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Our friend and one of our favorite actresses, Marion Cotillard, is on her way to be nominated for “Best Actress” for her performance in “Rust and Bone.” This coming January 10th the Academy Awards will announce the nominees for the Oscars. We strongly believe that Marion will be one of them. Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard is internationally renowned for her unbridled commitment to her art, challenging herself with each new role. Cotillard is starring in Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone,” alongside Matthias Schoenaerts, Bouli Lanners and Céline Sallette. The film was co-written by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain and adapted from the acclaimed book of short stories by Craig Davidson. Cotillard recently wrapped production on director and co-writer James Gray’s “Untitled James Gray Project,” starring opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. The film focuses on ‘Ewa Cybulska,’ (Cotillard) and her sister, ‘Magda,’ who sail to Ellis Island in the early twentieth century, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vitale Morum)
The Dark Knight rises is out to buy now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download and we’ve acquired this rather great interview with Michael Caine (who plays willing butler and Bruce Wayne’s confidant Alfred in the three Nolan movies) conducted by the lovely Edith Bowman. In the interview, we get to find out Caine’s favourite moment in the Dark Knight Trilogy, what it was like working with Director Christopher Nolan and the realism that he manages to create in his movies.
If you haven’t already seen The Dark Knight rises, fear not as you can buy your copy here. Check out the great interview below and tell us your favourite moment from the Dark Knight trilogy of movies in the comments section below.
- David Sztypuljak
By Joey Magidson
Between November and February of every Oscar season, rarely a day goes by that some sort of precursor award isn’t announced. It can all be pretty maddening, especially for those of us tasked with trying to predict the Academy Awards.
This is the time of year when you pretty much only have to throw a rock in order to hit a critics group announcing their year-end awards. Some years the critics all rally around one film, while other years have the love spread around much more. The thing is, though: Does it actually matter at all in terms of the Oscar race?
To be honest, not all critics groups are created equally. There’s some value to smaller groups like the Boston Society of Film Critics, but the ones that have any true sway are the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle. »
- Joey Magidson
Many of the technical categories at the Academy Awards have several rounds of voting before the final nominees are determined. One of these so-called "bake-offs" takes place in the newly named Makeup and Hairstyling race. On Saturday, the academy announced the seven films still in contention for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Members of the branch will gather at the academy on Jan. 5 to screen 10-minute segments from these semi-finalists and vote for their top three. These will be the nominees revealed, along with the other competitive categories, on Jan. 10. The winner has typically been the film with the most extensive prosthetic makeup, usually to create creatures for sci-fi and fantasy films ("The Wolfman," "Pan's Labyrinth," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"), or to age and transform actors in biopics ("La Vie en Rose," "Frida"). Last year's winner was the biopic "The Iron »
Every year, we as critics and as film buffs love to keep track of who and what dominated the year – which films hit and missed both critically and commercially, but also, who were the relevant talents both in front of and behind the camera? Like any year, there has been a collection of great actors who have worked their way to the forefront of popular contemporary cinema, and we’ve decided to single out the 10 who gave the most interesting, often surprising contributions to the world of cinema in 2012. Either through their consistent presence in our cinema-going or by fully realising their “rising star” status from years previous, these 10 actors all helped to enrich our film-watching experiences this year, and should be commended for it.
Here are 10 actors who ruled 2012.
10. Marion Cotillard
- Shaun Munro
The first time most Americans discovered French actress Marion Cotillard was when she played Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose , a performance that took her all the way to Oscar night where she won the Oscar, making her the first French actress to do so in nearly 50 years. Cotillard went on to appear in fantastic films like Christopher Nolan's Inception and Steven Soderbergh's Contagion . After starring in Nolan's finale to the "Dark Knight Trilogy" earlier this year, Cotillard delivers another astounding performance in French auteur Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone as Stéphanie, a killer whale trainer who loses her legs in a horrifying accident and is forced to rely on the generosity and compassion of a bouncer and underground fighter, played by Matthias Schoenaerts, who »
If the Academy Awards pundits (Indiewire's own Peter Knegt included) are to be trusted, Marion Cotillard will in all likelihood be up for her second golden statue next year thanks to her searing performance in "Rust and Bone," Jacques Audiard's moving follow-up to his Oscar-nominated 2009 crime drama "A Prophet." (Cotillard made history in 2008 as the first to take home the Best Actress award for a French-language performance, for her work as Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose") In the new drama, Cotillard plays an orca trainer at Marineland, who, after losing her legs in a freak accident at the aquarium, finds herself cared for by a stranger ("Bullhead" breakout Matthias Schoenaerts) she had met at a nightclub before the horrific incident. Honor Roll is a daily series running throughout December that features new or previously published interviews, profiles and first-person stories of some of the year's most »
- Nigel M Smith
Directed by Marc Forster
UK, 2008, imdb
On the Mousterpiece Cinema podcast, Josh and I frequently joke about our “Island Films” by which we don’t mean the films that we would hypothetically take to a desert island, but the films that we are alone on an island in liking or disliking. Sometimes, we are only alone on the island briefly. When we did our podcast on John Carter, Josh and I felt a bit alone in the wilderness liking the film, but when it was released on Blu-ray and people actually started watching Andrew Stanton’s film, our island got crowded rather quickly. Crowds are not a problem on Quantum of Solace island.
