Tag Archives: Chris Messina

‘Anchors Away’ written by Mindy Kaling and starring Mindy Kaling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Chris Messina

Pop Culture Love Letter: Star Trek and Sherlock Gag Reels, Gilmore Girls Debut, Say No to Cable Packages and Just Get HBO

Netflix has announced that all nine seasons of Gilmore Girls will debut October 1, and the Internet went crazy. Buzzfeed has the best Twitter reactions.

Time Warner is finally weakening and considering setting HBO and Showtime loose to offer stand-alone service to consumers instead of us having to shell out $$$ for a hundred channels we never watch.

Mindy Kaling posted the best teaser yet for The Mindy Project season 3 – this ably captures the series’ comic vibe, and if you’re not watching TMP yet, is the only one I’ve seen that will likely convince you to try it.

Sherlock released a short blooper reel and it is gold.

A full gag reel for Star Trek Into Darkness popped up, much longer and therefore better.

Caffeinated Links: Wonder Woman Film, the Brain Predicts Reality, Anna Akhmatova

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Comic by Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman, read the rest of it here

What do you see, a bird or a fish? Fascinating Atlantic article on how the brain works and image illusions- “According to University of Edinburgh philosopher Andy Clark’s masterful 2013 summary of the state of cognitive sciencethis emerging idea about the brain is called the “bidirectional hierarchical network model.” It holds that every level of the brain is engaged in making predictions, so the expectation of seeing a house feeds down through the cortex to the eyes, which are then more likely to perceive a sloping roof instead of something else. But if something is amiss with the prediction, that information gets transmitted and the brain tries to find a better organizational paradigm for the visual input. Knowledge feeds perception and back again. There are loops everywhere strengthening and weakening according to how well they seem to reflect exterior reality” RT

Glorious read from the NYT about a meeting of two brilliant minds. “If you read the poems Akhmatova wrote about that night, you get the impression that they slept together, but, according to Ignatieff, they barely touched. Their communion was primarily intellectual, emotional and spiritual, creating a combination of friendship and love. If friends famously confront the world side by side and lovers live face to face, Berlin and Akhmatova seemed to somehow enact both postures at once. They shared and also augmented each other’s understanding.” RT

Chris Messina talks to Glamour about the future of the Danny/Mindy relationship. “That’s a good question. I’m excited. I think what we can do is, I hope it has kind of a Lucy and Ricky feel to it, where there’s such love, but they still don’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of things. They still get completely annoyed with one another—bickering and fighting—but [have] constant love [for one another]. I think we have an opportunity to show our audience some really fun stuff about couples. It has been a show about dating, and I think the other characters will go on to date and have girlfriends and stuff like that, but I think it’d be fun to show a season of how [a relationship] looks for Mindy and Danny and the silly and crazy things they do together. I think we’ll pick up with seeing them in a good place, but still wrestling with being Mindy and Danny.” RT

Caffeinated Links: Chris Messina in Alex of Venice, Disney Announces Plans for Star Wars Movies, more

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Jonathan Jones of The Guardian writes a great post on contemporary performance art. “Performance art is funny for a very simple reason – it takes itself more seriously than appears justified. Anything that takes itself seriously invites mockery, from politics to religion: but when the gap between ostentatious importance and self-evident silliness is as vast as it is in so much performance art, the only honest response is laughter.” RT

Did you know that albatrosses have intense life-long love affairs? “For a long while they will dance with several partners, but gradually — it can take years to pick the right partner — they will find a particular favorite. Together those two continue to refine their steps, until, having “spent so much time dancing with that specific bird … that pair’s sequence of moves is as unique as a lover’s fingerprint.” RT

Chris Messina has released a new film at Tribeca. “Some actors have obvious breakout roles that change their careers forever, but Messina’s been working his way to the top for decades before winning hearts as lovable grump Danny Castellano, and Alex of Venice, his first turn behind the camera, is suffused with a sense of maturity and restraint. The film centers on the title character, a young mother and dedicated environmental lawyer played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), with Messina as her unhappy husband George. But the actor-director cedes the main stage to his talented co-star, and in doing so, presents a portrait of an unusually nuanced female protagonist.” RT

Disney is making LOTS of Star Wars movies. “The studio also has announced plans to do at least two spin-off films that are separate from the new trilogy, and will release them in the years between trilogy installments. After Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed those projects, sources close to them told EW they will be a young Han Solo film, set before the events of 1977′s Star Wars: A New Hope, and a saga about Boba Fett and his rival bounty hunters, set either right before or after The Empire Strikes Back.” RT

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