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Cannes Review: Bertrand Bonello’s ‘Saint Laurent’ Starring Gaspard Ulliel, Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel & More

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • May 17, 2014 11:49 AM
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Saint Laurent
Biopics are still the trickiest genre to pin down. Try to tell it straight up, and you’re in danger of boring your audience with too much of a formal approach, like the existing Steve Jobs movie. Try to pick a certain aspect of a famous person’s life, glamorize it for entertainment value and you turn out a mess like the Cannes opener “Grace Of Monaco” to disappear into obscurity like the “Diana” movie you probably never saw. So when someone with the kind of stylistic flair and peculiar approach to filmmaking like Bertrand Bonello comes along to tackle the biopic, the only certainties are that he’s not telling it conventionally and it’s bound to get a little messy. His exploration of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, competing for the Palme D’Or this year, immerses itself in both principles and emerges as a failed attempt at visualizing artistic soul.

'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.

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.

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.

Lea Seydoux On The Emotional Difficulties Of 'Sister' & The Excitement Of Starring In A More Faithful 'Beauty And The Beast'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 2, 2012 10:02 AM
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In Ursula Meier’s “Sister,” the talented Lea Seydoux plays Louise, a complex maternal figure to a young boy named Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein). Though most know the beautiful, wayward Louise as Simon's older sister, she regularly leaves him alone without a parent, finding affection in the arms of a man and leaving the boy to make ends meet hustling stolen skiing goods. Seydoux had hesitations about playing such an upsetting character, and as she told us in an interview this week, she initially found the character, “Cruel. She’s completely selfish.”

First Look At Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux & Virginie Ledoyen In 'Farewell, My Queen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2011 9:30 AM
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A film we've been keeping an eye on is Benoit Jacquot‘s "Farewell, My Queen." Admittedly, some of it is for purely superficial reasons -- our hounddog baying and tailwagging for the trio of lead actresses Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux and Virginie Ledoyen might be a tad uncouth -- but it's also a period flick tackling none other than Marie Antoinette, a subject always good for big screen cinema.

Diane Kruger Replaces Eva Green In 'Farewell, My Queen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2010 9:15 AM
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Man, can Eva Green get a break these days? Gemma Arterton has taken over the role previously slotted for the actress in Michael Mann's gestating "Capa" and now, Diane Kruger has stepped in for the actress in Benoit Jacquot's adaptation of Chantal Thomas' novel, "Farewell, My Queen."

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