It’s not like people haven’t seen the film. Based on my calculations for my James Bond By the Numbers article, Quantum of Solace »
- Michael Ryan
Marion Cotillard has admitted that it was quite a challenge to learn English. The French actress - who won an Oscar for La Vie En Rose - explained to NPR that she studied the English language more seriously after landing Hollywood roles. "Well, first of all, I love the English language, so it makes it easier [to learn]," she declared. Cotillard continued: "And also when I was in Los Angeles in 2008, and I met with Michael Mann and he - we did this movie together, I really had to work on my American accent. And I worked for four months, every day, with a dialect coach, and I improved my English a lot. "I still have (more) »
- By Justin Harp
“Rust and Bone,” filmmaker Jacques Audiard’s moving romantic drama based on Craig Davidson’s short story collection, boasts a thoroughly complex woman at its core: Stéphanie, a prickly orca trainer who endures horrific tragedy. As far as Audiard and casting director Richard Rousseau were concerned, there was only one actor for the part: Marion Cotillard, who snagged the world’s attention with her Oscar-winning turn in “La Vie en Rose.” Like so many others, Audiard was entranced by that performance and has wanted to work with her ever since. “The choice of Marion was very quick,” says Rousseau. “We didn’t audition any other actress for her role. The part was really meant for her. To embody that fall into hell, an icon was needed.” On the flip side, the casting of Stéphanie’s equally complex lover—bare-knuckle fighter Ali—was a much longer process. Audiard wanted a performer with a strong, »
Life intersected with art when Tim Burton chose to make a cinematic adaptation of Big Fish by novelist Daniel Wallace; Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) lies on his death bed recounting his youthful adventures to his estranged son William (Billy Crudup). “My father had been ill for a while,” confided the filmmaker, “I tried to get in touch with him, to have, like in this film, some sort of resolution, but it was impossible.” Not all was lost for Burton. “I went back to thinking about my father, and as bad a relationship as I had, early on it was quite magical…It’s important to remember that. I forgot that for too long.” The director added, “I think it’s a thing where everybody loses a parent and, »
The 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival has just been voted Best Film Festival Ever!……..maybe……if it hasn’t it should because this year’s fest has provided a breathtaking variety of docs, dramas, foreign flix, comedies, shorts, and….you name it!
Sliff.s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University.s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University.s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il
The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.
Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Friday, November 16th
Alter Egos plays at 5:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre – Read The Wamg Review By Dana Jung Here
In the alternative world of Ârdizes an important mission with he discovers his »
- Tom Stockman
He came, he saw, he canoodled with a beautiful lady, he conquered. James Bond returned to the big screen in style last weekend raking in an extraordinary amount of money in its first few days.
The exact figure which Skyfall talk in during its opening weekend is around £20.1 million. This is not only the highest ever opening gross for a Bond film, beating Casino Royale’s £13million and Quantum of Solace’s £15million with ease, but also the highest opening weekend of the year so far. That’s right, more than Spidey (£11m), more than Tony Stark and pals (£15.8m), and even more than Batman (£14m). If that wasn’t enough of a coup for Sam Mendes and his team, it was also announced today that Skyfall’s takings for the full first week of its release was an astonishing £37.2 million, which sees it actually leap ahead of Harry Potter »
- Rob Keeling
To celebrate today’s release of London Film Festival ‘Best Film’ winner Rust and Bone by Jacques Audiard (A Prophet and The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and starring Marion Cotillard, we are giving three winners the chance to win a signed poster and a copy of the soundtrack.
