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Scott Foundas’ Top 10 Films of 2014

17 December 2014 3:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a year of many tortured geniuses onscreen — Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, J.M.W. Turner, Brian Wilson — and behind the scenes, where directors like Bong Joon-ho, James Gray and Paul Schrader fought producers and distributors over final cut, and the right to see their films properly released. Of course, the very idea of distribution has become nearly as diffuse in the digital era as that of film itself, a material on which few movies are still made and even fewer shown — unless you happen to be Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino or Christopher Nolan, who earned the ire of some theater owners when he demanded they reinstall 35mm projectors if they wanted to screen his “Interstellar” two days early. In light of the film’s $600 million worldwide gross (and counting), one can only say: poor them.

Speaking of “Interstellar,” if there was one undeniable constant at the movies in 2014, it was time, »

- Scott Foundas

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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: December 15 - 21

15 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Skeleton Twins"

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are fantastic as estranged twins with a family history of depression. After a failed suicide attempt, Milo (Hader) goes to live with Maggie (Wiig) and her Golden Retriever-like husband, Lance (Luke Wilson). Although Maggie's life looks perfect from the outside, she's got just as many self-destructive secrets at Milo. Sweet and sad, this is definitely Wiig's best dramatic role to date.

"This Is Where I Leave You"

Tina Fey and Jason Bateman lead an impressive ensemble cast in this dramedy about a family forced together for their father's funeral, and the seven days of mourning customary known as sitting shiva in the Jewish tradition. Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Ben Schwartz, »

- Jenni Miller

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Team Fyc: "The Immigrant" for Original Score

4 December 2014 12:01 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Editor's Note: We're featuring individually chosen Fyc's for various longshots in the Oscar race. We'll never repeat a film or a category so we hope you enjoy the variety of picks. And if you're lucky enough to be an AMPAS, HFPA, or Critics Group voter, take note! Here's Jose on The Immmigrant. 

Director James Gray has stated on many occasions that he owes his inspiration for The Immigrant to music, to be more specific: opera. How it was when he was watching Puccini’s Il Trittico at the La Opera, with tears streaming down his face, that he realized he needed to tell this story. Inspired by Puccini’s sinful sister Angelica, he created the character of Ewa (Marion Cotillard) a Polish immigrant forced into prostitution by the conniving pimp Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) who in a way is perversely in love with her. Gray wanted to tell a grand story »

- Jose

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Review: Horns, Sloppy, Rushed, And Undeveloped

30 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

"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 before it is physically impeded to produce that ominously Slllooooww deep sound that only vinyl can produce....

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Beverly D'Angelo and Colin Hanks to guest star on 'Mom'

16 October 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Two lovers—one old and one new—are entering the fray on Mom. EW has learned CBS has enlisted Beverly D’Angelo and Colin Hanks in a pair of guest star roles on an upcoming episode of sophomore comedy Mom, which stars Anna Faris as sober single parent Christy and Emmy winner Allison Janney as her razor-sharp mother Bonnie. D’Angelo will play Lorraine, the ex-wife of Christy’s father Alvin (Kevin Pollak), who comes back to town and into his life again just in time to complicate his still-sensitive relationship with his other ex Bonnie. Hanks, meanwhile, will play Andy, »

- Marc Snetiker

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Reese Witherspoon's Peggy Lee Biopic Lands Director Todd Haynes

8 September 2014 4:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Four years after it was first announced in August 2010, Reese Witherspoon's Untitled Peggy Lee Project is moving forward once again, with Todd Haynes now set to direct.

Nora Ephron was initially attached to write and direct the biopic, although the project stalled after she passed away in June 2012. Doug Wright (Quills, Two Lovers) performed a rewrite of the screenplay. No story details were given, except that it will follow the life of famed singer Peggy Lee, whose career spanned more than 7 decades after her first #1 hit single, "Something Else Is Taking Place" debuted in 1942. The singer passed away at the age of 82 in 2002.

Reese Witherspoon is also producing alongside Marc Platt for Fox 2000, the same company that made Walk the Line, which earned the actress her first Oscar win. No production schedule was released at this time.

Todd Haynes' last directorial effort was 2007's I'm Not There, and »

- MovieWeb

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2014 Independent Film Week Includes Latest From Barry Jenkins, Alistair Banks Griffin, Passon, Frammartino & Landes

23 July 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

On the heels of the 39th edition of the Toronto Int. Film Festival (Sept 4-14), Ifp’s Independent Film Week is where a plethora of fiction, non-fiction and new this year, web-based series from the likes of Desiree Akhavan and Calvin Reeder find future coin. Sectioned off as projects at the very beginning of financing to those that are nearing completion, there happens to be tons of Sundance alumni in the names below. Among those that caught our attention we have Medicine for Melancholy‘s Barry Jenkins’ sophomore feature, produced by Bad Milo!‘s Adele Romanski, Moonlight is about “two Miami boys navigate the temptations of the drug trade and their burgeoning sexuality in this triptych drama about black queer youth”. Concussion‘s Stacie Passon digs into the thriller genre with Strange Things Started Happening. Produced by vet Mary Jane Skalski (Mysterious Skin), this is about “a woman who has »

- Eric Lavallee

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Second Look: The Bling Ring, You’re Next, Haywire And More (Episode 2)

14 July 2014 9:03 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With so many films releasing each year, it’s impossible to catch them all. No matter how many movies you see, there are always a handful that manage to get by. You pledge to catch them at a later date, or maybe when they hit Blu-Ray, but we all know how it goes. You never get around to watching them and as more and more time passes, they get completely forgotten. It’s a shame, too, because there really are so many great movies that get overlooked each and every year and unfortunately, don’t achieve the mainstream success that they deserve.

