Book to Screen: Why THE GIVER Movie Is Nothing Like Lois Lowry’s Novel

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I’ve covered a lot of young adult book-to-film adaptations over the years, and I’ve always made a point of assessing the film as a standalone entity when writing a formal review – but this is not a formal review.  Initially, this piece was intended to be a rather straightforward book/film comparison, but considering Phillip Noyce’s The Giver bears almost no resemblance to Lois Lowry’s award-winning and beloved source material and suffers severely for it, all there is to discuss are differences and the problems they cause.

Hit the jump to read about what the film version of The Giver did different – or rather, did wrong.  [This article contains spoilers for both the book and the movie.] 

ST. VINCENT Images Show Off Bill Murray’s Unusual Babysitting Techniques

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Theodore Melfi’s feature directorial debut, St. Vincent, is just about two weeks away from making its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  We’ve already got a trailer and a small handful of images, but now there’s three more stills from the film to go along with them.

St. Vincent features Bill Murray as Vincent, Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and Oliver’s (Jaeden Lieberher) retired neighbor with a drinking problem, bad attitude and no money in his bank account.  When Maggie gets stuck working long hours, she lets Vincent watch Oliver while she’s gone, giving him a chance to make a quick buck.  Hit the jump to check out those new stills to get a sense of what babysitting means to Vincent.  The film also stars Chris O’Dowd and Naomi Watts.  It’s set to screen at TIFF on September 5th and will begin its theatrical run on October 14th.

ANNABELLE Trailer Suggests the Doll Will Continue to Be Your Worst Nightmare

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That first teaser trailer for The Conjuring spinoff, Annabelle, made for a strong start, but the film’s first full trailer just dropped and it proves that Annabelle isn’t just a creepy doll shtick, but rather that it has the potential to blow the doors wide open to another deeply terrifying supernatural haunting.

The Conjuring kicked off with a sequence during which Annabelle terrorized two nursing students, but by the looks of one particular shot in this trailer, her upcoming solo movie could go back to where it all started.  Hit the jump to check out the new Annabelle trailer for yourself.  The film stars Annabelle WallisAlfre WoodardWard Horton, Tony AmendolaEric Ladin and Brian Howe, and hits theaters on October 3rd.

AVATAR Sequels Will Allow James Cameron to Express His Thoughts on the State of the World

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We’re getting more Avatar in 2016, 2017 and 2018, so a few months of no Avatar talk is no big deal, but if Avatar 2 really is going into production later this year as James Cameron said about a year ago or even in early 2015 as Zoe Saldana recently suggested, news is bound to start picking up.

The last update came in early June and revealed that Sigourney Weaver was set to return for all three new films and now Cameron is speaking up about the timeline of those films and about his confidence in the stories that they’ll tell.  Hit the jump for more on the Avatar sequels.

Akiva Goldsman May Pen New Draft of THE RING 3D

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Yes, Akiva Goldsman is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, but have you seen Winter’s Tale?  That’s the kind of movie that is so bad, it could wind up becoming a warped classic for that very reason.  In fact, the group I saw it with still hasn’t stopped talking about it.  “I like pecans,” “I have a chicken,” Colin Farrell’s haircut, Russell Crowe’s finger-painting – the list of absurdities could go on and on.

Even though A Beautiful Mind is quite the achievement and Goldsman has a number of other strong scripts to his name including Cinderella Man and a personal favorite guilty pleasure, Practical Magic, ever since Winter’s Tale, it’s been tough to get excited about anything he’s working on, and sadly, now that means having more doubts about the future of The Ring franchise as well.  Goldsman is currently in talks to pen a draft of the next installment, The Ring 3D.  Hit the jump for more.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH Trailer Goes to Dark Places

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The Woman in Black opened surprisingly big back in 2012, scoring $20.9 million during its opening weekend and then going on to lock in a grand total of $127.7 million worldwide.  With a $15 million production budget, the film clearly earned itself a sequel, but what’s another Woman in Black without Daniel Radcliffe?  Helen McCrory and Jeremy Irvine are certainly quality talent as well, but how can you expect them to draw the same crowd?  Then again, Radcliffe’s latest, What If, wound up being the fourth-lowest nationwide debut of the year.

Anyway, the reason we’re talking The Woman in Black is because a teaser for the sequel, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, just dropped, and it’s a little underwhelming.  Hit the jump to check out The Woman in Black: Angel of Death trailer for yourself.

Evangeline Lilly Shows Off Her Hope Van Dyne Look for ANT-MAN

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You know all that Ant-Man news that flooded the web prior to filming courtesy of the director shuffle?  Even though the film is finally in production, based on these first few days, it doesn’t look as though the Ant-Man updates will slow down anytime soon.

Three days ago director Peyton Reed tweeted that filming had finally begun, two days ago we got our very first official still of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, yesterday it was those unofficial images and video, and now today, we’ve got even more Ant-Man material to share – some Instagram photos from Evangeline Lilly rocking her new Hope Van Dyne hairstyle.  Hit the jump to check them out.  Ant-Man also stars Michael DouglasCorey StollBobby CannavaleMichael Peña, Judy Greer, T.I. and John Slattery, and is due to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

3 New THE MAZE RUNNER Clips and James Dashner Walk and Talk Featurette

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Almost any film can end up with a sleekly edited trailer, but film clips are different.  Sure, they’re completely out of context, but there’s no better way to get a good sense of tone and the potential of the performances than by seeing a more comprehensive version of a scene.

