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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for ZombieWorld, casting updates on The Private Eye and Desolation, DVD release details announced for Fantasm, a teaser poster from One Night of Fear, a Q&A with writer, Duncan Ralston, and much more:
ZombieWorld Trailer and DVD Release Details: “ZombieWorld is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood, guts and mayhem will be brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world that Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central will handpick from short film entries received between April 21, 2014 and May 30, 2014 on Dread Central.com. The work of each chosen director will be featured in the film and will bring »
- Tamika Jones
Year of Living Stressfully: Chandor Returns with Slow-Boil Scald
Baby, it may be cold outside, but the climate’s sure changing in J.C. Chandor’s flashback to 1981 New York City in A Most Violent Year, the director’s third and most iniquitous portrayal yet of humans struggling for survival or ascension among the ranks. Following the success of his talky yet effective 2011 debut, Margin Call, a slick examination of the viperous tendencies amongst Wall Street’s elite and the 2008 crash, and 2013’s Robert Redford against the elements flick All Is Lost, Chandor extends his dexterity to a period piece that’s already drawn comparison to the heyday of Lumet and the underrated familial dramas of James Gray. With a little luck, Chandor’s title won’t be treated to the same ambivalence as Gray’s films tend to be, but in line with his previous two titles, it’s an equally difficult, »
- Nicholas Bell
According to TMZ, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes’s daughter has a name, and it is — drum roll, please! — Esmeralda Amada Gosling. Esmeralda, of course, is a character in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (maybe the two are Disney fans?), while Amada was the name of Mendes’s character in 2007’s We Own the Night. In the interest of fairness, we hope the next kid will be named after one of Gosling’s characters. We suggest Quasimodo "The Driver” Gosling. That has a cool-celeb-kid ring to it. »
- Anna Silman
Access Hollywood has learned that the couple named their daughter Esmeralda Amada Gosling.
Eva played a character named Amada in 2007's "We Own the Night."
Photos: Craziest Celeb Kids’ Names
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Admit it -- you didn't see this once coming!
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes welcomed their first child together on Sept. 12, and Ryan has appeared to have taken his well-documented Disney obsession to the next level -- they've named their daughter Esmeralda Amada, Et can confirm.
It's no secret that the 33-year-old Notebook star is a big fan of Disneyland dates -- news broke that he was dating Eva when pictures surfaced of the two holding hands at the happiest place on Earth. Besides Eva, has also taken both Blake Lively and Kat Dennings to the Anaheim, Calif. theme park.
While one can only suspect the "Esmerelda" choice was primarily inspired by Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Eva also »
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes' baby name may have been inspired by one of the characters she played in a Mark Wahlberg movie.Gosling and Mendes named their daughter Esmeralda Amada ... according to the baby's birth certificate, obtained by TMZ.Amada was the name of Eva's character in "We Own the Night" -- and Esmeralda, well ... maybe she's a big fan of the '96 Disney flick "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."And we also »
- TMZ Staff
Talk about a lunch date to remember! Lady Antebellum stunned lucky fan Alexis Wonais with a surprise serenade of their hit "I Run to You" as she and her fiancé Jordan Myers were out to eat in Perry, Georgia, on Saturday. But the surprise didn't end there for Wonais: Lady A also invited the newly engaged couple to their show and is hooking them up with a five-night Mexican honeymoon. Oh yeah, and they're also providing Wonais's wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses. Sound amazing? It was all part of the group's 7FOR7 initiative, a week-long campaign that has taken them »
- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000
One doesn’t have to be an analyst or expert in all things cinema to note the decline of certain genres and niches within the film-making machine. While comic-book movies and superhero franchises have risen to soaring heights over the last fifteen years, we have seen a dramatic drop in other, classic outputs, seemingly to make way. A perfect example of this would be the procedural crime thriller, tales of murder investigation and corruption, a hallmark of hard boiled fiction from the 1970′s onwards that by now have tailed off. It says a lot that the most recent archetypal release from said field was last year’s Broken City, a box office and critical failure from highly rated scribe Stephen Knight. A production line that once gave us the likes of Chinatown, Serpico and Seven is now decrepit and seemingly unfit for purpose.
