13 items from 2016
Director James Gray is set to head in the realm of sci-fi with his new film, with word that the acclaimed director is set to direct Ad Astra.
Billed as a “sci-fi epic”, Ad Astra is set up by MadRiver Pictures and a deal for the film is set to be completed at the Cannes. Casting is reportedly already underway with more news set to be announced soon ahead of a 2017 filming date.
Gray is the acclaimed filmmaker behind We Own The Night, Two Lovers and The Immigrant, the latter of which is still to receive a release in the UK despite being made in 2013. He is currently completing his latest film, Lost City of Z, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson.
- Scott J. Davis
Director James Gray (The Immigrant) is currently in post-production on his adaptation of The Lost City of Z, a project he first became attached to in 2008. Following up that period piece, Gray is turning his attention towards the future. The director’s science fiction project, Ad Astra, is set to begin principal photography in early 2017. Learn more about the […]
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- Jack Giroux
Inasmuch as anything can be called “official” in the unscientific business of Oscar-watching, the early-fall festival trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto marks the official start of awards season: Venice, in particular, is on a roll, having premiered the last two best picture winners (“Spotlight” and “Birdman,” not to mention 2013’s close runner-up “Gravity”) in calmly European style before the noise built up on the other side of the pond.
Happily situated in the less frenzied days of spring, Cannes sits at a respectable distance from the mania of the U.S. awards derby. It is, after all, a festival principally devoted to the kind of high-art world cinema that rarely rules the Oscars: For every Palme d’Or winner like “The Pianist” or “Amour” that breaks through to Academy voters, there are several others (“Winter Sleep,” “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”) that aren’t remotely on their wavelength. »
- Guy Lodge
Laurence here. Many people were disappointed by the way James Gray's The Immigrant went mostly unnoticed beyond critics' groups. From the story to the stars, it seemed like a fairly strong prospect to garner Gray some mainstream awards attention, but the Weinsteins never seemed confident in it. Now Gray is making a decidedly more bombastic play to voting members with his new film, The Lost City of Z. This time he's paired up with Jennifer Aniston's former production company, Plan B, which has become very good at producing Best Picture nominees.
Based on David Grann's non-fiction bestseller of the same title, The Lost City of Z stars Charlie Hunnam as Percy Fawcett, a British explorer in the 1920s who led an expedition to the Amazon rainforest in search of a mysterious lost city. Grann's book chronicles the numerous attempts over the years to follow Fawcett's footsteps, with »
- Laurence Barber
The Lost City of Z, a long-anticipated adaptation of the New York Times bestseller by David Grann, will finally land on the festival circuit this year, potentially at Cannes but more likely later in the fall, and thanks to a three-minute sales reel, audiences can now soak up a fairly stunning first look at the Amazonian adventure.
James Gray, the visually decadent director of The Immigrant, is behind the camera for the pic, which finds Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) taking on the plum role of Percy Fawcett, a “conscripted soldier and born explorer who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he discovered on a prior expedition.”
Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland all co-star in the award-tipped movie, which boasts some jaw-dropping cinematography by the acclaimed Darius Khondji. Pattinson is playing Fawcett’s partner in exploration, »
- Isaac Feldberg
“It’s funny: I don’t actually derive much pleasure from making a movie. I derive a lot of pleasure from having made a film,” James Gray told us last year when it came to preparing to shoot Lost City of Z. “I’m very excited; it’s going to be a huge challenge. But I’m very scared, and I’m under no illusions that I’m going to go to the jungle and have a great time and it’s going to have a party. I mean, it’s going to be an epic struggle, and I’m going to try and do my very best. I have many, many ideas.”
The Immigrant director can now rest a bit easier, as the highly anticipated Lost City of Z wrapped last year and is expected to debut on the festival circuit, perhaps at Cannes but more likely in the fall. »
- Jordan Raup
Director James Gray (“Two Lovers,” “The Immigrant”) had been trying to get “The Lost City Of Z” made for several years. And while his big star, Brad Pitt, dropped out a long time ago, his production company Plan B stayed on board through many of its ups and downs and finally shepherded the movie to the screen. There had been other iterations, with Benedict Cumberbatch once attached to star, too. Read More: James Gray May Direct Jeremy Renner's Steve McQueen Biopic; Calls 'Lost City Of Z' Epic & Hallucinogenic But the movie ultimately stars “Pacific Rim” and “Crimson Peak” lead Charlie Hunnam, plus a supporting cast that includes Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland. And so when it rains, it pours. Yesterday, Holland (who is also the new “Spider-Man” in the Marvel films) posted a first look of the film on yesterday, and today, the first official trailer — a »
- Rodrigo Perez
Here's Murtada speculating about which lovely ladies might appear at the Cannes Film Festival.
