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Things We Saw Today: First Images From The Giver Are Sadly Bereft of Meryl Streep


Remember how Meryl Streep is going to be in The Giver? So exciting. But this pic has Jeff Bridges, which is pretty dang cool by itself. Collider has the other picture, featuring main character Jonas (aged up from 12 to 16) and A Baby.

I was a little ticked that OPI’s new Muppets Most Wanted series doesn’t have any green in it until I saw the pun-loving company named one of the shades “Kermit Me To Speak.” We’re all good, OPI. (Chic Profile)

A centuries-old reverse edge sword, pictured above, turned up in an old storage unit in Japan. Rurouni Kenshin is real! (Nerd Approved)

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  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    HEY!

  • Anonymous

    Um…I’m sorry, but you have to go. And no peeking at the stories.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    HOW DARE YOU READ THE SITE!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, good call on the Winchesters. They have a horrible track record for any non-brother-person.

  • locuas

    as a complete and absolute Rurouni Kenshin Fanboy, i can only say: AWESOME!

  • Allison Hoekwater

    I am nervous for The Giver. But if more people read the book than I am happy.

  • Robert Vary

    Is it just me, or does that Giver image have a real stage-play look about it? Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, it just really looks like a publicity shot from a stage set. Or maybe I’ve just seen too many plays with sets like that.

  • Anonymous

    When the trailer for Divergent started, for a while I thought it was for The Giver. I really hope this film is good. (Divergent unfortunately looks terrible, and yet another symptom of Hollywood’s shallow understanding of audiences. People like The Lord of the Rings? Let’s given them Wrath of the Titans! People like the Harry Potter movies? Let’s give them some crappy Percy Jackson films! People like Twilight? Let’s make more stuff about sexy vampires! People like The Hunger Games? Clearly, “teen girls in dystopias” is the new fad! As opposed to concluding that people like good movies and attempting to make more of those.)

  • Anonymous

    I dunno, it seems like pretty much everything with sexy vampires does well. Which is a shame, because werewolves are clearly superior.

  • Anonymous

    Road trip? FOR THE KITTIES!

  • Ashe

    People like…movies? R.I.P.D.!

  • Anonymous

    I am terrified for The Giver, but I also know that I won’t be happy unless they use color filters *exactly right* so I may be doomed to disappointment no matter how well done the movie actually is.

  • frankenmouse

    Yep. I’m already a bit leery due to that screen shot (it does not fit with my mental version of that universe AT ALL), but if it inspires more people to read the original, it won’t be all that bad.

  • Allison Hoekwater

    I completely agree. The color filters is such an important part of the book and theme of the story!

  • Anonymous

    The Giver was one of my favorite books…I remember we had an assignment in the seventh grade to write another chapter that occurred after the end of the book. I’m pretty sure that’s the only time I’ve ever gotten a A for fanfiction.

    Anyway, I loved the book and I really do want it to get a good movie adaptation that does it justice.

  • Anonymous

    Not the Winchester brothers; I’m a girl and I don’t want to die.

    Ouch Sam and Dean, apply holy water to that burn.

  • Andrea Pantoja

    This is the first book that changed my life. I was struck with that evangelical zeal that compels you to try and get everyone you know to read this book because they too need the revelations this book holds in their life. This is the book that started me off as a reader and all that implies. To say that I love this book is an understatement. So if they ruin it, I will burn them and everything they hold dear to the ground.

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    I don’t remember The Giver taking place in a contemporary setting. I’m not quite sure the story and its message will translate very well…

  • Laura Truxillo

    They had hospitals at least. That setting looks like it could be psuedo-Edwardian/Victorian, so it’s not modern, exactly.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I dunno, I didn’t think it looked that bad. I mean, yes, cashing in a bit on Hunger Games, with the whole “popular teen action novel” but…I dunno, I’m pleased to see another teen girl action movie where there is romance but it’s not the sole focus and the trailer alone passes the Bechdel test. That doesn’t mean it’s gonna be a good movie, but I’m glad to see Hollywood taking the cue from Hunger Games and trying a little more of the same, in terms of non-uber-sexualized-girls-in-action-movies.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I just had a horrible image of them using colors completely normally, and when Jonas sees the apple it’ll be ~*~*~sparkling~*~*~.

