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Looking back on six great years at In Contention

3 July 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I've had several weeks to draft this piece, and several drafts it has taken, but the introduction is always the hardest part – the part where the bittersweet reason for breaking from our daily programming has to be announced. So let's lead with the good news: I'm excited to announce that my three-year relationship with Variety is growing into something more permanent and prominent – starting this month, I will be contributing regularly to the trade paper, both as a film critic and a features writer. The bad news you may have guessed: this means my time at In Contention has come to an affectionate close. Greg Ellwood expressly asked me not to make this a farewell note, and he's right: nobody's disappearing. Readers who wish to follow my writing will still be able to do so at a number of outlets; on the reverse track, I will remain an avid reader at HitFix. »

- Guy Lodge

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Everything you need to know about 'Snowpiercer,' this summer's best post-apocalyptic comedy-horror fairy tale

26 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

A few months after he played Captain America for the second time in The Avengers, and a few months before he’d play Captain America for the third time in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chris Evans went to Prague in the spring of 2012 to film Snowpiercer (rated R, out now). For Bong Joon-ho, a South Korean phenom shooting his first English-language feature, this presented a supersize challenge. You see, Evans’ character, who leads a ragtag, rag-wearing lower-class community in a full-blown revolt against their decadent overseers, is supposed to be malnourished. “The only difficult aspect of shooting Chris was hiding all his muscle mass, »

- Darren Franich

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Win The Sea on DVD

16 June 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To celebrate the DVD release of The Sea on 23rd June, we’re giving away a DVD of the film to three lucky winners.

Art historian Max Morden (Ciarán HindsMunich, Rome) returns to the sleepy seaside resort where he spent summers as a child after losing his wife (Sinéad Cusack – winner of Best Supporting Actress at IFTAs). Max lodges at a boarding house he once frequented, where frosty proprietor Miss Vavasour (Charlotte RamplingThe Verdict, The Duchess), and eccentric resident Blunden (Karl JohnsonThe Illusionist, Rome), now reside. Before long – and despite protestations from his daughter Clare (Ruth BradleyGrabbers, Primeval) – Max revisits the ghosts of his past.

Based on the Man Booker prize-winning novel by John Banville, The Sea is a haunting, uplifting, meditation on the human condition – at times elegiac, poetic, and nostalgic. A story of memory, love, loss, regret… and the persistent possibility of rebirth.

 

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- Competitions

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Cannes Check 2014: Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner'

10 May 2014 6:18 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the first of two British veterans in the lineup: Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner." The director: Mike Leigh (British, 71 years old). Few filmmakers have essayed the mundane woes (and occasional joys) of Britain's working-to-middle classes with the vivid specificity of Mike Leigh, though given his distinctive vernacular and customarily heightened sense of the everyday, it's not quite accurate to classify him as a kitchen-sink realist. Either way, as both a playwright and filmmaker, he's as significant and influential a figure on the UK cultural lanscape as John Osborne or Alan Bennett. A Rada acting student turned art school graduate, »

- Guy Lodge

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Convergence: The Making of Divergent

2 May 2014 7:38 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats to production visual effects supervisor Jim Berney, visual effects producer Greg Baxter; and visual effects supervisors Matt Dessero, Marshall Krasser, and Berj Bannayan about bringing a dystopian Chicago to the big screen…

Greg Baxter

“I hadn’t work with Lionsgate or Summit before,” explains VFX Producer Greg Baxter (Jack the Giant Slayer) who was recruited to become a member of the Divergent production team led by filmmaker Neil Burger (The Illusionist).  “There was a long stage of ‘Do you green light or do you not?’  By the time the button was hit they were racing to get it going.  It all happened over the holidays with a bunch of phone calls where they were vetting me and I jumped right in.  A lot of the crew had the same experience.  I’m not the young adult target audience so I quickly read the books and script.  I »

- Trevor Hogg

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'Divergent' - high-concept film which connects (Ians Movie Review)

11 April 2014 2:07 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Film: "Divergent"; Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoa Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn and Kate Winslet; Director: Neil Burger; Rating: ***1/2

From the director of evocative films like "Limitless" and "The Illusionist", "Divergent" is a high-concept film that's brilliantly executed and entertaining. However, it offers nothing exceptional in terms of its plot, which would set it apart from other films of the genre.

It's a typical story of a young girl in a dystopian state. The narration is layered with lessons of life with overall leitmotifs about self-realization, identity and defying traditionalism in favour of individuality.

With high-octane action, infused philosophy,. »

- Smith Cox

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Director Neil Burger discusses his work on Divergent

4 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

While the feature film Divergent prepares for its cinematic release, it marks the beginning of an exciting new franchise, based on a series of young adult novels. However for director Neil Burger, his journey starts and ends here – but he’s done a more than commendable effort with this endeavour, and we sat down to discuss the project.

Burger, whose previous credits include Limitless and The Illusionist, talks about finding that strand of intimacy in an otherwise grandiose production, and why he’s decided to only direct the first film in this trilogy. He also tells us what faction he would choose himself, and what the key differences are between this adaptation, and the original novel it’s based on.

