Marion Cotillard Interview – “I’m not Playing Talia Al-Ghul”

Cotillard is on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter. On The Dark Knight Rises:

The actress started filming Knight in June 2011, working on and off until the fall in locations including Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh. She says there were long gaps when she wasn’t needed: “It was a very, very small role. Otherwise, Cotillard is coy about the picture, whose storyline has fueled pages of Internet speculation. All she’ll confirm is that, contrary to some fans’ belief, she does not play Talia, the vengeful daughter of Liam Neeson‘s character, Ra’s Al Ghul (who also appeared in Batman Begins), and that she takes the role of Miranda Tate, an ecologically minded businesswoman who “is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She’s a good guy.” But does she stay that way? “Yes,” she insists.

On working with Jacques Audiard in “Rust and Bone”:

That road wasn’t easy. Cotillard had just days to prepare before Rust started shooting in the fall in Antibes, France. “I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to rehearse, and it was very disturbing to me because Jacques works a lot with the cast before he starts a movie,” she says. It wasn’t only her fellow actors she had to worry about. There were killer whales, too.”It was a very weird experience because I came back from the United States and was totally jetlagged,” she remembers. “I arrived directly in Antibes where their Marineland water park is. I’ve always had a repulsion going in a place where animals are in captivity. I had to work through my rejection of this world, which I still feel. But I had a job. And even though the orcas are as big as trucks, they’re animals, and you have a connection with them.

Read the whole interview here:

The Dark Knight Rises Viral Marketing

New viral marketing for TDKR, here.  Anonymous vigilante, heh.

So the Gotham police is referring to him as “the Batman”, the way The Joker did.

So the tumbler is “a large military-type vehicle”, and the batpod is “a two-wheeled vehicle of an unknown make and model”.

Somebody put together the pieces to get thif GIF. Is this the new trailer that will be playing before The Avengers? Some of the shots we’ve seen before, in the previous trailer and the prologue, but there are new scenes as well, most of them involving John Blake.


Marion Cotillard in “Rust and Bone” and “Low Life”

She’s been super busy this year, in additiom to The Dark Knight Rises, she’s starring in Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone”, which “follows the relationship between a homeless man (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a trainer of killer whales in a sea park (Cotillard) who loses her legs in a horrific accident”, and James Gray’s “Low Life”, which follows “the journey of a Polish immigrant (Cotillard) who becomes caught between a cabaret owner/pimp (Joaquin Phoenix) and and a magician who wants to save her (Jeremy Renner)”. Wow, playing a Wayne Enterprise board member and possible Bruce Wayne’s love interest seems like a walk in the park compared to these.

From Rust and Bone:

From Low Life:


Game of Thrones Season 1 Rewatch – Episode 1 (Winter is Coming)

Should have done this before Season 2 started; I’m having trouble recalling certain things. For example, how close was Theon to the other Starks besides Robb, and whether the relationship between Jaime and Tyrion is as tense as the one between Cersei and Tyrion, etc etc. Some stuff I missed/misremembered from the first episode:

I completely, completely forgot how confused I was about Robb and Jon at the beginning. Really, show, do you have to make both of them have curly dark hair?? It seems absurd now to confuse those two, but I did have a problem telling them apart at the time. It’s actually Jon who told Bran not to look away when Ned was beheading the Night’s Watch deserter, not Robb.

I missed certain nuances about Jon’s and Theon’s position in the Stark’s household the first time around. For example, Jon referred to Ned as “father” when he was talking to Bran (“Don’t look away, father will know”), but called him Lord Stark in front of other people. I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone that he’s Ned’s bastard son, but there’s a certain propriety that must be observed, I suppose. And Theon’s semi-subservient position as a ward/hostage, and his defensiveness and/or resentment about it, is actually clear from the very first episode. It’s in the scene where Ned said a quick death is better for the baby direwolves (direpuppies?), and Theon was the first one to eagerly step forward to do the deed. When Robb told him to stop, Theon got angry (“I take orders from your father, not you!”).

Didn’t notice this before, but it took ONE WHOLE MONTH to get from King’s Landing to Winterfell?! How irresponsible is Robert as a king? His chief adviser just died, and he leaves the capital for two months just to hire a new Hand of the King.You’re the king, just summon Ned to come to King’s Landing! It’s not like he can refuse or anything. But of course if Robert and his family hadn’t come to Winterfell, we wouldn’t have the Jaime-tried-to-kill-Bran incident, which becomes the catalyst for so many future storylines, so I’m sure that’s partly there as a plot device.

Jaime doesn’t seem to resent Tyrion the way Cersei does, at least based on their scenes together in this episode. He’s more amused by Tyrion’s antics. Also, I remembered the window-pushing incident the wrong way – I thought Cersei explicitly told Jaime to harm Bran. But in fact she didn’t, she just said “he saw us!” a few times. Did Jaime understand this to mean Cersei wants him to kill the boy? The phrase he used just before he pushed Bran implied this (“The things I do for  love”).

Hmmm, Jaime’s reaction is a little weird to me, I understand Cersei’s reaction completely; she’s absolutely terrified, she knows if Robert found out about this, it’s not just her life and Jaime’s life that are in danger, her children’s lives are in danger too. Jaime, on the other hand, seems to be implying he’s doing it for Cersei, but those kids are his children too, he should be as terrified as Cersei about their fate. Obviously killing someone else’s child to protect your secret is a horrible, horrible thing, but I might be able to feel a teeny, tiny bit of sympathy for Jaime if I thought he was doing it to save his own children. That doesn’t seem to be the case here, it feels more like doing something to please his sister, that it’s all part of his obsession with Cersei and the power she has over him.

Eye candy! Hehe. Gosh, I never would have thought that Theon, of all people, would be the most interesting character among these three in Season 2, at least so far.