I will be out of town until the 4th. If anything comes up I will post when I get back. Till then!
Allegient Part 1 starts filming
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced today (May 20th) that principal photography has commenced in Atlanta on the feature film adaptation of THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT – PART 1, the third installment of the blockbuster DIVERGENT action adventure franchise, starring Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer, and Academy Award® nominated Naomi Watts. Golden Globe® nominated Jeff Daniels joins the cast. Returning cast members include Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Keiynan Lonsdale and Jonny Weston, as well as Mekhi Phifer and Daniel Dae Kim. Other new cast members also include Nadia Hilker and Bill Skarsgård. Based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, the film is being directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Noah Oppenheim and Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Stephen Chbosky. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the film through their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are executive producing through their Mandeville Films banner along with Barry Waldman and Neil Burger. Lionsgate will release ALLEGIANT – PART 1 theatrically in North America through its Summit Entertainment label on Friday, March 18, 2016.
After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, in Allegiant Part 1 Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it.
The Divergent series of books were written by Veronica Roth and have been perennial New York Times best-sellers since 2011. Book sales of the “Divergent” trilogy have surged to over 34 million copies worldwide, up from 17 million at the time of DIVERGENT’s March 21, 2014 release. Allegiant sold 455,000 copies on its first day of release in 2013 to break a company record for Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers. Pre-orders for Allegiant exceeded those of any book in the history of HarperCollins.
The first two DIVERGENT films have grossed more than $550 million at the global box office and are Lionsgate’s highest-grossing films domestically outside THE HUNGER GAMES and TWILIGHT franchises.
The fourth installment in the series, ALLEGIANT – PART 2, is slated for release on March 24, 2017.
Erik Feig, Co-President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Gillian Bohrer, Lionsgate’s EVP of Production & Development, and Matt Janzen, Lionsgate’s VP, Production & Development, are overseeing the project for the studio.
The actress is doubly adept at comedy and heavy drama. Just don’t ask her to dance.
Naomi Watts is pretty famous for funny footwork. She received a Screen Actors Guild nomination this year as Bill Murray’s girlfriend, a pregnant Russian stripper, in “St. Vincent.” When she won in a different category as a cast member of “Birdman,” she tripped on the massive train of Emma Stone’s dress and nearly fell walking up to the microphone.
But she’s never hoofed it on film like her campy hip-hop bumbling in Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young.” Playing a forty-something New Yorker trying to copy her young friend Amanda Seyfried at dance class, Watts takes off like a washing machine rattling through a spin cycle during a 7.0 earthquake.
“Everyone’s fascinated with that,” she laughed in a phone interview. “It was beautifully written, as everything by Noah is,” but it was one of the few times that the typically controlling director, who forbids improv, “wanted to see how things play out.”
To stay fresh (and frankly clumsy) as a fish out of water, Watts took one dance rehearsal, while Seyfried thoroughly learned the routine.
“There’s no way I could have picked up any of this in one hour. At first I was like, ‘Oh, God, this is awkward and embarrassing.’ But I think that’s the theme of the movie, that we do need to reopen ourselves and feel foolish to be alive. We can’t live with such control and measure.”
‘While We’re Young’ stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle aged couple who find their stagnant lives reinvigorated by their friendship with a couple of twentysomething hipsters.
Oscar-nominated director Noah Baumbach is known for his portrayals of dysfunctional relationships and this latest movie is no different.
“I had many ideas sort of floating around that I hadn’t found a place to put. One idea I was thinking a lot about was couples and wanting to make a movie about couples and how they interact with each other. How they project their own stuff onto each other, how they might romanticise how the other couple is doing versus them, or they get critical of the other couple, and somehow that found its way into this sort of generational comedy,” says Baumbach.
Forty-six year old Watts admits that part of the reason she joined the cast was because many of the film’s topics hit home for her:
“When you see a couple making out in front of you at a dinner table, on one hand you’re going, ‘Oh that’s a little awkward.’ But at the same time you go, ‘Wow! Why don’t we do that anymore?’ You feel like, ‘Are we giving up on ourselves here? Can we be more exciting?’ And they sort of reawaken that spirit in us which is great for a while. But then it sort of becomes… I don’t know if their interest in us is that authentic… Are we just of meal ticket for them?,” she says.
The film has mostly amused critics who have described it as Noah Baumbach’s most accessible and amusing work and a near-perfect portrait of two conflicting generations
‘While We’re Young’ is on global release from now.
Last year Sportscraft looked to eight ambassadors to celebrate its 100-year milestone in the industry. For Autumn 2015, however, the Australian lifestyle brand has signed on just one: Naomi Watts.
This is one of the most fitting partnerships we’ve ever seen to date, and the 46-year-old actress thinks so too. “Sportscraft represents all the things that are a part of me: a working woman, a mother, someone who wants to look classic and well put together,” she said in a behind-the-scenes video.
Shot by Carter Smith on a picturesque beach down under, Naomi models a mix of elegant and sophisticated ensembles which the respected retailer is so well known for. Think soft-pink and creamy turtlenecks teamed with beige or crisp-white roll-up pants for a timeless look that suits Naomi perfectly.
“It’s very flattering to be invited to work with important brands, and the fact that it’s Australian… and obviously my heart is still always in Australia,” Naomi said of the shoot, making us fellow Aussies feel all warm inside. “I think Australian style is, you know, effortless,” she continued.
Watch the behind the scenes video below.
Congrats to Naomi for her nomination for “Best Supporting Actress” for Birdman.