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A year ago, he was a teenager—a city kid with no interest in college but a thing for acting and EDM. Two enormous movies later (Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars) and Ansel Elgort is suddenly enjoying a rush of mega-popularity that guarantees one thing: By this time next year, you’ll have trouble remembering the day you didn’t know his name

Here in Amsterdam, the third week of October marks several totally cool occasions for Ansel Elgort. It is, for example, one year to the day since he and the cast of his fame-making movie, The Fault in Our Stars, wrapped production in the Dutch capital—a moment that signaled an end to his old life and the onset of the very public existence he’d spend the rest of this year growing into. The week that I find him back in Amsterdam, he’s here not as a newly anointed Hollywood sensation but as his side-hustle persona, Ansølo, an electronic musician playing a big-time music festival. Last year, he was fanning out in the crowd; this year, he’s opening for some of his heroes, and his name is on the flyer.

More telling evidence of the difference between this year and last can be found at the canalside bench here in town where Ansel’s high-charm cancer-surviving character in The Fault in Our Stars broke some very rough news to Shailene Woodley. Today the spot is a pilgrimage site for young fans—the sort of thing that might’ve happened in 1997 at the bow of the Titanic, had it not been built on a soundstage. That’s actually a useful analogue: The Fault in Our Stars has done for Ansel what Titanic did for an early-twenties Leonardo DiCaprio, vaulting him to a measure of un-obscurity that’s difficult to comprehend if you don’t have a teenage niece or follow his social-media feeds.

While the inconveniences that attend this kind of fame are familiar—a teen-throb like Ansel, for example, has to enter and exit through the kitchens of hotels, anticipate mobs of young women prowling locations from which he just posted Instagrams, and avoid certain neighborhoods in his hometown, New York (the ones with schools and tourists)—not every actor chooses to handle that fame the same way. Ansel seems to regard his new normal as a seasoned swimmer does a riptide. Fight it and it’ll wear you down until you drown. But go with the flow (or rather, take lots of pictures and be the nicest guy ever) and the universe will respect your chillness.

By way of a place-specific example, here’s something that happened in Amsterdam earlier this week. Ansel meets a girl, and they make a plan to grab waffles. By the time they’re done eating, a mob of fans and photographers has gathered out front. Ansel’s idea is to head outside and take pictures with every last fan and then ask them to disperse. It’s become his standing operating procedure, and it works today, too. He and the girl hop in a cab, but after a block or two, Ansel notices a photographer following them: “I’m pretty good with faces, and I recognize him from last year, when he was hanging around the filming of The Fault in Our Stars. And so I ask the driver to pull over, and I get out of the car and go up to the guy and say, ‘Hey, man, how have you been? Listen, I know you have a job to do, but I’m with this girl, and we’re on this date, and we’re just trying to go to some park to hang out some more, and I don’t think we’re gonna be able to do that if you follow us.’ I was basically saying, Can you find it in your heart not to cockblock me? And you know what? He got on his scooter and turned around.”

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is gearing up for a February shoot in Queensland, Australia, which means the official cast is starting to heat up. Disney is reportedly targeting a number of young actors for the role of Henry.

No character details have been revealed in regards to Henry. Being tested for the role are Taron Egerton, who is already receiving advanced praise for his role as a young hit man in the upcoming comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service. George MacKay, a relatively unknown actor last seen in the gay activist drama Pride. Brenton Thwaites, who gained quite a bit of attention for his lead role in this summer’s The Giver and his co-starring role in Disney’s Maleficent. Mitchell Hope, who had a small role in The Descendants. Ansel Elgort, who has garnered a lot of attention and praise for his roles opposite Shailene Woodley in both The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent. And Sam Keeley, who has already earned his sea legs as part of Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea cast.

At this time, there is no odds on favorite mentioned, though Ansel Elgort and Brenton Thwaites are the best known of the bunch. The question is, are either of them right for Henry?

Johnny Depp is set to reprise his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow in this latest franchise adventure. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is being directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the pair behind the Oscar-winning adventure movie Kon-Tiki. Jerry Bruckheimer will produce.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes to theaters July 7th, 2017 and stars Johnny Depp. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg.

-Source: MovieWeb

Ansel Elgort is embracing his status as a heartthrob.

The 20-year-old actor ahs become one of the most in-demand youngsters in Hollywood thanks to his star-making role in The Fault in Our Stars (co-starring Shailene Woodley). In Hero Magazine (Issue 12), Elgort proudly displays his six-pack abs—and E! News has the exclusive first look at his sexy photo shoot!

“I couldn’t be happier about being known for The Fault in Our Stars,” says the up-and-coming actor, who is also an EDM musician that goes by the name Ansølo. “I’m lucky because a lot of people get known for big films and don’t really get to show themselves. They are just known because the film is so popular. But this film was so much about the performances and the characters that it really was like an acting piece for both Shailene and me. We are so happy to be known for that because, as much as I think Divergent is a great movie, if I was only known for that I’d be like, ‘Wait until you see me really act.'”

