Byzantium Trailer – Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan turn vampire


When Byzantium debuted at TIFF last year it was met with decidedly mixed reviews, but it’s definitely an intriguing looking movie, with Neil Jordan going back to the world of bloodsuckers for the first time since Interview With The Vampire.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) is a precocious girl with a bent for storytelling. A natural introvert, her idea of a good time is to put pen to paper and reflect on her inner life. Her “sister” Clara (Gemma Arterton) is the complete opposite: extroverted and sexual, she struts around in stilettos and skin-tight garb, attracting hungry male gazes wherever she goes. Both carry secrets from deep in their shared past — all 200 years of it — which bubbles to the surface as Jordan wends his way through the twists and turns of the plot.

‘It turns out that Clara was involved in a passionate love affair during the Napoleonic Wars, while at the same time Eleanor was abandoned as a child. In the present, both seek to preserve their secret from their unsuspecting new companions. Eleanor falls for a sweet young waiter (Caleb Landry Jones), while Clara settles on a homey, unsuspecting man (Daniel Mays) who has just come into an inheritance: the Byzantium Hotel, which has seen better days. The fun begins as Eleanor and Clara shack up in the hotel, feeding off their victims while attempting to stay one step ahead of their pursuers, who are hot on the duo’s trail after Clara rather violently disposes of a particularly seedy pickup.’

The movie, which also stars Jonny Lee Miller, Sam Riley, and Tom Hollander, will be out in the Uk on May 3rd.

Crush Of The Day: Jonny Lee Miller

Ever since Trainspotting, we’ve had a soft spot in our hearts for Jonny Lee Miller, especially when he gets out his magnificently furry chest (sadly clipped in the shot above). Once married to Angelina Jolie (yes, really), who he met on the set of Hackers, the British actor has since starred in the likes of Plunkett & Macleane, Aeon Flux, Mansfield Park and more recently the US TV shows Eli Stone and Dexter.

With his latest turn in Dark Shadows, we thought it was time to appreciate the prettiness, so click on any of the images below to enlarge. [Read more...]

Nine Great New Dark Shadows Character Posters

It’s not too long now until Dark Shadows hits cinemas on May 11th. A trailer and a poster arrived a couple of days ago, and now nine rather cool character posters have debuted, which are incredibly brightly coloured to give it the late-60s/early-70s vibe the film is going for (which is the era the supernatural soap it’s based on aired on US TV).

In the film, Johnny Depp plays Barnabas Collins, who was turned into a vampire by a witch (Eva Green) in the 18th Century and then buried alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to old home, Collinwood Manor, to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonny Lee Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Chloe Moretz and Gulliver McGrath also star.

Dark Shadows Trailer


It’s odd that it’s taken so long, but a trailer for Dark Shadows is finally here. Based on a 1960s supernatural US soap opera, the film reunites Tim Burton and Johnny Depp for a film that from this trailer looks like it’ll be deliberately silly but fun, and it seem like it’ll be the most Burton-looking movie we’ve seen in a while, with plenty of gothic flourishes. In the film, Johnny Depp plays Barnabas Collins, who was turned into a vampire by a witch in the 18th Century and then buried alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to old home, Collinwood Manor, to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonny Lee Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Chloe Moretz and Gulliver McGrath also star. The film’s out May 11th.

 

First Pic Of Saoirse Ronan In Vampire Drama Byzantium


Interview With the Vampire director Neil Jordan is returning to the world of bloodsuckers with Byzantium, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones and Jonny Lee Miller. Now the first image from the movie has arrived, with Saoirse Ronan looking bloody fingered and slightly Red Riding Hood.

Byzantium is about two young women (Ronan and Arterton) who arrive in a nameless British town and claim to be 200-year-old vampires. Local teachers and parents then try to counsel the girls to get to the bottom of their delusions. However, when people start disappearing, people in town must confront the possibility that the two women are, in fact, what they say they are. The film will be out later this year.