USA TODAY – Pain demands to be felt.
That’s a key line in John Green’s beloved 2012 best-seller The Fault in Our Starsand a major component in the movie adaptation (*** 1/2 out of four; rated PG-13; opens Thursday night in select cities and Friday nationwide).
Pain is at the heart of a love story about two strikingly articulate teens living in “the Republic of Cancervania.” They cope with it daily and wryly acknowledge its torment. The pain depicted is not solely physical, though that’s a significant component. Emotional agony proves to be the toughest of all.
So, those unfamiliar with the book should be duly warned: Bring plenty of tissues.
Stars is an unabashed tearjerker, though it’s also about celebrating life. The movie is well-written, well-acted, acerbic, funny and wisely observed. Fans of the book will be glad to hear it is faithful to Green’s tale.
Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is a bright and irreverent 16-year-old. Diagnosed with cancer at 13, she has to breathe from a tube connected to an oxygen tank she must carry everywhere. But she will not allow illness to define her.
At the behest of her loving mom (Laura Dern), Hazel reluctantly attends a support group for cancer survivors. Still, Hazel’s biggest passion is losing herself in An Imperial Affliction, a novel by a mysterious Amsterdam-based author.
PARADE – Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort opened up to Parade about what they learned about each other while filming Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, on-set habits, favorite films as kids, fame, and more.
When did you first know you wanted to be an actor?
Shailene Woodley: “I was five and it was something that was fun for me and I knew what being an actor meant.”
Ansel Elgort: “I realized I wanted to be a performer when I was about nine. I did ballet and I went out on stage for the first time as a ballet dancer and I liked being on stage and then later that turned into wanting to be an actor, but at first it was I want to be a performer.”
What was your favorite movie as a kid?
Shailene: “I loved The Goonies. It was sort of the first movie that made my eyes open up to the possibilities of the world. I think it made me want and crave adventure. Even now, I watch it and it makes me want to be an explorer of the world.”
Ansel: “My favorite movie growing up was Billy Madison. It was just really funny and crude and it had bad words in it and funny parts and I loved it!”
You two worked together on both Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. What were some of your biggest takeaways about each other as actors?
Shailene: Oh man, Ansel and I work very similarly in the sense that as soon as the camera says action, we’re both very there, but as soon as it says cut, we’re able to bounce back into being ourselves. Neither of us spends lots of time getting into character. It’s always fun to work with different actors who do that, but there’s something really special about working with somebody where the second the camera is rolling you get to be locked in with each other. I also learned when Ansel is on set; he brings this sense of new curiosity because when we did this movie it was only your third film, right? When we worked on Divergent together it was only his second film, so there was this new sense of learning about things that some of the other people I’ve worked with don’t question anymore or act curious about anymore. It was really exciting for me to experience a film set for the first time again through his eyes.”
Ansel: “That will probably change soon!”
Shailene: “You’ll never do that. I’ll slap you if you do that!”
Ansel: “I learned that about Shailene — that she would slap me if I was bad! And I really liked that because she’s honest with people, there’s no BS and she’s not fake, she’s a real friend because of that to me. I learned a lot about her because she’s so open. She’s a totally open soul to me and I’m a totally open soul to her. And I learned, especially when seeing the movie, I was like, ‘wow, this girl is an amazing actress!’”
Shailene: “Right back at you, buddy.”
Screen captures of Shailene from the Blu-ray edition of The Spectacular Now have been added to the gallery. As much as I love the movie, the performances from Shailene and Miles, their chemistry together… it feels like it is missing the special quality that made the novel so enjoyable. The special features including some great deleted scenes (a few of which really should’ve made the final cut) have also been captured. Enjoy!
MTV – Hey, “The Fault In Our Stars” fans: Are you gasping to know just whose fault it is and in exactly which stars? Most of you will have to wait until the movie is released on June 6 to find out, but star Shailene Woodley is offering some fans the chance to get in on the action weeks early.
Want to go to a special screening of the movie on May 11 at the Fox lot in Los Angeles? Listen up.
All you have to do is buy a copy — signed or unsigned — of the movie tie-in edition of the book from the All It Takes website. Proceeds from the sales will benefit All It Takes, the charitable organization Woodley founded with her mother, Lori Woodley, in 2010. All It Takes promotes youth leadership and empowerment within the community.
Not only will those who purchase a book — copies signed by author John Green are going for $150, while unsigned copies are up for a mere $75 — get to see the movie early, they’ll also get to meet author Green and Woodley. Start freaking out…now.
This news isn’t the only thing we have to be psyched about today. A brand spankin’ new trailer for “Fault” hit the web today, and the extended clip is 85 percent guaranteed to make you cry 100 percent of the time. It’s OK, we’re not judging you. Tears are only natural.
“The Fault In Our Stars” hits theaters June 6. Ansel Elgort stars alongside Shailene Woodley.
The extended trailer for The Fault in Our Stars surfaced earlier today, and needless to say it has only heightened our excitement for the film. It’s a perfect trailer but June suddenly seems so far away… I just want to watch this already!
Great news! Many apologies for the lack of updates on the site recently, I have been swamped under with work and other commitments but hope to have everything back up-to-date within the next few days. You can also expect to see our beautiful new themes launched very soon. Stay tuned!
VARIETY – Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights to the Shailene Woodley-starrer “White Bird in a Blizzard” and plans a theatrical release for later this year.
Gregg Araki directed from his own script, based on Laura Kasischke’s novel. The drama also stars Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett.
The film was produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Pavlina Hatoupis and Gregg Araki. Why Not Productions, Desperate Pictures, Orange Studio and Wild Bunch are the production companies on board.
Woodley stars as a college-bound teenager who is just discovering her sexuality when her mother (Green) disappears — an event that barely registers with Woodley’s character. But as time passes, she begins to come to grips with how deeply the disappearance has affected her life.
“White Bird” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. Variety‘s Peter Debruge gave the film a mixed review, calling it “naughty, campy and wildly uneven.”
The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by Dori Begley and Peter Van Steemburg with CAA and Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.