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"The Giver" and "The Expendables 3" Hit Theaters Today

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In "The Giver," Brenton Thwaites lives in a "perfect" society where people can't see color or feel the full range of human emotions, because of an injection they get every morning.  (You might remember Brenton as Prince Philip in "Maleficent.")

 

Jeff Bridges is the Giver, the one man who has the full memory of all of humanity's experiences.  And when Brenton is chosen to become the next "Receiver of Memory", he discovers love and starts skipping his daily injections.

 

Alexander Skarsgard and the always attractive Katie Holmes play his parents . . . Odeya Rush is his love interest . . . and Meryl Streep is the villain, the Chief Elder of the community.  Taylor Swift is also in it.  She has a small role, almost a cameo.

"The Expendables 3" also opens today, starring Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Very exciting. In the big car chase scene, they have to pull over three times to use the bathroom.

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are all back from the last movie. And there are a TON of new additions.

Wesley Snipes plays a founding member of the team that they have to bust out of prison . . . which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that Snipes couldn't participate in the first two movies, because he was locked up for his tax troubles.

Antonio Banderas adds comic relief as a commando who's always desperately wanted to join the team. And Mel Gibson is Stallone's old partner . . . he cofounded the Expendables, but turned bad and became an arms dealer with a vendetta against him.

In order to deal with the new threat, Stallone recruits some young, fresh blood . . . including Kellan Lutz, MMA badass Ronda Rousey, and boxer Victor Ortiz.

And finally there's Kelsey Grammer as an old friend of Stallone's who helps recruit the new members . . . and Harrison Ford as the CIA handler behind their assignments.

Unfortunately Chuck Norris doesn't show up again, and Bruce Willis punked out when it came time to film . . . but it sounds like they added more than enough muscle to over-compensate.

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