TOP 5: Margot Robbie in SUICIDE SQUAD, DUMB AND DUMBER TO, Universal’s Monster Universe, INSURGENT Trailer, Doctor Doom’s New Origin in THE FANTASTIC FOUR

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I want to make this as clear as possible: if you’ve yet to check out writer/director Dan Gilroy‘s thriller Nightcrawler, you need to as quickly as you can. In his directorial debut, the veteran writer has not only crafted one of the best films of the year but also one of the most captivating protagonists in recent memory with Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Louis Bloom. The film centers on Bloom, a sociopathic thief who learns he can make a living shooting video of horrific events and selling said video to a local television news station managed by industry veteran Nina Romina (in an excellent turn by Rene Russo). As Bloom hones his craft, his price goes up and the stakes build in direct proportion. Nightcrawler should be lauded for its absolute evisceration of the local television news industry and its astute look at an economy so barren that it leaves room for this type of work to seem like an honest way to make a buck. That said, Gyllenhaal’s performance is the centerpiece and will be what Gilroy’s debut is ultimately remembered for. And rightfully so. It’s a career defining role that the actor owns from beginning to end.

Recommendation aside, this week’s Top 5 features Margot Robbie landing the role of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, interviews for and Matt’s review of Dumb and Dumber To, a few updates from Universal’s “Monster Movie Universe”, the first teaser trailer for Insurgent, and the revised origin of Toby Kebbell‘s Doctor Doom in Josh Trank‘s upcoming The Fantastic Four. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT Trailer: Shailene Woodley Defies Reality and Rides a Flying Building

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When the first film of a franchise scores $152.5 million opening weekend like The Hunger Games, the sequel is basically a guaranteed hit.  Even if the numbers do drop, it’s still bound to take big money to the bank.  On the other hand, the second Divergent film, Insurgent, is going to have its work cut out for it if it’s going to match the first film’s $54.6 million start and justify the studio’s decision to stretch the final book of the trilogy into two films.

I hoped the first bit of promo material from Insurgent would be something to ease fans back into the world and possibly even pull in newcomers. However, not only does this teaser trailer feel nothing like the original film, but it’s also highly unlikely that anyone who isn’t familiar with the first film or the books will have any idea of what’s going on.  Hit the jump to check out the Divergent Series: Insurgent trailer for yourself.  The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate WinsletOctavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz, Daniel Dae Kim, and Suki WaterhouseThe Divergent Series: Insurgent opens in theaters on March 20, 2015.

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT Posters for Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Keiynan Lonsdale and More

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Lionsgate kicked off its Insurgent 3D poster campaign yesterday morning with a design for Ansel Elgort’s Caleb and now we’ve got the other seven posters to go along with it.  We’ve got artwork for heavy hitters Four (Theo James) and Tris (Shailene Woodley) as well as Tris’ fellow Dauntless initiates, Peter (Miles Teller) and Christina (Zoe Kravitz).  There are also posters for Dauntless’ resident tattoo artist, Tori (Maggie Q), the Dauntless leader, Max (Mekhi Phifer), and a film franchise newcomer who’s a book series favorite, Uriah (Keiynan Lonsdale).

Hit the jump to check out all eight Insurgent posters for yourself.  The Divergent Series: Insurgent arrives in theaters in 3D and 2D on March 20, 2015.  The film also stars Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney and Daniel Dae Kim.

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT 3D Poster Campaign is Underway; Movie Will Be Released in 3D

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With less than a month to go until the film’s November 21st debut, it’s all about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 right now, but Lionsgate is making a little room for Insurgent, too.  The studio just released a brand new motion poster for the Divergent sequel and announced plans to release a new one every hour until we’ve got eight.

Hit the jump to check out the first Insurgent poster featuring Ansel Elgort’s Caleb who’s ditched his Erudite garb for some more action-appropriate attire.  The Divergent Series: Insurgent is scheduled to hit theaters on March 20, 2015 and also stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Maggie Q, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz and Octavia Spencer.

