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Shailene Woodley talks 'Allegiant' split decision: 'That’s another year of kicking ass'

Big news concerning post-dystopian Chicago came out last week: Allegiant, the final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, will be split into two movies.

At the MTV Movie Awards Sunday, EW caught up with Shailene Woodley to ask how she feels about the decision to make four Divergent films. “I just heard that as well,” Woodley said. “I am excited, but my very first thought, if I’m being honest was, ‘Okay. All right. That’s another year of kicking ass. Another year devoted to this character.’ But that’s all right, because I am honored to be Tris, and it is exciting. Divergent was a very fun film to make, and I worked with some great people. It is also really exciting that just after coming off promoting this one, we start filming the next one in like a month. It will be nice to get into it.” READ FULL STORY

'Divergent' closer 'Allegiant' to be split into two films

Shailene Woodley will be ruling March for even longer than we thought she would.

Lionsgate announced Friday that the Divergent trilogy’s final book, Allegiant, will be split into two films — following the franchise trend spurred by the Harry Potter films and aped by both the Twilight movies and the Hunger Games series. Allegiant — Part 1 will be released March 18, 2016, while Allegiant — Part 2 will arrive on March 24, 2017. The studio has not announced where they plan to split the novel’s story.

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'Divergent' stars Theo James and Shailene Woodley recall their sweaty first meeting -- VIDEO

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It was not all work and no play for Divergent star Theo James on set, who recounted during a visit with EW Radio the time he vomited at a Whole Foods after “hitting it very hard” at a party. He was joined by his co-star Shailene Woodley who, in response to the partying story, promptly fist-bumped James and said, “Good job.”

Not surpisingly, there was more to shooting the dystopian film than being hungover. In the clip below, the two also discuss what it means to be “divergent,” how it was to meet for the first time, and the challenges of a big-budget film. READ FULL STORY

Shailene Woodley at CinemaCon: Post-'Divergent' madness, 'Fault in Our Stars' love

It’s a confusing time for Shailene Woodley. The lead actress of last weekend’s No. 1 film Divergent stopped off in Vegas in the middle of her worldwide promotional tour to hock her next film, the adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel The Fault in Our Stars. And it’s easy for her two worlds to get garbled.

“I was just saying that Fault is about two kids with cancer who jump off buildings and run on trains,” she says with a laugh. “Wait, is that not right?”

Not quite. For the uninitiated, Woodley is transitioning from lead actress in a YA dystopian sci-fi adventure to lead actress in a YA romance about two teenagers with cancer. Just don’t call it a cancer movie.

“People ask me in interviews all the time, ‘How did it feel to play a cancer patient?’ I didn’t play a cancer patient. I played a girl who happened to be leading this life and happened to have ‘a touch of cancer,’” she says, in reference to a line from Green’s novel. “This book — and movie — they don’t victimize death, they empower life. That should be the tagline.” READ FULL STORY

'Divergent': Did it get trashed for coming after 'The Hunger Games'?

Divergent, whatever you think of it as a movie (I found it to be your basic, agreeably rousing sensitive-teen-in-Amish-linen-finds-her-inner-tattooed-jock-to-fight-the-power formula dystopian thriller), is, like the young-adult novel it’s based on, a piece of pulp mythology that obviously borrows a lot from The Hunger Games. The heroine who hails from a downtrodden district or, in this case, a faction (Abnegnation) that prizes self-sacrifice; the fascist schemers up top; the whole gym-class-on-steroids feeling of a seemingly normal girl who rises to a series of death-defying physical challenges; and, of course, the sense that the heroine can accomplish all this because, while ordinary on the surface, she’s really different, she’s special, she’s a rebel, she’s divergent in her innate superiority. (Why do I feel as if Leni Riefenstahl would have loved these movies?) READ FULL STORY

Critical mass: Not much divergence in reviews of 'Divergent'

The template seems simple enough: adapt a best-selling dystopian YA book with a dynamic female heroine, sit back, and start counting the moolah. Lionsgate is wisely trying to replicate the billion-dollar success of Jennifer Lawrence and The Hunger Games with Divergent, another potential franchise based on Veronica Roth’s trilogy and starring Shailene Woodley.

Of course, Woodley’s Tris isn’t the first girl-power character to follow Katniss’ footsteps — but she is the most promising after disappointments like Mortal Instruments and The Host. In Roth’s novels, Tris is the rare renaissance gal from a rigidly divided skill-based society that sorts citizens into five camps based on personality traits, like bravery (Dauntless), intelligence (Erudite), or selflessness (Abnegnation). Tris, who was raised Abnegnation, qualifies for three camps, making her a “divergent” threat to the status quo, represented by Kate Winslet’s icy Erudite leader. “The future belongs to those who know where they belong,” she tells the nervous teens at their Choosing Ceremony.

