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‘Insurgent': How Foreign Audiences are Driving the ‘Divergent’ Franchise’s Growth

22 March 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Insurgent” will substantially improve upon the box office numbers of “Divergent” thanks to Shailene Woodley’s rising star and an action-heavy plot that is resonating with foreign crowds.

The latest film in the futuristic adventure series didn’t manage to top the domestic opening of the first chapter, matching its roughly $54 million bow, but it is enjoying robust growth overseas.

Insurgent” picked up $47 million across 76 markets, with major territories such as Brazil, France and the United Kingdom reporting massive bumps on the first film’s numbers. It should end its run with between $300 million and $400 million globally compared to $288.7 million for “Divergent,” which generated less than 50% of its total from international audiences.

“Everybody is smiling at Lionsgate this morning,” said Richie Fay, the studio’s distribution chief. “We’re focused on the overall success of the movie worldwide and the growth and strength of the franchise.”

Apples to apples comparisons are difficult to come by, »

- Brent Lang

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Shailene Woodley to receive Trailblazer honour at MTV Movie Awards

21 March 2015 9:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Shailene Woodley will receive the MTV Movie Awards' Trailblazer honour.

The Insurgent star will be given the award by her The Spectacular Now co-star Miles Teller during the April 12 awards ceremony, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

President of MTV Stephen Friedman described the 23-year-old actress as "one of the most talented actresses of this generation".

He continued: "Whether baring her soul in emotionally charged roles in The Descendants and The Fault in Our Stars or igniting our imagination in sci-fi blockbusters like Insurgent, Shailene has raised the bar for actresses navigating diverse and challenging roles professionally, while personally remaining down-to-earth and accessible to her fans."

Previous recipients of the award include Channing Tatum, Emma Stone and Emma Watson.

Woodley has starred in films such as Divergent and White Bird in a Blizzard. She will also appear in Snowden, based on the story of CIA employee Edward Snowden.

The 2015 MTV Movie Awards »

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Shailene Woodley Isn't Afraid to Go Barefoot in NYC, Shares Her Recipe for Bone Broth

18 March 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Shailene Woodley is all about marching to the beat of her own drum.

The 23-year-old Insurgent star -- who's become well-known for her unconventional health practices like sunning her private parts and eating clay -- is now singing the praises of drinking "bone broth" in the morning.

During her recent appearance on Late Show with David Letterman, Shailene explained what she finds so appealing about her morning drink of choice, which she says is made from boiled bones and other animal parts brewed anywhere from 24 hours to 36 hours.

"What I think is beautiful about it is you utilize the whole animal," she said. "You're not just seeking out that perfect cut of muscle meat and what not."

Video: Shailene Woodley Has a Very Unique Way of Loving People

She also shared the concoction's health benefits.

"It's known to be helpful with leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome -- leaky gut is when you have tiny little holes in »

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Box Office: ‘Insurgent’ Aims to Beat ‘Divergent’ Debut

17 March 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate is hoping that Shailene Woodley’s higher profile and the continued popularity of Veronica Roth’s books will bolster revenues for “Insurgent,” the sequel to last spring’s futuristic adventure “Divergent.”

Pre-release tracking suggests that the Lionsgate release will enjoy a modest bump over the $54.6 million debut of its predecessor, with most analysts projecting “Insurgent” will kick off with between $57 million and $60 million when it unspools Friday across 3,875 screens.

Call it the “Fault in Our Stars” effect. When “Divergent” premiered in 2014, Woodley was a relative neophyte whose biggest previous role had been a well-received supporting part in 2011’s “The Descendants” and her work as a teen mother on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

Now she’s one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, her name mentioned alongside the likes of Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence. That’s largely due to the way that “Fault in »

- Brent Lang and Dave McNary

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Interview: 'Community' star Jim Rash on The Dean's sexuality, directing and more

16 March 2015 10:13 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The cast of "Community" has come a long way from where they were when the comedy premiered on NBC in 2009 to where they are now as "Community" begins its latest rebirth on Yahoo. Not to take anything away from the career arcs of Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi or Alison Brie, but Jim Rash's journey from comic day player perhaps best known for a resemblance to Moby to beloved supporting performer, Oscar-winning screenwriter and acclaimed indie director seems like the biggest leap. As the cast of "Community" has shifted in recent years, Rash's Dean Pelton has become increasingly central and as Rash's creative profile has grown, thanks to "The Descendants" and "The Way Way Back," he was able to write an episode in The Lost Dan Harmon-less Season. The sixth "Community" season begins on Tuesday (March 17) on Yahoo and Rash has been able to add TV directing to his »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Shailene Woodley: I have the luxury of having been an actor since I was five

15 March 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Knife-throwing, pole dancing… the Divergent star on learning new life-skills, working on a biopic of Edward Snowden – and why she cleans her teeth with clay

As soon as I walk into her suite at London’s Soho hotel, Shailene Woodley bounds over and gives me a warm hug with a back-pat finisher. This is her thing – a courtesy extended to colleagues and sometimes journalists and fans – something she has said helps “to cut the bullshit” when she meets a new person. And hugging is really one of the lesser eccentricities of the 23-year-old American actress; others include brushing her teeth with clay, making her own deodorant and fixing home-made medicines when she’s under the weather. Unforgettably, she once commented that she likes to sunbathe naked to “give my vagina a little vitamin D”.

