BOND 24 Villain Could Be a Bigger Adversary for Daniel Craig

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I’m one of the people who thought Skyfall was an incredible Bond film.  Between that and Casino Royale (I sort of consider Quantum of Solace to be an interstitial film, almost a short) I actually feel like James Bond is almost a current, relevant character (despite some of the old-fashioned fan service).  So I remain excited for Bond 24 even though it feels like something of a troubled production (the delays, the extensive reworking of the script etc…) because I think Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig really got it right last time.

We last heard that  Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) was in talks to join the film and now we have another bit of casting info on one of the villains of the piece that doesn’t result in a particular performer just yet, but it does indicate a certain (almost retro) direction the franchise could be headed in.  Hit the jump for more on the latest Bond villain.

Rumor: Sam Mendes Wants Léa Seydoux for BOND 24

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The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script.  Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not EnoughDie Another DayCasino RoyaleQuantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.”  However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement.

Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film.  Hit the jump for more on that and the state of the script.

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, and THE HIDDEN FORTRESS Criterion Blu-ray Reviews

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Criterion has recently released Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, Errol MorrisA Brief History of Time, and Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress on Blu-ray.  What do these films have in common? Absolutely nothing.

Hit the jump for my Blue is the Warmest Color Blu-ray review, my A Brief History of Time Blu-ray review, and my The Hidden Fortress Blu-ray review.

Riviera Maya Film Festival: GRAND CENTRAL Review

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I’m all for economic storytelling, but unless the director is extremely skilled in saying a lot with a little, then connective tissue becomes essential.  Unfortunately, director Rebecca Zlotowski constantly forces her film Grand Central to leap forward, and it stumbles every time it lands.  The story does have a unique setting and holds our interest for a while as we try to find the common thematic ground between a nuclear power plant and a love affair, but the changes between the two are so abrupt that one side ends up looking like a training video and the other comes off as a choppy melodrama.

Crazy Synopsis for DOGTOOTH Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ Latest, THE LOBSTER, Starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz

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A few days ago, we reported that Colin Farell and Rachel Weisz would be starring in the English-language debut of Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos.  At the time, the logline for the film stated, “an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.”  If you’ve seen Dogtooth or Lanthimos’ follow-up, Alps, you know his films are far stranger than that one-line synopsis.  Today, we have a longer, more detailed synopsis, and it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Lanthimos’ bizarre stories.  Simply put, it sounds like Logan’s Run meets The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Hit the jump to read the synopsis.  The film also stars Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed (Alps), and Aggeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth).  Shooting begins on March 24th in Ireland.

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz to Star in THE LOBSTER, the English-Language Debut of DOGTOOTH Director Yorgos Lanthimos

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Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz are set to lead The Lobster, which will mark the English-language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.  I’ve only seen Lanthimos’ previous two films, Dogtooth and Alps, and they’re incredibly weird.  Their plots’ defy easy description, and judging by THR’s synopsis, The Lobster sounds like it will be only slightly less nuts: “an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.”  If you’re a fan of Lanthimos’ work, that probably makes you giddy, and I hope I’ll enjoy this one more than Dogtooth and Alps.

He’s certainly got a strong cast, which also includes Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, and Olivia Colman.  Lanthimos will also be re-teaming with actresses Ariane Labed (Alps) and Aggeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth).  Shooting begins on March 24th in Ireland.

New Trailer for Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law and Bill Murray

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A new trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is now online.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary, and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori).  Like yesterday’s new poster, this trailer is designed to introduce you to the huge cast of characters while still conveying the tone of the picture.  It does both wonderfully.  The performances look diverse, the humor is light but sharp, and it still has Anderson’s familiar atheistic, but it doesn’t feel stale.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars  Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse RonanF. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson. The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014.

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Blue Is the Warmest Color opens today in limited release.]

I have to give credit where credit is due, and my colleague Adam Chitwood perfectly described Blue Is the Warmest Color when he said after the screening, “It’s epically intimate.” At three hours, director Abdellatif Kechiche’s romantic drama lets us soak in every scene as we become intimate with its protagonist’s desire for intimacy. The film can at times be heavy but it can also weave in subtlety through small visual cues. But even when the scenes run on too long, and we begin to float adrift, Adèle Exarchopoulos’ heartbreaking performance keeps us anchored in a tale of ephemeral love.

Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux Talk BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, Exploring Aspects of Their Characters’ Love & Challenges of Intimate Sex Scenes

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Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux deliver heartbreaking performances in Blue Is the Warmest Color, an intimate tale of love and loss between two young women, each of whom belongs to a distinctly different social class.  The romantic drama directed by Abdellatif Kechiche is loosely adapted from French writer Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, Blue Angel.  Emma (Seydoux), a confident older art student, enters the teenage Adele’s (Exarchopoulos) life leading to an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.  The film’s graphic sex scenes are beautifully lit and choreographed to reveal the intense and powerful love between them.

At the film’s recent press day in Los Angeles, Exarchopoulos and Seydoux talked about what inspired their performances, how they explored the different aspects of their characters’ love, Kechiche’s unconventional directing style involving hundreds of takes and spending many days on the same scene, the challenge of shooting intimate sex scenes surrounded by multiple cameras, their close friendship, and why they are proud of the film.  Seydoux also discussed her upcoming projects including Grand Central, Beauty and the Beast with Vincent Cassel, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Saint Laurent, a biopic about French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent starring Gaspard Ulliel.  Hit the jump to read the full interview. 

First Trailer for Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan; Film Shot in 3 Different Aspect Ratios

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for writer/director Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) takes a young employee (Tony Revolori) under his wing to become his trusted protégé.  The movie looks absolutely delightful, and there are some great laughs in this trailer.  It’s also refreshing, unexpected, and exciting to see Fiennes in a comedic role.  [Update: On a side note, Refocused Media tweets that Anderson shot the movie in three different aspect ratios (1.33, 1.85, and 2.35) for reference during it's three time periods.  I'm not sure if that means personal reference, or if it will be a reference for the audience.]

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson.  The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014

Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos Share a Kiss in First Clip from BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

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The first clip from director Abdellatif Kechiche’s epically intimate drama Blue Is the Warmest Color has landed online.  The story centers on Adele (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young woman who begins to discover her sexuality and eventually falls in love with the alluring Emma (Léa Seydoux).  I caught the film at TIFF and was blown away.  The three-hour runtime flies by as the audience becomes emotionally wrapped up in the life of Adele, following her every step of the way; it helps that Exarchopoulos and Seydoux turn in a pair of mesmerizing performances.  Don’t let the grabby headlines of NC-17 lesbian sex fool you; this is a seriously great film.  This clip is from a scene towards the beginning of their relationship, as their magnetic attraction leads to a stolen kiss.

Hit the jump to watch the clip and click here to read Matt’s review.  Blue Is the Warmest Color opens in limited release on October 25th.

Trailer for Palme d’Or Winner BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR Starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux

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IFC Films has released the trailer for Blue Is the Warmest Color.  The movie centers on Adele (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young woman who begins to discover her sexuality and eventually falls in love with the alluring Emma (Léa Seydoux).  The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (the festival’s top prize), and for the first time it was awarded not only to the director (Abdellatif Kechiche), but the two lead actresses as well.  While the film will likely garner attention for the explicit sex scenes between Adele and Emma (the movie has an NC-17 rating), it’s an incredibly mature, deliberate, and heartbreaking work with an astonishing performance from Exarchopoulos.  Unfortunately, idiotic Academy rules prevent the movie for being eligible for Best Foreign Language Film, which would have helped raised awareness about it in the States.  Keep the flick on your radar even though this trailer has trouble conveying the depth of the story.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Blue Is the Warmest Color opens in limited release on October 25th.  Click here to read my review from the Toronto International Film Festival.

TIFF 2013: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR Review

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I have to give credit where credit is due, and my colleague Adam Chitwood perfectly described Blue Is the Warmest Color when he said after the screening, “It’s epically intimate.”  At three hours, director Abdellatif Kechiche’s romantic drama lets us soak in every scene as we become intimate with its protagonist’s desire for intimacy.  The film can at times be heavy but it can also weave in subtlety through small visual cues.  But even when the scenes run on too long, and we begin to float adrift, Adèle Exarchopoulos’s heartbreaking performance keeps us anchored in a tale of ephemeral love.

Fantastic First Trailer for Michel Gondry’s MOOD INDIGO Starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris

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Our first look at director Michel Gondry’s upcoming film Mood Indigo in motion has surfaced online by way of a French trailer.  The film stars Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou and takes place “in a world where you can travel around on a pink cloud or literally be swept off an ice-skating rink into a hole.”  Duris plays a young man/inventor who falls in love with the incarnation of a Duke Ellington song (Tautou).  When the women falls ill (a water lily is growing in her chest), the man must find a way to save her life.  The film looks sufficiently whimsical and absolutely gorgeous, and as a huge fan of Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I can’t wait to see this new love story unfold.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Mood Indigo also stars Omar SyGad Elmaleh, and Léa Seydoux.

Full Synopsis for Michel Gondry’s MOOD INDIGO

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We’ve been bringing you a number of promo posters, images, and synopses from the American Film Market (AFM) over the past week, and today we’ve got a detailed synopsis for director Michel Gondry’s (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) adaptation of the novel Mood Indigo.  The French film stars Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou and takes place “in a world where you can travel around on a pink cloud or literally be swept off an ice-skating rink into a hole.”  Duris plays a young man/inventor who falls in love with the incarnation of a Duke Ellington song (Tautou).  When the women falls ill (a water lily is growing in her chest), the man must find a way to save her life.

It’s a decidedly oddball narrative, but Gondry is nothing if not inventive so we’re surely in for something truly original.  Hit the jump to read the full synopsis.  Mood Indigo also stars Omar SyGad Elmaleh, and Léa Seydoux.

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