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It's Only The End Of The World Review

Essential

At just 27 years old, Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan has an almost overwhelming set of accolades alongside his name. All six of his feature films have won major awards, including this one, which like several others tackles a dysfunctional family with style, humour and unflinching nastiness. This one also features a stellar cast at the top of their game, and a situation that's almost painfully easy to identify with.

It opens as Louis (Gaspard Ulliel) arrives at his rural family home for the first time in 12 years to tell his family that he's dying. But he finds it difficult to get the words out. His mother Martine (Nathalie Baye) is chirpy and excited, his older brother Antoine (Vincent Cassel) challenges everything everyone says, and their younger sister Suzanne (Lea Seydoux) is curious to learn more about this brother she never really knew. And then there's Antoine's eerily patient wife Catherine (Marion Cotillard), who quietly observes everything until she understands what Louis is struggling to tell everyone, long before he can say it out loud.

Yes, this is an exploration of how awkward it is to go home again, falling back into old patterns of behaviour that make it very difficult to be yourself and say what needs to be said. And also how hard it is to understand the experiences and lifestyle of people we were once very close to who have moved on. The film is based on a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce, which is apparent in its closed-in location and the series of pointed conversations. And Dolan opens this out cleverly, using visually stunning camerawork that continually isolates the characters' inner thoughts and feelings in contrast to their outer actions. In other words, it's immediately clear why Louis left these people behind.

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Assassin's Creed Review

Weak

Hopes were high that this film might finally crack the curse of movies based on videogames. There may have been some hits (like Tomb Raider or the Resident Evil franchise), but none has ever been critically acclaimed. So perhaps reuniting the cast and director of 2015's Macbeth might finally break the cycle. But while there's plenty of whizzy stuntwork, this film never finds a story or characters to grab hold of the audience.

In present-day Texas, death row prisoner Cal (Michael Fassbender) is executed by lethal injection and wakes up in a gloomy fortress towering over Madrid. He's been saved by shady businessman Rikkin (Jeremy Irons), whose daughter Sofia (Marion Cotillard) is a scientist experimenting with DNA memory. Rikkin needs Cal to travel back into his own history using a mechanical contraption called an Animus to find out where his 15th century ancestor Aguilar (also Fassbender) hid the Apple of Eden, which holds the key to controlling human will. But Cal discovers that he is the last in a long line of Assassins who have sworn to protect the apple from Knights Templar like Rikkin or his imperious supreme leader Ellen (the fabulously gloomy Charlotte Rampling).

The idea is a clever one, and director Justin Kurzel keeps the visuals grounded with action that feels earthy and real rather than digitally manipulated. Indeed, the combination of sleek sci-fi thrills with medieval fantasy horror is very cool. But there's one huge problem with the premise: all of the big fight sequences and eye-catching parkour acrobatics take place in distant history. Cal can experience these things, but he can't actually do anything, so there's no peril involved. Instead, we get endless explanations of the technology and historical inter-connections, which never quite make sense regardless of how much the characters talk about them.

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Assassin's Creed Trailer


Callum Lynch is a criminal facing the death sentence but is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to escape his fate by joining the mysterious Animus Project set up by Abstergo Industries. Abstergo is to its time essentially what the Knights Templar was in the 12th and 13th century, and want to hook Lynch up to an experimental piece of technology that will allow him to experience and explore the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha who lived as an Assassin in 15th century Spain. He's returning to the age of the Spanish Inquisition which means he must absorb the warrior skills of his long-dead relative - but that only means that he's developing the tools to take down the organisation that pose a threat to him in the modern day. 

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Brad Pitt And Marion Cotillard Loved The 1940s Stylings Of Allied


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In the romantic thriller Allied, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard play spies who fall in love with each other then face a crisis of trust. The setting is a familiar one for Pitt ("Yeah, I do seem to end up in a few World War II films as of late!"), who first heard about the project several years ago while he was making World War Z in England.

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"I had a meeting with screenwriter Steven Knight, and he began to tell me the story before he had written it," Pitt says. "I got really intrigued by this idea of a couple and trust - trusting your instinct, trusting each other, trusting the mission. And it was based on members of his family. Many years later, here we are, and it's nice to see this thing come full circle."

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Brad Pitt Child Abuse Investigation Closed, As He Makes First Public Appearance Since Divorce


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Brad Pitt has made his first red carpet appearance since his high-profile divorce from Angelina Jolie, in the immediate wake of reportedly being cleared in the investigation that was launched by child services into whether he physically abused his son Maddox aboard a private plane.

