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The Host, starring Saoirse Ronan as a girl taken over by a parasitic alien, is making its way to Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download this summer. You can nab the hard copies on July 9th or you can download the movie on June 25th.
From Stephenie Meyer, Author Of The “Twilight Saga” The Host Be The First To Own It On Digital June 25, 2013 Available On Blu-ray™ Combo Pack With DVD And Ultraviolet™ July 9, 2013 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment “If You Love Twilight, The Host Will Blow You Away!”
-Bill Zwecker, Fox-tv
Universal City, California, May 7, 2013 – Based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel, world-renowned author Stephenie Meyer presents The Host, the epic love story starring Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones), Diane Kruger (National Treasure, Inglourious Basterds), Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) and Oscar® winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spiderwoman, A History of Violence). The Host »
- Jess Orso
May Flowers blooming daily in the afternoons…
Andrew here to start things off. It only makes sense that the melancholic showers of Anna Karenina and The Truman Show would give root to the gloomy blossoms which open May Flowers this year. Connotatively you’d expect flowers to be a symbol of good things – life, hope, colour. But, not so in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. In Nichols’ adaptation of Edward Albee’s play it’s just another thing in a long line of objects which sparring couple George and Martha use to play games. Who cares about the danger of confusing truth and illusion when there are so many games to play?
Here George comes to deliver our bouquet...
- Andrew Kendall
Based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel, world-renowned author Stephenie Meyer presents The Host, the epic love story starring Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones), Diane Kruger (National Treasure, Inglourious Basterds), Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) and Oscar winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman, A History of Violence). The Host will be available to own on Digital on June 25, 2013 as well as on Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD and Digital including UltraViolet on July 9, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over humans' bodies and erasing their minds, Melanie Stryder (Ronan) risks everything to protect the people she cares about most, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. Directed and adapted by Oscar winner Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, In Time) and co-starring Frances Fisher (Titanic, Unforgiven), Chandler Canterbury (Knowing, Repo Men) and Jake Abel (I Am Number Four, »
april showers & a tuesday top ten in one!
Do you ever think of The Truman Show (1998)? I really and truly loved it in 1998 naming it 'The Best Film of the Year!' to anyone who would listen. (This was in my pre Film Experience days of course... though it's hard to remember such a time).
My Top Ten Of 1998 - Unranked
Bulworth (Warren Beatty) Celebration / Festen (Thomas Vinterberg) Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon) High Art (Lisa Cholodenko) The Idiots (Lars von Trier) Living Out Loud (Richard Lagravenese) The Opposite of Sex (Don Roos) The Thin Red Line (Terence Malick) The Truman Show (Peter Weir) Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes)
...with Central Station and Shakespeare in Love just outside the top ten though I'm always considering reinstating them. They were both once on the actual list (The Idiots and the Malick I saw a little later). I haven't seen any of them »
- NATHANIEL R
Michael Bay ‘Pain & Gain’ box office: Bay’s first non-Transformers movie to fail to crack $20m domestic this weekend? This Pain & Gain box-office post is a fully updated version of my previous Pain & Gain box-office article. According to Deadline.com, Pain & Gain grossed a disappointing $7m on Friday, including $750,000 from Thursday late-night showings. That’s down from an expected $9m early in the day and $8m early in the evening. Barring a major Saturday surge — which is highly unlikely at this stage — Pain & Gain will end up with about $18-19.5m at 3,277 North American venues by Sunday evening. Afternoon estimates had the Michael Bay-directed movie grossing as much as $26m, later downsized to a more modest $21m — and now, quite likely, less than $20m. (Photo: Michael Bay on the Pain & Gain set.) Now, Paramount was purportedly expecting Michael Bay’s first non-Transformers, non-Shia Labeouf movie in »
- Zac Gille
‘Pain & Gain’ box office: Michael Bay’s less-than-atrocious effort to open either modestly or strongly, depending on your context of choice (photo: Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in ‘Pain & Gain’) Starring Ted and The Fighter‘s Mark Wahlberg and G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Fast Five‘s Dwayne Johnson, and directed by Michael Bay — he of the big, loud, dumb, and immensely successful Transformers movies — Pain & Gain is expected to open with less than $25m at 3,277 North American locations. In fact, Bay’s mix of crime thriller and "offbeat" humor, which had some critics groaning (47% approval rating and 5.7/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics), should not end the weekend much above the $20m mark if early, rough Friday estimates are accurate. According to Deadline.com, barring a major evening surge Pain & Gain likely collected $8m on Friday, including $750,000 from Thursday night screenings. Barring a major Saturday surge — not all that likely »
- Zac Gille
With UK cult and genre champions Arrow Video dropping their brand new and restored edition of George Romero's offbeat classic Knightriders on DVD and Blu-ray today, we've got a quick look at what fans can expect from this feature-laden package. Joust your way in here, squire!
