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Interview: James Gray Discusses Harvey Weinstein, Cinematic Influences, His Career, 'Die Hard' & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 15, 2014 2:52 PM
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James Gray, The Immigrant
“The Immigrant” stars the terrific cast of Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, and the 1920s-set period piece is superficially something very different for filmmaker James Gray. Gone are the genre trappings, macho-male leads with guns, stories deeply connected to the pain and sadness of family, and the shrouded Gordon Willis-like photography the filmmaker evinced on films like "The Yards," "We Own The Night" and "Little Odessa." However, “The Immigrant,” with its themes of the fallacy of the American Dream, the desire to fit in and idea that no one is beyond redemption is very much a James Gray film. It’s a further continuation of a singular pursuit told slightly differently, retaining Gray’s signature sense of emotional intelligence, intimacy and graceful restraint.

Watch: Jeremy Renner Defies Gravity In New Magic Trick Clip From James Gray’s ‘The Immigrant’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 8, 2014 2:34 PM
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The Immigrant
James Gray’s upcoming, beautiful period-piece film “The Immigrant” has a stellar cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner. Set in 1920s New York with émigrés coming off the boat to America through Ellis Island, Phoenix plays a manipulative pimp, Cotillard is a Polish migrant coming to the U.S. for a better life and Renner portrays a magician who crosses paths with both these characters.

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 May Direct Jeremy Renner's Steve McQueen Biopic; Calls 'Lost City Of Z' Epic & Hallucinogenic

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 9, 2013 5:03 PM
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James Gray
Filmmaker James Gray has made only five films in almost 20 years. Part of that is a deliberate pace and part of it is just the film business. He had a six-year gap between his striking debut “Little Odessa” and “The Yards” and the Miramax/Harvey Weinstein experience on the latter (the ending was changed for theatrical release) led to another seven-year gap. But coming off his latest film, “The Immigrant” – starring the rather impressive cast of Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner – Gray has numerous options at his finger tips. In fact, at the moment he has a kind of pile-up of projects that are ready to go script-wise, but need the funding green light.

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