The 52 year old actor appeared in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (November 8th) at the premiere of his new film Allied, alongside co-star Marion Cotillard. Onlookers claimed that the star looked like he’d lost a lot of weight since his last public appearance more than two months ago, possibly as the result of the stress of the split plus the investigation.

Brad Pitt Marion CotillardBrad Pitt and Marion Cotillard filming 'Allied' back in March 2016

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Marion Cotillard Denies Having An Affair With Brad Pitt


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Marion Cotillard has denied rampant speculation that it is she who is responsible for the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, saying that rumours she had an affair with the actor are false.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday evening (September 21st), the French actress attempted to put those reports to bed in what she wrote was her “first and only reaction” to the sensational news that swept the media world on Tuesday night.

At the same time, the 40 year old revealed that she and her husband, Guillaume Canet, were expecting their second baby together.

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Assassin's Creed Trailer


Assassin's Creed sees Michael Fassbender cast as the protagonist Callum Lynch, in this action adventure film that is based on the video game franchise of the same name. Lynch's identity no longer exists and he is forced by revolutionary technology to hear, see and feel the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha, who was an assassin during the Spanish Inquisition.

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"The Little Prince" Aims To Preserve Authenticity, But Will It Impress At Cannes?


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It was pretty gutsy of American director Mark Osbourne to take on the adaptation of one of the most beloved works of French literature – The Little Prince – and then give it a Cannes premiere.

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Paul Rudd voices The Prince in the ambitious production.

So maybe it was self-awareness that led Osbourne to employ a slightly different take. The movie is a story within a story, where in which a Little Girl, voiced by Mackenzie Foy (the 10-year old Murph in "Interstellar") is introduced to poet and novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic by an elderly aviator (Jeff Bridges). It echoes the original story, in which an aviator, who crashes in the dessert, forms a friendship with a small boy, the "Little Prince", who says he is from an asteroid and tells the story of his life.

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Two Days, One Night Review


Extraordinary

The Dardenne brothers consistently make compelling dramas that win awards, from Rosetta (1999) to The Kid With a Bike (2011), and this drama might be their best yet. It takes a simple premise and twists it into a comment on the changing structure of global society, all while never losing the intensely personal perspective. It's never a statement film, but it says much more than movies that shout their messages loudly.

The central character is Sandra (Marion Cotillard), who has just returned to work after an emotional breakdown. Then she's left stunned when her boss (Baptiste Sornin) calls a vote on a Friday afternoon, and employees choose to make Sandra redundant so they can keep their €1,000 bonuses. Her friend Juliette (Catherine Salee) gets the boss to agree to re-run the vote on Monday by secret ballot, which gives Sandra the weekend to sway people to save her job, which she desperately needs to keep her family afloat. Her husband Manu (Fabrizio Rongione) accompanies her on this degrading task, begging her colleagues one by one to give up their cash for her. And it's almost more than she can bear. For every thrilling surge of compassion she feels, there's another worker who coldly refuses her pleas.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne based the film on a real scenario, which is awful to imagine. Indeed, most of the film's characters express horror at the unfairness of the situation, but Sandra and Manu just have to get on with things in a matter-of-fact way that grounds the film in earthy emotion and, thankfully, wry humour. Cotillard gives another fully invested performances as a woman barely keeping a grip on herself, let alone finding the reserves needed to take care of her kids. She hides her true feelings from everyone as long as she can, and her main flaw seems to be an inability to see that she has a husband and colleagues who genuinely care about her. She's not facing this seemingly hopeless situation alone.

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A Week In Movies: Cannes Winds Down, Episode VII And Batman V Superman Cranks Up, New Trailers Promise Lots Of Action For Summer And Autumn


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Cannes Film Festival

As the Cannes Film Festival winds down this weekend, a handful of films are emerging as frontrunners for the prestigious awards ceremony. Higher-profile contenders include David Cronenberg's 'Map to the Stars' starring Robert Pattinson, Mike Leigh's 'Mr Turner' starring Timothy Spall, the Dardenne brothers' 'Two Days One Night' starring Marion Cotillard and Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' starring Hilary Swank. Disappointments have included Olivier Dahan's 'Grace of Monaco' starring Nicole Kidman and Ryan Gosling's directing debut 'Lost River' starring Christina Hendricks. Take a look over our own top five Palme d'Or Winner predictions.

But for most movie fans, the even bigger news is that 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has started filming at Pinewood in London, complete with a competition fans can enter for a chance to actually appear in the movie. In a video clip for the charity initiative Star Wars: Force for Change, Jj Abrams explained this week that the programme will work with Unicef to help children around the world. Watch 'Star Wars: Force For Change' Trailer.

