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Posted by Claudia
Posted on Mar 23, 2014
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“I thought there was something very beautiful about exploring a melodrama from a female protagonist’s perspective because all of a sudden I would be free from the constraints of, what I would call, macho posturing, male behavior and get straight to the emotional heart of it,” director James Gray said last fall of his upcoming drama “The Immigrant,” which stars Marion Cotillard.

Also starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, the set-in-1920s New York movie, gorgeously shot byDarius Khondji, will see release this spring by The Weinstein Company on May 2nd. The opening will be a limited release in New York and L.A. and yes, it’s not going VOD; at least right now. And it’s no longer aRadius/TWC release (the company changed gears on that decision). The film will begin to expand after that.

Included in the list of our 21 Best Films Of 2014 We’ve Already Seen, “The Immigrant” chronicles Polish émigré Ewa (Marion Cotillard), who comes to America with her ailing sister through New York’s famous immigration port Ellis Island and then becomes entwined in the lives of two men: a manipulative pimp (Phoenix) and a kind magician (Renner). A mature and thoughtful morality tale the movie explores—in a measured and elegant manner—the idea of forgiving those who are seemingly beyond salvation (read our review of the film from Cannes here).

In other release date news, Sony has changed the date of Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi comedy “Chappie” ever so slightly. Originally due on March 27, 2015, the movie has now been bumped up three weeks to March 6, 2015, where it will face off against “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2″ and Fox’s just-dated Untitled Vince Vaughnmovie.

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Posted by Claudia
Posted on Mar 10, 2014
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Michael Fassbender + Marion Cotillard + “Macbeth” = ticket sold as far we’re concerned, and while we can’t wait to see the result (it’s one our 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014… if it gets finished and released in time) we remain very curious about the approach. The Shakespeare play is one of the most frequently performed and adapted, though not so much for the big screen, and the Bard has always proven flexible to filmmakers who push his material to the edge. However, what we weren’t perhaps expecting is that “the Scottish play” will have French flavor.

Chatting with John Cameron Mitchell in Interview magazine, Cotillard revealed she’s keeping her French accent for her turn as Lady Macbeth. Here’s what she had to say:

COTILLARD: Oh, yeah. And, it is really tough. It’s tough already for someone who speaks English. But we really tried to stick to the original text, which is inspiring because he wrote the words, but also because there is a rhythm and an energy that fits with the emotion and the purpose of what he says. But, of course, I couldn’t do it by myself. I need someone to work with; they want to keep a flavor of my French accent, because when they offered me the part, I told [director Justin Kurzel] … Well, he knew—

 

MITCHELL: You’re not going to be Scottish.

COTILLARD: [laughs] Yes. [Kurzel] thought it was interesting to have, like, an exotic flavor to the accent. So I asked, “Do you really think it’s interesting? Or do you think I will never be able to totally erase my French accent and be totally Scottish?” [Mitchell laughs] And he said, “No, no, no, we really think it’s interesting.” I don’t know if it was true, but I’m doing it, so…

So get out the pitchforks? Or is this a smart idea to allow director Justin Kurzel to break out the expectations of what “Macbeth” has to be? We’re sure you have an opinion so sound off below.

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Posted by Claudia
Posted on Feb 23, 2014
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Interview has covered its March issue with Marion Cotillard.

Marion Cotillard is the modern-day Lady Macbeth.

The Academy Award winner for “La Vie en Rose” is preparing for her role in the film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic drama opposite Michael Fassbender.

“This is something where you cannot just learn your lines and show up on set,” Cotillard, 38, tells the March issue of Interview magazine.
“It would be a disaster,” she told her interviewer, fellow actor John Cameron Mitchell.

The French beauty revealed she is currently on location in London but the cameras are not quite rolling yet for the picture.
The blue-eyed Cotillard stuns in Interview’s spread, donning chic couture as she jokes about her past roles playing a prostitute in drama “The Immigrant,” thriller “Blood Ties” and even a David Bowie music video.
“Three prostitute roles in my life this year and last,” she says. “I don’t know why. Not that I don’t want to do it, because why not?”

