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‘Insurgent’ press conference and interviews with the cast!

A couple of days ago, our too-amazing-too-be-real cast attended the ‘Insurgent’ press junket in LA! And not only we got a panel, but two: one with Veronica Roth, Octavia Spencer, Shailene Woodley, Naomi Watts and producer Lucy Fisher. And the other with Mekhi Phifer, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ansel Elgort and producers Todd Lieberman and Douglas Wick. Check below to see them all:

Women’s panel:

Men’s panel:

Also, check this individual interviews with the cast:

Shailene Woodley:

Theo James:

Veronica Roth:

Miles Teller:

Ansel Elgort:

Naomi Watts:

Octavia Spencer:

Kate Winslet:

Jai Courtney:

Who are you the most excited to see in ‘Insurgent’? Share a comment or tweet us!

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Ansel Elgort opens up with Elle Magazine

If you happen to have a crush on our Caleb, Ansel Elgort, but really have no idea what type of girl he’s into, then it’s your lucky day! Ansel chatted with Elle Magazine and told them everything: from his first time and high school experiences to what he wants now.

About that first time:

“I was 14. I had no clue what I was doing, and neither did the girl […] I didn’t even make the lighting good. That’d be one thing I’d do differently. It was, like, fluorescent, bright bedroom light, like, over the covers”

He also got asked about what Shailene Woodley had taught him about women:

“Shailene is very different. I wouldn’t use her as an example of what most women are like. She hates people pleasing. She wishes the world could be a place where we could be really honest and true to our emotions”

And about his perfect girl:

“If you can find a girl who you can go to an EDM concert with, have a conversation with, who will sit on the couch and watch you play GTA for three hours—and then you go to bed and have amazing sex? That should be your girlfriend”

Well, he has it clear! Read the rest of the interview here and leave your thoughts below or tweet us!

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‘DIVERGENT’ director Neil Burger talks Shailene Woodley and train jumping!

Neil  Burger spoke with Vulture about filming Divergent, power of Shailene Woodley and more.

What would be in your fear landscape?
Just directing a fear landscape! [Laughs.] Trying to figure out the best way to do it! Yeah, that was one of my favorite things going into it, because inLimitless, I had explored some of those trippy effects, psychotropic mindscapes, where we’re trying to represent them in the world of the mind. So I thought this was an opportunity to take it one step further. So the first idea was the aptitude test, to do that infinity mirror room, which is something I had played around with in Limitless as well, and then we were able to do it in a really cool way in this. And then with the birds, it’s like trying to envision what’s your worst nightmare, and what’s really the logic of a dream?

One of Tris’s fears is about intimacy with Four, and Shailene has great chemistry with Theo James. What was it like determining that, testing the two of them together?
It was incredible, actually. We did a worldwide search for Four, and so when we finally found Theo, I saw him, I met him, I thought he was great, and then we put him in a room with Shailene, and did a screen test. And I knew immediately, because they just had this electricity, this energy, where she’s a really strong actress, and it can sometimes overwhelm the actor she’s playing against, because she is so good and she is so powerful, but not here. He was the one that was sort of intimidating her, which was the perfect dynamic for their relationship. She was really infatuated with him, and he was sort of intrigued by her, and it was perfect. I always wonder, because people keep asking me, “Are they together? They’re a couple, aren’t they?” And I’m like, “You know what? They should be.”

Have you read Allegiant yet?
Of course I have, yeah. [Laughs.] I know! I saw that story plastered all over the web — “Neil Burger hasn’t read Allegiant yet,” which always invites death threats, you know. [Laughs.]

Sorry! But because you hadn’t read it when we last talked, you mentioned that you went to Veronica Roth to clue you in before it came out, so you could revise Divergent accordinglyWhat changes did you make based on those conversations?
I’ll tell you this — when I first got the script of the movie and came on to it, it was kind of sketchy. There were some scenes that weren’t in the script, the zip line, or Christina hung out over the chasm by Eric, and I thought, “Those haveto be in the movie.” They’re such iconic scenes. And I understood why they tried to cut them out when they were developing the script, but they had to be in there. So often, it was trying to fight to get everything into the movie, which was the real challenge.

With Veronica, I was asking her lots of questions about the world, why was it the way it was, and what was going on. I wanted them to go outside the wall. I was thinking that for the end of the movie, I should have them go through the fence, and outside the fence, which in a way they do. And when Four brings the Initiates to visit the fence, they climb up and they look out, and they sort of speculate on what’s out there. And Tris turns to Four and says, “Do you know?” And I wrote something, that he had been out there, that he had ventured out, and wasn’t going to tell what he saw. I asked Veronica, “What if he had been out? What do you think?” And she said, “I don’t think he could have been out there to any degree, venturing into the world, just because of what happens in the third book.”

If the zip line and the Christina-chasm scenes weren’t in the original script, what about Edward’s eye getting poked out?
Not only was that something else that I put back in — and we shot it — but we took it out. We had to keep it moving, and that was a really painful thing to cut, but we did shoot it, and it’s a great scene. It’s one of those things in movie-making, to make the whole better, you sometimes have to kill some of these. It’s called killing your babies.

