Get Your Copy of THE HOST on DVD or Blu-Ray on July 9th

In less than a week, you’ll be able to get your copy of The Host on Blu-ray or DVD!  However, the digital download of The Host is already available.  Here’s a refresher on what’s going to be available on the Blu-ray and DVD:

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack allows fans to watch The Host anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.  It includes a Blu-ray™ disc, a DVD and Digital Copy including Ultraviolet™ for the ultimate, complete viewing experience.

·      Blu-ray™ disc unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

·      DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing the movie in more places, both at home and while away.

·      Digital including UltraViolet™ is a revolutionary new way for fans to collect their movies and TV shows in the cloud.  UltraViolet™ lets consumers instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs.  Now available in both the United States and Canada.

·      Also includes an additional choice of digital formats from a variety of partners, including options to watch on iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, computers and more.

BONUS FEATURES (BLU-RAY™ and DVD):

·      DELETED SCENES

·      BRINGING THE HOST TO LIFE: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, featuring interviews with Stephenie Meyer, Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel.

·      SEEKER PSA: Feature Commentary with Author/Producer Stephenie Meyer, Screenwriter/Director Andrew Niccol, and Producer Nick Wechsler.

via Young Adult Hollywood.

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MUST SEE: Check Out This Fan Edit Video Comprised of YA Books into Movie Adaptations

When I watched this, I couldn’t help but feel a bit emotional seeing all those movies that were created from YA books.  Regardless of how they did in the box office, I felt a connection with each and every one of the books that were put into screen, and with the music used, “This is War” by 30 Seconds to Mars, it drove it home for me.

On my soapbox, I would say that none of the movies, even the most successful of them, will be as great as the words of the books that filled our imaginations with places, characters, and feels.  They should not be compared, to be frank, as they are two different mediums, so I applaud all those that stepped onto the big screen to show us what they could give.

Scenes taken from the following movies/trailers:

  • The Hunger Games
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Ender’s Game
  • Harry Potter
  • Insurgent (of the Divergent series)
  • Twilight
  • The Host

Thanks to Page to Premiere for the heads up!

Saoirse Ronan Nominated for Choice Movie Actress in Teen Choice Awards 2013

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The Host fans!  Saoirse Ronan has been nominated for a Teen Choice Awards in the category of “Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy.”

Although the movie didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, I rather liked the movie, and I liked how Saoirse was able to play both Melanie Stryder and Wanderer in the same boday, distinguishing one from the other fairly well.  She is very talented, after all.

Here’s who she’s up against:

Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  • Mila Kunis, “Oz the Great and Powerful”
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, “Iron Man 3”
  • Saoirse Ronan, “The Host”
  • Kristen Stewart, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”
  • Michelle Williams, “Oz the Great and Powerful”

Click here to vote for Saoirse!

via Teen Choice 2013.

THE HOST To Be Available for Digital Download on June 25th and Blu-ray & DVD on July 9th

Good news fans of The Host!  I think there’s a new trend that’s starting in that you will be able to download the movie some time before you will be able to purchase the Blu-Ray or DVD version of the film.  At least, that’s what’s going on with this movie.  On June 25th, you’ll be able to purchase and download a digital copy of the movie.  And then 2 weeks after that, you’ll be able to purchase the physical copy of the movie on Blu-ray or DVD.

Here’s the details of what’s included in the Blu-ray Combo Pack and then in the DVD:

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack allows fans to watch The Host anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.  It includes a Blu-ray™disc, a DVD and Digital Copy including Ultraviolet™ for the ultimate, complete viewing experience.

·       Blu-ray™disc unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

·       DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playingthe movie in more places, both at home and while away.

·       Digital including UltraViolet™is a revolutionary new way for fans to collecttheir movies and TV shows in the cloud.  UltraViolet™ letsconsumers instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers andTVs.  Now available in both the United States and Canada.

·       Also includes an additional choice of digital formatsfrom a variety of partners, including options to watch on iPhone®,iPad®, Android™, computers and more.

