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Sara Driver Is Back: After ‘The Dead Don’t Die,’ a Charles Addams Project, and Much More

Sara Driver Is Back: After ‘The Dead Don’t Die,’ a Charles Addams Project, and Much More
One of the more amusing moments in Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie satire finds Iggy Pop lurching into a diner as one of two walking corpses moaning “coffeeeee,” making his way from human victims to the fresh brew on the counter. The other “Coffee Zombie,” as she’s credited, is Jarmusch’s longtime partner. But Sara Driver is a lot more than that.

As a director, Driver’s playful blend of shadowy fantasy and grimy New York living was a revelation in 1986’s “Sleepwalk,” a surreal and often haunting look at a woman adrift in supernatural circumstances. Jarmusch served as one of the cinematographers on the project, two years after Driver produced Jarmusch’s surprise breakout “Stranger Than Paradise.” However, while he continued honing his trademark deadpan filmmaking across the decades, Driver’s own directing career advanced in fits and starts.

Her sophomore effort, “When Pigs Fly,” landed in 1993, and
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‘I’m Just Sick of Zombies, Man’: Jim Jarmusch on ‘The Dead Don’t Die’

‘I’m Just Sick of Zombies, Man’: Jim Jarmusch on ‘The Dead Don’t Die’
There are dozens of filmmakers who get giddy at the thought of orchestrating an army of extras, all made up to look as if the flesh is rotting on their bones, all shuffling forward as if battling rigor mortis, all moaning and grasping and jaws chomping in anticipation. Jim Jarmusch is not one of those filmmakers. “I’m more of a vampire guy,” the 66-year-old director admits, and even if you haven’t seen his stellar addition to that horror subgenre — 2014’s Only Lovers Left Alive — you could have guessed
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All 13 Jim Jarmusch Films Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

All 13 Jim Jarmusch Films Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)
The man who quietly (and always weirdly) helped to define American Independent Cinema in the 1980s, Jim Jarmusch has stubbornly made his own kinds of films in his own way. If Hollywood ever thought they could make him fit into one of their boxes, they were wrong to try, and eventually, his actor admirers sought him out to be in a series of idiosyncratic and always fascinating films. Here’s our ranking of his singular output:

13. “Coffee & Cigarettes” (2003): Sure, it’s the last one on this list, which technically means it’s the “worst,” but even the least plotted, most indulgent and freely floating Jim Jarmusch film provides memorably weird, comedic pleasures. This brazenly pointless sequence of non-events is 11 segments long, each one starring different actors, all of them talking — most frequently about the Tesla Coil — while drinking coffee and smoking. All except for Gza and RZA, that is,
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Blu-ray Review: Night On Earth, Jarmusch Travels Around The Globe In A Single Night

There is no director who more personifies American independent films in the '90s than Jim Jarmusch. Yes, he had been working since the early '80s parallel to the No Wave cinema scene in New York, but it was with films like 1986's black and white dark comedy Down By Law that he really started picking up momentum. By the time 1991's Night on Earth came around, Jarmusch was able to attract higher profile actors, and the resulting film is one of my favorites in his oeuvre. Night on Earth is a five part film that explores a single night in various taxis around the world. Stories take place in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki each detailing a different wild night in a...

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‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Official Trailer: Jim Jarmusch’s Wild, Star-Studded Zombie Romp Opens Cannes

‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Official Trailer: Jim Jarmusch’s Wild, Star-Studded Zombie Romp Opens Cannes
Leave it to Jim Jarmusch to breathe a little life into both the zombie movie and the Cannes Film Festival with his latest feature: the starry festival’s official opening night film, “The Dead Don’t Die.” The latest from the indie filmmaker takes him back to the kind of genre roots he previously toyed with in his vampire film “Only Lovers Left Alive” (what’s next? a werewolf movie?), with the “Paterson” and “Broken Flowers” director next exploring the vibrant after-life of zombies. At least he’ll be armed with some of his favorite collaborators, including Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray.

