PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Review

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters makes a great case for second chances.  I haven’t read Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson novels, but the 2010 adaptation of the first book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, was abysmal.  There wasn’t one good thing about the film, and it felt like the series would go the way of other stillborn fantasy franchises.  But in the demigod’s second adventure, director Thor Freudenthal find a place for the young hero by tapping into a solid PG adventure movie that takes the maturity of its cast and pairs it with fun action pieces, charming humor, and an enthusiasm that gives Percy Jackson a rare second chance at a first impression.

International Trailer for PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Goes Heavy on Action and Shows Most of the Movie

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An international trailer has been released for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home and other demigods.  The trailer shows the giant action on display to the point where I’m wondering where a sequel could possibly go.  The villain is the father of the gods, Kronos, with an assist from the previous film’s villain, Luke (Jake Abel).  How do you top the father of the gods?  In any event, like the first movie, there’s a hodgepodge of Greek mythology that brings in the Cyclops, the Golden Fleece, and other icons.  I’m still not sold on the picture even though this trailer basically gives everything away.  But with new director Thor Freudenthal at the helm and no need to go through the origin story, perhaps the sequel will be far superior to the first film.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Douglas SmithLeven Rambin, Missi PyleYvette Nicole Brown, and Mary BirdsongPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens in 3D on August 7th.

Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton, and Jake Abel to Star in Upcoming WWII Thriller GHOSTS OF THE PACIFIC

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Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope)Tom Felton (Harry Potter), and Jake Abel (The Host) have officially signed to star in Ghosts of the Pacific, a WWII thriller based on a true story about three Navy airmen stranded in the South Pacific Ocean in 1942 after their plane crashes.  With the American Film Company on board, production is set to commence on April 15th at Baja Studios.

According to the press release, American Film Company President Brian Falk will make his directorial debut with Ghosts of the Pacific.  The American Film Company has latched onto the project because the company focuses on depicting compelling true stories from American history.  Written by Mark David Keegan and Falk, Ghosts will begin production on April 15th at the Baja Studios, home to the world’s largest outdoor water tank, which was also used in James Cameron’s Titanic.  Hit the jump for more.

THE HOST Review

by     Posted 1 year, 235 days ago

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Writer/director Andrew Niccol’s The Host opens this holiday weekend with star Saoirse Ronan (Hanna).  Adapted from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel of the same name, The Host centers on Melanie Stryder (Ronan), one of the last human survivors of an alien invasion.  Unfortunately for Melanie, she’s quickly captured and implanted with an alien parasite known as a Soul, which attempts to replace her consciousness and take over her body; Melanie isn’t having it. The two entities must learn to cooperate or face the loss of the loved ones they each hold dear.

While Niccol makes his best attempt at adapting this story, the fault lies with the source material.  The tension that manifests in the first two acts rapidly diminishes in a lackluster conclusion that, while certainly an original take on conflict resolution, ultimately falls flat on screen.  Hit the jump for my review of The Host.

Max Irons and Jake Abel Talk THE HOST, Working with Saoirse Ronan, Stephenie Meyer’s Input, Plus Irons’ THE WHITE QUEEN and Abel’s PERCY JACKSON Sequel

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Next up from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is an adaptation of her sci-fi novel, The Host.  Centering on Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), a teenage girl who tries – and fails – to outrun a group of alien invaders who want to implant a parasite, known as a Soul, into her body.  While Melanie herself is divided between her own consciousness and that of the parasitic Soul named Wanderer, her attention is also split between two potential suitors: her boyfriend, Jared (Max Irons) and another human survivor, Ian (Jake Abel).