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'Two Days, One Night' Premieres At Cannes With High Praise From Critics [Pictures]


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Marion Cotillard has impressed critics with her performance in Two Days, One Night ‘Deux Jours, Une Nuit’ after the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday (20th May).

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Marion Cotillard shined as much in the film as at the premiere of Two Days, One Night.

The film centres on Sandra (Cotillard), a working class woman who, with the threat of unemployment looming, is forced to ask her colleagues to give up their bonuses so she can keep her job. Sandra is aided in her quest by her husband Manu, played by Un village français actor Fabrizio Rongione.

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Cannes: Marion Cotillard Shines In Another Hard-Hitting Drama, 'Two Days, One Night'


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Two Days, One Night (or 'Deux Jours, Une Nuit') has premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and has emerged as one of the most praised films of the competition so far. Starring Marion Cotillard in the lead role, the Dardenne brothers film centres on Sandra, a woman who returns to work at a solar panel factory after a breakdown to discover that her job has been replaced by $1000 bonuses given to the other workers.

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Marion Cotillard's New Film, 'Deux Jours, Une Nuit' Has Premiered At Cannes.

Desperate, the wife and mother urges her staff rep Jean-Marc (Olivier Gourmet) to hold a vote for the workers to decide whether they'd prefer their bonus or their colleague. With the vote set for Monday morning, Sandra has just the weekend to hunt down each of her co-workers and beg them to vote in her favour whilst she battles her returning depression symptoms.

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Marion Cotillard To Play Lady Macbeth In 'Snowtown' Director's Adaptation


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And so it is French actress Marion Cotillard who has been tasked with playing Lady Macbeth in StudioCanal and Film4's forthcoming adaptation of the Shakespeare tale, from the producers of The King's Speech, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The movie, set to begin shooting in January 2014, will see Michael Fassbender as the iconic anti-hero in Shakespeare's darkest play. 

Cotillard replaces Natalie Portman in the movie, which is being directed by Justin Kurzel. Film aficionados will be familiar with the Australian filmmaker for his movie Snowtown, easily one of the darkest, bleakest and most shocking films in recent memory. The film, about John Bunting, Australia's most prolific serial killer, was virtually unwatchable in places, though critics gave it the benefit of the doubt,

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Marion Cotillard Lined-Up For Lady MacBeth Role In Upcoming Film Adaption


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Marion Cotillard has been chosen to bring some Gallic glamour to one of Scotland's most malevolent (fictional) characters in the latest big screen adaption of William Shakespeare's MacBeth. The Oscar-winning actress is set to star along German/Irish actor Michael Fassbender, who will be taking on the titular role, under the direction of Snowtown's Justin Kurzel, The Hollywood Reporter first revealed.

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Marion Cotillard will replace fellow Oscar-winner Natalie Portman in the latest adaption of 'The Scottish Play'

Distributed through StudioCanal and Film4, the latest rendition of the classic Shakespearean tragedy is being produced by The King's Speech backers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who run the production house See Saw. Which happens to be the same company that worked on the Fassbender-starring Shame. No further details of the film have been released just yet, so it is still unknown who Cotillard and Fassbender will be starring alongside when filming begins in January 2014.

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Too Early For Best Actress Punts? Marion Cotillard Stuns In 'The Immigrant'


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Marion Cotillard is the talk of the Cannes Film Festival for her stirring performance in The Immigrant, James Gray's sensitive movie about the immigration experience in New York, circa 1920. The movie sees Gray re-team with Joaquin Phoenix - after We Own The Night and Two Lovers - though all talk focuses on the French actress' performance as a young Polish woman trying to get a foothold in modern America.

The Immigrant plays a major role in several of the 'Oscars 2014 tips' articles on the internet, though the reception to the movie was a mixed bag. As Todd McCarthy at the Hollywood Reporter points out, The Weinstein Company are now likely to focus the spotlight on Cotillard's performance alone in the search for silverware from The Immigrant during awards season. In his review of the film, McCarthy wrote, "Speaking in a completely convincing Polish accent with a slight hint of German due to her character's origins in Silesia and at times speaking in Polish, Cotillard makes the movie, creating a haunted figure who may one day be able to go on to a new phase but is certainly permanently marked by her multiple harrowing ordeals." The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw - who offered up a five-star review for Ryan Gosling's Only God Forgives earlier in the week - gave The Immigrant short shrift, though agreed on Cotillard's performance, writing, "Cotillard herself is incapable of giving a bad performance and she certainly carries the movie's opening act, lining up with her ailing sister in Ellis Island, having tensely endured the unspeakable boat journey from the old country."

