If you’re attracted to the idea of a fable-like vampire tale but don’t want to forego big splashes of blood and big, baroque emotional arcs, then Neil Jordan‘s Byzantium might be one to see. The film features Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as mother and daughter, with the twist being that they share vampiric blood. They’re trying to maintain the undead version of a living in a small town, but when Ronan’s character sparks to a young man played by Caleb Landry Jones, things get out of control.
Jonny Lee Miller, Sam Riley, and Tom Hollander also show up in the story that marks Jordan’s return to vampires following his 1994 effort Interview With the Vampire. (There are also distinct shades of his 1984 fairy tale A Company of Wolves here, as well.)
Reviews of this one out of TIFF last year were mixed, but this new international trailer does a good job of setting up the film as something fun and a bit set off from the now-typical film depiction of vampires. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
The revisionist Snow White fable The Order of the Seven was scrapped several months ago, but prospective star Saoirse Ronan may get her shot at playing a Disney princess just yet. Provided she can beat out the competition, that is.
Along with Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) and Gabriella Wilde (Carrie), the Host actress is one of three names in the mix for Mark Romanek‘s live-action Cinderella adaptation. Whoever lands the gig will star opposite Cate Blanchett, who’s in negotiations to play the evil stepmother. More details after the jump.
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Over the past five years, author Stephenie Meyer has proved she can strike a chord blending genre and romance. Her Twilight books and movies are some of the most successful in recent memory, playing to a specific audience hungry for passionate romance and tantalized by their horror-inspired roots.
Once Meyer finished Twilight, she published The Host, which has now been adapted for the big screen by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show) and it’s more of that proven formula. Set in a future where most of the world has been taken over by parasitic alien beings, The Host follows a romantically involved survivor, played by Saoirse Ronan, whose human soul fights her alien parasite to help the human resistance against their alien invaders.
At least, that’s what the first trailer for the film showed. Now the final theatrical trailer has been released — likely meant to be attached to this weekend’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 — and it dials down the sci-fi alien action angle in place of sappy teen romance. Check it out below. Read More »
For his last feature, Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson tapped the then-unknown Kara Hayward to play the film’s young female lead. For his next movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson is turning to a more established name. Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones) will play one of the lead roles, opposite Ralph Fiennes, who is M. Gustave, the “perfectly composed” concierge of the titular hotel, and Jude Law.
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The first full day of the San Diego Comic Con found the giant Hall H occupied by nearly the entire cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer showing up as well. But after the Twilight panel finished up, Meyer came back out to the stage to introduce a few minutes from The Host, which is the Andrew Niccol-scripted and directed adaptation of Meyer’s sci-fi novel of the same name.
The book follows a teen girl named Melanie Stryder, who is initially one of the few humans to escape possession by an alien race. But she is eventually “occupied” by a symbiotic alien named Wanderer, and the story kicks into gear as Melanie and Wanderer fight for dominance within the girl’s mind, as human and alien-controlled factions have their own raging conflict.
A few minutes of footage was unspooled, seemingly from the first and second acts of the movie, and we’ll run down the details below. Read More »
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Twilight may be ending this year, but the work of author Stephenie Meyer isn’t going to be away from screens for long. Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, In Time) wrote and directed an adaptation of Meyer’s novel The Host, in which Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) forms a strange alliance with an alien parasite that is part of a race targeting Earth and humanity.
We’ve seen a very brief teaser for the film that really didn’t show much in the way of footage. Now there is a bit of behind the scenes set visit video that shows some of the characters and sets. Check it out below. Read More »
For a decade, Disney has been preparing a new live-action Snow White film, and in the couple years it has taken the shape of The Order of the Seven, previously Snow and the Seven, a film that would re-cast the Seven Dwarfs as a band of international warriors (the better to court non-US box office) protecting Saoirse Ronan. The Snow White character was to be re-imagined as “a young woman in 19th century Hong Kong who escapes her wicked stepmother and takes refuge with seven men belonging to an ancient order dedicated to fighting demons and dragons.”
Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby were hired to rework the script very recently, and commercial helmer Michael Gracey was set to make his directorial debut with the movie. (Scott Elder and Josh Harmon originally wrote, and Michael Arndt rewrote last year, with Francis Lawrence previously attached to direct.) But now it is off. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: We have been told that there is no truth to this rumor. Original story follows.
The last time we saw Jennifer Connelly in a Darren Aronofsky movie, she was curled up in the fetal position after having hit rock bottom at the end of 2000’s Requiem for a Dream. But in real life, of course, that movie had a much happier conclusion, with Connelly drawing raves for her fearless performance. Now Connelly and Aronofsky may be headed back to work together a second time, for his upcoming Biblical epic Noah. The project would also reunite her with Russell Crowe, who starred with her in 2001’s A Beautiful Mind.
Meanwhile, the project also appears to be reaching out to the younger generation, as Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) is reportedly being eyed for a supporting role. More details after the jump.
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Author Stephenie Meyer is obviously best known for writing the Twilight books, but she also wrote a best-seller not filled with vampires, werewolves and teen lust. It’s called The Host and the film version, directed by Andrew Niccol, has just released its first teaser trailer. Starring Saoirse Ronan, The Host is about one woman’s struggle in world where aliens have fused themselves with the majority of humans to create an ideal society. It’ll be released March 29, 2013 and you can check out the teaser after the jump. Read More »