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Rumor: Léa Seydoux Sought For 'Bond 24'; Script Gets Overhaul To Add More "Thrills"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2014 10:24 AM
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"I am just hammering it [the script] out now. It’s gruelling but it’s fun,” director Sam Mendes said last month at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle, talking about the "Skyfall" followup. But it turns out the process of finishing that screenplay was more arduous than expected.

Watch: Get Fashionable With First Trailer For Biopic 'Saint Laurent' Starring Starring Gaspard Ulliel, Léa Seydoux & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 8:05 AM
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Saint Laurent
If you've been waiting for a movie about legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, 2014 is your year. In February at the Berlin Film Festival, Jalil Lespert dropped "Yves Saint Laurent" with Pierre Niney in the lead role and... it wasn't very good. Then a few months later at Cannes, Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent" arrived with Gaspard Ulliel in the title part and it too wasn't very good. But still, you're going to probably watch one of these, so why not the one with Léa Seydoux?

Watch: Lea Seydoux And Tahar Rahim Share Nuclear Love In Trailer For 'Grand Central'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2014 9:20 AM
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Grand central
While "Grand Central" is a decent enough name for the Lea Seydoux and Tahar Rahim starring romance, a more fitting title might be, "Love In The Time Of Nuclear Power." The Rebecca Zlotowski directed film follows an affair that's heated up not just by the individuals involved, by also by the looming nuclear power permanently in the distance....

Review: Wes Anderson's Beautiful & Melancholy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 7, 2014 11:21 AM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love. There are points during “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” at which it simply floods off the screen. It sounds too lofty perhaps, but how else can you describe the level of minute care that seems to have gone into every single frame, every costume, every tear in every strip of wallpaper? If nothing else (and there is quite a lot else) the film is at times perhaps the apotheosis of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic: a glorious, mischievous sequence of pictorialist plays taking place in a world so perfectly contained it might as well be in a snowglobe. This trademark fetishistic detail makes it feel like it was somehow loved into being, and, for whole passages, we loved it right back, giddily grinning in the dark, already mentally marking out those moments when we’re going to have to hit pause to examine the background, the edge of the frame, the action that happens in the corner of your eye.

Berlin Review: Christophe Gans' 'Beauty And The Beast' Starring Léa Seydoux & Vincent Cassel

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 15, 2014 11:00 AM
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Beauty & The Beast
Ever watched a 30-second perfume commercial and thought “Man, the decadent wonderland they’ve created here is so glorious and rich I wish this could go on forever?” No? Well, neither has anyone ever, but that hasn’t stopped Christophe Gans from addressing that imaginary need with his ghastly, overblown “Beauty and the Beast,” whose 112 minutes certainly feel like an eternity, and which fails on such a grand scale of pomp and over-ornamented visuals, that, robed in splendid scarlet satins, its failures practically preen.

Berlin Review: Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jude Law & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 6, 2014 3:00 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love. There are points during “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which celebrates its World Premiere as the opening film of 64th Berlinale tonight, at which it simply floods off the screen. It sounds too lofty perhaps, but how else can you describe the level of minute care that seems to have gone into every single frame, every costume, every tear in every strip of wallpaper? If nothing else (and there is quite a lot else) the film is at times perhaps the apotheosis of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic: a glorious, mischievous sequence of pictorialist plays taking place in a world so perfectly contained it might as well be in a snowglobe.

Watch: Epic New Trailer For Christophe Gans' 'Beauty And The Beast' Starring Léa Seydoux & Vincent Cassel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 9:26 AM
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Beauty And The Beast
There is nothing small about Christoph Gans' upcoming fairy tale flick "Beauty And The Beast." Not only is the French blockbuster gearing up for release in just a couple of weeks, it will also be touching down at the Berlin Film Festival where the filmmakers are hoping it will make a splash with international buyers and, of course, critics. And in advance of both those events, a fresh trailer has landed online.

Watch: First Trailer For Christophe Gans' 'Beauty And The Beast' Starring Léa Seydoux & Vincent Cassel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 6:33 AM
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Beauty And The Beast Lea Seydoux
Well, whatever expectations you might have had about Christophe Gans, the director behind "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and "Silent Hill," tackling "Beauty And The Beast," prepare to have them underwhelmed. Falling somewhere between family friendly and ordinarily fantastical, this very expensive looking new version lacks a bit of bite.

Watch: 'Blue is The Warmest Color' Actresses Flirt In Campaign For Miu Miu

Miu Miu, Blue Is The Warmest Color Girls Ad Lea Seydoux Adele Exarchapoulos
“Of course it was kind of humiliating sometimes, I was feeling like a prostitute," Léa Seydoux said about her experience shooting "Blue Is The Warmest Color." But it seems she had no problem getting close with her co-star Adèle Exparchopoulos in the newest campaign for fashion label Miu Miu. Read More »

Review: Masterful & Sublime Cannes Palme d'Or Winner ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 23, 2013 7:07 PM
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Why do we watch movies? No, really, why is it? As close an answer as we’ve ever come to for our own, fairly evident obsession with what we consider the greatest storytelling medium humankind has ever developed, is well, that life is short. Bear with us a second on this: basically to submerge yourself in a story well-told is a way to live out other lives within your own, and through those complex and magical processes of identification, to breathe and dream and feel things that your own short span might otherwise never afford you. Of course for many movies, that experience, of killing a mutant robot or whatever, may have evaporated before you’ve picked the last of the popcorn husks from between your teeth. But occasionally, very rarely, we experience the cinema not of escape but of exploration in which the discoveries you make stay with you and become knitted into the fabric of your memory as surely as if you’d really been there, really done that. And so it was with Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color” which was one of our most transportative, truthful and sublime movie experiences of anything we saw at Cannes this year.

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