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Katie Holmes Drama ‘Days and Nights’ Set for September Release

14 August 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to the drama “Days and Nights,” starring Katie Holmes, the company announced Thursday. William Hurt, Allison Janney and Ben Wishaw co-star in writer-director Christian Camargo's film inspired by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's play “The Seagull.” Also read: Katie Holmes Vigilante Comedy ‘Miss Meadows’ Lands U.S. Distribution Set in rural New England in the 1980s, “Days and Nights” is centered around a fading movie star who brings her paramour to her lakeside estate to visit her ailing brother and son, a fledgling artist, over Memorial Day Weekend. Reckless desire leads »

- Greg Gilman

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Review: Ya-adaptation 'The Giver' is both ridiculous and morally suspect

14 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I hardly know where to start. So far this year, "Winter's Tale" remains the gold standard for pure unmitigated batshit hubris, and it's the scope of the folly that impresses me most. But if we're ranking films by how dopey they are, then "The Giver" may actually be a contender for some special honors this year. It is a firm belief of mine that you do not need to read a book in order to review a movie. I've never read Lois Lowry's novel, which is evidently fairly well-liked. Originally published in 1993, the book has been controversial, and it's also been enormously popular. In reading about it tonight, one thing becomes clear: the dumbest idea in this very dumb movie appears to be an invention of the film. We'll get into that later, but first, the broad strokes. The film opens with a vague title about the end of the world, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Harvey Weinstein Recounts Robin Williams' 'Good Will Hunting' Prank on Stellan Skarsgard

14 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Of Robin Williams' many memorable moments onscreen during his Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, it's his unfilmed scenes that Harvey Weinstein remembers most — specifically, his prank. While visiting CBS This Morning with Katie Holmes on Thursday to chat about The Giver, Weinstein — who gave an impromptu tribute during the film's premiere in New York City, just hours after news spread — reflected on the beloved actor, who died Monday at age 63. "It's been a tough week to collect your thoughts and to think about those implications, because, when you knew Robin, he made everybody else's life so good," he told

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- Ashley Lee

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See Jeff Bridges’s Candid Behind-the-Scenes Set Photos From The Giver

14 August 2014 5:05 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Since Jeff Bridges’s turn as a lovable alien in 1984’s Starman, the actor has used a Widelux panning still camera to document the making of most of his films. For The Giver, which was filmed in South Africa last October, “my camera was breaking down a lot,” he says, “so I didn’t get as many shots as I usually do.” But he managed to capture Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, and more, in the gallery ahead. Filming The Giver was particularly poignant for Bridges, who optioned it in 1995, with the hope that his dad, actor Lloyd, would play the aging mentor, the Giver. “I was looking through a catalogue of kids’ books, and I came across one with an old grizzled guy on the cover, and I thought, My dad could play that guy.” His father passed away in 1998, and after 16 years of delays, Bridges took »

- Alexis Swerdloff

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'The Giver': What the Critics Are Saying

14 August 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Giver, out Friday, brings Lois Lowry's 1993 Newberry Medal-winning young-adult novel to the big screen, with Jeff Bridges playing the title character after a twenty-year journey to adapt the dystopian title. Directed by Phillip Noyce, the Weinstein Co. and Walden Media $30 million film also stars Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush and Emma Tremblay, and is expected to debut in the mid-teens and will be playing in roughly 3,003 locations. Read what top critics are saying about The Giver: The Hollywood Reporter's film critic John DeFore calls it

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- Ashley Lee

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Celeb Sightings! See Where Your Favorite Stars Hung Out This Week

14 August 2014 1:39 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

--Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift and Cameron Monaghan posing for photos together on the red carpet at The Giver premiere at the Ziegfield Theater in NYC. --The Janoskians performing at the Teen Vogue Back to School Saturday Kickoff Event, hosted by editor in chief Amy Astley and Debby Ryan, at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, CA. --Jessica Szohr hanging out with Emmanuelle Chriqui at the For Love & Lemons annual Skivvies Party, co-hosted by Too Faced Cosmetics, in L.A. --Orange Is the New Black's Lauren Lapkus having [...] »

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The Giver Early Review Roundup: Just Another Ya Adaptation? Find Out What the Critics Had to Say

13 August 2014 5:51 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Lois Lowry may have reassured E! News that The Giver is not another teen romance flick, but critics still feel this is something they've seen before—and seen done better. The author of the 1993 dystopian young adult novel admitted she was nervous when she learned that they cast 17-year-old Odeya Rush for Fiona and 24-year-old Brenton Thwaites to play Jonas, the teenage characters who explore their feelings for each other, because the characters in the book are actually only 11 years old. And this didn't go unnoticed by reviewers. But it wasn't so much the casting that left them disappointed—after all, the lineup includes Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes and »

