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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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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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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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Review: Thor: The Dark World

The_The_Dark_World_Poster1“Thor: The Dark World” is simply Marvel’s most fun movie.

Way back when, Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) father, Bor, supposedly annihilated a race called the Dark Elves, thwarting their attempt to shroud the universe in darkness using a weapon called the Aether. Trouble is, the leader of the Dark Elves, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), and a few cohorts abandoned their race mid-fight and managed to escape so they could get another chance to see their plan through in the future. In present day, about two years after the events of “Thor,” Thor is reveling in the success of his efforts to bring peace to the Nine Realms. However, before the Asgardians can enjoy this universal accord, the Nine Realms align, portals open, and the Dark Elves return.

“Thor: The Dark World” is easily one of Marvel’s most entertaining films. It’s got action, adventure, heart and some of the best superhero movie comedy. There are some logic issues, but the film is such a joy and thrill that the pleasure of the illusion leaves no room for misgivings.

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Review: Thor

As someone who isn’t up-to-date on her comic book reading, these films tend to be a bit of a blur. However, lately, that sensation fades after the films’ releases. Thanks to Marvel, over the years, I’ve gotten to know tons of endlessly fascinating characters like Iron Man, Spider-Man and more. Of course there were less memorable ones like Daredevil and the Punisher, but rest assured, Thor certainly earns his place in the latter group.

Meet Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), the king of Asgard. As the aging Odin approaches the end of his reign, he must select one of his two sons, the all-powerful Thor or the magical Loki (Tom Hiddleston), to assume the throne. While Thor’s seemingly the favorite, his decision to travel to the world of the Frost Giants to violently put an end to their long-term feud with the Asgardians, leaves his father no choice but to banish him for the threat his reckless behavior poses to their people.

Thor arrives on Earth via a charged tornado, the force setting off the radars of a local cosmologist, Jane (Natalie Portman). Jane rushes out to the scene of the action with Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and their college intern, Darcy (Kat Dennings). That’s when she literally drives her truck straight into Thor. While Thor tries to figure out the oddities of this foreign realm, Jane and her team take him to be a guy who’s just out of his mind. However, as she starts to piece together the facts of his arrival and simply get to know Thor as a man, she’s compelled to believe.

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Interview: Kill The Irishman’s Ray Stevenson

Ray Stevenson has a knack for battling mobsters. He took on Jigsaw’s army in Punisher: War Zone back in 2008 and now, he’s targeting the real deal, Cleveland’s criminal underworld. In Kill the IrishmanStevenson stars as Danny Greene, a mobster who one day decides enough is enough and that he wants to run the show himself. When he wasn’t setting off car bombs or putting guns to his enemies’ heads, Greene fought for dockworkers’ rights via the International Longshoremen’s Association, tended to his family and enjoyed jogging. He wasn’t all that bad.

In fact, that’s one of the elements that drew Stevenson in to begin with; amidst all of the crimes Greene committed, he still maintained a code of conduct and managed to show a bit of heart, too. In honor of the film’s March 11th release, Stevenson sat down to tell us all about his experience making this film. He touched on everything from developing the character to working with the impressive ensemble cast, which includes Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini and more, as well as his new hair and mustache. Check out the highlights from the roundtable interview in the video below.

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Interview: Kill The Irishman Writer-Director Jonathan Hensleigh

Writer-director Jonathan Hensleigh is a lucky guy. It’s quite surprising that a filmmaker hadn’t snatched this story up sooner. Danny Greene had one heck of a life that came to an end on October 6th, 1977, but it isn’t until March 11th, 2011 that we’re finally getting the chance to see that story play out on the big screen in Kill the Irishman.

We meet Greene (Ray Stevenson) when he’s just a boy battling it out on the streets alongside his pal, Joe Manditski (Val Kilmer). From there we fast forward to adult Danny working as a longshoreman on the docks of Cleveland. Unhappy with the working conditions, Danny takes it upon himself to challenge the union leader in order to make a difference. He winds up assuming that position himself, but rather than focusing solely on his noble intentions, he gets involved in the mafia and from there, it’s a power struggle packed with car bombs.

With the film’s release fast approaching, Hensleigh took the time to sit down and tell us all about the entire process from adapting a true story, to working with such a talented cast, to shooting in Detroit and much more. Have a glance at the roundtable interview for yourself in the video below.

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