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WATCH: First Trailer for 'The Giver' -- Weinsteins Give YA Drama 'Butler' Slot

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 19, 2014 at 12:09PM

A first trailer for "The Giver" has arrived, adapted from Lois Lowry's classic YA novel of the same title. Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges both star (with Bridges playing the Giver), along with Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Brendan Thwaites. The Weinsteins are aiming at August--for now. Watch below.
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'The Giver'
'The Giver'

A first trailer for "The Giver" has arrived, adapted from Lois Lowry's classic YA novel of the same title. Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges both star (with Bridges playing the Giver), along with Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Brendan Thwaites. Watch below.

The film is reuniting Aussie director Phillip Noyce with the Weinstein Company after a once-tumultuous run with "The Quiet American" and "Rabbit-Proof Fence." It's slated for an August 15 release--that's the "Butler" slot, a relatively open late-summer period when it's easier to nab some box office before the crowded fall season. (It will be interesting to see if the Weinsteins opt to push the movie back for a fall festival push.) Noyce is currently editing in NYC. 

What do the Weinsteins currently have on their 2014 potential Oscar docket? There are two films that played Toronto last year, the undated true camel trek saga "Tracks," starring likely Best Actress contender Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, and fest opener "One Chance," starring James Corden as Paul Potts, whose life changed overnight on "Britain's Got Talent," as well as fashion biopic "Yves Saint Laurent," which debuted in Berlin (June 25).

Not mentioned on the Weinstein slate is Cannes opener "Grace of Monaco," starring Oscar bait Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, which the Weinsteins pulled from their January schedule. It's mired in a not-unusual tug-of-war between director Olivier Dahan and Harvey Weinstein over final cut and a release date. The trailer is strong.

"The Giver" and other TWC trailers below: 

This article is related to: Video, Video, Trailers, Trailers, Phillip Noyce, The Weinstein Company, The Weinstein Co., Meryl Streep, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Jeff Bridges


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.