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Watch: Shailene Woodley Goes Beyond the Wall in ‘Allegiant’ Trailer

22 January 2016 4:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shailene Woodley and Theo James have gone far beyond Chicago in the new “Tear Down the Wall” trailer for “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” the third film in the Divergent franchise.

The trailer, revealed on Twitter, shows Woodley and James fearlessly scaling walls, firing weapons and flying through the air as the duo venture outside the walled city of dystopian Chicago for the first time to take on the rulers of their world. Woodley’s Tris character declares, “It’s time to go beyond the wall.”

The trailer portrays Woodley and James’ Four character being faced with uncertainty as to who their allies are in cities in the middle of wastelands. “This is not the place I thought it was,” he asserts.

Lionsgate has split the film adaptation of “Allegiant,” the final novel in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, into two parts. “Allegiant” opens March 18 and the final film, “Ascendant,” is set for for June, »

- Dave McNary

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Watch The New The Divergent Series: Allegiant Trailer “Tear Down The Wall”

22 January 2016 1:04 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Lionsgate has released a brand new trailer for the upcoming The Divergent Series: Allegiant.

The next chapter features a huge cast including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Bill Skarsgård, Rebecca Pidgeon, Xander Berkeley, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jonny Weston, Nadia Hilker, Andy Bean and Naomi Watts.

The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, Allegiant takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.

After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle »

- Michelle McCue

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'Assassin's Creed' Movie Wraps Production

16 January 2016 1:05 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Video game adaptations haven't traditionally been huge box office hits, with only one movie, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, earning over $100 million domestically. That tradition of box office failure may change later this year with the highly-anticipated release of Assassin's Creed, hitting theaters on December 21. Yesterday, Ubisoft's Azaizia Aymar shared the final photo from the set, revealing that production has wrapped on this adaptation.

Filming on Assassin's Creed began in Malta this past September. The story is about a revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories. Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Michael Fassbender recently spoke about the production in an interview with Wall Street Journal, where he had this to say about the production. »

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‘Of Kings And Prophets’ Producers Talk Diversity And Biblical Accuracy – TCA

9 January 2016 3:30 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The controversy of whitewashed casting – hiring white actors to play non-European characters – has been particularly hot lately, particularly with films based on Biblical stories or simply set in the ancient Near East. That controversy was very much on the minds of Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, creators of ABC’s upcoming biblical drama Of Kings and Prophets. The two were cowriters on Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, a film that was excoriated over its casting when… »

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ABC Drama ‘Of Kings and Prophets’ May Offer Racier Edits of Episodes Online

9 January 2016 2:18 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC is wrestling internally with the level of sex and violence that will be included in its midseason Biblical drama “Of Kings and Prophets.” There’s a chance the network will offer racier edits of the show online compared to the episodes that air on the network.

Showrunner Chris Brancato suggested the series may have a different version of the show streaming online than will air on the linear network during the panel on the show Saturday during ABC’s portion of the winter Television Critics Association press tour.

The plans are still in the formative stage. It’s understood that there’s some internal debate about how far the network should go on air with the show, which has a provocative sex scene in the pilot, among other racy elements.

Presenting different versions of a series is not a new phenomenon for ABC. The first season of “American Crime »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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