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‘Fault In Our Stars’ Crosses $100M To Become One Of This Year’s Most Profitable Films

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 10:28am PDT

‘Fault In Our Stars’ Crosses $100M To Become One Of This Year’s Most Profitable FilmsFox 2000‘s The Fault In Our Stars just crossed $100M domestically to become one of the most profitable films released in 2014. On a $12M negative (not counting marketing and distribution costs), the film based on the best-selling John Green book is also besting Twilight’s opening in the UK and in Brazil. In fact, in Brazil, where the World Cup is in full swing, the tearjerker is on fire and remains the top market for overseas where it has earned $18.2M to date. And, how surprising is this? In Brazil, in 11 days it surpassed the lifetime gross of not only Twilight, but also The Hunger Games and Divergent (which featured Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as brother and sister).  Fox can thank their international distribution team of Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus and their staff.

The international cume is now $64.9M a for a worldwide cume of over $165M. How cool is that for these two young actors? Elgort and Woodley’s stars have been rising and now they are certified international presences. Great news for the filmmakers who just signed Elgort in Van Cliburn. As my colleague Mike Fleming reported exclusively yesterday, Elgort will star in a movie about the famous Texas-born pianist who rose to prominence during the Cold War between Russia and the U.S. It’s also great news for Lionsgate Films, where Woodley and Elgort are currently shooting the Divergent sequel Insurgent. Elgort will next be seen in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children opposite Adam Sandler. Read More »

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#TFIOS: Fans Find No Fault in ‘Stars’ Social Media Ahead Of Debut

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 5:41pm PDT
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'The Fault In Our Stars' Movie Already A Success

A book adored by the right demographic, stars with big social media presence, a killer trailer and a savvy campaign by Fox has the movie poised for out-of-this-world box office. Deadline's David Bloom and Dominic Patten discuss.

'Fault in Our Stars' Trailer Social MediaAmid all the fevered attention for massive summer movies featuring mutant humans, giant lizards and an edgy tomorrow with Tom Cruise, a tragic little love story between two cancer survivors appears poised to have its own big run when it debuts later this week. That is, if the other love story that Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars has been carrying on with a legion of social-media users is any indicator of its incipient box-office heat when it finally opens Thursday overnight on a Rentrak-estimated 3,000 screens. There have been lots of bread crumbs on this trail, all leading to what seems likely to be a very big weekend for a small movie, with even traditional tracking companies suggesting it will bring in more than $30 million for a film that cost less than half that to make.

John Green on his YouTube site, raising money for cancer research.

The film, which stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teens who meet in a cancer-support group, is based on a best-selling young-adult book of the same name by John Green. That book became a big hit in part because of Green’s own social-media chops: he and brother Hank are the brains and faces of Vlogbrothers, a 7-year-old YouTube site with 2.1 million subscribers. The brothers alternate entertaining, high-energy rants about a wide range of subjects; John Green, for instance, is currently asking followers to buy a team shirt from one of the 32 countries participating in the upcoming soccer World Cup, to raise money for sarcoma cancer research.  Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

By | Monday April 28, 2014 @ 2:40pm PDT

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort move from brother and sister in Divergent to cancer-afflicted teens who fall in love in Fox’s The Fault In Our Stars, the pic based on the best-selling novel by John Green. Here’s an extended trailer that follows the clip unveiled during the MTV Movie Awards two weeks ago. This one includes scenes of Mike Birbiglia’s character playing cheesy songs in the teen cancer support group where Hazel (Woodley) and Augustus (Elgort) meet, and we get a quick glimpse of Hazel’s parents (Laura Dern and Sam Trammell). Josh Boone directs the romantic drama, which opens June 6. Have a look:

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Hot Clip: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

Fox’s The Fault In Our Stars unveiled a new clip ahead of tonight’s MTV Movie Awards, featuring Shailene Woodley and her Divergent cast mate Ansel Elgort, who star as two teenagers afflicted by cancer who meet and fall in love. Josh Boone directs the romantic drama which hits theaters June 6:

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Magnolia Takes North American Rights To Shailene Woodley-Starrer ‘White Bird In A Blizzard’

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 11:40am PDT

magnoliaLogoMagnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to White Bird In A Blizzard, from writer/director Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Laura Kasischke. Shailene Woodley stars as a college-bound teenager who is just discovering her sexuality when her mother disappears. As time passes, Woodley’s character comes to grips with how deeply her mother’s disappearance has affected her. She eventually finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it. Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett also star. Magnolia is eyeing a release for later this year. Pic was produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Pavlina Hatoupis and Gregg Araki. Film is a co-production of Why Not Productions, Desperate Pictures, Orange Studio and Wild Bunch. Read More »

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Lionsgate To Split Final ‘Divergent’ Sequel ‘Allegiant’ Into Two Films To Cap Sci-Fi Franchise

Divergent Allegiant two filmsEXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate/Summit will adapt Veronica Roth‘s Divergent novel trilogy into a total of not three, but four films starring Shailene Woodley as the dystopian sci-fi heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger revealed today. Following last month’s blockbuster hit Divergent and its planned 2015 sequel Insurgent, Allegiant – adapted from the third book in Roth’s bestselling YA book series – will be split into two separate films to conclude the franchise. Lionsgate had previously set Allegiant for a March 18, 2016 release. Allegiant Part 1 will keep that date, with Part 2 to follow on March 24, 2017. Both films will be produced separately.

