Divergent

2011′s The Descendants brought widespread acclaim to Shailene Woodley, and this year’s The Spectacular Now earned her still more compliments. But it’s next year’s Divergent that really has the potential to make her a household name a la Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, or Daniel Radcliffe.

Based on the dystopian YA novel (boy, am I getting tired of typing that phrase) by Veronica Roth, Divergent is set in a futuristic Chicago in which all citizens are aligned with one of five factions depending on their personalities. Upon coming of age, Tris (Woodley) learns that she is Divergent, meaning she won’t truly fit into any of those categories. Needless to say, this does not sit well in a society built on tidy divisions. Hit the jump to watch the latest trailer.

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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

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 »

Sarah Gadon

[UPDATE: Sarah Gadon has responded to the MJ rumors on Twitter.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 promises to introduce a whole bunch of classic comic book characters into Marc Webb‘s Spideyverse — so many of them, in fact, that it made sense when word got around earlier this week that he’d decided to drop Shailene Woodley from the film. Mary Jane Watson may be a major figure in the Spider-Man books, but she wouldn’t have had much to do in the movies until The Amazing Spider-Man 3 anyway.

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Mary Jane Watson

Between James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, and the YA adaptations Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, Shailene Woodley is about to become totally ubiquitous. One place we won’t see her, though is in Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The rising actress has just revealed that her small part as Mary Jane Watson has been excised entirely from the comic book sequel, months after she finished shooting scenes for it. But Team Mary Jane needn’t despair — she’s still set to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, due out in 2014. Hit the jump to get the details.

UPDATE: Webb has now explained his decision, and there’s word that another actress could play the role in The Amazing Spider-Man 3. More after the jump.

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The Spectacular Now

In James Ponsoldt‘s last film, Smashed, binge-drinking helped tear two married people apart. In his new one, The Spectacular Now, it brings two very different teens together, albeit in an unexpected way.

Miles Teller stars as popular, hard-partying Sutter, who drinks himself to oblivion one night after getting dumped by his girlfriend. He wakes up on the lawn of a classmate, sweet sci-fi geek Aimee (Shailene Woodley). Despite their differences, the two find themselves inexorably drawn together.

That setup may not sound like much of anything special, but the rave reviews out of Sundance indicate that Ponsoldt makes the most of it. Check out the first trailer and poster after the jump.

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Mary Jane Watson plays a significant role in the Spider-Man universe as a whole, but apparently she won’t be such a big part of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Though it wasn’t that long ago that we started seeing pictures of Shailene Woodley on set with MJ’s signature red locks, she’s now wrapped her part of the film and is already moving on to her next project.

So what exactly will we see of Mary Jane in the new film, and what does that mean for the next two installments of Marc Webb’s comic book franchise? Hit the jump to keep reading, but be warned that spoilers for the next two movies follow.

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Who’s ready to think about next year’s Oscar race? Paramount has just announced a November 15 release for Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, putting the crime drama right in the thick of prestige pic season. It already has some stiff competition lined up for that day, including Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, Grudge Match, and The Best Man Holiday. Don’t be surprised to see that lineup shift again before we get there.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life stockbroker Jordan Belfort, chronicling his dramatic rise and fall on Wall Street in the ’90s. Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, and Jean Dujardin also star.

After the jump, find out release dates for The Bling Ring and The Spectacular Now.

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