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Here’s a look at the final movie trailer for ‘Divergent’

divergent_tumblr_gallery_19Several fans of Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel, “Divergent,” have been asking when the movie based on the book will open. It’s scheduled to hit the big screen on March 21.

For those of you not familiar with the books , it’s an action-adventure story set in the future where people are divided into five different factions based on their personalities. I would be with the grumpy and cranky.

A problem comes up when Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is told she doesn’t fit in any one group. People who can’t be pigeon-hold are classified as being Divergent. And, the Divergents aren’t popular.

Here’s a look at the final movie trailer for “Divergent.”


Tough guy Danny Trejo has a softer side

MacheteKills_Amber_v002_rgbIf you only based your feelings about Danny Trejo based on the majority of tough guy roles he plays in films and on TV, you would think that he would have no problem ripping your face off just for saying “Good morning” the wrong way. That’s why you should never judge the majority of actors by their acting roles.

There are a few but they will for now go unnamed.

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Charlotte Ross bared it all for art

Charlotte Ross "Hit the Floor" VH1The subject of nudity is rarely discussed when talking with celebrities. Often, they’ve made a movie or two where the wardrobe department didn’t have a lot to do. But, unless the movie is dealing specifically with nudity, then there’s no real reason to discuss the matter. When the subject is mentioned, it’s always the actor who starts that conversation.

In a recent interview with Charlotte Ross to talk about her VH1 series “Hit the Floor,” the interview turned to recent work from the uptight role she played on “Glee” to the wild part she had in the Nicolas Cage movie “Drive Angry.” There’s no way I can describe the scene where Ross is totally nude without having to look for other work. You’ll just have to rent the movie if you really care.

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‘Man of Steel’ nasty work for Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe,Going into the interviews for the “Man of Steel,” I had some concerns about chatting with Russell Crowe, the actor playing Jor-El in the summer film. His career is full of roles where he has played tough guys. And, he did throw a telephone at an employee of the Mercer Hotel who refused to help him place a call.

How would he react to a question he didn’t like?

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Action film heroes showing signs of weakness

Bruce WillisThere was a time when the name Schwarzenegger, Stallone or Willis meant legions of fans would pile into theaters to see them punch and shoot their way through any army of foes. But, it’s not been a good year for the muscle-bound actors who once kicked the living daylights out of all box office competition.

Arnold Schwarzenegger officially returned to acting in mid-January with “The Last Stand” playing a small town sheriff who must stop a drug kingpin from escaping to Mexico. Schwarzenegger had made a brief appearance in the “Expendables” movies but this was the first time he had to carry the load on his own.

Audience greeted his return to acting — after her brief break in politics — with apathy. The movie netted less than $12 million dollars domestically. Even his “Raw Deal” made more than $16 million back in 1986.

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Don’t judge ‘Die Hard’s’ Yuliya Snigir at first glance

yuliya-snigir-die-hard-5Russian actress Yuliya Snigir plays a character who’s not what she seems to be in the new action movie “A Good Day to Die Hard.” It’s a perfect fit for the 29-year-old actress because she’s not the kind of person who should be judged on a first glance. That’s easy to do. It’s obvious as soon as I walk into the Four Seasons Hotel room to talk to the raven-haired actress why she was offered a modeling contract when she was young.

But, behind those stunning looks is a woman who was playing chess professionally at 15 and was awarded the title of Candidate of Master by International Chess Federation. She never went after the modeling career but was teaching English in a nursery school when a friend showed her picture to a modeling agency.

“Playing chess was something that my parents wanted more than me,” Snigir says with the slightest of Russian accents. “And, when the modeling offer came, I was more determined to study acting. I did some modeling while I was studying but it was more like a hobby for me.”

Her chess background won’t go to a complete waste. Snigir explains that being able to look at a situation, evaluate it and then react is a lot like directing. She wants to direct and is writing a screenplay that could be her big directing project but she’s not in a rush to move behind the camera. A director, to the actress, needs the maturity that comes with a lot of work experience and for now, she’s concentrating on her acting to build up her experiences.

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