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Outside of the Angelina Jolie action film Salt, all the hits on Australian helmer Phillip Noyce’s resume are book adaptations. That ranges from his breakout hit Dead Calm to Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger, Sliver, The Bone Collector, Rabbit-Proof Fence, and The Quiet American; he is currently adapting Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. Noyce’s latest book transfer is The Weinstein Company’s The Giver, a Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weiden-scripted adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning children’s novel that took 21 years to reach the screen. That glacial development pace allowed high action dystopian tomes like The Hunger Games and Divergent to score with young audiences, books that were written much later and likely were influenced by Lowry. Vets Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes are surrounded by young audience pleasing newcomers Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Swift, but »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The film version of The Giver, based on Lois Lowry's Newberry Medal-winning 1993 novel, moves at the speed of syrup. Make that the speed of syrup from a clogged spout. That's no way to carry a philosophical message to young adults. But what is? The current onslaught of movies excreted from dystopian teen fiction would make any Ya yak. So far, The Hunger Games franchise is working. But catch Divergent, The Host, Ender's Game, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and see if you don't hear yourself scream: Make. »
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
Sameness, the conformist plague that afflicts the futuristic citizens of Lois Lowry’s celebrated and scorned Ya novel, “The Giver,” might also be the name given to what ails the movie adaptation — the latest in a seemingly endless line of teen-centric dystopian fantasies that have become all but indistinguishable from one another. A longtime passion project for producer/star Jeff Bridges, “The Giver” reaches the screen in a version that captures the essence of Lowry’s affecting allegory but little of its mythic pull — a recipe likely to disappoint fans while leaving others to wonder what all the fuss was about. Any hopes by co-producers the Weinstein Co. and Walden Media that they might have the next “Hunger Games” (or even “Divergent”) on their hands look to be dashed by lackluster late-summer box office.
Originally published in 1993 (six years before “The Matrix”), Lowry’s novel was itself a patchwork of ideas borrowed from Aldous Huxley, »
- Scott Foundas
American literary titan Philip Roth, the Gojira to Don DeLillo’s Mothra, is one of those few famous writers largely untroubled by Hollywood. Until now, that is. Phillip Noyce is working to bring one of his greatest books, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Pastoral, to the screen and has added Dakota Fanning to a cast roster than already includes Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connelly.Set during the Vietnam War years, American Pastoral follows Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov (McGregor), a once all-conquering high-school athlete, who’s married to a beauty queen (Connelly) and runs the business he’s inherited from his dad. All seems well in Swede’s world until his daughter Merry (Fanning) joins the countercultural clamour of the time, signing up as a revolutionary and committing a fatal act of violence that throws all their lives into chaos.Noyce, who inherited the project from Fisher Stevens (Stand Up Guys), has been »
To celebrate the man who created so many characters we all desperate wished we could be growing up – and honestly still kind of wish we could be – we take a celebratory look at Harrison's seven greatest roles.
#7. Dr. Richard Kimble – The Fugitive
Ford plays a man wrongly convicted of his wife's murder who – due to random circumstance – escapes from custody in a frantic effort to find the real killer and clear his name. All the while, he's hunted down by Us Marshall Tommy Lee Jones, which would be terrifying for anyone.
Best Quote: "When I came home, there was a man in my house. I fought with this man. He had a mechanical arm. You find this man. You find this man."
