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James Gray Says ‘Lost City Of Z’ Will Shoot Next; Talks His Sci-Fi Project, Dances With Brad Pitt & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 6, 2014 3:02 PM
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The Immigrant, James Gray
Over the course of twenty years, filmmaker James Gray has only made five movies. For comparison, if you subtract Terrence Malick’s twenty-year absence from cinema, you roughly get six of his movies in a span of about twenty-one years. However, Gray didn’t go AWOL in France for two decades; he just obsessed over the same project for years and years.

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 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 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.”

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.

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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