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Entertainment One have announced a July 22, 2016 UK / Ireland release date for a new feature film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s universally loved classic The Bfg (the Big Friendly Giant), directed by Steven Spielberg. First published in 1982, The Bfg, one of Roald Dahl’s most iconic books, was recently voted amongst the top 10 favourite children’s books of the past 150 years. 2016 will also mark the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth. Steven Spielberg will direct the new adaptation with Melissa Mathison, who last worked with Spielberg onvET, writing the script. Frank Marshall and Spielberg will produce the film and Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel are on board as executive producers. The Bfg tells the tale of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the Bfg, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world. »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Thn have received the official news that the feature film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s universally loved classic The Bfg (the Big Friendly Giant), directed by Steven Spielberg, will be released on July 22, 2016 in the UK and backed by Entertainment One. First published in 1982, The Bfg, one of Roald Dahl’s most iconic books, with memorable illustrations by Quentin Blake, was recently voted amongst the top 10 favourite children’s books of the past 150 years. 2016 will also mark the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth.
Legendary film director Steven Spielberg will direct the new adaptation with Melissa Mathison, who last worked with Spielberg on Et, writing the script. Frank Marshall and Spielberg will produce the film and Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel are on board as executive producers, with it being a DreamWorks Studios and Amblin Entertainment production.
I was such a big fan of Dahl’s books as »
- Dan Bullock
Dumbo isn’t the only loveable, giant-lugged game in Hollywood this week. Also once-animated and also now en route to a live-action redo is Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg - or Big Friendly Giant for the acronym-averse – which now has an official release date. It makes its worldwide bow in the UK and July 22, 2016 is the date to circle in your long-range diary, putting it up against Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur. Spielberg’s take on Roald Dahl’s beloved belobed one has been penned by E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison. It’s had a lengthy and often briar-strewn path to the screen, passing through the hands of directors such as John Madden and Chris Columbus, before Spielberg took up the gauntlet for DreamWorks.“It is fitting that the UK is the first international country to announce the date of The Bfg”, Spielberg says, “a story that sprang from the imagination »
Entertainment One has set a July 22, 2016 release date in the U.K. for Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG,” an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book. eOne is the first international distributor to set a release date for the pic.
“The BFG” – which stands for “Big Friendly Giant” — was published 1982 with illustrations by Quentin Blake. Dahl’s books have generated worldwide sales totaling 200 million, with 37 million of these in the U.K. 2016 will mark the centenary of Dahl’s birth.
“It is fitting that the U.K. is the first international country to announce the date of ‘The Bfg,’ a story that sprang from the imagination of this proud son from Wales,” said Spielberg. “We at DreamWorks Studios hope our film will add to Roald Dahl’s prolific legacy of entertainment.”
- Leo Barraclough
Entertainment One (eOne) has announced a July 22, 2016 release date in the UK for a new feature film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic The Bfg (the Big Friendly Giant), directed by Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg said: “It is fitting that the UK is the first international country to announce the date of The Bfg, a story that sprang from the imagination of this proud son from Wales. We at DreamWorks Studios hope our film will add to Roald Dahl’s prolific legacy of entertainment.”
The Bfg is the story of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the Bfg, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.
Spielberg will direct the new adaptation with Melissa Mathison, who last worked with him on Et, writing the script »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Scenes From a Marriage: Troell’s Latest an Engrossing Character Study
Swedish auteur Jan Troell, at 81, is thankfully still making films, and his latest, The Last Sentence, is a period piece centered on a somewhat obscure historical figure, more in the vein of Hamsun (1996) than the immigrant or social change narratives that Troell is perhaps most famed for, such as his last effort, a 2008 masterpiece, Everlasting Moments. Beginning his directorial career in the mid 60’s, Troell was not only a contemporary of Ingmar Bergman but has often showcased many of Bergman’s troupe, like Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullman (Sydow was purportedly first choice for this latest as well). Here, he assembles a distinct cast and digital black and white cinematography to offset this from his larger body of work, and the pay off his decidedly worthwhile.
