This is just a small update to let you know that Marion Cotillard (and Leonardo DiCaprio) are on the cover of the July issue of Studio Ciné Live. I will add scans as soon as I have the magazine. Also added another ‘Inception‘ still to the gallery.
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Ahead of the ‘Inception‘ Premiere in Los Angeles on July 13, the movie will have its world premiere in London on July 8. If you’re in the UK you can win tickets on Facebook. According to Associated Press the press junket will be held this week. Thanks Nadine for all the heads up.
Already now the first production still with Marion Cotillard has popped up online and the official Inception Website has been updated with Wallpapers and Production Notes with interesting details about the international filming and technical aspects of creating a movie about dreams.
“His mind is so rich,” Marion Cotillard says, “and that’s one reason Chris is such an extraordinary director and writer. On a movie as imaginative as this, you need a director you can trust—someone to take your hand and share his vision—and I trusted him 100 percent. He really inspired me and gave me the keys I needed.”
MAL – THE SHADE
Mal, played by Marion Cotillard, is the love of Cobb’s life. “Mal is a tricky one to describe because she is a mix of so many things,” the actress says cryptically. “But maybe it’s the kind of thing you don’t describe because different people can have different interpretations.”
“Mal is the essence of the femme fatale,” states Nolan. “Marion brought an exceptionally haunting quality to her performance. What she was able to do with just her eyes and her emotional openness is quite beautiful. And she and Leo together portray an incredibly moving couple. Underneath all of the action, I think ‘Inception’ is very much founded on a love story, and these two actors found the truth of that in a most remarkable way.”
“Leo is such a gifted actor. I have always been a great fan of his work, so it was amazing to work with him,” Cotillard says. “His commitment is total and his intensity is unlimited. You can see it in his eyes. When you share a scene with him, you can trust everything he does because he’s so authentic.”
DiCaprio has equal praise for his co-star. “It was wonderful to act alongside Marion. She can be strong and vulnerable and hopeful and heartbreaking all in the same moment, which was perfect for all the contradictions of her character.”
Emma Thomas: “I especially loved what Jeffrey did with Mal’s costumes, like the gorgeous, flowing gown we first see her in. She is the femme fatale and her wardrobe reflects that.”
• Source: Production Notes found on Official Site
Totally forgot to update about this exciting video – which was released in the midst of the Cannes Film Festival frenzy. Via the official ‘Les petits mouchoirs’ Facebook page a video clip about the shooting of the Guillaume Canet directed ensemble film with the English title ‘Little White Lies‘. Thanks for the heads up Nadine!
Gallery: 027 Les petits mouchoirs (Little White Lies) > Behind the Scenes
Video: 001 Les Petits Mouchoirs
During the Cannes Film Festival it was announced that Romain Duris would work again with director Pascal Chaumeil – together they delivered the hit movie ‘L’Arnacoeur‘. The title of the new project is ‘Vivre c’est mieux que mourir‘ – which translates roughly to ‘Better alive than dead’. Interestingly, Wednesday’s issue of French newspaper L’Express listed the project at the end of an article about the balance between commercial and indie productions.
Vivre c’est mieux que mourir, by Pascal Chaumeil. Comedy with Marion Cotillard and Romain Duris, written by six screenwriters, including Laurent Zeitoun.
The movie is an Action Comedy, in which a hotel employee has to act as a scriptwriter to get out of a messy situation in which he put himself. He actually has the habit of stealing from hotel guests. But then one day he’s caught by a Hollywood Producer-Director. Clever as he is he will charm the producer and convince him to develop a movie about espionage. Sounds intriguing and I can’t wait to hear more about the possible involvement of Marion in it. Huge thank you to Nadine for finding this information!
A new Behind the Scenes featurette for ‘Inception‘ which has been playing in selected theatres has finally been released online. Be sure to watch it on Yahoo! Movies as there’s a new scene with Marion Cotillard and Leonardo DiCaprio!
On the new character posters for ‘Inception‘ each character received a title. Marion Cotillard is ‘The Shade’. Look at the other posters on Empire Online.
There’s apparently also a different version of Marion’s ‘The Shade’ poster around – according to this picture on Twitter (thanks Nadine for the heads up!).
The Japanese ‘Inception‘ trailer – as aired while Ken Watanabe gave an interview on Japanese TV – features an additional glimpse of Marion.
The Playlist picked up on the listing of ‘Second Coming‘ in last week’s Production Weekly – which means the movie is now officially in pre-production. Not sure when it will shoot but let’s hope we’ll hear something specific soon. Intriguingly, Ethan Hawke is now also part of the cast!
The premiere for ‘Inception‘ will be held Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood (source: Seeing Stars via Nadine).
FYI, extensive Cannes gallery & video updates coming tomorrow evening as real life and especially work keeps me very busy!
Earlier today, Marion Cotillard was interviewed on Le Grand Journal. Exactly one year after her interview on the show during last year’s Cannes Festival and also exactly 3 months after her last appearance on the talk show. She looked absolutely adorable in her red dress. And I love her hair.
I don’t have time for a proper translation but here’s a – hopefully accurate – summary. She talked a bit about her character Marie in ‘Les Petits Mouchoirs‘ who’s generally full of rage apparently. She enjoyed filming a contemporary movie wearing jeans and swearing. Guillaume Canet is a great director and she enjoyed working together and had many beautiful moments with the whole cast who mostly are old friends of theirs. She evaded the question if Guillaume was being difficult at home during filming – à la Guido Contini in Nine – but said that the two things can be balanced.
She was equally evasive about her character in ‘Inception‘ but said that it is not “Cat Woman” – the character is very complex and enigmatic. She has many different sides to her. She shares with Christopher Nolan the love of seeing a movie without knowing anything about it in advance.
Coming to Cannes doesn’t feel like an obligation. There are things she’s obliged to do – like talk about ‘Les Petits Mouchoirs‘ – but they’re agreeable to do. And she didn’t sing Karaoke last night at the concert – contrary to what the people on the show thought. But apparently, Guillaume sang – during a time when Marion wasn’t there.
She confirms ‘Midnight in Paris‘ – she doesn’t share a scene with Carla Bruni – and ‘Contagion‘. She also grabs the opportunity to gush about Kate Winslet. However, she was very reluctant about ‘Cosmopolis‘ since she’s still in talks. (This makes sense as Variety reported she was “attached” to the movie – this means she hasn’t signed anything and having her name attached to the project will hopefully help get the project made.) Moreover, she hasn’t heard anything about ‘The Rivals‘ in a long time – its development has definitely been put on ice. Sadly, they didn’t ask her about ‘Second Coming‘.
When Guillaume Canet was on Le Grand Journal earlier today (yesterday) he brought along 2 minutes of his upcoming movie ‘Les Petits Mouchoirs‘. It features Marion as a very fierce Marie in an unfortunate situation. The naughty boys are telling her to calm down but she just shouts that she IS calm! Guillaume is currently presenting a 10-minute Promo Reel at the film market. Let’s hope it gets picked up for foreign distribution so it’ll get released e.g in the US – and let’s hope for a trailer soon!
In other news, Marion & Guillaume were spotted by Madame Figaro‘s Marion Galy-Ramounot at the club “Heaven’s Floor by Albane” Sunday evening and by Gala outside their hotel on Monday. Earlier tonight Marion Cotillard was expected to attend Chopard’s 150th anniversary event according to The Globe and Mail. edit: some preview pictures here.
And Adrien Brody is joining the cast of ‘Midnight in Paris‘ according to The Hollywood Reporter.