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After completing work on his cold war thriller Bridge Of Spies with long-time collaborator Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg has turned his eye to something a little more family-friendly: The Bfg. The Roald Dahl adaptation has been on the director’s radar for years, and has at last commenced principal photography in Vancouver, B.C. with a starry cast all poised to bring the much-loved story to the big screen.
And if that prospect hasn’t tantalized your tastebuds, then brace yourself for this latest development. The classic tale will now go down in history as Spielberg’s first proper Disney movie. The mouse house has joined forces with Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to co-produce and co-finance the flick, with Disney set to distribute internationally.
Here’s what the legendary filmmaker had to say on the union:
“In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end »
- Gem Seddon
As production gets underway in Vancouver, The Walt Disney Studios announced it will co-produce and co-finance Steven Spielberg's The Bfg. This marks the three-time Academy Award winner's first time directing a Disney-branded movie. Previously announced cast include three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance who will play the titular "Big Friendly Giant" and newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie.  They are now joined by Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson, all cast as giants. Buckingham Palace has also found its residents with Penelope Wilton being cast as The Queen and Rebecca Hall as Mary, the Queen's maid. Said Steven Spielberg:
"In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end of a number of films for The Walt Disney Company, but never as a director. It is a special joy to »
Steven Spielberg’s long and storied career as a director had one noticeably missing partner — Disney. That changed with the announcement Monday that The Walt Disney Studios will co-produce and co-finance Spielberg’s “The BFG.”
Set for a summer, 2016 release, “The BFG” tells the story of a young girl who sets out with the titular “Big Friendly Giant” to overcome evil, man-eating giants. The story is from Roald Dahl, author of “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Mark Rylance has previously been cast in the title role, with newcomer Ruby Barnhill playing Sophie, in a cast of giants that includes a platoon of giants — Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffsonnamed.
While he has produced films in collaboration with Disney, Spielberg said he welcomed his first directing turn with the studio. »
- James Rainey
As production gets underway in Vancouver, The Walt Disney Studios announced it will co-produce and co-finance Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg. This marks the three-time Academy Award winner’s first time directing a Disney-branded movie.
The Bfg is the exciting tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.
Previously announced cast include three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance who will play the titular “Big Friendly Giant” and newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie. They are now joined by Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson, all cast as giants. Buckingham Palace has also found its residents with Penelope Wilton being cast as The Queen and Rebecca Hall as Mary, the Queen’s maid.
The Disney/Amblin/Reliance production in association with Walden Media will open in U. »
- Michelle McCue
Jessica Chastain seemingly became famous overnight. While she shot “Wild Salome” with Al Pacino earlier (the movie still hasn’t come out stateside, but you can read our review here), 2011 marked The Year Of Chastain. Suddenly, she had a string of movies coming to cinemas: Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Of Life,” Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter,” Ralph Fiennes’ directorial effort “Coriolanus,” John Madden's "The Debt," and, of course, “The Help,” which earned the actress her first Academy Award nomination. She was everywhere, and in high demand, soon garnering work and acclaim in films by Christopher Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hillcoat, J. C. Chandor, and more (later this year she has films coming out by Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott). Read More: Jessica Chastain Talks 'A Most Violent Year,' Avoiding Brooklyn Cliches, & An Unlikely Political Inspiration In a recent and very engaging one-hour conversation with photographer/filmmaker Sam Jones on. »
- Edward Davis
Bill Hader has signed on to join the growing cast of director Steven Spielberg's The Bfg. The actor will play one of the giants in this adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1982 novel, joining a cast that includes Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill. Production will take place in Vancouver, but it isn't known when shooting is scheduled to start.
The story centers on a young girl (Ruby Barnhill) who meets a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) and is taken inside their world, known as Giant Country. She teams up with this Bfg and the Queen of England to stop a group of mean giants from invading the rest of the planet. No specific details were given for Bill Hader's character, except that he will play one of the not-so-friendly giants.
