The Giver

The Giver Movie 2014

Lois Lowry‘s landmark YA novel was a massive part of growing up in the era of Jurassic Park. It’s taken a long time to see The Giver in movie form, but it’s finally here with Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep leading the charge into the perfect future. For those who haven’t read the book, it takes place in a pristine, peaceful society, but like in all too-goo-to-be-truetopias, they’ve traded something fundamental for what they consider happiness. Namely, they store emotions, memories of the past, and really any experiences that don’t land on the middle axis inside a single member of society called The Receiver (Bridges). When a young boy named Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is chosen to take over the job, he learns the true nature of pain, pleasure and the high cost of a uniform society. Check out the trailer for yourself and be wooed by all the Oscar caliber acting:

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It seems like director Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger, Salt) is pretty close to filling out the ensemble cast for his upcoming YA adaptation The Giver. Though it was published in 1994, author Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” is one of those stories set in a future world that are aimed at young people and happen to be all the rage these days. Its world is one that’s free of poverty, disease, and most every kind of hardship, but it has a secret about how it got that way–a terrible secret–and always one person, called the Receiver of Memories, is chosen to hold what that secret is. Already Noyce has young Brenton Thwaites signed up to play the protagonist, Jonas, who is the new kid chosen to hold the memory, Jeff Bridges as the title character, who acts as the boy’s mentor, Meryl Streep as the villain of the piece, who also happens to be the leader of the society and the one who gives the children their roles, and Alexander Skarsgard as Jonas’ impossibly attractive father, and now there are new reports that he’s just signed a duo of actresses who are going to pretty up his ensemble even further.

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What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that’s still being typed up with ten fingers, despite the fact that we’re coming off an extended Fourth of July weekend. Victory! Read on for news about acting legend Sophia Loren’s return to the big screen. Good news for fans of William H Macy (AKA everyone)—Deadline is reporting that he and Virginia Madsen are the latest names to join a new indie dramedy called Walter. This one is about a young man who’s trying to juggle his job at a movie theater with a crush he has on his co-worker, the fact that his mother is a real handful, and the fact that he believes that he’s the son of the One True God. Basically, the kid has got a full plate. Macy and Madsen join the already cast Neve Campbell, Leven Rambin, and Milo Ventimiglia. First-timer Anna Mastro is set to direct.

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Big news for those of us who have been waiting for the YA adaptation trend to hit home with one of the best of our generation — author Lois Lowry has confirmed that “The Giver” is finally going to get the movie it deserves with Jeff Bridges playing the title role. It’s been a long time coming, but conversations about the possibility of a firm greenlight started this fall, and the author is claiming that everything is now in place to make the project a reality. The Newberry Award-winning book was a must-read back when I was the target of YA authors. It features a painless, peaceful community where everyone has a role to fulfill — one that’s assigned to them when they turn 12. One boy is picked from his class to become The Receiver, a unique position that’s meant to hold all the memories of the society and the world beyond. In the book, it’s a boy named Jonas who is selected to work with The Giver in order to learn the disturbing reality that’s kept from his friends and family in order to make their way of life work. Back when we were doing Print to Projector, I had a few casting ideas of my own for this children’s version of “Brave New World,” but Bridges is certainly inspired. Although the Studio 360 story is short on details beyond the greenlight and Bridges’ involvement, it’s most likely the case that Phillip Noyce (Salt, Clear and Present Danger) is still set […]

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Jonas seems a little different than everyone else in his class, and when he’s given the job of Receiver of Memories, he finally realizes what has been absent from his life and the lives of his family: true love, intense happiness, the rush of adventure.

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