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The Bfg, 2016.
Directed by Steven Spielberg.
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.
- Helen Murdoch
Based on British author Arthur Ransome’s popular children’s books of the 1930s and 1940s, “Swallows and Amazons” is, on the face of it, a fairly conservative film. Detailing the summer vacation adventures of the upper middle-class Walker family, it is a relaxed piece set in the summer of 1935, in a heritage England of Dundee cake, small boats and blithe acceptance of a broadly colonialist outlook. It is an England where the machinations of Russian spies can be safely foiled in time for tea by a band of plucky children. It is the fictional England to which many Britons who voted for Brexit aspire to return.
Properly understood as a fiction, this rose-tinted world of kids who covet knives in order to whittle sticks — rather than, say, to stab a schoolmate — makes for a very charming, fairly twee, entirely respectable adventure. Of the five Walker children, the standout is »
- Catherine Bray
Roadies is packing up the stage. This week, Showtime announced the series has wrapped production on its first season.From Cameron Crowe, the show explores the lives of the people who make live music happen—the backstage crew. The cast includes Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker, and Ron White.Read More… »
Ryan Lambie Jul 15, 2016
How does Star Trek Into Darkness's plot hold up three years on? Ryan takes a closer look...
It's often the case that post-screening conversations are as much fun as the cinema visit itself. Whether a film's good or bad, sitting and dissecting a movie over a drink or during the car journey home is as much a part of the theatre-going experience as buying popcorn or the joyful sense of anticipation as the lights go down.
Sometimes, it's the most bewildering movies that provoke the most enjoyable discussions. I can still remember the exchanges I had with a friend after watching 2012's Prometheus: why did Rafe Spall tickle that evil-looking space snake? Why did Old Man Weyland hide aboard a ship that was his in the first place? Why didn't Charlize Theron run »
Hallelujah! Summer left town at the end of this week's Days of Our Lives.
Too bad some tired storylines aren't leaving with her. There was more than enough heartache and disappointment to go around, and not a single minute of happiness anywhere.
Summer and Tate are the latest Salem residents to disappear into thin air (in Summer's case apparently literally.) Elsewhere in Salem, Jj and Chad butted heads over not knowing where Abigail is.
Many viewers are offended by Jj's suspicion of Chad, but this is almost entirely Chad's fault. Chad is not thinking clearly and has chosen to make Jj and Jennifer the enemy who wants to take Abigail from him rather than accepting that they also love Abigail.
Instead of using his resources to hire a lawyer and squash the court order that would send Abby to a state facility, Chad chose to explicitly tell Jj that he »
- Jack Ori
A new poster has arrived online for the upcoming adventure Swallows and Amazons ahead of its UK release next month. Based on the classic novel by Arthur Ransome, the film stars Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, Kelly Macdonald, Jessica Hynes and Harry Enfield; take a look below…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Swallows and Amazons
Swallows and Amazons follows four children dreaming of escape from the tedium of a summer holiday in the Lake District with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone… As a desperate battle for ownership of the island ensues, the real dangers of an adult world on the brink of war encroach on their paradise in the form of a mysterious pair of Russian spies hot »
- Amie Cranswick
The 10-episode first season of the Roadies TV show premiered on Showtime, June 26, 2016. Executive producer Winnie Holzman talks about the possibilities a second season of Roadies might bring. Holzman previously worked on TV series including Huge, which was cancelled after one season on ABC Family (now Freeform), Once and Again, which was cancelled after one season on ABC, and My So-Called Life which was also cancelled after one season on the Alphabet Network.A musical comedy drama series from Cameron Crowe, the Roadies TV series has yet to be renewed for season two. The cast includes: Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker, and Ron White.Read More… »
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
- Luke Owen
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 »
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
Cameron Crowe‘s Roadies, which stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots and Rafe Spall is set to debut on Amazon Prime Video in the UK. What’s more it’s coming to the streaming service very soon – Monday.
The show is executive produced by Crowe, J.J. Abrams and Winnie Holzman, and episodes 1 & 2 of the music-inspired comedy series will debut on Monday 4thJuly, with subsequent episodes launching weekly, only a day after they premiere in the Us, starting on Monday 11th July. Great news, right?
Roadies is a new comedy series that follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour, but with a simple twist: the band is in the background, and the roadies take the spotlight. This is an inside look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of characters who live for music, and the improvised family they’ve formed along the way. »
- Paul Heath
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 »
Earlier this year, HBO launched their music industry drama, Vinyl. It was a disappointment and was ultimately cancelled. How will the Roadies comedy series perform for fellow premium channel Showtime? Will it be cancelled as well? Stay tuned.Created by Cameron Crowe, the Roadies comedy TV series gives an insider's look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of the backstage workers. They're touring the United States with a successful arena-level rock band. The cast includes Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker, and Ron White.Read More… »
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. »
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
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, »
In quick (and shamelessly Showtime-y) fashion, Roadies first introduces us to tour manager Bill (played by Luke Wilson) as he unwittingly beds a bigwig promoter’s (very) young daughter — which is par for the course for the divorcé, production manager Shelli (Carla Gugino) later points out. The premiere revolves around the Staton-House Band’s tour stop in New Orleans, where we next meet Kelly Ann (Imogen Poots), an electrician on the cusp of »
Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous is one of the recently down-on-his-luck director’s finest films, a beautiful and touching tribute to the passion and power of rock ‘n’ roll. Its characters hum with urgency and life; its screenplay is a rawly funny, exuberantly upbeat exploration of idols and idealism, and the ways in which we can find hope in a world often intent on suffocating it. The same subject matter, especially that regarding the relationships between people whose admiration for music and lyrics has been channeled into a fully immersive profession, is on display in Crowe’s new Showtime series, Roadies, even if the show (in its early episodes) never comes close to matching the sheer potency and emotion of something as fully formed as Almost Famous.
Instead, the long-in-the-works project unfurls as an overly saccharine, if well-meaning peek behind the curtain of a music tour, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Go on tour with the Staton-House Band, and get to know the colorful road crew who work behind the scenes of the stadium-filling rock band. Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino star as the band’s tour manager and production manager, and the series also stars Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor and Richard Colson Baker, a.k.a. rapper Machine Gun Kelly. This cool and nostalgic series comes from the musical mind of writer/director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) and is the Oscar winner’s first foray into television. [...]
- Channel Guide Staff
In one of the many famous lines of dialogue Cameron Crowe has written, Dorothy Boyd says of Jerry Maguire, "I love him for the man he wants to be, and I love him for the man that he almost is." Dorothy is a dreamer, like most of Crowe's heroes and heroines — and, at this stage of his career, like many of his fans. We love Crowe for the storyteller he's trying to be, and almost is, even though we'd have to go all the way back to 2000's Almost Famous for a scripted project where Crowe actually lived up to his full potential as writer and director. With the likes of Elizabethtown and We Bought a Zoo, Crowe fans would look for even the faintest signs of the man who had given us Jeff Spicoli, Lloyd Dobler, Rod Tidwell, Penny Lane, and so many more, and hope for better the next time out. »
- Alan Sepinwall
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