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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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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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SDCC 2011: Torchwood Panel LIVE

And we’re back in Ballroom 20, a little late, but with more than enough time to catch some of the goods from the Torchwood: Miracle Day panel. The event is already underway and from where I’m sitting, I can see John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Alexa Havins, Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman and producer Jane Trante.

Apologies in advance for any poor name-spelling as I’m not particularly familiar with the show.

10:20 – Will we find out where Captain Jack went after Children of Earth? Barrowman says no, but perhaps it could be something to explore in another series. “Make up what you want. I just thought Jack had a great time with Alanzo.”

10:24 – Barrowman says “Jack is going to have another involvement” and hints at something coming in episode seven. “You learn a lot about Jack and Gwen in that episode.”

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