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The latest Ya adaptation to hit the big screen, The Giver, tells the tale of a boy growing up in a dystopian society that seems to be perfect: everyone is happy, there is no racism or disease, and everyone has a specific place and role. Things aren't exactly the way they seem, though, as Jonas learns when he's chosen to be a "Receiver" of all the knowledge about the sacrifices and sorrow of his forefathers from an elder known as The Giver. The pic also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder (aka the movie's baddie). We're at Comic-Con 2014 all weekend bringing you exclusive interviews from the red carpet. Watch below as we talk to the stars of The Giver, who reveal a little more about the movie and their...
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Jeff Bridges is aware Taylor Swift is a talented musician, but he's also certain of her future as she mines new professional challenges on film. "She's so sweet and such a good actress and, of course, a phenomenal songwriter and musician," Bridges, 64, said Thursday while promoting their new film together, The Giver at the annual Comic-Con event, held at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. But could an acting career be in the pop and country star's future? "Oh, yeah," replied Bridges. "I think so." The two enjoyed some bonding time making music together between scenes on the film, »
- Andrea Billups
When it came to offering deep and hilarious insights into his life and career, the Dude most certainly abided in his recent Reddit Ama. Promoting the upcoming film adaptation of The Giver, Jeff Bridges opened up on a variety of interesting topics – including his favorite scene from The Big Lebowski and that one time he bumped into the Dalai Lama.
These six tidbits only reinforce that Bridges is one of Hollywood's most well-rounded bad-asses – and that's more than just, like, our opinion, man.
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San Diego — The latest young adult novel to head to the big screen, "The Giver," showed its wares at Comic-Con 2014 on Thursday. Oscar winner and movie legend Jeff Bridges was on hand, but none other than original author Lois Lowry stole the show. Based on Lowry's 1993 novel, "The Giver" is actually a drama set in a dystopian future that precedes "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" by almost 15 years. It finds the remnants of the human race living in a very controlled world after an apocalyptic "fall." When Jonas, a young man played by "Maleficent's" Brenton Thwaites, is chosen to replace the society's Giver (Bridges), a chain of events occurs that could unravel this utopian society. Meryl Streep makes arguably her sci-fi debut playing the political leader of this world. She's joined by Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgård, who play Jonas' parents. Newcomer Odeya Rush (the upcoming "Goosebumps") plays Twaites' »
- Gregory Ellwood
Bridges had originally intended to direct The Giver himself and have his father Lloyd play the eponymous role that he himself would eventually take on.
“It was a terrific children’s book but also I enjoyed it so much as an adult and loved its themes and poetry,” Bridges told Hall H.
“I tried to get it made for 18 or 19 years and it proved to be difficult because it was controversial. Lois and I were in Las Vegas at a banned book conference [discussing it.]
“But it was taught in schools. That controversy scared some financiers away but it inspired some and I am so glad The Weinstein Company and Walden had the courage to put this out.”
Lowry seemed to have been taken aback by the way the book has »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
San Diego - Jeff Bridges is about as big a name as you can find these days, and yet one of his co-stars in the forthcoming Ya adaptation "The Giver" is arguably even more recognizable: country-pop superstar Taylor Swift. "Taylor was so terrific," said Bridges while promoting the film at Comic-Con on Thursday. "Being both lovers of music, we talked a lot of music, and we got to pick [guitar] a little bit between setups and stuff. And she's so sweet and such a good actress." So does she have a future on the big-screen then? "Oh, I think so!" he said enthusiastically. Funnily enough, Swift was only a child when Bridges first began developing the Newberry Award-winning Lois Lowry novel into a film - a process that ultimately dragged on for nearly two decades. So why does he think the adaptation took so long to make it to the screen? »
- Chris Eggertsen
Later this summer, Lois Lowry.s cherished novel The Giver arrives in theaters, adapting a coming-of-age sci-fi book that has been required reading for teenagers for decades. The latest version stars Jeff Bridges as The Giver, Meryl Streep as Chief Elder, and has director Phillip Noyce behind the lens. But it almost didn.t shake out that way. Years ago, Jeff Bridges wanted to direct and adaptation of The Giver, and he shot a lot of footage, which he.d like fans to see. Soon. Lowry and Bridges were part of a panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, prepping audiences for The Weinstein Company.s take on The Giver. And Bridges, ever the storyteller, revealed that once upon a time, he set out to film The Giver, with his father, Lloyd Bridges, in the role of The Giver. He says that he recruited one of his young nephews »
“The Giver” author Lois Lowry and some of the films’ stars including Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, producer Nikki Silver and Jeff Bridges, who stars and produces, introduced the dystopian drama to a rapt Hall H audience at Comic-Con on Thursday. Around five minutes of footage was shown of “The Giver,” which opens Aug. 15.
