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Movies.com Also visits the DIVERGENT Edit Bay and got a Sneak Peek!

Last week Movies.com , Fandango, BuzzSugar and others got to visit Divergent’s edit bay in Los Angeles.

Want to know what they saw?

Fear Landscapes

Later on in the narrative, there’s another serum that’s pivotal to the latter half of the dauntless initiation process, the fear landscapes. Burger explained, “[Tris’] first half of training is physical, fighting and shooting, all that and the knife throwing. And then the second half of training is psychological, having to face your worst fears.” Burger noted that while those fears are very specific in the book, in his film, they expand them. “They’re very contained in the book and we kind of set them out – some of them – in the real world, or in sort of a bizarre real world. We put her outside the fence in certain places.”

2. KNIFE TRAINING

The Scene

Inside the Dauntless compound, Eric (Jai Courtney) leads the initiates in knife-throwing training. Christina (Zoe Kravitz) points out that Tris is “kind of good at this.” Al (Christian Madsen), on the other hand, is having a tough time and Eric notices. Eric insists that Al retrieve his knives even though the other initiates are still throwing. Eric sees Al hesitate and asks, “Are you afraid?” Al bluntly replies, “Of getting stabbed by an airborne knife? Yeah.” Eric doesn’t appreciate his honesty and insists that Al stand in front of the target while Four (Theo James) gets set to hurl knives at him.

But Tris steps in and tells Eric, “Anyone can stand in front of a target. It doesn’t prove anything.” That only enrages Eric further and he insists that Tris take Al’s spot. She gamely takes position and Four throws, his knives landing closer and closer until one nicks her ear, drawing blood. At that, Eric declares, “Points for bravery, Stiff. Not as many as you just lost for opening your mouth.” He ends the practice session leaving just Tris and Four behind. Four admits that he meant to cut her because Eric wouldn’t have let her off without a scratch. He points out, “You’d still be standing there if I hadn’t hit you,” to which Tris replies, “Am I supposed to thank you?” Says Four, “If I wanted to hurt you, I would have.”

Head on over to Movies.com to read the full article.

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BuzzSugar Talks DIVERGENT with Director Neil Burger!

BuzzSugar also visited the Edit bay room for Divergent along with other reporters. They were also able to interview director Neil Burger.

Check out the interview:

What’s the dynamic of the relationship between Four and Tris?
Neil Burger: I think what’s cool about the relationship is that they don’t fall in love in the beginning. There’s real friction and certainly sexual tension in their relationship, but he’s incredibly hard on her. [He’s] really pushing her, and it just has a different kind of feel to it. He’s like a stone wall, just gives nothing. It’s really confusing to her, and it’s compelling for her, and you see that in that knife throw. He cuts her, but he sort of does it on purpose, because that’s actually the only way to get her off the hook in front of Eric, who’s a real dangerous character. And then obviously later, they come together.

Why did you cast Theo James as Four?
NB: Because he’s a real man. He is. And he is tough as nails, and he is really intimidating. Shailene, actually, is a really strong actress. She’s powerful herself, and we needed somebody that was more powerful than her, which wasn’t easy to find. We found somebody who intimidated her, basically.

He’s an incredible fighter. He really has those chops. There’s a number of scenes in the movie where he fights, and he’s amazing, as well as having this really wonderful quality. I’ve said this before, that he has this combination of Paul Newman crossed with Bruce Lee. He’s this wonderful man, but then he has an exotic quality to him as well. And they — Shailene and Theo — have a real natural chemistry, which you hope for. They really cared for each other and amused each other and were turn on by each other, actually. That’s partly what’s going on in the movie as well, minus the “maybe they amused each other.” There’s this sort of palpable energy for a number of different reasons in the story. They’re both from Abnegation, he’s this stone wall, he’s got these incredible secrets as well, which makes him vulnerable, which makes him put up his guard more.

Is there more or less romance in the movie than there is in the book?
NB: I think it’s similar to the book, but I think what you have is an atmosphere of sexual tension throughout the movie. There’s the romance that’s the kissing and the giving in; then there’s the cat and mouse, the dance leading up to it. That’s what there is a lot of. The movie is incredibly romantic in that way. It has this quality of romance, because they are eyeing each other and tiptoeing around each other each in their different way. There is this palpable attraction and friction and electricity between them in the while movie.

What do you make of the Hunger Games comparison to Divergent?
NB: It’s annoying. [But] this movie probably exists because of the success of that movie, and that movie exists because Twilight was a success, and Harry Potter. These movies have a lineage. The comparison, yeah, it is annoying; it is, however, a young woman in a postapocalyptic society, so the comparisons are inevitable. However, as I said, going inside this world, that’s a very prominent part of this story. This is a far more complex story thanHunger Games, and if you know the book, she starts out questioning her place in society and questioning society itself in a real way.

