May 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
No stoic, brooding vampires here. Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive”, which is premiering at Cannes next week, features Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as centuries-long on and off lovers who are reunited, and now we have the first two clips from the film.
Mia Wasikowska plays Swinton’s wild child little sister (presumably also a vampire) and Anton Yelchin apparently her beau if we go by the first two musically-themed clips. Are they a vampire rock band?! Hair metal seems more appropriate given all the wild locks the quartet are sporting.
“Only Lovers Left Alive” premieres in the latter half of the Cannes Film Festival, so we will likely miss it, but this remains one of our most anticipated of the year. Hopefully it’ll find distribution soon. In the meantime, watch the first two clips from the film below.
January 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton don’t look like any vampires we’ve ever seen before in the first image from Jim Jarmusch’s undead love story “Only Lovers Left Alive.” The Playlist unveiled the first picture from the film which also stars Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin.
Looking more like futuristic underground rock stars than the cloaked, formal vampires we are used to getting from popular culture, Hiddleston, as vampire Adam, is seen embracing his centuries-long lover Eve, played by Swinton. Their relationship is tested with the arrival of her wild younger sister Ava, played by Wasikowska. No pictures of her just yet, but it sounds like a different sort of role for the normally stoic and reserved actress.
The Playlist speculates the film will make its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in just a few short months, which sounds about right, and distribution and release dates should soon follow. For now you can see the full image of Hiddleston and Swinton below.
October 1, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Eccentric, visionary director Terry Gilliam has added French actress Mélanie Thierry to the cast of his next feature, “The Zero Theorem.” Deadline is reporting that Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis and “Moonrise Kingdom” kid actor Lucas Hedges are also joining Christoph Waltz in the film. Filming begins on October 22nd in Romania, with Waltz in the role of “an eccentric computer genius plagued with existential angst who aims to discover the purpose of life.”
Thierry, who acts primarily in her native France, has appeared in English productions including BBC series “Charles II: The Power and The Passion”, and made her American film debut as Aurora in 2008′s “Babylon A.D.” She was recently considered for the female lead in Danny Boyle’s new feature “Trance”, but ultimately lost out to Rosario Dawson, and recently appeared opposite Tom Hiddleston in BBC’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry V.”
June 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Anton Yelchin has signed on for a role in vampire romance “Only Lovers Left Alive”, according to Deadline. He joins a cast that already includes Mia Wasikowska, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and John Hurt in the Jim Jarmusch directed film about the longstanding love affair between two centuries old vampires. There’s no word on who will play the two main characters, though presumably Wasikowska and Hiddleston would be a logical guess, and filming is set to begin this summer.
The “Like Crazy” star presumably dropped out of indie “Very Good Girls” in favor of his role here, since the two will be filming at around the same time. He recently wrapped up reprising his role as Chekov in JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek 2″ and will next be seen as the titular “Odd Thomas”, the big screen adaptation of Dean Koontz’s hit book series.
May 16, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
“The adults are the disappointing [characters] in this one,” claimed Tilda Swinton during this morning’s press conference for “Moonrise Kingdom”, which opened Cannes film festival today. And I’d have to agree, which shows just how strong this film is; Swinton, Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray have all put in superb performances – but stealing the film are two newcomers we won’t forget, Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman.
March 8, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Is it Bambi or is it a new Wes Anderson movie? Newcomers Kara Howard and Jared Gilman look right at home in a lush forest (or painting of a lush forest) that dwarfs them on the first poster for Anderson’s latest offering, “Moonrise Kingdom.” It’s a colorful, whimsical poster with subtle elements of magical realism for what is surely to be a colorful and whimsical, trademark Anderson film (the color scheme already matches perfectly). Howard and Gilman play two youngsters who fall in love and run away together, prompting the entire town – whose inhabitants include Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton and Edward Norton – to search high and low for them. Why they didn’t look in the magical forest first is beyond me.
“Moonrise Kingdom”, one of our most highly anticipated movies of the year, will be released on May 25th and is rumored to be eyeing a Cannes Film Festival premiere, which takes place just a few days earlier. See the full poster below.
February 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s English directorial debut is about to get some boost from Oscar. Likely Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer has signed on for sci-fi thriller “Snow Piercer”, according to THR.
Bong also wrote the script and Park Chan-wook, equally acclaimed Korean director who also recently made his English directorial debut on Nicole Kidman-Mia Wasikowska starrer “Stoker”, will produce. Spencer, along with Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton, among others, will play passengers on a full train barreling down unknown tracks in a world that is covered in ice. Class differences, nationalities and more collide as passengers struggle to co-exist. Korean actor Song Kang-Ho is already on board, and more international actors are expected to jump on board as well.
