Friday, March 7, 2014

#DivergentSeattle Red Carpet Photos

The Divergent red carpet experience was incredible. Miles Teller and Jai Courtney were amazing. They took time to ensure every fan got a photo, autograph, hello or high five. They spent over an hour with fans and press and fan sites who lined the red carpet in Seattle. I posted my videos last night, but wanted to share a few of the photos I took also....

Miles Teller trying to work the camera? Jai Courtney chatting with fans.

Jai Courtney and a Seattle fan. I love that they take fans cameras/cell phones to do photos.

Jai Courtney crouching down sweetly to take a photo with a young fan as Miles Teller uses a fans cell to also take a photo.

Miles Teller saying hello to me - maybe he remembered me from Comic-Con? (Just kidding)

Seattle Weather appears to be Dauntless with a threat of Divergent midweek

THis kills me... so funny - must watch!!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

#DivergentSeattle Exclusive Video - interviews and fan interactions

Jai Courtney, if you were leader of a new faction, what would it be?

Jai Courtney, what was your favourite part of filming? What Dauntless stuff do you wish you got to do/want to do?

Which does Jai Coutney prefer playing? Good Guy or Bad Guy?

What role is Miles Teller most looking forward to?

If you didn'tplay the role you do in Divergent, which role would it be?

Miles and Jai agree on this one....

**Feel free to share videos, please link back to this post.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

#DivergentChiacgo Review by @mama_cougar

Thank you to @mama_cougar for writing this amazing review of her day....

Divergent Red Carpet Premiere – Chicago, IL March 4th, 2014

When my friend Mandy messaged me & asked me to cover the Divergent red carpet for her, I was honored and thrilled she’s consider me to cover the event for her readership at Thanks, Mandy for the opportunity to share my experiences with you & your readership!

I arrived with my husband (photographer) and daughter Katy (a huge Divergent fan) in Chicago at about 2:30 in the afternoon so that we could scout the premiere location & get our bearings. Let’s just say, having attended other major franchise premieres in both LA & NYC, this ain’t Mama’s first rodeo. I’m a big proponent of getting the “lay of the land”, talking to location staff, make sure I’m following appropriate rules for the event.  Surprisingly, when we arrived, there were two groups already lined up outside so we parked & hopped in line. Theater staff at the Showplace ICON told us, they’d allow us inside at 4 pm so that meant a 90 minute wait outside the theater, which was pretty chilly. Fortunately, we’d prepared well with layers & winter gear so while uncomfortable at times, it was tolerable. As promised, at 4 the staff ushered us into an orderly, roped queue inside.

What struck me about this group of fans were their friendliness to each other and willingness to help other fans. One very young girl arrived without tickets and was quickly helped out by a fan in line who had a spare. Her face was priceless! Albeit a much smaller event than say, a vampire franchise premiere, the prevailing culture here was one of general helpfulness and kindness instead of some of the more catty behavior I’ve experienced at other events.

At about 6, they started allowing fans on the carpet and my family and I were lucky enough to secure spots right on the barrier with full view of the red carpet. Of course there was the normal squishing and overexcitement of fans in a fervor to get photos & autographs, but that was pretty expected. If you can’t handle that heat, stay home! My sweet daughter had two goals, getting her book signed by Veronica Roth and a photo with Ansel Elgort (Caleb). She got both, so she was super excited and very happy with her experience!

Random thought on the celebs:
Divergent Author Veronica Roth: Very humble and still seemed surprised at the attention she garnered. Took her time with the press to give well thought out interview responses and then happily signed & did photo ops with fans. Also, the girl wore SHINY GOLD DOC MARTENS. It doesn’t get more awesome than that. Seriously.
Theo James (Tobias/Four): Okay ladies….this man is SERIOUS EYE CANDY. He, of course, garnered the lion’s share of squeals from the crowd and that is certainly well deserved because he is almost painfully gorgeous and when he smiles, it’s like sunshine in the dead of winter. Scratch that, it’s not “like” sunshine, it quite literally IS sunshine. In the dead of winter. He had less time to spend with fans but tried to get to as many as he could and enthusiastically grabbed phones & cameras for as many selfies as he could.

