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New Posters For 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' & Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2013 5:25 PM
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Sex and violence—two extreme reactions to extreme emotions, and thus, they link this quick round-up of new posters for two highly anticipated films.

Watch: Steven Spielberg-Quoting, Beach House-Scored U.S. Trailer For 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 1:46 PM
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So, how do you market an NC-17 rated, three-hour, lesbian relationship drama featuring a much talked about, graphic sex scene? Well, you start by tossing in a quote by Steven Spielberg, the Cannes Jury president who gave the celebrated film the Palme d'Or and declared: "Magnificent...we were under the spell of the film and its wonderful actresses." Nicely played, Sundance Selects, nicely played.

Fall In Love With Lots Of New Images From Palme d'Or Winner 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 10:28 AM
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Given the talk that has swirled around "Blue Is The Warmest Color" over the past few weeks, the conversation threatens to be more about what happened on set than the quality of the film. With actresses Lea Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos and director Abdellatif Kechiche sniping at each other in public, all while a NC-17 rating hangs over the movie due its explicit sexual content, it can be easy to forget that this won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in the spring and is one of the most well received movies of the year. But today we turn the attention back on the movie proper as a batch of new images have arrived.

'Blue' Is The Ugliest Color? Abdellatif Kechiche Fires Back At His Palme d'Or-Winning Actresses

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 1:57 PM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux
Yikes. It's always a bummer when behind-the-scenes drama overshadows a movie, especially when the movie is supposed to be really, really great, but sadly that seems to be happening with "Blue is the Warmest Color," the Palme d'Or winning coming-of-age drama out this fall. A couple of days ago the actresses from the film put the their director Abdellatif Kechiche on blast and talked about how they never wanted to work with him again. And now the director has fired back, apparently culminating in an explosive, tearful confrontation at a press conference for the film.

Our 16 Most Anticipated Films Of The Fall

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 5, 2013 12:47 PM
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2013 Fall Film Preview, Her, American Hustle, Counselor
With this week feeling, release-wise, a little like the industry at large is taking a deep breath while effecting the gear change from Summer tentpole scheduling to awards season programming, it’s a good moment to pause and take a look at the goodies to come in the waning months of 2013. It’s a pretty stellar lineup, as films we've seen throughout the festival year start to make their way into awards-friendly end-of-year slots, vying with films we haven't yet seen but have been patiently, and in some cases pantingly, looking forward to for months now. In fact the lineup is so stellar that for the purposes of whittling down a manageable list of the films we're most anticipating, we made the decision to exclude anything that features in our Most Anticipated Toronto Internatioal Film Festival list just to narrow the field a little.

Watch: Flirty Fashion Short Film With 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Star Léa Seydoux

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 3:58 PM
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Lea Seydoux
French actress Léa Seydoux is on everyone's radar thanks to her performance in "Blue is the Warmest Color," the three-hour long lesbian drama that won the coveted Palm d'Or at Cannes this past summer (it's being released, in all of its NC-17 glory, this fall). If your taste runs to slightly more conventional fare, you might remember her from terrific work in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" or Brad Bird's "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol." While waiting for "Blue is the Warmest Color," you can watch a flirty black-and-white fashion short film starring the French actress made for super cool New York fashion house Rag & Bone. Seydoux doesn't do much in the clip besides stomp around New York looking adorable, but sometimes that's enough.

New Poster For 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'; Actresses Say They'll Never Work With The Director Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 6:12 PM
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 'Blue is the Warmest Color', poster crop
Every step of the way for the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is The Warmest Color" has seen controversy following not far behind. From the already talked about ten minute sex scene (leading to an NC-17 rating), to allegations of from the crew over reportedly tough working conditions, to graphic novel author Julie Maroh's opinions on the adaptation of her work, the conversation around Abdellatif Kechiche's romance has been equally about these issues as it has been about how great the movie is. (And we haven't even gotten into the fact that it can't quality for Best Foreign Film). And now, actress and Palme winners Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos have shared their own stories of woe from the set.

Telluride 2013 Lineup Includes Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day,' Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 10:16 AM
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Telluride 2013 Lineup 'Labor Day'  'Gravity'
The Venice Film Festival kicked off today, but for those of you choosing to head to Colorado instead of Italy, the organizers at the Telluride Film Festival have unveiled their slate for 2013. And as usual, it's a mix of selections from both Cannes and Venice, along with a couple of premieres and some interesting curiosities.

Sorry Little Kids: 3-Hour-Long Lesbian Sex Movie 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Officially Rated NC-17

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 20, 2013 8:56 PM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux
While issuing a lengthy decree about a number of upcoming movies and their respective ratings, the MPAA has revealed that the Palm d'Or-winning lesbian sex movie "Blue is the Warmest Color," scheduled for release in America on October 25th, will carry with it the restrictive NC-17 rating for what they consider "explicit sexual content." The ratings board couldn't even be bothered with specifics. They might as well have just given the reason as "ewww two girls doin' it," but that would have probably undermined their godlike power.

Watch: First International Trailer For Cannes Palme d'Or Winner 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 2:35 PM
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While one of the year's most talked films won't be under consideration for any Oscars due to the Academy's rather arbitrary rules, that doesn't take anything away from Abdellatif Kechiche's epic love story "Blue Is The Warmest Color" (aka "La Vie Adele - Chapters 1 & 2"). With an upcoming North American debut primed for the Toronto International Film Festival to be followed by a fall release, this one will be seen by many as a contender for year-end Best Of lists and the first international trailer has just arrived for the movie.

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