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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).

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.

Nicolas Winding Refn Suggests You Should Lower Your Expectations For 'The Equalizer,' Plus NSFW New 'Only God Forgives' Clip

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 22, 2013 1:20 PM
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With "Only God Forgives" screening this morning at Cannes (read our review), it's clearly Nicolas Winding Refn day here at The Playlist. In the shadow of the success of the new film's predecessor, 2011’s “Drive,” one of the more surprising moves the director made was signing up for an adaptation of the TV show “The Equalizer” with Denzel Washington set to star, before just as suddenly bailing on the project. While no specific reason was given for his exit at the time -- Sony was unable to close the deal with Refn -- the director has hinted at the reason for his departure.

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.

‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints' & Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' Coming This Summer Plus More Release Dates

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 13, 2013 2:02 PM
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It’s release date time with three new releases to add to the 2013 slate and one for 2014. IFC Films is getting its summer lineup in order and Columbia is setting a date for fall 2014.

Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Slate Includes 'Before Midnight,' 'Mobius,' Films With Naomi Watts, Vince Vaughn & Much More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 6, 2013 2:46 PM
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Tribeca 2013 Film Festival line-up, Almost Christmas, Before Midnight, Byzantine, Mobius, Adult World, more
The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled a big batch of their 2013 slate, including the World Documentary, Feature Competition, Viewpoints, Spotlight, Midnight and Storyscapes line-ups. In its 12th year, Tribeca boasts an international, star-studded program that will welcome films that span the globe.

Watch: International Trailer For Neil Jordan's Vampire Flick 'Byzantium' Starring Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2013 3:08 PM
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Fans of Neil Jordan know that his upcoming "Byzantium" certainly isn't his first time around the bloodsucker block. But the ever curious director was intrigued to try and shake things up, even though it seemed like familiar territory. "It was a chance to return to the territory of 'Interview With the Vampire' and 'The Company of Wolves,' " he told us at TIFF last fall. "I think the whole thing was a great opportunity to really reinvent the vampire legend really. It's become a bit tired of late, you know?" Well, you can see if he succeeded as the first international trailer has made its way online.

Gemma Arterton On The "Dirty, Filthy Underworld" Of 'Runner, Runner' & The Difficulty Of Finding Quality Roles For Women In Hollywood

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 13, 2012 3:18 PM
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Last week at the Marrakech Film Festival, we got to sit down in a small press group with jury member Gemma Arterton. She’s an actress who for a while seemed to be following a fairly standard route, especially for a British starlet, following up her first film “St Trinian's” with some period TV before landing a Bond girl role in “Quantum of Solace.” However, since that breakout, while she’s done studio fare (“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” the upcoming “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”), we’ve also seen her skew more eccentric with some of her choices, taking small, British films like “Tamara Drewe” and “Song for Marion" along with edgy indie thriller "The Disappearance Of Alice Creed," and she boasts a forthcoming lineup that promises much more interesting fare to come.

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.

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