The Immigrant is in competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes though bookmakers Paddy Power has the movie at 10/1 to win the prize. The lesbian romance movie Blue is the Warmest Colour is the current frontrunner after a wave of strong reviews.

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BAFTA’s Best Dressed: Who Shined Brightest On A Wet Night In London? (Pictures)


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Gemma Arterton, BAFTAS, 2013If Looks Could Kill! Gemma Arterton Eyes Up Young Actress Juno Temple

The Hollywood glitterati must have wondered why they’d bothered to turn up for the BAFTAs at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday night (February 10, 2013). On a frankly dismal evening in the nation’s capital, umbrellas were commonplace on the red-carpet with publicists, media types and event organisers running around like headless chickens, hastily attempting to give the press pack their photographs without drowning the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Chastain and Helen Mirren in the cold British rain and sleet. Best pals George Clooney and Ben Affleck were seen taking shelter under the same umbrella, while actress Gemma Arterton looked absolutely freezing as she waited for up-and-coming star Juno Temple to finish working it for the cameras.

In terms of awards, it was a relatively straight-forward evening, hosted with typical panache by everyone’s favourite Briton, Stephen Fry. Ang Lee’s Life of Pi performed strongly in the technical categories – as it is expected to do at the Oscars later this month – while Skyfall won Best British Film. However, it was Ben Affleck’s Argo that took the evening’s key prize – that of Best Picture – leaving Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln to settle for Best Actor, for the peerless Daniel Day-Lewis. Best Actress went to the 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva, which left Jennifer Lawrence and Silver Linings Playbook director David O’Russell looking quite frankly bemused.

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An Exhausted Looking Kirsten Stewart Goes Make-Up Free For Magazine Shoot


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We hate to sound shallow or anything, but in her recent, make-up free photo-shoot for W magazine, Kristen Stewart really doesn't look too hot at all.

With bags under her eyes big enough to carry groceries, Kristen looks haggard and as though she's just got home from a weekend-long bender. Frankly, it's not a great look at all. But hey, with her beau Robert Pattinson away in Australia and a dedication to renowned 'grunge' look, this might very well be the impression that the young actress was going for in the first place.

The photoshoot is part of W magazine's end of year salute to the best performances from actors and actresses over 2012, with Kristen's On the Road role coming in at number six at the countdown. Speaking on the part, Kristen discusses the troubles she had with the filming process, namely the difficulty in filming the dancing scenes, as opposed to the nude scenes she appears in. She told the magazine: "Everyone asks about the nude scenes in On the Road, but I also had to dance, and dancing is harder than being naked."

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Final Ballots For Screen Actors Guild Awards In Today


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We won't know who'll walk away with the top prizes on offer at this year's Screen Actors Guild until Sunday (Jan 27), but there are a few people who might know already as the deadline for the final ballots for this years awards ceremony is today.

At noon (PT) the members of SAG will have their final say in who wins what at the 19th annual awards show at the weekend and it really is anyone's race to take home the top prizes (except for Best Actor, because Daniel Day-Lewis does not lose these awards).

Feel-good Brit-hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the surprise entrant to the Best Picture Category, facing stiff competition from Lincoln, Argo, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook. Meanwhile, Day-Lewis is against Denzel Washington (Flight), Hugh Jackman (Les Mis), Bradley Cooper (SLP) and Oscar-snub John Hawkes (The Sessions), whilst the Actress section looks a little more familiar, with Jessica Chastin (Zero Dark Thirty), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Jennifer Lawrence (SLP), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible) are battling it out for the top acting prize.

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The Golden Globes Nominations, No Surprises For A Great Year Of Film


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The Golden Globes are one of the biggest film and television awards in the world. Winning an award from them will almost always top the C.V.s of anyone involved in film. 2012 has been one of the best years in film for a long time, with many films being deemed 'instant classics'. Although, of course, that's said every year, with just a quick glance at the calibre of performances, narrative and cinematography this year it's easy to see why it's being said.

2012's nominations were revealed today with few surprises. The favourites during speculation included Argo, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and The Master, and they haven't failed to impress in the Globes' nominations. Lincoln's set to be a big winner with seven nominations, while Argo has 5 nominations, Zero Dark Thirty has 4 and The Master has 3. All four, except The Master, are also in the running for Best Motion Picture, competing alongside Ang Lee's Life of Pi and Quentin Tarantino's re-envisioning of a slave narrative, Django Unchained

Tarantino's film received 5 nominations, which included two in the category for Best Supporting Performance by an Actor, for Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Dicaprio, which proves to us that it's more than worth the watch. Best Director nominations mirrors the Best Motion Picture, and include Ben Affleck (Argo), Stephen Spielberg (Lincoln), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), which is no surprise really. 

