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22 July 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

NewsTalk How Cartoon Saloon became a major draw and how those Oscar nominations helped

Playbill Stephen Schwartz says Wicked (the movie) will have several new songs. Geez, it already has a ton of songs. I guess he wants that Oscar.

MTV Frankie & Johnny is Garry Marshall's best film

Variety Idris Elba responds to those endless Next James Bond rumors

Coming Soon Star Wars: Episode VIII (as yet untitled) wraps production. It's due in theaters in December 2017 as these things take time in Post-Production

The Playlist the teasers for all the new Marvel/Netflix TV series: Iron Fist, Defenders, Luke Cage

Towleroad an interview with the stars of Looking 

Comics Alliance Wonder Woman gets her own Us postage stamps for her 75th anniversary this year 

Av Club Brie Larson spoils Room for dumb people on Twitter 

The Retro Set looks back at Judy Garland in her final film I Could Go On Singing »


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Five best moments: Penelope Wilton

22 July 2016 6:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As she tackles the Queen in Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg, out this week, we look back over the greatest big-screen hits of the Downton Abbey actor

It feels as if Penelope Wilton has been around forever. She’s an instant signifier of class and comfort and quintessential middle Englishness. More of a fixture on the small screen than the big, her natural warmth has been globally showcased in Downton Abbey (and currently in pants drama Brief Encounters). But there is more to her than just an immaculately cosy facade: in The Bfg, out today, Steven Spielberg channels a latent imperiousness. Other roles have drawn out frustration, even spite.

Here are five key big-screen Wilton performances.

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- Catherine Shoard

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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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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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The Bfg trailer: Steven Spielberg directs Roald Dahl's fantasy – video

18 July 2016 7:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director and producer Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s novel The Bfg. With a screenplay by Melissa Mathison, the movie tells the story of Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), an orphan snatched from her bed by a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance), who takes her to his home in Giant Land. Penelope Wilton stars as The Queen. The Bfg is released in UK cinemas on Friday 22 July

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- Guardian Staff

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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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The Bfg: Spielberg’s Ode to Cannibalism, Gas Emission, and Roald Dahl

1 July 2016 6:52 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

When The New Yorker's critic Pauline Kael was reviewing the screen adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's The Fox, she insisted: "If you are going to see a movie based on a book you think is worth reading, read the book first. You can never read the book with the same imaginative responsiveness to the author once you have seen the movie."

This is tripplely true with any offering from Steven Spielberg. In fact, whether it's a tale for children or a Holocaust saga or a Martian invasion, once you've viewed a Spielbergian take, your memory cells are colored forever by his palette of colors.

This will probably be the same with The Bfg, an extremely faithful and visually majestic rendering of Roald Dahl's bestseller that has sold tens of millions since its release in 1982. The book was banned, by the way, in 1987 in Amana, Iowa, for its gleeful take on cannibalism, »

- Brandon Judell

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Film Review: Sweetness & Light is the Character of ‘The Bfg’

1 July 2016 9:09 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One observation…when ‘The Bfg” was written in 1982 by iconic children’s author Roald Dahl, little did he know that acronyms would become the way we talk. When I first saw that title, I wondered what that “F” stood for. It’s “Friendly,” by the way, which is perfect for this film.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is a big, sweet and friendly valentine to the source, both the book and Roald Dahl (who also wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ featuring Willy Wonka), and is directed impeccably by Steven Spielberg. It is a bit of a throwback to the old kid-and-giant-films (like 1958’s “Tom Thumb”) of Spielberg’s youth, because while it’s done with the latest computer techniques, there is still use of miniatures and perspective techniques to illuminate the gigantic perspective. Mark Rylance portrays the title character, and does it with a wide-eyed wonder that is never saccharin, which »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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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.


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 Review: Spielberg Delivers Fart Jokes and Fairy Tale Fun

28 June 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The phrase "fun for the whole family" is bandied about so much when it comes to any sort of family movie, that it seems almost mandatory to included it in the marketing, at some point. Of course, it's a super-broad generalization that still not only assumes modern families are still of the Norman Rockwell variety, but also that parents will love what their kids love, which used to not always be the case. Over the past decade or so, studios have gotten much better at crafting movies that literally cater to this oft-uttered mantra of "fun for the whole family," with wholesome jokes for the kiddies and a few subtle jokes for the parents thrown in as well. With that being said, I was somewhat surprised that director Steven Spilelberg's The Bfg is so emotionally one-note, (and one-sided), despite being visually remarkable.

I was hoping that Walt Disney Pictures' »

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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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First Bfg Clips Introduce Fleshlumpeater and Phizzwizard

27 June 2016 8:04 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This weekend, one of the biggest adventures of the summer will hit theaters when The Bfg arrives July 1. To get fans ready for this release, we have five new clips that give us some new insight into Giant Country in this highly-anticipated adaptation. This long-awaited movie will go up against Universal's The Purge: Anarchy and Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan this weekend.

The talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers - Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg - finally come together to bring The Bfg to life. Directed by the three-time Academy Award winner from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison based on the best-selling book by Dahl, The Bfg tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country and stars three-time Tony Award, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar winner Mark Rylance, newcomer Ruby Barnhill, »

- MovieWeb

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‘Giantspeak’ clip from Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg

23 June 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just a week to go until its Us release, a new clip has arrived online from Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic The Bfg featuring Mark Rylance’s titular giant and Ruby Barnhill’s Sophie; watch it below…

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 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the Bfg prefers Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened »

- Amie Cranswick

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