After.premiering at Cannes earlier this year, James Gray‘s ARMAGEDDON TIME is set for a release this Fall.
From acclaimed filmmaker James Gray, ARMAGEDDON TIME is a deeply personal story on the strength of family, the complexity of friendship and the generational pursuit of the American Dream. The film features an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong.
Focus Features and Universal PicturesCanada will release ARMAGEDDON TIME in select theatres on Friday,October 28, 2022 and nationwide on Friday, November 11, 2022.
After raves in Cannes, James Gray’s ARMAGEDDON TIME now has a release date! The Film starring Jeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway is in theatres October 28, 2022 via Universal Pictures Canada and Focus Features. Thinking we might see this on the Festival circuit in Toronto?
Synopsis: From acclaimed filmmaker James Gray, ARMAGEDDON TIME is a deeply personal coming-of-age story about the strength of family and the generational pursuit of the American Dream.
ARMAGEDDON TIME, written and directed by James Gray, stars Anthony Hopkins, Jeremy Strong, Anne Hathaway, Banks Repeta, Jaylin Webb, Tovah Feldshuh, John Diehl, Andrew Polk, and Ryan Sell. Producers on the project are Anthony Katagas via his Keep Your Head banner, Marc Butan via his MadRiver Pictures banner and Rodrigo Teixeira via his RT Features banner. The film is executive produced by Lourenço Sant’anna, Alan Terpins, Marco Tulio Kehdi, Prodigo Films’ Francisco Civita and Beto Gauss, Gustavo Debs.
Writer-Director James Gray’s latest is a semi-autobiographical story of a boy coming-of-age in New York during the ’80s. It follows Paul Graff (Banks Repeta) a sixth-grader in the early stages of rebellion who aspires to be an Artist. He befriends Johnny (Jaylin Webb), a black student who is constantly and unfairly being targeted by their teacher. When the two find themselves in trouble, Paul’s parents (Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong) refuse to let him see Johnny and subsequently move him to Private School. But will that be enough to separate their friendship?
Considering this is Gray’s most personal story, it doesn’t become self-important. Instead, he uses his childhood to touch on themes of racism and classism set against the rise of the Reagan era. Gray highlights inequity and Racism in institutions by showing how the public school Paul and Johnny attend mistreat Johnny. When Paul is the one doing something wrong, their teacher blames Johnny. Webb gives a powerful performance as a child who sadly understands that the world is stacked against him.
The Racism and Classism are further highlighted when Paul is sent to Private School. The family who funds the school is the Trump family, they even have MaryanneTrump (a delightful cameo from JessicaChastain) come in to speak to them at an assembly. The students at the school use racial slurs and no one bats an eye. It’s a world that displaces Paul sending him on his coming-of-age journey. He needs to decide the type of person he wants to be: one who looks away or helps make a change. This is truly a star-making role for Repeta. He carries the weight of the Film on his small shoulders with ease.
Gray doesn’t back away from the darker sides in the depiction of his family. Paul’s family doesn’t believe they are part of the problem. However, they are because they don’t actively help and they believe the picture society has painted of minority groups. The only one who wants equality is his Grandpa Aaron (Anthony Hopkins). His closest relationship is with his Grandpa and the strong bond between Hopkins and Repeta makes for tender, teary-eyed moments.
Furthermore, Gray shows the darker side of his childhood. Moments where he gave his mother, Esther (Hathaway), a very hard time. Hathaway is brilliant as a mother who only wants the best for her child and will do anything to stand up for him. His most turbulent relationship is with his father Irving(Strong). One scene has a short-fused Irving beating Paul with a belt. However, there are tender moments where we see Irving change. It’s a difficult role that Strong truly excels in.
Paul is at the time in his life when friends become family. Maybe even more so for him because of his turbulent home life. Gray also doesn’t pull punches with the depiction of himself. Johnny is Paul’s best friend, however, when he goes to a new school he pushes Johnny away because of the other students. When Johnny asks him for a place to stay, he is reluctant because of how his family has spoken about him. Gray shows the faults in his actions, he owns up to them. And in return, we get to see how this young boy learned that he should and could do better.
Armageddon Time is a story about a boy whose family wants him to conform to the American Dream, but all he wants to do is rebel against that and forge his own path. Additionally, it’s a reminder how Racism is learned and institutionalized. However, it only takes one person to break that cycle.
Armageddon Time screens at Cannes ’22: Thu, May 19 at 7 PM at GRAND THÉÂTRE LUMIÈRE
Fri, May 20 at 9 AM at GRAND THÉÂTRE LUMIÈRE
Fri, May 20 at 7:30 PM at SALLE AGNÈS VARDA
Sat, May 21 at 1:30 PM at CINEUM IMAX
Sun, May 22 at 9:30 AM at CINEUM AURORE
Thu, May 26 at 1 PM at ARCADES 1
Some snaps from the ARMAGEDDON TIME Press Conference with Strong, Hathaway, Gray and Repeta:
While they were not televised this year, the 79th edition of the GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS took place tonight in private at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. In response to some controversy over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association‘s lack of diversity and business practices, plus also COVID-19 considerations, the event was scaled back, without stars in attendance this year.
Winning top honours this year in the Film categories were THE POWER OF THE DOG, taking Motion Picture – Drama, Director (Jane Campion) and Supporting Actor (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and also WEST SIDE STORY which took Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Actress (Rachel Zegler) and Supporting Actress (Ariana DeBose).
In the Television categories, HBO‘s SUCCESSION took top honours for Series Drama, plus Actor in Series Drama (Jeremy Strong) and Supporting Actress – Television (Sarah Snook).
Some surprises in the Motion Picture – Drama Actor and Actress categories with Will Smith defeating THE POWER OF THE DOG‘s Benedict Cumberbatch among others for his work in KING RICHARD, and BEING THE RICARDOS’ Nicole Kidman beating-out favourite Kristen Stewart for SPENCER.
Here are a list of winners:
Motion picture — Drama
“The Power of the Dog” | WINNER “Belfast” “CODA” “Dune” “King Richard”
Actor in a motion picture — Drama
Will Smith (“King Richard”) | WINNER Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”) Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”) Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”) Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)
Actress in a motion picture — Drama
Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”) | WINNER Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”) Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”) Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”)
Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick…Boom!”) | WINNER Leonardo DiCaprio (“Don’t Look Up”) Peter Dinklage (“Cyrano”) Cooper Hoffman, “Licorice Pizza” Anthony Ramos, “In the Heights”
Actress in a motion picture — Musical or Comedy
Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”) | WINNER Marion Cotillard (“Annette”) Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”) Jennifer Lawrence (“Don’t Look Up”) Emma Stone (“Cruella”)
Supporting actor in a motion picture
Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) | WINNER Ben Affleck, “The Tender Bar” Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”) Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”) Troy Kotsur (“CODA”)
Supporting actress in a motion picture
Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”) | WINNER Caitriona Balfe (“Belfast”) Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”) Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”) Ruth Negga (“Passing”)
Director — Motion Picture
Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”) – WINNER Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”) Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”) Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”)
Screenplay — Motion Picture
“Belfast”| WINNER “Being the Ricardos” “Don’t Look Up” “Licorice Pizza” “The Power of the Dog”
Motion picture — Foreign Language
“Drive My Car” (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Japan) | WINNER “Compartment No. 6” (Juho Kuosmanen, Finland) “The Hand of God” (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy) “A Hero” (Asghar Farhadi, Iran) “Parallel Mothers” (Pedro Almodóovar, Spain)
Motion picture — Animated
“Encanto” | WINNER “Flee” “Luca” “My Sunny Maad” “Raya and the Last Dragon”
Original score — Motion Picture
“Dune” — Hans Zimmer | WINNER “Encanto” — Germaine Franco “The French Dispatch” — Alexandre Desplat “Parallel Mothers” — Alberto Iglesias “The Power of the Dog” — Jonny Greenwood
Original song — Motion Picture
“No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” (Billie Eilish; written by Eilish, Miles Ale, Finneas O’Connell) | WINNER “Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Beyoncé; written by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson) “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto” (Sebastiáan Yatra; written by Lin-Manuel Miranda) “Down to Joy” from “Belfast” (written and performed by Van Morrison) “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect” (Jennifer Hudson; written by Jamie Alexander Hartman, Hudson, Carole King)
Television series — Drama
“Succession” | WINNER “Lupin” “The Morning Show” “Pose” “Squid Game”
Actor in a television series — Drama
Jeremy Strong, “Succession” | WINNER Brian Cox, “Succession” Lee Jung-jae, “Squid Game” Billy Porter, “Pose” Omar Sy, “Lupin”
Actress in a television series — Drama
Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, “Pose” | WINNER Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment” Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show” Christine Baranaski, “The Good Fight” Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Television series — musical or comedy
“Hacks” | WINNER “The Great” “Only Murders in the Building” “Reservation Dogs” “Ted Lasso”
Actor in a television series — musical or comedy
Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” | WINNER Anthony Anderson, “black-ish” Nicholas Hoult, “The Great” Steve Martin, “Only Murders in the Building” Martin Short, “Only Murders in the Building”
Actress in a television series — Musical or Comedy
Jean Smart, “Hacks” | WINNER Hannah Einbeinder, “Hacks” Elle Fanning, “The Great” Issa Rae, “Insecure” Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”
Limited series, anthology series or motion picture made for Television
“The Underground Railroad” | WINNER “Dopesick” “Impeachment: American Crime Story” “Maid” “Mare of Easttown”
Actor in a limited series, anthology series or motion picture made for television
Michael Keaton, “Dopesick” | WINNER Paul Bettany, “WandaVision” Oscar Isaac, “Scenes from a Marriage” Ewan McGregor, “Halston” Tahar Rahim, “The Serpent”
Actress in a limited series, anthology series or motion picture made for television
Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown” | WINNER Jessica Chastain, “Scenes from a Marriage” Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha” Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision” Margaret Qualley, “Maid”
Supporting Actor — Television
O Yeong-Su, “Squid Game” | WINNER Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show” Kieran Culkin, “Succession” Mark Duplass, “The Morning Show” Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”
Supporting Actress — Television
Sarah Snook, “Succession” | WINNER Jennifer Coolidge, “White Lotus” Kaitlyn Dever, “Dopesick” Andie MacDowell, “Maid” Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”
Awards Season will culminate in the 94th annual Academy Awards, which take place Sunday, March 27, 2022.
If this doesn’t say Oscars allover it, I don’t know what does! Check-out these new stills from THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, the sophomore directorial effort of Academy and Emmy Award winner Aaron Sorkin.
What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.
Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella,John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong, Noah Robbins, Danny Flahery, Ben Skenkman, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Caitlin Fitzgerald, Alice Kremelberg, John Doman, J.C. MacKenzie, Damien Young, Wayne Duvall, C.J. Wilson
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 streams on Netflix Friday, October 16, 2020.