It's been a while since awards season ended, but there are still a few honours left to hand out.
So Gravity was cool. You know it was cool, even if you haven’t seen it because even the trailer was cool – so cool, in fact, that the trailer itself has now won an award. Alfonso Cuaron’s visual masterpiece won four awards in total, including the top honour – the Best of Show – as well as the Best Drama Poster and thriller TV spot.
Shailene Woodley is briefly snapped arriving at the Regency Bruin Theatre in New York for the premiere of her new movie 'Divergent'. She waves at paparazzi but, to their annoyance, doesn't stop for any pre-red carpet photos.
Neil Burger will not helm the 'Divergent' sequel, because he's still working on the first movie. Erm.
Neil Burger will not direct the Divergent sequel with Shailene Woodley and Theo James, because he is still working on the first movie and "cannot be in two places at once," according to Summit Entertainment. In short, Summit are unwilling to delay production on the sequel to enable Burger to helm the project and are therefore looking elsewhere.
Theo James [L] and Shailene Woodley [R] in 'Divergent'
"Neil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent. We can't wait for you to see the film. But as amazing as Neil is he still cannot be in two places at once and thus needs to finish post production on Divergent while we gear up to start production on Insurgent," Summit Entertainment began to say in a statement obtained by E! News.
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Tris Prior is a 'divergent' in a world where everyone is split up in accordance to their dispositions. This means that she is no one of any faction of virtue, but a combination of all of them; something that makes her particularly powerful and unreceptive to the manipulative powers of the government. Given her position, she is warned not to reveal her circumstances to anyone, but to pick one faction and hope that nobody discovers her, otherwise she will be hunted down and killed. Determined to know just why divergents are such a threat to the world, she sets out to find out more about herself and her capabilities while becoming increasingly close with her faction initiation instructor, Four.
'Divergent' is a dystopian story about a futuristic society; a story rather in the vein of 'Ninteen-Eighty Four' and 'The Hunger Games'. It has been directed by Neil Burger ('The Illusionist', 'The Lucky Ones', 'Limitless'), written by Evan Daugherty ('Snow White and the Huntsman', 'Killing Season') and Vanessa Taylor ('Hope Springs', 'Jack & Bobby'), and is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Veronica Roth; the first of a trilogy. It will hit cinemas in the UK on March 21st 2014.
Eddie Mora is a wanna-be writer who lacks direction in his life. A former drug addict Eddie's stuck in a job working as a copywriter for a small publishing house and technically this brilliant novelist still has to write the first line of his book. When a dealer offers him a mysterious new drug called NZT that's meant to unlock 100% of the brains capacity, Eddie's dubious of what the drug promises, but almost immediately, he finds himself a new person, focussed and determined the old Eddie is never coming back.
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The Lucky Ones is not that film. It is, instead, a sloppily executed (though decently acted) road trip picture that manages to do one thing consistently, and that's veer off the path of good intentions and crash.
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Based on a short story by Steven Millhauser, a Pulitzer winner given to tidy exposition and nostalgic settings, The Illusionist concerns a stage magician who was separated from the love of his love due to his peasant roots and her aristocratic family, only to meet her years later on stage, when she is betrothed to a villainous crown prince. The magician, Eisenheim, is played stiffly by Edward Norton, without a shred of humor or self-awareness. Somewhat in keeping with his performance is that by Jessica Biel as his beloved, Sophie von Teschen -- whose beauty helps brighten these lamp-lit rooms, but who is never close to believable as a Viennese noblewoman. Rather more in keeping with the spirit of the rather melodramatic story is Rufus Sewell, as the evil Crown Prince Leopold, who swans through the film with cigarette holder perched lightly in one hand, his face a deliciously, maliciously bored mask.
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Everyman Ron Kobeleski (Dylan Haggerty) is asked to film the alarming confession of his neighbor Walter Ohlinger (Raymond J. Barry). Ohlinger wants the world to know about his role in the Kennedy assassination before he dies, and the clock is ticking. His chilling deadpan suggests either a man who is calculating enough to kill the president, or one who is unstable enough to lie about it. The neighbors go on a cross-country quest to prove the old man's story, and Kobeleski begins to wonder whether he's chasing his own tail.
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