Jenn lists off the top five quotes that we would love to scrub from our brains.
In which we tell you our picks for the six worst scripts written for film adaptations.
#22: Because… High School (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
#30: Do Bananas Float? (Life of Pi)
#34: The Merry Old Land of Manipulation (The Wizard of Oz)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that any post referencing Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—no matter how minute the reference—should include some adaptation of said novel’s opening sentence.
There. Obligation fulfilled. On to the news, sure to please Janeites everywhere!
Those of us who are still basking in the happy glow that was The Lizzie Bennet Diaries might be happy to hear that yet another Austen-related film is looming on the horizon. This film, titled Austenland, is sure to hit home among Jane Austen fans, as it centers on the fans themselves for a change. Based on the book written by award-winning author Shannon Hale, Austenland tells the story of Jane Hayes, a self-proclaimed Janeite who is completely and utterly obsessed with the 1995 Colin Firth version of Mr. Darcy.
Sound familiar to some of you? Yeah, I’m guilty of the same, too.
To come to grips with her fantastic, albeit unrealistic expectations about love, Jane is sent to—get this—a Jane Austen-themed getaway vacation where women can live out their fantasies of being in a Jane Austen novel, complete with their own fabricated love story.
In other words, my dream come true…or is it? I won’t give away any spoilers, in case readers choose to search out the book for themselves, which I recommend. Enough to say that Austenland is a highly enjoyable read and, in my opinion, has the potential to be a great film as well—especially in light of reactions after the movie’s debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
Though purposed to be a romantic-comedy—a genre not normally seen among the films displayed—Austenland has been picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Sony Pictures Classics for distribution in the UK in September and the United States in August. Starring such familiar faces as Keri Russell, Jane Seymour and Jennifer Coolidge, Austenland will also mark the directorial debut of Jerusha Hess (co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite) and the first producing project of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer.
Though we have yet to be blessed with a full trailer for this film, an insider’s interview and two 30-second clips have been released to whet the appetites of fans such as me. With the monikers “Janie’s Got a Gun” and “Unmentionables”, these short clips display a subtle humor that I sincerely hope will be continued throughout the entire film. Enjoy them here, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Our hosts agree that Andrew Niccol’s The Host was a tough movie to make, with source material that had both too much and too little to fit into two hours. While they enjoyed the film, they also feel like it went too far in some areas and not far enough in others.
Also, check out episode #38: Mind, Host and Soul which covers the novel by Stephenie Meyer.
Discussing Stephenie Meyer’s The Host gives our hosts plenty to analyze, from the difference between body and mind to the believability of Wanderer’s selflessness and Ian’s understanding. And of course, the Twilight comparisons are inevitable.
Also, check out our episode on the film!
The Twilight Saga is over (finally)! The hosts discuss the last film in the series, Breaking Dawn Part 2, getting a little over excited about their favorite parts, the twisty ending and the differences between the film and the book.
As November 16th approaches, we are bound to be getting more and more sneak peeks at the final installment in the Twilight Saga to ramp up the excitement. We’ve already seen a few teasers, but now a full theatrical trailer has been released for Breaking Dawn Part 2 on the Official Twilight YouTube channel.
In just over two minutes, the trailer outlines the danger that the Cullens once again find themselves in, this time because of Edward and Bella’s unexpected offspring, and how they are attempting to prevent it. It gives a quick look at several of the covens that are coming to their aid and some serious fighting towards the end. It seems like fans might finally get the battle they were denied in the book.
I have to say, I was excited to see that there might be a battle at the end to make the climax less of a non-event. And also to see that little exchange between Kate and Garrett.
Are you excited for the apparent changes to the storyline? What was your favorite part of the trailer?
Leave you answers in the comments!
While most of the attention is focused on The Twilight Saga, I have to admit that I am even more excited for the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s 2008 novel The Host. To be released March 29, 2013 it tells the story of earth post-alien invasion where ‘souls’ take over human bodies. One ‘soul’ called Wanderer is put inside the human body of Melanie who has been living with the last group of unoccupied humans on earth. Melanie’s mind fights the implantation of Wanderer and leads them both back to the group of ‘rebel’ humans.
The film is being directed by Andrew Niccol who also wrote the screenplay. The cast will include Saoirse Ronan as Wanderer/Melanie, Diane Kruger as the Seeker who is trying to catch the rebel humans, and William Hurt, Jake Abel, and Max Irons as part of the human community she is after.
Some footage from The Host was screened at the Twilight panel at Comic Con this week and ComingSoon.net reported on it. Here is what they said:
The footage they showed, not unlike Breaking Dawn, began with Saorise Ronan’s character opening her eyes to reveal an inhuman coloration. She’s in some kind a facility and has just been taken over by an alien life force. Diane Kruger’s character (also taken over) talks to her and reveals that most of Earth has been invaded and that human bodies are conquered and controlled. This new girl was formerly a famous resistance fighter and she needs the alien inside her to probe her memories.
The scene turns to a series of flashbacks with, in each shot, much of the frame blurred. Ronan explains that the girl was named Melanie Stryder and that she managed to escape the early wave of attacks on Earth. We see a home in Louisana where Melanie’s father kills himself rather than let his body be taken by men in all-white suits with white ties.
When the alien in her body reveals that she has a brother, Melanie’s personality fights back in her head, furious that her own mind is being used against her.