Featuring the announcement of Hitler as Germany’s Chancellor in 1932 via newsreel, »
- Nicholas Bell
‘Masters of Sex’: Carrying a Cinematic Sensibility to the Small Screen
Michael Apted first found fame in 1964 as the director of “Seven Up,” a groundbreaking television documentary charting the lives of British children that has since spawned a veritable institution, each film revisiting the subjects seven years later (2012’s “56 Up” was the latest
So it’s a befitting progression that Apted, who also helmed the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough” and the Jodie Foster starrer “Nell,” would find himself back in TV at this juncture in his career, this time directing episodes of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” a series about pioneering physician William Masters and his research partner Virginia
While Apted’s return to TV is pragmatic in part — “The sort of movies I grew up doing are not made anymore and it’s difficult to find a project that I want to do” — he »
- Variety Staff
We’ve not heard from Steven Spielberg since 2012′s Lincoln and his adaptation of Robopocalypse has been put on indefinite hold, but we now know the release dates of his next two movies, including his live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book The Bfg.
First up is Spielberg teaming up with Tom Hanks (Captain Philips) in an untitled Cold War thriller based on the real-life story of James Donovan, who was sent on a next-to-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot by the CIA. It may not have a title, but it will hit cinemas on October 16th 2015.
After that, Spielberg will be helming the live-action version of The Bfg, which is set for release on July 1st 2016, tells the fantastical story of a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young orphan girl. Dreamworks acquired the rights to the book in 2011 with Kathleen Kenedy »
- Luke Owen
Joel and Ethan Coen came on board last month to write the script for the Cold War project, which Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. The Coen Brothers, who won screenwriting Oscars for “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” are revising Matt Charman’s script.
The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, who Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier.
Variety reported that Hanks had come on board the project in mid-April. »
- Dave McNary
Whizzpopping to cinemas soon. Steven Spielberg’s next project is a live-action adaptation of classic children’s book The Bfg, it has been confirmed. The director’s Dreamworks studio bought the rights to Roald Dahl’s beloved story back in 2010, and had lined up John Madden (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) to helm - but he is now busy with Best Exotic’s sequel. »
Roald Dahl story previously filmed in 1989 to become Spielberg's latest directorial project, for release in 2016
According to Variety, Spielberg's Dreamworks studios bought the rights in 2010, originally with a view to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's John Madden to direct. However, Madden is now busy on the Marigold Hotel sequel, and Spielberg has decided to pick up the reins.
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- Andrew Pulver
Having been linked to numerous projects lately including the delayed Robopocalypse, the historical drama Montezuma, a remake of West Side Story and religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, and an as-yet-untitled Cold War thriller which will reunite him with Tom Hanks, it seems that Steven Spielberg has now added another project to his upcoming slate.
According to Variety, Spielberg is set to helm an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale The Bfg. Spielberg has picked up the project after John Madden left the director’s chair to concentrate on a sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and will shoot the film in the first quarter of 2015 once Melissa Mathison (E.T.) completes the script.
- Gary Collinson
The filmmaker is joining forces with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial screenwriter Melissa Mathison for the first time in more than 32 years to bring to life Dahl’s story of children-gobbling giants and the little girl who tries to stop them.
The Bfg of the title refers to a “Big, Friendly Giant,” who joins forces with the little girl to stop his monstrous brethren. Also taking part in their quest: none other than the queen of England.
Dahl, author of James and the Giant Peach »
- Anthony Breznican
The story follows a little girl who leads a big, friendly giant and the Queen of England on a journey to stop the fiercer man-eating giants from gobbling children.
