April 24, 2014

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What does “Paris” expansion mean for Oscar chances? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The official news, which broke Wednesday night, is that Sony Pictures Classics plans to re-introduce “Midnight In Paris,” Woody Allen’s most lucrative film, to larger audiences with a late summer expansion that will take place on Friday, Aug. 26.
“Heading into the fall, the film continues to distinguish itself and will elevate to another Woody Allen record this weekend when it is set to reach 50 million at the box office, with no signs of slowing down,” the studio says in a release.
And they are absolutely right. The film, from Allen’s standpoint, is a juggernaut. No one would have guessed that, in the twilight of his decades-spanning career, Allen would release a film that would go on to become his highest-grossing to date. Which is why the subtext of the expansion announcement is pretty clear.
Sony Pictures Classics likely is setting the stage for a sizeable Oscar push for Allen’s Parisian romantic comedy.
Realistically, what categories could “Paris” claim? Is a Best Picture slot out of the question? Certainly not, especially with the recently implemented, fluid rules of selecting anywhere from five to 10 nominees. Allen might have a hard time slipping into the Best Director race, given the stiff competition he’s expected to face from Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, George Clooney and more.
I don’t see Owen Wilson’s performance as Best Actor-worthy, but Marion Cotillard could ride a hot campaign to a Best Supporting Actress nod. Screenplay seems like a no-brainer (Allen last was nominated in 2005 for “Match Point”), as does Cinematography for Darius Khondji’s exquisite Paris shots. In fact, “Midnight” could clean up on technical nods when the Oscars are announced.
The news that SPC plans to re-release “Midnight In Paris” into the marketplace means they know they have a hit on their hands, and they’re doing what’s necessary to keep the film on people’s radars during the lengthy awards season. Screeners to Academy and guild members should follow, as well as FYC screenings all fall. Will Allen be up for the campaign? Will his movie lobby without his assistance? It’s going to be an interesting marathon if Allen is in it, as we haven’t seen him immersed in the “game” since 1994’s “Bullets Over Broadway.”
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“Midnight in Paris” Makes $75 Million Worldwide

HollywoodNews.com: Just a short story: Woody Allen‘s “Midnight in Paris” has now crossed the $75 million mark worldwide. In a word, it’s amazing. The film has made $42 million in the US alone. It’s the biggest financial success of Woody’s long career. People love this movie. It’s definitely going to be a Best Picture nominee, with Woody picking up director and screenwriting nominations.
I do see potential for Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and definitely Corey Stoll for acting nominations. What a lovely summer surprise for us and for Woody. It’s also nice for Michael Barker and Tom Bernard at Sony Pictures Classics. Woody’s next film, “Bop Decameron,” is shooting in Rome now with an allstar cast including an appearance by the Wood Man himself. Woody also gets a two part PBS documentary special this fall.
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Marion Cotillard may be a “Low Life” for James Gray

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Marion Cotillard may have just given birth to her first child, but she’s showing no signs of slowing down from her professional gig.
The actress currently can be seen in Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight In Paris.” She also has a part in Christopher Nolan’s anticipated sequel “The Dark Knight Rises,” which is filming as we speak. And according to reports, Cotillard’s circling “Low Life,” the next project from “We Own the Night” director James Gray.
Cotillard would play an immigrant moving to America from her native Poland who finds herself in a dirty, compromising predicament on the boat heading to Ellis Island, Deadline reports. She’d be joined in the cast by Joaquin Phoenix (a frequent Gray collaborator) and Jeremy Renner, who’s also in negotiations.
Such an interesting ensemble. Phoenix reportedly quit acting, though recent reports have him linked to Paul Thomas Anderson’s next, as-yet-untitled gig. And Renner, like Cotillard, seems to attach his name to everything. We’ll see if “Low Life” pans out, but if it doesm the cast already intrigues.
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Marion Cotillard welcomes baby boy

