• When it comes to the leading ladies of "Divergent" and "The Hunger Games" everyone agrees: They're not fooling around.

    Shailene Woodley makes her fighting, jumping, and shooting debut as Tris in the latest YA book series-to-action film conversion. She doesn't have a bow-and-arrow, but rather a fearlessness verging on suicidal — she leaps off tall buildings and enters the ring with nothing but her bare fists. While clearly following in Katniss's footsteps, Woodley takes her character's physical displays to levels even beyond the heights Jennifer Lawrence has scaled.

    But who is the greatest young heroine? Here's how the two compare:

    [Related: 5 Reasons 'Divergent' Is Not Just Some 'Hunger Games' Redux]

    Tris sees more action. Lawrence's "Hunger Games" warrior is savvy and impressive. And yes, like Tris, she goes through the ringer. But if you line up the two for a scene-for-scene comparison, Woodley's Tris gets into far more action.

    "It would be an epic battle and I'd like to see it,"

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  • Aaron Paul in "Need for Speed." (Touchstone Pictures)

    When audiences last saw “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul, he was screaming down a dark road behind the wheel of a muscle car during the closing moments of AMC’s hit TV series.

    The 34-year-old Paul finds himself in a similar situation at the outset of “Need for Speed” -- driving a souped up classic into uncertainty. However, the two projects couldn’t be more different.

    Based on the video game series of the same name, the high-octane actioner from director Scott Waugh (“Medal of Valor”) puts Paul in the role of Tobey, a talented mechanic and street racer who is framed for the death of his friend by a jealous rival (played by Dominic Cooper). There's not a "Yeah, bitch!" in sight.

    “I knew how to drive before this film – I had my license and everything – but I definitely did not know how to drive like this,” Paul told Yahoo Movies Canada while in Toronto in February. “One thing that I had to do that I was really nervous about was that thing where I had to slide up to [Scott] and stop just

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  • If simply the thought of going to a comic convention makes you want to “take off and nuke the entire site from orbit,” then you obviously haven’t heard about the big reunion taking place at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo next month.

    Almost the entire main cast of director James Cameron’s seminal sci-fi actioner “Aliens” are set to reunite during the Calgary pop culture convention on April 26.

    “Alien” franchise star Sigourney Weaver will headline Aliens EXPOsed, a celebration of Cameron’s iconic 1986 film. Weaver will be joined by a number of other actors from the movie, including Bill Paxton (Hudson), Lance Henriksen (Bishop), Michael Biehn (Hicks), Paul Reiser (Carter Burke), Jenette Goldstein (Vasquez), Mark Roltson (Drake) and even Carrie Henn (Newt). The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo will be the first time that the majority of the cast have appeared together since the 1986 release of the film.

    Sigourney Weaver (Ripley) and Carrie Henn (Newt) will appear together in Calgary. (20th Century Fox)

    With the exception of Henn, who is now a school teacher in California, all

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    The countdown is officially on! With only one week until “Divergent” (starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James) hits theatres, you’re going to want to know where you fit in with this crowd.


    Much like the houses (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slyterin) at Hogwarts and the districts (1 – 12) in “The Hunger Games” franchise, “Divergent” also divides its citizens. In this dystopian world, the groups are called factions  -- and once you're 16, you get to choose which one to spend your life in. Here’s a lesson on the “Divergent” factions so you can figure out which one you belong to:

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    Abnegation: The selfless
    Key qualities:  You’re always putting the health and well-being of loved ones before yourself, but sometimes people take advantage of you because you’re so generous. You are also usually quiet and don’t like drawing attention to yourself. In your spare time, you enjoy volunteering at a local food bank or soup kitchen.
    Celebrity who should be in this faction: Oprah

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    Amity: The

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  • A man whose voice is seared into the memories of moviegoers has passed away. Hal Douglas, the gravelly-baritone voice featured in countless film trailers from the 1980s to the 2000s, died on March 7 at the age of 89.

    Though you may not have known his name, Douglas was a superstar voice talent and one of the top narrators in all of Hollywood. From “Lethal Weapon” and “Philadelphia,” to “Forrest Gump,” “Con Air,” “Men in Black,” and even “Meet the Parents,” Douglas’s voice introduced audiences to dozens and dozens of now classic movies. His bassy tones and expert delivery could make even the worst movie sound like it was worth seeing, as was the case with the trailer for 1993’s “Coneheads.”

    Despite his grim-sounding voice, Douglas was able to poke fun at his overly serious profession in the trailer for the 2002 documentary “Comedian” (embedded above), expending about every movie trailer cliché known to man in the silly minute and a half promo. The film's trailer is almost more famous

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  • Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller may be mortal enemies on screen, but their real-life relationship tells a much different tale. Woodley and Teller, who play Tris and Peter in the dystopian blockbuster "Divergent," happen to be best buds off screen.

