10 items from 2013
Amit Kumar’s ten year long journey culminates in a midnight screening at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Amit first pitched Monsoon Shootout to the UK Film Council in 2003 but waited for eight years to start shooting in 2011. In an exclusive interview to DearCinema.com, Amit Kumar talks about his film, working with international co-producers and his decade long struggle to make Monsoon Shootout happen.
How does it feel to have your film in the official selection at Cannes?
It’s a great honour. Waves of excitement interspersed with tonnes of work!
For the two years while I was hunting for finance, it was by and large the same story- okay we love your short film and your script but…let’s cast some star in it. I just wanted to work with good actors; I wanted to make a certain kind of film. So, it took much longer
- Nandita Dutta
Director: Andrew Niccol
Running time: 125 minutes
Synopsis: In the future, aliens known as Souls have taken over our planet. They inhabit our bodies, but have turned our society into a perfect place with no crime, hate, or lies. When a member of the human resistance, Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), is captured and becomes a host for a Soul called Wanderer, Wanderer soon finds herself battling with Melanie’s consciousness for control of the body. After forming a bond, Wanderer attempts to reunite Melanie with the human resistance.
Given that The Host is an adaptation of a novel from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, the key demographic of this film is perfectly clear. But to aim the groans and ridicule that are synonymous with the former franchise at The Host would be quite unfair. Beginning with »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Los Angeles — There's something about novelist Stephenie Meyer that induces formerly interesting directors to suddenly make films that are slow, silly and soporific. It happened consistently on "The Twilight Saga," and it happens again on "The Host," once-provocative writer-director Andrew Niccol's adaptation of Meyer's 600-plus-page post-Twilight novel that spent 26 weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list beginning in 2008.
Aimed squarely at the same tweens who contributed so generously to the bank accounts of everyone who became associated with Meyer's vampire franchise, this one swills in the same sort of thwarted Victorian-style romanticism while indulging a similar moonstruck vibe that can seemingly only be resolved in Meyer's work by selfless female sacrifice. Not to be deterred, Meyer's army of female fans surely will deliver a big opening for Open Road, but anything resembling Twilight numbers is a fantasy. Meyer intends to expand The Host into a trilogy, »
Choose to believe. Choose to fight. Choose to Love. Millions of Twilight fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the March 29th opening of The Host (Open Road Films) starring Saoirse Ronan, the next best-selling epic sci-fi love story by Stephenie Meyer, creator of The Twilight Saga. On March 26th, three days before the opening, KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records will release an exciting collection of music titled The Host: Choose To Listen. The album is executive produced by KIDinaKORNER Records founder-producer-songwriter Alex Da Kid and Stephenie Meyer.
The Host: Choose To Listen is headlined by previously unreleased tracks from artists on KIDinaKORNER Records, most notably the new track "Radioactive (The Dirty Tees Remix)" by platinum selling break-out rock band Imagine Dragons - check it out . Also in the spotlight are: "Slowly Freaking Out" by Skylar Grey (co-writer of "Love the Way You Lie," the worldwide #1 hit by Eminem featuring »
Millions of Twilight fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the March 29th opening of The Host (Open Road Films) starring Saoirse Ronan, the next best-selling epic sci-fi love story by Stephenie Meyer, creator of the Twilight Saga. On March 26th, three days before the opening, KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records will release an exciting collection of music titled The Host. Choose To Listen. The album is executive produced by KIDinaKORNER Records founder-producer-songwriter Alex Da Kid and Stephenie Meyer.
The Host. Choose To Listen is headlined by previously unreleased tracks from artists on KIDinaKORNER Records, most notably the new track “Radioactive (The Dirty Tees Remix)” by platinum selling break-out rock band Imagine Dragons- check it out Here. Also in the spotlight are: “Slowly Freaking Out” by Skylar Grey (co-writer of “Love the Way You Lie,” the worldwide #1 hit by Eminem featuring Rihanna); and “Making Time” by Jamie N Commons.
