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.
The “burneshas” live in the mountain villages in the hinterland of Albania — they’re women who’ve lived their entire lives as men, forgoing sex in the process.
They’re also the subject of photographer Jill Peters’ collection, The Sworn Virgins of Albania. The women choose to live as men for a number of reasons, many having to do with the strict societal restrictions put on women in traditional Albanian culture. As Peters explains it: Keep reading »
Amber Heard is notoriously private about her personal life — especially when it comes to dating Johnny Depp. Nevertheless, she in no way regrets her decision to come out publicly as bisexual back in 2010.
“I didn’t want to look like I was hiding anything,” Heard tells the September issue of Elle, alluding to her then-relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree. “I’m not, and wasn’t ever, ashamed.” Read more at Celebuzz…
“No, no, no. I was just into my magazines and the drawings. I had a very strict upbringing, almost puritanical. I lived there all the way through college. I was in my grandmother’s house, and I respected that! [I] had very gay experiences, yes, I swear on my grandmother’s grave that I never slept with a single designer in my life. Never, ever desired, never was asked, never was approached, never, ever bought, in my entire career. Never. Not one. Skinny or fat. Never.”
– Vogue editor and muumuu-wearer extraordinaire Andre Leon Talley, who rejects the label “gay,” says that he’s fallen in love twice, both times with women (and neither of them Anna Wintour). As for his relationship with Wintour, Talley says “I wouldn’t have stayed at Vogue as long as I did without Anna being there. She was my biggest ally. There could not have been another way.” And also: “Ms. Wintour has had her bob since she was in her 20s. I have never seen her hair pulled back. Never. Not even at tennis.” [Vanity Fair]
As told to Lauren Gitlin.
It was always kind of under the surface, this idea that I wasn’t quite comfortable with my body. I remember looking at this book my parents gave me when I was 8 years old and I saw drawings of what men’s bodies were like and what women’s bodies were like, and how bodies changed through puberty. And I remember identifying more with male bodies, like that was the kind of body I wanted. Keep reading »
Four days ago, a royal child entered the world in a hospital wing in London. It didn’t take long for bloggers across the pond to start fighting about it.
Here’s that happened: blogger Heina Dadabhoy, who writes for the feminist-minded secularism/atheism blog Skepchick, pointed out on Twitter how Prince George was neither born a boy nor a girl, but rather assigned a sex at birth based on his perceivable genitals. Keep reading »