INSURGENT (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

5 Reasons We’re Dying to see ‘Insurgent’!

INSURGENT (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

INSURGENT (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

For those who haven’t read Insurgent, beware! Spoilers ahead.

Next spring, Summit Entertainment brings us the second installment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. The stakes are raised in this action-packed sequel as Tris and Four find themselves at the center of a rebellion that could mean the end of society as they know it. Here are some reasons to look forward to Insurgent.

The cast

We’re already in love with Shailene Woodley and her handsome male co-stars, but Insurgent brings even more talent to the table. Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer joins the cast as Johanna, the pseudo-leader of the Amity faction. Also featured in the sequel will be Naomi Watts as Four’s estranged mother and leader of the factionless rebels. Lost and Hawaii Five-O fans will be pleased to see Daniel Dae Kim as Jack Kang, a representative of Candor. Kate Winslet will return as Jeanine, the ice queen of Erudite. Theo James, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller will all reprise their roles in the sequel, and all three of their characters play a much bigger part in this film than in Divergent.

We get a look inside the other factions

In the first movie, we see what the Abnegation and Dauntless communities look like and how they operate. In Insurgent, Tris and Four find refuge in Amity and Candor. Both factions have their own unique traditions that compliment the virtues they stand for. Unfortunately, Tris experiences discomfort in the midst of these two factions as she struggles to be honest with those she loves and to be kind to those she doesn’t.

Tris kicks some serious butt

We got to see a good bit of this in Divergent, but Veronica Roth really cranks up the girl power in the sequel. Weighed down by the post-traumatic stress disorder she develops after shooting her friend Will while he is under the simulation, Tris finds herself constantly fighting for her life. However our heroine’s strength isn’t just in her physical prowess. Her instincts and intelligence come into play as her alliances shift and force her to make difficult decisions about who is trustworthy.

Things heat up between Tris and Four

Like any teenage girl discovering her own sexuality, Tris faces temptations while trying to make sense of her emotions. Her feelings for Four are mixed up with the recent loss of her home and her parents, while he copes with his unwanted family reunion. Throughout Insurgent, Tris and Four struggle to untangle their pain from their mutual desire and burgeoning love. While both our heroes are willing to make huge sacrifices in the fight for the greater good, Tris and Four don’t always agree on what that ultimately means. The tension threatens their romance and the two must learn how to respect the tenacity in each other before their relationship can move forward.

We get to meet the factionless

No longer are the factionless a mysterious group of faceless beings. Tris and her fellow fugitives meet the outcasts of their strictly segregated society early in the sequel. We meet back up with Edward; the Dauntless initiate who was kicked out after Peter stabbed him in the eye with a butter knife. Leading the band of rebel outcasts is Four’s mother, Evelyn. As much as she hates Jeanine and Erudite, Tris is wary of this new commander and her motley crowd of cohorts. Everyone in Insurgent has a different agenda and Tris has to be careful where she steps or risk losing everything.

Similar to The Maze Runner series, our daring protagonist learns that her world is far more sinister than she could have imagined. The dark implications in the structure of her society are just the beginning. The stakes are much higher in Insurgent and Tris has to decide for herself what kind of person she wants to be. Frankly, I’m just hoping to see more of shirtless Theo James.

 

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Theo James and Shailene Woodley at the INSURGENT SDCC Fan Event (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

VIDEO: Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Natalie Dormer Meet Fans at Special SDCC Event!

Theo James and Shailene Woodley at the INSURGENT SDCC Fan Event (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Theo James and Shailene Woodley at the INSURGENT SDCC Fan Event (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Lionsgate held two special fan events to celebrate the upcoming releases of Insurgent and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Daily Quirk is bringing you the inside info! Fans of the Divergent and The Hunger Games franchises roared with excitement at getting to meet the films stars. Shailene Woodley and Theo James chatted with fans and signed copes of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series books and one lucky young crowd member became tear-eyed as she met face-to-face with the handsome, James. Natalie Dormer, the latest star to join the The Hunger Games took part in a special “Capital Experience” along with the rest of the film’s Rebel Warriors. Not to be outdone, they gave the fan who waited in line to meet them the longest the star treatment and an exclusive first viewing of the film’s trailer! Watch the video below to see Woodley, James and Dormer in action! Continue reading

Shailene Woodley (Image Credit: MTV)

She said WHAT?: Shailene Woodley’s Top 5 Quirkiest Quotes

Shailene Woodley (Image Credit: MTV)

Shailene Woodley (Image Credit: MTV)

If you’re a movie fan, you probably now recognize actress Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster via The Fault In Our Stars. If you knew her before the film’s release, you might remember the crazy things she said during the press tour she had for the film. Before that, Woodley was once the star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family, where she played teen-mother, Amy and shined as Tris in this year’s Divergent. Continue reading

GIVEAWAY: Win a special ‘The Fault in our Stars’ prize pack!