After winning the Best Actress Oscar for Stephen Frears' 2006 "The Queen," Helen Mirren was reluctant to reprise the role but unable to turn down director Stephen Daldry and writer Peter Morgan when they wanted her to topline their Broadway play "The Audience." Mirren says inhabiting the Queen on the stage is less difficult than navigating the very hidden Elizabeth Windsor in closeup on film. The play is about how England's prime ministers all meet with Queen Elizabeth every Tuesday behind closed doors, like she's their shrink. (Read Variety's favorable review.) Mirren says the Queen has never not been there in her life, and that she admires Elizabeth's extraordinary service and discipline. Below, on Charlie Rose, she also talks about how she digs back into the Holocaust (as she did for one of her favorite roles as an Mossad spy in John Madden's "The Debt") in order to play elderly Jewish woman Maria Altmann, »
- Anne Thompson
Exclusive: Director John Madden, coming off the success of helming his sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is in negotiations to direct Ms. Sloane, an original script from first-time screenwriter Jonathan Perera that centers on a lobbyist who takes on the powerful gun lobby to push through federal gun control legislation. This is early days on this project, which would be produced and financed by FilmNation Entertainment. I’m hearing, though, that if the deal is… »
The duo’s feature debut became the second Bulgarian feature in Siff’s 19-year history to receive the international jury’s Grand Prix after Dragomir Sholev’s Shelter in 2011.
The Lesson also picked up the Audience Award, the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize and the award for the Best Bulgarian Feature Film.
Accepting the award, Valchanov pointed to the importance of the Sofia Meetings where The Lesson had originally been pitched and said that this event should be ¨an example¨ to the Bulgarian state to develop a long-term and sustainable film policy for the future.
The sentiment was echoed by international jury president Stephan Komanderev (The Judgement) when he presented the ¨Sofia City Of Film¨ Grand Prix to the young directors.
The Lesson, which is handled internationally by Wide Management, premiered last year »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
In theaters now in a limited release, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel expand to even more theaters in North America this Friday! Following the global blockbuster hit from 2012, the loveable cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desai, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup and Lillete Dubey reunite for the another comedy adventure in India. They are joined by Richard Gere in the film directed by Oscar-nominated John Madden.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy »
- Stacey Yount
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" was a surprise hit three years ago and earned a legion of fans around the world. The ensemble drama about a group of British senior citizens taking up residence in an Indian hotel was missing one key moment, however. Oscar winners Judi Dench and Maggie Smith barely had a scene together. Ol Parker, who wrote both "Exotic" and the sequel "Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," takes complete responsibility. "I [expletive] up the first time," Parker says speaking to HitFix earlier this month. "I mean they don’t talk. They literally don’t talk for the first movie." That's not entirely true. Evelyn (Dench) and Muriel (Smith) do have a brief exchange towards the end of the film, but it sadly alludes to their lack of screen time. Muriel notes, "We haven't talked much, you and I" and Evelyn replies, "My looks evidently." Parker recalls, "You’ve got these two titans, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Chicago – Motivated by financial necessity, sequels often mitigate business risk and satisfy studio executives by riding on the coattails of a previous fan base with brand equity. But business aside, to moviegoers the follow-up product so often feels like it “wasn’t nearly as good as the first” or didn’t need to return at all.
Rarely do we find films that are an exception to this unfortunate rule, but when we do, they are celebrated for doing twice what many films can’t even do once. And so is the recent case with the naturally charming “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. While the story didn’t need to continue and could have ended in May 2012 – when Fox Searchlight’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” won over audiences worldwide – mostly the same usual suspects have returned to inspire you to laugh, think, feel and escape all over again.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Expect to see a lot of premature eulogies for Vince Vaughn's career today, after the disastrous opening of "Unfinished Business," just like you saw a lot of premature obituaries last week for Will Smith's career after the lackluster debut of "Focus."
True, "Business" was an especially spectacular flop, premiering in 10th place with only an estimated $4.8 million, less than half of the already modest $10 million pundits were predicting. That the movie is only the latest in a string of Vaughn flops (including "The Watch," "The Dilemma," "The Internship," and "Delivery Man") seems reason enough for pundits to start measuring the coffin.