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Watch: Step Into The World Of 'The Giver' With Jeff Bridges & Meryl Streep With 5 Clips

13 August 2014 8:42 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Giver” hits theaters this weekend, and if you’re still on the fence about seeing it, these five clips probably won't seal the deal. At first, we were optimistic about Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 pre-ya novel, in light of the casting of producer-star Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep inspiring a degree of confidence . But each time we get a closer look, the film looks more and more like a paint-by-numbers dystopian teen disgrace. The most interesting morsel here is a peek at Taylor Swift in her small role as a former “receiver” who now only exists in memory. Appropriately, her performance entails playing music and she appears to be a convincing, unsettling presence on screen. Unfortunately, Streep’s character seems consigned to villainhood with a capital V, too obviously controlling and malevolent and lacking nuance. There’s also an accidentally humorous lip-lock and shots of Katie Holmes delivering lines flatly. »

- Tess Hofmann

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The Giver Review

13 August 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In the totalitarian, nightmarish future of 2014, a blasted stretch of land in California once known as Hollywoodland lies on the precipice of ruin. Warring studios of the hellscape -now called Hollywood- vie for control of the world’s young adult novel franchises, hoping that one will lead them to a promised land of perpetual twilight, where games of a hungered variety are played in an endless pool of box office receipts. Though the mighty Lionsgate tribe seemed to have once more won the year’s contest with an adaptation known as Divergent, The Weinstein faction has taken a risk, and placed their hope in an older young adult book called “The Giver.”

Quiet, short, and moderately attractive, The Giver is not like other young adult novel movie adaptations. “The Giver” has been around much longer (read: 1993) than the current rash of teen-targeted social sci-fi novels, and predates most of the »

- Sam Woolf

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City in the clouds by Anne-Katrin Titze

13 August 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Weinstein Company presents The Giver press conference at Essex House on Central Park South Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Phillip Noyce, who directed Dead Calm with Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane - Rabbit-Proof Fence with Kenneth Branagh and David Gulpilil - The Quiet American with Michael Caine - and Catch A Fire with Tim Robbins, now gives us The Giver.

Following the press conference with Jeff Bridges (who paid tribute to Robin Williams), Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites, et al, I spoke with the director about his James Turrell inspiration for The Giver's abode. MoMA PS1, where Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi was shown in 2013 is the location of Turrell's Meeting.

The Giver director Phillip Noyce: "He [Jonas] should be discovering home. the concept of home. It's in the book as a memory where he experiences Christmas." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Giver, screenplay by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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‘The Giver’ Author Lois Lowry Thinks ‘Dystopian Fiction Is Passé’

13 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lois Lowry might just be the godmother of dystopian Ya fiction.

The author of over 40 books is best known for her 1993 novel “The Giver,” a story set in a utopian society where people no longer feel pain. But a sinister side is revealed when Jonas, a young boy, is selected to be the Receiver of Memories — responsible for painful recollections of past suffering so that he can advise a council of elders on how to best serve the community. Jonas is trained by the outgoing Receiver, now called The Giver, and realizes there is a price people pay for living without conflict.

Since “The Giver” was published, books like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” have emerged and proven to be popular at the multiplex. But plans for a film version of “The Giver” actually predates them all.

For years, Jeff Bridges hoped to bring “The Giver” to the big screen, »

- Jenelle Riley

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Hollywood Icon Lauren Bacall Dead at 89, Robin Williams’ Daughter Quits Social Media Over Cyber Bullying + More of Today’s First Dibs

13 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Legendary actress Lauren Bacall suffered a fatal stroke, Zelda Williams takes a break from social media after facing online harassment since her father’s death, Michelle Rodriguez strips down, and more celebrity news to go with your morning coffee.

Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee Lauren Bacall suffered a fatal stroke Tuesday morning. She was 89. [The Wire] Stars continue to pay tribute to the late Robin Williams. Allison Williams dedicates her Peter Pan flying lessons to the actor, while Jimmy Fallon tears up reenacting a Dead Poet’s Society scene on The Tonight Show. Sadly, his daughter Zelda Williams has quit social media after being harassed during this difficult time. [Et, NY Post, Huffington Post] Michelle Rodriguez cures a hangover with some skinny dipping. [Perez Hilton] Hayden Panettiere‘s pregnancy will be written into Nashville. [Cosmopolitan] Taylor Swift brings extra security to The Giver premiere while Katie Holmes nervously follows her publicist’s instruction, and Meryl Streep just laughs because she’s perfect. »

- Taylor Ferber

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Jeff Bridge's Long Journey to The Giver

12 August 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

The Giver hits theaters this week starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, and don't forget Taylor Swift. With this story being so widely known as many of you may have had to read the novel in high school, it wasn't that easy to get made into a film. Find out why it took Jeff Bridges over 20 years to get this project completed, and let us know if you plan to check it out! »