Ansel Elgort Talks MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, the Benefits of Social Media, Dealing with Fame After FAULT, INSURGENT, Taking a Break, and More

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Now playing in limited release is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children.  Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy GreerJ.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia CrocicchiaDennis Haysbert, and the voice of  Emma Thompson, the drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  Loaded with great performances and a smart script, Men, Women & Children is able to tap into the zeitgeist of our tech-obsessed culture yet it doesn’t feel pedantic or forced.  It was definitely one of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  For more on Men, Women & Children, read Matt’s review, watch some clips or the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

While at TIFF, I landed an exclusive interview with Ansel Elgort.  He talked about making the film, how Jason Reitman’s script deals with so many different subjects, deleted scenes, what the last year has been like, losing his anonymity after The Fault in Our Stars, social media, Insurgent, his music, what he wants to do in the future, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

INSURGENT Trailer to Debut in Theaters with THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1; Is There a Fifth DIVERGENT Film in the Works?

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It looks like Lionsgate will use the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hype to give the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, a little boost.  We expected this would happen, but now Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed it; the very first trailer for Insurgent will screen before Mockingjay – Part 1 on November 21st.

Feltheimer and co. have high hopes for the Divergent franchise overall, so high in fact that they’re considering going beyond four films.  Hit the jump for more on the Insurgent trailer debut as well as the possibility of a fifth Divergent film.

Neil Burger Talks DIVERGENT, HUNGER GAMES Comparisons, Why He Didn’t Direct INSURGENT, Possibly Returning for ALLEGIANT, and More

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Earlier this year, Summit Entertainment launched a new franchise with Divergent.  The adaptation of the first novel in author Veronica Roth’s trilogy bore some resemblance to another post-apocalyptic franchise, but director Neil Burger ensured that his futuristic sci-fi thriller would stand alone.  He began by assembling an excellent cast led by Shailene Woodley, opted for a colorful visual approach heavy in luminosity, and took care in pleasing passionate fans of Roth’s source material.  The result was a fun, thrilling, and somewhat surprising film that took in over $270 million at the worldwide box office and paved the way for the sequel, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which is poised for release on March 20, 2015.

With Divergent being released on Blu-ray and DVD this week, I recently got the chance to speak with Burger over the phone.  During the course of our interview, he discussed his reaction to the film’s success, the double-edge nature of the pre-release Hunger Games comparisons, the pain of removing the eye-stabbing subplot in the editing process, how much he knew about Allegiant ahead of time, and more.  Additionally, Burger revealed that he was actually going to direct Insurgent but reshoots made the timetable impossible, and talked about the possibility of returning to the franchise to helm one of the Allegiant films.  Read the interview after the jump.

Mark Rylance Joins Spielberg’s Cold War Thriller; Dave Franco Joins THE ROOM Movie; Marion Cotillard in MAL DE PIERRES; Duo Set for INSURGENT

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We have a few casting stories to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Stage actor Mark Rylance is the second actor to join the cast of Steven Spielberg’s next film, a Cold War thriller fronted by Tom Hanks.
  • Dave Franco is set to star opposite his brother James Franco in the film about the making of The Room, titled The Disaster Artist.
  • Marion Cotillard will lead the period romance Mal de Pierres.
  • The roles of Uriah and Lynn have been filled for the sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

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Djimon Hounsou in TARZAN; Daniel Dae Kim in THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT; Ray Liotta, Rose Leslie, Justin Bartha & More in STICKY NOTES

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Djimon Hounsou will join David Yates’ Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz.  The picture is due to open July 1, 2016.
  • Daniel Dae Kim is set to star in Robert Schwentke’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent (and, yes, this is the new official title), starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.  The sequel will open March 20, 2015.
  • Ray Liotta, Justin Bartha, Gina Rodriguez, and Rose Leslie will star in Amanda Harlib’s directorial debut, Sticky Notes.

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Naomi Watts Joins INSURGENT and ALLEGIANT; Tim Roth Added to SELMA; James Ransone Set for Western IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE

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We have a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Naomi Watts has landed the critical role of Evelyn in the Divergent sequel Insurgent, as well as the two-part conclusion to the franchise Allegiant.
  • Tim Roth will play Governor George Wallace in the Martin Luther King, Jr. film Selma.
  • The Wire alum has joined John Travolta and Ethan Hawke in director Ti West’s (The Sacrament) Blumhouse Pictures Western In a Valley of Violence.

