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Taylor Swift Brings Favorite Story to Life with Small, Pivotal Role in “The Giver”

Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift had several reasons to say yes to taking the small, but pivotal role of Rosemary in the new film, The Giver. On top of getting the chance to share a scene with Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, who plays her father, this acting gig allowed Taylor to help tell a story that had a profound impact on the way she sees the world.

The Giver is based on Lois Lowry’s futuristic novel of the same name, and Taylor first read it in fifth grade. She says, “I didn’t do a lot of thinking about the distant future as far as our society goes at that point in my life. This really kind of switched that up for me, and it really kind of blew my mind in a way that stuck with me.”

In The Giver, society has done away with pain and sadness as well as happiness, music and love. One person, known as the Receiver of Memories, now absorbs all of society’s memories and emotions in case they are needed to make a decision. The story deals with the weight of carrying that burden while also imagining a world without emotional or artistic expression.

Taylor says, “It celebrates all the things that I hold really dear and the things that are most important to me — like our history and our music and our art and our intellect and our memories. I think that that really had a great deal to do with why I wanted to be a part of this.”

Since Taylor writes songs about her own heartbreak and disappointment, a lot of fans reach out to her via social media to tell her about the tough times they’re facing. She thinks those fans will find a message of hope in The Giver.

“They can’t image that we can experience such great pain, such intense loss, such insecurity,” Taylor explains, “and the thing that I just wish I could tell them over and over again is that we live for these fleeting moments of happiness. Happiness is not a constant. It’s something that we only experience a glimpse of every once in awhile, but it’s worth it. And I think that’s what they’ll take away from this movie.”

Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites also star in The Giver, opening in theaters on Friday.

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Taylor Swift Brings Favorite Story to Life with Small, Pivotal Role in “The Giver”

Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift had several reasons to say yes to taking the small, but pivotal role of Rosemary in the new film, The Giver. On top of getting the chance to share a scene with Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, who plays her father, this acting gig allowed Taylor to help tell a story that had a profound impact on the way she sees the world.

The Giver is based on Lois Lowry’s futuristic novel of the same name, and Taylor first read it in fifth grade. She says, “I didn’t do a lot of thinking about the distant future as far as our society goes at that point in my life. This really kind of switched that up for me, and it really kind of blew my mind in a way that stuck with me.”

In The Giver, society has done away with pain and sadness as well as happiness, music and love. One person, known as the Receiver of Memories, now absorbs all of society’s memories and emotions in case they are needed to make a decision. The story deals with the weight of carrying that burden while also imagining a world without emotional or artistic expression.

Taylor says, “It celebrates all the things that I hold really dear and the things that are most important to me — like our history and our music and our art and our intellect and our memories. I think that that really had a great deal to do with why I wanted to be a part of this.”

Since Taylor writes songs about her own heartbreak and disappointment, a lot of fans reach out to her via social media to tell her about the tough times they’re facing. She thinks those fans will find a message of hope in The Giver.

“They can’t image that we can experience such great pain, such intense loss, such insecurity,” Taylor explains, “and the thing that I just wish I could tell them over and over again is that we live for these fleeting moments of happiness. Happiness is not a constant. It’s something that we only experience a glimpse of every once in awhile, but it’s worth it. And I think that’s what they’ll take away from this movie.”

Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites also star in The Giver, opening in theaters on Friday.

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Jeff Bridges Reflects on Working with Robin Williams

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jeff Bridges, who first expressed his grief over the death of Robin Williams on the red carpet of his new movie The Giver Monday night, remembered Williams again Tuesday morning at a news conference for the film in New York City.

Williams was found dead in his California home Monday at the age of 63.

“I just want to acknowledge the fullness of life — the joy and the sadness that is in store for us all,” Bridges said.

“He was an amazing man,” Bridges said of his former co-star.

The actor, who shared the screen with Williams in 1991′s The Fisher King, smiled as he shared a story of their time together on set.

“Just before I came down [here today], I’m looking out my window to Central Park, my favorite part about New York, and I remember the last scene of me and Robin out there at 4 o’clock in the morning nude — naked!” he said. “Robin is just wild and free…rubbing his butt on the grass, and he goes, ‘You know why dogs do this?! Because they can!’”

“I just had to share that with you,” Bridges added. “Because that’s what’s going on so strongly and how much I miss him…and what a gift he was to all of us.”

Bridges noted that at the after-party for The Giver, held at Central Park’s Boathouse, he saw Radio Man — the guy who inspired Williams’ character in The Fisher King. Bridges said, “It felt like it was, we kind of, I felt Robin’s spirit as I’m feeling him now with us.”