Fortunately, Tris has some help from Dauntless, which is the daredevil group she surprisingly elects to join. Theo James plays her smoldering and mysterious teacher, Four, whom EW’s Owen Gleiberman compares to an “unflaky James Franco with a surly hint of T-shirt-era Brando; he brings off the neat trick of playing a hardass who is also a heartthrob.”

Divergent has been a great hope, especially since it nabbed the critically acclaimed Woodley (The Descendants) for the lead role and has Winslet’s glower-power to keep things interesting. The most passionate fans rushed out to see Thursday-night screenings — grossing an impressive $4.9 million overnight — and a sequel, Insurgent, is already on the way. But is Divergent any good? Click below to see what Gleiberman and other critics are saying about the movie before you head to the theater.
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'Divergent' stars Theo James and Shailene Woodley talk pushups and injuries -- LISTEN!

Divergent stars Theo James and Shailene Woodley have had a lot of fun together on the promotional trail, but when they joined EW’s Sara Vilkomerson for an Entertainment Weekly Radio special, James learned there was one thing he did during prep for the film that annoyed her (for, okay, just a day). In the clip below, the duo also talks about filming some of their big stunts in the movie, which is in theaters now, and the injuries Woodley sustained.

UPDATE: In the video below, James and Woodley also reveal which faction they’d choose.

Tune in to EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) on March 21 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET to hear the full Divergent special.

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'Divergent' premiere: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, more strut their stuff on L.A. red carpet -- VIDEO

The stars of Summit’s upcoming Divergent film hit the black carpet in style Tuesday for the film’s Los Angeles premiere, and EW’s time-lapse video gives you a closer look at which stars went for classic chic and which rocked bolder fashion choices. Check out everything from Shailene Woodley’s stunning one-shouldered floor-length gown to Maggie Q’s risqué black number in the video below: READ FULL STORY

'Divergent' star Theo James surprises fans at the Alamo Drafthouse

Forty-two hardcore Divergent fans were treated to a nice surprise on Thursday in Austin, Texas, when star Theo James (who plays brave and brooding Tobias Eaton, or Four, alongside Shailene Woodley’s Tris) surprised them at the Alamo Drafthouse. The fearless pack of fans, who’d gathered to participate in a field trip event testing their Dauntless potential, were stunned when the British actor  showed up to wish them courage on their adventure. They were preparing to depart on a bus for Cypress Canopy Tours, where they’d test their own initiate skills, from zip-lining to knife-throwing and hand-to hand combat. The evening of fun chest-thumping would wrap up with a game of Capture the Flag and a Dauntless-approved hamburger barbecue.

Granted, this was an unlikely group of warriors—sweet tweens and their moms, blushing women and a smattering of pale boyfriends, everybody in new, black studio-supplied Divergent t-shirts. As for how to best weather their initiation rites, James advised, “If anybody gets in your face, give them an elbow. Make sure at all times you’re watching your back because you never know for sure who’s going to come up and try to break your neck. No,” he said with a laugh, ” just don’t kill yourselves. Shailene and I saw the movie last week and we think you’re going to be really happy with it so don’t kill yourselves with knives today.”

When asked what were his favorite stunts to do in the movie, James told the eager crowd about the thrill of shooting the infamous ferris wheel scene. “Shai and I we were up on the ferris wheel and the whole crew was down on the ground and there were just a few cameras on cranes,” he said. “So, it felt like we were actually doing it. It was five in the morning on a beautiful spring Chicago night. And then the big climax at the end during the fight sequence, I think at one point there were seven guys I had to battle at once. It was a childhood fantasy I have to say.”

When EW asked James if he’d ever participated in similar fandom like Veronica Roth devotees, he said that when he was a child, growing up the youngest of five, his family worshipped en masse The Lord of the Rings series. “That was a massive thing in our family so when all the movies came out we all went to see them on Christmas together,” he said. “We always loved Aragorn from the books the best of course, because he’s a legend.”

James is in Austin to co-present with Woodley the award for Best Music Video and present an exclusive clip from the movie at Thursday night’s mtvU Woodies. Divergent opens in theaters on March 21.

'Divergent' clip: Kate Winslet vs. Shailene Woodley -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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When Divergent hits theaters next month, moviegoers will get a chance to see Shailene Woodley’s Tris Prior and Kate Winslet’s Jeanine Matthews go head to head. But for now, fans can enjoy the following exclusive clip, which features Winslet and Woodley discussing their characters’ respective agendas.

The new clip also features a few more glimpses at the film itself, including a flash of Four (Theo James) being captured and led away by Jeanine’s henchmen, and a rebel army clearing out Tris’ old Abnegation faction. Watch the exclusive clip below: READ FULL STORY

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