“The Dead Don’t Die” stars Driver and Murray as local cops who must spring into action when a zombie outbreak begins affecting the town’s citizens. Jarmusch shot the movie in upstate New York, and Murray has gone on record saying the director has “written
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Bill Murray Leads the Zombie Charge in 4 The Dead Don't Die Character Posters

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Bill Murray Leads the Zombie Charge in 4 The Dead Don't Die Character Posters
The Dead Don't Die is set to make a splash at Cannes this year, premiering alongside Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The zombie comedy comes as quite the departure for director Jim Jarmusch, who is perhaps best known for such indie classics as Dead Man, Ghost Dog, Broken Flowers and Coffee & Cigarettes. Today, we have a series of character posters featuring the cast.

Leading the charge in this zombie apocalypse is Bill Murray, who has collaborated with Jim Jarmusch on 2003's Coffee and Cigarettes and the 2006 dramedy Broken Flowers. He plays a policeman tasked with taking down an army of the undead in quite deadpan fashion. Joining him on the force is Adam Driver, seen here wielding a machete. We also get a look at Chlo&#235 Sevigny and her trusty shotgun, along with a look at Tilda Swinton as a samurai warrior.

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Blu-ray Review: Stranger Than Paradise Is An Anti-Trip Worth Taking

The seemingly inevitable time has finally come for Jim Jarmusch's first directorial efforts, Permanent Vacation and Stranger Than Paradise, to join the Criterion Collection’s already brimming Jim Jarmusch subsection, thus far consisting of, in order of DVD release: Down By Law, Night On Earth, Mystery Train, and Dead Man. For the completionists arranging the Jarmusch subsection of their collections in chronological order, Stranger Than Paradise aesthetically compliments its 1986 follow up, Down By Law (Criterion’s first Jarmusch release) beautifully, offering something of a full circle for the filmmaker whose future Criterion release output is anyone’s guess. While there are oh-so-many worthy works in his filmography, I’m personally calling Coffee and Cigarettes. Perhaps the three B&W films will make for a stunning Criterion trilogy. And yet,...

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Carmine Street Guitars: A Legendary New York Shop Captures A Moment In Time (Exclusive Clip)

Tony Sokol Apr 18, 2019

Trees grow in Brooklyn. In Greenwich Village, Rick Kelly reclaims older wood for Carmine Street Guitars, we learn in this clip.

Wood resonates, as Ricky Kelly points out in this clip from the upcoming documentary Carmine Street Guitars, that's why he chooses old growth and white pine in his custom guitars. You can hear the difference in the sound. Kelly makes his guitars from the “bones of old New York," reclaimed white pine beams frame from buildings constructed in the 1800s.

Directed by Ron Mann, Carmine Street Guitars captures five days in the life of Carmine Street Guitars, where musicians like Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Patti Smith picked, strummed and bought. The film doesn't only capture the store: it encapsulates a passing moment in time.

"Once the center of the New York bohemia, Greenwich Village is now home to lux restaurants, and buzzer door clothing stores catering to the nouveau riche,
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Jim Jarmusch to Open Cannes 2019 With Zombie Comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’

Jim Jarmusch to Open Cannes 2019 With Zombie Comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival will open Tuesday, May 14 with the world premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die.” The movie is backed by Focus Features and stars Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Chloë Sevigny, and more. The star-studded ensemble cast made “Dead Don’t Die” a no-brainer for opening night. The film will premiere in competition.

“The Dead Don’t Die” stars Driver, Murray, and Sevigny as local cops who must spring into action when a zombie outbreak begins impacting the town’s citizens. The movie is the latest Cannes opening night selection, following Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,” Arnaud Desplechin’s “Ismael’s Ghost,” and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society.” Focus Features last opened Cannes in 2012 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” The indie distributor picked up rights to “Everybody Knows” last year as well.
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Jim Jarmusch’s Zombie Movie ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ to Open Cannes

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Jim Jarmusch’s Zombie Movie ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ to Open Cannes
Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die,” a star-studded zombie film that finds Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver and Tilda Swinton facing off against a horde of the undead, is set to kick off the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, Variety has learned.

The movie, Jarmusch’s third with indie studio Focus Features, unfolds in the peaceful town of Centerville, which suddenly finds itself under attack by zombies. Murray, Driver and Sevigny play the small-town sheriff’s deputies battling the reincarnated corpses breaking out from their graves. Jarmusch also wrote the script for the dark comedy, which will be the first film to screen at this year’s Cannes in competition for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize.