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Pictures: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, 'Moonrise Kingdom' Honored At 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Awards


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Oscar winning alumni Marion Cotillard [Left] and Matt Damon [Right, with Luciana Bozan Barroso] were given honorary achievements at the Gothan Awards

One of the most respected independent awards ceremonies on the circuit, the 22nd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards took place last night (November 26, 2012) at the Capriani in New York, seeing both established stars and rising up and comers rubbing shoulders. Firmly in the former camp are Oscar winning pair Marion Cotillard and Matt Damon; the two stars were presented with honorary awards for their time in the film industry. Cotillard, at least, has her eyes on another chance to scoop the ultimate prize, her performance in Rust & Bone being talked up for another best actress win at the Oscars. 

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Hot Tickets! This Weekend’s US Movie Releases


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It’s slim pickings this week, in terms of big budget movies, as the industry winds down a little over the festive period (though prepare yourselves for the usual onslaught of Christmassy slush hitting the big screen in the coming weeks).

However, the new release that everybody’s chatting about right now is Hitchcock. Starring Antony Hopkins (as the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock) and Helen Mirren (as his wife, Alma Reville), there has already been discussion of the possibility of Oscar nominations coming the way of this biopic, which focuses on the era when Hitchcock was filming Psycho – widely considered to be the pinnacle of his career. The star of Psycho, Janet Leigh, is played by the ever-popular Scarlett Johansson.

Reviews for the movie have been mixed; it seems as though most reviewers are praising the performances, but not the film as a whole, which lacks clarity. The movie is only getting a limited release this week, so don’t expect it to be riding too high with box office takings but do expect some of its cast to be riding high when it comes to awards season.

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Marion Cotillard Shines In Rust And Bone


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French film Rust and Bone opens in the USA tomorrow (23rd Nov. 2012). Let's find out whether it's worth spending a couple of hours on this weekend. 

'Rust' and 'bone' both have the implications of decay: rust is the result of neglected metal, while bare bones- without flesh- are definitely dead. With such despondency in the title it's a wonder that a film with this name could be so heart warming, but that's precisely what it is. And the essences of decay in the title point toward the broken protagonists, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) and Stephanie (Marion Cotillard). Stephanie works at Seaworld and loses her legs just above the knee. Helping her cope with the traumatic loss of her limbs is Ali, an ex-boxer with a five year old son who is fleeing a vaguely known but very bad situation elsewhere. 

They're both damaged people that come together to cure one another. Although romance, struggle and disability are all aspects of cinema that appear quite often, the combination in this sweet film seems to do it in a different way, because it's all of these things and more. It has a subtle backdrop of marginal poverty, and tense class relations give the entire production energy in its inherent tautness. 

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Rust And Bone Takes The Spotlight At The AFI Festival


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Rust and Bone star Marion Cotillard is all smiles at the AFI Festival

We're big fans of it here at Contact Music, so it was pleasing to see that Rust and Bone starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenarts received its fair share of attention at the annual American Film Institute Festival in Hollywood yesterday (November 5, 2012). Cotillard took center stage as she walked down the red carpet, her choice of outfit was odd - a white dress over a black skirt - but it just about worked. We think. Screenplay writer Thomas Bidegain and Schoenarts were also there, enjoying the attention that a film with links very much to the art-house way of making films was receiving. 

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Baby No.2 On The Way For Sophie Dahl And Jamie Cullum


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Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum are adding to their brood! The Mirror have pictured Sophie and Jamie together at the Harper’s Bazaar’s Women of the Year awards bash at Claridge’s in London. Sophie was sporting not only a beautifully patterned green, blue and black dress but was also sporting a bit of a baby bump, too. The actress and TV cook confirmed that she and jazz singer Jamie are indeed awaiting a new arrival. They already have a daughter, Lyra, who was born in March 2011.

The couple attended the glamorous awards ceremony, which also boasted guests such as Erin O’Connor and Yasmin Le Bon, with whom Sophie is already familiar, from her modelling days. The former X Files star Gillian Anderson was also in attendance, as was Rosamund Pike and Daisy Lowe.

