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From ‘The Bfg’ to ‘Matilda’: How 5 Roald Dahl Books Landed on the Big Screen

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roald Dahl famously loathed all the movie adaptations of his books, including the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. So when the beloved author died in 1990, his widow Felicity (who goes by Liccy) was torn about what to do with his catalogue. It was a time, following the hit comedy “Home Alone,” where the major studios were vigorously chasing family-friendly tales, and many of Dahl’s stories fit the bill. But Liccy didn’t want celebrated bestsellers such as “Matilda” or “James and the Giant Peach” falling into the wrong hands.

Dahl’s publisher at Penguin Books set up a few meetings, and she eventually connected with literary agent Michael Siegel. They bonded right away. “I don’t want there to be bad movies,” Liccy told him. They came up with an unorthodox, boutique approach. “Rather than sell the stories directly to the studios, we would »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Box Office: ‘BFG,’ ‘Tarzan’ Struggling as Hollywood Faces Gloomy Independence Day

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A lackluster summer at the box office could get even worse if there aren’t some fireworks over July 4th.

Don’t look for newcomers “The BFG” and “The Legend of Tarzan,” however, to add to the pyrotechnics. They carry hefty budgets and big name directors in Steven Spielberg and David Yates, but aren’t expected to connect with U.S. audiences. Both could rank among the year’s biggest flops, unless foreign moviegoers suddenly get passionate about a friendly giant and a jungle king.

Look for “The Bfg” to eke out $30 million from 3,357 theaters over the four-day holiday; an anemic result given its $140 million price tag and a sign that Spielberg, despite a resume that includes “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jurassic Park,” may not be the draw he once was among younger crowds. He’s spent the better part of the past decade serving as cinema’s preeminent history teacher, »

- Brent Lang

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New Clips And Featurette For The Bfg Chart Disney’s Magical Legacy

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Acting as the final promotional hurrah before the film’s arrival on Friday, July 1, Disney has lifted the lid on two new clips and a wondrous featurette for The Bfg, Steven Spielberg’s live-action treatment of the Roald Dahl classic.

Telling the age-old tale of Sophie’s (Ruby Barnhill) chance encounter with a towering – and, thankfully, amicable – giant, The Bfg is at its heart a whimsical coming-of-age story, peppered with Snozzcumbers and clueless human beans.

Today’s media dump focuses on the latter, with Mark Rylance taking one huge step out of Giant County and into Buckingham Palace where he crosses paths with the Queen of England.

In bringing Dahl’s beloved tale to screen, Spielberg was conscious of creating Rylance’s behemoth in such a way that the audience would naturally empathise with his plight. Much of this revolved around cutting-edge CGI, and the director says his goal “was »

- Michael Briers

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‘Dead of Summer’ Review Roundup: Critics Say The Summer Camp Slasher Series Is Dead On Arrival

28 June 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dead of Summer” is a campy new horror, mystery series that debuts on Freeform this June 28. Created by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Ian B. Goldberg, the story follows a group of camp counselors who stumble into a small town filled with demon worshippers and disgruntled ghosts.

Variety’s TV critic Sonia Saraiya writes, “The teen horror series is loaded with clichés, but with enough popcorn, it might make for a fun summer fling.” She notes that the first episode is “astonishingly bad” and includes “bland protagonist Amy.” “At the very least, while escaping the dog days of summer inside with the air-conditioning, there’s plenty of fun to be had in laughing at how bad it is,” she concludes.

Read More: ‘The Bfg’ Review Roundup: Critics Find Wonder (and Disappointment) in Steven Spielberg’s Roald Dahl Adaptation

“‘Dead of Summer’ is just run-of-the-mill unintentionally bad — a mishmash of genres »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Dead of Summer’ Review Roundup: Critics Say The Summer Camp Slasher Series Is Dead On Arrival

28 June 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Dead of Summer” is a campy new horror, mystery series that debuts on Freeform this June 28. Created by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Ian B. Goldberg, the story follows a group of camp counselors who stumble into a small town filled with demon worshippers and disgruntled ghosts.

