The Giver, based on the book by Lois Lowry, tells the story of a society in which people no longer feel, well, pretty much anything. There are no emotions, no colors, and no real sense of personal individuality. All that hits a tipping point when one young man, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is assigned to take over the work of The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is essentially the world’s last living librarian. The Giver tells Jonas a few secrets, and in doing so threatens to upset the whole system. Suddenly what had seemed like a utopian existence starts to look a lot more dark and oppressive.
The film preserves the book’s black and white world, and the process of it opening up to color. It also casts Meryl Streep as the society’s Chief Elder. Which means we get to see Streep ruling with an indomitable will, and a tendency to say things like “When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.” This new trailer really shows off Streep’s work, and is therefore worth a look. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Which pop culture icons are rumored to be in The Secret Service? Want to see a cool behind the scenes image from The Dark Knight? What happened in the 2002 Batman vs. Superman script? How far along is filming on Guardians of the Galaxy? Has Mark Wahlberg directed an Iron Man movie? Who are the twelve most pointless X-Men? What is Peter Dinklage looking at in a new photo from X-Men: Days of Future Past? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Don’t worry, Disney isn’t developing a live-action adaptation of Tangled, or at least not yet. This is just the latest photo in Disney’s Disney Dreams portrait series featuring live-action reenactments of classic Walt Disney Animated classics using some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
- The first batch included Rachel Weisz as Snow White, Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Beyonce as Alice in Wonderland.
- The second batch included Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie, Jennifer Lopez as Princess Jasmine and Marc Anthony as Aladdin, Tina Fey as Tinker Bell, Gisele Bundchen as Wendy Darling and Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan.
- The third batch included Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as the spirit of the magic mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges appear as Belle and the transformed prince recalling the final scene from Beauty and the Beast, and Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
- The fourth batch included Russell Brand as Captain Hook from Peter Pan, and Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as Phineas, Ezra and Gus, the Hitchhiking Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion.
Disney has decided to create another series of these Dream Portrait Series Ads by photographer Annie Leibovitz. The first image features Taylor Swift as Rapunzel from the animated hit Tangled. Check the photo out after the jump.
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In the past few weeks, biopics have been the source of the weirdest casting news. Ashton Kutcher is playing Steve Jobs, and Jane Fonda is playing Nancy Reagan. Now a casting choice that seemed like a PR stunt when first mentioned — Lindsay Lohan playing Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie — has come to pass, while Taylor Swift is said to be lining up to play folk and feminist icon Joni Mitchell.
On the other side of casting news, Malin Akerman is doubtful that she’ll really get the chance to play a different feminist icon, one-time porn star Linda Lovelace, in Inferno. And Eric Bana is no longer attached to play Elvis. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 by Angie Han
The cast of Tom Hooper‘s Les Miserables is already plenty star-studded, with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and up-and-comer Eddie Redmayne all signed on at present — but as anyone familiar with the book or stage musical can attest, that still leaves several juicy roles remaining to be filled.
One of the most notable is the part of Éponine, perhaps best remembered for her big solo number “On My Own,” but that could change soon. According to a new rumor, Scarlett Johansson, Evan Rachel Wood, Lea Michele, and Taylor Swift are competing for the role, though a decision has yet to be made. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 by Angie Han
If last month’s trailer for The Lorax seemed surprisingly cutesy and sweet for an urgent environmental fable, perhaps the new Australian trailer will balance it out. Where the last one really played up the colorful setting and playful tone, the new video offers a much better look at the destruction the greedy Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms) hath wrought. Seriously, the Once-ler seems to live in some Seuss-ified version of the bleak post-apocalyptic landscape from The Road.
Based on a classic children’s book by Dr. Seuss, the film sees a young boy named Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) who sets out to learn the true story of how the Once-ler came to trash the Truffula trees over the warnings of the righteous, if slightly annoying, Lorax (Danny DeVito). Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Here’s the trailer for The Lorax, the CGI animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. The story describes a budding industrialist, the Once-ler, who destroys a small ecosystem in order to make and sell his invention, the theed, a thing that everyone needs. In doing so he meets the disapproval of the Lorax, who speaks for the trees.
In the book and original 1972 animated version, a boy finds the Once-ler and provides our window into the story. He was just a boy who wandered up to the Once-ler’s home, but in this film the boy seems to have a much more active role, and the trailer spends about half its time with him before introducing the Once-ler, voiced by Ed Helms, and the Lorax, gruffly voiced by Danny DeVito. Check it out below. Read More »
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It’s always upsetting to see major roles for animated characters go to high profile celebrities who have no business voice acting — or acting at all, in this case — when there so many more capable voice actors out there struggling to find consistent work. Such is the business of Hollywood. Audiences see a name they recognize, and they’re more likely to buy a ticket. That’s presumably the reason why Zac Efron was cast in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and it’s almost definitely why singer Taylor Swift has been added to the voice roster as well.
Learn more about that, and the potential casting of Jude Law and Aaron Johnson in Atonement director Joe Wright‘s adaptation of Anna Karenina, after the break. Read More »
Perhaps the least surprising thing about the new trailer for Valentine’s Day is the final card that tells us the film will be released in February. That’s going some, though, because there’s absolutely nothing in the whole thing that will catch you off guard in any way. Judge for yourself, because we have it embedded below the break.
Is this familiarity a crippling thing though? The movie is certainly a star studded affair and seems to have lots of comic situations and broad scope for complex romantic entanglements. Those are the generic requirements for a picture like this aren’t they? Perhaps the truly clever twists and plot surprises are being kept back for when you’re actually watching the film. That was certainly the case with He’s Just Not That Into You, Love Actually and Feast of Love, the three films this one most closely resembles. I know that Joe Jonas is credited as providing the voice of a dog so that’s… something different, anyway.
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