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Review: Scott Bound—Ridley Scott’s "All the Money in the World"

A few years ago, I was on the periphery of a group of critics who made much of its love for the work of Tony Scott. After he died, the revaluation of his films became a noble pursuit, a form of tribute to a man we thought would be working for at least another decade but who had vanished one day without warning. An extensive series of articles, each of which exuded a sincere love of Tony’s wild, plastic cinema, were published here on the Notebook. I haven’t revisited many of Scott’s films since then; my priorities have shifted, and I look elsewhere for inspiration. Still, part of the appeal of somebody like Tony Scott—who, we maintained, was a bad-taste artist hiding in plain sight—was that you would, in the course of spending the holidays at your parents’ house, say, catch a glimpse of his movies on television.
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The Last Word on ‘The Lost City of Z’

I think I’m finally beginning to understand James Gray‘s aesthetic with ‘The Lost City of Z‘. His classic nature, his fascination with these over-arching narratives. The first film of his that I saw was technically ‘We Own the Night‘ a forgettable but classic-in-approach New York City cop drama. I wasn’t much of a fan, and never quite got his appeal after that. He then did the interesting romantic-comedy-drama ‘Two Lovers‘ with Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow, which I liked a little more, but frankly, I mostly remember that movie now ’cause of it’s involvement in Joaquin Phoenix’s off-field actions as he was doing his crazed Andy Kaufman-esque performance art piece and trying to become a rapper-thing during the promotion of that film. I know some who really enjoyed it; I thought it was okay, but not special. Before that run, Gray had only two movies in the previous 12 years,
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Common Talks Mentoring Filmmakers: 'One of My Biggest Rewards Is to Help Other Visionaries’ (Exclusive)

Common Talks Mentoring Filmmakers: 'One of My Biggest Rewards Is to Help Other Visionaries’ (Exclusive)
Common has found the reward in paying it forward.

Et caught up with the Oscar-winning rapper and actor during At&T’s Hello Lab Mentorship film event at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California, last Friday, where he dished on helping "visionaries and artists be heard."

“I think one of my biggest rewards is to help other visionaries and artists be heard, to give them opportunities and platforms,” he told Et. “That’s been some of the most fulfilling things that I’ve been able to do in my life.”

At&T’s Hello Lab linked aspiring filmmakers Gabrielle Shepherd, Matthew Castellanos, Neil Paik, Sara Shaw, and Nefertiti Nguvbu with entertainment industry mentors including Common, Octavia Spencer, Dope director Rick Famuyima, Fruitvale producer Nina Yang Bongiovi and actress-director Desiree Akhavan.

The night’s event debuted five never-before-seen short films helmed by the mentees, all of whom hail from diverse backgrounds. The films, Candid
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Film Critics Pick the Most Underrated Movies of 2017 — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Film Critics Pick the Most Underrated Movies of 2017 — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the most overlooked and/or underrated movie of 2017?

E. Oliver Whitney, Screencrush.com, @cinemabite

Despite the critical praise, “A Fantastic Woman” only a one-week qualifying run last month, and I worry is it’ll easily be forgotten this awards season. Daniela Vega gives one of the most astounding performances I’ve seen this year, one that comes from somewhere fierce and internal, portraying the life and struggle of a trans woman that cinema has rarely shown an interest in exploring. But since you can’t see it until it has a proper release in Febraury, do check one of the year’s other
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Robert Pattinson on Picking Under-the-Radar Directors and Why Claire Denis is the Most ‘Authentic Punk’ He’s Ever Met

Robert Pattinson on Picking Under-the-Radar Directors and Why Claire Denis is the Most ‘Authentic Punk’ He’s Ever Met
It’s not unusual for actors after they’ve become movie stars to use their clout to make their passion projects or work with directors they admire. What makes Robert Pattinson’s post-“Twilight” career choices so fascinating is he hasn’t reached for A-List directors, studio projects with an awards pedigree, or personal pet projects he’s determined to shepherd. Instead, he’s sought out celebrated directors whose work is slightly below-the-radar and outside the mainstream of American cinema.