Spencer, who has been toiling in supporting roles since 1996, landed the role of a lifetime when longtime friend Tate Taylor cast her as scene-stealing maid Minny Jackson in “The Help”, a character that, as it turns out, was partly inspired by Spencer herself, after Taylor introduced her to author Kathryn Stockett, who he grew up with in Mississippi. The role has already won her plenty of accolades but the biggest is expected to come on the night of February 26th. Spencer also has a supporting role in Sundance premiere “Smashed” with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul, and is set to star with Julianne Hough and Russell Brand in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut (formerly titled “Lamb of God”).
January 30, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Those who had been looking forward to a “Jane Eyre” reunion will have to wait a little while longer. While Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska had been set to co-star once again in Jim Jarmusch’s new vampire movie, THR reports that British rising star Tom Hiddleston will be replacing Fassbender in the film, now titled “Only Lovers Left Alive.”
Tilda Swinton, announced along with Wasikowska and Fassbender back in May, remains a part of the project, and veteran actor John Hurt is now on board as well for the “horror drama”, about two vampires who have been in love for centuries. Filming is set to begin in Germany later this year. Fassbender’s departure is perhaps unsurprising given his increasingly in demand profile in Hollywood, especially following an incredible year of films in 2011. Still, count me in as one who had been hoping for a Wasikowska-Fassbender reunion, and who’s a little disappointed by this news.
On the other hand, Hiddleston, one of our Breakout Stars of 2011 alongside Fassbender, had a pretty amazing 2011 himself and is an incredible talent in his own right. From “Thor”‘s Loki to “Midnight in Paris”‘s F. Scott Fitzgerald and “War Horse”‘s Captain Nicholls, Hiddleston has demonstrated the same sort of versatility and magnetism that Fassbender possesses. He just wrapped up reprising Loki in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, is a nominee for BAFTA’s Orange Rising Star Award, and is vying for the male lead in Akiva Goldsman’s sci-fi epic “Winter’s Tale.”
January 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jamie Bell and Chris Evans are heading for an ice age in new post-apocalyptic thriller “Snow Piercer”, according to Variety. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” star and Oscar hopeful Tilda Swinton is also joining the cast of acclaimed Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s English directorial debut.
Bong also wrote the script and Park Chan-wook, equally acclaimed Korean director (of the original “Oldboy”, among others) who also recently made his English directorial debut on Nicole Kidman-Mia Wasikowska starrer “Stoker”, will produce. Evans, Bell and Swinton will play passengers on a full train barreling down unknown tracks in a world that is covered in ice. Class differences, nationalities and more collide as passengers struggle to co-exist. Korean actor Song Kang-Ho is already on board, and more international actors are expected to jump on board as well.
Evans, aka “Captain America”, recently wrapped up reprising the quintessential American superhero in Joss Whedon’s all-star superhero team-up “The Avengers” and has been turning towards darker fare, recently earning raves playing a drug addict in “Puncture” and currently filming serial killer drama “The Iceman” opposite Michael Shannon. Bell was seen this year in “Jane Eyre” and animation Oscar favorite “The Adventures of TinTin.”
October 26, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Troubled teens were the big winners of the 55th annual BFI London Film Festival, which announced its winners this evening. “We Need to Talk About Kevin”, Lynne Ramsay’s searing vision following the mother of a homicidal teenager, won Best Film. Tilda Swinton, an Oscar hopeful, plays the mother while rising star Ezra Miller gives an unforgettable performance as the teenage killer.
Said Jury chairman John Madden: “This year’s shortlist for best film comprises work that is outstanding in terms of its originality and its stylistic reach. It is an international group, one united by a common sense of unflinching human enquiry and we werestruck by the sheer panache displayed by these great storytellers. In the end, we were simply bowled over by one film, a sublime, uncompromising tale of the torment that can stand in the place of love. We Need to Talk About Kevin is made with the kind of singular vision that links great directors across all the traditions of cinema.”
The Best British Newcomer Award, which saw nominees that also included newcomer Aimee Kelly for her role as a gang member in “Sket”, and co-stars Chris New and Tom Cullen of “Weekend”, went to Candese Reid of “Junkhearts.” The 19 year old makes her screen debut in the indie psychological thriller alongside Eddie Marsen, Tom Sturridge, Romola Garai and “Attack the Block” breakout star John Boyega. She plays Lynette, girlfriend to Sturridge’s drug dealer. When he needs a new base for his operations, she targets Frank (Marsen). The bond that forms between them becomes a catalyst for Lynette to attempt to break away from her destructive and dangerous lifestyle. Best British Newcomer jury chairman Andy Harries said, “Candese is a fresh, brilliant and exciting new talent. Every moment she was onscreen was compelling.”
First time director Pablo Giorgelli took home the Sutherland Award – for the most original and imaginative feature debut – for “Las Acacias” while “Into the Abyss”, from celebrated director Werner Herzog, won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary.