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Now this is how you do a 'teaser' trailer. Sony Pictures exploded onto the scene this morning with their first official look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and instead of revealing their full-hand, they offered up a bounty of cool, unexpected moments, hinting at many things and enticing us just enough to know that we definitely want more. So far, this is the best trailer we've seen for any movie coming out in 2014. They nailed it. And these are the moments we're most excited for this morning.
1 The Rise of Electro
For a long time, we didn't know what to expect out of Electro. Sure, we saw those pictures of Jamie Foxx in the blue make-up, and it looked a little goofy. Then we saw some of the electricity effects being utilized, and that eased our weary minds a bit. But now? Holy cow did they get this character right for a live action movie. »
Marrakech, Morocco — James Gray had the audience in the palm of his hand during a two-hour masterclass conducted at the 13th Marrakech film festival that ended with the audience demanding an encore. “I just travelled 6000 miles on three different flights to get here,” quipped the American independent helmer. “I don’t mind answering a few more questions.”
While insisting that the word “master” should be reserved to directors such as the late Kurosawa or “Maestro Scorsese,” Gray provided an entertaining insight into his own working methods, filled with anecdotal episodes and responded to wide-ranging questions including the last chestnut: “What’s the future of American cinema?”
“I’m very bad at directing actors,” Gray said to the audience’s amusement. »
- Martin Dale
If Whiplash breaks into the line-up, I believe we’re in for a treat. It’ll have meant that Damien Chazelle, who broke out with 2009′s Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, won’t have slept much since he began lensing back only in August/September. Based on the unusually energetic, expertly edited, Full Metal Jacket-like in a classroom 18-minuter that was presented at Sundance ’12 edition (see image above), Chazelle lined up Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and J.K. Simmons (who steals the show in the short) for the lengthened version of the same name. Filmed in Los Angeles, Whiplash is a definite 2014/15 release to look out for.
Gist: Simmons portrays a brutal jazz orchestra teacher who unloads his frustrations on a novice drummer (Teller) who begins to lose his humanity in his quest to become the core skins pounder of the top jazz orchestra in the country. »
- Eric Lavallee
Plus, a long-anchored (pun intended) ship sets sail once again — and I’m already rooting for them.
No boyfriend was safe on the Nov. 21 episode of The Vampire Diaries, especially when pointy objects were involved. Not only did Katherine (Nina Dobrev) successfully purge Gregor from Matt’s body — God, I’m going to miss Zach Roerig‘s Czech accent — but her doppelganger also had a nasty encounter with Caroline’s (Candice Accola) new squeeze. Needless to say, there’s going to be a ton of Facebook status-changing tonight.
While it was heartbreaking watching Jesse (Kendrick Sampson) die, particularly because of Catherine’s reaction to losing her first post-Tyler love interest, I understand it needed to happen. Dr. Wes’ (Rick Cosnett) undead creations, vampires who feed on other vampires, are simply too dangerous to exist in this world — no matter how beautiful they are. And seriously, Jesse was b-e-a-utiful.
Damon Salvatore: »
- Andy Swift
Plus, Elena is ‘horrified’ to discover what’s really going on at Whitmore College.
As if Damon (Ian Somerhalder) doesn’t have enough to deal with in the present, he’s about face a demon from his past — and it might have something to do with Aaron (Shaun Sipos)! The CW just released the official description of The Vampire Diaries‘ Dec. 12 episode, suspiciously titled “Fifty Shades Of Grayson,” revealing yet another chapter of Damon’s smolder-y history we know nothing about.
Here’s the full rundown, per The CW:
Damon’S Past Returns To Haunt Him — Damon realizes Elena is in danger and enlists Stefan’s help to find her. The brothers pay a visit to Aaron, and Damon shocks Stefan by revealing his first-hand knowledge of Aaron’s family. In an attempt to stop Damon, Dr. Wes unleashes his secret weapon, forcing Damon to deal with a part of »
- Andy Swift
With so many TV shows holding on to their main characters for dear life, ‘Person Of Interest’ fans were shocked when a fan-favorite character bit it on the Nov. 19 episode. The show’s head honcho has finally told us why, so read on for the gory details. Spoilers ahead!
CBS’ procedural drama Person Of Interest killed off one of its leads during its Nov. 19 episode, leaving viewers stunned and in need of answers. HollywoodLife‘s sister site TVLine chatted with the show’s creator Jonah Nolan to find out why they offed the fan-favorite right after that tantalizing kiss.
‘Person of Interest’: Why Carter Was Killed Take Our Poll
Taraji P. Henson‘s Detective Jocelyn Carter was shot and killed during Person of Interest‘s Nov. 19 episode, right after she finally kissed John Reese (Jim Caviezel). Poi creator Jonah Nolan says that killing Carter was a difficult decision, but one that was ultimately necessary. »
- HL Intern
Spoiler alert: Stop reading if you don’t want to know who was killed on ‘Person of Interest!’
