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Review: Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' Starring Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 7:03 PM
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Byzantium
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 (including Universal's brewing "Dracula" reboot), 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).

Neil Jordan Says He Would've Made A Better 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 2:43 PM
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Over his career, Neil Jordan has had more than his fair share of experience with fantastical tales thanks for efforts like "The Company Of Wolves," "Interview With A Vampire" and "Ondine." And later this summer, he returns to the world of bloodsuckers with "Byzantium." It's taken a while, but Hollywood has finally caught up with the fact that audiences love a good fairy tale, and it's definitely one of the hottest trends right now (just look at Disney's upcoming slate of "Cinderella," "Maleficent" and "Alice In Wonderland 2"), but frankly, Jordan thinks those big money productions aren't meeting expectations.

Watch: 2 Clips And Lots Of New Pics From Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' With Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • May 31, 2013 10:19 AM
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Neil Jordan’s vampire flick “Byzantium” is only a month away from its US release date of June 28th so if they want to draw out the undead crowd from their darkened dens and Anne Rice book clubs, the time for a promotional barrage is now. To get the ball rolling we have two new clips from the upcoming gothic tale.

Watch: Gemma Arterton Bathes In Blood In New Trailer For 'Byzantium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2013 12:25 PM
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If you're going to make a movie about vampires, there's going to be blood. And Neil Jordan certainly brings the red stuff "Byzantium" (though maybe not as much as you might expect) his new take on the genre which takes a look the familiar vampire world, but from a female perspective.

Gemma Arterton Draws Blood, Saoirse Ronan Finds Love In New Pics From Neil Jordan's Vampire Tale 'Byzantium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2013 11:32 AM
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While vampires, werewolves and sorts of supernatura subject matter aren't going away anytime soon, it seems that international auteurs are getting in on the action. Christoph Gans is currently in the midst of "Beauty & The Beast" with Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux, and this summer, Neil Jordan takes on vampires in "Byzantium," and yes, there will be blood.

Neil Jordan On The Influences Of 'Byzantium,' And Why He Cast Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 3:30 PM
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For a director who made his name with the excellent adaptation of Angela Carter's gothic deconstructed fairy tales with "The Company of Wolves" and his big studio breakthrough with "Interview with the Vampire," it's been a while since Neil Jordan traveled into more horrific territory. There were genre elements to his last film, "Ondine," but that was more of a warm, romantic fable (and a very underrated film). It's really been thirteen years since 1999's "In Dreams," when Jordan tackled the darker side of the supernatural world.

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?

5 Fractured Fairy Tale Movies Worth Watching After 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 31, 2012 11:57 AM
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Once upon a time there existed a cinematic landscape where not every feature-length fairy tale movie was drawn from a classic story, and the descriptor “fractured fairy tale” didn’t just mean gross-out humor and a Scottish-accented Mike Myers playing a big green ogre. While some of those films have certainly succeeded (this writer has a soft spot for the first “Shrek”), the kind of tale that the likes of the Brothers Grimm would collect in their oeuvre of beloved folklore was often of the darker-hued variety – pitting characters in bleak struggles that would see them rise from the ashes as better individuals for it in the end. Yes, the stories were simple, but they also served as a basis for many of the storytelling tropes that are used today – and may have influenced a few of our own moral compasses, with the fables acting as parables for life's lessons.

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.

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