The film will debut in theaters in France on the same day as its Cannes screening, with Focus releasing it in the U.S. exactly one month later,
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Bill Murray Zombie Movie The Dead Don't Die Gets a Summer Release Date

Bill Murray Zombie Movie The Dead Don't Die Gets a Summer Release Date
Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die is officially hitting theaters this summer. The zombie comedy sees the writer/director with many of his past collaborators, including Bill Murray, who was very excited to announce his involvement in the project last year. However, unlike Zombieland, Murray will not be a zombie this time around. Instead, he, Adam Driver, and Chloe Sevigny are playing police officers. It's also worth noting that Driver and Sevigny have worked with Jarmusch in the past, but there's even more previous collaborators in the mix for The Dead Don't Die.

The Dead Don't Die hits theaters on June 14th and in addition to Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and Chloe Sevigny, the movie features Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, RZA, Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Sara Driver, Carol Kane, and Tom Waits. As for what the movie will be about, that is
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Jim Jarmusch’s Bill Murray Zombie Movie to Hit Theaters in June

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Jim Jarmusch’s Bill Murray Zombie Movie to Hit Theaters in June
Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie “The Dead Don’t Die,” starring Bill Murray, will open on June 14.

Focus Features’ “The Dead Don’t Die” also stars Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, and Tom Waits.

The movie is written and directed by Jarmusch. Producers are Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan. Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Focus has noted that it’s the third Jarmusch film that it’s handled following 2005’s “Broken Flowers” and 2009’s “The Limits of Control.”

Plot details have not been disclosed. On-set photos showed Murray as a police officer alongside colleagues portrayed by Driver and Sevigny. Images also showed Gomez and a bloody Austin Butler.

Jarmusch and Murray previously worked together on 2003’s “Coffee and Cigarettes” and 2005’s “Broken Flowers.” Driver starred
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The Best Cinematography of 2018

2018 saw the passing of a cinematography legend in Robby Müller, a regular collaborator of Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch, who with his work on “Paris, Texas,” “Down By Law,” “Dead Man” and Lars von Trier’s “Breaking the Waves” was responsible, perhaps more than anyone, for defining and expanding the aesthetics of the 1980s and 1990s arthouse. It is a sad note in a year that has been otherwise a banner year for the craft he perfected and elevated, and so as our small tribute, we dedicate our list of the Best Cinematography of 2018 to him.

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Movie Poster of the Week: “Khrustalyov, My Car!” and the Posters of Andrzej Klimowski

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Above: detail from 2018 UK quad for Khrustalyov, My Car!.One of the most beautiful and confounding of modern masterpieces, Aleksei German’s Khrustalyov, My Car! is getting a 20th anniversary restoration release in both the U.K. and the U.S. on December 14 courtesy of Arrow Films. A potent source for Armando Ianucci’s The Death of Stalin, German’s fever dream of a satire has some the most gorgeous high-contrast black and white cinematography I’ve ever seen (watch the trailer here). It is fitting then that the new poster for the film, by the great Andrzej Klimowski, is in such stark black and white.A new film poster by Klimowski is an event. Born in London to Polish parents in 1949, the designer emigrated to Poland in 1973 to study under the legendary Henryk Tomaszewski at the Academy of Fine Arts. By 1976 he was designing posters for the state-run Film
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'Living the Light: Robby Muller': Film Review | Venice 2018

'Living the Light: Robby Muller': Film Review | Venice 2018
The late and great cinematographer Robby Muller, who died in July at age 78, left behind a large archive of personal footage and photos, which forms the basis for director Claire Pijman’s documentary Living the Light: Robby Muller. Famous for his use of and special attention given to light, Muller shot some of the most iconic films of directors as different as Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas; The American Friend), Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark) and Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Down by Law, Ghost Dog), blending each director’s sensibility and requirements with his own distinct vision....
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Claire Pijman on ‘Living the Light,’ Her Tribute to Cinematographer Robby Müller