Not only is this genre starved, it »
- Scott Patterson
Every now and then, a film falls through the cracks. Independent dramas in particular are susceptible to a weird phenomenon we'll call the Distribution Bermuda Triangle – they're made, they play at a film festival or two, they rack up some early buzz and movie fans get excited.
And then... nothing. A gaping void where the release date ought to be.
The UK has been especially bad for this of late, with a slew of 2013's most buzzed-about dramas still without distribution. Below, Digital Spy rounds up the five we're most desperate to finally see on this side of the pond
In the wake of Shailene Woodley's recent box office double whammy (Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, if you've been snoozing), our hopes were high that this sophisticated teen drama would finally see the light of day in the UK. But as yet, there's been no word. »
Directed by James Gray
Coming to America in the early 1920′s was supposed to signify a new start and generate fresh cultural experiences for Polish sisters Ewa Cybulski (Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose”) and Magda (Angela Sarafyan) in co-writer/director James Gray’s elegant, sweeping and moody melodrama The Immigrant. Gray’s (“The Yard”, “We Own the Night”, “Little Odessa”, “Two Lovers”) character-driven expose of the American dream turned nightmarish hard knocks has some guaranteed richness in its vintage soap opera-esque sophistication.
The Immigrant echoes the lost ambitions, evasive opportunities and seedy-minded expectations of people roaming around but not quite reaching their intended destinations. Gray and his screenwriter collaborator Richard Menello create a tawdry, sullen and cluttered universe in an early turn of the century New York City where foreign visitors gravitate to Ellis Island looking to share »
- Frank Ochieng
A few years ago, We Own the Night director James Gray was slated to direct an adaptation of Mark Greaney's novel The Gray Man, and Brad Pitt was even attached to star. The project never got off the ground, but Sony Pictures has optioned the rights to the first book in a four-part series with plans to turn the books into a franchise. And Variety reports Captain America: The Winter Soldier directing duo Anthony & Joe Russo are attached to write and direct the adaptation that follows a CIA operative-turned-assassin who looks to evade mysterious forces as he tries to save his daughters, who don’t know he exists. Joe Russo told the trade, "“We found the material to be very compelling and ultra realistic and has a great character at the heart of it. We are most interested in stories that are entrenched in the most modern elements that »
- Ethan Anderton
Writer/director James Gray’s outstanding new drama The Immigrant takes audiences back to a time when America encouraged other countries to send us their tired, poor, and huddled masses. Gray’s fifth film once again takes place in the New York of his previous work (Little Odessa, The Yards, We Own The Night, and Two Lovers) but this time he’s presented a period piece that is one of the best movies of 2014 so far.
The Immigrant begins in 1921 on Ellis Island, where Polish sisters Ewa and Magda Cybulski (Marion Cotillard and Angela Sarafyan) wait in line to be processed for entry into the New York port. Magda is quarantined, suspected of having contracted tuberculosis and there is murky reference to some “low moral” behavior on Ewa’s part while aboard the ship, so she is threatened with immediate deportation. Bruno Weiss (Joaquin Phoenix), a nicely-dressed observer in a bowler hat, »
- Tom Stockman
Writer-director James Gray creates male characters who are unable to control their emotions and suffer visibly, even floridly. That puts some viewers off, especially when — in movies like We Own the Night and Two Lovers — the camera loiters over Gray’s evident alter ego, Joaquin Phoenix, in Phoenix’s rage-and-snivel mode. Is Gray as self-indulgent as his protagonist? Oh, maybe. Sometimes. But few directors can sustain a mood so thick with melancholy and moral ambivalence. And Phoenix is, at best, a great actor, a holy fool who plunges into uncharted waters and prides himself on his flailing. They’re quite a pair.Their latest collaboration is The Immigrant, set in New York circa 1921, but this time there’s an even more vivid presence than Phoenix. Marion Cotillard plays the title character, Eva, an obviously traumatized young Pole first seen waiting in line at Ellis Island with her coughing sister, Magda »
- David Edelstein
Writer-director James Gray makes consistently intriguing, provocative films like We Own the Night and Two Lovers. The Immigrant is no exception; it may be flawed, but it’s also strangely compelling. Some of the vignettes in this episodic tale may seem outlandish, but most of them are derived from Gray’s family lore. Marion Cotillard gives a bravura performance as a Polish immigrant who arrives at Ellis Island in 1921 with her sickly sister. She falls prey to a smooth operator, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who’s always on the lookout for naïve newcomers. He offers to help and protect her, which he does, even while exploiting her as a prostitute. (She reluctantly agrees to sell...
