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Baftas 2018: Joanna Lumley named new host

Baftas 2018: Joanna Lumley named new host
Previous host Stephen Fry fronted the ceremony 12 times.

Source: BBC

Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley has named as the new host of the Bafta Film Awards.

She will be the first female host since Mariella Frostrup co-presented with Stephen Fry in 2001.

“Honestly, how exciting is this?” she said. “It’s just so unbelievably thrilling. Who thought I’d turn into Stephen Fry?

“I want to thank Bafta so much for asking me to do this. I said yes indecently quickly.”

Lumley is an actress, activist and former model, and has won two Bafta TV awards for Absolutely Fabulous. In 2017, she received the Bafta Fellowship award.

Her film roles include Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, James And The Giant Peach and The Wolf of Wall Street.

She is taking over from Stephen Fry, who has stepped down after fronting the ceremony 12 times.

Fry said it was “only right to stand down and let others
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Channing Tatum, James Corden And Zendaya Star In First Trailer For Smallfoot

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

Smallfoot stars Channing Tatum (“The Lego® Batman Movie,” the “Jump Street” films)

as the Yeti, Migo, and James Corden (“Trolls,” “The Emoji Movie”) as the Smallfoot, Percy.

Set to debut in theaters September 28, 2018, from Warner Bros. Pictures, watch the first trailer now.

News of this “smallfoot” brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

Also starring are Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Common (“Selma”), LeBron James (upcoming “Space Jam 2”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Danny DeVito (“The Lorax,
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Now Casting: Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ Seeks Female Background Actors + 2 More Gigs

Before getting too engulfed in holiday craziness, catch up on today’s top casting notices. Netflix’s series “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman, is currently seeking female talent for background roles. There are also opportunities in the new Pasek and Paul musical “James and the Giant Peach,” plus a short film about finding solace in music. “Ozark” Netflix’s “Ozark,” a series starring Jason Bateman as “a family man who moves from the city to the Lake of the Ozarks to begin repaying the money-laundering debt he owes to a ruthless drug lord,” is now casting background roles. Female talent, aged 30–60, are wanted to portray a female president of a state-run organization and a nun. Conservative types with conservative hairstyles are especially wanted. The production will shoot Dec. 14 or 15 in Atlanta, Georgia. Pay is $100 for eight hours of work, plus overtime after eight hours, if applicable. Apply here! “James And The Giant Peach
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The UK Trailer & Poster For 2018 Animated Feature ‘Smallfoot’ Has Arrived

Warner Bros. has debuted the first trailer and poster for the highly anticipated animation Smallfoot, which is set to avalanche into UK cinemas on 5th October 2018. Pan down for the full Smallfoot UK trailer, but first, here’s the new poster.

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

News of this “smallfoot” brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

The film features an all-star voice cast including Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito and more!

Related: The Lego Batman Movie
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Sam Mendes Exits Disney's Live-Action 'Pinocchio'

Sam Mendes Exits Disney's Live-Action 'Pinocchio'
Sam Mendes is no longer pulling the strings on Disney's live-action Pinocchio movie.

The director has exited the animation adaption, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The feature, based on the classic 1940 cartoon, was penned by Rogue One scripter Chris Weitz

This isn't the first Disney project the Oscar-winning director has dropped. He was previously in talks for the live-action James and the Giant Peach adaption before exiting the movie for Pinocchio.

After Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast pulled in over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, the studio has multiple live-action movies based on their classic animation in the pipeline....
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Rebecca Ferguson in Talks to Star in Roald Dahl, Patricia Neal Movie

Rebecca Ferguson in Talks to Star in Roald Dahl, Patricia Neal Movie
Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to star opposite Hugh Bonneville in the upcoming film about the relationship between actress Patricia Neal and children’s author Roald Dahl. Swedish actor Ferguson would play Neal and Bonneville Dahl in the yet-to-be-titled project from Goldcrest Films.

Based on Stephen Michael Shearer’s novel “An Unquiet Life,” the film is written by John Hay and David Logan and set in New York, England and Los Angeles at the beginning of the 1960s. It shows Dahl’s struggles to write some of his most famous works and Neal’s return to acting with “Hud,” for which she won an Oscar.

