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“355” Receives 2021 Release Date

Universal Pictures has announced the release date for its spy thriller 355, starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing and Penelope Cruz, for January 15, 2021.

Simon Kinberg is set to direct from a script he co-wrote with Theresa Rebeck. The movie follows a group of spies from international agencies around the world. These women must bond together, overcoming their suspicions and conflicts, to stop an event from occurring that could thrust the world into chaos. A new faction is formed – code-named “355,” a name they adopt from the first female spy in the American Revolution.

Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez also co-star. (Source)

Diane Joins Cast of Spy Thriller “355”

Diane Kruger will co-star in Simon Kinberg’s spy thriller “355.” She is joining an all-star ensemble that includes Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Fan Bingbing, and Penelope Cruz.

Kinberg is set to direct from a script he co-wrote with Theresa Rebeck. The movie follows a group of spies from international agencies around the world. These women must bond together, overcoming their suspicions and conflicts, to use all their talents and training to stop an event from occurring that could thrust our teetering world into chaos. Along the way, these strangers and enemies become comrades and friends, and a new faction is formed – code-named “355” (a name they adopt from the first female spy in the American Revolution). Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez also co-star.

“I’m so ecstatic to have an actress of her caliber to round out this extraordinary cast,” Kinberg said. (Source)

Quentin Tarantino Documentary ‘QT8: The First Eight’ Scores Sale

Wood Entertainment has completed sales for France, Germany, Turkey, Italy and Russia for QT8: The First Eight, a documentary that chronicles Quentin Tarantino’s first eight films.

The first buyers’ screening took place on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival. Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, premiered at Cannes on Tuesday night.

Producer Tara Wood completed QT8: The First Eight after a protracted legal battle to regain the rights following a production deal with the Weinstein Company back in 2016. The screening in Cannes was the first time potential distributors saw the final cut of the film.

The documentary profiles Tarantino’s first eight movies through interviews with his casts, producers and industry friends, including Zoe Bell, Bruce Dern, Robert Forster, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Diane Kruger, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Eli Roth, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Christoph Waltz, plus producers Stacey Sher and Richard Gladstein, filmmaker Scott Spiegel, and film critic Louis Black. (Source)

Diane Once Dreamed of Being a Female Bond

Diane Kruger, who has played the role of a spy in The Operative, says she had a dream of playing female James Bond in films. In an interview to The I Paper, Kruger spoke about her upcoming film and her dream of being the first woman to portray 007 – who is currently played by Daniel Craig, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

She said: “I always thought it must be so cool to be James Bond. But the realities of being a spy are closer to what we did. It’s cool, but I don’t dream about it anymore.”

The Operative follows a rogue spy from Israel’s feared national intelligence force Mossad, who vanishes while attending her father’s funeral.

Kruger also insisted that away from the cameras she is a very “introverted” person and it is her acting career that has forced her to be more “outgoing” to her benefit.

“I’m very introverted, in my real life, to a fault. I think I can appear cold or standoffish. I really have to force myself to be outgoing. Acting has, for me, been the opportunity to identity with someone else, be someone else,” she added.

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Diane Talks Gun Violence Prevention

Kruger partners with Harper’s Bazaar and Prabal Gurung to advocate for gun violence prevention, human rights, and equality.

The actress, who stars in Welcome to Marwen, says she’s tired of waiting for elected officials to save the day. “They’re so terrified of the NRA that they worry more about their campaign finances than about kids dying in the street.” Now that she’s a mom, the issue has become even more personal: “I’m terrified that my daughter is growing up in a country where she’s not safe to go to school.” Partnering with Prabal Gurung for this shoot was an easy decision for her. “I’ve known Prabal a long time, and he’s always been a big advocate for gun control, human rights, and equality.”

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“The Operative” To World Premiere at Berlinale ’19

During a recent press release, it was announced that The Operative will have its World Premiere during Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival). Written and directed by Yuval Adler, The Operative stars Martin Freeman and Diane Kruger.

The Festival runs from February 7th through February 17th. For more information visit: www.berlinale.de

Diane Talks About Parenting and the Possibility of Marriage

Diane Kruger had her first child a little later in life — but she has no regrets.

The Welcome to Marwen actress, 42, opened up about parenthood in a cover story for the latest issue of Net-A-Porter‘s PORTER Edit, explaining that she didn’t really consider the idea until her mid-30s.

“I didn’t think I wanted children for a long time. I was too selfish,” says Kruger, who welcomed her first child, a daughter, with boyfriend Norman Reedus in the fall.

“But by the time I got to about 35, I thought, yes, I probably do want one. But then you have to wait for the right person to come along,” she recalls, adding elsewhere in the interview about becoming a mom, “I’m glad I waited.”