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Fandango Gets Sneak Peek at DIVERGENT with Neil Burger in Edit Bay!

Fandango had the opportunity to be in the edit bay with DIVERGENT director Neil Burger. They got a sneak peek at Divergent. Check out what they said.

1. THE APTITUDE TEST

The Scene

As teased in the trailer, we see a brief interaction between Beatrice and her test administrator, Maggie Q’s Tori. Tori hands her a vial of clear liquid and Beatrice drinks as instructed. One second, Beatrice is laying on the table, talking with Tori, but immediately after drinking the serum, she turns over and Tori is gone. A moment later, Beatrice sees herself in Tori’s place. She approaches the mirror image but just before their hands touch, the camera pans away, revealing more mirror images of Beatrice, and then again revealing a seemingly endless number of incarnations. Finally, one speaks up, demanding that Beatrice #1 choose between a knife and slab of raw meat. Beatrice enquires, “Why? What do I do with them?”

Immediately after, she gets her answer.

There’s a vicious, snarling dog right in front of her. The camera stays on Beatrice as she bends down and when we cut back to the dog, it’s turned into an adorable, harmless puppy. Then, just like the book, a child appears across the room, but the child in the film version is donning Abnegation grey giving the impression that she’s meant to be a young Beatrice. The young girl shouts, “Puppy,” and the dog returns to its original form and chases after her. Just in the nick of time, big Beatrice lunges on top of the beast and both sink down into a liquefied floor. Then it’s back to the aptitude test room where a frantic Tori insists that Beatrice tell her family that the serum made her sick. When Beatrice pries for her results, Tori explains, “Your results were inconclusive,” and warns, “It’s extremely rare. They call it Divergent.”

The Verdict

Even though Burger noted that the visual effects are works in progress, the mirror trick looks fantastic. We can’t be inside Beatrice’s head during her aptitude test quite like we are in the book, but between the meaning behind what she’s experiencing and the additional access via Woodley’s performance, the sequence is both enthralling and telling. 

Fear Landscapes

Later on in the narrative, there’s another serum that’s pivotal to the latter half of the dauntless initiation process, the fear landscapes. Burger explained, “[Tris’] first half of training is physical, fighting and shooting, all that and the knife throwing. And then the second half of training is psychological, having to face your worst fears.” Burger noted that while those fears are very specific in the book, in his film, they expand them. “They’re very contained in the book and we kind of set them out – some of them – in the real world, or in sort of a bizarre real world. We put her outside the fence in certain places.”

Questions for Veronica

Burger kept Roth close by to insure he had a firm understanding of her book and how the world works, but he also took it one step further by trying to get a grasp on the little things, some of which are so little, they’re never even mentioned in the book. “When she’s writing a certain scene, certain things don’t matter to you, but when you’re looking at it in the movie, it’s like, okay, how is it lit? What’s powering those lights or whatever it is? Do they have money? Do they have pets? Where do they get their food? Not just from the Amity farms, but what’s a market like or isn’t there one? How is it distributed?” When asked if we’d see any of those things in the film, specifically pets, Burger laughed and explained, “You don’t see pets. A little bit. You get a sense of the world a little bit. But the movie’s very much from [Beatrice’s] point of view and so you’re going on her journey rather than wandering in the world.”

On Allegiant

If you’ve read Roth’s most recent release, Allegiant, it’s nearly impossible to look at components of Divergent the same way, especially the variety serums. When asked if having read Allegiant colored his take on Divergent, Burger admitted, “Yeah, no, it did and I was talking to Veronica while she was writing it and so I didn’t know everything that was coming, but I knew some of it so that we’d make sure we’d go off on a particular path. But yes, it’s an interesting situation in that Allegiant is so extreme in a way, but I think this movie stands on its own.”

2. KNIFE TRAINING

The Scene

Inside the Dauntless compound, Jai Courtney’s Eric leads the initiates in knife throwing training. Zoe Kravitz’s Christina points out that Tris is “kind of good at this.” Christian Madsen’s Al, on the other hand, is having a tough time and Eric notices. Eric insists that Al retrieve his knives even though the other initiates are still throwing. Eric sees Al hesitate and asks, “Are you afraid?” Al bluntly replies, “Of getting stabbed by an airborne knife? Yeah.” Eric doesn’t appreciate his honesty and insists that Al stand in front of the target while Theo James’ Four hurls knives in his direction.