DreamWorks acquired rights in 2010, and Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg on “E.T.,” will pen the script. Frank Marshall will produce, with Michael Siegel and John Madden on board as executive producers. Madden was originally set to direct “The Bfg” but is instead focusing on the sequel to “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
Spielberg will begin production in first quarter of 2015, with a planned 2016 release.
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- Justin Kroll
It may not be the best movie of 1998, as its Best Picture honor claims it to be, but Shakespeare in Love is a delight for any drama nerd with a boner for the Bard. Hardly acceptable as a true account of the inspiration for and writing of “Romeo and Juliet,” John Madden’s film is really just a celebration of the work of William Shakespeare by being a pastiche of themes, tropes and lines from his plays. Another proper title for the movie would be “Mark Norman (and Tom Stoppard) in Love With Shakespeare.” In their script are direct reverential references — some of them nods of foreshadowing for things later to be written, others familiar devices employed as general homage — to “Hamlet,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Merchant of Venice” and more. Some of it is kind of silly if you find that sort of celebratory amalgamation and obvious, literal allusion to be a cheap reduction of an artist »
- Christopher Campbell
Fox Searchlight has dated “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2” for a March 6 platform release in the U.S.
The original “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was a surprise hit and grossed $135 million worldwide in 2012. The new project is the first sequel ever released by Fox Searchlight.
John Madden has returned to direct the sequel from a script by Ol Parker. Returning cast includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey.
Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin are producing and Participant’s Jeff Skoll is executive producer. Fox Searchlight Pictures has worldwide rights and will co-finance in association with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
- Dave McNary
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2” will open in limited release on March 6, 2015, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Participant Media said Tuesday. Fox Searchlight has worldwide rights and co-financed the film in association with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. The first film was a sleeper hit when it debuted in the summer of 2012, taking in $135 million worldwide on a production budget of $10 million. Also read: Indie Box Office: ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Expansion Clicks Stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel return from the first film, as does director John Madden. Richard Gere, David »
- Todd Cunningham
We have a few release date announcements to attend to this evening. Briefly: Ride Along 2 – Universal has dated the action-comedy sequel for January 15, 2016, almost exactly two years after the release of the first film. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart star. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 – Fox Searchlight has set a March 6, 2015 release date for this unlikely follow-up. The entire original cast, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith, return. What If – Previously titled The F Word, this excellent relationship comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan will arrive on August 1, 2014. Tracks – The Weinstein Company has dated the Mia Wasikowska-fronted adventure drama for May 23, 2014. Passengers – This promising sci-fi thriller set to star Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams was dated for April 3, 2015, but The Weinstein Company has unfortunately pulled it off the schedule. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films. After the Tim Story-directed action-comedy »
- Adam Chitwood
Wong is prexy of international production for Sony Pictures Television, and prexy of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Based in London, she is responsible for the studio’s international television production business. Previously, she served as prexy and CEO of Lifetime Networks.
Czernin worked in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years for a number of production companies, including Di Novi Pictures, where he was prexy.
In 2005, he partnered with Graham Broadbent to set up Blueprint Pictures, a London-based film production company, which has produced seven pics, including John Madden’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and Colin Farrell-starrer “In Bruges.”
Ross is a chat-show host, »
- Leo Barraclough
After the Academy Award for Best Song was won by ‘It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp’ at the 2006 Oscars, host Jon Stewart quipped, ‘For those of you who are keeping score at home, I just want to make something very clear: Martin Scorsese, zero Oscars; Three 6 Mafia, one.’
If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences specialises in one thing at a sophisticated level no other collaborative body could ever hope to match, it’s giving awards to the wrong people. Sometimes, it almost seems like a deliberate act of petulance. Try finding anyone outside of Robert Zemekis’s immediate family who considers Forrest Gump to be a better picture than Pulp Fiction (one win) or The Shawshank Redemption (IMDb’s Best Film Ever Made; no wins).
In 1999, The 71st Academy Awards became to many people, the apogee of undeserved Oscars and the rabid invective from »
- Cai Ross
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