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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.

Awesome New Photos & Director's Statement From Jim Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2013 12:50 PM
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Only Lovers Left Alive
The last film to be unveiled in competition at Cannes this year is also one of the most anticipated: Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive." A last-minute addition to the competition (presumably the print will still be wet, as it were, hence its late screening), it sees the idiosyncratic indie helmer assemble a superb cast including Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin, for a film that promises to be that rarest of things; a fresh take on the vampire movie.

Watch: First 2 Clips From Jim Jarmusch's Cannes Entry 'Only Lovers Left Alive' With Tilda Swinton & Tom Hiddleston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2013 8:03 AM
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When Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive" was missing from the initial lineup announcement for the Cannes Film Festival, we were a bit bummed out, but about a week later, it was slotted as a late addition to the Competition lineup, adding another great title to an already stacked slate. There hasn't been much thus far from the movie itself, with the excitement resting solely on the cast (Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, Tom Hiddleston) and the fact that it's about vampires. But now, two clips from the movie have landed providing the first look at 'Lovers,' but it remains intriguingly enigmatic.

New Behind-The-Scenes Clip Shows Tantalizing First Footage From Bong Joon-ho's Post-Apocalyptic 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 9:37 AM
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The summer movie season is nearly upon us, but one of the most hotly tipped summer movies (at least for film fans of a certain ilk) still doesn't have a release date in America: Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi extravaganza "Snowpiercer." The Weinstein Company bought the domestic rights to the movie, which concerns a train traversing a post-apocalyptic, snow-covered earth, and initially had planned to release it this summer, when the movie rolls out globally. But they haven't said much, so god only knows when it will wash up on American shores. Until then, a recently released behind-the-scenes clip (courtesy of The Film Stage) gives us our first look at "Snowpiercer" in motion.

Tilda Swinton, Is That Really You? 9 Eye Opening 'Snowpiercer' Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 3:49 PM
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So remember a couple of months ago when the internet momentarily freaked when they though they got a first look at Tilda Swinton in "Snowpiercer"? Well, it turned out be an old photo from a fashion shoot, but she's finally revealed in these new character posters for "Snowpiercer" and it's still pretty surprising. Awesomely so.

'Snowpiercer' Cast Get Passports In New First Look Images From Bong Joon-ho's Upcoming Sci-Fi Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 1:25 PM
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Chris Evans, Snow Piercer
In a few short weeks, the Cannes Film Festival will unveil their slate for 2013, and while speculation continues to swirl about which movies will make the trip to the south of France, one of the highly touted titles is Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer." It's certainly been engaged in a slow-build marketing campaign, with posters and images dripping out here and there, and today comes another bit of interesting material with character posters for everyone involved.

Tilda Swinton Looks Typically Tilda Swinton-Esque In Image NOT From 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 11:23 AM
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Update: Sorry everyone, we were misinformed about the provenance of the below pic which is actually an editorial picture Swinton did for W Magazine last year. Still, she looks cool. 

Watch: David Bowie's Video For "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" Starring Tilda Swinton, Directed By Floria Sigismondi

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2013 9:42 AM
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While our dream of a Tilda Swinton-starring biopic of David Bowie will probably never be realized, this is likely the next best thing. The iconic musician continues his bold return to the spotlight with his latest video "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," and the pairing of Bowie and Swinton is probably all you need to know before clicking play.

First Look At Tilda Swinton & Tom Hiddleston In Jim Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2013 11:46 AM
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Jim Jarmusch has made a vampire movie, and if that's not enough to get you seriously stoked, then how about this cast? Tom Hiddelston, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton. Yeah, damn, right? Well, feast your eyes on this.

Wes Anderson Says Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Mathieu Amalric & F. Murray Abraham Have Joined 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 26, 2012 11:48 AM
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Wes Anderson's next picture, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," was supposed to star Johnny Depp, but that plan fell through. Nevertheless, it has an outstanding cast featuring Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum and regular W.A. collaborators Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman. Other names rumored early on were past collaborators Edward Norton who starred in "Moonrise Kingdom," Adrien Brody who was one of the brothers in "The Darjeeling Limited" and Willem Dafoe who played the second-in-command in "The Life Aquatic" (the latter two also did voice work in "Fantastic Mr. Fox").

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