Movie theaters may be losing audiences at an alarming rate, and the streaming service field may be increasingly cluttered, but at least we’ll always have home video, right? Right…?
Renting a physical DVD or Blu-ray of your favorite movie still hasn’t lost its magic, even when the renting process shifted from your local rental store (RIP) to the bright red kiosk that populates every superstore or drug store. And while Blockbuster and local video stores were put out of business long ago, Redbox has stuck around, handling a vast percentage of physical movie rentals. In honor of its 15 anniversary this year, Redbox has released its top 15 movie rentals. And this list is…erm…a bit disappointing.
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Lionsgate is teaming with Parques Reunidos to bring a Lionsgate-branded indoor entertainment center to New York City’s Times Square in 2019. Lionsgate Entertainment City will feature 13 different attractions aimed at teens and young adults.
Among the offerings featured, there will be:
- a Mad Men themed “dining and lounge experience.”
- a Hunger Games flying simulator attraction
- a Divergent-themed obstacle course
- a John Wick: Chapter Two shooting ride where fans will fire fake guns at a series of assailants
- a 4D film and live theater (which I’m assuming could be easily switched out with new content)
- a Lionsgate Café
- a Hunger Games-inspired Peeta’s Bakery and The Capitol Confectionery
- the first-ever Lionsgate Studio Store
- and virtual reality entertainment, including a Nerve VR motorcycle experience.
Find out more about Lionsgate Entertainment City, after the jump.
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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 »
Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
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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Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Shailene Woodley‘s Tris has overcome a lot over the past three Divergent movies, but not even she can overcome audience indifference. Following a weak performance for The Divergent Series: Allegiant this spring, Lionsgate has opted to skip theaters for the planned finale, The Divergent Series: Ascendant. Instead, the dystopian YA saga will conclude with a TV movie that will then launch a standalone spinoff TV series. Read More »
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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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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Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Tris’ quest to uncover the truth about her oppressive high-tech dystopia just got that much more challenging. Robert Schwentke, who directed last year’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent and this year’s upcoming The Divergent Series: Allegiant, has opted not to return for next year’s franchise finale, The Divergent Series: Ascendant. Find out why below. Read More »
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 »