scary parts, people trapped together would be interesting. It really plays a good game with you as the main characters get onto the elevator. The cops are actually trying to solve this mystery as if it’s real, and that would be a good mystery anyway, but we know they’re also dealing with horror elements.

It’s shot like an M. Night Shyamalan movie. John Erick Dowdle uses the camera to control the viewer and deliver information without having people explain it to you, but in a point of view that feels like Shyamalan just trained a protégé to crank out more M. Night movies while he’s directing other ones. That works for me. I still like M. Night movies.

I must say, I’m really impressed with all the ways they figured out to kill people in an elevator. I really just expected people to suddenly turn up dead but they actually use materials one would find in an elevator.

The movie also gives me a lot of faith in the employment prospects of a major corporation. This office building had so many employees. Not just the people renting office space, but a security staff, cleaning crew and maintenance. How are we having an economic crisis when there are so many jobs available in every skyscraper?

I like the spiritual message of the movie too. It totally works without it. You can ignore it if it’s not your thing, but I’m into that spirituality. The dialogue is simple basics, but it’s pure and artful. You can tell us about character and ideas without trying to sound clever for clever’s sake.

Full disclosure, I’ve always been an M. Night defender. I think he’s always made exciting movies where nothing happens. That’s his thing. People loved it at first, even if they wavered on Unbreakable, but then they turned on him. That’s not fair. You can’t tell someone you love what they’re doing, but then you want them to change.

So I’ll give him a Lady in the Water now and then. At least a crazy M. Night ego trip is far more entertaining than your average Hollywood filler. The Happening is one of the lesser but still interesting thrillers where nothing happens, more memorable than The Village to me.

Look, if you don’t like him anymore, fine. You don’t have to keep seeing his movies. There’ve got to be viewers like me though, and if we can get more M. Night with him just as writer and producer, great. Actually, I don’t care who makes it. I just want more movies like Devil where they take a limiting concept and explore way more creativity than I ever thought possible.

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Devil http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/devil/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/devil/#comments Wed, 14 Jul 2010 01:12:04 +0000 Reza F. Director:  Drew Dowdle and John Erick DowdleCast: Chris Messina, Geoffrey Arend, Bokeem Woodbine, Caroline DhavernasSynopsis: A group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them. Based upon a story by M. Night Shyamalan.Release: September 17, 2010

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Director:  Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle

Cast: Chris Messina, Geoffrey Arend, Bokeem Woodbine, Caroline Dhavernas

Synopsis: A group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them. Based upon a story by M. Night Shyamalan.

Release: September 17, 2010

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