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Second Opinion – The Bfg (2016)

25 July 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Bfg, 2016.

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Starring Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall.

Synopsis:

A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.

Several of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s stories have been made into films over the years, most of which the author despised because they deviated from his books in significant ways. Ironically, one of the few adaptations he approved of was the 1989 British animated version of the The Bfg, which was very faithful to the source material. Spielberg has reportedly been trying to adapt the book for over 20 years, and now, with the help of his E.T. screenwriter (the late Melissa Mathison) and his new favourite actor Mark Rylance, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Movie Review – The Bfg (2016)

24 July 2016 7:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Bfg, 2016.

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill Hader.

Synopsis:

A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.

 

Spielberg’s passion project of over 20 years has finally hit the screens and whilst there are moments of brilliance and wonder, The Bfg is a lacklustre film that just doesn’t deliver. For those not familiar, the story follows young organ Sophie (Barnhill) who forms an unlikely friendship with The Bfg (Rylance) and they set about delivering dreams and taking down the evil child eating giants.

In terms of visual storytelling, The Bfg succeeds without question. The motion capture used to create The Bfg is superb and Rylance’s »

- Helen Murdoch

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Exclusive: Penelope Wilton and Rebecca Hall on Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg

21 July 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of The Bfg, by Steven Spielberg, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Penelope Wilton and Rebecca Hall. We wanted to discuss what it was like collaborating with one of the greats in cinema, while asking the former about embodying the Queen. The Bfg is released on July 22nd. You […]

The post Exclusive: Penelope Wilton and Rebecca Hall on Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Stefan Pape

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Melinkia

21 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Variety Emmys are revoking Peter MacNicol's "Guest Actor" nomination for Veep since he appeared in 50% of the episodes (it's supposed to be under 50% a rule we support after years of abuse by studios and actors) but who gets his spot? Stay tuned.

Pajiba reacts with glorious schadenfreude to the news that Divergent is being demoted to TV for its final film

What Mama Said the best review of The Legend of Tarzan out there

THR the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons in showbiz as geek culture reigns

Interview revives an old cover story from 1991 on Kathy Bates

Decider Who is the worst character on Gilmore Girls?

No Film School on AMC's giant purchase of Odeon (they're going to be way too powerful for one company in terms of how you see movies) -- and China's growing rapidly growing theatrical business.

Towleroad IFC picks up James Franco's latest gay endeavor, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Rebecca Hall: ‘I was born in the wrong place and at the wrong time’

21 July 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

She has starred in Hollywood blockbusters, costume dramas and, now, The Bfg – but despite leading a ‘charmed life’, the actor insists she’s not a ‘perfect, entitled luvvy’

Related: The Bfg review – Mark Rylance towers over Roald Dahl's classic tale

When Steven Spielberg was casting the role of the Queen’s housemaid in The Bfg, he knew who to call. The part required an actor who was English to the core and as posh as you like; ideally with a metaphorical clatter of hockey sticks thrown in for good measure. He told Rebecca Hall: “It’s a small role, but it’s significant – and I specifically want you to play it,” which was nice of him and flattering – and possibly a little galling as well, in that it suggests the director had a preconceived notion of what Hall represents. In this, I suspect, he is not alone.

Continue reading. »

- Xan Brooks

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First Trailer for Christine Chubbuck Documentary 'Kate Plays Christine'

19 July 2016 6:20 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Grasshopper Film has debuted a trailer for the documentary Kate Plays Christine, directed by Robert Greene, examining the life and infamous death of Christine Chubbuck. Chubbuck was a young news anchor in Florida,who shot herself in the head on live TV during a news broadcast in 1974. Her story was dramatized and turned into a feature film at Sundance this year called Christine, starring Rebecca Hall. In addition, this documentary also played at Sundance and it has been referred to as a meta-film as it blends some fiction and non-fiction elements and profiles actress Kate Lyn Sheil preparing to play the role of Christine Chubbuck in a film that was never finished. It received rave reviews and arrives in theaters soon. Here's the official trailer for Robert Greene's documentary Kate Plays Christine, originally from Vulture: Actress Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to portray the role of Christine Chubbuck, a real-life »

- Alex Billington

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‘Kate Plays Christine’ Trailer & Poster: First Look at Robert Greene’s ‘Nonfiction Psychological Thriller’

19 July 2016 2:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In hindsight, the fact that two films about Christine Chubbuck are being released within a month of one another may be less strange than the fact that it took 40 years for a movie to be made about her in the first place. Chubbuck, a reporter in Sarasota, Florida whose on-air suicide made national headlines in 1974, is the basis of both Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine” and Antonio Campos’ “Christine.” Greene’s (mostly) nonfiction endeavor has just released its official trailer and poster on Vulture.

