• It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel The Giver, but things are moving forward. Jeff Bridges has been attached to the project for over a year to play the Giver, and now, Brenton Thwaites has been cast as Jonas, the young boy chosen to be trained by the Giver. Thwaites has appeared on a number of Australian televisions show and is also portraying the Young Prince in Maleficent. Fans of the book will remember we meet Jonas just as he’s about to turn 12. Thwaites is already in his 20s. Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) is set to direct the project for The Weinstein Company. Filming will commence in South Africa this fall. [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Carey Mulligan is front-runner to play Hillary Rodham Clinton; Plus James Franco, Javier Bardem, Emmy Rossum, and more
• A handful of American actresses have been rumored to be in consideration for the role of Hillary Rodham Clinton in upcoming biopic Rodham — Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Seyfried, and Emma Stone, most prominently. But now a front-runner has emerged: British actress Carey Mulligan, who most recently starred as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Mulligan hasn’t officially announced her candidacy for the role of the former first lady, New York senator, and secretary of state, but THR reports that the 28-year-old actress will soon meet with director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) about the project. Rodham will focus on the early years of Clinton’s career, including meeting future president Bill Clinton and her position as a lawyer on the committee involved in Richard Nixon’s impeachment. [THR]
Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges are joining a long line of buddy cop duos with upcoming movie R.I.P.D. The twist this time around? These cops are dead.
The title stands for Rest in Peace Department, a group that defends the living from “deados,” monstrous bad souls that have managed to escape judgement. In the supernatural comedy, based on the Peter Lenkov comic book, Ryan Reynolds plays Nick Walker, a police officer killed in the line of duty, who finds a new job waiting for him in the afterlife. Soon after his death, Nick starts tracking down bad souls alongside experienced deados hunter Roy Pulsipher, played Jeff Bridges in a performance rather reminiscent of his turn as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit.
Check out the first trailer for the film below: READ FULL STORY
Fans of canonical children’s book The Giver were torn when word broke last year that Jeff Bridges’ big screen adaptation of the novel was finally moving forward in the development process. On one hand, Bridges’ twinkly eyes and grizzled wisdom make him a natural fit for the titular role; on the other, The Giver‘s unique, simple charms may not translate well to celluloid. But one year later, those who felt ambivalent may no longer have to worry that Hollywood will ruin their favorite story — Giver author Lois Lowry doubts that the long-incubating film will ever get made at all.
“The film rights have been out there for 15 years now,” Lowry tells EW. “And every now and then, some big studio gets involved, and some major player gets involved. And then time passes, and it all collapses again,” she says with a laugh. “So it’s out there, and I should be feeling excited, as if now is the time it’s actually going to be made. But this has happened so often before that I’ve become kind of sanguine about it.”
So why does Lowry think that the book has languished in development longer than its protagonist, 12-year-old Jonas, has been alive? READ FULL STORY
UPDATE: If you are in Los Angeles, you should swing by the L.A. County Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m. Though the theater is sold out, Reitman and Film Independent plan to broadcast the show into the courtyard. No rioting, please.
For one night only, Bunny Lebowski’s life is in Seth Rogen’s hands.
The Knocked Up star will be taking over Jeff Bridges’ iconic role for Jason Reitman’s live-read tonight of the Coen brothers script for The Big Lebowski. So call him The Dude. You know… that or, His Dudeness, or Duder, or El Duderino (if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.)
Tonight’s Film Independent event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be the sixth and final of Reitman’s staged readings of classic movie scripts before a live audience (at least for now.) By recasting iconic characters with different actors, the events are basically a movie-lover’s experiment, and — sadly, due to rights issues — not recorded for later distribution.
It’s designed to get movie fans talking. Who would you cast in an alternate universe version of the movie? The Up in the Air and Young Adult filmmaker tells EW his picks for The Big Lebowski …
Oscars 1972: Peter Bogdanovich on 'The Last Picture Show' and that legendary Charlie Chaplin tribute
In 1968 Esquire film writer and MoMA film curator Peter Bogdanovich decided to follow the example of critics-turned-filmmakers François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard and try his hand at directing. Four years after moving to Hollywood, Bogdanovich’s second feature film, The Last Picture Show, received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and personal nods for Best Director and for co-writing the Adapted Screenplay. Though the film lost the top prize to The French Connection, the Academy did honor The Last Picture Show with Oscars for Supporting Actor Ben Johnson and Supporting Actress Cloris Leachman at the ceremony on April 10, 1972 hosted by Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jack Lemmon at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. However, the 44th Academy Awards may be best remembered for the loving tribute to Charlie Chaplin after his 20 years in exile, which Bogdanovich himself organized to honor the man many consider the first true movie star. Bogdanovich shares his memories of that night with EW.
