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It was nearly 20 years ago that Jeff Bridges set out to adapt Lois Lowry's then recently published The Giver for the big screen. At the time, Bridges planned to direct the film and have his own father, Lloyd Bridges, play the title character. Now, having aged into the part himself, he's taking on the role for director Phillip Noyce's adaptation of the acclaimed novel. To promote the film, Bridges joined co-stars Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush, producer Nikki Silver and Lowry herself on Comic-Con International's Hall H stage today for a look at the August 15 release. »
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)
I had never read The Giver until a few days ago even though I was the target audience when the book came out in 1993; it had just fallen through the cracks for me. Feeling that I had to read the novel as due diligence, I blew through the book in a matter of hours (I read at a 1st grade level!) I was intrigued by the dystopian story, but it also made me aware that the trailers for the film adaptation were trying to squeeze it into the mold of The Hunger Games. A sensible marketing decision, but one that may shortchange a solemn story about a young man who realizes his sterile world has wiped away memories of not only pain but also love. I hoped that the panel would make it clear if the Hunger Games angle was more of a marketing approach or if the book had undergone some dramatic changes. »
- Matt Goldberg
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
Comic-Con 2014 is officially in full swing, and below you'll find the first of Digital Spy's daily schedules, giving you the low-down on exactly what's happening where and when in San Diego today.
Note: All timings are Pacific unless otherwise specified.
Thursday, July 24
24 (10am, Ballroom 20)
Hasbro: Transformers (11am, Room 25Abc)
Under the Dome (11.15am, Ballroom 20)
DreamWorks Animation Panel (11.30am, Hall H)
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Back in 2010, Bill Kelly sold his sci-fi script Timeless, which at one point had Philip Noyce attached to direct. Four years later, the project is finally set to find its way in front of cameras, and a new director has been named. Read on!
The story tracks a twenty-something surfer who sets out to build a time-travel machine after his wife dies in an accident. He taps a young Harvard physicist to help make the impossible a reality.
New financier Nicolas Veinberg and Defiant Pictures have come aboard, and Sunil Perkash (Salt, Enchanted, Premonition) will produce alongside Veinberg and Lucas Jarach. Relativity Media, which made the initial spec deal, is circling for domestic distribution.
Shooting is set to begin next spring in Gran Canaria, Spain, with casting currently under way. »
- John Squires
Trevor Hogg chats with Rob McLachlan about cycling, founding a production company, and working within the realms of film and television…
Before becoming a Primetime Emmy nominated cinematographer Rob McLachlan (Game of Thrones) was heading down a different career path which saw him become a Canadian Cycling Champion and Canada Games Gold medallist. “I was at the point that I was going to have to quit school and go train. I was on a shortlist to potentially ride in the Montreal Olympics but you couldn’t make a living at it back then unless you went to Europe and went whole hog. At the same time I was into photography and making Super 8 films. I got bitten by that bug. When I was looking at making a career that seemed like the best. My father was a commercial illustrator and painter who drilled into my brother and I that it »
- Trevor Hogg
Exclusive: UK director Carl Tibbetts (Retreat, Black Mirror) is now in the director’s chair on Timeless, the science fiction project scripted by Bill Kelly (Enchanted, Premonition). Story tracks a twentysomething surfer who sets out to build a time-travel machine after his wife dies in an accident. He taps a young Harvard physicist to help make the impossible a reality. Kelly first sold the spec in 2010 when Phillip Noyce was attached to direct. Now new financier Nicolas Veinberg and Defiant Pictures have come aboard, and Sunil Perkash (Salt, Enchanted, Premonition) will produce alongside Veinberg and Lucas Jarach. Relativity Media, which […] »
We're already deep enough into 2014 that we're getting MPAA ratings for movies that don't come out until next year and in today's batch that means ratings for Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Otherwise we have an R rating for Kevin Smith's new horror film Tusk, which I expect to be announced for Tiff's Midnight Madness and Phillip Noyce's The Giver and its expected PG-13 rating. The complete bulletin in listed below. 10,000 Km Rated R For some strong sexual content including dialogue, language and brief graphic nudity. A Belle For Christmas Rated PG For mild thematic material and rude humor. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead Rated R For strong bloody horror violence and gore throughout, and language including some sexual references. Focus Rated R For language, some sexual content and brief violence. Release Date: »
- Brad Brevet
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
San Diego Comic-Con’s infamous Hall H will play host to the BBC’s star detective, Cumberbatch, but, unfortunately, the actor will not be attending as part of a Sherlock event. Instead, Cumberbatch will appear on Comic-Con 2014’s inaugural Hall H panel: Dreamworks Animation.
