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The Weinstein Company Snaps Up Director James Gray's (Formerly Titled) 'Low Life' For 2013 Release

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 15, 2012 9:16 AM
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It wouldn't be slanderous to say the producer Harvey Weinstein can be a bit contentious at times, and no one would know better than director James Gray, who worked with Harvey on his 2000 crime drama "The Yards." According to what Gray said about Harvey to the LA Times back in 2000, Weinstein fought Gray on every creative decision, never marketed the movie, and eventually dumped it into 140 screens and skipped the premiere. At the time, Gray said he was "not bitter" about working with Harvey and, thirteen years later, he's holding true to his word as The Weinstein Company is lining up to distribute his latest film.

The Weinsteins Acquire Cannes Pic 'The Sapphires' & Have Their Eye On James Gray's 'Low Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2012 5:46 PM
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Everything kicks off tomorrow, but the dealmaking has already begun at the Cannes Film Festival and Harvey Weinstein is already busy shaking hands and signing contracts.

Will We See 'Cloud Atlas,' 'Only God Forgives' & Terrence Malick's Latest & More Before The End Of 2012?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 30, 2012 12:02 PM
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We're almost exactly a third of the way through the year, and thanks to the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival line-up a couple weeks ago, we're now a little clearer on the timetable of some of the most anticipated films of the year. We know that "Cosmopolis," "Killing Them Softly," "On The Road," "Mud," "Rust And Bone," "Amour" and "The Paperboy," among others are done, and will be screening in only a few short weeks for critics, and U.S. releases, if not set already, can't be far behind. And the release schedule for the rest of the year is firming up fast, with films like "The Master" and "Seven Psychopaths" getting added to the calendar.

First Images Of Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner & Marion Cotillard In James Gray's 'Low Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 8:24 AM
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The French adore James Gray. And we don't blame them one bit. With only four films to his name, he has already inspired a book dedicated his works, published by the France based Syecdoche Books (limited to 1000 copies, but it's bilingual and features interviews with Gray and the various actors he's worked with over the years). Thus, we're not entirely surprised that the first look for his upcoming "Low Life" would arrive not on a website, or in an American trade publication, but instead courtesy of Liberation, who also have the first profile on the film.

'The Master' Reportedly Won't Be Ready For Cannes; 'The Paperboy,' 'Killing Them Softly' & 'Lawless' Are Contenders

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2012 2:34 PM
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Well, even though it turned out to be a gigantic fake that kind of pissed off Cannes Film Festival head Thierry Fremaux, if anything, that lineup got people talking again and new reports are surfacing about what might be appearing on the Croisette.

James Gray Says 'Low Life' Is "The Best Thing I've Done"; Could Possibly Be Ready For TIFF

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2012 9:58 AM
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Over the course of four films, director James Gray has crafted four distinct New York City stories. They are films that often find very masculine yet vulnerable protagonists struggling with difficult emotional and moral terrain, in tales that enrich and transcend the genres parameter they are seemingly structured within. And Gray's next film, the recently wrapped "Low Life," promises to find the writer/director exploring some new ground. His first period movie, the picture stars regular collaborator Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner and Marion Cotillard, in the story of a woman immigrating from Poland whose sister gets caught in the confines of Ellis Island. She is then forced to dabble in burlesque and vaudeville for money once she lands, but a magician comes along who hopes to save her and reunite her with her sister.

Haley Bennett Lines Up Two New Projects; 'Twilight' Actress Angela Sarafyan Joins James Gray's 'Low Life'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 9, 2012 1:01 PM
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Already cast in Terrence Malick's "Lawless" opposite lauded stars Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara, the trajectory of Haley Bennett's career is certainly going upward. Her career so far has only seen her star in smaller fare such as Joe Dante's "The Hole" and Gregg Araki's "Kaboom" but her casting in Malick's project may have set something off, with the actress now booking two indie roles for 2012.

James Gray's 'Low Life' Is Now Shooting, Set Pics Of Joaquin Phoenix & Marion Cotillard Arrive

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 6:24 PM
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"Wait, what?" That was the general reaction around The Playlist water cooler when we learned that James Gray's next film, the tentatively titled "Low Life," was already in front of cameras in New York City. And we couldn't be more thrilled.

Jeremy Renner Talks James Gray's Period Pic 'Low Life' & Reveals Developing Steve McQueen Biopic Will Go Beyond What You Already Know

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 30, 2011 10:07 AM
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With “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and “The Avengers” scheduled for release in the next year, A-list stardom seems inevitable for Jeremy Renner. But the actor, who made his name in independent and ensemble projects like “The Hurt Locker” and “The Town,” insists that he is interested in a wide variety of opportunities, not just the ones with the biggest box office potential. Speaking to The Playlist during press rounds for 'Mission: Impossible,' Renner explained he’s eager to start work on a project co-written and directed by James Gray, first announced over the summer.

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.

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