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Cannes Review: Droll, Louche & Languidly Playful 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Is Jarmusch At His Most Enjoyable & Accessible

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 24, 2013 6:52 PM
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Only Lovers Left Alive, Tilda Swinton
From the very first opening titles, written in a Germanic font that immediately conjures everything from “Triumph of the Will” to images of big-busted ladies screaming in campy close-up in 1970s cheapie horrors (it may be the only time in Cannes that a film got a big laugh for a typeface) it’s perfectly clear that the Jim Jarmusch in whose company we’re about to spend a couple of hours is not the wilfully obscure surrealist of “The Limits of Control,” nor the considered, melancholic philosopher behind “Dead Man,” nor even the oddball ragtag troubadour of “Down By Law." In fact, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Jarmusch’s take on the vampire myth starring recent muse Tilda Swinton and Tom “fast becoming everyone’s favorite actor” Hiddleston, finds the maverick filmmaker on playful, referential and mischievous form with hugely enjoyable, if not exactly weighty or important, results.

Review: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Often Thrills, But Undone By An Underwritten Villain & Thin Story

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2013 5:44 PM
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Star Trek: Into Darkness
Cast your mind back four years or so, to stardate early May 2009, and remember a time when J.J Abrams wasn't yet the anointed savior of Hollywood. He had an ever-growing fanbase, and had already been behind at least one bona-fide small screen pop culture phenomenon. But his influence on the big-screen up to that point only extended to a few screenwriting credits, mostly forgotten, a producing credit on disposable sleeper hit "Cloverfield," and directing "Mission: Impossible III," an enjoyable, but somewhat interchangeable entry to the Tom Cruise spy franchise.

Watch: The Prime Directive Comes Into Play In First Clip From 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 2:00 PM
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Ooh, looks like "Star Trek Into Darkness" is getting into some ethical and moral quandaries with the sequel, as the first clip from the movie features J.J. Abrams' never still camera, some distractingly skin tight suits, sweat and oh yeah, Spock's life in crucial danger. Trapped down on an alien planet near a volcano that's about to explode, Captain Kirk must grapple with breaking the Prime Directive in order to save his friend. Will he do it or let Spock die? You can probably figure that one out on your own. The clip also serves a quick way to pretty much include every major cast member, even if just for a couple seconds.

Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez & Laurence Fishburne Are 'Rudderless' For William H. Macy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 2:38 PM
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Having worked with folks like Steven Spielberg, the Coen Brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, David Mamet, Gus Van Sant and more, William H. Macy has no shortage of experience to draw on as he makes his feature directorial debut. But first, he'll need to get a cast together and he's done just that.

Beam Up With New Pics From 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 10:19 AM
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We're about six weeks away from getting beamed up into whatever J.J. Abrams has put together for "Star Trek Into Darkness" aka "The Movie He's Doing That Isn't Star Wars Episode 7." And of course, plot details are still being kept locked up. All we know is that Benedict Cumberbatch is the bad guy and Alice Eve will appear in her underwear, which for many is reason enough to buy a ticket. But in case you need a little more coaxing, here are a few more pics from the film.

Diane Kruger & Anton Yelchin Are Working '5 To 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 1:56 PM
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One of the benefits of living in Montreal (as this writer does), is being able to get a bit of European flavor, and around here the "cinq-a-sept" is sacred. The term (meaning five-to-seven) describes the after work hours in which co-workers, friends and colleagues share drinks and laughs before heading home. And as the setting for a romantic comedy, it's a pretty good one.

'Poppy Hill' English Voice Cast Adds Anton Yelchin, Gillian Anderson, Aubrey Plaza, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 8, 2012 10:40 AM
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It was only a couple of months ago that we saw the first (english-subtitled) trailer for the new Studio Ghibli film, “From Up On Poppy Hill.” The film is written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son, Goro Miyazaki (“Tales From Earthsea”) and the voice cast for the English-language dub has been revealed.

Anton Yelchin Joins Jim Jarmusch's Vampire Film 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2012 12:21 PM
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Given how long this film has been brewing, we'd been worried that like so many projects, it might be stuck in development hell or have trouble finding financing. But the good news is that Jim Jarmusch's vampire film "Only Lovers Left Alive" is still happening, and has added one more name to the already fantastic cast.

Mia Wasikowska Makes 'Tracks'; Hilary Swank Goes HBO With 'Mary And Martha'; Rupert Grint Rocks 'CBGB' & More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 24, 2012 10:26 AM
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Mia Wasikowska has signed on to star in John Curran’s (“The Painted Veil”) new indie “Tracks.” The film will tell the true story of a young woman named Robyn Davidson who traveled 1678 miles through the Australian desert in 1987. It’s an Australian production and will be based on Davidson’s memoirs of the same name, and has already secured distribution down under and in the U.K. (through Momentum Pictures)

'Very Good Girls' Starring Elizabeth Olsen & Dakota Fanning Back On, Anton Yelchin Set To Join

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 23, 2012 10:24 AM
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It's somewhat hard to imagine considering how far she's come but it was only this time last year one Elizabeth Olsen was introduced to movie-goers with her Sundance double of "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and the upcoming horror remake "Silent House." During her year, the actress has managed to fit in projects like Rodrigo Cortes' "Red Lights" and Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts" (both of which have already been hot topics at Park City this year) but through it all mentioned that one project she attached herself to soon post-Sundance, Naomi Foner's "Very Good Girls," was struggling to find its feet.

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