#6. Bob Falfa – American Graffiti »
The haunting story of The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. The Giver is based on »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Australian director Phillip Noyce has been struggling to get his adaptation of American Pastoral off the ground for 11 years and counting. But it seems like at long last he's gearing up for production, having wrangled Ewan McGregor as his leading man. Coming Soon first snagged this curious bit of casting news while speaking with Phillip Noyce about his soon-to-open science-fiction drama The Giver, an adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel. Noyce, who has previously helmed such A-lister-fronted features as Angelina Jolie's Salt, Denzel Washington's The Bone Collector, and Harrison Ford's Clear and Present Danger, confessed that the inability to find the right actor for American Pastoral's lead role has been the main cause of its delays. However, with Ewan McGregor now on board, Noyce expects American Pastoral will roll into production by early 2015. American Pastoral will be based on the noteworthy novel by American author Philip Roth. »
Rick Rosenthal's military thriller Drones opens in cinemas and on iTunes and VOD on June 27. We have a clip to share with you. Though I have not seen the film yet, it would appear that Eloise Mumford's character, Sue Lawson, has become conflicted with her mission when through their observations their target is surrounded by family members. Sounds like that one scene in Clear and Present Danger played out for 82 minutes. And I am a bit perplexed by the poster as well. Because it looks like it was designed for a video game. Then that got me thinking because that is really what these soldiers are doing, playing an elaborate video game. Though the stakes are higher than a decent Kdr. ...
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Father's Day is this weekend, and in case you're still not sure what to get your dad for this annual holiday, we have a giveaway for the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD release of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit that might be right up your alley. Chris Pine stars as a young Jack Ryan, who is recruited by a CIA veteran (Kevin Costner) to uncover a terrorist plot against the United States in director Kenneth Branagh's action-thriller, based on the character created by beloved author Tom Clancy. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a Father's Day Prize Pack that includes a Blu-ray copy signed by director/star Kenneth Branagh, along with a tool kit, the Tom Clancy novel Command Authority, and The Jack Ryan Collection Blu-ray, which includes The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum Of All Fears. Our first prize winners »
You’d be forgiven for feeling a little weary with regard to young adult sci-fi literary adaptations making their way to the big screen. While once we were awash with angst-ridden vampires and werewolves, we are now adrift in a sea of teen dystopia, as studios attempt to capitalize on the success of The Hunger Games. But – though films like Ender’s Game, The Host and Divergent are all beginning to blur into one, long hormonal rebellion – don’t turn in your multiplex member’s card just yet. The legendary Jeff Bridges is about to shake things up with The Giver – a sci-fi film that has just debuted a great new trailer.
The Big Lebowski’s very own Dude produces and stars in this adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel of the same name, which was first published in 1993. It features a young boy named Jonas, who lives in a utopian society, »
- Sarah Myles
"When the elders need guidance, I provide wisdom, using memories of the past." Following the batch of character posters that featured just a stripe of color running through the black and white images of various characters from The Giver, the sci-fi adaptation gets shown off even more in the full theatrical trailer. The film seems to unfold as a science fiction sort of Pleasantville as the black and white world of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is invaded by color, as he learns more about the all too ideal community in which he lives, thanks to the wisdom of Jeff Bridges, the titular guide and keeper of wisdom from the past. Watch! Here's the full trailer for Phillip Noyce's The Giver, originally from Yahoo: The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt) and adapted by newcomer Michael Mitnick. The haunting story, »
- Ethan Anderton
Usually June is associated with the first real month of summer -- a time to go out and frolic through the wilderness like a snowman that doesn't know any better. But it also gets really, really hot, which has people retreating to their local multiplex or, even better, their luxuriously air-conditioned living rooms. With that in mind, take a look at the television shows and movies that will be available on Netflix's steaming service come June (via Vulture).