From the Press Release:
Starring up-and-coming actor Ed Harris in his first ever leading role (Harris would go on to become a major Hollywood star, nominated for Academy Awards and Golden Globes for his roles in Apollo 13 and The Truman Show), Knightriders depicts a troupe of traveling medieval entertainers, led by Harris, trying to live their lives according to the ideals of King Arthur – No easy feat in Reagan’s America, where the outside world and its financial realities constantly encroach on their dreams.
Instead of flesh and bone, the trusty steeds on which these Knights ride are made of steel and engine! »
I don’t know the last time I watched the MTV Movie Awards. I think Howard Stern was there promoting his never-made Fartman movie. No, that was the 1992 MTV Music Awards. What about when the kids from Rushmore reenacted scenes from Armageddon, Out of Sight and The Truman Show? Actually, I might have only seen the parodies and not the actual show. Whenever it was, it’s been a long time. Because what self-respecting film lover watches such self-important, self-promoting, ratings-grabbing b.s.? Wait, that doesn’t sound all that different than the Oscars, and we pay lots of attention to those. The only difference is that the MTV Movie Awards don’t have a history or consistency or the sort of class that we like to think the Academy Awards do. They’re an easy punching bag because they seem to pander by catering to more mainstream, high-grossing, youth-driven entertainment. Also »
- Christopher Campbell
Tonight, MTV will broadcast its 21st annual Movie Awards. Truth: Twenty years ago, the golden popcorn for Best Movie went to A Few Good Men (following that: Menace II Society, Pulp Fiction, and Se7en). Safe to say, the show’s tone has changed pretty dramatically from those edgy early days when Dennis Miller hosted and Denzel Washington won Best Male Performance for Malcolm X. (I personally trace the trajectory shift back to the short-lived decision to create a Best Sandwich in a Movie category in 1996.) Yet even as the show’s gotten more mainstream (read: Twilight- and Hunger Games-saturated »
- Lanford Beard
A trailer is out for the new Romeo and Juliet movie. This adaptation is directed by Carlo Carlei (Flight of the Innocent) and stars Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) as Romeo and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Juliet.
My initial reaction while watching the trailer for this honest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet was why bother?
- Alex Corey
The MTV Movie Awards turns 22 this Sunday, April 14, which means yes, our beloved awards show has been drinking legally for a year.
In people years, the MTV Movie Awards still wouldn't be able to rent a car at the regular rate; but in the accolades-passing-out universe, 22 consecutive years of awarding popcorn statues to the A-list, producing the funniest movie spoofs ever, trying to wrangle Jim Carrey through his many stunts and witnessing the horror that was Borat's booty in Eminem's face has made it one of the most fun, most can't-be-missed awards shows in all Awards Show Land.
To celebrate the upcoming show (Sunday, April 14, 9:00 p.m. Et, MTV), here's our walk down memory lane with stops along the way to recall the 20 most memorable Movie Awards moments ever.
2000: When Tom Cruise Met Tom Crooze
Ben Stiller cut short his honeymoon and hopped onto a 15-hour »
- Kim Potts
I promised longtime Tfe super fan Ryan that I would one day write up a big top ten of the 90s piece although This Is Not It. This is like those tossed back "shots" of past decades wherein we tell each other our favorites. I'll tell you my ten favorites which are wildly unstable and could be replaced by anything in the "with apologies to" list if I'd ranked on another day. Well, not the top three. I mean... let's not get crazy.
The Piano (Jane Campion) Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott) Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson) Beauty & The Beast (Trousdale & Wise) All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar) Trois Coleurs Trilogy (Krystof Kzielowski) T2: Judgment Day (James Cameron) Fargo (The Coen Bros) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Most of them weren't even nominated for Best Picture. (Sigh). Oscar is so...
With apologies to 15 more. Let's call it »
- NATHANIEL R
After the star of MTV's Buckwild died earlier this week, should the show really have gone on?
The shocking "reality" of reality TV came crashing to earth earlier this week with the death of Shain Gandee, star of MTV's Buckwild. The show, disingenuously described by its makers as "an authentic comedic series following an outrageous group of childhood friends from the rural foothills of West Virginia" (for this read: "Deliverance Gone Wild with Some of Jackass's Unused Props"), has finally suspended production. But production of the show did go on after the tragedy came to light, reigniting the debate about reality shows and moral culpability.
