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Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster,' Starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, Begins Shooting

Principal photography has begun on "Dogtooth" director Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster." Shooting will take place over seven weeks on location in Ireland. John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden have joined the top-drawer cast, which already includes Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Olivia Colman.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 1:20 PM
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Stream 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' on Netflix Instant Now

Abdellatif Kechiche's rapturously beautiful Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is The Warmest Color" is a gift for which we should all be grateful, and it's streaming on Netflix Instant right now.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 4, 2014 2:41 PM
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VANITY FAIR HOLLYWOOD ISSUE: Roberts, Ejiofor, Elba and Clooney on Front Cover, Who Was Brave Enough to Pose for a Chuck Close Polaroid? (VIDEO)

The annual Vanity Fair Hollywood cover has arrived in the mail. They've gone back to established movie stars for the front cover: those gorgeous faces include Oscar contenders Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") and Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), as well as global movie stars Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom") and George Clooney ("Gravity").
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 14, 2014 2:41 PM
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Berlin Completes Competition Lineup: Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' and Christophe Gans' 'Beauty and the Beast' Included

The Berlin International Film Festival has now completed its 2014 competition film lineup, with 18 world premieres and three feature debuts as part of the program. As with the upcoming Sundance, Berlin has added Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making "Boyhood," starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, to its final lineup. Christophe Gans' "Beauty and the Beast," starring Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux, has also been added.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2014 12:11 PM
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Talking with BAFTA's 2014 Rising Star Shortlist, Including Lea Seydoux, George MacKay, Will Poulter and More

Previous winners have included James McAvoy, Tom Hardy and Juno Temple; Chiwitel Ejiofor, Emma Stone and Tom Hiddleston have all been nominated; and the 2014 BAFTA Rising Star nominees, announced today at their Piccadilly HQ, are Dane DeHaan, George MacKay, Lupita Nyong'o, Will Poulter and Lea Seydoux.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • January 6, 2014 12:15 PM
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Feminists Debate Cannes-Winner 'Blue is the Warmest Color''s Patriarchal Gaze

While the critical reaction to recent Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is the Warmest Color" has been resoundingly positive (the jury vote for the film's selection, led by Steven Spielberg, was unanimous), there have been a few fascinating holdouts against the film, both of whom cite director Abdellatif Kechiche's male-fantasy gaze during the graphic sex scenes as problematic. And these displeased critics are important: the New York Times' mighty Manohla Dargis, and the author of the graphic novel on which the film is based, Julie Maroh.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 25, 2013 11:46 AM
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Cannes-Winning Stars of 'Blue is the Warmest Color' Talk Controversy, Kechiche: "It's a Blind Trust" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The controversy surrounding lesbian romance "Blue is the Warmest Color" just won't let up. "It's a blind trust," says Adele Exarchopoulos. "You have no choice, you have to do this... I will never do this with another director. I will never be naked so many times with so many contact with you and so many emotions."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 23, 2013 4:50 PM
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Palm Springs Festival Review: Oscar Shortlisted 'Sister' Spins a Bleak, Poignant Fairytale Up and Down the Mountain

Ursula Meier’s “Sister,” Switzerland’s shortlisted Oscar entry, centers on a young woman and boy struggling to live in a drab, unnamed Swiss valley town, while a glittering mountain resort presides above them. The original title of the film, “L’enfant d’en haut” (roughly translating to “The Child from Above”), alludes to the high-low themes of the film, but also suggests something fable-like, even extra-natural.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 5, 2013 9:26 PM
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