Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
Fair or not, it’s impossible not to measure Divergent against The Hunger Games. This is true for obvious reasons, in that they’re both dystopian YA adaptations featuring strong heroines, or that Divergent is actively and openly gunning to be the next Hunger Games. Unfortunately, it’s also true because Divergent, as directed by Neil Burger, never makes enough of a mark to rise above that easy comparison.
It’s not that Divergent is terrible. The movie serves up a couple of nice moments and some very appealing performances. But where the Hunger Games offered a rich, colorful universe, Divergent offers us a half-competed sketch. Where The Hunger Games felt bracingly different from its own predecessors, Twilight and Harry Potter, Divergent feels like well-meaning knock-off of all three.
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Posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Step Up film franchise may not have the star power of a Die Hard, the icon status of an Avengers, or the record-shattering box office numbers of a Hunger Games. What it does have going for it is dependability. A new one drops every two years like clockwork, and they all follow pretty much the same formula of dancing + romance + pretty young things.
Based on the first Step Up All In trailer, the latest installment doesn’t stray too much from that template. Ryan Guzman (from Step Up Revolution) and Briana Evigan (from Step Up 2: The Streets) play the leaders of a dance crew trying to win a big Vegas competition. Along the way, they fall in love, or something. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
For the past two weeks, we’ve been watching brave, determined souls push their bodies to the absolute limit for the sake of national pride. But even Sochi Winter Olympians have it easy compared to the heroine of Divergent, who’s fighting for her very life in a society determined to wipe her kind off the map.
Summit has released a new extended TV spot for the Olympics, which emphasizes just how much danger Tris (Shailene Woodley) is in, and exactly how dangerous she herself can be. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
With Divergent‘s release date still weeks away, its sequel Insurgent is taking another big stride forward. Red director Robert Schwentke is set to direct the dystopian YA adventure, which will once again star Shailene Woodley and Theo James.
Schwentke replaces original Divergent director Neil Burger, who we learned in December would not return for the follow-up. More details after the jump.
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If ever a movie was made with the sole purpose to be sold at the Super Bowl, it’s Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day. The film opens April 11 and stars Kevin Costner as the GM of the Cleveland Browns, a team in desperate need of a kick in the ass. And that’s exactly what they do at the 2014 NFL Draft, the event where the 32 NFL teams select the best college players in the world. The film has the full cooperation of the NFL, features cameos galore, and was actually filmed at last year’s draft, giving the whole thing an eerie sense of reality.
Written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, Draft Day was on the top of The Black List a few years back and for good reason. It blends the drama and intensity of NFL with a heartwarming story of a man facing impossible odds. The only other place NFL superfans and non-fans really crossover is during the Super Bowl, so check out the spot below.
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These days post-apocalyptic films are nearly a dime a dozen. But none of those have the pedigree of The Rover, written and directed by David Michôd, the man behind 2010 crime drama Animal Kingdom. His feature follow-up hits theaters this Summer, and stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. Set ten years after the world has all but ended, Pearce plays a man forced to hunt down one of his prized possessions after it’s forcefully taken from him.
Sounds ominous, yes? Well the first teaser trailer just hit and there aren’t many more answers here. Just some impressive visuals and Pearce and Pattinson as you’ve never seen them before. Check it out below. Read More »
Will a sequel to Ender’s Game ever see the big screen? It’s not a question with a definitive answer. The first film didn’t live up to financial expectations, but it got decent critical praise, meaning a life on home video and On Demand could generate interest in a theatrical follow-up.
In the past, producers admitted there are multiple ideas to continue the franchise, which in the original Orson Scott Card novels has a complicated timeline. One option is to continue with some sort of TV series. Another is to adapt a new series of novels which take place immediately after the events of Ender’s Game. Now a third option is on the table. Producer Roberto Orci says there’s a chance a sequel could be wholly original story, not based on any of Card’s material. Read More »
Unless you eat, sleep and breathe football, draft day is an afterthought (at best). Who cares what happens when 32 teams pick up some random players from college? Fans, however, know draft day is the point when franchises are made or broken. Hall of Fame players are selected for your roster, or passed up and taken by your rivals. Maybe your favorite team gets Peyton Manning, or maybe they get Ryan Leaf. Maybe Tom Brady is selected after 198 other players. The history and drama behind the NFL Draft is the stuff of legend, which is why Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman‘s script, Draft Day, was at the top of the Black List in 2012.
Now the film is almost here, with Ivan Reitman directing and Kevin Costner heading up an all-star cast including Frank Langella, Jennifer Garner and others. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Summit Entertainment just dated three movies, two big sequels and a major fantasy adventure. Arriving first is Step Up All In, the latest film in the dance franchise directed by Trish Sie. As the title suggests, it takes place in Las Vegas. It’ll be released July 25, 2014.
Next is Allegiant, the third film in the Divergent franchise. Divergent is that Shailene Woodley young adult film which opens in March, but already has a sequel, Insurgent, dated for March 20, 2015 and now the third film, newly dated for March 18, 2016.
Third is the latest film from Dark City director Alex Proyas. It’s called Gods of Egypt and stars Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Proyas wrote and directs the fantasy adventure, featuring magic, gods, swords and more hits on February 12, 2016.