One of my favorite movies of the year is director James Ponsoldt (Smashed) and writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber’s (500 Days of Summer) coming of age drama The Spectacular Now. Led by fantastic lead performances from Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, the film is about two High School seniors that are going in opposite directions. Sutter Keely (Teller) is the life of the party and loves to drink, while Aimee Finicky (Woodley) is pretty, but shy and removed from the popular crowd. When Sutter wakes up on Aimee’s lawn after being dumped by his girlfriend, what starts off as a rebound quickly turn into something more. The film also stars Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kyle Chandler. For more on the film, read Matt’s review.
A few days ago at the Los Ageles press day, I spoke with Teller and Woodley. They talked about how the film feels real and not a Hollywood version of teenage life, the way everyone is praising the movie, what they collect, how they were both cast in Divergent, and more. Hit the jump to watch. The Spectacular Now opens in limited release this weekend.
Cast members Zoe Kravitz, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ansel Elgort, Amy Newbold, Christian Madsen, Maggie Q, Ben Lamb, Mekhi Phifer and Miles Teller were on hand at Comic-Con this weekend to promote their new film, Divergent, a gripping action-thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions. Based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel, the film stars Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, a daring risk-taker who discovers she doesn’t fit into just one faction. Her decision whether or not to reveal her secret will either save or destroy her world.
At a fun and entertaining press conference, the actors talked about working with director Neil Burger, what it means to be part of a film based on a literary franchise, their respect for the fans’ appreciation of the book, what makes the story so powerful, why it was cool having Roth on set during production, the practical joke they played on Lloyd-Hughes, and how they hope the film’s success will trigger a sequel. Hit the jump to read the interview and be aware that there are spoilers.
Everyone’s looking for the next Hunger Games, which is certainly better than looking for the next Twilight. The studios have seen that there’s now a demand for not only strong protagonists, but strong, female protagonists, which have sadly been a rarity until now. Divergent will stay in the shadow of Hunger Games simply by virtue of easy comparison, and judging by the panel I saw today, it’s an unfair comparison. Based on what I saw today at the film’s Comic-Con panel, Divergent has what it takes to stand on its own. The footage we saw was brief, but I was hooked by the themes that were discussed.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel for the film. Divergent opens March 21, 2014.
A staple of Comic-Con’s past has been the Hall H panel for the latest Twilight film, which is usually held early on Thursday morning. With that series now completed, Summit is bringing a new popular YA adaptation to the Con this year: author Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless), the film takes place in a futuristic society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. Tris 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 Hall H panel will include appearances by a large number of the film’s cast members, including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, and Christian Madsen. Burger and Roth will also take part in the panel, which will premiere the first footage from the futuristic thriller. Hit the jump for more.
The first trailer for director James Ponsoldt’s (Smashed) drama The Spectacular Now has been released online. The film premiered to wildly positive reviews at Sundance earlier this year, and stars Miles Teller as a young high school student who strikes up a friendship with a fellow student (Shailene Woodley) as graduation and some big life decisions loom closer. I loved the film when I saw it at Sundance, and you should definitely go see it. Please take my word on this, because the trailer will take you through the entire movie. If you can’t take my word, then go ahead and watch the trailer, but consider yourself warned.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster, and click here to watch Steve’s interview with Teller and Woodley from Sundance. The film also stars Brie Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Kyle Chandler. The Spectacular Now opens on August 2nd.
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.
Opening this weekend is 21 and Over, a new alcohol-drenched frat house comedy that marks the directing debut of The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. In the film, three high school buddies reunite to celebrate the youngest’s 21st birthday. And then things go horribly, horribly wrong. Alcohol poisoning, angry sorority sisters with twisted hazing rituals, stampeding buffalo and pratfalls from five stories ensue.
Last week, Collider sat down with Miles Teller (Footloose) and Justin Chon (Twilight) to discuss their wild roles in the comedy. During our interview, Teller and Chon discussed getting naked on film, Chon’s deep childhood traumas, Teller urinating on his friends, how I look like a skinny Bradley Cooper and much more. Hit the jump to watch.
Relativity Media has released a large batch of new high-resolution images from the upcoming college comedy 21 and Over. Written and directed by The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the film stars Justin Chon (Twilight) as a Straight-A student who, on the night of his 21st birthday, has strict orders from his father to rest up for his medical school interview the next morning. Things go awry when his best friends, played by Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) and Miles Teller (Footloose), surprise him and take him out for a night of debauchery. Though the film wasn’t initially on my radar, after seeing Teller’s incredible performance in the Sundance hit The Spectacular Now and Astin’s charming work in Pitch Perfect, I’m hoping we’re in for a great new entry in the college comedy genre.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Sarah Wright, Jonathan Keltz, and Francois Chau. 21 and Over opens on March 1st.
