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Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Fault_in_Our_Stars_PosterIf you think “The Fault in Our Stars” is gunning for tears, you’re right. It is. But not without giving you something in return. The movie isn’t just about letting you have a good cry; it’s about inspiring you to appreciate the good in life while you do it.

Shailene Woodley leads as Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager suffering from Stage 4 thyroid cancer with metastasis in her lungs. She’s doing well thanks to an experimental drug called Phalanxifor, but it’s not a cure. Hazel’s mother (Laura Dern) wants her to attend support group, make friends and live as normal a life as possible, but Hazel can’t stop looking at herself as a grenade; one day, she’ll explode and take everyone she’s close to down with her. However, Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) doesn’t care. Regardless of the circumstances, he’s fallen for her and insists on being with her no matter what.

If you’ve read the book or are somewhat familiar with the film, you’re already well aware that Hazel’s story is a total tearjerker. But, “The Fault in Our Stars” isn’t just a good cry. It also isn’t just a strong young adult film or just a heartwarming romance. It’s a comprehensive, honest slice-of-life with the power to conjure a wide range of emotions that then let you appreciate the whole experience – the ups and the down.

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Why You Need to Pay Attention to the Folks Who Made ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

the-fault-in-our-starsIt’s time to get to know and love the team behind The Fault in Our Stars because after what’s expected to be a huge Friday, June 6 start, the talent involved will have loads more to come.

In case you missed author John Green’s New York Times best seller, The Fault in Our Starsfeatures Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager suffering from stage-four thyroid cancer with metastasis in her lungs. Even though her mother insists she try to make friends, attend support groups and have some fun, Hazel can’t help but to look at herself as a grenade that’s bound to explode and hurt everyone around her. However, when Hazel catches cancer survivor Augustus Waters’ (Ansel Elgort) eye, he falls for her so hard, he won’t even entertain the idea of them being apart.

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10 Reasons Why We Love Shailene Woodley

Shailene_WoodleyAt the age of 22, Shailene Woodley has already accomplished quite a lot, but between Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, 2014 is bound to mark her biggest year yet. Here are 10 reasons to love this breakout star.

She Worked Her Way Up

After scoring short runs on shows like The O.C. and Crossing Jordan, Woodley led The Secret Life of the American Teenager for five seasons, received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for The Spectacular Now and earned a Golden Globe nod for her work in The Descendants.

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The YA Countdown: The Latest Buzz on ‘The Fifth Wave,’ ‘Allegiant’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Fault_in_our_StarsClearly the young-adult book-to-film adaption craze isn’t slowing down anytime soon, but it seems as though the success of Divergent may have triggered a few major steps forward because we’ve got new details on three high-profile projects.

First Clip from The Fault in Our Stars

If you thought the chemistry between Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars was palpable, just wait until you catch the first clip from the Josh Boone adaptation.

In the film, Woodley leads as Hazel, a 16-year-old cancer patient. She manages to survive with stage four thyroid cancer with metastasis forming in her lungs, but Hazel still has a tendency to keep to herself and that’s why her mother insists that she attend a support group. Even though Hazel isn’t thrilled with the idea, she changes her tune after meeting Elgort’s Augustus Waters, an osteosarcoma survivor. The connection is instant and profound. She’s never felt this way about someone before, let alone have that person feel the same way back, but even though their bond feels so right, she often struggles and wonders, is it wrong to pursue it given her condition?

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‘Divergent’ 101: Meet the Characters

Kate_WinsletSo you still don’t know much about the YA adaptation coming to theaters March 21, Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley? With so many people, groups and ideologies to keep track of, it’s no wonder you might be confused what it’s about.  See where everyone stands at a glance with our guide.

Jeanine Matthews

Jeanine is the leader of Erudite and Divergent’s main antagonist. She’s the one busy trying to demolish Abnegation’s reputation so that her own faction can assume control of the government. As a stickler for the rules and the “faction before blood” way of life, Jeanine has no tolerance for the Divergent.

Who is she? Academy Award winner Kate Winslet.

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‘Divergent’ Fan Review: How Does the Movie Compare to Veronica Roth’s Book?

DivergentThe first film in a potential young-adult book-to-film franchise is always a challenge. Not only do you have to convey a compelling narrative, but you also must establish an entire world around it, and in Divergent’s case, that’s quite the undertaking. The concept of a society being divided up into five factions is a strong starting point, but what makes the book a particularly engaging read is how that lifestyle sparks interfaction rivalries, family strife, personal problems, ethical issues and more. Director Neil Burger and the folks behind the screenplay do a standout job building this world and then filling it with meaningful details that newcomers can understand, appreciate and enjoy, but what about those who are already familiar with the ins and outs of this realm?