Amongst the winners at the Woman of the Year awards were Team GB Olympics athletes Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton and Ellie Simmonds, who were all awarded a British Ambassador of the Year prize. Emily Blunt, Marion Cotillard and Stella Mccartney were all also awarded prizes during the star-studded ceremony. It’s been a successful week for Jessica Ennis, in particular, who was crowned the Ultimate Olympian at the Cosmopolitan’s own awards the nigt before, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

A Week In Movies Featuring: Star Wars, Midnight's Children, The Master, X-Men And Much More


The big news this week is that George Lucas has finally admitted that yes, he did indeed plot out Star Wars episodes VII, VIII and VIX more than 30 years ago. And now that he has sold his Lucasfilm empire to Disney (for $4 billion), the sequel trilogy is finally being made. Episode VII is expected in 2015, and rumour has it that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill might be back in their original roles.

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Meanwhile, the James Bond team was spotted in Rome this week, as Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, director Sam Mendes and series producer Barbara Broccoli attended the Italian premiere of Skyfall, posing for the press at the elegant St Regis Grand Hotel. After last week's record-breaking opening weekend in Britain, the film opens around Europe, Asia and South America this weekend, then in North America on 9th November.

Gerard Butler Out And AboutIn New York just before Hurricane Sandy hit, a buff-looking Gerard Butler was out promoting his new film Chasing Mavericks, about surfers tackling monster waves. The paparazzi caught up with him in the streets between appearances on various TV shows. He slips through the crowd, but they catch up with him later.

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Is French Actress Marion Cotillard In Line For A Second Oscar?


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Marion Cotillard has admitted that she's harbouring dreams of receiving another Oscar award next year. You would think that it'd still relatively early days for the Oscars, with the 2013 awards ceremony not taking place until February 24th, but with film festivals now done with, the early front-runners are starting to be discussed both within industry circles and beyond.

Cotillard's new film 'Rust And Bone' goes on general release on November 2nd and there are some speculating that her performance in the forthcoming film could set her up to emulate her success of five years ago when she took a Best Actress award for her performance in Olivier Dahan's 'La Vie En Rose'. Cotillard plays a paraplegic in her new role, and critics have been impressed at the sensitivity that she brought to it. She's already set to receive the Hollywood Actress Award at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards on October 22nd and, according to Sky News, she'd love to continue that momentum into the new year in time for the Academy Awards.

Speaking about the challenging role, Cotillard said she was "immediately obsessed" with the script and found it inspiring "to get inside the head" of someone who loses their limbs in a tragic accident. She'll have four months to wait to find out if it was a good enough performance to nab a golden statuette.

Video - Christian Bale And Morgan Freeman Arrive At Dark Knight Rises Batman Premiere - Part 2


Lead actor Christian Bale (with wife Sandra Blazic) and co-star Morgan Freeman were among the arrivals for 'The Dark Knight Rises' premiere in New York. Other arrivals were Marion Cotillard (also in the movie) and 'True Grit' actress Hailee Steinfeld with her older brother Griffin.

Now that Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy has ended, Bale has revealed that he can't wait to see who will do the next Batman film and how Batman will be portrayed next. 'I'll be fascinated to see which way they go, which choices that actor makes', he told Entertainment Weekly

Dark Knight Rises Trailer


Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham after eight years in The Dark Knight Rises, his alias Batman nursing a sore reputation after the last film, The Dark Knight, where he assumed responsibility for the attorney Harvey Dent's crimes in order to protect Dent's name after he loses his life during The Joker's assault on the city. This time he intends to defend Gotham City from a new villain: the virtually indestructible Bane who, as discovered by Commissioner Gordon, is plotting the obliteration of the entire city from the inside.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer


It has been eight years since Harvey Dent was killed, during the Joker's killing spree. Billionaire Bruce Wayne accepted responsibility for Dent's death and left Gotham. The city has now recovered from the shocking events and is living in peace.

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Contagion Review


Excellent
Soderbergh applies his brainier brand of filmmaking to the global outbreak thriller genre, and the result is a hugely gripping blockbuster that never talks down to its audience. It's also terrifyingly believable as we watch a deadly flu virus spread around the world.

In Minneapolis, Mitch (Damon) is horrified when his wife (Paltrow) comes home from a business trip to China, collapses with the flu and dies. But she's only the first of a series of similar cases around the world, and soon officials from the Centers for Disease Control (Winslet, Fishburne and Ehle) and the World Health Organisation (Cotillard) are on the case, trying to manage emerging clusters while tracing the disease back to its source. Meanwhile, a blog hack (Law) is pestering a San Francisco scientist (Gould) for a cure.

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Midnight In Paris Review


Excellent
After a run of loose, uneven films, Allen hits the right notes in this funny, astute comedy about artistic creation and personal dreams. And Wilson turns out to be one of the best on-screen Allen surrogates in years.

