To celebrate the UK release of Divergent, it seems appropriate to rank the defining characters within the Ya (Young Adult) movie sub-genre as audiences gear up to meet more new teenage faces.
With their relentless popularity and financial success, it seems everyone in Hollywood is keen to jump on the bandwagon and adapt a beloved Ya novel to the big-screen, but some tales fare better than others, and some characters linger in the mind and cling to the heart more than others.
Here’s are selection of the ten greatest characters from the films monopolising the global box-office.
10. ‘John Smith’ – I Am Number Four (2011)
Whilst the film itself didn’t blow everyone away, the arrival of alien-raced teenager ‘John Smith’ saw the birth of an interesting and smartly composed figure. Somewhat similar to Superman, Alex Pettyfer’s character is one of nine people gifted with special abilities, his homeland of »
- Chris Haydon
Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams confirmed in January that Jesse Plemons was one of the actors he had met with for a role rumored to be a Jedi apprentice. Since both Black Mass and Star Wars: Episode VII are scheduled to begin production around the same time in May, it seems clear that he will not be a part of the sci-fi sequel. The Hollywood Reporter's sources indicate the actor did have a meeting for the Star Wars: Episode VII role, although has nothing materialized since then.
J.J. Abrams is reportedly meeting with "tons of actors," while going through script revisions, although nothing seems to have come from any of these meetings.
However, one »
With Channing Tatum hard at work on the script, it seems the follow-up to the 2012 stripper comedy Magic Mike has found itself a director, with The Playlist reporting that in Greg Jacobs, Steven Soderberg's long-time first Ad and producing partner, will helm the sequel, which is reportedly going by the title of Magic Mike Xxl.
As well as his work with Soderberg, Jacobs has directed Criminal and Wind Chill, while Amazon Studios is currently developing the single camera comedy Red Oaks, which he created, wrote and is executive producing. Meanwhile, Magic Mike director Soderberg is set to remain involved with the project, serving as executive produce.r
- Gary Collinson
Get your dollar bills ready guys and girls; it’s official – the Magic Mike sequel is happening and we’ve got a director and title almost confirmed! Taking over directing duties from Steven Soderbergh will be Greg Jacobs who has been assisting Soderbergh in creative projects for years as a producer and assistant director. He worked on Magic Mike as both the first assistant director and a producer so he is familiar with the movie, and the thongs. He’s also directed two features of his own; 2004′s comedy crime drama Criminal and 2007′s thriller Wind Chill.
So what ingenious title have they come up with for the sequel? Step forward Magic Mike Xxl. Previous information from writer/producer Reid Carolin hinted the movie would be based on elements cut from the original movie – namely a comedy road trip the strippers will embark on. Hey, as long as they are »
- Victoria Bull
Earlier this week, "Magic Mike" co-star Joe Manganiello said that the male stripper dramedy's sequel will start shooting this fall and that more news was coming soon. Now that news has arrived. The sequel will be titled "Magic Mike Xxl" and will star Channing Tatum, Manganiello, and presumably more members of the 2012 film's buff, shiny cast. "Xxl" also has a new director, although Steven Soderbergh is staying on as an executive producer. The sequel will be directed by Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh's longtime A.D., according to The Playlist. Jacobs also directed the 2004 caper film "Criminal," which starred John C. Reilly, Diego Luna and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and was produced by Soderbergh and George Clooney. "Magic Mike" also starred Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn, Alex Pettyfer and Cody Horn. »
- HItFix Staff
The Hunger Games actor landed the final lead role as Danny Dyson in the movie, reports Deadline.
Both Okeniyi and Attack the Block's John Boyega were apparently the top choices to play Danny but the role went to Okeniyi, who was also wanted in one of the lead roles for Jj Abrams's Star Wars movie.
Dyson is described as a "Steve Jobs genius" who is a crucial part of the conclusion of the film. He is the son of Miles Dyson, the brain behind Skynet, who was played by Joe Morton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Within a day of word that the sequel to "Magic Mike" is moving forward faster than expected, there's now word on both the film's title and who will direct it.
Steven Soderbergh's longtime assistant director Gregory Jacobs ("Criminal," "Wind Chill") is taking over the helm of the film which will go by the name of "Magic Mike Xxl". Jacobs served as both assistant director and producer on the first "Magic Mike," while Soderbergh will stay on as an executive producer of the sequel.
Channing Tatum is returning as writer on this follow-up which aims to begin filming in the Fall. While no deals are in place, most of the original's key cast members are expected back including Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn and Alex Pettyfer.