Hippy soundbites like that could overshadow the day job, but Woodley is doing just fine, curating »

- Tim Lewis

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13 Things You Didn’t Know About Shailene Woodley

13 March 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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One of the fastest-rising young stars in Hollywood right now is Shailene Woodley, who become known to teenage girls the world over with her lead role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She followed this up by winning a supporting role as George Clooney’s daughter in Alexander Payne’s 2011 smash hit The Descendants (for which she earned rave reviews), and alongside starring in indie films such as The Spectacular Now and White Bird in a Blizzard, has gone the blockbuster route with the Divergent series and smash hit drama The Fault in Our Stars.

The second entry into the Divergent series, Insurgent, is due for release this coming week, and so what better opportunity to look back at the actress’s life and career, to dig around and discover 13 tidbits you surely didn’t know about her? From the mystery surrounding her cut part »

- Jack Pooley

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Jim Burke Named President of Production of Focus Features

11 March 2015 11:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jim Burke has been tapped as president of production of Focus Features.

Also, current Focus Features senior VP of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive VP and will report to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years, and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel. “Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases. Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable, and I am pleased to announce his promotion, one that he earned by taking stewardship of our production slate while the company transitioned under our new mandate.”

Burke has considerable experience as a producer, having worked »

- Justin Kroll

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Jim Burke named Focus Features production president

11 March 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Descendants producer named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Focus Features has named Jim Burke as president of production.

Burke’s appointment continues the company’s diversification and expansion of its film slate. He will report to CEO Peter Schlessel.

In addition, current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Schlessel.

“Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases.

Speaking about McLaughlin, he added: “Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable and I am pleased »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Jim Burke joins Focus Features

11 March 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer and executive named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Focus Features has named Jim Burke as president of production.

Burke’s appointment continues the company’s diversification and expansion of its film slate. He will report to CEO Peter Schlessel.

In addition, current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent. Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases,” commented Schlessel.

He continued: “Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable and I am pleased to announce his promotion »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Shailene Woodley Learned to Pole Dance for 'Snowden', Praises Edward Snowden

9 March 2015 2:25 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If there's one thing Shailene Woodley has accomplished it's the ability to speak her mind, which I can certainly appreciate. She's also managed to star in one of the worst young adult adaptations I've seen in Divergent while also managing to not only continue to impress me as an actress in such dreck, but also in her other features such as her breakout role in The Descendants as well as her work in The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars. Next she's working opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden picture, simply titled Snowden and she had a few thing to say about the picture in which she plays Snowden's girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. Speaking with E!, Woodley was quick to praise the Nsa whistleblower, "I define a hero as somebody, who against the judgment of other people, if they believe something will positively impact the »

- Brad Brevet

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White Bird in a Blizzard review: Shailene Woodley spreads her wings

6 March 2015 4:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Gregg Araki; Screenwriter: Gregg Araki; Starring: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane; Running time: 91 mins; Certificate: 15

Shailene Woodley's star continues to rise on a sharp upward trajectory thanks to The Descendants and the Divergent/Insurgent franchise and it may be because she seems wise beyond her years, bringing with her a kind of soulful ennui with the world. Casting her in this adaptation of Scott Heim's novel is also a clever move by writer/director Greg Araki, but the film is ill-judged in various other aspects.

Araki is particularly fascinated by extreme growing pains, with credits including The Doom Generation (1995) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt drama Mysterious Skin (2004) and at the heart of this story is the tragedy of abandonment. Kat Connors (Woodley) is just getting to grips with her changing body – and the boy next door Phil (Shiloh Fernandez) is »

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Movie Review – White Bird in a Blizzard (2015)

6 March 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

White Bird in a Blizzard, 2015.

Directed by Gregg Araki.

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Thomas Jane, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe and Mark Indelicato.

Synopsis:

It’s 1988 and Kat Connors is trying to discover her sexual identity. During the same time, her mother disappears without a trace, turning her life upside down.

I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. A line handed down by parents, teachers, significant others and now me. White Bird in a Blizzard is not infuriating, however it’s incredibly disappointing.

It’s not infuriating simply due to the fact the movie never achieves anything more than mediocrity and although you scoff and tut, you never really care enough to be enraged.

