‘Taxi‘ was released on Blu-ray in France earlier this year (buy it on Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com) as a 15 year anniversary edition. The film has been completely remastered leading to a stunning picture quality; the disc comes with English subtitles, a new Making Of and Photo Gallery as well as with hard copy photographs and a board journal. Most of it revolves around the cars and the two main stars but Marion Cotillard is also featured. The journal starts in 1983 when Luc Besson became known and ends in Cannes 1998 when ‘Taxi‘ had become a success and they decided to do a sequel. The only thing relating to Marion Cotillard in it is that casting her was a unanimous decision. Enjoy the screencaptures:
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I know I’ve promised it a while ago and it’s long overdue. But I started scanning my pre-2007 Marion Cotillard magazine collection. After 1996 I also added all I had from 1999. ‘Taxi‘ had been a great hit the year before and Marion just received her first César nomination for ‘Most Promising Actress’ (her reaction: “I felt like saying ‘Wait! I haven’t yet shown all I wanted’, Ciné Live) and was promoting her smaller movies ‘Furia‘, ‘La Guerre dans le Haut Pays‘ and ‘Du bleu jusqu’en Amérique‘. Throughout the year her passion for acting dominated each interview.
I’ve always wanted to be an actress but I never really asked myself why. I know now that I have this career for two major reasons: First, because it allows me to take such pleasure in work that I happen to be overwhelmed with happiness while acting. And second, because this job puts me the most in danger in relation to my emotional past.
- from Studio
She was also part of The Class of 2000 by Paris Match. Guillaume Canet was too but he was away filming so he’s not on the picture. Though she did not win the César that year, they were certainly right. At the time she confided the story of auditioning for Taxi. She had been in a floating period, measuring the difficulty of succeeding in cinema but not yet discouraged. She told herself:
I’m 23 years old. If I don’t get the role I’ll consider doing something else. You have nothing to lose, pull out everything you have for the audition.
Although the first audition went well she thought she lost the part after she was nervous when she met producer Luc Besson.
Talking to Elle she said the best thing about the success of ‘Taxi‘ was that she now had a choice which projects she wanted to accept. Saying no however was very difficult so she always read the whole screenplays, waiting for something extraordinary at the end. She was looking for real actor-directors, asking “Why not admit that an actress can choose a director rather than vice versa?” She started taking Danish lessons after having seen ‘Festen‘, planned on meeting Thomas Winterberg during the Cannes Film Festival and also started learning Spanish after having seen ‘Los amantes del círculo polar‘ by Julio Medem. Loving her job she nurtured her need for cinematic culture by going to the Cinematheque.
I take notes anywhere: on the street, in my bed, in the middle of the night. I’m demanding of myself, but also of my co-stars. Acting with a great actor is a dream. With a bad one it’s atrocious.
She was also photographed for Karl Lagerfeld’s portfolio about the dream roles of actresses:
I would like to be offered to play Count Dracula as a consolation for not having been in ‘The Idiots’ by Lars Von Trier.
Talking to Ciné Live she remembered spending a day in a wheelchair in Paris with her co-star Samuel Jouy preparing for ‘De bleu jusqu’en Amérique‘.
Others looking at us, us being dependent on others – we had a unique experience. The movie is a celebration of life and hope.
She reveals about her big screen debut in ‘L’histoire du garçon qui voulait qu’on l’embrasse‘ that she did it without preparation, instinctive and spontaneous, praises Arnaud Desplechin (“It was complete happiness! He takes you by the hand and walks by your side”) and Luc Besson (“He is a killer, like Cukor he reveals in his actors both their masculinity and feminity, the only combination that can universally be touching”). She called Juliette Binoche “Romy Schneider’s heiress”, dreamt of acting along side Elodie Bouchez and Hélène de Fougerolles and was brought to tears when she remembered the magical encounter with Jeanne Moreau during a chaotic shooting (Lisa). And then went straight to laughing:
Actually, acting brings me to non-sexual orgasms! [then resuming, thoughtful and wise] Approaching yourself is the most beautiful and most dangerous thing.
- Gros plan sur la génération 2000, Paris Match, February 18, 1999
- Marion Cotillard, Studio, March 1999
- Marion Cotillard “Y a-t-il un réalisateur pour m’ouvrir le ventre?”, Elle, April 26, 1999
- A quoi rêvent les comédiennes?, Elle, May 17, 1999
- Marion Cotillard, Bleu comme toi…, Ciné Live, December 1999
Kindly do not redistribute the magazine scans at another Marion Cotillard fan site as they were scanned exclusively for ‘Magnifique Marion Cotillard’. Thank you.