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a boy for “Inception” star and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard and her partner, actor-director Guillaume Canet.
The couple welcomed their son, who they named Marcel, on Thursday night in Paris, sources have told PEOPLE magazine.
“Mother and baby are fine,” says the source, and Cotillard is “very happy.”
The couple started dating in 2007. The source told PEOPLE back in January, “They haven’t disclosed any plans concerning marriage.”
Cotillard’s latest picture, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month. She’s also scheduled to have a role in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
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Carla Bruni bows out of Woody Allen’s Cannes premiere

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight In Paris,” is about to open the Cannes Film Festival, and while most of the film’s stars are expected to be present for the world premiere, at least one has bowed out of the festivities for mysterious reasons.
Carla Bruni, wife of French president Nicholas Sarkozy, has “cancelled plans to appear on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival amid rumours she is pregnant with twins,” the Mirror is reporting.
Allen’s “Paris” marks Bruni’s acting debut, though she made her name as a supermodel before marrying Sarkozy. As the Mirror notes, Bruni “had been expected to draw huge crowds at the event.” Instead, the press will have to settle for Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.
Such is life.
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Oscars: Will Natalie Portman Lose Oscar?

By Paul Sheehan at GoldDerby.com
HollywoodNews.com: As the saying goes, “Win on Saturday, lose on Sunday.” This axiom refers to the less-than-impressive track record of Indie Spirit winners repeating at the Academy Awards. Of the 48 Indie Spirit acting champs to contend the following day at the Oscars, only 10 of them have won there as well.
Last year, two of the four acting champs celebrated double victories — Best Actor Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”) and Supporting Actress Mo’Nique (“Precious”). Spirit winner Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”) lost the Best Actress Oscar to Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) while Woody Harrelson was defeated by Christoph Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds”). Two years ago, just one of the three Spirit winners in the running at the Oscars prevailed — Supporting Actress champ Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Christina Barcelona”). Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”) was edged out of Best Actor by Sean Penn (“Milk”) while Melissa Leo (“Frozen River”) lost Best Actress to Kate Winslet (“The Reader”). Spirits supporting actor winner James Franco (“Milk”) was not nominated at the Oscars.
The trend of the Spirits winner also contending at the Oscars dates back to the first Indies in 1985 when Geraldine Page (“The Trip to Bountiful”) won Best Actress with both groups. Since then, Frances McDormand (“Fargo,” 1996), Hilary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry,” 1999), and Charlize Theron (“Monster,” 2003) have repeated in this race. The 11 Spirit Best Actress winners who lost at the Oscars were:
1987: Sally Kirkland (“Anna”) lost to Cher (“Moonstruck”);
1990: Angelica Huston (“The Grifters”) lost to Kathy Bates (“Misery”);
1995: Elisabeth Shue (“Leaving Las Vegas”) lost to Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”);
1997: Julie Christie (“Afterglow”) lost to Helen Hunt (“As Good As It Gets”);
2000: Ellen Burstyn (“Requiem for a Dream”) lost to Julia Roberts (“Erin Brockovich”);
2001: Sissy Spacek (“In the Bedroom”) lost to Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”);
2002: Julianne Moore (“Far From Heaven”) lost to Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”);
2004: Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace”) lost to Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”);
2005: Felicity Huffman (“Transamerica”) lost to Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”);
2007: Ellen Page (“Juno”) lost to Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”); and
2009: Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”) lost to Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”).
Of the 15 Spirit Best Actor champs to compete at the Oscars only two — Bridges and Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote,” 2005) — prevailed there as well. The Spirit winners who were Oscar losers were:
1986: James Woods (“Salvador”) lost to Paul Newman (“The Color of [...]