Let’s talk about the train jumping. What was that like to shoot?
That was one of the bigger challenges to do. I wanted it as much as possible to be real, with the stunts, with everything, with the train. I didn’t want a train sitting stationary on a soundstage, with them jumping on and off against green screen. So we built our own train car, we laid out hundreds of feet of train track, and we also had them climb the real L-tracks. That’s not what they do in the book, it’s something that we added, but I just thought it would be very cool. And they are really running along that train, getting on, and then they are jumping off of a moving train. It’s connected together with some visual effects, but they’re really doing it, and that train is moving. Maybe it was about 15 miles per hour? You have to actually do it at a speed that they can run that fast to get on. You get to 15, and it starts to get a little bit hard.

Did you ever try to do it yourself?
I did! Oh, yeah. It was great. I always feel that way as a director — if they’re going to do it, I have to do it. But I did not get up on that zip line. I would have liked to do that. But the same thing, we strung a zip line through the streets of Chicago, and in all these things, we did them in a variety of different ways and combined them together, but we always did it for real. The zip line was a more complicated thing because it started up on a crane, like 200 feet in the air, so getting up there was no joke.

Click here to check out the rest Neil’s interview with Vulture.

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Interviews and photos with Christian Madsen & Ben Lloyd Hughes from #DivergentTour in Miami!

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Divergent Faction attended the Divergent screening in Miami. I was able to ask Ben Lloyd Hughes(Will) and Christian Madsen(Al) a few questions. I also took a few pictures.

Read the interviews and see the photos below:

DF: How does it feel to be in something that you know is going to be really huge?

Ben: It’s exciting and daunting at the same time because you don’t know how people are going to like it. And weather they’re even going to respond, but you you just hope they aren’t too dissapointed.

DF: A lot of fans actually want to know if you;re on twitter?

Ben: I’m not on twitter. And any account that says it’s me , if they do exists, I don’t know, but it’s not me.

DF: How do you relate to your character Will?

Ben: I relate to him because he’s got a good sense of humor I hope and I like to try and have a good sense of humor. He’s a much kinder person than me and a much kinder soul than me, but I try to be as kind as him.

DF: What was your favorite scene to shoot?

Ben: There’s a scene in the canteen where Shai, Zoe and I get lifted up on everyone’s shoulders and carried around the canteen and that was really fun.

DF: What was it like working with Shailene Woodley?

Christian: It was great. My friend Ken Bowman worked with her on a TV show and he said nothing but nice things about her. When I met her down in the lobby day one it was like we related or something. Very humble very nice on and off camera. So prepared for what this is supposed to become. It was good. I’m so proud of her. I saw the film and she’s incredible in it.

DF: Do you feel you relate to your character Al?

Christian: Yeah 100%. Only so often do you come across something in the breakdown here you’re like “oh this is literally me”. But then you still don’t have a shot because you still have to win people over in the room. Luckily they gave me a chance.

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ICYMI: Shailene Woodley talks ‘DIVERGENT’, Jennifer Lawrence and more with The Daily Beast!

The Daily Beast talked with our Tri, Shailene Woodley and during that interview she talked about Divergent, Jennifer Lawrence and why she turned down the role in Fifty Shades of Grey.

When we last discussed Divergent at Sundance, we spoke of how relevant the story is to the times we live in.

That’s part of the reason why I did this movie. There’s so much opportunity for conversation since the movie is so metaphorical to today’s society. One of the most beautiful quotes in the book is when Tris says, “Back in the day, my mom had a choice between eating naturally-irrigated food and genetically-engineered foods. Now, there is no choice. That’s all we have.” I thought that was so powerful because we’re getting to a point where all agriculture is going to depend on seeds that were created in a lab—which is so counterintuitive to the way Mother Nature meant it to be. There’s the issue of a tyrant taking over and genocide—someone going in, choosing a particular class of people, and murdering them by brainwashing other people. And there’s the issue of spying on other people and this whole drone situation going on now.

Right. In Divergent, the Dauntless faction is implanted with chips that track them, and are also brainwashed into committing genocide.

It’s crazy. I just got back to L.A., where I live, and me and my friend were in the carpool lane driving under a sign and it went beep-beep, and I was like, “What’s that?” And she said, “Oh, it’s this new thing you can buy that allows you to drive in the carpool lane and it registers with these signs, and every time you go under one of these signs it tells you you’re going under it.” There’s no privacy anymore! There are cameras everywhere, there’s technology everywhere, everything’s out in the Internet. It’s like 1984. It’s a weird time to be alive. It’s a beautiful time to be alive, but it’s different from the past because technology is so advanced today, so there’s really no precedent when it comes to our privacy.

Are you worried about your own privacy? You’re about to become a bigger star because of Divergent, and we’ve already seen how the UK press has treated celebrities when it comes to hacking.

