Full Trailer and New Poster for DIVERGENT Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet

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Summit Entertainment has released a new full trailer and poster for director Neil Burger‘s futuristic thriller Divergent.  Based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, the film takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  The trailer does a nice job of setting up the world of the film as well as teasing both the adventurous and romantic aspects of the story.  Unlike Twilight, however, there is no love triangle in Divergent,  and Tris is very much a strong and independent female character.  Having read and enjoyed the book, this trailer works pretty well for me, but I’m interested to see how those unfamiliar with the source material respond.  It’s tough to tease the most exciting aspects of the story without spoiling major plot points, but things get extremely intense.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and if you missed any of our set visit coverage be sure to check out 30 Things to Know and interviews with Burger, Woodly & Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, and producer Douglas Wick.  The film also stars Kate WinsletMiles TellerJai CourtneyAshley JuddTony GoldwynRay StevensonMaggie QMekhi PhiferAnsel ElgortChristian MadsenBen Lloyd-HughesBen Lamb, and Amy Newbold.  Divergent opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on March 21, 2014.

Dane DeHaan Might Join TULIP FEVER; Colin Firth and Kate Winslet in Early Talks for Drama about Yacht-Racing Cheat

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Casting is heating up as the American Film Market (AFM) approaches.  Production companies at AFM are trying to package stars in an effort to shore up international funding for their movies.  First up, Dane DeHaan might join Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) in Justin Chadwick‘s Tulip Fever.  The movie centers on the affair between a young couple, but the twist is that the story takes place during 17th century Holland, during a period where tulip bulbs became hot trading items, and a single bulb could sell for as much as ten times the average annual salary.  While some economists and historians believe this simplification to be somewhat misleading, it still created the notion of economic bubbles.  I’m not sure how a romance fits into that, but I’m curious to find out.

Hit the jump for details on why DeHaan might have to pass on the role plus casting news on an intriguing true-life story focusing on the outlandish attempts of a yacht-racer to deceive the world.

Two Trailers for Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

by     Posted 1 year, 49 days ago

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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for writer/director Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day.  Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, the film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a fugitive (Josh Brolin) who takes a 13-year-old boy  (Gattlin Griffith) and his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) hostage, but the relationship between the three becomes more complicated in the following days.  The trailer does a good job of selling the dreamy, idyllic quality while maintaining the undercurrent of danger running throughout the story.  I thought the movie was great when I saw it at TIFF earlier this year, but I’m eager to see if it holds up on a second viewing.

Hit the jump to watch the Labor Day trailer.  The film also stars J.K. SimmonsClark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, and Tobey Maguire.  Labor Day opens in limited release on December 25th before expanding wide on January 31st.  [Update: Paramount has released a second trailer, which we've added after the jump.  However, I strongly recommend not watching it because it gives away a lot of the film.]

Explore the World of DIVERGENT in New Featurette with Kate Winslet and Shailene Woodley

by     Posted 1 year, 90 days ago

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Summit Entertainment has released a new featurette for director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel Divergent, and it’s a nice introduction to the world of the film for those unfamiliar with the source material.  The futuristic thriller takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  As a fan of the book, I’m really hoping that the film is good.  Burger assembled a really nice cast led by Woodley and Kate Winslet, so that’s certainly a swell start, and his aesthetic choices promise something decidedly different than the washed-out look of The Hunger Games.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette, which offers book fans plenty of peeks at the film’s impressive sets.  The film also stars Theo JamesMiles TellerJai CourtneyAshley JuddTony GoldwynRay StevensonZoe KravitzMaggie QMekhi PhiferAnsel ElgortChristian MadsenBen Lloyd-HughesBen Lamb, and Amy Newbold.  Divergent opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on March 21, 2014.

TIFF 2013: LABOR DAY Review

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Earlier this year, Deadspin writer Barry Petchesky reported on the uplifting story of Braves catcher Evan Gattis, and said, “It probably won’t last.  It’s too beautiful.”  That line has stuck with me all summer.  Beautiful things are temporary, but pain seemingly lasts forever.  The worst memories are at best an ugly scar and usually an open wound that stings every time you touch it or even look at it.  Jason Reitman’s earnest, moving drama Labor Day examines the desperation to heal and how fate can conspire to tear away what’s beautiful.  It’s a snapshot of total happiness with storm clouds on the horizon.  Labor Day is Reitman’s most mature film to date, and it powerfully shows how the most modest of hopes can be the ones that almost break us completely.

