Month: February 2013

Working with a grumpy killer whale was terrifying

Working with a grumpy killer whale was terrifying

from Metro News (UK) / by Lesley O Toole

Marion Cotillard, 37, has won an Oscar, slept with Batman and was Bafta-nominated for playing a killer-whale trainer in her latest film, Rust And Bone

You’ve made huge Hollywood films such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. What was it about this smaller French film?
It was one of my dreams to work with the director Jacques Audiard [of A Prophet, Oscar-nominated as Best Foreign Film in 2010]. Then I totally fell in love with the character. You don’t read many interesting powerful female roles like this, especially one with a very unusual story.

There’s a harrowing scene where a little boy falls through the ice. Was that difficult to watch, as a mother of one?
Oh yeah. Unbearable. When I first read the script, I was weeping at the end. But it’s a beautiful tale.

Did you ever play on the ice as a kid?
No. It’s super-dangerous. I remember a scene like that in the film The Four Daughters Of Doctor March, I think. And I’ve always been so scared. I’ve always freaked out. I never did that and I will never allow my children to do that.

Your character, Stephanie, loses her legs. What are your thoughts on that?
This is something unbearable and really hard to imagine how it feels. It’s something we refuse to see because if it was us, how would you do? Nobody likes to confront their fears.

There’s an incredible scene where you communicate with an orca through a glass. How was that?
On the first day, my signs to the orca weren’t very precise and she didn’t get what I was asking her. I asked her again and she got mad at me. She screamed, and that was really weird. Even though it was super-secure and nothing could happen to me, I was in a state of shock. This was the biggest mouth ever, the biggest jaws ever and it was right in front of my face. The teeth were so scary. I was in shock. I cried right away. So we changed the orca for the shot.

There are also some quite explicit sex scenes…
I’ve never liked filming them as I don’t feel comfortable. But this story was different. The sex is a big part of the story. It’s a movie about love but also about flesh, about the body.

You won an Oscar as Best Actress for playing Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose. Do you still get excited when you are nominated for awards?
It’s always exciting but nothing will ever be like my experience on La Vie En Rose because I didn’t expect anything that happened. I’m always happy if people like what we do. With La Vie En Rose, everything was new and I didn’t even know it was possible with a French movie.

You were out in London recently with Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck and George Clooney. The tough part of awards season?
Yes. That’s the very good side of it. They’re very funny, very smart and very nice.

Is it true though that you have a weakness instead for Will Ferrell and Steve Carell and silly US comedies?
I totally love those guys too but that night was a lot of fun.

What are your top comedies?
Blades Of Glory and Stepbrothers.

How about Wedding Crashers, with pre-famous Bradley Cooper?
That was him? I totally forgot it was him. Oh my God. He’s the one who’s supposed to marry Rachel McAdams. I remember now.

Have you told your agents what they need to find you?
That’s not the way I work. But maybe. Because I’ve done so many dramas. I would love it to work that way. I think I still have a lot of work to do before a good silly comedy comes my way.

What performance has blown you away this year?
Naomi Watts in The Impossible. Oh my God, prepare your tissue box. I didn’t know anything about the movie except it was about the tsunami. She totally killed me. And I’m totally in love with Jennifer Lawrence. She’s a prodigy. She’s 22, it’s insane.

You were named Harvard University’s Woman Of The Year and roasted by the students. How was that?
One of the craziest things. It was a journey with amazing people so in love with their university.

What did they tease you about?
Things they didn’t like. They teased me about my very bad acting in some of the movies I’ve done and it was kind of a relief to be able to laugh about it. They teased me about The Dark Knight Rises. It was amazing because, especially in France, you don’t get to make fun of yourself. But I love to be able to talk about things that you’d like to forget.

Rust And Bone is out February 25 on DVD and Blu-ray

Marion in talks to play Celestine in ‘Diary of a Chambermaid’

Marion is in talks to join the new adaptation of ‘Diary of a Chambermaid’. The following information is courtesy of Variety.

“Rust and Bone” star Marion Cotillard is in negotiations to topline Benoit Jacquot’s “Diary of a Chambermaid” (Le Journal d’une femme de chambre), based on Octave Mirbeau’s classic novel.

“Chambermaid” has been brought twice to the bigscreen: in 1946, Jean Renoir helmed Paulette Goddard in a Hollywood-set English-language makeover; and in 1964, Luis Bunuel directed Jeanne Moreau in a French-Italian adaptation.