Not really. The thing with privacy is I’m just going to make sure that whatever I hold sacred stays sacred. What I hold dear to my heart is nobody’s business in the same way whatever you hold dear to your heart is nobody’s business, unless you’re willing to share that. As far as the hacking stuff goes, I don’t really have to worry about that. I’m not a big technology person. I don’t even have a smartphone. I don’t even have a cellphone! And if I were to have one, it would be a flip-phone. There’s a bigger lack of privacy than there’s ever been, but there’s also a bigger lack of camaraderie and community than there’s ever been. I mean … just asking people for directions. Since I got rid of my phone, having to pull over and be like, “Hey, buddy—do you know how to get here?” I’m talking to people more than I’ve ever talked to in my life because I no longer have that crutch. The more you get away from all the technological buzz, the more freedom you have.

I also saw a metaphor in the film when it comes to the Erudite faction, the conservative, buttoned-up, capitalistic group, and Abnegation—the more social welfare-oriented faction interested in helping the poor through various programs. Erudite is trying to wrestle control of the government away from Abnegation via nefarious schemes. It seemed like the Erudite stood in for right-wingers.

That’s the thing with this book—there are so many correlations. The whole government-takeover thing is a huge deal, whether it’s right-wing, left-wing, or Timbuktu. Because of the state of the economy, there’s so much more tension in politics right now than I can ever remember. I don’t really know enough about politics to go into it in any detail, but the interesting thing about the movie is: you have two very strong, very bright, very empowered, very brave females—Kate, the antagonist, and my character, the protagonist—but if you look at it from an objective point of view, neither character is bad. If this movie was told from Kate’s point of view, Tris would be the antagonist. We don’t know what Kate’s intentions are. Yes, chipping people and telling them to wipe people out is mental, but Tris is also murdering people. Sure, she’s killing people based on what she believes in, but she’s still killing people. It’s The Art of War. So it’s tough to judge them based solely on their intentions. It’s their actions—what they end up doing—coupled with their intentions, that matter. If the Republicans or the Democrats started murdering a bunch of people, that action doesn’t necessarily say what their intention is, but it says how far they’ll go to fight for what they believe in.

You mentioned “empowered” females, and it’s great that today, we have these young female protagonists kicking ass onscreen—whether it’s Divergent or The Hunger Games. When I was a kid, you’d have been pretty hard-pressed to find any of that in movies, let alone blockbusters.

One of the biggest things I enjoy about it is the relationship between Zoe’s character (Christina) and my character. Oftentimes in films, even if you do have a really strong woman, there’s jealousy and envy among her sisters. So you’ll have this really empowered leader, who’s a chick, and then she has some sort of envious relationship with another woman in the movie. And in this movie, there’s no envy and no jealousy—no ridiculous girl-fights. It’s such an important message to send out there in this age of feminism because, yes, men need to respect women, and women need to be the leads of films, but at the same time, how do we expect men to respect women if women don’t respect women? A big theme in my life is sisterhood, and I think that this movie is a really great representation of that—of being there and supporting one-another without the malicious attacks that so often come in movies and media. So many women feel so much anger towards other women.

It’s cool that in today’s Hollywood, the young actress is sometimes cast first—in your case, or Jennifer Lawrence’s, or Kristen Stewart’s—and then they have a say in the casting of their male co-star. That would never have happened in Old Hollywood. How did you land on Theo?

Isn’t he so good in it? We auditioned a lot of guys, and a lot of these actors were playing male, masculine leaders. Even if they were good, they were still acting it. Theo walked in and just demanded it with his presence. Theo is smart as a whip—he majored in philosophy and traveled the world before he even became an actor—so he’s had a full life before the industry, and he didn’t feel like he had to prove his masculinity.

Did you audition with the kissing scene? Was it basically just you kissing a bunch of studly guys and going, “Sorry, not feeling this one.”

[Laughs] That would have been awesome, but no, it was not. With Theo, I think everyone knew. When we were filming, everyone said, “You and Theo have such crazy chemistry,” but I didn’t realize it until I saw the movie. Theo is in it for the right reasons. He’s not in it for the glamour, the toys, or the excess, and neither am I, so we respect each other on that level. And we’re good teammates and have each other’s backs, and I think a lot of our chemistry stems from that.

How were you cast as Tris? I imagine you had to go to bat for it.

It’s kind of crazy, actually. The way it happened was so quick and easy. I had a meeting with the producers and told them about my interests—which involve survival skills—and then I met with Neil, and he said, “I think you’re Tris.”

What faction would you choose, and why?

I stole this answer from Veronica Roth, but I thought her answer was so brilliant and perfect: I would choose to be factionless. I wouldn’t want to be a part of any one faction and be living by a specific set of rules. And I love the sovereignty that comes with the factionless. I would probably choose to be Dauntless, and then I’d be annoyed by the rules and purposely fail out to be factionless.

And if you were put into that Dauntless simulation that triggers your worst fears—or “fear landscapes”—what would your worst fears be?

I’m one of those people that sort of gets off on fear—like heights and stuff. I enjoy things that make my adrenaline run. But mine would probably be being in a submarine submerged thousands of feet underwater, or being in space. Those two things are fucked up. No way.

Click here to read the rest of the great interview.