- Matthew-Rodrigues

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Jeff Bridge's Long Journey to The Giver

12 August 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The Giver hits theaters this week starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, and don't forget Taylor Swift. With this story being so widely known as many of you may have had to read the novel in high school, it wasn't that easy to get made into a film. Find out why it took Jeff Bridges over 20 years to get this project completed, and let us know if you plan to check it out! »

- Matthew-Rodrigues

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Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush & Taylor Swift Color-Coordinate at "The Giver" Premiere

12 August 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

A red hot red carpet!Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift stole the spotlight at the New York City premiere of "The Giver" on Monday night, color-coordinating in shades of pinks and reds.Holmes showed off her thin frame in a light pink Zac Posen dress with a gathered bodice and pleated chiffon skirt. She paired her elegant ensemble with a high top knot, smoky eye makeup and a pink lip.Rush rocked a scarlet Georges Hobeika gown with an embellished bodice, completing her look with a dramatic cat eye and bright pink lipstick.Swift donned a dual-toned Monique Lhuillier dress with red bodice and blush tea-length skirt. The "Red" singer paired her gown with her signature cat eye and red lip combo and a dramatic side part with retro waves. While some might think the actresses were merely aiming to match their outfits to the red carpet, fans »

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Katie Holmes Reacts to Shocking Death of Robin Williams: "He Made Us All Ride So High"

12 August 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Robin Williams' tragic death brought understandable shock to the Hollywood community Monday evening. But for Katie Holmes, the news of the actor's passing came minutes before the New York City premiere of her new film, The Giver. "It's so awful, so awful. It's just shocking," Holmes told E! News on the red carpet. "We just heard. I'm just so sorry for his family and friends." Although Holmes never shared significant screen time with Williams, she was very fond of his work and career. "He made us all ride so high," she shared. "He brought such laughter and joy to us for so many years."  The Oscar winner was found dead at his home in »

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Meryl Streep talks 'The Giver' and says 'I like to be boss'

12 August 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

New York -- Currently, Meryl Streep has 18 Academy Award nominations and three wins.  The first nomination was in 1979 for "The Deer Hunter" and the most recent one was this year for "August: Osage County."  It is more Academy Award nominations than anyone else has received.  When she takes a role, people take notice. It is no surprise that at the press conference for the upcoming film, "The Giver," that despite the large number of people on the dais, Meryl Streep sits in the middle of the upper row, a position of prominence.  It is further no surprise that the first time she speaks during the press conference, everyone grows a little more quiet, and the shutter noise from cameras taking photos occurs at a greater frequency.  She is, after all, Meryl Streep. As for the film in question, "The Giver" is a Phillip Noyce ("Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger »

- Josh Lasser

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Jeff Bridges Remembers His Friend Robin Williams at ‘The Giver’ Premiere

12 August 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The shocking news of Robin Williams’ death broke just moments before the stars of “The Giver” walked down the red carpet at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater on Monday night, casting a shadow over the film’s world premiere.

Jeff Bridges, who appeared with Williams in 1991’s “The Fisher King,” addressed the audience before the movie rolled. “I’m filled with such mixed emotions tonight,” said Bridges, a star and producer of the Weinstein Co. and Walden Media release. “I play the Giver, who is supposed to hold in his emotions, but it’s very difficult for me to be here … losing a dear, dear friend, Robin Williams. I know we’ll all miss him. My heart goes out to his family.” Bridges then said he could feel Williams’ presence in the room, telling him: “Get on with it, Bridges.”

Harvey Weinstein, who produced “The Giver,” also made 1997’s “Good Will Hunting. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Jimmy Fallon and Katie Holmes Play With Photo Booth Filters on The Tonight Show—And the Pics Are Hilarious: Watch!

12 August 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Before the days of Instagram, there was the Mac Photo Booth, and on last night's episode of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and Katie Holmes opted to take it back to 2009 and have a little fun with the popular image app. The 35-year-old beauty stopped by the late night talk show on Monday to promote her upcoming flick The Giver, where she and Fallon took part in the game "Tonight Show Photo Booth." The premise? "We're going to take turns making ourselves look as weird as possible, then we're going to see if the other person can match it," Fallon explains before pulling out two iPads equipped with the application, which allows users to take photos of themselves (ideal for selfies!) and add a series of »

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Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift Glam Up ‘The Giver’ NYC Premiere (photos!)

12 August 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Meryl Streep were among the stars of “The Giver” who glammed up the red carpet at the movie’s New York City premiere last night at the Ziegfeld Theater. The movie, based on a book by author Lois Lowry, is considered to be one of the sleeper hits of the year. The science-fiction action film, directed by Phillip Noyce, focuses on a world where all conflict has been erased and every member of society has a specific role. Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush. ...Read More »

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