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James Gray To Direct Based-In-Fact Boston Crime Drama 'White Devil'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2013 12:15 PM
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That we dig director James Gray is hardly a secret, but we're glad to say that more and more are joining our cause over time. His latest, "The Immigrant," divided critics as much as ever in Cannes this year (we liked it a lot), but we're noticing more and more critical reappraisals for his earlier work, films like "The Yards," "We Own The Night" and "Two Lovers." And he seems to be getting more fans within the industry too; he's been flirting with studio projects like "The Lost City Of Z" and "The Gray Man" (both set to star Brad Pitt, both of which haven't yet happened), he's directing TV pilot "The Red Road" for the Sundance Channel, and now, he's lined up a new project at Warner Bros.

James Gray Heads To TV To Direct First Episode Of Sundance Channel's 'The Red Road' Starring Jason Momoa

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2013 12:33 PM
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It's a bit of a weird day of unlikely circles overlapping. David Fincher and Tyler Perry might collide for "Gone Girl," and now James Gray and Jason Momoa will be working together. Yes, really. The "Two Lovers" and "The Immigrant" filmmaker is the latest director to head to the world of television and it's for a project that certainly sounds like it has potential.

James Gray On 'The Immigrant,' 'The Gray Man,' 'The Lost City Of Z' And More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 3, 2013 1:15 PM
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Last week, we ran an excerpt from our Cannes Film Festival interview with director James Gray in which he spoke at length about his upcoming sci-fi project. But of course the reason he was there, and the reason we were talking at all, was to present his new film, “The Immigrant,” which premiered in competition and stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner (you can read our review here).

James Gray Feels "Embarrassed" For Critics For Complaining 'The Immigrant' Is Too Slow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 1:39 PM
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"The boos are the cost of being lucky. But they're still hard to hear," director James Gray recently told the LA Times about the reception he received in Cannes for 2008's "Two Lovers." But the filmmaker returned to the south of France last week to premiere his latest, "The Immigrant," where he's kind of like a big deal. ("James Gray is a rock star here," one of his agents told the paper). But the reception for his most recent was certainly mixed (read our positive review here), and while Gray doesn't mind criticism, he has little patience for those who can't sit still for a movie that's less than two hours.

James Gray Reveals Details About His Developing Sci-Fi Thriller & The "Conceptual Brilliance" Of '2001'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 28, 2013 12:59 PM
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Following the premiere of “The Immigrant” in competition late last week (our review is here), we got to talk to director James Gray in Cannes. We’ll have more of his thoughts on the shaping of that film, on working with Marion Cotillard for the first time, and a few minor updates on some other upcoming projects later on, but one topic we spoke about in greater depth was his recently announced sci-fi film. Plot outlines have been scarce so far, but Gray revealed some exciting details about what he has in mind, and the learnings he is taking from his own favorite sci-fi film, Stanley Kubrick’s exceptional and influential “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

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.

Sony Pick Up Cannes Hit 'The Past,' Sundance Selects Take The Dardennes' Marion Cotillard-Starring Next Project

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 20, 2013 4:30 PM
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With every major festival that arrives there’s more chances for hopeful filmmakers to ink deals that would put their films in front of paying audiences, so of course with the Cannes Film Festival in full swing there’s a whole smorgasbord of distribution news.

Watch: First Clip From James Gray's Cannes Competitor 'The Immigrant' With Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Renner

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2013 10:40 AM
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We were only just talking about Playlist favorite James Gray, and his new secret sci-fi project, earlier this morning, and there's clearly something in the water, because the first tantalizing, albeit brief, clip from the "We Own The Night" director's new film, "The Immigrant," has arrived.

James Gray Working On An Untitled Sci-Fi Thriller

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2013 8:29 AM
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One of the reasons we've been so excited for Cannes this year is that the festival sees the unveiling of not one, but two new films featuring the involvement of one of our favorite directors, James Gray. The "We Own The Night" helmer is back with his first directorial effort since 2008's "Two Lovers," in the shape of period piece "The Immigrant," staring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, and also helped Guillaume Canet pen the script to crime tale "Blood Ties," with Clive Owen and Billy Crudup.
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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.

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