March 16, 2015 | 10:49 a.m.
“Divergent” fans have less than a week to wait before the sequel as “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” the second installment adapted from Veronica Roth’s popular YA book series, hits theaters Friday. “Insurgent” follows Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), a girl who learns she has an aptitude for multiple factions and thus does not quite fit into the rigid social structure valued in her dystopian world, which divides its citizens among five factions based on their dominant personality traits. Tris learns that people like her are labeled divergent and are considered dangerous. “Insurgent” picks up a little after where “Divergent” left off with Tris, Four (Theo James), Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and Peter, played by Miles Teller, on the run after the Erudite (the faction based on knowledge) has used Dauntless (bravery) soldiers to overthrow the Abnegation (selflessness) to gain political power. In the film, […]
Jan. 27, 2015 | 7:57 a.m.
The first trailer for “Fantastic Four” is out, offering a glimpse of the super-powered quartet’s retooled origin story. The trailer, released Tuesday, opens with four sweeping landscape views — New York City, mountaintops, a house in a neighborhood and cornfields — presumably of the homes of each member of the foursome. “How did we get this far? Human beings have an immeasurable desire to discover, to invent, to build,” the voiceover narrates. “Our future depends on us furthering these ideals — a responsibility that rests on the shoulders of generations to come. But with every new discovery there is risk, there is sacrifice, and there are consequences.” The inventor, of course, is Reed Richards, who is shown as a bespectacled child experimenting in a garage and then as a grown-up scientist (played by “Whiplash” actor Miles Teller) walking through an […]
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 15, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
“Divergent” fans have less than a week to wait to see Veronica Roth’s dystopian adventure story unfold on the big screen. The film, directed by Neil Burger and based on Roth’s bestselling young adult book, is set in a future society where people are tested and strictly divided into factions based on their personalities. The tale follows young heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) as she joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, and faces off against some intimidating, tattoo-clad tough guys, not least of which are Jai Courtney’s Eric and Miles Teller’s Peter. Courtney’s character is a Dauntless leader who oversees training of the new initiates, but his brutal and cruel methods put him at odds with his young trainees. Teller’s Peter is an initiate who is a bully to his peers and a formidable foe in the fighting ring. Courtney […]