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Film Rating Code:

★★★★ Outstanding Film- Run, don’t walk to the nearest movie theater.

★★★½ Excellent Film- Highly recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★★ Very Good Film- Recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★½ Good Film- Wait for the DVD, the film is still worth viewing.

★★ Wait for the DVD and proceed with caution.

★½ Wait for the DVD the film has major problems in most areas.

★ Can’t recommend the film.

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The Giver (PG-13) ★★★

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‘The Giver’ stars Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Meryl Streep, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift, and Katie Holmes. Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company

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Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush Interview, Stars of “The Giver”

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L to R, Alexi Rabin, intern for Sarah’s BackstagePass, Odeya Rush, Brenton Thwaites and Sarah Knight Adamson Photo taken at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

The Giver Film Interviews: Brenton Thwaites talks about Jeff Bridges and his guidance on the set of The Giver. Odeya Rush chats about Meryl Streep’s filmmaking advice and Taylor Swift’s off-camera piano playing.
The Giver is an award-winning and beloved 1993 young adult novel by Lois Lowry that will open soon as a major Hollywood film. Jeff Bridges was instrumental in bringing the book to the silver screen and stars as “The Giver.” Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites, and Fiona, played by Odeya Rush, were in Chicago for interviews to promote the film. We met at the Four Seasons Hotel. They were delightful and eager to talk about working with stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, and Taylor Swift.

Sarah Knight Adamson:  Brenton, how would you describe your character’s personality?

Brenton Thwaites:  He’s intelligent, has integrity, courage, and, as per mentioned in the book by Lois Lowry, has the capacity to see beyond.

SKA:  As The Receiver, you work very closely with The Giver, played by Jeff Bridges. Did he give you any acting advice?

BT:   He did. He gave me a lot in the form of acting with me. It was more just working with him in general and the relationship we developed on screen was something that I had never really done before.

SKA:   Sure. I could see that in the film. There was definitely chemistry between you two.

BT:   Yeah. It was a great space to work in.

SKA:  Sure. If you could tell me just a couple words to describe his personality?

BT:  Intelligent, relaxed, funny, playful.

SKA:  Your role, Fiona, requires that you nurture newborn babies. How did you prepare for that?

Odeya Rush:  I have four younger brothers. They were all babies at one point. I helped my mom take care of them. I love children and I love babies. Also, when I was in South Africa, I volunteered at a hospital and I spent time with young mothers, with the nurses, and with the babies just to get into the character. To get the natural touch. The first scene where Fiona just naturally can get the baby to stop crying. I think Phil (director Phillip Noyce) just wanted me to learn little tricks that nurses do. That makes the audience believe that I am destined to do this job.
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The Hundred Foot Journey (PG) ★★★

 

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Helen Mirren stars in ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ Photo Credit: Disney

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What If (PG-13) ★★★

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Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan Star in ‘What If’ Photo Credit: CBS Films

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Get on Up (PG-13) ★★★½

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Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

 

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‘Dinosaur 13′ Interviews Director Todd Douglas Miller and Paleontologist Peter Larson

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‘Dinosaur 13′ the discovery of Sue Photo Credit: Lionsgate Studios

The documentary, Dinosaur 13, centers on the discovery of Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex dinosaur ever found. It also explores the ten-year battle that ensued with Peter Larson and his co-workers from the Black Hill Institute. The film is based on the book Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life by Peter Larson and Kristin Donnan. I interviewed Peter Larson and director Todd Douglas Miller at the Field Museum in Chicago on August 4, 2014.

Sarah Knight Adamson: Peter, why do you think Sue was in such great condition, with so many bones? What’s your theory on that?

Peter Larson:  We found her at exactly the right time. There was enough of her washed out that Susan was able to pick up a couple and bring them to me to identify. Then we were able to excavate all of her in a relatively short period of time, so we could preserve more of her.

If we had not found her when we did? If we had not excavated her when we did? That erosion right at that particular place was going so fast, that the pelvis would be completely gone by now. And, half of her skull, the toothy part.

SKA: Oh my goodness.

PL: You know, you have to be in the right place at the right time.

SKA: Sure. Todd, why is Sue so unique?

Todd Douglas Miller: Well, because of her story. You know, you can walk into any museum around the country and they have these great specimens. She’s not only unique because of how intact she is, how complete, how big she is. But also because of her story, her history.

What Peter and his team were able to do out in the field too, is just absolutely an amazing feat of human ingenuity. If you saw what you see in the film, that side of the cliff to excavate. Go dig down thirty feet and find this wonderful articulation in these bones. Then to get it out of there, and have the expertise to be able to do that, is just absolutely amazing.
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