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Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what’s new in the world of Blu-ray…
One of the biggest films of last year with a worldwide gross of over $670 million, Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster opus Interstellar flies its way on to Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and a whole host of others, Interstellar is a complex but magnificent science-fiction film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
You can read our review here.
The world loves Bill Murray. Especially if Bill Murray is doing grouchy comedy, like he is here in the charming St. Vincent, where he plays a loveable grouch who’s humdrum life is turn upside down by the arrival of Melissa McCarthy and her son, who he takes under his wing. Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd co-star. »
- Scott J. Davis
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
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
Have you heard? Fox has picked up “The X-Files” for a new limited run! Fox Mulder was right. All we had to do was believe. A lot has changed in the pop culture landscape since “The X-Files” went off the air in 2002. Will Mulder and Scully struggle to keep up in a world where supernatural phenomena are just as likely to show up on Vine or YouTube as in the dusty files of the FBI’s basement? Where does their relationship stand? What is life like for their now Teenage son William? More importantly, will any star who showed up on “The X-Files” before they were famous get to make an appearance? Everyone from Ryan Reynolds to Octavia Spencer seems to have popped up on the sci-fi drama. Some stars had cameos, some were Monsters-Of-The-Week, and some stuck around for multiple story arcs. After the jump, take a journey back »
- Donna Dickens
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
O.K. now, help me out here. First, which of these films came first - "Insurgent" or "Divergent"? How can anyone tell the difference? I think "Divergent" came out first, but don’t quote me on that. I admit I was literally so confused that when I was looking for an image for this weekend's b.o. report I couldn’t be sure which image came from what film. So when I read that Octavia Spencer was in "Insurgent" I went with a picture of her, considering that was the safe bet. (And I’m assuming that she plays that old familiar, nurturing, mother figure full of homespun wisdom role that older black women tend to play in movies like this; »
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
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
I enjoyed the first film of the series but is the sequel worth the hype? Based on Veronica Roth.s novel, .Insurgent. has Shailene Woodley (Tris), Theo James (Tobias/Four), Miles Teller (Peter), and Ansel Elgort (Caleb) returning to the franchise. One of the new characters is Johanna, the Amity leader, played by Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer. Not returning is original director Neil Burger. In his place is Robert Schwentke. So is this sequel for you? Find out in my review of .The Divergent Series: Insurgent..
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
The Divergent crew is back and kicking butt!
Insurgent boasts an incredible cast -- Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Miles Teller (now of Oscar-nominatedWhiplash fame!) -- and is based on the second installment in the massively popular Ya novel franchise, Divergent.
In this followup, Shailene's character and the Divergent's team up with the factionless to fight back against the oppressive Erudite regime (lead by Kate Winslet). The trailer actually looked pretty cool.
While the first movie was widely met by some with a cold, and decisive "meh," (despite an impressive box office debut) stars Shailene and Theo hoped this one would be bigger, stronger, and sweatier.
That would be welcome to many fans, but some big name reviewers don't seem to agree.
"It seems odd that a movie that celebrates divergence would conform so rigidly to formula," writes [link=nm »
Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate) released their new action/drama film, "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," into theaters today, and all the top,major movie critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that it was a pretty mixed bag of opinions as it got an overall 43 score out of a possible 100 across 35 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Jonny Weston, Rosa Salazar, Suki Waterhouse and Keiynan Lonsdale. We've posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Bill Zwecker from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 score, stating: " For those looking for non-stop action, pretty dazzling special effects and solid acting by the young protagonists, Insurgent will not disappoint." Kevin P. Sullivan from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 score. He said: "Taken for what it is, Insurgent is a vast improvement over the franchise’s first installment, mostly »
- Andre Braddox
Week in Review rounds up the past week in film news in one easy place. Check back this weekend for round-ups for TV and gaming.
Oh Hai Tommy Wiseau. You’re making something of a comeback, aren’t you? Several months back we reported that you were working on a TV sitcom that you had written, directed, and starred in (naturally) called The Neighbors, but that in the same way that you would start throwing around a football and then completely forget about it a moment later, it seemed like that was just a whim. Sure enough, The Neighbors was picked up on Hulu, and this week you did a Reddit Ama to promote it. Looks like people are finally starting to recognize your genius.
