IMDb > Gary Ross > News
Quicklinks
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDeskmessage board
Filmographies
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
Biographical
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDeskmessage board
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

News for
Gary Ross (I) More at IMDbPro »

Connect with IMDb



2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2000

1-20 of 96 items from 2014   « Prev | Next »


Francis Lawrence: Directing 'Mockingjay' was like 'wrangling puppies'

22 November 2014 5:28 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When director Francis Lawrence signed on to join "The Hunger Games" franchise, he probably didn't realize what he was getting himself into, what with the pressure, the jokes and the...puppies?  HitFix's Katie Hasty sat down with the director to discuss the newest installment "Mockingjay - Part I," its Oscar-winning star, and its musical influences. Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer Lawrence, of course) joined the series on "Catching Fire," after "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross exited, and helped develop the franchise into a serious  pop culture juggernaut. Despite working on "Fire," Lawrence still felt some pressure when it came to calling the shots on "Mockingjay," which expands the franchise's world significantly and is noticeably darker than its predecessors.  "I felt a different kind of pressure," he explains. "[On 'Catching Fire'], I had to prove myself a little bit as the new guy in the game. It was a relief that it was received well by the fans. »

- Dave Lewis

Permalink | Report a problem


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 | Review

19 November 2014 2:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Games They Play: Collins’ Ya Dystopia Trudges On and On

As is now customary in the designed business model of franchise movie making, the last novel of dystopic Ya trilogy The Hunger Games has been divided into two installments, spread a year apart in order to keep interest alive. If the second film of the series, Catching Fire (2013), felt like a bigger budget rehash of basically everything that already happened in the first film, Mockingjay: Part 1 is at least interesting for its drifting away from the formulaic model already established, yet it feels something like a misnomer of a film, more of an extended prologue to a finale rather an actual ‘part’ deserving of its own distinction.

Languishing in the bowels of the underground District 13, long thought extinct, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is now being recruited by this district’s leader, President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and surprise »

- Nicholas Bell

Permalink | Report a problem


‘Hunger Games’ Box Office: 2014 Needs More Bread & ‘Mockingjay’ Might Be Its Meal Ticket

19 November 2014 8:06 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet will keep fans from braiding their hair, donning archer unitards and lining up for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. After a languid box office year that has dogged 2013 by 3.6% through this past Sunday, exhibs and even competitive distribs are looking to Katniss as their B.O. savior.

In early tracking, which becomes more accurate as we progress toward opening day Thursday, Mockingjay is expected to draw $130M–$150 million, essentially a figure on the high end that’s on par to the three-day of the first The Hunger Games ($152.5M), which posted a monthly all-time record in March 2012, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($158.07M), which opened during the same pre-Thanksgiving frame a year ago today — also posting an all-time record for the month.

Whether the nation’s arctic-deep freeze and Great Lakes and New York state snow storms would set a trap for Katniss, »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

Permalink | Report a problem


Review: Jennifer Lawrence remains the beating heart of intense 'Mockingjay Part 1'

18 November 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As much as "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" is about anything, it is about Jennifer Lawrence. I don't mean that it's about Katniss Everdeen, the character she's playing, either. Sure, Katniss is once again front and center as we see the aftermath now of what happened at the end of the Quarter Quell games in "Catching Fire," with Katniss poised to be the face of the revolution. But when I say this is a film about Jennifer Lawrence, I mean it's about her fame, the pressure that she's under to make this franchise work because of what it means to Lionsgate, and the way she continually manages to deliver moments that feel authentic, whether they are or not, even under the unforgiving microscope of fame. It's also a pretty good yarn, told with a great deal of energy, packed with actors who are doing everything they can to sell what is, »

- Drew McWeeny

Permalink | Report a problem


Thn Catches Up With The Cast Of ‘MockingJay’ At The London Press Conference

18 November 2014 6:14 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

This Thursday sees the release of the third movie in The Hunger Games series of movies, which is also, sadly, the penultimate movie to be adapted from Suzanne Collins’ three books. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 continues the store of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and co, and opens around the world on 20th November.

A couple of days ago, Thn caught up with the cast and director of this stunning, four-star rated movie in the series, where they each spoke about the film, and coming to work together for a third time.

Jennifer Lawrence set the scene.