Dahl was one of Britain’s most successful novelists, with bestsellers such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “The Bfg,” all of which have adapted as feature films. Neal starred in Hollywood classics including “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Ferguson
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Is the Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween Movie or a Christmas Movie? Let's Settle This

The Nightmare Before Christmas is an iconic holiday movie, to be sure, but one thing about the stop-motion fantasy has never been quite clear: which holiday is it really about? Yes, a lot of the movie takes place in Halloween Town and main character Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King, but there are also plenty of Christmas elements once Jack travels to Christmas Town. Is it a Christmas movie that happens to take place around Halloween, or is it a Halloween movie with strong Christmas themes? The debate between which is which has raged on among fans ever since the film's release in 1993 (in late October, it should be noted), so much so that director Henry Selick finally had to step into the fray. Selick, who went on to direct James and the Giant Peach and Coraline, participated in a Q&A at the Telluride Horror Show in Colorado back
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Charlie Was Supposed to Be Black in Original Willy Wonka Book

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Charlie Was Supposed to Be Black in Original Willy Wonka Book
Roald Dahl's widow says that Charlie Bucket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was originally black. The original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book, in which a boy from an impoverished family in Britain finds the fifth and final ticket to win a tour of the factory run by eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka, was just one of many insanely successful children's classics written by Dahl that also inspired major motion pictures. James and the Giant Peach, The Bfg, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Matilda were all from Dahl's books long before they were made into movies. But perhaps a bigger change was never requested of Dahl than to make his hero a white boy as opposed to African-American.

In honor of Roald Dahl Day, which is held on September 13th, the BBC interviewed Dahl's widow, Felicity, and his biographer, Donald Sturrock. During the interview, Felicity brought up that Charlie
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Randy Newman Bashes President Trump, Putin and Himself at Hilarious Radio Concert

Randy Newman Bashes President Trump, Putin and Himself at Hilarious Radio Concert
Anyone who’s seen Randy Newman perform knows that even though he’s one of the greatest songwriters of the past 50 years — a multiple Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner, contributor of classic songs to films like the three “Toy Story” titles, “Seabiscuit,” “James and the Giant Peach” — the real gold is in his concerts is his hilarious commentary, an undistilled, often unfiltered version of the cutting, self-deprecating and side-splitting humor that appears in his lyrics.

And his performance Wednesday night at New York’s Electric Lady Studios — which will be broadcast on Wfuv-FM/New York during the week of August 4, when “Dark Matter,” his first album of new material in nine years, is released — was certainly no exception. During the brief performance, which found him playing several songs — classics like “Sail Away” and “Feels Like Home” as well as selections from the new album, noodling on several more, and answering questions both from DJ Rita Houston
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Best CGI Movies: Top 10 Sony Imageworks Visual Effects Movies Ranked

Best CGI Movies: Top 10 Sony Imageworks Visual Effects Movies Ranked
Sony Pictures Imageworks, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is unique in Hollywood as the only studio-run visual effects and animation division. Formed in 1992 (now headquartered in Vancouver), Imageworks alternates between live-action/CG hybrids and animation with its younger sister, Sony Pictures Animation, which was founded in 2002.

Imageworks has won two Oscars (“Spider-Man 2” VFX and “The ChubbChubbs!” animated short) along with an Academy Sci-Tech award this year for an advanced shading program. But Imageworks first cut its teeth on “Speed,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Jumanji,” “Starship Troopers,” and “Contact” before tackling “Stuart Little” in 1999, the first-cg-animated character to star in a live-action feature.

Since then, Imageworks spear-headed performance capture-based virtual production with director Robert Zemeckis (“Polar Express,” “Monster House”), and has continued to work on franchises including “Spider-Man” (“Homecoming” opens this week), “The Smurfs,” and “Hotel Transylvania.”

Here’s our ranking of the 10 best VFX moments from Imageworks:

10. Re-Inventing Invisibility
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‘Coraline’ and ‘A Nightmare Before Christmas’ Director Henry Selick is Coming to Television

‘Coraline’ and ‘A Nightmare Before Christmas’ Director Henry Selick is Coming to Television
Henry Selick hasn’t released a feature film since “Coraline” debuted in 2009. While he’s been developing multiple film projects for a while, including the long-delayed “The Shadow King,” it appears new material from Selick will finally be coming soon as the animator makes a move to television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Selick will direct the pilot and potentially more episodes of “Little Nightmares,” from executive producers Anthony and Joe Russo.

