Three years, five release dates and two production companies later, the fantasy YA adaptation Seventh Son is finally headed to theaters.
Jeff Bridges says it’s “a bit naïve” to synonymously equate him with The Dude, his “man”-dropping, pot-smoking iconic character from the cult favorite The Big Lebowski. As a producer on the movie, Bridges worked for 18 years to shepherd the project to the big screen (he’d initially planned to direct it himself, with his father — the late Lloyd Bridges — playing the titular part Jeff would ultimately take). Maleficent's Brenton Thwaites stars as society's selected 'Receiver of Memories' from Bridge's Giver, while Meryl Streep co-stars as the chief antagonist, Chief Elder. Example A: Bridges’ admission that he toked before many a film shoot — yet, ironically, not while making The Big Lebowski.
Like many pop stars before her, Taylor Swift has been making a concerted effort to cross over into acting, beginning with appearances on TV’s CSI in 2009, and continuing with the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day. The haunting scene finds the singer-actress — appearing in hologram form — flexing her musical and acting chops as she plays piano alongside co-star Jeff Bridges, who also serves as one of the film’s producers. In the film version, newcomer Brenton Thwaites plays Jonas, a teenager chosen to be this society’s “Receiver of Memories” from The Giver (Bridges), meaning he’ll be the only person of his generation to see what life looked like before his society’s overarching philosophy of “Sameness” was installed. Bridges told WENN that he believed her casting was the idea of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein: “He said, ‘Well, you’re being taught piano here, and somebody who would be great for that part is Taylor.’ She came into his mind and I’m so glad she stepped on board.
When Comic-Con's stars blindly select a Comic-Con trinket, it leads to Avengers reciting the Hunger Games salute, Paul Rudd singing 'Let It Go,' and Thor getting a Batman toy.
According to Lowry, speaking on a panel at Comic-Con, the controversy hangs on two sequences: one involving a father who kills his own baby, and even more so, a scene in which a 12-year-old boy bathes a naked elderly woman. Star-producer Jeff Bridges revealed during the film’s SDCC panel that the cut disappointed Lowry because the author had jokingly volunteered to appear in the film as that old woman. “I really did want to cameo,” Lowry, 77, laughed.
According to YA books, futuristic dystopias — for all their downsides — will make great strides in letting strong women hold positions of power. Kate Winslet ruled mightily in Divergent, Patricia Clarkson heads a secret organization in September’s The Maze Runner, and Julianne Moore will be the rebel leader President Coin in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Now, Meryl Streep is getting her chance to be drunk with power as Chief Elder of the black-and-white world of The Giver, based on the Newberry Award-winning classic by Lois Lowry. As the new trailer shows, Streep’s Chief Elder leads an isolated society where emotions, privacy, and basic colors have all been stripped away from its citizens.
Call it a black-and-white issue. And that what we (mostly) get in these new posters, which show appropriately moody close-ups of stars Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. The Chief Elder (played by Streep) selects young Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) to become the new Receiver of Memory and brings him to the Giver.
“I cannot prepare you for what’s going to happen,” says Jeff Bridges in the new trailer for his latest film “The Giver.” That may be true, but fans can at least catch a glimpse of what’s to come in the new movie, based on Lois Lowry’s beloved novel of the same name. Bridges, who also produced the film, stars alongside newcomers Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush and bigscreen vets Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes. Though she is only featured for a split second in the trailer, songstress Taylor Swift also has a small role in the film.
Jennifer Lawrence was at the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend to promote two of her upcoming films, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” J.Law couldn’t talk much about the super-secret projects, though the delightfully eccentric and unpredictable star did reveal a little tidbit about herself that before the Con was otherwise unknown: She’s quite the fan of Jeff Bridges, who was there to promote his upcoming fantasy film, “Seventh Son.” Lawrence saw Bridges giving an interview with E! and gingerly approached him, only to lose her nerve and run away.