Ascendant TV Series

Despite making it three films into a franchise, the Divergent book series will no longer be adapted for the big screen. Instead, the series will continue on cable with Starz developing the TV series version of Ascendant, the final chapter of the series based on Veronica Roth‘s book series.

The biggest question fans probably have is who from the Divergent film franchise will be returning to take a role in the series, and the bad news is that most of them probably won’t. But at the very least, the filmmakers hired to write and direct the final installment of the Divergent series will be involved in the show. Find out more about the Ascendant TV series below. Read More »

big-little-lies

When HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies came to an end a little more than a week ago, I was satisfied with the conclusion. But only seven days later, I was conflicted; I appreciated the succinctness of the series’ seven episode run and thought it told a compelling and complete story, but at the same time, I couldn’t help but wish there were more episodes to dive into.

So will we ever see Big Little Lies season 2? Below, I’ll run down all of the quotes from the major players involved and try to get to the bottom of this.
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batgirl actress

Last week, it was revealed that Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and The Avengers director Joss Whedon is going to write and direct a Batgirl movie. It feels like a pitch-perfect match of storyteller and character – Whedon’s voice feels perfectly honed to tell the story of Barbara Gordon, the daughter of the Gotham City police commissioner who decides to take her father’s war on crime to the next level.

Of course, it’s still early days yet. Whedon has not cast his Batgirl. And that’s why we’re here. We have 17 suggestions.

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Allegiant Trailer

The Divergent movies were never as big (or as good) as the Hunger Games series, but those first two films held onto those dystopian young adult coattails and became moderate successes at the box office, certainly justifying the existence of the third movie, Allegiant. Unfortunately, the third adaptation of Veronica Roth’s popular book series was a box office flop, making roughly $100 million less at the international box office than its predecessors.

Lionsgate’s response was unconventional: the fourth film, Ascendant, would become a TV movie and a backdoor pilot for a television series set in the Divergent universe. Now, series star Shailene Woodley has confirmed that she will not play a role on the small screen version of the franchise.

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ascendant tv movie

The future of the Divergent film series remains uncertain. In February, director Robert Schwentke stepped away from the franchise after helming The Divergent Series: Insurgent and The Divergent Series: Allegiant (he was replaced by Toland Krieger). A month later, Allegiant hit theaters and was a box office bomb, grossing half of what the previous film had made at the domestic box office. Unlike other YA movie franchise like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, which remained strong until the end, Divergent was out of breath on its second-to-last film.

And that’s when things got really weird: Lionsgate announced that Ascendant, the fourth and final film in the series, would be a TV movie that would act as the backdoor pilot for a new television series set in the Divergent universe. However, it seems that nobody told franchise star Shailene Woodley, and she’s now made it pretty clear that she’s not interested in starring in the made-for-TV finale.

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snowden trailer

Snowden was the odd man out at San Diego Comic-Con. While most filmmakers and actors visit the convention generally to promote a comic book movie or an adaptation of some kind, director Oliver Stone and Open Road Films brought a biopic about Edward Snowden (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to Hall H. The oddity in the lineup was an hour-long discussion almost entirely dedicated to privacy, surveillance, and only briefly, Pokémon Go and totalitarianism.

Below, read our Snowden Comic-Con panel recap.

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snowden trailer

Few films have the capacity to completely derail a family gathering quite like Oliver Stone‘s upcoming Snowden, which tells the true story of the NSA contractor who leaked classified documents, exposed the shocking extent of government surveillance, and promptly fled the country to avoid arrest and charges of treason. Everyone has an opinion on Edward Snowden and the mere mention of his name is enough to turn pleasant conversations into verbal brawls. The question of whether he’s a hero or a traitor continues to be debated by millions of Americans. It’s a touchy subject. A controversial subject.

Which means it’s perfect material for Stone, who is usually at his best when he’s given the opportunity to rile people up. The new Snowden trailer is here and while it doesn’t look as extreme as JFK, it certainly looks like it has more political bite than W.

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Ascendant Director

Following the making of The Divergent Series: Insurgent and The Divergent Series: Allegiant, director Robert Schwentke decided against returning for the final installment, The Divergent Series: Ascendant. But the fourth film in the series is still scheduled to open next summer, and the studio may have found a replacement who can meet that date.

Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adeline) may close out the franchise. Learn more about the project and Krieger’s involvement below.

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Allegiant Trailer

Right now The Divergent Series is in a bit of a tight spot since the final installment of the young adult sci-fi franchise from Lionsgate just lost its director. Robert Schwentke has been at the helm of Insurgent and next month’s forthcoming Allegiant, but Ascendant just proved to be too much for the director, opting to “spend more time with his family” (or at least that’s what the studio says).

But the franchise has a bit of buffer time for now with The Divergent Series: Allegiant debuting one more quick trailer before the film hits theaters in just over a month. This one continues to focus on Shailene Woodley as the only pure being to come out of the desolate, post-apocalyptic Chicago with Jeff Daniels and his people choosing to get rid of the rest, seemingly for the betterment of humanity. Of course, that just won’t stand for Tris. Read More »

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Allegiant Trailer

With The 5th Wave hitting theaters this weekend, it’s the perfect time to promote the other young adult franchise that’s still pumping out sequels. In March, The Divergent Series: Allegiant continues the story of Tris (Shailene Woodley) and the rest of her rebel crew as they decide to venture outside of the walls of Chicago that have kept them separated from the outside world for so long. A new Allegiant trailer shows off what’s in store for the gang, but with a different tone than you might expect Read More »