Divergent has finally found its love interest. Golden Boy's Theo James has just been cast to star opposite Shailene Woodley as "Four" in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's young adult fiction bestseller.
The movie is set in a dystopian future where society divides people into five factions based on personality. Woodley plays the young protagonist Beatrice "Tris" Prior, who is classified a "divergent," a rare, dangerous classification, and is told she will never fit into any specific group. She leaves her family back in the Abnegation (selfless) faction to join the Dauntless (bravery) faction, and uncovers a conspiracy to destroy all "divergents" and start a war between factions. She must find out why she and others like her are considered so dangerous, before it's too late.
A man with a mysterious past, Tobias "Four" Eaton (James) is Tris’s intense yet charismatic instructor of the new Dauntless initiates (those who chose Dauntless and were not born into it) and one of the leaders of the faction. In lazier storytelling, Four's character could have wound up just as romantic fodder for the protaganist, but in Roth's brilliantly-written novel, he has a compelling history with his own shocking secrets that come to light, and he shares the spotlight with Tris. He is more her ally than her love interest as they try to stop a war.
Other YA love interests, perhaps the best-known are Twilight's Edward Cullen and The Hunger Games' Peeta Mellark, spend their entire journey in the books/movies constantly trying to save their love's life. Sure, they may have interesting back stories but their main goal is always saving or protecting their girlfriend. Four has so much more to him than just being Tris's hero and savior. In fact, most of the time he stands back and lets Tris save and defend herself, instilling the brave and fearless values that the Dauntless faction teaches. Tris and Four don't let their relationship take priority over what needs to be done.
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In a joint statement, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, Co-Chairmen of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said, "Theo is not only an incredibly talented actor, he is also who we envisioned as Four when reading Veronica’s novel which has taken the world by storm. As we continue to develop the film, the studio remains committed to providing fans with a movie adaptation that stays as true to the book as possible and we are confident that we have done so with our selection of Shailene and Theo in the leading roles."
"We took our time to find the right actor to fill the role of Four, and Theo is definitely the perfect fit," said Erik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s President of Production. "Veronica has crafted a truly iconic character in Four and we cannot wait to begin production and bring him and this story to life for millions of fans around the world."
James joins the film – directed by Neil Burger – along with previously cast Woodley, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz, and Ansel Elgort. Kate Winslet, Aaron Eckhart, Ray Stevenson and Miles Teller are also closing deals to join the cast, Deadline reports.
Divergent hits theaters March 21, 2014.
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After watching a clip of the yet-to-be-released series — which promises pickups, mud wrestling and lots of camo — the local politician fired off a letter to MTV President Stephen Friedman pleading with him to "put a stop to the travesty called Buckwild."
"As a U.S. Senator, I am repulsed at this business venture, where some Americans are making money off of the poor decisions of our youth," Manchin wrote. “I cannot imagine that anyone who loves this country would feel proud profiting off of Buckwild. Instead of showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior — and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong."
MTV has yet to comment on the Senator's claims, but as of right now the show is still scheduled to air 12 episodes starting on January 3.
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It may not be June, but that sure didn’t stop a bevy of stars from tying the knot this past weekend. From a surprise romance in Italy to a country-themed hoedown near Nashville, celebrities said their vows, cut their cakes, and danced the night away in a number of styles on Saturday and Sunday. But just who said their “I dos” and to whom? Let’s say our congratulations to these five lucky-in-love couples:
Not So Les Miserable
The Dark Knight Rises’ Anne Hathaway married Adam Schulman on Saturday evening at a private estate in Big Sur, California; they celebrated with over 150 family and friends. Hathaway wore a dress designed especially for her by her good friend Valentino. The couple, engaged since last November, had dated for three years prior.
So You Think You Can Marry?
According to the BBC, Cat Deeley (35), So You Think You Can Dance host, married Irish comedian Patrick Kielty (41) on Saturday. The top secret ceremony, planned months in advance, was intimate with only 60 friends and family in attendance at St. Isidore’s College Church in Rome, Italy. In fact, Deeley and Kielty didn’t even tell their friends until only a few days before tying the knot and paid for their guests to fly out to celebrate with them – how generous! The couple met 10 months ago while presenting at the BBC1 talent show Fame Academy and have been together ever since.
