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Watch: U.S. Trailer & Poster For Guillaume Canet's 'Blood Ties' Starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 4:14 PM
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Certainly, replicating the look of '70s New York City is easy enough — just make everything bigger. The hair, the jeans, the attitude...if you wear it all with confidence and a bit of flamboyance, you can pull it off. And while "Blood Ties" has the look of a Sidney Lumet or William Friedkin movie of the period, it doesn't quite capture the essence of those films. But there are plenty of reasons why should check out it.

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: Jeremy Renner Gets Shot In Clip From 'The Immigrant' Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 27, 2013 9:21 AM
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Magic, prostitution, immigration and the American Dream—not exactly the most obvious ingredients to mix together, but James Gray has done just that with "The Immigrant." His look at the experience and hardship of traveling through Ellis Island in the early 1900s forms the basis of his new movie, one that is opening overseas after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this year. For those of us eager to see the movie for ourselves, this new clip will have to suffice for now.

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.

Watch: First Trailer For 'The Immigrant' Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix & Jeremy Renner

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 25, 2013 2:08 PM
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The Immigrant
It's been slow going for James Gray's period epic "The Immigrant." The film, which stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, debuted at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was up for the Palme d'Or (it lost to "Blue is the Warmest Color"), but since then there hasn't been much news. The Weinstein Company is scheduled to handle domestic distribution, but didn't schedule the lengthy historical drama for awards consideration (some have speculated that the film will go directly to On Demand services) and aside from a few festival presentations, remains largely unseen. Thankfully a November release date is still planned for France, which has provided us with the first-ever trailer for the film (via Elle).

New Posters For James Gray's 'The Immigrant' Brings Together Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Renner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 9:50 AM
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Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, under the guidance of James Gray, is pretty much all the reason you need to see the forthcoming "The Immigrant." But that it's an accomplished film too, one that finds Gray stretching the boundaries of his personal style of filmmaking, is an equally exciting prospect.

Jeremy Renner Wears Guyliner In Poster For James Gray's 'The Immigrant' Plus New Image From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 2:00 PM
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Though we're still awaiting a firm date from Radius TWC for their planned spring 2014 release of James Gray's "The Immigrant," over in France the film is gearing up to hit cinemas this month. And that means plenty of new looks at the movie well in advance of when many of us over here will get a chance to see it, which willl definitely hold us for now.

NYFF: James Gray Almost Appeared In Wes Anderson’s ‘The Life Aquatic,’ Talks ‘The Immigrant' With Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 7, 2013 2:02 PM
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The Immigrant, Gray, Phoenix, set pic
The highlight of the New York Film Festival post-screening Q&A for “The Immigrant," director James Gray's long-awaited period film, was the unlikely and rare appearance of the notoriously evasive Joaquin Phoenix. And while the press shy actor nearly stole the show from his entertaining director, funny and amusing in his own right, Phoenix did it by hardly uttering a word.

NYFF: James Gray Talks Writing For Marion Cotillard & The Cinematic Influences Of ‘The Immigrant’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 3, 2013 4:03 PM
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​On the surface, filmmaker James Gray’s fifth film, “The Immigrant,” is steeped in the tradition of the director’s chief preoccupations—social class, the nature of tragic characters, stories set in New York City and the immigrant experience (his autobiographically-influenced 1994 debut, “Little Odessa” centers on a tragic family of Russian Jewish immigrants in Coney Island’s Brighton Beach). Set in early 1920s New York, the drama chronicles a Polish immigrant (played by Marion Cotillard) as she arrives at Ellis Island and is eventually deceived by a charming but wicked hustler (Joaquin Phoenix) who manipulates her into a life of prostitution. Her only form of salvation is a magician (Jeremy Renner) who hopes to take her away from that life. But as much as there are superficial James Gray-esque traits, the movie is actually a bold slow-burner that takes the filmmaker in uncharted directions (read our review from the Cannes Film Festival).

New Character Posters & Images From Crime Saga 'Blood Ties' With Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 9:02 AM
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Here's a fun fact that escaped us in amidst the flurry of fall festival activity: Guillaume Canet's sprawling crime story saga "Blood Ties" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival running two hours and twenty-four minutes, but by the time it hit Toronto International Film Festival, it had been reduced somewhat significantly to two hours and seven minutes. We're not sure what exactly got trimmed or why, but it seems our observation in our review that "there is a different and possibly shorter edit of this movie that is probably much better" wasn't unique. And it seems that shorter cut is going into wide release...

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