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Shailene Woodley talks YA trifecta 'Spectacular Now,' 'Divergent,' and 'The Fault in Our Stars' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP


2013 was a year stuffed with high-profile film adaptations of young adult bestsellers — most of which ended up crashing and burning at the box office. (Alas, Beautiful Creatures, Mortal Instruments, Percy Jackson, and Ender’s Game — no Harry Potter-style cultural dominance for you.) But while each of those big-budget spectacles flailed, a humbler YA-based movie quietly emerged as the year’s best teen flick: The Spectacular Now, out on DVD today.

Spectacular is a sweet but dark love story about gregarious alcoholic Sutter (Miles Teller) and his relationship with his smart, slightly nerdy classmate Aimee (Shailene Woodley). What you may not realize before seeing the film, however, is that The Spectacular Now isn’t just a typical teen romance told through an indie-fied lens. “I think it’s a very unhealthy dynamic that the two of them have together,” Woodley recently told EW. “One of the things that first drew me to Spectacular Now was that in high school, so many girls fall in love with someone, and they end up losing a lot of who they are because they’re so into the other person. And I went through that in high school, where I sort of gave myself away for a different human being. It was a really toxic relationship.”


Shailene Woodley's book-to-movie domination mapped out in new infographic -- EXCLUSIVE


Have a favorite YA book? Shailane Woodley is probably in the movie adaptation. She’s currently starring in The Spectacular Now (which expands this weekend and goes wide Aug. 28), and she’ll also star in next March’s Divergent. If that’s not enough, she’s also about to start filming the highly anticipated adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars.

But Woodley isn’t the only thing all these adaptations have in common. As this exclusive infograph shows, there’s also some serious overlap between her co-stars and screenwriters. Pretty soon, Woodley might replace Kevin Bacon in “Six Degrees” — at least if there’s a book-to-movie component.

Box office report: '2 Guns' blows away competition with $27.4 million weekend; 'Smurfs 2' stalls

It’s bizarre to think that 2 Guns and The Smurfs 2 are competitors in any regard, but the pics happened to open in theaters on the same weekend. While the R-rated, buddy thriller and the PG-rated CG and live action sequel about some mystical blue creatures probably aren’t drawing the same audience, in the wold of box office returns, only the winner matters. And it turns out that more people turned out for the male-dominated violent comedy than for another kid-friendly sequel.

2 Guns (CinemaScore: B+) opened at first place, earning an estimated $27.4 million for the weekend. This is a squarely solid opening for stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. According to exit polls, males, who comprised about 51 percent of the audience, gave the movie an A– CinemaScore. For director Baltasar Kormákur (The Deep), this opening is a career high. The charisma and chemistry of two stars seems key to the appeal, especially for a movie with such an ambiguous and generic “action” title.

Playing in 3,025 locations and averaging about $9,025 per screen, 2 Guns exceeded Universal’s expectations for the weekend, which had put the movie in the $20 million range. Co-financed by Emmett/Furla Films and Foresight Unlimited with an estimated production budget of about $61 million, the big question is: How the movie will fare in weeks to come? It remains to be seen whether or not the solid reviews and word-of-mouth buzz can help make it significant hit.


Box office update: '2 Guns' blows past 'Smurfs 2' with a $10 million Friday

Here’s a tip: Never bring a Smurf sequel to a gun fight.

The Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg action pic 2 Guns proved to be a stronger contender this weekend than originally expected and walked away with an estimated $10 million on its first Friday in 3,025 theaters. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (The Deep), the $61 million movie finds a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer on the run together after a failed attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. At least at first, neither knows that the other is also undercover. Kormákur’s Contraband, which also starred Wahlberg, opened in January of 2012 at $24.3 million. While Wahlberg may be an erratic performer at the box office, Washington is more reliable — the actor’s last six movies all opened above $20 million. As recently as Thursday, Universal predicted a $20 million opening, which seems modest now, as 2 Guns will likely easily win the weekend with at least $30 million.


From 'Say Anything' to 'The Spectacular Now': A teen-classic film series


Teen movies about misfits and popular kids getting together are being celebrated in “The Spectacular Classics” screening series across the country this month.

Favorites like Say Anything and Almost Famous will be shown in various Landmark Theaters (along with the Angelika in Dallas and the Los Feliz in Los Angeles) across the country. Theaters and filmmakers have teamed up with The Spectacular Now to bring moviegoers this nostalgic, romantic film series leading up to the film’s premiere. The screenings will feature an exclusive video intro by screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter. Each audience member will also receive a ticket to an advance screening of The Spectacular Now, which opens in limited release on August 2.

The full schedule of films and locations is below:

'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.


'The Way, Way Back' to close Los Angeles Film Festival; Full lineup announced

The 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival has revealed its full lineup, including Sundance favorites The Way, Way Back, which will close the festival on June 23, and Fruitvale Station.

The Way, Way Back follows awkward teenager Duncan (Liam James) through a summer break that’s rather nightmarish whenever he’s with his mom (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend, but has bright moments whenever he’s at the local water park, where he strikes up a friendship with one of the slacker employees (Sam Rockwell). Nat Faxon (Ben and Kate) and Jim Rash (Community) co-wrote, co-directed, and appear in the film. READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2013: The deal report

Yes, the Sundance Film Festival is a temple to the glory of independent film and the purity of the art of cinema and blah blah blah. But it is also a vital marketplace for indie distributors to find the next blockbuster Little Miss Sunshine, or acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild, or wildly overpriced Happy, Texas. With the festival drawing to a close, Sundance 2013 has already proven to be one of the biggest deal-making festivals in recent memory, producing several major sales of movies that will either go on to become some of the buzziest films of the year, or, you know… not. We’ll update this space with additional deal reports throughout the week ahead. Here are the highlights so far: READ FULL STORY

Sundance: 'The Spectacular Now' is a lovely and original teen movie. 'A.C.O.D.' is the comedy that Adam Scott fans have been waiting for

Remember how Elvis Presley looked when he was young? The perfect pompadour, the eyes a-twinkle, the smile so brightly and absurdly cocksure it seemed lit from within? Imagine Elvis reincarnated as a very tall and brainy American high school dude, with a quip for every occasion, and you’ll have an idea of the fresh yet slightly skewed charisma of Miles Teller, the gifted star of The Spectacular Now. He plays a high school senior about to graduate named Sutter, who would, at a glance, seem to have it all. Sutter already knows how to talk to the ladies — he looms over them — and the way he drops little aggressive jabs into his conversation could easily make him seem like a shark. Except that for all that snappy gift of gab, he exudes a sweetness that can’t be faked. He’s smart and clever and a little blissed-out, with a soft-edged understanding of other people. He coasts along in school, enjoys his part-time job (as a clerk at a men’s clothing store), and seems to get off on every moment of every day. So where’s the rub? During almost every one of those moments, he’s drinking (from a flask, or from a soda cup that he’s secretly spiked with whiskey). He’s precocious as hell, yet he lives in the moment, in the happy buzzed now, because he’s not interested in imagining a future. READ FULL STORY

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