BONUS FEATURES (BLU-RAY™ and DVD):

·       DELETED SCENES

·       BRINGING THE HOST TOLIFE: Abehind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, featuring interviews withStephenie Meyer, Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel.

·       SEEKER PSA: Feature Commentary with Author/ProducerStephenie Meyer, Screenwriter/Director Andrew Niccol, and Producer NickWechsler.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK:

Street Date: July 9, 2013

Copyright:  2013 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.

Selection Number:  61123848

Running time:  2 Hour,6 Minutes

Layers:  BD-50

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen

Rating:  Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence

Languages/Subtitles:  EnglishSDH, Spanish, French

Sound:  DTS-HDMaster Audio 5.1

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD:

Street Date:  July 9, 2013

Copyright:  2013 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.

Selection Number: 61123838

Running time: 2 Hour, 6 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1Anamorphic Widescreen

Rating:  Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence

Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French

Sound:  Dolby Digital 5.1

What about you folks?  Will you be purchasing the digital download, or are you going to get the physical copy?

via The Host on Facebook.

A Music Video and Latest Trailer For THE HOST

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Obviously, Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive” has become quite the popular song when associating any song with The Host, but they also did a remix of it, which you can watch below. 

The following trailer is a little more geared to tugging at your heartstrings, which I think it does gracefully.  The song is called “To Build a Home” by the Cinematic Orchestra.

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via PagetoPremiere.

Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons Open Up About THE HOST And Other Things

saoirse-ronan-max-irons-host-portraits-exclusive-01-fiJustJared got an exclusive interview with two of the actors from The Host, Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons.  They asked them about the movie and filming, but they also got to ask them a few things that had nothing to do with the film, which made for some humorous moments.  Check out more images after the jump. 

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With Saoirse Ronan

JustJared.com:What was your favorite off-screen moment while shooting.
Saoirse Ronan:Max and I went to have dance lessons for the swing dance montage scene that we have. And we went to see this guy, I think his name’s Ralph or Ray, or something like that. And he was just so cool…but he was quite small. And he was a great guy, so we had really fun times doing that.

JJ:Did both of you pick it up at the same time or was one a better dancer than the other?
SR: I was a better dancer! I picked it up before Max did. Max needed to just relax a little bit. And I kept taking the lead, which I always do anyways whenever I dance.

JJ:I thought he said he was a break dancer when he was younger.
SR: Yea, he did this break dance Grease mix tape at a disco when he was like ten years old. He was like ‘Oh yea, I won this dance competition once!’ And we were like ‘Oh my God, when was that and what did you do and stuff?’ ‘I was like ten years old at a camp! I don’t know if anyone else danced’ I wonder if it’s on Youtube!

JJ:Did you have a favorite prop from set?
SR: Favorite prop? The little cryopod things cause they can be used for paper weights as well.

JJ:Did you steal any?
SR: No, but I should have! There was a few of those things that I really wanted to steal and then just didn’t have enough time. But I still want to take one of those. I might find out where they are, but I want to steal it though! You know?

JJ:Can you describe Maxin one word?
SR: English!

JJ: Jake?
SR: Guitar.

JJ: Diane?
SR: Mmm, Diane. Focused. [Laughs] She gets the good one!

JJ:What was the last movie you saw?
SR: The last movie I saw was Frankie and Johnny on the plane. It was great, it was really lovely!

JJ: What was the last song you downloaded?
SR: The last song I downloaded was a song by Daughter called “Human”.

JJ:Were you involved at all with any of the pranks that went on on set with Jake and Max? Did they involve you or prank you?
SR: There was one prank thatJake pulled on Max, obviously, when we found out that Max was afraid of things with wings, so like moths and butterflies and any kinds of insects. So he found this little plastic sort of cockroach thing that we put in his microwave that he would use everyday to heat up his lunch. And just watched the trailer waiting. And eventually he came, like ran out of the trailer freaking out! And the thing is that, I’m always the one who’s the accomplice in the pranks but I’m never the one that comes up with them really. But I get a real kick out of them, so eventually I have to tell the person that we’re playing the prank on that we’ve playing the prank on them cause they get a real kick out of it.

