Television – Six New Images from Disney’s “Girl Meets World”

Just Jared Jr. recently shared some exclusive new images from Disney’s upcoming spin-off series, Girl Meets World. In these new images, we get a closer look at the relationship between Cory (Ben Savage) and his daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard).

There are also some images featuring the new Matthews family and Riley with her best friend Maya (Sabrina Carpenter). Plus, there are new stills that introduce us to the love interest, Lucas Friar (Peyton Meyer), and the oddball Shamus Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis).

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What do you think of these new images? Will you be watching Girl Meets World when it premieres on June 27?

Movie Review – “Divergent” Effectively Brings Novel to Life

The wait for the Divergent movie has finally ended as it is now in theaters! I am going to share some of my thoughts about the film in a TrulyLuminary exclusive review!

Divergent has brought a lot of relevant and interesting topics to the young adult realm and the film captures those elements nicely. The intrigue, action, and romance from the book are all portrayed very well and come through on screen. Even though there are some things from the book that did not get put in, the movie still expresses the overall feeling of the novel.

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The younger cast is quite talented and they all held their own against the established adult actors in the film. Shailene Woodley was powerful as Tris and her performance was believable. Newcomer Theo James also did well as Four and gave a smoldering performance that will no doubt leave audiences swooning.

Four was my favorite character in the novels and he is definitely my favorite character in the films. Through his performance, James was able to bring Four’s major (and loveable) character traits from the books onto the screen.

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Supporting actors in the film also gave very powerful performances and audiences will be excited to see more of them in the next film. For instance, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Zoe Kravitz all did a great job of really capturing the characters of Caleb Prior, Peter, and Christina respectively.

There was not a single moment where the performances weren’t believable or seemed like they were forced. Every cast member remained true to the character they were portraying.

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The costumes, props, and set designs were very instrumental is creating the futuristic world Divergent is set in. In the novel, faction members all dress differently in order to represent which faction they are from and the costuming made this clear in the film.

Of course, the books are packed with action and the major action sequences are well done in the film. Choreographing those scenes was no doubt a difficult and intricate process and they played on screen quite effectively.

Divergent also was emotionally evocative. There were moments that would make you laugh, moments that would make you feel anxietal and tense, moments that would leave you teary-eyed, and moments that left you feeling empowered.

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However, there were also some elements that could have been done differently. For parts of the film, you had to have read at least the first book to fully understand and appreciate. This is good for the fans who have read the book (or the series), but it makes it confusing for the audience members who have not.

As a woman, and given the progressive modern values on violence against women, the fight scene between Peter (Teller) and Tris (Woodley) made me feel uncomfortable. I recognize that this was a major scene in the novel and an important part of Tris’ initiation process, but nonetheless it was still uncomfortable to visibly see on screen.

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Near the end of the film, Tris shoots Peter to injure him and scare him into guiding them to where Jeanine (Kate Winslet) is running the warrior simulation. In the novel, he remains injured and he needs help when escaping the Dauntless faction. When they are escaping in the film, it seems that he is all of a sudden not injured and runs to catch the train without any difficulty.

Overall, Divergent was an entertaining film that captures the major elements of the story in an effective manner. Through believable performances, set pieces, and action sequences the world of Divergent was set up very nicely. Looking forward to the second film in the series and to see what the new director, Robert Schwentke, brings to the table.

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Are you going to be seeing Divergent in theaters? If so, share your thoughts about the film in the comments below!

Movie Exclusive – 26 New Images for “Divergent”

The Divergent movie adaptation is going to be hitting theaters in just under a week and Collider shared great new images that Summit Entertainment has released!

Most of these new images are giving us our first real look at some major supporting characters. There are also some new images that show us some important moments between Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James). Finally, there are also a couple of behind-the-scenes images that show director Neil Burger at work with the actors. 

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Photo via Collider

Divergent has quite an extensive cast that also includes, Ansel Elgort, Zoe KravitzMaggie QJai CourtneyKate WinsletAshley JuddTony GoldwynMekhi PhiferBen Lloyd-HughesChristian MadsenRay StevensonAmy Newbold, and Ben Lamb.

Will you be heading to theaters to watch Divergent when it is released on March 21, 2014? What do you think of these amazing new images? Do you think Divergent will be the next big young adult franchise? Stay tuned for an exclusive review here on TrulyLuminary!

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The Prior family (Photo via Collider)

Source: Collider

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

Movie Exclusive – First Look at Ben Kingsley in “Ender’s Game”

Entertainment Weekly has shared the first official photo of Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley in the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s novel, Ender’s Game. Gavin Hood adapted the novel into a screenplay and directed the film that is being distributed by Summit Entertainment.

This new still gives fans a look at Kingsley as his mysterious character, Mazer Rackham. Kingsley’s character is of Maori decent and so his face is tattooed with intricate Maori designs.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kingsley talked about the tattoo and getting to consult with a Maori tribal expert: “Every gesture in the tattoo carries family history, family struggles – it’s your past. I was so enthralled. He’s in quite a contained, stylized uniform but then this wonderful face tells his warrior history.”

Plus, the actor talked about the script and his character: “In the script, which I think is beautifully written, what come across is the authority and mystery. There’s quite a lot said about him in the story  before you see him — by the recruits and by his fellow officers — and that’s useful as far as preparations.”

Finally, fans will be interested to know that the first trailer for the film will be released on May 7th! Ender’s Game also stars Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Andrea Powell, Abigail Breslin, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld,  and many more talented actors. Take a look at the full cast list here.

Are you looking forward to seeing Ender’s Game when it hits theaters November 1, 2013? What do you think of the cast members in this film? Are you a fan of Orson Scott Card’s writing?

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Sources: Entertainment Weekly and Page to Premiere

New Official Still from “Ender’s Game” features Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld

A new official still has been released for Summit Entertainment’s highly anticipated film, Ender’s Game. This film is based off of Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel of the same title and directed and written for the screen by Gavin Hood.

Ender’s Game stars Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Andrea Powell, Abigail Breslin, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld,  and many more talented actors. Take a look at the full cast list here.

The new still gives fans a look at Hailee Steinfield’s character Petra Arkanian and another look at Asa Butterfield’s character Ender Wiggin. Take a look at the new still below:

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What do you think of this new still? Are you looking forward to Ender’s Game? Did you read Card’s novel? What do you think of the cast for the film?

Sources: IMDb, Page to Premiere, and EnderWiggin.net

New Images of Naomi Watts in “Diana” Biopic

Back in July, the first official photo of Naomi Watts as Princess Diana was released. Watts is going to be portraying the beloved Princess in a biopic entitled, Diana. At first the film was going to be called Caught in Flight, but then the film’s title was changed simply to Diana.

Recently, two more photos from the film were released. These new photos will give audiences a glance at Watts as Lady Diana and a glimpse into a relationship that is explored in the biopic.  The Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed film looks at Lady Diana’s relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan; played by Lost’s Naveen Andrews. Diana is currently set to hit theaters on August 29, 2013.

Are you excited for this biopic? Do you think Watts will do well in portraying Lady Diana? Take a look at these two new photos:

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Source: Collider