Divergent has quickly made a box office star of Woodley, who will reprise her role in all three sequels as Tris, the 16-year-old girl who finds herself a target as one of few in her futuristic society who defy categorization into one of five personality-based factions. The first picture scored a $54.6M opening in March and has now racked up $117M domestic and $139M worldwide in three weeks of release. It’s still rolling out strong internationally and opens this weekend in France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Scandinavia, and other territories. Meanwhile sales of Roth’s novels have also enjoyed a bump from the film’s release, with boxed set and multi-book e-bundles jumping up 55 percent in sales last week and nearly 20 million copies sold worldwide.

Related: BOX OFFICE: ‘Divergent’ Opens At $54.6M

Splitting Roth’s final novel into two films isn’t a left field move for Lionsgate. Similar thinking first paid off for the company in a big way with Twilight Saga-ender Breaking Dawn. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Divergent’

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 10:16am PST

Here’s the final trailer for Summit‘s next big screen YA adaptation Divergent, about a young woman named Tris (Shailene Woodley) living in a dystopian future in which people are divided into five factions based on their personality. When Tris discovers she doesn’t fit into any category and can’t be controlled — she’s “divergent” — she sets out to uncover the conspiracy to eliminate her kind. Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Ashley Judd, and Tony Goldwyn also co-star alongside two of Woodley’s recent onscreen love interests: The Spectacular Now‘s Miles Teller, who plays her nemesis, and Ansel Elgort of the upcoming The Fault In Our Stars, who plays her brother. The Neil Burger-helmed sci-fier is out March 21:

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Hot Teaser: ‘Divergent’

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 7:58pm PST

For those who just can’t wait until a clip of the new Divergent trailer premieres on Jimmy Kimmel Live! later tonight, here’s a 12-second preview. This clip from Summit‘s pic starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James takes the action underwater and high above the streets and features — wait for it — a bird attack. Divergent, directed by Neil Burger and based on Veronica Roth’s YA bestseller, opens March 21. The full trailer hits the web tomorrow. Take a peek:

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 10:53am PST

Shailene Woodley stars in Fox 2000‘s The Fault In Our Stars the adaptation of John Green’s bestseller that reteams her with Spectacular Now scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. The story centers on the romance between Hazel (Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort), who meet and fall in love while at a cancer support group. The pic, directed by Josh Boone, opens June 6. Woodley is on a roll, with Summit’s YA sci-fi pic Divergent coming March 21. Here’s the first look at Fault:

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Hot Clip: ‘Divergent’

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 2:29pm PST

Ellie Goulding’s haunting “Dead in the Water” is heard in the background of this new clip for Summit’s Divergent. Shailene Woodley stars in the sci-fi actioner based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel. Pic is set in a future where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. When Tris Prior (Woodley) learns she is a “divergent” who doesn’t fit into any one group, she sets out to uncover what’s behind a conspiracy to eliminate all of her kind. Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, and Theo James also star in the Neil Burger-directed pic. Divergent hits theaters on March 21.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Divergent’

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 9:18am PST

The first full-length trailer has dropped for Summit‘s Divergent. Shailene Woodley stars in the sci-fi actioner based on the bestselling novel by Veronica Roth. Divergent is set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. When Tris Prior (Woodley) learns she is a “divergent” who doesn’t fit into any one group, she sets out to uncover what’s behind a conspiracy to eliminate all of her kind. Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, and Theo James also star in the Neil Burger-directed pic. Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor penned the screenplay. Divergent opens on March 21, 2014.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Divergent’

By | Sunday August 25, 2013 @ 8:46pm PDT

Shailene Woodley stars in Summit‘s next YA franchise as a teenager who discovers she’s a “divergent” who doesn’t fit into any one group in her futuristic society. When danger looms she sets out to uncover what’s behind a conspiracy to eliminate all of her kind. Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, and Theo James also star in the Neil Burger-directed sci-fi actioner. Divergent opens March 21, 2014. Here’s the trailer that debuted tonight during the MTV VMAs:

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Spectacular Now’

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 12:10pm PDT

Timing is everything. Shailene Woodley‘s Mary Jane may be out of Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, but she shows off the chops that won her and co-star Miles Teller a Special Jury Award at Sundance in the first trailer for James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now. Teller stars as a hard-partying high school senior who strikes up a relationship with the nice girl in school (Woodley). A24 releases the comedy-drama August 2. Check it out:

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Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane Role Cut From ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′; Actress Out Altogether?