“Dystopia was not on my mind,” said Lowry. She said she wrote it as an “exciting adventure.”
Lowry and Bridges have spent more than 15 years trying to get the 1993 novel adapted into a film. It was ultimately greenlit by the Weinstein Co. and shot primarily in South Africa, and will look to draw the same demo that turned out for “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Divergent.”
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- Alexandra Cheney
The video, which focuses on Pharrell auditioning dancers, is a celebration of diversity and beauty, opening with the quote “Beauty has no expiration date.”
Pharrell tweeted about the video, thanking Cyrus for her appearing in the video – she is also featured on the song. “All we know how to do is be silly and have fun,” Pharrell declared.
Thank you to my lil sis @MileyCyrus. All we know how to do is be silly and have fun. #ComeGetItBae pic.twitter.com/Rt6z1Yb06w
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) July 23, 2014
Williams and Cyrus also worked together on her newest album, Bangerz.
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The films centers on a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets and skills that are implanted into a prisoner to help him stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a doctor.
Producers are Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Jake Weiner and Matt O’Toole. Exec producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, Christine Crowe and Jason Bloom.
- Dave McNary
Comic-Con 2014 is about to commence, and before we don our provocative Jubilee cosplay, we're previewing the whole San Diego nerdfest in The Snap. What do we want out of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Batman Vs. Superman"? Check out our analysis to find out. And hey, check out all of The Snap's episodes: Ep. #18: We Review Every Celebrity Sex Tape Ep. #17: The Biggest Movie Bombs of 2014 Ep. #16: 25 Reasons to Worship Tilda Swinton Ep. #15: The Secrets of 'Transformers' Ep. #14: What to Know About the 2014 World Cup Ep. #13: The 10 Worst Types of Facebook Status Ep. #12: Why Meryl Streep Needs to Join 'Star Wars' Ep. #11: Everything You Don't Know About 'Maleficent' Ep. #10: Good God, Memorial Day Movies are Terrible Ep. #9: Why Reality TV Still Matters Ep. #8: Let's Find George Clooney Some New Wives Ep. #7: Where »
- Louis Virtel
“Silence of the Lambs” director Jonathan Demme does not approve of Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, and he's not worried about being labeled anti-Semitic. “I know that I am not anti-Semitic. I believe passionately that Palestine deserves statehood and there is a two-state solution,” the Oscar-winning director said during an interview (above) on Huffington Post Live. “I just don't see how you justify this horrendous use of force.” Also read: Meryl Streep to Star in Jonathan Demme Movie Written by Diablo Cody (Exclusive) Israel launched a ground invasion of the Palestinian region last Thursday after 10 days of bombings in response to Hamas. »
- Greg Gilman
Memory and knowledge is a key theme in the plot of the film as young Jonas (BrentonThwaites) is selected for the job of Receiver of Memories in his utopian society where strife and pain no longer exist. As the vessel which stores the memories of the past in case they should ever need to be called upon, Jonas partners with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), the one who holds the collective memory of their people. Jonas and The Giver face a dilemma as to whether or not they should let their community continue on blissfully unaware of the full spectrum life has to offer outside the “Sameness” propagandized by the government.
The book on which the film is based has long been a staple in school curriculum and now finds itself getting the »
- Rachel West
The Wrap has reported that the currently untitled return of director Cameron Crowe (Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous) has been pushed back from it’s original Christmas Day release until the middle of next spring. And while it may seem like a downer, it sounds like Sony, who are distributing the movie, have made the right choice considering the competition it faced in the Us over Christmas.
