Director Neil Jordan’s vampire drama Byzantium is finally getting a Canadian release this weekend. The melancholy film stars Saoirse Ronan (The Host) as Eleanor, a vampire (although that word is never used) tired of living on the run with Clara (Gemma Arterton, St. Trinians). The DLB had the chance to speak to Ronan during last year’s Toronto International Film Festival during a roundtable with the young Irish star.
Archive for Twilight
The DLB recently spoke to actor Scott Speedman (Underworld, upcoming The Moth Diaries) about his new romantic comedy The Vow and snuck in a couple of questions about his recent genre past and future.
Tell me about working with director Mary Harron (American Psycho) on the upcoming vampire film The Moth Diaries.
Yeah, very smart woman. Very, very talented director, obviously. That’s really why I wanted to do that thing. I got on that movie five years ago, I think. Yeah, I was just jumping at the chance to work with her because I’ve loved her movies in the past.
RED RIDING HOOD
Starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman and Shiloh Fernandez
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Written by David Leslie Johnson
Warner Home Entertainment
Given that the theatrical version of Red Riding Hood was roundly trashed, the DLB opted to watch the “alternate cut” presented on the film’s Blu-ray release which promised a “provocative alternate ending.” Having not seen the film in theatres, we’re not sure what was provocative about it, but we suspect that is so much marketing ballyhoo.
Starring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard and William Fichtner
Directed by Patrick Lussier
Written by Todd Farmer
You don’t see many studio movies that are as balls-out as Drive Angry. That’s probably because director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer – the team responsible for My Bloody Valentine 3D and the upcoming Hellraiser re-do – shot it outside the studio system. (Maple Pictures picked it up for Canada.) Which means that there’s more cussin’, boobs, awesome gun fights and Satanic sacrifice than you normally see in a Nic Cage film.
I always get a thrill picking up Rue Morgue‘s Halloween issue each year, not only because my writing is inside but because it’s always a thing of beauty. This year’s 13th anniversary edition is no different, with a cover story on the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho which turns 50 this year. And look at that cover, courtesy of art director Gary Pullin. Norman’s almost pretty enough to kiss!
Issue 105 of RM hits stands October 1 and here’s a rundown of what you can expect. Go buy it!
20th Century Fox is rush-releasing a Twilight parody called Vampires Suck next month. We’re assuming this is going to bite, albeit not in a good vampire way, but did chuckle a few times during the trailer:
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
Directed by David Slade
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
The fact that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse makes me want to see the next instalment, Breaking Dawn, fascinates me. It’s horrified some of my Facebook friends, who don’t believe me when I say Eclipse is a good movie.
Let me repeat that: Eclipse is a good movie.
In the lead-up to the June 30 release of the third Twilight film, Twi-hards have any another item over which to obsess, the soundtrack, which is surprisingly diverse and strong for such a massive release. Here is the DLB track-by-track breakdown:
No, we have no interest in the movie, but the soundtrack looks fantastic.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE” SOUNDTRACK
TRACKLISTING EXCLUSIVELY REVEALED ON MYSPACE MUSIC;
MUSE JOINED BY METRIC, THE DEAD WEATHER, VAMPIRE WEEKEND, CEE LO GREEN, THE BRAVERY, BECK AND BAT FOR LASHES,
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE AND MORE;
MUSE’S “NEUTRON STAR COLLISION (LOVE IS FOREVER)”
DEBUTS MONDAY, MAY 17TH;
SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE JUNE 8TH
Just this week, Summit Entertainment, Chop Shop Records and Atlantic Records confirmed the first details of “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK,” the musical companion to the third installment in Summit’s film franchise. Yesterday, MySpace Music exclusively revealed the soundtrack’s highly anticipated tracklisting. Throughout the day, MySpace Music announced a new soundtrack artist every half hour. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is slated to open in theatres nationwide on June 30th.
Due in stores and online June 8th, the “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE” soundtrack features songs that will appear in the movie, highlighted by Muse’s brand new single “Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever).” The single, which is exclusive to the “ECLIPSE” soundtrack, will premiere worldwide this coming Monday, May 17th, when it also becomes available to download on iTunes.
In addition to Muse, the soundtrack features new songs from Metric, The Dead Weather, Vampire Weekend, Cee Lo Green, The Bravery, Beck and Bat For Lashes, Florence + The Machine, UNKLE featuring The Black Angels, Fanfarlo and more. Each recording featured is exclusive to the soundtrack, having never been released previously. See below for the entire tracklisting.
