CHICAGO — Joining the nearly 200 actors, musicians, and cultural icons who have participated in the ALA Celebrity READ poster campaign since 1985, seven-time GRAMMY® winner Taylor Swift appears on a new READ poster. A passionate supporter of literacy and libraries, she has partnered with Scholastic Books to make generous book donations to the public library in her home town of Reading, Penn., as well as in Nashville, Tenn. where she currently resides. Besides being named Billboard’s reigning “Artist of the Year,” she’s also accomplished in film and TV, having voiced the character of Audrey in “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” contributed two songs to the soundtrack of “The Hunger Games,” guest-starred on “CSI,” and hosted “Saturday Night Live.”
Her next role is starring as Rosemary in “The Giver” opposite Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, and Cameron Monaghan. Based on Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery Medal-winning YA novel, and presented by Walden Media/The Weinstein Company, “The Giver” hits theaters on August 15. Lowry and Bridges will be present at Barbara Stripling’s ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation on Sunday, June 29 at the American Library Association Annual Conference. In addition to providing educational materials for “The Giver,” Walden Media is sponsoring a contest for educators and librarians, with a Grand Prize that includes a trip for two to the premiere in New York City. For contest details go to: http://www.walden.com/giversweepstakes/.
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About Walden Media:
Walden Media creates entertainment for the whole family through successful movies, award-winning books, and acclaimed television programs. A Walden Media production celebrates a great book well told, a great life well lived, or an exploration that expands present possibilities – all while inspiring and entertaining its audience. Past award-winning films include: “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” series, “Nim’s Island,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Holes,” “Amazing Grace,” and the Sundance Audience Prize Winning documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman.’”
About the Weinstein Company:
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as “Scream,” “Spy Kids,” and “Scary Movie.” Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and The Weinstein Company, they have received 348 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards®.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as “Grindhouse,” ”1408; “I’m Not There,” “The Great Debaters,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “The Road,” “Halloween,” “The Pat Tillman Story,” ”Piranha 3D,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “A Single Man,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Company Men,” “Miral,” “Submarine,” “Dirty Girl,” “Apollo 18,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “ I Don’t Know How She Does It,” “Sarah’s Key,” “Spy Kids,” “All the Time in the World in 4D,” “My Week with Marilyn,” “The Iron Lady,” “W.E.,” “Coriolanus,” “Undefeated,” “The Artist,” “Bully,” “The Intouchables,“ “Lawless,” “Killing Them Softly,” “The Master,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Django Unchained,” “Quartet,” “Escape from Planet Earth,” “Dark Skies,” “The Sapphires,” “Kon-Tiki,” “Unfinished Song,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” “The Grandmaster,” “Salinger,” “12-12-12,” “Philomena,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “August: Osage County,” “Vampire Academy,” “The Railway Man,” and “The Immigrant.” Upcoming releases include “Yves Saint Laurent,” “Begin Again,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “Underdogs,” “Tracks,” “St. Vincent,” and “Paddington.”
TWC also boasts an active television production division led by former Miramax Films Co-President of Production Meryl Poster. TWC garnered nine Emmy nominations in 2013. The Weinstein Company Television produces the reality powerhouse “Project Runway,” now in its 12th season on Lifetime; with its spin-off series “Project Accessory” and the critically-acclaimed “Project Runway All Stars,” hosted by Alyssa Milano. TWC recently launched “Million Dollar Shoppers” and completed “Supermarket Superstar” hosted by Stacy Keibler for Lifetime as well as “Rodeo Girls” for A&E. TWC is currently in production on “Mob Wives” Season 4 for VH1 and “Welcome To Myrtle Manor” Season 2 for TLC. Announced scripted projects in development include John Fusco's historical action-adventure epic “Marco Polo” and an adaptation of Daniel Stashower’s bestselling Civil War-era spy thriller “The Hour of Peril.” TWC also developed Amy Sherman Palladino’s “The Nanny Diaries” for ABC and produced the award-winning HBO series “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency,” directed by Anthony Minghella.
About Taylor Swift:
Lauded by The New York Times as “one of the most important pop artists of the last decade,” and by Rolling Stone as “one of the few genuine rock stars we’ve got these days,” 24 year-old Taylor Swift is a seven-time GRAMMY® winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY® Award for Album of the Year. With the 2012 release of her album “RED,” she is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure. She holds the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman, and for the second-largest song sales week overall, as well as the worldwide iTunes record for highest ever first-week album sales. With “RED,” Swift became the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums.
Swift has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time magazine has named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year, and her more than 100 industry award wins have included the American Music Awards’ Artist of the Year, the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year and three European Music Awards.
Swift, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads worldwide, and her two most recent albums are two of only 18 albums in the entire history of music to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week. She has had singles top both the country and pop radio charts around the globe, and has thus far scored 13 #1 singles across multiple radio formats. She is one of the top 5-selling digital music artists worldwide, and is the top-selling digital artist in country music history.