Divergent is out in cinemas now, and you can read our review here.

The post The HeyUGuys Interview: Director Neil Burger discusses his work on Divergent appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Stefan Pape

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Neil Burger Talks Being a 'Divergent' Director (Trailer)

21 March 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When asked if he was "Divergent," Neil Burger replied affirmatively but admitted that his biggest films -- "The Illusionist," "Limitless," and "Divergent" -- are all about the quest for empowerment: Ed Norton pulls off a grand scheme to win back the heart of Jessica Biel and to fit in with the social elite; Bradley Cooper takes a psychotropic drug to overcome writer's block and becomes superhuman; and Shailene Woodley's Tris utilizes her extraordinary versatility to lead an uprising against a fascist regime. However, "Divergent" (based on the popular Veronica Roth book trilogy) comes across as "The Hunger Games" meets "Inception," which makes it a distinctive Ya franchise. For Burger, though, he wanted "Divergent" more grounded than any other dystopian movie, making it almost anti-dystopian, shooting on the streets of Chicago with minimal VFX (he applied an 80% non-cg rule for every shot). The iconic locales are familiar yet the walled, »

- Bill Desowitz

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Review: Divergent

21 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

In a dystopian future ruled by an authoritarian government, a young female protagonist with special skills must make personal sacrifices and overcome incredible odds in order to protect her family. That may sound like a plot synopsis for The Hunger Games, but it is equally applicable to this week's release from director Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist). Based on the young adult novel by Veronica Roth, the movie Divergent was scripted by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Vanessa Taylor (Game of Thrones).

Set in post-apocalyptic Chicago, the society of Divergent is organized into five factions who each perform their own important functions, such as labor, government and military, based on personality type. On the eve of adulthood, teens are given an aptitude test to help them determine which faction will be the best fit for them, and they must then choose their permanent assignment.

Shailene Woodley (The Descendants »

- Mike Saulters

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Divergent – The Review

21 March 2014 5:19 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

It’s no wonder a studio like Summit Entertainment would be interested in bringing Veronica Roth’s book series to the big-screen. Between the theme of government control set amid a sci-fi setting and the focus being on a young woman discovering who she really is amidst a growing rebellion, it’s not a stretch to see that Divergent might be the next The Hunger Games. To put it simply, Games doesn’t have to worry about any sort of competition from this new young adult rival, but those interested in that world shouldn’t completely dismiss this entertaining coming of age story either.

Where The Hunger Games has somehow been able to appeal to readers and film fans of both young and old, this new young adult series may not be as lucky. This is mostly in part to the focus on romance rather than substance. When so much »

- Michael Haffner

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'Divergent' (2014) Movie Review

20 March 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I can understand there is a target audience for Divergent. I also expect Veronica Roth's novel from which it's based isn't nearly as awful as its theatrical adaptation, but let's get one thing absolutely straight... Divergent is terrible. There's really no way of getting around it. I'm sure Roth's readers were able to make sense of the world she created on the page. A world in which a human society in a dystopic future has quarantined themselves from the outside world and divided into factions based on their personality types. I'm sure those same readers will find it easier to digest what is on the screen based on their familiarity with the source material. However, I don't want anyone pretending this movie offers up an explanation for what's taking place that makes sense in any way, shape or form. Divergent centers on Beatrice Prior, played by Shailene Woodley whom »

- Brad Brevet

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Box office preview: 'Divergent' faces off against 'Muppets Most Wanted'

20 March 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The 2014 box office, already up 8 percent from last year, is heating up as Divergent stares down Muppets Most Wanted, both of which open in over 3,000 theaters this weekend. But, the Ya adaptation looks to be the clear frontrunner and it would not surprise if it doubled the Muppets’ opening returns.

Divergent is one of the first big-budget films of 2014 to target a primarily female audience after weeks of expensive, male-targeted fare. The interest seems to be there for a big opening weekend, too. Beyond the popularity of the books, Fandango is reporting that Divergent accounts for more than 80 percent of its pre-sales. »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Why Did ‘Divergent’ Director Bail On Sequel?

19 March 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

With Divergent- the latest big screen adaptation of a young adult fiction series- set to open to a staggering $65 million this weekend, some might be surprised that the film’s director has walked away from the sequel. Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) had all ready begun preproduction of the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, when he made the sudden decision to exit the film.

Divergent star Shailene Woodley was startled by the news. “It was weird,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “He was the leader of this entire pack, and he created this world, he dreamt it up, he made all of the executive decisions. It was strange to think that somebody else is going to come over and take it on.”