JJ: Is there some interest that people wouldn’t expect you to like? You play serious roles, but there’s a playful side people see very often!
SR: I’m serious sometimes, but most of the time, I’m just like this! I like to surf during the summer, I really like doing that.

JJ: I heard you like viral videos! Do you have a favorite video?
SR: [Laughs] There’s two that I love at the moment. Do you know “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That”? Sweet Brown? [Imitates video]. She’s like ‘I thought there was a fire!’ And then, this Taylor Swift video. You know that song that she has “I Knew You Were Trouble” and it’s like twenty seconds of her song and it’s right before she goes into the chorus and you know when she hits that high note? Well, they replace it with, it’s actually a sheep, well they replace it with a sheep screaming! You know they make that really weird screaming noise? And they replace it with the sheep! It’s the funniest thing. It’s so funny. So those two videos.

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With Max Irons

JustJared.com: What’s been your favorite off-screen moment of shooting?
MaxIrons: It would be hanging out in New Mexico going hiking. I like to go by myself. I get crazy on set sometimes being surrounded by people, so every once in a while I just have to get out.

JJ: Do you have a favorite prop from set?
MI: No, I didn’t steal any props. Getting to play with the guns was quite fun. But no, I didn’t have many props.

JJ: Did the guns actually shoot anything?
MI: They shot blanks if you wanted them to.

JJ: Describe Diane Kruger in one word.
MI: Stunning. Oh, I can do better than that. Mesmeric.

JJ: Saoirse Ronan?
MI: Effortlessly talented. Two words, I know (laughs).

JJ: Jake Abel?
MI: Kind.

JJ: Did you and Jake play pranks on one another?
MI: He’s a little sh-t. He loves playing pranks. He in fact opens pranks up to the world of Twitter. He decided to tell the world that I’m terrified of insects. We had a book signing the other day with 1,000 people, lots of whom threw plastic insects, or in some cases real insects, onto the table.

JJ: What’s the last movie you saw?
MI: The last movie I saw was Life of Pi. I loved it. I thought it was amazing.

JJ: What’s the last song you downloaded?
MI: Woodkid’s new album. It was amazing. It’s a French guy. He used to direct videos for Katy Perry and write lyrics for Rihanna. He decided to make his own music. He’s f-cking awesome.

JJ: Tell us more about your upcoming TV series.
MI: It’s called The White Queen. It’s about The War of the Roses, which took place in the 15th century, particularly violent period in history and a politically unstable period in history. I play King Edward IV – a bit of a womanizer, a very intelligent guy. And it tracks him and his wife over the course of their final 20 years.

JJ: What’s Tarquin Wong up to?


MI: Tarquin Wong! Where did you get that from (laughs)? He was this kid I went to school with when I was 13. He was a gymnast and a diving champion. I beat him in a dance competition, dancing to the Grease megamix with a combination of swing and break dance. At the time, it felt like my finest hour. When I look back, it makes me uncomfortable.

JJ: Let’s see you break dance!
MI: No (laughs)! I was more flexible in those days. Now, I’m taller and ganglier.

It’s quite funny that Max’s uses the word “kind” to describe his co-star Jake Abel, yet calls him a “little sh-t” in his next answer.

To read the complete interview, go here.

Jake Abel Talks THE HOST, His Co-Stars, and Things He Likes

jake-abel-the-host-cast-portraits-exclusive-02Here’s an interview with Jake Abel, who plays Ian O’Shea in The Host, that was done exclusively for JustJared.  And check out the cast portrait with him, Max Irons, Saoirse Ronan, and Diane Kruger, after the jump.  

JustJared: What about your favorite prop from set?

JakeAbel: I actually took something from [my character] Ian’s room. He had a really good collection of books. There was a Rudyard Kipling book, “The Jungle,” was in it and a couple other short stories. It was all beat up and really old. I think it was published in the 70s. I have a tattoo of a Rudyard Kipling poem “If,” so I’m a big fan and that was my steal from the set.

