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First Ad Astra Trailer Wisely Emphasizes Brad Pitt in Space

Look! Up in the sky! Isn't that Brad Pitt? What the --- Yup, that's the approach taken with the first trailer for James Gray's Ad Astra, and I'd say it's pretty smart. Pitt is a very recognizable name, and so the idea of Our Man in Space makes the movie instantly intriguing. Of course, anyone who knows the work of James Gray will understand the approach. Gray is a master filmmaker who has demonstrated his craft and instinct on distinctive, memorable movies that don't exactly scream out 'popcorn fare'. I fully expect Gray's directorial voice to be heard quite strongly in Ad Astra, so bravo to Fox (and Disney?) for moving this film into...

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Brad Pitt Heads to Space in First Trailer and Poster for ‘Ad Astra’

20th Century Fox has released the terrific first trailer and poster for the highly anticipated upcoming sci-fi drama Ad Astra. The film hails from acclaimed writer/director James Gray and stars Brad Pitt as an astronaut who is sent to the outer reaches of our solar system to search for his father, who went missing on a mission 16 years prior and whose ship contains material that could threaten to end life as we know it. This looks like Gray's most commercial film yet, and that's saying something. The director behind thoughtful, quiet dramas like The Immigrant
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Finally! First Trailer for James Gray's Sci-Fi 'Ad Astra' with Brad Pitt

"We're counting on you to find out what's happening out there." To the stars! 20th Century Fox has finally debuted an official trailer for the epic sci-fi thriller Ad Astra, the latest movie made by filmmaker James Gray. This one has been in the works for a while, with release dates being pushed back - but it's now set for September. Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father. Twenty years after his dad left on a one-way mission to Neptune to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, Roy McBride travels through our solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed. He uncovers secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. The movie also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy, John Finn, Kimberly Elise, ...
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Meet Rt Features Founder Rodrigo Teixeira, Producer of Three Films at Cannes

  • Variety
Rt Features has pulled off quite a feat. The producer of “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Witch” has three films debuting in Cannes Film Festival’s official selection, a nearly unheard-of accomplishment.

“It’s a dream,” said Rodrigo Teixeira, the production company’s founder. “We shot three films last year and all three films are premiering in Cannes.”

The movies in question include Danielle Lessovitz’s “Port Authority,” a story of sexual identity set in New York’s “ballroom” scene; Karim Aïnouz’s “The Invisible Life Of Eurídice Gusmão,” a drama about two sisters that spans three decades; and Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” a black-and-white horror film starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

That’s not the only way that Teixeira made a splash at this year’s festival. He also announced plans to make James Gray’s “Armageddon Time,” a coming-of-age drama that will feature Donald and Fred Trump as characters.
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‘Armageddon Time’: James Gray to Direct ’80s Drama Featuring Donald Trump

‘Armageddon Time’: James Gray to Direct ’80s Drama Featuring Donald Trump
We still don’t know what exactly to expect from James Gray’s sci-fi drama “Ad Astra” when it premieres September 20, but we do know what Gray’s lining up next. Variety reports that the “Two Lovers” and “The Immigrant” filmmaker is set to write and direct “Armageddon Time,” an autobiographical drama about growing up in mid-1980s Queens, New York. But wait, there’s more: “Fred Trump, the Queens-based real estate developer who sired Donald Trump, and the current president will appear as characters, although the events will unfold long before there was ever a Trump in the White House.”

Rt Features, the production company responsible for “Ad Astra,” is also working with Gray on this next venture. “It’s a personal story for James,” the company’s Rodrigo Teixeira told Variety. “You have the whole world of the Trumps dealing with that school and the students who go to that school.
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Brad Pitt’s ‘Ad Astra’ Disappears From May 24 Release

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Brad Pitt’s science-fiction adventure movie “Ad Astra” has quietly vanished from the release schedule, three weeks prior to its previously announced May 24 opening date.

