Kate Winslet divulges on Divergent

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Kate Winslet (read here more news) says she took on a role in the new film “Divergent” so she could impress her children.

The actress will play the role of Jeanine Matthews in the movie which is based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel of the same name.

The novel takes place in a society which is divided into a society in which five different virtues govern. Neil Burger will direct the film which is set in ChicagoIllinois.

Winslet, pregnant with her third child, says she took on the job because she wanted her children Mia who is 13 and Joe who is 10 to think she was “cool”.

“I didn’t have any hesitation at all. It was such a great script. It’s a fantastic book,” Winslet told MTV News.

Trailers of “Divergent have already been released showing snippets of the film. The trailers were released during the MTV Video Music Awards in August.

Winslet, who became the youngest actress to be nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress when she was nominated for the films Sense and Sensibility and Titanic at only 21 years old.

The film is the first of a trilogy, and will star Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz,Maggie Q, andTheo James and opens March 21, 2014.

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Angela Lansbury to get Oscar

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British actress Angela Lansbury will join Angelina JolieSteve Martin, and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi on the Oscar stage this year.

 

All four will receive honorary Academy Awards. Lansbury will receive an award for her career achievements, as will Steve and Piero while Angelina will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The awards honour individuals who have made indelible contributions to their fields.

 

The board of governors for the Academy voted on the recipients last week and the awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held on November 16 at Hollywood & Highland Centre’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

 

Eighty-seven year old Lansbury has been nominated three times Best Supporting actressOscars. The actress has been acting for 65 years and her latest project was in 2011′s Mr Popper’s Penguins. Piero has earned five Oscar nominations the last being for 1982′s La Traviata.

 

The Hersholt Award is presented periodically to a film industry member for exemplary humanitarian work. Jolie won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1999′s Girl, Interrupted. She is a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Why the crowds are pulling into Fruitvale Station

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The name Fruitvale Station has been bandied about a lot in the last few weeks. The film opened in cinemas in the United States last Friday.

Made at a cost of US$900,000, the film has already reeled in almost US$7,000,000 at the US box office in its opening weekend.

The film, which was directed by Ryan Coogler, tells the story of black teen Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by police at – you guessed it –Fruitvale Station – in the Fruitvale District of Oakland near San Francisco in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.

Grant, who was 22 at the time of his death, was also a two-time convicted felon. The film tells the tale of the final days of his life before being shot by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer Johannes Mehserle while being detained on the subway platform at Fruitvale Station.

The film stars Michael B. Jordan in the lead role of Oscar Grant with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer playing his mother Wanda Grant.

Jordan has had small roles on American television in the HBO series The Wire and since 2010 has starred in the NBC series Parenthood.

Spencer won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the movie The Help.The film is Coogler’s first feature length work and has been highly praised. It received the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

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