Month: May 2011

More Stills & Clips from 'Midnight in Paris'

If you haven’t yet seen ‘Midnight in Paris‘ even though it is playing in a cinema near you be sure to go see it soon! I myself went to see it a few weeks ago and was thoroughly charmed and entertained by this enchanting and funny comedy.

The movie’s release date for Germany has been changed, it’ll be in theatres on August 18, 2011 – one week earlier than previously annouced. Here’s the German Trailer and the German Website. Hopscotch Films aquired the rights to distribute ‘Midnight in Paris‘ in Australia. No date has been set yet but it will be later this year (source).

Here are 2 clips – in Spanish – both from Marion Cotillard’s first moment as Adriana in the movie. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find them with the original audio. Clip 1 – First ImpressionClip 2 – Belle Epoque

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'Midnight in Paris' out in US Cinemas

Since last Friday Marion Cotillard’s latest movie ‘Midnight in Paris‘ is out in the US. At the moment it’s only screening in 6 theaters in New York on Los Angeles but it’ll expand to more theatres this Friday and to even more in the coming weeks. Visit the official movie site for the release schedule to find out when it’ll play in a theater near you.

Here’s a brief recap on how the movie has been doing at the box office. On its opening day in France Midnight in Paris‘ had at least 2 screenings less than other movies opening the same time because cinemas were only allowed to screen it as of 8pm – the time when the movie had its Cannes premiere. Nevertheless it had the best opening day attracting 43 294 people to the cinema (source). On the weekly box office it ended up second after ‘Fast Five‘ grossing $4.2 million from 406 locations in the first week (source) and $2.45 million from 467 locations in the second week (source). In French speaking Switzerland it also ranked #2 attracting 13 572 people at 12 cinemas (source). Great news comes from Spain where it opened the same week as in France and immediately was number 1 at the box office on its first weekend by selling 150 000 tickets (source) and remained in the top spot for the first week, grossing $1.5 million from 242 locations (source). What about the US? Despite its very limited opening it came in at #12 grossing $578,805 from just six theaters. This is a per location average of $96,468 – the best for an indie film in 2011.

The US release also brought more reviews – and very good reviews at that. According to Rotten Tomatoes 92 % critics reviewed ‘Midnight in Paris‘ favourably. Congratulations!

Unfortunately I can’t talk to much about one of the most surprising supporting roles in the film from Marion Cotillard (Inception, Nine) without giving away the film’s premise, except to say that this is a brilliant role for her. She is one of the few remaining actresses these days to transcend simply being hot and having a true classic beauty to her.
The Flick Cast

Cotillard, as lovely as ever, also gives a fine performance, in a role that grows to parallel Gil’s as that of a sort of out-of-time cosmonaut.
Shockya.com

And he falls in love with the smoky-eyed, sad-voiced Adriana (a beguiling Marion Cotillard), a muse for Picasso with her own yearnings for previous eras.
New York Daily News

Allen has found the ideal actor for each and every role, including … a luminous Marion Cotillard,…
indie WIRE

P.S. Midnight in Paris is also worth catching because of the divine presence of Marion Cotillard, as well as appearances by Kathy Bates, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, and many more some happily hamming up cameos, with others delightfully and subtly evocative. Darius Khondji, director of photography, captures the golden light of a gorgeous city.
TwitchFilm.com

She’s as real as the marvelous Marion Cotillard can make her, which is to say intensely.
Wall Street Journal

Bolstered by appealing performers like Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams, it is his warmest, mellowest and funniest venture in far too long. … With remarkable naturalness and considerable charisma, Cotillard is just as she should be here
La Times

On a sidenote there’s a funny little story how bumping into Marion Cotillard in New York and talking about their roles in an upcoming movie helped Michael Sheen put together the plot of ‘Midnight in Paris‘ without having read a full script. Read it over at ComingSoon.net.

Many thanks to Jennifer & Megara for sending in ‘Midnight in Paris‘ related scans. The Spanish Cinemania interview is the same as the English interview previously published in Total Film.

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001 Scans from 2011 > Various Clippings, scanned by Jennifer

Congratulations! Welcome Marcel

Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet are proud parents! Their little baby boy was born last night and is called Marcel. On behalf of Magnifique Marion Cotillard I’d like to congratulate the little family and wish them all the best and lots of joy!

• Source: ELLE France

'Midnight in Paris': Stills, Interviews, Reviews

After a few French interviews, here’s an article in English about actresses in Hollywood who don’t have English as their first language. Marion Cotillard is mentioned throughout and there seem to be a few new quotes:
One foot’s in Hollywood, the other’s in Europe, Los Angeles Times, May 11

Thanks to Oliver.G.Byrne I added English translations of two of Marion’s recent in-depth French interviews. Many thanks for your hard work!
I would have loved to walk the stairs of the festival with Woody Allen, L’Express Styles
I would love to live a double life, Madame Figaro

Then, the official ‘Midnight in Paris’ website has gone live with a ton of content. Be sure to check it out. Here’s the Spanish Website, the movie opens in Spain on Friday. One of the interesting contents are the production notes:
Midnight in Paris: About the Production

The production notes reveal quite a large part of the plot so procede with caution if you want to remain spoiler-free. Here some Marion-relevant bits:

About Adriana: “Adriana doesn’t know where she belongs, she is searching for her place. She admires artists because their world is wide and their imagination takes them to some marvelous places. She needs to dream. She has always felt she didn’t belong to the era she lives in and she feels Gil is the same kind of person. She recognizes herself in him.”