001 Scans from 1999 > Studio (France) – February
002 Scans from 1999 > Paris Match (France) – February 18
001 Scans from 1999 > Studio (France) – March
001 Scans from 1999 > Elle (France) – April 26
001 Scans from 1999 > Elle (France) – May 17
001 Scans from 1999 > Premiere (France) – November
001 Scans from 1999 > Ciné Live (France) – December
According to See-Saw Films, Marion Cotillard has replaced Natalie Portman as Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender in a new adapation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The film, directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown), is set to be produced by the team that brought us The King’s Speech and Shame. Shooting is set to begin January 2014 in the United Kingdom. Studio Canal and Film4 are financing the project. This is amazing news, can’t wait to see Marion doing Shakespeare!
“I feel extremely blessed that Marion is joining our film. She is one of the bravest and most compelling actors I have watched in recent years and I cannot wait to collaborate with both her and Michael in bringing to screen this very human and tragic love story.”
“Marion Cotillard has proven extraordinary versatility through her stunning performances in La Vie en Rose and Rust and Bone. Casting her as Lady Macbeth alongside Michael Fassbender will bring a fresh and exciting dynamic to the story of lovers pulled apart by war and ambition.”
Read two articles on it below:
Marion Cotillard to play Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender – screendaily.com
Marion Cotillard replaces Natalie Portman in Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender – The Hollywood Reporter
Adding to the good news about ‘Blood Ties’ being added to the Toronto Film Festival line up, it is now ‘The Immigrant’‘s turn to make it to another well known festival in North America. Variety published this morning the line up for the 51st edition of the New York Film Festival, that takes place from September 27 to October 13. Marion’s film, from director James Gray, and which premiered in May this year during the Film Festival in Cannes, is on the main slate list of this year’s event. We will hopefully be seeing a lot of Marion after the summer when promotion for both movies officially begins!
When the line-up for the Toronto Film Festival was announced a while back it was disappointing to see that none of Marion Cotillard’s upcoming films (‘Blood Ties‘ and ‘The Immigrant‘) were on it. Well, the festival has added 22 more films to the line-up, and Guillaume Canet’s ‘Blood Ties‘ is on it. It will have a Gala presentation. The festival runs from September 5-15 and the full schedule will be announced August 20. See the film’s page on the festival website. Marion has attended the festival 3 times in the past, let’s hope her filming schedule allows her to attend this year too.
In July, Marion Cotillard was once again on the cover of Madame Figaro in France. Known for her passion for the environment, the magazine interviewed her for their “Green” edition and the interview was focused on Marion’s views and every day contributions to the environment. At the end of the article, they did a list of Marion’s six commandments for the environment in which she says she never takes long baths (to save water) and that she cleans her house with white vinegar. The photoshoot for the article is brand new and shot by photographer Jan Welters who had worked with her in 2010 for ELLE
Other than that, Marion has been busy shooting the new movie by the Dardenne brothers. They began rehearsals in June and have been shooting in Belgium for the past few weeks. I added a photo of Marion holding the one month old that was chosen to participate in the movie. You can read the article (in French) here.
During rehearsals, a bakery was chosen in a small town for the shooting of one scene Marion was in. The owners of the bakery, who were present for filming and who played themselves in the movie described Marion as very professional, focused and somewhat shy.
I finally started keeping my promise to add missing older stuff to the site. For now I replaced all the movie & television stills where I had untagged HQ versions. Also I added the odd additional still, some artwork posters and on set pictures. Enjoy!
001 L’Histoire du garçon qui voulait qu’on l’embrasse – 1994 > Stills
001 La Belle Verte – 1996 > Stills
003 Taxi 2 – 2000 > Stills
002 Taxi 2 – 2000 > Artwork
002 Lisa – 2001 > Stills
003 Les Jolies choses (Pretty Things) – 2001 > On Set
001 Les Jolies choses (Pretty Things) – 2001 > Artwork
005 Jeux d’enfants (Love Me If You Dare) – 2003 > Stills
002 Innocence – 2004 > Stills
005 Cavalcade – 2005 > Stills
003 Edy – 2005 > Stills
008 Ma vie en l’air (Love is in the Air) – 2005 > Stills
004 Mary – 2005 > Stills
005 Mary – 2005 > Artwork
002 Sauf le respect que je vous dois (Burnt Out) – 2005 > Stills
004 La Boîte noire (The Black Box) – 2005 > Stills
003 La Boîte noire (The Black Box) – 2005 > Artwork
005 Toi et moi (You and Me) – 2006 > Stills
001 Toi et moi (You and Me) – 2006 > Artwork
010 Dikkenek – 2006 > Stills
001 Dikkenek – 2006 > Artwork
020 Fair Play – 2006 > Stills
007 A Good Year – 2006 > Stills
029 La Môme (La Vie en Rose) – 2007 > Stills
007 Public Enemies – 2009 > Stills
002 Nine – 2009 > Stills
325 The Immigrant – 2013 > On Set
001 Television > Chloé – 1996 > Artwork
006 Television > Une femme piégée (A Woman in Trouble) – 2001 > Stills
007 Television > Une femme piégée (A Woman in Trouble) – 2001 > On Set
James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges Among Voice Stars for ‘Little Prince’
James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti are on board to voice characters in a big-screen take on The Little Prince, the classic French novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
The adaptation is shaping up to have a stacked voice cast, including three recent Oscar winners in Bridges, Cotillard and Del Toro.
