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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.
Advance tickets for Divergent are now on sale, and to mark the occasion, Summit has released a new featurette, which focuses on Theo James character Four. Known to some for TV series Bedlam and Golden Boy, or for his brief but memorable role in an episode of Downton Abbey, James appears to be up for some stunts, particularly as it relates to fight scenes.
Of course, Rothís no dummy. Had she written about disliking the book, it surely would have robbed her of future sales, since book sales tend to skyrocket after the release of a film. And itís very possible she signed a non-disclosure agreement with the studio that forced her to keep silent about the actual movie, but both parties agreed a little bit of promotion wouldnít hurt anyone.
March is the month where both Hollywood and the indie circuit really kick into high gear, parading out big budget spectacles, quirky comedies, action romps and yes, even a Tyler Perry movie.
With Divergent once again featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, it's no surprise that some new photos from the feature adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel has made its way online.
We've actually seen Divergent stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James on the cover of Entertainment Weekly before, so that in itself isn't quite as interesting as the subject matter teased on the magazine's cover. Under the image of Tris and Four is the headline, "All Eyes On Divergent," which is subtitled "Inside the Fan Frenzy... and Why Hollywood Needs the Movie to Succeed."
Divergent fans are likely celebrating the fact that we're just one day away from the one-month countdown to the arrival of the feature adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel. The Divergent "Winter Olympics Preview" spot to make the rounds gives us a few new peeks at the film...
Maybe itís because fans are burned out on YA adaptations. Maybe itís because theyíre sick of seeing teenage protagonists trying to upend society. Maybe theyíre just not buying into Shailene Woodley. I donít know what it is, but based on everything Iíve seen so far, itís time to admit the obvious.
We still have well over a month to wait for the feature adaptation of Divergent to arrive, but promotions for the film are in full swing. Last night, stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James graced Jimmy Kimmel Live and presented the new trailer for the film. Watch the video here!
Those eagerly awaiting the feature adaptation of Veronica Roth's Divergent will want to tune in to ABC tonight for Jimmy Kimmel Live, as the film's new trailer is set to debut during the late night talk show. In the meantime, Summit released the above teaser, which gives us about fifteen seconds of footage from the film, most -- if not all -- of which looks new.