New WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD Trailer: Shailene Woodley Tackles Raging Hormones and a Missing Mother

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Magnolia Pictures has released a new White Bird in a Blizzard trailer for director Gregg Araki’s (Kaboom) sexually charged drama.  Based on the Laura Kasichke novel of the same name, the story takes place in the 1980s and stars Shailene Woodley as a young woman relishing her newfound sexuality whose life is upended when her beautiful, enigmatic mother (Eva Green) suddenly goes missing.  Green has made a habit lately of turning in regularly scene-stealing work, and it appears that she tackles another slightly unhinged character here while Woodley displays her swell ability to lay out her emotions onscreen.

Hit the jump to watch the new White Bird in a Blizzard trailer.  The film also stars Christopher MeloniGabourey SidibeThomas Jane, and Angela Basset.  White Bird in a Blizzard will be released on iTunes and VOD on September 25th and in theaters on October 24th.

DIVERGENT Deleted Scene Reveals Edward’s Eye Stabbing

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If you’ve read Divergent, you probably noticed that one particularly unforgettable scene never made it into the movie – the eye stabbing.  In the book, during Dauntless initiation, the #1 ranking transfer initiate, Edward (Ben Lamb), is stabbed in the eye in the middle of the night.  It’s a pretty brutal moment in the book, so it is reasonable that they opted to cut it from a PG-13-rated film, but they actually did shoot it and it’ll be on the Divergent DVD and Blu-ray special features menu.

You can’t get a copy until August 5th, but Summit opted to unveil the long lost stabbing scene a little early.  Hit the jump to check out the Divergent deleted scene and also to find out what Lamb himself had to say about shooting it during our set visitDivergent also stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Kate Winslet.

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD Clip: Shailene Woodley Gets Intimate

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The fantastic Shailene Woodley-fronted drama The Fault in Our Stars took the box office by storm last weekend, but the actress stars in a coming-of-age story of a very different sort later this year.  The first White Bird in a Blizzard clip has been released from writer/director Gregg Araki’s (Mysterious Skin) adaptation of the Laura Kasischke novel, and it shows Woodley and co-star Shiloh Fernandez enjoying their hypnotic, sexually-charged relationship.  In the 80s-set film, Woodley plays a young woman whose life is upended when her beautiful, enigmatic mother (Eva Green) suddenly goes missing.  The pic drew a mixed response following its debut at Sundance earlier this year, but Woodley’s a wonderfully talented actress so I’m curious to see how she fares with this more adult-centric material.

Hit the jump to watch the White Bird in a Blizzard clip.  The film also stars Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, and Angela BassetWhite Bird in a Blizzard will be released on iTunes and VOD on September 25th and in theaters on October 24th.

Weekend Box Office: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Shines with $48.2 Million; EDGE OF TOMORROW Falls Flat

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After a stellar launch, The Fault in Our Stars fell back to Earth a bit on Saturday.  In the grand tradition of front-loaded teen fare before it, the romantic drama leveled off as the weekend progressed.  Fox is now reporting estimated earnings of $48.2 million for the three-day weekend instead of the $55 million or higher that looked likely yesterday.  Meanwhile, the news did not get better for Edge of Tomorrow overnight.  The well-reviewed sci-fi pic earned an estimated $29.1 million from 3,490 locations, or a bit more than Non-Stop brought in its own debut… at the end of February.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Fault in Our Stars $48,200,000 $48.2
2.  Maleficent $33,523,000 $127.3
3.  Edge of Tomorrow $29,105,000 $29.1
4.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $14,700,000 $189.1
5.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $7,200,000 $30.1
6.  Godzilla $5,950,000 $185
7.  Neighbors $5,200,000 $137.8
8.  Blended $4,050,000 $36.5
9.  Chef $2,600,000 $10.3
10.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $1,900,000 $196.2

Full story after the jump.

