The former Hunger Games star was photographed on the New Orleans’ set of his new movie, When the Game Stands Tall, also starring Jim Caviezel and Clancy Brown. Alex plays a high school star athlete. (Photo: Pacific Coast News)
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I recently ran into my old friend Jenn Gatien (who produced the 2011 documentary Limelight about her dad) and writer/director Xan Cassavetes at a party at the Chateau Marmont. I hadn’t seen Jenn in almost 15 years (!!!) and when I asked what she was up to, she said that she and Xan had just wrapped production on a quirky new vampire movie Kiss of the Damned, starring super-humpy Milo Ventimiglia, model/actress (and granddaughter of Elvis) Riley Keough, international it-girl and Lagerfeld muse Anna Mouglalis, and the once-adorable Michael Rapaport. Which sounds like a dream cast, but ANOTHER VAMPIRE MOVIE? I wasn’t sure I had room in my heart for more bloodsuckers. That is, until today when I ran across this GORGEOUS poster for the film, and this interview with Xan in movies.com.
Movies.com: Going off the poster, is Kiss of the Damned a callback to older, European vampire movies?
Xan Cassavetes: Yeah, it’s definitely more European. The poster is a bit more homage-y than the movie. It’s definitely more influenced by European horror of the ’60s and ’70s, but it’s not an homage movie. It goes its own routes.
Movies.com: How do you make a vampire movie stand out in this day and age? Do you have to navigate people’s expectations?
Cassavetes: The only expectations I’ve ever cared about are my own. The movie is kind of strange, but it’s what I wanted it to be. It is a vampire movie, and I love vampire movies that are big and opulent and they have extreme sexuality in them, but they’re also fun and melodramatic. They’re sarcastic, but they’re not. I love this forum to play in. Everything I’ve ever wanted to write has erotic subtext, because those are the kinds of movies I grew up on. I grew up on European films where sexuality was a part of people’s normal lives and to omit that depiction in a story feels like it’s missing an opportunity to show a character in one of its most intense forms.
Movies.com: Is there any single way you’d want to pitch the film to lure in midnight audiences?
Cassavetes: I have no idea. The poster definitely is evocative of one thing, and hopefully the way the film plays out is beyond expectations of a throwback film or whatever. I hope it brings out a vintage and European sensibility and mixes it with the here and now and is resonant with people on a level that’s different than what they’ve seen before.
So I’m sold. Kiss of the Damned will be released on VOD March 28, and in theaters beginning May 3.
Zac looks wistfully out onto the horizon, trying to summon up a new expression to use in his upcoming movie Are We Officially Dating? (co-starring Imogen Poots, who I’m still not convinced is a real person). So far, he’s got nothing. Pretty as they come, but wooden as a stump, poor thing. (Photo: Pacific Coast News)
Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson and can I just say OH. MY. GOD. Matt Damon HAS NEVER LOOKED BETTER! Seriously, he should wear his hair in a blond feathered ’70s ‘do ALL THE TIME. I thought his Tom Ripley in the lime Speedo was the apex of his beauty. I was wrong! This is going to be THE BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR! I am SO PSYCHED! (And how fab does Michael Douglas look?) (Photos: Pacific Coast News)
Stephan Chbosky’s iconic YA novel about love, loss, and teen angst hits the big screen starring Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Emma Watson as Charlie, Patrick, and Sam, respectively. I’m sobbing already.
JGL, looking adorable on the set of his directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction (which he also wrote and stars in). Love the new haircut. (via Pink Is the New Blog)