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Posted by Claudia
Posted on Feb 20, 2014
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Hollywood stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are coming to Ely – as the cathedral has been chosen for yet another huge blockbuster.

The News can reveal that scenes for the hugely-anticipated new film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth are going to be filmed at the cathedral.

The movie stars Irish-German actor Fassbender as Macbeth and Oscar-winning French actress Cotillard as Lady Macbeth – and both will be appearing in scenes inside the cathedral’s Lady Chapel.

And as if that isn’t exciting enough, residents of what’s been dubbed ‘Elywood’ are also being given the chance to be extras in the film, which is being directed by Justin Kurzel.

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Posted by Claudia
Posted on Feb 07, 2014
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BERLIN – Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard (pictured), See-Saw Films’ production “Macbeth” commenced principal photography in Scotland, Studiocanal and Film Four announced Thursday.

The Weinstein Company distributes in the U.S.

Helmed by Justin Kurzel (“Snowtown”), “Macbeth” co-stars Paddy Considine (“The Bourne Ultimatum”), David Thewlis (“Harry Potter”), Sean Harris (“Prometheus”), Jack Reynor (“What Richard Did”), and Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”). It will shoot for seven weeks in Scotland and England.

Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso wrote the screenplay..

Though offering a partly classic interpretation of Shakespeare’s play – “Macbeth,” a fearless warrior, is brought low by ambition – Kurzel’s big-screen adapration offers at least two newer elements. Another of Macbeth’s fatal flaws in Kurzel’s movie – not explored by Shakespeare – is all-consuming passion.

Also, expanding on a direction taken by Roman Polanski in his 1971 makeover, “Macbeth” will also offer “a thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, set in war-torn 11th century Scotland.”

Academy-Award winners Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films (“The King’s Speech,” “Shame”), produce with Laura Hastings-Smith (“Hunger”). See-Saw have developed the project alongside Film4. Studiocanal will majority finance with Film4, handle international sales, and distribute in the U.K., Germany and France.  .

Cinematographer is Adam Arkapaw (“Animal Kingdom”) who worked with Kurzel on “Snowtown,” production designer is Fiona Crombie (“Top of the Lake”), another “Snowtown” collaborator.

Academy-Award winner Jacqueline Durran (“Atonement,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) designs “Macbeth’s” costumes. Make-up and hair designer is Academy-Award winner Jenny Shircore (“The Invisible Woman,” “My Life with Marilyn”).

“Macbeth” is a See-Saw Films production in association with DMC Film, Anton Capital Entertainment S.C.A. and Creative Scotland.

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Posted by Claudia
Posted on Jan 12, 2014
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“It was a dream come true,” says Marion Cotillard, describing the job she has just completed with the Dardenne brothers, the two-time Cannes Palme d’Or winners. But the statement could apply equally to everything she does. The actress will soon be in England, fulfilling another childhood ambition by playing Lady Macbeth in the latest big-screen adaptation of the Scottish play.

This is on top of two films that will soon be gracing our picture houses. The 38-year-old plays a down-on-her-luck Pole coming to 1920s New York in James Gray’s The Immigrant, and she has a part in the ensemble thriller Blood Ties, directed by French heartthrob Guillaume Canet, with whom she has a two-year-old son.

It’s not just on cinema screens where Cotillard has been wowing. Wherever she goes, someone has seemingly spent hours laying out a red carpet for her to strut down in the latest creation from Christian Dior. She’s been the promotional face of their handbag line since 2008, a contract that landed soon after she became the first woman since Sophia Loren in 1962 to win the Best Actress Oscar for performing a non-English language role.

In any room she enters, Cotillard is seemingly the only person there. This is true even when she dresses in jeans and a T-shirt, as she does when we meet at the Marrakech Film Festival, where she has been on jury duty, rubbing shoulders with heavyweight movie directors – Martin Scorsese, Paolo Sorrentino and Fatih Akin. Everything she does, even dressing down, oozes confidence.
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