“We’re continuing Katniss’s journey. It’s not really about getting out of the games any more, we’re moving into a real war between District 13 and The Capitol, so things are naturally getting darker story wise, and visually, as we’re underground a lot in District 13. We’re just following her journey. »

- Paul Heath

Permalink | Report a problem


Oscar Watch: Matthew McConaughey Gets His Star And Spago Lunch As Campaigns Launch Into Orbit

17 November 2014 7:14 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

If there was any doubt that the Oscar-season engine is roaring, events, Q&As, screenings and all that jazz is at a fever pitch — and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. Today’s big moment belonged to reigning Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey, who got his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame followed by a lavish lunch at Spago in Beverly Hills hosted by Paramount Chairman Brad Grey and attended by his Interstellar co-stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain (who was excited to sit next to Martin Landau and hear his Actors Studio stories) and Mackenzie Foy, along with director Christopher Nolan and producer/wife Emma Thomas and brother Jonathan, with whom he co-wrote the screenplay. Oh, and did I forget to mention Paramount also invited scores of Academy members to celebrate with Matthew? His family including kids and wife Camila Alves were at the ceremony, and Alves also came »

- Pete Hammond

Permalink | Report a problem


Im Global Strategy Pays Off With Strong Sales On ‘Free State Of Jones’ & More – Afm

17 November 2014 7:49 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: With the Afm wrapped late last week, Im Global is reporting robust sales despite what many considered to be a lackluster market. Stuart Ford’s Reliance-backed production, financing and sales company had what Ford says was one of the strongest AFMs in Im Global’s 7.5 year history. The success is part of a strategy of building relationships and a profile in growth markets like Latin America and Asia — bringing filmmakers to market to speak directly to buyers doesn’t hurt either.

The company had one of the more sought-after titles at the Loews in The Free State Of Jones. Gary Ross’ epic wartime action romance that stars Matthew McConaughey was presented to buyers on the first day of the market by Ross and producer Scott Stuber, as well as Adam Fogelson and Oren Aviv of Stx which is distributing in the U.S.

Ford closed deals on Free State »

- Nancy Tartaglione

Permalink | Report a problem


2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah

14 November 2014 12:45 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

We can still feel the heat generated from Craig Zobel’s Compliance. His sophomore film, which was made on a dime (his directorial debut Great World of Sound was made for a nickel and was also showcased at Sundance), got under the skin of select imbecile auds at its Park City premiere, but in the same token it intellectually tickled the critical masses. Adept in human discord in its purest form, this quality surely got infused on his third directing outing, Z for Zachariah, which is large scale humanity in crisis. You don’t often see Blacklist scripts (ranked #26th in 2009) break into Sundance, but in a Take Shelter scheme of things, this shot in New Zealand production benefitting from a plethora of producers on board could fit a sci-fi mold of Duncan JonesMoon. Despite the presence of A listers such as Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor, conceivably, big »

- Eric Lavallee

Permalink | Report a problem


Im Global buyers find Secret

8 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Universal has struck a deal with Im Global for select international territories on The Secret In Their Eyes remake, set to commence production in late January in Los Angeles.

The studio has snapped up rights for the UK, Germany, France and Benelux.

Im Global fully finances the project and has closed further deals in Latin America (Sun), Australia (Roadshow), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Italy (Good Films) and Spain (Inopia).

Rights have also gone to Switzerland (Impuls), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Greece (Spentzos), Hong Kong (Edko) and Israel (United King).

Chiwetel Eijofor stars alongside Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman, in for Gwyneth Paltrow who withdrew due to scheduling issues.

Ray will direct from his adaptation of the original by Juan Jose Campanella. The remake has been reconfigured to centre on a former Mi-5 agent haunted by an unsolved case who discovers a shocking truth about past events.

Mark Johnson and John Ufland are the producers and CAA represents Us rights »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

Permalink | Report a problem


Im Global buyers find Secrets

8 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Universal has struck a deal with Im Global for select international territories on The Secret In Their Eyes remake, set to commence production in late January in Los Angeles.

The studio has snapped up rights to the UK, Germany, France and Benelux.

Im Global fully finances the project and has closed further deals in Latin America (Sun), Australia (Roadshow), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Italy (Good Films) and Spain (Inopia).