So the question is: Why? For someone who had been so involved with creating the cinematic world that this film lives in, which is sure to capture the imagination »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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‘Banshee's’ Odette Annable, ‘Good Wife's’ Melissa George Join ABC Drama Projects

15 March 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Odette Annable and Melissa George have joined ABC projects, representatives for the actresses told TheWrap. Annable will co-star on “Astronaut Wives Club” from “Gossip Girl” executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz for Fake Empire, which was given a 10-episode series order. Michael London (“Betas,” “The Illusionist”) will executive produce for Groundswell. Set in the 1960s, the series focuses on the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Also read: ‘Once Upon a Time's’ Joanna Garcia Swisher Joins ABC's ‘Astronaut Wives Club’ She'll play Trudy Cooper, the wife of Gordo Cooper and. »

- Jethro Nededog

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The Definitive Kubrickian Films: 30-21

11 March 2014 9:51 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The difficulty in counting down films so clearly influenced by Kubrick is that there are certain directors who are just tailor-made for it. So, you start to run into situations like this section of the list, where two directors have two films and two other directors had a film mentioned in the last section. But that’s the way it goes. Much of Kubrick’s style isn’t reflected in the work of, say, Todd Phillips. Or Todd Haynes, for that matter.

30. Inception (2010)

Directed by Christopher Nolan

What makes it Kubrickian? As directors go, few rival the sense of complete control over his films like Christopher Nolan, famous for his obsessive attention to detail, much like Kubrick. With Inception, Nolan dialed up the control, creating multiple worlds set within dream landscapes, painting incredibly stunning shots and moments. Focusing on Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of dream surveyors, Inception is »

- Joshua Gaul

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Extended Winter Olympics TV spot for Divergent starring Shailene Woodley

21 February 2014 8:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next month, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have debuted an extended Winter Olympics TV spot for the young adult franchise hopeful Divergent, which sees Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, The Spectacular Now) taking on the lead role in director Neil Burger's (The Illusionist, Limitless) adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling sci-fi novel of the same name.

"Divergent is a thrilling action-adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late."

Also featuring in the cast of Divergent are Miles Teller (That Awkward Moment), Theo James (Bedlam), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Ansel Elgort (Carrie), Maggie Q (Nikita), Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard »

- Gary Collinson

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A&E Developing The 36 with the Writers of Immortals

20 February 2014 7:15 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Are you a fan of stories about angels fighting humans and/or amongst themselves? If so, you'll possibly have another new TV show to watch along with "Dominion" on Syfy as word has come that A&E is developing "The 36." Read on for the details.

Per Deadline, A&E Network is developing the high-concept drama "The 36" with Immortals writers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides along with producer Michael London (The Illusionist, Milk).

The project’s title stems from the mystical Jewish concept of The Righteous 36, which stipulates that at all times there are 36 people in the world possessing special powers who don’t necessarily know each other, but if even one of them were to go missing, the world would come to an end.

If this premise sounds familiar, it was recently used on the Fox drama "Touch," where such 36 people were hunted by a shady organization.

A&E's "The 36" is »

- Debi Moore

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ABC Orders Drama Series ‘Astronaut Wives Club’ From ‘Gossip Girl’ Producers

5 February 2014 3:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC has ordered 10 episodes of the drama series, “The Astronaut Wives Club.” It is set to air this summer. For ABC Studios, “The Astronaut Wives Club” hales from writer/ executive producer Stephanie Savage. Also read: Ryan Phillippe to Star in ABC Drama ‘Secrets & Lies’ It will be the first one she co-created with executive producer Josh Schwartz since “Gossip Girl.” Len Goldstein will also executive produce with Savage and Schwartz for Fake Empire (“Hart of Dixie,” “Carrie Diaries”). Michael London (“Betas,” “The Illusionist”) will executive produce for Groundswell. Janice Williams originally brought the project in to Groundswell. The drama follows »

- Jethro Nededog

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New trailer for Divergent starring Shailene Woodley

5 February 2014 12:24 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have released a new trailer for director Neil Burger's (The Illusionist, Limitless) upcoming sci-fi Divergent, which is based upon Veronica Roth's best-selling sci-fi Ya trilogy and sees Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, The Spectacular Now) leading a cast that also includes Miles Teller (That Awkward Moment), Theo James (Bedlam), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Ansel Elgort (Carrie), Maggie Q (Nikita), Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), and Kate Winslet (Carnage).

"Divergent is a thrilling action-adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late."

Check out the new trailer here....

Video: Divergent: exclusive final trailer »

- Gary Collinson

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I Can't Wait to see "Divergent!" Check Out New Trailer with Never-Before-Seen Footage!

4 February 2014 3:26 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Based on Veronica Roth's novel, the buzz surrounding "Divergent" is inescapable! But do you really know what "Divergent" means? No? Well, the new trailer with never-before-seen-footage can help! Check it out now:

Starring Shailene Woodley as the main charactrer Tris Prior, the buzz surrounding "Divergent" is similar to "The Hunger Games" franchise. Completing the cast are Theo James (Four), Miles Teller (Peter), and Zoë Kravitz (Christina). Oh yeah, we also have Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, and the fantastic Kate Winslet! Yay! From director Neil Burger (I love his "The Illusionist"), "Divergent" heads to theaters on March 21. I can't wait! »

- Manny

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