In an interview with LA Times’ Hero Complex, Shailene Woodley and Theo James discussed the franchise, knowing one another and returning to film Insurgent.
Read an excerpt below:
HC: How’s the experience been shooting the second film? SW: It’s been wonderful. I’ve been having so much fun. It’s been really nice to switch things up. Everything in a way is different. We’re in Atlanta, it’s summer, it’s not cold, Chicago winter. Our director is different, the set design is different, the costumes are different. It feels much bigger. It’s interesting because the movie feels bigger in tone and in image but in a scene it feels smaller. Some scenes feel like we’re doing an indie film in a way because they’re so full of truth. Robert, our director, is really, really keen on making sure we feel comfortable with a scene as well as he feels comfortable with a scene. Until it has the right flow or the right tone, he won’t move on and that’s a big blessing in a big movie like this, to have somebody who really is keen on us feeling like our needs were met to support the character and that his needs were met to support the film. TJ: We put a little taste together just to show the crew how we’d been doing and what came through is A) the scope. It looks kind of richer and bigger and more complex, but what came through to me was the emotionality behind it. Again, that sounds wanky. SW: This movie is pretty emotional. TJ: Yeah, but not in a cheesy way. There’s real stakes behind it, and sometimes that’s hard to find in spectacular situations. If you’re watching these movies that are spectacles, which are fun and it’s about this thing and escapism, sometimes the crux of the emotionality gets lost. That doesn’t necessarily sometimes matter, but we are trying to retain that with this film.
This wouldn’t be the first time you hear the names of Divergent and The Hunger Games taken together in a sentence.
Now, Veronica Rothhas addressed the comparisons between the two YA dystopian franchises with HuffPost Live, calling it “scary simply because those books have done an incredible, amazing thing.”
She admits that it is “formidable” but hopes that people recognize that it is a distinct work.
But while she’s wary of the comparison, she’s appreciative of how it’s benefited her own work, pointing out that “it’s also helped the books and the movie to find an audience, in a really wonderful way.”
In a landmark deal, TNT has acquired the TV rights to both Divergent and The Hunger Games.
“We’re delighted to launch this partnership with TNT for two of our biggest global franchises,” said Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution. “The agreement underscores the breadth and depth of our content portfolio and supplies TNT with blockbuster franchises that will resonate with their audiences for many years to come.”
The cabler’s premiere window for “Divergent” begins in 2016, with the three sequel films following in the subsequent three years.
HBO still has the first-run pay rights to Divergent franchise.
However, this is great news for Divergent, as TNT also has been host to other big names like The Lord of the Rings and provides more exposure to Divergent!
Thanks to Page to Premiere, We have this deleted scene from The Fault in Our Stars featuring Hazel (Shailene Woodley) reciting the “Red Wheelbarrow” poem by William Carlos Williams to Gus (Ansel Elgort) in the ambulance after his gas station scene. Heartbreaking! TFIOS is out on DVD/Bluray in September!
Miles Teller is featured in Elle Magazine’s September 2014 issue in a very candid interview! Warning: May not be for the under 13 crowd :)
By Mickey Rapkin
Having quickly established himself as one of Young Hollywood’s most versatile players, it’s fitting that 27-year-old Miles Teller is starring as Mr. Fantastic in the upcoming Fantastic Fourreboot. After his devastating portrayal of the teenage driver who accidentally kills Nicole Kidman’s son in Rabbit Hole, Teller transformed into a neo–John Cusack—his broken heart bleeding for Shailene Woodley—in 2013′s The Spectacular Now. In Whiplash, which won the top two prizes at Sundance and opens wide next month, he’s a wunderkind jazz drummer with social issues. There seems to be nothing this kid can’t do. That includes maintaining a long-distance relationship with model Keleigh Sperry. Teller, who grew up in backwoods Florida (where kids “walked around in cowboy hats and Wranglers and cleaned up cow shit for agriculture class”), caught up with ELLE from the set of The Fantastic Four, moments after accidentally splitting open his hand. That he was waiting for a doctor to come stitch him up could explain the near-delirious state he was in as he told us about the time he tried Viagra. Fantastic, indeed.
You started playing drums at age 15. Was that to impress girls?
I played music my whole life—piano, saxophone. It wasn’t very cool, but yeah, sax kind of sounds like sex, so there’s allure there.
Yesterday we shared with you that Shailene Woodley’s latest project, White Bird in a Blizzard released an official poster and now we have a new trailer to go along with that! The story seems really interesting and I can’t wait to see Shai tackle this role! Click on the picture below to watch! White Bird opens in theaters October 24th and is released On Demand September 25th.