As many of you know, I attended the premiere of ‘Divergent’ in Tempe, Arizona yesterday.

As of right now, I cannot upload a full review of the film. I will wait to do so after the film officially releases in theaters!

I will say the following. I know that most people are giving the film rave reviews, 2 thumbs up, five stars & all that jazz. I re-read the book the night prior to the premiere to refresh myself on the story.

The film was good, but I was not amazed. There are changes to the film from the book that I was disappointed to see. For a film with a run time of 143 minutes, I definitely thought they could have done more with it.

‘Divergent’ was a good movie, but it definitely could have been better.

(I know I will probably get backlash for this, but I want to be honest about my opinion on the film.)

Be sure to return to my blog as of March 21st for the official review of the film.

My vlog review will go up shortly there after at The Nerd Element’s Youtube page.


‘Divergent’ Promotional Tour

As I’m sure most Divergent fans know by now, some of the cast is going on a tour this week bringing advanced screenings to select cities. Each stop will have two cast members appearing.

The tour stops in Phoenix on Wednesday & brings Miles Teller, who plays Peter, & Jai Courtney, who plays Eric!

I was lucky enough to get passes for the screening! Granted, they’re still first come first serve tickets, but still exciting!

If all works out, I will be at the screening Wednesday night & officially get to meet Miles & Jai!

They will also be giving out Divergent promotional items!

Hopefully I’ll be able to come back with a great vlog & article for all of you!

Stay tuned for updates as the week progresses!

Veronica Roth reveals inside ‘Allegiant’ scoop at Book Expo America!

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How exciting! Veronica Roth revealed at Book Expo America that we will be able to see what is beyond the fence in Allegiant. So ominous! She shares this tidbit at 1:10 in the video below. The third installment hits stores on October 22nd, 2013.

Divergent tells the story of Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who lives in a dystopian future where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. In these factions, individuals uphold one virtue (selflessness, bravery, peacefulness, honesty, intelligence) above all others – but during the choosing ceremony when you turn 16 you can choose to either stay with your family in the faction you are born into, or leave behind everything you’ve grown to know, the customs and culture you’re accustomed to…and the people you love. One choice will change you, it may destroy you, and will ultimately define you. The film version stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, Theo James as Four, Kate Winslet as Jeanine, Miles Teller as Peter, Zoe Kravitz as Christina, Jai Courtney as Eric, Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Will, Christian Madsen as Al, Ben Lamb as Edward, and Ansel Elgort as Caleb. Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd will be portraying Tris and Caleb’s parents.


‘The Spectacular Now’ Behind-the-scenes pictures released!

The film adaptation of Tim Tharp’s novel ‘The Spectacular Now’ has already caught fire with it’s all star cast! Signed on for the film are ‘Divergent’ stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. We now have a look at some official behind-the-scenes photos thanks to our friends at Page to Premiere!



The co-screenwriter of The Spectacular NowMichael Weber, shared a great behind-the-scenes photo from the set of the film, featuring the characters Ricky (William Holden) and Sutter (Miles Teller)! It is based on the novel by the same name which was written by Tim Tharp, and I read it and was absolutely blown away. You should all pick it up, you won’t be disappointed! Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller star as Aimee Finnicky and Sutter Keely in the indie adaptation of the book, which was directed by James Ponsoldt, and the film got rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie also stars Brie Larson, and Dayo Okeniyi. I haven’t been able to see it yet, but you bet that I will when I get the chance to! Stay tuned for my review of the movie. Check out the behind-the-scenes image above, plus all the previously released pictures, below.

Synopsis: Sutter Keely is a fun, suave, hard-partying high school senior who doesn’t try very hard in school and has no plans for college. After meeting Aimee, a clueless, social disaster, Sutter takes it upon himself to take Aimee under his wing and then let her go forth into society. However, the relationship gets more intense than he initially expected, and for the first time, the flighty, frivolous Sutter realizes he has the power to permanently affect someone else’s life.

‘The Spectacular Now’ has a limited release date of August 2, 2013!

New ‘Divergent’ Still

Thanks to our friends over at Divergent Examiner for this great update!

Today, Entertainment Weekly has unveiled a new image from “Divergent,” and this time it’s of Shailene Woodley literally transforming from Beatrice Prior the Abnegation faction-born transfer into Tris, the oh-so-brave “First Jumper” of the group.

As explained by director Neil Burger for the uninitiated, so to speak, “In this photo she’s already jumped off the train and onto a seven story building as part of the initiation rite for the Dauntless … The next thing they have to do is jump from the building and down through a courtyard that has a deep, black hole. It’s terrifying.”

About filming the scene, Burger said, “We’d been nervously planning it because it is dangerous and there’s a lot of people on that roof. We had to pull it off safely and also pull it off cinematically, so you have this knot in your stomach as you watch this young woman decide to do this crazy thing. We had great weather that day and I think this scene really is emblematic of the movie: It shows the energy and the rawness of the way we’re telling the story.”

Woodley, it turns out, is pretty fearless herself. “Shailene says she’s not afraid of heights but that she’s afraid of falling. This makes perfect sense to me. But she really did stand on that ledge—this is a real photo. She’s incredibly game and so adventurous. In a way, she’s very Dauntless,” he explained. Huzzah!

Notice the supporting characters involved in the image, too – Miles Teller as Peter, a hint of Zoe Kravitz as Christina, what looks to be Jai Courtney as Eric … and several others.

Not to mention, there’s her big “Stiff” costume! Does it match up with your expectations? Any other thoughts on the image?