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Interview: Divergent’s Ansel Elgort

Ansel_Elgort_DivergentMeet Ansel Elgort. You better get to know him now because he’s bound to make quite the name for himself over the course of the year. Maybe you saw him in the Carrie remake, but Divergent is another story. With a sequel already planned and good buzz fueling its momentum, this will most likely become the next big YA franchise. And if we learned anything from TwilightHarry Potter and Hunger Games, that will skyrocket its cast members to a new level of fame.

In the film, Elgort plays Caleb Prior, Beatrice’s (Shailene Woodley) older brother, but not by much. Now that they’re both 16, they’re due to take aptitude tests before participating in what’s called the Choosing Ceremony, which is where they decide whether to stick with their parents in Abnegation or switch to one of four separate factions: Dauntless, Erudite, Amity or Candor. Caleb does have a knack for being selfless, but what if his test told him he was a natural fit for a life of bravery, intelligence, peace or honesty?

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Review: Divergent

Divergent_PosterAfter a slew of young adult book-to-film adaptations essentially crashed and burned, it’s finally time for “The Hunger Games” to make some room because the quality of “Divergent” justifies all of the hype and gives the film a solid shot at becoming a successful franchise-starter, too.

The story takes place in a future Chicago in which society is divided up into five factions based on core values. The Abnegation place precedence on selflessness, Erudite believe intelligence is of the utmost importance, Dauntless pride themselves on bravery, Amity on peace and Candor on honesty. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) is a member of Abnegation, but that could change come the Choosing Ceremony. Even though she was born into that faction, it’ll ultimately be her decision what kind of life she wants to lead. Does she stick with her family or follow her gut? The Aptitude Test is supposed to help with that, but in Beatrice’s case, it only makes the choice more difficult because she didn’t test positive for just one faction, but rather three. Beatrice is Divergent.

Even if you’ve only seen a single trailer for “Divergent,” it’s quite clear that it’s a tricky scenario to explain. Some story components get lost in the mix, but the screenwriters do manage to convey the basics in a dynamic fashion. The film opens with Beatrice running through the preliminary details via voiceover, but soon enough, they’re paired with the appropriate visuals, and, much quicker than one might expect, you’re consumed by this world and ready to start exploring the details of the situation, and then Woodley takes it from there.

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10 Differences Between the ‘Carrie’ Remake & Original 1976 Movie

Carrie-Differences-Remake-OriginalCarrie may have taken her telekinetic wrath from the 1970s to modern day, but beyond that, Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie falls right in line with the Brian De Palma original. However, even though the films hit all the same beats, share character names, and even some dialogue, the 2013 version isn’t a total copy and paste job. The structure stays the same, but by using a little modernization, additional character details and new scenes here and there, Peirce essentially recreates the same experience while trying to make it her own (read our Carrie remake review).

Whether or not that remake technique works for you, if you’re a fan of the original, it certainly makes pinpointing those differences an entertaining game. Check out all the changes we caught in the new Carrie and let us know which ones you spotted, too.

It goes without saying that the following post contains SPOILERS for Carrie and the 2013 Carrie remake.

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YA Movie Countdown: Why ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Will Be Unlike Any Other Recent YA Adaptation

Fault_in_Our_Stars_BookHave you had enough dystopian young adult book-to-film adaptations? Would you rather nix the supernatural creatures? Tired of love triangles? Not only is John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars dystopia, creature and love triangle free, but it’s also exceptionally grounded and moving.

The Gist

The story hones in on Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old diagnosed with stage-five thyroid cancer with metastasis on her lungs. She quickly loses her breath, travels around with an oxygen tank, and is always heartbroken over what her situation does to her parents, but she tries to be “normal” otherwise, taking classes at a local community college and watching as many episodes of America’s Next Top Model as possible.

Hazel also attends a regular support group. That’s where she regularly sees Isaac who’s been plagued with eye cancer since he was young. One particular night, Isaac opts to bring a friend along, Augustus Waters. Gus was once a star basketball player, but after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, he lost his right leg. Now in remission, Gus sticks by Isaac’s side as he hits a troubled spot in his recovery. But, while on Isaac duty, Gus’ eyes do wander and they land right on Hazel.

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