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Jonny Lee Miller & Tom Hollander Join Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan In Neil Jordan's Vampire Epic 'Byzantium'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 13, 2012 10:40 AM
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In this day and age, where you can't throw a rock in a movie theater without hitting a bloodsucker-themed movie, it takes a lot to get us to register even a flicker of interest in a vampire film. But it helps a lot if you have Neil Jordan at the helm, a man who way back to "The Company Of Wolves" has proven to be a master of the macabre, and a director capable of bringing plenty of thematic richness to genre fare.

Ruh-Roh: 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Pushed Ten Months To January 2013

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 9, 2012 8:11 PM
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You could have called this one months ago. Paramount's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" was supposed to be due in theaters on March 2nd, less than two months from now and we'd barely seen a peep from the film, not a trailer, a poster or anything other than this first-look photo that was revealed just a month ago. Never a good sign. In fact, that close to release and nothing substantial seen and you can almost guarantee a release date bump is on the way.

Gemma's Artertons On Display In Set Pics From Neil Jordan's Vampire Tale 'Byzantium'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 2:20 PM
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Well, this is certainly an eye-opening first look (courtesy of the Daily Mail). Photos have leaked of the lovely Gemma Arterton from the set of Neil Jordan's cool-sounding vampire movie "Byzantium." The movie stars Arterton as a woman who, after she's transformed into a vampire, does the same to her daughter (Saoirse Ronan) and the two hit the road, posing as sisters, and presumably getting into a series of bloody misadventures. The cast also includes Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones, Bradley Jones, and Daniel Mays. But why are we even typing anything when you're just looking at those photos? Hello? Anyone?

First Look: Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton In 'Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 2, 2011 12:00 PM
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They're dressed in black, they look tough and they have weapons: here's your first look at Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton ("Clash Of The Titans") in the upcoming "Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters," yet another addition to the becoming-overpopulated modern fairy tale redo; this one based on a Brothers Grimm tale.

Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave & Gemma Arterton Lead Paul Andrew Williams' 'Song For Marion'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 8, 2011 1:36 AM
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Christopher Eccleston And Anne Reid Also On BoardHe's virtually unknown in the U.S, but Paul Andrew Williams has been one of the rising stars of the British film industry for a few years now. His 2006 debut, the gritty, excellent drama "London To Brighton," won him a BAFTA nomination and several newcomer awards (the film received a very brief U.S. release in 2008), and he seemed like one of the brightest talents around. He took a slight misstep with his next two projects, the horror films "The Cottage" and "Cherry Tree Lane," but he looks to be getting firmly back on track with his fourth film, which starts filming ten days from now, and has just landed an impressive cast.

Julie Andrews, Matthew Goode, Gemma Arterton & Gabriel Byrne Topline Neil LaBute's 'Crooked House'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2011 4:34 AM
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The announcement of new projects from some directors are greeted in The Playlist's headquarters with a robust cheer. These days, the announcement of a new film from writer-director Neil LaBute musters nothing more than a groan and an immediate game of 'pick the short straw' to see who has to go and review the damn thing. The playwright-turned-director started strongly, making Aaron Eckhart a star with "The Company of Men," and followed it with the flawed but interesting "Your Friends and Neighbors" and the decent "Nurse Betty."

Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan To Play Mother & Daughter Vampires In Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2011 2:00 AM
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We always feel that Neil Jordan is somewhat undervalued. Generally speaking, his films aren't giant hits (bar "Interview with the Vampire"), or gather awards attention (except for "The Crying Game"). And there are plenty of misfires across his career, from "Michael Collins" to "In Dreams" to the truly awful "The Brave One." But his work is consistently interesting, and sometimes downright superb, particularly when he delves into more fantastical territory: we're not sure that films like "The Company of Wolves" and the recent "Ondine" ever quite got the attention they deserved.

Exclusive: Famke Janssen Joins 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' With Gemma Arterton & Jeremy Renner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2011 6:01 AM
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Fairy tale properties are obviously white hot right now, and with three studios currently racing to get their various "Snow White" pictures into production, Paramount is moving ahead confidently with their own, thankfully different, project with another actress joining what is shaping up to be an intriguing cast.

Pic From G-Star Ad Campaign Shot By Anton Corbijn Featuring Gemma Arterton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2011 10:32 AM
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While "The American" did some decent business, hauling in nearly $70 million worldwide on a budget of $20 million, the anti-thriller failed to gain traction with critics. And it deserved better. Methodically paced, meditative and haunting, it's a film whose emotions play out in the roiling interior of the central assassin, with his feelings and motivations revealed in small moments thanks to a stoic and nuanced performance by George Clooney. While we think the critical community needs to give the film a reassessment, at least the financial success of the picture means that it could make things easier for Anton Corbijn to get his next picture going. If he wants to.

Gemma Arterton To Team With Jeremy Renner In 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 5, 2011 2:16 AM
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We're starting to wonder if we've been played. For months now, Gemma Arterton has been the movie-world equivalent of Julian Assange -- it seemed like every new interview would see the rising actress reveal a new project that was involved with: the "Alien" prequel, the Christopher Nolan-penned "The Keys To The Street," the British western "In With The Outlaws," Michael Winterbottom's "London Fields," Italian gangster flick "Corsica 72," biopics of Marianne Faithful and Courtney Love, and Michael Mann's "Capa."

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