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Review: 'The Host' Is A Dopey & Dull Sci-Fi Disaster

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 28, 2013 3:21 PM
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Last fall saw the end of what appeared, for a little while at least, to be a seemingly endless series of "Twilight" films. The moony film series, based on a series of equally moony novels by Mormon housewife Stephenie Meyer, were torturously lengthy, poorly plotted trifles, the stuff of dime-store romance novels and late-night horror movies (although infused with questionable gender politics and bizarre mythology for all the monsters that simply chose to ignore or eschew their Judeo-Christian background or iconography, leaving them as little more than metaphorically empty mopes). They also made what leading economists describe as a "shit ton" of money.

Gemma Arterton Draws Blood, Saoirse Ronan Finds Love In New Pics From Neil Jordan's Vampire Tale 'Byzantium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2013 11:32 AM
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While vampires, werewolves and sorts of supernatura subject matter aren't going away anytime soon, it seems that international auteurs are getting in on the action. Christoph Gans is currently in the midst of "Beauty & The Beast" with Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux, and this summer, Neil Jordan takes on vampires in "Byzantium," and yes, there will be blood.

Saoirse Ronan's Irish Accent Will Be Heard For 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' Talks Ryan Gosling's "Stylized" 'How To Catch A Monster' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 18, 2013 10:59 AM
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This month's tentpole adaptation, “The Host,” stands to bring Saoirse Ronan to a new level of exposure, but for fans of the actress looking beyond Stephenie Meyer's creation, there's plenty of promising projects soon to come: she's nabbed lead roles in both Wes Anderson's latest, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, “How To Catch A Monster.” Recently, we got the opportunity to chat with her about each of them, as well as her upcoming role in director Kevin Macdonald's latest effort "How I Live Now."

Watch: 3 Clips From 'Twilight' Creator Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host' Starring Saoirse Ronan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2013 4:28 PM
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Can lightning strike twice for "Twilight" creator Stephenie Meyer? Already behind of the of the biggest franchises in recent memory, she's now bringing "The Host" to theaters, with "Gattaca" helmer Andrew Niccol directing. It's another triangular tale with a young girl in the middle of two non-descript dudes, and these three clips give a taste of what's in store.

Saoirse Ronan Joins Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut 'How To Catch A Monster'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2013 11:40 AM
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Is 2013 going to be Saoirse Ronan's biggest year yet? It's certainly shaping up to be that way. She's got potential franchise coming with "The Host" opening next month, genre offerings "Byzantium" and "How I Live Now" are on the horizon, and she's currently lensing Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" taking the female lead role. Now she's adding Ryan Gosling to her list of accomplishments.

Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander & Gabriella Wilde In The Mix For The Title Role In 'Cinderella'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 11:11 PM
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Remember "Order Of The Seven"? Well, if you don't, it was the Disney Snow White re-imagining that was developing for years until two other movies came along -- "Mirror, Mirror" and "Snow White and the Huntsman" -- and took the wind out of its sail. Unsurprisingly, the studio ended up scrapping the project that had Saoirse Ronan set to lead, but now it looks like she'll get another shot at a Disney reboot.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Host' Starring Saoirse Ronan Pits Emotions Vs. Aliens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 7:49 AM
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With "Twilight" coming to an end this week (NOOOO!), your mom and sister will have more options just around the corner for supernatural tween romances. At Warner Bros., they're hoping "Beautiful Creatures" will fill that void, while Summit is banking on Stephenie Meyer once again with "The Host." And the first full length trailer for the movie promises the same old stuff in brand new packaging.

Saoirse Ronan Takes The Female Lead In Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 12:27 PM
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Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" has mostly been developing under cover of night, but yesterday the director himself spoke up about the movie. He revealed that it takes place 85 years in the past and is inspired by the films of Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, which sounds just fine to us. And just 24 hours later, a new cast member has joined, an actress that will be a fresh face amongst his usual troupe.

Neil Jordan On The Influences Of 'Byzantium,' And Why He Cast Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 3:30 PM
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For a director who made his name with the excellent adaptation of Angela Carter's gothic deconstructed fairy tales with "The Company of Wolves" and his big studio breakthrough with "Interview with the Vampire," it's been a while since Neil Jordan traveled into more horrific territory. There were genre elements to his last film, "Ondine," but that was more of a warm, romantic fable (and a very underrated film). It's really been thirteen years since 1999's "In Dreams," when Jordan tackled the darker side of the supernatural world.

TIFF Review: Bloodless 'Byzantium' A Vampire Tale Without Fangs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 10, 2012 12:29 PM
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Between "Twilight" on the big screen, and "True Blood" and "Vampire Diaries" on the cable dial, among countless other books, graphic novels and more, if you're a fan of bloodsuckers, there's likely a flavor out there for you. And with countless other projects in the pipeline from Will Smith's directorial debut "The Redemption Of Cain" to Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive," there are still more versions of this undead character on the way. But let's just hope they are more involving and creative than Neil Jordan's "Byzantium." The director's second bite into the genre following "Interview With The Vampire" is disappointingly bloodless (figuratively) and fangless (literally).

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