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Joaquin Phoenix Considered For Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2014 2:29 PM
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With the long-rumored Benedict Cumberbatch taking himself out of the running to lead Marvel's "Doctor Strange" yesterday at Comic-Con, it was likely only a matter of time until another name popped onto the radar. And we have to admit, we really didn't see this one coming.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 'Inherent Vice’ To Debut At The New York Film Festival In Centerpiece Slot

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 19, 2014 7:29 AM
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The most anticipated film of the year is going to land in New York, but bear with me (or fast forward to below). OK, so it’s kind of funny. If you’ve been paying attention to film festival politics this year—and if you haven’t, we don’t blame you—beef has been growing between the Wal-Mart-esque Toronto International Film Festival and the mom n’ pop shop of Telluride (yes, that’s basically this differences in their size, scope and approach, sorry). The long and short is that TIFF has essentially been upset in the last few years that Telluride has “stolen” world premieres by sneak premiering them early at their festival (Telluride doesn’t call anything a premiere and announces their secret line-up the day the festival begins, which is pretty ballsy and bold).

Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Playing The Video Game In 'Her,' Animator Announces Release Of First Real Game

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 10:54 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
After a seriously ridiculous string of parodies and mashups (and let's not forget James Franco's ruminations on the movie), here's a look back on Spike Jonze's lovely, aching and bruising "Her" that turns the spotlight on a portion of the film you might have forgotten about.

Interview: James Gray Discusses Harvey Weinstein, Cinematic Influences, His Career, 'Die Hard' & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 15, 2014 2:52 PM
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James Gray, The Immigrant
“The Immigrant” stars the terrific cast of Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, and the 1920s-set period piece is superficially something very different for filmmaker James Gray. Gone are the genre trappings, macho-male leads with guns, stories deeply connected to the pain and sadness of family, and the shrouded Gordon Willis-like photography the filmmaker evinced on films like "The Yards," "We Own The Night" and "Little Odessa." However, “The Immigrant,” with its themes of the fallacy of the American Dream, the desire to fit in and idea that no one is beyond redemption is very much a James Gray film. It’s a further continuation of a singular pursuit told slightly differently, retaining Gray’s signature sense of emotional intelligence, intimacy and graceful restraint.

Interview: Director James Gray Talks ‘The Immigrant,’ Working With Marion Cotillard, The Late Harris Savides & Much More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 14, 2014 2:22 PM
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As we recently noted, filmmaker James Gray has only made five films in 20 years. That’s a positively low number, but Gray has had many hardships that distracted from his body of work. His debut “Little Odessa” won a major prize in 1994 at the Venice Film Festival and that jumpstarted his career, but obstacles both minor and major threatened to derail that momentum. For “The Yards,” he ran into the might of Harvey Weinstein and a compromised ending saw him booed at Cannes (Miramax subsequently dumped the film into a few theaters with barely a regular release).

Review: James Gray's 'The Immigrant' Starring Joaquin Phoenix & Marion Cotillard Is Restrained, Thoughtful Filmmaking

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 13, 2014 6:00 PM
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The Immigrant
A strangely chimeric movie, that only reveals its truest colors in its closing moments, James Gray’s “The Immigrant” is a meticulous reframing of the director’s familiar themes and concerns that mostly lived up to our high expectations, while never bursting their bounds the way we might have dared to hope. It’s a beautifully shot film marked by deeply felt performances from its leads, that will play to those attuned to the loveliness of Gray’s minor-key redemption stories, but is unlikely to win new converts among the impatient or those whose expectation of a period drama is something more traditionally epic and grandiose.

Emma Stone Reteams With Woody Allen, Joins His Next Film With Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2014 1:07 PM
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While Andrew Garfield has at least one more "The Amazing Spider-Man" movie to deal with, Emma Stone is no longer required to square away a big chunk of the year to the franchise, so she's deciding to do some more interesting work instead. With "Magic In The Moonlight" due later this summer, it seems Emma Stone has got on well with Woody Allen, and is ready to work with him again.

Exclusive: Marion Cotillard Begs For Joaquin Phoenix's Help In Clip From James Gray's 'The Immigrant'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2014 2:47 PM
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The Immigrant
With superheroes and special effects getting set to fly at your face for the next few months, you might be craving something of careful craft, rich substance and compelling drama. And frankly, you will have few better options than James Gray's "The Immigrant." And to get you ready for the film, today we have the exclusive debut of a brand new clip from the film.

Joaquin Phoenix To Star In Woody Allen's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2014 11:56 AM
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At 78 years old, Woody Allen don't quit. Continuing his run of one movie per year, his next picture,"Magic In The Moonlight," is getting ready to hit theatres this summer, and always, the filmmaker is already on to his next project. We're already stoked even though there's no plot details (as always). Why?

Watch: New U.S. Trailer, Pics & Poster For ‘The Immigrant’ Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Renner

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 17, 2014 1:57 PM
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The Immigrant
Look, we know not all Photoshop artists were created equally, and perhaps poster art is not the domain for real art these days (folks like Neil Kellerhouse and Drafthouse artisans aside), but this recent poster for James Gray's upcoming indie drama "The Immigrant" is… let’s say politely, something else. Sure, even the original French poster had the three stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner photoshopped together like they were members of the European 'Avengers,' but this North American poster for the film butchers Cotillard's beautiful face.

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