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Rhys Ifans in Talks for ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2; Katie Holmes Joins WOMAN IN GOLD; Rodrigo Santoro to Lead DOMINION; INSURGENT Adds Two

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We’ve got a number of casting announcements to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) will join Johnny Depp in the Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass.
  • Katie Holmes has signed on to star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in the Holocaust drama The Woman in Gold.
  • Rodrigo Santoro (300) has joined Dominion, a film about the last day of poet Dylan Thomas’ life.
  • The currently-filming Divergent sequel Insurgent has added Jonny Weston (Chasing Mavericks) and Suki Waterhouse (Pusher).
  • The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal has Emily Blunt in the cast of Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming film Sicario.

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DIVERGENT Sequel INSURGENT Begins Filming in Atlanta

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Lionsgate has announced that the Divergent sequel Insurgent has begun production in Atlanta, barreling towards the film’s March 20, 2015 release date.  That’s a rather quick turnaround for the futuristic thriller since Divergent only just opened in theaters this past March, and especially given that director Robert Schwentke (Red) has only been on the project for a couple of months.  Schwentke takes over directorial duties from Neil Burger, who was too busy completing post-production on Divergent to be able to prep and shoot Insurgent in the allotted time.

Hit the jump for more on Insurgent, including the full press release and official synopsis.  The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, and Maggie Q.

Noomi Rapace to Star Opposite Will Smith in BRILLIANCE; Octavia Spencer Joins DIVERGENT Sequel INSURGENT

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It appears that Will Smith has committed to his next project.  THR reports that Noomi Rapace is in talks to star opposite Smith in the sci-fi thriller Brilliance, firming up the pic as Smith’s next film.  Scripted by David Koepp (War of the Worlds), the film is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name and takes place in a world where one percent of people are born with heightened cognitive abilities, dubbed “brilliants.”  Smith plays a federal agent whose gift is put to good use hunting terrorists, but he meets his match when he must track down another “brilliant” who is bent on igniting a civil war.  Rapace will play “a tattooed and pierced brilliant identified as a terrorist by the government.”  Julius Onah is directing the Legendary/Universal film, and production is looking to begin this summer.

Hit the jump for a major casting development concerning the Divergent sequel Insurgent.

Lionsgate Splitting Adaptation of Final DIVERGENT Book, ALLEGIANT, into Two Parts

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This is what Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has wrought.  From now on, the final chapter of every major franchise will be split in two.  Mark my words: Eventually the adaptation of the final book in a trilogy will be split into thirds.  Xzibit will have to appear before every franchise and say, “I heard you like trilogies so I put a trilogy inside your trilogy.”  The latest franchise to get the split treatment is Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy.  It’s not a surprising move.  Lionsgate split the final Twilight book—Breaking Dawn—into two parts and they’re doing the same thing with Mockingjay, the finale of the Hunger Games series.  You have to milk these franchises for all their worth even though I have yet to hear a single good thing about Allegiant.

Hit the jump for the press release regarding the Allegiant movie split.  The next installment, Insurgent will open on March 20, 2015.  Allegiant – Part 1 will be released March 18, 2016 and Allegiant – Part 2 will open on March 24, 2017.

Producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher Talk DIVERGENT, Director Neil Burger, Sequels, the Cast, Deleted Scenes, and More

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With Divergent now playing in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher.  For those unfamiliar, the film is based on the Veronica Roth novel of the same name and 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.”  Hit the jump to watch the interview.  Divergent also stars Theo James, Ansel ElgortRay StevensonZoe Kravitz, Tony GoldwynAshley Judd, Ben Lloyd-HughesMaggie QMekhi Phifer, Christian Madsen, and Kate Winslet.

During the interview, Wick and Fisher talked about how the project came together, casting the great group of young up and coming actors, deleted scenes, landing director Neil Burger, why he isn’t doing the sequel, when they’re planning on filming the next installment, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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