Oscar Beat TIFF 2013: Jason Reitman Back in the Awards Race with Excellent LABOR DAY

by     Posted 1 year, 104 days ago

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Filmmaker Jason Reitman is no stranger to Oscar attention.  His second directorial feature, 2007’s Juno, landed nods for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, with Reitman finding himself a surprise nominee for Best Director.  His next feature, Up in the Air, once again landed a number of nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, but after a rigorous campaign the film went home empty handed.  Following a more minor turn with 2011’s Young Adult, Reitman enters the fray this year with a wholly different kind of film: Labor Day.

I caught Labor Day earlier this afternoon at the Toronto International Film Festival and can attest that it is an excellent picture all around that just might be Reitman’s best to date.  Hit the jump for my rundown of the film’s Oscar prospects in a special TIFF edition of Oscar Beat.

TOP 5: ENDER’S GAME Set Visit, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Trailer, Stop Asking for Bryan Cranston to Play Lex Luthor, DIVERGENT Trailer, INTERSTELLAR Plot Info

by     Posted 1 year, 110 days ago

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After weeks of deliberation, last night I made the decision to resume my Netflix subscription. Today, after having watched the pilot episode of its original series Orange is the New Black, I can say with confidence that was $7.99 well spent. Only one episode in and I can absolutely see myself spending the rest of this Labor Day weekend devouring the remaining 12 episodes with ease. While you’ve likely read some of the show’s rave reviews elsewhere already, I’ll lend my own endorsement by saying that the pilot offers a near-perfect balance of humor and drama. Moreover, the pace is never slowed by consistent cutting between Piper Chapman’s (Taylor Schilling) past transgressions and present consequences. If anything, it serves to heighten the depressing reality of the situation we find Chapman in. All said, I give the pilot high marks all around and myself a disappointed facepalm for not having got in on the series sooner.

My reintroduction to Netflix aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights part one of our Ender’s Game set visit, the first trailer for Dallas Buyers Club, an editorial by Matt imploring all of us to stop asking for Bryan Cranston to play Lex Luthor, the first trailer for Divergent, and a little bit of extra plot info regarding Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. As you may expect, a brief recap and link to everything I just mentioned can be found after the jump.

New Featurette for DIVERGENT Explains the World of the Dystopian Adaptation

by     Posted 1 year, 113 days ago

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If you’re having trouble keeping all of your dystopian YA adaptations straight, you’re in luck.  Summit Entertainment has released a featurette for director Neil Burger’s new film Divergent, clearly explaining the world of the film and how it stands apart from other YA fare.  Based on the novel by Veronica Roth, the futuristic thriller takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  This featurette further illuminates the intriguing world of Divergent, as Roth and stars Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, and Theo James offer their thoughts on the film.  Roth’s novel is a really fun page-turner that’s surprisingly violent, so hopefully Burger’s film adaptation delivers.

Hit the jump to watch the new featurette, and click here to watch the first trailer.  The film also stars Miles TellerJai CourtneyAshley JuddTony GoldwynRay StevensonZoe KravitzMaggie QMekhi PhiferAnsel ElgortChristian MadsenBen Lloyd-HughesBen Lamb, and Amy Newbold.  Divergent opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on March 21, 2014.

First Trailer and Infographic for DIVERGENT Starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, and Theo James

by     Posted 1 year, 116 days ago

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Summit Entertainment premiered the first trailer for director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel Divergent on MTV’s VMA’s tonight, and we have it here for your viewing pleasure. The futuristic thriller takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  This trailer is incredibly brief, and while it’s very clearly aimed at a younger audience, we do get a hint of the more violent aspects of the story and the severity of Tris’ situation.  Roth’s novel is quite a compelling page-turner, and my hope is that Burger has successfully transferred the book’s more intriguing aspects to the screen.  It’s tough to suss out much from this short trailer, but Kate Winslet definitely looks to be on point as the stern Jeanine.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out a handy infographic that clearly explains the world of Divergent. The film also stars Theo James, Miles TellerJai Courtney, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ansel Elgort, Christian Madsen, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, and Amy Newbold. Divergent opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on March 21, 2014.

