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When last we saw Tris (Shailene Woodley) at the end of the smash-hit Divergent, she was leading a band of survivors out of the ruins they once occupied and into the dystopian ruins outside of Chicago. Her adventure will continue next March in Insurgent, and the sequel just shared its first-look teaser trailer.
What's the rule about spoilers if the movie is based on a book? That's probably debatable, especially when we consider that most adaptations take some liberties with the source material, which leaves some wiggle room for a possible twist or two. That's apparently not going to be the case with Jai Courtney's Divergent character Eric.
Miles Teller sort of apologizes for saying Divergent sucked in a Tweet and a PR statement, but will hardcore fans of the franchise ever forgive him?
When it opened last spring, Divergent did well with audiences, earning $150 million domestic and $288 million worldwide. But the Shailene Woodley-fronted action-adventure earned largely scorn from critics. And yet it turns out critics that called the teen drama "bland," "banal," and "bloated," hated the movie less than one of its stars.
Hollywood has never had a problem picking books to bring to the big screen, in a dash for cash from fans around the world. But they could be doing one big thing to increase their reach with literary adaptations.
Modern Familyís Sarah Hyland and Teen Wolfís Tyler Posey co-hosted the event, which honored Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers) with the Ultimate Choice Award. The ultimate choice of what? Címon Tweens! Clarify!
In anticipation of the home video release of Divergent, we had the opportunity to speak with director Neil Burger about the making of the film. Among the topics of discussion, finding the right Four, Kate Winslet's pregnancy, the zip-lining scene that almost didn't happen and the challenges the sequel faces.
Leading up to the release of Divergent on Blu-ray and DVD, Summit-Lionsgate released a deleted scene that shows one of the Dauntless initiates suffering a severe eye wound... to put it mildly.
Divergent's finished product was a rather dull and bloodless affair, but this deleted scene we've just seen shows that it could have (at least momentarily) been the complete opposite. Fans of the source text, you have been slightly vindicated!
Summit announced today that Divergent will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on August 5. Those who don't want to wait that long will have the opportunity to get the digital HD copy two weeks early, as that's set to arrive online July 22.
Harry Potter did it. Twilight did it. The Hunger Games is doing it. Should we be all that surprised that Divergent is joining the list of feature adaptations that split the final book into two movies? That's the plan...
Looking to Divergent, Nymphomaniac and Noah for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of female-fronted YA dramas, steamy tales of love and sex, and inventive interpretations of bible stories.
Parents tend to reach out to us when a borderline title reaches theaters, asking us if we think their kids can handle it. Itís a hard topic to address, because what one parent might deem questionable, another might see as totally fine.
Teen-targeted dramas like Hunger Games and Twilight have been cash cows for studios Lionsgate and Summit, but the two studios felt compelled to share the risk when it came to the lastest young adult novel adaptation Divergent. Even though Divergent the first in a series, banked an impressive number one this weekend with $56 million, it fell short of the other mega-franchise movies which have tended to open at $70 million or higher.
This weekend, while Kermit the Frog will fall prey to a criminal plot in front of younger children and families in Muppets Most Wanted, Shailene Woodley and Neil Burgerís DIvergent will be attracting nearly every other audience demographic there is. And based on the dystopian fantasyís impressive Thursday night box office receipts, it looks like this is going to be an unequivocal success, which Iím sure will be a face-palm of butthurt for everyone who either hoped or assumed that this flick was a failure out of the gates.
Director Neil Burgerís big screen take on Veronica Rothís story does diverge in some ways, but often attempts to keep the integral portions of the novel intact, changing details and dialogue to suit its own needs and whims.
If films are becoming more like television, consider this an echo of the miniseries. Divergent is just the latest Lionsgate property to utilize this aggressive business plan of saturating theaters with product each year.
Being a parent is undoubtedly an incredible challenge in our own world, but in the science-fiction universe of Divergent it comes with an extra special twist. Because young people are ultimately psychologically tested to see which faction of society they will end up in, the society actually does its part to warp the balance of nature vs. nurture.
In the film, James stars as Four, a member of the Dauntless faction that helps maintain security in the futuristic Chicago in the story. He is one of the instructors who both helps train the new recruits what it means to become Dauntless, and push them to the limit to see whether or not they can take it.
It's factions vs. Muppets this week at the box office, and if Fandango's "Fanticipation" meter is any indication, Divergent will come out ahead of Muppets Most Wanted. Given reports that the film's advance ticket sales got off to a good start, signs were already pointing toward a successful opening weekend...
Directed by Neil Burger, Divergent follows Tris as she lives life in a futuristic world where society has been split into five factions based on personality types: Abnegation (the charitable); Amity (the farmers); Candor (the lawyers); Dauntless (the security); and Erudite (the thinkers). When Tris comes of age she goes into a testing process to find out which faction she will be spend the rest of her life with, but is shocked to discover that she is what is called Divergent Ė meaning that she possesses qualities from all five factions.
Spring is coming. A long, slow winter of movies is finally coming to an end as well. We arenít totally there yet, but things are starting to look up this week with young adult novels and Muppets.
Perhaps her work on these authentic teen romances soured her on the Twilight series. Hopefully Divergent preaches the proper messages that help empower teenagers, who really could use more on-screen role models.
If this kind of sell-out behavior continues over the next couple of weeks prior to its March 21 premiere, there is indeed a good chance the lofty predictions of a $65 million opening weekend will come true. Plus, it could become one of Fandangoís biggest presales in the companyís history. Regardless of my disinterest in Divergent, Iím perfectly happy with anything knocking Twilightís successes down a couple of notches.
The Internet has no idea what to think about Divergent. On some days in some optimistic corners of cyberspace, itís painted as the next coming of The Hunger Games, an extremely exciting juggernaut that will inspire all the popular 2014 Halloween costumes and net hundreds of millions in profits.