Read More: Sundance Review: ‘Kate Plays Christine’ is Like ‘Network’ With a Nonfiction Twist

In the trailer, we see as indie stalwart Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to play the reporter over the last few days of her life — an undertaking that includes interviews, rehearsals and musings on the nature of acting itself. Like “Kate Plays Christine,” Campos’ film (which stars Rebecca Hall in the title »

- Michael Nordine

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First Trailer For Sundance Winning Meta-Movie ‘Kate Plays Christine’ Starring Kate Lyn Sheil

19 July 2016 6:53 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This year at the Sundance Film Festival, there were two movies about Christine Chubbuck, the Florida reporter who shockingly committed suicide live on-air in 1974. “Christine” starring Michael C. Hall and Rebecca Hall, approached the material in a more straightforward manner, but it was “Kate Plays Christine” that intriguingly added a meta-movie approach, and the experimental […]

The post First Trailer For Sundance Winning Meta-Movie ‘Kate Plays Christine’ Starring Kate Lyn Sheil appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Bfg London Press Conference Report

18 July 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The organisers of the London press conference for Spielberg’s The Bfg must have had a Jaws moment early on, realising they were “gonna need a bigger room”. Not that it was any surprise the event was packed. When the line-up includes the legendary director himself, as well as Oscar winner Mark Rylance and recently appointed Dame, Penelope Wilton, it’s going to get noticed.

Ruby Barnhill, the film’s eleven year old female lead, and Rebecca Hall completed the panel and both had great memories of working with the director on the film, with Hall admitting they spent a lot of time talking about movies. “It’s a real treat to have a movie geek conversation with Steven Spielberg,” she recalled. How lucky can you get?

Now in his 70th year, Spielberg has so many projects on the books that his legacy isn’t something he thinks about much. »

- Gary Collinson

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Premiere Interviews: Steven Speilberg’s The Bfg with Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall & Ruby Barnhill

18 July 2016 5:47 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Yesterday Steven Spielberg and friends took over Leicester Square to introduce the big-screen Bfg to hundreds of eager fans. The Roald Dahl story has already received a well-known animated adaptation but for his take on the beloved story Spielberg chose to blend live-action with some state of the art CGI. Reuniting with his Bridge of […]

The post Premiere Interviews: Steven Speilberg’s The Bfg with Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall & Ruby Barnhill appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Jon Lyus

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Steven Spielberg, Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnill talk ‘The Bfg’

18 July 2016 12:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Bfg interviews: Steven Spielberg, Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall and Penelope Wilton sit down to talk about the new adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic. The Bfg interviews

On a beautiful sunny July day, The Hollywood News was humbled to sit down with the cast and filmmakers beind the upcoming Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg, a film that we highly recommend you catch this coming weekend, as it opens in the UK July 22nd. In attendance were a number of the cast members, including the Bfg himself Mark Rylance, young Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall and Penelope Wilton, alongside the film’s legendary director, Steven Spielberg.

Here are The Bfg interviews.

Question: When did Roald Dahl’s book first enter your lives?  

Mark Rylance: I first read it when Steven asked me to read the script, on the second or third day on Bridge of Spies. I didn »

- Andrew Gaudion

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Spielberg’s return to blockbusters stumbles as The Bfg underwhelms at the box office

4 July 2016 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It seems like the magic of Spielberg couldn’t save The Bfg, as it has stumbled on its opening weekend.

Opening on over 3,330 screens, The Bfg only managed $19 million against competition in The Legend of Tarzan, The Purge: Election Year and box office giant Finding Dory. With a production budget of $140 million, this is a very disappointing opening. Not only is it from a beloved literary classic, it’s also a return to studio blockbusters for Spielberg following Bridge of Spies, Lincoln and Warhorse. Some would even argue this is Spielberg’s biggest movie since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.

Internationally the movie opened in Russia and Australia and earned an extra $9 million.

See Also – Read our review of The Bfg here

The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing »

- Luke Owen

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Finding Dory Beats Tarzan, Bfg, Purge in Weekend #3

3 July 2016 1:58 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 4th of July holiday weekend is typically a big one at the box office, with fans flocking to their local theaters to beat the heat. This year, three new movies opened, The Bfg, The Legend of Tarzan and The Purge: Election Year, going up against the winner for the past two weekends, Finding Dory. Unfortunately, none of these newcomers could defeat the champ, with Finding Dory winning for a third week in a row with $41.9 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Finding Dory dropped just 42.6% this weekend. The Legend of Tarzan opened in 3,561 theaters, followed by The Bfg in 3,357 theaters and The Purge: Election Year in 2,796 theaters. The Bfg is the only new release to have a positive Rotten Tomatoes rating, with a solid 71% Fresh, with The Legend of Tarzan scoring just 35% and The Purge: Election Year getting 54%. The Legend of Tarzan debuted in second place with $38.1 million, followed »

- MovieWeb

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Sound Off: Steven Spielberg's 'The Bfg' - What Did You Think of It?

