Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Re-read: Chapter Twenty- Freed

"The worst part's over."

When Wanderer's crying subsides, Jeb invites her out of the cave and keeps up his side of the conversation. Jeb believes Jared's time away will give him some perspective on the situation, though Wanderer is not reassured by his words. Jared's absence and the incoming supplies he is bound to bring back from the raid give Jeb the opportunity to move Wanderer out of the cave, which is generally used for supplies, and in with the rest of the community. 

After a lengthy rest and the guarantee of Jared departure, Jeb leads Wanderer out of seclusion and into the right wing of underground system. They stop at the garden, where carrots and spinch are sprouting, but it is the mirrored ceiling, which allows for more light underground, that catches Wanderer's attention. Pulling her away, Jeb moves into a new tunnel where most of the sleeping quarters and some storage is located. They pass a variety of makeshift doors before stopping in front of a door way covered by a jade green screen. The room itself is taller than it is wide, with a double mattress on the floor, draped clothes, and worn paperbacks. Wanderer's question about the rooms occupant is met by a vague answer from Jeb that it belongs to someone who went on the raid. She is still uneasy about staying in the room, knowing that whoever it is would surely not be happy about her occupation of it, but Jeb evokes his "my house, my rules" philosophy. 

Leaving the room behind, the pair head to the kitchen where their appearance is met by silence. Sharon, Maggie, and the doctor are all present, as is Ian, who Wanderer thought would be out with Jared. Though he seems to be the kinder of the O'Shea brothers, his presence still causes some unease. As Jeb and Wanderer turn to go, a figure stands and catches her attention. Moving from the crowd, Jamie falls into line behind Jeb and his presence draws Melanie's attention. The three continue on until Wanderer hears footsteps headed their way. On instinct, Wanderer throws Jamie against the wall and puts herself between him and the intruders. Ian and Doc promise to be on their best behavior if they join the tour and Jeb agrees before continuing on. 

"Just don't test me. I haven't shot anybody in a real long time, and I sort of miss the thrill of it."

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Re-read: Chapter Nineteen- Abandoned

"Who. Is. The. Seeker."

As Jared continues to barate Wanderer about the Seeker in black, Ian tries to pull Jared away from the cowering form, only to be met with Jared fist. Turning back to Wanderer, he demands to know about the Seeker until she finally finds her voice. Wanderer informs him that she is not just any seeker, but her seeker, specifically assigned to follow her. As she continues, carefully avoiding the mention of "we," Jared is shocked to learn that Wanderer ran from the Seeker, unable to fathom that souls would be repelled by each other. Wanderer reveals the Seekers desire to find Jared and Jamie and Ian joins in, wanting to know if she shared their location with anyone. Wanderer continues to ramble, unable to stop talking once she starts, about the Seeker, the lines, and her troubles accessing Melanie's memories. Jared wonders if she was able to "access" his cabin and if she told the Seeker. Wanderer claims that she kept it to herself because by the time she did remember she did not want to tell, though she leaves out her reasons, knowing that revealing her love for Jared is not an option. 

More inquiries follow and Wanderer answers them, though she stumbles with a lie, which registers with Jared and Ian. When it is clear she no longer wishes to be interrogated, the men exit the cave, continuing their own conversation on the other side. Jared still believes Wanderer's answers are full of lies, but Ian is starting to believe some of what she says. Ian also expresses his guilt over hurting Wanderer, an emotion Jared does not share for something he does not believe to be human. Ian leaves Jared, who paces in front of the cave, muttering to himself as Wanderer stretches out and falls asleep. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

More from Saoirse Ronan's Chat with MTV's Josh Horowitz

Warning: The beginning of the video contains spoilers pertaining to the end for those who have not read The Host.

Check out all four Rough Cut videos here.

Max Irons Talks 'The Host'

While promoting his second INC campaign, Max Irons (Jared Howe) had a few words to say about The Host. 

From Refinery 29:
And you're the lead in The Host. Twilight fans are notoriously intense, are you ready for R-Patz fame? 
"No, Look, its great for him and he's doing great Cronenberg projects which come of the back of doing something like Twilight, but you also have to sacrifice a part of your life, and that I don't particularly want to sacrifice. 

Daniel Garofali Interviews Max Irons (mentions The Host ~0:40)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Talks 'The Host' with Entertainment Weekly

Breaking Dawn will be featured in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly and while discussing the end of the Twilight Saga, author Stephenie Meyer had a few words about her experience on the set of The Host. 
"As a general rule, my experience has been positive, and as an author I don't think anyone has been offered the access I've had."
"And recently on the set of The Host, I was the only person on the entire set who noticed that there was a cherry-picker tractor in the back of a scene. So I'm useful every now and then..." 
Check out scans of the entire Breaking Dawn article here.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Frances Fisher Talks 'The Host' with E!

"I have no idea what people's sensibilities are, but Stephenie Meyer has a finger on a pulse of the youth of this country, of the world actually," Frances Fisher, who plays Saoirse Ronan's character's aunt Maggie in the movie, told us.

"When I started tweeting that I was doing this I was getting responses from France, South America and Russia," she said of the film's hype. "There's so many people already who are aware of The Host."

For those who don't know, The Host is an apocalyptic tale that follows Ronan's character Melanie and several others who are survivors of an alien attack on Earth. Fisher calls it, "psychological sic-fi."

"We're going to see amazing performances from Saoirse Ronan and William Hurt," Fisher teased of the cast, which also includes Diane Kruger and hot hunks Max Irons and Jake Abel.

While The Host is sure to be as bug with Meyer's fans as the Twilight films are, Fisher says that's where the comparisons between the franchises ends.

"It's a whole other thing!" she laughed. "It's vampires versus aliens."


Saoirse Ronan Thinks Hosters Will Be Happy with the Movie

Saoirse Ronan on Her Duel Roles

New MTV Rough Cut with Saoirse Ronan

An admitted fan of Meyer's other supernatural saga, "Twilight," Ronan recalled being blown away by the story of Earthling Melanie and the alien named Wanda who inhabits her.

"I had heard that 'The Host' was being made into a film and read the script and thought the concept was so incredible, just the idea of aliens sort of inhabiting Earth to perfect it," Ronan said. "That this was their goal — not to destroy it or really take it over, but just to perfect things and get rid of any negative emotion — was really intriguing to me, so then I read the book as well, and that was fantastic. It's huge. It's a big book."

At 600-plus pages, Meyer spared little detail bringing her post-apocalyptic tale to life, and according to Ronan, writer/director Andrew Niccol did right by the source material in his adapted script.

"He's obviously a fantastic writer," Ronan enthused. "That's his strong point: to do mind-blowing concepts like that. He's very good at that sci-fi type of drama. We've all said that how he was able to condense 600-plus pages into a 120-page script is kind of amazing."

With an impressive script to work from, Ronan's main challenge was portraying two separate characters in a single body.

"I'm viewing Melanie as a completely different character to Wanda, because they are. They are two separate young women," Ronan explained. "One happens to be an alien, and they're very different from each other. Melanie is a very strong, tough cookie — she's had to be, really. She's had to be tough in order to survive and take care of her younger brother. They've been on the run together for a very long time, and that's all taken away from her. It's very tough on Melanie."

And despite the usual portrayal of aliens as unsympathetic interlopers, Ronan had to try hard not to sympathize with Wanda.

"Wanda, it's an interesting thing to try and get rid of any negative emotion, to not feel any anger, because there are some points in the film where you think poor Wanda is being punished for certain things and being put through an awful lot."