Married Again ... And Again!
While Stanley Tucci (51) and Felicity Blunt (31) secretly wed in June, they finally celebrated with family, friends, and celebrities galore in London on Saturday, People reports. The bride’s sister, Looper's Emily Blunt, served as a bridesmaid while Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi performed best man duties. Tucci and Blunt had announced their engagement last November. Tucci’s first wife, Kate, died in 2009 from breast cancer.
Kings of Leon Officially Off the Market
Jared Followill (25) was the last single member of band Kings of Leon. The bassist wed his girlfriend, model Martha Patterson (21), on Saturday 40 miles outside of Nashville in a country-themed wedding, People reports. Followill expressed his newlywed bliss on Twitter by tweeting prior to the ceremony, "Today, I get married. It's the biggest step I've ever taken. I've dreamed about this day since I was a little girl." Then, a day later, "Aaaaaand I'm married. Happiest man in the world."
From the Runway to the Aisle
Lisa D'Amato (30), America's Next Top Model Cycle 5 contestant and Cycle 17 All-Stars winner, married her fiancé Adam Friedman (37) on Sunday in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Castle in Hollywood Hills, reports E! Online. The couple celebrated with a few of D’Amato’s ANTM friends like Bre Scullark and Alexandria Everett, as well as Celebrity Rehab’s Dr. Drew Pinsky.
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Maintaining the fantastical but dropping any semblance of whimsy Snow White and the Huntsman transforms the classic fairy tale into a bleak Lord of the Rings-esque hero's tale full of sword fights monsters and forces of evil bent on wiping out humanity. Instead of creating a unique world or conflict for its revamped characters to explore SWATH plays it safe and sticks to the familiar beats coming off like an amalgamation of every fantasy film that's ever graced the silver screen. Director Rupert Sanders sticks to flashy special effects (some of which are truly stunning) over his greatest asset: the charismatic cast. Kristen Stewart Charlize Theron Chris Hemsworth and eight familiar-faced dwarves try their best to elevate the thin material on display but the film is under a sleeping spell — and no one steps in to wake it up.
Once again an evil queen manipulates her way into the castle and heart of a widower king only to cut his throat and throw his beautiful young daughter Snow into the tower to rot. Years later a magic mirror reveals to the wicked Ravenna (Theron) that the now-of-age Snow White (Stewart) is the answer to her waning magic and wrinkly skin. But as Ravenna's slimy brother Finn comes knocking at Snow's door the imprisoned princess pulls a fast one escaping and opening the door for a large-scale adventure through the forests mountains and swamps of the mystical kingdom.
SWATH's action feel particularly shoehorned in each set piece drifting by without any weight or purpose. After fleeing the tower Snow takes shelter in The Dark Forest (there wasn't a better name? or a name at all?) where she's tracked by the Queen's freelancer The Huntsman (Hemsworth). A few fleeting character moments later the two are on the run together duking it out with otherworldly trolls and joining forces with a group of pint-sized ex-gold miners who believe Snow White is "the one." The epic speak commonplace in fantasy films plagues SWATH — without any details as to how or why the world works the way it does most of the dialogue amounts to characters screaming about "destiny." The lack of specifics filters into the journey too: at one point Snow White stumbles upon a forbidden forest bustling with fairies moss-covered turtles and an antlered creature that's never been seen by humans. The beast is a sign that Snow is savior of their world. Why? Anyone's guess.
The generic quality brings down the talent on screen namely Theron's delightfully wicked Ravenna who goes full on Joan Crawford/Mommie Dearest as she pulls strings to entrap Snow White. Naysayers of Kristen Stewart will have plenty of fuel after SWATH but it's the material that fails to serve the actress in this case. The actors in the film barely get to smile — the drab overcast look of the movie clouding even the performances — but the moments when Stewart's Snow brightens up things suddenly come alive. Hemsworth lightens the mood too showing off a sliver of his comedic prowess from Thor. Between the movie's instance for doom and gloom the patchwork script and Sanders' overuse of up-close-and-personal shakycam there's rarely a moment for the actors to do their thing. It's barely worth mentioning the handful of British character actors who pop up as the Dwarves who hobble around mumbling unintelligible quips. They quickly form a bond with Snow White — or so the movie strong-arms us into believing.
