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Feature: Marion Cotillard – A Career

In cinemas from today, Marion Cotillard stars in the brand new French drama Ismael’s Ghosts, directed by the legendary Arnaud Desplechin. The film follows a filmmaker whose life is sent into turmoil following the return of his wife who disappeared twenty-one years ago.

The film opened the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2017, and also stars Mathieu Amalric and Charlotte Gainsbourg. To celebrate the film’s release, we look back at some of our all-time favourite films, and most iconic performances of Marion Cotillard’s career. Having played a wide variety of characters, with a string of impressive global awards under her belt, we can’t wait to see what she brings to Ismael’s Ghosts.

5) La Vie En Rose

Written and directed by Olivier Dahan, La Vie En Rose see’s Marion Cotillard in a blazing performance as the legendary French icon Edith Piaf. The film tells the infamous
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amfAR Shines In Cannes For 25th Year

Stars came out in force last week to support amfAR's 25th annual amfAR Gala Cannes at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, during the Cannes International Film Festival.

Sting Performs At 25th annual amfAR Gala Cannes

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The event’s legendary live auction surpassed last year’s total with items like the Carine Roitfeld curated fashion show collection fetching as much $1.7 million; a Pierce Brosnan original painting, which sold for $1.4 million; a fully restored and upgraded 1964 S3 Bentley Convertible from Byrnes Motor Trust Restorations (Bmt), introduced by Heidi Klum and Benicio Del Toro, which sold for over $800,000; and a Joe Bradley painting which brought in nearly $1 million. Sculptures by Ai Wei Wei and Bernar Venet each received bids exceeding $500,000, and a McLaren Silver 570S Spider brought in $650,000. The black-tie event was presented by Bold Films and Chopard.

The unforgettable evening featured four spectacular performances by
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ teaser trailer and poster: Watch Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in first look at Queen biopic

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ teaser trailer and poster: Watch Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in first look at Queen biopic
Get your first look at Rami Malek in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the new teaser trailer above, which was released by 20th Century Fox on May 15. Malek stars in the film as Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen. Known for songs like “We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” and of course the tune that gives this film its title, Queen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, 10 years after Mercury died of complications from AIDS at age 45. The movie opens on November 2 in the United States.

This Queen biopic has been in the works for several years and encountered setbacks along the way. Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw had been in discussion for the lead role before it eventually went to Malek, And the film began production with Bryan Singer directing, but after months of filming Singer
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Amazon Returns to Cannes With Triumphant Oscar Contender ‘Cold War’ and Signs of a Company Learning From Its Mistakes

Amazon Studios’ mission is to make commercial art films headed for critical, festival and (sometimes) awards acclaim. Despite some missteps, its slate shows signs of a developing strategy. In 2017, Amazon made a big splash at Cannes with two auteur-driven Competition films from Todd Haynes (“Wonderstruck”) and Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”), and wound up with a Best Actor prize for Joaquin Phoenix. Now, the company is back at the festival with competition entry “Cold War,” an immediate sensation that suggests the company is still very much in the game.

Last fall, Amazon dominated the New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala, and Woody Allen’s scandal-tainted “Wonder Wheel” closing it out — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace was another matter. They floundered. A year later, the company seems to be trying to learn from its
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Amazon Returns to Cannes With Triumphant Oscar Contender ‘Cold War’ and Signs of a Company Learning From Its Mistakes

Amazon Studios’ mission is to make commercial art films headed for critical, festival and (sometimes) awards acclaim. Despite some missteps, its slate shows signs of a developing strategy. In 2017, Amazon made a big splash at Cannes with two auteur-driven Competition films from Todd Haynes (“Wonderstruck”) and Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”), and wound up with a Best Actor prize for Joaquin Phoenix. Now, the company is back at the festival with competition entry “Cold War,” an immediate sensation that suggests the company is still very much in the game.

Last fall, Amazon dominated the New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala, and Woody Allen’s scandal-tainted “Wonder Wheel” closing it out — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace was another matter. They floundered. A year later, the company seems to be trying to learn from its
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Sacha Baron Cohen to star in 'The Spy'

Netflix, France’s Ocs channel group partner on dramatic limited series.

Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast as 1960s Israeli spy Eli Cohen in The Spy, the upcoming dramatic limited series for Netflix and French channel group Ocs.

Gideon Raff, creator of Prisoners Of War, the Israeli model for Us drama Homeland, is writer and director of The Spy and Legende Films and Alain Goldman are producing. The series will debut outside of France on Netflix.

Legendary spy Cohen lived undercover in Damascus in the early 1960s, spying for Israel and embedding himself in Syrian high society. He rose through
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Icon Film Distribution sold to Kaleidoscope

Head of distribution Zak Brilliant has left the company.

After months of speculation, UK distributor Icon Film Distribution has been sold to home entertainment specialists Kaleidoscope and main investor Schneider Media Investments (Smi), a source has confirmed to Screen.

The deal follows a number of misfires for Icon. The company’s early hits included horrors The Babadook and It Follows but expensive disappointments since then have included Russell Crowe-Ryan Gosling starrer The Nice Guys, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Neon Demon, John Michael McDonagh’s War On Everyone and Tom Hanks comedy-drama A Hologram For The King.

Icon’s
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‘The Dark Knight’ still ‘Rises’ at the Oscars: Gary Oldman is 6th Oscar winner from the cast – will Tom Hardy get a turn?

‘The Dark Knight’ still ‘Rises’ at the Oscars: Gary Oldman is 6th Oscar winner from the cast – will Tom Hardy get a turn?
The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) was the only film in Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy not to receive a single Oscar nomination but despite that it has had a pretty good track record at the awards. By the time of its release four of its actors already had Oscars: Christian Bale (“The Fighter”), Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) and Michael Caine (“Hannah and Her Sisters” and “The Cider House Rules”). Then Anne Hathaway won an Oscar for “Les Miserables,” which opened the same year. This year’s Oscars turned out to be pretty good for “The Dark Knight Rises” too, especially for Gary Oldman, the erstwhile Commissioner Gordon who just won Best Actor for “Darkest Hour.” Check out the complete list of Oscar winners here.

Oldman won for his performance as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. It was only the second nomination for the veteran actor,
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Did the 2008 Oscars get it right?

Simon Brew Mar 2, 2018

2008 saw No Country For Old Men, Tilda Swinton and The Golden Compass take home Oscar gold...

Films have a habit of being judged twice at the very least. There’s the instant reaction, through box office and awards season. Then there’s the more circumspect view, as a film has dropped out of the original limelight it bathed in.

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As it's Oscar weekend, therefore, we’re continuing a Den Of Geek tradition, and going back a decade, to see how the films that were rewarded at the 2008 ceremony stand up today. It wasn’t a show without the odd surprise, but it was still one of the least contentious Oscar nights in recent memory, hosted by Jon Stewart. And
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‘Final Portrait’ Trailer: Geoffrey Rush Paints Armie Hammer and Tests His Patience in Stanley Tucci’s Return to Directing — Watch

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‘Final Portrait’ Trailer: Geoffrey Rush Paints Armie Hammer and Tests His Patience in Stanley Tucci’s Return to Directing — Watch
Armie Hammer’s “Call Me by Your Name” follow-up is another Sony Pictures Classics period piece that casts him as an American on a European excursion.

In Paris-set “Final Portrait” — Stanley Tucci’s first film as a writer/director since 2007 (“Blind Date”) — Hammer plays James Lord, a writer who agrees to sit for a 1964 session with Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush). But hasty, distracted Giacometti demands weeks of Lord’s life, and 18 sessions altogether.

More than two decades later, Lord published a nearly 600-page biography of his late friend and patience-tester. Giacometti died in 1966 at age 64, shortly after traveling to New York for an exhibition of his sculptures, lithographs, and paintings at the Museum of Modern Art.

