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Watch: First Trailer For YA Adaptation 'The Giver' Starring Jeff Bridges & Meryl Streep

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 9:17 AM
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The Giver
Here we go again... While Jeff Bridges may have been on the ball with "The Giver," developing the adaptation of Lois Lowry’s award-winning book for well over a decade, the film is entering an arena littered with carcasses of similar, but failed efforts ("The Host," "Beautiful Creatures," "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" etc). So can this one rise above the pack?

First Look At Jeff Bridges In YA Adaptation 'The Giver'

The Giver
“The movie will not be an exact duplication of the book. It’s taking a lot of licenses,” Jeff Bridges told EW about his long, long in the works adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 classic "The Giver" (the actor has been trying to get it made for over two decades). Set in a futuristic, dystopian world where society has eradicated memories and emotion, the responsibility of remembering the past to a single person, the Receiver. The hero, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), is selected to be the new Receiver, but while being trained by the titular Giver (Bridges), a previous Receiver, he finds himself struggling with the duties he bears. Read More »

Michael Mann’s Cybercrime Thriller Hits January 2015, ‘Warcraft’ Moves To March 2016 To Make Way For ‘Star Wars 7’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 27, 2013 4:16 PM
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Duncan Jones, World of Warcraft
Universal Pictures and their new partners at Legendary Pictures (they said "see ya later" to Warner Bros. this year after “Pacific Rim”) have unveiled a quintet of release dates for their 2015/2016 season. Let’s get right to it. The first and perhaps most disappointing news is that Michael Mann’s untitled project (a cybercrime thriller set in Hong Kong starring Chris Hemsworth) has been dated for January 16, 2015. January is a crappy date, so it sucks, right? Well, for one, we’ll see if that date sticks, for two, Ron Howard’s Hemsworth-starring “In The Heart of The Sea” opens two months later and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a few months after that, so perhaps the studio is just trying to strategize around those dates.

Stream This: 'Grabbers,' Jeff Bridges in 'Fat City,' Ryan Gosling in 'The United States of Leland' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Stream This: Grabbers, more
Hello stream-fans! Another week, another round of suggestions on how to spend that well-earned leisure time in front of your computer. This weekend sees two blockbuster releases in "Red 2" and "R.I.P.D.," both of which you might want to skip, and another collaboration from the "Drive" team of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, which we'd warrant you go see. Yet, in honor of it all—good, bad, and ugly—we've got our correlated streaming suggestions. Between a sports-noir mix featuring a young Jeff Bridges, comedic horror with John Malkovich, a simultaneous theatrical/VOD release, and (sort of) baby Gosling, you should have plenty to watch. There's also an oldie musical from Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Astaire and an early look at a classical Hollywood comedy from the Criterion Collection before its release on DVD. So let's get right down to it.

Review: 'R.I.P.D.' Starring Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 19, 2013 8:57 AM
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One day a studio will fund a $100 million plus tentpole, screen the finished version, and flat-out deem it un-releasable, unwatchable and unmarketable. Until then, we only have reminders that that day is coming, in the form of misguided boondoggles like “R.I.P.D.,” a picture that Universal is releasing in order to create a silver lining around a $130 million cloud. What’s horrifying is that this expensive misfire runs a little less than ninety minutes, which means that there’s likely a 105-110 minute long version that the producers hacked up in order to get the maximum amount of 3D showtimes to not embarrass the studio on opening weekend. Judging by the released product, that version is likely even worse, if such a thing were possible.

Watch: Get Dead With 4 Clips, 2 Featurettes & 2 TV Spots For 'R.I.P.D.' Starring Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 12, 2013 10:43 AM
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While the world’s attention may be focused on how well “Pacific Rim” will do this weekend, by next week we’ll all be questioning whether or not Ryan Reynolds has the star power to make a splash during the summer season. His last big spectacle, “Green Lantern,” was quite the flop when it hit theaters in 2011. With “R.I.P.D.” marking his return to the summer season next week, the promotional vehicle has kicked into high gear and started churning out a slew of features and clips, which you can view below.

Watch: Jeff Bridges Goes Witch Hunting In First Trailer For Much Delayed 'Seventh Son'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 1:56 PM
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Man, Jeff Bridges sure has been slumming it lately. Okay, he suited up wonderfully for "True Grit," but the past few years have mostly seen him sleepwalk through "Tron: Legacy," next weekend's sure to be terrible "R.I.P.D." and next this sure to be turd-tacular "Seventh Son." (Those paychecks must be nice though). Originally slated to be released in February and then this fall, Warner Bros. recently pushed the movie yet again, this time to next January. The last time they did something similar was for one of this year's worst movies, "Gangster Squad." Do the math.

Watch: Trailer For 'R.I.P.D.' With Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges Looks Like Some Spooky Summer Fun

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 17, 2013 6:10 PM
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RIPD, Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges
In terms of "most anticipated summer movies," "R.I.P.D.," a new supernatural action film from Universal that stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, before today, didn't even chart. In fact, we're not sure we quite understood what it was even supposed to be – it has a primo July 19th release date but very little in terms of pre-release hype, save for a vaguely "Men in Black"-ish teaser poster and a funny/cool name (it stands for "Rest In Peace Department" – love the puns). But with the debut of a full trailer, it looks like "R.I.P.D." could be one of the sleeper surprise of the summer, promising gobs of goofy, spooky fun.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire & Jeff Bridges Eyed To Replace Jude Law In 'Jane Got A Gun'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2013 5:31 PM
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We were beginning to wonder, as 24 hours had nearly passed, but yet another update has arrived in the ongoing saga of the western "Jane Got A Gun." The film, which this week saw director Lynne Ramsay and star Jude Law quit the project, while "Warrior" director Gavin O'Connor has been hired to try to get this thing moving, is still without a villain. The project, now looking to fall a week behind schedule, is in search for a replacement, and a few names have cropped up as possible substitutes.

5 Things You Might Not Know About The Coens' Cult Classic 'The Big Lebowski'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 6, 2013 1:06 PM
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Aside from perhaps "The Ladykillers" (and even that film features a great Tom Hanks performance, at least), it's hard to find at least one Coen Brothers movie that doesn't have passionate supporters that declare it the best thing the directing duo ever made. From debut "Blood Simple" to the recent megahit western "True Grit," every Coen picture has its advocate (this writer has an unconditional adoration of their 1994 commercial disaster "The Hudsucker Proxy," for instance). But none of their films are more beloved than "The Big Lebowski."

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