Blue Is the Warmest Color

Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Blue Is the Warmest Color drew raves upon raves at Cannes this year, for its tender, intimate portrayal of two young women (Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux) falling in love. But it also raised some eyebrows thanks to its graphic sex scenes.

It’s no surprise, then, that the MPAA has stamped the drama with an NC-17 for its U.S. release. But rather than trim the movie for an R or release it without a rating at all, American distributor Sundance Selects will put Blue Is the Warmest Color in theaters with the restrictive rating intact. Hit the jump to find out why, and to get a peek at the first international trailer.

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Blade Runner

If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:

  • Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
  • Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
  • James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
  • Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
  • Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
  • 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
  • See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster

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Before Midnight 12

Today’s Sequel Bits veers from deeply romantic to adorably funny to bone-chillingly creepy. After the jump:

  • Star Trek and Kick-Ass 2 get rated by the MPAA
  • Todd Phillips is pretty sure Hangover II is brilliant
  • The producers of Paranormal 4 are getting sued
  • Chris Pine chats about Kirk’s self doubt in Star Trek
  • See more Celine and Jesse pics from Before Midnight
  • See posters for Monsters University and V/H/S/2

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Seeing Don Jon’s Addiction at Sundance was quite an experience, in part because of all the porn. The film, written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, follows a character (played by the director) who is addicted to online pornography. Despite being able to lure very attractive women home for sex, he prefers porn. In fact, the objectification aspect of watching porn is what he likes — he gets to see the exact images he wants, with no outlay of energy or emotion on his own part.

So there’s a fair amount of porn in the movie, and clips of stuff that might be a little intense for those who don’t spend much time checking out sex on the internet.

There’s no image that, in and of itself, would result in a rating harder than an R. But the intensity of the clips is often pretty high, and there are a lot of clips. (Think of them like the repeated drug-prep scenes in Requiem For a Dream.) They’re important, and deliberately confrontational. The audience needs to see how reliant the character is on them, and how cut off from reality the images are.

But what’s in the movie now is likely too much for the MPAA, and so the cut that festival audiences are seeing now won’t be the one that people see in theaters when Relativity releases it this summer. Read More »

Vomiting blood, severed limbs, slicing tongues, everything we’ve seen from Fede Alvarez‘s remake of Evil Dead has been gory enough to make some people queasy. After watching the red band trailer, many questioned how a film with that apparent level of intense violence could get an R-rating. Turns out, they were right to ask. Alvarez took to Twitter to reveal he has submitted his first cut of the film to the MPAA, and that it got an NC-17 rating.

That rating forced him to go in and recut down to an R before the film’s April 12th release. Read More »

Briefly: The Die Hard films are known for a couple things, but one of the prime characteristics of the first three films was the foul mouth of hero John McClane. The guy can’t go three scenes without dropping a few f-bombs. Until the fourth film, Live Free or Die Hard, that is. That one came in with a PG-13 rating, and the necessary change in language was one reason the film didn’t feel much like a Die Hard movie. Bruce Willis was in it, but he was playing some guy other than John McClane.

Now we’ve got a reliable source that says the fifth picture, February’s A Good Day to Die Hard, is likely to land an R, and that Fox is OK with it. We don’t have the rating rundown from the MPAA yet, and so I can’t say that language is a big part of the rating. But here’s hoping that Fox knows the film is likely to do better in the long run as an R, and is ready to run with it. Read More »

Pandas and hobbits and singletons, oh my! After the jump:

  • Marc Webb hints at costume changes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Guillermo del Toro offers Puss in Boots 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 updates
  • Author Helen Fielding has a third Bridget Jones novel due out next fall,
  • Listen to Howard Shore‘s full score for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 almost received an R rating

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Rob Zombie’s ‘The Lords of Salem’ Scores R-Rating

Briefly: I don’t know that there was ever much doubt about how things would go, but Rob Zombie‘s new film, The Lords of Salem, has scored an R rating, according to the director. The classification is due to “Disturbing violent and sexual content, graphic nudity, language, and some drug use.” Given the level of intensity of most of Zombie’s films, the question might have been whether Salem would have been slapped with an NC-17, necessitating cuts. But that didn’t happen. And so fans can celebrate.

We haven’t seen anything new from the film since the trailer dropped. But as absurd as some of that footage was, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t gone back to watch it a couple more times in the weeks since it arrived. I have such a real affection for The Devil’s Rejects that I keep hoping Zombie can pull off another big success. I don’t know if The Lords of Salem is going to be it, but there’s enough in the trailer that I’m definitely game. Check out that footage here, if you haven’t already.

 

 

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