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Gregg Araki's Controversial New Film 'White Bird in a Blizzard' Gets a Distributor (TRAILER)

Magnolia Pictures has acquired all North American rights to writer/director Gregg Araki's "White Bird in a Blizzard," the controversial film out of Sundance in which star Shailene Woodley bares all.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 11, 2014 1:31 PM
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Lionsgate Follows 'Twilight/Hunger Games' Template by Extending 'Divergent' "Trilogy"

Not only does Lionsgate/Summit commit to an ongoing production--which is the closest the movie companies come to episodic television, allowing fans to invest in the creation of a world over time--and hang on to beloved actors over a series of films, but "Divergent" is now extending the life of its "trilogy."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2014 12:38 PM
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How 'Divergent' Became a Franchise Before It Opened and Lost Its Director

"Divergent" will prove itself at the box office on its second weekend--but the sequel is on its way no matter what. Producer Lucy Fisher reveals how they made the movie, found their romantic leads, lost the director for the sequels, and why this represents a new filmmaking paradigm.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2014 7:46 PM
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Career Watch: Does 'Divergent''s Shailene Woodley Have the Right Stuff to Be a Movie Star?

Critics fell hard for Shailene Woodley in her film debut as George Clooney’s pained yet perceptive teen daughter in 2011’s "The Descendants." But now that she is the heroine of "Divergent," a just-opened sci-fi action franchise based on a popular series of young-adult novels, the 22-year-old actress is presumed to be in the running as the next Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games") or Kristen Stewart ("The Twilight Saga"). However, what she really is--according to reviewers at least-- is the main saving grace of the first film in a trilogy that carries a tepid 41% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 24, 2014 6:06 AM
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Jam-Packed Movie Weekend Means Lots to See, But Should You Skip 'Divergent'?

While astute cinephiles can revel this weekend in the theatrical release of Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac," two arthouse docs and a grab bag of terrific indies, those looking to keep brain function to a minimum can check out the latest YA franchise hopeful "Divergent." Trailers for all after the jump.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 21, 2014 6:00 AM
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REVIEW: Does 'Divergent' Have Legs?

Anti-fascist (sort of) and pro-girl (definitely), “Divergent’ – the first in the trilogy-to-be based on the Veronica Roth novels -- is meant to position Shailene Woodley as the next in the Jennifer Lawrence/Emma Watson/Lily Collins line of YA-inspired warrior princesses. But Woodley plays another kind of anti-super-heroine, one possessed of reluctance and doubt, as well as canniness, cunning and (BTW) great hair. The question is whether her movie has legs. It goes wide Friday, March 21.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 20, 2014 12:52 PM
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'Divergent' Targets the Olympics

Lionsgate/Summit is targeting the Winter Olympics audience with a 60 second preview Thursday night for new franchise hopeful "Divergent" (March 21). I say hopeful because the materials on this movie do not show how romantic it is--they're targeting men with action.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 20, 2014 4:27 PM
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'Insurgent' Director is Robert Schwentke

Robert Schwentke ("Red," "Flight Plan") will take over the directing reins from Neil Burger on "Insurgent," Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment’s sequel to dystopian romance "Divergent" (March 21), adapted by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor from Veronica Roth’s bestseller series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2014 1:49 AM
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WATCH: Brand New Trailer for 'Divergent,' Starring Shailene Woodley

A brand new trailer has arrived for the YA adaptation "Divergent," starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Theo James and Ashley Judd, among many others, from the first novel of Veronica Roth's bestselling trilogy. Watch here.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 4, 2014 12:15 PM
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Sundance Review: 'White Bird in a Blizzard,' Starring Shailene Woodley, an Impressive if Flawed Suburban Tragedy

Gregg Araki can spin pop-colored, darkly funny suburban tragedies like few other directors working today, with 2004’s “Mysterious Skin” as the formidable example. Sundance premiere “White Bird in a Blizzard,” while not matching the overall emotional swell of “Mysterious Skin,” again finds Araki in top form.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 21, 2014 12:31 PM
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