(Source) For the past few months, news outlets, tabloids and Twitter feeds have been aflutter with a sexy, political, French melodrama—this time not involving any Sarkozys or Strauss-Kahns.
Ever since Blue Is the Warmest Color, the riveting lesbian coming-of-age saga, nabbed the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival in May, the actresses who play the film's two onscreen lovers, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, have been embroiled in a crossfire with the movie's director, Abdellatif Kechiche, that has upstaged it's now notoriously steamy sex scenes (namely one clocking nearly seven minutes). Seydoux, the 28-year-old cult actress and current face of Prada Candy, and newcomer—ingénue Exarchopoulos, age 19, have blasted Kechiche's tyrannical and traumatizing working methods, sentiments fortified by several of the crewmembers. Kechiche, in turn, has unleashed barbs regarding Seydoux's privileged upbringing as part of the Pathé and Gaumont film dynasties and has claimed that he no longer wants Blue to come out. Nevertheless, it arrives Stateside this fall. (continue reading >>>)