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As discussed in yesterday's Best Picture Contenders gallery, "Blue is the Warmest Color" is already a long shot for Oscar recognition, but it'll become a longer one still if some enterprising publicist doesn't save director Abdellatif Kechiche from himself. It's no secret by now that there was bad blood behind the scenes of the French erotic drama, and Lea Seydoux has already been candid about her disdain for the Algerian-born filmmaker. Now Kechiche has fired back, claiming he considered replacing Seydoux on set, and arguing that the fallout has "soiled" the film to such a degree that it shouldn't even be released. If this is some kind of warped publicity campaign, I'd rethink it. The film is done. It's great. Maybe just let some things go? [The Playlist]
I love The Dissolve's Performance Review series. Mike D'Angelo revisits the Best Supporting Actress race of 1976 to examine how Beatrice Straight won the Oscar for a five-minute performance. [The Dissolve]
The film also gets an entry in the NYT's exellent Anatomy of a Scene series, in which Denis Villeneuve talks us through a key sequence. [New York Times]
Kate Erbland on the plague of pointless IMAX conversions. [Film.com]
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