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The wait is almost over, nerdfighters! The theatrical release of John Green’s The Fault in our Stars is just around the corner, and if the wait hasn’t killed you, these last three weeks might. But, in order to make the anticipation a little less trying, The Daily Quirk is offering you a chance to get your hands on an awesome TFIOS prize pack. Continue reading

DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Summit Entertainment)

5 Scenes We’re Excited To See in ‘Insurgent’!

DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Summit Entertainment)

DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Summit Entertainment)

It’s official, folks! Insurgent, the second book in Veronica Roth’s bestselling Divergent series, will become a movie. The sequel has officially been given the green light, and both Shailene Woodley and Theo James are already on board.

While the entire movie is sure to be great, there are a handful of scenes I’m especially looking forward to. Read on for the list – but be careful! Spoilers are ahead for those who haven’t read Insurgent or Divergent. Continue reading

Ansel Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Image Credit: James Bridges/20th Century Fox Film)

‘The Fault in Our Stars’: How close will the film follow the book?

Ansel Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Image Credit: James Bridges/20th Century Fox Film)

Ansel Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Image Credit: James Bridges/20th Century Fox Film)

Every day that passes brings a dedicated fandom closer to the movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Now that the trailer has been released, emotions are ramping back up in anticipation. Tears have been spilled, fangirls have squealed and everyone wants to predict just how closely the book and movie will line up. Let’s analyze together. Continue reading

Five Reasons Why ‘Divergent’ Is Not ‘The Hunger Games’

Shailene Woodley Theo James in DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)

Shailene Woodley Theo James in DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)

This coming March, another popular young adult novel will be heading to a theatre near you. Similar in structure to The Hunger Games, Divergent by Veronica Roth sees a teenage heroine fight for personal identity and fairness in a post-apocalyptic world. But, other than that, Divergent greatly differs from The Hunger Games and people need to know this before they see the film! So, below is a list of five reasons why you shouldn’t just write it off: Continue reading

Get a look at the Dauntless Tattoos in the new ‘Divergent’ character posters!

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The official movie poster for Divergent was released by Summit Entertainment. In case you’re out of the loop, Divergent is the next big book to screen movie adaptation coming in March 2014. The poster shows off Tris and Four on a high-up cropping of some kind in full Dauntless dress (complete with a weapon for Four). In the background is a peek of the interpretation of Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago. You can even see the ferris wheel that comes up in the beginning of the book. These are all good signs for book lovers everywhere waiting in anticipation.

Along with the movie poster, character posters for the Dauntless faction characters came out. There were seven character posters total. There had been unofficial versions of Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) floating around the internet. But this is pretty much the first look at Christina, Tori, Peter and a few others. The best part is we get a hint of the tattoos that are common in the Dauntless faction. Check out the posters below and keep watching The Daily Quirk for more updates as they come.
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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Book Cover and Set Shot (Image Credit: John Green / Instagram)

The latest ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Updates from John Green!

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Book Cover and Set Shot (Image Credit: John Green / Instagram)

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Book Cover and Set Shot (Image Credit: John Green / Instagram)

If you’re a fan of The Fault in Our Stars, you probably know that John Green is a bit of an Internet celebrity. If you follow John Green throughout the Internet, you may have an idea of just how excited he is about this movie. Just in case you don’t follow him or don’t have the time, I’m going to attempt to do a roundup here of all of the great updates that he’s sharing on Tumblr, YouTube and Instagram, almost all of which can be found on his Twitter stream.

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An Interview with ‘The Spectacular Now’ Director James Ponsoldt

James Ponsoldt (Image Credit: Jim Ponsoldt)

James Ponsoldt (Image Credit: Jim Ponsoldt)

Since hitting the film festival circuit earlier this year, director James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now has been gaining steam as an indie/teen movie darling.  The film, about a high school senior named Sutter (Miles Teller), whose hard partying and live-in-the-moment ways begin to be called into question when he meets an atypical girl named Amy (Shailene Woodley), releases nationwide over Labor Day weekend.  In addition to Teller and Woodley, the film stars Kyle Chandler and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and was adapted to the screen by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber from the novel by Tim Tharp.

