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James and the Giant Peach Live-Action Movie Targets James Bond Director

30 minutes ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just a few months after DreamWorks brought Roald Dahl's The Bfg to life on the big screen, Disney is taking another one of the author's timeless works and turning it into a new movie. Disney has brought on Spectre director Sam Mendes to direct a live action adaptation of James and the Giant Peach. This year actually marks the 20th anniversary of the animated adaptation of the same novel, which featured a voice cast that included Richard Dreyfus, Jane Leeves and Susan Sarandon.

Deadline reports that Sam Mendes will direct and develop the story, with Nick Hornby set to write the screenplay. Negotiations are in very early stages at this point, but this would be quite the change of pace for the director, who is coming off of two back-to-back James Bond films, Skyfall and last year's Spectre. The filmmaker announced a few months ago that he would not be returning to the franchise. »

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Sam Mendes in talks to direct live-action James and the Giant Peach

1 hour ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

After helming two back to back James Bond movies, it appears as if Sam Mendes will be heading in a very different direction for his next project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s currently in early talks with Disney to bring a live-action version of James and the Giant Peach, the classic 1961 tale from beloved author Roald Dahl, […]

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Sam Mendes in talks to direct James and the Giant Peach for Disney

2 hours ago | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

At this point I'm convinced that Disney is just going to remake everything and, despite our grumblings, will make a trillion dollars in the process. The next project on Disney's remake block will be a new re-imagining of Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach," which was previously adapted by Henry Selick for Disney in the live-action/animated hybrid... Read More »

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Newswire: Sam Mendes in talks for a live-action James And The Giant Peach adaptation

3 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg wasn’t really the smash-hit that Disney probably hoped it would be, but it definitely didn’t sour the studio’s opinion of adaptations based on Roald Dahl books. After all, something with a familiar title is a lot more valuable than some silly original idea, and nobody wants to pay money to see something they haven’t already heard of. Anyway, Deadline is reporting that Disney is in “early talks” with Skyfall director Sam Mendes to develop a new adaptation of Dahl’s James And The Giant Peach. This will be the second time Dahl’s book about has made it to the big-screen, but Deadline says this one will be live-action—presumably meaning that it won’t pull the same trick as the last movie’s combination of live-action bits and stop-motion stuff.

For those who don’t recall the plot of the »

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Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘James and the Giant Peach’

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

Sam Mendes is in “very early” negotiations with Disney to direct a live-action version of “James And The Giant Peach.”

Nick Hornby is also in preliminary talks to write the screenplay for the project, 20 years after Disney released the animated movie, directed by Henry Selick and based on the Roald Dahl book.

The original book, both fanciful and macabre, was published in 1961 and centered on 4-year-old James Henry Trotter, who lives in England with his loving parents until his parents are killed by a rhinoceros. He’s taken in by his two cruel aunts and leaves several years later thanks to an old man giving him magic crocodile tongues which produce a massive single peach — which contains human-like insects who befriend James.

The 1996 film, a combination of live-action and stop-motion animation, generated $29 million at the domestic box office. Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi produced with Paul Terry starring as »

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Another Disney live-action remake: This time, ‘James and the Giant Peach’

4 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Disney doesn’t look to be pulling the reins in on their live-action remakes anytime soon. (And who can blame them with The Jungle Book sitting pretty in spot no. 3 at the 2016 box office?) Now the House of Mouse is in early development on a live-action James and the Giant Peach. Oscar winner Sam Mendes is in talks to direct, Deadline reported Thursday. No word yet on whether a live-action take on the tale of James and the bugs he befriends would be more directly based on the 1996 Disney stop-motion film or on the source material, Roald Dahl’s 1961 children’s novel. This comes shortly after the release of another Dahl adaptation that Disney placed in the hands of another Oscar-winning director, Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg.  Mendes is better known for his adult-geared fare — like American Beauty, Road to Perdition, and the two most recent 007 films — but he has delved into family-friendly entertainment. »

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Sam Mendes Is in Early Discussions to Direct Live-Action ‘James and the Giant Peach’

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sam Mendes, who helmed the last two James Bond films, is in very early talks to direct Disney’s upcoming live-action “James and the Giant Peach,” a source with knowledge of the film confirmed to TheWrap. Nick Hornby is also in early talks to write the screenplay. Disney released an animated version of the 1961 Roald Dahl novel back in 1996, and it made $28.9 million at the box office. That movie was live action for the first 20 minutes, and then it transitioned into stop-motion animation while the title character is inside the peach. Susan Sarandon starred as the main voice »

