The glut of vampire movies has left me almost totally disinterested in seeing even one more story that re-purposes the old folklore. But not ‘totally disinterested,’ because hearing that a filmmaker like Jim Jarmusch is making a vampire movie is something that made me perk up quite a bit. That’s more to do with the fact that Jarmusch is making another movie than anything else, but if he wants to make a vampire movie, I’ll watch it.

And what a cast: Tilda Swinton (who has been featured in the director’s last two films), Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska as the vampires, with a role for John Hurt as well. Read More »

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 26 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Jim Jarmusch is curating one day of the upcoming All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in New York state, which takes place over Labor Day weekend. He’s been sort of a fixture at ATPNY in the past; I saw him just hanging around the ’08 event, and last year he performed the Neil Young song ‘Cortez the Killer’ in a hotel room at the fest.

One of the bands lined up for this year’s edition is Iggy and the Stooges, and in a new interview, Jarmusch says he’s got a documentary about the band in the works, along with a new dramatic film for which he’s lined up Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Retro Whale has created a series of art based on the favorite filmmakers of film geeks. She has created quirky little portraits of 20 great filmmakers, which you can purchase as art prints, magnets, or 4×4 clapboard coasters (which are wall mountable).

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Director Jim Jarmusch loves Neil Young. The venerable singer/songwriter masterfully scored Jarmusch’s Dead Man and with the band Crazy Horse was the object of the filmmaker’s follow-up, the tour documentary Year of the Horse.

Jarmusch also seems to love the New York edition of the All Tomorrows Parties music festival which, for the past couple years, has taken place in the Catskills each September. In 2008 as friends and I strolled around ATP one of them said, “hey, there’s Jim Jarmusch having a picnic.” Evidently the director returned to the scene of his lunch again this year. How do we know? Because there’s a video of him singing Neil Young’s classic ‘Cortez the Killer’ in a hotel room at the fest. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Aaron Horkey’s Dead Man Poster

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Holy beautiful. It doesn’t take much to hook me on a poster that represents Jim Jarmusch‘s Dead Man, one of my very favorite films. But to make a poster this elaborate for a film so austere takes some guts, and the design is so over the top that I can’t help loving it. I’ve seen some of artist Aaron Horkey‘s work before, but in compsition, color and the letterpress accents, this one goes far beyond the other work I’ve noticed.

The image was created to celebrate the presentation of Dead Man at the Alamo Drafthouse earlier this month and will be for sale at Dead Arts Publishing. 175 have been printed and the 7″x16.5″ prints, giclee with letterpress accents, don’t come cheap: for a rather small poster they run a whopping $145. If that isn’t too rich for you (or if you’re just a Jim Jarmusch fan who has much more disposable income than I do) keep an eye on Dead Arts today, as the posters go on sale at 2pm PST. At that price they may not go fast, but one never knows. Read More »

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