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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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'Fantastic Four' Has a Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell

Fox's 2015 reboot of "The Fantastic Four" has found its four leads. Per Deadline, none of this is absolutely set in stone, but it's looking likely that: Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station") is Johnny Storm the Human Torch; Kate Mara ("House of Cards") is Sue Storm the Invisible Woman; Miles Teller ("Whiplash") is Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic; and Jamie Bell ("Snowpiercer") is Ben Grimm the Thing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2014 11:32 AM
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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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Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart Join Boxing Flick 'Bleed for This'

Miles Teller is taking on a film that is being sold in Berlin that veers close to his own experience. In true story "Bleed for This," written and directed by "Boiler Room"'s Ben Younger and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Teller plays young boxer Vinny Panzienza, who has to recover from a terrible automobile accident.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2014 12:49 PM
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Miles Teller Talks Getting Bloody in Sundance Hit 'Whiplash,' Turning Nasty in 'Divergent' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

I thought Miles Teller had a future when I saw his 2010 drama "Rabbit Hole." I figured he had a career when I saw him opposite Shailene Woodley in Sundance romance "The Spectacular Now." I knew he was star when I saw him hold his own opposite the mighty J.K. Simmons in Sundance opening night hit "Whiplash," which will be released by Sony worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 8:25 PM
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'Whiplash' Lands at Sony Pictures Classics: Sundance Breaking News

The first buzz title unveiled at Sundance on opening night, rookie director Damien Chazelle's adrenaline-pumped performance anxiety nightmare "Whiplash," starring an incendiary J.K. Simmons as an abusive college music professor and Miles Teller as a young jazz drummer, has landed at Sony Pictures Classics after rave reviews and fierce bidding from other buyers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 12:55 PM
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Sundance Review: 'Whiplash' Evokes High Anxiety

The first buzz title unveiled at Sundance, Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash," is an intense anxiety dream about a young college jazz musician ("The Spectacular Now"'s Miles Teller) who aspires to be a memorable drummer like Buddy Rich.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2014 1:43 PM
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Oscars and Sundance Collide, from Redford's Diss to 'Whiplash' Oscar Buzz (PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO)

The Eccles Theatre opening night was packed with press and distributors for the unveiling of hot buzz title "Whiplash." Roadside Attractions was not responding to Sundance founder and Oscar-snubbed Robert Redford's criticism of their "All is Lost" marketing efforts. They're moving on to the business at hand. Buying movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2014 12:09 PM
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New 'Divergent' Character Posters Arrive Armed and Ready for Battle

A slew of new character posters have arrived for upcoming YA franchise hopeful "Divergent," starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James in the big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's first novel in her bestselling trilogy. Check them out below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 11, 2013 2:37 PM
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