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Second Opinion – The Bfg (2016)

10 hours ago | 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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‘Stranger Things’: Shawn Levy on Directing Winona Ryder, Netflix’s Viral Model

22 July 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Shawn Levy isn’t the first Hollywood filmmaker you’d expect to be involved in a show like Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

The hit-maker is best known for comedy franchises like “Night at the Museum,” “Cheaper By the Dozen” and “The Pink Panther.” But he also produced the nuanced teen indie “The Spectacular Now” and directed the Steven Spielberg homage “Real Steel” — two projects that aren’t so far removed from the world of Netflix’s breakout ’80s-set and inspired genre series.

In the week since “Stranger Things” debuted on Netflix, it’s become an instant cult sensation with huge social media buzz. Levy has been a believer from the beginning, when series creators Matt and Ross Duffer first pitched the idea to his production company, 21 Laps. He came on board, helped bring the series to Netflix, agreed to direct two episodes, and continues to champion the show as it finds its audience.

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- Geoff Berkshire

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Law & Order: Svu Taking on Making a Murderer in Season 18

22 July 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It wouldn't be a new season of Law & Order: Svu without a ripped from the headlines story to kick things off and this time they're taking on Making a Murderer. Is the internet ready for this? E! News has confirmed Henry Thomas, yes Elliot from E.T., will appear alongside Kelli Williams in an episode about a convicted rapist who is exonerated after DNA is freshly tested. Ice T's character, Fin, originally arrested Thomas' character 16 years earlier and then begins investigating him again when he's linked to a deadly crime. Williams will play Melanie, a rape victim who initially identified Thomas' character. Look for the episode to air this fall. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the »

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Psycho IV: The Beginning Blu-ray Special Features Revealed

21 July 2016 7:02 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

On August 23rd, see how it all began! Scream Factory’s Blu-ray of Psycho IV: The Beginning (directed by Mick Garris) features all-new extras including interviews with the director, cast members, and makeup effects artist Tony Gardner:

Press Release: Before the terror can end, see how it all began… Psycho IV: The Beginning comes to Blu-ray for the first time on August 23rd, 2016 from Scream Factory. Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey star in this chilling prequel to the classic Hitchcock thriller. The release features new extras including audio commentary with director Mick Garris and Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey, and an interview with make-up effects artist Tony Gardner.

A seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Perkins) is drawn to a late-night radio show where the host (Cch PounderTales from the Crypt: Demon Knight) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide. Reliving his childhood, Norman »

- Tamika Jones

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'Stranger Things': How Netflix's Retro Hit Resurrects the Eighties

21 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the Reagan-and-Rubik's-Cube era. Matt and Ross Duffer's new Netflix series Stranger Things is full of nostalgic nods to the decade and its pop-cultural products, but it's also uncommonly rigorous about getting the details just right — whether it's the many pitch-perfect music cues, the hat-tipping nods and homages to Eighties movies, or simply nailing the cringeworthy fashion statements of the day (those Mom jeans! »

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The Bfg review

21 July 2016 2:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Published Date  Friday, July 22, 2016 - 06:22

Not only is The Bfg Steven Spielberg’s first firmly-aimed-at-families directorial project since his 2011 Tintin film, but it’s also an adaptation of a beloved Roald Dhal story, Spielberg’s final collaboration with his late E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison, and a reunion with Mark Rylance, who nabbed an Oscar for his previous Spielberg team-up, Bridge Of Spies.

So does The Bfg live up to all those anticipation-inciting elements? Well, yes and no. One big positive is that there’s certainly a hefty heart here, as you’d expect from the writer/director duo that had audiences sobbing over a puppet alien back in 1982. 

From the minute that Rylance’s eponymous Big Friendly Giant plucks Ruby Barnhill’s insomniac orphan Sophie from her bed, a heart-warming friendship is born. What begins as prickly bantering develops into genuine affection, as the Bfg shows Sophie »

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When You Love a TV Show But Don’t Want a Second Season

20 July 2016 2:22 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Stranger Things and more great series should be one and done.

In the ever-shrinking distinction between movies and television, series like Stranger Things can seem like a very long feature rather than an episodic show. Especially when they’re dumped all at once via Netflix, the individual parts add together to form a whole in our binge-watching minds. I have a favorite episode of Stranger Things — part three, “Holly, Jolly” — but it’s mostly just that because its climax was the point where I decided I had to keep going nonstop with my investment in the series. I recognize that it’s basically just the ending of the first act of a 400-minute movie, the point in the narrative where we’re meant to be fully drawn in.

If the eight-episode first season of Stranger Things is a singular work, like a feature film, then a second season would be like a movie sequel. And »

- Christopher Campbell

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Scream Factory shows Mick Garris Some Love When Psycho IV: The Beginning Hits DVD/Bluray This August!!