Thought the snail-who-dreamed-of-being-a-racecar saga ended with last summer's DreamWorks Animated joint "Turbo?" Think again. Apparently there's a television spin-off. And you can watch it on Netflix. We also have to give it up for a pair of wonderful sequels that are going to be on in June: the obviously-shot-in-Canada-even-though-it's-set-in-New York robo-epic "Short Circuit 2" (a favorite since childhood) and the far darker and more sinister "Wolf Creek 2," a sequel to the »
- Drew Taylor
Phillip Noyce ("Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger") has turned has directorial eye towards "The Giver," an adaptation of the award-winning young adult novel from Lois Lowry which was originally published in 1993. The film is readying for a release in mid-August, and today we have several new character posters to share with you. As you will see in the attached gallery, the images are all black and white, save for a line of color traveling vertically in each, a line which always contains the character's eye (sometimes left, sometimes right). It certainly feels symbolic, but what does it all mean? The answer may lie in the official description for the movie, which opens, "The haunting story of 'The Giver' centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment." Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) has his eyes opened in the film when he begins »
- Josh Lasser
Even when there's plenty of characters that fans will know in films like X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Hobbit, The Avengers or other blockbuster films with ensemble casts, the idea of character posters is just wasteful and pointless. But here we are with some character posters for the adaptation of the revered sci-fi young adult novel The Giver. This has an impressive cast, but not necessarily worthy of character posters, especially when most general audiences don't know these characters. Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites & Taylor Swift looking like her evil twin from another dimension are here and more. Here's the character posters for Phillip Noyce's The Giver from Imp Awards: The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt) and adapted by newcomer Michael Mitnick. The haunting story, adapted from Lois Lowry's young adult book of the same name, »
- Ethan Anderton
Following the recent original horror flick Oculus, we're still due for quite the dose of newcomer Brenton Thwaites this year. The young actor leads the sci-fi indie The Signal, has a supporting role as Prince Phillip in Maleficent and stars alongside Jeff Bridges in the adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel The Giver. Now a new trailer has arrived for the film that also features Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes, combining some footage from the original teaser with some of the new bits that popped up in the recent featurette. While the book is held in high esteem, we're not sure if the film can offer anything fresh in the Ya market. Here's the new trailer for Phillip Noyce's The Giver straight from The Weinstein Company: The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt) and adapted by newcomer Michael Mitnick. »
- Ethan Anderton
Before he was Tam Honks, he was Fahrst… Fahrst Gump. The Greenbow-born-and-bred witness to history may not have been the sharpest tool in the shed, but he was all heart — and (once those braces fell away) legs. Based on Winston Groom’s fantastical novel, Robert Zemeckis’s decades-spanning movie touched on nearly ever major cultural milestone in the second half of the 20th century: Vietnam and the March on Washington, Watergate and “S— happens” shirts, Elvis and world-class ping pong, and on and on. Yet, it was solid as a rock while feeling light as a feather. It was also »
- Lanford Beard
If theatergoers notice a more mature tone in the upcoming sequel “Captain America: The Winter Solider” than in the 2011 origin story, credit a pair of directing brothers best known, counterintuitively, for laughs.
Kevin Feige, president of production at Marvel Studios, was searching for a decidedly different take on the newly re-introduced character of Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans), the frail young man cum WWII super solider frozen in time and thawed precisely at the moment Earth needed him most. Feige was familiar with the work of Anthony and Joe Russo on the original run of the Fox comedy “Arrested Development,” for which the pair won a directing Emmy in 2004, and on NBC’s “Community,” which the siblings executive produced from 2009-12.
Feige initially pursued Anthony, 44, and Joe, 42, and ultimately decided to entrust the next film adaptation of the 73-year-old comicbook franchise — and its $170 million production budget — to the Ohio born brothers. »
- Alexandra Cheney
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
The movie goes back to the beginning of Jack Ryan’s career, re-imagining his rise from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative. He uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
Kenneth Branagh also directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, hot off his success helming Thor. This thriller didn’t get quite as good a reception, though. Shadow Recruit garnered mixed reviews from both critics and moviegoers. Richard Roeper called the movie “the very definition of an Ok thriller.” And the film earned $50.3 million in theaters, »
"There's something missing from our lives, something that has been stolen." With Divergent poised to hit theaters this weekend, a more iconic young adult sci-fi book is coming to theaters later this year with The Giver. Based on Lois Lowry's Newbury Medal winning book of the same name, the film follows Jonas (Brandon Thwaites), who lives in a content, future dystopian society that feels a little too familiar to the rest of the young adult adaptations we've been seeing. But after being given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory, he begins to unravel the secrets behind his community, and they might be rather disturbing. Maybe Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep will give this iconic tale the weight it needs. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Phillip Noyce's adaptation of The Giver from The Weinstein Company: The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, »
- Ethan Anderton
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