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Cannes Review: Masterful ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ Is The Sublime Story Of A Transformative Relationship

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 23, 2013 7:18 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.

Watch: First 2 Clips From Steamy 3-Hour Cannes Entry 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Starring Lea Seydoux

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2013 10:38 AM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux
If you have a thing for Lea Seydoux, this was a good year to be at the Cannes Film Festival. The French actress spends most of "Grand Central" (read our review here) either naked or strutting around noticeably bra-less in a jean shorts and a one piece body suit. And then there's "Blue Is The Warmest Color," an epic three hour lesbian love story with love scenes that are already creating chatter, with Jeffrey Wells noting that one sequence in particular earned applause during the movie. Damn.

Cannes Review: ‘Grand Central’ Weaves A Lyrical Tale Of Love And Radiation Around Tahar Rahim & Lea Seydoux

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 19, 2013 1:30 PM
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GRAND CENTRAL BY REBECCA ZLOTOWSKI, Lea Seydoux, Tahar Rahim
Director Rebecca Zlotowski scored big in 2010 when her debut feature “Belle Epine” (aka “Dear Prudence”) won the Prix Louis Delluc for best first film, and snagged star Léa Seydoux a nomination for Most Promising Actress at the Césars. Three years on and Seydoux has certainly made good on that promise, with her profile rising ever higher -- in this year’s Cannes she’s one of a select number of actors to have two films in the Official Selection, one of them being her reteaming with Zlotowski on “Grand Central” with Kechiche’s ”Blue is the Warmest Color” in competition being the other.

Watch: 2 Clips & New Pics From Cannes Entry 'Grand Central' With Tahar Rahim & Léa Seydoux

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2013 10:52 AM
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GRAND CENTRAL BY REBECCA ZLOTOWSKI, Lea Seydoux, Tahar Rahim
It looks like Marion Cotillard -- featuring in both James Gray's "The Immigrant" and Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties" -- won't be the only one at Cannes this year with two movies to show off. Fellow French actress Lea Seydoux will strut her stuff in the main competition with the three hour (!) lesbian romance drama "Blue Is The Warmest Color." But flying a bit more under the radar on the Un Certain Regard slate is "Grand Central," where she'll co-star opposite "A Prophet" star Tahar Rahim, in another romance that is throwing off some sparks.

Léa Seydoux, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Catherine Deneuve Are 'Three Hearts' For Benoit Jacquot

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 3, 2013 10:17 AM
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Things are going very well for Lea Seydoux. After having a very short appearance in the opening of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” -- she played one of the daughters of the French farmer Christoph Waltz interrogates -- Seydoux appeared in the films of Ridley Scott and Woody Allen, and she recently added Wes Anderson to her list of auteurs with her role in his upcoming “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (and as the star of the Anderson and Roman Coppola co-directed Prada ads). The French actress, however, hasn’t forgotten about her homeland as she’s set to join Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts” ("Trois coeurs") alongside two other French stars.

Lea Seydoux Books Role In Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' Saoirse Ronan Reveals Details About Her Part

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 10:22 AM
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So remember last week when Fox Searchlight picked up Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and dropped the official synopsis, along with a staggering list of cast members? It seems they left one out: Lea Seydoux.

Watch: Episode 3 Of Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola's 'Prada Candy L'Eau' Starring Lea Seydoux

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2013 9:36 AM
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Ah, to be young, beautiful, French and caught between two persistent and handsome men. That's the basic premise of Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola's obviously whimsical series of shorts for Prada, and the third and final installment has now arrived bringing the story to a close.

Watch: Episode 1 & 2 Of Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola's 'Prada Candy L'Eau' Starring Lea Seydoux

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2013 1:52 PM
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Sometimes name-brand directors are hired for ads and you wonder why the money was spent at all (Guy Ritchie's recent spot for H&M comes to mind), but then there are the occasions where the synergy makes sense. And certainly, Prada knew exactly what they were doing when they snapped up Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for their most recent campaign. And following a teaser last week, we now get a much bigger bite of the short they've put together.

Watch: Teaser For Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola's Prada Short Film Starring Lea Seydoux

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 9:19 AM
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The first question that comes to mind is: how on Earth did they find time to do this? With Wes Anderson spending most of last year stumping for "Moonrise Kingdom," and now in production on "The Grand Budapest Hotel," while his frequent collaborator and pal Roman Coppola (who co-wrote 'Moonrise') also ushered his film, "A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III" into theaters, it seems they have found a brief window within in which to work together again. The duo paired up to make a short film for Miuccia Prada, and the first teaser promises something expectedly quirky and beautifully designed.

First Image & Poster For 'Secret Of The Grain' Director Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' With Léa Seydoux

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 12, 2013 12:22 PM
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Abdellatif Kechiche has been working on his craft meticulously since his 2000 debut “La faulte a Voltaire,” often garnering great acclaim in the process. Perhaps the most celebrated and heralded film in his oeuvre thus far has been “The Secret of the Grain,” which earned him the top prize at the Cesar Awards in France and a special jury prize in Venice back in 2007 (and a picture that when it was released stateside, we called One Of The Best Films Of 2008). Now, he’s back with his latest, the upcoming lesbian romantic drama “Blue Is the Warmest Colour,” and a teaser poster and photo have been unveiled for the film.

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