Jeff Bridges Channels His Dad in ‘The Giver’

Jeff Bridges first saw his father, Lloyd Bridges, who passed away in 1998, in the role of the wizened Giver in Lois Lowry’s 1993 best-selling novel The Giver. In Reddit.com’s “Ask Me Anything” series, he discussed the man who inspired him to produce a new film adaptation of the novel. “I was reading children’s book catalogs, and I came across this photograph of a cover of a book, with an old grizzled guy on the cover, and I thought ‘Oh, my dad could play …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

 News, discoveries and fun … 1. A novelist/farmer gives “chick lit” a whole new meaning. (Learn more at CBS) (hat tip to Hilarie Grey) 2. It’s possible to score a night at the Waldorf-Astoria for $15.75. (Learn more at AARP) 3. New surgical superglue can patch a hole in a beating heart. (Learn more at NPR) 4. Some people who get migraines spell relief p-l-a-c-e-b-o. (Learn more at AARP) 5. The NBA will end merger payments to the owners of a defunct ABA team – at $800 million. (Learn …

Eggers’ New Novel Is the Story of Our Times

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to work for Google, Facebook or even AOL (as I once did), you’ve got to read Dave Eggers’ new novel, The Circle. The 24-year old protagonist, Mae Holland, thinks she’s reached Nirvana – and who wouldn’t? The Circle, the Internet company where she’s just landed a job, lavishes cool perks on employees: brownies in the fridge,  clean, well-lit workstations, and a company store that stocks pharmaceutical-grade aloe. It takes a few …