Stepping away from my conversation with Mr. Wiseau for a moment, if you’ve ever actually gotten an opportunity to attend a late night screening »
- Brian Welk
Insurgent is a relentlessly exasperating sci-fi film made, miraculously, with a half-baked imagination, a slaughtered wit, and insufferable direction by Robert Schwentke, the man who supplied 2013 with one its biggest flops, R.I.P.D.
You know something’s gone very wrong when a blue dress outacts Kate Winslet in this adaptation of Veronica Roth’s second novel in the bestselling Divergent series. Ms. Winslet is not at fault alone here. I own a Swingline stapler that makes more of an impression than many of her costars, especially Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, and Daniel Dae Kim.
(This non-acting by the way-over-30 crowd in teen-oriented, “the future-doesn’t-look-so-hot” epics seems to be trending. Other recent examples include Meryl Streep and Katie Homes in The Giver and Harrison Ford and Viola Davis in Ender’s Game. Here’s possibly a ploy to win over the hearts and dollars of the prepubescent by reaffirming their belief that adults are nonessential, »
- Brandon Judell
“Insurgent” expands to 3,875 locations Friday and is opening on the same weekend as “Divergent,” the first in the series, did a year ago.”Divergent” took in $4.9 million in its Thursday night launch on March 20, 2014.
Lionsgate is hoping that star Shailene Woodley’s higher profile as well as the continued popularity of the books written by Veronica Roth, which serve as the source material, will bolster revenues for “Insurgent.”
Pre-release tracking suggests that the film should top the $54.6 million debut of its predecessor, which totaled $150.9 million in the U.S. Analysts have been forecasting a debut in the $57 million to $60 million range.
Lionsgate’s promotional campaign has stressed the action and visual effects in the sci-fi thriller.
International box office has already hit $8.2 million in markets that opened Wednesday and Thursday. Lionsgate said »
- Dave McNary
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, March 20. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide The Divergent Series: Insurgent Director: Robert Schwentke Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, Ray Stevenson, Octavia Spencer, Suki Waterhouse, Rosa Salazar, Daniel Dae Kim, Mekhi Phifer Synopsis: "Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart." Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (5 reviews) Do You Believe? Director: Jonathan M. Gunn Cast: Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Alexa PenaVega, Delroy Lindo, Andrea Logan White, and Cybill Shepherd Synopsis: "A dozen different souls—all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the »
- Steve Greene
Chicago – “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” does nothing to change the “Divergent” series status as an off-brand Young Adult epic. As we’ve seen with “The Hunger Games,” these Young Adult franchises can be lots of fun and be faithful to their source material. But “Insurgent” has the same problem as the first two “Harry Potter” films – it’s too faithful, coupled with a dearth of inspiration behind the camera.
Director Robert Schwentke and screenwriters Akiva Goldsman, Mark Bomback, and Brian Duffield are more interested in playing it safe than in creating anything memorable. This series only lands glancing blows when its emotional arcs should lead to blockbuster knockouts.
The film picks up shortly after the events of the first film, and picks up the pace. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her fellow Divergents are on the run after main baddie Jeanine (Kate Winslet) declares martial law and promises to stamp »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Robert Schwentke
During the live performances of Led Zeppelin’s gravitas-laden epic, “Stairway to Heaven,” Robert Plant often asked, “Does anyone remember laughter?” Compared to Insurgent, “Stairway to Heaven” is a laugh riot. In fact, this film has the emotional intensity of androids reciting an instruction manual. There’s nothing new to see here, and it’s delivered in the most listless fashion possible. Even for a sci-fi soap opera, Insurgent feels lazy and uninspired.
While the first film in the series, Divergent, had plenty of world-building to occupy its time, Insurgent is forced to fill its running time with action and political “intrigue.” Things pick up where Divergent left off, with Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Caleb (Ansel Elgort), and Peter (Miles Teller) being dubbed enemies of the State for their treasonous exploits. The four »
- J.R. Kinnard
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