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Blue Valentine was one of the hits of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and it has been considered a likely awards contender thanks to great performances by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. So there was no small amount of shock expressed last week when the MPAA slapped the film with the NC-17 rating, effectively killing any chance of wide advertising and booking.

Now The Weinstein Company, which bought Blue Valentine’s distribution rights out of Sundance, has released a statement about the rating, and plans to appeal. Read More »

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Blue Valentine

2010 was the first time I’d ever been to the Sundance Film Festival and the first movie I saw there was Blue Valentine, a devastating parallel portrayal of both the blossoming and wilting of a modern relationship starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and directed by Derek Cianfrance. With those two stars, two powerful performances and a beautiful structure, I figured the film was destined to at least be seen by audiences for awards contention and that seemed to be its destiny when The Weinstein Company purchased the film at the festival. So now, with the film nearing its limited release date in December, a trailer has finally been released and – in even more surprising news -  the MPAA has given it an NC-17 rating. Hit the jump to read why and see the brand new trailer. Read More »

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UPDATE: Just after I published this, The Weinstein Company was announced as the distributor for Blue Valentine, the drama starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. The film has been one of the critical hits of the fest, but I’ve got to wonder what TWC will be able to do with it. The company is struggling, and I don’t have much faith in its ability to give the movie a proper release. Check Peter’s video review of Blue Valentine here. Original article follows.

Right at the beginning of this year’s Sundance there were a couple of big deals made. The doc Waiting for Superman was bought by Paramount and Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, was picked up by Lionsgate. (Read Peter’s review.)As the festival winds down there have been a couple other big buys. Hesher is the most notable, with the Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring film going to Newmarket. The very well-received The Kids Are Alright has also found a home, and while Joel Schumacher‘s Twelve isn’t the best-reviewed film at the fest, it’s got a deal now, too. Read More »

Sundance Video Blog Review: Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance‘s directorial debut Blue Valentine premiered yesterday at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as one of 16 films selected from 1,058 submissions for the dramatic competition. Written by Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis, the screenplay won the 2006 Chrysler Film Project contest, which came with $1 million of funding.

The story is about “love lost and love found told in two parallel moments in time.” Basically it’s (500) Days of Summer without the funny hipsterish style, instead replaced with depressing drama, and starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. I recorded a video blog review with Brandon Tenney from FirstShowing (and Frosty from Collider makes a cameo appearance, providing the perspective of someone who hasn’t seen the film).

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Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance’s directorial debut Blue Valentine will premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as one of 16 films selected from 1,058 submissions for the dramatic competition. Written by Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis, the screenplay won the 2006 Chrysler Film Project contest, which came with $1 million of funding. The story is about “love lost and love found told in two parallel moments in time.” Described as “an intimate, shattering portrait of a disintegrating marriage”, Blue Valentine is about a couple who use one night to try and save their failing marriage.

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