We see the story progress and Melanie go on the run with her brother and Max Iron’s character. There’s also a scene of Irons and Ronan making out against the side of a trailer.
A (presumably later) scene has the inhabited-Melanie being led to a cave in a series of desert mountains. There are men there that want to kill her because they don’t trust the alien within her, but William Hurt’s character (dressed like a grizzled cowboy) comes in with a shotgun and stops them.
A final scene shows a caravan of still-human people moving in trucks down a highway. They’re stopped by a helicopter (the body of which is completely covered in mirrors) and then pursued by cars of a similar design. There’s gunfire and the trucks finally pull over, but two of the drivers decide to crash into a wall rather than let themselves be taken. The footage cuts just as they’re about to collide.
I really wish that I could see these scenes for myself because I’ve been dying to know how they deal with the two-souls-one-body issue. I really enjoyed the novel so I hope that this film stays true to the themes the novel brings up, such as the definition of humanity and opposing perspectives.
What are you looking forward to in the film? What are you concerned about?
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Anticipation is mounting for the new installment of The Twilight Saga that will be released this November. Part 1 of Breaking Dawn was released last November on a bit of a cliff hanger, with Bella’s eyes opening to reveal vampire red. At the Twilight panel at Comic-Con this week the first seven minutes of Bill Condon’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 were shown. Hollywood.com was there and wrote this description (SPOILERS!):
The movie opens with Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) eyes — picking up just where we left off. She has super senses, and Condon shows it off with zooms to dust particles, water droplets, and more. Looking around, Bella sees Edward (Robert Pattinson) reaching out for her hand. They embrace, and Twilight whips out a signature romantic cuddling moment.
Edward puts it bluntly: “We’re the same temperature now.” The two look in the mirror. Bella obviously loves the new look — Stewart even cracks a smile! She turns and gives Edward a big hug, and her newfound strength catches him off-guard. Frankly, she almost breaks him. When he stands back up straight after Bella’s enthusiastic hug, she gives him a good ol’ fashioned butt squeeze for good measure (and with vampiric muscle, it makes him jump).
Bella really wants to see Renesmee, but Edward insists she hunts first. The two run out the door and into the woods — at super speed! It’s like a Flash comic. Again, we see Bella’s super sense. She zooms in on blooming flowers and spider’s spinning web. She leaps over a waterfall. This is most definitely Super Bella.
Bella eventually picks up the scent of a deer, but she finds herself distracted by a nearby mountain climber (who is miles away). She can see his neck. It’s calling to her vampiric thirst. She runs at him, climbing up the face of a cliff in super speed. (It looks as nuts as you would hope.) Bella is ready to pounce —Stewart’s even looking like she’s in tiger stance. Fierce. Luckily, Edward talks her out of it. Bella jumps straight off the face of the cliff and focuses back on the deer. When she crosses paths with the creature again, she comes face to face with a mountain lion. No big deal, Bella wrestles the mountain lion. So good.
The seven minutes conclude with Jacob’s (Taylor Lautner) entrance. He thinks Edward and Bella look perfect together. Everyone’s happy! It all wraps up with Edward and Jacob bringing Bella in to meet Renesmee…
From that description, it looks like Part 2 is sticking extremely close to the book, and I for one cannot wait to see Bella do battle with a mountain lion.
A second clip was shown at the panel of the Cullens trying to teach Bella to act human. Hollywood.com seemed to really enjoy the comedy of it:
The Cullen family is coaching her on how to move with lots of handy insight: “It will irritate your eyes at first;” “Remember to cross your legs!” “Go slowly;” “Blink at least three times a minute.” “Remember to breath!” Lots of physical humor here in a way we haven’t seen in Twilight. Even Lautner gets a joke, comparing Bella to a cartoon character. Genuinely a hoot.
What does everyone think of these descriptions? They are certainly gettin me pumped for the November release!
Leave your thoughts in the comments!
Although the official Twilight saga YouTube channel refers to this only as the second teaser, it sure feels like a full on trailer, especially since the last three have been under a minute long and told us very little about the storyline. The newest however, outlines the main plot of the film nicely, for anyone that doesn’t already know (do those people still exist?).
The trailer doesn’t give us a good look at Renesmee, though it does point to her as the catalyst in the conflict. I would think they were trying to make her appearance a surprise if not for the pictures we’ve already seen. It does, however, provide a few more shots of the new characters that assemble to help the Cullens, and hints that we might actually get some action in the film, despite the book’s lack of it.
These photos from the June 15th issue of Entertainment Weekly, give us the first look at actress Mackenzie Foy as she takes on the role of Edward and Bella’s unexpected offspring. Most of the pictures of eleven year-old Foy are obviously from a photo shoot, but one that might be of particular interest shows Renesmee and Jacob allegedly having a conversation about imprinting. Awkward.
Seeing Renesmee has really ramped up my excitement for the film to be released November 16th. We’ll have to wait and see how her acting skills are, but as far as I’m concerned, she’s got the right look to blend into the Cullen clan and play a character with the power to endear her to the people around her. However, it’s a little worrying that, according to her Twilight Wiki page, they are using a bit of CGI magic to make her look smaller earlier in the film by putting her head on the bodies of actresses Rachel St. Gelais and Eliza Faria.