Blocked writer Gil (Wilson) is visiting Paris with his wife Inez (McAdams) and her high-achieving parents (Fuller and Kennedy). When they run into Inez's know-it-all ex (Sheen), Gil starts having second thoughts about everything. He also begins to wish he'd lived in Paris in the artistic heyday of the 1920s, and is stunned one night to find himself in some kind of magical time-warp, rubbing shoulders with F Scott Fitzgerald (Hiddleston), Gertrude Stein (Bates) and Ernest Hemmingway (Stoll). He also begins to fall for Adriana (Cotillard), a muse for Picasso and Modigliani.

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Video - New York Premiere Of Contagion - Arrivals Part 2


The stars were out for the New York premiere of Contagion, held at the Rose Theatre. Matt Damon posed for photos, sporting his recently shaved head, alongside his wife, Luciana Barroso. They are moved along the red carpet and we see the 'Bourne Identity' actor talking to the press. Also in attendance are Olivia Munn; Marion Cotillard and Michael Douglas; who has recently overcome his battle with cancer.

Contagion is a thriller, showing the deadly effects of a lethal virus that spreads worldwide. The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Ehle.

Contagion Trailer


When Beth Emhoff returns home after visiting an opening ceremony for a new factory, she complains of jet lag and her husband, Thomas Emhoff, thinks nothing of it. He becomes concerned when she falls ill, even more so when she has a seizure in front of him and has to be rushed to hospital. It comes as a shock to Thomas when she dies; her cause of death: a highly contagious and rapidly mutating bird flu virus that spreads via human contact. The virus is spreading so fast there is no vaccine or cure for it.

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The Dark Knight Rises Trailer


The teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises shows an injured James Gordon, one of the few police officers in Gotham who is not corrupt, lying in a hospital bed, asking for Batman's help.

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Midnight In Paris Trailer


Gil and Inez are young couple who decide to travel to France with Inez's family. Gil is a very successful screenwriter in Hollywood and when he announces to Inez that he wishes to write his debut novel, she's supportive bu not exactly taken with the idea. When the opportunity to visit Paris arises, both Inez and Gil - who's had a fascination with the city for many years-, feel it's a perfect vacation.

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Little White Lies Trailer


For years it's been tradition for Max and his friend to take a yearly holiday at his beach house, this year is set to be no different until one of the group is seriously injured in a car crash. The group of old friends visit the injured Ludo in hospital and decide that they should still go ahead with their trip.

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Inception Review


Essential
Nolan pulls us into another fiendishly entertaining scenario, engaging our brains while taking us on a thrilling ride. And while the mind-bending story might not be as cerebral as it seems, it completely envelops us.

Cobb (DiCaprio) invades people's dreams for a living, stealing ideas with the help of his sidekick Arthur (Gordon-Levitt). But a new client (Watanabe) wants him to try inception instead: implanting an idea in the mind of media heir Fischer (Murphy). So Cobb hires a new architect (Page) and two other skilled experts (Hardy and Rao) to create an elaborately layered dreamworld for the reverse heist. The problem is that Cobb's wife (Cotillard) is lurking in this alternate reality and could bring the whole plan crashing down around them.

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Inception Feature Trailer


We have an excellent featurette about Chris Nolan's (The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Momento) latest movie Inception. In the video both Chris Nolan, the director, and Leonardo Dicaprio (Shutter Island, The Departed, Gangs of New York), plays Dom Cobb the lead role, are interviewed about making the film, it's many locations in different countries around the world, the challenges of transferring the dreams of a human mind to the cinema screen and how it was working with each other.

