Filmmaker James Gray has painted an intriguing vision of New York in his diverse work. Whether it’s the intimate Two Lovers or the Sidney Lumet inspired cop drama We Own The Night, Gray creates protagonists who, either through their own decisions or tragic circumstance, can’t seem to break out of their stifling predicaments.
With the 1920s set The Immigrant, Gray has an entirely different canvas, and aided by cinematographer Darius Khondji (Amour, The English Patient), the filmmaker reaches new visual heights with his latest work. The project, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival, features Marion Cotillard as a Polish woman who is forced into a prostitution by the man (Joaquin Phoenix) who saved her from deportation. Jeremy Renner also stars as a magician who may serve as the woman’s sole hope for escape. For the role, Cotillard had to memorize twenty pages worth of Polish dialogue.
“The biggest challenge was definitely the Polish,” said Cotillard, who was seen last year in Rust and Bone and The Dark Knight Rises. “Because I don’t know if I’m good or not good at learning a language. I can learn…but it’s the frustration to know that you cannot know inside of yourself of what you do is perfect.”
Click on the media bar and listen to Marion Cotillard talk about the challenges of doing different accents in such films as Public Enemies and The Immigrant.
Only six singers will remain after tonight’s episode of The Voice (NBC, 9 pm et/pt), and although Team Blake and Team Adam are each bringing three singers into this week’s elimination round, new judges Shakira and Usher each have one artist left on their group.
Sasha Allen, a former Team Adam member, has found a strong connection with Shakira, but was her rendition of the David Guetta and Usher hit “Without You” enough to keep her in the competition for one more week (Blake Shelton, in his comments after Allen’s performance, said he believes she’ll last another round).
Usher is probably on stronger footing, as Michelle Chamuel continued to wow audiences with a spirited take on Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” Based on iTunes sales, country prodigy Danielle Bradberry, Chamuel, and Amber Carrington should be safe (Bradberry is a lock to make it into the finals).
Although Adam Lambert critiqued The Swon Brothers’ harmonizing on “Seven Bridges Road,” their song was also well received by the public. So will one of the two divas (Judith Hill, Sasha Allen) go home? Is Holly Tucker the first Team Blake member to go home? Sarah Simmons has a powerhouse voice, but did toning it down for Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” cost her votes?
Click on the media bar below to hear The Voice executive producer Mark Burnett talk about the show’s popularity:
Tell us who you think is being sent home tonight on The Voice!!
Will Smith is one of the most beloved stars in the world. He has had a very loyal fan following ever since his career started in music in the 1980’s. No matter where Smith goes, he has fans screaming for him. Smith told us that there is nothing like walking into a mall on a Saturday and seeing and hearing the fans. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)
Will Smith’s new movie, After Earth, co-starring his son Jayden Smith, opens in theaters this Friday.
Brit Marling (Another Earth) co-writes and stars in The East, a thriller about a former FBI agent whose new job at an intelligence firm leads her to infiltrating an organization that wages war on what they deem as corrupt corporations. Ellen Page, who co-stars in the film as one of the members of the group, says one of the reasons she joined the project was her love for Sound Of My Voice, a 2011 feature that was headlined by Brit Marling and directed by The East filmmaker Zal Batmanglij.
“Their passion and their creative drive is just palpable, and just infectious and contagious,” said Page. “I just wanted to be a part of their work.”
Click on the media bar to hear Ellen Page talk about her return to the X-Men universe with X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The East, co-starring Alexander Skarsgard, opens May 31st.
After thirteen years since they last worked together on Pixar’sMonsters Inc., Billy Crystal and John Goodman will reunite for the sequel/prequel, Monsters University. Goodman and Crystal, who have great chemistry, had a great time making the film together.