Weep not for Vaughn. His hands and feet were immortalized in concrete outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre just this past Wednesday. Next month, he'll star in the eagerly-anticipated second season on HBO's "True Detective," which, if nothing else, will remind those viewers who think of him only as »
- Gary Susman
Along with his work in Bollywood and in India, you have seen choreographer Longinus Fernandes’ work in Slumdog Millionaire in the ‘Jai Ho’ sequence and in Eat Pray Love among many others. Now Fernandes has brought his unique style and fabulous moves to the movies again for a special sequence in director John Madden’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. What makes it so special is that the choreographer worked with some of the best actors in the world including Richard Gere, Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Lillette Dubey, and Dev Patel to name just a few and got them to dance to the Bollywood beat of the killer song ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’.
I was lucky enough to get the chance to do an email interview with Longinus about The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and more! Check out what he had to say about working on the film, getting »
- Stacey Yount
The U.S. red carpet premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel took place on March 2nd at the legendary Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, with cast and crew attending, including Dame Judi Dench, Richard Gere, Dev Patel, Tina Desai, Bill Nighy along with director John Madden and others.
Check out images from the event below!
- Press Releases
American Gigolo star Richard Gere might have been on the short list to play Christian Grey if the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation were made in the ‘80s or early ‘90s, but these days he’s tackling less risque fare.
Video: Richard Gere on 'Marigold Hotel' Sequel Beating 'Fifty Shades': 'We're Much Sexier'
The actor recently checked into the The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a film about a group of seniors who find new life and adventure at a hotel in India. The sequel recently knocked Fifty Shades of Grey off the top of the box office charts in England, leading many to wonder if the film industry is overlooking a more mature demographic.
"How funny, I didn't know that," Gere laughed when told the box office news. "We're much sexier, much sexier."
"We can't offer bondage, but we can offer a lot of other things," the film’s director John Madden told Et. "We offer not »
Written by Ol Parker
Directed by John Madden
UK | USA, 2015
There are hints of understated charm and elegance sprinkled throughout The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Moments when two people, battered and bruised by life, share some genuine insight about the human condition. Unfortunately, those moments are lost amid a frenzy of unnecessary storylines and cartoonish complications. It’s a treat to see these veteran actors playing off each other, but you’re better off staying at a different hotel.
The sequel to 2011’s geriatric comedy hit, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, finds most of the cast returning for a second lash. This time out, the owner of the Marigold, Sonny (Dev Patel), is determined to secure financing for a second hotel so he can start a franchise of senior-living homes. Together with the gruff but lovable Muriel (Maggie Smith), Sonny finds a potential buyer, »
- J.R. Kinnard
I know what you may be thinking. “Another weekend, another movie sequel”. Well yes, we do have a follow-up flick in this weekend’s new release batch, but this is a bit different from the escalating, Roman numeral-added blockbuster franchises. The original from 2011, wasn’t a big stunt-filled action flick. Nor was it a crude. lewd lowbrow comedy. It was a modest success that spoke to a nearly neglected audience. This was that rare feature that mainly concerned the senior set, and boasted an almost “Avengers-like” teaming of British cinema and stage actors. That first pairing didn’t conclude on a “cliffhanger”, but many fans would relish the chance to see what happened to their new film friends. After nearly four years, they’re getting that chance to catch-up. For the price of a movie ticket they can reserve a suite at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
This new »
- Jim Batts
Published in 1982, “The Bfg” — short for Big Friendly Giant — tells the tale of a young girl, the Queen of England and the Bfg, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world. The movie will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016.
- Dave McNary
After what feels like an exceptionally long and frigid winter, it’s time to head to warmer climes and live vicariously through our favourite band of British travelers as the check in to The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
In the sequel to the 2011 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, and Celia Imrie, are in India to join Dev Patel as Sonny in his quest to open a second hotel as part of a franchise. Sonny enlists the help of Muriel (Smith) in courting a retirement hotelier group to become the Eastern-most outpost of their conglomerate. It’s not just about hotels and retirees, we’re also getting an invite to an Indian wedding as Sonny plans his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai).
- Rachel West
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