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The Fall Festival 50: Our Wishlist For The Venice, Telluride And Toronto Film Festivals

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 30, 2014 3:48 PM
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2014: Fall Film Festival wishlist
So while the rest of the world, (pretty much literally, it seems) goes to see “Transformers: Abandon Hope” our choice is either to kvetch and moan and rend our clothes about the Death of Culture and People These Days, or to retreat into our nice comfy wheelhouse/padded cell, humming gently to ourselves, catching the odd fly and pretending the moviegoing public has not just awarded $300 million in 3 days to the worst tentpole of the year. And right now, the cowardly but sanity-protecting latter path is the one we’re going to pursue (though we reserve the right to kvetch etc. elsewhere). With June at its end and the days getting shorter, we’re looking down the road, beyond the unstoppable, all-devouring toy franchise behemoth that’s probably about to blot out the sun, toward the fall festival season, and the films that we expect, hope or surmise we might see at the big trio of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, or the lower-profile NYFF or AFI Fest in the unlikely event of us surviving the Summer.

Watch: 20 Minute Marion Cotillard & James Gray Interview On 'Charlie Rose'; Plus New Pics Of ‘Two Days, One Night’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 5, 2014 10:24 AM
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Two Days, One Night
Something strange happened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Marion Cotillard was hotly tipped to win the Best Actress award for the Dardenne brother’s latest drama “Two Days, One Night.” The buzz was loud after the film screened and she seemed like the frontrunner (read our review from Cannes here), but the jury, lead by Jane Campion, instead went with Julianne Moore for “Map To The Stars.” Was Cotillard “robbed”? Who’s to say, this writer wasn’t there and furthermore, the award was made by an eclectic body of nine people that isn’t obligated to reward the consensus choice.

First Posters For ‘Macbeth’ Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 14, 2014 8:34 AM
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Macbeth
Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and “Snowtown Murders” director Justin Kurzel making a grim and bloody adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”? Yes, please. And please file this at the top of 2015’s Most Anticipated Films list.

Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Bring Shakespeare To Life With New Image From 'Macbeth'

Macbeth
For any students out there who will face the task of reading Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in the future, cheating by watch the movie version just got a whole lot more interesting. Not that we condone not reading one of literature's greatest works, but if you do decide to take a shortcut, Justin Kurzel's cinematic take may be the one to track down. Read More »

First Images Of Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard In 'Macbeth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 8:01 AM
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Macbeth
"Macbeth" is now in production, with Michael Fassbender in the lead role, and the actor is careful in judging his character too quickly or harshly. "I don’t think Macbeth is evil. I think he’s damaged," he told the Daily Mail. "When we meet him, he’s a man who’s as good as his circumstances will allow. He serves his king loyally and looks after his soldiers."

Marion Cotillard Says She's Keeping Her French Accent For 'Macbeth' With Michael Fassbender

Marion Cotillard, Cannes
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. Read More »

Fassbender's 'Macbeth' Adds Cast, Katherine Heigl Is In 'Your Right Mind,' Glenn Close Joins 'Gilly Hopkins' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 12:33 PM
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Berlin starts today as such, there is an eruption of casting news, so let's get to it. Most excitingly, Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth" starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard has kicked off its seven week shoot, and revealed the rest of the cast and it's a good one.

Natalie Portman Out, Marion Cotillard In Opposite Michael Fassbender In 'Macbeth'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 21, 2013 8:00 AM
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Out damned spot, out I say! A little while back, Natalie Portman signed on to play one of literature's most, uh, supportive spouses, Lady Macbeth in a new film version of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth," to be directed by Justin Kurzel, the Australian helmer who broke through with the deeply grim serial killer picture "Snowtown." But with Portman gearing up her directorial debut "A Tale Of Love And Darkness," it seems that something had to give, but Kurzel's traded one Oscar-winner for another in her place.

Natalie Portman Joins Michael Fassbender In 'Macbeth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 4:34 PM
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It seems that after Michael Fassbender bailed on the troubled western "Jane Got A Gun," there were no hard feelings between himself and Natalie Portman, who is also producing that movie. They also paired up on Terrence Malick's forthcoming music scene movie (provided they don't get cut) and indeed, they're set to try working together again on a different project, one that will hopefully keep the drama in front of the camera, instead of behind it.

Michael Fassbender To Play 'Macbeth' For 'Snowtown' Director Justin Kurzel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2013 7:59 AM
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Everyone from Sam Worthington (really) to Orson Welles has taken on "Macbeth," and the Shakespeare play that dare not say its name has been adapted countless time for the stage, television and multiplex. Well, when it comes to the cinema, (quality) movie versions have been a bit fewer and farther between, so the news that Michael Fassbender might take the lead in "the Scottish play" certainly has our attention.

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