‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ Trailer

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We’re not even done with this year’s crop of dystopian YA adventures (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 doesn’t come out for another week) but already the Hollywood marketing machine is getting us primed for next year’s.

The first dystopian YA movie of 2015 to get a trailer is The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which picks back up with Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) in the aftermath of their big showdown against the powers that be in the last installment. Watch the first The Divergent Series: Insurgent trailer after the jump.

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The Divergent Series Insurgent

Oftentimes sequels are just more of the same, but at least we know for sure The Divergent Series: Insurgent will differ from its predecessor in one key way. Lionsgate/Summit announced today the dystopian action sequel will open in 3D. To celebrate that news, the studio is releasing eight “interactive 3D character posters” throughout the day.

After the jump, get the details on The Divergent Series: Insurgent 3D release, and check out The Divergent Series: Insurgent character posters.

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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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After making Red and R.I.P.D., Robert Schwentke is turning away from comic books and toward reality for his next directorial effort. Schwentke has entered talks to helm Disney’s The Finest Hours, based on the U.S. Coast Guard’s heroic efforts to rescue two oil tankers during a blizzard in 1952. As concepts go, it’s not as cute as elderly assassins or undead cops, but it should provide plenty of drama all the same. Hit the jump to learn more about the epic tale.

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Perhaps there’s a minor demographic out there that was desperate to see Jeff Bridges parody his True Grit role in a Men in Black knockoff. That would be one easy way to explain R.I.P.D., in which Bridges plays a dead lawman who, with the help of another dead lawman (Ryan Reynolds) fights evil from the afterlife.

The film, directed by Robert Schwentke (Red), is based on a comic book series, and the vibe of this trailer definitely seems more reminiscent of the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones films, with some Ghostbusters thrown in for good measure. Oh, and Bridges’ character is seen by humans as a hot woman, just to shoehorn one extra bit of weirdness into the story. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Robert Schwentke‘s comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. feels like it’s been coming forever. Filming began in the Fall of 2011 and release is scheduled for July 19. Along the way we’ve seen a few set photos, heard rumblings of behind the scenes problems, and wondered when the marketing would kick in. The answer to that last question is “now” as Universal Pictures released the first poster for the film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The studio will release the trailer this week, attached to its sci-fi film, Oblivion. See the poster and read more about the film below. Read More »

Three Universal Pictures comic book adaptations are getting shifted around the release schedule.

  • R.I.P.D. will still be released on July 19, but now it’s officially in 3D.
  • Kick-Ass 2 moves back from June 28 to August 16
  • 2 Guns moves up from August 16 to August 2.

Read the latest plot descriptions for each below. Read More »

While working on Shutter Island, producer Brad Fischer, writer Laeta Kalogridis and star Leonardo DiCaprio were all taken with Jack El-Hai‘s book The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness. The tome is a history of Walter Freeman, the doctor who was the first proponent of the frontol lobotomy in the United States. He developed the trans-orbital lobotomy method, using a tool derived from a standard kitchen ice pick. (As seen in Brad Anderson’s film Session 9.)

The Fischer/Kalogridis/DiCaprio trio were interested enough that they optioned the book and brought it to HBO as possible fodder for a series. Now a drama is in the works, called The Lobotomist, and Robert Schwentke (Red, The Astronaut’s Wife, R.I.P.D.) will direct the pilot from a script by Daniel Thomsen. Read More »

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