Shailene Woodley (Beatrice Prior/Tris): What struck me most about Shailene was something I coined “easy grace”. She seemed very comfortable & confident in her own skin while still retaining humility and sweetness. It was obvious that this is a girl who has a very solid sense of herself and has developed a poise that’s rare in very young actresses. Again…her high demand with the press gave her less time with fans, but she & her handlers did their best.
Ansel Elgort (Caleb Prior): For me, at least, this kid stole the show. Despite his supporting role in the film, he was obviously a fan favorite, and I suspect there were many fans of The Fault in Our Stars in attendance, since they know Ansel & Shailene are starring in this John Green book adaptation, slated for release on June 6th. Ansel is nothing short of a red carpet Rock Star. He dutifully answered press questions but you could tell this kid wanted nothing more than to interact with fans. His agent came supplied with several pairs of screening tickets which Ansel took great joy in giving away at random to those who expressed a need for them. He walked the fan line no less than three times making sure to sign & take photos with anyone he could reach. The kid has such a sweet smile and he just radiated kindness. He has a very bright future in store!

Now…a few (just a FEW) comments on the film because NO SPOILERS and I want all of you to see the film with fresh eyes when you go on March 21st.
·         If you are a fan of the books, you’ll LOVE the movie. It’s very loyal to Veronica’s manuscript. And by loyal, I mean, they kept everything important IN and left very, very little out. This, for me, meant the film ran a little long, but I wasn’t by any means bored for even a single second of it. The pacing was good and every scene led you to the next one very smoothly with good, old fashioned storytelling. This means that even folks who haven’t read the book can truly enjoy the film!
·         I’ve seen quite a few book-to-screen Young Adult adaptations over the past 5 years and Divergent is hands down, one of the most “intelligent”. I never felt pandered to (well, maybe a tiny bit during the scene where Four takes his shirt off to show Tris his tattoos, but given Theo’s physique, ALL IS FORGIVEN) and it just felt like a smart, tight film that a very wide age range could enjoy.
·         Chicagoans in particular should be very proud of this film. Given it’s set in the Windy City, the fun part for those of us who’ve lived in or around it is seeing & recognizing shooting locations & landmarks. Extra coolness points for the special effect/CGI work that transformed locations into a landscape in the midst of ruin and looked very believable. In particular, I was a fan of the rickety L trains!

It was a long day, but I’m very happy I was able to experience The Divergent premiere in the city in which it was set, and on the special occasion of that city’s 177th birthday! Thanks again Mandy, for the opportunity and I hope all of your readers enjoy the film as much as I did. I know I’m planning on seeing it again on March 21st!

Mary (a.k.a. Mama_Cougar)

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Mary, you are MORE than welcome! Thank-you for writing this amazing review!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

#DivergentChicago tonight for #DivergentTour

Thanks to a long time friend of mine @Mama_cougar [We are talking early Twilight here] we had full coverage of tonight's screening and red carpet in Chicago....

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First photo o first fans in line in Chicago, love the 'March 'FOUR' th' sign

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Red Carpet time
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Ansel Elgort being interviewed on the red carpet

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Ansel Elgort chatting with fans in Chicago
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Shailene Woodley in Chiacgo for Divergent event
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Theo James doing interviews on the carpet
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Veronica Roth rocking gold shoes at Chicago event

@mama_cougar covered the event and after the movie tweeted this:

You guys. Just got out of the screening. Very possibly the most intelligent YA film adaptation I've seen to date. SMART FILM.

Wow. Just....let's just say is tracking huge because it will BE huge. It's definitely a see more than once film.

#DivergentChicago Interviews

A good friend and fellow blogger at was at the Chicago Divergent event tonight on the red carpet interviewing the cast of Divergent.


Interviewing Theo, Shailene, Ansel, and Veronica! #DivergentTour #Chicago #redcarpet

Check out her interview photos here and be SURE to check out for full coverage tomorrow morning!

She is also checking out the filming sets in Chicago while in town.

