January 02, 2015

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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.”
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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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Eastwood, Kidman, De Niro lead list of expected TIFF attendees

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Bruce Springsteen is coming. Nicole Kidman will be there, as well. Hilary Swank, Bill Murray, Robert De Niro and Helen Mirren are expected. Clint Eastwood’s even going, and he hasn’t been there in 20 years.
We’re talking about the 35th Toronto International Film Festival, which released its official list of expected guests this morning. The full schedule is expected to be online today, as well, though at the moment the page doesn’t seem to be updating.
As for the celebrity guest list, the Toronto Star has a rundown. The overwhelming list of expected attendees includes billionaires (Bill Gates), up-and-coming talents (Kat Dennings, Chloe Moretz), and plenty of Oscar winners (Swank, Mirren, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Kevin Spacey). They will be supporting a bevy of anticipated films.
It looks to be a stunning, star-studded TIFF. We can only hope the quality of each title lives up to the star power that will be lighting Toronto from within.
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Noomi Rapace of ‘Dragon Tattoo’ the next Marion Cotillard?

HollywoodNews.com: Forget about all the casting news being generated about the U.S. reboot of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” on the blogsphere.
Noomi Rapace, the actress who originated the role of dark femme Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo” is being groomed for an Oscar.
Deadline and Collider report that the film is eligible as the film was released for a qualifying run in a Los Angeles County theater back in March. Furthermore, “Dragon Tattoo” was made for the big screen, not TV, in its country of origin.
Already Rapace has won the Swedish equal of an Oscar for best actress. To date, “Dragon Tattoo” has made $103 million worldwide.
Rapace’s agents at UTA and managers at Magnolia see the actress as the next Marion Cotillard, the French actress who won the Oscar for “La vie en rose” and went on to star in Hollywood blockbusters like “Public Enemies” and “Inception.”
Already, Rapace is in talks for parts in “Sherlock Holmes 2,” “Mission: Impossible IV,” McG’s “This Means War,” “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” and “The Raven” among many others.
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‘Inception’s’ Marion Cotillard “respects the environment”

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Inception’ star Marion Cotillard has revealed that she tries her best to respect the environment and wants to strike a healthy balance between her jet-set lifestyle and being eco-friendly.
The French actress, 34, told Interview magazine: “It’s a paradox to be an actress, living in the city, taking planes all the time, trying to find the right balance in this life, which is not so eco-friendly, and still trying to respect the environment.”
Cotillard, who stars in the Christopher Nolan film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page, also spoke about her recent trip to the Congo with Greenpeace.
She said: “It’s one of the most ancient forests in the world and I met all of these amazing people who are trying to fight against the timber industry cutting down the trees there.”
She added: “I really connected to the people there – their hopes and despair and struggles. It was an intense and beautiful trip.”
And the star is happy that environmental awareness is spreading. She said: “Ten years ago, my mind-set wasn’t really normal for most people. I sounded like a crazy person talking about the environment. People saw me as a hippie who wanted to make my own cheese and live with animals in a house without electricity.”
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Leonardo DiCaprio travels to Nepal for “Save the Tigers Campaign”

HollywoodNews.com: Leonardo DiCaprio has made a secret visit to Nepal as part of his work with the World Wildlife Fund’s Save the Tigers Campaign.
The “Titanic” star’s three day-visit to the country included travelling to the Bardiya National Park to meet with conservation officials. The area is one the four designated tiger reserves in the mountainous country.
The campaign is aiming to raise $20 million with the goal of doubling the international tiger population, which currently sits at just 3,200 the Indian Express reports.
The actor is currently promoting his new thriller “Inception” that co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard.
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Hollywood Movie Roundup: Buckle up for ‘Inception’

HollywoodNews.com:
INCEPTION
Finally, the wait is over.
Warner Bros.’ Leonardo DiCaprio headliner “Inception” directed by “Dark Knight’s” Christopher Nolan finally unspools in over 3,800 locations.
“Inception” follows Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) a master thief at stealing others’ dreams and a pivotal player in the world of corporate espionage. While he has become an international fugitive, he is given a shot at redeeming his life. Cobb and his team are given the chance to plant an idea in the subconscious of another person, pulling off the perfect crime. However, a larger dark power looms over Cobb.
The film cost $160 million and is expected to pull in anywhere from $45 to $60 million this weekend. Already, “Inception” has bagged $3 million from midnight showings at 2,000 theaters. “Inception” also stars Michael Caine, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
“Inception” has scored a wonderful 84% on the Tomatometer with top critics such as Justin Chang at Variety exclaiming “If movies are shared dreams, then Christopher Nolan is surely one of Hollywood’s most inventive dreamers.”

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE
The second wide release of this weekend is Walt Disney’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” inspired by the Mickey Mouse vignette in “Fantasia.”
Getting a head start of “Inception,” “Apprentice” bowed on Wednesday and in its first two days at the B.O. has generated $7.1 million. The Jerry Bruckheimer production looks to make $30 million by Sunday.
“Apprentice” stars Nicolas Cage as an age-old sorcerer and Jay Baruchel as his protégé. The duo are fighting an arch-nemesis in modern day Manhattan, Maxim Horvath portrayed by Alfred Molina. Along the way, Baruchel’s Dave Stutler gets a crash course in magic and sorcery.
The director Jon Turteltaub who has worked with Cage and Bruckheimer on “the “National Treasure” franchise has reaped great B.O. success from creating family adventure features.
The big question is whether “Apprentice” has the legs to make its $150 million budget back.
“Apprentice” has scored a rotten rating of 40% on the Tomatometer with USA Today’s Claudia Puig blasting “The disjointed plot is a mélange of clichés with logic that feels conjured up on the spot. Magical legends are cobbled together as if by someone in Screenwriting 101. Or, as is the case here, by a half dozen writers, seemingly at cross purposes.”
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Inception” premieres in Los Angeles

HollywoodNews.com: Christopher Nolan’s latest film, “Inception,” which boasts an all star cast featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, and Tom Berenger, had its premiere last night in Los Angeles.
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Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the best in the dangerous art of extraction: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime.
But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.
This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime.
“Inception” hits theaters this Friday.
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