John Slattery and Christina Hendricks Talk GOD’S POCKET, Working with Philip Seymour Hoffman, the End of MAD MEN, and LOST RIVER

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In the indie drama God’s Pocket, from first-time feature director John Slattery, Mickey Scarpato’s (Philip Seymour Hoffman) crazy stepson, Leon (Caleb Landry Jones), is killed in a supposed construction accident.  But when a local columnist (Richard Jenkins) comes sniffing around for the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle with a wife (Christina Hendricks) he just can’t please.

While at the film’s press day, writer/director John Slattery and actress Christina Hendricks, who are both co-stars on the AMC drama series Mad Men, spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about finally getting this film to audiences, what it was like to both watch Philip Seymour Hoffman work and work with him, the collaborating filmmaking process, and going through post-production to assemble the film.  They also talked about what it’s like to be finishing up the last episodes of Mad Men and going through the experience together, and Christina Hendricks talked about working with another actor-turned-director, Ryan Gosling, on his directorial debut Lost River.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

GOD’S POCKET Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  God's Pocket opens today in limited release.]

Following around sad characters does not make a story poignant. It does not make it sorrowful or deep or compassionate.  In his feature directing debut, John Slattery has filled a tank with dirty water so his talented actors can swim around giving performances that don’t serve anything but the performance itself, and the ugly setting and plot is just the fodder for long pauses, pained grimaces, and distant glances.  Slattery swings around wildly from grimy pathos to violent dark comedy, and neither is rewarding.  Rather than showcasing its talented cast, Slattery wastes them in a wasteland.

New Images from LOST RIVER; Director Ryan Gosling Says Film Was Inspired by Decline of Detroit

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More new images from Ryan Gosling‘s directorial debut, Lost River, have gone online.  The film, previously titled How to Catch a Monster, weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense, and centers on a single mother of two and her teenage son who stumble upon a road leading to an underwater town.  Gosling recently released a statement saying he was inspired by directors Nicolas Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance (he’s worked with each director twice) and saying his style falls somewhere in between the two.  Additionally, his time shooting The Ides of March in Detroit left an impact on him regarding the rise, fall, and possible rebirth of the bankrupt city.  Gosling says Lost River doesn’t take place in Detroit, but rather “in an imagined city in an imagined past,” and the city is the “damsel in distress.”  His full statement is fascinating, and it makes me even more excited to see the movie.

Hit the jump to check out the Lost River images.  The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, and stars Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, and Matt Smith.

First Trailer for John Slattery’s GOD’S POCKET Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Earlier this week, the first trailer for A Most Wanted Man arrived and gave us a look at one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final performances before his unfortunate passing.  Now a debut trailer for another one of Hoffman’s last films, God’s Pocket, has arrived.  The dark comedy/drama marks the feature directorial debut of Mad Men actor John Slattery and stars Hoffman as a man living in a working class neighborhood who runs into trouble when his unstable stepson is killed in a construction “accident.”  I caught the film at Sundance and unfortunately found it to be a profound disappointment.  Hoffman is unsurprisingly solid in the lead role, but the pic as a whole is unfocused and never really finds its tone.  It swings sharply from screwball comedy to incredibly dark drama, giving the viewer a confusing case of whiplash.

Hit the jump to watch the first God’s Pocket trailer and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, Eddie Marsan, Caleb Landry Jones, and John TurturroGod’s Pocket opens in theaters on May 9th.

GOD’S POCKET Review

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Following around sad characters does not make a story poignant.  It does not make it sorrowful or deep or compassionate.  In his feature directing debut, John Slattery has filled a tank with dirty water so his talented actors can swim around giving performances that don’t serve anything but the performance itself, and the ugly setting and plot is just the fodder for long pauses, pained grimaces, and distant glances.  Slattery swings around wildly from grimy pathos to violent dark comedy, and neither is rewarding.  Rather than showcasing its talented cast, Slattery wastes them in a wasteland.

First Image of Charlize Theron in Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s Adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s DARK PLACES

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The first image has been released from Gilles Paquet-Brenner‘s adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s best-selling novel Dark Places.  The film stars Charlize Theron as Libby Day, a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer.  Years later, when confronted by a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes, Libby is forced to confront the truth about what she saw—or didn’t see.  Producer and co-financier Exclusive Media shopped the film around the American Film Market and has completed all major sales.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The outstanding cast also includes Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, and Drea de Matteo.  If Dark Places is released in 2014, it will join the other high-profile adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel—David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, which opens on October 3rd.

AMC Splitting Final Season of MAD MEN into Two Halves Airing in 2014 and 2015

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Many have long talked about the impending turning point for AMC with two of its three flagship series—Breaking Bad and Mad Men—coming to a close by 2014, but now the network is implementing a plan that will keep one of them on the air for an extra year.  The upcoming seventh and final season of Mad Men will be split into two halves of seven episodes each, airing in 2014 and 2015.  The network already made a similar move with Breaking Bad, as the fifth and final season of Vince Gilligan’s stellar series was split into two halves as well (airing in 2012 and 2013).  The first half of Mad Men’s season five will be dubbed “The Beginning” and will air in spring 2014, and the second half of the season will be titled “The End of an Era” and is slated to air in spring 2015.

