On a less happier note, Marion Cotillard’s performance in La Vie en Rose was not acknowledged when the winners of this year’s National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards were announced yesterday. Julie Christie (Away From Her) was named Best Actress and Ellen Page (Juno) received the Breakthrough Award. The film itself was named one of the Top 5 Foreign Films though. NBR Awards have no commercial ties to the motion-picture industry and support film, domestic and foreign, as both art and entertainment.
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There is a new interview with Marion Cotillard featured with today’s issue of The Los Angeles Times: it can be found in a Special magazine called The Envelope in Print: The Music Issue. If anyone can get a copy of it and send in scans – or tell me how I can aquire it – I’d be more than happy!
Read the interview here.
While making a visit to the online world – these visits have become rather rare these days, sorry – I came across the fantastic news of Marion Cotillard being nominated for a Satellite Award as Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Congratulations!
Other nominees in this category are Julie Christie for “Away From Her”, Angelina Jolie for “A Mighty Heart”, Tilda Swinton for “Stephanie Daley”, Keira Knightly for “Atonement” and Laura Linney for “The Savages”. See the complete list of nominees here. The 12th annual ceremony will be held Dec. 16 in Century City, with awards going out in 49 categories.
Then, I must inform you all – if you haven’t found out yourself already – that Marion Cotillard has also been nominated for an European Film Award as European Actress 2007. Again, the competition included some very stellar acting talents: Marianne Faithful in “Irina Palm”, Carice van Houten in “Zwartboek” (Black Book), Anamaria Marinca in “4 Luni, 3 Saptamini Si 2 Zile” (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), Helen Mirren in “The Queen” and Ksenia Rappoport in “La Sconosciuta”. Sadly, when the European Film Awards took place yesterday in Berlin it was Helen Mirren who won the award!
Variety just reported that the current writers’ strike delayed the production of ‘Nine’ – Marion Cotillard’s rumoured upcoming project:
The Weinstein Co., meanwhile, postponed “Nine,” the Rob Marshall-directed musical that was slated to start production in March with Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren and Marion Cotillard starring.In all four cases, the sponsoring studios decided they couldn’t overcome logistical and script problems exacerbated by the Writers Guild strike that is preventing rewrites, along with the looming expirations of the Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild contracts in June. Other films are struggling to avoid the same fate.
“Nine,” the first collaboration between Marshall and Harvey Weinstein since the Oscar-winning “Chicago,” is now skedded to begin production in the second half of 2008. After Michael Tolkin wrote the script, TWC engaged Anthony Minghella to do a polish, but he was able to put in only three days of work before the writers guild went out.
Because of the intricate interaction between the script and the choreography that Marshall and John DeLuca plan, it was decided to wait for the writers to return, so the script can be properly completed.
Bardem will play the director Guido Contini, who experiences a creative and personal crisis as he tries to balance the women in his life, including his wife, mistress, film-star muse, agent and even his mother. The musical was inspired by the Fellini film “8½.” Music and lyrics are by Maury Yeston, composer and lyricist of the original production.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, who had been in talks to play one of the lead roles, dropped out of the movie, but the postponement was unrelated to her exit.
Regarding the last sentence it was New York Daily News who reported about it first. Citing a source claiming the actress had asked if the writer could enlarge her part. However, a friend insists she never officially commited and ultimately decided against the project because she felt it would be too similar a role to the one she played in ‘Chicago’.
Marshall is said to be looking for a slightly younger actress to play Claudia. Among those under consideration: Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler, Keira Knightley and Kate Hudson.
A ‘proper’ official announcement of the ‘Nine’ cast members has never been made although director Rob Marshall mentioned in an interview with The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the cast would include Javier Bardem, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Sophia Loren. Marion Cotillard herself has not actually confirmed her commitment for sure but has alluded to it on several occasions. Let’s all hope she will do this movie even if it for the time being became another victim of the strike!
Oscar Season is approaching! Thanks to Jess and Marion Cotillard’s Road to Oscar for the heads up about the first ‘For Your Consideration’ trade ad that will hopefully remind all the Academy voters of Marion Cotillard’s outstanding performance in ‘La Vie En Rose’!
To keep up with all the Marion/Oscar-related buzz be sure to visit the afore-mentioned excellent blog!
Also read my guest post about ‘Les Jolies Choses’ (‘Pretty Things’) over there. Many thanks for inviting me and giving me this chance Road to Oscar!
I’m somewhat short in time but I simply HAD to update on this. New appearance pictures! Marion Cotillard attended the previously mentioned ‘Meet Marion’ screening organized by Back Stage and The Hollywood Reporter and the Hollywood Film Festival where she was honoured with the Hollywood Breakthrough Award. Congrats again!
Marion Cotillard is gracing the cover of the winter issue of NY Times’ T: Fashion & Beauty magazine. It was published today, Sunday, October 21. Many thanks to Riikka and RoadToOscar for the heads up. See a preview and read the article here. Full-sized scans coming up next week! I can’t wait since this is an abolutely amazing photoshoot!
Want to meet Marion Cotillard? If you live in LA you might just be as lucky. Back Stage and The Hollywood Reporter are helding a La Vie en Rose screening on October 21, 8 p.m., at Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. The event will include a screening, followed by a Q&A with Cotillard. Sarah Kuhn, Back Stage West’s film and TV writer, will moderate. Find out more.
Unfortunately, the US release for Pretty Things (Les Jolies Choses) has been further delayed. The DVD is now scheduled to hit the stores November 6. This means US Marion fans know what to spend their money on next month. La Vie en Rose and Innocence will both be released on Region 1 DVD November 13.
As for site updates, please be sure to pay our new family site a visit: Introducing Melanie Laurent. It is an amazing resource for the very talented French actress and Marion costar (Dikkenek).
More awards for Marion Cotillard! The votes for the 2007 NRJ Cine Awards were in and Marion won ‘Frenchie of the year’ and ‘Best Look’ for her turn as Edith Piaf in La Môme – and the film itself won ‘Top Box Office’.
If anyone caught it on TV last night, do you have clips of Marion’s appearance? It will be re-aired this weekend on France’s NRJ12 Saturday at midnight and next week on Wednesday at 0.50 am. Can anybody who gets that channel be on the lookout for Marion and make clips for this site? That’d be amazing!
Here the pictures I’ve been able to find so far:
Marion Cotillard will receive the breakthrough performance award for her work as chanteuse Edith Piaf in “La Vie en rose” at the 19th Palm Springs Film Festival. Thesp will be presented with the nod at in a gala ceremony at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 5.
“Marion Cotillard delivers a tour de force performance as legendary singer Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, which is sure to be recognized throughout this year’s awards season,” Festival chairman Earl Greenburg said in a statement. “This is truly one of the year’s breakthrough performances, and we’re delighted to recognize her for this outstanding role.”
Also the always helpful and lovely Mariana has made marion-cotillard.org her Spotlight at her Sarah Polley website. Many THANKS! Be sure to head over and visit this great source on the Canadian actress/director.