Kruger describes Reedus, 50, as “so calm” when it comes to parenting — attributing his skill set to the fact that The Walking Dead star was already a dad to 19-year-old son Mingus Lucien, his only child with ex Helena Christensen, before their baby girl arrived.

The pair, Kruger tells PORTER Edit, spent Christmas with Christensen and Mingus, who live in the same neighborhood as Kruger and Reedus. They also had plans to all celebrate Reedus’ 50th birthday together this month.

“He teaches me a lot [about parenting], because he’s done it before,” she praises her partner. “There’s definitely something to be said for being with someone who is doing it for the second time.”

Kruger has been married once before — to French director and actor Guillaume Canet, whom she split from in 2006 after five years of marriage — and says she would consider it again at this juncture in her life.

“Never say never,” says the National Treasure actress of tying the knot. “I would have a party. I’d like to wear a nice dress. But I’m not religious, so that aspect of marriage doesn’t mean anything to me.”

That being said, if Kruger marries again, it won’t have anything to do with money. “There’s obviously a financial security that comes with marriage, but I’m financially independent — I don’t need anyone for that,” she says

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Diane Discusses “Welcome to Marwen” and Hollywood’s Endless Nazi Movies

Diane sat down with Vulture to discuss her latest film, Welcome to Marwen. During the conversation with Vulture, Diane discussed her favourite villains, being tired of being offered Nazi movies and the only joke she tells at parties, and how her bunnies punished her Barbie dolls.

I imagine life has to be interesting for a contemporary German actor when there is never a shortage of American movies about Nazis.
[Long sigh] I’ve been offered so many Nazi roles. You couldn’t believe. And I’ve never really wanted to do it. I’ll only do it if it’s more obtuse. Like with Marwen. Same with Inglourious Basterds. I never had any desire to be in that kind of movie to be honest, for obvious reasons, and I feel like it’s been done to death. How many movies do we need to see about that? That’s just my opinion. But watch, next year I’ll be in more Nazi movies, I’m sure.

Yes, dredging up a painful national history for work. There will likely be more movies about WWII and Nazis in the future, considering what’s happening here in the States. I think we’re sometimes afraid to make movies about contemporary Nazis because we don’t have a clear lens for interpreting them yet. And we’d have to own them as our own. Welcome to Marwen does that, though.
There have already been so many great movies done about that time in the past, though. What more do we need to say about that time?

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“Welcome to Marwen” Critics Reviews

Diane’s latest film, Welcome to Marwen hits theatres tomorrow, December 21st. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Welcome to Marwen follows the true story of Mark Hogancamp, a man struggling with PTSD who, after having his memory erased from being physically assaulted, creates a fictional village to ease his trauma. The film stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe and Gwendoline Christie. Take a look below at what the critic’s early reviews are saying about the project:

Empire Online – A genuine oddity, Welcome To Marwen may not hit the emotional highs but mixes high-concept fun with a sincere attempt to describe trauma in an original visceral way. And [Robert] Zemeckis’ filmmaking remains exemplary. It doesn’t completely work, but it’s a studio picture that swings for the fences. And in this day and age, that is to be applauded.

Rolling Stone – Everything is over-scaled for the wow factor, and while i’ts easy to admire the handiwork of [Robert] Zemeckis and his tech crew, they seem to be admiring it, too — while losing track of the story’s humane core in the process. Welcome to Marwen isn’t hack work; there are ideas buried beneath its high-gloss surface and relentless uplift. But good luck trying to dig them out.

The Globe and MailWelcome to Marwen is the ultimate Robert Zemeckis movie. This is not intended as a compliment. The film – not quite comedy, not quite drama, but definitely indigestible – finds Zemeckis embracing his worst late-career indulgences.

IndieWire – In trying to celebrate the healing powers of art, Zemeckis has created a sometimes fun, often morbidly compelling, and always ill-advised testament to the ways in which those healing powers can create problems of their own. For all of its CGI wizardry, the drama of Welcome to Marwen winds up feeling as artificially manufactured as the miniature figurines who bring it to life.

Diane Reveals Her Holiday Plans

The holiday season is turning out to be extra merry and bright for Diane Kruger.

Less than two months after welcoming her first child with Norman Reedus, the Hollywood actress will be able to experience her first Christmas as a mom.

But instead of planning an elaborate trip or over-the-top celebration, Diane’s plans are a bit simpler.

“I’m just going to be home,” she shared with E! News’ Erin Lim exclusively at the premiere of Welcome to Marwen. “It’s my baby’s first Christmas so I just really want to be on a couch with her and my man and just realize how bloody lucky I am.”

“It’s a great moment of joy. We have a lot to be thankful for. It’s been a wonderful year,” she told E! News. “What’s exciting is to start your own [traditions] and anything is possible and as long as my home is happy and light and positive, it doesn’t matter.”

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