Mélanie Laurent

French actress Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent is a French actress, director, singer, and writer. She is best known to international audiences for her role as Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, for which she won Best Actress from the Online Film Critics Society and the Austin Film Critics Association.
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French actress Mélanie Laurent steps behind the camera for 'Tomorrow,' an environmental doc that offers solutions
LATimes - 10 months
While shooting the 12-country-spanning environmental documentary "Tomorrow," French actress-director Mélanie Laurent ("Inglorious Basterds," “Now You See Me”) was wandering around a village in India when a local woman beckoned her over. "There was a family of women and children inside this small...
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Five Reasons to Sail Into <i>By The Sea</i>
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Oh, to be back in the 1970s when opportunities to experience real cinema were more frequent and the likes of Paramount Pictures studio chief Robert Evans brought a kind of elan to the screen--something that feels absent in much of today's modern cinematic servings. But, what's this? In the much talked-about By The Sea, filmmaker Angelina Jolie Pitt delivers a daring spectacle indeed. The film hearkens back to the 1970s and to those dramas that took their time to unwind. The outing also smacks of a luscious European production with its simple yet remarkable cinematography and sparse dialogue. Will it be a box office hit? Probably not. But it is a kind of arty gem that's worthy of consideration. By The Sea takes place in the early 1970s, in and around a remote village on the French Mediterranean coastline. It revolves around the emotional undoing of a stylish couple, Roland and Vanessa Bertrand (Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt--married in real life as we all know). Pitt mor...
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Comment on Meet The Man Behind The Gender/Jewish/Everything Updated Remake Of Annie Hall by Dee
Heeb - almost 3 years
For future reference: Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Skylar Astin, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy. Andrew Garfield is Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of his parents are). Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, ...
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French President taps Hollywood for Philippine climate tour
Yahoo News - about 3 years
French President Francois Hollande will bring two Oscar-winning stars on a two-day visit to the Philippines next week aimed at building momentum for climate talks in Paris, his envoy said Wednesday. During the visit, Hollande and his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino will call on world leaders to finalise a climate change pact when they meet in December, French ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon told reporters. Hollande is bringing with him French actress Marion Cotillard and British actor Jeremy Irons, both recipients of Hollywood's highest acting honour, Garachon said. He will also bring Patriarch Bartholomew I of the Orthodox Church and another French actress, Melanie Laurent, the envoy said.
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Jonathan Kim: ReThink Review: Now You See Me - Abracadiculous!
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
If you want to see a terrific film about magic and magicians, I recommend Christopher Nolan's criminally underrated film The Prestige, which tells the story of a feud between a popular magician who specializes in showmanship (Hugh Jackman) and a struggling one who literally lives his craft (Christian Bale). The new film Now You See Me is a crime caper about a group of magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco) who pull off a series of robberies while being pursued by the FBI and Interpol, embodied by Mark Ruffalo and Inglourious Basterds' Mélanie Laurent. While The Prestige explores the craft and mindset of differing magicians, Now You See Me uses magic to justify a story that, on cursory examination, proves to be little more than smoke and mirrors. Watch my ReThink Review of Now You See Me below (transcript following). Read More... More on Video
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Is It Magic?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Come to think of it, Hollywood films and magic shows have something in common: You pay your money, and you want to believe. Even if it's exceedingly hard to do. At the start of "Now You See Me," a magic-themed heist movie with a high-powered cast including Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson, you really want to believe. The idea is fresh, the introductory scenes enticing. Plus, the actual magic performances that anchor the film, directed by Louis Leterrier, are fun – and for a while you almost forget that you're merely watching other people watch a magic show. But then the dialogue turns formulaic, the plot gets increasingly hard to follow – even a film about magic needs an underlying logic – and character development seems to come to an utter halt, with interesting possibilities left unexplored. It all builds up to a dramatic reveal at the end, one that, like the traditional rabbit in the hat, you weren't expect...
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'This Allowed Me To Feel Not Only Good, But Arrogant'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Now You See Me" is a throwback heist thriller that, in its best moments, feels like an extension of Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Eleven" franchise. Not that star Jesse Eisenberg would know. "I really don't watch movies ever," Eisenberg told HuffPost Entertainment. "So I really didn't know the genre or the history. I liked this movie, though, because the magic was integrated into the heist." That's right: magic. Eisenberg plays J. Daniel Atlas in the film, a cocksure sleight-of-hand artist who teams up with three other magicians (played by Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) to pull off elaborate robberies for an undisclosed benefactor. Complications arise, however, when an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol officer (Melanie Laurent) team to bring the crew to justice ... which is actually when things get really complicated. With "Now You See Me" out Friday, Eisenberg spoke to HuffPost Entertainment about why he joined the new film, card tricks and wha...