I had been to the Oscars once before in the late ’60s. I can’t remember which one. They all merge together. Unless you’re nominated, the Oscars are no fun to go to at all. You can see it better on TV. At least you don’t have to go through that horrible red carpet.
I can’t remember who hosted the night I was nominated in 1972. They weren’t Bob Hope. READ FULL STORY
Last night, I had the great honor of moderating a reunion of the Big Lebowski cast — Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, and the film’s music archivist T Bone Burnett — at New York’s Hammerstein venue. I learned a lot of things during the course of the night. Here’s the top 5…
1. People really love The Big Lebowski
Okay, as a veteran of several Lebowski Fests, this is something I thought I knew already. But I don’t believe I fully appreciated quite how much love this film inspires until I was faced with a sea of Dudes, Maudes, and Walters going berserk every time they heard the words “Lebowski,” “The Dude,” or “occasional acid flashback.”
2. These days, Walter raises pigeons READ FULL STORY
For me, today is like Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, my birthday, and International Bring-A-Pomeranian-Bowling Day all rolled into one. What in God’s holy name am I blathering about? Tonight, I will have the huge pleasure and honor of moderating a Big Lebowski cast reunion live onstage at the Hammerstein venue as part of this year’s Lebowski Fest New York. Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, and the movie’s music archivist T Bone Burnett will all be present to talk about one of my favorite films of all-time, which is debuting today on Blu-ray.
While the event itself is sold out, EW.com will be live streaming and tweeting (#lebowskifest) the whole shebang. The pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET and is hosted by Jeff Dowd, who inspired Jeff Bridges’ character, the Dude. Then the cast themselves will hit the stage at 8 p.m. So come back at 6:30 p.m. ET to watch EW’s live stream (embedded below) and me ask a bunch of incisive questions about working on the Coen brothers’ noir-stoner comedy classic — or to watch me get totally overcome by proceedings and start weeping White Russian-flavored tears. (Strong men also cry… Strong men also cry.)
Either way, it should be worth catching. Come on, that’s a great plan. If I understand it correctly, it’s a Swiss f—in’ watch!
Watch the live stream after the jump and entertain yourself with the trailer for the Big Lebowski Blu-ray, which is also below. And you can check out Bridges’ track “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do,” from his self-titled solo CD, which is released today. (UPDATE: Replay of pre-show and panel follows live stream.) READ FULL STORY
It looks like 2012 Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee Vin Diesel will have another Fast and Furious installment to add to his increasingly diverse resume. Universal Pictures has announced that Diesel and his Furious friends will return to theaters for the 2013 Memorial Day holiday weekend, after this spring’s Fast Five posted the biggest opening weekend in the studio’s history. Fast and Furious 6, which the studio says in a release will contain the most dangerous adventures yet for our speed-racing heroes, will be produced by Neal H. Moritz and Diesel and directed by Justin Lin.
Universal also announced the release date for the supernatural comedy R.I.P.D., starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as two zombie cops dispatched by the R.I.P.D. (Rest In Peace Department) to maintain law and order in a world threatened by pesky creatures who refuse to move on to the afterlife. RED‘s Robert Schwentke has signed on to direct the film, which is set to debut on June 28, 2013.
Jeff Bridges has officially been cast in R.I.P.D., the upcoming film based on Peter M. Lenkov’s comic book miniseries about a law enforcement agency operated entirely by dead people. (The title stands for “Rest In Peace Department.”) Universal confirmed Bridges’ casting to EW. The Oscar winner will join Ryan Reynolds, who stars in the film as a murdered police officer trying to find out who killed him. Bridges will play Roy, a presumably-crusty elder member of the R.I.P.D. The film is currently slated for a 2012 release, and will be directed by Robert Schwentke (Red, Flight Plan).
Ryan Reynolds in talks to join ‘R.I.P.D.’
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