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April 26, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Some vampires are coming to Cannes. Organizers of the world's most prestigious film festival have announced that “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Jim Jarmusch's vampire movie starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, has been added to the competition lineup. The movie centers on a centuries-old vampire couple whose life is complicated by the male vampire's bleak worldview as well as the female's loose-canon sister (Mia Wasikowska). Swinton has been a frequent presence at Cannes in recent years, appearing last year with “Moonrise Kingdom” and in 2011 with “We Need to Talk About Kevin.” For the normally prolific Jarmusch, it marks only the indie director's second film in eight years, after “The Limits of Control” in 2009.
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March 11, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In what might be an industry first, movie director Robert Rodriguez ("Desperado," "Machete," "Sin City") has his own TV channel. Born out of a commitment by Comcast, as it acquired an interest in NBCUniversal, to carry minority-owned networks, El Rey (also available via Time Warner and DirecTV) has as its sometime-stated target young English-speaking Latinos. Or rather, young English-speaking Latinos - and anyone else with a television - who likes the sort of movies Rodriguez makes.
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July 26, 2009 | Reed Johnson
When Park Chan-wook set out to make his vampire movie "Thirst," he wanted to leave out the garlic cloves, opera capes, wooden stakes and other moldy genre stereotypes. Neither did he intend to add to the current glut of angsty-teen, blood-sucking fables with gorgeously buff heroes and heroines, such as "Twilight" and "True Blood." "In the West, there has been this great accumulation of cliches in vampire movies," the South Korean writer-director said by phone, speaking through an interpreter.
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March 10, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
A generation before "Twilight" stole teen girls' hearts, Anne Rice's "Interview With the Vampire" and its sequels explored the romance and eroticism of the vampire myth. No matter who was telling the stories of their loves and misdeeds, the vampire Lestat was at the center of the story, a magnetic, selfish antihero. The undead Lestat, who was played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 film "Interview With the Vampire," will return in a new novel in October. Rice announced the upcoming publication of "Prince Lestat" on "The Dinner Party," an Internet show co-hosted by Christopher Rice, her son. "It is a big vampire chronicle," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2001
In response to Jason Alexander Apuzzo's " 'Vampire' Does F.W. Murnau Injustice" (Counterpunch, Feb. 5), I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this devilish picture and would like to suggest that Apuzzo needs to lighten up a little bit, cut out his long middle name and step off his intellectual high horse when viewing films, and see them for what they are most of the time: simply entertainment. To me, "Shadow of the Vampire" was brilliantly written, and Apuzzo seems to have missed the fact that the film isn't about a method actor, but rather, a method director.
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November 18, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It breaks my heart to tell you that "Breaking Dawn" is broken. The movie that's carved out of the first half of the last book of Stephenie Meyer's vampires-in-love series, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, is weighted down by more than its title, to say nothing of the expectations. For the record, it's called "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," as if 5 billion insanely attentive Twihards wouldn't be able to find it. Maybe the studio suits have begun to believe the franchise, like the classy Cullen clan, is immortal, that almost nothing can kill it. They'd better hope that last bit is true, because "Breaking Dawn" kinda sucks, in the metaphoric rather than the vampiric sense.
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September 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
"Pan's Labyrinth" director Guillermo del Toro is collaborating with crime author Chuck Hogan on a trilogy of vampire novels, starting next summer with "The Strain." "The idea is epic in scope," Del Toro said in a statement issued by publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. "The trilogy advances in unexpected ways, and each book contains unique and surprising revelations about the history, physiology and lore of the vampiric race, tracing its roots all the way back to its Old Testament origins."
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October 25, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
In "The Twilight Saga," Robert Pattinson is required to move at superhuman speed, feast on woodland creatures and rip the limbs off fellow vampires. But the biggest challenge were his love scenes. Promoting the final film in the blockbuster franchise, Pattinson hit Australia for a photo call (the country's southern region is also a location for his next project "The Rover") and stopped by a local chat show to talk on-screen lovin' with co-star Kristen Stewart. "The sex scene in this one is pretty ridiculous," he said on the Kyle and Jackie O Show.
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October 31, 1994 | JACK MATHEWS
"Nosferatu" (1922). German Expressionist F.W. Murnau turned Dracula into a rat-faced monster, more reminiscent of an anorexic fruit bat than an Eastern European aristocrat, but he was a fright. * "Dracula" (1931). Bela Lugosi's trance-like glare and comedic timing ("I don't drink . . . wine") gave the world a new view of Bram Stoker's Transylvanian count. * "Dracula's Daughter" (1936).
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November 21, 2008 | Denise Martin, Martin is a Times staff writer.
Novelist Stephenie Meyer has a rabid teen following, and Hollywood has already dubbed Friday's two-hour feature film debut of her book series "Twilight," about a girl named Bella who falls for a vampire named Edward, a pop culture phenomenon. But the author has had a few rough months. In August, the final book in Meyer's "Twilight" saga, "Breaking Dawn," was greeted with passionate but divided reaction from fans, some of whom were so disappointed that they threatened to return their copies.
