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'Divergent' Trilogy Finale 'Allegiant' Will Be Split Into Two Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2014 11:33 AM
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Divergent
If there's one thing Lionsgate/Summit have figured out, it's how to milk YA franchises for all they're worth. When it came time to say goodbye to "Twilight," the studio decided to grab money from the fans twice, by extending "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" into two films. So of course, the next move was to do the same with "The Hunger Games," with the finale "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" also set to be delivered in two different servings. And now, with "Divergent" their latest YA hit, they're doing the same.

Box Office: 'Noah' Rides To #1, 'Sabotage' Bombs & 'Frozen' Becomes Highest Grossing Animated Pic Of All Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2014 12:05 PM
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Noah trailer
There were concerns about whether or not the crucial faith-based audience would buy tickets, and Paramount was choosy about who got to see Darren Aronofsky's grim, dark and bleak "Noah" in advance, but there's no doubt ticket buyers were curious, with the biblical tale taking in over $40 million this weekend. It's easily the director's best opening of his career, and a decent shot in the arm for the reported $125 million movie, which is also doing solid business overseas (it has already earned $51 million abroad). But still questionable are the legs it will have over the next few weeks, and the signs aren't that good.

Watch: Director Neil Burger Provides An Anatomy Of A Scene In Clip From 'Divergent'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2014 4:47 PM
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Divergent
As we said over the weekend, "Divergent" might not be an outta of the park home run—it's no "The Hunger Games"—but its opening this past weekend was plenty strong enough to ensure that plans for a sequel will probably go ahead, especially if the next couple of weeks see it hold strong. And much of the conversation about "Divergent" at this point has been about its box office potential, and whether or not it can be the next YA stronghold. But what about the process of making the movie?

Box-Office: It's No 'Hunger Games,' But ‘Divergent’ Kicks Off Its Sci-Fi YA Franchise With A Healthy Number 1 Slot

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 23, 2014 12:02 PM
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Divergent
To paraphrase a salient tweet from L.A. Times writer Ben Fritz, It’s no “Hunger Games” or “Twilight,” but with a solid $56.7 million opening, the sci-fi YA adaptation “Divergent” won’t be a “Vampire Academy” or “Mortal Instruments”-type flop either. And yes, they tend to come in those black and white terms so far: either a massive success or a bomb (though ‘Mortal Instruments’ seems like it may limp towards a sequel). But that’s all very relative.

15 Underseen And Overlooked Dystopian Futures In Film

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2014 1:19 PM
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15 Underseen Sci-Fi Dystopian Films
It's not easy creating a dystopian future on film. Ask the producers of "Divergent," which opens this week (read our review). Not only do they need to establish a demented future where we live under draconian rules, but they must do so over multiple films. Given that there are several different elements to this type of future, from corrupt governments to alien intervention to dizzying technology, it can be like mapmaking in an uncharted area. Sooner or later, you get lost and can't circle back.

Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets Out On The Ledge In Clip From 'Divergent' Plus 30 New Images

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 17, 2014 1:30 PM
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Divergent
"She really did stand on that ledge," director Neil Burger marveled to EW months ago about one of the main set-piece stunts in the upcoming YA dystopian sci-fi film, “Divergent” featuring his up-and-coming lead Shailene Woodley. "She's incredibly game and so adventurous. In a way, she's very Dauntless" (that’s code for the faction of people in this world that are brave).

Review: 'Divergent' Starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller & More

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 16, 2014 4:35 PM
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Divergent
The cornerstone of young adult fiction is its exploration of personal, emotional issues through the filter of ridiculously high stakes, not the least of which because teenagers equate their feelings with the center of the universe. But when film adaptations of that material build real universes to physically embody those issues, the results are decidedly mixed, exemplified by Neil Burger’s realization of “Divergent.”

Shailene Woodley Says ‘Twilight' Love Story Is "Very Unhealthy" Plus 3 New Clips From 'Divergent'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2014 9:21 AM
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Divergent
In the post-"Twilight" era, the folks behind various up-and-coming contenders for the YA crown have often had to field questions that inevitably draw comparisons to the vampire/werewolf/human love story that kicked off a phenomenon. And for the most part, those queries lead to answers focused on underscoring the differences, and how one world-in-the-balance-movie-with-teens differs from another world-in-the-balance-movie-with-teens. But Shailene Woodley has made it pretty unequivocal that "Divergent" might be better for your overall mental health than anything Bella, Edward and Jacob served up.

Watch: New Clip, Featurette & TV Spots From ‘Divergent' Plus Stream The Entire Kanye West-Inspired Soundtrack

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 7, 2014 1:11 PM
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Divergent
"One of the great creative breakthroughs we had was that we, talking to Neil Burger the director, really looked at Kanye's Yeezus record and 'Black Skinhead' in particular and said, 'You know what, musically this sounds like the world of Dauntless,' " music supervisor Randall Poster told MTV News recently referring to brash parties in the "Divergent" universe. And thus the musical guide for the soundtrack was born.

13 Films To See In March

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • March 3, 2014 4:46 PM
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12 Films To See In March
The dolorous effects of winter are slowly, ever so slowly, making way for the bright world of spring. Until then, and especially if you’re in one of the regions still covered in snow, you’re probably spending quite a bit of time at the local multiplex. Since February was so short we’re adding an additional two movies to tide you over this month, so hopefully you’ll have a backlog of entertainment for when you can come out of hibernation.

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