Chop Shop Music Supervision owner Alexandra Patsavas (Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy) returns as the “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE” Soundtrack Album Producer/Music Supervisor, working closely with the film’s director David Slade in compiling the tracklisting. Paul Katz of Eye2Ear Music serves as both the producer of the album as well as Summit’s point person on film-related music and soundtracks.
“It has been such a privilege to work on ‘THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE’ with such creative and innovative talent,” says Patsavas. Katz adds, “This soundtrack is our best example to date of our unique combination of major acts that are world renowned and wonderful new discoveries for many people. We really feel our Twilighters will have another great musical experience.”
“THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK” is now available to pre-order at www.eclipsesoundtrack.com/preorder.
Released in November of 2008, “TWILIGHT – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK” has gone on to sell more than 2.5 million copies in the U.S. alone and 1.4 million internationally. The soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 chart upon its release, marking the largest debut for an Atlantic Records soundtrack since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. In addition, “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON—ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK” topped the Billboard 200 in its first full week at retail in October of 2009 and has gone on to sell more than 1.1 million copies in the U.S. and nearly 1 million internationally. Both soundtracks have remained on the Billboard 200 since being released.
In THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, directed by David Slade from a screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg and starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, Bella (Stewart) once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward (Pattinson) and her friendship with Jacob (Lautner) — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.
“THE TWILIGHT SAGA:
ECLIPSE—ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK”
In Stores And Online June 8th
1. Metric—“Eclipse (All Yours)”
2. Muse—“Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)”
3. The Bravery—“Ours”
4. Florence + The Machine—“Heavy In Your Arms”
5. Sia—“My Love”
7. The Black Keys—“Chop And Change”
8. The Dead Weather—“Rolling In On A Burning Tire”
9. Beck and Bat For Lashes—“Let’s Get Lost”
10. Vampire Weekend—“Jonathan Low”
11. UNKLE—“With You In My Head” (feat. The Black Angels)
12. Eastern Conference Champions—“A Million Miles An Hour”
13. Band of Horses—“Life On Earth”
14. Cee Lo Green—“What Part of Forever”
15. Howard Shore—“Jacob’s Theme”
Coven of Celsus – Elizabeth by Randy V
Erotica, horror, and a complete reworking of vampire mythology make debut novel “The Most Dangerous Vampire Story Ever Told”
Randy V, inspired by the Marquis de Sade’s Juliette and Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, reworks vampire mythology in his debut novel Coven of Celsus – Elizabeth to create “the most dangerous vampire story ever told.”
In this unique and original complete reworking of vampire mythology, the author introduces us to vampires who are decidedly not of the Twilight ilk. Rather, these vampires share an overwhelming affinity for sadistic orgies and what they consider justifiable homicide, preferably at the same time. They live for 117 years and then become spirits for 117 years, with this cycle of reincarnation lasting forever.
Coven of Celsus – Elizabeth takes place in the present, which happens to be the 17th reincarnation. The story centers around nine vampires, one man and eight women, each of whom feeds in a different manner. Celsus and Nona come back into each reincarnation with their full memories, while the haunted, world-weary lycanthrope Celsus, in a variety of increasingly sadistic sexual orgies, releases both the memories and the “true selves” of the other seven women at each reincarnation.
In this novel of erotic horror, the title character, Elizabeth, is the eighth member of the nine-member coven. The novel follows the beautiful, deeply disaffected Elizabeth as she finds her “true” self, all while Celsus pulls her strings, notes the author, “like a puppet.” Concurrently, the other members of the coven sexually overwhelm and execute two pedophile priests and a former brutal boyfriend, as well as others, in increasingly bizarre and sexually gruesome ways that take vampires, and their deadly desires, to an entirely new level.
Celsus’ philosophy throughout the book – eat to excess, drink to excess, fornicate to excess – creates what the author calls “an incendiary, very sexual book with dialog regarding organized religion that is difficult to refute.” Numerous reviews on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Coven-Celsus-Elizabeth-Randy-V/product-reviews/0595452752/ref=cm_cr_pr_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending attest to the impact it has on readers.
Coven of Celsus – Elizabeth is available at www.amazon.com.
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