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With director Robert Schwentke’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent, opening last weekend, I recently sat down with Octavia Spencer for an exclusive interview. She talked about what it was like on the set of the sequel, working with the great cast, how director Robert Schwentke likes meat and cigars, voicing a character in B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, director Gabriele Muccino’s Fathers and Daughters, and more. In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, the principal characters are on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz. For more on the film, watch the trailers. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With director Robert Schwentke’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent, opening last weekend, I recently sat down with Shailene Woodley for an exclusive interview. She talked about what it was like on the set of the sequel, deleted scenes, collaborating with Schwentke and bigger scope of the sequel, working with Oliver Stone on Snowden with Joseph Gordon-levitt, and more. In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, the principal characters are on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it. The film stars Theo James Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz. For more on the film, watch the trailers. Here’s Woodley followed by bullet points of what we talked about. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
London — British actor Alan Rickman, whose roles include Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” franchise and Hans Gruber in “Die Hard,” will discuss his craft and career in an onstage interview at BAFTA.
The April 15 event is part of BAFTA’s “A Life in Pictures” series of talks, which have included David Fincher, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Quentin Tarantino. Recordings of previous events in the series are available here.
Rickman began his acting career in theater, where his credits include a Tony nomination for his performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” His feature film debut came in the 1988 alongside Bruce Willis in “Die Hard.” Since then he has appeared in more than 40 films, including the Harry Potter series, “Sweeney Todd” and “Love Actually.”
Rickman was awarded a BAFTA in 1992 for his role as the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. »
- Leo Barraclough
Veteran British actor, who recently directed his second feature A Little Chaos, to give on stage interview in London.
Actor Alan Rickman is to discuss his craft and career at a ‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ event in London on April 15.
The event, to be held at BAFTA’s HQ in London’s Piccadilly, is the latest in a series of onstage interviews in which some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft.
The series has hosted such figures as Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, Jim Broadbent, David Fincher, Tom Hanks, Ethan Hawke, Dustin Hoffman, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Quentin Tarantino, Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone.
Rickman began his acting career in theatre, where his credits include a Tony nomination for his performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
His feature film debut came in 1988 alongside Bruce Willis in [link »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
We’ve touched on why The Writer’s Tale, the 2008 (expanded in 2010) compendium of correspondence between Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, deserves a space on your bookshelf here.
In short, The Writer’s Tale is both a screenwriting masterclass and an unparalleled look behind the scenes of new Doctor Who. As well as following the production triumphs and emergencies as the show lurches “from one crisis to another”, it lets you witness story ideas being created in the wild. See pivotal Doctor Who moments tottering unsurely out of Davies’ mind like new-born giraffes and watch them transform into sleek, galloping beasts of majesty! Think of it like a classy David Attenborough doc on storytelling, with bonus David Tennant photos and chat about Tony from Skins. »
With director Robert Schwentke’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent, opening last weekend, I recently sat down with Theo James for an exclusive interview. He talked about what it was like on the set of the sequel, favorite drinks, how there were a lot of barbecues on set, making London Fields with Johnny Depp, the status of Underworld 5, the fact that they start shooting the next Divergent sequel, Allegiant, in May, and more. In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, the principal characters are on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz. For more on the film, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.
In his expanded role Kamasa will spearhead Lionsgate’s strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential coproduction arrangements, M&A initiatives and entry into new lines of business.
Lionsgate has also relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London.
“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate UK into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
London — Zygi Kamasa has signed a new long-term agreement to continue serving as chief executive officer of Lionsgate U.K. and to assume additional responsibilities as CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.
In his expanded role, he will spearhead Lionsgate’s “strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential co-production arrangements, M&A initiatives, and entry into new lines of business.”
Lionsgate has relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London, moving its international sales executives closer to key European markets.
“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate U.K. into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next generation global content leader.”
Lionsgate U.K., which recently expanded its »
- Leo Barraclough
He may not have made a movie since 2003’s The Life of David Gale starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet but anyone holding out for a thunderous return to the big screen from Alan Parker will be sadly disappointed. The man behind such gems as The Commitments, Midnight Express and Angel Heart has stated that he won’t be directing any more feature films ever again.
Speaking during a masterclass at the Bari International Film Festival in Italy recently, the English filmmaker said, “Directors do not improve with age: they repeat themselves, and while there are exceptions, their work generally does not get any better. This is the reason why I have decided not to make any more films.”
Parker was once approached about the possibility of taking the hot seat on a Harry Potter movie – we don’t know which one – but he admits, “While that would have made me extremely rich today, »
- Gavin Logan
Shut out at the BAFTAs, and nominated for eight Academy Awards and winning Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriter Graham Moore, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game and all the awards glory surrounding its release has resulted in the film being representative as a sort of cultural marker. In a year that saw the Academy heavily criticized for its noticeably white nominees across every major category, the inclusion of Tyldum as Best Director and the title amongst the Best Picture nominees came as a bit of a surprise considering the film’s very routine, unavoidably square structure as a well-intentioned, noble biopic. Marketed with urgent desperation as a film exploring the persecution of homosexuality while making a marked statement about the recuperation of the facts concerning the genius of Alan Turing, the accolades bestowed on this otherwise well mounted but incredibly milquetoast production is the political statement that the film simply »
- Nicholas Bell
Despite opening to mostly mediocre reviews (the film is currently at 32% on Rotten Tomatoes and 42 on Metacritic), The Divergent Series: Insurgent has had a pretty decent opening, though slightly below expectations.
Opening in just under 3,900 screens in the Us, The Divergent Series: Insurgent took $54 million domestically, putting it ahead of last week’s number one Cinderella, which pulled in $34.4 million. This is more or less on point with the release of Divergent which took $54.6 million on its opening weekend last year.