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 11:40am PDT

Shailene Woodley Spider-Man 2UPDATED: Despite shooting a handful of scenes as Mary Jane Watson in Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Shailene Woodley will not be appearing in the superhero sequel after all, the studio confirms. The Mary Jane character – the most famous of Peter Parker’s comic book love interests – will instead be pushed to the third film so that the rebooted franchise can focus on the relationship between Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) first established in 2012′s The Amazing Spider-Man. “I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship,” director Marc Webb explained in a statement. “Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.” It’s unclear if Woodley’s already-filmed scenes will be saved for use in the third film, which has a ways to go before it hits theaters in 2016.

Related: First Trailer For ‘The Spectacular Now’

That timing calls more into question for the hot Woodley, whose starring run on ABC Family’s The Secret Life Of The American Teenager just ended after five seasons clearing her to focus on her burgeoning film career. A breakout thanks to 2011′s Oscar-winning The Descendants, Woodley has the award-winning Sundance hit The Spectacular Now in theaters in August and next March opens her first franchise, Summit‘s Divergent, which already has a sequel in the works. She’s also lined up novel adaptation The Fault In Our Stars for Fox 2000 and director Josh Boone. Even if Mary Jane is introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2016, will Woodley still be the one playing her? Read More »

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‘Secret Life Of The American Teenager’ Rises In Series Finale

The Secret Life Of The American Teenager ended its five-season run on a high last night. With 1.50 million watching at 8 PM on Monday, the ABC Family series garnered its best regular telecast viewership since August 27, 2012. Secret Life pulled in 1.548 million viewers for that episode. A special Christmas episode on November 19, 2012 topped that with 1.588 million viewers. The all-time viewership high for the one-hour drama from 7th Heaven creator Brenda Hampton was the 4.68 million who watched the Season 2 opener on June 22, 2009. The series finale also topped its best result among W18-34 in over a year with 581,000 viewers in the demo. The last time Secret Life did that well in the demo was on April 16, 2012. Cancelled back in October, Secret Life was instrumental in putting ABC Family on the scripted map when it premiered in June 2008. As well as being the first ABC Family show to surpass 100 episodes and prove a foundation for the Disney-owned network, the series also made a star out of its lead Shailene Woodley, who went on to co-star with George Clooney in The Descendants and win a Sundance 2013 Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting for her performance in The Spectacular Now. The fifth season of Secret Life debuted on June 11, 2012. After ending that portion of its run in late August last year, the final 12-episodes … Read More »

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Ashley Judd In Talks To Join ‘Divergent’

By | Friday April 12, 2013 @ 4:24pm PDT

Ashley Judd is in negotiations to join the cast of Divergent, Deadline has learned. The 2014 sci-fi pic from Summit stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James in the YA adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best seller, set in a world in which young adults are divided into factions based on their personalities.

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Shailene Woodley Lands Lead In ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 1:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley is negotiating to star as Hazel Grace Lancaster in Fox 2000‘s The Fault In Our Stars. An adaptation of John Green’s bestseller, the film will be helmed by Josh Boone. Script is by (500) Days Of Summer and The Spectacular Now screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing.

This is the story of romance between Gus and Hazel, who meet in their cancer support group and fall head over heels in love. Rather than dwelling on the depressing nature of the limited time they have together, the two embark on a vibrant, passionate, and hilarious journey that proves that an entire life’s worth of meaning can be found in any stretch of time. Read More »

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Jai Courtney Joins Summit Entertainment’s Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Divergent’

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 10:15am PDT
Mike Fleming

Jai Courtney, the former Spartacus star who played John McClane’s son in A Good Day To Die Hard, has joined Divergent, Summit Entertainment‘s film adaptation of the Veronica Roth bestseller. The film’s directed by Neil Burger, and Courtney joins Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q. Evan Daugherty wrote the script and Red Wagon Entertainment’s Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing with Pouya Shahbazian. The futuristic adventure is set in a world where people are divided into factions based on personality. Woodley plays the young protagonist, who is classified a “divergent,” and told she will never fit into any specific group. She uncovers a conspiracy to destroy all “divergents,” and must find out why and and others like her are considered so dangerous. Summit has set a March 21, 2014 release. Read More »

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Shailene Woodley Near ‘Divergent’ Deal

By | Thursday October 18, 2012 @ 2:33pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Shailene Woodley Movie DivergentEXCLUSIVE: Suddenly, The Descendants breakout Shailene Woodley has become the hot young actress in town. She’s in talks to play the Mary Jane role in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, and now I hear she is negotiating to play the female lead in Divergent, the Veronica Roth novel that will be directed by Neil Burger for Summit Entertainment. Produced by Red Wagon partners Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher and adapted by Snow White And The Huntsman‘s Evan Daugherty, the book is compared to The Hunger Games because of the age of the characters and the violence that takes place in a futuristic setting. This tale takes place in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into factions based on human traits. A 16-year-old leaves her faction to join a rival one, but during the violent initiation she falls in love with a young man and they try to find their place in this rough world. Paradigm reps Woodley.

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