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- Leonard Maltin
“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. In 2013, “The Immigrant” was set to be a TWC-Radius/VOD release. Gray didn’t explain what happened exactly and why the film moved over »
- Rodrigo Perez
While heralded by a dedicated group of cinephiles in the U.S. (as well as most critics in France), director James Gray has always been more talked-about for his sure hand with actors and drama than for his visual style. Not that he hasn't shown before that he has more sense of mise-en-scene than many celebrated stylists (the rain-soaked car chase in We Own the Night comes to mind), but, perhaps because he's never been as showy as say, Martin Scorsese, or found it necessary to maintain a "signature" visual style from film to film, he's never been lifted to the mainstream upper-echelon of American nouveaux-auteurs. The Immigrant may change all of that. Here is, if nothing else, a gorgeous movie to look at. Bathed in...
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As we recently noted, filmmaker James Gray has only made five films in 20 years. That’s a positively low number, but Gray has had many hardships that distracted from his body of work. His debut “Little Odessa” won a major prize in 1994 at the Venice Film Festival and that jumpstarted his career, but obstacles both minor and major threatened to derail that momentum. For “The Yards,” he ran into the might of Harvey Weinstein and a compromised ending saw him booed at Cannes (Miramax subsequently dumped the film into a few theaters with barely a regular release). This beating was difficult and it took Gray seven years to follow it up with “We Own The Night,” which performed well at the box-office, but was marketed like a fairly generic cop movie and not the rich father and sons policier that it is. The romantic drama “Two Lovers” was also a success, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Here we go with another installment of my Spotlight on the Stars series. As a refresher for those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, each week I’ll look at an A-list actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of a way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like most weeks, honestly) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun, but each time out it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. You can count on that much. For this week’s piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s most talented actors…Joaquin Phoenix. He’s definitely been an odd duck at times (just look at everything that surrounded his art experience/mockumentary I’m Still »
- Joey Magidson
In The Immigrant, Marion Cotillard plays Ewa, a Polish woman whose American Dream is hijacked almost as soon as she lands on Ellis Island in 1921. All alone, she’s threatened with deportation until she’s rescued by Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) — a schemer as dastardly as Pinocchio’s Stromboli, who forces her into a hard life of servitude and prostitution.
Bruno’s cousin, a magician named Orlando (Jeremy Renner), offers Ewa a ray of hope. And in this exclusive clip from the film, Orlando demonstrates a feat as wondrous as the American Dream itself — as long as you’re willing to »
- Jeff Labrecque
Perhaps it’s appropriate that the director of “The Immigrant” has achieved more fame overseas than on his own shores.
In France, James Gray is practically a household name. Though he hails from New York — Queens to be exact — four of his five films have premiered at the Cannes Festival, and he has been nominated twice for the foreign film prize at France’s Cesar Awards. Even casual French film buffs know his resume. So why is Gray a virtual unknown to most Americans?
The director himself is a bit perplexed by his outsized international reputation, which began when his debut feature, the Brighton Beach-set crime thriller “Little Odessa,” was invited to premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 1994, when Gray was 25. Six years after that came “The Yards,” about a man caught in the middle of a turf war in a Queens railroad yard, followed by crime drama “We Own the Night »
- Peter Debruge
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