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The plot has thickened concerning the troubled Paul Schrader-Nicolas Cage thriller “Dying of the Light.” Responding to a Sept. 4 Variety story about alleged editing-room tensions between director Schrader and his producers, multiple sources, including Schrader and Nicolas Winding Refn, have now spoken publicly for the first time about the ongoing situation.
As earlier reported, Schrader shot the mid-budget indie (from his own script) in Romania and Australia earlier this year, with Cage starring as a veteran CIA agent who tracks an elusive terrorist while battling the debilitating effects of frontotemporal dementia. Schrader’s script, written as a spec in 2010, initially attracted the attention of Refn, who had hoped to direct a version of the movie starring Harrison Ford that eventually fell apart due to disagreements between director and actor. When the movie finally went into production with Schrader at the helm, the “Drive” director agreed to stay on as an executive producer. »
- Scott Foundas
With an all-star cast including Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin, Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) is the apotheosis of American independent cinema and underground music combined, from acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Dead Man). To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Jarmusch's latest this coming Monday (15 September), we've kindly been provided with Three DVD copies of Only Lovers Left Alive to give away, courtesy of the our friends at UK distributors Soda Pictures. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
September tends to be a relative dead spot at the theaters. Multiplexes are still housing the last vestiges of the onslaught of the summer and quietly preparing for the slow march of prestige pictures that come with the fall and winter months. So instead of spending the time and effort to make your way out to your local theater to catch a screening of Dolphin Tale 2, why not stay in and watch one of these stellar movies from earlier this year on demand?
Director Pawel Pawlikowski made not only the most somber road movie of the year, but shot it in gorgeous black and white. The film follows its titular character (Agata Trezbuchowska), an orphaned nun, who must travel to visit her only living relative before she is allowed to take her vows. Pawlikowski uses this fish out of water tale to explore the complexity and sinful nature »
- Jj Perkins
It’s fair to say that after Twilight many horror fans thought it was time to retire the vampire for a while. The fact is the point about the fanged ones is that they tend not to die when they are meant to, so what they need is something to make them a little more relevant in the world of monsters. A very good way to do just that is to take Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston and make one of the best vampire movies in years, though don’t expect too much horror in Only Lovers Left Alive, it’s much too sophisticated for that.
- Paul Metcalf
Only Lovers Left Alive, 2013.
Written and Directed by Jim Jarmusch.
A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance – which has already endured several centuries – is disrupted by the arrival of uncontrollable younger sister.
Christopher Marlowe, 16th century playwright, lives in modern day Tangier. He reminisces about his plays and discusses his former friends and contemporaries like Byron and Shakespeare. He also looks great for a man over 400 years old and drinks blood because he is a vampire. Welcome to a new kind of vampire tale, Jim Jarmusch style.
Marlowe is a friend of Eve (Tilda Swinton), a vampire who is parted from her lover Adam (Tom Hiddleston) when the film begins. Adam lives in Detroit, an underground musician, unwilling to move on to the digital age but this isn’t the only aspect in which he is disgruntled. »
- Gary Collinson
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.
