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Katniss aims her bow squarely at the “real enemy” in the latest The Hunger Games: Catching Fire poster. Also after the jump:

  • The first Transformers trailer will hit early next year
  • Divergent sequel Allegiant accidentally ships early
  • Jude Law says Sherlock Holmes 3 is still happening
  • Jeff Goldblum is being all coy about Jurassic World
  • Jennifer Tilly discusses her Curse of Chucky cameo
  • Alex Kurtzman talks Star Trek Into Darkness

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Divergent

It’s all well and good for studios to try and make the next Hunger Games. But as the disappointing box office tally for this weekend’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones reminds us, actually pulling off such a feat is easier said than done. For every Hunger Games — or Harry Potter or Twilight — there are several more The Golden Compasses, Eragons, and Beautiful Creatures-es.

One of the next films to try and succeed The Hunger Games will be Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley (who’s as close a thing to “the next Jennifer Lawrence” as we have) as a young woman living in dystopian Chicago. The first full-length trailer premiered at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, and you can watch it after the jump.

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Divergent

It’s probably not entirely fair to keep comparing Divergent to The Hunger Games. But given that they’re both female-led dystopian YA action franchises, and given that Divergent is very obviously aiming to be the successor to the Hunger Games throne, it’s pretty hard not to make the comparison.

Not that they’re exactly the same. Directed by Neil Burger and based on the book by Veronica Roth, Divergent takes place in a futuristic Chicago. Therein, each citizen, upon reaching adulthood, must ally him- or herself with one of five factions. Shailene Woodley leads the cast as Tris, who leaves behind Abnegation, where she was raised, to become one of the thrill-seeking Dauntless.

Hopefully the differences between the two series will become clearer as we see more from the film. Like this first bit of footage, in the form of a very brief teaser. Check out the video after the jump.

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Divergent

Of the many, many YA properties vying to become the next Hunger Games, Divergent seems to have better odds than most. For one thing, the books by Veronica Roth are already a smash hit; for another, the dystopian premise sets up plenty of opportunities for white-knuckle action. Toss in a strong young cast led by Shailene Woodley, and it’s easy to see how Divergent could become the next big thing. Literally, even — the studio announced today that the film will be shown in IMAX when it opens next spring.

During today’s panel at Comic-Con, Summit showcased the first footage from the sci-fi thriller, featuring several of the best loved scenes from the books. Additionally, Roth was on hand to hint at what she has in store for the third book, Allegiant, due out this fall. Hit the jump for all the details. Read More »

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And so it begins. The schedule for Wednesday night and Thursday at San Diego Comic Con 2013 has been revealed kicking off four days of scheduling madness. There are several early highlights on what’s traditionally the second slowest day of the Con, but one standout is a Hall H conversation between Alfonso Cuaron, Marc Webb and Edgar Wright. Webb and Wright’s movies (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The World’s End) are already confirmed for the convention, but this all but solidifies Gravity will be there too.

On the movie side of things there’s also Europa Report, Ender’s Game, Divergent and Terry Gilliam’s Zero Theorum. On the TV side, there’s Dexter, The X-Files and Sherlock. And that’s only a small sampling. Below, check out the full schedule as well as some highlights. Read More »

Landing a key part in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would be enough to make most up-and-coming actress’ months, but for Shailene Woodley the good news just keeps on coming.

The Descendants actress has entered talks for the coveted lead role in Divergent, the Neil Burger-directed adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s popular YA trilogy. The books have been touted as the next Hunger Games, which means Woodley could be leading her very own blockbuster franchise if all goes well. More details after the jump.

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As Summit prepares to say goodbye to its phenomenally popular Twilight franchise, the search is on for another YA adaptation to follow in its lucrative footsteps. One especially promising property is Divergent, a bestselling dystopian teen novel penned by Veronica Roth. Summit picked up the movie rights before the book even hit shelves, and is now eager to push the project into production.

To that end, they’ve just started early talks with Limitless director Neil Burger. Burger reportedly got the offer after beating out several other big-name filmmakers. More details after the jump.

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For anyone out there reading, writing and making movies with your eyes set on Hollywood, Evan Daugherty‘s story of how he wrote and got Snow White and the Huntsman made is an inspiration. Years before studio began salivating over big action fairy tale films, Daugherty had the idea to take the Snow White tale and make it more action-packed via a small supporting character, The Huntsman. His script, originally written in a college dorm room, sat on a hard drive for years until Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland made a billion dollars and SWATH quickly became one of the hottest scripts in town.

Also, for anyone who struggles with collaboration, criticism and change, Daugherty’s story is even more enlightening. Since its first draft, Snow White and the Huntsman has gone though some radical changes. Multiple structures, tones, different characters living, dying, etc. In our interview with the screenwriter, he took us through the entire time line and detailed who changed what, when, how casting forced script changes and much more.

Though reviews of Snow White and the Huntsman were decidedly mixed, its history is fascinating. Read all about it in our interview with screenwriter Evan Daugherty below. Read More »

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