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Jeff Bridges Reflects on Working with Robin Williams

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jeff Bridges, who first expressed his grief over the death of Robin Williams on the red carpet of his new movie The Giver Monday night, remembered Williams again Tuesday morning at a news conference for the film in New York City.

Williams was found dead in his California home Monday at the age of 63.

“I just want to acknowledge the fullness of life — the joy and the sadness that is in store for us all,” Bridges said.

“He was an amazing man,” Bridges said of his former co-star.

The actor, who shared the screen with Williams in 1991′s The Fisher King, smiled as he shared a story of their time together on set.

“Just before I came down [here today], I’m looking out my window to Central Park, my favorite part about New York, and I remember the last scene of me and Robin out there at 4 o’clock in the morning nude — naked!” he said. “Robin is just wild and free…rubbing his butt on the grass, and he goes, ‘You know why dogs do this?! Because they can!’”

“I just had to share that with you,” Bridges added. “Because that’s what’s going on so strongly and how much I miss him…and what a gift he was to all of us.”

Bridges noted that at the after-party for The Giver, held at Central Park’s Boathouse, he saw Radio Man — the guy who inspired Williams’ character in The Fisher King. Bridges said, “It felt like it was, we kind of, I felt Robin’s spirit as I’m feeling him now with us.”

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Jeff Bridges Reflects on Working with Robin Williams

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jeff Bridges, who first expressed his grief over the death of Robin Williams on the red carpet of his new movie The Giver Monday night, remembered Williams again Tuesday morning at a news conference for the film in New York City.

Williams was found dead in his California home Monday at the age of 63.

“I just want to acknowledge the fullness of life — the joy and the sadness that is in store for us all,” Bridges said.

“He was an amazing man,” Bridges said of his former co-star.

The actor, who shared the screen with Williams in 1991′s The Fisher King, smiled as he shared a story of their time together on set.

“Just before I came down [here today], I’m looking out my window to Central Park, my favorite part about New York, and I remember the last scene of me and Robin out there at 4 o’clock in the morning nude — naked!” he said. “Robin is just wild and free…rubbing his butt on the grass, and he goes, ‘You know why dogs do this?! Because they can!’”

“I just had to share that with you,” Bridges added. “Because that’s what’s going on so strongly and how much I miss him…and what a gift he was to all of us.”

Bridges noted that at the after-party for The Giver, held at Central Park’s Boathouse, he saw Radio Man — the guy who inspired Williams’ character in The Fisher King. Bridges said, “It felt like it was, we kind of, I felt Robin’s spirit as I’m feeling him now with us.”

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Jeff Bridges Reflects on Working with Robin Williams

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jeff Bridges, who first expressed his grief over the death of Robin Williams on the red carpet of his new movie The Giver Monday night, remembered Williams again Tuesday morning at a news conference for the film in New York City.

Williams was found dead in his California home Monday at the age of 63.

“I just want to acknowledge the fullness of life — the joy and the sadness that is in store for us all,” Bridges said.

“He was an amazing man,” Bridges said of his former co-star.

The actor, who shared the screen with Williams in 1991′s The Fisher King, smiled as he shared a story of their time together on set.

“Just before I came down [here today], I’m looking out my window to Central Park, my favorite part about New York, and I remember the last scene of me and Robin out there at 4 o’clock in the morning nude — naked!” he said. “Robin is just wild and free…rubbing his butt on the grass, and he goes, ‘You know why dogs do this?! Because they can!’”

“I just had to share that with you,” Bridges added. “Because that’s what’s going on so strongly and how much I miss him…and what a gift he was to all of us.”

Bridges noted that at the after-party for The Giver, held at Central Park’s Boathouse, he saw Radio Man — the guy who inspired Williams’ character in The Fisher King. Bridges said, “It felt like it was, we kind of, I felt Robin’s spirit as I’m feeling him now with us.”

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“Star Wars: Episode VII” to Resume Filming This Month

Lucasfilm Ltd.(LONDON) — Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to return to production later this month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The J. J. Abrams film went on a two-week hiatus earlier this month after its star Harrison Ford sustained a serious injury. Ford was derailed from his acting duties after breaking his leg on the London set June 12 and later underwent surgery.

Star Wars observers began speculating about Ford’s return to the set when he showed up at Monday’s The Expendables 3 premiere in Hollywood. The 72-year-old actor appeared to be in good health and spirits. Sources couldn’t confirm, however, if Ford was flying back to London to join the production.

Episode VII
is filming at the U.K.’s Pinewood Studios and also stars familiar faces Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. Also along for the galaxy ride are series newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

Episode VII
is slated for a Dec. 18, 2015 release.

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“Star Wars: Episode VII” to Resume Filming This Month

Lucasfilm Ltd.(LONDON) — Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to return to production later this month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The J. J. Abrams film went on a two-week hiatus earlier this month after its star Harrison Ford sustained a serious injury. Ford was derailed from his acting duties after breaking his leg on the London set June 12 and later underwent surgery.

