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Jai Courtney is one of GQ Australia’s Men of the Year for 2013 Breakthrough of the Year!

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Our Eric, Jai Courtney, is one of GQ Australia’s Men of the Year for the year of 2013.

A local lad who came from nowhere to storm Hollywood, he swapped bar work for blockbusters alongside luminaries known by their first names. Best yet, the sudden Ascension hasn’t changed him.
A few years before his big break opposite Tom Cruise, Jai Courtney had his own Cocktail moment. “After acting school, I talked my way into a job at a busy Sydney bar. I was petrified – I’d never bartended and knew nothing about mixing drinks. Being so nervous I didn’t dare touch any booze, just had a few pieces of cake at a friend’s birthday before my first shift. As I’m reaching for my third slice, my mate says, ‘Hey big fella, you want to take it easy on that – it’s full of hashish.’”
Whether he remembers it or not, Courtney became a star that night. “Oh, I came up with some incredible creations,” he laughs. “I wish now Tom and I had broken out the Bostons and mixed it up on the set of Jack Reacher. Tom’s a sharp cat, but man, I could have taught him a thing or two.”
It’d make a nice change from people asking Courtney what Cruise and Bruce Willis – whom he starred opposite in A Good Day to Die Hard – had taught the 27-year-old.
“Tom and Bruce lead by example,” he says, “and there’s technical skills and life wisdom they’ve learnt over the years that contribute to what they craft on screen. Learning lines, hitting marks, training for and then performing stunts, that’s all part of it. 
But there’s so much more going on behind the camera than in front of it and knowing how that machine ticks can change how you act for – and even watch – films.”
Such depth of awareness in one so young says a lot about why Jai Alexander Courtney’s star is soaring. Only a few years ago the hulking lad from Cherrybrook, north of Sydney, was working the backroom of a butcher by day and cocktail bar by night. Now he’s got two blockbusters to his name, three big films set for release and another three to shoot in 2014.
The most secret of those projects is The Water Diviner – the directorial debut of Russell Crowe – for which Courtney is now rehearsing in Sydney. “It’s a compelling father-son story set in Gallipoli – but not really a war film,” he says. “The script is close to my heart and I trust Russell’s vision… although I’m going to be on horseback and it’s been 20 years out of the saddle for me, so I’ll have to study hard.”
That won’t be a problem. Courtney is a legend among his Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) alumni for learning Chekhov’s Three Sisters in less than 24 hours when the male lead fell ill. He didn’t drop a line and owned the three-hour show. For Die Hard he learnt Russian, for Reacher it was stunt driving and for the upcoming I, Frankenstein it was fight choreography. “I’m not particularly passionate about fast cars or automatic weapons,” he says, “but if it’s true to my character then rad. For me, acting is about believability.”
While much of Courtney’s success has been muscle-powered, he’ll soon reveal a softer side. Felony, directed by Aussie Matthew Saville from a Joel Edgerton script, has him playing a cop investigating a colleague over a hit-and-run. “Aside from some guest TV stuff and theatre I hadn’t really worked at home, even though I’d been itching to. So when I read the screenplay for Felony, I was so determined to be part of it. And what a fantastic experience it was – without doubt my favourite film to have shot to date.”


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Photos: Stills of Shailene Woodley in upcoming film ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’!

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Shailene Woodley is not only in Divergent next year but another film. The film is called White Bird in a Blizzard. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard if it because I haven’t either.

In the film Shailene plays Kat Conner.

Check out the synopsis:
A young woman’s life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.

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Source: Up & Comers


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Neil Burger Adds Commentary to the new DIVERGENT Trailer with MTV!

A new amazing Divergent trailer was released on Wednesday. Director Neil Burger sat with MTV and provided commentary on the trailer.

Check out what he said:

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Setting the Scene
” ‘Divergent’ takes place 100 years in the future after some kind of war or catastrophe happened, and society’s been reformed into five factions,” Burger says, setting the scene of the film. The cast and crew filmed in Chicago, using real, dilapidated buildings for the exterior shots and only utilizing CGI to turn Lake Michigan into a dried-up marsh.

The Aptitude Test That Changes Everything
As heroine Tris Prior, Shailene Woodley undergoes an aptitude test to determine which faction she belongs in. Burger describes the test as a “controlled nightmare,” pitting the teen against her darkest fears. Until, that is, she discovers the ability to mentally overcome the test.

“What she learns, as they say, is that her results are inconclusive. She doesn’t fit in anywhere and she’s what’s known as Divergent,” Burger says. “She doesn’t understand at this point, she just knows that it’s dangerous.”

Becoming Dauntless
Despite her inconclusive test results, Tris decides to leave the safety of her home faction and attempt to complete a brutal initiation into the Dauntless faction. Her first task?

“The only way they’ll allow you to go into Dauntless is, you have to jump off the ledge of this building through this ragged hole,” Burger says — and that’s after she’s forced to leap on and off of a moving train. Talk about hazing.

The Romance/Bootcamp Begins
Enter: Theo James.

Once Tris finds herself inside the Dauntless compound, she comes face-to-face with her instructor, Four, who will lead the young initiates through a grueling boot camp. Burger likens the experience to “being in the Marines, times 10. They shoot, they fight, they throw knives.”

In one classic scene from the book, Four throws knives at Tris’ head until one finally grazes her ear. “She stands up for a friend, and she’s basically punished by having to stand in front of a target and have Four throw these knives at he,” Burger explains. “And he can’t play it safe, or else he’s gonna give himself away. So he actually ends up cutting her with the knife.”

Cue the romance (and a shirtless scene!). “He takes his shirt off and he shows this intense tattoo that he has, which in a way represents all five personalities and more,” Burger says.

Societal Breakdown
“By the end of the movie everything goes to hell,” Burger says, point blank. As the society attempts to eradicate Divergents, Tris and Four team up to fight “as best they can.” But, Burger says, “it’s almost an impossible situation.”

Missed the trailer? Watch it here:


 


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WATCH: Veronica Roth in Dublin for #Allegiant Tour + Fans Reactions to the DIVERGENT Trilogy!

On November 3rd Veronica Roth visited Dublin for Allegiant Tour. The Tour was held at Eason book store and Eason just released a video of the process of setting up, fans reaction to the Divergent trilogy and of course Veronica Roth. During the video fans also talk which faction they’d be in.