Hit the jump for more, including showrunner/creator Matthew Weiner’s thoughts on the move.

Jared Harris Lands POLTERGEIST Lead; DARK PLACES’ Christina Hendricks Goes from Supporting to Lead

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A little bit of Mad Men-related casting for you today:

Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements. 

Production Begins on Gillian Flynn Adaptation DARK PLACES Starring Charlize Theron and Chloe Grace Moretz

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Filming has commenced on the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places.  Written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key), the film stars Charlize Theron as a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer.  Years later, when confronted by a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes, Theron’s character is forced to confront the truth about what she saw—or didn’t see.  The film is told in a series of flashbacks and features an impressive cast that includes Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Mud breakout Tye Sheridan.

In addition to the announcement that filming is underway in Shreveport, Louisiana, it was announced that Sterling Jerins (World War Z) and Shannon Kook (The Conjuring) have joined the cast in supporting roles, with Jerins playing the younger version of Theron’s character.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Idris Elba Stars in Cary Fukunaga’s BEASTS OF NO NATION; EVERY THING WILL BE FINE for Rachel McAdams; Ashley Greene in STATEN ISLAND SUMMER

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Here’s the latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each story.

Christina Hendricks Photobombed by Bill Hader While Talking THE PIRATE FAIRY, Ryan Gosling’s HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER, and More at D23

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One of the many people who took the stage at D23 today was Christina Hendricks (Mad Men).  She was there to talk about her work in DisneyToon Studios The Pirate Fairy, in which she’ll play a new fairy named Zarina.   Shortly after getting announced as a voice in the Spring 2014 release, I was able to talk with Hendricks on the red carpet backstage.  She talked about her work on the animated film, the process of watching the animators work, changing during production, the experience of shooting Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster in Detroit and more.  In addition, as you watch the interview, you’ll see a great photobomb from Bill Hader.  Hit the jump to watch.

Idris Elba and Jasmine Trinca Join THE GUNMAN, Christina Hendricks to Star in MEASURE OF A MAN, and Haley Bennett Boards Sony’s THE EQUALIZER

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Check out the latest casting news below:

  • Idris Elba (Luther) and Jasmine Trinca (The Son’s Room) are set to join director Pierre Morel’s action thriller The Gunman, starring Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.
  • Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) is in final talks for director Terry Loane’s coming-of-age drama, Measure of a Manalso starring Riley Griffiths (Super 8).
  • Haley Bennett (Marley & Me) has signed on for Sony’s adaptation of The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel WashingtonMelissa Leo and Chloë Grace Moretz.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Samuel L. Jackson Joins Hailee Steinfeld in BARELY LETHAL; John Slattery to Direct Philip Seymour Hoffman in GOD’S POCKET

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We’ve got a couple of quick casting stories for you this afternoon.  First up Samuel L. Jackson is set to star opposite Hailee Steinfeld in the indie, Barely Lethal.  According to Variety, “the story follows a 16-year-old international assassin yearning for a “normal” adolescence who fakes her own death and enrolls as a senior in a suburban high school. Jackson will play her mentor who trains her in the program.”  I’m curious to see how director Kyle Newman will handle his follow-up to the surprisingly enjoyable, Fanboys.  I’m also interested to see how it will compare to the recent “teenage assassin” flick, Hanna, even though this is a comedy.

Hit the jump for news on John Slattery‘s directorial debut, God’s Pocket.

Christina Hendricks Talks MAD MEN, Joan’s Style, How Last Season’s Developments Have Affected Her Character, the End of the Series, DRIVE, and More

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With AMC’s award-winning series Mad Men airing new episodes Sunday nights, I recently had the chance to participate in a roundtable interview with Christina Hendricks.  Since the cast is always guarded when talking about upcoming episodes, most of the interview covered the twists and turns of last season, how much she finds out about upcoming storylines, Joan and Don’s (Jon Hamm) relationship, the wardrobe, what the most challenging storylines were for her to play, and more.  In addition, she also talked about Ryan Gosling‘s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what Hendricks had to say.

AMC Unveils New Images from the Season Six Premiere of MAD MEN

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AMC has released a batch of images from the upcoming season six premiere of Mad Men, titled “The Doorway”.  As is executive producer/showrunner Matthew Weiner’s wont, the images reveal extremely little by way of plot details, but this is our first semi-look at footage from the new season.  It’s clear that Megan (Jessica Pare) is sticking around for the time-being, and sideburns appear to be all the range among the male castmembers as we move firmly into the 1970s with this new season.  The series has yet to stumble as far as I’m concerned (season five came the closest to being a misstep re: Megan), and so I’m incredibly eager to dive back into the Mad Men world this weekend.  How great is it to have new episodes of Mad Men and Game of Thrones on the same night?

Hit the jump to take a look at the new images, and check back here on Collider later this week for Steve’s interviews with Weiner and the cast regarding the upcoming season.  Mad Men season six kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, April 7th on AMC.

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