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 “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!

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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!

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Source: IMDbPro

“Entertainment Weekly” – Holiday Movie Preview

Entertainment Weekly released the Fall Movie Preview edition back in August and now they are going to be releasing a Holiday Movie Preview. This edition of the magazine will be giving movie lovers a sneak peek at films coming out this holiday season. Of course, the list includes the highly anticipated films such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This edition of the magazine will also examine all of the recent Oscar buzz surrounding these and many other films as awards season is picking up.  

Here is a sneak peek of what  Entertainment Weekly has to say about Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, and Zero Dark Thirty:

Les Misérables: Les Mis comes to the screen 25 years after its Tony-winning Broadway debut, 150 years after the publication of Victor Hugo’s novel, and 180 years after the Paris Uprising depicted in the story, in which a mob of students and the impoverished lashed out at a ruling class they felt had neglected them. Despite being rooted in those distant eras, the film’s themes of greed and indifference that could be ripped from the rhetoric of the presidential election about the growing divide between haves and have-nots. “We’re not making some Masterpiece Theater show. This is not just some period movie. This is something that’s relevant. Classic literature, classic stories like Les Misérables stick around for a reason,” says star Hugh Jackman.

Silver Linings Playbook: With director David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook – one of the films already generating serious Oscar heat — Cooper tells us he’s looking to shed his image as the cocky alpha male with this role as an emotionally raw, mentally unbalanced man, who’s looking for love in all the wrong places – until he meets another wildcard, played by Jennifer Lawrence. Critics are already heaping praise on his work in the movie. “I’ve become aware that there was a little bit of ‘He’s not really an actor—he’s just the guy from The Hangover,’ ” Cooper says. “I guess people were surprised that that’s the same guy.”

Zero Dark Thirty: Jessica Chastain doesn’t have as much to prove, after a remarkable breakthrough last year with The Tree of LifeThe Debt, and an Oscar nomination for The Help, but she still has an immense burden to carry as the central figure in Zero Dark Thirty, about the decade-long hunt to track down the most wanted terrorist in the world. “You really see the drive and the journey that this woman takes, and you see her unravel,” she says.

Lincoln: Kushner was the man who held it all together on Lincoln, even though at first “the subject and the man just seemed too big to me.” The Angels in America playwright focused the epic Steven Spielberg historical drama on one key part of the 16th president’s life – his drive to have slavery forever outlawed by the Constitution. In a Q&A in the issue, he describes some of star Daniel Day-Lewis’ intense acting process. “Daniel said to me before we started filming, ‘I hope it’s not going to upset you when we stop speaking when this starts.’ I asked why. And he said, ‘I’m really only going to be able to have a conversation at that point with Steven,’ because he gets so deep into the part.”

Be sure to check your local newsstands starting Friday for Entertainment Weekly’s Holiday Movie Preview.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

“Lincoln” – First Official Trailer

The first official trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was recently released. There is a stellar cast behind this film that includes actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Pace, Jeremy Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg,  Jackie Earle Haley, Tim Blake Nelson, David Oyelowo, and many more. This is an epic motion picture event  about President Abraham Lincoln and his journey as the Civil War nears its end he begins to clash with members of his cabinet over the issue of abolishing slavery. Lincoln is going to be hitting theaters November 162012.

Here is a YouTube link to the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJVuqYkI2jQ

Are you looking forward to this film? Does this film seem like something you would want to see? What do you think of the cast? Watch the trailer and take a look at some of these photos and let me know what you think!

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Sources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJVuqYkI2jQhttp://pro.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/mediaindex, and http://pro.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/maindetails

“Entertainment Weekly” – Fall Movie Preview

Entertainment Weekly‘s Fall Movie Preview edition of the magazine will be on newsstands this Friday and EW recently revealed the cover and a sneak peek of what is going to be this edition. The cover has an image of Edward and Bella Cullen as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part Two is one of the most anticipated films coming out this fall; not to mention it is also the final Twilight Saga film.

As most people know, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are going through some relationship troubles after Stewart revealed she had been cheating on Pattinson. In this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly, director Bill Condon commented on Pattinson and Stewart’s relationship:

“The fact is, these are actors playing parts, and maybe it’s not such a bad thing that people be reminded of that. Both of these actors gave heart and soul to the Twilight movies, not only during shooting, but also by navigating so graciously the whole life-in-a-fishbowl aspect of the phenomenon. Above all they have always shown great respect for the fans who made these movies such a success. Now it’s time that some of that respect be returned to them.”

Other interviews and films that are going to be talked about in this issue:

  • In the Wachowskis’ first print interview in about a decade, they discuss how they came to work with Tom Tykwer — and to co-direct Cloud Atlas as a trio. “We wrote every line together. We planned the shoot together, did the schedule together, and cut every single frame together. And whenever we could shoot together, we did,” says Lana Wachowski. They also discussed what it was like to work as Andy and Lana instead of Andy and Larry. “We’re brother and sister,” says Andy. “I mean, it’s different in the way people perceive it. But the set is our set, and we run it like we always run it.”
  • Lincoln director Steven Spielberg dismisses reports that Daniel Day-Lewis dug so deeply into character while playing the title role that he didn’t acknowledge the modern world. “Daniel was always conscious of his contemporary surroundings,” says Spielberg, though he admits he did refer to the actor as “Mr. President” on set. “I was calling [all] the actors by their character names.”
  • Ben Affleck talks about the shaggy haircut he sported in the 1970s-era real-life drama Argo, which he also directed: “That was one of those things where the leader has to go first. If I’m going to ask other people to have really humiliating ’70s hair, I had to be the first one. It was pretty chic, but I couldn’t wait to cut it off.”

Be sure to go to your local newsstand and pick of a copy of this week’s Entertainment Weekly to learn more about the upcoming fall films!

 

Source: http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/08/07/this-weeks-cover-twilight-exclusive-director-bill-condon-on-the-scandal-plus-fall-movie-preview/