On Conan Talk Show Next Wednesday

TV alert for all of you in the US: Marion Cotillard will talk to Conan O’Brien on his show Conan next Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

The show later airs in various other countries too, so be on the lookout.

In other news Marion Cotillard has arrived in Los Angeles, so it’s probably safe to say she’ll be attending the Critics’ Choice Awards tonight and the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

BAFTA Nomination!

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has just announced their nominees. Marion Cotillard & ‘Rust and Bone‘ as well as ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ got nominated. Congratulations!!

The Hunt
Rust and Bone

Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone

The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life Of Pi
Marvel Avengers Assemble

The 2013 EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 10 February at London’s Royal Opera House.

Marion Cotillard in the Press recently

You may have noticed that during the past few weeks I’ve kept adding articles to the press archive and also updated the gallery – especially if you’ve been following us on Twitter or Tumblr. Many thanks to Amelia and Melfan for their much-appreciated contributions to this update!!! Here’s an overview:

Character in Rust and Bone “got right into my blood,” Marion Cotillard says, The Gazette (Canada), December 13
‘Rust and Bone’ Globe Nominee Marion Cotillard: ‘I Questioned Existence’, Hollywood, December 13
Marion Cotillard cried on Rust and Bone set, Canada.com, December 14
‘Dark Knight Rises’ Star Marion Cotillard on Gun Violence: ‘It’s a Vicious Circle’, The Hollywood Reporter, December 15
Marion Cotillard’s new role cuts to the ‘Bone’, Star Tribune, December 15
Interview: Marion Cotillard of ‘Rust and Bone’, Red Eye Chicago, December 17
Marion Cotillard gets ‘Rust and Bone’ amputee character with one image, The Canadian Express, December 19
‘Rust and Bone’ masterfully depicts tragedy, love, The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 20
Interview: Marion Cotillard, Now (Canada), December 20
‘Rust and Bone’s’ Marion Cotillard dives head-first into roles, Los Angeles Times – Envelope, December 20
The Argument: Marion Cotillard, Hollywood’s favourite French actress, gets unleashed in Rust and Bone, Toronto Life, December 20
‘Unusual love story’ moved Cotillard, Daily News, December 21
There’s no rust on Cotillard, Toronto Sun, December 21
‘Rust and Bone’ brings Marion Cotillard face to face with orcas, The Seattle Times, January 6

009 Scans From 2012 > Various Clippings
001 Scans From 2012 > L’Express Styles (France) – November 7
005 Scans From 2012 > Cineplex (Canada) – December
003 Scans From 2012 > Newsweek (US) – December 10, scanned by Amelia
004 Scans From 2012 > Los Angeles Times – The Envelope (US) – December 20, scanned by Amelia
002 Scans From 2013 > Various Clippings
001 Sessions From 2012 > ‘Rust And Bone’ Promo
004 Sessions From 2012 > 7000 Fashion Magazine & L’Express Styles
001 Sessions From 2012 > Grazia
003 Sessions From 2012 > Hollywood Film Awards – Session 001
003 Sessions From 2012 > Los Angeles Times
002 Sessions From 2012 > Los Angeles Times – Envelope
005 Sessions From 2011 > L’Express Styles
005 Sessions From 2010 > L’Express Styles
001 Sessions From 2010 > New York Times Magazine
097 Sessions from 2008
161 Sessions from 2007

Also as you can see I re-added the 2007 & 2008 portrait sessions. Most of these were at one point far back in time already on this site but they’re finally back with some additions I found throughout the years. Enjoy! I’ll be completing the – now only a few – missing years soon.

Australian Award Nomination

And some international flair has come to the awards game: The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) today announced the nominees in the five AACTA International Award categories, recognising international achievements in film as follows: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress:

Jessica Chastain. Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard. Rust and Bone
Nicole Kidman. The Paperboy
Jennifer Lawrence. Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva. Amour
Naomi Watts. The Impossible

The 2nd AACTA International Awards winners’ announcement event will be held in L.A., late January 2013.

