The Weinstein Company has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for director Philip Noyce’s (Salt) adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel The Giver. The story takes place in a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”. Jeff Bridges plays the titular character and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) plays a young boy who has been selected to be the new Giver. In this featurette, Lowry explains the inspiration that led to her writing the book as we also get a look at new footage from the film. It’s been a long time since I read the novel, but I don’t particularly remember the world being so blatantly science-fiction-looking. It makes sense that The Weinstein Company would want the marketing to mirror a film as successful as The Hunger Games, but it risks making oblivious audiences think The Giver is a ripoff instead of a book whose publication precedes The Hunger Games by 15 years.
Hit the jump to watch the new The Giver featurette. The film also stars Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan, and Taylor Swift. The Giver opens August 15th.
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director Phillip Noyce’s (Salt) adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel The Giver. The story takes place in a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”. Jeff Bridges plays the titular character and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) plays a young boy who has been selected to be the new Giver. This trailer really wants the movie to look more like The Hunger Games and Divergent even though Lowry’s novel 21-year-old book won the Newbery Medal. It makes sense that they’re trying to sell the dystopian angle even though I’d like to see more of Bridges.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan, and Taylor Swift. The Giver opens August 15th.
After nearly 20 years, the film adaptation of Lois Lowry‘s novel The Giver will finally reach theaters this year. Jeff Bridges has been attached to the project for so long that originally he wanted his late father Lloyd Bridges to play the title character. Now, Bridges will play the mysterious figure who holds all of the memories of an emotionally sterilized community. The first images from the film have been released and they show Bridges alongside newcomer Brenton Twaites, who play Jonas, the 16-year-old in the community assigned to receive the memories. “The past is considered to be potentially polluting,” director Phillip Noyce explains to EW. “This is a world where complications are eliminated. Jonas himself goes on a journey as he finds out what’s missing. He starts to investigate what’s causing it. And that’s the beauty. That’s what makes the book so popular, it’s an investigation in ways of living.”
Hit the jump to check out the images and for more details on the plot. The film also stars Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, and Taylor Swift. The Giver opens August 15th.
While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Kit Harington talked to press about their fantasy action-adventure film Seventh Son. When an evil is unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind, Master Gregory (Bridges) must train his new apprentice (Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other.
During the interview, the actors talked about what interested them in the project, what surprised them most during this shoot, how people react to the changes when a book is adapted to film, and a particularly wild day on set. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
The reaction to the Seventh Son trailer was lukewarm at best, but it’s a big fantasy movie we haven’t seen in a while, and I want to remain positive on it. I’m a huge fan of star Jeff Bridges and antagonist Julianne Moore. Still, it’s going to be a tough sell, and everyone’s itching for a big show when you’re the lead-off panel on the biggest day of Hall H. They didn’t have a lot of time in the crowded Warner Bros./Legendary presentation, but the crowd responded well, and they made a case not to simply write this off as another January write-off like this year’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Hit the jump to for my recap of the panel. Seventh Son opens January 17, 2014.
Sometimes you die and go to heaven, but sometimes you die and try to hang out on Earth. That’s why there’s the Rest in Peace Department. Based on Peter M. Lenkov’s graphic novel, R.I.P.D. stars Ryan Reynolds as Nick Walker, a top Boston detective who eats a bunch of bullets while on the job. But, after passing on, rather than meeting his maker, he comes face to face with Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker) in the Rest in Peace Department. Nick is paired up with R.I.P.D. veteran and resident wise-cracker, Roy (Jeff Bridges), and the duo is tasked with tracking down the dead who refuse to leave Earth, known as Deados, and ensuring the afterlife and actual life remain separate.
Ahead of the film’s Friday, July 19th wide release, Reynolds and Bridges sat down for a press conference to discuss the details of joining the R.I.P.D.. Hit the jump to check out what the duo had to say about Reynolds’ mischievous childhood, the physical challenges of making the film, the lessons Bridges learned from his father, Lloyd Bridges, and loads more.
Three new clips have debuted for director Robert Schwentke’s R.I.P.D. adaptation that stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as law enforcement officers tasked with keeping the dead in line. Newly-deceased recruit Nick Walker (Reynolds) learns the ropes under the instruction of veteran officer Roy Pulsipher (Bridges). The duo quickly find that their everyday job has grown into a last-ditch effort to prevent an all-out apocalypse.
