Plot: A pilot 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..
Deux jours, une nuit (2014) English Title: Two Days, One Night Character: Sandra Director: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne Status: Post-Production
Plot: Set in the wilderness of the Kamchatka Peninsula, the land of legends and the kingdom of wild brown bears, we follow the daily adventures of five wild brown bears. A mother bear and her two young ones, an adolescent male and an experienced male leader. Each of them have their own concerns and preoccupations. The mother must feed and protect her cubs, whilst all they want is to explore the big wide world out there, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead of them. The adolescent is coming of age and must find his place in the adult world, whereas the experienced male must constantly defend his supremacy and impose his strength.
Un monde truqué (2013) Character: Avril (voice) Director: Franck Ekinci, Christian Demares Status: N/A
Plot: 1941 France asleep in the nineteenth century, governed by steam and Napoleon VI, where scientists vanish mysteriously, a girl, Avril, goes in search of her missing scientist parents. Adventure, Mystery, Comedy ... and Steam!
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Character: Cameo Appearance Director: Adam McKay Release: December 18 (US, UK)
Plot: With the 70's behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron's co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone, weather man Brick Tamland, man on the street Brian Fantana and sports guy Champ Kind - All of whom won't make it easy to stay classy... while taking the nation's first 24-hour news channel by storm.
The Immigrant (2013) Character: Ewa Cybulski Director: James Gray Release: November 27 (France)
Plot: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves the north of France for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Character: Miranda Tate Director: Christopher Nolan Status: Out on DVD & Blu-ray
The Lady Noire Affair, Lady Grey, Lady Blue, Lady Rouge, L.A DY Dior - since 2009, Marion Cotillard and the Lady Dior have shared top billing in five films shot by some of the biggest directors. Today, she is back, continuing her exploration of the world of Dior by visiting the ateliers and all the storied locations that comprise the House's singular history.
Yodelice (since 2010) Pseudonym: Simone Album: Cardioid Joined the 2010/11 Tour sporadically
Band around French song-writer Maxim Nucci who performs in English. The songs belong to folk, rock and pop music.
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Le Monde featured an article about James Gray’s upcoming movie starring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix in their magazine M this past weekend. I added digital scans (sorry for the somewhat poor quality). It featured new stills from the movie. It looks so exciting and I can’t wait to see the it. Apparently, the audience at a masterclass during the Zurich Film Festival last month – held by the movie’s producer Greg Shapiro – were also treated to some footage from the movie (Screendaily.com). However, it will probably be released next spring (Bluewin), so we have to be patient.
Marion Cotillard’s upcoming movie by James Gray is no longer untitled: According to The Playlist James Gray made a suprise appearance during the Marion Cotillard tribute at Telluride (more on that later) and presented a clip as well as the new title “Nightingale”. Why the confusion?
“It used to be called ‘Lowlife,’” Gray said, “But the author of the novel threatened to sue me. So now we’re calling it ‘Nightingale.’” Gray joked that a few others were vying for the title, but added, “We’ll win in the end…coming sometime in 2017,” he joked.
And here’s a description of the clip that was shown:
In the scene, Marion Cotillard’s prostitute character Sonya is in church praying, and then takes a confessional. “I’m ashamed,” she said through weepy tears and a tattered black shawl, before launching into all her crimes and misdemeanors: lying, theft of food, her rape, and ultimately the revelation that she’s been whoring herself out to help pay and take care of her sick sister.
Having just come off the boat from Poland a few months previously coming to the American promised land, it appears that Sonya’s dream of a better life is actually worse than she can imagine. “We were caged like animals,” Cotilard said about the voyage on a ship to North America. Her rape was public knowledge on the boat and she says she’s damaged goods, hence having to prostitute herself.
Seemingly waiting to exploit her when she got off the boat is her pimp, Joaquin Phoenix, who in this scene, surreptitiously follows her into the church and ease-drops on her confession. Renner’s character didn’t feature in what felt like it was probably a scene from early on in the movie.
After many ads and online movies for Dior Marion Cotillard will once again be seen in an online short film for the fashion house:
Next up, starting Sept. 3, the house plans to launch its “Lady Dior, a Web Documentary” series on its site, diormag.com, geared to depict Cotillard’s adventures with the house over the years. The actress can be seen getting ready for the Met Ball, signing autographs at the Cannes International Film Festival and visiting the house’s couture atelier to watch a dress commission being made.
‘Rust and Bone‘ – which premiered during the Cannes Film Festival under its original title ‘De rouille et d’os‘ – will have its North American premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival which takes place September 6-16. The schedule will be announced on August 21.
On the Variety Weblog The Vote Jon Weisman published an interesting review of ‘Rust and Bone‘ comparing it to its Cannes competitor (and winner) Amour.
I also added another outtake from the ‘Rust and Bone‘-themed shoot for Obsession magazine as well as many more movie stills and replaced some existing ones with HQ versions. (Since I changed some of the filenames to change the order you may need to refresh the gallery to see it properly).
Here, there is no artifice, no makeup. Bare face, bare soul. No pathos, no screaming, no tears – or few. But there’s such a jostle of complex and contradictory feelings and emotions that come across subtly, profoundly, in a vacant stare, an inflection, a half-smile, in the faintest of gestures. Like a hurricane that might sweep away everything in its path without making the slightest sound. … Here, at age 36, is an actress at the height of her art. And such is her curiosity about the cinema, about human beings and the feelings that drive them, we can be certain that she still has surprises in store, that she hasn’t yet revealed all her secrets.
Once again, he [Jacques Audiard] lays emotions bare and exposes raw sentiment with the cool efficiency of a surgeon and the mysterious profundity of a poet. This film is all the more captivating because it touches, almost without seeming to, the very essence of life.
Tribute Entertainment is running a contest where you can win free passes to the Canadian premiere of Marion Cotillard’s new movie “The Dark Knight Rises.” All you have to do is design a new movie poster and submit it online to entered. There are also secondary prizes available. The contest is open to all legal residents of Canada (including Quebec). Click this link to enter!
The above new still is from a sneak peak for the new issue of Empire, on sale May 31 – which will feature a 23-page spread on all things ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘, hopefully there will be more Marion-related material in the issue.
Ahead of its French theatrical release on May 17 the first stills and a French trailer has been released for ‘De Rouille et d’Os‘ (Rust & Bone). Doesn’t it look very promising? Go here for an English synopsis.