INSTYLE – You know her as Tris from Divergent, and you’re about to see her portray Hazel Grace in the upcoming YA film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, but this Monday get to know the down-to-earth star even better by chatting with her live!
We’re hosting a Twitter chat with Shailene Woodley, our beautiful June cover girl, on Monday, June 2, at 4:30 p.m. ET. She’ll be Tweeting from The Fault in Our Stars handle (@TheFaultMovie) right before the New York City premiere of the film.
Submit your questions in advance by Tweeting @InStyle using #AskShai. Then, be sure to follow both @TheFaultMovie and @InStyle so you don’t miss a thing. See you at 4:30 p.m. ET on June 2!
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.
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.
TIME – The 22-year-old Divergent turns out to be the outspoken feminist role model we’ve been waiting for. Here’s what she’s had to say so far.
Shailene Woodley’s stock is about to skyrocket, which is a good thing because if the press tour for her new movie Divergent is any indication, she’s the feminist role model we’ve been waiting for in Hollywood.
Woodley is on the road to becoming a household name, thanks to starring roles in two upcoming film adaptations of wildly popular — but incredibly different — YA books. On Friday, the highly anticipated film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent hits theaters. And later this summer, Woodley will star as cancer patient Hazel in the big-screen version of fan favorite The Fault in Our Stars.
The up-and-coming star has made a point of speaking out about the issues she believes in, including the traditional constraints against women in Hollywood. And now that Jennifer Lawrence is considering taking a year off from Hollywood, we’re in desperate need of young female role models in the movie industry. Enter Shailene.
The parallels to Lawrence are obvious. Both spent time on family-friendly TV shows (TBS’ The Bill Engvall Show for Lawrence and ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager for Woodley) before making the leap to critically acclaimed indie films (an Oscar-nominated performance in Winter’s Bone for Lawrence and The Descendants with George Clooney for Woodley). Now both headline female-led franchises based on dystopian young adult novels: Divergent is already being called the next Hunger Games.
And the similarities don’t stop there. Both actresses chopped off their long locks for pixie cuts. They’re both bubbly, down-to-earth, beautiful and effortlessly likable. (If you need proof, see the outdoor-loving, mason-jar-toting Woodley offer Jimmy Fallon a phallic horseradish.) Though Lionsgate President Erik Feig enlisted Lawrence to convince Woodley to sign on to the Divergent franchise and Woodley has since reached out to Lawrence for advice — all via email — the two starlets reportedly have not met. Their eventual, inevitable union will probably kill the Internet with an overload of memes.
But Woodley’s recent press tour has us thinking she’s more than just a J-Law clone. She has her own opinions about feminism and isn’t afraid to speak up. Here are the highlights:
On feminism in Divergent (The Daily Beast): “And in this movie, there’s no envy and no jealousy — no ridiculous girl-fights. It’s such an important message to send out there in this age of feminism because, yes, men need to respect women, and women need to be the leads of films, but at the same time, how do we expect men to respect women if women don’t respect women? A big theme in my life is sisterhood, and I think that this movie is a really great representation of that — of being there and supporting one-another without the malicious attacks that so often come in movies and media. So many women feel so much anger towards other women.”
VARIETY – Lionsgate has declared its second-ever cash dividend of 5 cents per common share four days ahead of its release of franchise starter Divergent.
The studio announced the payout would take place May 30 for shareholders of record on March 31.
The board declared the company’s first quarterly cash dividend, also for five cents per common share, in December with a February 7 payout.
Wall Street analysts have estimated Divergent will take in a cumulative $150 million in its domestic release. Lionsgate execs have touted the dystopian drama, starring Shailene Woodley, as the latest example of its leadership in adaptations of young-adult bestsellers following Twilight and The Hunger Games.
Lionsgate made the announcement before the stock market opened. The stock was down $1.37 to $30.61 in mid-session trading.
VANITY FAIR – August, allegedly one of the year’s pop-cultural backwaters, is actually a great movie-going month. You get the supposed dregs of Hollywood’s summer blockbuster season: the B-movies and funky genre exercises deemed not quite commercial enough for May, June, and July. You also get the first hints of fall: films that are ambitious yet don’t necessarily meet the craven Oscar-bait standards of October, November, and Christmas. In other words, August movies, whether high or low, are often far more interesting than the year’s earlier or later fare. Two current examples are The Spectacular Now, an indie teen romance that aspires to be, maybe, its generation’s Say Anything; and Elysium, the big-budget dystopian action film that represents the final would-be blockbuster in Hollywood’s summer harvest—the last bushel of corn in the farmer’s multiplex.
Two very different films, but they also have two prominent things in common. One: both could be better, which, come to think of it, is true of most movies. More specifically, then: both are smart and idiosyncratic enough that they conjure their own better selves, as if sharper, wittier versions of what you’re watching might be playing simultaneously one auditorium over, or maybe on a future director’s cut on the Blu-Ray. I found myself rooting for them against their own odds, if that makes sense.
Two: whatever their failings, both movies were redeemed by above-and-beyond performances by actors with unusual names that begin with Sh-. So here’s to Shailene Woodley of The Spectacular Now and Sharlto Copley of Elysium! If there were Oscars in August, they’d be shoo-ins.
The nominal hero of The Spectacular Now is Sutter Keely, a glib, wise-cracking, self-proclaimed life of every party with a hot girlfriend. Basically, he’s Ferris Bueller, but instead of romping through a cynical-sentimental John Hughes comedy (one that, to my mind, perfectly captures the ethos of the Reagan years), Sutter is slowly brought to heel. His hot girlfriend dumps him, and worse, as he and we slowly realize, he’s an alcoholic who, while popular, is generally dismissed by his classmates as a buffoon. This presents two big challenges to the filmmakers (director James Ponsoldt, of Smashed, and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, of 500 Days of Summer, adapting Tim Tharp’s novel): avoiding teen-movie clichés and avoiding addiction-movie clichés. For the most part they succeed, telling their story with nuance, understatement, and a kind of offhand reality. Indeed, it’s tribute to that realism that this may be the first teen movie in Hollywood history where the actors are allowed zits and blemishes (although my eyes told me this led to a few continuity errors).
The film’s weakness: a third-act dip into predictable psychological revelations involving an absent father, slightly less predictable alcohol-vehicular interactions, and a far-too tidy ending. Another problem: the lead, Miles Teller (Project X, Rabbit Hole), while appealing, isn’t quite up to the simultaneous layering of charm, narcissism, anguish, and blithe assholery that the role demands, though in fairness, most actors wouldn’t be, aside from maybe the Marcello Maistrionni of La Dolce Vita.
But Shailene Woodley. She plays Sutter’s rebound girlfriend, Aimee Finicky, a pretty but mousey nice girl who blossoms under his attention. I have to confess I’m late to the Shailene party, having never seen The Descendants, the 2011 film in which she had a break-out role as George Clooney’s daughter, or the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, on which she has starred for the last five years, but I found her mesmerizing from her first scene in The Spectacular Now. Her Aimee is vulnerable but eager, possessed of a lovely inner light and a fragile outer shell, and sharper than she lets on. It’s another role with complex, conflicting shadings, and I would guess it’s much harder to play than Woodley, who can seemingly give the word “awesome” infinite meanings and inflections, makes it look. I’m not sure how else to praise the performance except to say that I can’t think of a more honest and natural movie teenager than Aimee, and that Woodley provides The Spectacular Now (awful title) with instant narrative tension because, of course, once she’s introduced, you spend the rest of the film fearing that Sutter and the film will break her heart.