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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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Livestream the Golden Globes Foreign Directors Panel

On Saturday at 1 PM Pacific, check out the livestream at the Egyptian Theater of the annual foreign directors panel the day before the winner is announced live at the Golden Globes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2014 1:55 PM
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New York Film Critics Circle 2013 Winners (UPDATE)

The New York Film Critics Circle winners can be hugely influential on other awards races, especially in a year with so many hopefuls. "American Hustle"took home three awards and Oscar frontrunner "12 Years a Slave" settled for best director. Frontrunners Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto took their respective categories. Anyone wondering if Jennifer Lawrence would wind up with a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination can be assured that she will. And Hollywood/Indiewood icon Robert Redford will also land an Oscar nomination for "All is Lost."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 3:11 PM
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Cinemark to Screen 'Blue Is the Warmest Color,' Theater Chain's First NC-17 Movie Ever

For the first time in the theater chain's history, Cinemark is making an exception to its policy prohibiting NC-17 films and will be screening Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is the Warmest Color" at a theater in Evanston, Illinois.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2013 1:28 PM
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'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Overcomes Length, Rating to Score Top Subtitled Opening of 2013

Continuing the flow of highly anticipated specialized releases, IFC's controversial French female romantic drama "Blue Is the Warmest Color" started off strong. Among the highly anticipated November openers are "Dallas Buyers Club," "Nebraska" and "Philomena," with more opening every week through the end of the year. Despite some obstacles, "Blue" managed the best per screen average opening of any multi-screen foreign language film so far this year, and should build momentum in other cities ahead, though it will be limited somewhat by its NC-17 rating.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 27, 2013 5:40 PM
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'Bad Grandpa' Pulls Young Males, 'Counselor' Flops, '12 Years' Makes Top Ten, NC-17 'Blue' Starts Strong

Who knew? All it took to bring back the core males MIA from theaters was a film about an 86-year-old. Paramount's "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" opened to an easy #1 Friday with $12.6 million (including Thursday late shows). Maybe Emmanuelle Riva should have stuck around a little longer after the Oscars last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 26, 2013 2:06 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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This Weekend: Must-See 'Blue Is the Warmest Color'; Plus, Claire Denis Returns with 'Bastards,' Ridley Scott's 'Counselor' and More

The must-see film of the weekend is Abdellatif Kechiche's Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is the Warmest Color," starring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux as young lovers experiencing the highs and lows of a long-term relationship.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2013 4:26 PM
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'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Director Abdellatif Kechiche Talks Anatomy of a Scene for NY Times (VIDEO)

In this week's NY Times Anatomy of a Scene video feature, director Abdellatif Kechiche discusses through a translator a key scene from his Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is the Warmest Color."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2013 1:00 PM
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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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