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Susan Michals: Yes, That Is Melanie Laurent Nude With Shellfish
Huffington Post - over 4 years
(Actress Melanie Laurent. Image courtesy of Alan Gelati/Fishlove) Your eyes are not deceiving you. Pregnant French actress and star of the upcoming film Now You See Me took time out to pose with a crab for the radical yet iconic photographic project, "Fishlove" which invites well known personalities across the world to raise awareness of how over-fishing is destroying the marine environment. Scientists predict that all marine life will effectively disappear from our oceans by the middle of this century if nothing is done about over-fishing. (Actor Simon "Mr. Beebe" Callow. Image courtesy of Alan Gelati/Fishlove) Taken by Italian fashion photographer Alan Gelati, the above image of Laurent will be on display with photos of other notables, including Simon Callow, and Michael Gambon, and will debut at the baudoin lebon gallery in Paris on May 28, 2013. (Sir Michael John Gambon aka Philip Marlowe. Image courtesy of Alan Gelati/Fishlove) Gelati's artwork ...
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Abraham H. Foxman: La Rafle and the Importance of Memory
The Huffington Post - about 5 years
Earlier this year, France marked the 70th anniversary of one of the most painful chapters in that country's modern history: The round-up and deportation of more than 13,000 Jews from Paris. The 1942 operation, known as the Vel d'Hiv, was carried out not by the SS or Nazi storm troopers but by the Paris police. On July 16 and 17, the French authorities rounded up 13,152 Jews in the city and its suburbs. Entire families, including many small children, were forcibly taken from their homes in the early morning hours and transported to the Velodrome d'Hiver, a winter cycling stadium in Paris, where they were held for days without food, water or information as to their fate. Few of those captured in the raid ultimately survived. Most were deported to various Nazi concentration camps outside of France, including Auschwitz, where they were gassed along with millions of others. For years the raid was not taught in the history books, and even today in France most young people ...
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Why Do So Many Movies Have Theater Shooting Scenes?
Huffington Post - over 5 years
LOS ANGELES -- There's something about the dark and quiet of a movie theater that allows us to make ourselves vulnerable. We enter into an implicit pact, giving over to the images, letting ourselves laugh at something silly or cry at something poignant, all in the cloistered company of strangers. That's why when something unexpected interrupts that experience, it's that much more startling, like being awakened suddenly from a vivid dream. Long before the massacre during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Colorado, movies themselves have depicted the jarring sensation that occurs when the intrusion of reality disrupts the sanctity of sitting in a theater. Quite often these scenes are violent, but sometimes they're funny, clever or just plain weird. Perhaps because filmmakers feel so passionately about the moviegoing experience, they also enjoy shaking it up from an artistic perspective. Here's a look at several key examples: _"Inglourious Basterds...
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Reel Pride Films Returns to New Port Richey
New Port Richey Patch - almost 6 years
The Reel Pride film series, which features movies about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered subjects, is returning to the New Port Richey Public Library in June. In its seventh year, the free film festival will feature 15 movie viewings spread out over 5 weekends, from June 1-July 1. And it's all free. Below is the library’s schedule and description and provided descriptions of the films. You can find more goings on at the library at its website. The library is located at 5939 Main St, New Port Richey. Schedule:  8 p.m.: Out in the Silence, 60 min The announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small hometown and a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school. 2009 Sat – Jun 2 6 p.m.: A Marine Story, 98 min Alex Everett has only ever known military life. Having risen through the ranks to become a Major in the elite Marine Corps, soldiering is all she knows how to do, all she w...
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Newport Film Fest Winners Named
Newport Beach Patch - almost 6 years
Replete with red carpets, glitzy parties, filmmaker Q&amp;As, gallons of popcorn, and movies of every stripe, the 13th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival did not disappoint.  For a week, Newport Beach was transformed into a mini-Hollywood, sans the high-maintenance celebrities and stalking paparazzi. Some 52,000 film buffs visited local theaters to mix and mingle with the stars and creators of outstanding cinema.  The highlights included the Opening Night Red Carpet festivities, Friday night's Lexus afterparty, Orange Coast College students premiering their short films, red carpet premieres of Decade of Dominance and Should've Been Romeo, the Absolut Party at Equinox, intimate screenings at the revamped Port Theater, Fashion Island parties with cultural entertainment, and sold-out screenings and candlelight vigils for Behind the Orange Curtain.  The NBFF has just released its 2012 Festival Award Winners: Jury Awards Best Feature: Apartment in Athens Best Actor: Geras...
