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The Divergent star Shailene Woodley has been arrested during a protest in North Dakota against a huge oil pipeline project that will cross four states.

Shailene Woodley was arrested at a construction site as she was broadcasting the protest, which involved about 200 people, on Facebook.

According to police, the actress was one of 27 people arrested on charges of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot.

The Dakota Access pipeline project has drawn huge protests.

Native Americans have halted the pipeline’s construction in North Dakota, saying it will desecrate sacred land and damage the environment.

In the Facebook Live footage, Shailene Woodley, 24, said she had been walking peacefully back to her vehicle when “they grabbed me by my jacket and said that I wasn’t allowed to continue… and they have giant guns and batons and zip ties and they are not letting me go”.

Image source Facebook

Image source Facebook

As Shailene Woodley was led away with her hands cuffed, she said she had been singled out from hundreds of other protesters “because I’m well known, because I have 40,000 people watching”.

The video spread quickly on social media and by early evening had been viewed more than 2.4 million times.

Shailene Woodley has previously joined members of North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protest against the $3.7 billion pipeline.

The protest on October 10 took place at a construction site about two miles south of the town of St. Anthony.

The pipeline will run 1,168 miles through Iowa, Illinois, and North and South Dakota.

The company behind the project, Energy Transport Partners, has said it will boost local economies and is safer than transporting oil by rail or road.

However, environmental protesters believe the transporting of up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil a day will imperil local waterways.

Native American tribes believe the pipeline would also damage historic sites.


Insurgent has topped the US box office, earning $54 million in its opening weekend.

The fantasy sequel starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, it took slightly less than the first installment, Divergent, which opened in 2014 to $54.6 million.

Lionsgate said it was “pleased” with the result, and noted there was little competition for the film’s teen audience over Easter.

Sean Penn’s action movie The Gunman fired a blank with US audiences.

Sean Penn could only muster $5 million for the tough tale of Congo mercenaries, which he co-wrote and co-produced.

It had been hoped the movie would capitalize on the audience for the “geriaction” genre – popularized by Liam Neeson’s Taken series, with which The Gunman shares a director, Pierre Morel.Insurgent tops US box office

The Gunman managed a number four chart position, beaten by Insurgent, Cinderella and Liam Neeson’s own action thriller Run All Night.

Cinderella, which had been last week’s chart topper, had a strong second week, taking a further $34.5 million, bringing its total earnings to $122 million.

Rounding out the top five was Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth, which dropped a couple of places but still made $4.6 million.

The seventh film in the street racing franchise, The Fast and the Furious, is due out on April 3. The movie has been dedicated to the memory of Paul Walker, who died in a car accident while the film was in production.

Paul Walker’s scenes were completed using a mixture of CGI and body doubles – some of whom included Walker’s own brothers.

North American Box Office Top 10:

  1. Insurgent – $54 million
  2. Cinderella – $34.5 million
  3. Run All Night – $5.12 million
  4. The Gunman – $5.01 million
  5. Kingsman: The Secret Service – $4.6 million
  6. Do You Believe? – $4 million
  7. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel -$3.45 million
  8. Focus – $3.3 million
  9. Chappie – $2.65 million
  10. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – $2.35 million [youtube IR-l_TSjlEo 650]


Divergent has topped the US box office over the weekend.

Based on the Veronica Roth books, the sci-fi thriller took $56 million over the weekend, studio estimates said.

Divergent is the third franchise based on young-adult best-sellers from Lionsgate after Twilight and The Hunger Games.

The movie made less than anticipated but Richie Fay president of domestic distribution for Lionsgate called it “a great beginning”.

Twilight opened with $69.6 million and The Hunger Games with $152.5 million.

Shailene Woodley and Theo James star in Divergent, which also features Kate Winslet and is set in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into five factions and one of them, the Divergents, are targeted to be destroyed.

The Muppet sequel Muppets Most Wanted, starring Ricky Gervais did not do as well as expected, taking just $16.5 million over the weekend.

Divergent has topped the US box office over the weekend

Divergent has topped the US box office over the weekend

The original Disney Muppet movie reboot opened with $29.2 million in 2011.

Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney, admitted it was disappointing, especially as advance tracking had suggested the sequel would do much better.

In its third week of release, Mr. Peabody and Sherman continued to do well – it took $11.7 million putting it in third place.

The biggest surprise was the film God’s Not Dead, which made $8.6 million, despite playing on just 780 screens.

The independently released faith film is about a college student who battles his philosophy professor, as he refuses to sign his declaration that God is Dead in order to pass his course.

Meanwhile the film version of the TV show Veronica Mars made just $144,000 in its second week.

Veronica Mars, which was funded by fans via Kickstarter, has made a total of $2.9 million for Warner Bros.

North American box office Top 5:

1. Divergent – $56 million

2. Muppets Most Wanted – $16.5 million

3. Mr. Peabody and Sherman – $11.7 million

4. 300: Rise of an Empire – $8.7 million

5. God’s Not Dead – $8.6 million

Source: Rentrak

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