Also starring Mary-Louise Parker, Marisa Miller, James Hong and Kevin Bacon, R.I.P.D. opens July 19th. Hit the jump to watch the three clips.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Sergey Bodrov’s fantasy-adventure film Seventh Son. The plot follows mystical knight Father Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and his apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) and their fight to defeat the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her followers. The VFX-heavy trailer promises a large-scale entry into the fantasy genre and a goofy Jeff Bridges performance, but despite the impressive cast (and Big Lebowski reunion), it’s tough to tell whether this one will be a winner. The genre is a tough one to crack, and it’s unclear if Warner Bros. has something more substantial than recent flops like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters or The Brothers Grimm in store for audiences. The pic’s release date was recently moved (again) from this coming October to January due to delays in the visual effects process, but a push to January is rarely the best of signs. Here’s hoping Seventh Son proves to be a pleasant surprise.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the poster. The film also stars Kit Harington, Alicia Vikander, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Williams, and Antje Traue. Seventh Son opens on January 17, 2014.
Universal has released a new featurette for the action-comedy R.I.P.D. The film stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as two deceased lawmen who now work for the “Rest in Peace Department”, and are tasked with apprehending the souls of dead criminals that refuse to face final judgment. The featurette has got some new footage, and keeps making the flick look like it could be a fun ride, especially with Bridges basically playing a cartoon cowboy.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette, and be sure to enter our giveaway for the movie. The film also stars Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th.
Just a couple week’s away from opening in theaters, we’ve got 10 new images from Robert Schwentke’s R.I.P.D. to share with you today. Adapted from Peter M. Lenkov’s graphic novel, the action comedy centers on the newly-deceased Detective Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) and his veteran partner Sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) as officers of the Rest in Peace Department. Tasked with keeping angry souls of the dead from interfering with the world of the living, the pair must learn to work together in order to prevent Hell on Earth.
Also starring Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Miller and James Hong, R.I.P.D. opens July 19th. Hit the jump to check out the new images from R.I.P.D.
A new international trailer for director Robert Schwentke’s (Red) supernatural action-comedy R.I.P.D. has landed online. The film centers on dead cops who work for the “Rest in Peace Department,” with Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop, and Jeff Bridges taking on the role of his partner, a seasoned R.I.P.D. veteran. Their job is to track down souls that have escaped judgment. The Men in Black vibe continues in this international trailer, and we see a few bits of new footage involving the film’s set pieces and action-oriented sequences. The creature designs continue to impress, and I’m eager to see more of the interplay between Bridges and Reynolds.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary Louise-Parker,Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th.
Two new banners have been released for the action-comedy R.I.P.D. The film centers on dead cops who work for the “Rest in Peace Department,” with Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop, and Jeff Bridges taking on the role of his partner, a seasoned R.I.P.D. veteran. Their job is to track down souls that have escaped judgment. Like we’ve seen with other posters and the trailer for the film, the eye should be drawn to their kooky guns. It’s not an easy movie to sell in a single image, but like the trailer, the idea is to draw a comparison to Men in Black, and try to follow that movie’s success.
Hit the jump to check out the banners. The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary Louise-Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th.
Quite the prestigious voice cast for an animated feature adaptation of the classic childrens book The Little Prince is being put together. Heat Vision reports that James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Giamatti have all signed on to lend their voices to the pic. For those unaware, French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s story centers on a pilot who crash lands in the Sahara Desert and stumbles across a young boy who claims to be a prince that has fallen to Earth from his home on an asteroid. As the pilot works to repair his plane, the young boy tells him fantastical stories with heavy thematic resonance.
Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) is onboard to direct the project, with Onyx Films’ Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam producing. Additionally, The Wrap reports that Paramount is eyeing the prospect of distributing the animated pic and Mackenzie Foy (Twilight) is in talks to take on a voice role.
A new poster has been released for the action-comedy R.I.P.D. R.I.P.D. centers on dead cops who work for the “Rest in Peace Department,” with Ryan Reynolds playing a newly deceased cop, and Jeff Bridges taking on the role of his partner, a seasoned R.I.P.D. veteran. Like the trailer, the poster gives off a heavy Men in Black vibe not only from the dynamic of the gun-wielding characters, but also the outlandish, supernatural circumstances surrounding them.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Mary Louise-Parker, Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th.
While we’ve already seen some marketing materials and debut trailers for the majority of this summer’s offerings, we only recently got our first look at director Robert Schwentke’s supernatural actioner R.I.P.D. The film is based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name and stars Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop who joins a group of undead officers in the “Rest In Peace Department” to help combat a rising force of nefarious corpses. The film’s debut trailer showcases a tone similar to that of Men in Black, as Reynolds and Jeff Bridges put a supernatural spin on the buddy cop format.
Steve recently sat down with producer Neal Moritz for an extended interview, and during their wide-ranging conversation Moritz talked a bit about R.I.P.D., speaking to the film’s tough development process, the difficulty in finding the right tone, and how the film compares to the comic source material. Hit the jump to read on.