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Sam Mendes In Talks To Develop & Direct Live-Action ‘James And The Giant Peach’

4 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Sam Mendes in early talks to develop and direct James And The Giant Peach, a live-action project in the works at Disney with Nick Hornby penning the screenplay. We’re hearing the talks are in the very early stages. This would be the latest animated pic-turned-live action play for Disney. The Roald Dahl book was adapted into a feature by Henry Selick via Walt Disney Animation in 1996. The story centers on an orphan who lives with his two mean aunts who befriends… »

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Happy Birthday Tim Burton! Check out his top 5 movies

13 hours ago | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Happy Birthday Tim Burton! Check out his top 5 moviesHappy Birthday Tim Burton! Check out his top 5 moviesAmanda Wood8/25/2016 10:00:00 Am

There are a lot of unique directors with distinct visions that we love, but Tim Burton stands out among them as one of the best.

Tim Burton turns 58 today, and to celebrate the prolific director’s career in cinema, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite Burton movies. We’ll freely admit that this list was no easy feat to put together, but we couldn’t exactly list every movie he’s ever made.

Fittingly enough, Burton has yet another movie coming out very soon: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This is one we really can’t wait for, as it’s based on the beloved novel that might as well have been written for direct adaptation by Tim Burton. It’s got a pretty dreamy cast too, »

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Get a Taste of B’way’s New ‘Chocolate Factory’

22 August 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Willy Wonka is coming to New York City! And if this teaser is anything to go by, it’ll be a candied Big Apple by the time he’s done. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” based on the novel by the legendary Roald Dahl—author of favorites including “The Bfg,” recently released as a film adaptation from Steven Spielberg, and “Matilda”—will be hitting the Great White Way come March 2017. Tony winner Christian Borle, hot off his run as the pompous Shakespeare in “Something Rotten!”, will take on the iconic role of Willy Wonka, previously played by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp. The musical will feature a score from “Hairspray” writers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, fellow “Hairspray” collaborator Jack O’Brien, with choreography from Tony nominee Josh Bergasse (“On the Town”). Borle is the only name currently written on the Golden Ticket, but the prolific Telsey + Company will fill »

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‘Chef’s Table’ Emmys 2016: How One Chef’s Ruined Palate Inspired Duncan Thum’s Luscious Score

19 August 2016 11:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A chef’s worst nightmare came true, and not only did composer Duncan Thum set that to music, it earned him his second Emmy nomination, for Original Dramatic Score for Netflix’s “Chef’s Table.”

The story of Chef Grant Achatz, the Chicago wunderkind who is one of the leaders in progressive cuisine, is almost unbelievable in its irony: the chef lost his ability to taste food while undergoing treatment for cancer. That’s not the end of his narrative, but it is part of the reason why Thum settled on Achatz’s episode as the standout for Emmy submission, even though he had scored all six episodes of the series’ second season.

Read More: ‘Chef’s Table’: The Directors’ Secret Recipe for the Best Food Show on TV

“There’s something special about Grant’s story that I just personally related to, because my sister also struggled with cancer, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Ben-Hur Review: It's Not Great, nor Worthy of Hate

17 August 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Up until somewhat recently, all of the movie reviews on this site used the five-star grading system. The college newspaper I wrote for also used the star system, and I used to enjoy the economy of language at play there. If you want the tiniest snapshot of an opinion on a film, one just needs to see how many stars were given, and if you wanted to know more, or why, you could just read the review in full. Still, after a number of years, I found myself overthinking everything, second guessing my snap judgment star ratings, because, if I gave this movie this rating, it subsequently would mean I liked it more/less than X amount of movies I gave this other rating to, and on and on it'd go. If we still had the star system in play here, I honestly don't know what I'd give Ben-Hur. I »

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Willy Wonka Arrives in N.Y.C. for Broadway's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Watch the Teaser Trailers

8 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Calling all candy lovers! Broadway has a big treat in store next spring, and it's a delectable concoction ready to satisfy any sweet tooth looking for a golden ticket. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is coming to Broadway next year, and People, Time and Entertainment Weekly have an exclusive look at its first set of teaser trailers. Mysterious purple clouds take over the city in one clip as a purple car with a curiously dressed man roams the city. As he steps out and taps his cane on the ground - filling the streets with candy - it's immediately clear »

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Willy Wonka Arrives in N.Y.C. for Broadway's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Watch the Teaser Trailers

8 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Calling all candy lovers! Broadway has a big treat in store next spring, and it's a delectable concoction ready to satisfy any sweet tooth looking for a golden ticket. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is coming to Broadway next year, and People, Time and Entertainment Weekly have an exclusive look at its first set of teaser trailers. Mysterious purple clouds take over the city in one clip as a purple car with a curiously dressed man roams the city. As he steps out and taps his cane on the ground - filling the streets with candy - it's immediately clear »

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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘King of New York,’ Eisenstein, Joe Dante, Pialat & More

5 August 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Throw on your suede and pastels and prepare for the music-filled, light-streaked “Dim All the Lights: Disco and the Movies.”