Hall H Thursday Schedule
Dreamworks Animation 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Moderator Craig Ferguson will speak with Cumberbatch, John Malkovich and Tom McGrath, who voice characters in the studio’s newest installment to the Madagascar series, Penguins of Madagascar. Directors Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell are also set to attend, as is Home director Tim Johnson. This will be Cumberbatch’s first time at Comic-Con, though he did send in a special video message to fans at last year’s Sherlock panel. »
Don't be fooled! Katie Holmes isn't expecting, but she is sporting a fake baby bump on the set of her upcoming flick! The actress was spotted wearing the prosthetic accessory while filming Woman in Gold in Los Angeles Wednesday. Holmes was seen leaving her trailer wearing a fitted purple blouse, black leggings and gladiator sandals as she sipped on a Diet Coke. Holmes next appears in The Giver, which was adapted from the popular young adult novel. "I loved the Lois Lowry book," she recently told Glamour magazine. "There's this community that has decided to create a life that has no pain but also has no real joy. The director, Phil Noyce, »
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 »
The full five-day schedule for this year's Comic-Con has now been announced, and over here at Digital Spy we're getting pretty damn excited to fly out to San Diego next week.
While there are a few surprising omissions from the movies programme - no Hunger Games, no Jurassic World, seemingly no Star Wars - there's still plenty here to get excited about. Below is the full schedule of movie panels.
Wednesday, July 23
Into the Storm screening (10pm, Gaslamp Theater)
The Hobbit's Richard Armitage and The Walking Dead's Sarah Wayne Callies star in Warner Bros' disaster thriller, which follows a group of high school students who document a devastating tornado strike.
Thursday, July 24
DreamWorks Animation Panel (11.30am, Hall H)
Benedict Cumberbatch will make his Comic-Con debut to promote upcoming Madagascar spinoff Penguins of Madagascar, in which he plays a debonair wolf named Classified. He'll be joined by co-stars John Malkovich and Tom McGrath, »
The Weinstein Company has released a music video for Jeff Bridges' feature film adaptation of The Giver. It features a new song by OneRepublic called "Ordinary Human," and it includes new footage from the fantastic looking film.
The haunting story of The Giver centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. The film is based on Lois Lowry's beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
The movie will be released in theaters on August 15th. »
- Joey Paur
Just as Brenton Thwaites' Jonas discovers color, memory and death in Phillip Noyce's The Giver, fans of the popular Lois Lowry-penned Ya novel can do the same of a new track for the film from OneRepublic. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Entitled "Ordinary Human," the first half of the song is featured in a new clip, released Thursday. The new footage follows Jonas as he begins to visually question his seemingly ideal, black-and-white world. Like the film's previous trailers, the clip brings viewers into his mind as he is overwhelmed with a vivid collection of
- Ashley Lee
It has begun. Comic-Con International has started to release the daily schedules for Comic-Con 2014! We have Preview Night and Thursday schedules available. It's time to start planning out your epic geek adventure! The GeekTyrant team will be there to cover as much awesomeness from the convention as we possibly can!
I will post a few of the notable panels that will be taking place, but to see the full event schedule click here.
Wednesday - July 23Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings:Comic-Con International and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated series of the 2014-15 television season -- The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie -- as well as a brand new episode of Teen Titans Go!
- Joey Paur
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule for the first day of programming at Comic-Con 2014, Thursday, July 24. We've pulled out all the movie, DVD and TV-related panels and events right here, but you can also clickHere if you want to check out the full schedule with all of the comic book events. You can also clickHere to find out what pilot episodes Warner Bros. Television will be screening during Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23. Take a look at the exciting panels that will kick off the con this year.
Thursday July 24
10:00am - 11:00am - 24
Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24's most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer's triumphant return in 24: Live Another Day. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. »
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