Elgort will reprise his role as Caleb Prior in Insurgent, the second installment in the Divergent franchise. He will also play the titular character in Van Cliburn, which chronicles the piano prodigy’s rise to fame. Elgort currently appears in the movie Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman and co-starring Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Adam Sandler.

The actor says he learned a lot from Sandler, as he’s had success in both comedies and dramas. “Good comics always say that to be funny you have to be truthful. Good comedy is about the truth,” he says. “And I suppose he’s really good at that, because he’s so truthful in this movie, in a really honest way.”

As Elgort hones his craft, he’s also learning how to deal with being a public figure.

“There’s 9 million people in the city every day—you almost never see the same person twice,” the New York City native explains. “That’s awesome. But that’s gone now. I don’t have that now, which is crazy. Kaitlyn Dever, who’s in this movie with me, we wanted to go grab an ice cream in L.A. and I realized that I can’t go get ice cream in Los Angeles, that’s not an option. I can’t do it. Even if only one person recognizes me, the whole shop, even if they don’t know who I am, wants pictures and autographs.”
Hero Magazine (Issue 12) is on newsstands Oct. 21.

-Source: EOnline.com

It was recently announced that Ansel’s film “Men, Women, and Children” will have its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival!

The Toronto International Film Festival announced this morning the first forty or so films set to have their world premieres or special screenings at this year’s festival. Among the highlights include the world premiere of Chris Evans’ directorial debut “Before We Go” (formerly “1:30 Train”), dueling Anna Kendrick films in dark drama “Cake” and musical adaptation “The Last Five Years,” ensemble comedy “This is Where I Leave You” starring Corey Stoll, Adam Driver and more, Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women and Children” with Ansel Elgort, Kaitin Dever and others, and “99 Homes,” Ramin Bahrani’s financial world set drama which also serves as the first film outside of “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise for Andrew Garfield since “The Social Network.”

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 to 14, 2014.

Men, Women and Children Jason Reitman, USA World Premiere
Men, Women and Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. Starring Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer.

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With Comic-Con quickly approaching, Fox Home Entertainment wants to remind its fans about a little love story that they might have heard of. Yes, the one between The Fault in Our Stars‘ Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster.

At Comic-Con, fans will have the opportunity to pre-order the film on Blu-ray, and EW has an exclusive look at one of the 300 limited edition TFIOS posters that will be paired with the pre-order. So for those of you attending Comic-Con, the posters will be available with the pre-sales at Fox booth #4229. Now go get your poster. Okay? Okay.

-Source: EW.com

The second wave of Teen Choice Awards nominees have been announced! Ansel is nominated in 3 categories! Make sure to you head over to TeenChoiceAwards.com to vote everyday!

Choice Movie Breakout Star
Ansel Elgort, “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars”
Theo James, “Divergent”
Elizabeth Olsen, “Godzilla”
Nicola Peltz, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
Wyatt Russell, “22 Jump Street”

Choice Movie Chemistry
Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, “The Other Woman”
Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff and Shailene Woodley, “The Fault in Our Stars”
Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, “Ride Along”
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, “22 Jump Street”

Choice Movie Liplock
Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, “We’re The Millers”
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, “The Fault In Our Stars”

The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort talks controversy, his extraordinary grandmother – and dealing with his many online admirers

We all remember our first kiss. Where was yours, at a school disco? Behind the bike sheds? In Anne Frank’s attic?

The Fault in Our Stars has almost necessitated the sale of tissues alongside popcorn in cinemas due to the volume of tears flowing out of viewers.

For those who have not had their tears jerked yet, the film follows the budding romance between Hazel Grace Lancaster, who has incurable thyroid cancer, and osteosarcoma survivor Augustus Waters, and the relationship that brings light to their lives despite the ever-looming shadow of terminal illness. It’s like Romeo and Juliet if the doomed lovers, instead of downing poison in the final scene, had serious bouts of cancer from the outset.

The film is based on the phenomenally successful book by John Green, which reached the top of Amazon’s bestselling list six months before it was published. Since then it has sold over ten million copies worldwide and is the UK’s bestselling book of 2014 so far, despite being two years old.

The big screen adaptation has replicated the novel’s success, taking over $48m in its opening weekend in the US, twice the amount of Tom Cruise action vehicle Edge of Tomorrow that was released at the same time. In the UK it also shot straight to the top of the box office, becoming a low-budget blockbusting hit in a summer strewn with big-budget special effects laden flops.

As incredibly popular as the film is with audiences, critics, though unanimous in praising the sparky central pairing of Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace and Ansel Elgort as Augustus, have vehemently attacked one key scene, when the couple share their first kiss, during a trip to Amsterdam, on a visit to the Anne Frank House.