Fox had originally dated “Ad Astra” for Jan. 11, 2019, then decided in late 2018 to move it back four months to the Memorial Day weekend on May 24. Disney closed the deal for the 20th Century Fox film assets in March and has not done any promotion for the movie since then — no trailer or stills have been released. “Ad Astra” was not included in early tracking numbers released Thursday for the Memorial Day period, expected to be dominated by Disney’s live-action “Aladdin.”

Pitt is expected to be at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” in which he co-stars with Leonardo DiCaprio. The screening will likely be on May 21, the 20th anniversary of “Pulp Fiction.”

The studio had no comment Thursday.
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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Tops First Critics’ Poll Naming Best Films of the Decade — See Full List

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Tops First Critics’ Poll Naming Best Films of the Decade — See Full List
The final months of 2019 will see an onslaught of lists naming the best movies and performances of the decade, but World of the Reel got a jump on the bandwagon by publishing this week the first massive critics’ poll devoted to figuring out the most beloved titles released since January 1, 2010. The publication asked 250 critics, programmers, academics, and filmmakers to list their five favorite movies of the decade. Any film released between January 2010 and April 2019 was eligible. Pollers included IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn, Christian Blauvelt, Michael Nordine, and Tom Brueggemann.

Topping the list in first place was George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. The universally beloved “Mad Max” film was the rare studio blockbuster to make a killing at the Academy Awards, winning six Oscars and scoring major nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. IndieWire recently named “Fury Road” the greatest action film of the 21st century.
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Streaming: in praise of James Gray

The decade’s greatest Us film never to have been seen in UK cinemas has been released without fanfare on BFI Player

Away from the Netflix publicity machine, online-only film releases are rarely advertised or visibly scheduled in the same way cinema releases or even DVDs are. Some of the best ones come my way by word of mouth, or entirely by chance. So it was only from a friend’s tip last week that I learned that a title whose UK release I’ve been waiting years for has recently, quietly slipped into the streaming realm – available via the BFI Player, among other outlets. As perhaps the decade’s greatest American film to escape British cinemas entirely, James Gray’s The Immigrant deserves a little more fanfare than that.

A director who has been unassumingly carving out a very distinct oeuvre of burnished, throwback crime films and elegantly broken character portraits for 25 years now,
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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Unveils Mexican Office, Announces More than 50 Projects

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In a much-anticipated move, giant streaming service Netflix has confirmed the launch of a Mexico City office this year. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos was in Mexico City at a Netflix forum to also announce that the company had more than 50 projects in different stages of production in Mexico, some original content, others co-productions.

“The richness of talent in front of and behind the camera in Mexico was key in our decision to begin our local production strategy with ‘Club de Cuervos’ four years ago,” Sarandos said. “Since then, we have continued to expand our local investment and continue providing a platform for Mexican talent to be recognized around the world,” he added.

Four local films in the pipeline are destined for Netflix’s slate over the next two years. These include “Como Caído del Cielo,” a musical comedy inspired by the songs of Mexican legend Pedro Infante, starring
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James Gray: Film Festivals Are Problematic Because Directors and Critics Are Bad at Judging Films

James Gray: Film Festivals Are Problematic Because Directors and Critics Are Bad at Judging Films
“The Immigrant” and “The Lost City of Z” director James Gray is currently serving as jury president at the 2018 Marrakech Film Festival, but doing so has only made it more clear why film festival culture is so problematic. In Gray’s eyes, having festival juries comprised of filmmakers does the movies in competition no favor, nor do the film critics who have to immediately review a film after seeing it.

“The number one problem I have with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies!” Gray said during an interview with The Film Stage.

“Directors are always thinking, ‘I could do that,'” the director continued. “Critics are always saying, ‘This part of
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Filmmaker James Gray Says Cannes Is “Stuck In 1968” & “Protectors Of The Status Quo”

Common sense would tell you that the last person you’d expect to bad mouth the Cannes Film Festival would be someone who’s had great success at the French event. But then again, you probably weren’t thinking about filmmaker James Gray.

For those not familiar with Gray, the writer-director debuted 2013 film “The Immigrant” during the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival. That film would go on to receive critical acclaim as it competed for the coveted Palme d’Or.

