‘Divergent’ is the first installment of the futuristic action-adventure trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer and Amy Newbold, ‘Divergent’ is set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is “Divergent” and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. ‘Divergent’ is directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) and is set for a March 21st release in the US and a April 4th bow in the UK.
A major element of this movie is the question of, “Where do I belong and who am I?” But then also there’s these larger ideas about how do we all get along in society, how does a society ever live in peace with itself; then themes of fear, society and class, choice. What was is it about this story that appealed to you?
Shailene Woodley: A big reason why I wanted to do this movie was because I saw it as a beautiful platform. Just “diverging” alone, meaning diverging from the mainstream, diverging from mediocrity, diverging from what is seen as socially acceptable and really finding your passion and finding what you want to dedicate your life too – regardless of what society says or what the norm is. And that can be a little bit dangerous and can be a risk but you have to be brave to do that and you also have to have a lot of confidence, which stems from self-love. And once you establish self-love, you are really able to be a service to others more, which allows you to be more selfless – and that’s who Tris ends up as. She doesn’t abide and she doesn’t conform to societies rules and regulations and therefore she’s considered dangerous because she’s diverging from the mainstream. And the story is very metaphorical to things that are happening today that I’m very excited to bring to light. Reading Divergent, I became very passionate about Tris and the story.
First Trailer For ‘The Maze Runner’ – Starring Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen…
20th Century Fox has unveiled this first trailer for Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic novel, ‘The Maze Runner.’ The story centers on a teenage boy who wakes up in a strange community remembering only his first name. He soon learns they are part of a mysterious test, and finds it is his destiny to join the ‘maze runners’ and lead them to freedom. The story follows his and his fellow prisoners’ struggle to unlock the secrets of the maze that surrounds this mysterious community. Starring Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Ki Hong Lee, ‘The Maze Runner’ is set to hit cinemas on October 24th in the UK and from September 19th in the US.
When Thomas ( Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner.
Deadline have caught wind that Alison Brie, who’s absolutely brilliant in ‘Community,’ is set to join Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in ‘Get Hard,’ the Etan Cohen-directed comedy that is set for a March 27th, 2015 release. ‘Get Hard’ follows a rich bank manager (Ferrell) who is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to time in a maximum security prison. To prepare himself for his incarceration, Ferrell’s character hires the man who washes his car (Hart) to toughen him up in his final 30 days of freedom. Brie will play the fiancee of Ferrell’s character. The ‘Get Hard’ script was written by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, who are executive producers on Comedy Central’s ‘Key & Peele.’
After recently winning the Audience Award (Narrative Spotlight) at SXSW, Lionsgate has premiered this new behind-the-scenes featurette for Diego Luna’s ‘Cesar Chavez.’ Starring Michael Peña in the title role, ‘Cesar Chavez’ takes a look at the legendary activist’s life from laborer to leader, and the non-violent demonstrations he championed. Set for March 28th in the US, the film also stars America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich. Expect word on a UK release shortly.
Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world.
Steve Carell To Star In The Adaptation Of David Menasche’s Memoir ‘The Priority List: A Teacher’s Final Quest To Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons’
THR bring word that Warner Bros. Pictures have picked up the rights to David Menasche’s memoir, ‘The Priority List: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons.’ According to the outlet, Steve Carell is attached to star and also produce with his cohorts from the studio-based Carousel Productions, Charlie Hartsock and Vance DeGeneres.
David Menasche was a Miami high school teacher who in 2006 was told he only had a few months left to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He managed to extend his life via several surgeries and years of chemo but a seizure in 2012 ended his teaching career. Menasche then decided to embark on a cross-country journey to reconnect with former students from his 15-year teaching career, come to terms with his illness and learn to live fully in the present. (He is still alive today.) Touchstone published the book in January 2014. The official synopsis for the book is as follows:
IMP Awards has uncovered this Chinese poster for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.′ The film is the second in a planned four-film series that will further expand to include spin-offs for The Sinister Six and Venom. From director Marc Webb, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ will be released in the US on May 2nd and in the UK on April 18th. The superhero sequel stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Colm Feore, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak and Sarah Gadon.
In ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) continues to struggle with balancing his life as a high school student, and his responsibilities as Spider-Man. When Peter begins to investigate more about his father’s past, thanks to the help of his friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), he begins to realize that the new threats of Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) all have one thing in common: OsCorp. The official synopsis for the film can be read below.