That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »
- Ariana Bacle
After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
Gremlins helmer Joe Dante brought his latest flick Burying the Ex to Venice. The film uses the zombie trope as a metaphor for what happens when a relationship goes sour. Characters on the screen decay, both mentally and physically, when unable to let go of a faulty relationship. Anton Yelchin plays Max, an L.A. hipster obsessed with Italian horror B-movies. His green-obsessed girlfriend Evelyn, Twilight's Ashley Greene, blogs about saving the planet and turns their apartment into an Ocd earth-friendly haven, at the expense of Yelchin’s most prized horror memorabilia. When he finally gets the nerve to break up
- Ariston Anderson
Joe Dante is one of those wonderful directors who makes movies far too infrequently. The filmmaker behind "Gremlins," "Innerspace," and "The 'Burbs" hasn't released a feature film since 2009's woefully overlooked 3D extravaganza "The Hole." But that's about to change with "Burying the Ex," a pitch black comedy that is premiering out-of-competition at the Venice Film Festival. The new movie, about a young man (Anton Yelchin) whose ex-girlfriend (Ashley Greene) dies and comes back as a zombie, fits perfectly within the Dante wheelhouse, which combines ghoulishness with outrageous humor. Our interview covers everything from "Burying the Ex" (you can read our review from Venice here), to the cultish reception to some of his films, to what he thinks of the current slate of superhero movies. And, yes, we touch on "Gremlins 3" as well. Dante is a director with an encyclopedic knowledge of film and a whole host of movies »
- Drew Taylor
Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Gremlins director Joe Dante is set to enter the crowded zombie movie market with his new feature Burying the Ex, and we’ve got your first sneak peek at the zom-rom-com (say that five times fast). Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene and Alexandra Daddario star in this twisted tale of love from beyond the grave, which has it Venice Film Festival debut today. Yelchin plays a young man who must deal with his clingy undead girlfriend (Greene), who refuses to let the relationship die even though she’s passed on. That’s bad news for Yelchin, who’s looking to move on with his life by hooking up with a living, breathing, significant other (Daddario). The premise isn’t entirely new, but what is in the zombie field these days? What really matters is that the...
- Mike Bracken
For those who feared J.J. Abrams's Star Trek Into Darkness set might have been too serious, a new gag reel confirms otherwise. Watch as the cast, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and even the director himself goof around, flub lines, and play jokes on one-another. This excerpt is from a special feature found on the upcoming blu-ray box set Star Trek: Compendium.
Director J.J. Abrams' global sensations Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness set a course for the ultimate home entertainment package in Star Trek: Compendium, arriving September 9, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The set includes four Blu-ray Discs with both films in sparkling high »
Somewhere, Paul Schrader’s head must be spinning. Again.
Back in 2004, the iconoclastic “Taxi Driver” screenwriter found himself locked in a headline-grabbing battle for creative control when his “Dominion,” a prequel to William Friedkin’s Oscar-winning classic “The Exorcist,” was taken away from him by producers Morgan Creek and subsequently reshot, in its entirety, by director Renny Harlin.
Now, a mysterious Facebook page suggests that Schrader may be encountering similar troubles on his latest directing gig, “The Dying of the Light.” The page, entitled “Save Paul Schrader’s Dying of the Light,” includes a headshot of Schrader, alongside photos of stars Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin and Irene Jacob, as well as executive producer Nicolas Winding Refn.
- Scott Foundas
As I mentioned yesterday when we debuted some images from his newest film Burying the Ex, I’m a huge fan of director Joe Dante. His filmography is vast and contains some of my very favorite movies (Gremlins, The Howling, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace and Gremlins 2: The New Batch among them). Burying the Ex, which premieres today at the Venice Film Festival, seems very much like a Dante film but also feels like a bit of a departure for the genre vet. I haven’t had a chance to see it yet but from what I gather it’s a somewhat contained look at relationships that really focusses in on four central characters. One of whom just happens to be rapidly decaying in all sorts of gory ways. I recently got a chance to speak with Dante about Burying the Ex. We talked about the casting process, the gore, the »
- Evan Dickson