In the Us, the film was originally set to go head-head-to-head with a glut of wide, and potential hit, films. Disney’s big film for the festive season, an adaptation of musical Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine was arguably the biggest obstacle.
Other obsticles included Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken, cult-comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, which begins it’s limited release on the same day, but will still draw in the crowds. »
- Scott Davis
The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.
Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.
Let us look at the top ten instances where it »
- Frank Ochieng
Welcome to this week's Friday episode of the podcast where Laremy and I review Sex Tape and The Purge: Anarchy, take a look at what films may be hitting the upcoming Fall film festival circuit, discuss the future of film thanks to a listener voicemail, answer your questions and play some games. There are a couple weird tangents in there, but for the most part I think it was a successful episode. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll »
- Brad Brevet
Who Is Brenton Thwaites?
Thwaites, 24, is an Australian actor whose Hollywood career picked up this summer with breakout roles, co-starring in the thriller Oculus and as Prince Phillip in Maleficent, in which he acted opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. Also this summer, Thwaites starred in The Signal opposite Laurence Fishburne. Before booking a string of Hollywood films, Thwaites starred on Australian television shows, SLiDE (2011) and Home and Away (2011-2012) and appeared in the Lifetime original movie Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012).
Thwaites, who is currently filming Gods of Egypt alongside Gerard Butler and Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is certainly on his way to stardom, and he said working with more experienced Hollywood actors has been a huge step forward for him. In addition to his previous work with Jolie and Fishburne, »
Hulu's seven-episode series "The Hotwives of Orlando" lampoons Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchises in exactly the right ways: The catchphrases, the melodrama, the sham marriages, and the frightening fights are all parodied with very close attention to detail. Creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider have a cast of game ladies in their Florida-set series, including Schneider herself (who plays Shauna Maducci, the "bankrupt overspender"), "Happy Endings"/"SNL" vet Casey Wilson as trophy wife Tawny St. John, Tymberlee Hill as Phenomenon "Phe Phe" Reed, Andrea Savage as cougar Veronica Von Vandervon, Angela Kinsey of "The Office" as religious zealot Crystal Simmons, and "30 Rock" vet Kristen Schaal as drug-addled former child star Amanda Simmons. HitFix caught a few minutes to interview Wilson, Hill, Savage, Schneider, and Phirman. Instead of asking them to name their favorite "Housewives" franchise or terrifying dream about Andy Cohen, we asked them to pick their favorite ladies from famous pop culture groups. »
- Louis Virtel
It's the 1969 Academy Awards, and Walter Matthau and a tuxedo-clad chimp present John Chambers with an honorary Oscar for his work on Planet of the Apes. Viewed in retrospect it's one of the more surreal presentations in the ceremony's history, but this was something of a landmark event for the industry. It was only the second time the Academy had dished out a prize to make-up artists (William J Tuttle won four years earlier for 7 Faces of Dr Lao), and it highlighted the growing importance of Hollywood's backstage creative artists.
Fast-forward 45 years and prosthetics are giving way to digital pixels - for characters that require a complexity of movement and expression, performance capture technology gives a director the scope to execute their vision by marrying an actor's performance with visual effects. In its basic form, the actor will strap on a bodysuit that's wired up to a computer. All their »
Though it seems evident that Phillip Noyce's feature adaptation of Lois Lowry's celebrated novel The Giver is taking some liberties with the source material, what's also evident is that, in its efforts to promote the movie, The Weinstein Company doesn't appear to be trying to conceal much of the plot or some of the major events that transpire in the source material. That certainly applies to the above featurette, which includes numerous glimpses of the movie, and features some insights from stars Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes and Jeff Bridges. We also see Meryl Streep getting kind of creepy as she pokes her head in at Jonas' home and starts asking questions. The featurette introduces us to the basic plot and setting of the film. People exist in a black and white world where "sameness" is a way of life. Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is selected to be the next »
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