Is no one on TV safe anymore?! CBS’ procedural hit Person Of Interest murked one of its main characters on the Nov. 19 episode, leaving the team down a member — and the viewers completely stunned. But hey, at least we can be thankful that Reese wasn’t the character killed off. (Watching Jim Caviezel‘s torturous death in The Passions of the Christ was painful enough!)
‘Person Of Interest’: Carter Is Shot & Killed
Taraji P. Henson‘s Detective Jocelyn Carter turned out to be the victim CBS warned us about in a promo earlier this season, but even with advance warning, nothing could prepare viewers for how sad her passing would be. Carter died in Reese’s arms, the result of a direct shot from Officer Simmons (Robert John Burke.) Reese was also shot, »
- Andy Swift
Browse new shots from the Dec. 12 episode and share your theories about Aaron!
Shaun Sipos‘ Aaron is one of the most mysterious new characters on The Vampire Diaries this season — and that’s saying a lot, considering how many new faces season five has introduced — but it looks like we’ll finally get some answers before the end of the year! New photos from the Dec. 12 episode, which I believe to be the midseason finale, have hit the web; and Aaron makes an appearance in every single one, including a rather tense-looking shot with Damon (Ian Somerhalder).
The episode is titled “Fifty Shades Of Greyson” — insert joke about how Ian should have been cast as Christian Grey here — and it aims to give us a better idea of what the “son” of Dr. Maxfield (Rick Cosnett) is all about.
The CW hasn’t released an official description for the episode yet, »
- Andy Swift
Us director James Gray to preside over main competition jury, as previously announced.
Marco Müller, artistic director of the 8th Rome Film Festival (Nov 8-17), has announced the jury members who will complete the Competition Jury.
Jury president James Gray will be joined by:
(See below for more details on the jury)
The Jury will confer the feature films in Competition the:
Golden Marc’Aurelio Award for Best FilmBest Director AwardSpecial Jury PrizeBest Actor AwardBest Actress AwardAward for Emerging Actor or ActressAward for Best Technical ContributionAward for Best Screenplay.
It was also announced today that Italian actress Anna Foglietta will host the awards ceremony on Nov 16.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard leads writer/director James Gray harrowing romantic period drama The Immigrant as Polish women Ewa, struggling to survive the murky streets of New York City during the 1920s. It’s a film Gray specifically wrote for the La Vie En Rose actress, which also director reunites with Joaquin Phoenix for a fourth time. He portrays a dark and abusive character in the film that first premiered to great acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year. Oscar-nominee Jeremy Renner co-stars as the kind man offering to help Ewa escape her dangerous relationship with Phoenix’s evil Bruno.
A Polish woman separated from her sister on Ellis Island struggles to survive on the streets of Manhattan in this period drama from writer/director James Gray (We Own the Night, Two Lovers). The year is 1921. Polish sisters Ewa (Marion Cotillard) and Magda Cybulski are seeking a brighter »
- Craig Hunter
The 1920s in America were full of promise, but also a ton of hardship.
Nowhere is that more prevalent than the immigrant experience, and the millions of people that came through Ellis Island in search of a better life. In The Immigrant, one of those huddled masses is Marion Cotillard, whose character comes over with her sister from Poland. Unable to gain citizenship, she becomes a prostitute in the house of Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), “a morose exploiter with a poison soul, who nevertheless loves her in his tormented-sadistic way,” according to EW critic Owen Gleiberman.
The film, directed by James Gray »
- Erin Strecker
Does it sound like a super-dramatic period piece featuring beautiful, warm cinematography and starring first-rate actors like Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner would be the sort of thing that you’d be interested in? Then you’re probably going to want to watch the trailer for co-writer/director James Gray’s (We Own the Night, Two Lovers) new film, The Immigrant. It tells a complex tale that involves starting over in a new land, searching for lost family members, sex trafficking, and the seedy world of stage magicians. The Immigrant’s basic setup seems to be that Cotillard is the title character, who has traveled to 1920s New York in order to find a better life, Phoenix is a sleazy pimp, who offers to provide her this new life but ends up exploiting her, and Renner is a mustachioed gentlemen, who, upon meeting her, attempts to liberate her from the unseemly situation in which she »
- Nathan Adams
Two posters are in from James Gray's The Immigrant showing Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard. These join the first addition added on October 8th with Jeremy Renner. The R-rated film premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and is yet another collaboration between Phoenix and Gray after films like The Yards, We Own the Night and Two Lovers. Weinstein Co distributes the film, which has yet to find a N. American release date. 1920. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined »
Acclaimed writer/director James Gray reunites with his We Own The Night, Two Lovers and The Yards lead Joaquin Phoenix in period romantic drama The Immigrant. The film made its premiere earlier in the year at Cannes and now we’ve the first French character posters featuring the main cast, which includes fellow Oscar-nominees Jeremy Renner and Marion Cotillard. We’re still awaiting release dates for both the UK and the Us but The Immigrant is a film Gray specifically wrote for Cotillard.