First Footage from DIVERGENT Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet

by     Posted 1 year, 119 days ago

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The first footage from director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel Divergent has landed online ahead of the full trailer debut this coming Sunday, August 25th.  The futuristic thriller takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  This brief teaser doesn’t reveal much, but fans of the book will be happy to finally see the characters in action.  I was able to visit the Chicago set of the film earlier this year, and as a fan of the book I was encouraged by the direction Burger has taken.  It’s biggest obstacle, however, will be avoiding being labeled as a Hunger Games copycat.  Hopefully the full trailer does a nice job of distinguishing this as a wholly separate–and thoroughly entertaining–dystopian adventure.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser, and check back to see the trailer after its debut on MTV’s VMA’s on Sunday, August 25th.  If you missed Steve’s interview with Burger and Roth from Comic-Con, click here.  The film also stars Kate WinsletTheo James, Miles TellerJai CourtneyAshley JuddTony GoldwynRay StevensonZoe KravitzMaggie QMekhi PhiferAnsel ElgortChristian MadsenBen Lloyd-HughesBen Lamb, and Amy Newbold.  Divergent opens on March 21, 2014.

First Image from Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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It may only be August, but studios are already starting to make moves with regards to their awards fare.  Today, the first official image from Thank You for Smoking and Up in the Air writer/director Jason Reitman’s upcoming drama Labor Day has been released.  Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, the film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother to take in a drifter, who turns out to be an escaped convict on the run.  Kate Winslet plays the mother and Josh Brolin plays the convict, and Labor Day sees Reitman navigating decidedly different territory as he weaves the character drama with shades of a thriller.  The film also involves flashback and flashforwards, with Tobey Maguire playing the grown-up version of the young boy.  Given its pedigree, the pic is sure to be a contender in this year’s awards race.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Gattlin Griffith, J.K. Simmons, Clark Gregg, and James Van Der BeekLabor Day opens in limited release on December 25th before expanding wide on January 31st.

Kate Winslet and Judy Davis Lead THE DRESSMAKER; Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, and Ally Sheedy to Star in SINS OF OUR YOUTH

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Always a nice casting report when you can open with Kate Winslet:

  • Kate Winslet and Judy Davis have signed on to star in The Dressmaker, a project that Australian writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof) describes as “Unforgiven with a sewing machine.”
  • Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Joel Courtney (Super 8), and Ally Sheedy have signed on to star opposite Mitchel Musso, Bridger Zadina, Grant Harvey, and newcomer Dani Knights in Sins of Our Youth, the story of four teenage boys who accidentally murder a young boy.  Twin brothers Edmund Entin and Gary Entin will write and direct.

Hit the jump for more on both projects.

Theo James Lands Male Lead in DIVERGENT; Aaron Eckhart, Miles Teller, and Ray Stevenson Circling Roles

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It’s a casting bonanza for director Neil Burger’s (The Illusionist) anticipated adaptation of the popular YA novel Divergent.  The past couple of days have seen the likes of Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Maggie Q (Nikita), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), and Ansel Elgort (Carrie remake) join the film’s cast, and now another slew of actors are signing on.  The story takes place in a futuristic society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities, and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) has long been set in the lead role of Tris Prior, a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces termination due to her status as a “Divergent.”

Though the film’s plot has drawn similarities to The Hunger Games, the book received a fair amount of praise from critics, and it’s telling that the film has attracted such talent as Woodley and Kate Winslet.  Now some other impressive actors are signing on, including Theo James who has nabbed the highly coveted male lead.  Hit the jump for more.

Kate Winslet Negotiating to Star in DIVERGENT with Shailene Woodley

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Six-time Oscar nominee and Oscar-winner Kate Winslet is negotiating for a role in Divergent, the adaptation of the young adult novel from author Veronica Roth.  Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless), Divergent is a dystopian tale that stars Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) as a sixteen-year-old girl who is forced to compete in a ritual that divides her family and just so happens to fall in love with a frustrating young man along the way. This would mark the first franchise starter for Winslet as Summit is planning a trilogy, but it is still unknown which part she would play.  Divergent is set to open March 21, 2014.  Hit the jump for more.

New MOVIE 43 Featurette Connects All the Stars in Six Degrees of Separation

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There are so many big movie stars in Movie 43 that it’s borderline ridiculous, so a new featurette aims to clarify some things with a little game of “Six Degrees of Separation.”  You can check out 55 images from the movie here and see how Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard, Halle Berry, Jason Sudeikis, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Chloe Moretz, Josh Duhamel, Johnny Knoxville, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Richard Gere, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Liev Schreiber, Uma Thurman, Seann William Scott, Kieran Culkin, Leslie Bibb, Jimmy Bennett, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Kate Bosworth, Patrick Warburton, Tony Shalhoub, Chris Pratt, Jack McBrayer, Aasif Mandvi and Bobby Cannavale are all connected after the jump.  Movie 43 opens January 25, 2013. 

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