The new wave of YA films is turning into a great way for a set of well-established women to find a new audience and collect a solid payday at the same time. Meryl Streep is in The Giver; Patricia Clarkson has a part in The Maze Runner; and Julianne Moore shows up in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The film Divergent already counted Kate Winslet among its cast, and the sequel, Insurgent, had locked in Octavia Spencer. Now Insurgent will also feature Naomi Watts. And Watts won’t just do the one film. She’ll be part of the series going forward. Read More »
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The Giver, based on the book by Lois Lowry, tells the story of a society in which people no longer feel, well, pretty much anything. There are no emotions, no colors, and no real sense of personal individuality. All that hits a tipping point when one young man, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is assigned to take over the work of The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is essentially the world’s last living librarian. The Giver tells Jonas a few secrets, and in doing so threatens to upset the whole system. Suddenly what had seemed like a utopian existence starts to look a lot more dark and oppressive.
The film preserves the book’s black and white world, and the process of it opening up to color. It also casts Meryl Streep as the society’s Chief Elder. Which means we get to see Streep ruling with an indomitable will, and a tendency to say things like “When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.” This new trailer really shows off Streep’s work, and is therefore worth a look. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
If the revolution against Panem’s Capitol is to succeed, Katniss and her rebel friends are going to need some tough allies. Thankfully, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 knows just the gal.
Geek favorite Michelle Forbes (Star Trek: TNG, 24, Battlestar Galactica, True Blood, The Killing, Orphan Black… the list goes on) has just boarded the upcoming sequel, due out next year. Find out which character she’s playing after the jump.
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On June 4th 2013, I spent the night and early morning hours on a farm outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the set of Wes Ball‘s upcoming movie adaptation The Maze Runner. Ball describes the film as Lord of the Flies meets Lost, so you know I am already very interested in this one. After the jump you can read about everything I learned about the movie while on The Maze Runner set.
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Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
If you’re not a big fan of Mondays (and who is?) then you probably think the last thing you need is an excuse to cry. And that’s exactly what the new The Fault in Our Stars extended trailer is. Somehow, though, getting bummed out over this movie feels more good than bad.
Divergent co-stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort play recovering teen cancer patients who meet in a support group, and then fall in love “the way you fall asleep — slowly and then all at once.” Sniff. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Chloë Grace Moretz is no stranger to (onscreen) life-or-death situations. She’s played a superhero, a vampire, and a telekinetic outsider with a furious grudge. But she’s never been in one quite like this.
Directed by R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) and based on the novel by Gayle Forman, If I Stay stars Moretz as a bright, talented teen who falls into a coma after a car accident kills the rest of her family. She’s faced with a choice — wake up an orphan and get about the hard work of moving on, or let go and die with her loved ones. Jamie Blackley plays her punk rock boyfriend, who may just give her something to live for.
Watch the first If I Stay trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Harry Potter did it, Twilight did it, The Hunger Games is doing it, and now Divergent is, too. Lionsgate/Summit announced today they are splitting the final chapter of the Divergent series, Allegiant, into two films, to the surprise of absolutely no one. The decision brings the total number of installments in the series to four. New release dates and more about the Allegiant split the jump.
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A year has passed since MTV greenlit a pilot based on the Wes Craven horror franchise Scream. Finally, casting has begun. We know because descriptions of the Scream TV show’s four main characters have now been revealed. While they don’t shine any particular light on how the series will tie into the films, they do give an idea of the dynamics of the show. They’re very MTV.
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