Last week X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past star Nicholas Hoult revealed that his contract as Beast is up with next year’s Bryan Singer-helmed sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, although the British actor admitted that he’s open to the idea of signing on for more mutant adventures.
Well, it seems that Jennifer Lawrence’s contract to play the shape-shifting mutant Mystique is also set to expire after Apocalypse, but unlike Hoult, it seems she’s ready to call time on the franchise, with the Oscar winner telling MTV News that: “It is my last one, actually.”
Since signing on to play Mystique in X-Men: First Class, Lawrence has become one of the biggest stars in the world (and the most-bankable of 2014) – thanks in no small part to her role in both the X-Men and The Hunger Games franchises, as well as her Academy Award win for »
- Gary Collinson
How does Elizabeth Banks like her Ryan Gosling? In bed, thank you very much! The Hunger Games actress hit up Instagram on Wednesday, March 18, to share a snap of herself, laid up in bed, clad in her new leggings—which just so happen to boast the Notebook star's handsome face all over them. "Ryan Gosling, all night long, in my bed? Sure, thanks @clashist," Banks, 41, wrote, calling out the brand that sells the "Dapper Ryan Gosling Leggings," retail for $70 on Clashist.com (Although currently sold-out, they should be [...] »
Tracking figures as of this past weekend suggest total awareness about the film sits at 91% with unaided awareness at a high 14% for total audiences. The previous film, "Fast and Furious 6," grossed $789 million worldwide.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
We chat to legendary producer Mario Kassar about the return of Carolco, its forthcoming sci-fi film Bot, Hollywood studios, and more...
First Blood. Total Recall. Terminator 2. For a generation versed in the major action films of the 80s and 90s, the Carolco brand holds a special place in the memory. Its distinctive logo became a byword for bold, often brash movies starring some of the biggest names of the day - not least Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Founded by producers Andrew Vajna and Mario Kassar in the 1970s, Carolco went from indie outsider to a company with the size and clout of a Hollywood major; the studio became famous - and infamous in some quarters - for its headline-grabbing deals. (Legend has it that, when Arnie signed up to make Terminator 2: Judgment Day, he was given a $17m private jet.)
At the height of its powers, Carolco was making smaller-scale, »
The Divergent Series: Insurgent opened north of $50 million this weekend, which was easily enough to take first place away from Cinderella.The other new openers weren't so hot: The Gunman bombed with $5 million, while Do You Believe? opened to a fraction of God's Not Dead's debut.Insurgent opened to $52.3 million, which is off slightly from its predecessor's $54.6 million on this same weekend last year. While it would have been unreasonable to expect a Twilight type bump from the first to second installment, it did feel like this franchise had some room to grow. Unfortunately, it looks like Divergent will wind up like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, two young-adult franchises where there just wasn't a ton of domestic gains after the first outing (yes, the final Harry Potter set a high mark for the franchise, but that was a decade later with the addition of 3D pricing).Insurgent's audience was 60 percent female, »
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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
It would seem like a surprise that “Serena,” the long-troubled project starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, which debuted on VOD and iTunes on Feb. 26, would even have a New York premiere. But on Saturday night, both of the film’s stars gamely attended a screening at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema, prior to its limited March 27 U.S. theatrical release from Magnolia Pictures.
The onscreen duo — who previously appeared together in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” — spoke to red-carpet journalists as a team. Lawrence said she got the script for “Serena” during the 2012 shoot for “Silver Linings” and convinced Cooper to take the male role in the 1920s North Carolina-set drama based on Ron Rash’s novel. “I forced him to be in the movie,” she teased. They also fielded questions about their dietary habits (“we’re both the biggest eaters in Hollywood,” Lawrence said), horseback riding (Lawrence said »
- Ramin Setoodeh
That’s a disappointment for Lionsgate, the studio behind the adaptations of Veronica Roth’s bestselling books about a dystopian future and a group of rebels out to change the world. It hoped that the franchise would be able to build on its initial start, aided by star Shailene Woodley’s higher profile following the success of last summer’s “The Fault in Our Stars.” Going into the weekend, Lionsgate had been projecting an opening of between $57 million and $60 million.
“Insurgent’s” audience was 60% female and 55% under 25. Hispanics made up 17% of the opening weekend crowd, and African-Americans comprised 11% of ticket buyers. Premium large formats made up $4.4 million of the film’s domestic box office, while Imax accounted for $3.6 million of the grosses. »
- Brent Lang
While some book-spawned franchises see leaps in earnings between their instalments as the popularity begins to snowball (see: The Hunger Games and particularly Twilight), the Divergent series appears to be on more of an even keel. The second film based on Veronica Roth’s dystopian adventure, Insurgent, debuted at the top of the Us box-office charts this weekend with $54 million, according to studio estimates.That’s actually little bit behind Divergent, which opened last year to $54.6 million, so it’s not like it’s a huge drop, but will still be slightly disappointing for Lionsgate/Summit, as the companies were probably hoping that Tris Prior’s (Shailene Woodley) struggle would take off the way that Bella Swan and Katniss Everdeen’s have in the past. Still, we would expect plans to stay on track for two films based on Roth’s third book, Allegiant, to arrive across the next two years. »
According Rentrak estimates Sunday, the second installment in the "Divergent" series easily topped the box office with $54 million from 3,875 theaters.
Both "The Hunger Games" and the "Twilight" films boasted opening weekend gains with their second films, but "Insurgent's" opening nearly matches that of its predecessor, "Divergent," which debuted to $54.6 million just last year.
