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Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep loom large in The Giver

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View full size after the cut. Synopsis: The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret…

Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges in The Giver trailer

Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges in The Giver trailer

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It’s Just Like Your Opinion, Man. The Dude in Politics

It’s Just Like Your Opinion, Man. The Dude in Politics

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Jeff Bridges appeared at both the Republican and Democratic conventions to promote a non-partisan issue. He’s been working on alleviating hunger for 30 years. But there’s been some question as to what side he’s on. He says he’s an issues guy who tries to stay neutral. But, someone finally asked him:

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True Grit clips

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Paramount offered passes to advance screenings of True Grit last night in a dozen cities across the country. If you were one of the lucky witnesses at these events, please let us know what you thought. The rest of us will have to be content with this clip and another one after the cut.

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True Grit: Sentimental Education

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True Grit fits well into 2010′s slate of films because it is about a reluctant hero, a guy who is faltering at life, even failing. Right up front you know that the Coens are not going to give you what you expect, which is a starker version of the John Wayne film. This, because there are long pieces of talking scenes in the beginning. The Coens are part director, part…

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Jeff Bridges Rode That Horse

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Jeff Bridges talks about True Grit in Cowboys and Indians Magazine: All three characters, Bridges says, ‚Äúhave their own brand of ‚Äòtrue grit.‚Äô ‚Äù And if Cogburn seems a tad bit grittier than the others, that‚Äôs intentional: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm supposed to be the meanest and toughest of all the hombres in that town.‚Äù Bridges displayed ample grit of his own when he agreed to ride tall and shoot straight just like…

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True Grit teaser hits the trail

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How much further have revisionist westerns been refined over the past 40 years? Check out the 1969 trailer for True Grit after the cut. And take a moment to admire how McCabe and Mrs. Miller transformed the genre in 1971. (thanks Monica)

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True Grit, first look

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A smaller cropped and grainier version of this shot appeared in this week’s Fall Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly. slashfilm has delivered a high-res version that’s worth swiping and posting.

Oscar Watch: The Actors

Oscar Watch: The Actors

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We did the ladies, now it’s time to focus on the men. With Get Low opening today with decent enough reviews — we have to look at the Best Actor race, and whether a vet like Robert Duvall, who gives a well reviewed performance, can make it for the long haul. Unlike the Best Actress race, the Best Actor race is still buried in the haze of expectations and unknowns….

Meryl Streep & Jeff Bridges team for Great Hope Springs

Meryl Streep & Jeff Bridges team for Great Hope Springs

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The Wrap has the exclusive rumor that Mike Nichols may be interested in directing Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges in Great Hope Springs, a dramedy involving a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. Earlier today we had multiple tips from some of our most reliable tipsters that the casting news had been announced on Playlist: Written by television writer Vanessa Taylor (“Everwoord,” “Alias”) the film follows a couple who…