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Mark Wahlberg, Marion Cotillard & Zoe Saldana Eye Guillaume Canet/James Gray Project 'Blood Ties'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 2, 2011 2:20 AM
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James Gray's 'Low Life' With Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner & Marion Cotillard Aims To Start Shooting In January 2012Given the Hollywood-friendly slickness of his directorial efforts to date, it was only a matter of time before French actor Guillaume Canet made a film in the U.S. The star of "The Beach" and "Love Me If You Dare," among many others, stepped behind the camera to much acclaim with 2002's Cesar-nominated "Mon Idole," the 2007 thriller "Tell No One" (which Ben Affleck is planning to remake), and followed it up with 2010's "Little White Lies," all of which showed an international sensibility.

James Gray & Joaquin Phoenix Reteam For 'Low Life'; Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Renner To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2011 1:41 AM
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Teaming up on three films -- "The Yards," "We Own The Night" and "Two Lovers" -- there hasn't been any director/actor pairing in recent American cinema as rewarding as that between James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix. However, circa the actor's stunt during the press rounds for "Two Lovers" where he grew a Will Oldham-esque beard and declared he was starting a rap career, many wondered if that relationship was over. And despite what reports may have surfaced, Gray wasn't worried, saying as early as February 2009 that he was confident he would work with Phoenix again. Then in September of last year, it was revealed that he was in on the joke from the beginning. So the joke is over, Joaquin Phoenix needs to get back to work and the duo are pairing up for their fourth film. And they've got some fantastic talent to help them out.

Jeremy Renner Developing Steve McQueen Biopic As Star Vehicle, James Gray To Write The Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 8:56 AM
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Just yesterday we called for an intervention for Jeremy Renner, following the announcement he joined the voice cast of "Ice Age 4." The Oscar nominated actor has been worrying us of late, as he has a string of roles in big shiny tentpoles -- "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," "The Bourne Legacy," "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" -- that aren't necessarily the best showcase for his tremendous talent. Well, Renner has bounced back into our good books as not only has he set up his own production shingle -- something almost every actor of note has in Hollywood -- but the first project sounds great.

James Gray To Direct Assassin Thriller 'The Gray Man,' Plans Unique Approach In Shooting The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 5:08 AM
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As 2010 came to a close, things looked a little bleak for director James Gray. The long-gestating adaptation of "The Lost City Of Z" with Brad Pitt attached to star fell apart when the actor left the project (there should be a support group started for directors burned by Pitt leaving their projects) and rumors swirled that Gray had butted heads with Paramount over how much he should be paid. Well, Gray has put that all behind him and is forging ahead in 2011 with a brand new project, one that is far cry from the familial tales for brotherhood in "The Yards" and "We Own The Night" and European flavor of "Two Lovers."

Brad Pitt Officially Out Of 'The Lost City Of Z'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 3, 2010 11:49 AM
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Director James Gray Apparently At Odds Over Pay With ParamountYou've gotta feel bad for director James Gray here. He's been dancing around "The Lost City Of Z" with Brad Pitt for months, and while it looked like the notoriously fussy actor — known for attaching himself to lots of projects, but not always actually committing to them — would be starring in his picture sometime in 2011, it's just not to be.

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