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The YA Countdown: New ‘Hunger Games’ Posters, Plus: ‘The Maze Runner,’ ‘Frostbite’ and More

cressida-mockingjay-posterWelcome to the YA Movie Countdown, our resident expert’s biweekly guide to young-adult book-to-film adaptations.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’s November 21 release date coming up, Lionsgate just released a brand new set of character posters. That last batch primarily stuck to familiar faces, like Finnick and Effie, but this time we’re getting a closer look at some of the film’s new characters, namely Katniss’ camera crew, which includes Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross) and Castor (Wes Chatham). We also got a poster for Katniss’ personal protector, Boggs (Mahershala Ali), and Gale, too. You can check them all out below.

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Meet the New Cast Members of the ‘Divergent’ Sequel ‘Insurgent’

Keiynan_Lonsdale_UriahThere were a lot of famous faces in Divergent and only a select few got a significant amount of time in the spotlight, but that’s not stopping director Robert Schwentke and his team from sticking to the source material and throwing even more major players from the book into the adaptation of Insurgent, due out on March 20 of next year.

At the end of the first film, Tris, Caleb, Peter, Four and Marcus flee the city and board a train heading for the perimeter. Dauntless is compromised and Abnegation was devastated by Jeanine’s simulation, so now it’s off to find allies in new places from different factions. On top of that, there was a whole class of Dauntless initiates that got axed from the first adaptation, but now they’re coming back. Find out who they are and who’s playing them below…

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The YA Countdown: All the Latest News About ‘Divergent,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘The Maze Runner’ and More

divergent-blu-rayWith one 2014 young-adult book-to-film adaptation out and doing quite well and four more on the way, there’s an abundance of promotional material and news flooding the Web. There’s loads to sort through and quite a bit that’s worth knowing and seeing in the mix, so we’ve narrowed it down so that you can check out the best of the best.

Divergent

DVD and Blu-ray Release: Divergent is still killing it at the box office, but it’s already gearing up to rock the home-release charts, too. On August 5, Lionsgate will make the film available to own. If you’re gunning for a copy, you’ll have three options – purchasing it digitally on VOD, picking up a DVD or going big and snagging a Blu-ray combo pack. Of course the combo pack is the pricier of the bunch, but you get the most stuff. Not only does it come with the film on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD, but it also includes the making-of documentary “BringingDivergent to Life” and the featurette “Faction Before Blood” in addition to the deleted scenes and two audio commentaries featured on the DVD. You can preorder a copy right here, but if you just can’t wait, Lionsgate will unleash Divergent on Digital HD two weeks earlier on July 22.

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7 Things We Want to See in the ‘Divergent’ Sequel ‘Insurgent’

InsurgentEven though Summit Entertainment gave both Insurgent and Allegiant release dates months ago, the first sequel didn’t get its green light until Divergent managed to lock in $4.9 million in Thursday late-night screenings. Now, with $56 million in the bank, Insurgent is heading towards a May start date, and there are quite a few things the filmmakers should consider that could make the second adaptation a hit.

Warning! There are Divergent spoilers below.

Uriah

Uriah is a Dauntless-born initiate that makes an impression on Tris a handful of times throughout Divergent. Even though Uriah’s name did make it onto the Dauntless initiate ranking board and someone who fit his character description did pop up during the zip-line scene, essentially, he wasn’t in the movie. It’s disappointing because he is a fan favorite, but the first film adaptation was likely better off without him considering he spends most of his time with the Dauntless-born initiates and doesn’t have a significant impact on the flow of the narrative.

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20 Things You Need To Know About ‘Divergent’

Divergent_FactionsIt’s finally here! Divergent is due in theaters on Friday, March 21 and while the movie certainly stands on its own, there are a few elements of this world worth learning or revisiting. Here is everything you need to know to experience Divergent to the fullest.

The State of the World

Well into the future, long after an unnamed disaster, Chicago is in ruins. The large majority of the city is crumbling save for certain buildings in the downtown region. The tallest of them all, The Hub, was formerly the Sears (or Willis) Tower.

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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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Interview: Winter’s Tale Writer-Director-Producer Akiva Goldsman

Akiva_GoldsmanEven though he’s a prolific writer and producer, having won an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind and produced acclaimed features including Lone Survivor and I Am Legend, Akiva Goldsman decided it was time to give directing a go.  However, it wasn’t because Goldsman had dreamed of eventually directing a feature, but rather because he found material that struck such a chord that directing the piece himself became the only option.  Come Valentine’s Day, we’ll get the chance to check out Goldsman’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, Winter’s Tale. The film focuses on Colin Farrell’s Peter Lake, an expert thief who walks into a home intending to steal and winds up having something stolen from him – his heart.  (Come on; Valentine’s Day is on the way!)

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