To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question:
Which Dark Knight Rises star plays the role of Stephanie in Rust and Bone?
Jacques Audiard, acclaimed director of A Prophet and The Beat That My Heart Skipped, returns with this powerful, tender romantic drama about two people from very different worlds seeking redemption in each other. Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose, Inception) stars as Stephanie, a killer whale trainer who late one night meets Alain (Matthias Schoenaerts, Bullhead) in a fracas at the nightclub where he works as a bouncer. »
- Matt Holmes
There's a theory that the best way to win a best actress Oscar is by a dramatic change in appearance. From young to old, beautiful to haggard, from Meryl Streep to Margaret Thatcher. At least no-one can accuse Marion Cotillard of deliberate Oscar-hunting. She already has one, for playing French chanteuse Edith Piaf in 2007's La Vie en Rose. Nevertheless in her new film Rust and Bone, which won Best Film at the London Film Festival last weekend, Cotillard transforms strikingly to play a double amputee called Stéphanie. Her hair hangs lank, her eyes are half-dead. And you can't take your eyes off her. »
The Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco has been blessed with buzz since it was a spec script bouncing around the desks of Hollywood players. In 2011 it made the prestigious Black List, and shortly thereafter secured Olivier Dahan, the heralded director of the Oscar-winning Edith Piaf biopic La vie en rose, to helm. Soon Nicole Kidman signed on to play the movie star turned princess, and was later joined by Tim Roth and Parker Posey, slated to play her prince and frenemy respectively. With cameras now rolling on this promising picture, Variety reports Derek Jacobi, one of England's most respected thespians, has been added to the incredible ensemble cast. Jacobi, who has appeared in such Academy Award-courting efforts as My Week With Marilyn, The King's Speech, and Gladiator, will portray Count Fernando D'Aillieres. Described as a "flamboyant aristocrat," D'Aillieres was an ally to Kelly as she attempted to learn the »
• Giving a new meaning to the term “family film,” Angelina Jolie’s children Pax and Zahara Jolie-Pitt will join their mother for small roles in Disney’s live-action fantasy movie Maleficent. The 8-year-old and 7-year-old (respectively) join 4-year-old sister Vivienne, who is playing the young version of Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Visual effects and production designer Robert Stromberg is making his feature directing debut. [Deadline]
- Adam B. Vary
Up-to-the-minute casting information follows below: Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow) is in negotiations to join Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry) in You're Not You, directed by George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe). Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) will join Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) in the indie drama A Thousand Times Good Night for co-writer/director Erik Poppe (Hawaii, Oslo). Derek Jacobi (The King's Speech) will be tasked with refining Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) from an American movie star into a princess in Grace of Monaco, directed by Olivier Dahan (La vie en rose). Finally, Tye Sheridan (Tree of Life) has joined Joe, a drama starring Nicolas Cage (National Treasure) and directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). Hit the jump for more on each picture. First up comes word that Rossum in is negotiations to star opposite Swank in You're Not You. Adapted from Michelle Wildgen's book, »
- Dave Trumbore
Debuting at Cannes this year to very strong reviews – you can read our review here – Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone has been one of the most anticipated films of the year, and with its release coming in the height of awards season next month, we could well be seeing its star, Marion Cotillard, competing for her second Oscar following La Vie en rose.
We saw the fantastic UK trailer for the film last month, and now its Us distributor, Sony Pictures Classics, have released the Us variant, which is essentially identical, switching out the critics’ reviews with North American outlets.
“Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium 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.”
Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) stars alongside Cotillard in the lead, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Jose here, still reeling from Rust and Bone this past Sunday (going again today in a couple of hours because it's that good). My first reaction after watching it was: wow, Marion Cotillard truly has been trying to prove to us all her Oscar win was no accident.
I am not a fan of La Vie en Rose but year after year I have found myself more astounded by Cotillard's work. She was heartbreaking in Nine and was the only thing in Inception worth anyone's time, but it's in Rust and Bone where she provesonce and for all that she's one of the most fearless actresses of our time. Most people think she's a shoo-in for a Best Actress nomination but I'm not sure this will be so easy, given that her character isn't likable at all and we know that AMPAS likes to like its leading ladies; even Margaret Thatcher »
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