A Polish woman separated from her sister on Ellis Island struggles to survive on the streets of Manhattan in this period drama from writer/director James Gray (We Own the Night, Two Lovers). The year is 1921. Polish sisters Ewa (Marion Cotillard) and Magda Cybulski are seeking a brighter future when the board a boat bound for the New York City. Upon arriving on Ellis Island, however, Magda »
- Craig Hunter
Chicago – It was a spectacular opening night for the 49th Chicago International Film Festival on October 10th, 2013. Director James Gray (“Two Lovers,” “We Own the Night”) presented his new film, “The Immigrant,” featuring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix. Plus on this Opening Night – taking place at the historic Chicago Theatre – there was a tribute to Roger Ebert, who passed away earlier this year.
The Master of Ceremonies was anchorman and producer Bill Kurtis, and he introduced Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival. Kutza then introduced a poignant video tribute to Chicago film critic Roger Ebert, and brought Chaz Ebert – Roger’s wife – to the podium. She gave a heartfelt speech, thanking the City of Chicago and the film community for the outpouring of love for her husband. Then director James Gray made short introductory remarks, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I finally caught up with James Gray's "The Immigrant" at the New York Film Festival. (Toh reviewed it at Cannes, where it met a mixed response.) I have appreciated the New York filmmaker's work in the past, especially "Two Lovers," one of four of Gray's films to star Joaquin Phoenix. But this handsome production, despite solid acting from French star Marion Cotillard as a lovely Polish emigre who is caught in a tug-of-war between a lower east side whoremonger (Phoenix) and a magician (Jeremy Renner), does not satisfy. There's too little narrative to hang onto; the script is listless and repetitive. This is one of those films where you feel that all the energy went into slavishly recreating the 1920s New York milieu; you leave humming the sets. At the Nyff press conference (see video below), Gray had to do all the talking, as Phoenix seemed to be there »
- Anne Thompson
Check out the first poster for James Gray's The Immigrant with Jeremy Renner. We're expecting some follow-up character posters with the other two main stars in Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix in due time as well. Gray, known for other Phoenix films The Yards, We Own the Night and Two Lovers, directs from a screenplay he wrote alongside. Cotillard has also worked with Gray before on Cannes Film Festival player Blood Ties starring Clive Owen, which he wrote. Here's what to expect, courtesy of Wild Bunch, who are distributing the film in France. 1920. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone »
James Gray's reception in North America is a little bewildering, regardless of which side you stand on. To some, including this author, Gray's qualities as a filmmaker are obvious. Decidedly at odds with the trends of contemporary cinema since he made his debut with Little Odessa in 1994 (something discussed in the following interview), Gray's so-called "classical" style is invested in things seemingly forgotten in American movies. He stands outside of the present, yet it is far too simple to say he comes out of the past. Aside from Clint Eastwood, is there another director working in Hollywood making subtle, emotional, expertly-crafted dramas while also maintaining a delicately mannered mise en scène? Because of this, Gray seems out of place. Maybe that explains the lack of Cannes awards on his shelf (despite four trips to the festival's competition), the dissenting reviews (which don't even appear to be written on the »
- Adam Cook
"Are you Horny?" asks Juno Temple of Daniel Radcliffe in one of the more tranquil moments in this goofy yet sincere adaptation of Joe Hill's by all accounts quite good novel, Horns. Two lovers, Iggy and Merrin, lay like Yin and Yang across a spread blanket in the leafy Washington State forest, their own little eden. They kiss while the camera looks on from heaven only to have it then quickly drill down into the ground to look up from Hell as we learn that shortly after their playful kiss Merrin is murdered and Iggy is kind of the chief suspect. David Bowie's "Heroes" plays on a turntable only before it is physically impeded to produce that ominously Slllooooww deep sound that only vinyl can produce. The...
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Benedict Cumberbatch may not be in the next Star Wars film (at least, not according to his spokesperson), but apparently he’s still intent on starring in every other movie being released until the end of time. And it seems like 2014 will be the year of Cumberbatch biopics: he’s already slated to star as WWII codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and rumored for a role in Flying Horse, about photographer Edweard Muybridge. He’ll be breaking ciphers and snapping photos (although the role he’s rumored for is actually the guy who slept with Muybridge’s wife), and now he’ll be trekking through the jungle. Deadline reports that the newest biopic to star Cumberbatch will be Lost City of Z. Based on the similarly-titled book by David Grann, Lost City of Z sees Cumberbatch as Percy Fawcett, the British explorer who in 1925 journeyed through the Amazon in search of a fabled lost city »
- Adam Bellotto
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