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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 »

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The Host and Mother director Bong Joon-ho makes his English-language debut with Snowpiercer, which adapts a French graphic novel about a train that carries the remnants of humanity through a snowy landscape. We’ve seen quite a few posters and images that show off the impressive cast but until now we haven’t seen any footage. (That cast includes Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung.)

The new one-minute featurette below doesn’t feature any English dialogue, but does show off some behind the scenes shots, and a bit of actual footage from the film. It’s all stitched together with an interview with the director, but since that is conducted in his native language most North American viewers will just have to take in the images for now. Read More »

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We’ve seen Tilda Swinton play many different roles, with an eclectic variety of looks over the years. But we’ve never seen her in a getup quite like what she sports for Bong Joon-ho‘s new film Snowpiercer. If you can imagine a halfway point between an aged Princess Leia and a stern schoolmistress, you’re close to nailing her look.

Nine character posters for the film have arrived today, and they show Swinton and eight of her co-stars (Chris Evans, Jamie BellJohn Hurt, Ed Harris, Ko Ah-sung, Song Kang-ho, Octavia Spencer and Ewen Bremner) in their fairly grimy garb.

Why the downtrodden appearance for all? Well, Snowpiercer takes place on a train that carries some of the last remnants of humanity as it speeds across an icy landscape. The film, directed by the man who made Mother and The Host, produced by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker) and based on French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, could be the big genre film at Cannes this year.

Until we get a chance to see some footage, check out the character sheets below. Cross-reference them with these character bios for more info. Read More »

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Snowpiercer is Korean director Bong Joon-ho‘s first English-language outing, but he’s managed to assemble a cast even the most experienced Hollywood directors would kill for, including Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Chris Evans, and Song Kangho.

We’ve seen little of those stars so far, aside from a poster here and a still image there, but today we have much better looks at all of them thanks to a series of character “passports.” Hit the jump to check them out.

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Dwayne Johnson has just pulled together a brand new “sand and sandal” gang. Ian McShane (Deadwood), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), John Hurt (Harry Potter) and Rebecca Ferguson are set to join the action superstar in Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner. It’s scheduled for a July 25, 2014 release. Read More »

This year marks a big event for some movie fans, as three of South Korea’s biggest directors make their English-language film debuts. And the conversion is off to a rocky start, as The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil director Kim Ji-woon stumbled with The Last Stand a couple weeks ago. That film is already fading from theaters. Oldboy director Park Chan-wook has Stoker coming up, and the film’s Sundance debut drew “love it or hate it” responses. I hated it, but there were some who felt quite differently.

Bong Joon-ho, director of Mother and The Host, will be the last to hit with Snowpiercer, an adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. In the story, the few human survivors in a post-apocalyptic future take shelter in a train, on which a revolt between classes begins to ferment.

The film stars an impressive cast, including Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Octavia Spencer and Ewen Bremner. We’ve seen a few images and some concept art that sells the train’s grimy, unpleasant conditions. Now a poster for the film gives us another look, and reveals John Hurt’s appearance. 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]

My “most anticipated” list for 2013 is almost done, and it’s a huge thing that takes into account more than just the ten movies I’ve chosen to highlight as the ones I most want to see.

One of the movies that didn’t make that core ten, but will be reflected in the piece, is Snowpiercer, aka the English-language debut from The Host and Mother director Bong Joon-ho. The movie features a great cast (Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer and Song Kang-ho) and adapts a French graphic novel that tells of humanity’s last remnants as they journey across a snowy landscape in a train.

We don’t have any real footage yet, but we can present some great concept art, along with an early teaser poster and a bit of Marco Beltrami’s score. Read More »

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