But before they start, Tris steps in and tells Eric, “Anyone can stand in front of a target. It doesn’t prove anything.” That only enrages Eric further and he insists that Tris take Al’s spot. Without half as much hesitation, she takes her position and Four begins to throw, his knives landing closer and closer. Unlike the book, there’s no taunting from Four, only Eric who demands Four place his knives even closer until one nicks her ear, drawing blood. At that, Eric declares, “Points for bravery, Stiff. Not as many as you just lost for opening your mouth.” He ends the practice session leaving just Tris and Four behind. Four admits that he meant to cut her because Eric wouldn’t have let her off without a scratch. He points out, “You’d still be standing there if I hadn’t hit you,” to which Tris replies, “Am I supposed to thank you?” Four ends the conversation with, “If I wanted to hurt you, I would have.”

The Verdict

Even though some of the knife-throwing and impact sounds don’t match up just yet, the tension is still palpable courtesy of Courtney’s absolutely flawless look combined with his undeniable on screen intensity.

Tris vs. Katniss

When your narrative involves a young woman fighting for her life in a post-apocalyptic world, comparisons to The Hunger Games are inevitable and Burger knows it. However, he insisted, “This is a far more complex story than Hunger Games, and if you know the book, she starts out questioning her place in society and she ends up questioning society itself, in a real way.” He noted that Katniss never changes. “She’s a good archer to begin with and she’s good at the end.” Tris, on the other hand, “goes through this massive journey, this incredibly extensive change from somebody who is very sheepish and kind of wants to disappear and just doesn’t want to be seen to somebody who’s just gonna really stand up.”

Woodley on the Rise

Similarly, should Divergent live up to all the hype, Woodley could be heading towards an extreme transformation of her own. Burger explained, “[Shailene’s] loose and gets in her car and goes down to the store and goes on a road trip or whatever it is and is just completely open.” He insisted, “I don’t think it will change her and I think the tough thing is that it doesn’t mean things don’t change because people look at you in a different way and they can’t see you for who you are. I think she’s aware of that, but I think she’s really adamant about not having it change her and I hope she’s successful with that.”

3. FOUR’S TATTOO REVEAL

The Scene

In the movie, the conversation between Tris and Four in his dormitory takes place on a balcony of sorts, an exterior location with a view of the sunset bathing the pair in a warm orange/pink light. To the tune of Ellie Goulding, Tris begins the conversation by asking about Four’s tattoo. He pulls off his shirt revealing the exact same tattoos from his character poster, including all five faction symbols. Tris asks, “Why do you have all of them?” Four replies, “I don’t want to be just one thing. I can’t be. I want to be brave and I want to be selfless, intelligent, and honest and kind.” He jokes, “I’m still working on kind,” after which the two embrace and kiss.

Verdict

Admittedly, while watching Woodley and James film back in May, it was tough to pinpoint and feel an honest connection – something that isn’t particularly surprising considering we only got to watch one person’s performance at a time. However, after getting to see their work cut together, it’s clear they’ve got something and when you compare their interaction at the end of the knife-throwing scene to this moment here, it suggests that this won’t be some love at first sight nonsense; we could get an honest, thoughtful build in the final feature. 

Casting Four

When asked about locking in James for the role of Four, Burger explained, “I’ve always said that Shailene is a really strong actress, like on set. She’s powerful herself. We needed somebody that was just more powerful than her, which wasn’t easy to find. And we found somebody who intimidated her, basically.”

On the Romance

It’s easy to scoff at the overabundance of familiar relationships and love triangles in the YA-to-film realm, but with Divergent, Burger strives to make the connection between Tris and Four stand out by maintaining an atmosphere of sexual tension throughout the film. “There’s the romance that’s just the kissing and the giving in and then there’s the cat and mouse, the dance of it leading up to it, and that’s what there is a lot of.” Burger continued, “The movie is incredibly romantic in that way and has this quality of romance because they are eying each other and sort of tiptoeing around each other, each in their different way, so there is this really palpable sense of attraction, friction, tension and electricity between them in the whole movie.”

Ellie Goulding

When asked if the song “I’m Dead in the Water” is final or just temp music, Burger noted, “It’s not the final, but it is Ellie Goulding. She’s gonna do some music.”

As you know DIVERGENT hits theaters on March 21, 2014.


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‘Divergent’ Director Neil Burger Won’t Return for INSURGENT!

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Variety is reporting that Divergent director Neil Burger will not return to direct the second movie, Insurgent.

“Divergent” director Neil Burger will not helm “Insurgent,” the second title in Lionsgate’s upcoming young-adult franchise, and the studio has set the sequel for a March 20, 2015, release.

Check out Summit Entertainment’s official statement:

Neil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent. We can’t wait for you to see the film. But as amazing as Neil is he still cannot be in two places at once and thus needs to finish post production on Divergent while we gear up to start production on Insurgent. So, although Neil will continue on as part of our Divergent family as an executive producer, we sadly have to find another director for the next chapter in Veronica Roth’s fantastic series.

