Day: February 5, 2008

More on the Virtuosos Tribute

While you can expect fantastic pictures of Marion Cotillard attending the Oscar Luncheon & more portraits soon I have for you some information about last week’s Virtuosos Tribute during the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

The evening was laid out very diplomatically, with fifteen minutes or so focused on each individual honoree. A more casual discussion with all five actors together concluded the show. Though the event’s format made for a late evening, no one in the audience seemed to mind.

Cotillard, in her quiet French accent, conveyed some of the deepest, most humbled ideas of the evening.

Without a doubt, the evening was a huge success with both the public and members of the festival’s inner circle.

On Wednesday, we thought that movements from the young stars would bring about the same amount of unable-to-contain affection. And, since there were five stars, we thought that we could use the noise meter to figure out which one was the most popular with the local crowd. Well, last night there was no screaming. In fact the only star whose presence raised the roof to over ambient noise levels was Marion Cotillard, whose fan club pushed up the dB’s by singing in French. The meter went as high as 86 – about the same noise level as Abercrombie and Fitch.

All but one of the Virtuosos made it to the end of the Carpet. Cotillard wasn’t feeling well and bowed out early.

credit: Santa Barbara EdHat

The Making of the Hitchcock Portfolio

Many thanks to Riikka – who runs a website for fellow ‘Hitchcock’ star Scarlett Johansson – about the heads-up to this interesting Making Of video clip of the afore-mentioned Vanity Fair issue: Watch Marion Cotillard acting out a scene from Psycho.

She also sent in screencaptures. Many thanks! I so can’t wait for this issue to hit newsstands!

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Media Alert: Marion in The Hollywood Issue

Vanity Fair’s 14th annual Hollywood Issue hits newsstands on February 12. This year 21 of the finest actors working today have joined with four regular Vanity Fair photographers to re-create 11 of Hitchcock’s most iconic scenes. Read more about the shoot on Vanity Fair Online

Why is this interesting? One of those finest actors is Marion Cotillard! Stay tuned for a HQ scan once the issue comes out!

7 Questions with Oscar-Nominee Marion Cotillard

from / by Liam Mayclem

French actress Marion Cotillard is not a household name … yet. But her Oscar-nominated performance in La Vie En Rose, playing the late French chanteuse Edith Piaf, is nothing short of brilliant. She deserves to take home the Oscar, and then the whole world will know of this bright, young acting talent.

I met the delightful French actress for 7 questions for 7×7.

1. Marion Cotillard, welcome to San Francisco. What are your first impressions of our mad, fab city?

Marion Cotillard: My brother, he lives here. It’s not the first time I’ve come here, and it’s not going to be the last. I love that there are sidewalks, and you can walk in the streets. It’s very green. I love the shape of the snake streets also.

2. Your life has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride since taking on La Vie en Rose and playing Edith Piaf. Has it been a joy ride?

MC: Well, Mmm. I spend maybe a month in France in two years, so I am far from home. It has been an amazing adventure, but it changed a lot of things.

3. How would you describe your relationship with Hollywood, if at all?

MC: I feel welcome in Hollywood, and the welcome I have is so beautiful.

4. You have a golden voice, and you must have some musical heroes. Who are the musicians or the artists that have inspired you?

MC: Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Radiohead and Serge Gainsbourg.

LM: That’s a good mixture. I would like to hear all of them harmonising in a musical remix.

MC: Oh wow, unfortunately. Well maybe Radiohead can sing Joplin and Redding and Gainsbourg, but they are dead.

5. Is there a movie you watched growing up that inspired you to act?

MC: Well, actually it was not a movie. Some movies like Annie, Jan Houston I mean she was, I was close to her age when I saw the movie. It was a musical, and I have always loved musicals. So maybe it would be Annie. But I admire Gretta Garbo.

6. The Oscars are coming up, congratulations on your nomination. Has anyone given you any good advice about how to prepare for the big day?

MC: No not yet, but I am pretty relaxed. You know, it’s a huge thing to be there, so I think that the advice I would give to myself is to have fun.

7. Finally, please complete the sentence for me: Acting to me is about…?

MC: Sharing emotions and telling beautiful stories.