Variety’s TV critic Sonia Saraiya writes, “The teen horror series is loaded with clichés, but with enough popcorn, it might make for a fun summer fling.” She notes that the first episode is “astonishingly bad” and includes “bland protagonist Amy.” “At the very least, while escaping the dog days of summer inside with the air-conditioning, there’s plenty of fun to be had in laughing at how bad it is,” she concludes.

Read More: ‘The Bfg’ Review Roundup: Critics Find Wonder (and Disappointment) in Steven Spielberg’s Roald Dahl Adaptation

“‘Dead of Summer’ is just run-of-the-mill unintentionally bad — a mishmash of genres »

- Liz Calvario

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‘The Bfg’ Review Roundup: Critics Find Wonder (and Disappointment) in Steven Spielberg’s Roald Dahl Adaptation

28 June 2016 2:28 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Bfg” is in theaters this week, but Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the classic children’s story by Roald Doahl isn’t exactly being met with big, friendly praise. Indiewire’s Eric Kohn called the film “Spielberg by the numbers — and likely to please viewers looking for just that” in his Cannes review, adding that it “gets the job done and nothing more.”

Read More: Cannes Review: ‘The Bfg’ is Spielberg By the Numbers

Peter Debruge is more enthusiastic, writing in Variety that “No matter how fantastical the tale (and it gets pretty out-there at points), this splendid Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation makes it possible for audiences of all ages to wrap their heads around one of the unlikeliest friendships in cinema history, resulting in the sort of instant family classic ‘human beans’ once relied upon Disney to deliver.”

Spielberg’s take on Dahl story garners a three-star review »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Jaws’ Honest Trailer Argues That the Mayor is the Real Monster in Steven Spielberg’s Classic Blockbuster — Watch

28 June 2016 12:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What with it being the best shark movie in ages and all, “The Shallows” has “Jaws” back on moviegoers’ minds. That includes the folks at Screen Junkies, whose latest Honest Trailer is dedicated to Steven Spielberg’s summertime classic. The innovative blockbuster is “one of the scariest monster movies of all time — with barely any monster in it,” intones the narrator. Watch below.

Read More: ‘Finding Nemo’ Honest Trailer Compares Dory To Christopher Nolan’s ‘Memento

Among the main jokes: pointing toward the mayor (who refuses to shut down the obviously dangerous beach lest it ruin the seaside town’s 4th of July festivities) as the real monster, calling Richard Dreyfuss’ character the “original Instagram hipster” and blaming “Jaws” for the decades of unnecessary sequels that have followed in its wake.

Read More: Watch: Honest Trailer For ‘Zootopia’ Finds Thin Line Between Tolerance And Being a Furry

As for that other shark movie, »

- Michael Nordine

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All 9 Roald Dahl Movies Ranked From Worst to Best

28 June 2016 11:14 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Roald Dahl Rankings   by Sam Adams   Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)   When it comes to Roald Dahl adaptations, there’s Wes Anderson‘s, and then there’s everyone else’s. Stop-motion animation was a logical step for one of the movies’ great miniaturists, and the animal-kingdom setting softens the harshness of Dahl’s worldview, which on screen often hardens into grotesquerie and cynicism. Like most of Anderson’s movies, “Mr. Fox” hides serious melancholy beneath its lacquered surface, just as Dahl’s whimsy mingles with the macabre.   Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)   Watched with adult eyes, Mel Stuart’s candy-coated adventure looks awfully threadbare in spots, »

- Sam Adams

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Can Finding Dory Fend Off Tarzan and Bfg at the Box Office?

28 June 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Pixar's Finding Dory helped resuscitate a sagging summer box office earlier this month, with a record-breaking $135 million, the highest debut ever for an animated movie. The sequel easily took down Independence Day: Resurgence, The Shallows and Free State of Jones in its second weekend, but it faces some much stiffer competition heading into the extended holiday. Disney's The Bfg, Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan and Universal's The Purge: Election Year all debut this Friday. While it will likely be fairly close, Finding Dory is expected to hold onto its crown for a third weekend in a row, with $38.7 million.

