EXCLUSIVE: Dimension Films is planning a big splash for its Aug. 22 release Sin City: A Dame To Kill For down at San Diego’s Comic-Con. In addition to the film’s Hall H presentation on Saturday, July 26 from 2:50pm – 3:50pm with directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and actors Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin and Rosario Dawson; six of the film’s classic picture cars will be parked against a 102-foot long Sin City skyline over at the Petco Park parking lot throughout the confab (July 24-27). Present from the film will be the 1985 Dodge Diplomat, 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1960 Chevy Corvette, 1959 Cadillac el dorado, 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible and 1949 Cadillac Sedanette. There will also be a Sin City style photo booth, a live DJ every day, not to mention the Suicide Girls will be available for photos. Stop by for branded promo giveaways (t-shirts, poker chips, playing cards, mini posters and books). Event is sponsored by Suicide Girls, Dodge, VSN Mobil, Zico Water, IGN and Time Warner Cable. Two years ago in Petco Park, Weinstein Co. set up a faux western village to promo the release of Django Unchained. Also, on Thursday July 24, from 1:30-2:30 PM in Hall H, Weinstein Co. will be showcasing the Walden Media sci-drama The Giver with Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and bestselling author Lois Lowry. The Giver opens on Aug. 15.
Taylor Swift has been cast in The Giver, the feature adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian young adult novel that kicks off production October 7 in South Africa ahead of a planned August 15, 2014 release via The Weinstein Company. Walden Media is co-financing and co-producing the film, which stars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, and Cameron Monaghan. Philip Noyce is directing Michael Mitnick’s script based on the 1994 Newberry Award winner. The story centers on Jonas (Bridges), who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. …
Rob Riggle has just joined the cast of Dumb and Dumber To playing identical twins. He joins Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Universal’s sequel from Red Granite. Kathleen Turner, Rachel Melvin, Laurie Holden and Steve Tom also star. The pic is eyeing a summer 2014 release, 20 years after the original movie. Riggle, repped by WME and Principato-Young, is next up in 22 Jump Street and Fox’s Let’s Be Cops. His film credits include The Other Guys and Dr Seuss’ The Lorax.
‘If I Stay’ Adds Jamie Blackley, Odeya Rush Lands ‘The Giver,’ Krysten Ritter Joins ‘Listen Up Philip’
Jamie Blackley (Snow White And The Huntsman, The Fifth Estate) has snagged the male lead in MGM‘s book adaptation If I Stay. He’ll play Adam opposite Chloe Moretz in the pic directed by R.J. Cutler, based on Gayle Forman’s YA novel about a comatose teenager who has an out-of-body experience in the hospital and is faced with choosing between living a difficult life or giving up altogether. Blackley, an Isle of Man native, next stars in the Bryan Singer-produced uwantme2killhim? He is repped by WME, United Agents in the UK and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
The Weinstein Co.’s lit adaptation The Giver has added 16-year-old Odeya Rush to its cast. The actress, seen in Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, joins Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Brenton Thwaites in the dystopian tale adapted from Lois Lowry’s novel about Jonas (Thwaites), a young man who is chosen to receive memories of life before emotion was wiped from society. Israel-born Rush will play Fiona, the best friend and love interest to Jonas. She is repped by Gersh, Magnolia Entertainment and attorney Rick Genow.
Indie comedy Listen Up Philip has cast Krysten Ritter as Melanie, the daughter of renowned writer Ike Zimmerman, who is living proof of her …
EXCLUSIVE: Meryl Streep is poised to join Jeff Bridges and a fast growing cast in The Giver, an adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel that Phil Noyce will direct. Streep is in talks to join a shoot that starts in eight weeks in South Africa, in a co-production between The Weinstein Company and Walden Media. While there has been a plethora of movies involving dystopian young adult novel storylines, The Giver was ahead of its time, winning the Newbery medal in 1994. It was also a book widely read in Harvey Weinstein’s household by his daughters.
Streep will play the chief elder, the authoritarian charged with keeping order in a society that seems utopian. That control is endangered when a young man (Brenton Thwaites) is chosen to be the receiver of memories of life before the “sameness” movement which numbed the population and created conformism. Bridges plays the title character who delivers those memories that unlock a rebellion in the young man. The film is casting quickly, but landing Streep is certainly a coup. Bridges and Nikki Silver are producing and Dylan Sellers and Julie Rapaport are running point on the picture for The Weinstein Company. CAA reps Streep.
EXCLUSIVE: Brenton Thwaites has been cast opposite Jeff Bridges in The Weinstein Company‘s The Giver. Thwaites will play Jonas in the Philip Noyce-directed adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 dystopian children’s novel. Aged up from the book, the Jonas character is selected to become the next Receiver of Memory in the heavily ordered and seemingly perfect society. He bonds with the previous Receiver (Bridges) and discovers the lies that dominate their society and a more independent way of living. Scheduled to start filming in South Africa in the fall, The Giver is produced by Bridges and Nicky Silver with TWC’s Harvey Weinstein, Dylan Sellers and Julie Rapaport. The pic was adapted by Vadim Perelman with a rewrite by Michael Mitnick. Along with Liam Hemsworth, Noyce and Thwaites were both attached to Relativity Media’s Timeless project a couple of years ago. That film never went into production, but the Australian actor starred in the TV series Home And Away back home and then the Lifetime Channel film Blue Lagoon: The Awakening last June. Thwaites also landed the role of the Prince in Disney’s Maleficent with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning last May. Additionally was in the Film District distributed Oculus plus the upcoming indie Son of a Gun directed by Julius Avery and co-starring Ewan McGregor. He also just finished …