The Daily Quirk was lucky enough to score an interview with the rising-star indie filmmaker and director, James Ponsoldt, to talk about The Spectacular Now and his upcoming projects.  I can’t express how delightful it was to speak with James and hear the love and enthusiasm he has for The Spectacular Now and its stars.  In the words of a filmmaker friend of mine, “he’s a big deal.”  However, you wouldn’t know it by speaking with him – he was humble, funny, friendly, and incredibly kind.  Read on to see for yourself… Continue reading

Theo James and Shailene Woodley in DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

‘Divergent’ Movie Trailer Debuts at Video Music Awards! Watch it now!

Theo James and Shailene Woodley in DIVERGENT  (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

Theo James and Shailene Woodley in DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

Fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series were given a sneak peek at the first trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation during last night’s Video Music Awards on MTV. The movie, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, is slated to hit the silver screen in March 2014.

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John Green & Shailene Woodley announce she’ll be cutting her hair for ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and donating it to charity!

The Fault in Our Stars (Image Credit: John Green) / Shailene Woodley (Image Credit: Crestock)

The Fault in Our Stars (Image Credit: John Green) / Shailene Woodley (Image Credit: Crestock)

One of the best things about John Green being internet famous is that he’s constantly online and sharing awesome details about the production of the movie based on his novel, The Fault in Our Stars. On Tuesday he announced via YouTube and elaborated on Tumblr about the big aesthetic change that Shailene Woodley is making this weekend to play Hazel Grace Lancaster.

There’s no denying that Shailene has gorgeous hair. When it’s not pulled back, it reaches almost to her natural waist and has the kind of beauty that you know comes from being healthy, not from hours at the salon. Her character in The Fault in Our Stars (or TFiOS as it’s known online) is a 16-year-old cancer patient, so fans already expected to see a very different look in the movie. What wasn’t necessarily expected though, is that rather than wear a wig for the role, Shailene is going to cut her hair and donate it to Children With Hair Loss, a non-profit organization who provides wigs for children dealing with medically-related hair loss.

As a founding member of Nerdfighteria, John is a big believer in promoting awesome and decreasing world-suck (all the things that suck in the world), so of course he’s excited over something like this! He shared it in his Vlogbrothers video on Tuesday as well as on his Tumblr, not exactly compelling the community to do the same, but wanting to share the idea with them and encourage them to do so if they had any inclination to do so. John did ask that if anyone does participate, to post about it and use the tags #hairforhazel and #itgrowsback to keep the posts trackable.

I hope that Children With Hair Loss is ready for the donations they’re about to get; Shailene has joined the conversation and explained her own relationship with her hair and is urging anyone who is in a place to do so to donate theirs as well. She is also gracious enough to be clear that if you love your long hair, you should definitely keep rocking it.

Just from the volume of posts on tumblr about people cutting their hair, I’m going to guess that they will be receiving many more donations in the next few weeks than they typically do. As someone who has donated her hair in the past, I think it’s a fantastic thing and would encourage anyone who is comfortable doing so to check out the donation page and head to a salon. When I cut mine, I went to a SuperCuts and they did it for free, you may want to call a local place and see if that is offered near you!

I’ve been scrolling through the tags on tumblr and I can’t help but notice that every single person I’ve seen with a before and after picture looks AMAZING in the after picture. It’s starting to make me want to go for a super short cut myself! I’ll probably just end up donating some money to help CWHL fund the wig making.

As soon as there are pictures of Shailene’s cut, we’ll be sharing them, in the meantime, please leave a comment sharing your donation stories or whether you’ll be participating in this unofficial hairforhazel drive!

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The Latest on the ‘Divergent’ Movie Adaptation!

Shailene Woodley Theo James in DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)

Shailene Woodley Theo James in DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)

Based on the young adult novel written by Veronica Roth, Divergent already has quite the following. When it was announced that this popular novel was going to be made into a movie, fans were overjoyed. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the cast of Divergent sat down at a panel, ready to discuss all the details of the upcoming movie and their roles. Continue reading

Check out the first image of Kate Winslet in ‘Divergent’! Plus more new stills!

Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews in DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)

Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews in DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)

Check out the very first image to be released of Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews in the movie adaptation of Veronica Roth’s popular Young Adult Dystopian Thriller, Divergent!

The film will star Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, a girl who walks away from her family and faction of selfless members of Society known as Abnegation, to join Dauntless, the fearless faction that provides Society with security. Dauntless members are known to take risks, but there’s something that Tris learns about herself that makes her different from the rest of the Society. Continue reading