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'Twilight' saga author discusses her next epic love story

By David Seno Mar 25, 2013 12:48PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After her success with the “Twilight” series, Stephenie Meyer tackles aliens and the paranormal in her next epic love story, “The Host.” The best-selling author discusses aliens, motherhood and the amazing actors who helped shape her story for the big screen.

 

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MSN Movies: What’s more fun? Aliens or vampires?

 

Stephenie Meyer: Well, they each have their appeal. You can have a lot of fun with vampires – there’s wild superhero aspect to them. They have these amazing abilities: They can run fast and lift heavy things. With aliens, there are more limitations. So purely based on fun? I would say vampires.

 

What do you think will appeal to the “Twilight” fans about “The Host”?

 

If they like my style of storytelling, they’ll enjoy “The Host.” There is romance, there are some stellar performances – you’ve got to see Saoirse. She is unbelievable. Just to watch her be able to do this great performance is worth the price of the ticket.

 

Can you tell us in depth about the actors or actresses that pulled off performances that you feel were closest to how you pictured the characters when you wrote the book?

 

All of them did a great job, but the top honors have to go to Saoirse, particularly for her portrayal of Wanda. Wanda is not even human and she was able to create this entity which most encapsulated the character. She was able to capture this otherworldly persona and became this alien.

 

You have a young actor: Chandler Canterbury. Can you tell me what he brings to the film?

 

We’ve been so lucky. He’s fantastic. He’s like a little adult – owning his craft and completely understanding what he is doing. He’s amazingly gifted. There is a scene with him and Wanda, and the relationship between them is so real. It’s wonderful to have a child in this post-apocalyptic world where things can be put into perspective. For me, as a mom, it makes you take the situation so much more seriously when you see a child suffering in this world.

 

What characteristics did Saoirse embody that you felt was perfect for the leading role?

 

The main thing is that she is one of the most amazing actresses that I’ve had the privilege to watch and let alone work with. We knew with this role, it being so complicated, we needed someone who can just transform themselves into both of these characters.

 

What was the biggest change you’ve gone through as an author as you look back on the things you’ve written?

 

I hope I’m better and have gotten stronger as a writer. When I re-read my stuff, I think about so many things I wish I would have done differently – not so much in the story but in the way I tell it.

 

Are there any major changes from the book to the movie in “The Host”?

 

The major change is that we just had to cut out 500 pages of the novel, so it definitely is streamlined down to the essential relationships and the core story of the book. Aside from that, I feel like it gives a very true vision of the characters and their world.

 

Can you tell us why you chose to take on aliens as the supernatural element?

 

Aliens are actually much more my root than vampires. I grew up reading science fiction, fantasy. I never really read horror. Aliens are much more my realm. I’ve always been drawn to alien stories and movies.

 

What message do you want the audience to receive with “The Host”?

 

This story is very much about love in the full spectrum. You get to explore the love you have with the people in the place where you belong and how that can change. There’s the mother love and sister that I was able to dig into.

 

Can you tell us about what other projects you have in the works?

 

I’m working on a sequel to “The Host,” but I have no idea when it will be done. It’s going very slowly right now because I am on the road a lot right now.

 

"The Host" is out in theaters March 29.

 

 

William Friedkin's cult thriller is now newly remastered

By MSN Movies 3 hours ago

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

William Friedkin's "Sorcerer," the cult suspence thriller is now fully restored and out on Blu-ray with a 40 page Blu-ray book filled with images.


Based on the book "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir," this thriller tells the story of four men unable to return to their own countries and homes end up in a South American town. The men have nothing to lose so they agree to work for an American oil company seeking drivers to haul nitroglycerin through treacherous terrain.

 

To celebrate this monumental release, one lucky fan will be selected to win an autographed copy of the Blu-ray.

 

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Good luck fans and we hope you check out the long-awaited remastered debut of "Sorcerer" on Blu-ray!

 

  

Enter to win a Kindle Fire and Fire TV!

By MSN Movies Tue 7:59 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

In this compelling and stirring drama, Kate Winslet plays Adele, an emotionally shaky single mom to Henry (Gattlin Griffith). On Labor Day weekend, they are approached by Frank (Josh Brolin), an escaped convict. Frank manipulates Adele into letting him hide out at their house, the three develop a deep bond.

 

As Adele and Frank try to overcome the tragedies of their past, they move toward a future uncertain.

 

"Labor Day" is now out on Digital HD and will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on April 29.

 

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Enter to win a Bose SoundTouch Wi-Fi Music System

By MSN Movies Mon 7:15 AM








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media


Set against the backdrop of a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brock mansions left from much better times now house the most dangerous criminals in this thrilling action drama starring Paul Walker.


As Walker plays a cop determined to bring his father’s killer, Tremaine (RZA) to justice and every day is a battle against corruption. With stylized action, "Brick Mansions" will keep you on the edge of your seat.


To celebrate the release of "Brick Mansions" one lucky winner will be selected to win a Bose SoundTouch Wi-Fi Music System along with movie goodies!


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Be sure to check out "Brick Mansions" as it opens in theaters April 25.

 

Enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray

By MSN Movies Thu 8:08 AM

By Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

A mischievous squirrell is on a mission to find hte tastiest nuts for winter in this action-packed animated comedy.

 

A movie for the whole family, includes the voices of Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph.

 

You can now watch the fun-filled adventure unfold on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

To celebrate the release, you can enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack.


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"The Nut Job" is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

 

 

Enter to win a movie prize pack

By MSN Movies Apr 16, 2014 8:05AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

Inspired by true events, a professor and a team of University students outside of London conduct an "experiment" on a young girl who holds unspeakable secrets and dark forces. What they uncover is more terrifying than any of them expected.

 

To celebrate the upcoming release of "The Quiet Ones" one lucky winner will be selected to win a movie prize pack which includes a T-shirt, movie poster, an Amazon gift card and more!

 

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Watch the horror unfold when "The Quiet Ones" opens in theaters April 25.

 

 

Enter to win a Sony HD Memory Action Camcorder

By MSN Movies Apr 10, 2014 9:24AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media

 

Horror unfolds for the Russell family as the siblings Tim and Kaylie try to uncover the supernatural force that caused the death of their parents. An antique mirror holds the key to the answers they've been looking for but will their reality be shattered once again by terrifying events that will unfold?

 

Experience the horror of "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

In the meantime, to celebrate the release, we're giving away a Sony HD Flash Memory Action Camcorder to one lucky fan! Here's how to enter.

 

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Yes, it's that easy. Good luck and be sure to check out "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

 

 

Courtesy of 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,' one lucky winner will be selected

By MSN Movies Apr 8, 2014 8:14AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Home Media Distribution

 

You can now experience the horror and black magic of "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" as the shocking extended version is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, intense new footage not seen in theaters!

 

This new chapter in the series takes the phenomenal horror franchise to new hights set in a gritty urban environment.

 

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Yes, it's that easy.  Good luck and be sure to check out "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" on digital, Blu-ray and DVD!

 

 

 

 

An inside look at a Hobbit's journey

By MSN Movies Apr 7, 2014 7:53AM

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Get an inside look at the characters and the mystery of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" through this exclusive infographic and enjoy the adventure as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is out on Blu-ray and digital HD on April 8.

 

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