TOP 5: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Josh Trank Lands STAR WARS Spinoff Film, EDGE OF TOMORROW, DOCTOR STRANGE, JUPITER ASCENDING Delayed

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The Fault in Our Stars will break you. Don’t think for a second that it won’t. If you come out of it saying otherwise then there are only two explanations: you’re lying or you’re a sociopath. Either way, I’m not sure we can be friends. Led by terrific lead turns by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (and solid supporting efforts by Laura Dern and Nat Wolff), director Josh Boone‘s adaptation of the John Green novel disguises a lesson in how much of a cold hard bitch the universe can be as a romantic teen drama. Every sweet moment that Hazel and Gus share (of which there are plenty) has an all-consuming gray cloud overhead. Even the catharsis that comes from pelting your ex’s car with eggs only lasts as long as the inevitability of your own mortality will allow. For all of its borderline grief-inducing moments, The Fault in Our Stars is actually a solid entry in the genre that handles its subject honestly and respectfully. It deserves praise for this even if it does depress the hell out of us along the way.

In addition to more on The Fault in Our Stars, this week’s Top 5 also includes Chronicle director Josh Trank landing a Star Wars spinoff film, Matt’s Edge of Tomorrow review, Scott Derrickson getting the Doctor Strange gig as well as casting rumors surrounding the pic, and Warner Bros. pushing Jupiter Ascending back from next month to February 2015. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Review

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Cancer is usually treated as a battle.  Words like “fight” and “survive” are used.  We use these violent words because cancer causes pain and death.  Words like “humor” and “love” rarely enter the conversation unless they’re provided in the most mawkish context.  These words want to turn a blind eye to suffering and instead dance around in sunshine and rainbows while tumors metastasize and organs fail.  Josh Boone‘s The Fault in Our Stars attempts to embrace the positive by smirking right back at cancer.  It turns cancer into a club where only members know how to truly live, and that life on the inside has a unique set of values.  Although the movie can sometimes get lost in its fluffy fatalism, The Fault in Our Stars still manages to tug at the heartstrings thanks largely to the mature, charming, shining performances from it lead actors.

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort Talk THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, How They Prepared for Their Roles, the Book’s Popularity, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Josh Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars.  The adaptation of the John Green novel centers on the relationship between two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.  While I wasn’t sure what to expect about the film going in, I attended a screening filled with press and die-hard fans and it was a powerful experience.  Not only did I share in the many tears that flowed from the entire audience, I started to understand why so many people are in love with the book and the characters.  Unlike a sappy, cliche portrait of “cancer love”, the movie is a realistic portrayal of young romance between two people with a unique outlook on life.  It’s a great film with fantastic performances, and it’s going to be a big hit at the box office.  The Fault in Our Stars also stars Willem DafoeNat WolffLaura DernSam TrammellMike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey.  For more on the film, watch the extended trailer or these 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.

At the New York City press junket, I landed an exclusive video interview with Shailene Woodley  and Ansel Elgort.  They talked about how they prepared for their roles, the book’s popularity, the fan reaction after the screening, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

Watch Almost 20 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

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With director Josh Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars arriving in theaters June 6th, we’ve been provided with almost twenty minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.  The adaptation of the John Green novel centers on the relationship between two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.  The Fault in Our Stars also stars Willem DafoeNat WolffLaura DernSam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey.  For more on the film, watch the extended trailer.

I attended the first screening for fans last night in New York City and I can honestly say it was an powerful experience.  Not only did I share in the many tears that flowed from the entire audience, but I started to understand why so many people are in love with the book and the characters.  Unlike a sappy, saccharine portrait of “cancer love”, the movie is a realistic portrayal of young romance between two people with a unique outlook on life.  It’s a great film with fantastic performances, and if the fan reaction last night is any indication, it’s going to be a big hit at the box office.  Hit the jump to check out the behind-the-scenes footage.

New Trailer for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Featuring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

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Fox 2000 has released a new The Fault in Our Stars trailer for director Josh Boone’s (Stuck in Love) adaptation of the bestselling John Green novel of the same name.  The story revolves around the relationship between two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.  This longer trailer provides a better look at the central relationship from the film, and it’s further proof that Boone and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer) have absolutely nailed the sharply comedic tone of Green’s novel.  Woodley still looks like she’s knocked this role out of the park, and I’m definitely encouraged by her chemistry with Elgort.  Also, this trailer confirms that I’m gonna have to work hard not to cry throughout the entire movie.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Fault in Our Stars trailer.  The film also stars Willem DafoeNat WolffLaura DernSam TrammellMike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey.  The Fault in Our Stars opens June 6th.

First Clip from THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

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20th Century Fox has released the first clip from The Fault in Our Stars.  The adaptation of the John Green novel centers on the relationship between two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.  I really enjoyed the book, but I was worried that some aspects of it might come off as too twee or self-conscious.  I had some reservations about this moment between Hazel (Woodley) and Gus (Elgort), but after watching it on screen, it’s clear that director Josh Boone has played the interaction perfectly.  The chemistry between Woodley and Elgort is excellent, and instead of this scene coming off as contrived, it’s endearing.

Hit the jump to check out the Fault in Our Stars clip.  The film also stars Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily PeacheyThe Fault in Our Stars opens June 6th.

New Featurette and Images for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

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Actors Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort can currently be seen in theaters playing brother and sister in the futuristic thriller Divergent, but this summer the two play love interests in the highly anticipated adaptation The Fault in Our Stars.  Based on the swell John Green novel of the same name, the story revolves around two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.  Today, 20th Century Fox has released a new featurette and a few new images from the pic, giving fans a brief behind-the-scenes look at director Josh Boone’s adaptation.  The character-centric story is a refreshing reprieve from the glut of genre-tinged studio fare, and as a fan of the book, I don’t see how Woodley doesn’t knock this role out of the park.  The first trailer, at least, is incredibly promising.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette and images.  The film also stars Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey, and Willem DafoeThe Fault in Our Stars opens June 6th.

TOP 5: GODZILLA Set Visit, DIVERGENT, Final Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, MUPPETS MOST WANTED Interviews, CHEAP THRILLS

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Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Drafthouse Films’ dark thriller/comedy Cheap Thrills starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton. I watched the film last night and, while not for the faint of heart or stomach, I can’t recommend it enough. At its core, Thrills works from a single question: how far would you go to be able to provide for yourself and/or your family? It uses precision pacing, confident direction from E.L. Katz, and solid performances across the board to explore this question, all while gradually rising to a crescendo that feels both inevitable and wildly inventive. Offhand I can’t think of a film that blends the thrilling and the disgusting, excitement and repulsion, in a more entertaining way than Cheap Thrills. Regardless of whether you want to or not (and I don’t think you will), this is a movie you won’t soon forget.

In addition to talking a bit more about Cheap Thrills with Matt’s review and a couple of interviews, this week’s Top 5 also highlights our set visit coverage for Godzilla, Matt’s review of Divergent plus interviews with Shailene Woodley and more, the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Muppets Most Wanted interviews with Tina Fey among others. Read on for a brief recap and link to everything I mention above.

DIVERGENT Review

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The story of Divergent celebrates bravery, compassion, and above all, accepting an emotional complexity that goes beyond a single characteristic.  Unfortunately, Neil Burger‘s adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s best-selling novel is constantly softening that emotional complexity or dodging it altogether.  The director is more focused on recreating the world of the novel, but rarely does he concern himself with fleshing it out and making the character relationships more than superficial.  The result is a staggeringly safe picture in what’s supposed to be a dangerous setting.

Shailene Woodley Talks DIVERGENT, Taking on Her First Big Movie, Having Fun with the Cast Away from Set, the Stunts, and More

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With director Neil Burger’s (LimitlessDivergent opening next weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Shailene Woodley.  During the interview, Woodley talked about if she was nervous to take on her first big Hollywood movie, why the police were called to the building where the cast was staying when they were filming in Chicago, if she was nervous doing the stunts, the sequel Insurgent, and more.

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 (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, Ashley JuddRay StevensonZoe KravitzJai CourtneyTony GoldwynAnsel Elgort,Maggie QBen Lloyd-HughesChristian Madsen, and Kate Winslet.

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