Woody Allen about Marion Cotillard: “Marion has got a built-in charism. She makes the most ordinary kind of moments and dialogue sound interesting because she herself is such an interesting movie actress. And she’s got a very lovely and interesting face to look at; I never get tired of looking at it. I also noticed that she’s able to call up any kind of emotion she wants quickly and easily.”

Marion Cotillard about Woody Allen: “Woody Allen is a brilliant man in the way he observes life, people, things,” she says. “You feel a lot of wit, tenderness, and humor.”

And here are some gorgeous new stills of Marion Cotillard as Adriana:

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The actual movie was screened this afternoon to the press and later opened the Cannes International Film Festival. As previously posted, Marion Cotillard did not attend the ceremony but Woody Allen had Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Michael Sheen, Lea Seydoux and Adrien Brody at his side. Of course, this means that the reviews started coming in. They generally like the movie for it’s light & fresh feeling, great acting and comic timing as well as beautiful cinematography. However, there are those who think it too light and too much of a tourist ad for Paris. But so far they generally agree on Marion’s contribution in the supporting role of Adriana:

As Adriana, Cotillard again brings a performance you can’t help but be entranced by.
Rope of Silicon

Beautiful Marion Cotillard has a difficult part to play as Gil’s perfect woman Adriana. She risks being little more than a fetish object – and she’d be a dark, exotic and sexy one – but Cotillard brings a note of dreamy melancholy to her; the soft, unspoken sadness of a woman born out of her time. Though she appears to be living the high life amongst the literati, there’s something missing for Adriana and it gives her an air of mystery. Part personified temptation and part individual with needs of her own, Cotillard is just right.
Living in Cinema

Cannes opens with a Woody Allen love letter to the French capital, a shallow examination of nostalgia with endearing performances from Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard. … Gil’s ingenuous enthusiasm entrances Picasso’s beautiful mistress Adriana, played with conviction and finesse by Marion Cotillard: they fall in love, but it appears that Adriana is just as discontented with her time period as Gil is with his.
Guardian

Cotillard is the perfect object of Gil’s romantic and creative dreams
Hollywood Reporter

But most entrancing of all is the mysterious muse played by Marion Cotillard, who has recently posed for her Spanish painter-beau.
Movieline

While Inez ignores him, a fetching French dame (Marion Cotillard, once again capitalizing on her classic good looks) worships Gil immediately, recognizing his genius from the first line of his manuscript.
Variety

He also falls in love with a an artist groupie, played with an alluring blend of charm and sadness by Marion Cotillard. … Certain moments are breathtakingly lovely: a close-up on Wilson and Cotillard as they dance – literally, a man in love with his fantasy – is one of the most purely romantic images Allen has concocted in years.
France24.com

Marion Cotillard is luminous as Wilson’s fantasy lover.
Parade.com

Marion Cotillard looks terrific in her 1920s dresses, though is actually given little to do apart from act the romantic muse to the mildly neurotic Gil.
ScreenDaily.com

Gil is compelled to return to his nightly, supernaturally swirly walks around the city and falls in love with a mysterious stranger named Adriana (a smoky Marion Cotillard).
The Playlist

As muse to artists, Marion Cotillard is prickly, playful, and finds even here one of her best roles.
Le JDD

Marion Cotillard illuminates the movie with her charm.
Paris-Normandie.fr

One foot's in Hollywood, the other's in Europe

from Los Angeles Times (US) / by Steven Zeitchik

CANNES, France — For French actress Marion Cotillard, it’s not the directors, the scene, or even the casting grind that can make Hollywood exhausting. It’s the accents.

The “Inception” star is the rare performer with a flourishing career in the United States and continental Europe. But even after nearly a dozen English-speaking roles, getting her mouth around the words is still tricky.

“I tried to do it for a little while without a dialect coach,” she said by phone from Paris, in nearly flawless (but accented) English. “I couldn’t do it. I have trouble even with the coach. There are so many subtleties in English, just in the way you stress the words. And words are a big part of how you act.”

Switching between languages, the literal and filmic kinds, is a feat few performers can manage. But as the Cannes Film Festival kicks off this week, the spotlight will be on two Oscar-winning actresses with different backgrounds who display that versatility.

Cotillard stars in “Midnight in Paris,” a Woody Allen romantic comedy that opened the festival Wednesday night. It’s a perfect showcase for the 35-year-old’s two-continent status – she plays a period Frenchwoman who speaks English.