“I really like the hunt,” said Pattinson in an interview with IndieWire when he was at the Savannah Film Festival receiving a Maverick Award. “I like finding directors who haven’t been fully realized by the wider world yet.”

In the case of the Josh and Benny Safdie, who directed Pattinson in “Good Time,” Pattinson saw an image from their previous film on IndieWire that caught his attention. “As soon
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Brad Pitt’s Sci-Fi Movie ‘Ad Astra’ to Hit Theaters in January 2019

Brad Pitt’s Sci-Fi Movie ‘Ad Astra’ to Hit Theaters in January 2019
Fox has dated Brad Pitt’s science-fiction movie “Ad Astra” for Jan. 11, 2019.

It’s the first movie to land on that date. James Gray directed “Ad Astra” from a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross. Regency Enterprises and Fox produced in association with Bona Film Investment Company, which will distribute in China.

Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Jamie Kennedy, and Donald Sutherland are also starring in “Ad Astra.” Pitt is playing a man who journeys across the solar system in search of his missing father, a dangerous renegade scientist. Jones has been cast as Pitt’s father.

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Pitt is also producing with Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and Rt FeaturesRodrigo Teixeira, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas, and Gray. Executive producers are Mad River’s Marc Butan, Rt Features’ Lourenco Sant’Anna, Sophie Mas, Yu Dong, Jeffrey Chan, Anthony Mosawi,
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Venice Film Review: ‘Eye on Juliet’

Big Brother is always watching, this much we know — but what if he’s also a stand-up guy who really cares about you? That, somewhat dubiously, is the premise of “Eye on Juliet,” a long-distance love story that will surely remain the only film in history to remind viewers at points of both “Eye in the Sky” and “An Affair to Remember.” Canadian writer-director Kim Nguyen’s fanciful tale of a Detroit drone operator losing his heart to a North African surveillance subject is naive by design, as it imagines a future utopia where both physical and cultural distances can be bridged through empathy, with a heavy assist from technology. Yet this well-meaning film winds up seeming more than a little obtuse in its flat avoidance of geopolitical detail, not helped by disproportionately faint sketching of its non-western characters — a disappointment from the talented filmmaker behind “War Witch,” 2012’s vivid, Oscar-nominated
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Horror Channel FrightFest announces Short Film Showcase

Simon Brew Aug 10, 2017

26 short genre films are heading to London at the end of the month - and we've got the full list here...

One of the many treats – well, 26 of the many treats – awaiting attendees of Horror Channel FrightFest in London at the end of the month is the short film showcase, that’s just been announced.

Across three days, 26 short genre movies will be screened, including 12 from the UK. Den Of Geek alumnus James Moran’s Blood Shed, starring Shaun Dooley, Sally Phillips and a garden shed, is screening. As is Katie Bonham’s Mab, Sean Healy’s Judgement and Stefano Nurro’s Hum.

The full line up is at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile, if you’re after tickets, Horror Channel FrightFest runs from 24th to the 28th of August in London. You can buy single tickets and passes here: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.
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Win Robert Pattinson/ Charlie Hunnam Starrer ‘The Lost City Of Z’ On Blu-Ray

Based on author David Grann’s non-fiction bestseller, The Lost City Of Z is the incredible true story of pioneering British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century. Starring Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) in the titular role, The Lost City Of Z comes to Est on 17th July and on Blu-ray and DVD on 24th July 2017, through Studiocanal, and we have three copies of the film to give away on Blu-ray.

Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as savages, the determined Percy Fawcett returns time and again to his beloved jungle; discovering evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region in an attempt to prove his case. Supported by his devoted wife (Sienna MillerFoxcatcher, High-Rise), son (Tom HollandThe Impossible, Spider-Man: Homecoming,
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Horror Channel FrightFest’s short film line-up announced

With twenty-six films over three days, including ten World, four European and seven UK premieres, Horror Channel FrightFest’s short film showcase unleashes this year’s eclectic mix of the bold, brave, bloody and barmy with films programmed to entertain, frighten, enlighten and simply amaze.

