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Vampires Are Sexy; Casting Vamps

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 26, 2010 at 3:37AM

There is no end in sight for box office blood-sucking. The question is not should we make another vampire movie? it's who do we want to see as a vampire? Vampires are sexy, we get it. So we'll keep watching. Sub-genres have arrived, i.e. the spoof Vampires Suck, the teenage romance (Twilight, obviously), the TV shows (True Blood, Vampires Diaries), the thrillers (Let The Right One In, etc) and soon enough there will be vampire family melodramas, 'cos they have problems too, you know! Skyway Drive-In in Warren, Ohio, has an interesting marketing scheme in place.
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There is no end in sight for box office blood-sucking. The question is not should we make another vampire movie? it's who do we want to see as a vampire? Vampires are sexy, we get it. So we'll keep watching. Sub-genres have arrived, i.e. the spoof Vampires Suck, the teenage romance (Twilight, obviously), the TV shows (True Blood, Vampires Diaries), the thrillers (Let The Right One In, etc) and soon enough there will be vampire family melodramas, 'cos they have problems too, you know! Skyway Drive-In in Warren, Ohio, has an interesting marketing scheme in place.

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The upcoming vampire rom-com Vamps from writer/director Amy Heckerling (Fast Times As Ridgemont High, Clueless) announces the casting of foil characters to its ensemble of sexy leading ladies (pictured) Alicia Silverstone (who worked with Heckerling for her breakout role in Clueless) and Krysten Ritter (a diverse resume that includes both Breaking Bad and Banana Republic ads). The three additions are: Marilu Henner (an ill woman who gets awakened to her hotter self), Zak Orth (Ritter's nerdy friend) and Malcolm McDowell (Vlad the Impaler, but in a velvet jogging getup).

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Ritter and Silverstone play vampires living up the New York City nightlife until love jeopardizes their immortality. Heckerling rounds out the cast with Sigourney Weaver, Richard Lewis, Wallace Shawn, Justin Kirk, Dan Stevens, Todd Barry and Kristen Johnston. The film is currently shooting in Detroit.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, In Production, Twilight, Sci-fi, comedy, Romance


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.