Source: The Playlist »
- Garth Franklin
Steven Soderbergh's longtime assistant director Gregory Jacobs is taking over the reigns of Magic Mike Xxl, a sequel to 2012's dramatic comedy smash hit Magic Mike starring Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum.
Channing Tatum is returning as writer on this follow-up, which co-star Joe Manganiello recently revealed was scheduled to being shooting soon. Channing Tatum was originally planning to direct before the job ultimately went to Gregory Jacobs.
Steven Soderbergh, who directed the original, will stay on as an executive producer. Gregory Jacobs has served as his first Ad since 1993's King of the Hill, and started serving as a producer with the 2002 movie Full Frontal. He served as both assistant director and producer on Magic Mike.
Gregory Jacobs isn't a first time director, having helmed Criminal in 2004 and Wind Chill in 2007. He also created, wrote and is executive producing the Amazon Studios original series Red Oaks, a single camera comedy. »
Get those dolla dolla bills ready, y'all - "Magic Mike 2" is getting ready to hit the stage.
In an interview with Collider, actor Joe Manganiello revealed that the sequel to the popular male stripper movie will start filming later this year. And Playlist has the scoop that it's got a title: "Magic Mike Xxl."
"Yeah, it's gonna happen this fall. I think they're going to announce it soon," he said. "It's crazy. I didn't think that would be my first franchise. I never thought that would ever be the direction of my career. But that said, it's just proof that I don't know best, all the time. It was the most fun I've ever had, and I can't wait to get back in and mix it up with those guys."
- Kelly Woo
Previously rumored for the job, Greg Jacobs is set to helm the upcoming sequel to Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike , reports Indiewire today. They've also learned the title of the big screen followup to the 2012 hit: Magic Mike Xxl . Jacobs, longtime assistant director to Soderbergh, helmed the 2007 thriller Wind Chill , starring Emily Blunt. Set in the world of male strippers, the original Magic Mike starred Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. Although no official announcements have been made as of yet, most of the cast from the original film should be »
Digital Release Date: May 13, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
The classic romance, called “The greatest love story of all time,” is remade in the 2014 version of Endless Love.
Teens Jade and David begin an all-encompassing love affair, but when Jade’s privileged parents try to keep them apart, the romance turns to tragedy.
Bruce Greenwood (Flight) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) star as Jade’s wealthy parents, Rhys Wakefield (The Purge) plays Jade’s brother and Robert Patrick (Gangster Squad) is David’s father.
The Hollywood machine isn't the studio-based system that it was in the mid-20th Century. An almost conspiratorial corporate entity that would spend years cultivating and curating movie stars. But, to some extent, it still exists in 2014. Through publicists, agents and even studios, the industry still tries to "create" new stars. And, for better or worse (depending how you see it), it's mostly male actors that get this treatment today (although any leading lady in a Michael Bay film may qualify outside of Scarlett Johansson). Some happen almost by accident (Robert Pattinson), some have delayed debuts (Chris Hemsworth), many aren't worthy of the hype (Alex Pettyfer) and a few may take decades before they are deliver on their potential (Matthew McConaughey). Next weekend the big screen adaptation of "Divergent" is hitting theaters and, all of a sudden, people are going to start talking about Theo James. Granted, James isn't new to Hollywood and, »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Voice UK continued to top Saturday ratings last night (March 1), as 6.95 million tuned in to the first instalment of Battle Rounds at 7pm.
According to overnight data, 30.4% of the audience share watched the remaining contestants go head-to-head as the coaches were joined by guest mentors Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Dante Santiago, Leah McFall and Jake Shears.
In the same timeslot on ITV, 6.4m (27.79%) tuned in to watch the latest episode of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. This week's episode saw the duo go undercover to prank Gordon Ramsay. A further 456,000 (2.01%) watched an hour later on ITV+1.
Back on BBC One, medical drama Casualty entertained 5.15m (25.15%) at 9.20pm, while 4.14m (29.43%) watched the football highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30pm.
New series The Perfect Morcambe & Wise launched with 1.33m (5.72%) at 7.45pm, »
Jessica Herndon, AP Film Writer
Los Angeles (AP) - Action-packed new releases couldn't stack up to 3D hit "The Lego Movie," which took the No. 1 slot in its third weekend at the box office.
Heading into full-fledged franchise territory with a sequel set to release in May 2017, "The Lego Movie" is the highest grossing film of 2014.