“Final Portrait” premiered at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, where it earned a B+ from IndieWire. Co-starring three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub, Clémence Poésy (the “Harry Potter” films), and Sylvie Testud (“La Vie en Rose
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Oscars and BAFTAs gender gap: Which years had the most female nominees and winners?

Oscars and BAFTAs gender gap: Which years had the most female nominees and winners?
Over the first three installments of this five-part series on the gender gap at the Academy Awards and BAFTAs, we found that the academy has made much better progress in recent years than their British counterparts. Indeed, if this trajectory continues, the Oscars will soon overtake the BAFTAs and the ratio of women to men will level out much faster. Be sure to read part one (historic overview), part two (last 20 years) and part three (projected trends).

But how have these increases in the number of female nominees panned out in terms of wins? Below, figures 7a and 7b display the percentages of female nominees and winners per decade.

See Oscars and BAFTAs gender gap (Part 1): There have been more male winners than female nominees

Both figures 7a and 7b show a clear progression in each decade of the percentage of nominees and winners who are women, at both the Oscars and BAFTAs.
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Berlin According to Producer Yoko Higuchi-Zitzmann

Berlin According to Producer Yoko Higuchi-Zitzmann
The industry veteran has been to Berlin both as buyer (as head of acquisition at German mini-major Constantin) and producer, most recently of the sleeper hit My Blind Date With Life, which sold to more than 40 countries. She heads to this year’s festival in her new job.

What’s the one item you always take with you to Berlin?

Aspirin. You never get to bed before 3, and you never get out of bed without a hangover.

What’s your favorite Berlin memory?

When La Vie en Rose opened the Berlinale in 2007. I’d just bought the film for...
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Will ‘Darkest Hour’ win Oscar for Best Makeup & Hairstyling just like biopics ‘The Iron Lady,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and … ?

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Will ‘Darkest Hour’ win Oscar for Best Makeup & Hairstyling just like biopics ‘The Iron Lady,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and … ?
When it comes to Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars, films with the most elaborate prosthetics and wigs often prevail, i.e. “Suicide Squad” (2016), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) and “Star Trek” (2009). However, biographical films have also been gaining footing in recent years. Whether it’s “The Iron Lady” (2011) turning Meryl Streep into Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, or “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013) molding Matthew McConaughey into AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, Oscar voters love it when famous people are made to look like other famous people. Might “Darkest Hour,” which transforms Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill, be the next biopic to follow this trend?

In “Darkest Hour” Oldman is virtually unrecognizable as the famed British Prime Minister. Directed by Joe Wright, this true-to-life film is set in the first months of his tenure, when he must decide between a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany or a prolonged war. Oldman earned an Oscar nom for Best Actor,
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Top 5 jaw-dropping Oscar nominations that could happen on Tuesday include ‘Mudbound,’ ‘The Florida Project’…

Top 5 jaw-dropping Oscar nominations that could happen on Tuesday include ‘Mudbound,’ ‘The Florida Project’…
What jaw-dropping Oscar nominations could happen Tuesday morning? Though the odds may be against them, we shouldn’t be too surprised if these contenders in top categories are called out during the nominations announcement. Here are the top five most shocking inclusions that might conceivably happen:

See Oscars 2018: Nomination predictions in all 24 categories according to Gold Derby Experts, Editors, and Users combined odds

#5: Steve Carell (“Battle of the Sexes”) in Best Supporting Actor

Have we been underestimating Steve Carell this whole time? A past Best Actor nominee for “Foxcatcher” (2014), Carell has contended at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Critics Choice Awards for his showy performance as tennis pro Bobby Riggs in “Battle of the Sexes.” True, the fact that he competed as a lead at the Globes and as a supporting actor at SAG could cause some category confusion (just ask Hugh Grant from “Florence Foster Jenkins
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Marion Cotillard on Woody Allen: 'The experience we had together was very odd'

The Midnight in Paris star said she was ‘ignorant’ of stories of alleged sexual abuse and would ‘dig more’ if he asked her to work with him again

Oscar-winning actor Marion Cotillard has spoken about her experience of working with Woody Allen on the set of Midnight in Paris.