If this prediction holds true, it will represent a 53.5% drop for Finding Dory in its third weekend, and push it past $300 million domestic. While $38.7 million isn't a terribly high figure for a winning summer weekend, none of the three new releases have been tracking very high with box office pundits. »

- MovieWeb

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The Bfg Review: Spielberg Delivers Fart Jokes and Fairy Tale Fun

28 June 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The phrase "fun for the whole family" is bandied about so much when it comes to any sort of family movie, that it seems almost mandatory to included it in the marketing, at some point. Of course, it's a super-broad generalization that still not only assumes modern families are still of the Norman Rockwell variety, but also that parents will love what their kids love, which used to not always be the case. Over the past decade or so, studios have gotten much better at crafting movies that literally cater to this oft-uttered mantra of "fun for the whole family," with wholesome jokes for the kiddies and a few subtle jokes for the parents thrown in as well. With that being said, I was somewhat surprised that director Steven Spilelberg's The Bfg is so emotionally one-note, (and one-sided), despite being visually remarkable.

I was hoping that Walt Disney Pictures' »

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“The Bfg” marks Steven Spielberg’s first collaboration with Disney

28 June 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Believe it or not, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has yet to make a movie over at Disney. He finally has though, with the release this week of The Bfg, based on the classic book of the same name by Roald Dahl. As I’ll get into below, Spielberg and Disney have long been a good potential fit, so this was always a matter of when, not if, but the pairing has occurred and we now have another children’s film of his to discuss. Is it anything to go nuts over? Could it be an awards player in any major way? Read on to find out… The film is, again, an adaptation of Dahl’s classic children’s book. It centers on a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who comes in contact with a Bfg, or Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Despite his imposing stature, he’s one giant »

- Joey Magidson

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Steven Spielberg shies away from Salman Khan

28 June 2016 2:32 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Bhai scares off not only Shah Rukh Khan but even Steven Spielberg. Yes, believe it or not, Steven Spielberg's new directorial venture The Bfg, a big-screen adaptation of the Roald Dahl beloved children's novel, has run scared of Sallu Bhai. The big Spielberg epic which opens all across the world on July 1 is being held over for two weeks in India. While no official explanation is offered by the film's co-producers Reliance Entertainment, unofficial sources say it's because of Salman Khan. "No film wants to take a panga with Salman Khan. Shah Rukh Khan was determined to share the Eid release date with Salman. But Shah Rukh's Raees finally opted out of the Eid release. If Salman Khan is coming for Eid with Sultan on July 7 then even Steven Spielberg quietly moves away." Spielberg's The Bfg now releases on July 15. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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‘The Bfg’ Review: Steven Spielberg, Disney & Roald Dahl Combine For A Giant Of A Family-Friendly Movie

27 June 2016 4:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The creative mix for new fantasy film The Bfg is about as magical a recipe for movie success as you can have. Take three major brands like Disney, Steven Spielberg and Roald Dahl and you have a kid-friendly flick that should delight families everywhere. In fact, as I say in my video review above, it is rather astounding to note that Spielberg has never before directly made a movie for Disney, a surprise since those two brands are probably the best known in terms of… »

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Exclusive Artwork: The Magical Movie World of Roald Dahl

27 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

"Hold your breath. Cross your fingers. Here we go!" In celebration of the release of The Bfg on July 1, we asked artist Alina Chau to create an original piece of artwork exclusively for Fandango that captures the magical movie world of Roald Dahl. Chau’s whimsical illustration style and watercolors showcases our favorites from Dahl including: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (script only), The BfgThe Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda,...

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Trailer For Baz Lurhmann's Ambitious Netflix Project 'The Get Down' Is Here!

27 June 2016 8:26 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Baz Luhrmann, the visionary filmmaker behind such films as Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet, and The Great Gatsby is about to bring his outsized artistry to the small screen for the first time. The director and writer is shepherding an ambitious new series for Netflix called The Get Down. The project is set to premiere later this summer on the streaming network, and there's a new trailer here to give you a glimpse of what you're in store for.