JJ: What do you like most about your co-star Max Irons?

JA: Max has become one of my closest friends actually. I trust him tremendously. We’ve done a lot of interviews together and when one starts to falter, we pick the other one up. I feel safe around Max (laughs).

JJ: What about Saoirse Ronan?

JA: Saoirse is great. She’s a pleasure to work with. She’s disarmingly talented in front of the camera as much so as behind it when she just turns it off and becomes a kid again. She’s just a joy to be around. She’s got a great energy about her.

JJ: Describe your co-stars in one word. First – Max?

JA: Fun.

JJ: Saoirse?

JA: Adorable.

JJ: Diane Kruger?

JA: Badass.

JJ: We hear you play guitar. What’s your go-to serenade song?

JA: Obviously, “Save Tonight” by Eagle-Eye Cherry. That’s the clincher (laughs).

JJ: We also hear you play pranks on Max. What’s the best prank you’ve pulled on him?

JA: Well, he made the mistake of informing me that he has a fear of bugs. One day, he knocked on my trailer because there was something in his trash can and I went to save him from it, and it was a moth. So I tweeted that day, I had a bunch of people bring fake bugs to our book signing at The Grove. When he wasn’t looking, I put one on his shoulder. It was there for a minute and when he moved, it fell in his lap. He was like, “Ah!”

JJ: Do you have an unexpected question for us to ask Max?

JA: Ask Max what Tarquin Wong is up to these days! And then make him tell you the story. He’ll know what’s up (laughs).

JJ: Last movie you saw?

JA: I think it was The Place Beyond the Pines, the Ryan Gosling movie.

JJ: Do you watch TV or more film?

JA: Film more. If I watch TV, I tend to watch Parks and Rec, really solid comedies.

JJ: What was the last song you downloaded?

JA: Langhorne Slim’s album, which is a guy out of Pennsylvania. I bought him and Alt-J, this band out of England. Those are the two albums I bought last.

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Read the complete interivew at Just Jared.

REVIEW: THE HOST (movie), Starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel

thehosttrio-fiOverall, I enjoyed the movie, although I have to admit there were a few unsteady scenes where the acting felt a bit off, but not laughable, as some scenes in another of Stephenie Meyer‘s previous book-to-movie adaptations.  The acting is strong in lead Saoirse Ronan, and the story is unique and dramatic and heartfelt.

I thoroughly enjoyed Saoirse’s ability to play two different characters in one body and keep them separate. She is a wonderful actor, and her chemistry with both Max Irons and Jake Abel was lovely. The supporting actors, William Hurt especially, did more than adequately enough to bring to life their characters.  In fact, William Hurt’s presence in the film really brought some scenes to a much more mature and emotionally charged level that only years of acting experience could bring.  What’s amazing is that sometimes Saoirse can match him in that depth level as well when she’s acting with him in a scene.

My main concern with the movie is that because the book was so detailed and so large in volume, having to remove certain parts to make the movie a reasonable time sacrificed a bit of the, shall I say, soul of the story. I would hate to blame that on the writing and directing, given that I do appreciate Andrew Niccol‘s efforts to bring the book to life on the screen, but I don’t know if I can fault the movie of anything else.  With that said, those who haven’t read the books, especially the male viewers, would probably appreciate it more considering that the book itself does not have a lot of action in it, where as the movie does add some level of it.  It’s not G.I. Joe or anything, but it’s a decent sci-fi/drama/romance.

Having read the book, I felt that at times it seemed a bit choppy, not as cohesive as I would like it to be, but as I stated, to make the film an acceptable 2 hours or thereabouts, the nuanced details that make the story flow in the book would only make it drag in a movie, so maybe those who haven’t read the book might think differently and actually will not find it that way. I hope so.  As for how the characters look in comparison to their description in the book, the only thing that needed to stay was the souls’ eyes and how they are different.  Aside from that, as with many book-to-movie adaptation, the appearance of a character is not essential for the essence of the story.  Sometimes they are, but I don’t believe so in this case.  I have been able to easily accept all the actors for the characters they play even if they may look nothing like the character described in the book.  That’s where the actor takes over, having to convey the character and make the viewer see and understand the character.

Plus, I’m not one who’ll berate or disapprove of a movie because the person playing the character isn’t what imagined them to be, as we all have varied concepts in our head.

In conclusion, I feel that this movie stayed pretty true to the essence of the story, giving us an understanding of the souls that have taken over and the humans that fight, as well as Wanderer’s journey of human emotions and Melanie’s ability to stay strong.  None of that is completely lost, and I feel it is good enough to warrant a sequel, and it hints at promoting one as well.

My rating: B- or 7 out of 10 stars.

Saoirse Ronan Reveals Her Favorite Scene From THE HOST

host-premiere-11-fiThere are plenty of scenes where Saoirse Ronan‘s character has to physically battle it out or just be physically assaulted in The Host, to which you can admire her ability to be the engage in the character she’s supposed to be, but she chooses a different scene altogether that, when you watch it, can probably understand why it was a favorite scene for her.  I certainly felt the emotional depth of it.

“Apart from the hitting scene,” she jokes, “my favorite scene to shoot was the scene with William Hurt where Uncle Jeb comes into the cell that I am in and apologizes for what they have done to the Souls.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ronan says that she valued the simplicity of the moment while still injecting drama and emotion into the scene.

“It was – I hope, anyway – underplayed from both of us,” she says. “I love doing scenes like that, because we didn’t really have any moments like that, where it was that still and that quiet. Also, just working with [Hurt], he’s so brilliant and I really do respect him, so it was great to have a scene with him on my own.”

With such an actor like William Hurt in the film, it certainly lends some gravitas to the scenes that he’s in, and he’s a great Uncle Jeb.

via TheHollywoodReporter.

Director of THE HOST, Andrew Niccol, Explains A Change Made in the Film

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Andrew Niccol, the director of The Host, spoke a little about Saoirse Ronan and finding the right chemistry between her and her two male leads.  

“There’s one thing I always think about movies,” says Niccol, “you can change the anatomy of a movie — you can change its skeleton and move scenes around and take scenes out — but you cannot fix the chemistry. If you do not have chemistry between actors, then you’re dead.”

Niccol admits that it was an “extensive process to find electricity,” but he found it in British actor (and son of the legendary Jeremy Irons), Max Irons.

“I remember Paul — Saoirse’s dad — was with me in the casting session with Saoirse and Max,” Niccol recalls. “He’s an actor as well, and I looked at him and he looked at me and went ‘Yeah…’ cause you could just feel it — something that’s not tangible, but you know it when you see it.”

Audiences have apparently felt that electricity as well, as Niccol admits to altering one particular scene due to fan reaction.

“What I’ve noticed with Stephenie Meyer movies, especially when it’s a packed house, there’s such audible reactions — shrieks — that I’ve actually had to expand scenes,” Niccol explains. “When Jake [Abel]’s character says ‘Kiss her’ to Max’s character, there’s such a big shriek that I actually added frames to the reaction so you could hear the next line of dialogue.”

I find it funny that the people behind the film actually accommodated for when the fangirls start squeeing.  

Some may find that too much has changed, but here’s one reason why Andrew changed the outcome of a couple of the characters, which makes sense. 

In one memorable scene, which finds humans sacrificing themselves to save their brothers and sisters, Niccol veered away from Meyer’s original story. “I did it in a more dramatic way so that guys would show up to the movie,” Niccol says with a laugh. “Of course it’s an alien love story, but there’s enough action that it’s OK guys, you can go to the movie. It’s going to be OK.”

Obviously, they wanted a movie that would appeal to both the females and the males, and that’s one thing as a filmmaker that you really have to adjust for.  The movie opens tonight for most of you, so I hope you go and check it out! 

via TheHollywoodReporter.