Star Wars observers began speculating about Ford’s return to the set when he showed up at Monday’s The Expendables 3 premiere in Hollywood. The 72-year-old actor appeared to be in good health and spirits. Sources couldn’t confirm, however, if Ford was flying back to London to join the production.

Episode VII
is filming at the U.K.’s Pinewood Studios and also stars familiar faces Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. Also along for the galaxy ride are series newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

Episode VII
is slated for a Dec. 18, 2015 release.

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Beyonce Provides 2,000 Students with New Backpacks & School Supplies

Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) — Beyoncé is helping kids go back to school in style.

The singer has collaborated with bag brand STATE on a line of school and office supplies, including a limited edition #BeyGOOD backpack, and they’re giving away backpacks and school supplies to students in need in six cities.

Two thousand students across the six cities — Charlotte; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Newark; and New York — will get backpacks. In addition, the initiative will host “pep rallies for good” to support local charities in each city where students will be able to stuff their backpacks with school essentials.

Beyonce and STATE are also offering a premium backpack for sale on the singer’s website for $125. All proceeds from the sale of those #BeyGOOD backpacks will benefit the backpack give-away program. And fans willing to pony up $75 for their returning students can purchase a back-to-school bundle, now available for pre-order on Beyoncé’s website, which includes custom pencils with Beyonce’s catchphrases, a locker-sized poster and T-shirt as well as notebooks and tote bags.

“Our #BeyGOODxSTATE GIVEBACKPACK Program and inspirational bag drop events go beyond a simple material donation by providing children in underfunded communities the role models and motivation to beat the odds,” says Scot Tatelman, STATE Bags co-founder. “Partnering with Beyonce’s #BeyGOOD movement not only creates a platform for children to receive backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming year, but also drives them to reach their full potential.”

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Towanda Braxton Explains Feud with Tamar Braxton & Her Public Breakdown

Courtesy of WeTV(NEW YORK) — It’s no secret that Tamar Braxton and her older sister, Towanda, haven’t been getting along. From comments made on social media to the reality show cameras detailing what seems like a fight that won’t end, these two Braxton sisters have been going through it. And fans can watch every moment of it on the forthcoming fourth season of We TV’s hit reality show, Braxton Family Values.

In a sneak peek released last month, viewers saw Towanda have an epic meltdown after Tamar storms out of a high end restaurant, with the usually level-headed sister smashing glasses and destroying a table.

Towanda tells ABC News Radio that the feud started because she couldn’t believe viewers thought she was jealous of her baby sister last season.

“I detested the fact that everybody thought, or everybody was feeling that Towanda was jealous of Tamar. I’m like ‘how dare you think that someone who actually volunteered to carry your child to be jealous?’ That’s ridiculous to me,” she explains. “And whenever Tamar needed, and whenever Tamar wanted me to be there, I was there.”

Their sister Trina has her own explanation on what started the tension. She says, “That whole thing stemmed from one of Tamar’s Tamartians telling Towanda that she hopes her kids get raped and killed [on Twitter]. Do you understand what I’m saying? So of course there’s a certain retaliation that wells up in you when you talk about somebody’s children.”

Still, Towanda says she eventually broke down because she has been keeping her true feelings hidden for so long. “I couldn’t be emotional. I couldn’t let everybody know how I was really feeling because as soon as I do there’s always a [back]lash. So I suppressed every time,” the mother of two explains. “I think there was only one other time — maybe not that big — I had lashed out and that’s, like Trina said, that’s when someone talked about my children. But when we were sitting together as a family I just felt that I wasn’t being heard, and it was a long time coming.”

Trina was also in the room when Towanda broke down, even crying her own tears at the site of her sister. “I’ve never seen Towanda, in all of the years that we’ve been alive, I’ve never seen her blow up like that in my life,” she says. “No matter how much we argue, no matter how much we fuss, no matter how much we fight, when one hurts we hurt too.”

Although the season starts off with all of the Braxton sisters — Towanda, Trina, Tamar, Toni and Traci — discussing recording an album together, because of the tension the project may be off the table right now.

“The only thing that I can say about the Braxton girls actually completing something together is…(whistles),” Towanda says flatly.

“Prior to Braxton Family Values, people were like, ‘OK. When are the Braxton sisters going to do a record or an album or something together?’ And then it seemed more possible when we were doing Braxton Family Values,” Trina adds. “But now that we’re going through tumultuous situations with our sisterhood, and our sistership, and trying to build, and rebuild, and build parameters, it’s becoming a difficult feat.”

Watch just how difficult when Braxton Family Values returns to WeTV on Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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