PTA, Cuaron, Streisand, Del Toro, Edgar Wright, Inarritu, DiCaprio, Chazelle, Nolan Among Directors Appealing To Warner Bros To Save FilmStruck

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An elite group of film directors have appealed directly to Warner Bros Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich to try and save FilmStruck, the subscription streaming service that offers indie and prestige titles that are part of the Criterion Collection. …

James Gray To Direct MGM’s ‘I Am Pilgrim’ Spy Franchise From Terry Hayes Novel

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EXCLUSIVE: MGM has just closed a deal for James Gray to direct I Am Pilgrim, an adaptation of the espionage novel trilogy by Terry Hayes. MGM has been mobilizing this one for several years, and it is high priority for the studio best known for 007. Hayes, whose credits include the early Road Warrior films, as well as Dead Calm, Payback and From Hell, has adapted the novel. Lloyd Braun is producing.
The intention is for Gray to make it his next film after Ad Astra, the…

The A.V. Club weighs in on the snubs and nods of this year’s Oscar nominations

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Katie Rife: Well, we’ve reached the pinnacle of awards season: The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced this morning. Watching the live stream, there were two films that exceeded my admittedly cynical expectations: Get Out defied the Academy’s historical bias against genre films with four major nominations—Best…

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Brad Pitt’s Sci-Fi Movie ‘Ad Astra’ to Hit Theaters in January 2019

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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,… Read more »

PopPolitics: James Gray on How Today’s Rise of Trump Plays into ‘Lost City of Z’

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James Gray, director of “The Lost City of Z,” which opens this weekend, said that what first drew him to the story was its undercurrent of class striving. Set in Edwardian England, it focuses on Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), whose family name has been tarnished by his father’s misdeeds, and he sets out to become… Read more »

‘Lost City of Z’ Director ‘Gave Up Completely’ at One Point on Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson Film

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Judging from the glitz and glamour of the red carpet at “The Lost City of Z” premiere, one would never have guessed all of the grunt work that the cast and crew went through to get their movie onto the big screen. Stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland, as well as producer Brad… Read more »

Berlinale: James Gray on Confronting White Racism in ‘The Lost City of Z’

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In “The Lost City of Z,” which plays in Berlinale Special Gala on Tuesday, director James Gray confronts the racism that was rampant at the start of the last century, but does so with one eye on the prejudice that persists to this day, not least in President Trump’s America. In the film, Charlie Hunnam… Read more »

Has ‘WWZ 2’ Delay Created Opening For Brad Pitt On James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’?

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EXCLUSIVE: Now that Paramount has pulled the World War Z sequel off the release calendar, the question around town is: What will Brad Pitt star in next? We hear the front-runner is Ad Astra, the futuristic sci-fi epic that James Gray co-wrote and will direct. Sources said work is being done to keep the budget manageable but that the project is on the verge of landing at New Regency — where Pitt’s Plan B has its deal — and could be in production by summer.
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‘The Lost City Of Z’ Teaser: Charlie Hunnam Searches The Amazon For An Ancient Civilization

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When you hear two different people say, “The journey may well mean your life” or “You’re goin’ up river, are ya? Ain’t nobody comes back from up there,” chances are you’re in pretty deep. Here’s the first teaser for The Lost City of Z, writer-director James Gray’s adaptation of David Grann’s nonfiction book about a British explorer who vanished while looking for an ancient city in the Amazon.
It’s the Roaring ’20s. Trekking deep into the jungle, Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunn…

Martin Scorsese Gets Standing Ovation at First LA ‘Silence’ Screening

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Martin Scorsese got a hero’s welcome on Sunday at the first public L.A. screening for his new film “Silence,” starring Andrew Garfield as a Jesuit priest in 17th-century Japan.

The crowd of nearly 700 gave the director and co-writer a standing ovation at the Westwood Village theater, bolstering the growing impression that the historical drama will be a major awards contender.

The capacity audience included studio guests, press and Academy members, who seemed to welcome the maestro’s latest as an unusually contemplative work that continues his long cinematic grappling with his Roman Catholic faith.