She sandwiched the part between two movies that couldn’t be more different: an intimate French-language dramedy called “Little White Lies” directed by her romantic partner, Guillaume Canet, and the upcoming comic book sequel “The Dark Knight Rises,” which reunites her with “Inception” director Christopher Nolan.

On Saturday, Penelope Cruz will help unveil her movie, Disney’s 3-D extravaganza “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” The Spaniard – who made her first major blip on American radars in 2001 opposite Tom Cruise in “Vanilla Sky” (after playing the role in the Spanish-language original) – came to this festival two years ago with a very different film: Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces.”

In “Pirates,” she plays a swashbuckling foil to Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow – the confident Angelica, who tries to one-up Sparrow, flirt with him and help find the Fountain of Youth all at the same time.

Cruz, 37, said that while she doesn’t intentionally alternate between Europe and Hollywood, it often works out that way. “It seems to happen in a natural way,” she said by phone from Los Angeles. “After I finish doing a movie and I start reading scripts, I naturally pick something that’s the opposite.”

Cruz will continue the continental shuffle by following “Pirates” with an Italian-language movie with director Sergio Castellitto, then will star in a Rome-based film that Allen is making.

Building a transatlantic career isn’t easy. Few non-native English speakers become bona-fide Hollywood stars. Those who do usually leave their native countries behind. But an increasingly multilingual international acting community, coupled with Hollywood’s growing belief that foreign actors expand a movie’s appeal globally, has led more performers to attempt the dual-continent trick.

Cruz’s husband, Javier Bardem, of course, was a star in Spain before crossing over to American films and winning an Oscar for “No Country for Old Men.” But the dearth of juicy female roles in Hollywood makes it harder for women. Noomi Rapace, for instance, recently leveraged her star turn as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish-language Millennium trilogy into a role in “Prometheus,” the sort-of prequel to “Alien.” But the jury is still out on whether she’ll pull it off.

Cruz and Cotillard say they benefited from working with directors in their home countries who are on Hollywood’s radar: Cruz, via her frequent collaborations with Almodovar, and Cotillard in the Luc Besson-stewarded franchise “Taxi,” as well as with American auteurs such as Tim Burton (“Big Fish”).

Born 17 months apart, the Paris-raised Cotillard and Madrid native Cruz came to acting in different ways, but their careers have converged in recent years. Cotillard hails from a family of performers, solidly middle class, and began acting at a young age. Cruz is from a working-class background and spent much of her teens and 20s studying dance.

They won their Oscars a year apart. Cotillard in 2008 for her performance as singer Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose” and Cruz in 2009 for her supporting role in Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” They also costarred in the 2009 musical remake “Nine.” They even were pregnant at the same time (Cruz gave birth this year and Cotillard is due shortly.)

Producers say performers such as Cotillard and Cruz could stand at the head of a burgeoning new group as Hollywood goes more international.

“Whenever I’m starting to cast a new movie, I’m always thinking about who could help me in Europe or other places,” said “Fast Five” producer Neal Moritz, who recently cast German actor Christoph Waltz in a new film for that reason. He also has emailed studio executives who monitor or are based in foreign countries to alert him to male and female stars in those territories.

A few years ago, the Dutch actress Carice van Houten seemed to be on the brink of following in Cruz’s and Cotillard’s footsteps. She was coming off one of the most lauded roles of the year, the 2006 World War II drama “Black Book,” in which she played a beautiful, clever member of the Jewish resistance in Nazi-occupied Holland, switching deftly between languages.

“Right after it happened, I got roles in ‘Valkyrie’ and ‘Repo Men,'” she said, referring to two mainstream Hollywood productions, “and I thought it would be easy. But it’s been a little frustrating since then.”

Soon after those two roles, the parts dried up, and Van Houten grew weary of the burden of convincing Hollywood of her English skills and appeal. The actress said that while the movies she coveted felt bigger, the roles, when she could get them, felt smaller. She now concentrates on her native country, though she is working on at least one American TV project.

“There are all these things I don’t have to deal with in my home country, questions about whether I’m bankable enough. And then when you do get a part, it’s usually to do things that aren’t as interesting as in my home country.”

Cotillard has had the kind of breakthrough Van Houten never really got. She played the ethereal Mal in “Inception,” a character that brought a bit of European mystery to an American blockbuster. Indeed, Mal’s very existence seemed nebulous. “I think I’m very attracted to very mysterious characters, so it might be that I attract the very mysterious characters as well,” she said.

In “Paris,” Cotillard’s character, a kind of muse for Owen Wilson’s nostalgia-minded writer, radiates a similar aura. “She’s very present and very mysterious at the same time,” Cotillard said. “What I had to do was make it real and simple, but also make it someone inspiring.”

Cruz too said taking on a big production such as “Pirates” gave her pause. “You do worry about working on a huge production,” she said. “But I realized that there were a lot of layers to Angelica. She’s bossy and playful and clever.”

Cruz said she’d like to continue alternating between Hollywood and Europe. Cotillard offers a bit more je ne sais quoi. “I don’t really calculate anything,” she said. “I go where my blood takes me.”

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