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New Pics From Spike Jonze's 'Her' & 'Out Of The Furnace' As They Head To Rome Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 3:35 PM
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Her, Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix
With Venice, Telluride and Toronto out of the way, you might think the fall festival season is over and done with but there is still plenty more to come. The New York Film Festival is now underway, London is around the corner and shortly after is Rome. Today they've added a few more movies to their lineup.

Watch: First Trailer For Spike Jonze's 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix; Arcade Fire Providing The Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 12:00 PM
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Of all the movies set to show their wares this fall, perhaps the one that has been kept the most in the dark is Spike Jonze's "Her." The set photos that have circulated certainly don't betray anything of what his approach will be, and there have been no official stills, posters, teasers or websites to give up the game. That being said, Jonze did provide a peek to those who were lucky enough to be at the L.A. Film Festival in June, showing two clips from the oddball romance that stars Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Pratt, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and (the voice of) Scarlett Johansson. Ostensibly, the movie is about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, but as always, it's much more than that.

Pusha T's New Album Will Feature A Beat From Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 11:52 AM
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So maybe there was a kernel of truth to that whole moment when Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck were trying to punk the pop culture world by documenting the former "retirement" from acting, so he could pursue a career in the hip hop. The resulting (and underrated, hilarious) film "I'm Still Here" focused on the disheveled, bearded Phoenix mumbling his way into rap infamy, but could the actor really have a side-career as a beatmaker? Well, it seems whatever he's doing has earned the attention of Kanye West.

Cannes: New Clip From ‘The Immigrant’; James Gray Talks Title Changes, Working With Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 24, 2013 10:35 AM
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James Gray, Marion Cotillard, Cannes
James Gray’s long-awaited period drama, “The Immigrant,” finally screened in Cannes early this morning. Starring the excellent cast of Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, “The Immigrant” centers on a conniving pimp (Phoenix) who manipulates a destitute Polish immigrant (Cotillard) into a life of prostitution. Saddled with a sick sister, she works to pay for her medicine and her dismal life seems hopeless until a curious magician (Renner) enters her life.

Cannes Review: James Gray’s Careful, Poised 'The Immigrant' Builds Slowly To A Resonant Climax

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 24, 2013 6:46 AM
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A strangely chimeric movie, that only reveals its truest colors in its closing moments, James Gray’s “The Immigrant” which screened In Competition this morning in Cannes 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.

Watch: New Clip Of Marion Cotillard & Joaquin Phoenix In 'The Immigrant'; Plus James Gray Talks The Film's Look & Influences

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2013 7:59 PM
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The Immigrant, Skip crop
There are only a few days left of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, but some of the biggest films are still yet to come. Tomorrow brings Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," while Saturday includes both Roman Polanski's "Venus In Fur" and Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive." And as for Friday? Well, Friday brings the return of one of Cannes' favorite filmmakers, James Gray, back with his first film since 2008's "Two Lovers" with "The Immigrant."

Spike Jonze's Sci-Fi Romance 'Her' Finally Gets A Release Date

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2013 5:05 PM
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It feels like an age since we've had a Spike Jonze movie in theaters. Of course the filmmaker has never had a particular sense of urgency to his output, with only three films in fourteen years, and a seven year gap between "Adaptation" and 2009's "Where The Wild Things Are." Even with terrific shorts like "I'm Here" to tide us over we've been looking longingly out the window for news of the director's next film, "Her."

Cannes 2013: 'The Immigrant' Footage Showcases Firecracker Turns From Joaquin Phoenix & Marion Cotillard

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 17, 2013 5:08 PM
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A definite highlight of tonight’s Weinstein 2013 slate preview at Cannes, which we ran through in large part here, was one of the films that is one of our most anticipated of this whole festival -- James Gray’s “The Immigrant.” With Gray uncharacteristically confident about the film in its unfinished form every time we’ve spoken to him, calling it “the best thing I’ve ever done,” our expectations are high.

New Images Of Joaquin Phoenix & Marion Cotillard In James Gray's 'The Immigrant'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2013 9:20 AM
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You already know our feelings on James Gray and his films, so you know the next couple weeks will last forever as we await his latest film "The Immigrant" (previously known as both "Lowlife" and "Nightingale"), so here are a few new images for now.

New Pics From Cannes Contenders James Gray's 'The Immigrant' & Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 5:38 PM
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Yes, the Cannes Film Festival has dominated our minds today, and why not? It's the biggest thing on the calendar in the cinematic year, and this year's lineup is pretty spectacular, with lots of surprises (and a few omissions) but two movies high on our must-watch list are James Gray's newly titled "The Immigrant" and Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives."

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