Month: November 2009

Marion & Penélope at a Premiere

Marion Cotillard and Penélope Cruz together with ‘Nine‘ co-star Daniel Day-Lewis attended the premiere screening of ‘The Private Lives of Pippa Lee‘ (directed by Rebecca Miller, Daniel’s wife) yesterday. Marion straightened her hair similar to her look at the 4th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards and I love her dress. The two of them looked absolutely stunning. Judge for yourself by looking at the first batch of pictures from the event:

015 ‘The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee’ – The Cinema Society Screening

'Nine' Press Conference & Background Information

Last Saturday, Marion Cotillard together with Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench attended the press conference for ‘Nine‘ at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. I’ve added some pictures to the gallery.

Read an interview with composer-lyricist Maury Yeston about his work on ‘Nine‘ on Playbill.com. Some quotes about Marion’s song Take It All (presently available on YouTube):

The wife’s 11 o’clock number, “Be on Your Own,” sung as she hits the exit for good. The closing lines of it — “You’ll take with you all you own / From A to Z / . . . And all of me” — inspired, at Marshall’s suggestion, a new number: “Take It All.”

“‘Be On Your Own’ is a song that made me very proud when I wrote it the first time,” Yeston admitted. “It always had a wonderful and scathing effect on stage, but, as I have said, you need action in a film. Film is far more literal and far more specific than a stage show. No matter how detailed the set of a stage show is, it could never be as detailed as actually being in an actual place in a movie. You see the details of every room, you see the props, you see the lights. You are meant to accept this as literally the real world, whereas in theatre we give you a white tile set or a unit set in the abstract and we ask you to use your imagination. Because film is more literal, you really do have to go farther out on a limb to become theatrical.”

Yet another Oscar winner, Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”), weighed in on that number. He did the final polish on Michael Tolkin’s screenplay, finishing it just days before his death, and it was his suggestion that the number be shared with Kidman and Cruz. “Three women are leaving Guido at the same time, but only one of them devoted her life to him. Only one of them has been married to him for 20 years. Only one of them is giving up everything in her body and soul. Once we explored it, it did not make any sense for three women to share and participate in the depth of despair and anger that only one of them had really earned. So we restored it to a solo.

“I saw Marion Cotillard’s movie three times, and ‘Take It All’ is as much inspired by Marion Cotillard as ‘Folies Bergeres’ was inspired by Liliane Montevecchi. I think that’s, sometimes, when you do your best work because you realize ‘Nothing that I write makes any sense if I don’t have a brilliant actor to put it across the footlights to the audience.’ Here, I knew I was writing for the specific gifts of a brilliant actress.

011 ‘Nine’ Press Conference – New York

'Nine' Promotion Deal & Stills

To promote ‘Nine‘ The Weinstein Company have made a huge promotion deal with Disney. According to Variety we can expect the following:

• A new 2-minute trailer will debut on ABC on November 22 during the “American Music Awards”. It’ll also be shown on Lifetime, ABC Family, SoapNet, A&E and Bio.

• Tomorrow’s episode of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” will feature a dance number set to the ‘Nine‘ song “Be Italian”. Dancers will also wear outfits from the movie.

• Throughout December ‘Nine‘ will be written into episodes of “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.”

• ABC.com will feature a micro-site dedicated to ‘Nine‘, including a sweepstakes, streaming of the movie trailer and – how exciting – a half-hour “Making of ‘Nine‘” special.

• Late night programmes and ABC’s owned stations will also be involved as well as ABC’s Times Square supersign.

Wow! This sounds like great news! In the meantime I added 3 new ‘Nine‘ stills to the gallery, 2 of which in HQ thanks to Red Rose.

003 Nine – 2009 > Stills

Marion on Oprah next Wednesday!

More details of the previously announced appearance on Oprah have come in: The ‘Nine‘ promotional episode, which was taped yesterday (Friday) featuring Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Kate Hudson, will air Wednesday, November 18, 2009! More details on TV Guide. Thanks everyone for the heads up.

Oprah

'Le dernier vol' screening on Saturday

Le dernier vol‘ will be shown as the closing gala at the 30th European Film Festival in Belgium this Saturday, November 14. More information

It is highly unlikely that Marion will be able to attend as she’s expected to be at the taping of the Oprah show with the ‘Nine‘ gang. Also she’s due to attend the press junket of the movie on the weekend as well as the Variety screening and Q&A on the 16th. Thanks Nadine for the heads up!

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