WEIRDLAND: Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!), Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort (Ascendant?)

Friday, August 04, 2017

Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!), Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort (Ascendant?)

The first teaser for Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! has arrived, and it looks gloriously strange. Synopsis: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. Aronofsky has reveled in sharing sordid little teasers, like a creepy poster for the new film that features an illustration of Lawrence holding her bloody heart in her hands.

Naturally, the poster was revealed on Mother’s Day. Mother! will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival at the end of the summer, where critics and fans will finally see the project Aronofsky has been zealously guarding. The film is selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, and is scheduled to be released on September 15, 2017, by Paramount Pictures. Source:

Jennifer Lawrence and her filmmaker beau Darren Aronofsky have been avoiding the limelight at all costs since they got together in 2016, but the quiet couple are definitely stepping things up in their private relationship, a source tells E! News. The insider says, "Things are getting serious with them. They are so in love with each other." What really connects the two of them is their shared sense of humor, adds the source. "Jennifer always cracks jokes and Darren just gets her humor. They laugh all the time!" They may be low key but their romance is certainly heating up!

The source also said that the Oscar-winning actress and the Black Swan director, who met while filming their upcoming thriller Mother! in New Orleans, had "an amazing dynamic" on set. As for what's to come for the under-the-radar duo? The source says that the two have indeed discussed their future together but are "not in any rush to get married." However, marriage is "something Darren would love." The insider also noted that, "[Darren] adores Jennifer so much."  “He is a visionary,” the actress gushed of the director to Vanity Fair in their 2016 holiday issue. Source:

A new study suggests that men and women's views diverge widely on the significance of a kiss and how a kiss can have profound consequences for romantic relationships, and can even be a major factor in ending one. In a recently published article, Susan M. Hughes, Marissa A. Harrison, and Gordon G. Gallup, Jr. reveal that many college students have found themselves attracted to someone, only to discover after they kissed them for the first time that they were no longer interested. "In other words," said Gallup, "While many forces lead two people to connect romantically, the kiss, particularly the first kiss, can be a deal breaker." According to the study, kissing between sexual or romantic partners occurs in more than 90 percent of human cultures. "Kissing is part of an evolved courtship ritual," said Gallup: "When two people kiss there is a rich and complicated exchange of information involving chemical, tactile, and postural cues. This may activate evolved mechanisms that function to discourage reproduction among individuals who are genetically incompatible." Source:

'Ascendant' Series in the Works at Starz as 'Divergent' Franchise Moves to TV: The Divergent franchise is inching closer to continuing on the small screen.  Premium cable network Starz is developing a TV take on Ascendant, which was to be the fourth movie in the Divergent franchise. Ascendant is in its early stages of development. It's unclear if the project would reunite any of the stars of the films including Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort. Lionsgate TV and Starz declined comment.

Shailene Woodley, for her part, has been open to completing the story. The actress, who stars as Tris, initially rejected the idea of doing a TV movie to wrap the franchise. "I signed up to tell the whole story of Tris, and I would love to be able to do that," she said in September: "Nothing would make me happier." Multiple stars are expected to opt out of their deals if the movie evolves into a TV series. Ascendant was originally poised to debut June 9 of this year, but after the franchise's third installment, Allegiant grossed a mere $66 million domestically, Lionsgate began to rethink its strategy for the fourth film based on Veronica Roth's book series. For Lionsgate TV, the Divergent series could be a win for the former independent studio that now has a cable network to supply content. Source:

Divergent – There have been three installments, starring Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, a heroine often compared to Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen, although Woodley's Tris operated in a more alternative fashion. The first two installments, Divergent in 2014 and Insurgent in 2015, were successful, generating domestically the first $150 million and the second $130 million. However, 2016’s Allegiant barely made more it’s entire domestic run — $66 million — than the previous two installments did their opening weekends.

Although Tris' love interest in the Divergent saga was Four (Theo James), Ansel Elgort (who played Tris' brother Caleb) and Miles Teller (playing her antagonist Peter Hayes) also shared great chemistry with Shailene, and both actors would become her love interests, in The Fault in Our Stars and The Spectacular Now, respectively.

Shailene mentioned her favorite scene in The Fault in Our Stars was Hazel and Augustus consummating their relationship at a hotel room in Amsterdam. Elgort added: "We really can call it a love scene and not a sex scene—it's not lust, it's real love." Which on-screen sex scene did Shailene enjoy most: The Spectacular Now with Miles Teller or The Fault in Our Stars with Ansel Elgort? "Um," she said, "both different. I guess Ansel smells more pheromone-y and Miles smells more delicious—is delicious an appropriate word to say for a man?"

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort just won Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards 2015. "It's so much fun, cause I've always wanted to make out with my brother," Woodley jokingly told E! News. On a more serious note, Woodley admitted she was surprised Elgort got the part. "I actually didn't think at first that he would get it, because of our relationship in Divergent," Woodley admitted. But when the pair did a screen test together, Elgort blew the casting team away.

"Everybody in the room was sort of like: wow," a very proud Woodley gushed. And it seems Elgort enjoyed kissing his co-star so much that he offered to sub for her new love interest, Theo James, as they filmed their forthcoming flick, Insurgent. 'I asked Theo if it was alright to kiss Shailene because he wasn’t feeling well,' Ansel said during a press day for Insurgent in Los Angeles. "We were very comfortable with one another going into The Fault in Our Stars," Elgort said.

"Immediately we are totally comfortable which is nice, because sometimes you do love scenes with people and you have to kiss them and you have to be romantic and it could be very awkward. But we totally understand one another. Me and Shailene have a really platonic relationship. She's one of the best actors right now around, the fact that they put me with her twice is a huge compliment to me. It's given me confidence and made me feel great." Source:

At 18, amid his professional debut in the off-Broadway play Regrets, Ansel Elgort was the focus of a breathless Vogue story about his journey so far: “Ansel Elgort radiates the brooding magnetism of James Dean,” the piece claimed, “uplifted by a kind of glinting purity”, earmarking him as one to watch.

“I don’t walk around calling attention to myself,” Ansel Elgort recently told Billboard Magazine: “It’s important to be able to blend in, otherwise you turn into a Hollywood douchebag. I’m sure plenty of people think I am one, too. I’m super easy to hate. But it’s fine. It’s hard to be liked and successful.” Edgar Wright gave these reasons why he chose Elgort for Baby Driver: “The thing that really charmed me about him was the fact that he’s very musical, and he can play lots of instruments. Ansel is actually obsessed with music. And also he’s a great actor and a nice guy.”  Source:

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