The star, who won best actress for La Vie En Rose in 2008, was asked to give her thoughts on Allen after his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow reiterated, in a televised interview, her claim that he sexually abused her.
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Patsy Kensit interview: ‘I came out of Betty Blue totally stunned’

The actor recalls how Béatrice Dalle set her on a mission to channel French arthouse cool

The 80s were such a great time for movies, and I don’t think that gets celebrated enough. Before the blockbusters took over, people would go to see cult movies in foreign languages that would take over the world on word of mouth. Betty Blue was a film I absolutely adored as an 18-year-old. A girlfriend took me to see it at a cinema on Piccadilly Circus, which sadly isn’t there any more but which used to show all sorts of fringe arthouse movies. I went in not knowing what to expect and came out totally stunned. I was sobbing. Ugly crying! I immediately chopped my hair into a bob and would walk around London in a black Azzedine Alaïa dress and go to the Café de Paris, dancing to La Vie en Rose
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Visions of Antarctica by Anne-Katrin Titze

March Of The Penguins director Luc Jacquet on his Wild-Touch Ice & Sky project Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The closing night film of this year's Cannes Film Festival was Luc Jacquet's documentary Ice And The Sky (La Glace Et Le Ciel), featuring the work of glaciologist Claude Lorius on the impact of climate change discovered in Antarctica. Oscar winner for March Of The Penguins, Jacquet, together with Marion Cotillard, who won the Oscar for her portrayal of Édith Piaf in Olivier Dahan's La Vie En Rose (La Môme) and was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit), came to New York for the Wild-Touch official launch of Ice & Sky.

Following their presentation in Le Skyroom on the 8th floor of the French Institute Alliance Française about the new program created with an educational digital cross-disciplinary approach to bring awareness of climate issues,
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Marion Cotillard: five best moments

Our pick of the star’s finest performances to date. What others deserve to be on the list?

Marion Cotillard’s career is one to be marvelled at. Ever since La Vie en Rose, she has won an impressive number of awards for her lead roles in French and American films, performing in French, English and even Polish (The Immigrant, 2013). She has been involved in films set in the past, the present, and even in dreams, playing a range of complex characters. In anticipation of her latest film, Two Days, One Night, which is out in cinemas this month, we took on the challenging task of picking out her Top 5 moments. What do you think? Contribute to the thread below with your own suggestions.

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Sundance Selects Bags Cannes Favourite ‘Two Days, One Night’

The Cannes Film Festival isn’t just a way of promoting and screening film, but also a chance for companies to buy up films for future distribution. Sundance Selects has taken up this opportunity and has acquired the Us distribution rights for Two Days, One Night, set to be directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

French beauty Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie En Rose) signed onto the cast list back in February and will be taking on the lead role. She will play Sandra, a lady who has only one weekend to save her job and has to convince her fellow colleagues to forfeit their bonuses for her to keep working. Cotillard will co-star alongside Olivier Gourmet (Read My Lips) and Fabrizio Rongione (The Child).

From this tiny plot description, I’m guessing this will be a dark comedy. However, since it will star the very serious
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Cannes 2013: Weinsteins Unveil Footage of 'Grace of Monaco', 'Salinger' and 'Mandela'

Anant Singh, Yuen Wo Ping, Harvey Weinstein, Rooney Mara, (unknown), Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Naomie Harris and Ryan Coogler at the Majestic Hotel This evening I attended the Weinstein Co.'s Cannes presentation in which they revealed information, footage and trailers from all of their upcoming 2013 releases, both domestically and abroad. For the most part what was shown has already been seen such as trailers for The Butler, August: Osage County, The Grandmaster and Fruitvale Station plus a clip from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, all of which I have included below in this recap of events, which did also feature some new footage from a selection of films. Weinstein himself seemed most proud of the upcoming, Shane Salerno-directed portrait of J.D. Salinger, which is aptly titled Salinger and 2013 Cannes jury member Nicole Kidman was on hand to offer a few words on Grace of Monaco,
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