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TJFF Review: 'The Day I Saw Your Heart'
Shalom Life - almost 6 years
This quirky French comedy-drama stars Melanie Laurent and Michel Blanc.
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23rd GLAAD Media Awards In Los Angeles
Outtake - almost 6 years
The GLAAD Media Awards were held in Los Angeles Saturday Night. They’re call it The Year of Chaz as the Transgender Activist picked up 2 additional prizes as part of the watchdog group's 23rd annual Media Awards. Bono was also honored with GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award which is presented annually to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Cher presented her son with the award &amp; was joined on stage by Rep. Mary Bono Mack. Past winners have included Ellen DeGeneres, Rufus Wainwright, Wanda Sykes, John Waters &amp; Melissa Etheridge. Bono was chronicled in Becoming Chaz, about his transition from female to male &amp; was joined on stage by directors Fenton Bailey &amp; Randy Barbato to pick up the prize for outstanding documentary for the OWN release. Bono's 2 awards come a month after the organization recognized ABC's Dancing With the Stars as outstanding reality program after a season in which ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mélanie Laurent
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 31
    In 2015, Laurent starred alongside Laurent Lafitte, in François Favrat's French drama film Booemerang adapted from the bestseller entitled A Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay.
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  • 2014
    Age 30
    In 2014, Laurent appeared in Aloft, a 2014 drama film written and directed by Claudia Llosa, alongside Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy.
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    Her feature film directorial debut Respire (2014) was screened at the International Critics' Week section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 29
    Laurent then starred opposite Jeremy Irons in Night Train to Lisbon, a 2013 drama film based on the novel of the same name directed by Bille August.
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    Her first child with her husband, a son named Léo, was born in September 2013.
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    In March 2013, she revealed that she had married but refused to name her spouse.
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    Laurent's next release, the Canadian-Spanish psychological thriller film Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve, was screened at the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
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    Laurent appeared in the Louis Leterrier's 2013 caper film Now You See Me as a French Interpol agent who investigates the bank theft alongside Mark Ruffalo and an ensemble cast.
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  • 2011
    Age 27
    Laurent made her singing debut in May 2011 with a studio album En t'attendant, under the label of Atmosphériques.
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    In 2011, she teamed with Mike Mills, appearing opposite Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer in Beginners, a comedy drama that marked Laurent's second English-speaking role in Hollywood.
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    She made her singing debut with a studio album En t'attendant in May 2011; the album contains twelve songs, five of which are co-written and co-produced by Irish folk musician Damien Rice.
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  • 2010
    Age 26
    In addition to her film career, Laurent has appeared in stage productions in France. She made her theater debut in 2010 in Nicolas Bedos's Promenade de santé.
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  • 2009
    Age 25
    Laurent was in a long-term relationship with fellow French actor Julien Boisselier which ended in 2009.
    Laurent had also planned another feature film, Putain de pluie!, produced by Alain Attal's Productions du Trésor, whose script she co-wrote with Morgan Perez and which she intended to direct. Originally set for filming in the spring of 2009, it was postponed because of her work on Inglourious Basterds.
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    Laurent was scheduled to direct her first play, Mi-cuit cœur pistache (the name of a dessert she particularly likes) in January 2009 at the Théâtre Marigny in Paris.
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    Laurent made her Hollywood debut in 2009 with the starring role as Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino's blockbuster war film Inglourious Basterds.
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  • 2008
    Age 24
    She also directed À ses pieds, an erotic short film aired on the French television channel Canal+ on 25–26 October 2008, as part of a series of short films, called X Femmes.
    Laurent next appeared in Cédric Klapisch's 2008 comedy drama Paris, a French film concerning a diverse group of people.
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  • 2007
    Age 23
    In 2007, Laurent appeared in films including Le tueur and Hidden Love.
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  • 2006
    Age 22
    Laurent breakthrough role came in 2006, when she played a sullen 19-year-old who longed for her lost twin brother, in Philippe Lioret's Don't Worry, I'm Fine.
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    Her breakthrough role came in the 2006 French drama film Don't Worry, I'm Fine for which she later won the César Award for Most Promising Actress, and the Prix Romy Schneider.
    Laurent gained recognition for her supporting work in several French films, most notably the 2006 Franco-Belgian comedy Dikkenek for which she won Étoiles d'Or for Best Female Newcomer.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Born
    Born on February 21, 1983.
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