Snow White and the Huntsman is stuffed with imaginative spectacle but the artistry is lost on a hollow story. Crystalline mirror shard warriors the Queen's youth-sucking powers or landscapes that look like live-action Miyazaki animation — it all looks amazing but they're never more than spiffy special effects. The movie wants to be above the visuals teasing a smart tough Snow White but the potential is squandered by never allowing the heroine to stride beyond the conventional world. If Snow White's tale is a shiny red apple then modern tropes of fantasy are the poison.
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, former executive producers for Smallville, are taking over the reboot of classic 70’s lady cop show, Charlie’s Angels for ABC. Millar and Gough replace Josh Friedman, who was originally hired to script the remake. Producers Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg and Nancy Juvonen remain unchanged.
Angels will be joining other 70’s remake Hawaii 5-0 in the fall on CBS, putting the final nail in the coffin that was original thought on network television. Not sure what’s going to be worse: a remake that captures the patronizing, objectifying spirit of the original and leads to overused photo poses for years to come, or the ever-popular 'dark' and 'gritty' “re-imagining” , where all the fun is surgically removed and replaced with daddy issues, and everyone is a drug addict or something. So here’s hoping that the Smallville creators do what they do best- create something bland and inoffensive with little relation to the source material.
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The big-screen live-action adaptation mostly captures the look and feel of the ‘60s cartoon many of us grew up watching. It could have used a few more occurrences of our favorite line “Look out Speed! AH!” but oh well. As it goes Speed (Emile Hirsch) has grown up with motor oil pumping through his veins helping his Pops (John Goodman) make racecars and idolizing his older brother Rex (Scott Porter) a top-notch driver. Then tragedy strikes when Rex is seemingly killed in an accident. Heartbroken Speed is determined to take his place showing some serious skills on the track. His girlfriend Trixie (Christina Ricci) thinks he’s the bomb as do his mom (Susan Sarandon) younger brother Spritle (Paulie Litt) and pet chimpanzee Chim-Chim. But Speed is soon in for a rude awakening when he is introduced to the corrupt world of auto racing forcing him to team up with the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox) to make it right again. Go Speed go! The usually somber Hirsch--who is best known for his indie work in films such as Alpha Dog and Into the Wild--seems at first an odd choice to play Speed. But his seriousness works well against the campiness surrounding him especially in the more emotional moments. Same goes for Fox as the stoic Racer X. Still one can’t help but think of him as his Lost alter ego in a dark glasses and a mask. The rest of the cast just has way too much fun including Ricci as the cute-as-a-button-but-full-of-moxie Trixie Goodman as the blowhard Pops and especially young Litt as Spritle. Out of all Speed’s animated characters re-envisioned Litt does the best job capturing Spritle’s cartoon mischievousness. The monkey ain’t bad either. Chim-Chim AH! Oh those Wachowski brothers (Andy and Larry). They sure do like to come up with as many inventive ways to visually stimulate you as they can don’t they? Their Matrix series set CGI on fire--and now Speed Racer which quite literally takes you inside a video game the Wii or Xbox could only dream of ever creating. The film is virtual eye candy from start to finish--a mixture of Tim Burton-esque colorful sets wild adrenaline-filled special effects and constant camera movements. They may actually need to post a warning for those who suffer from motion sickness. However Speed’s main problem which is the same problem the Matrix franchise suffered from is its tendency to overanalyze the plot. The Wachowskis love to preach turning a scene about the racing world’s corrupt beginning into a 15-minute diatribe. They try to combine the campiness of the animated TV series with serious undertones but it only weighs the film down. You can feel the kids in the audience tapping their feet waiting for more action. So let’s just give the kids what they want: fast-paced excitement wrapped up in a colorful package.