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'Allegiant' will be two films? Why this decision might hurt Veronica Roth's work

There will be four movies for Four.

It was announced Friday morning that the final book in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant, will be split into two films, coming out a year apart, bringing the franchise to four films total. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows kicked off this trend — successfully — which means that now everyone feels free to turn their film installments into two projects (Twilight did it, and Hunger Games will do it as well). My colleague Darren Franich already wrote about why this is a trend that needs to die — and I wholeheartedly agree. But for Divergent/Allegiant specifically, I’m quite curious exactly how the studio plans to make two films — and how they plan to make sure that decision won’t ultimately hurt Veronica Roth’s work.

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'Divergent' scores: What does that mean for 'Allegiant'? -- POLL

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[SPOILERS for Divergent sequels Insurgent and Allegiant]

Exciting news for fans of Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA trilogy: Divergent cleaned up at the box office this weekend, which means that the next two films — with release dates already set for March 2015 and 2016, respectively — are likely a go. Fans will be seeing a lot more of Theo James and Shailene Woodley.

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On eating clay and believing in trees: The best of Shailene Woodley's nature-centric wisdom

By now, we all know about Shailene Woodley’s quirky, environmentally-friendly tendencies — she gathers her water from fresh springs when she can; she brought Jimmy Fallon a bag of herbs last week on The Tonight ShowBut that’s only the beginning.

Woodley is more magical nymph than Hollywood starlet; even Jennifer Lawrence’s relatable clumsiness can’t hold a candle to Shailene’s lovable kookiness. So after reading the Divergent star’s latest awesome interview, we decided to compile the Shailene-iest quotes she’s ever given. Check out what the offbeat actress has said about eating clay (yes, for real) and giving up Instagram below:

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PopWatch Planner: 'Divergent' hits theaters, 'Dancing With the Stars' returns, 'Pretty Little Liars' ends, and more

This week has a little bit of everything, from a big blockbuster hitting theaters to a new album perfect for your party playlist — not to mention a handful of television premieres and finales. For Pretty Little Liars fans, another season is coming to an end, while Drop Dead Diva viewers are gearing up for the show’s last run of episodes. So if you’re seeking a break from all things March Madness, look no further than our planner. You’re welcome.

SUNDAY 3/16

Crisis, 10 p.m., NBC

In the middle of a field trip, a school bus — one that’s carrying the children of some of the nation’s most powerful people — is taken hostage. How far will they go to save their kids?

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This week's cover: Getting ready for 'Divergent'

Not every movie adapted from a popular Young Adult novel is necessarily a guaranteed hit. For every Twilight or Hunger Games, there are plenty of others that didn’t manage to reach the same heights. (Think: Beautiful Creatures, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Vampire Academy, for example.)

This week’s cover story takes a close look at Divergent — based on the best-selling series by Veronica Roth and in theaters March 21 — starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James and directed by Neil Burger (Limitless). The pressure is on for this film to soothe the jangled nerves of a jittery industry that is watching the film closely, in hopes that it will be the one to continue the wave of YA hits. EW’s Sara Vilkomerson spoke to the filmmakers and actors about what it’s like to have such high expectations on their shoulders, and, for the stars, how they answer the constant question about whether they are ready for fame. “It’s completely impossible to answer,” Theo James says. “If you say anything, you sound like a douche bag because who knows what the f— is going to happen?” (His co-star agrees. “It’s something that hasn’t happened yet,” says Woodley. “Anyway, change is inevitable. It happens every day. I’m not going to change my life at all — I love the way I live. I’m not going to worry about it.”) READ FULL STORY

'Allegiant' controversial ending: Veronica Roth speaks out

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[SPOILERS ABOUND: This post is all about the ending of Allegiant, which you don't want spoiled for you if you've yet to read it.]

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the woman who created Tris Prior isn’t afraid of much.
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'Divergent' sequel 'Insurgent' has a screenwriter. Five scenes we can't wait to see

Now that the Divergent sequel Insurgent has found its screenwriter – Jane Got a Gun scribe Brian Duffield — it’s time we start talking about what we hope to see in the film. (Even though Divergent – which stars Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet — is currently in production and won’t be released until next March, it’s never too early for these discussions, right?)

Much like Divergent, it seems like Insurgent was designed to be a movie: with big action sequences and many different original locations your imagination has probably already created a perfect dystopian Chicago for you to think about. Note to Duffield: below are five scenes we already can’t wait to check out in the film version of Insurgent. [Obvious spoiler alert if you haven't yet read the book!] READ FULL STORY

'Divergent': The movie's most highly anticipated scenes -- and a few we're worried about

Veronica Roth’s Divergent is not a book that comes off as unfilmable. From its opening pages to its dramatic, action-packed conclusion, this dystopian tale seems like it was always designed to be turned into a movie — which may be why Summit Entertainment bought the book’s film rights months before the novel was even published.

Given this, it’s not tough to pick out five scenes from Divergent that I can’t wait to see rendered on the big screen. (Caution: Book spoilers follow, of course.) Specifically:

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'Divergent' fun: Which faction would Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and more celebs be placed in?

Divergent superfans, this one is for you. At the beginning of setting up this dystopian adventure, readers learn that all the people living in this world are sorted into five different factions when they come of age. An aptitude test helps place them, but the final decision is theirs (sounds wonderfully familiar, right?). While Beatrice, Caleb and all the rest had a tough decision to make, we got to thinking about where some Hollywood celebs would find themselves if they suddenly woke up in this world. Here are our best guesses for Jennifer Lawrence (Honest!), Lady Gaga (Brave!) and more.

Abnegation (the Selfless)

Angelina Jolie: Sure, she’s got her detractors, but she’s still one of Hollwood’s most famous do-gooders. The actress has traveled to Cambodia, Sierra Leone and many, many other places to speak and help with her main cause: refugees. She’s even a Goodwill Ambassador who has none other than Hillary Clinton as an admirer. READ FULL STORY

'Divergent': Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and more -- Let’s talk about that cast

It’s become almost expected: Announce the cast of a bestselling book, in this case Divergent by Veronica Roth, and fans of the source material are bound to freak out. Really, the people involved with the movie production should take the obsessive enthusiasm as a compliment –  fans have already spent so much time picturing Tris and Four together in training or imagining the cold and calculating Jeanine on the big screen, and it’s no wonder they’re going to prejudge the cast before seeing any footage. Now that the full main cast for the film adaptation of Divergent – which started shooting in Chicago last month – has been announced, and we’ve had few weeks to process the news, we want to know whose performances you’re most excited about checking out. READ FULL STORY

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