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May 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
CANNES, France - For the better part of two decades, director James Gray has been making textured dramas about people, often immigrants and their children, who experience all manner of frustration and struggle. It prepared him well for the events of the last five years. Gray came to the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 with "Two Lovers," an immigrant-themed love- triangle story starring Joaquin Phoenix, Vinessa Shaw and Gwyneth Paltrow. Though many would later regard it as a bravura piece of European-style melodrama, it was poorly received in the echo chamber of Cannes reviewers and even booed at some screenings.
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May 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
CANNES, France - For the better part of two decades, director James Gray has been making textured dramas about people, often immigrants and their children, who experience all manner of frustration and struggle. It prepared him well for the events of the last five years. Gray came to the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 with "Two Lovers," an immigrant-themed love- triangle story starring Joaquin Phoenix, Vinessa Shaw and Gwyneth Paltrow. Though many would later regard it as a bravura piece of European-style melodrama, it was poorly received in the echo chamber of Cannes reviewers and even booed at some screenings.
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May 21, 2007 | John Horn
Outbidding several companies that specialize in independent films, Sony's Columbia Pictures has plunked down a hefty $11.5 million for North American rights to James Gray's "We Own the Night," a gritty crime drama that made its debut at the festival. In topping bids from Fox Searchlight, Miramax, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, Columbia also committed to an expansive theatrical release this fall and a rich video deal for Gray's movie, the first since his 2000 work, "The Yards."
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February 13, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
Set during a gray Brighton Beach winter, "Two Lovers" begins with the solid shape of Joaquin Phoenix lumbering down a pier, a bag of dry cleaning slung over his shoulder. We don't know who he is or anything about him, really, but for the heavy resignation and hopelessness that saturate his every step. There is no hesitation as he makes his way up and over the railing, jumping into the frigid bay below. But submerged deep in the icy waters, he discovers that he is not yet ready to die.
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April 2, 1992 | SEYMOUR BEUBIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It came as no surprise to Westchester boys' basketball Coach Ed Azzam that his standout player, James Gray, had his most magical performance in the biggest game of the season: the City 4-A Division championship against Crenshaw. Gray, a 6-foot-4 senior point guard, scored 27 points and had 16 rebounds in a 87-71 victory over Crenshaw. His most significant contribution came in the key fourth quarter when he made his first five shots to secure the victory.
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November 4, 2004
* *--* Statewide 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % Barbara Boxer* (D) 5,599,305 58 Bill Jones (R) 3,642,425 38 Marsha J. Feinland (PF) 190,429 2 James Gray (L) 171,925 2 Don Grundmann (AI) 64,844 1 *--* *--* Los Angeles County 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % Barbara Boxer* (D) 1,704,641 67 Bill Jones (R) 734,192 29 Marsha J.
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January 12, 1991 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Westchester High guard James Gray scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the second quarter to lead the Comets to a 72-61 victory over Venice in a City Coastal Conference boys' basketball game Friday night at Westchester. After trailing by 13 points in the first quarter, Gray ignited a second-quarter rally in which the Comets outscored Venice, 30-7. "We took them lightly at the start," Gray said. "We weren't concentrating . . . and they hit their shots.
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April 20, 1993 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two performers from large Midwestern universities won the 1993 national Irene Ryan Awards competition for best college actors Sunday night at the opening of the 25th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Maria Santucci, a 22-year-old senior from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., won for a scene from "The Author's Voice," a contemporary comedy by Richard Greenberg, and a monologue from Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra."
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June 4, 1995 | Bronwen Hruska, Bronwen Hruska is an occasional contributor to Calendar.
Maximilian Schell drags on his cigarette and releases curls of smoke into the dim foyer of a Brighton Beach apartment. He is trying to understand what first-time director James Gray wants during a tense scene in "Little Odessa." "Just let the action do the work," Gray is telling the seasoned Austrian-born actor, who is best known for his Academy Award-winning role as a defense attorney in 1961's "Judgment at Nuremberg."