During a recent round of interviews, we sat down with Irons and Abel to talk about The Host, working from director Andrew Niccol’s adaptation, getting character input from Meyer and changes between the book and the film.  Irons also talked about his upcoming television series The White Queen, which he’s currently filming and Abel commented on the upcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters film, which will be released in 3D.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

New Trailer for Andrew Niccol’s THE HOST, Starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel

by     Posted 1 year, 244 days ago

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Open Road Pictures has released a new trailer for writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca) sci-fi film The Host.  Based on the novel of the same name by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, the film stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder, one of the last remaining humans on Earth after a race of parasitic aliens has taken over most of the world.  Melanie attempts to fight back against her parasite and sets out to free other humans, if they’ll accept her as one of them.  This trailer teases a bit more of the film’s love triangle and Niccol’s characteristically clean-looking sci-fi world.  Knowing very little about how the story plays out, I’m interested to see if the film marks a step up in maturity from Meyer’s Twilight franchise or if it skews closer towards the YA demographic.  Having Niccol onboard as the director is definitely a good sign.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and click here to check out five clips from the pic.  The film also stars Max Irons, Jake AbelDiane KrugerWilliam Hurt, Frances Fisher and Boyd HolbrookThe Host opens on March 29th.

New Trailer for Andrew Niccol’s THE HOST Starring Saoirse Ronan

by     Posted 1 year, 278 days ago

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Open Road Pictures has released a new trailer for writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca, In Time) adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer sci-fi novel The Host. The story takes place in a future where a parasitic alien species is nearly finished wiping out the human population by taking over the consciousness of each person.  A soul named Wanderer is attempting to take control of Melanie Stryder’s (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl.  This trailer finally does a swell job of explaining the film’s plot, and Niccol looks to have crafted a really cool-looking sci-fi world.  I’m still not entirely sure whether the story plays out as a romance or as more of a thriller, but I’m intrigued nonetheless.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Max IronsJake AbelDiane KrugerWilliam Hurt, and Boyd Holbrook.  The Host opens on March 29th.

13 New Images from Stephenie Meyer Sci-Fi Adaptation THE HOST, Starring Saoirse Ronan

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With a generation of Tweens (and beyond) saying goodbye to The Twilight Saga, a new Stephenie Meyer adaptation will fill the vampire/werewolf void with soul-stealing alien parasites; how dreamy!  The sci-fi flick from writer/director Andrew Niccol (In Time) stars Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) as a young woman who is among the last humans to be taken over by the alien parasites, though her spirit won’t give up without a fight.  We’ve got 13 new images from The Host, which opens March 29th, that also show off co-stars Diane Kruger, Boyd Holbrook, Max Irons and Jake Abel.  Hit the jump to take a look. 

3 New Posters and a Banner for Stephenie Meyer Adaptation THE HOST, Starring Saoirse Ronan

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Three new posters and a nifty banner have been released for writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca, In Time) upcoming sci-fi film The Host.  The film is based on the novel of the same name by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and takes place in a future where a parasitic alien species is nearly finished wiping out the human population by taking over the consciousness of each person.  A soul named Wanderer is attempting to take control of Melanie Stryder’s (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl.  Two trailers in, I’m still not entirely sure what the film is about, but I’m interested to see Niccol’s take on a teen sci-fi romance film even if these new posters look like perfume advertisements.

Hit the jump to check out the new posters.  The film also stars Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Boyd HolbrookThe Host opens on March 29th.

New Images from THE HOST Starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel

by     Posted 1 year, 347 days ago

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Though The Twilight Saga has finally come to an end with the November release of Breaking Dawn – Part 2, fans of author Stephenie Meyer still have more feature film adaptations to look forward to.  Writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca, In Time) adaptation of Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host is set for release next year, and a new batch of images from the film has landed online.  In the world of the film, a parasitic alien species is nearly finished wiping out the human population by taking over the consciousness of each person. A soul named Wanderer is attempting to take control of Melanie Stryder’s (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl.  These new images give us a few looks at Ronan as Melanie, as well as Max Irons’ Jared and Jake Abel’s Ian.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Boyd HolbrookThe Host opens on March 29, 2013.