Continue reading Filmmaker James Gray Says Cannes Is “Stuck In 1968” & “Protectors Of The Status Quo” at The Playlist.
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James Gray Discusses ‘Ad Astra,’ Cannes, Harvey Weinstein

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James Gray Discusses ‘Ad Astra,’ Cannes, Harvey Weinstein
While at Marrakech Film Festival to preside the jury, James Gray talked about his next film, “Ad Astra,” and shared thoughts on festivals, Netflix and Harvey Weinstein, among other topics.

Gray said he was in the middle of the editing process on “Ad Astra,” a science-fiction film with Brad Pitt, with more than 600 shots to review. “We’re far from finished,” said Gray.

The director pointed out the film was initially scheduled for a release in January and is now set for a May 21 bow.

“I’ve been very insistent because I didn’t want to be up against a release date,” said Gray, who added that he was aware of the fact that “science fiction films (often) have a number of shots that don’t look very good.” He said Pitt was great in the film and “has put a lot of personal commitment” into the movie.

The current
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Marrakech Film Festival Returns With Star-Packed Opening Night

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Marrakech Film Festival Returns With Star-Packed Opening Night
After being interrupted last year, the Marrakech Film Festival returned with a bang for the opening of its 17th edition.

A flurry of stars and industry figures graced the red carpet including jury president James Gray (“The Immigrant”), and jury members Dakota Johnson (“Suspiria”), who was wearing a glitzy pink gown, Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”), Laurent Cantet (“The Class”), Indian actress Ileana D’Cruz (“Barfi!”), Lebanese filmmaker and visual artist Joana Hadjithomas (“I Want to See”), Moroccan director Tala Hadid (“House in the Fields”), German actor Daniel Brühl and Mexican director Michel Franco (“April’s Daughter”).

The festival’s kickoff night also lured Cannes Film Festival’s artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who will give a masterclass, and festival honoree Agnes Varda, among others.

Gray opened the festival with a poignant speech that reflected on the current political turmoil in the U.S. “I’m an American
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Agc Studios hires Rachel Traub to oversee non-fiction content

Executive has served as Topic, Warrior Poets, Wild Bunch.

Agc Studios has hired Rachel Traub as vice-president of non-fiction content to oversee development and production of non-fiction content for film and television.

Traub will work closely with Agc Studio’s head of film Greg Shapiro and Agc Television president Lourdes Diaz to build a slate of feature documentaries and non-fiction series. She will also work with David Schulhof, who runs the company’s music division, on music-focused documentaries and series.

Traub has worked for close to a decade as a producer and creative executive in the film industry and previously
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Agc Studios Taps Rachel Traub As VP, Non-Fiction Content

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Exclusive: Agc Studios has hired Warrior Poets vet Rachel Traub as VP, Non-Fiction Content to oversee the company’s theatrical-television development and production of non-fiction content. Agc Studios Chairman and CEO Stuart Ford made the announcement today.

Traub will work closely with Agc Studio’s Head of Film Greg Shapiro and Agc Television’s President Lourdes Diaz to produce a slate of feature documentaries and non-fiction series. She will also work with David Schulhof who runs the company’s music division on music focused documentaries and series.

Traub has worked in the film industry as a producer and creative executive for close to a decade and oversaw feature film development and co-productions at Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets. While there she ushered numerous feature documentaries and non-fiction series into the marketplace, including The Devil We Know (Sundance Film Festival 2018), Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (Toronto Film Festival 2017) and No
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James Gray Has His Sights Set On The Spy Genre For His Upcoming Film ‘I Am Pilgrim’

Director James Gray is still obsessed with melodrama and themes of class, but he is broadening his scope. The first half of his career was always laser-focused on crime stories and family dramas set often in the outer boroughs of New York; emotionally big, tragic melodramas. But as of late, while playing with the same themes, Gray has expanded the palette; “The Immigrant” was a New York period piece set in 1921, “The Lost City of Z” was set in the Amazon jungle at the turn of the 20th century, and his latest, still unfinished film, is a futuristic sci-fi movie called “Ad Astra.
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Joaquin Phoenix Has Multiple Oscar Opportunities in 2018, If He Can Cheer up for the Press