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May 18, 2007 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
NOT so long ago, it looked like James Gray's career as a film director might be over. His 2000 movie, "The Yards," a drama with a cast of budding young talent -- Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron -- had just bombed at the box office, making less than $900,000 in its U.S. release.
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May 21, 2007 | John Horn
Outbidding several companies that specialize in independent films, Sony's Columbia Pictures has plunked down a hefty $11.5 million for North American rights to James Gray's "We Own the Night," a gritty crime drama that made its debut at the festival. In topping bids from Fox Searchlight, Miramax, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, Columbia also committed to an expansive theatrical release this fall and a rich video deal for Gray's movie, the first since his 2000 work, "The Yards."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2007 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
NOT so long ago, it looked like James Gray's career as a film director might be over. His 2000 movie, "The Yards," a drama with a cast of budding young talent -- Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron -- had just bombed at the box office, making less than $900,000 in its U.S. release.
NEWS
November 4, 2004
* *--* Statewide 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % Barbara Boxer* (D) 5,599,305 58 Bill Jones (R) 3,642,425 38 Marsha J. Feinland (PF) 190,429 2 James Gray (L) 171,925 2 Don Grundmann (AI) 64,844 1 *--* *--* Los Angeles County 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % Barbara Boxer* (D) 1,704,641 67 Bill Jones (R) 734,192 29 Marsha J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2004 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
James P. Gray, the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Barbara Boxer, plans to seek a temporary injunction today that would halt a debate in which organizers had deemed him ineligible to participate. The complaint against the California League of Women Voters alleges that the group is violating federal election laws by not allowing Gray to join Boxer and Republican candidate Bill Jones at a debate scheduled for Aug. 10 at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
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November 20, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
As crusades go, Judge James P. Gray's fight to legalize drugs has been a long and lonely one. His advocation of treatment instead of jail time for drug offenders has gained some converts, but Gray's views remain largely on the outskirts of acceptability. Some of his closest friends disagree with his opinions, and his most vicious opponents accuse him of being a biased, negative role model.
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August 26, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He describes himself as a conservative judge in a conservative county. But many of those who have watched the career of Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Gray said his approach to the job is anything but traditional. Part rebel, part reformer, part conciliator, he has put together a record that keeps him in the limelight. Gray's views make him a frequent target.
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February 13, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
Set during a gray Brighton Beach winter, "Two Lovers" begins with the solid shape of Joaquin Phoenix lumbering down a pier, a bag of dry cleaning slung over his shoulder. We don't know who he is or anything about him, really, but for the heavy resignation and hopelessness that saturate his every step. There is no hesitation as he makes his way up and over the railing, jumping into the frigid bay below. But submerged deep in the icy waters, he discovers that he is not yet ready to die.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He describes himself as a conservative judge in a conservative county. But many of those who have watched the career of Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Gray said his approach to the job is anything but traditional. His record--part rebel, part reformer, part conciliator--has kept him in the limelight. A decade ago, Gray's call for the legalization of drugs prompted the county sheriff to quip, "What was this guy smoking?"
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August 26, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He describes himself as a conservative judge in a conservative county. But many of those who have watched the career of Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Gray said his approach to the job is anything but traditional. His record--part rebel, part reformer, part conciliator--has kept him in the limelight. A decade ago, Gray's call for the legalization of drugs prompted the county sheriff to quip, "What was this guy smoking?"
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November 17, 1999 | From Associated Press
Speaking at a drug policy forum in Albuquerque, an Orange County Superior Court judge added his voice Tuesday to that of New Mexico's governor calling for debate and reform of U.S. drug policy. Judge James P. Gray stopped short of saying he would legalize drugs, but he agrees with New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson that the U.S. drug war is a failure. Calling Johnson a traitor to the drug war, as some have, pays the governor a compliment, he said.
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