Nicolas Roeg‘s Roald Dahl adaptation, The Witches, plays on Saturday morning; a print of Abel Ferrara‘s King of New York screens throughout the weekend; Oscar Micheaux‘s Ten Minutes to Live shows this Sunday. »

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Bo Report: Bourne beats up Kirk, André Rieu comes in third

31 July 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.

The further adventures of Jason Bourne won the weekend at the box office, premiering on 282 screens and ringing up $7.6 million.

A long way behind was Star Trek Beyond, which made $1.7 million over its second weekend, dropping 56 percent to bring its cume to $6.9 million overall.

Next best was something a little bit different:.André.Rieu's 2016 Maastricht Concert Movie bowed at 119 locations ($11,309 avg/loc, the best in the top ten outside of Bourne) and rang up close to $1.4 million, beating out the likes of Ghostbusters over the weekend..

The Ghostbusters reboot dropped 46 percent in its third week for weekend takings of $1.3 million. The Melissa McCarthy-Kristen Wiig starrer has now made $10.4 million.

Coming in at fifth was Lights Out, produced by Australian James Wan and starring his compatriot Teresa Palmer..

Off the the back of a strong showing at the American box office, the horror film »

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Bo Report: Bourne beats up Kirk, Andre Rieu not far behind

31 July 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.

The further adventures of Jason Bourne won the weekend at the box office, premiering on 282 screens and ringing up $7.6 million.

A long way behind was Star Trek Beyond, which made $1.7 million over its second weekend, dropping 56 percent to bring its cume to $6.9 million overall.

Next best was something a little bit different: Andre Rieu's 2016 Maastricht Concert Movie bowed at 119 locations ($11,309 avg/loc, the best in the top ten outside of Bourne) and rang up close to $1.4 million, beating out the likes of Ghostbusters over the weekend..

The Ghostbusters reboot dropped 46 percent in its third week for weekend takings of $1.3 million. The Melissa McCarthy-Kristen Wiig starrer has now made $10.4 million.

Coming in at fifth was Lights Out, produced by Australian James Wan and starring his compatriot Teresa Palmer..

Off the the back of a strong showing at the American box office, the horror »

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Win 2 tickets to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Sam Mendes

29 July 2016 12:23 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Beyond the gates, astonishment waits… Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the Olivier Award-winning musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to see the show with your […]

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Groundhog Day: The Musical review

27 July 2016 12:37 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

John Moore Jul 27, 2016

Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus reunite - after their success with Matilda - for Groundhog Day: The Musical. Our review...

You have to admire Tim Minchin’s confidence. Groundhog Day represents his second foray into creating musical theatre from much-loved stories. His previous attempt, also alongside director Matthew Warchus, was a rollicking take on Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Pleasingly, that was the kind of musical that unites adults and children in joy and admiration. It's peppered with at least three stone-cold classic songs - in Naughty, When I Grow Up and Revolting Children - melded to great dollops of pantomime humour, and shot through with the ink black fairy tale tone the original book’s author was so famous for.

Of course, fans of Minchin’s grandiose musical comedy will know his contradictory tendencies for self-deprecation and appearances in alongside a 90-odd piece orchestra. Much of »

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Star Trek Beyond outpaced at UK box-office by The Bfg

27 July 2016 12:24 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Bfg

The third movie in the Star Trek series, Star Trek Beyond, has been outpaced at the UK box-office by Steven Spielberg‘s family friendly The Bfg. The Mark Rylance-led adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book took a respectable £5.2 million over it opening weekend in the UK and Ireland, while Star Trek Beyond took a still decent £4.7m.

The Bfg hasn’t performed brilliantly over in the Us where it was released much earlier this month. On domestic soil the family adventure has only managed to take $51 million to date, and with a reported $140 million budget, it will have to go some to turn a profit.

In comparison, Star Trek Beyond opened to the tune of $59 million during its first three days Stateside after a pretty intense worldwide promotional campaign. The sequel has grossed $95 million worldwide since release last Friday.

Andre Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert hit the »

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