Byzantium may be the year’s ultimate horror movie, because it is about a girl who is sixteen years old forever, and I can’t think of many things more horrible than spending eternity in that transitional phase.
Saoirse Ronan plays a woman who appears to be young, but in fact is a vampire, and has been since she was sixteen… which was a couple hundred years ago. Her mother, played by Gemma Arterton, is also a vampire, and they must periodically flee to a new safe haven. The film finds them settling into a dilapidated coastal town, but secrets are revealed, and trouble brews.
Neil Jordan directs from a script by Moira Buffini, and Byzantium looks like it is cut straight from the cloth Jordan used for films such as Interview With the Vampire and The Company of Wolves. Jordan’s visuals, captured by Hunger and Shame cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, are lovely, and this first US trailer presents them well. Read More »
What can we make of Violet & Daisy, which seems to run with the same semi-arthouse tendencies of Hanna or The Professional?
The movie shot in 2010 and played TIFF to varied reviews in 2011. Cinedigm picked it up for distribution last fall, and will release the movie in June. Perhaps the company decided to hold the film until after this year’s opening of The Host. This film does, after all, star Saoirse Ronan (of The Host) along with Alexis Bleidel and James Gandolfini. The girls play teen assassins; he’s their mark.
If The Host had been a hit, surfing in its wake would have been a good idea. The Host was not a hit, and so now Violet & Daisy has to make its own way as a bit of summer counter-programming. (Putting a bit of distance between this and Hanna was also not a bad idea.) Or perhaps it seemed like a good idea to wait until this could exist in proximity to Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Oddly enough, the movies all seem to be of a piece.
The trailer has some mysterious images and enticing moments, but I can’t quite get a sense of what the movie really is. Check it out below, and have a look at the great poster we debuted last week. Read More »
Everyone has to die and, if you’re going to be killed, getting knocked off by Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan is a pretty good way to go. They’re the stars of Violet & Daisy, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. In the film, Bledel and Ronan play teen assassins forced to reexamine their carefree, killer lives when they run into a shut-in played by James Gandolfini.
It opens on June 7 and /Film is proud to exclusively debut the film’s one sheet, which you can see a tease of above. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Nearly two decades after Interview With the Vampire, director Neil Jordan is heading back into bloodsucker territory with Byzantium. Based on the young adult play A Vampire Story by Moira Buffini, the film follows two 200-year-old “sisters” who arrive in a small coastal town.
The outgoing older one, Clara (Gemma Arterton) takes up with a sweet man named Noel (Daniel Mays) and turns his family’s old guesthouse into a brothel, while the younger, more introspective Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) meets and falls for the sickly Frank (Caleb Landry Jones). But whatever peace they find is threatened when their secrets and misdeeds catch up with them. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
There’s a segment of the population that will always turn out to see a movie advertised as being “based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer,” no matter what, and another segment that will avoid that movie like the plague, no matter what. Meyer’s first non-Twilight tale, the sci-fi romance The Host, doesn’t look likely to change the minds of diehards in either group. But for the rest of the population, there’s a new trailer to help them make up their minds.
Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie Stryder, a young woman living on an Earth that’s been taken over by aliens. When one of the invaders tries to take control of her mind, Melanie’s consciousness tries to fight back. Max Irons and Jake Abel play her two handsome suitors, and Diane Kruger the leader of the extraterrestrials. Andrew Niccol directs. Watch the new video after the jump.
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Wes Anderson is shooting his new film, Grand Budapest Hotel, right now, with Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan in the lead roles. Fiennes plays the concierge of the titular hotel, and the cast also includes Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, and Mathieu Amalric.
Some set pics and videos hit the web last night, showing that the hotel of the title is grand, indeed, as are some of the costumes worn by the cast. Jeff Goldblum’s facial hair is no small matter, either. Check them all out below.
Update: At the request of Fox, we’ve pulled the images.
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Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Twilight Saga is officially over — at least until Summit starts working on the inevitable reboot — but author Stephenie Meyer isn’t leaving the big screen just yet. Her first non-Twilight novel, The Host, is headed for cinemas next month, with Saoirse Ronan in the lead and Andrew Niccol at the helm.
Where the last trailer leaned heavily on the romance, no doubt in an effort to hook the same fans who turned out for Twilight, the new one aims for broader appeal by playing up the sci-fi action. Watch it after the jump.
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If you’re attracted to the idea of a fable-like vampire tale but don’t want to forego big splashes of blood and big, baroque emotional arcs, then Neil Jordan‘s Byzantium might be one to see. The film features Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as mother and daughter, with the twist being that they share vampiric blood. They’re trying to maintain the undead version of a living in a small town, but when Ronan’s character sparks to a young man played by Caleb Landry Jones, things get out of control.
Jonny Lee Miller, Sam Riley, and Tom Hollander also show up in the story that marks Jordan’s return to vampires following his 1994 effort Interview With the Vampire. (There are also distinct shades of his 1984 fairy tale A Company of Wolves here, as well.)
Reviews of this one out of TIFF last year were mixed, but this new international trailer does a good job of setting up the film as something fun and a bit set off from the now-typical film depiction of vampires. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
The revisionist Snow White fable The Order of the Seven was scrapped several months ago, but prospective star Saoirse Ronan may get her shot at playing a Disney princess just yet. Provided she can beat out the competition, that is.
Along with Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) and Gabriella Wilde (Carrie), the Host actress is one of three names in the mix for Mark Romanek‘s live-action Cinderella adaptation. Whoever lands the gig will star opposite Cate Blanchett, who’s in negotiations to play the evil stepmother. More details after the jump.
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Over the past five years, author Stephenie Meyer has proved she can strike a chord blending genre and romance. Her Twilight books and movies are some of the most successful in recent memory, playing to a specific audience hungry for passionate romance and tantalized by their horror-inspired roots.
Once Meyer finished Twilight, she published The Host, which has now been adapted for the big screen by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show) and it’s more of that proven formula. Set in a future where most of the world has been taken over by parasitic alien beings, The Host follows a romantically involved survivor, played by Saoirse Ronan, whose human soul fights her alien parasite to help the human resistance against their alien invaders.
At least, that’s what the first trailer for the film showed. Now the final theatrical trailer has been released — likely meant to be attached to this weekend’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 — and it dials down the sci-fi alien action angle in place of sappy teen romance. Check it out below. Read More »