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“My own concern with religion and with faith particularly somehow changed over the years, through many different films too,” the director told moderator and fellow filmmaker James Gray during a lively Q&A following the screening. “This film enabled me to not only think about [my faith] but work it.”

In fact, Scorsese has worked off and on for 28 years to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel to the screen. And while reviews are embargoed until closer to the film’s December 23 release date, it’s safe to say that his efforts look to play a significant factor in the awards race this season.

In addition to being a contender for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, for which Scorsese shares credit with Jay Cocks, at least two performances stand out: Garfield’s lead role as a Jesuit priest whose faith is tested under the increasingly violent persecution of Christian clergy and followers by the emperor’s Inquisitor — and veteran Japanese actor Issey Ogata as the inquisitor himself.

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“Marty would always say, ‘That’s great, excellent, now one more,” Ogata told the crowd through an interpreter, to much familiar laughter. (The actor, first spotted by Scorsese for his work in Alexandr Sokurov’s 2005 film “The Sun,” was named runner-up for Best Supporting Actor on Sunday by the L.A. Film Critics Association.)

Scorsese said that Ogata had already brought much of the character’s onscreen movements to the audition: “Using the fans, swatting the flies, the dust in his mouth, the moment he decides to deflate — we all looked at each other and said, ‘OK.’”

Garfield also had high praise for his co-star’s work. “It was like a sitting in a room with a snake charmer, and you were the snake and also the person about to be eaten,” the British actor said.

In addition, you can expect Paramount Pictures to make an awards push for Rodrigo Prieto’s lush cinematography, Dante Ferretti’s period-perfect production and costume design and Thelma Schoonmaker’s editing.

“Marty has always been extremely daring. He’ll try anything,” Schoonmaker told the crowd.

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“Some of these effects are out of necessity,” Scorsese admitted, noting a dialgoue-free scene in “Raging Bull” where they didn’t have enough coverage and a pool scene in “Wolf of Wall Street” where they sped up the middle of a right-to-left pan because “the shot was taking just a little too long.”

Scorsese also shared details of his recent visit to the Vatican, where he screened “Silence” in a chapel (“the screen wasn’t very big but the entire film played under this very big crucifix,” he said) and had a personal meeting with Pope Francis.

“Meeting with the pope was an early morning — it was 9 o’clock. I’m a new Yorker,” he said to laughter. “We were given very strict protocol … but he was most disarming. I told him that Andrew had gone through the 30 days of spiritual exercises of the Jesuits. And the next thing for Andrew was to be ordained. But that instead he got me. And he laughed. It was quite moving.”

Pope Francis had read Endo’s novel, Scorsese said, adding that the pontiff told him, “I hope the story of the film bears much fruit.”

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Robert De Niro to Receive Chaplin Award From Film Society of Lincoln Center

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Robert De Niro will be the recipient of the 44th annual Chaplin Award, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced on Saturday during the closing night of the New York Film Festival.

The award will be presented to De Niro on May 8, 2017 at a New York City gala. The Film Society of Lincoln Center has been presenting the honor since 1972, when it gave the inaugural award to Charlie Chaplin. Other recipients have included Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Sidney Poitier and Morgan Freeman, who was last year’s winner.

“De Niro has long been such a legendary presence that one can overlook the remarkably fine-tuned craft and quality he has brought to his roles over his multi-decade career,” said FSLC Executive Director Lesli Klainberg in a statement. “If you watch his performances, from ‘Mean Streets’ and ‘The Godfather Part II’ to ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘Awakenings’ and on to his more recent work in such films as ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ you see a dramatic range and unwavering commitment to his work.”

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De Niro has won Academy Awards for “The Godfather Part II” and “Raging Bull,” and been nominated for “Taxi Driver,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Awakenings,” “Cape Fear” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

His new film, “The Comedian,” will premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles in November.

De Niro is also a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, which began in 2002, as well as Tribeca Productions and the Tribeca Film Center.

The announcement of De Niro as the Chaplin Award recipient was made on stage at the NYFF’s closing-night screening of James Gray‘s “The Lost City of Z.” The festival opened on September 30 with a screening of Ava DuVernay‘s “13th,” and also showcased the premieres of Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” and Ang Lee‘s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

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