Cotillard would star as Celestine, a young and ambitious woman who works as a chambermaid for wealthy families from 1890 to 1900. Through Celestine’s eyes, the film will shed light on the condition of house servants and perversions within France’s upper-class society at the turn of the 20th century.

Novel was published in 1900 amid the infamous Alfred Dreyfus’ political scandal. It was perceived as subversive because it gave a voice to a servant and denounced domestic service as a form of slavery.

As first reported in Variety (Daily Variety, Feb. 11), The Euros6.5 million ($8.7 million) project is penned by Helene Zimmer and Jacquot; and produced by Jean-Pierre Guerin’s new JPG Prods. and Kristina Larsen at Les Films du Lendemain. The pair last teamed on “Farewell My Queen,” which has been nommed for 10 Cesar awards.

Elle Driver is repping “Chambermaid” in international markets.

Guerin told Variety that Cotillard has met with Jacquot and is looking forward to reading the script and working with the French director.

As with “La Vie en Rose” and “Rust and Bone,” “Chambermaid” is likely to be an intense performance-driven film in which Cotillard will play a central part, appearing in virtually every shots. “Chambermaid” could also be another high-profile award-winning vehicle.

Project will bring back some of the “Farewell My Queen” crew including costumers Christian Gasc and Valerie Ranchoux, and set designer Katia Wyszkop.

Lensing is expected to kick off in March 2014.

Cotillard will next be seen in James Gray’s “Lowlife,” which is released by The Weinstein Co.; and Guillaume Canet’s English-language debut “Blood Ties.” CAA handles U.S. distribution rights.

Cotillard is repped by Adequat in Paris and CAA in Los Angeles.

 

Various Awards news round-up

Various Awards news round-up.

Some HQs added for Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

I have added some HQs from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, BAFTA Tea Party, W Magazine Pre-Golden Globes Party and Golden Globes.

Credit goes to Amelia for Golden Globe HQs and Marica for the other HQs listed below.

Gallery:
285 Events in 2013 > 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
009 Events in 2013 > Dom Perignon and W Magazine’s Pre-Golden Globes Party
060 Events in 2013 > BAFTA Los Angeles 2013 Awards Season Tea Party
079 Events in 2013 > 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Marion Cotillard BAFTA Interview Exclusive

Marion Cotillard BAFTA Interview Exclusive

from Vogue.com / by Ella Alexander​

MARION COTILLARD’s BAFTA red carpet look took just an hour and a half to create. The French star, who was nominated for Best Leading Actress for Rust and Bone, wore a Dior canary yellow gown.

“Any longer than that I get bored,” she told us ahead of last night’s event. “It’s all very simple. My team puts forward a selection of dresses and I choose the one I feel most natural in. When I first saw the dress at the Dior show, I didn’t fall in love with it straight away. It was when I saw it up close, that colour, its edgy side – it’s a piece of art.”

Cotillard has long been an ambassador for Dior – she is currently the face of its Lady Dior campaign and is soon to design a bag for the label. Having worked with the brand during John Galliano’s tenure and now under Raf Simons’ creative direction, she is impressed by how Dior’s new helmer is developing the label.

“It’s the hardest thing to arrive at a fashion house after such a brilliant and inventive designer,” she said. “I’m honestly amazed by what he’s done there, how he’s found his personality and injected that into the clothes. It’s so admirable. It could have taken him a lot longer to get to where he already has. I’ve met him a few times and he has such a creative spirit. He uses such beautiful materials and I love the architecture of his designs. He’s an amazing choice for Dior.”

That’s not to say that she isn’t looking forward to welcoming Galliano back to fashion. The designer is currently completing a temporary residency at Oscar de la Renta’s studio in New York.

“I am super excited about it,” she said. “I really respect John as an artist. It’s hard to explain and forgive him for what he did and said, but things happen for a reason. He wasn’t well. I’m so happy he’s back. The man is a genius.”

Despite her strong loyalties to Dior, Cotillard isn’t immune to the charms of other luxury brands.

“I’d love to work with Gaultier and I’m obsessed with Vivienne Westwood,” she said. “I met her very briefly at an event in November. I saw at the beginning of the night and then, right at the end, I thought, ‘I cannot leave without telling her how much I love her.’ So I jumped on her, told her that I adore her work. She was very nice about it all.”

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