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Encores for Oscar winners?

March 4, 2008 |  8:46 am

While best actress Marion Cotillard makes headlines with her controversial political views, will she be back in the derby again for her upcoming turn as '30s torch singer Billie Frechette opposite Johnny Depp's John Dillinger in Michael Mann's "Public Enemies?" And who else among this year's Oscar winners could feature in next year's race?


Lou Lumenick reports that the Coen brothers' follow-up film, "Burn After Reading," may well unspool at Cannes in mid-May. The Croisette certainly brought the duo good luck last spring as the rapturous response for "No Country for Old Men" launched it into the awards race. And, as Lou writes, "we wouldn't be surprised if it has a date at the New York Film Festival." As faithful readers will recall, scenes were shot in my Gotham neighborhood last fall –- CLICK HERE

The screwball comedy stars "Michael Clayton" adversaries George Clooney and Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton as illicit lovers cuckolding John Malkovich, a rogue CIA agent intent on publishing his memoirs. The film also features Mrs. Joel Coen, a.k.a. Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt . Focus Features will release "Burn" on Sept. 12. Those Vultures over at New York mag offered a sneak peek at the script last year - HERE.

It is no surprise that Daniel Day-Lewis does not have any film work lined up. After all, "There Will Be Blood" was only his third movie in a decade. While he sits on the sidelines, Javier Bardem has wrapped up a Woody Allen comedy, "Vicky Christina Barcelona," in his native Spain and is waiting for production to begin on "Nine," another tuner adaptation from "Chicago" helmer Rob Marshall.

The 1982 Tony-winning musical was adapted from Fellini's 1963 Oscar winning "8 1/2"." Playing the film director whose frantic pace finally catches up with him, Bardem will be surrounded by a bevy of screen beauties including Oscar-winners Sophia Loren as his domineering mother and Catherine Zeta-Jones as his headstrong star, as well as newly crowned champ Cotillard in a change-of-pace role as his long-suffering wife.

As to what Oscar losers are up to next, CLICK HERE to check out our photo gallery "Adios, friendo, see you next year?"

(Focus Features)