I’ve followed Shailene Woodley’s career since The Descendants. Both The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars ended up in my “Best of the Year” lists. Here, her considerable talents are completely wasted. »

- Gary McCurry

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Sun Valley Festival Celebrates Hollywood Connection

4 March 2015 1:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For a community less than 80 years old, with a population south of 2,000, Sun Valley, Idaho, boasts a rich Hollywood history. It might have to do with being partly the invention of Averell Harriman, who invited celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe to help shine a light on the newfangled resort town in the ’30s.

In ensuing years, a kind of 24-hour party train called the Snowball Special would roll in on Friday night from L.A.’s Union Station, just in time for the glitterati to recover and hit the slopes by Saturday morning.

So when screenwriter Teddy Grennan arrived one summer after getting fired from a job by Fox Searchlight and “moping around town,” the idea of starting a film festival seemed to draw on tradition and give him a sense of purpose.

“I called a couple of friends of mine,” recalls the fest executive director. »

- Steve Chagollan

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White Rabbit Is the Latest from Director Tim McCann's Twisted Imagination

10 February 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Give Tim McCann credit for his twisted imagination: His see-it-to-believe-it 2005 cheapie Nowhere Man concerns a guy hunting for his own severed penis, sliced off by his ex-fiancée, who's now hiding out with the organ in the residence of her former porn-movie co-star. While not quite that outré-sounding, McCann's latest, White Rabbit, boasts its own head-turning premise: Bullied adolescent Harlon (Nick Krause) can't shake the torment of his memory of shooting a rabbit at close range as a child. In the tense opening, Krause has a black eye, sports slicked-back hair, and wears dark, fingerless gloves — a far cry from his dopey guise in The Descendants. The rest of the movie, shot in gun-country Louisiana (overgrown weeds, rusty sw »

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Damien Chazelle or Paul Thomas Anderson Could Become Fifth Adapted Screenplay Winner to Also Direct the Film

29 January 2015 6:42 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Adapted screenplay nominees Damien Chazelle and Paul Thomas Anderson have been nominated for films that they also directed.

Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.

Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.

If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Most Adapted Screenplay Winners Are Adapted From Books

28 January 2015 7:52 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Only one of this year’s adapted screenplay nominees isn’t adapted from a book, and that’s Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which is adapted from his short film of the same name that took home the jury prize for short film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The other four adaptations all come from books, three non-fiction and one fiction.

American Sniper is based on Chris Kyle’s (portrayed in the film by Bradley Cooper) autobiography of the same name, which he wrote with Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice.

The Imitation Game is adapted from Alan Turing: The Enigma, written by Andrew Hodges, a mathematician and author. Turing is played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film.

Adapted from Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking by Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything explores Stephen Hawking’s relationship with his ex-wife. The couple is played »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Golden Globes: George Clooney Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

11 January 2015 7:35 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Hollywood's favorite former bachelor, George Clooney, was honored for his legacy in film and humanitarianism at the Golden Globes, taking home the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by Julianna Margulies and Don Cheadle, who fought over which one of them was a better "F.O.G." (Friend of George), on Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. "I can't tell you what an honor it is to be up here," said Clooney. "I thought they were going to roast me." He went on to say that the Globes offer a chance to catch up with old friends. »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Reese Witherspoon and Matt Damon will join Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’

9 January 2015 12:04 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of Reese Witherspoon’s breakout roles was as the ambitious and persnickety Tracy Flick in Alexander Payne’s second film Election. Since then, the pair has yet to work together, but Deadline reported Wednesday that Witherspoon has joined Payne’s latest film, the much delayed Downsizing.

According to The Playlist, Downsizing was first conceived back in 2008 as a sci-fi social satire in which “enlightened,” possibly pretentious humans choose to shrink themselves down to 1/8 their size in an effort to scale back on Earth’s rapidly depleting resources. Witherspoon was originally attached along with Paul Giamatti, Meryl Streep, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

That version of the film never got made, and Payne went on to make The Descendants and Nebraska in the interim. But now Witherspoon is back onboard along with star Matt Damon.

And in a positive update, Deadline reported on Thursday that Downsizing would be picked up by Megan Ellison and Annapurna Pictures, »

- Brian Welk

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Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris & More Also Joining 'Downsizing'

9 January 2015 10:09 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following news that Reese Witherspoon was going to reteam with her Election director Alexander Payne for the satire Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, a trio of new actors have been added to the film. THR reports that Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Sudeikis will all have roles in the film that now finds itself getting produced and financed by Megan Ellison and her fantastic Annapurna Pictures banner. There's still no new details, but it's been said to follow a man, down on his luck, who decides he can have a much better life if he undergoes a process to shrink himself. It's probably Payne's oddest film yet. This also sounds like it could be Payne's most comedic film since Election with names like Baldwin, Harris and Sudeikis involved now. Of course, all of Payne's films have had some quirky comedy, even amongst the drama in films like About Schmidt and The Descendants. »

- Ethan Anderton

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