 Lastly, she shared the following:

Tweeps, was so good, so so so so so good! My feels are still in complete disarray! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Initiates, just got out of and it was EVERYTHING!!!!!!!! So much amazingness...I don't even have the words!~DrF


More #DivergentChicago

Lot's of photos coming out of Chicago tonight...

Shailene Woodley attends the ‘Divergent’ screening in Chicago on March 4, 2014 

Amy Newbold in Chicago [Source]

Photo: Theo James #Divergent #Chicago


In Dallas tonight.... Jai Courtney and Miles Teller are there for the event and fans are loving it!

Photo: Jai and miles #divergent #dallas

Miles Teller in Dallas - Via: YAH Facebook

Theo James Tattoos BTS


Behind the scenes 
Oh God 😱😍😍😍😍😱

No words needed....

Photos from #DivergentOrlando @AnselElgort & @VeronicaRoth at #DiverentTour

 Cindy & Mindy worked the carpet for in Orlando and got some great shots of Ansel and Veronica on the carpet. You can also see our interview with Veronica here.

They had some technical problems with their interview with Ansel Elgort, so we are hoping to get those sorted and post that interview soon - fingers crossed.... 

MINDY says: Although I can't say specifics about the movie at this time I can say that Divergent is an amazing film! It kept me in my chair the whole time, the acting was flawless and the cinematography was impeccable! I will definitely be paying to see it a second time with the family! Thanks to Summit Entertainment LLC for having us out!

Monday, March 3, 2014

#DivergentTour Veronica Roth Exclusive interview at #DivergentOrlando

Divergent Orlando Tour interview with Veronica Roth. Thanks to Cindy for interviewing, Mindy for taping, sadly the audio is not superb, but it was a tad chaotic there apparently. Hoping to add the audio only for a clearer listen.

#DivergentTour Photos from #DivergentATL

Carmen and Lisa covered the Atlanta event tonight and here is what Carmen had to say about the evening:
I'm not sure how to summarize what a wonderful night I had covering the "black" carpet for Divergent. The large crowd that gathered here in Atlanta was buzzing with excitement! We were lucky to have the two main stars of the movie; Shailene Woodley & Theo James. I have been full of anticipation waiting on this movie & it did not disappoint! I always love to watch a book come to life on screen.  As in most cases there are slight changes from book to movie but overall I feel, Neil Burger did a great job. I watched the movie with a friend who has not read the book & she followed along without many questions. I was also lucky enough to talk to both stars from the carpet. I asked Shailene about her favorite scene to film. She discussed the Ferris wheel scene in great detail. It was cool watching this part after hearing her take on it. I asked Theo about filming one of my favorite parts of the book. The scene where he is under simulation & sees his friends as enemies & attacks Tris. He said this was actually his favorite part to film. He discussed the unconventional love that they have for each other & how they are "equal" partners. I really do recommend this movie even if you haven't read the book. It's full of action, suspense, & of course a love story.

What Carmen doesn't talk about is the fact that FOX News then asked her to do their interviews for them... bad news for me, great news for her. It was crazy and not many fansites were getting interviews, but with a FOX news mic in hand, Carmen had the opportunity to interview BOTH Shailene and Theo... of course she sent me awesome photos of the whole thing which I am excited to share with you...

Thinking about the question asked

Interview with Shailene

Theo and Shailene in Atlanta

Theo and Shailene in Atlanta answering questions

Atlanta interview with Theo James
Blurry fan photo - Lisa and Shai

**Feel free to share these photos, but please link back to this blog post.

#DivergentTour #DivergentOrlando Fan from Brazil

This fan came from BRAZIL for the Divergent Tour in Orlando!

Veronica Roth has Dauntless Cameo in Divergent movie

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#DivergentTour Atlanta interviews with Shailene Woodley and Theo James

Thanks @ocd2009 for covering the red carpet and filming this awesome interview with Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

#DivergentTour Coverage of #DivergentOrlando

Tonight @chilbunch and @maringirl5 covered the Divergent red carpet and advanced screening for me in Orlando.

About the red carpet:
It was awesome and it is their first screening with fans and her first red carpet for her book :) They both were adorable.