"It's been really tough for any of the newcomers to displace 'Lego,' " said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "They had such a great release date that put them in this perfect position to dominate the marketplace for several weeks. For 'Lego' to earn $31 million in its third weekend, »
- The Associated Press
Half-term brought Warners' Lego film a strong opening weekend, well ahead of George Clooney's men-on-a-mission movie and the Valentine's Day releases
• The Lego Movie – review
• The Monuments Men – review
Animation is the one film genre that regularly supplies big hits without the benefit of character familiarity, with successes from studios such as Fox/Blue Sky (Ice Age), Universal/Illumination (Despicable Me) and Pixar (everything bar the sequels). Even recent Disney successes such as Tangled and Frozen barely traded on audience affection for their fairytale origins. However, the explosive opening numbers for The Lego Movie suggest brand familiarity can be an asset in animation, just as it invariably is in live action.
Opening with £8.05m including £2.16m in previews, The Lego Movie has achieved the strongest start for a non-sequel animation since The Simpsons Movie in July 2007 – although excluding preview figures, it was beaten by the opening weekend of 2009's Up, »
- Charles Gant
Alex Pettyfer was eager to appear on Tuesday's Chelsea Lately. Sitting down with host Chelsea Handler, the Endless Love star told the late-night host, "I've always wanted to show you my, my..." "Penis?" Handler deadpanned. "I've come up to you many different times at many different parties, and you always ignore me," the actor said. "It's so sad! I come up and I'm like, 'Oh my god, you're gorgeous!' And you're like, 'Who are you?'" Handler, 38, then countered, "I don't think that happened. I've seen you before out, but you haven't approached me," she explained. "I don't ignore you. I'm very friendly. »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th January to Sunday 16th February 2014....
Warner Bros. animated comedy The Lego Movie claimed first place at the UK box office in its opening weekend, with the film banking a hefty £8,051,140 (including £2.16 million of preview takings) to destroy the competition and continue directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller's (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) impressive run of form. With the half-term holidays this week, expect The Lego Movie to have amassed a mighty haul by close of play this coming weekend.
Alongside The Lego Movie, four other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with George Clooney's The Monuments Men the best of the rest in second place with £1,616,625. Disney's animated sequel Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy earned £966,920 in sixth, followed by the Nick Frost / Rashida Jones salsa-dancing rom-com Cuban Fury in seventh »
- Gary Collinson
Great romantic movies always stay great, but sometimes need a little updating. Endless Love's tweaks include turning the teen romance into a movie teens can see, it's rated PG-13 (the 1981 original was R). KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) rate Endless Love a Pick, but barely:
"Endless Love follows the story of Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) who, after losing her older brother Chris to cancer, isolates herself by dropping out of any social life. That is, until she meets David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer). Overnight, he turns her entire world upside down, opening her eyes over the everything she missed in the past four years in one summer. Bruce Greenwood gives a great performance as an over-bearing and controlling father looking who only has his interests at heart. The supporting cast of Rhys Wakefield (playing Jade's older brother) and Dayo Okeniyi (David's best friend) steal the show. »
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We hope you enjoyed you President's Day holiday, and we welcome you back into the world of film new with a "Star Wars: Episode 7" rumor. Joining the ever growing list of actors who have met/been considered/thought about starring in the sequel — which has included Gary Oldman, Zac Efron, Michael Fassbesnder, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan, Sullivan Stapleton and Jesse Plemons — rising actor Jack Reynor has been cast in the J.J. Abrams film. That's what AICN says anyway, though we'd wonder how much Paramount will want the anchor for "Transfomers: Age Of Extinction" to jump to another franchise.... If you've been doing your Oscar prep properly (and we'll know if you haven't), then you've recenty caught up with Belgian bluegrass flick “The Broken Circle Breakdown” which, yes, is a thing, and yes, is nominated for Best Foreign Film and yes, »
- Ben Brock
"Say goodbye to innocence"—so say the ads for this Valentine's Day release, which tries to seduce you with guilty-pleasure melodrama. Gabriella Wilde plays Jade, a pretty, privileged high school grad who falls for a charismatic, working-class guy, David (Alex Pettyfer). Jade's overbearing father (Bruce Greenwood), having suffered the loss of a son, wants to keep her away from David, but the long-sheltered good girl is simply too smitten. Jade turns down an out-of-town internship to spend all summer with her new boyfriend, but then Dad digs up dirt from David's past to drive a wedge between the lovers. Don't say "Be mine" to Love until you first flirt with these five facts: 1. Safer for »
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