This Week in Trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week, we take true crime a little less seriously, remember what it was like to be 16, wait longingly for our lover, get force-fed more dystopian, young adult nonsense from the guy who gave us Divergent, and work through some issues at a shiva.
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The Marsh King's Daughter

Daisy Ridley has found her next project.

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi star will headline a new film called The Marsh King’s Daughter from Divergent and Limitless director Neil Burger, which is a movie adaptation of author Karen Dionne‘s psychological thriller novel. Get the details below. Read More »

the intouchables remake

Neil Burger has been hired to direct The Weinstein Company’s remake of The Intouchables, starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. Burger directed the 2006 Edward Norton film The Illusionist, as well as Limitless starring Bradley Cooper, and the YA adaptation of Divergent. More details on the Intouchables remake, after the jump.

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Billions teaser trailer

Fans of Showtime’s series Homeland will soon get to see Emmy-winning actor Damian Lewis in a whole new light in the cable network’s political and financial drama series Billions.

The 12-episode first season doesn’t start airing until 2016, but the first teaser trailer has just arrived online, showcasing in intense game of cat and mouse as a corrupt billionaire hedge fund king (Lewis) is pursued by U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti). This looks like quite a compelling drama, even in just this single-minute teaser.

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Marc Webb Directing ‘Limitless’ Pilot

Limitless TV pilot

The next project from Marc Webb, who spent the last few years making the two Amazing Spider-Man movies for Sony, will be a superhero tale of sorts. But this new project won’t exactly be in the same vein he’s been mining of late. Webb is now set to direct the Limitless TV pilot, thereby launching the CBS series based on the Bradley Cooper film of the same name in which a drug can expand human mental capabilities to incredible levels. Read More »

Film Title:  LIMITLESS

At some point, it’s going to be easier to name the movies that haven’t been adapted for TV. The latest film to get swept up in the big-screen-to-small-screen trend is Limitless, the 2011 sci-fi thriller. Bradley Cooper is set to executive produce the show for CBS, along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

More details on the Limitless TV series after the jump. Read More »

Divergent review

Fair or not, it’s impossible not to measure Divergent against The Hunger Games. This is true for obvious reasons, in that they’re both dystopian YA adaptations featuring strong heroines, or that Divergent is actively and openly gunning to be the next Hunger Games. Unfortunately, it’s also true because Divergent, as directed by Neil Burger, never makes enough of a mark to rise above that easy comparison.

It’s not that Divergent is terrible. The movie serves up a couple of nice moments and some very appealing performances. But where the Hunger Games offered a rich, colorful universe, Divergent offers us a half-competed sketch. Where The Hunger Games felt bracingly different from its own predecessors, Twilight and Harry Potter, Divergent feels like well-meaning knock-off of all three.

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‘Divergent’ Gets an Extended TV Spot for the Olympics

Divergent

For the past two weeks, we’ve been watching brave, determined souls push their bodies to the absolute limit for the sake of national pride. But even Sochi Winter Olympians have it easy compared to the heroine of Divergent, who’s fighting for her very life in a society determined to wipe her kind off the map.

Summit has released a new extended TV spot for the Olympics, which emphasizes just how much danger Tris (Shailene Woodley) is in, and exactly how dangerous she herself can be. Watch it after the jump.

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Divergent

Lionsgate is feeling so optimistic about Divergent becoming the next big thing that they’re hitting the ground running with the sequel, Insurgent. Akiva Goldsman is working on the script as we speak, and now the production company confirms that shooting is scheduled to begin this spring.

But before we get there, they still have to open the first movie. The studio has just released a new full-length trailer for the original Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley as a brave young heroine in dystopian Chicago. Watch it after the jump.

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Divergent / Neil Burger

The anticipated young adult adaptation Divergent is coming in March and Summit is so confident in what director Neil Burger has done with the film, they’ve already dated two sequels for 2015 and 2016. That quick turnaround means the man who helped realize the franchise on the big screen won’t continue however. Burger won’t return to direct Insurgent or Allegiant. Read More »