Batman rumor of the day: Marion Cotillard as Talia al Ghul

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” officially is becoming overcrowded.
Reps for Marion Cotillard have revealed today that the actress, who worked with Nolan on “Inception,” is “in discussions” to join the director’s third Batman film, but that nothing has been confirmed at this point. THR reports that the pregnant Cotillard “is discussing scheduling issues,” due to the fact that she’s delivering her baby in the spring.
“The plan is for Cotillard to start shooting mid-June in London, film all summer in L.A. and Pittsburgh and wrap mid-November in New York,” THR writes.
But who would she play? Several Nolan enthusiasts speculated on social media outlets that Cotillard – because she’s one of Nolan’s “players” – would make a fine Catwoman, but that part belongs to Anne Hathaway. The French actress likely will play Christian Bale’s love interest in the film, and we’ve seen countless names bandied about for that coveted part.
And then there’s the theory that the other female role in “Rises” could be Talia Al Ghul, the daughter of the villain played by Liam Neeson in Nolan’s “Batman Begins.”
It’s all speculation at this point. But Cotillard appears ready to “Rise” with Nolan and crew when they get back in the Batman groove this summer.
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Woody Allen opening Cannes with “Midnight In Paris”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Twitter exploded with news out of France this morning that Woody Allen’s next film, “Midnight In Paris,” would open the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Allen’s film will play out of competition. It’s the first time the legendary director is opening Cannes since “Hollywood Ending” in 2002.
“‘Midnight in Paris’ is a wonderful love letter to Paris,” said Festival director Thierry Frémaux. “It’s a film in which Woody Allen takes a deeper look at the issues raised in his last films: our relationship with history, art, pleasure and life. His 41st feature reveals once again his inspiration.”
More from the release:
The romcom, which was shot last year in the French capital, brings together a broad international cast, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, as well as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux.
Following London (Match Point) and Barcelona (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), it’s the turn of Paris to be honoured by the lens of the New York film director most appreciated by European audiences.
Produced by Médiapro (Spain) and Gravier Productions (New York), and distributed by Mars Films in France, the film is to be released in France the same day it is screened at Cannes. French audiences will thus be able to enjoy it in 400 theatres throughout the country. For this occasion, the Festival de Cannes wishes, with the consent of its partner Canal+ and the support of the national federation of French theaters, to make the Opening Ceremony of the Festival available to any theatre requesting it, so that their audiences can experience live the entire programme of the Opening Night of the Festival.
In this way, the Festival de Cannes underlines the strong ties that unite it with the theatres and their audiences, and draws attention to the films in the Official selection.
The 64th Festival de Cannes is to take place Wednesday, May 11 to Sunday, May 22.
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Marion Cotillard of “Inception” pregnant with first child

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: So that’s why Leonardo DiCaprio so relentlessly pursued Marion Cotillard through several levels of dream land … she’s pregnant.
OK, so it’s the actress who is with child, and not Cotillard’s vindictive “Inception” character. THR is reporting that Cotillard and her husband, French filmmaker Guillaume Canet (“Love Me If You Dare”).
It will be the couple’s first child.
Cotillard next will appear in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” as well as Steven Soderberg’s “Contagion.”
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Angelina Jolie too busy to fall into ‘Gravity’

HollywoodNews.com: Forget about the talent search for Lisbeth Salander in the U.S. remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – that’s so two weeks ago.
The hot new femme role? Playing the astronaut in Alfonso’s Cuaron’s sci-fi film “Gravity” due out in 2012. But despite the number of actresses who are being considered for the role, the biggest one of them all – Angelina Jolie – has no interest in the project. She’s too busy.
Warner Bros. has apparently made overtures to Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Wilde, and Blake Lively per Deadline and Collider.
This comes as a surprise since it was first reported Johansson and Lively were in a tug of war for the part.
Collider lists the number of productions that Jolie is attached to:
- She is set to write and direct a love story set during the Bosnian War
- A sequel to “Salt”
- A film about the life of Cleopatra
- A remake of the 2009 British miniseries, “Unforgiven”
- Tim Burton’s take on “Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent”
- Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of Ron Rash’s novel, “Serena”
The lucky lass who lands the role will get to play opposite Robert Downey Jr., who has a small role.
Warner Bros. is eager to cast the right actress as the project is quite risky and in need of a chick who can draw at the box office. Currently, the film is budgeted at $80 million.
The plot of “Gravity” per Collider: “A female astronaut as she attempts to make her way back to earth after a satellite crash sets off a chain reaction of further crashes.”
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