There is one thing that is certain to happen at Cannes every May. Marion Cotillard appears on the famous steps, resplendent in Dior couture, to represent a film in competition. She knocks everyone's socks off with her performance, then invariably fails to win best actress from the jury. It happened with Rust and Bone (2012), The Immigrant (2013), Two Days One Night (2014) and Macbeth (2015). Is there a Cotillard/Cannes awards curse?
This year she will have two more chances to lose, and cement the legend of the curse...
- Murtada Elfadl
Studiocanal will distribute the action-adventure film in France, the U.K., Germany and Australia/New Zealand.
Based on David Grann’s 2009 novel, “Lost City of Z” follows the adventures of Percy Fawcett, a soldier and explorer who embarked with his son on an expedition to find the mythical kingdom of El Dorado in the Amazon jungles of Brazil and disappeared.
The ambitious pic marks Gray’s follow up to “The Immigrant,” his 2013 period drama with Marion Cotillard which world premiered in competition at Cannes. “Lost City of Z,” however, is not expected to play »
- Elsa Keslassy
London — The fifth season of crime drama “Ripper Street” will be its last, Amazon Prime has revealed.
Amazon stepped in to save “Ripper Street” in early 2014, following outcry from fans when the show was cancelled by the BBC after two seasons. The original Tiger Aspect production team was commissioned by Amazon to create season three, which launched exclusively for Prime members in the U.K. in November 2014.
At the same time, seasons one and two were made available for unlimited streaming for Prime members. When season three launched on Prime Video, it was streamed more than any other TV show on the service and was the most popular British drama amongst customers.
In the final season, writer Richard Warlow shows how, as the Victorian age comes to a close, the police officers of H Division attempt to maintain law and order on the streets of Whitechapel. Joseph Mawle (“In the Heart of the Sea »
- Leo Barraclough
Justin Chang: Guy, we started this deep-dive conversation about the best picture race less than an hour after Alejandro G. Inarritu clinched the Directors Guild of America’s top prize for “The Revenant,” which was pretty much the last confirmation we needed — after the Producers Guild picked “The Big Short” and the Screen Actors Guild opted for “Spotlight” — that this really is the wildest, craziest, most confoundingly unpredictable best-picture Oscar race in years. Exciting, isn’t it? I’d be more excited if this recent turn of events didn’t seem to favor “The Revenant,” which now has extraordinary momentum on its side. There we were, hoping the film’s Golden Globe triumphs would simply be an isolated HFPA fluke — but then it came roaring back with a vengeance, not unlike that easily distracted CGI bear at its center, ready to sink its teeth back into the race and not let go this time. »
- Justin Chang and Guy Lodge
We all have our favorite closing shots. The haunting diptych that capped James Gray’s great period drama “The Immigrant” absolutely floored me, and even if Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime yarn “The Departed” doesn’t exactly stack up with, say, “Mean Streets” or “Raging Bull” as a piece of pure cinema, it still ends with one of the bleakest and most memorable shots from any of the director’s films. A truly great final shot can unconsciously alter how we see or remember a picture: it can send you out of a theatre on a high, and linger in the back of your mind for days. Chances are, if you look at the films that are widely discussed as the All-Time Greats of this past century, they all conclude with images of great clarity and purpose. It’s hard to say exactly what the greatest closing shot of all time may be, »
- Nicholas Laskin
James GrayThere's perhaps no indie director currently working today that seems tailor made to use Christian Bale's skills quite like James Gray. The director's numerous collaborations with Joaquin Phoenix have set a powerful precedent for the ways in which he can dig beneath intense screen presences to reveal their complex, tortured souls. Bale's characters — be it Bruce Wayne in Nolan's Batman movies or Russell Baze in the gritty "Out of the Furnace" — are often battling the pressures of who the public needs them to be versus who they truly are behind closed doors, and that construction is often the central crux to Gray's male characters. Even the villainous Bruno Weiss in "The Immigrant" takes subversive roads to redemption since Gray rarely chooses to keep his character's boxed inside our first perceptions of them. Gray's films have run the gamut from period dramas to crime thrillers and dramatic romances; all »
13 items from 2016