Rights have also gone to Switzerland (Impuls), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Greece (Spentzos), Hong Kong (Edko) and Israel (United King).

Chiwetel Eijofor stars alongside Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman, in for Gwyneth Paltrow who withdrew due to scheduling issues.

Ray will direct from his adaptation of the original by Juan Jose Campanella. The remake has been reconfigured to centre on a former Mi-5 agent haunted by an unsolved case who discovers a shocking truth about past events.

Mark Johnson and John Ufland are the producers and CAA represents Us rights »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

Permalink | Report a problem


Wahlberg is the 'Six Billion Dollar Man', Russell in 'Bone Tomahawk', Pacino & De Palma Back Together and More

7 November 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Just above is your first look at Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk, a brutally violent, character-driven story following a sheriff (Russell), a gunslinger, a befuddled oldster and a cowboy as they attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes. The film co-stars Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, David Arquette, Fred Melamed, Sean Young, Sid Haig and Michael Pare. Showtime will be joining HBO and CBS and launching a streaming-only service sometime in 2015. Yahoo David Chase says he's open to the idea of a prequel to "The Sopranos": "Even if I did it, it wouldn't be 'The Sopranos' that was on the air - obviously at least one person is gone that we would need. There are a couple of eras that would be interesting for me to talk about, about Newark, N.J. One would be (the) late '60s, early '70s, »

- Brad Brevet

Permalink | Report a problem


Matthew McConaughey & Gary Ross Team Up for Civil War Drama

6 November 2014 7:36 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

As Matthew McConaughey continues his comeback of sorts with a slew of impressive performances, a new project with his talents attached is gaining steam at the American Film Market. Free State of Jones is a civil war drama focusing on the untold and extraordinary story of Newton Knight, who led one of the greatest rebellions of the war. In addition to McConaughey, The Hunger Games and Pleasantville director Gary Ross is attached to the film, and the story has been a passion project for him for years. Now with Stx Entertainment looking to finance a big chunk of the movie, it looks like it might finally happen. Read on! The subject of the film was a Mississippi man who defected from the Confederate Army, ended up banding together with a group of like-minded soldiers, and set out to form their own State known as the Free State Of Jones. Knight »

- Ethan Anderton

Permalink | Report a problem


Matthew McConaughey plans American Civil War film Free State of Jones

6 November 2014 3:55 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Matthew McConaughey is in line to star in Free State of Jones.

The True Detective actor has teamed up with writer-director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) for the American Civil War drama, reports Deadline.

The movie will tell the little-known tale of military leader Newton Knight.

McConaughey is in line to play the Confederate solider, who defected and attempted to found his own state in Mississippi at the height of the conflict.

The actor will next be seen in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.

He recently threatened a return to romantic comedies.

Stx Entertainment is reportedly considering acquiring Free State of Jones, which could begin shooting in early 2015. »

Permalink | Report a problem


Casting: McConaughey, Damon, Cooper, Jane

5 November 2014 6:24 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Free State Of Jones

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey is said to be starring in "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross' $65 million-budget Civil War drama "The Free State Of Jones" at Im Global and Stx Entertainment. Filming begins in the first quarter of 2015 with Scott Stuber on board to produce.

Ross wrote the screenplay which follows Newton Knight, a Southern unionist who fled the battlefield and rallied Confederate Army deserters to his so-called Knight Company against the Confederacy. Knight went on to marry the former slave of his grandfather and is still a divisive figure to this day . [Source: Screen]

Downsizing

Matt Damon has signed on to star in "The Descendants" and "Sideways" director Alexander Payne's "Downsizing" for 20th Century Fox. No word on when filming will begin.

Damon plays a man who comes to the realization that his life would be much better if he shrunk himself. Payne and Jim Taylor co-wrote the screenplay. »

- Garth Franklin

Permalink | Report a problem


Matthew McConaughey and Gary Ross Developing Civil War Drama

5 November 2014 2:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It’s a Matthew McConaughey weekend as Interstellar hits theaters, but the actor isn’t resting on his latest work with Christopher Nolan. Today an announcement went out detailing plans that could team the actor with director Gary Ross. The project is a Civil War-era story called Free State Of Jones, in which McConaughey would play a Mississippi […]

The post Matthew McConaughey and Gary Ross Developing Civil War Drama appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

Permalink | Report a problem


Matthew McConaughey Boards Civil War Drama Free State Of Jones

5 November 2014 2:18 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Matthew McConaughey is in early talks to star in civil war drama, Free State Of Jones, with Gary Ross attached to direct. The feature is only in the preliminary stages of development, as co-financiers Stx Entertainment and Im Global are currently brokering a deal at the American Film Market to discuss the particulars. Regardless, we understand that the aim is to begin shooting in the first quarter of next year.

