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Interview: James Gray Talks Working With Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix & The Central Crisis Of American Cinema

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 12, 2012 3:50 PM
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A definite high point of our Marrakech International Film Festival was not only getting the chance to talk with director James Gray (“Two Lovers,” “We Own The Night,” “Little Odessa,” “The Yards”) about his upcoming directorial and writing projects (see our previous coverage here and here), but also having the time to let the conversation spin off, through some of his past experiences, and into a more general discussion about the state of contemporary U.S. cinema. Gray’s perspective as a commentator is of course informed by the kind of filmmaker he is: in his assessment of U.S. cinema being in a state of deep crisis, it is hard not to see a man arguing forcefully for his own livelihood.

Review: Blood & Water Flow Freely In Jacques Audiard's Beautiful & Moving 'Rust & Bone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2012 4:01 PM
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What is it we do to survive? Who is it we love? Who is it we fight? What are the forces seen and unseen that push our lives in directions we could have never expected? These are the questions that Jacques Audiard tackles in his latest, "Rust And Bone," a beautiful, moving story of two fractured lives that somehow, together, combine into a single (if unconventional) whole.

The Cotillard & The Whale: New Clip From 'Rust And Bone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2012 1:28 PM
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Yes, we keep singing the praises of Jacques Audiard's "Rust And Bone," and that's because it's just that good. So here comes another clip from the movie, one that offers up one of the quieter but no less moving moments.

Watch: New Clips From 'Rust And Bone' & 'The Sapphires'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 10:23 AM
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While these films are yet to hit U.S. theaters, they are rolling out overseas, and so until you can pull up with a bag of popcorn to check it out yourself, here are clips to keep you sated for now.

You Have To Carry Me: New Clip From 'Rust And Bone' With Marion Cotillard & Matthias Schoenaerts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2012 9:01 AM
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As we noted in our review from the Cannes Film Festival, blood and water are two elements that flow freely in Jacques Audiard's "Rust And Bone," and these elements carry with them some of the more dramatic moments in the film. This new clip from the upcoming picture is a prelude to one of the more memorable sequences in the picture.

Watch: Marion Cotillard & Matthias Schoenaerts Discuss Money In New Clip From 'Rust And Bone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 11:24 AM
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If there's any justice in this fall festival season, "Rust And Bone" will be a major player. But with France submitting the much more old-people-pleasing "The Intouchables" as their official selection, it will make the climb all the more uphill for Jacques Audiard's latest. But come February, if Marion Cotillard at least manages to squeak out a nomination we'll be happy (we'd love one for Matthias Schoenaerts too, but that's not gonna happen).

James Gray & Marion Cotillard Discuss How They Came Together For Next Year's Period Piece 'The Nightingale'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 7, 2012 3:51 PM
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While it may have seemed premature on paper, the Telluride Film Festival's celebration of 37-year-old French actress Marion Cotillard's body of work last weekend is arriving right on the crest of her career apogee, a period we may look back on in several decades and compare to the way Jeanne Moreau and Catherine Deneuve dominated the '60s with their ubiquity.

Blood & The Beach Feature In New Images From 'Rust And Bone' With Marion Cotillard & Matthias Schoenaerts

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 4, 2012 11:35 AM
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After receiving rave reviews for his last two features, “The Beat That My Heart Skipped” and “A Prophet,” Jacques Audiard’s latest film “Rust & Bone” is only a couple of months away from release in the U.K. (November 2nd) and a limited run in the U.S. (November 16th). Sony Pictures Classics is handling the domestic distribution and they’ll likely be hoping that the film will gain enough buzz to bring it some Oscar glory.

Surprise: Telluride Unveils Quick Sneak Peek Of James Gray's 'The Nightingale' Starring Marion Cotillard & Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 2, 2012 3:23 PM
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Disappointment with too few showstoppers has been a common complaint at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend (mostly by privileged film critics and Oscar bloggers wanting more sizzle). Each year, Telluride sneaks a few surprise films not listed on the official line-up and generally of marquee value (last year, "Butter" was one of the big contenders). This year, the only not-so-secret surprise was Ben Affleck's entertaining thriller "Argo." While a terrific suspense film, only one surprise left many pundits wanting more.

Review: The 'Little White Lies' That Bind Are Explored In This Leisurely Gallic Dramedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 5:01 PM
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The nature of what keeps a long-term friendship together over the years is somewhat ephemeral. There is the trust and confidence that comes with knowing someone intimately, seeing them at their best and worst, and being there for them without judgment. But it's also built on shared values, small moments and significant times shared, building a collective history that binds dates and places with deep emotional resonance. But, everyone also has their secrets, and even the best of friends will often keep their own fears or secret desires to themselves, not only for the sake of a friendship but for their own private reasons as well. Now take all of that and multiply it a few times for a circle of friends, who have know each other for years and are now in their mid-thirties and you enter the world of Guillaume Canet's "Little White Lies," a sprawling dramedy that follows a few weeks in the lives of a close knit group going through some monumental changes.

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