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TIFF Review: 'Song For Marion' Hits A Predictable, But Sour Note

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2012 9:00 AM
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There is a certain strain of mid-budgeted British comedy -- films like "Calendar Girls," "Made In Dagenham," "Greenfingers," "The Full Monty" etc. -- that generally tends to find an audience on both sides of the ocean, make a modest profit, and then land on specialty cable where it lives on in reruns forever. They all have the easily recognizable stock characters, follow a famililar arc and culminate in manufactured emotion designed to make you feel good. And while it's hard to fault a film for being exactly what it sets out to be and nothing more, there is something almost offensive about how inoffensive the template guiding "Song For Marion" is.

TIFF Review: Bloodless 'Byzantium' A Vampire Tale Without Fangs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 10, 2012 12:29 PM
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Between "Twilight" on the big screen, and "True Blood" and "Vampire Diaries" on the cable dial, among countless other books, graphic novels and more, if you're a fan of bloodsuckers, there's likely a flavor out there for you. And with countless other projects in the pipeline from Will Smith's directorial debut "The Redemption Of Cain" to Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive," there are still more versions of this undead character on the way. But let's just hope they are more involving and creative than Neil Jordan's "Byzantium." The director's second bite into the genre following "Interview With The Vampire" is disappointingly bloodless (figuratively) and fangless (literally).

Watch: First Clip From Neil Jordan's Vampire Tale 'Byzantium,' With Saoirse Ronan

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 11:05 AM
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It's been a while since Neil Jordan dipped back into the horror well. In the past decade he's tackled a glossy studio revenge movie ("The Brave One"), a mermaid tale ("Ondine"), a high-profile remake ("The Good Thief") and whatever the hell "Breakfast on Pluto" was. (He was also busy supervising the television series "The Borgias.") Well, Jordan is about to return to his roots with the vampire tale "Byzantium," set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. How about watching the first (squishy) clip?

Watch: Trailer For Feel-Good Brit Drama 'Song For Marion' With Terence Stamp & Gemma Arterton

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 3:35 PM
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Well, depending on your disposition (and the amount of chemicals you've ingested today), you'll either find the trailer for "Song for Marion" to be hopelessly charming or an absolute disaster that makes you want to cover yourself in bread crumbs and be slowly devoured by a flock of hungry seagulls. You'll have to wait a little bit for our Toronto International Film Festival review (the film closes the festival in ten days or so, but hey, the trailer is worth a watch at least. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Eccleston, Terence Stamp, and the almost painfully adorable Gemma Arterton, it's a movie about an old folks choir. Guh.

New Images: Emily Blunt & Colin Firth In 'Arthur Newman'; Gemma Arterton & Vanessa Redgrave In TIFF Closer 'Song For Marion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 1:22 PM
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Well, here's a movie that's been keeping below the radar....Colin Firth and Emily Blunt have teamed up for the dark comedy "Arthur Newman" (formerly known as "Arthur Newman, Golf Pro"). The film is making its World Premiere at TIFF, and we have the first image of the two leads and official synopsis. Read on:

Gemma Arterton Conducts In New Image From 'Song For Marion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 12:02 PM
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When The Weinstein Company snatched up the rights to "Song for Marion" last fall, which was in post-production at the time, we figured the movie was a no-brainer for the kind crowd-pleasing sleeper hit that Harvey knows how to turn into Oscar gold. A 2012 release seemed inevitable. But since then, relatively little has been heard about the movie. It hasn't popped up on any of the fall festival slates, there is no release date set either in its native U.K. or in the U.S., and it certainly doesn't seem to be a priority for the distributor at the moment. But then again, in a year that has them handling new films by Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell and Andrew Dominik, perhaps it's understandable.

New Images Of Bloody Saoirse Ronan & Sam Riley From Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2012 11:06 AM
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"The Company Of Wolves" and "Ondine" director Neil Jordan returns to the fantastical this year with vampire tale "Byzantium." Set to make its world premiere at TIFF in a couple of months, a handful of new images from the film have arrived.

Julianne Hough Finds 'Safe Haven' & Gemma Arterton Ready For 'Runner, Runner'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 3:45 PM
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Two lovely and talented ladies have lined up some projects, so let's get right to it....

Gemma Arterton, Olivia Thirlby & Harry Treadaway To Cross Paths In Jeff Buckley Biopic 'Mystery White Boy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 10:17 PM
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Even though the rival project "Greetings From Tim Buckley" is in the can and if not finished, then pretty much nearly there, the filmmakers behind the Jeff Buckley biopic "Mystery White Boy" are choosing to make it right intead of fast. With the rights locked up to use Buckley's music, the blessing of his estate who are also involved with the film, and with rehearsals with already under way with lead Reeve Carney, this one is aiming to be the only Buckley movie you'll need to see, and they're adding a trio of strong talent.

Gemma Arterton In Talks to Play Struggling Actress, Psychopath in '2LDK'-Inspired 'The Wright Girls'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 10, 2012 11:23 AM
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British actress Gemma Arterton is probably still best-known for her big-budget studio fare, with “Prince of Persia” and “Clash of the Titans” both simply relegating her to love interest roles, but as recent negotiations have begun to bring the actress back to her dark genre beginnings, that trend may not stay constant for long.

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