"The Host" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does the Movie Get? 

Author Stephenie Meyer returns to the big screen with “The Host,” a sci-fi action adventure that is all about love. Much like the “Twilight Saga,” “The Host” features a romantic angle that features Saoirse Ronan as the human/alien Melanie & Wanda, Max Irons as Jared who’s in love with Melanie, and Jake Abel as Ian who falls head over heels for Wanda. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca,” “In Time”), will fans of the book love “The Host?” Take a look at my review:

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Saoirse Ronan (Melanie/Wanda) Talks About “The Host” 

I love, love, love Saoirse Ronan! The talented young actress is incredibly sweet and down-to-earth in person. From “Atonement” to 2011’s “Hanna,” Ronan has been proving that she’s a good actress who puts forth her character first. In the new movie “The Host,” Ronan stars as a young woman with two battling voices – Melanie, the human, and Wanda, the alien. She’s also in love with not one but two men, Jared (Max Irons) and Ian (Jake Abel). In this interview, we talked about:

*** My source of powers HA! She was very curious about my bracelets
*** What got her interested in “The Host?”
*** How she embodied the character
*** Did Stephenie give her directions on how to attack the character?
*** Her obsession with Lady GaGa
*** Like the Melanie/Wanda character, when was the last time your heart says yes but your mind says no

Have fun!

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Max Irons (Jared) & Jake Abel (Ian) Interview for “The Host” 

I loved meeting these two actors from “The Host.” I sat down with Max Irons before for “Red Riding Hood” and it was nice to see him again, this time in the Stephenie Meyer creation “The Host” from writer/director Andrew Niccol. Irons plays Jared, the boyfriend of Melanie, while Jake Abel stars as Ian, the human who falls in love with Wanda/Wanderer. In this interview, we talked about:

*** Their interest in making “The Host”
*** The bizarre love triangle of “The Host”
*** Acting with Saoirse Ronan
*** The notion of the peace-loving aliens invading Earth
*** The CGI effects in the movie – the eyes? The mirrors in the cave?
*** Like the Melanie/Wanda character, when was the last time your heart says yes but your mind says no

Have fun!

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Diane Kruger (The Seeker) Talks About “The Host” 

Diane Kruger is white-hot blonde perfection as the Seeker in the new film “The Host” from the mind of Stephenie Meyer. Starring Saoirse Ronan as Melanie/Wanda, the “Twilight” creator has a new project and this one’s a science-fiction romance! Writer/director Andew Niccol (“Gattaca,” “In Time”) is at the helm for the out-of-this-world adventure. In this interview, Diane and I talked about:

*** What got her interested in joining the cast?
*** How did she prepare for the character of the Seeker?
*** The notion of the peace-loving aliens invading Earth
*** Was Stephenie hand-on with the Seeker character?
*** Working with Saoirse Ronan
*** Like the Melanie/Wanda character, when was the last time your heart says yes but your mind says no
*** What does she want viewers to feel after watching “The Host?”

Have fun!

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"The Croods" Wins Box-Office Weekend, "Olympus Has Fallen" Opens Strong! 

Moviegoers fell in love with the prehistoric animated comedy, "The Croods." Sure, the film has that old yabba dabba do feeling, but it's still sweet and funny enough for viewers to take it to the No. 1 spot at the box-office. Featuring the voice work of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Catherine Kenner, the 3-D DreamWorks Animation landed on top with $44.7 million.

At No. 2 was the nerve-wracking "Olympus Has Fallen" from "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua. Gerard Butler stars as disgraced Presidential guard, Mike Banning, who must return to the White House to save our President (Aaron Eckhart). The FilmDistrict movie opened strongly with $30.5 million.


Gerard Butler and director Antoine Fuqua for "Olympus Has Fallen," click here

Angela Bassett and Aaron Eckhart for "Olympus Has Fallen," click here

Rick Yune and Dylan McDermott for "Olympus Has Fallen," click here

"Olympus Has Fallen" exceeded expectations with FilmDistrict predicting the film would open in the under-$20 million range. As it turned out, the action-extravaganza became the studio's biggest opener yet beating the "Red Dawn" remake's debut of $14.3 million last year's Thanksgiving weekend.

And with the film receiving an A-minus CinemaScore, that means people are enjoying the flick and will be coming back to see it. ("Olympus Has Fallen" movie review)

By the way, another odd for "Olympus" was that the film was Rated-R which many before it fell flat at the box-office like "The Last Stand" and "Parker." But not "Olympus," so yay!

Other new films that opened did not enjoy as much box-office success as "The Croods" and "Olympus Has Fallen." Focus Features' "Admission" starring Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, and Lily Tomlin debuted soft at No. 5 with just $6.4 million. But its budget was only set at $15 million so Focus will get their money back soon. ("Admission" movie review here, and Lily Tomlin interview here)

Meanwhile, "Spring Breakers" from A24 Films starring Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens with the memorable James Franco (yup, he's waaaay better here than the wizard in "Oz The Great and Powerful") opened at No. 6 with $5 million.

Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of March 22, 2013:

1. "The Croods," $44.7 million ($63.3 million international).

2. "Olympus Has Fallen," $30.5 million ($2.2 million international).

3. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $22 million ($21.7 million international).

4. "The Call," $8.7 million.

5. "Admission," $6.4 million.

6. "Spring Breakers," $5 million ($1.1 million international).

7. "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," $4.3 million.

8. "Jack the Giant Slayer," $3 million ($19.3 million international).

9. "Identity Thief," $2.5 million ($4.7 million).

10. "Snitch," $1.9 million.

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