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Claire Pijman on ‘Living the Light,’ Her Tribute to Cinematographer Robby Müller
When he died in July this year at the age of 78, Robby Müller left behind a glorious legacy of more than 70 feature films and a reputation as one of the finest cinematographers in the business. Beginning in Germany, where his collaborations with Wim Wenders resulted in such seminal, early-70s European classics as “Kings of the Road,” “The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty” and “Alice in the Cities,” Müller enjoyed a brief vogue in the U.S. in the early ’80s, which is how he came to be closely associated with New York indie director Jim Jarmusch, starting with “Down By Law” in 1986. When the shift to digital occurred, Müller jumped right in at the deep end, finding an ally in Lars Von Trier, the provocative Danish auteur behind “Breaking the Waves” (1996) and “Dancer in the Dark” (2000).

Directed by Claire Pijman and scored with a piece written specially for
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Jim Jarmusch Is Making a Zombie Movie With Bill Murray and Selena Gomez

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Jim Jarmusch Is Making a Zombie Movie With Bill Murray and Selena Gomez
Independent stalwart Jim Jarmusch is making a zombie movie with Bill Murray and has set up the project at Focus Features.

“The Dead Don’t Die,” which also stars Selena Gomez, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Chloe Sevigny, is already filming in Upstate New York. Focus noted Friday that it’s the third Jarmusch film that it’s handled following 2005’s “Broken Flowers” and 2009’s “The Limits of Control.” Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan are producing.

Murray was seen in on-set photos obtained by the Daily Mail. Murray plays a police officer alongside colleagues portrayed by Driver and Sevigny. Images from Just Jared also show Gomez and a bloody Austin Butler.

Although Jarmsuch had not officially announced the project, Murray mentioned the pic in March in an interview with Philly.com.

“I’ve got a good job coming up. Brace yourself: It’s a zombie movie,” Murray said at the time.
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Robby Müller obituary

Cinematographer who helped shape the visions of film-makers including Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch

When cinema audiences think of the desolate grandeur of Wim Wenders’s existential road movies or the stark, corroded aesthetic of Jim Jarmusch’s deadpan comedies, they are usually calling to mind images from the work of the Dutch cinematographer who helped shape those film-makers’ visions: Robby Müller, who has died aged 78.

Müller had an unorthodox preference for the medium shot and long take over the close-up and the rapid-fire cut; this, along with his flexibility and his attentive and unusual use of light, earned the admiration of directors including Lars von Trier, Raul Ruíz, Sally Potter, Steve McQueen and Michael Winterbottom. The most apparently unpromising locations grew magical through his lens. The high-contrast monochrome in Jarmusch’s New Orleans-set Down By Law (1986), the first of their four features together, provided a sense of definition which sometimes eluded the characters themselves.
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Wim Wenders Remembers "Innovative" 'Paris, Texas' Cinematographer Robby Muller

Wim Wenders Remembers
German director Wim Wenders has paid tribute to famed Dutch cinematographer Robby Muller, who died this week at his home in Amsterdam after a long battle with Binswanger's disease.

Muller worked with numerous acclaimed filmmakers in his career, lensing William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A; John McNaughton's Mad Dog and Glory; Alex Cox's Repo Man and films from Jim Jarmusch (Down by Law, Mystery Train, Dead Man, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Coffee and Cigarettes) and Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark).

But he was most closely associated with Wenders, working on a dozen films together,...
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Robby Müller Death: Industry Pays Tribute To The ‘Master Of Light’

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Robby Müller Death: Industry Pays Tribute To The ‘Master Of Light’
As word spreads of the passing of venerable cinematographer Robby Muller, collaborators and admirers are paying tribute on social media. Dutchman Müller died Tuesday in Amsterdam after a long illness. His last full feature was Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People in 2002, which followed a celebrated career that included multiple collaborations with Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch on such movies as Paris, Texas and Down By Law. He also shot William Friedkin’s To Live And Die In L.A. which is getting a lot of attention today.

Jarmusch was among those to react to Müller’s death, writing, “Without him, I don’t think I would know anything about filmmaking.” See below for more reactions and tributes.

Farewell to a true poet of the screen, cinematographer Robby Müller, the wizard who shot Down By Law, Paris Texas, To Live & Die in La, Breaking The Waves and Repo Man, among countless others.
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