I have uploaded some new images of Shailene and her Divergent co-star Theo James attending the photocall and premiere held for the film in Mexico City.
Month: March 2014
MTV – Two of young Hollywood’s hottest young actors, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort of “The Fault in Our Stars,” will join the star studded line-up of presenters handing out golden popcorn during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, which air live on Sunday, April 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre.
And before they take the stage, fans will get to see an exclusive scene from “The Fault in Our Stars” during the 2014 Movie Awards Pre-Show, starting at 8:30 p.m.
Woodley and Elgort join host Conan O’Brien and previously announced presenters Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton. Academy Award-nominated actor and producer Mark Wahlberg will be honored with the MTV Generation Award, which will be presented the award by “Entourage” cast members Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon. This will mark the first public reunion for the cast ahead of their highly anticipated movie release in June 2015.
Voting for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards is open at MovieAwards.MTV.com through Saturday, April 12 in categories you’ll never see in any other awards show, including Best Comedic Performance, Best Villain, Best Kiss, Best Scared-As-Sh– Performance, Best Musical Moment, #WTF Moment, Best On-Screen Duo, Best Fight, Best Shirtless Performance and more. Voting for Movie of the Year will continue throughout the live broadcast of the show.
LOS ANGELES TIMES – As the heroine of this weekend’s box office juggernaut, “Divergent,” actress Shailene Woodley threw knives, shot guns and fought in a ring. But of all the daring scenes she filmed, scaling the 150-foot Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier in freezing temperatures was Woodley’s favorite.
“It was such a special night. It was the third full moon of the year, and it was a supermoon, and supermoons are very powerful,” she reminisced, in what the world is quickly learning to be trademark Shailene speak. “So to watch it go across the sky as we were climbing up and down this ladder for 12 hours, it was magical. It was so romantic.”
It may have been an almost-spiritual experience for Woodley, but the scene also marked a key moment for her character, Beatrice “Tris” Prior, a young woman who is forced to prove her courage in order to blend in and keep a dangerous secret in a world that’s anything but romantic.
“Divergent,” opening Friday, is based on the first novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult trilogy, which has sold 17 million copies with a story that posits a dystopian future in which people are strictly sorted into factions based on personality. A test reveals our heroine, Tris, is divergent, meaning she doesn’t fit neatly into any single category — a quality considered dangerous. Tris tries to hide her divergence and joins Dauntless, the faction that values bravery, where her courage and strength are put to the test.
VARIETY – After dominating the Friday B.O. with $22.8 million, the sci-fi adventure is on track for a $55 million Stateside weekend opening — the second-largest of the year behind “The Lego Movie’s” $69 million launch.
Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” trails far behind with a $4.7 million Friday bow. It will likely place second this weekend with an estimated $17 million opening. But the biggest shocker is Freestyle Releasing’s “God’s Not Dead,” which nabbed third place on Friday with $2.8 million and looks to sneak into this weekend’s top five.
“Muppets” came in far below estimates because of competition from another family-friendly pic, last weekend’s runner-up “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.” The movie, starring Tina Fey and Ty Burrell, will also fall short against its predecessor — “The Muppets” premiered to $29 million over Thanksgiving weekend in 2011. The musical grossed almost $89 million domestically and $165 million worldwide.
Lionsgate-Summit’s latest YA adaptation probably won’t meet recent projections of a $60 million-plus opening, but the studio will still have another hit on its hands. “Divergent,” which earned $4.9 million on Thursday night, pales in comparison to the first “Twilight” film, which made almost $70 million during Thanksgiving weekend of 2008, or the first “Hunger Games” movie, which grossed $152 million during this same weekend in 2012. The two franchises have hauled in a collective $5 billion globally so far.
Like its YA kin, the sci-fier’s sequels could perform better at the B.O. The second installment, “Insurgent,” is set to begin production in May. “Insurgent” and “Allegiant” will hit theaters in March of 2015 and 2016, respectively.
The Shailene Woodley-starrer — based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling series — reportedly cost $85 million to produce and is currently playing in 3,936 locations. Although targeted primarily to teens, about half of theater-goers were over 25. Around 59% were female and 41% male, indicating a broader scope than expected.
Despite “Divergent”s box office domination, the surprise winner this weekend is “God’s Not Dead.” The low-budget faith-based film earned $2.8 million on Friday at 780 locations, putting it on track for an $8.5 million weekend. With a per-screen average of $3,590, the pic, which includes cameos from “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson, clearly appeals to underserved faith-based audiences.
Earlier this month, Fox’s “Son of God” kicked off this year’s uncommonly large slate of religious wide releases when it opened in theaters to an impressive $26 million. The film, based on the five-part History Channel miniseries from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, benefited from an aggressive marketing campaign targeting the faith-based community.
Paramount’s Biblical tale “Noah” (with Russell Crowe as the titular religious figure) is expected to control the box office next weekend. Randall Wallace’s Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real” will be released by TriStar next month and Fox opens Ridley Scott’s Moses pic “Exodus,” starring Christian Bale, before Christmas.
Meanwhile, Fox’s “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” is headed to third place this weekend with $2.7 million on Friday and a projected $11 million by Sunday for an estimated $80 million cume.
Warner Bros.’s “300: Rise of an Empire,” which is also in its third frame, made $2.4 million on Friday. It’s set to finish the weekend with $8 million and a domestic cume in the $93 million range.
Additionally, Fox Searchlight expanded “The Grand Budapest Hotel” yet again, from 66 to 304 locations. Wes Anderson’s latest feature made almost $1.9 million on Friday, en route to $6.5 million this weekend and a $12.5 million three-week cume. Its $6,184 per-screen Friday average is better than any other movie currently in theaters, including “Divergent’s” $5,793.
I’ve added photos of Shailene looking super chic at a special screening of Divergent held on Thursday night in New York City. I really love this look–definitely quite a change from her other red carpet appearances this year.
Photos from Shailene’s visit to Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday have been added to the gallery. Be sure to take a look.