The new »
- Michelle McCue
Open Road Films’ “The Host” is coming to theaters March 29 in 3000 screens across the country and if you can’t wait for the release of the film to your neck of the woods, you can get some of your “Host” fix when the film’s soundtrack is released March 26 on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records. “The Host. Choose to Listen” is executive produced by Alex Da Kid and Stephenie Meyer. The soundtrack will also have some previously unreleased tracks from KIDinaKORNER artists like “Radioactive (The Dirty Tees Remix)” by Imagine Dragons, plus Skylar Grey and Jamie N Commons. Of course, there will be tracks from “The Host” movie score composer Antonio Pinto [ Read More ]
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While source material author and film producer Stephenie Meyer once indicated that The Host would have a limited soundtrack including little more than - as featured in the trailer - Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive," the full soundtrack list is in, and it boasts quite a few original numbers indeed! As revealed by Twilight Lexicon, the soundtrack includes the following artists and songs: 1. Soul Outside – Antonio Pinto 2. Chasing Rubies (Acoustic) – Hudson Taylor 3. Big Ticket – Duologue 4. Slowly Freaking Out – Skylar Grey 5. Making Time – Jamie N Commons 6. Lost – Die Mason Die 7. Evening Ceremony – Active Child 8. Hanging On – Ellie Goulding 9. Litost – X Ambassadors 10. Radioactive (The Dirty Tees Remix) – Imagine Dragons Jake Abel and Max Irons meet Imagine Dragons band members on March 8 Photo credit: Tony Nelson A preview download of Pinto's "Soul Outside" has been made available on The Host's Official Facebook Page. »
Stephenie Meyer is hoping to strike franchise gold again next week when "The Host" is unveiled. Directed by Andrew Niccol, it's another supernatural tale with a beautiful young girl caught between two L.L. Bean models as the fate of the world or something hangs in the balance. And while the "Twilight" soundtracks openly courted hip, indie acts, the tunes collected for "The Host" don't quite reach the heights of the songs for the vampire series that managed to snare folks like Thom Yorke and Vampire Weekend. Instead, more up and comers feature here, with Skylar Grey contributing "Slowly Freaking Out," Ellie Goulding dishing "Hanging On" while "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons gets a remix. Rounding things out are a variety of acts that haven't exactly been on our radar, but the ten track disc is kicked by composer Antonio Pinto's "Soul Outside" from his score to the movie. The »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Los Angeles — Although it sometimes accompanies fine films such as "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo," the phrase "inspired by a true story" tacked onto the front of a movie too often warns you that you're about to see something "inspiring" in the most hackneyed, triumph-of-the-human-spirit sort of way.
What's surprising about "Snitch" is that, rather than taking the reductive path of offering innocuous emotional uplift or one-man-army action, it generates a feeling of real desperation and fear as it shows a man getting in way over his head when he takes on some very bad guys. In other words, this is a pretty good film starring an actor named Dwayne Johnson, not a commodity with The Rock as a hood ornament.
Summit's main commercial hopes still rest with the mainstream action crowd – which likely will be satisfied despite the film's refusal to dish out doses of bodily harm like clockwork – but for Johnson, »
At the beginning of Snitch you'll be told it was inspired by actual events. That's true, to a limit. Yes, a man's son was wrongly accused of selling drugs after a friend set him up. As a result, the kid faced the ten year mandatory minimum for the federal crime, though he was offered a deal to help the government rack up some more convictions and decrease his sentence. He declined. From there the film and the true story radically part ways as writer/director (and one-time stuntman) Ric Roman Waugh (co-written by Justin Haythe) does his best to tell a measured dramatic thriller, but measured becomes "drawn out" as the pacing of this piece is unfortunately uneven. You can almost feel the film trying to contain itself, holding back rather than becoming the action film the trailers suggest. But if that was the goal why in the world did they cast Dwayne Johnson? »
- Brad Brevet
10 items from 2013
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