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Boston Marathon bombing movie could become 'part of the history,' author says

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After news outlets reported Wednesday morning that a deal had been reached for The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy to adapt the forthcoming book Boston Strong, about the Boston Marathon tragedy, for the screen, there were immediate questions about the fast turnaround from a national tragedy to perceived “entertainment” in the form of a film.

Casey Sherman is a true-crime writer (his book The Finest Hours is also in development with Johnson, Tamasy, and producer Dorothy Aufiero) who is currently co-reporting and writing Boston Strong, one of three books in development about the bombing. Boston Strong, which will hit bookshelves next April, will take readers from April 15, 2013, the day of the bombing, to Patriots Day 2014, “which is going to be a completely emotional and inspirational day that is going to show the world that Boston and the United States can’t be defeated by either homegrown terrorists or terrorists from other countries,” Sherman explained on the phone with EW this afternoon.

Sherman understands the concerns many have expressed about how quickly it all seems to be coming together, but points out that even though a film deal is now in the beginning stages, it’ll still take years for the movie to hit the screen. “What I want to clarify to people that don’t understand is this [movie option] wasn’t a query that came in from some Hollywood executive in Los Angeles that had their interest piqued by national news. The lead producer on this project is Dorothy Aufiero, who produced The Fighter. Dorothy is a Watertown, Massachusetts, resident. Dorothy Aufiero was in lockdown with the rest of us while this was all happening. She’s as much part of the story as anybody. This was incredibly personal to the filmmakers, and incredibly personal to the writers.”
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First footage of 'Divergent' to be shown at Comic-Con

Attention all you Divergent fans! The movie may still be shooting in Chicago, but if you are lucky enough to be in San Diego during this year’s Comic-Con, you’ll get to see the first bit of footage ever shown from the film.

On Thursday, July 18, cast members from the film—including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, and Christian Madsen—will all be in the ginormous Hall H for a panel that will include Veronica Roth and director Neil Burger. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Helena Bonham Carter cast as Cinderella's fairy godmother; Plus, Anne Hathaway, more

• Helena Bonham Carter will play the part of the fairy godmother in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella. According to reports, this is a slight re-imagining of the classic character and will find Bonham Carter in disguise as a beggar at first. In the oh-too-predictable version of the world, Bonham Carter would have been the wicked stepmother, and Cate Blanchett would have been the fairy godmother. Whether it’s Branagh, Disney, or the actresses (especially Bonham Carter) looking to branch out a little, we’re pleasantly surprised by the news. The project is set to begin its shoot this fall in London.

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'The Spectacular Now' trailer: Shailene Woodley in a YA adaptation! No, not that one...or that one

The first rule of modern moviemaking: If you’re adapting a bestselling YA book, you must — I repeat, must — cast Secret Life of the American Teenager refugee Shailene Woodley as your star.

The Fault in Our Stars did it. EW’s current cover star Divergent did it. And both are following in the celluloid footsteps of The Spectacular Now, a Sundance darling based on Tim Tharp’s eponymous 2008 novel. The story follows the romance between charming, popular, happy-go-lucky teenage alcoholic Sutter (Miles Teller) and shy, wise, pretty-but-doesn’t-know-it Aimee (Woodley, naturally), whom he meets after passing out on her lawn.

Though the plot may sound predictable, there’s  more to Now than meets the eye — EW’s Owen Gleiberman praised the film’s “rich and exploratory psychological texture” in a Sundance review, as well as its talented cast, which includes heavy hitters like Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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New 'Divergent' photo! Here is the first picture of (drumroll) Theo James as Four -- EXCLUSIVE

Attention all you Four fans: here’s an exclusive reveal of Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton, the mysterious–and rather dreamy–Dauntless leader that takes a special interest in Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley).

For those of you who haven’t read the Veronica Roth books, Divergent takes place in a dystopian future where all of society is divided into five factions: Amity (peaceful), Abnegation (selfless); Candor (honest, Erudite (intelligent); a nd Dauntless (brave). Our heroine, sixteen-year-old Tris, chooses the Dauntless faction. READ FULL STORY

Check out the 'Divergent' Dauntless symbol -- EXCLUSIVE

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More Divergent news! We’ve already showed you what it looks like when you’re a Dauntless initiate and now can show you the symbol for the Dauntless faction.

For those who haven’t read the Veronica Roth books, Divergent takes place in a dystopian future where all of society is divided into five factions: Abnegation (selfless); Erudite (intelligent); Candor (honest); Amity (peaceful) and Dauntless (brave). Sixteen-year-olds get to choose their faction, and our  heroine, Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley), chooses to go Dauntless. (No easy feat.) READ FULL STORY

New 'Divergent' photo! Watch Tris go Dauntless -- EXCLUSIVE

Afraid of heights? Let’s just say you probably wouldn’t make it in Dauntless.

The highly anticipated adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent is still filming in Chicago, but EW has gotten this exclusive first look of Tris (Shailene Woodley) out on a ledge and perched to jump as part of initiation into her faction. For those of who haven’t read the books, in the dystopian world of Divergent, all of society is divided into five factions: Abnegation (selfless); Erudite (intelligent); Candor (honest); Amity (peaceful) and Dauntless (brave). Our heroine, sixteen-year-old Tris Prior, has chosen the Dauntless faction which involves a lot of very scary initiation tests—like the time she stood still while knives were thrown at her head. READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg to direct 'American Sniper,' starring Bradley Cooper

Steven Spielberg has lined up his next directorial endeavor. There’s been uncertainty about what project would next have the multi-Oscar-winner in the director’s chair since he put Robopocalypse on hold, but he is now set to helm Bradley Cooper’s American Sniper, EW has confirmed. THR first reported the news.

The film is an adaptation of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. Cooper will star as late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who has a record 150-plus confirmed kills. The book, which spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, chronicles Kyle’s decade-long military career, including multiple combat tours in Iraq. READ FULL STORY

'My Left Foot' director Jim Sheridan to adapt WWII book 'Playing with the Enemy'

There are sports movies. There are war movies. Playing with the Enemy will be both, and it’s set to be directed by Jim Sheridan, who has worked in both genres before.

Sheridan will direct the film and re-write its script, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.

The film is an adaptation of the 2006 book Playing with the Enemy by Gary W. Moore, about his father, Gene Moore, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers before joining the Navy in 1940. While stationed at a prisoner of war camp in Louisiana, he taught German POWs how to play baseball. READ FULL STORY

First Look: Shailene Woodley faces knives in 'Divergent' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Divergent, the highly anticipated adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA series, only recently began filming on location in Chicago. But Shailene Woodley, who stars as heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior, tells EW that the younger members of the Neil Burger-directed movie — which includes Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Theo James and Zoë Kravitz — have already clicked. “It’s a good group,” she says. “We’re hanging out on weekends, celebrating birthdays. Everyone just wants to get to know one another. It’s rare to get a big group together and not have any conflicts. It’s really kind of amazing.”

Divergent takes place in a dystopian future where society is divided up into five factions. In this exclusive photograph, Tris is taking the place of a fellow Dauntless initiate, and must stand still while knives are thrown at her head. “It’s about being selfless and standing up for what’s right,” Woodley says.

But don’t worry about those knives: “They’re just rubber,” she says.

Read more:
Tony Goldwyn joins ‘Divergent’ — EXCLUSIVE
‘Divergent’ has found its ‘Four’! Theo James talks about starring in the next big YA franchise — EXCLUSIVE

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