One of my favorite movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director James Ponsoldt (Smashed) and writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber’s (500 Days of Summer) coming of age drama The Spectacular Now. Led by fantastic lead performances from Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, the film is about two High School seniors that are going in opposite directions. Sutter Keely (Teller) is the life of the party and loves to drink, while Aimee Finicky (Woodley) is pretty, but shy and removed from the popular crowd. When Sutter wakes up on Aimee’s lawn after being dumped by his girlfriend, what starts off as a rebound quickly turn into something more. The film also stars Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kyle Chandler. For more on the film, here is Matt’s review.
The day after the world premiere I sat down with Teller and Woodley for an exclusive video interview. We talked about being at Sundance, how they got cast, the fact that the characters in the film are real and relatable, and more. In addition, each of them talks about their upcoming projects including The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Hit the jump to watch.
“Live in the moment” is a nice platitude and a crappy life philosophy. Vivacity is all well and good. We should appreciate the present, but we can’t live only for the present. We have to think about tomorrow because we’re probably going to be there. In his wonderful new film The Spectacular Now, director James Ponsoldt explore the live-for-the-moment mentality with an authentic and earnest look at high school emotions, anxiety about the future, and first love. Led by extraordinary performances from stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now is a thoroughly charming and surprisingly powerful coming-of-age story about the fear of looking ahead and the seductive safety of living in the present.
Some new images have cropped up today for John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard and James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now. The fifth installment in the Die Hard series features John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his son Jack (Jai Courtney), who are seen amidst a lot of destruction in this new image. We also have an infographic from the original 1988 film, which is the first in a series that will be released for each film leading up to the February 14th release of A Good Day to Die Hard.
We’ve also got some new images that feature Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) and Miles Teller (Project X) being all young and cute in The Spectacular Now. Also starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the picture debuts at Sundance this Friday. Hit the jump to see the new images.
Relativity has released a new trailer for 21 and Over, a comedy written and directed by The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The hijinks are kicked off when Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) and Miles Teller (Footloose) surprise their button-downed friend Justin Chon (Twilight) on his 21st birthday. Although he has an crucial medical school interview the next morning, you can imagine that the boys get into the kind of trouble that can only come from the writers who thought up The Hangover.
21 and Over has a likable young cast, a small touch that should help it land with its target audience (21 and under, natch). I see enough potential in this and the first to believe in a funny movie with just a bit of heart (friendship is important, guys), but not so much that I’d bet on it. Watch the trailer after the jump. 21 and Over opens on March 1, 2013.
The Sundance Film Festival recently announced the first round of programming, and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition:
- Mother of George - Directed by Andrew Dosunmu, starring Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Yaya Alafia, and Bukky Ajayi.
- The Lifeguard - Written and directed by Liz W. Garcia, starring Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Amy Madigan, and David Lambert.
- The Spectacular Now - Directed by James Ponsoldt, starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kyle Chandler.
- Touchy Feely - Written and directed by Lynn Shelton, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, and Josh Pais.
Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27.
New images have been released for the animated film Epic and the raunchy comedy 21 and Over. Both films seem to loudly echo previous flicks. Epic seems to be very much following in the footsteps of FernGully: The Last Rainforest and Avatar where an outsider learns that the forest is important to people who live in a forest. As for 21 and Over, writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have returned to the film that made them, The Hangover, with another story about how serious intoxication can lead to chaotic and hilarious consequences. Judging by the trailer, I’m hoping we get another surprisingly great college comedy like Van Wilder.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Epic opens in 3D on May 24, 2013 and features the voices of Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Jason Sudekis, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, and Johnny Knoxville. 21 and Over opens March 1, 2013 and stars Miles Teller, Skyler Astin, and Justin Chon.
Earlier this week we saw the first trailer for the college comedy 21 and Over, and today we’re happy to debut two exclusive new images from the film. Written and directed by The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the pic stars Justin Chon (Twilight) as a Straight-A student who, on the night of his 21st birthday, has strict orders from his father to rest up for his medical school interview the next morning. Things go awry when his best friends, played by Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) and Miles Teller (Footloose), surprise him and take him out for a night of debauchery. These new images tease some of fallout from said debauchery, as Chon’s character finds himself in a rather precarious position.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film opens on March 1, 2013.