Burger is currently in post-production for “Divergent,” starring Shailene Woodley, for a March 21, 2014, release and Lionsgate is currently seeking another director for “Insurgent.”

The March, 2015, release date requires that production start this spring. Lionsgate also announced Monday that the third film, “Allegiant,” will be released a year later on March 18, 2016.

The “Divergent” franchise — released via its Summit brand — is viewed as a key to Lionsgate’s strategy to lead in the young-adult genre. Summit’s five “Twilight” films have topped $3.3 billion in worldwide grosses and Lionsgate’s first two “Hunger Games” have pulled in over $1.4 billion.

In February, 2011, Summit closed a deal to acquire film rights to Veronica Roth’s futuristic novel “Divergent” with Red Wagon toppers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher attached to produce along with Pouya Shahbazian. Lionsgate then bought Summit early last year and signed “Limitless” helmer Burger to direct several months later.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told Wall Street analysts in May that owning “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight” gives the company a catalyst in launching other properties. He noted that “Divergent” has been dated for release on the same slot used last year for the release of “The Hunger Games” and that the books have racked up strong sales.

We don’t know why Neil Burger won’t be back. Maybe it has to do with schedule conflicts.


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DIVERGENT Featured in Sci Fi Magazine!

The release of the Divergent movie just keeps getting closer and closer. Divergent is featured in the most recent issue of Sci Fi Magazine.

Thanks to @epnebelle we can see scans of the article that features Divergent.

In the scans you can see director Neil Burger, Shailene Woodley (Tris) in what is the knife throwing scene, a photos of Tris fighting with Four in the background and another scan of Neil Burger along with Maggie Q (Tori).

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Check Out 3 new DIVERGENT Stills in Hitkrant Magazine

Some brand new stills from Divergent have surfaced on the internet. Thanks to @LadyofErudite and IamDivergent we have a look at the stills. The stills feature Tris and Four. There is also a photo of Neil Burger showing Shaliene Woodley(Tris) and Theo James(Four) something.

Thanks to our friends over at DivergentsUK we have know what magazine it is ,Hitkrant magazine.

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Our friends over at DivergentsUK transcribed the magazine.

It is June 12, 2013 and HITKRANT is in Chicago. Not because we’re tornado’s, which are that are expected that evening (so much fun) but because we are visiting the set of Divergent. Indeed, the movie based on the book by Veronica Roth starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

While it gets harder to breath outside, we are dealing with a small group of journalists from the UK, France and Mexico on a bus to the center of Chicago. There, between the skyscrapers, on an abandoned piece of grass is a set where white and gray houses are built. They’re rather bland, but if we look better we see that the houses are of the Abnegation, the group that Tris and her family are a part of. Inside the houses we see nothing, but we are promised we get (something-translation fail)! Exciting!

Rows with outfits
So we are once again on the move and this time we drive further out of town. There on the edge of Chicago are movie studios, which also happens to be the place where the America’s TV series Chicago Fire is filming. We see nothing, we head immediately for the door of the studio where Divergent is filmed. It’s not all camera crews at work, but behind the scenes, much more happens . For example, there are rooms full of rows of costumes for the various groups (factions). We see the tough outfits of Tris and her new group (Dauntless) but also the gray clothing which they had to bear in Abnegation. For that you must wait for a first look.

It’s really scary when we walk onto the set and we’re suddenly in ‘The Pit’, the place where the Dauntless live. It seems as if we are in a deep ravine. The spokesperson of the film tells us that we are to see a small part. The rest has already been removed to make room for other sets. Anyway, it remains impressive and we can almost imagine how scary the edge of The Pit is for Shailene Woodley as Tris.

Action
*(Unsure of this sentence)*. In a kind of square are actors Theo James (who Four plays) and Shailene who are waiting for the director to call ‘Action’. Because yes, that really does happen in a movie. Then we finally see a scene from Divergent with Shailene and Theo. They sit together in Four’s fear simulation, which makes it clear that he is terrified of small spaces. He and Tris sit together on set in the ever shrinking room. The goes on for a few minutes, then come the jokes: ‘To the Bat-Mobile,” but at a time when not filming. The scene goes on and on and on and the jokes on the set are still more fun. At a given moment Theo asks Shailene if she wants to go to dive into bed with him, and then they nod ‘yes’. Ehm … will we see a new love duo emerge again?

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In the Chicago of the future everyone is divided into five groups. If you’re sixteen, you must choose a group you want to live in, like Tris Prior. *(Unsure of this sentence)*. During the inauguration, she must face her greatest fears and ensure that no one knows her secret. Tris is ‘abnormal’ and should be in no group
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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: