Producers Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese Talk THE DIVIDE, the Season Finale, Re-Shooting The Pilot, SCANDAL, and More

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The WE TV drama series The Divide follows Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland), a whip-smart caseworker with a knack for getting herself in and out of trouble, and Adam Page (Damon Gupton), the youngest DA in the history of Philadelphia, both on opposite sides of a case where the outcome could either protect or destroy their reputations.  Created by Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese, the show also stars Nia Long, Paul Schneider, Joe Anderson and Clarke Peters.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producers Tony Goldwyn (who also directed the pilot) and Richard LaGravenese talked about how they came to be working together, what drew them to the themes of this story, their road to getting this show on the air, re-shooting the original pilot (that was shot for AMC, before moving to WE tv), setting up the show’s structure for future seasons, why it was so important to them to collaborate with the African American actors on their characters, and what they love about long-term storytelling on television.  LaGravenese also talked about the experience of shooting the feature film The Last 5 Years, with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, while Goldwyn talked about how exciting it is to be a part of a show like Scandal, that so many people talk about every week.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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.

Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd Talk DIVERGENT, Working with Director Neil Burger, Their Preferred Acting Process, and More

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With Divergent opening this weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd.  During the interview they talked about working with director Neil Burger, the level of detail in the costumes and sets, the way they like to work, 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 (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 Elgort, Ray StevensonZoe Kravitz, Maggie QBen Lloyd-HughesChristian Madsen, and Kate Winslet.

Over 25 New Images from DIVERGENT Featuring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, and More

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Summit Entertainment has released a number of new images from director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) upcoming Veronica Roth adaptation Divergent.  The film is on track for a big opening weekend, and from what little footage we’ve seen, I’ve really liked Burger’s visual take on the dystopian world.  Moreover, the prospect of seeing The Spectacular Now stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller together again onscreen (albeit under very different circumstances) is highly enticing.  For those unaware, the futuristic thriller takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Woodley plays a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups, and faces grave consequences if it’s revealed that she’s “Divergent”.

Hit the jump to check out the new images, which fans of the book will be happy to know include looks at nearly the entire cast and even Roth’s cameo.  The film also stars Theo James, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Christian Madsen, Ray Stevenson, Amy Newbold, and Ben LambDivergent opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on March 21st.

Final Trailer for DIVERGENT Starring Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, and Kate Winslet

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Summit Entertainment has released a new trailer for Neil Burger‘s adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s best-selling young adult novel, Divergent.  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.”  This trailer goes heavy on the story although there’s some bits of action scattered throughout.  I’m still a bit unclear on how one young woman’s “divergence” can bring down “the system” or how that system keeps society under control, but this trailer has made me eager to find out the answers.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, and Kate WinsletDivergent opens on March 21st.

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.

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

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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

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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.

Casting Call: Kate Upton in Talks for THE OTHER WOMAN, Tony Goldwyn Joins DIVERGENT and Kelly Reilly to Star in HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

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We’ve got some new casting news:

  • Kelly Reilly (Flight) has landed the female lead role in Heaven Is for Real, based on the book with the same name, about a young boy named Colton Burpo who comes out of an emergency operation with compelling stories of a visit to heaven.  Greg Kinnear will also star as Reilly’s husband in the film.
  • Model and actress Kate Upton (The Three Stooges) is in talks to join Nick Cassavetes’s The Other Woman, which will also star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.
  • Tony Goldwyn (The Mechanic) has just joined director Neil Burger’s film Divergent, which is a futuristic thriller based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times bestseller.  Divergent will also star Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Theo James (Underworld: Awakening), and Kate Winslet.

Hit the jump for additional pertinent information on the casting.

Tony Goldwyn Talks SCANDAL, Directing JUSTIFIED and GREY’S ANATOMY, and a Drama He’s Developing

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On the ABC drama series Scandal, from show creator/writer/executive producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), actor Tony Goldwyn plays President Fitzgerald Grant, whose former communications director, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), left to open her own prominent crisis management firm. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia was hoping to completely cut ties with her past (which includes an affair with the President) and start a new chapter in her life, but her former boss and his chief of staff (played by Jeff Perry) are never far from her beat.During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Tony Goldwyn talked about how he came to be a part of Scandal, what he thinks of his morally ambiguous character, the challenge of always being so exact with such fast-paced dialogue, the presidents that he looked at for inspiration, what it’s like to work with his co-star Kerry Washington, and how the stakes will continue to get higher through the end of the season. He also talked about his directorial work, whether he prefers the style of film or TV, developing a drama series for AMC, and the shows he’d love to direct an episode of, if given the opportunity. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

THE MECHANIC Blu-ray Review

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Action films are weird. What used to be the summer blockbusters of yore are now reduced to a off-season release dates. In the mid 1990’s The Mechanic would have starred Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger, and been a big summer action film. The 2011 version hit theaters in January, and did reasonable business for what it is –around $30 domestic, or less than what Pirates 4 did on its opening day. Though by no means a great film, the Jason Statham-starrer is relatively entertaining, and doesn’t mess around. Statham stars as a hitman who takes on an assistant (Ben Foster), and comes to realize the people he’s working for (headed up by Tony Goldwyn) are not above board. Check out our review of the Blu-ray of The Mechanic after the jump.

4 Movie Clips from THE MECHANIC Starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland

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If you’re a fan of Jason Statham action films, you’ll be happy to know his latest movie, a remake of The Mechanic, opens January 28.  Like the 1972 Charles Bronson film that it’s based on , Statham plays a ‘mechanic’, “an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets.”   Unlike some remakes that stray far from the original, Statham’s remake uses the same plot, but updates all the technology and kills.  Also, Simon West directed (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) the film so the action is well done.

While not an expert Stathamologist, I thought The Mechanic was a lot of fun and having Ben Foster play the apprentice was a smart move as he’s a very talented actor that brings a lot to the role.  Anyway, we’ve been given four clips from the film, so hit the jump to check them out.  I’ve also provided the official synopsis:

Red-Band Trailer for THE MECHANIC

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A new red-band trailer for the action-thriller The Mechanic has gone online (here’s the green band).  Directed by Simon West (Con Air), the film stars Jason Statham as a hitman who takes on an apprentice (Ben Foster).  The film also stars Tony Goldwyn and Donald Sutherland.  If you’re a fan of Statham kicking ass and blowing shit up, what are you waiting for.  The Mechanic opens January 28th.

3 Movie Clips from CONVICTION Starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell

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One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction.  Based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters and her struggle to free her innocent brother from a life sentence in prison, the film stars Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo and Peter Gallagher.

While some might see this movie as nothing more than Oscar bait, I caught a screening and thought Goldwyn did a good job bringing the story to life and it was more than a made for TV movie.  Of course, with fantastic performances from both Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, it’s a lot easier to make any movie better.  While Sam Rockwell is still under the radar to most moviegoers, his performance in Conviction is just another reason why I think he’s one of the best actors working today.

With Conviction getting released October 15, Fox Searchlight has sent over three clips and you can check them out after the jump.  You can hear both Swank and Rockwell doing New England accents.

First Trailer for CONVICTION Starring Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, and Minnie Driver

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Fox Searchlight has debuted the first trailer for Conviction, based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters, who “puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18-year quest” to overturn her brother’s murder conviction.  Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, and Minnie Driver star under the direction of Tony Goldwyn (The Last Kiss).  Check out the trailer after the jump.

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