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Things We Saw Today: Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as Vampire Lovers

Here’s the first pic from Jim Jarmusch‘s Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as, you guessed it, vampire lovers. Named Adam and Eve, incidentally. No release date for this one yet, sorry folks. (/Film)

  • This video of Anne Hathaway (OK, actress Emma Fitzpatrick) pleading for a Les Mis Oscar to the tune of I Dreamed a Dream is pretty dang funny. (via The Frisky)
  • Easy A director Will Gluck has been tapped to direct the movie version of the musical Annie, which is being produced by Jay-Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith (their daughter Willow was originally going to star, but she’s too old now) and has a script originally written by Emma Thompson and being revised by The Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna. That is such random assortment of talent that this movie is either going to be awesome or absolutely terrible. (via Coming Soon)
  • LucasFilm wants us to know that the 3D re-releases of Star Wars: Episodes II though VI are just postponed, not cancelled as previously reported. Oh, good. Always happy to hear about yet another Star Wars rerelease. Be right back, I have to go sob into my ABC soup for a minute… (via Nerd Approved)

Here’s a snow sculpture of Batman fighting a shark. You’re welcome. (via He Geek She Geek)

  • Deadline reports that screenwriter David Seidler, who won an Oscar for The King’s Speech (meh), is writing The Lady Who Went Too Far, about the life of Lady Hester Stanhope, “who rejected London society in the early 1800s to travel across the Mediterranean and into the Middle East, where she played a major role in stifling Napoleon’s advances towards India.” Decidedly not “meh.” That sounds awesome.
  • Yoko Ono, Gloria Steinem, and Lauren Bush are contributing jewelry designs to Maiden Nation‘s ImagiNation 365, a campaign that seeks to “empower women in the marketplace through ethically-themed fashion.” (via The Wall Street  Journal)
  • Female buddy cop comedy The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy (trailer here), has been pushed back from April 5th to June 28th. (/Film)

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  • WendyD

    SWINTON and Hiddleston in a movie. Together? As lovers? O.M.G. I think the interwebs just exploded.

  • Alana Beltzer

    “Easy A director Will Gluck has been tapped to direct the movie version of the musical Annie” A version of the musical Annie, not *the* movie version of the musical Annie. There was already a movie in 1982 ( which just happens to have been the very first movie I was ever obsessed with ;)

    An, as such….DO. NOT. WANT.

  • Anonymous

    Why is The King’s Speech “meh”? That was an awesome film!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I liked it, and the acting was great, but it was unexceptional to me. Predictable, kinda bland… again, I don’t think it’s bad, but I don’t think it deserved Best Picture. And the way Tom Hooper frames his characters, in TKS and Les Mis, pisses me off to no end.

  • Anonymous

    I reallllly hope it’s good.

  • Anonymous

    Eh, I find Annie to be terrible in general.

    …That’s not fair. It’s just tedious and boring as hell to me. I mean, is anyone ASKING for another Annie? Is there any saccharine 1920′s ground that the previous two didn’t cover?

  • Tamara Brooks

    I still hold a grudge against Jay-Z for ruining “Hard Knock Life.”

  • Nelly Dreadful

    30s, not twenties. But nitpicking aside, aw, that’s not fair. I mean, sure, the Annie musical has sap, but it also has snark and sass. I mean, Hard Knock Life, Little Girls, and the lesser known but unfortunately re-relevant Hooverville song (the number where all the homeless folk stuck living in a shantytown sing a poisonously sarcastic thank you to president Herbert Hoover for “making them what they are today”), it’s not all sweetness and light in that musical. There is some wicked, funny, funny stuff in there.

    And hell, there’s a LOT of stuff a new interpretation could potentially bring to old material. I mean, even just the fact they were originally looking at Willow Smith says that they’re looking at shaking up the casting diversity wise. And hell, if they took a look at other material from the original comic strip? HOO BOY HOWDY THAT SHIT IS BANANAS. Pirates and smugglers and wasn’t Annie kidnapped and brainwashed into being the queen of a lizard cult at some point and WHAT IS THIS EVEN.

    They… proooobably will not look to the lizard-queen-brainwashing era for inspiration, more’s the pity, but still. Even if we just got a remake along the lines of, say, the second Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella musical movie? Which gave us absolutely colour-blind casting, Whitney Huston as the Fairy Godmother, and a bit more build-up to the romance? I could live with something like that.

  • Nelly Dreadful

    Eh, I preferred the nineties movie. It kept the song NYC (I never liked “Let’s go to the Movies”), and didn’t tack on an out of the blue redemption for Miss Hannigan. I mean, what. That was like Cruella De Ville abruptly pulling her car over in the final chase scene and wandering off to join PETA.

  • Seanna Tucker

    Both the 80s and the 90s versions make me incredibly happy (especially the star talent), but this new version……..

  • Brooke Michelle

    I”m with you there. But “Adam and Eve?” Ugh.

  • TKS

    If it’s any consolation, I’ve politely asked Tom Hooper to stop framing his characters in me. He’s yet to get back to me.