2 July 2016 10:12 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? " The world is more giant than you can imagine." Now playing in theaters everywhere is the newest Steven Spielberg movie, an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book The Bfg - which stands for The Big Friendly Giant. Ruby Barnhill stars as Sophie, a young girl who befriends the "Bfg", played by Oscar winner Mark Rylance. The full cast includes Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, plus Bill Hader as one of the other giants. So how is it? Does it live up to Roald Dahl's book? Is it as wonderful as Spielberg's many other movies, or is it a waste of his potential? Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Spielberg's The Bfg. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. »

- Alex Billington

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 1, 2016)

1 July 2016 8:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 1. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

Wide

The Bfg

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Ruby Barnhill

Synopsis: The Bfg is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been »

- Steve Greene

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

30 June 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s never too early to start planning a trip to the movies. Now that July is upon us, we wanted to have a place for movie fans to see every film opening in theaters for the entire month. We’ve separated the wide releases from the arthouse/specialty offerings for each week, giving you the best of both worlds. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

For more of what’s on the horizon, you can also bookmark our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. In the meantime, enjoy your time at the theaters!

Week of July 1 Wide

The Bfg

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Ruby Barnhill

Synopsis: The Bfg is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been »

- Kate Halliwell, Kyle Kizu and Steve Greene

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Will The Bfg Be as Iconic as Steven Spielberg's E.T.? The Reviews Are In...

30 June 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Another Roald Dahl story is coming to the big screen. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by the late Melissa Mathison, Walt Disney Studios' The Bfg stars Mark Rylance as The Big Friendly Giant, Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, Penelope Wilton as The Queen, Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater, Bill Hader as Bloodbottler, Rebecca Hall as Mary and Rafe Spall as Mr. Tibbs. Based on Dahl's beloved 1982 novel, the film follows Sophie and The Bfg as they try to convince The Queen to help them get rid of all the evil giants. The film, which clocks in at 117 minutes, is rated PG. Many of Dahl's other works, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and »

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New Clips And Featurette For The Bfg Chart Disney’s Magical Legacy

29 June 2016 12:07 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Acting as the final promotional hurrah before the film’s arrival on Friday, July 1, Disney has lifted the lid on two new clips and a wondrous featurette for The Bfg, Steven Spielberg’s live-action treatment of the Roald Dahl classic.

Telling the age-old tale of Sophie’s (Ruby Barnhill) chance encounter with a towering – and, thankfully, amicable – giant, The Bfg is at its heart a whimsical coming-of-age story, peppered with Snozzcumbers and clueless human beans.

Today’s media dump focuses on the latter, with Mark Rylance taking one huge step out of Giant County and into Buckingham Palace where he crosses paths with the Queen of England.

In bringing Dahl’s beloved tale to screen, Spielberg was conscious of creating Rylance’s behemoth in such a way that the audience would naturally empathise with his plight. Much of this revolved around cutting-edge CGI, and the director says his goal “was »

- Michael Briers

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Can Finding Dory Fend Off Tarzan and Bfg at the Box Office?

28 June 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Pixar's Finding Dory helped resuscitate a sagging summer box office earlier this month, with a record-breaking $135 million, the highest debut ever for an animated movie. The sequel easily took down Independence Day: Resurgence, The Shallows and Free State of Jones in its second weekend, but it faces some much stiffer competition heading into the extended holiday. Disney's The Bfg, Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan and Universal's The Purge: Election Year all debut this Friday. While it will likely be fairly close, Finding Dory is expected to hold onto its crown for a third weekend in a row, with $38.7 million.

If this prediction holds true, it will represent a 53.5% drop for Finding Dory in its third weekend, and push it past $300 million domestic. While $38.7 million isn't a terribly high figure for a winning summer weekend, none of the three new releases have been tracking very high with box office pundits. »

- MovieWeb

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“The Bfg” marks Steven Spielberg’s first collaboration with Disney

28 June 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Believe it or not, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has yet to make a movie over at Disney. He finally has though, with the release this week of The Bfg, based on the classic book of the same name by Roald Dahl. As I’ll get into below, Spielberg and Disney have long been a good potential fit, so this was always a matter of when, not if, but the pairing has occurred and we now have another children’s film of his to discuss. Is it anything to go nuts over? Could it be an awards player in any major way? Read on to find out… The film is, again, an adaptation of Dahl’s classic children’s book. It centers on a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who comes in contact with a Bfg, or Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Despite his imposing stature, he’s one giant »

- Joey Magidson

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