"Cinderella," meanwhile, fell 49 percent to take second place with $34.5 million.
"Kingsman: The Secret Service" rounded out the top five with $4.6 million in its sixth weekend in theaters. »
- The Associated Press
"Insurgent," the second filming the popular "Divergent" film series, understandably topped the box office this weekend with $54 million. Still, that number is slightly short of expectations and just shy of those made by the first film last year.
That first film went on to $288.7 million globally, and the $110 million-budget sequel is on track to perform better overseas even if it ends up weaker or on par domestically. Unfortunately, it also means this is not a "Twilight" or "The Hunger Games"-esque mega franchise like Lionsgate was likely hoping for.
Reviews for the first film were mixed, and those for the second were decidedly worse amongst critics. Its A- CinemaScore indicates it hit well with its target audience.
It also fared a lot better than this weekend's other major wide release, the Sean Penn-led action thriller "The Gunman," which nabbed just $5 million and came in fourth. The low-budget "Do You Believe? »
- Garth Franklin
Schwarzenegger, with most of his skin “lost” to show his machine endo-skeleton below, is joined on the new issue’s cover by the Emilia Clarke’s (Game of Thrones) Sarah Connor, who looks more like Connor in T2 than the shy girl of the first film. In addition, some new photos from the film have been unveiled, which includes the first image of Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), who joins the cast as Detective O’Brien, a cop who has apparently been investigating Sarah Connor since she was young…
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- Scott J. Davis
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 »
After taking on a variety of sexual exploits in Lars Von Trier's erotic Nymphomaniac, actress Charlotte Gainsbourg may end up getting probed by aliens next. Well, THR reports she's in talks for a role in Independence Day 2 anyway, even though the aliens from the soon-to-be-20-year-old film weren't really known for body cavity invading. However, at this time we don't know what character she will play, though she would probably make a good companion for Jeff Goldblum, who has been confirmed to come back as David Levinson for the sequel, while his ex-wife (Margaret Colin), seems to be out of the picture by now. As previously reported, both Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and rising star Jessie Usher have two of the male lead roles in the sci-fi sequel, but we're still waiting to see what other actresses will join Gainsbourg. This will undoubtedly be the actress' biggest film to date, »
- Ethan Anderton
“Divergent” proved audiences weren’t done with young adult sci-fi adventures last year when it grossed $288.7 million worldwide, but reviews for sequel “Insurgent” suggest critics are over the franchise. TheWrap‘s Alonso Duralde called the film the next adventure in “Ya cinema’s most generic franchise,” and complained of far too many similarities with other hot studio properties, including “The Maze Runner,” “The Hunger Games” and “The Giver.” “Take everything annoying about a cobbled-together, overly familiar Ya adaptation, add the built-in wheel-spinning of a sequel, and you’ve got “Insurgent,” a film that works best when it places its heroine inside virtual-reality situations — at. »
- Greg Gilman
"Insurgent," the second installment in Veronica Roth's "Divergent" trilogy, is a true middle book, and the adaptation is no exception. There's less background exposition and more plot twists and character development -- not to mention a cliffhanger ending. The movie follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) as they try to escape the clenches of Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) and her Dauntless henchmen. On the run, Tris and Four realize they must form alliances -- with the neutral Amity, the Dauntless unwilling to follow Jeanine, and the Factionless led by the mysterious Evelyn (Naomi Watts), someone from Four's past. (In case you can't remember anything from the first movie, here are seven things to know before you see "Insurgent.")
"Insurgent" is rated PG-13 "for intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language." If you have an elementary-school-aged kid who read the books early, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
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)
The second installment in the Divergent series hits theaters this weekend, and should easily take first place ahead of Cinderella.Meanwhile, The Gunman and Do You Believe? will likely battle for third place with less than $10 million.Opening at 3,875 theaters, The Divergent Series: Insurgent reaches theaters exactly a year after its predecessor. That movie opened to $54.6 million, held well, and closed with $150.9 million. That wasn't at the same level as the first Twilight movie*much less the first Hunger Games movie*but it was still a strong result for a young-adult adaptation.Marketing for Insurgent has positioned it as an intense, action-packed sci-fi thriller, which is noticeably different from the first movie's sci-fi romance sell. There's also been an emphasis on the movie's visual effects sequences, which seem to be more significant this time around. All of this gives off the impression that Lionsgate/Summit is trying to broaden the »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Divergent. The Hunger Games. The Maze Runner. What do all these movies have in common (besides making a ton of money at the box office)? Well, actually, a lot. Of course there's the obvious - they're all franchises based on bestselling Ya trilogies, they all take place in a dystopian future with a corrupt government, etc. But the similarities don't end there, and the more of these movies I see, the more I find myself asking "This again?" »
I walked into the first film Divergent with much apprehension. Some were quick to call it a poor man’s The Hunger Games – a series I haven’t been a huge fan of – and so I ended up leaving the theater feeling guilty for liking it more than I should. This is in large part due to Sahilene Woodley adding some depth and compassion to a character that might have been just a cliché on the page. Divergent tried hard to give meaning to Tris’ journey of self-discovery, which I ultimately bought into. Her trials to become accepted into a new group felt like the problems teenagers often face. Because of this emotional and physical journey, Divergent is very approachable as a stand-alone film. Any previous knowledge of the book series by Veronica Roth is not really necessary – unless you really want to know all the kooky details about the »
- Michael Haffner
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