Exclusive: Director Billy Ray Talks ‘Secret In Their Eyes’ & Filmmaking

Director BILLY RAY (center) on the set of SECRET IN THEIR EYES.

Billy Ray is that rare combination of a successful screenwriter (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips) who’s also a first rate director (Shattered Glass, Breach). His latest movie is “Secret In Their Eyes,” a topnotch thriller starring Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor, is a remake of the Oscar winning Argentinean feature “El Secreto De Sus Ojos.” Thankfully, Ray’s version isn’t a step by step regurgitation of the film, as it manages to carve its own singular narrative.

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Eli Roth Gets Hitchcockian With ‘Knock Knock’ Visions

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Though he’s been tabbed as a horror filmmaker, Eli Roth’s distinct point of view, audaciously infused in his body of work (Cabin Fever, Hostel, The Green Inferno)suggests an artist who’s not confined by the strictures of genre labeling. With his new thriller Knock KnockRoth ventures into the perilous journey of a happy and well to do family man (Keanu Reeves) whose world is shattered by two seductive women (Lorena Izzo and Ana de Armas) with vengeance on their minds.

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Chris Evans Talks Directing Journey With ‘Before We Go’

Opening in theaters Friday, Before We Go marks Chris Evans’ feature directing debut. Set in New York City, the comedy-drama centers on Nick (Evans), a jazz trumpeter who has a once in a lifetime experience with Brooke (Alice Eve), a complete stranger who’s in need of a little assistance.

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Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Breaks Down ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Moment

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl may, upon first blush, seem like a manipulative, tear-jerker about the friendship between an anti-social high school senior named Greg (Thomas Mann) and Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a fellow classmate who’s been diagnosed with cancer.
Thankfully director Alfonso Gomez-Rejonwriter Jesse Andrews (adapting from his own book), and an inspired ensemble and crew brought something entirely different to the equation.

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Trailer: Meryl Streep Rocks It Out With “Ricki And The Flash”

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One of my more anticipated films this year is Ricki and the Flashwhich features Meryl Streep as a singer/guitarist who has put music ahead of her family. Although she tries her best to reconnect with her grown kids (Streep’s own  daughter Mamie Gummer and Sebastian Stan), certain wounds are hard to heal.

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‘The Salt of the Earth’ Delves Into Sebastião Salgado’s Epic Journey

 

Opening in select theaters today for Academy Awards consideration, The Salt of the Earth centers on the remarkable and inspiring life of Sebastião Salgado, a social photographer who has traveled the world documenting different aspects of humanity.
Photo by Sebastião Salgado, Courtesy of © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images/Sony Pictures Classics
Photo by Sebastião Salgado, Courtesy of © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images/Sony Pictures Classics

Filmmaker Wim Wenders had been an admirer of Salgado’s work for over 25 years (two of Salgado’s prints hang over Wenders’ desk), and his inspiration for the documentary took flight when he visited the photographer’s studio and checked out his latest project “Genesis” (the exhibition runs at the International Center of Photography through January 15).

Wenders joined Salgado and his son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado on a photographic excursion, and eventually the filmmaker and Juliano teamed up as co-directors for The Salt of the Earth.

Photo by Sebastião Salgado, Courtesy of © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images/Sony Pictures Classics
Photo by Sebastião Salgado, Courtesy of © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images/Sony Pictures Classics

During my interview with Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the pair talked about the “genesis” of the documentary and how the narrative took a different creative shape in the editing room. For Wenders, The Salt of the Earth goes beyond Salgado’s pictures.

“I must admit, for a long time, I thought we were making a movie about a photographer and only slowly it dawned on me that this was a bigger thing. We were touching on something that surpassed (it being) a film about a photographer. His life was about so much more.”

Joaquin Phoenix On Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inclusive” Nature

Joaquin Phoenix’s most frequent collaborations have come with director James Gray (The Immigrant, Two Lovers, The Yards, We Own The Night) and Inherent Vice marks his second cinematic experience with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (their first was the 2012 drama The Master).

During the interviews for Inherent Vice, Joaquin Phoenix talked about why he loves collaborating with Paul Thomas Anderson:

“He’s really inclusive and warm and thoughtful – He’s one of those people that makes you feel you’re important and you have value – even if you don’t. He deserves all the credit.”

Phoenix also added that Anderson’s approach to a scene isn’t based on rigid story structure, but instead the auteur enjoys exploring the creative avenues that each moment of film provides. Click on the media bar below to hear Phoenix’s full answer:

Co-starring Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, and Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice opens in limited release December 12 and nationwide January 9, 2015.

Inherent Vice - (Warner Bros. Pictures, CR: Wilson Webb)
Inherent Vice – (Warner Bros. Pictures, CR: Wilson Webb)