19 July 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

AMC’s Bates Motel has done a hell of a job giving viewers a fresh, new take on the horror classic Psycho and it’s sometimes protagonist/antagonist, Norman Bates. A lot of newer fans of the series have voiced their opinions on how interesting it is to see the genesis of why Norman became what he eventually became: a murderer. Well, as most horror fans know, back in 1990, the Showtime network premiered a made for TV film called Psycho IV: The Beginning. Both a prequel and a sequel, the timeline within the film goes back and forth between Norman being verbally abused by his mother, some interesting sexual tension between them and current day Norman, out of jail and attempting to live a typical married life. I’ve always had a soft spot for Psycho IV, and with the announcement of Scream Factory’s August 23rd DVD/Bluray release, »

- Jerry Smith

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‘Stranger Things’ Fun Facts: Read Great Trivia About Music, Title Sequence & How Stephen King Shaped Filming

19 July 2016 1:41 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things” premiered last Friday to positive critical reception, with many critics noting the series’ debts to the work of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. There are many who have already binged the whole series already and there are plenty who still haven’t started, but Netflix has provided some great trivia about the series that will be fun for new or experience viewers.

Read More: Meet ‘Stranger Things’ Breakout Millie Bobby Brown, aka Lucky Number Eleven

For those who are intrigued by the series’ synth score, the composers of the soundtrack are Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, two members of an Austin synth band called Survive. They have written over 13 hours of music for “Stranger Things.” Meanwhile, the title sequence was inspired by the work of Richard Greenberg, who designed a number of classic 80s title sequences, such as “Alien,” “Altered States, »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Stranger Things’ Fun Facts: Read Great Trivia About Music, Title Sequence & How Stephen King Shaped Filming

19 July 2016 1:41 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things” premiered last Friday to positive critical reception, with many critics noting the series’ debts to the work of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. There are many who have already binged the whole series already and there are plenty who still haven’t started, but Netflix has provided some great trivia about the series that will be fun for new or experience viewers.

Read More: Meet ‘Stranger Things’ Breakout Millie Bobby Brown, aka Lucky Number Eleven

For those who are intrigued by the series’ synth score, the composers of the soundtrack are Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, two members of an Austin synth band called Survive. They have written over 13 hours of music for “Stranger Things.” Meanwhile, the title sequence was inspired by the work of Richard Greenberg, who designed a number of classic 80s title sequences, such as “Alien,” “Altered States, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Netflix's Stranger Things: spotting the movie references

19 July 2016 11:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dan Cooper Jul 20, 2016

What 80s pop culture references and nods did you spot in Netflix's Stranger Things? We start the ball rolling...

Warning: contains spoilers for Stranger Things.

The term ‘love letter’ gets thrown around a lot these days: citing a few signature texts as being influential in the creation of your movie or TV show is now directorial de rigeur. Not only is it a method proven to pull in fans of those classics seeking to slake their ravenous nostalgic urges, it’s also a great way to borrow a dash of glamour, to stand on the shoulders of giants as it were.

That said, Netflix’s new show, Stranger Things is not one of those love letters. This is no scribbled declaration of romance, hastily scrawled on a Post-It note and hurled at the back of your head. This is a Shakespearean sonnet of a love letter – an artfully constructed declaration of adoration, »

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How Stranger Things Evoked Familiar Things (E.T.! Goonies! Freddy!) While Delivering Fresh, Fun Thrills

19 July 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Stranger Things were happening this past weekend for those who sampled and wound up bingeing all eight episodes of Netflix’s new drama series.

(Basic plotline/mild spoilers follow, until I announce otherwise. And I will announce otherwise.)

VideosStranger Things: Watch a Trailer for Winona Ryder Supernatural Drama

Created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer (who cowrote a few episodes of Wayward Pines) and set in a small Indiana town circa 1983, Stranger Things revolves around the vanishing of a young boy, Will Byers , which comes on the heels of something escaping from a local, “secret” government lab lorded over by Dr. »

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TVLine Items: Prime Suspect Prequel Cast, Two Quantico Additions and More

18 July 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s time to meet Jane Tennison (again).

Stefanie Martini, (Doctor Throne, Emerald City) will in effect playa young Helen Mirren in ITV’s Prime Suspect prequel, tentatively titled Tennison and written by creator Lynda La Plante. The six-part series will follow the title character, played by Mirren from 1991 to 2006, at the beginning of her police career in London circa the 1970s.

RelatedFall TV 2016: Your Handy Calendar of 90+ Season and Series Premiere Dates

Sam Reid (The Astronaut Wives Club), Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), Alun Armstrong (Penny Dreadful), Ruth Sheen (Unforgotten), Lex Shrapnel (Hunted) and Jay Taylor (The Bill) are set to costar. »

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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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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

15 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

During the buildup to “Stranger Things,” the Indiana-set Netflix original series was a bit hard to describe. Sure, it was about a group of kids searching for their missing friend who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, but what kind of show was it? “Was it a horror show? A kids’ show? A drama with kids but made for adults? Sci-fi that looked like a drama? Could my kids watch it? But would I like it? Wait — is that Winona Ryder?”

