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Prize winners of the 2013 Marrakech International Film Festival have been unveiled by jury president Martin Scorsese and jurists Fatih Akin, Patricia Clarkson, Marion Cotillard, Amat Escalante, Golshifteh Farahani, Anurag Kashyap, Narjiss Nejjar, Park Chan-wook and Paolo Sorrentino (who had to miss his big night at the European Film Awards). South Korean director Lee Su-jin took the top festival prize, The Golden Star, for his drama "Han Gong-Ju" (gorgeous Korean trailer below). The jury prize went to 2013 Cannes Fipresci winner Jeremy Saulnier's arthouse revenge film "Blue Ruin," tying with Carlos Machado Quintela's "The Swimming Pool." Full list of winner's below: The Golden Star - The Festival Grand Prize Han Gong-ju de/by Lee Su-jin (South Korea) The Jury Prize Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier (USA) The Swimming Pool (La piscina) de/by Carlos MacHado Quintela (Cuba & Venezuela) The Best Directing Prize Medeas by Andrea Pallaoro (USA, Italy »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Marrakech, Morocco – The curtain closed on the Marrakech Film Festival with the awards being handed out Saturday evening by jury president Martin Scorsese and jurors Fatih Akin, Patricia Clarkson, Marion Cotillard, Amat Escalante, Gloshifteh Farahani, Anurag Kashyap, Narjiss Najjar, Park Chan-Wook, and Paolo Sorrentino. The top prize, the festival’s Golden Star, went to Korean Lee Su-Jin for Han Gong-Ju. In his speech, the first-time director thanked the jury offering up his “deep respect” for the panel. “I will never forget when they were all watching my movie just in front of me,” he said.
- Rhonda Richford
Marrakech, Morocco– On top of being part of Martin Scorsese’ Jury at Marrakech Film Festival, Marion Cotillard — whose latest film, James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” played at the Morocco-based fest — cheerfully participated in roundtables with journalists. Cotillard, the first French actress to have won an Academy Award for her perf as Edith Piaf in “La Vie En Rose,” just wrapped Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “Two Days, One Night” and will next topline Justin Kurzel’s “Macbeth,” replacing Natalie Portman in the title role.
Variety: Through your parts in “La Vie En Rose,” “Rust and Bones” and “The Immigrant,” you’ve fully transformed yourself and dived very deep into the characters. How did these experiences change you on personal level?
Marion Cotillard: I think that when you discover something that was unknown before it opens your mind, your heart. Roles after roles, I learned a little more about human beings. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Whatever happened to the little black dress?This week, stars went color crazy, stepping out in some very vibrant looks that they probably should have left in their closets.The usually fashionable Marion Cotillard hit the red carpet in Marrakesh sporting a full-length dress that was both stripped and floral-print. And if the weird design wasn't bad enough, the fit did nothing for her impressive physique.Katy Perry sported a bold look this week too. The red velvet looks kinda cheap to us ... and the cape is definitely overkill.And where would we be without the Patron Saint of Too Drab, Lady Gaga?She really stepped up her game this week, stepping out as a Picasso painting. From the face paint to her yellow shoes (and everything in-between), this is just obnoxious.But they weren't alone -- see more of this week's worst dressed in the gallery above! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
What is going on with Marion Cotillard? The other day she wore a giant gown that looked like a gym class pinny, and now she steps out in this equally tent-like ensemble. Is there something hiding under all that floral fabric...? We'll leave the conspiracy theories to the gossip mill because we have enough to talk about style wise, or should we say lack of style wise? Our grandma has actual tablecloths that are more fashionable than what this Academy Award winner is wearing! We realize she's in Morocco where full body coverage is more appropriate than a sexy mini, but this Preen design is taking things too far. Not only is the look shapeless but the floral motif doesn't exactly say »
Moving triumphantly away from the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg, one of the great poets of the beat generation in the period drama Kill Your Darlings. Directed by John Krokidas, the film follows Ginsberg through his earlier years as a writer, with excellent performances from Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan( as the seductive Lucien Carr) and Michael C. Hall as Carr’s obsessed lover.
To celebrate the release of Kill Your Darlings we take a look at other renowned writers whose lives inspired critically acclaimed and award winning movies.
2006, dir. Bennett Miller
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar winning turn as journalist come novelist Truman Capote centres on the relationship that evolves between the writer and his subject. The infamous inspiration for In Cold Blood, Bennett Miller’s film focuses on Copote’s trip to Kansas with partner Harper Lee (Catherine Keener) to research the brutal killing of a family for an article. »
- Beth Webb
Marrakech, Morocco — James Gray had the audience in the palm of his hand during a two-hour masterclass conducted at the 13th Marrakech film festival that ended with the audience demanding an encore. “I just travelled 6000 miles on three different flights to get here,” quipped the American independent helmer. “I don’t mind answering a few more questions.”
