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Casting Net: Paul Wesley to star in and produce 'Convergence'

• The Vampire DiariesPaul Wesley will star in Convergence, a vehicle for him to star in and produce. Little is known about the plot at this time, but the film is said to follow a group of underground biotech engineers who experiment with a new technology that exceeds their expectations. Jeff Richard wrote the script. Filming is planned for next spring in Shanghai and Atlanta. [Deadline]

• Sam Huntington, of Being Human fame, has been cast as the lead in Finding Sofia. Nico Casavecchia is directing the indie comedy, which follows Huntington as a young filmmaker who buys a ticket to Buenos Aires on a whim to visit a girl he met online named Sofia (Andrea Carballo). Upon his arrival, he discovers Sofia lives with her boyfriend and his assistant. Principal photography starts Monday in Argentina. [Variety]

• Shailene Woodley is up for a role in writer-director Oliver Stone’s untitled Edward Snowden project. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the NSA contractor who leaked classified documents, with Woodley eyeing the role of his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. The film is based on two books: Time of the Octopus by Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, and The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by journalist Luke Harding. [The Wrap]

• Jude Law is in talks to play the villain in Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Round Table. The pair previously worked together in the Sherlock Holmes franchise. Charlie Hunnam stars as Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere. Joby Harold penned the script, and will produce with Ritchie. The story is unknown at this time. The film is scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release. [Variety]

• Fury’s Jon Bernthal is in talks for The Accountant. The thriller, from Gavin O’Connor, stars Ben Affleck as an accountant by day and assassin by night. J.K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick are also in negotiations for the film. Details about Bernthal’s potential role are unknown at this time. Bill Dubuque wrote the script for the film, which is scheduled to begin production in January. [The Wrap]

• Richard Gere has claimed the lead in Oppenheimer Strategies from writer-director Joseph Cedar. The story follows a small-time operator, Norman Oppenheimer, who befriends a down-on-his-luck politician. Fast-forward three years: the politician has become a world leader, and Norman’s life has drastically changed in both good and bad ways. Shooting kicks off January 12 in New York. [Deadline]

• Christine Lahti has signed on for The Steps. Andrew Currie is directing and producing the indie drama, which stars James Brolin and Jason Ritter. The film follows a son, Jeff (Ritter), who spends the weekend at his father’s lake house where he meets his new wife (Lahti) and family. Robyn Harding wrote the script. [Deadline]

• Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Margot Bingham, Zulay Henao, Rob Riley, Mo McRae, Hill Harper, and Lala Anthony have been in cast in Destined. Qasim “Q” Basir is directing the film, which follows Rasheed Smith down two different life paths: In one, he goes to prison and becomes the leader of a criminal empire; the other shows him as an ambitious college graduate, working his way up at an architectural firm. The film is currently shooting in Detroit. [Deadline]

• Olivia Cooke, known for Bates Motel and Ouija, is eyeing a central role in director Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur. The film stars Jack Huston as the titular Jewish prince who is betrayed by his friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell), and subsequently forced into slavery. Cooke is up for the role of Ben-Hur’s sister, Tirzah. Ayelet Zurer, Morgan Freeman, and Pedro Pascal also star. Keith Clarke and John Ridley wrote the script, which was adapted from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel; the novel was first brought to the screen in the 1959 Charlton Heston-starring feature. Production kicks off early next year in Europe. The film is scheduled for a February 2016 release. [The Wrap]

Tris attempts a rescue in 'Insurgent' teaser

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The intensely dramatic teaser for Insurgent, the second installment in the Divergent franchise, features Tris (Shailene Woodley) trying to stage a daring rescue. READ FULL STORY

Here's a deleted scene that was too gross for 'Divergent'

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If you’re a fan of Veronica Roth’s Divergent—as well as the film series it’s spawned—you know that the book is markedly more violent than Summit’s first adaptation. How much more violent? Well, in volume 1, a Dauntless initiate named Edward ends up leaving his new faction after a pair of his rivals stabs him in the eye with a butter knife. The sequence was left out of the first Divergent movie entirely… though evidently, not until after it had been filmed.

Want to see the movie’s Edward writhe in pain, clutching his bloody eye socket as he groans like an animal? If, for some reason, the answer is “yes,” you’re in luck: a deleted scene showing just that has been released on YouTube.

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'The Fault in Our Stars': Are those tears of joy, critics?

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Perhaps the people who run studios thought Divergent was the big YA novel to launch Shailene Woodley into the stratosphere, but her performance in the cancer weepie The Fault in Our Stars might be the role that makes her a giant star.

Based on John Green’s 2012 best-seller, director Josh Boone’s movie tells the story of a cynical 16-year-old cancer patient (Woodley), saddled with an oxygen tank and breathing tube, and the more-dynamic, free-spirited remission patient (Ansel Elgort) who falls in love with her. “A generation of teens like [Woodley’s character] have been weaned on YA novels, leading to more discerning palates,” EW’s Chris Nashawaty writes in his review. “They can sniff out condescension from a thousand yards. That’s why they’re lucky to have an actress as effortlessly charismatic and natural as 22-year-old Woodley (The Descendants) as their stand-in.”

