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.
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 Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Frances Fisher and Boyd Holbrook. The Host opens on March 29th.
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 Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Boyd Holbrook. The Host opens on March 29th.
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 Holbrook. The Host opens on March 29, 2013.
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 Irons. The Host opens March 29, 2013.
Recently seen battling the unded in Resident Evil: Retribution, Boris Kodjoe will next battle sex-addiction in the Lionsgate drama, Addicted. Paul Hall will produce with Bille Woodruff (Honey) attached to direct. The picture centers on a supposedly happily-married mother of three children who satisfies her sex addiction by sleeping around. Sex addiction tales seem to be a trend on the rise (Shame, Thank You For Sharing), all paving the way to the inevitable Fifty Shades of Grey. Variety’s report shares no details as to Kodjoe’s role, so it’s unclear as to which side of the addiction he will be on. Kodjoe can next be seen in another film that deals with infidelity in brutal ways in director Douglas Aarniokoski’s Nurse 3-D.
Hit the jump for news on the newest addition to Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, Winter’s Tale, starring Russell Crowe.
We have a few new casting additions to share with you today. Here they are in brief:
- Vanessa Hudgens (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) is the latest addition to Machete Kills, the sequel directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Danny Trejo.
- William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk) will join Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, Winter’s Tale. The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel stars Colin Farrell and Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay.
- Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby) joins the family in August: Osage County, based on the Tracy Letts play and starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Chris Cooper.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Earlier this year, we reported on Ned Benson‘s fascinating double-feature The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. The film show how a married couple in New York City deals with an emotional, life-altering experience, from two different perspectives. The perspective of the husband (James McAvoy) is seen in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him, while the story of the wife (Jessica Chastain) is told in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her. The conflict arises when the wife tells her New York restaurateur husband that she wants to go back to college. I assume her studies will examine the origins of isolated people.
Today, Screen Daily [via The Playlist] is reporting that Viola Davis, Bill Hader, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Ciarin Hinds, and Jess Weixler have joined the cast. There’s currently no word on who these actors will play or if they’ll appear in one or both movies, but Eleanor Rigby definitely has a terrific line-up. Filming is currently underway in New York.
Actor Christian Camargo, whom many remember from a crucial arc in the first season of the Showtime series Dexter, is gearing up to make his directorial debut with an ambitious modern retelling of Anton Checkhov’s The Seagull, and he’s got a stellar cast in tow. Variety reports that Katie Holmes, William Hurt, Allison Janney, Russell Means, Jean Reno, Mark Rylance and Juliet Rylance are all in various stages of negotiations to join the ensemble cast. The film will take place in rural New England “where reckless desire wreaks havoc over Memorial Day weekend as a family confronts the volatile and fragile nature of love.”
West Wing vet Janney will play a movie star based on the Seagull role of Irina, Hurt will play her ailing brother, and Holmes will play “the temperamental daughter of the estate’s caretaker.” I haven’t read The Seagull, but I’m impressed by the cast Camargo has assembled here and I’m eager to see what this re-imagining has in store. Camargo wrote the script himself and production is set to get underway this summer. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for The Seagull.
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]
Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain will star in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers. The love story explores a New York City couple’s relationship during a difficult time in their marriage from the perspectives of the restaurant owner husband and of the wife, who goes back to college. Presumably, “His” will be from Edgerton’s perspective and “Hers” will be from Chastain’s. Ned Benson‘s two scripts sound like an intriguing premise, and it doesn’t hurt having Edgerton and Chastain as your leads. William Hurt is in talks to join the cast.
Variety adds that the films will be stand-alone, so it’s not like one is the sequel to the other. Having them released at the same time and available to view in either order is an exciting prospect. Myriad Pictures plans to shop the project around the Berlin Film Festival next week. Hit the jump for the press release and a quick refresher on Edgerton and Chastain’s upcoming projects.
As production on director Andrew Niccol’s (In Time) adaptation of the Stephanie Meyer sci-fi novel The Host nears closer, casting continues and now it looks like William Hurt may be joining the project. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie, a young woman whose body is invaded by an alien name Wanderer. Max Irons plays a young man in love with Melanie and Jake Abel plays a young man in love with Wanderer (super creepy/strange love triangle!). EW reports that Hurt is in talks to play Melanie’s eccentric uncle Jeb, a man who serves as one of the leaders of the human survivalists who are battling the alien invasion.
Niccol wrote and will direct the pic, which sounds intriguing despite the Twilight-esque romantic angle. The cast is impressive, and Niccol never disappoints when it comes to unique storytelling (though the execution of that unique storytelling is sometimes uneven). Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the novel. The Host opens March 29th, 2013.
As review copies of the upcoming Thor Blu-ray are going out, it’s not surprising that some of the disc’s noteworthy extras are being posted online. First up, there’s the “Road to The Avengers“, a sneak peek which is almost entirely worthless. There’s no footage from the movie, and it’s mostly a puff piece where talking heads celebrate the scope of the picture and how great it is to work with everyone. The only moment of any value is when director Joss Whedon says that the idea that fuels the film is this group of superheroes becoming a team and “finding what they didn’t have before.” The other special feature is a short film, “Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant”. If you ever wanted to see the mundane behind-the-scenes activities of S.H.I.E.L.D., you’ll love this short, which feels like a fan film except they got Clark Gregg to star in it.
Hit the jump to check out the videos. Thor hits DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray on September 13th. The Avengers opens in 3D on May 4, 2012.
Watching Broadcast News twenty years after release it’s interesting to note that the film hasn’t been vaulted into the category of films like Network or A Face in the Crowd for being a prophetic film about what’s happened to journalism. Perhaps because it cuts deeper to the bone. And though it may not be the go-to for the state of journalism, it’s just as on-point as any satire of TV journalism. Holly Hunter stars as Jane Craig, a segment producer for network television’s evening news. She’s good friends and colleagues with Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks), who’s nursed a crush on her so long that it is a habit of their friendship, and their platonic bond is disrupted when Tom Grunick (William Hurt) enters the pictures. He’s the handsome but vacuous new talent, who knows he’s out of his depth but also knows how to anchor. My review of the Blu-ray Criterion edition of Broadcast News follows after the jump.
There are both rational and irrational reasons for hating the prequel trilogy. With the rise of Red Letter Media, that internet phenomenon that has made a name shit-talking the Star Trek: Next Generations films, and The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, there is a more present sense of disappointment with the Lucas empire- but it’s something that has been haunting Lucas about a couple days after people started seeing TPM and word set in. But as not great as the prequels were, there’s other reasons to be bummed about those films besides just fan service. Until he made the prequel trilogy, George Lucas had a stunning cinematic record as a director. His first film THX 1138 is a classic, and deserves to be appreciated. Another reason to be disappointed is that he led the way for films like Lost in Space, the 1998 warm-up for the prequel trilogy. Lucas whetted a lot of appetites, but the man also showed a talent for the game. My review of both THX 1138 and Lost in Space on Blu-ray follow the jump.