    The duo first met in 2012 before they started filming the indie romance "The Spectacular Now." According to Woodley, even then she found they had "a nice little flow."

    In the film, Teller plays Sutter, an alcoholic high school senior who falls for Woodley's down-to-earth bookworm character, Amy. They shot in Athens, Georgia, in July 2012, and during that time the pair became close friends.

    "We kind of have a shorthand now," Teller told Vulture earlier this year, explaining, "it’s just very playful."

    But "The Spectacular Now" is spectacularly different from "Divergent," the big screen adaptation of the popular trilogy about a dystopian society in which a girl named Tris discovers she does not belong to the five factions within her community.

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  • Matthew McConaughey Is on the Brink of Making Emmy/Oscar History

    Matthew McConaughey (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)Matthew McConaughey's Oscar-winning month may have set the stage for a history-making awards-show year.

    A week after McConaughey claimed the Best Actor statuette for "Dallas Buyers Club," the 43-year-old star is the consensus pick of early-bird Emmy pundits to take Outstanding Lead Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for HBO's "True Detective." If the buzz holds, McConaughey will be the first Best Actor Oscar-winner to take home an Emmy in the same year.

    [Related: 'True Detective' Season 1 Finale: Did Light Win Over Dark?]

    "True Detective," costarring McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as cops on the trail of a serial killer, wrapped its eight-episode inaugural season on Sunday night before a series-high 3.5 million live TV viewers, HBO reported.

    At the awards-tracking site Gold Derby, three of the four experts weighing in with Emmy picks have McConaughey as the actor to beat in his presumed category ahead of the likes of Harrelson.

    [Related: Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson Talk

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  • Tris Prior and Katniss Everdeen

     

    Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) of “Divergent” is the latest female protagonist that we have come to adore. She’s shy and nervous, yet she’s also determined and smart -- and in the world of young adult fiction, there’s always room for more strong female characters rising to the occasion.

    But we couldn’t help but notice some similarities between Tris and another popular female lead: the strong-willed Katniss Everdeen of the “Hunger Games” franchise. Both characters struggle with managing family responsibilities, leaving behind their childhood, and learning how to trust and love.


    With so many striking similarities we want to put you to test – who said what… and why? Take our quiz below to see how much of a “Divergent” fan you really are:

     

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    “If we have little, and want for little, and we are all equal, we envy no one.”


    Who said it? Tris
    Why? While this quote is reminiscent of Katniss and Gale Hawthorne talking about fighting back against the Capitol’s societal control, this is actually a

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  • Theo James and Shailene Woodley in 'Divergent'
    If you haven’t heard of “Divergent" yet, there's a good chance you will soon.

    The first book-turned-movie in the trilogy of novels set in a dystopian future Chicago hits theatres later this month, but it's already generating a lot of buzz -- and some are even saying it could be bigger than "The Hunger Games."

    Last week, the film's lead actors Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Theo James (Four) braved the chilly Canadian weather to walk the red carpet for the film’s Canadian premiere, and Yahoo Canada was there for it all. Here’s six things we learned from the event:

    1) Dauntless has its own fighting technique

    In “Divergent,” a big part of being accepted into the Dauntless faction (Tris’s faction of choice) is physical training – but not just your regular moves.

    “We did a bunch of, sort of, basic physical fitness, and then we did a lot of fight choreography,” 22-year-old Woodley told Yahoo Canada. “Our stunt co-ordinator came up with this new fighting technique which was sort of a mix between

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  • Back To The Future II technology that came true

    By Mark Lankester

    The Internet nearly broke this week when a short film fronted by ‘Back To The Future’ star Christopher Lloyd claimed to have invented the Hoverboard – probably the coolest movie gadget ever. It’s up there with the Lightsaber.

    Sadly, the ad was a spoof. And we’re still years away from the gravity-defying gadget that made us yearn for 2015 – the year the sci-fi sequences in ‘Back to the Future II’ were set.

    [Back To The Future hoverboard promoted by Christopher Lloyd in spoof ad]

    There is some hope for us Futureheads though, with a surprising number of innovations predicted in the film now almost a reality.

    2015 is just nine months away, let’s see the technology of ‘Back To The Future II’ that came true...

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    The gadget: Marty’s “power lacing” Nike MAGs
    The reality: After Nike producing a limited look-a-like range in 2011, designer Tinker Hatfield recently announced the company would put out real-life “automatic lacing trainers” in 2015, just in time for the anniversary. We

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