If you’ve read the book, you know the ending, and if you loved the book, you’re already whimpering. (Beware, fragile souls, the trailer awaits below.) If you’re perhaps older or didn’t read the book, think Love Story and everything that entails — spoilers, schmoilers. As the characters themselves learn, it’s not the ending that counts.

Read more from Nashawaty’s review, as well as a round-up of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY

'Insurgent': Daniel Dae Kim joins cast

Tris’ world in Insurgent is filling out: Daniel Dae Kim has joined the Divergent sequel as Jack Kang, a representative of the Candor faction. Kim was most recently seen on Hawaii Five-0, and is best-known for his role on Lost.

He’s the latest addition to the cast, which will also include Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer, as well as returning stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. Insurgent is the second in an announced four films based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA trilogy.

Robert Schwentke has taken over directing duties from Divergent director Neil Burger, and The Divergent Series: Insurgent is set to hit theaters Mar. 20.

Shailene Woodley explains herself after 'feminism' kerfuffle -- listen here!

Shailene Woodley, star of the The Fault in Our Stars (opening this weekend), recently dropped by Entertainment Weekly Radio’s Women on Pop to talk about the highly anticipated adaptation of the John Green best-seller. EW’s Melissa Maerz and Sara Vilkomerson also asked Woodley if she wanted to further explain some of her recent quotes — including the now infamous interview with Time magazine, in which she was asked whether she considers herself a feminist and she said no. Woodley was happy to oblige, and to clarify what she meant: “For me the big thing in life is about sisterhood,” she says. “Bringing sisters together and supporting one another…What I found so funny and so sad about that article is that I talked about that the entire time. Nothing is going to change in this world until women start loving other women. I’m so lucky. I have the best sisters in my life. The best.”

Woodley went on to say that she thinks the article (and surrounding hoopla) was counterintuitive to what she was saying. “It pitted women against me,” she says. “The thing I was trying to say we need to eliminate — without the word ‘feminist,’ without any word attached to it — we need to begin to evolve the way we look at sisterhood. It’s the exact opposite of what [the article] ended up doing.”

Take a listen below to hear Woodley’s thoughts! READ FULL STORY

How well do Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort know each other? Let's find out! EXCLUSIVE

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After playing brother and sister in Divergent and soulmates in The Fault in Our Stars, it’s safe to say that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort know each other pretty well. But how well? On the set of their photo shoot for EW’s current cover story, we decided to put these two to the test. READ FULL STORY

'The Fault in Our Stars': Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort talk Gus and Hazel's first meeting -- EXCLUSIVE

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Can’t wait till June 6th and to see The Fault in Our Stars? Check out this clip below: You’ll see a bit of the early chemistry between Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus (Ansel Elgort) as they meet for the first time outside a teenage cancer support group. Fans of the John Green bestseller will remember that Augustus Waters like to carry around an unlit cigarette as a metaphor — here, you’ll see as he tries to explain why.

On the set of the Entertainment Weekly photo shoot for this week’s cover story, Woodley and Elgort talk about how this key poignant scene sets the tone for the movie. Check it out below!

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'The Fault in Our Stars': An unexpected phenomenon's journey from page to screen

John Green is crying again. Not because he’s sad, really. More like the way parents weep at weddings and at high school graduations. This sudden, unstoppable rush of happy tears has become so common for the 36-year-old author as he watches the filming of his 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars, that it’s now a bit of a running joke. “John Green cries all the time,” says director Josh Boone, laughing. “This set basically has no testosterone whatsoever.”

This is a love story. It is a story of joy and devastating loss and, most of all, life. It will make you laugh and rejoice and think and feel and will expand your heart in gratitude and humility, and it will forever change the way you hear the word “okay,” and, yes, it will make you cry. If you are one of the millions of people who have read The Fault in Our Stars, you know this already. If you are not, prepare yourself — you will not walk away from this book, or this film, unaltered. Okay? Okay.

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New 'Fault in Our Stars' trailer: More tears, more laughs, more pot?

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If you’d like to tear up at work, now’s your chance! The new trailer for The Fault in Our Stars is here.

The latest trailer for the film based on the bestselling novel by John Green takes the same romantic beginning as the first trailer, and then adds in more cry-to-laugh scenes, including Hazel’s (Shailene Woodley) discussion with her parents regarding pot, and Augustus’ (Ansel Elgort) already-iconic “It’s a metaphor” cigarette explanation.

Other exciting highlights for fans of the book include an extended look at Patrick (Mike Birbiglia) singing cheesy songs in the teen cancer support group he runs, as well as the assurance that many of Green’s passages made the cut: “I fell in love with him the way you fall asleep: Slowly, and then all at once,” Woodley explains via voiceover.

Interestingly, although fans catch glimpses of Isaac (Nat Wolff) as well as Hazel’s parents (Laura Dern and True Blood‘s Sam Trammell), there is still no shot of famed reclusive author Peter Van Houten (Willem Dafoe), but we do see Hazel reading An Imperial Affliction. Perhaps Van Houten’s appearance is a treat producers are saving for the actual movie?

Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

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