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With Funding From Universal, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Looks for Reinvention

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

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

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Every Book Emma Watson Has Ever Recommended

22 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

 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

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James Bond 25, and the untapped stories of the novels

20 February 2017 6:47 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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

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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.

Starting with Roald Dahl’s outlandish screenplay for the fifth Bond film, You Only Live Twice, the film scripts began to drift away from their literary inspirations. »

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Exclusive: Christian Borle Is Busy Finding His Version of Willy Wonka

10 February 2017 10:45 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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 »

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Win Revolting Rhymes on DVD

6 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

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? »

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Kim Kardashian Starts a Book Club: Here’s What She Should Read

2 February 2017 2:44 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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

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‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ Honest Trailer, Featuring Michael Bolton (Yes, Really)

27 January 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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

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Garth Jennings interview: Sing, Roald Dahl and more

25 January 2017 10:37 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brendon Connelly Jan 27, 2017

As Sing arrives in UK cinemas, we chat to its director, Garth Jennings, about lunchbreaks, the movie, and Roald Dahl.

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.

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Before you got Sing started, »

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‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Featurette Takes You Behind the Scenes of Netflix’s Miserable New Show

23 January 2017 1:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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

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‘The Bfg’ BlueRay Review: Aesthetically Pleasing Yet Lacking Depth

17 January 2017 11:40 AM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

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 […]

  Source: uInterview

The post ‘The Bfg’ BlueRay Review: Aesthetically Pleasing Yet Lacking Depth appeared first on uInterview. »

- Kate Chia

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Gets the Fairy Godmother Treatment

16 January 2017 7:32 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

#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

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Bibbidi-bobbidi Camilla!

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. »

- simonperrytimeinc

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Film Festival Roundup: Santa Barbara International, Reel Abilities, Athena Film Festival and More Announce Full Lineups

12 January 2017 12:47 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– 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. 

Sbiff will also play home to a number of tributes, with honorees including Denzel Washington, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Isabelle Huppert and many more, previously announced accolades.

To find out more about the full lineup, plus information on tributes »

- Kate Erbland

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The Witches

1 January 2017 10:00 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

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.

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- TFH Team

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