13 items from 2017
Steven Spielberg cleared the way for the latest iteration of DreamWorks Studios a year ago, shifting distribution from Disney to Universal and announcing new investment from Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment of India, and Entertainment One of Canada.
That financing influx, along with Spielberg’s unusual move to chip in $50 million of his own money and the adoption of a new name, Amblin Partners, signaled the start of an attempted reinvention of the company the renowned director founded nearly a quarter century ago with David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
With an additional equity investment last week from Universal (amounting to roughly a 4% stake in the new operation) Amblin Partners has its financial house in order. That makes 2017 the year the company needs to do the same with its creative house — delivering more hits more consistently than DreamWorks did in its spotty recent history.
The plan is for Amblin, »
- James Rainey
A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.
Emma Watson loves to read.
The actress has that in common with her brainy Harry Potter character Hermione as well as bookish Belle, who she plays in the much-anticipated film Beauty and the Beast, out March 17. In addition to being a bookworm, Watson is also an outspoken feminist and as well as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador and promoter of the organization’s HeForShe movement, which is dedicated to recruiting men into the movement for gender equality. As a response to her work with the Un, she launched the feminist »
- Madeline Raynor
Mark Allison Feb 22, 2017
Iam Fleming's James Bond novels still have narratives and ideas that haven't made it to the 007 movie series...
A spoiler lies ahead for Spectre
Over the course of 11 years, Ian Fleming wrote 12 James Bond novels and nine short stories before his death in 1964, forming the basis for the film series which survives to the present day. 24 films and 55 years since the birth of the cinematic Bond, it might come as a surprise that the franchise hasn’t completely exhausted its source material. More often than not, however, the James Bond films have been adaptations in name only.
Christian Borle, the original William Shakespeare in Broadway’s Something Rotten!, and three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien have spent 45 minutes on the second day of rehearsals for the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical debating a very serious question: Should Borle, who is portraying Willy Wonka, do a somersault?
The question is a serious one for the two, who, like fans, have a long history with the popular 1964 novel by Roald Dahl, which was adapted for the screen in 1971 as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with the late Gene Wilder taking on the iconic title role. In the film, he famously somersaulted across the screen. “Everyone has some familiarity with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Borle tells Et by phone after his discussion with O’Brien about the production striking a balance with people’s expectations for the show. “There are certain things people are craving to see, but we also »
To celebrate the release of Revolting Rhymes available now on DVD, we’re giving 2 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the DVD as well as a copy of the novel and audiobook.
Voiced by a stellar British cast including David Walliams (Little Britain, Gangsta Granny), Tamsin Greig (The Green Room, Episodes), Dominic West (The Wire, Pride) and Gemma Chan (Humans), Revolting Rhymes is perfect for half term holiday viewing and a treat for the whole family to enjoy.
First published in 1982 Revolting Rhymes was written by the much-loved author, Roald Dahl and illustrated by the legendary Quentin Blake. Bursting with imagination and delightful storytelling, these adaptations bring the tales to life in an extraordinary way. Will Little Red Riding Hood become a meal for the Big Bad Wolf? Can Snow White out-wit her evil stepmother? Is the house of bricks strong enough to protect the Little Pig? »
A version of this article originally appeared on InStyle.com.
You guys, Kim Kardashian West needs our help.
On Jan. 31, Kim K. rallied her Twitter followers—the 50 million people who know her best—to recommend a bedtime read.
“Any good books I should start reading? I love reading before I fall asleep and need a new book,” she tweeted.
Any good books I should start reading? I love reading before I fall asleep and need a new book
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 1, 2017
Kardashian West followed up her initial tweet with a big announcement: She’s starting a book club »
- InStyle Staff
Screen Junkies is continuing their Fan Appreciation Month with another Honest Trailer that their most loyal viewers have been clamoring for. With just one more left to go before January is over, the film that landed in second place is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Author Roald Dahl adapted his own book, Charlie and […]
The post ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ Honest Trailer, Featuring Michael Bolton (Yes, Really) appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Brendon Connelly Jan 27, 2017
I’m a huge fan of Garth Jennings’ work, from his milk-carton music videos to funny monkey TV ads, and into his feature films, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and Son Of Rambow. It’s been a long time coming but, after five years of work, Jennings’ third feature, Sing, is about to get its UK cinema release. When we caught up to chat last week, we talked about those five long years of hard work, about the projects that didn’t come together beforehand, and just a little of the plans that Jennings has for now. Here’s how our conversation went.
See related Luc Besson interview: Valerian, sci-fi, Adele Blanc-Sec Valerian: first trailer for hugely ambitious sci-fi film
Before you got Sing started, »
I’ve been watching Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I refuse to binge it. Instead, I’ve been taking my sweet time, revisiting Daniel Handler’s books between each episode and reminding myself that the source material is kind of remarkable. As someone who grew reading Roald Dahl and Douglas Adams, the pitch dark comedy, witty prose, […]
The post ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Featurette Takes You Behind the Scenes of Netflix’s Miserable New Show appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Few things conjure up nostalgia like the making of a childhood-favorite novel into a box-office hit.The Bfg, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Roald Dahl, achieves precisely that. >Buy Now: ‘The Bfg’ BluRay The film follows Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), a ten-year-old orphan who suffers from insomnia. One night, during what she calls the […]
The post ‘The Bfg’ BlueRay Review: Aesthetically Pleasing Yet Lacking Depth appeared first on uInterview. »
- Kate Chia
#500Words is back and has an amazing location for the final. @achrisevans reveals all in this special animation pic.twitter.com/DAFOKJMxj6
— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) January 16, 2017
The Duchess of Cornwall has been transformed into a fairy godmother in a new animated clip for the 500 Words contest sponsored by BBC Radio 2.
It is the second year running that Prince Charles’s wife, 69, has taken part in the animated video. This year she will be honorary judge of the contest,which is hosted by radio personality Chris Evans.
Camilla is a passionate children’s literacy advocate. »
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced its lineup for the 32nd edition, which will run February 1 – 11. The festival will offer a vast array of films representing 50+ countries, 51 world premieres and 64 Us premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs. The festival will kick off on February 1 with the world premiere of “Charged.” The fest will also feature “Heal the Living” as its international gala and “Their Finest” as it closing night offering.
To find out more about the full lineup, plus information on tributes »
- Kate Erbland
In Roald Dahl’s 1983 The Witches, a young boy and his grandmother stumble upon a gathering of child-hating spell-casters. The book was typical Dahl; sardonic yet playful and Nicholas Roeg’s pitch-perfect 1990 adaptation hits each bullseye, from the mouse-eye perspectives of a boy-turned-rodent to the funny-ghastly witch make-up devised by Jim Henson’s studio for the regal Angelica Huston. Roeg keeps the atmosphere properly menacing giving the film the aura of a classic fairy tale. Sadly the film tanked at the box office but lives on for movie fans willing to take the road less traveled.
- TFH Team
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