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Why Alex Pettyfer Could Hurt ‘Divergent’

Alex-PettyferThe Hunger Games dodged the bullet, but Divergent looks like it could get hit in a way that really might hurt. Via DivergentSeries.netOh No They Didn’t! is reporting that Alex Pettyfer is confirmed for the role of Four in the young adult book-to-film adaptation.

Shailene Woodley will lead as 16-year-old Beatrice Prior, a girl living in a time when the population is divided into factions based on lifestyle and values. Beatrice is born into Abnegation, the group that shuns self-indulgence and vows to act selflessly, but come the Choosing Ceremony, Beatrice will finally be able to decide for herself if that’s the path she wants to take or if she’ll leave her family and everything she’s ever known behind for a different faction. Whether she goes with Abnegation or not, Beatrice still must endure a rigorous initiation process before being accepted as a full-fledged member — and that’s where Four comes in. Four is Beatrice’s initiation instructor and, not surprisingly, her love interest.

I’ve been championing Divergent for quite a while as the next big, quality YA book-to-film adaptation and after director Neil Burger snagged Woodley to lead, it seemed close to a sure thing. Then news broke that Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet was circling a role, further suggesting that Divergent could have more to offer than most. But now, if this latest update is true, one casting misstep could wind up decimating the movie’s potential.

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Review: Magic Mike

There’s no denying that I’ve got a list of actors I simply enjoy looking at, regardless of the material or their performance. However, in all honesty, I’m not usually one to seek out a film for the sake of eye candy alone. But Magic Mike is a different story and, can you blame me? While I definitely got what I came for in that respect, Magic Mike turned out to be much more than a star-studded peep show of a feature; it’s got substance.

Nineteen years old, living with his sister and having a tough time finding work, Adam’s (Alex Pettyfer) got it a little rough. However, after getting a roofing gig on Craigslist, Adam meets Mike (Channing Tatum) and soon after that, the money starts rolling in.

It turns out, construction is just Mike’s day job. At night, the ladies shower him with cash. Mike, or Magic Mike, is a stripper at Xquisite Male Dance Revue in Tampa. Along with Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello), Ken (Matt Bomer), Tito (Adam Rodriguez), Tarzan (Kevin Nash) and head honcho Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), Mike hits the stage every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night to a riotously adoring crowds. When the opportunity arises for Adam to slip in, he surprises himself and turns out to be a natural.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Countdown: Dream Casting ‘Catching Fire’

In August of 2010 I posted “Daring to Dream: Casting ‘The Hunger Games’ Movie” on Cinematical. Not a single person I named was cast and I still stand by my choices to the point, but I must concede Gary Ross and Lionsgate did a much better job. However, that’s not stopping me from dream casting the sequel, Catching Fire.

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Of course there are quite a few characters from round one that will not return, but we’ve got quite the handful that are not only still in the spotlight, but consuming more of it. Catching Fireis Katniss Everdeen’s story just like The Hunger Games, so Jennifer Lawrence’s return is top priority. Sure this whole X-Men: First Class 2 thing put a little strain on the Catching Fireproduction schedule, but Lawrence needs to be front and center and the studio’s got to make that happen in any way it can.

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Review: In Time

Once in a while you need a movie that lets you just sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Sure, these films can be rather mindless, but spoon-fed entertainment can make for a fun night out. On the other hand, that’s no excuse to take a notable novel premise and never bring it to its intellectual and emotional potential. With highly entertaining and thoughtful movies like Gattaca and The Truman Show on his resume, you’d expect something rather exceptional from writer-director Andrew Niccol. However, with In Time he’s got that brilliant idea, but never digs deep, leaving us with nothing more than a high concept.

Sometime in the future, people are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25-years-old. At birth, each person’s given one free year and then the moment he or she turns 25, the timer on his or her forearm starts counting down. Time is literally money so the only way the population can avoid timing out and maintain a living is by working for more time or by stealing it.

Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) resides in Dayton, one of the poorest zones in the country, a place where everyone lives day-to-day and hopes to get paid before their hours run out. When a wealthy man stumbles into Will’s part of town, rather than continue to enjoy his near-immortal existence, he opts to take his own life, but not before giving Will his 100+ years. With his newfound time, Will heads to New Greenwich, a place where people have so much time, they hire round-the-clock bodyguards to protect them. However, Will isn’t just there to play and enjoy his fortune, rather spread the wealth and defy the system.

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Review: I Am Number Four

Movies about characters with super powers are inherently alluring. There’s something extremely fun about watching someone walk around knocking villains off the face of the earth. Oddly enough, what can kill the enjoyment of films like this isn’t shoddy effects or lack of reason, rather simply not believing in itself. If the characters aren’t entirely into the story, how can an audience be? I Am Number Four has just about every problem in the book, but it’s the major disconnect between director D.J. Caruso, his cast and the material that makes the film a downright waste of time.

Alex Pettyfer is David, or John, or Number Four. He’s actually one of nine teen aliens hiding on Earth since the destruction of their home planet, Lorien. Each has a guardian to protect them from the evil Mogadorians who are ruthlessly hunting them one-by-one. One, Two and Three have already been killed and John is next. In order to maintain his secrecy, he’s constantly relocating and changing his identity.

The problem is, in his newest town, Paradise, Ohio, John finds a reason to stay for good, Sarah Hart (Dianna Agron). John also finds a friend in the school geek, Sam (Callan McAufliffe), who’s got a deeper connection with John than just being school bully Mark’s (Jake Abel) favorite targets. As the Mogadorians draw near, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John’s guardian, urges him to pack up and leave yet again, but John insists he’s got something to stay and fight for, and fight he does.

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