March 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
“Divergent” opens in theaters today, bringing dystopian adventure heroine Tris Prior to the big screen and launching the film’s star Shailene Woodley into the public eye. The film, based on the bestselling young adult book series by Veronica Roth, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where people are sorted into factions based on personality. Woodley’s Tris finds out she’s divergent, meaning she has aptitude for multiple factions — something that’s not allowed in the rigidly divided society. She decides to hide her divergence and join Dauntless, the faction that values bravery, and as a result finds herself jumping onto moving trains, throwing knives and shooting guns. For Woodley, “Divergent” marks her first step into the world of big-budget action. Her previous work includes playing a teen mom in ABC Family television series “The Secret Life of an American Teenager,” portraying a […]
March 10, 2014 | 6:15 a.m.
The wait to see Tris Prior on the big screen just got a little shorter. Hero Complex will host a free IMAX screening of “Divergent” on Wednesday, March 19, at the AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX in Burbank beginning at 7:30 p.m. Following the screening, “Divergent” actor Jai Courtney, director Neil Burger and producers Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick will be on hand for a Q&A moderated by Hero Complex contributor Rebecca Keegan. To RSVP for the IMAX screening, log on to www.latimes.com/Divergent starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday; RSVPs will close as soon as the screening is full. Adapted from the bestselling young adult fantasy by author Veronica Roth, “Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants,” “The Spectacular Now”) as heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who lives in a dystopian future version of Chicago where people are tested and divided into five […]
Jan. 09, 2014 | 11:17 a.m.
When the director and producers of the dystopian action-adventure film “Divergent” sought inspiration for the movie’s teenage heroine, they didn’t turn to “The Hunger Games’” Katniss Everdeen or “Twilight’s” Bella Swan, as might have been expected. Instead, the filmmakers recalled James Dean’s Jim Stark, the rebellious protagonist who defies his parents and his peers in 1955′s “Rebel Without a Cause.” “He just doesn’t feel at home,” director Neil Burger said. “So he goes looking for something more.” Such can be said of Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who struggles against the pressures of conformity in “Divergent,” based on the bestselling trilogy by first-time novelist Veronica Roth. The tale, adapted for the screen by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor, is set in a future version of Chicago — Burger filmed on location there — in which people are tested when they are young […]