20th Century Fox just unveiled three brand new clips from their September 19th release, The Maze Runner, and if their intensity is any indication, the full feature is going to be one heck of a film.  Hit the jump to catch all three The Maze Runner clips as well as a featurette of author James Dashner touring the set of the film.

INSURGENT Trailer to Debut in Theaters with THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1; Is There a Fifth DIVERGENT Film in the Works?

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It looks like Lionsgate will use the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hype to give the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, a little boost.  We expected this would happen, but now Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed it; the very first trailer for Insurgent will screen before Mockingjay – Part 1 on November 21st.

Feltheimer and co. have high hopes for the Divergent franchise overall, so high in fact that they’re considering going beyond four films.  Hit the jump for more on the Insurgent trailer debut as well as the possibility of a fifth Divergent film.

THE NOVEMBER MAN 2 Already in Development Ahead of the First Film’s August 27th Release

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I’ve got to admit, I didn’t think The November Man was anything special.  Sure, it’s based on some popular source material, but the film is getting a late August release and the trailer is a little hokey, too.  Regardless, the folks at Relativity Studios think they’ve got something good here because the studio just announced that it’s starting development on the sequel even before the first film comes out on August 27th.

The November Man stars Pierce Brosnan as Peter Devereaux, a former CIA agent who gives up his quiet life in Switzerland for one last mission.  Hit the jump for more on Relativity’s plan to move forward with The November Man 2.

AMC Renews HALT AND CATCH FIRE for Season 2

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After the season finale only accumulated 574,000 viewers, it looked as though AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire would never make it to season 2.  On top of that, the only time it broke a million viewers was season premiere night.  Otherwise, the numbers ranged from 970,000 down to a lackluster 550,000.  But, it turns out, AMC still has faith in the series because it was just renewed and will air again next summer.

For those of you who have missed out, Halt and Catch Fire picks up about a year after IBM unleashes the very first IBM personal computer.  Lee Pace leads as Joe MacMillan, an ex-IBM executive who’s determined to beat them to it, even if it means running the risk of getting into some serious trouble in the process.  Hit the jump for more on the Halt and Catch Fire season 2 renewal.

Exclusive THE GUEST Poster Featuring Dan Stevens in Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s Latest

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You think you know what Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are capable of?  Think again.  Their past work including You’re Next and their contributions to V/H/S, V/H/S 2 and The ABCs of Death are still great and all, but their latest feature, The Guest, is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.  It stars Dan Stevens as David, a soldier who shows up at the Peterson family’s door claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action.  The Guest does have a horror quality to it, but it’s more of a bloody action thriller than anything, and an expertly stylized one at that.

With The Guest making its way into theaters in less than a month, on September 17th, Collider’s got the honor of unveiling a brand new poster for the film.  Click here to read Matt’s review and hit the jump to check out that exclusive The Guest poster.  The film also stars Maika MonroeLeland OrserSheila KelleyBrendan Meyer and Lance Reddick.

New HALLOWEEN Movie is on Track and It’s Not Called HALLOWEEN: THE NEXT CHAPTER

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The plan to make another Halloween movie has been around for quite some time now.  Remember when Halloween 3D was set for a 2010 release, then got bumped to 2012 and then it was removed from The Weinstein Company’s schedule entirely?  Well, apparently that isn’t stopping Dimension Films and producer Malek Akkad from trying to make it happen again.

It was just reported that a script for the next installment, Halloween: The Next Chapter, will be turned in in the fall of 2015 and that it won’t be a direct sequel to the Rob Zombie films.  However, then Akkad chimed in to refute those claims.  Hit the jump to find out how it all played out.

Mark Duplass Talks THE ONE I LOVE, Marketing the Movie While Keeping Its Twist Secret, How He Gets His Movies Off the Ground and More

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Think you need connections to make it in the film industry?  Not so says Mark Duplass, and he’s got the resume to prove it.  He made a short film for next to nothing and it got into Sundance, he followed that up with a $15,000 first feature, then he hit a point where he could get money to make his movies and now he’s able to finance them himself.  He’s a guy who started with nothing, worked his way up and truly earned the privilege to do whatever he wants.  And, best of all, even with that added freedom, he’s still churning out low budget, high quality productions that don’t lean on funds, but rather excel via clever concepts, strong storytelling and powerful performances, just like his latest, The One I Love.

Duplass executive produced and also stars in the film as Ethan, a guy who’s struggling with his marriage and opts to spend time at a secluded vacation home with his wife, Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), to try to rekindle what they’ve lost.  There’s so much more to it than that, but this is one that you’re better off going into knowing little to nothing about.  Hit the jump to read our spoiler free interview with Duplass and click here to check out what he told us about his upcoming Creep trilogy as well.

FX Renews THE STRAIN for Season 2; The Virus Will Spread in Summer 2015

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There were rumors that The Strain got the go-ahead for a second season, but now FX has made it official, running with the appropriate press release title, “The Strain to Spread Though the Summer Of 2015.”  For anyone who hasn’t given the show a shot just yet, I highly recommend it.  We’ve seen six episodes of season 1 thus far and while I can’t say every moment rocks high quality writing, performances and believable behavior, there’s no denying that it’s still a blast to watch.

No spoilers here, but the show kicks off with a plane landing at JFK.  It touches down safe and sound, but when there isn’t a single peep from the pilot, crew or any of the passengers after, the CDC is called in to investigate what is dubbed a “dead airplane.”  But the thing is, the passengers aren’t dead.  They start waking up and that’s when crazy things start going down.  Hit the jump for more on The Strain season 2 renewal.

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