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A Good Year Review


Bad
Proper casting can make or break a film. A savvy producer knows not to hire Sylvester Stallone for a Shakespearean tragedy. Successful studio heads understand that the charismatic Will Smith is the wrong choice to play a nebbish wallflower incapable of getting the girl. So someone should have objected to the casting of the versatile but intense Russell Crowe in the lively country lark A Good Year.Nothing against Crowe. The talented actor routinely throws himself at challenging roles and rarely plays the same type twice. He has proven he can do a lot on screen, but Year demonstrates with certainty that devilish wit and boyish charm are not the sharpest weapons in his acting arsenal. Crowe is rugged but hardly warm. George Clooney could have owned this project but he'd probably demand the Coen brothers write and direct it.Instead we get Crowe and his frequent collaborator, Ridley Scott (Gladiator), as they attempt to spin Peter Mayle's beloved novel into a dreamy, male-oriented bit of escapism (a colleague called this Under the Tuscan Sun for men, and he's not far off with that assessment).London stock trader Max Skinner (Crowe) sees things in monetary values and hardly finds time to mourn when his uncle Henry (Albert Finney), a father figure, passes away. Being Henry's only known relative, Max inherits the eccentric entrepreneur's fatigued vineyard in the south of France. The prodigal Max returns with the intention to sell, but Marc Klein's adaptation of Mayle's work conspires to keep the number-cruncher on the estate for a week.Unless Year happens to be your first film experience, you're likely to find the outcome of Max's journey astonishingly predictable, so we're meant to enjoy the picturesque ride through France's heavenly countryside. The exquisite setting dresses up the flat, overdone fable of the workaholic reprogrammed to appreciate the good life. The lazy script takes every generic and dreadfully corny step possible, though I'm unfamiliar with the book and thereby unsure whether to blame Klein or Mayle.Scott, for his part, paces Year with the buoyancy of a comedy but neglects to include any funny lines of dialogue. The movie has a tendency to repeat what it considers jokes. Max sings Lance Armstrong's praises every time he passes a pack of French cyclists. At least three characters overreact when they find scorpions in their bedrooms - how hilarious. And I stopped counting spit takes after I reached five.The highlights in this exaggerated travelogue are few and far between. Feisty and sultry Marion Cotillard holds her own as village hottie Fanny Chenal, Max's main motivation for staying near his chateau. Finney appears in flashbacks and speaks only in bite-sized pearls of wisdom. But Year lulls us to sleep as it wallows in the cultural divide (hey, Ridley, get in line behind Borat and Babel), and it systematically insults the French, the English, and Americans... and all audiences in between.In the end, the scenery's about the only thing worth appreciating in this mediocre Year.And my suit... you like?

Love Me If You Dare Review


Good

A smash hit in its native France, "Love Me If You Dare" is a precariously bold, dark but light-hearted comedy about a boy and a girl who grow up together challenging each other to more and more outrageous -- and sometimes even dangerous -- dares.

It's a game they play throughout their lives, much to the frustration and chagrin of parents, teachers, co-workers, lovers, spouses, and increasingly, each other. But it's a game so engrained in the personalities and self-identities of intellectual Julien (Guillaume Canet) and precocious Sophie (Marion Cotillard) that neither one is willing to back down and admit what's really going on -- namely that they're in love.

Trading a knocked-about carousel candy tin back and forth as a symbol of each challenge and a trophy of its completion, the game begins as a welcome distraction from trouble in their childhoods (although every dare seems to get them in more trouble). In their teens it becomes an excuse for embarrassments, pranks and sexual provocation, and in adulthood the dares devolve into emotionally dangerous symbols of their envy, disappointment and disapproval.

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Marion Cotillard

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Marion Cotillard

Date of birth

30th September, 1975

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Actor

Sex

Female

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Marion Cotillard Movies

The Land Of The Moon [Mal De Pierres] Trailer

The Land Of The Moon [Mal De Pierres] Trailer

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It's Only the End of the World Movie Review

It's Only the End of the World Movie Review

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Assassin's Creed Movie Review

Assassin's Creed Movie Review

Hopes were high that this film might finally crack the curse of movies based on...

Assassin's Creed Trailer

Assassin's Creed Trailer

Callum Lynch is a criminal facing the death sentence but is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity...

Allied Movie Review

Allied Movie Review

There's a terrific script at the heart of this World War II thriller, with a...

Allied Trailer

Allied Trailer

It's 1942 and the world is in the middle of a war unlike any that...

Assassin's Creed Trailer

Assassin's Creed Trailer

Assassin's Creed sees Michael Fassbender cast as the protagonist Callum Lynch, in this action adventure...

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Macbeth Movie Review

Macbeth Movie Review

Shakespeare's Scottish play returns to the big screen with earthy energy, visual style and roaring...

Macbeth - Clips Trailer

Macbeth - Clips Trailer

Macbeth is a Scottish Duke who is greeted by three witches following a victorious battle....

Macbeth - Teaser Trailer

Macbeth - Teaser Trailer

After a long, hard battle, a Scottish Thane learns of a prophesy that will change...

The Little Prince Trailer

The Little Prince Trailer

A Little Girl's Mother has high expectations of her daughter, given her own career success,...

Two Days, One Night Movie Review

Two Days, One Night Movie Review

The Dardenne brothers consistently make compelling dramas that win awards, from Rosetta (1999) to The...

Blood Ties Movie Review

Blood Ties Movie Review

While the story centres on twisted moral dilemmas, this 1970s-set thriller takes such a hesitant,...

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