**UPDATE: They are heading into the film now and I will share their interviews with Veronica Roth and Ansel Elgort later tonight - Check back in a couple hours =)

Photo: Fans are in the pitts ready to go. Mandy Mind #Divergent

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@VeronicaRoth heads to #DivergentTour Orlando Event

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Veronica Roth on her way to the event in Orlando DL
VIA: @JoSVolpe

#DivergentTour Coverage of #DivergentATL

I will update this throughout the night.... Carmen and Lisa are covering the red carpet and advanced screening for me tonight in Atlanta.... Shailene Woodley & Theo James will be there too!

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#DivergentTour Begins

The Divergent Tours starts today with:

March 3 
Atlanta (Shailene Woodley & Theo James) 
Orlando (Veronica Roth & Ansel Elgort)
Washington DC (Maggie Q & Mekhi Phifer)
Denver (Ben Lloyd-Hughes & Christian Madsen)

I have @Chilbunch covering Orlando and @ocd2009 covering Atlanta.

I will also have their red carpet experiences, interviews, photos and thoughts about the film later tonight.

All week I will have coverage of events so check back often...

March 4 
Chicago (Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort & Veronica Roth)
Detroit (Maggie Q & Mekhi Phifer)
Dallas (Miles Teller & Jai Courtney)
St. Louis (Ben Lloyd-Hughes & Christian Madsen)

March 5 
Toronto (Shailene Woodley & Theo James)
Minneapolis (Veronica Roth & Ansel Elgort)
San Francisco (Maggie Q & Mekhi Phifer)
Phoenix (Miles Teller & Jai Courtney)
Miami (Ben Lloyd-Hughes & Christian Madsen)

March 6 
Seattle (Miles Teller & Jai Courtney)

Chicago Divergent Set Visits

Photo: Literally standing on top of the city... #ScaryGlassBoxIsSCARY! #Chicago #DivergentTour

My friend, past SDCC roomie and fellow TrisandFour blogger Funmbie is in Chicago for #DivergentTour and checking out some of the filming sets from the movie. Wish I was there with her!!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Veronica Roth saw #Divergent and....

Veronica Roth saw Divergent and....

So, I Saw the Divergent Movie…!

A few weeks ago I packed up a suitcase and flew to LA and bought some Milk Duds and watched the Divergent movie.
You know. As one does. (?!!)
It’s hard to prepare yourself for an experience like that, watching something that once existed only in your brain re-created on such a large scale. Every so often, as I was watching, I would flash back to this image of myself in pajama pants with really gross hair typing away on my computer, and then juxtapose it over the gorgeous shot of the Sears Tower or Navy Pier or the Abnegation sector on this big screen in front of me, and it was so ridiculously awesome and surreal I just wanted to laugh and cry all at once.
As usual, I don’t want to spoil anything for you. I’ll keep my comments vague and brief so that you can enter the movie with relatively clean slates. But I will tell you…
…drumroll, please…
I loved it.
I was completely absorbed by it. Even though I am so familiar with this story, I clearly remember grabbing the arms of my chair when Tris runs to catch the train after the Choosing Ceremony because I was nervous that she wouldn’t make it. (And then I thought to myself…YOU WROTE THE STORY, VERONICA.) It was beautifully shot—Chicago is such a gorgeous city, and to see it transformed into this futuristic wasteland was incredibly cool—and suspenseful, and the cast did a wonderful job. If I start calling people out specifically I’m just going to gush about everyone, but since Tris is very much the anchor of the series, and Four is of particular interest to many of you, I feel like I should say that Shailene Woodley as Tris and Theo James as Four are everything I hoped for (or maybe more than I dared to hope for). And we were so lucky to have Neil Burger driving this—his vision of the world, the amazing details and subtleties of it, his understanding of the story, and how seriously he took every part of it…I mean, you can tell. You can see it everywhere.
I was nervous to see it, as I think any author whose book is being adapted for the screen would be, but I remember remarking when I first went to set that everyone involved with the movie seemed so thoughtful about the story they were helping to build, and I feel like the final product reflects that. I can’t wait for you guys to see it on March 21st! I also can’t wait to see it again!