Joaquin Phoenix Has Multiple Oscar Opportunities in 2018, If He Can Cheer up for the Press
Press-loathing actor Joaquin Phoenix, star of Lynne Ramsey’s “You Were Never Really Here,” is still in recovery. Yes, from alcohol back in the day, but also from that disastrous period when he and then-brother-in-law Casey Affleck “thought it was funny,” as he told NPR’s Terry Gross, to film the bizarre 2010 mockumentary “I’m Still Here.” Throughout filming, Phoenix remained in (scripted) character as a strangely unhinged version of himself, overweight, hirsute, and out of control, including his 2009 “Late Show with David Letterman” appearance where he announced his acting retirement — in order to be a hip-hop artist.

The movie underscored Phoenix’s ambivalent relationship to his own celebrity and his lack of concern for public perceptions. However, it turned out that he may have overstated his case. Phoenix had no idea how much the film would impact his ability to get work. (HIs director is still dealing with the
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Joaquin Phoenix Has Multiple Oscar Opportunities in 2018, If He Can Cheer up for the Press

Joaquin Phoenix Has Multiple Oscar Opportunities in 2018, If He Can Cheer up for the Press
Press-loathing actor Joaquin Phoenix, star of Lynne Ramsey’s “You Were Never Really Here,” is still in recovery. Yes, from alcohol back in the day, but also from that disastrous period when he and then-brother-in-law Casey Affleck “thought it was funny,” as he told NPR’s Terry Gross, to film the bizarre 2010 mockumentary “I’m Still Here.” Throughout filming, Phoenix remained in (scripted) character as a strangely unhinged version of himself, overweight, hirsute, and out of control, including his 2009 “Late Show with David Letterman” appearance where he announced his acting retirement — in order to be a hip-hop artist.

The movie underscored Phoenix’s ambivalent relationship to his own celebrity and his lack of concern for public perceptions. However, it turned out that he may have overstated his case. Phoenix had no idea how much the film would impact his ability to get work. (HIs director is still dealing with the
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Martin Scorsese Unveils 38-Film Curriculum Surveying Democracy in American Cinema

Recently completing one of the longest shoots of his career with The Irishman, most other directors would consider that an accomplishment enough, but in between takes, Martin Scorsese somehow found time to construct a new curriculum as part of his “The Story of Movies” film course, produced with his company Film Foundation. This latest edition is “Portraits of America: Democracy on Film” and is free for students. However, if one would just like to follow along with their own personal screenings, the full list is available.

“We all need to make sense of what we’re seeing. For young people born into this world now, it’s absolutely crucial that they get guided,” Scorsese says (via IndieWire). “They have to learn how to sort the differences between art and pure commerce, between cinema and content, between the secrets of images that are individually crafted and the secrets of images that are mass-produced.
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Martin Scorsese’s New Film Course: ‘Portraits of America’ Teaches Democracy Through Chaplin, Coppola, and More

Martin Scorsese’s New Film Course: ‘Portraits of America’ Teaches Democracy Through Chaplin, Coppola, and More
Martin Scorsese and his nonprofit organization The Film Foundation have announced their brand-new film curriculum, “Portraits of America: Democracy on Film.” The curriculum is the latest addition to the group’s ongoing film course “The Story of Movies,” which aims to teach students how to read the language of film and place motion pictures in the context of history, art, and society. Both “Democracy on Film” and the course are completely free for schools and universities.

“Portraits of America: Democracy on Film” is broken down into eight different sections, all of which include in-depth looks at some of the most important American films ever made, from Chaplin to Ford, Coppola, Spielberg, and ultimately Scorsese himself. The program is presented in partnership with Afscme. Scorsese announced the curriculum at a March 27 press conference in New York City.

“We all need to make sense of what we’re seeing,” Scorsese explained. “For
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