  • Heather Lynn

    There’s a romance in Divergent. And a pretty terrible one at that – it happens with no real reason for it, even though later in the books it becomes a bit more satisfying. At least in Hunger Games the romance had a real reason to be there, but Divergent… not so much. And it was a main focus of the first book, and as much as I want to justify it as being as essential to the plot as in the Hunger Games, I can’t. I liked Divergent, but it has flaws that I’m a lot more unhappy with than Hunger Games.

  • Heather Lynn

    I thought a major tenent of the books was that most technology is bad and that’s why they all live in isolated villages and use bikes and stuff (aka a way for the government to control them – also why they learn a profession and are discouraged from learning other things because why would the government want people distracted by learning things. Also, side note: why is my brain not operating at 100% today? Because I feel like I normally have better things to say on these topics.)

  • Anonymous

    The Percy Jackson series actually had a lot of potential. But they messed with the plot way too much and hyper aged the characters-which was the biggest mistake in my opinion. One of the best things about the HP movies was watching the characters grow up. I knew as soon as the cast a 20something in a role that was written for a 12 year old that it would flop. Shame too, because I love those books.

  • Lindsay Beaton

    I don’t know if I can even go see the movie, because while I’m usually relatively chill about not-necessarily-faithful adaptations of books to film, I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to handle anything less than absolute, bow-before-me perfect translation in this one. And they’ve already aged the main character, a poor move in my opinion. How is the horror of it all supposed to punch you in the chest when someone so old is playing an older version of someone who’s just supposed to be a kid? *sigh*

    This book is glorious. I just want it handled with care.

  • Lindsay Beaton

    Also this. The colors. So important. We’ll be doomed to disappointment together!

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    I’m more concerned that the movie being in color is sorta gonna destroy the impact of Jonas’ receiving memories. I remember reading about how he saw the girl he liked with such vibrant hair that he had never seen before. I’m not sure we as the audience will feel anything like the author originally intended – unless this is just a off-the-set shot, and before any pre-pro color editing >.>

    I think The Giver is the reason why I write so monochromatically (as my girlfriend calls it), because I emphasize color, and it makes certain things stand out more. I guess because the book and its use of color had such a big influence on me, it’s disappointing to see the possibility of it not being used appropriately in the movie.

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    I dunno, I’m concerned about the fact that they’re wearing like…stylish menswear, because I seem to remember everyone wearing some form of robes. Like, Jonas looks like he’s wearing chucks >.< Hardly a dystopian society bereft of individuality if they've got shoes like that :S

    From reading the book, I had always imagined the Community as an ancient Greece setting with some vague technological advancements.

    Were the robes really in the book now…? I didn't just imagine that, did I O_o

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Oh gawd…

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    But honestly, is it really your mental version? I mean, people usually argue back that we can’t be upset that something doesn’t live up to the version in our head – but…what we see isn’t really a mental version, it’s actually stuff in the book we would expect to see because it’s in the book!

  • Anonymous

    Nooooo, don’t give them any ideas! Unsay that!

  • Heather Lynn

    You know, I completely forgot about that and now it’s all I can think of. You’re right, if they don’t do it in black and white (or perhaps sepia would be even better), then the whole aesthetic is ruined for the visual cues that are so necessary to understand why the main character does what he does.

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly! It’ll actually end up like Equilibrium, where he’s supposed to be marveling at a sunrise like he’s never seen one before, but it really doesn’t feel all that impactful, because they didn’t do anything to really make it seem like it was anything different – other than some bloom, I think >.<

  • Laura Truxillo

    I didn’t say it didn’t have one, just that it’s not the driving focus of the plot. Most action movies have a romance, but for most lady-led action movies, it takes front stage. The movie doesn’t look like it’ll be the Biggest Thing either.

    I’m sure it is Hunger Games Lite, but it’s still not a bad thing that they’re willing to make it.