Don’t forget: BAFTA awards nominations are announced tomorrow as of 7.35 am GMT by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine (watch live) and Oscar nominations are announced the following day, on Thursday starting at 5.30 am PT by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone (website). Let’s hope we’ll hear Marion Cotillard’s name among the nominees!

‘Rust and Bone’ brings Marion Cotillard face to face with orcas

‘Rust and Bone’ brings Marion Cotillard face to face with orcas

An interview with Marion Cotillard, who worked alongside whales to film the upcoming movie “Rust and Bone.”

“Usually when I read a script and I fall in love with a character, most of the time I know who the person is, right away,” said Marion Cotillard, in Toronto last fall with her new film “Rust and Bone” (opening Friday). “In this case, it was really different. I found it very exciting to take a journey that would lead me to eventually know who she was.”

Cotillard, a native of Paris, has made more than 20 films in her international career, including “La Vie en Rose” (for which she won an Academy Award for her portrayal of singer Edith Piaf), “Inception,” “Midnight in Paris” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

“Rust and Bone” was her first collaboration with French writer/director Jacques Audiard (“A Prophet”). Cotillard’ s character, Stéphanie, is a whale trainer at a marine park in the south of France; midway into the film, she suffers a terrible accident at work that leaves her forever changed.

In Toronto, Cotillard’s effortless glamour seems worlds away from the gritty milieu of “Rust and Bone.” (In true movie-star fashion, the lighting in the room almost seems to change as she enters.) But she spoke happily of a role that took her far from her comfort zone — and that brought her up close with trained whales, an idea she initially found upsetting.

“I’m very uncomfortable with the idea of taking an animal out of his natural environment and training this animal to be like a clown or something,” she said. “It makes me sad to see those magnificent animals in a swimming pool.”

But to play Stéphanie, she had to go through training at Marineland, the Antibes animal-exhibition park where “Rust and Bone” was filmed. Though reluctant, she found herself moved by the passion of the park’s trainers for their work and “the love that they have for the animals.”

Due to several marine-park incidents that happened just before filming (including one at Sea World in San Diego that resulted in the death of a trainer), new rules were put in place for whale/human interactions that caused Audiard to have to rewrite parts of the film, particularly a sequence in which Stéphanie re-connects with a whale, gesturing to it from behind a glass wall. It’s a remarkable scene, with Stéphanie and the whale finding an uncanny, eerie intimacy.

“Originally it was not written like it is in the movie, because I was supposed to be above the water with the whales,” Cotillard said. “I was not even allowed to put my arm in the water, or to touch the whale. “

Trainers suggested it was possible to still have a connection with a whale while safely behind glass, and Cotillard did the scene using the arm movements she had learned in training.

The first rehearsal was filmed, and Cotillard was astonished by the scene’s power.

“It was really a conversation between me and the orca. We were deeply moved by what happened that day.”

Leaving Stéphanie behind, at the end of filming, was difficult, said Cotillard — “I loved being her.” But at this point in her life — she has a toddler son, with actor/director and longtime boyfriend Guillaume Canet — it’s easier to say goodbye to characters at work.

“I have to take care of a marvelous human being, and so it’s easier to go back to myself because someone is waiting for me, the entire me without anyone else,” she said.

Though she said she’d love to do more comedy (a la “Midnight in Paris” — an “amazing” experience), or to sing again (“Nine”), or to work again with Christopher Nolan, Cotillard said she’s now giving herself the great luxury of taking a break, and isn’t sure what her next role will be. (She has two films completed and due out in 2013: “Blood Ties,” directed by Canet, and “Lowlife” directed by James Grey.)

“I’m enjoying the fact that I know that one day I will be very excited by a new project,” she said.

“It’s going to be a surprise. I’m going to read something and I’ll know that it’s where I need to go.”

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