Well, after watching just a few minutes of The Duffer Brothers’ (as Matt and Ross Duffer dub themselves) eight-episode original series, it’s immediately clear what it is: It’s the PG-rated ’80s movie that would land a PG-13 today — your “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” and, yes, “E.T.” and 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The latter two examples are what the brothers draw from specifically (those and, oddly enough, “Halloween »

- Ben Travers

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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

15 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

During the buildup to “Stranger Things,” the Indiana-set Netflix original series was a bit hard to describe. Sure, it was about a group of kids searching for their missing friend who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, but what kind of show was it? “Was it a horror show? A kids’ show? A drama with kids but made for adults? Sci-fi that looked like a drama? Could my kids watch it? But would I like it? Wait — is that Winona Ryder?”

Well, after watching just a few minutes of The Duffer Brothers’ (as Matt and Ross Duffer dub themselves) eight-episode original series, it’s immediately clear what it is: It’s the PG-rated ’80s movie that would land a PG-13 today — your “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” and, yes, “E.T.” and 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The latter two examples are what the brothers draw from specifically (those and, oddly enough, “Halloween »

- Ben Travers

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The Stars of Stranger Things Dish on the Show’s "Gnarly, Weird Monster"

15 July 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Thanks to a heavy dose of mystery and some nostalgic teasers, Netflix's Stranger Things has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated shows of the Summer. Since we couldn't deal with the suspense any more, Popsugar tried to pry a few fun secrets out of David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown, who respectively star as a gruff, apathetic police chief and a little girl named Eleven who may or may not be able to move things with her mind. From discussing the perils of trying to squeeze into polyester pants to exactly which episode of the first season will have your jaw on the floor, we're more pumped than ever to bingewatch the show this weekend. Popsugar: A few horror/sci-fi TV shows and movies with an '80s vibe have popped up lately, like It Follows and Wayward Pines. What do you think will make Stranger Things stand out from them, »

- Quinn Keaney

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TV News: Walking, Stranger, Catastrophe, Rebels

14 July 2016 5:06 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Walking Dead

The first official artwork for the seventh season of "The Walking Dead" has gone online ahead of the first trailer premiere which will take place at the San Diego Comic Con next Friday and will then likely go online very shortly afterwards. The new season premieres on AMC on Sunday, October 9th and you can check out a large version of the artwork right here.

Stranger Things

Netflix's eight-part science fiction nostalgia series "Stranger Things" premieres in a few ours, with the streaming service launching the opening eight-minute segment online. Scoring rave reviews from the critics, the show is said to be a big ol' love letter to the likes of Steven Spielberg and classic Stephen King, something akin to "The Goonies" and "E.T.".

Catastrophe

Amazon has greenlit two additional seasons of its critically-acclaimed series "Catastrophe". The comedy follows an Irish woman and an American man who, »

- Garth Franklin

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Stranger Things is an Utterly Bingeable Campfire Story

14 July 2016 9:08 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The opening credits are at the same level as Twin Peaks.

Stranger Things is a campfire story. It doesn’t take place at camp, but it traffics in the vocabulary of teenage ghost tales. Despite its heavy ’80s Spielberg and Stephen King references, the Netflix drama is never as bright or snide as either, though it too is a story of innocence and brutal fear. This time the lights are hesitant and flickering, not neon, and the high school bathes its resident stereotypes in a cool, complex glow. A synth score and era-appropriate soundtrack choices feel more like modern throwback horror (It Follows, You’re Next, The Guest) than pandering to a generation. There’s nostalgia here, but it’s endangered.

As the controlled childhood chaos of E.T. spirals into the wooded, slow-burn, quasi-mystical police work of True Detective, its characters grow closer and apart like the lung of an unseen beast. Normal »

- Jacob Oller

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Netflix's Stranger Things: Shawn Levy interview

14 July 2016 1:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Jul 15, 2016

We chat to the producer-director of 80s-set sci-fi horror series Stranger Things, now on Netflix, about Spielberg, nostalgia and more…

Read our spoiler-free Stranger Things review here.

Stranger Things, Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series is made by and for our kind of people. Movie nerds Matt and Ross Duffer have translated their love of classic Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Wes Craven and Stephen King pictures into an eight-part drama that feels as comfortable as sinking into your favourite chair.

Set in 1983 Indiana, Stranger Things is the story of a boy’s disappearance, odd goings-on at a local government facility and the mystery arrival of a peculiar little girl. With a very likeable young cast (think Freaks & Geeks if Sam, Bill and Neil had to deal with real monsters, not just the high school variety) and Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Matthew Modine capably leading the grown-ups, »

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