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James Gray's 'The Immigrant' Starring Marion Cotillard & Joaquin Phoenix Will Land In Limited Release On May 16

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 21, 2014 7:42 PM
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The Immigrant
“I thought there was something very beautiful about exploring a melodrama from a female protagonist's perspective because all of a sudden I would be free from the constraints of, what I would call, macho posturing, male behavior and get straight to the emotional heart of it,” director James Gray said last fall of his upcoming drama “The Immigrant,” which stars Marion Cotillard.

Listen: 45-Minute Interview With Joaquin Phoenix On ‘Her,’ ‘The Master’ & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 22, 2014 11:45 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
This time of year must bring a shudder of impending stress down Joaquin Phoenix’s spine, as the actor shifts from turning in great performances to being asked about them nonstop for awards consideration. His work in Spike Jonze’s “Her” sadly failed to score an Oscar nomination in a crowded year (the film itself received five nods overall including Best Picture), but that hasn’t stopped Phoenix from giving an rare, but welcome, extended interview covering his last few films, his acting process, and much more.

Review: Spike Jonze's Funny & Insightful 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 18, 2013 6:13 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
Is social media anti-social? Has the information age divided us as much as it has been meant to unite? Is peer-to-peer simply an ironic term or are inter-personal, face-time relationships ripe for redefinition? While these are not the primary concerns of Spike Jonze’s lovely and perceptive relationship drama, “Her,” such implications are impossible to ignore in a movie that uses innovative and unconventional methods to explore some very universal anxieties.

WB Want Joaquin Phoenix For 'Batman Vs. Superman' Villain, Actor Also Up For Gus Van Sant's 'Sea Of Trees'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2013 3:37 PM
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Casting a superhero movie isn't just about finding the right person for the role (though that is a big part of it). It involves finding an actor or actress who will be fine with a production (and post-production) schedule that will run months upon months long, who will tolerate acting against green screens and most importantly, will grin and bear it through a press cycle that will have every media outlet on the planet grilling them about a project they have to (usually) keep secret about. So while it's fun to imagine Joaquin Phoenix being a villain in "Batman Vs. Superman," all we'll say is: fat chance.

New Images & International Posters For James Gray's 'The Immigrant' With Marion Cotillard & Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2013 1:25 PM
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The Immigrant
"... restrained, thoughtful filmmaking that satisfies on nearly every level" is how we described James Gray's "The Immigrant" out of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, but due to the whims and caprices of Harvey Weinstein, the film has been held until 2014. With the picture now playing internationally there is no shortage of promo material popping up, and today we round up the latest batch.

Watch: 4 Clips From Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ Ask “What Are Real Feelings?” Plus New TV Spot

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 16, 2013 9:22 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
December is traditionally viewed as the time for studios’ most fitting awards season offerings, but this year the hopefuls also happen to be some top filmmakers’ most singular and personal films yet, including work from the Coen Brothers, David O. Russell, and Martin Scorsese. One of the most narratively and visually daring of these though is Spike Jonze’s “Her” which depicts a futuristic romance between Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice, and in the lead up to its release this week we’ve got a slew of clips to show exactly what we mean.

Watch: New Trailer For Spike Jonze's 'Her' Featuring The Arcade Fire's 'Supersymmetry'; Plus Over 30 New Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 3, 2013 7:46 PM
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Her, Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix
"An emotionally involving and wonderfully layered look at our desire to reach out and connect," Yep, that's us quoted in the trailer for Spike Jonze's upcoming sci-fi-ish romance drama, "Her" (much to our surprise). The Golden Globes might have disqualified Scarlett Johansson for being awards-eligible because the actress doesn't appear once on screen (just her disembodied voice), but those of us in the know know that's kind of shortsighted BS.

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Tried To Convince Joaquin Phoenix & Casey Affleck To Reveal The Joke Of ‘I’m Still Here’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 21, 2013 3:16 PM
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I'm Still Here, Affleck, Phoenix
It’s interesting to look back on “I’m Still Here,” the faux-documentary that Casey Affleck & Joaquin Phoenix co-conceived in the late aughts about the nature of fame and celebrity. Directed by Affleck, starring Phoenix, and released in 2010, the now notorious documentary was of course, a big put-on that rankled many, including David Letterman. But for almost two years, Affleck and Phoenix stuck to their guns with this cinematic prank: the actor playing the part of a disheveled and downward-spiraling actor completely out of control. The actor took character into the public sphere and the director stuck to the story that he was simply documenting Phoenix’s new career path into rapping (which climaxed with a bizarre and infamous David Letterman appearance, and then concluded with a denouement of the actor apologizing to the talk show host some 18 months later). Considering how committed they were to the faux-doc, it was an impressive media art-prank, but many didn’t see it that way and critics unfairly savaged the movie.

Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Introduces Marion Cotillard As A Mistress In The Art Of Love In NSFW Clip From 'The Immigrant'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 1:00 PM
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The Immigrant
Nope, sorry, James Gray's "The Immigrant" still remains without a firm U.S. release date so we'll just have to look overseas with envy as France gets ready to unveil the movie in their cinemas soon. And if there is one international language that all films speak, it's marketing and so with that in mind, a new clip from the movie has arrived.

Spike Jonze Says Arcade Fire's 'Supersymmetry' Was Originally Written For 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 14, 2013 5:17 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Arcade Fire
Having seen the film, this much we know: the final song on The Arcade Fire's Reflektor, is also the closing credits song of Spike Jonze's upcoming fantastical, sci-fi-ish romance film "Her," starring Joaquin Phoenix and the disembodied voice of Scarlett Johansson.

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