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Watch: Citroen Commercial Directed By James Gray Featuring Ewan McGregor & Vinessa Shaw

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 11, 2013 5:12 PM
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After a brief teaser dropped last week with little explanation, showing James Gray directing something with Ewan McGregor and Vinessa Shaw, we were quickly informed that it wasn't short film or any other kind of movie project. Instead, it was ad for French carmaker Citroen, and now the the results that collaboration have been revealed.

Watch: Teaser For Commercial Directed By James Gray Featuring Ewan McGregor & Vinessa Shaw

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2013 8:55 AM
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Well, here's a little bit of a mystery to cap off your week. Just like that, a teaser has dropped online without any context at all, but promises some kind of project involving director James Gray and stars Ewan McGregor and Vinessa Shaw. Hmmm....

Watch: James Gray-Directed Ad For Martell, Lensed By Darius Khondji

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2013 9:58 AM
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It would appear that director James Gray has a found a new collaborator behind the camera. With his previous two efforts "Two Lovers" and "We Own The Night" lensed by Joaquín Baca-Asay, for the upcoming "Lowlife," Gray teamed with Darius Khondji ("Se7en," "Midnight In Paris," Academy Award nominee for "Evita"), and he rang him up again for this quick job.
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Watch: James Gray & Harris Savides Talk The Visuals Of 'The Yards'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2013 10:43 AM
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It's no secret by now that The Playlist are big fans of James Gray -- in fact more than one of us got the book "Conversations With James Gray" this holiday season. While we patiently await his upcoming "Lowlife," which seems likely to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, here's an opportunity to go back to one of his very first films.
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6 Personal Highlights From The Film Festivals Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 28, 2012 12:12 PM
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We're generally anti-navelgazing here at The Playlist, but being the end of the year, it can't really be avoided. As we continue to take a look back at the cinematic year of 2012, we're trying to shake things up and keep things fresh outside of the usual Best/Worst lists. This year saw The Playlist making a presence around the world at more than a handful of festivals. And while you've already read our reviews and news, we thought we'd give you a taste of the experience of attending these festivals. Even if you can't make Cannes or board a flight to Marrakech, we hope this helps in translating what it's like to run around a foreign country with nothing more than a laptop and a love of cinema. So, without further ado, here are six personal highlights from the various film festivals in 2012 we attended.

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.

Marrakech '12: James Gray Still Hoping To Visit 'Lost City of Z,' Talks 'Blood Ties' & Jeremy Renner's Steve McQueen Biopic

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 10, 2012 11:18 AM
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Thoughtful and erudite, there are few filmmakers as fascinating to listen to as they talk about film than James Gray. So whenever we get the chance to catch up with him, it's a treat, and we managed to spend some time with the helmer at the Marrakech International Film Festival where he was serving on the jury. We spoke at some length about his upcoming, immigrant period drama "Lowlife," (formerly "The Nightingale" -- read all about it here), but we also wondered about some of the movies he's got brewing and what may or may not be next.

Marrakech ‘12: James Gray Says ‘The Nightingale’ Probably Reverting Back To Original Title ‘Lowlife,’ Hopes To Premiere In Cannes 2013

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 5, 2012 11:19 AM
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With James Gray serving on the jury of the Marrakech International Film Festival this year, we were lucky enough to get some time with a director who has, in just four movies, firmly established himself as one of our very favorite filmmakers. There are a couple of further pieces to come from our talk, so articulate and interesting an interviewee he turned out to be (we left his quotes mostly uncut below), but for now, here’s a small sampler of some news that will interest anyone anticipating his next film, a period piece set around Ellis Island, even half as eagerly as we are: it seems “The Nightingale” is probably going to be jettisoned as the film’s title in favor of the original “Lowlife."

Longform Synopsis & New Set Photo From James Gray's 'The Nightingale'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2012 3:51 PM
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Sorry folks, but for the main editors of this site, James Gray is to us what Marvel movies are to others. We have no hesitation in saying he's one of the finest American filmmakers working today, and when our man in Telluride caught early footage of his next effort, "The Nightingale" (aka "Low Life"), it was a lovely surprise. So it's Friday, TIFF is winding down, and we're gonna nerd out on our man Gray. Deal with it.

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.

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