Mark Osborne, who directed Kung Fu Panda, is helming the project, which is being produced by Onyx Films’ Aton Soumache — who produced the stylish 2006 animated film Renaissance — and Dimitri Rassam.
The story centers on a pilot who crash-lands in the Sahara desert and comes across a little boy who says he is a prince fallen to Earth from his home on an asteroid. As the pilot repairs his plane, the little prince regales him with stories about his home and the foolish inhabitants of nearby asteroids.
Bridges will voice the pilot. It was not revealed which roles the other actors were taking on.
The book, published Le Petit Prince in 1943 and translated from French into dozens of languages, proved to be a hit due to its philosophical nature, appealing to both adults and children.
The Cannes Film Festival is now over and Marion’s last appearance took place on Friday, May 24 as she stepped out to promote James Gray’s The Immigrant. Marion attended both the photocall and the premiere of the movie alongside James Gray and co-star Jeremy Renner. She wore white to both events, an Alexander McQueen short dress for the photocall and press conference and a Dior evening gown for the premiere.
You can watch the press conference on the Official Festival site with English voice over. Hundreds of photos have been added to the gallery from the entire promotion at Cannes.
Two interviews from Cannes have also been added as well as screen captures for Marion’s interview on The Immigrant aired in May 24 on France 2 as well as a new photoshoot taken at the Festival by Fabrice Dall’Anese.
Although the reviews for The Immigrant have been mixed, Marion’s performance has been praised in all of them.
Gray clearly sees something in Cotillard that no other helmer — not even her husband, Guillaume Canet — has brought out in her before. Recognizing the deep, haunted quality of Cotillard’s gaze, he features her eyes as the soul of his story, counting on their mournful quality to play to the back of the house, even as he resists unnecessary closeups in favor of broad-canvas widescreen as much as possible.
Peter Debruge – Variety
Cotillard herself is incapable of giving a bad performance and she certainly carries the movie’s opening act
Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian
the intimately focused work is anchored by another superior performance by Marion Cotillard
Todd McCarthy – The Hollywood Reporter
197 Events in 2013 > ‘The Immigrant’ Photocall – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 24, 2013
061 Events in 2013 > ‘The Immigrant’ Press Conference – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 24, 2013
483 Events in 2013 > ‘The Immigrant’ Premiere – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 24, 2013
016 Events in 2013 > ‘The Immigrant’ After Party – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 24, 2013
001 Sessions from 2013 > Cannes Film Festival
002 Events in 2013 > Dior Cruise Collection, May 18, 2013
002 Scans from 2013 > Le Soir, May 24, 2013
105 TV Appearances > News Segments > JT20H, May 24, 2013
159 TV Appearances > News Segments > JT13H, July 10, 2010
001 Events in 2013 > EE British Academy Film Awards 2013 Nominees Party, February 9, 2013
One down, one to go! Marion shone at Cannes on Monday for the premiere of her first film in the festival, Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties. Early in the day, wearing a gorgeous Antonio Berardi dress, she attended the photocall for the film alongside Guillaume, Zoe Saldana, Clive Owen and James Caan. She seemed to be having a lot of fun laughing about with Zoe and signing autographs for the fans upon arrival.
The traditional press conference ensued and Marion was complimented on her Italian accent by an Italian journalist. A very fun moment where she said she wanted to kiss him! You can watch the press conference on the Official Festival site with English voice over.
Later in the evening the premiere took place. Marion looked stunning in a strapless Dior gown as she walked the red carpet with her co-stars. After the premiere, they headed out for the After Party and cocktail hosted by Dior. Marion changed into a simpler, black Dior gown for the party.
I have added photos from the entire day to the gallery as well as the poster and trailer for Blood Ties.
Finally, with the premiere of The Immigrant taking place this Friday, here are a couple of articles about the film you might enjoy reading:
038 Events in 2013 > ‘Blood Ties’ Photocall Arrival – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 20, 2013
247 Events in 2013 > ‘Blood Ties’ Photocall – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 20, 2013
065 Events in 2013 > ‘Blood Ties’ Press Conference – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 20, 2013
300 Events in 2013 > ‘Blood Ties’ Premiere – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 20, 2013
018 Events in 2013 > ‘Blood Ties’ Cocktail and Party hosted by Dior, May 20, 2013
002 Scans from 2013 > Variety (France), May 21, 2013
001 Movies> Blood Ties – 2013 > Artwork
001 Trailers > Blood Ties Teaser