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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Spring Breakers' and More

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This week: James Franco turns in one of the best performances of his career as a drug and arms dealer who corrupts four vacationing coeds in "Spring Breakers," the latest from director Harmony Korine.

Also new this week is the comedy "Admission" starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, the Stephenie Meyer YA adaptation "The Host" and the thriller "Dead Man Down" with Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. Get More »

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Box Office Smackdown: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Nukes 'The Host'

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Yo Joe!

That was the battle cry at theaters around the country this weekend, as "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" dominated the box office, earning an estimated $41.2 million according to That figure rises to $51.7 million with Wednesday and Thursday figures added in.

"The Host," meanwhile, fell flat on its face as fans of Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" franchise apparently could not care less about aliens (or movies without Taylor Lautner's abs and Robert Pattinson's hair). With just $11 million in the bank, "The Host" only managed a distant sixth place debut.

The news was much better for "Tyler Perry's Temptation," which debuted in third with a strong $22.3 million opening. For a full look at the box office top ten, including figures for returning hits "The Croods" and "Olympus Has Fallen," head to

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Infographic: Young Adult Heroines

Young Adult Fiction is all the rage in cinema right now. True, "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" have made their final bows, but in their place has come a maelstrom of successors, including "The Hunger Games," "Warm Bodies," "Beautiful Creatures," "The Host," and the upcoming big-screen adaptations of "Divergent" and "The Mortal Instruments."

Most of these stories are seen through the eyes of a young heroine, and with all of these yarns sharing similar elements of romance, fantasy and conspiracy, keeping track of all the distinctive details of each leading lady and their respective heroine's journeys can be a daunting task indeed. In the interest of simplicity and at-a-glance organization, NextMovie's own Nick DeSantis (artwork) and Amanda Bell (stats) have conjured this handy chart to help in keeping all the ladies in line — literally. Get More »

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A Hater's Guide to 'The Host'

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The big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel "The Host" only just hit theaters today, but there's one thing many Twihards and non-Twihards alike can already agree on: They hate it.

Of course, most of the haters not only haven't seen the movie yet, but they haven't read the book, either. Usually we'd suggest waiting to pass judgment until after you've actually read the book or seen the movie and developed an informed opinion. But on the other hand, what fun would that be? Get More »

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A Crash Course in Stephenie Meyer Geometry

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Stephenie Meyer has journeyed away from the "Twilight" zone to create her first desert-based sci-fi tale with "The Host," the Andrew Niccol-directed adaptation for which hits theaters this weekend. However with all the current talk about the story's "love box," we realized there's definitely a running theme here within each of her stories: basic geometry. Get More »

Questions and Answers With 'The Host' Star Jake Abel

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Before you write "The Host" star Jake Abel off as a pretty-boy lead in yet another supernatural romance aimed at teens, you should know: a Twihard he's not. He hasn't even read the "Twilight" series. That didn't stop him from being intrigued by the script for "The Host," based on "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's sophomore effort, a sort of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" meets, well, "Twilight" story. Abel's character, Ian, is one of the last humans on Earth who hasn't become host to a benevolent alien race intent on taking over the planet. Ian's group of vigilantes takes in Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), who has been taken over by an alien named Wanderer or, as she is eventually known, Wanda. Ian eventually comes to have feelings for Wanda, but there's a hitch: His BFF Jared (Max Irons) used to date Melanie, pre-alien. Uh-oh.

NextMovie sat down for a chat with Abel prior to the film's March 29 opening to discuss Twihards, love triangles — or, perhaps more accurately, love quartets — and how in the world to pronounce "Saoirse." Read on to impress your friends with an effortless pronunciation. Get More »

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Oscar-Nominated Kids Who Tried to Become Adult Stars

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"The Host" hits theaters this week, and for many fans it's a chance to see whether the popular Stephanie Meyer novel can become a pop culture phenomenon like "The Twilight Saga" did before it.

But for other film buffs, "The Host" represents something else: The continuing development of star Saoirse Ronan, who famously earned an Oscar nomination for 2007's "Atonement" at the age of 13. Will "The Host" finally turn her into an A-lister and ensure that she avoids the child star curse ... or will she become the latest of Oscar's children to experience their biggest career highlight before being legally able to drive? Get More »

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Free S#!t: Enter to Win 'The Host' Swag

the-host-giveaway-220Are you the host or hostess with the most-ess?

We can't answer that, because we don't know you personally, but we can say that there's a good chance your social standing will be on the ups if you win our giveaway for some supernaturally cool swag from "The Host." Get More »

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March Movie Math: Adding Up the New Releases

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Your mother always told you that math would be important; NextMovie is just here to drive the point home. Can't decide which of March's kabillion new releases is for you? Fret not, faithful moviegoer! Whether you're headed to Oz (the Great and Powerful) or bound for Spring Break(ers), it all adds up. Read on to see NextMovie's March Movie Match, breaking down the month's new releases into simple arithmetic. Get More »

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50 Movies We’re All About in 2013

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Man, 2012 was a pretty darn good year for films, right? "The Avengers," "Lincoln," "The Hunger Games," "Silver Linings Playbook," seriously, we could go on and on, as this past year has been one of the best in recent memory.

And that has us even more amped up to see what Hollywood does for an encore. Sure, 2013 has some pretty big shoes to fill, but there are always news movies to see, new adventures to experience, new stars to meet and new pop culture obsessions waiting to be born.

So with that in mind, we've put together our list of the top 50 Movies We’re All About in 2013. Because last year is just so last year. Get More »

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