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February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
A woman who died this week after going into cardiac arrest at a beauty salon had undergone a cosmetic medical procedure that involved a part of her body being "augmented by injection," Long Beach police said. Long Beach police said that on Wednesday at about 12:20 p.m. they were called to Areli's Beauty Salon in the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue because someone was in cardiac arrest "under suspicious circumstances. " Authorities allege that 45-year-old Sandra Perez Gonzalez was renting space in the salon under the pretense of giving massages, but instead provided butt and lip augmentation and "vampire face lifts" -- a procedure in which a person's own blood cells are injected into their face -- without a license.
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February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Homicide detectives continued their investigation Friday into the death of a Long Beach beauty salon client who died after undergoing a cosmetic procedure and warned other potential victims to contact police. Authorities allege 45-year-old Sandra Perez Gonzalez  was renting space  at Areli's Beauty Salon in the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue under the pretense of giving massages, but instead provided rear-end and lip augmentation and "vampire face lifts"--a procedure in which a person's own blood cells are injected into their face--without a license.
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February 13, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 45-year-old woman accused of advertising that she conducted procedures including "Vampire Facelifts" and "butt augmentation" was arrested in connection with a suspicious death at a Long Beach beauty salon, police said Thursday evening. Sandra Perez Gonzalez rented a treatment room at Areli's Beauty Salon, where she also provided massages, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Officers responded to the salon Wednesday and found firefighters performing CPR on Hamilet Suarez, 36, a Long Beach resident who police said was in cardiac arrest "under suspicious circumstances.
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February 13, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The CW is on an early renewal spree, announcing Thursday that "Arrow," "Reign", "The Originals," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Supernatural" will return next season. CW president Mark Pedowitz, in a statement, listed the reasons. The Tuesday pairing of "The Originals" and "Supernatural" has boosted the night for the network, helping it achieve its most-watched Tuesday since 2008.  The rookie "Vampire Diaries" spinoff will return for a sophomore season while the long-running vet will return for a 10th season that will help it reach its 200th episode.
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February 7, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Livelier and more amusing than its studio's advance-screening ban suggested, "Vampire Academy," based on the bestselling tween book series by Richelle Mead, should largely satisfy fans of the seemingly unkillable parade of hot-young-vampire tales. That said, this likable comedic-thriller is something of a narrative mishmash as the script by Daniel Waters ("Heathers") continually strains to explain - and then make good on - the dense ins and outs of Mead's secret society of good and bad vampires.
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January 26, 2014 | By August Brown
The New York quartet Vampire Weekend won alternative music album for its LP "Modern Vampires of the City" at the 56th Grammy Awards on Sunday. The band, fronted by singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig, first rose to prominence on indie-rock blogs in 2008 with its self-titled debut album for XL Records. This is the band's first Grammy victory. "Modern Vampires of the City" was a critical and commercial success. It was the band's second album to debut atop the Billboard 200 and featured expanded production work from pop producer Ariel Rechtshaid.
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January 19, 1992 | ASHLEY SEAGER, REUTERS
Hunched before a screen in the depths of a Dutch bank sits a computer expert whose interest moves from bytes by day to Transylvanian nibbles at night. Rob Brautigam, when not at work in the ABN AMRO bank, is the Netherlands' only vampire hunter. His alternative business card reads: "Vampire Control--Center for Vampirological Research." Brautigam, 45, has devoted all his spare time of the last 20 years to studying the phenomenon of vampires.
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October 28, 1988
In Cecil Adams' column "The Straight Dope," which has appeared in alternative newspapers since 1973, he answered the following question: "What are the preferred ways to kill a vampire?" "To kill a vampire," Adams replied, "it is first necessary to determine its ethnic origin. Next, locate the vampire's daytime whereabouts, i.e., its grave.
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November 4, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend and Queens of the Stone Age top the lineup for the first night of this year's KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas benefit shows scheduled for Dec. 7 and 8 at the Shrine Auditorium. Rounding out the bill are Arctic Monkeys, AFI, Cage the Elephant, Grouplove, Foals and New Politics. As has been the case historically with KROQ shows, the 24th Acoustic Christmas bill is overwhelmingly male dominated, with Hannah Hooper of L.A. indie rock band Grouplove being the only woman slated to perform, at least on the first night as announced.
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October 20, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It's the sound most have learned to ignore when she's around. Where there is Julie Plec, the co-creator of "The Vampire Diaries," there's a near constant hum - a sort of real-life soundtrack that rivals the intense, forlorn music on the popular CW teen drama. It's in play at this moment. The bubbly TV show maker, surrounded by text-loaded whiteboards, is working on an episode of "Vampire Diaries" spinoff "The Originals" at the Hollywood offices of Plec's production company My So-Called Company.
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