The Giver trailer

We’re drowning in dystopian YA this week. Monday brought the first trailer for The Maze Runner, and Friday brings the premiere of Divergent. Today, we have the very first The Giver trailer.

Directed by Phillip Noyce, the Lois Lowry adaptation unfolds in a seemingly perfect society without hunger, pain, or strife. But when young Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is assigned to be the community’s keeper of memories, he discovers that this utopia comes at a staggering cost. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep also star. Watch the video after the jump.

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It’d be easy to assume that Philip Noyce‘s The Giver is just another Hunger Games knock-off, given that it’s yet another YA adaptation set in a dystopian universe. But in truth, it’s a film that Jeff Bridges has been working on for almost twenty years — way back before Katniss Everdeen was even a twinkle in Suzanne Collins’ eye. Heck, before J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter.

Based on the novel by Lois Lowry, The Giver unfolds in a seemingly utopian society which has not just eliminated, but completely forgotten concepts like war and poverty. When protagonist Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) comes of age, however, he learns that this pain-free existence comes at a cost. He is chosen to bear the burden of remembering the past so that others won’t have to, and begins to receive memories from the Giver (Bridges).

The first images from the film have just been released, and you can check them out after the jump.

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Katie Holmes / Taylor Swift

After contributing music to one dystopian YA adaptation, Taylor Swift is getting ready to star in another. The country-pop songstress has just climbed aboard Phillip Noyce‘s The Giver, along with Katie Holmes.

The pair join a starry cast that also includes Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Alexander Skarsgard in the grown-up roles, along with Cameron Monaghan (Shameless, the U.S. version) and Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green). Brenton Thwaites leads as young hero Jonas. Hit the jump to find out whom Swift and Holmes are playing.

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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep being who she is, it’s never particularly surprising when she signs on to work with an iconic actor. But her talent is such that we’re intrigued anyway, and this week she’s signed on for two interesting new projects. One featuring one of her first-ever co-stars, and another starring a fellow Oscar nominee I can’t believe she hasn’t worked with yet.

The first is The Good House, a “darkly comic” tale that’ll reunite the Deer Hunter duo of Streep and Robert De Niro. The other is the YA adaptation The Giver, which puts her opposite Jeff Bridges for the first time in their careers. (Though they nearly ended up together in the comedy Hope Springs.) More details on both movies after the jump.

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Jennifer Lawrence Jeff Bridges

Press junket interviews are usually so stale. You have so little time to talk to these celebrities, it’s near impossible to get a good, interesting, in-depth answer to a decent question. That’s why interviews where something awkward or different happens tend to go viral.

Two such interviews just popped online. One features Jennifer Lawrence totally geeking out on a press line when she catches a glimpse of Jeff Bridges. The other is Bruce Willis being brutally honest, and totally uncomfortable, with a very upbeat reporter. Check them both out below. Read More »

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Jeff Bridges may be doing a variant on his True Grit voice for his role in Seventh Son, but if this fantasy action adventure film is made up of recycled parts, at least they look like they’ve been assembled in a lively fashion. The first trailer for the film introduces Bridges as a warrior/wizard/knight who is opposed to the big, bad forces of evil — especially the version incarnated in the person of a witch played by Julianne Moore.

He’s joined by a new apprentice, played by Ben Barnes, who has a useful personal history. He’s the seventh son of a seventh son, which fantasy lore and an Iron Maiden album will tell you is a powerful thing. And so they fight evil together. As you’d expect from a big fantasy film produced by Legendary, that evil is incarnated in impressively-rendered digital monsters. (By the late effects house Rhythm & Hues.)

Admittedly, it’s also fun to watch Bridges doing a pastiche of Rooster Cogburn and Nicol Williamson’s Merlin from Excalibur, so Seventh Son might be worth a look for him alone. Read More »

Brenton Thwaites

Lois Lowry‘s dystopian YA novel The Giver came out in 1993 — well before The Hunger Games was even a twinkle in Suzanne Collins‘ eye — but it’s surely no coincidence that its movie adaptation is only really picking up steam now that The Hunger Games‘ box office success has spawned a million other dystopian YA franchises.

Jeff Bridges is attached to produce and star, as he has been for years, while Philip Noyce is directing. Now bringing the “YA” part into the equation is rising Aussie star Brenton Thwaites, who’ll be seen next year in Maleficent. Hit the jump to get all the details.

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The Little Prince

Seventy years after its initial publication, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s classic The Little Prince remains a favorite of readers both young and old. It was inevitable, then, that it’d be headed back to the big screen eventually. Fortunately for those who hold it dear, it sounds like there’ll be some serious talent on board to get it right.

Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) has been set to direct a new animated adaptation of the story, and it appears he’s starting to line up quite a voice cast. Jeff Bridges, James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del ToroPaul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, and Mackenzie Foy (Breaking Dawn) are among the names attached. Get all the details after the jump.

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