From the press release:

There are twelve films from the United Kingdom, forming the centerpiece of this year’s line-up. These include James Moran’s Blood Shed, starring Shaun Dooley and Sally Phillips, where a man’s love of his garden shed takes a rather murderous turn. In Judgement, Neil Maskell stars as a single man looking for love in all the wrong places and Laurence R. Harvey shines as a mutated children’s’ toy in Teddy Bear’S Picnic. Then there’s Katie Bonham’s Mab, about a girl who turns to witchcraft to teach someone a lesson.

The other home-grown offerings see people
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ICM Partners grows independent group with Kristen Konvitz hire

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New arrival worked at Stay Gold, Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company

ICM Partners on Monday announced the hire of Kristen Konvitz at the agency’s independent and international film department.

Konvitz, who most recently served as head of production at Stay Gold Features, will be based in the Los Angeles office and reports to department head Jessica Lacy.

At Stay Gold Features, Konvitz was involved in Sundance breakout Patti Cake$ that sold to Fox Searchlight, as well as A24’s upcoming Under The Silver Lake from David Robert Mitchell, and SXSW award winner The Strange Ones.

The hire comes as Lacy’s division enjoys a purple patch, having recently sold Cannes Director’s Fortnight hit The Florida Project to A24, Cory Finley’s Sundance selection Thoroughbred to Focus Features, and Charlie McDowell’s The Discovery to Netflix.

“Our department is in the midst of a banner year, and we want to continue to grow our team with
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Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones Team for Sci-Fi Drama Ad Astra

Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones Team for Sci-Fi Drama Ad Astra
His long-gestating sequel World War Z finally back on the right track with David Fincher now confirmed to direct, Brad Pitt has also lined up another project that will shoot first. Brad Pitt has signed on to star alongside Tommy Lee Jones in a new sci-fi thriller called Ad Astra, which is Latin for "to the stars." Production is already slated to begin this coming September, with director James Grey at the helm. The filmmaker is comig off his recent film The Lost City of Z, which debuted in theaters this spring.

Deadline reports that Brad Pitt will portray Roy McBride, a "slightly autistic" space engineer, whose father disappeared 20 years ago after embarking on a one-way mission to Neptune, to find signs of intelligent life. Roy sets off on a mission of his own into outer space to find out why his father's mission failed. Tommmy Lee Jones will play the father,
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It was Brad Pitt who invited...

Produced by Brad Pitt's production house Plan B, The Lost City of Z is based on author David Grann's nonfiction bestseller by the same name. The film is about the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett's adventures in the Amazon.

 

Starring Sienna Miller (of the American Snipper and G.IJoe: The rise of Cobra fame), Robert Pattinson (of the Twilight Saga fame) and Charlie Hunnam (of the Pacific Rim fame and who'll be soon seen in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), the film is directed by James Gray (of The Yards and Two Lovers fame)

 

It...
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The Lost City of Z movie review: archaeology was his religion

MaryAnn’s quick take… An adventure of the intellect and of the heart with the real-life explorer who inspired Indiana Jones, one more about the journey than the destination. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good adventure; love director James Gray

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

He was a real-life Indiana Jones. Literally: the Harrison Ford character was based on British explorer Percy Fawcett, one of the last of those intrepid men (always men, of course) to boldly venture into uncharted (by white people, that is) territory in search of knowledge, and to fill in the blank spaces on the maps. A cartographer and archaeologist, he was obsessed with the idea that remnants of a lost dead civilization were hidden in the Amazonian jungles, and he disappeared — along with his traveling companion,
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James Gray on the Financial Realities of Independent Filmmaking: ‘I Am Struggling Financially’

James Gray on the Financial Realities of Independent Filmmaking: ‘I Am Struggling Financially’
James Gray is back in theaters with “The Lost City of Z,” a film at once markedly different from and right at home among the rest of his distinguished body of work. The “We Own the Night,” “Two Lovers” and “The Immigrant” director has spoken with Vulture about the financial realities of independent filmmaking, offering a number of candid — and sobering — statements: “You know, people assume that because I’m a director, I make tons of money. I am struggling financially,” he said.

Read More: How Can Middle-Class Filmmakers Make a Living?

