Movie Exclusive – “Divergent” Sequel Finds a Director

Summit Entertainment recently announced that they have officially found a director for the second movie in the Divergent series. Just as with the book series, the sequel will be called Insurgent. 

The studio has decided that director Robert Schwentke will helm the next instalment. Production on Insurgent has been pushed ahead and it is already set to be released on March 20, 2015. Due to this tight scheduling, the studio, unfortunately, is not able bring back director Neil Burger, as postproduction on the first film will be conflicting with preproduction for the sequel.

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Robert Schwentke on the set of “Red” (Photo by Frank Masi for Summit Entertainment)

Schwentke and Akiva Goldsman will be working on the script based off of a draft that was previously written by Brian Duffield. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher will also be producing Insurgent and representing Red Wagon Entertainment.

Divergent will be hitting theaters March 21, 2014 and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Tony Goldwyn, and Jai Courtney.

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Theo James and Shailene Woodley in “Divergent”

Sources: Deadline and Huffington Post Entertainment

Movie Exclusive – “Diana” Biopic Gets Official Theatrical Release Date

Actress Naomi Watts has two Oscar nominations under her belt and with recent production changes for her biopic, Diana, it looks like she is poised for a third. The talented actress is portraying the People’s Princess in the awaited biopic, which Oliver Hirschbiegel directed. Entertainment One recently announced that Diana will be officially hitting theaters in limited release on November 1, 2013.

As perviously reported, the film is following the last two years of Lady Di’s life and her romantic relationship with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Khan (Lost‘s Naveen Andrews). Of course, the film also touches on the highly public relationship and divorce between the Princess and Prince Charles.

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In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hirschbiegel had this to say about Diana as a character: “She finds that love that she’s always been longing for and she’s always been deprived of. She is the most complex character I’ve ever had to deal with.”

The release date being moved into the beginning of November puts the film in a good position to be considered for award season. However, this year is a big year for film and Ender’s GameLast Vegas, Dallas Buyers Club, and Free Birds are also premiering on November 1.

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What do you think of the release date change? Do you think Watts could finally win her Oscar this year? Are you looking forward to seeing her as lady Diana?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Exclusive – New International Poster Released for “Diana” Biopic

A stunning new international poster has been released for the Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed biopic entitled Diana. The production itself has actually undergone several changes with both the title and release date being changed. The original title was Caught in Flight, but it was later changed to simply, Diana. The release date was also changed from August 29 to September 20, 2013.

This biopic takes a looks at Lady Diana’s relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan and the last few years of her life. Naomi Watts is playing Princess Diana and Dr. Hasnat Khan is being played by Naveen Andrews. The biopic also stars Cas Anvar, Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards, and Daniel Pirrie.

This poster gives us another glimpse of Watts in the iconic role of Princess Diana and the resemblance is almost uncanny. Personally, I think Watts was a great choice for the role and I am very interested in seeing how the film plays out. If you have not already, be sure to watch the first trailer for the film here.

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What do you think of this new international poster for Diana? Do you think Watts is right for the iconic role? What do you think of the other cast members involved in this project? Will you be interested in seeing this film when it is released?

Sources: Entertainment Tonight, Huffington Post, Apple Movie Trailers, and IMDbPro

Portraits of “Les Misérables” Cast by Annie Leibovitz

Renowned photographer, Annie Leibovitz, recently did portraits of the Les Misérables cast for Vouge Magazine. These stunning new portraits feature Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Isabelle Allen, Amanda Seyfried,  Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eddie Redmayne. And of course, they are all in costume and in character.

Les Misérables is set to hit theaters Christmas Day 2012. Do not be shy to share these portraits with friends and family who may enjoy them. Are you as excited for this version of Les Misérables as I am? Will you be ordering your tickets in advance?

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Source: Vouge Magazine

Amazing Full Length Trailer released for “Les Misérables”

It is probably clear through all of my posts and coverage of the Tom Hooper-directed version of Les Misérables, that I am very excited for this film. Well for those of you who are also excited and fans of Les Misérables, you will be happy to know that another trailer has been released.

This trailer is longer then the original trailer that was released and does an excellent job of showing more of each of the major characters.  As the audience, we finally get a look at some brief footage of the Thénardier’s and more of their daughter Éponine. We also get to see more of Marius and Cosette and how their relationship develops. Something else that is quite exciting about this trailer is the diverse range of songs and performances shown.

Before I ruin too much, watch the trailer for yourself here on YouTube or Apple Movie Trailers. Let me know what you think in the comments below and of course share with friends and family who you think might also enjoy this trailer!

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Two New TV spots for “Les Misérables”

Those of you who are fans of Les Misérables will be very happy and excited to know that two new TV spots have recently been released. The first TV spot is entitled “Medley” and it gives us a chance to see most of the seminal characters and provides a strong idea of the relationships that form throughout the story. Plus, we get to hear a little bit of young Cosette’s classic song “Castle On A Cloud.” However, there has been no footage or scenes of the Thénardier’s released yet.

The second TV spot is entitled “I Dreamed a Dream” and once again, we get to hear Anne Hathaway’s amazing performance of the classic song. This TV spot is fairly similar to the original trailer, but it does have a few short new scenes that are sure to get all the Les Misérables fans excited and hungry for more!

Click here to watch the first TV spot, and here to watch the second one. For those of you who have Twitter, you can follow the Les Misérables film page here

Let me know what you think of these new TV spots in the comments below! Are you excited for more trailers to start coming out? Do you think this film will live up to the hype and award buzz? 

Source: YouTube

Exclusive New Posters for “Les Misérables”

Two new posters for Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables were recently released by the Huffington Post. One of the new posters features Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter, who are going to be playing the Thenardiers, Eponine’s (Samantha Banks’) quirky innkeeper parents. The other poster features Amanda Seyfried (Cosette) and Eddie Redmayne (Marius).

Those of you who are fans of Les Misérables will be excited to know that there is significant awards buzz around this film and is one of this season’s biggest potential Oscar contenders.

Take a look at these posters and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Source: Huffington Post