While insisting that the word “master” should be reserved to directors such as the late Kurosawa or “Maestro Scorsese,” Gray provided an entertaining insight into his own working methods, filled with anecdotal episodes and responded to wide-ranging questions including the last chestnut: “What’s the future of American cinema?”
“I’m very bad at directing actors,” Gray said to the audience’s amusement. »
- Martin Dale
Marrakech — Attending the Marrakech Film Festival to receive a career tribute and present her latest film, Eric Poppe’s “A Thousand Times Good Night,” French thesp Juliette Binoche took the time to sit down with a handful of film journos at the Mamounia Hotel.
In “A Thousand Times Good Night,” Binoche – one of Gaul’s best-known actresses, whose credits include “Chocolat,” “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “The English Patient,” stars as a top war photographer torn between her family and her passion for her work.
Variety: While working on this film, how did you relate with the character you’re playing and what questions did it spark?
Binoche: I met with a war photographer who decided to stop, because it was too hard. Putting himself in such a dangerous place, there’s a moment where you think about your life, about why you need to go there. You can »
- Elsa Keslassy
Marrakech — Traditionally known for its thick French accent, Marrakech’s glamorous opening night, held on Friday at the Congress Palace, had a definite Hollywood flavor with Sharon Stone getting a career tribute, as well as jury president Martin Scorsese and fellow members Marion Cotillard and Patricia Clarkson, among others international guests.
“It’s good to be home again here in Marrakech. I’ve made two features here. It’s also a precious moment for cinema, as you can tell from the roster of guests – there are so many talents in attendance this year,” said Scorsese, after being welcomed on stage with a long standing ovation.
Marrakech’s opening night gathered the jury members: directors Paolo Sorrentino, Amat Escalante (“Heli”), Anurag Kashyap (“Ugly”), Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy”), Fatih Akin (“New York, I Love You”) and Narjiss Nejjar (“Les yeux secs”), thesps Golshifteh Farahani, Elsa Zylberstein, Tahar Rahim and Francois Cluzet, Cesar Academy »
- Elsa Keslassy
Magic, prostitution, immigration and the American Dream—not exactly the most obvious ingredients to mix together, but James Gray has done just that with "The Immigrant." His look at the experience and hardship of traveling through Ellis Island in the early 1900s forms the basis of his new movie, one that is opening overseas after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this year. For those of us eager to see the movie for ourselves, this new clip will have to suffice for now. The story centers on Ewa (Marion Cotillard), a Polish immigrant who winds up in the clutches of a sleazy pimp (Joaquin Phoenix). But arriving and hoping to save her is Orlando The Magician, played by an eye-shadow wearing Jeremy Renner. And in this scene he puts on a performance, getting into a coffin and that is fired upon with a gun. Does it impress the woman he's trying to woo? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: Record breaker with qualifiers — though a huge success all the same (photo: Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) For the weekend of November 22-24, 2013, Lionsgate overestimated the domestic box office take of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by nearly 2%. Doesn’t sound like much? What about $3 million? That figure can make a hell of a difference when we’re talking box office records. In fact, it can be the difference between a movie breaking and not breaking a box office record. All day Sunday heralded as the biggest 2D opening ever in the United States and Canada, the Francis Lawrence-directed Catching Fire actually opened below two movies: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and The Dark Knight (2008). And when inflation is taken into account, as it always should, the The Hunger Games sequel falls behind a couple of other titles as well. »
- Zac Gille
It looks like Arrow is delving just a little deeper into the greater mythos of the DC Comics universe and in doing so it lends credence to a certain fan theory that’s been bubbling recently. The CW drama about a vigilante archer is going to be borrowing a baddie from Batman’s rogues’ gallery, but can anyone guess which one? I’ll give you a hint: she’s the daughter of one of Batman’s most influential enemies. Now, since there aren’t too many families of villains that Batman has to contend with, I think you should have a pretty good idea who the new character is.
According to THR, Katrina Law (Spartacus) will be playing Nyssa al Ghul, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, the product of a love affair when Ra’s was in Russia. She’s a powerful member of the League of Assassins »
- Brody Gibson
Audrey Tautou has made herself pretty well-known in English-speaking territories over the years. Although she hasn’t yet fully cracked into Hollywood like her fellow Frenchwoman Marion Cotillard, she’s still managed to get a couple of her home-made titles some good receptions in the UK; Coco Before Chanel (2009), for example, did well both in Britain and worldwide – not bad in a movie world populated by transforming robots and teenage vampires.