Our Fearless Leader's new film, Burying The Ex, premieres today at the Venice Film Festival. The touching story of "Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, girl becomes flesh-eating zombie" showcases four terrific young actors, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Oliver Cooper (Project X) and True Detective's Alexandra Daddario. Here's an interview with Anton talking about Burying The Ex and the upcoming Star Trek. Joe describes his latest as a "zom-com" and that pretty much nails this fractured fairytale in which a young woman's death doesn't stop her from snuggling with her beloved boyfriend. Here's a recent interview with Joe via Shock Till You Drop. Here's the entry on the Venice Film Festival's site. And The Hollywood Reporter is first out of the gate with a thumbs-up for Burying The Ex! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qQzxbQu7Ww
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- TFH Team
Earlier this year, actor William H. Macy made his feature-length directorial debut with “Rudderless,” a music-based drama starring Billy Crudup, Selena Gomez and Anton Yelchin. About a man (Crudup) trying to forget a past full of tragedy, when he stumbles across a box of unpublished music from his former life, it spurns him on to form a small band. These experiences lead to local success and ultimately changes his life. Lakeshore Records will release the Rudderless – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 30th and on CD October 28, 2014. The album features songs performed by Crudup, Gomez, and the Rudderless band (featuring Crudup, Yelchin, and American indie rocker Ben Kweller). The original score was written by Eef Barzelay of the band Clem Snide, and the songs in the movie were written by Simon Steadman and Charlton Pettus, and indie musician Ben Limpic. “Rudderless” played to strong acclaim earlier this year (read »
- Edward Davis
“He took what could have been B-movie exploitation and made it into arthouse cinema,” gush two Val Lewton enthusiasts at one point in Joe Dante’s comedy-horror doodle “Burying the Ex.” Dante, by contrast, has no such intentions with this of a nerdy horror fanatic (Anton Yelchin) struggling to shake the zombified, zealously clingy corpse of his micromanaging g.f. (Ashley Greene). Unflattering similarities to the recent, superior zom-rom-com “Life After Beth” aren’t the only factor portending a swift interment for this listless return from the beloved director, with VOD the likeliest avenue of access for devoted cultists.
Four years have passed since Dante last came to the Lido with his nifty 3D kids’ adventure “The Hole,” an imperfect effort that nonetheless suggested the alterna-Spielberg of the multiplex had regained some of his energy and invention. His idiosyncrasies have been firmly tamped down, however, in this visually inert new effort, »
- Guy Lodge
Michael Almereyda enjoyed critical acclaim with his rendition of Hamlet in 2000, starring Ethan Hawke as the troubled Dane. He arrives at Venice with one of the Bard’s “problem plays”, Cymbeline, which Almereyda has bravely, though ultimately unsuccessfully tackled with Hawke as one of the leads.
The tale is a complex weave of plots, counterplots, misunderstandings and violent subterfuge, which in the original play, takes place between England, Italy and Wales. Almereyda has transplanted the action to an unspecified Us town and Cymbeline (Ed Harris), King of England, is now a biker gang leader who opposes the corrupt Rome police force. His conniving queen and second wife (Milla Jovovich) wants her son Cloten (Anton Yelchin) to marry Cymbeline’s daughter Imogen (Dakota Johnson), but she has secretly married Posthumus (Penn Badgley). When Cymbeline finds out, Posthumus is exiled and subsequently meets up with Iachimo (Hawke) who wagers that he can woo Imogen. »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Last seen on the Venice Lido in 2009 with his acclaimed 3D horror The Hole, Joe Dante returns to the festival with the disappointing schlock fest that is Burying the Ex. All I wanted to bury was my head in my hands during the screening of this tired, cheap and cliché-ridden film.
Our hero is Max (Anton Yelchin), a shop assistant at Boo Mary’s, selling Halloween costumes and horror gimmicks while classic horror movies play on a loop on a TV screen. His girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) is an eco-blogger who – despite being up for skipping work to have sex with Max when a consignment of naughty nurse costumes arrives – is not actually that much fun.
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Shakespeare has done quite a bit of work. You may have noticed this yourself. But one of his lesser known plays, Cymbeline, does not always get the credit it deserves. Luckily we have the likes of Ed Harris and Ethan Hawke, in a contemporary set film which keeps the bard’s excellent dialogue. Transposing the story of a British king to drug gangs in America, Michael Almereyda once again tackles Shakespeare with Hawke, after their successful 2000 adaptation of Hamlet. Cymbeline also looks to harken back to William Shakespeare’S Romeo + Juliet with the casting choices of John Leguizamo and Vondie Curtis-Hall.
The trailer, with a rip-roaring rock tune to back it up, certainly makes Shakespeare cool again, and the cast all do well at delivering their old timey speech. I’m always up for any adaptation of Shakespeare, so fingers crossed this will bring this play up to the level »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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