New Trailer for THE HOST from Writer/Director Andrew Niccol and Author Stephenie Meyer

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A new trailer for The Host has gone online.  It does a solid job of setting up the plot, and sells the love-story angle hard, which is what you would expect when you bill the flick as coming from Stephanie Meyer, author of The Twilight Saga.  I’m just not sure if the sci-fi element will attract or turn off the audience the movie intends to attract.  Even though Twilight has werewolves and vampires, no one would call it anything but a romance.  Hunger Games has an easier time of selling itself as an action-adventure with a romantic subplot.  But The Host hasn’t been the literary success of either of those franchises, and without that support, I don’t know how the film will do, especially when March is so crowded with big releases.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Jake Abel and Max IronsThe Host opens March 29, 2013.

Teaser Trailer for Adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s THE HOST [Updated with Hi-Res Images]

by     Posted 2 years, 241 days ago

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The first trailer for the adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host has gone online. This is the very definition of a teaser trailer, but the lack of footage isn’t exactly unexpected given that the movie’s still filming and doesn’t come out for over a year. I’m not sure what all this glowing eye stuff is about, but I’m sure those who have read the book can fill me in. In the world of the film, a parasitic alien species is nearly finished wiping out the human population by taking over the consciousness of each person. A soul named Wanderer is attempting to take control of Melanie’s (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl. I’m a big fan of writer-director Andrew Niccol‘s work and Ronan is a killer actress, so I’m quite intrigued by the project as a whole. I’m not exactly sure what the point of releasing a trailer this early was, but I’m sure we’ll get a better look at the film later this year (in front of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, perhaps?). If you missed them, check out the first images from the film here.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Frances Fisher. The Host opens on March 29th, 2013. [Update: We've updated the article with four hi-res images from the film]

Jake Abel Set as One of Two Male Leads in Adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s Sci-Fi Novel THE HOST

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One of two male leads has been found for director Andrew Niccol’s (In Time) adaptation of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host. Deadline reports that Jake Abel (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief) is currently in negotiations to play the role of Ian. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie, a woman whose body is invaded by an alien named Wanderer. Ian is a young man who brutalizes Wanderer before falling in love with her. The other lead role, Melanie’s boyfriend Jared, has yet to be cast.

We recently reported on a shortlist of actors being considered for the roles of Ian and Jared, and Abel’s name was among them. Deadline’s report says that the role of Jared is now down to a few finalists including Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Max Irons (Red Riding Hood), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), and Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Blood and Sand). The casting of Jared should be settled soon, as Niccol gears up for production. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Meyer’s novel.

Liam Hemsworth, Kit Harington, Dane DeHaan and More Up for Sci-Fi Adaptation THE HOST

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The adaptation of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host is gearing up now that writer-director Andrew Niccol has wrapped up duties on his latest feature In Time. The film takes place in the future, and Saoirse Ronan is set to star as Melanie, a woman whose body is invaded by an alien named Wanderer. Casting has now turned to the two male leads in the film: Jared, Melanie’s boyfriend, and Ian, “a menacing young man who brutalizes Wanderer before falling in love with her.” Hit the jump to find out what actors are in the running for the two roles.

Timothy Olyphant On Set Interview I AM NUMBER FOUR

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Alex Pettyfer is freaking out.  He’s just discovered he can shoot light from his hands and it looks like he has flashlights shooting out from inside his skin.  He’s sitting in a small janitor closet in a High School hallway and I’m standing very close to director D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia).  We’re all looking at the monitors.  Timothy Olyphant, who plays Pettyfer’s guardian, walks into the closet shortly after Pettyfer and he’s telling him to relax.  As Olyphant gets him to calm down, the light emitting from his hands starts to dim until it finally goes away.  While the effect is being done practically, it looks real on the monitor.  I’m impressed.  I watch take after take of Olyphant and Pettyfer trying to get it right.  For more on what it was like to be on the set of I Am Number Four, click here.

Anyway, while on set I was able to interview Timothy Olyphant. He talked about why he wanted to get involved in the project, who he plays, and he also talked about his hit FX show Justified and Gore Verbinski’s animated movie Rango.  Hit the jump for more:

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