Perhaps the thing holding her back in Hollywood is the language barrier, something plagued Penelope Cruz after her initial stardom, before going back to her own country and excelling. The story is much the same for Tatou but in her portrayal of fashion titan Coco Chanel, we saw that she had some real acting clout, and with her role as the girl whose lover goes missing in World War One in the film A Very Long Engagement, the story was much the same. »
- Henri Pearson
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: ‘Midnight’ shows nearly 30% ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, raked in a remarkable $25.25 million from evening shows on Thursday, November 21, 2013, in North America (playing at 4,163 locations on Friday), according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That’s 28 percent higher than the $19.74 million at 2,565 locations earned by its predecessor, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games; it’s also one of the biggest domestic "midnight" debuts ever. (See more on that below. Scroll down to check out a video of Jennifer Lawrence yelling back at yelling photographers at the Catching Fire New York premiere. And see also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Now, in the paragraph above »
- Zac Gille
We’ve just received the following official press release confirming the brilliant UK national treasure Stephen Fry will return to host the 2014 Ee British Academy Film Awards early next year. The prestigious annual event is the UK equivalent to the Oscars and after doing such a superb job last year, with the likes of Argo, Skyfall and Silver Linings Playbook deservedly honoured, he’ll be bringing his unique multi-talents to the ceremony on the 16th February 2014.
London, Thursday 21 November: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is delighted to announce that Stephen Fry will again host the Ee British Academy Film Awards on 16 February 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. Last year’s BBC One show enjoyed its highest ratings since 2004 and this will be the ninth time that Fry has hosted the ceremony. »
- Craig Hunter
We've known for a while that the daughter of Ra's al Ghul is set to make her debut in Arrow, but it turns out that it's not Talia (played by Marion Cotillard in The Dark Knight Rises) set to appear in Starling City, but rather the Demon's illegitimate daughter, Nyssa Raatko.
According to TV Guide, Spartacus star Katrina Law has been cast as Nyssa al Ghul, described as "a powerful member of the League of Assassins who comes to Starling City in pursuit of The Canary (Caity Lotz)." Law is set to make her first appearance in the 13th episode of season two, appropriately entitled 'Heir to the Demon'.
Law becomes the latest Spartacus alumni to join the hit superhero show, with Manu Bennett portraying series regular Slade Wilson and Cynthia Addai-Robinson another second season addition in a recurring guest role as Amanda Waller. »
- Gary Collinson
Since the Oscars introduced the supporting awards at the 9th annual ceremony in 1936, there have been only two years when all four acting winners hailed from outside the United States. The first was back in 1964 when the winners were three Brits -- Rex Harrison ("My Fair Lady"), Julie Andrews ("Mary Poppins") and Peter Ustinov ("Topkapi") -- and Russian-born Lila Kedrova ("Zorba the Greek"). And the second came at the 80th ceremony in 2007, when two Brits -- Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood") and Tilda Swinton ("Michael Clayton") -- were joined by Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), who made Oscar history by giving the first French language performance to be so honored, and Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men"), the first Spanish actor to win an Oscar. Could this year mark the third time that happens? Australian Cate Blanchett ("Blue »
If you were a fan of Starz Spartacus, then you have even more reason to watch the CW’s Arrow.
Law has been tapped to play Nyssa Raatko (aka Nyssa al Ghul), a lovechild Ra’s al Ghul had on his journeys to Russia.
Nyssa al Ghul is Talia al Ghul’s half sister. So, where the heck is Talia?
As if there weren’t enough Batman parallels on Arrow, most fans believe Talia is Summer Glau. This would make Talia’s reveal on Arrow very similar to Marion Cotillard’s reveal in The Dark Knight Rises. The assumption makes sense. In both Arrow and The Dark Knight Rises, a mystery business woman is added to the mix in order to bail out our heroic businessman.
Nyssa will debut as an integral member »
- Bags Hooper
We know that "The Daughter Of Ra's Al Ghul" is on her way to Starling City to bring Black Canary back to The League of Assassins, but it has now been revealed by TV Guide that it won't be Talia! Instead, Spartacus and Chuck actress Katrina Law has been cast in the role of Ra's' other daughter; Nyssa al Ghul. While she hasn't been seen in the pages of the comic books for a while, the character played a similar role to Talia - who was recently portrayed by Marion Cotillard in The Dark Knight Rises - alongside her father in the League of Assassins. What this decision leads us to wonder is whether this is a sign that all major Batman characters are still off limits to the producers of Arrow. On the other hand, they could just be using Nyssa to differentiate this take on the League from »
Nope, sorry, James Gray's "The Immigrant" still remains without a firm U.S. release date so we'll just have to look overseas with envy as France gets ready to unveil the movie in their cinemas soon. And if there is one international language that all films speak, it's marketing and so with that in mind, a new clip from the movie has arrived. The picture chronicles one woman's immigrant journey to the United States that falls into tragedy when she lands in the clutches of a charismatic pimp. In this scene, we see the sleazy businessman, played with flair by Joaquin Phoenix, display his product for his male clientele (warning Nfsw due to boobs) while waiting in the wings is Ewa (Marion Cotillard), his latest acquisition and she's been dressed up in a costume that makes her plight all the more humiliating. In case you were wondering about the themes of this movie, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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