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Tom Hiddleston‘s growing legion of fans should really sink their teeth into Jim Jarmusch‘s vampire tale Only Lovers Left Alive. This one might not have the roaring energy of Thor or The Avengers, but it does pair Hiddleston with Tilda Swinton, with the two playing on and off again lovers who have hundreds of years of baggage between them.

The clips we’ve seen from the film were good, but this first trailer is so much better. It’s so careful and so arch, but I just love Hiddleston’s pitch-perfect take on the exaggerated uber-cool rocker, and Tilda Swinton’s scenes as a blood junkie are lovely. It’s almost like this was pre-conceived as Jarmusch’s strange tribute to Lou Reed. (Jarmusch explained the lead characters as “two exceptional outsiders who, given their unusual circumstances, have a vast overview of human and natural history, including stunning achievements and tragic and brutal failures.”) Sometimes, timing can be sadly perfect.

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Nothing made me happier today than to hear enthusiastic responses to Jim Jarmusch‘s rock and roll vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive. The film stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as vampires who have spent centuries together. We’ve got some clips, images and more info here, but frankly I want to know as little about further details as possible, at least until there’s a chance to see the film in the US.

That chance might not be far off, as the reception at Cannes was capped off by Sony Pictures Classics’ purchase of the US distribution rights. The company didn’t offer precise release info, but knowing it has a home is a good start. After the break, you can check out the SPC press release, and some reviewer reactions to the movie. Read More »

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A new film from indie mainstay Jim Jarmusch is always an event, even if he makes films that are much smaller than “event” really suggests. His new picture, his first in four years, is called Only Lovers Left Alive. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin in a genre-influenced story featuring vampires and music.

Hiddleston has described the film as a “love story,” and the bare bones of the plot are that “an underground musician (Hiddleston), deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover (Swinton).” The trick is that both characters are centuries old.

The press book from Cannes gives us a full synopsis of the film,  but even better also offers a statement from Jarmusch about the film. In addition, we’ve got photos from the press book, along with two clips that surfaced not long ago. Read More »

Briefly: The new film from indie king Jim Jarmusch is a vampire love story (of sorts) and the first image suggests he has taken a page from Tony Scott’s early ’80s effort The Hunger. This movie, called Only Lovers Left Alive, stars Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Anton Yelchin. This first pic, above, shows Swinton and Hiddleston, and the way they’re styled instantly conjured up thoughts of Scott’s film. I don’t expect the two will have much in common in the long run, but the first look is definitely suggestive.

In the film, Hiddleston plays Adam, “an underground musician who’s deeply depressed by the direction of human activities. He reunites with his centuries-long lover, Eve (Swinton), though their idyll is soon interrupted by Eve’s wild and uncontrollable younger sister Ava (Wasikowska).” [Indiewire]

Briefly: It’s been quite a while since we heard anything new about the next film from Jim Jarmusch. All we’ve known is that the indie icon would soon be making a vampire movie with Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska as the vampires, and John Hurt playing another role.

Now the film has a name: Only Lovers Left Alive. Sadly, it seems like Michael Fassbender is out of the cast, but Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, Thor) has stepped into the lead instead, and that ain’t bad. Read More »

Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor are in talks to join Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in James Wan‘s upcoming thriller, formerly called The Conjuring. The film, which is now going by the working title Untitled Warren Files Project, centers around a husband and wife paranormal investigation team (Wilson and Farmiga) dealing with spirits in a Rhode Island farmhouse. Livingston and Taylor would play a couple that moves into the farmhouse with their children, and are terrorized by the supernatural beings who reside there. The story is inspired by the real-life tale of the Perron family and paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren in the 1970s.

Livingston will next appear in HBO Films’ Game Change, which premieres March 10, and this summer’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Taylor co-stars in Paul Weitz’s Being Flynn, which opens March 2. The Conjuring is scheduled to enter production in North Carolina in March. [THR]

After the jump, Stephen Dorff goes down in ’80s Beirut, while Mark Webber and Chloë Sevigny get hitched.

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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 »