After Hazel Grace struggles to climb the stairs to Anne’s bedroom, the couple victoriously and passionately embrace. Instead of attracting suspect looks from the assorted bunch of tourists, they spontaneously burst into applause. “Toe-curling” said Mark Kermode. “Actively repulsing,” chimed the Telegraph. “The whole episode feels almost drunk, it’s so bad,” added The Guardian, and many other critics were far less kind.

“That’s the perfect place to do it,” counters Ansel Elgort, who plays one of the controversial kissers, speaking to The Big Issue in London before shooting off to the airport to fly back to New York. “If you’ve read her diary, Anne had her first kiss in the attic, in the same place. I loved that moment and the voiceover in the background.”

Passages from Anne Frank’s diary provide the soundtrack to the film’s emotional crescendo, her words reflecting the experiences of the protagonists – “Where there is hope there is life”.

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A long time ago – like, we’re talking July last year – I called up the famous fashion photographer Arthur Elgort to chat about his trip to China with Linda Evangelista. Before hanging up, he said, “My youngest son is Ansel Elgort. He’s going to come out in a movie soon that’s going to make him big time.” That movie was Carrie – the Kimberly Peirce remake of Stephen King’s telekinetic thriller starring Chloë Grace Moretz.

Arthur Elgort was right. He did make it big time. “He believes in me,” smiles Ansel when I tell him about our exchange. He’s sat in the Soho Hotel, legs sprawled across the coffee table between us, munching on caramel corn. With only three films to date, the youngest Elgort is already girding his loins from the clamouring Tumblr ‘shippers’ (vehement fans who pair two people in a dream relationship). In The Fault in Our Stars, Ansel plays Augustus Waters: a cocksure hunk in remission who falls for Hazel Grace Lancaster (played by herbal hottie and homemade toothpaste guru Shailene Woodley). Together, they trek to Amsterdam to visit Lancaster’s favourite author, Peter Van Houten. What really happens, though, is a deluge from the beginning of the second act when the floodgates burst. You’ll sob in this movie, I swear. This acerbic account of young teenage love thriving despite being diagnosed with a terminal illness “says important things about sick people, shoots down the stereotypes,” says Elgort. So for those of you that get this, bring tissues along when you go. Okay? Okay.

Did you ever get to use Shailene’s herbal toothpaste?

Ansel Elgort: She offered it to me, the toothpaste, but I’m okay with Crest (laughs). She would give me stuff and I’d just eat it. I’m down for whatever, if you wanna give me something I’ll drink your drink – the thing about it is if she’s drinking it you know it’s probably not bad for you.

And? How’d you feel?

Ansel Elgort: I wouldn’t feel bad, I never got sick or anything. The funny thing is that with Shailene if you ask her what things are good for, she’ll like tell you for 95% of the things – the reason they’re good for you is like, “This is good for digestion.” It’s like everything is good for digestion now.

How’d you guys first meet?

Ansel Elgort: It was during the audition for Divergent. There weren’t sparks. We played brother and sister the first time we met. Shailene is a big presence, she dominates whatever scene she’s in. If the actor she’s with isn’t good, she’s going to dominate the shit out of them and it’s going to be a mess. So it needs to be someone who’s a strong enough actor. So you have to think about how can you beat her in that scene, because she’s trying to beat you.

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The Natural

Some Young Hollywood Heartthrobs come out of nowhere and end up with everything. Ansel Elgort isn’t one of those guys. In fact, he’s already got all the goods you’d expect from a natural born YHH. The absurd handsomeness. (His pouty, knowing smile makes you want in on the joke.) The famously creative parents. (His father is a Vogue fashion photographer, his mom’s an opera director.) And the ability to, you know, act. (He made his Off Broadway debut as a senior in high school.) His cool-guy name alone—after photographer Ansel Adams—deserves Tumblr fan sites. And if his ascent to stardom were summed up by a hashtag, it’d be #WokeUpLikeThis.

It makes sense, then, that the 20-year-old was tapped to star in two of the year’s biggest YA-novel-inspired blockbusters: spring’s box-office- shattering Divergent and this summer’s tearstained, cancer-stricken-teens-in-love story, The Fault in Our Stars, (Not to mention, the lead in Van Cliburn.) As Augustus, the smooth-talking boyfriend of Shailene Woodley’s Hazel—”full of himself, but in an endearing way,” Elgort says—he’ll reduce even the most beer-can-crushingest bros to tears. “Anytime a movie makes someone cry,” he says, “it’s usually a good thing.” (Future cues to be taken from Ryan Gosling post-The Notebook.)

The key to nailing the tearjerker scenes, he explains, is just “tricking your mind into really believing—I’m helpless, I have no value anymore… It’s really good therapy.” A sensible, if grim, exercise with some humbling aftereffects. “I thought about how much cooler and, like, better a person Augustus is than Ansel,” Elgort says. “He’s this perfect guy. And I was like, Ansel kind of sucks.” Makes us wanna cry.