Here at We Got This Covered, we’re hoping to remedy this problem by starting a new web show titled Second Look, where each week we’ll suggest several great movies that you might not have seen yet. For episode one, we presented you with Looper, Safety Not Guaranteed, »

- Justine Browning

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Adventure’

8 July 2014 12:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

White Nights,” Dostoyevsky’s melancholic 1848 story of loneliness fleetingly relieved, has inspired many a notable filmmaker to bittersweet heights — Luchino Visconti (“White Nights”), Robert Bresson (“Four Nights of a Dreamer”) and James Gray (“Two Lovers”) among them. A loose adaptation relocated to modern-day Kazakhstan, Nariman Turebayev’s short, sweet “Adventure” hardly stands shoulder-to-shoulder with those films, but has a groggy charm of its own. Following a milquetoast night watchman drawn by an enigmatic woman into a brief, bewitching change of routine — for which the title seems a deliberately overstated description — Turebayev’s third feature might not have the energy or invention to parlay its Karlovy Vary competition slot into extensive distribution, but it’s a film of quiet pleasures nonetheless.

“Nothing new was supposed to happen,” says protagonist Marat (Azamat Nigmanov) in an introductory voiceover. It’s a statement that could be found at the start of any number of »

- Guy Lodge

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Second Look: Looper, The East, The Hunter And More (Episode 1)

6 July 2014 9:41 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With so many films releasing each year, it’s impossible to catch them all. No matter how many movies you see, there are always a handful that manage to get by. You pledge to catch them at a later date, or maybe when they hit Blu-Ray, but we all know how it goes. You never get around to watching them and as more and more time passes, they get completely forgotten. It’s a shame, too, because there really are so many great movies that get overlooked each and every year and unfortunately, don’t achieve the mainstream success that they deserve.

Here at We Got This Covered, we’re hoping to remedy this problem by starting a new web show titled Second Look, where each week we’ll suggest several great movies that you might not have seen yet. For episode one, we present you with Looper, Safety Not Guaranteed, »

- Justine Browning

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5 unreleased movies we're dying to see: Enemy, Snowpiercer, Spectacular Now

5 July 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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

The Spectacular Now

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. »

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‘The Immigrant’ is a polished period piece with the vintage knack for the melodramatic

12 June 2014 11:06 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Immigrant

Written by Richard Menello and James Gray

Directed by James Gray

USA, 2014

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

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The Immigrant – The Review

22 May 2014 6:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Edelstein: The Immigrant Is Richer Than Anything Else Onscreen Right Now

19 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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James Gray on Cotillard, critics, and why 'The Immigrant' is his best film

16 May 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's hard to believe that it's a whole year since James Gray's "The Immigrant" was unveiled at Cannes to response that ranged from the rhapsodic to the sneering. A hot topic for the duration of the festival, it then dropped alarmingly off the radar, as its release was ever further postponed by The Weinstein Company. And as one of those who rhapsodised harder than most last year -- the film placed in my top five of 2013 -- I'm relieved to say that it finally reaches Us theaters today. Still, probably not as relieved as Gray himself, a director who is used to creative and critical resistance -- it is well known by now that his work is more openly embraced in France than on home turf -- but has had to fight especially hard for "The Immigrant," a film he firmly believes is the best of his career. Starring »

- Guy Lodge

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The Immigrant

15 May 2014 9:05 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

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

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‘The Immigrant’ Review: Marion Cotillard Gets Exploited at Ellis Island

15 May 2014 2:52 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It may have been hard out there for a pimp in “Hustle & Flow,” but it's even worse for single gals just off the boat in “The Immigrant,” the new drama from director James Gray (“Two Lovers”). Ewa (Marion Cotillard) and her consumptive sister arrive at Ellis Island in 1921, when American women had the right to vote but were far from liberated. From the moment we see the unaccompanied Polish sisters, we get a strong sense of foreboding, and it only grow stronger when officials send sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) to quarantine and enigmatic “traveler's aide” Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) »

- Diane Garrett

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This Weekend, Head to 'Godzilla' and, At Last, 'The Immigrant' (Trailers)

15 May 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

At long last, those lucky enough to live in New York or Los Angeles can see director James Gray's measured, masterful period film "The Immigrant" this weekend. Those inclined toward multiplex fare can comfortably seek out "Godzilla" and "Million Dollar Arm," which both offer plenty of popcorn pleasures. Meanwhile, two other small-scale indies off the festival pipeline arrive: "Chinese Puzzle," and "Half of a Yellow Sun." (Trailers below.) With visuals to-die-for, including a fabulously framed closing shot, James Gray's ("Two Lovers") "The Immigrant" stars Marion Cotillard as the titular new-girl-on-the-block in Ellis Island, 1921, trying to survive in a new world but only half-succeeding. She falls into the clutches of Joaquin Phoenix's Bruno, a Jewish pimp who uses a exotic variety show as his front. Everyone is hustling to survive, and profit, in America here. Cotillard is radiant and emotive, elevating this moving postcard of a bygone era »

- TOH!

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Interview: Director James Gray Talks ‘The Immigrant,’ Working With Marion Cotillard, The Late Harris Savides & Much More

14 May 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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The future is bright for Joaquin Phoenix

13 May 2014 10:59 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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