Plenty of these shows walk a fine line between "entertainment" and "playing human chess with pieces that have slightly pathological behavioural issues", and everyone agrees the makers have some responsibility for the welfare of their stars – it's just a question of working out how much. »
- Priya Elan
1998 is fast shaping up to be a great year for movies. We have already had a few crackers such as Alex Proyas’ Dark City, The Postman and endless re-visits to the multiplex to see Titanic (we just can’t get enough of it). The rest of the year looks to be pretty decent too. In order to keep you up to speed with what to look out for, here are the ten which are going to dominate the rest of 1998.
Honourable mentions go to Deep Impact, The Truman Show, Dr. Dolittle and The Odd Couple 2, but unfortunately there can only be ten films on this list and here they are, in order of release date. Expect to see these dominating the box office as well as the Oscar Nominations (maybe not for Armageddon) throughout the rest of the year.
10. U.S. Marshals – Released 24th April
Tommy Lee Jones reprises his Oscar winning role as U. »
- Tom Gilchrist
By now, many are aware that Ace Venture is following in the footsteps of actors like Robin Williams by transitioning from comedy to drama. Time will tell whether the Truman Show is a trend or not, but I think it is clear that no one’s going to be able to take this film seriously. Stanley Ipkiss doesn’t have a serious bone in his body.
If you don’t believe me, then consider the following…
5. Jim Carrey’s Acting Style
Jim Carrey is a riot. He’s a comedian, through and through. He’s over-the-top, hammy as hell, and doesn’t know the idea of restraint. He bounces across scenes with an energy that you just can’t take your eyes off. That’s the secret to his success.
Drama requires an actor to be restrained, subdued, but nothing in Carrey’s acting catalog indicates he Can hold himself back. »
- Anthony Gramuglia
Stephanie Meyer is not in my wheelhouse when it comes to reading. Somehow, every female character she writes is either passive or annoying and every male character she writes is a stock character of some sort of male ideal. Throw in some saccharine descriptive sentences and groanworthy dialogue and she has achieved her perfect formula for The Host, a sci-fi romance novel about what is perhaps humanity.s last great fight for freedom and the ability to love. For those who are fans of Meyer.s work, The Host has now been turned into a film, courtesy of sci-fi megawriter and director Andrew Niccol. With Niccol writing and directing The Host for the big screen, Meyer.s novel was in capable hands. The Gattaca and The Truman Show writer could surely add a little snap and pizzaz to an otherwise tiresome endeavor. As it turns out, however, creating a symbiosis »
"The Host" is here! "The Host" is here! Stephenie Meyer fans who gave her first (and, to-date, only) non-"Twilight Saga" book release a go way back when during its early 2008 release are finally getting their long-awaited glimpse at how this complicated little story has been made into a movie as the movie hits theaters this weekend. With "Gattaca" and "The Truman Show" writer-director Andrew Niccol at the helm, the alien love quadrangle was always in caring hands, and even Meyer herself was more intimately involved with production on "The Host" than she had been for several of the "Twilight Saga" chapters. In recent weeks, she's even made her favortism for this alien-centric zone of her writing history quite clear and is ready to get cracking on the well overdue sequel, "The Seeker." , »
It’s been difficult to pin down what exactly happened to writer/director Andrew Niccol after his 1997 debut, Gattaca, but theories ranged from him having been replaced with a lookalike to him having had a stroke. A double feature of S1mone and In Time suggests the latter, but what then to make of the film sandwiched between them? Lord of War is a blackly comic morality play that never saw the eyeballs it deserved, but as if he were being punished for creating something thought-provoking, he disappeared for the next six years only to return in 2011 with a legitimately terrible, feature-length wrist-watch commercial starring Justin Timberlake. The release of his latest film sees him once again crafting lazy, simplistic sci-fi, this time adapting a novel by bestselling hack Stephenie Meyer, but in addition to being laughably bad, The Host may actually offer an answer to the question above. What happened to turn the man behind Gattaca »
- Rob Hunter
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, »
Directed by Andrew Niccol
Written by Andrew Niccol
World-building is key in storytelling, but no more impactful than in the science-fiction genre, where authors literally introduce us to new universes, brand-new places for characters to exist and grapple with conflict. Andrew Niccol, writer of Gattaca and The Truman Show, is no stranger to opening doors to odd and unfamiliar environments with rules audiences need to be clued in on. And yet, as the writer and director of The Host, a moony, faux-melodramatic romance with a supernatural backdrop based on a novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, he struggles with being able to explain the logic of a world in which not too much happens.
- Josh Spiegel
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