July 22, 2013 · 2:36 pm
It seems as though there’s this never-ending search for the next best thing in the young adult book-to-film adaptation world. What will trump The Twilight Saga? What will match the success of The Hunger Games? With the growing craze, there are loads of possibilities out there, but the one I’ve got my money on is Neil Burger’s Divergent.
At this year’s Comic-Con
Just before hitting Hall H for their highly anticipated panel, Woodley and costar Theo James who plays Four, Beatrice’s faction initiation instructor, sat down to run through the challenges of bringing Veronica Roth’s book to life, their hopes for the film, and even their own personal faction preferences.
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January 29, 2013 · 1:46 pm
Why Alex Pettyfer Could Hurt ‘Divergent’
The Hunger Games dodged the bullet, but Divergent looks like it could get hit in a way that really might hurt. Via DivergentSeries.net, Oh No They Didn’t! is reporting that Alex Pettyfer is confirmed for the role of Four in the young adult book-to-film adaptation.
Shailene Woodley will lead as 16-year-old Beatrice Prior, a girl living in a time when the population is divided into factions based on lifestyle and values. Beatrice is born into Abnegation, the group that shuns self-indulgence and vows to act selflessly, but come the Choosing Ceremony, Beatrice will finally be able to decide for herself if that’s the path she wants to take or if she’ll leave her family and everything she’s ever known behind for a different faction. Whether she goes with Abnegation or not, Beatrice still must endure a rigorous initiation process before being accepted as a full-fledged member — and that’s where Four comes in. Four is Beatrice’s initiation instructor and, not surprisingly, her love interest.
I’ve been championing Divergent for quite a while as the next big, quality YA book-to-film adaptation and after director Neil Burger snagged Woodley to lead, it seemed close to a sure thing. Then news broke that Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet was circling a role, further suggesting that Divergent could have more to offer than most. But now, if this latest update is true, one casting misstep could wind up decimating the movie’s potential.
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Tagged as Alex Pettyfer, Divergent, Kate Winslet, Neil Burger, Shailene Woodley
November 14, 2011 · 10:59 pm
Interview: The Descendants’ Shailene Woodley
With ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager heading towards a fifth season, it’s safe to say that the show’s star, Shailene Woodley, has made quite the name for herself. However, as much success as the actress has found in the television industry, she admits, “Features is where my heart is.” Well, turns out her heart is leading her in the right direction because not only is her first big screen effort an Alexander Payne film starring George Clooney, but Woodley is downright fantastic in it.
She plays Alexandra King, Matt King’s (Clooney) eldest daughter. While she’s away at school, her mother gets into a terrible jet skiing accident that leaves her in a coma. Complicating matters further, it turns out Alexandra didn’t leave home on the best terms. She caught her mother cheating and now, considering the state of affairs, she figures it’s time to tell her father the truth after which she, her younger sister Scottie (Amara Miller) and her boyfriend Sid (Nick Krause) join Matt on a hunt for his wife’s lover.
While promoting The Descendants at the New York Film Festival, Woodley took the time to sit down and talk about the degree of passion she had for the project, her experience shooting in Hawaii and learning about the culture, working with Payne and Clooney and much more. Check it all out for yourself in the video interview below and keep an eye out for The Descendants, which is due out in theaters on November 16th.
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Tagged as Alexander Payne, Amara Miller, Archer, Beau Bridges, George Clooney, Interview, Jawbreaker, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Nick Krause, Shailene Woodley, The Descendants, The Secret Lif Of The American Teenager
November 13, 2011 · 10:38 pm
Interview: The Descendants’ Judy Greer
It’s most certainly not a surprise to see Judy Greer in yet another movie, as the actress tends to keep particularly busy, but Alexander Payne’s The Descendants? As my fondest memories of Greer include here iconic comedic performances in films like Jawbreaker and 13 Going on 30 as well as her TV show Miss Guided, which left us far too soon, seeing her pull the reigns on what comes so naturally to her and amp up the drama wasn’t just a nice surprise, but a notably successful effort, too.
The Descendants stars George Clooney as Matt King, a Hawaii resident who’s shocked to discover that his beloved wife is in a coma after a terrible jet skiing incident. To complicate matters further, Matt also learns that his wife was cheating on him with Matthew Lillard’s character, Brian Speer. Turns out the romance was adulterous on both sides and Brian had been cheating on his wife, Judy Greer’s Julie Speer.
While The Descendants definitely belongs to Clooney as well as Shailene Woodley who plays his eldest daughter, when Greer’s character turns up, you feel it. In honor of The Descendants’ November 16th release, Greer sat down to talk about the entire filmmaking process from the honor of being cast in an Alexander Payne film to switching gears and getting dramatic as well as her hopes to continue working within the genre in the future.
As this interview was done in conjunction with the film’s run in the New York Film Festival, it was recorded roughly a month ago and, as you’ll hear during the tail end of this video, at the time, Greer had high hopes a new TV project of hers would get the go ahead, and, according to Deadline, it looks as though she got her wish!
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Tagged as Alexander Payne, Archer, George Clooney, Interview, Jawbreaker, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
· 7:07 pm
Review: The Descendants
There are two types of tearjerkers, the kind that merely tug on the typical heartstrings using formulaic tactics and the kind that earn the emotional reaction not by resorting to methods that guarantee watery eyes, rather by creating a situation that’s endearing simply because it feels real. The Descendants treats its tender subject matter with the utmost care and while the result may be a sadness that’s tough to shake, the film also offers a stirring degree of hope, leaving you with something The Descendants prides itself on from beginning to end, the power to see the best even in the worst of times.
To most, Hawaii is simply vacation bliss, somewhat along the lines of Disney World; it’s immune to real life problems. Well, that most certainly is not the case and The Descendants‘ opening scenes and Matt King’s (George Clooney) voiceover prove it. We meet Matt after his wife has a horrific jet ski accident that leaves her in a coma. Hopeful her condition will improve, Matt goes about his business as best he can which now includes taking care of their 10-year-old daughter, Scottie (Amara Miller). However, when his wife’s health takes a turn for the worse, Matt’s got to make some life changing decision both for himself and his daughters all while under the pressure of a King family situation, the responsibility of deciding what to do with a priceless piece of land handed down through their royal Hawaiian heritage.
In need of a confidant, Matt picks up his older daughter, Alexandra (Shailene Woodley), from school, but, even when she sheds a bit of her rebellious attitude, things continue to intensify, as she has no choice but to break some bad news; her mother was cheating on Matt. Now, while preparing for his wife’s departure, Matt takes on the task of hunting down her lover, taking Alexandra, Scottie and Alexandra’s surfer dude boyfriend, Sid (Nick Krause), along for the ride.
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Tagged as Alexander Payne, Amara Miller, Beau Bridges, George Clooney, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Nick Krause, Review, Shailene Woodley, The Descendants