“Now, I’m very lucky I get to do what it is I want to do,” Gray continued. “I’ve made, good or bad, very uncompromising movies, the movies exactly that I wanted to make, and that’s a beautiful gift, so I’m not complaining about that. But I struggle. I have a hard time paying my bills.
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Why Brad Pitt Sent James Gray ‘The Lost City of Z’ And Pushed the Filmmaker In a New Direction — Podcast

Why Brad Pitt Sent James Gray ‘The Lost City of Z’ And Pushed the Filmmaker In a New Direction — Podcast
After James Gray finished reading David Grann’s book “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon” – a nonfiction chronicle of British explorer Percy Fawcett’s obsessive quest to find a lost civilization buried deep in the Amazonian jungle – he was confused why Brad Pitt had sent it to him.

“I have absolutely no idea what they want me to do this,” said Gray when he was guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “There had been nothing in my career as a director that had shown I could do anything like this.”

Paramount had bought the book for Pitt , whose production company Plan B (“Moonlight,” “12 Years a Slave”) ultimately produced the film. Pitt had always wanted to work with Gray, and while it didn’t happen this time, Pitt will star in Gray’s Sci Fi film “Ad Astra,” which is shooting this summer.
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James Gray on the Wistfulness of ‘The Lost City of Z,’ Twitter Mishaps, and Stealing from the Best

Read even just a couple of interviews with him and you’ll realize that James Gray — in his humor, candor, self-effacement, knowledge, and general kindness — is better at the process than almost anybody else. So I’d experienced twice over, and now a third time on the occasion of his latest picture, The Lost City of Z. Although I liked the film a whole lot upon seeing it at last year’s Nyff and found it a rich source of questions, our conversation proved too casual and genial to be intruded about with a query about sound mixing — which I, of course, just knew I’d ask before entering a hotel room and sitting at a tiny table, complementary chocolate cake between us, and realizing that my muse then and there was instead a question about Steven Soderbergh’s Twitter account.

It’s not every day you can bring it up,
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'The Lost City of Z' Review: Charlie Hunnam Hunts for His Heart of Darkness

'The Lost City of Z' Review: Charlie Hunnam Hunts for His Heart of Darkness
James Gray makes films like an explorer, digging for the details that define character and art. The Lost City of Z doesn't look like Gray's other movies. Little Odessa, The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers and The Immigrant mostly investigated the corners of his native New York. The Lost City of Z, set in Ireland, England and the Amazonian jungle at the start of the 20th Century, takes the Russian-Jewish Gray out of his comfort zone. His skilled screenplay, adapted from the 2009 book by David Gann, tells the story of Col.
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Movie Review – The Lost City Of Z (2016)

The Lost City Of Z, 2016.

Directed by James Gray.

Starring Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, and Angus Macfadyen.

Synopsis:

The true-life story of early 20th century soldier-turned-explorer Percy Fawcett who discovered signs of an early civilisation in the Amazon basin. After serving in World War I, he made a final expedition, along with his teenage son, convinced that he would at long last find both the location and the proof he’d been searching for.

Think of a director who could make an epic movie, and somewhere at the foot of the list would be James Gray. Films like The Yards (2000) and Two Lovers (2008) earned him Palme D’Or nominations that didn’t translate into box office. The Immigrant (2013) fared even worse: not only was its distribution severely limited in America, it didn’t even make it into UK cinemas. Now, after working on essentially the fringes
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Interview: Director James Gray on The Lost City of Z

Author: Jon Lyus

We’re huge fans of James Gray’s work on HeyUGuys. His work on films such as We Own the Night, Two Lovers and 2013’s under-seen (but often on Netflix) classic The Immigrant are stirring works of an assured cinematic hand. Next week his latest film, The Lost City of Z, arrives in UK cinemas, and is well worth your time.

The film tells the story, so vividly brought to life in David Grann’s 2009 bestseller, subtitled: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, of explorer Percy Fawcett. His journeys deep into the Amazon to uncover the secrets of a lost civilization were followed intently at the time, making his disappearance in 1925 of the most enduring mysteries of the 20th century.

The Lost City of Z

With The Lost City of Z Gray has brought together a fine cast including new Spider-Man Tom Holland as the
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