Set during the 1920s, Free State Of Jones tells the story of a Confederate soldier, Newton Knight (McConaughey), who has since gone on to become a legendary figure after leading one of the biggest rebellions of the Civil War. The film will chronicle Knight’s journey as he defected from the Confederate army and formed his own band of deserters dubbed, The Knight Company. Together, they rallied against the Confederacy and aimed to establish their own place – the Free State of Jones. »

- Gem Seddon

Permalink | Report a problem


Afm Kicks Off With Prestige Fare Amid Global Shifts & Hunt For The Perfect Fit

5 November 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

A decade ago, when the Afm forged in to replace Mifed in November, it was a bastion of B-movies with B-List stars hawking themselves in multiple films, and a slew of deals that often didn’t result in anything. Now, with studios only wanting to finance sequels and superhero movies, and requiring partners to fully fund or partly pay for everything else on their slates, indie companies have new currency and are dealing with some of the biggest films in the business, with everyone from Gary Ross (The Free State Of Jones) to Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful 8) in Santa Monica courting foreign buyers.

As it sheds the schlockfest stigma the Afm once bore, attendees are focused on the increased importance of offshore returns and a more disciplined approach to the business. There’s a lot of money in the market, but rigor is key while packaging has become tougher as »

- Nancy Tartaglione

Permalink | Report a problem


Matthew McConaughey in talks to star in Civil War movie

5 November 2014 1:28 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey is going from space to back in time for his next project: According to Deadline, the Oscar winner is in talks to star in Free State of Jones. Free State of Jones will be based on the true story of Newton Knight, a leader of one of the Civil War's rebellions who fought against the Confederates and sought to form an entirely new state along with fellow soldiers. McConaughey would play Knight. Gary Ross, the writer and director behind 2012's The Hunger Games, is also in talks to get involved. »

- Ariana Bacle

Permalink | Report a problem


Im Global touts Free State Of Jones

5 November 2014 1:23 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey will star for Gary Ross in the $65m Civil War drama The Free State Of Jones that has got tongues wagging at Afm.

Im Global is co-financing the project with Stx Entertainment, the nascent studio from former Adam Sandler producer Robert Simonds backed by Tpg and Shanghai-based Hony Capital.

Stx will distribute The Free State Of Jones in the Us. CAA brokered the deal.

Production is set to begin in the first quarter of 2015 with Scott Stuber on board to produce the true story of Newton Knight, a Southern unionist who fled the battlefield and rallied Confederate Army deserters to his so-called Knight Company against the Confederacy.

Knight, who went on to marry the former slave of his grandfather, has been a divisive historical figure.

Some regard him as a principled man who took a stand against a war he did not believe in while in the eyes of others he was an outlaw »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

Permalink | Report a problem


Casting: Matthew McConaughey Joins Civil War Drama ‘Free State Of Jones,’ Naomi Watts Is A 'Shut In' & More

5 November 2014 1:01 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The American Film Market is in full swing, so that means casting announcements are flying fast and furious. First up, Matthew McConaughey and writer-director Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games," "Pleasantville") are poised to team-up. The actor and filmmaker are cooking up a project called “Free State Of Jones,” based on the untold and extraordinary story of Newton Knight, the leader of one of the greatest rebellions in Civil War history. New mini-major studio Stx may finance the movie to the tune of $20 million. This is the old Civil War passion project that Ross has been trying to get off the ground for years since 2009 (we’d heard Matt Damon’s name back in the day), and now that the McConnaissance is in full swing he’s finally found his backing. McConaughey is in talks to play a Mississippian soldier who defects from the Confederate Army and joins other dissidents to »

- Edward Davis

Permalink | Report a problem


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2000

1-20 of 96 items from 2014   « Prev | Next »


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners