The Palme d’Or is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival each year, presented to the director of the best feature film. Past honorees have included such notable favorites as “Amour,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “The Pianist,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Taxi Driver” — so it goes without saying that walking away with the Palme d’Or is no small feat. In fact, it pretty much guarantees an excellent and critically well-received film. But for once, you’ve probably never heard of this year’s winner, nor its stars (Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos), nor its director (Abdellatif Kechiche), nor the French graphic novel it’s based upon (“Blue Angel” by Julie Maroh). “Blue Is the Warmest Color” was much buzzed about during the festival, thanks in part to its reportedly “astonishing” 10-minute, likely unsimulated sex scene (helloooo, NC-17) between the two female lead characters. The film, which opens in American theaters on October 25, tells the rapturous story of Adèle, a 15-year-old aspiring teacher, who finds her world spun on its axis when she falls for Emma, an older, blue-haired art student. The trailer alone is absolutely stunning, set perfectly to a Beach House track. Prepare yourself for the chills.
So we all know that there’s a dearth of women in the movie-making business — just in case you’re not up to speed there was a whole study done about it. The best place to view this disparity is the Cannes Film Festival in France: of the 20 films competing for the top prize, the Palme d’Or, only one is by a female director. Keep reading »
We’ve been seeing a lot of Diane Kruger – and her ubiquitous arm candy, Joshua Jackson — of late. She was a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and could be seen flitting about in all manner of ridiculously gorgeous couture gowns. There’s no doubt about it: Kruger’s got style for days, and apparently there’s no shortage of designers salivating to dress her.
After the jump, we take a look at the Teutonic actress’ best outfits.
And just like that, the Cannes Film Festival is over. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad, and you’d be lying if you said I wasn’t really lame for feeling that way. Every year, I look so forward to the cutting-edge dresses and the high concentration of preternatural French cool. My years of experience in fashion-crushing have taught me that the old cliche is true, and that it really, truly is the Gallic who have the best style of all. As such, Cannes is known for its high-caliber glamour, and the attendees from across the way are well-suited to do as the natives. We’ve been closely following every look from the 11-day event, and now that it’s come to a close, it’s time to analyze the very best of hair and makeup straight from the shores of the Riviera.
The gossip rags got one thing right: Reese Witherspoon is most definitely pregnant. The radiant star turned up at Cannes on Saturday for the premiere of her film “Mud,” and she looked amazing (like, her top 10 good). The royal blue Versace gown she chose for the occasion was not only gorgeous, but the empire waist was perfectly suited to her enhanced figure — and new cleavage! The fabric fell in tiny accordion pleats to the floor, with a daring (hey, for a pregnant lady) up-to-there slit and elaborate strapping on the back. Perfection! She looked stunning, but also comfortable in the roomy dress, and though hubby Jim Toth was nowhere to be seen, Reese seemed perfectly at ease on the arm of her co-star Matthew McConaughey. I mean, who wouldn’t?
The Cannes Film Festival ended over the weekend, and it went out with a bang, not with a whimper, if Diane Kruger’s gorgeous Christian Dior dress is any indication. Take a look at Kruger’s full gown, along with what everyone else wore to the festivities, after the jump!
This is like my lucky day. No, f-ck “like.” This is my lucky day. The only thing that could make this day luckier is if I were on that boat in Cannes with Adrien Brody while he’s shirtless and drinking junky white wine.
I’ve run across some pretty steamy Adrien Brody photos that depict the actor in various positions (shirt on, shirt off, smiling, not smiling, sitting, standing …), all of them laying under the warm, joyful blanket of “so f-cking hot”-ness. Read more …
Are you excited for the new film adaptation of “On The Road”? I feel pretty impartial about it, but it’s probably because I’m just not that into Kerouac. I would assume that those who are probably have very strong feelings about it one way or another. I am looking forward to seeing how the movie turns out given the ambitious material. I’m also curious to see Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst in their roles — from the looks of the Cannes photocall for the film, the two have gotten pretty chummy. I usually love Kirsten’s style, but I just hated the drab Rodarte dress she wore to the Met Ball. Keep reading »
While we’ve been covering all of the fashion at Cannes, there seems to be a more unsavory undercurrent on the scene: in the 64 years of the festival, just one woman has claimed the most esteemed Palme d’Or award, and this year’s total lack of female directors in the awards’ lineup has sparked international backlash among feminists. Whether Cannes has provided warranted grounds for contention is still up in the air. A petition hosted on Change.org entitled “Cannes Film Festival: Where Are The Women Directors?” has garnered over 2,000 signees, with feminist icon Gloria Steinem, “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler, and award-winning Australian director Gillian Armstrong among them. However, last year’s nominations for the top prize featured four movies by women, while last month’s Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan had a heavy female presence, with many of the event’s 90 films both focusing on female protagonists and directed by women. At the time, Daryl Wein, the director of “Lola Versus” starring Greta Gerwig, said, “It’s a moment happening now for women in film.” Keep reading »
Cheryl Cole, the most internationally recognized member of the British girl group Girls Aloud, is very beautiful and very stylish (if, at times, a bit overdone). This Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture gown she wore to Sunday’s premiere of “Amour” is, well, fundamentally perfect — it’s lovely and show-stopping without being too bombastic for her role at the occasion, like Eva Longoria’s endless Marchesa, which I found reprehensible (why, Eva?).
However, exponentially more reprehensible than Eva’s inappropriate train are Cheryl’s comments from just a few days ago regarding the future of the deservedly controversial Chris Brown. Keep reading »