Cannes 2013 – “Blue Is the Warmest Color” Earns Prestigious Palme d’Or Award

French director Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Color (or La vie d’Adèle) received top honors during the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival and won the Palme d’Or Award.

This year, the jury included Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Christoph Waltz, and Steven Spielberg; who was also jury President. Plus, Daniel Auteuil, Cristian Mungiu, Lynne Ramsay, Vidya Balan, and Naomi Kawase were also members of this year’s festival jury. All nine members were responsible for choosing the award winners among 20 different films that premiered at the festival.

Spielberg presented the Palme d’Or award and stated that he felt the jury took an  “exceptional step” of awarding it to not only the director, Kechiche, but also to the lead actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. This is quite unusual to also acknowledge the actresses’ work with the Palme d’Or. However, those present at the ceremony cheered and supported this decision and agreed that the actresses also deserved the award.

Here is a complete list of the award-winners for the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival:

Palme d’Or: Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Grand Prix: Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Director: Amat Escalante, Heli 

Best Screenplay: Jia Zhangke, A Touch of Sin

Best Actress: Berenice Bejo, The Past

Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska 

Jury Prize: Hirokazu Kore-eda, Like Father, Like Son 

Camera d’Or: Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo

What do you think of the award results? Do you think these films will generate more buzz during the 2014 award season? Do you think the jury members made the right decisions? Are you interested in seeing any of these films?

Abdellatif Kechiche, Léa Seydoux, and Adèle Exarchopoulos with their Palme d'Or Award.
Abdellatif Kechiche, Léa Seydoux, and Adèle Exarchopoulos with their Palme d’Or Award.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter and IMDbPro

Cannes 2013 – Red Carpet Photos from amfAR’s Annual Cinema Against AIDS Gala

The 20th Annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala was held last night at the Cannes Film Festival. The amfAR foundation is non-profit organization dedicated to supporting AIDS research and raising AIDS awareness.

Many Hollywood names attended this event last night in support of the organization. Some Hollywood names that attended include Jessica Chastain, Chris Tucker, Milla Jovovich, Sharon Stone, Kristin Scott Thomas, Harvey Winstein, Christoph Waltz, Adrien Brody, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Plus, there were also some musicians that attended such as, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, and Duran Duran. Certain Regard jury member Ziyi Zhang was also present for the gala.

Have you been following the events of the 66th Cannes Film Festival? Are you looking forward to seeing any of the films that are premiering at Cannes this year? What do you think of the red carpet fashion this year?

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Jessica Chastain

Source: IMDbPro

Cannes 2013 – Photos from “Behind the Candelabra” Premiere, Photocall, and Festival Panel

Director Steven Soderbergh’s HBO Liberace biography, Behind the Candelabra, hit Cannes yesterday for a premiere event, a photocall, and a festival panel. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon were the only two cast members that were present. However, producer Jerry Weintraub, screenwriter Richard LaGravenese, and author Scott Thorson were also present.

Other actors and Hollywood names that attended the premiere include Sharon Stone, Christoph Waltz, Petra Nemcova, Jamel Debbouze, Thierry Frémaux, Cristian Mungiu, and Julie De Bona.

There are only four more days left of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, so be sure to check back for more Cannes 2013 coverage! As the festival is coming announcements should be made soon about which film(s) will be receiving festival awards!

Would you be interested in seeing Behind the Candelabra when it premieres on HBO May 26? What do you think of the cast involved in this film? Have you been following all of the events going on at Cannes this year?

Richard LaGravenese,  Michael Douglas, Matt Damon,  Jerry Weintraub, and Steven Soderbergh
Richard LaGravenese, Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Jerry Weintraub, and Steven Soderbergh

Source: IMDbPro

Cannes 2013 – Red Carpet Photos from “Inside Llewyn Davis” Premiere and Photocall Events

Joel and Ethan Cohen’s Inside Llewyn Davis premiered on day five of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival! Both brother wrote the screenplay, directed, and produced this project.

Here is an official synopsis for the film (via IMDbPro):

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles — some of them of his own making.

Cast members Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Adam Driver were present for both a photocall and a premiere event. Other Hollywood names that were present for the premiere include Nicole Kidman, Steven Spielberg, Jane Fonda, Christoph Waltz, and Kirsten Dunst.

Inside Llewyn Davis is currently gaining a lot of buzz and it is already being considered one of the stronger films at Cannes this year. Would you be interested in seeing this film when it hits theaters in December? What do you think of the cast involved in this project?  Check out the photos of the cast and production team having some fun together on the red carpet!

Cannes - Day Five - #6

Source: IMDbPro 

Cannes 2013 – Red Carpet Photos from “The Great Gatsby” Festival Premiere!

Yesterday was the opening day of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival! Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby opened the festival with a premiere event.

The Great Gatsby cast members  Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, and Amitabh Bachchan attended a photo call earlier in the day before the big premiere. Later in the evening, the stars walked the red carpet and were joined by several big Hollywood names; including directors Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee.

Actors such as Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Christoph Waltz, Paz Vega, and Vidya Balan also attended the event. Plus, Lana Del Ray, Florence Welch, and Jay-Z attended as they all contributed to the unique soundtrack.

Take a look at the photos from the photo call and the red carpet event in the gallery below!

Have you seen The Great Gatsby in theaters yet? If so, what did you think of Luhrmann’s take on the story? Are you looking forward to hearing more about the Cannes Film Festival as it continues? Be sure to check back in for more Cannes coverage!

Cannes - Day One - #12

Source: IMDbPro

Winners of the BAFTA Awards Announced

Entertainment Weekly recently shared a list of the winners of the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, which were awarded yesterday. Take a look at the this below and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Best Film Argo
Best Director Ben Affleck, Argo
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Best Original Screenplay Django Unchained
Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook
Best British Film Skyfall
Best Film Not in the English Language Amour
Best Animated Film Brave
Best Documentary Searching for Sugar Man
Best Editing William Goldenberg, Argo
Best Costume Design Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Best Original Music Thomas Newman, Skyfall
Best Make-Up & Hair Lisa Wescott, Les Misérables
Best Visual Effects Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott, Life of Pi
Best Production Design Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson, Les Misérables
Best Sound Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst, Les Misérables
Best British Debut Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis, The Imposter
Orange Rising Star Award Juno Temple
Best Animated Short The Making of Longbird
Best Live-Action Short Swimmer

Congratulations to the winners for earning such prestigious awards! Be sure to check in often for more award season coverage here on TrulyLuminary.

BAFTA Awards logo

Source: Entertainment Weekly

“Django Unchained” Trailer Reportedly to Premiere in front of “Prometheus”

The trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s new film Django Unchained is reportedly going to premiere in front of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus when it hits theatres June 8, 2012.

Django Unchained is a story following former dentist, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Dr. Schultz buys the freedom of a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx), and trains him in hopes to make him his deputy bounty hunter. However, he is led to the site of Django’s wife (Kerry Washington) who is under the hands of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a ruthless plantation owner.

This film has an absolutely huge cast that includes: Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Zoe Bell, James Remar, Don Johnson, Walton Goggins, Gerald McRaney, Anthony LaPaglia, M. C. Gainey, and James Russo. The film is set to come out Christmas 2012.

Are you looking forward to seeing this film? Will you be keeping an eye out for a trailer?

A poster for Django Unchained
A still of Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained

Source: www.IMBbPro.com