You can view the new The Get Down trailer right here:

Rock the block. Shoot for the world. #TheGetDown arrives August 12, only on Netflix.https://t.co/eW2eIq1n4t

The Get Down (@TheGetDown) June 27, 2016

The Get Down will be a period piece, set in the Bronx during the 1970s. It features a foursome of relative unknowns, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mamoudou Athie, Skylan Brooks, and Tremaine Brown Jr., but will the »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Killer Cast For 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' Revealed!

27 June 2016 8:12 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Lego Movie was a smash when it came out in 2014. It established a particular tone, look, and set a precedent when it came to its voice cast. That film featured Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, and more. With two more Lego movies already in the pipeline, one would have to wonder how- or if- they could top themselves.

Well, the cast for The Lego Ninjago Movie has been revealed, and it's pretty damn exciting:

Jackie Chan as Master Wu

Dave Franco as Lloyd

Michael Peña as Kai

Abbi Jacobson as Nya

Kumail Ninjiani as Jay

Zach Woods as Zane

Fred Armisen as Cole

This is something of a modern comedy dream team, when you consider that most of these performers hail from some of the most revered comedy properties of the current era. You've got stars from Silicon Valley, Broad City, Portlandia, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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First Bfg Clips Introduce Fleshlumpeater and Phizzwizard

27 June 2016 8:04 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This weekend, one of the biggest adventures of the summer will hit theaters when The Bfg arrives July 1. To get fans ready for this release, we have five new clips that give us some new insight into Giant Country in this highly-anticipated adaptation. This long-awaited movie will go up against Universal's The Purge: Anarchy and Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan this weekend.

The talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers - Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg - finally come together to bring The Bfg to life. Directed by the three-time Academy Award winner from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison based on the best-selling book by Dahl, The Bfg tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country and stars three-time Tony Award, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar winner Mark Rylance, newcomer Ruby Barnhill, »

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An In-Depth Look At The Latest Murmurs Of A Fox/Marvel Studios Crossover!

27 June 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

It's a question that's come up a lot in the last year or so:

Will Fox's X-men Ever Crossover And Interact With Marvel's Avengers?

And, while it was once just something a fanboy wet dream, these days it's actually a legitimate consideration. We can thank industry titans Sony and Disney for all of this, since they worked out the kind of deal that was once thought to be impossible: They reached an agreement that allowed for Spider-Man, whose film rights belong to Sony, to appear in Captain America: Civil War, which takes place right smack dab in the middle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

If Sony was willing to play ball with Disney, who owns Marvel Studios, then it's no longer an impossibility that we could see Deadpool ask Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) what happened to Ed Norton and Eric Bana in a future Avengers flick.

Hell, Deadpool director Tim Miller »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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22 Deserving Oscar Contenders From the First Half of 2016

24 June 2016 11:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Year after year film releases from January through June get the short end of the stick during the Oscar season, when latter-year entries — many of them fresh off exposure-boosting festival circuits — drown everything out.

There are exceptions, of course, but mostly, without the help of critical kudos and other precursor awards that deign to have long memories, quality work is frequently left in the also-ran pile. In an effort to keep the spotlight trained on deserving contenders, here is a long list of players we’d like to see remembered by the Academy later this year.

[Note: This list only includes films theatrically released to the public through the year’s midway point. Not all festival entries are eligible.]

Best Picture: “Weiner

Rather than save it for the documentary feature category, why not just call one of the year’s best movies exactly what it is? This Sundance hit is somehow the perfect movie for now: Flawed heroes, media obsession with titillation yielding obfuscation of substance — it’s brilliantly in tune with the zeitgeist. »

- Kristopher Tapley and Jenelle Riley

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‘Giantspeak’ clip from Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg

23 June 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just a week to go until its Us release, a new clip has arrived online from Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic The Bfg featuring Mark Rylance’s titular giant and Ruby Barnhill’s Sophie; watch it below…

See Also: Read our review of The Bfg here

The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the Bfg prefers Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened »

- Amie Cranswick

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