However the film did well internationally and added an extra $47 million to the proceedings, to give it a worldwide total of $101 million worldwide.
The next book in the series Allegiant is set to be split into two movies (The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 1 and The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 2) and will be released in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
- Luke Owen
The second instalment of a planned four-part film series, Insurgent, topped the Australian box office over the weekend with opening takings of $4,076,631.
Based on Veronica Roth.s young-adult dystopian books, Insurgent picks off where its predecessor, Divergent, left off, following Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) on the run from leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite, Jeanine (Kate Winslet).
Distributed by eOne, Insurgent was shown over 268 screens..
Next on the box office chart is Fox.s Home, also in its opening week, which earned $3,053,401 over 250 screens (including previews), according to a report released by Rentrak.
Home is 3D computer-animated comedy that follows the friendly but inept alien race called the Boov who are looking to relocate to a new planet. Focus, which last week topped the list at number one, has slid to third spot with a taking of $1,093,540 over 237 screens in its third week of release.
Distributed by Warner Bros, »
- Emily Blatchford
Winslet's Insurgent opened this weekend with a respectable $54 million, knocking Blanchett's Cinderella into second. To its credit, Disney's live-action adaptation opened with an impressive $67.8 million the weekend prior and has accumulated a domestic total to $122 million in just two weeks.
But how do the two Oscar winners stack up against one another? That's what Et's Celebrity Showdown is here to discover. Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews, and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to determine who's really the best.
Do You Believe? is new at six with $4m, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is at seven with $3.45m and Focus is at eight with $3.3m.
The Us weekend box office Top 10 for March 20-22 (studio estimates, all figures in Us dollars) is »
Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate) released their new action/drama flick, "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and I thought it was very entertaining, delivering a ton of hardcore action, drama, and more. It stars: Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Jonny Weston, Rosa Salazar, Suki Waterhouse, and Keiynan Lonsdale. In the new flick, we see Jeanine's mind-controlled Dauntless soldiers, Eric and his platoon go on a hunt for a box of unknown origin containing the symbols of all the factions. Eventually, the box is taken to Erudite, where Jeanine claims that she believes it contains a message from the city's founders, and the means to end the Divergent problem once and for all. However, only a Divergent could open the box, prompting a vicious manhunt for all the Divergence. From there, we see Tris, Four, Peter, and Caleb hiding out deep in Amity territory. »
- Andre Braddox
Is the shine off the "Divergent" series already? Granted, the first film wasn't necessarily a critics favorite, but it earned some begrudging respect for Shailene Woodley's performance and the fact Woodley and co-star Theo James actually had some on screen chemistry. The reaction to "Insurgent" hasn't even been that mixed. The Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment production has earned just a 42 rating on Metacritic (vs. a 48 for "Divergent") and a 32% on Rotten Tomatoes (vs. a 42% for "Divergent"). Audiences gave it a solid A- on Cinemascore vs. the A grade "Divergent" received. Basically, a 10-20% drop in approval across the board. It makes this pundit wonder: What were you all expecting? "Insurgent" is certainly one of those films best enjoyed on an airplane, but it's certainly more entertaining than its predecessor. Stars such as Kate Winslet, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts clearly realize the inherent silliness to the proceedings and their performances are happily bordering on camp. »
- Gregory Ellwood
For those who have yet to be assimilated into the world of Divergent, here’s a quick 101: throughout the films, much of what happens takes place in a simulated world inside the characters’ heads. It was only fitting, then, that something as futuristic – and mind-blowingly awesome – as the Oculus Rift be used for a simulation experience like this.
Approaching an ominous, dentist examination chair set-up in the foyer of the BFI IMAX Waterloo, we were sat down and given the Oculus Rift glasses and over-ear headphones, completely blocking out everything else. Before this goes any further, it has to be said: if you suffer from vertigo, don’t put yourself through the Insurgent simulation…
At first, you’re in a lab. Well, »
- Hannah Ross
“Insurgent” is diverging from the most recent estimates that had pegged it to take about $45 million in its opening weekend.
“Insurgent” made $21.3 million on Friday at the U.S. box office — just $1.5 million shy of the Friday numbers delivered by “Divergent” this weekend last year, when the film opened to No. 1 with $54.6 million. It went on to haul in $151 million at the domestic box office ($288.7 million worldwide).
- Maane Khatchatourian
Director: Robert Schwentke.
Running Time: 119 minutes
Synopsis: The continuing adventures of Tris (Woodley) as she battles against her an oppressive society .
You’d better hold onto your socks, guys, because let it be known that this actioner is going to positively decimate them. The Divergent Series: Insurgent has hit cinemas and it’s everything the fans have been waiting for. The second in a trilogy of (yet another) dystopian fiction by author Veronica Roth, Insurgent picks up moments after where Divergent left us, with renegades Tris Prior (Woodley), her brother Caleb (Elgort), and angsty, ever-pouting Tobias Eaton (James), on the run after the attack on Abnegation.
- Hannah Ross
Shailene Woodley’s second time around as an action hero in “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” is lagging last year’s “Divergent,” with preliminary estimates signalling an opening weekend in the mid-$40 millions.
According to early estimates, the sci-fi actioner is on track for a Friday opening in the $17 million to $18.5 million range, which would equate to a weekend in the $40 million-$44 million range — though some sources still believe that Lionsgate’s “Insurgent” could finish the frame above $50 million in the U.S. and more than $100 million worldwide.
The Friday figures include $4.1 million in Thursday-night showings in the U.S., down 16% from the Thursday night number for “Divergent.” The dystopian pic is playing at 3,875 locations in the U.S.
Lionsgate has been hoping that »
- Dave McNary
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