Read More: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘Coraline’ & More Laika Films Offer Behind-the-Scenes Secrets at New Exhibit

“Little Nightmares” will be based on the horror-adventure video game series of the same name. The story involves a 9-year-old girl named Six who must escape from the bottom of a ship by facing off against various evil villains. The video game was only released in April, but the Russo Brothers quickly acquired television rights. They will develop and executive produce
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Terrifying indie darling Little Nightmares is being adapted for TV, with Henry Selick directing

Well, that didn’t take long! Little Nightmares officially released for PS4, XBox One, and PC back in April to positive reviews, and already the title is being adapted into a television series. The game will be adapted by Joe and Anthony Russo, who are the minds behind the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War; the two will serve as executive producers for the series.

The project is a result of production company DJ2 Entertainment noticing the game prior to its release, and partnering with Bandai Namco while the game was in development. The Russo brothers eventually won out on a bidding war for the rights to adapt the title.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pilot episode will be directed by none other than The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick. At this time, Selick is only attached to the pilot episode, but the article does state that there is a
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Luke's Original Star Wars Lightsaber Goes Up for Auction

Luke's Original Star Wars Lightsaber Goes Up for Auction
If you're a Star Wars collector with some very deep pockets, you may want to head out to Los Angeles at the end of this month, because you could take home the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber. This historic item is just one of three Star Wars pieces that will be sold off at the Profiles in History auction, which will take place between Monday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 28. Here's the official description of the lightsaber, revealing where it came from.

"Profiles in History is proud to announce, Mark Hamill's screen used Luke Skywalker Lightsaber from A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back will be going up for auction during their three day Hollywood Auction 89 in Los Angeles. It comes directly from the archive of Gary Kurtz, producer of a A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. It is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Kurtz. It is
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Disney's Pinocchio Live-Action Movie Targets James Bond Director

Sam Mendes is in talks to take on Disney's live-action adaptation of Pinocchio. The monster box office success of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book is sure to have been a deciding factor to continue rehashing the animated stories for Disney. The live-action adaptation of The Lion King is in the works and now the long rumored live-action Pinocchio may have found a director. The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Mulan are rumored to be coming next from the Mouse House.

Deadline reports that Mendes (American Beauty, Spectre) is currently in very early talks to direct the live-action Pinocchio for Disney. We'll take this news with a grain of salt because about a year ago it was reported that Mendes was in early talks to direct a live-action remake of James and the Giant Peach, which has yet to come into fruition. But it will be pretty interesting to
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Disney Live-Action Shakeup: Sam Mendes Jumps to ‘Pinocchio’ From ‘James and the Giant Peach’

Disney Live-Action Shakeup: Sam Mendes Jumps to ‘Pinocchio’ From ‘James and the Giant Peach’
Sam Mendes is about to put down the peach and pick up “Pinocchio,” TheWrap has learned. The esteemed and commercially proven director is exploring a live-action adaptation of the 1940 Walt Disney classic “Pinocchio,” an individual familiar with the change told TheWrap. Less than a year ago, the Academy Award winner was attached to direct a flesh-and-blood version of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.” He’s now switched focus, the insider said, and has been taking meetings on “Pinocchio.” Also Read: Inside Disney's Reboot Fever: 14 Animated Classics Set for Live-Action Treatment While “Pinocchio” might sound like a newer
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Hugh Bonneville to star as Roald Dahl in biopic

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Hugh Bonneville to star as Roald Dahl in biopic
Untitled project will chronicle the author’s marriage to actress Patricia Neal.

Hugh Bonneville will play Roald Dahl in a new film exploring the novelist’s marriage to Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal.

London-based outfit Goldcrest Films are financing and will introduce the project to the market at Cannes.

Set at the beginning of the 1960s, the film explores Dahl’s struggles to write some of his most famous works and Neal’s return to acting with Hud (for which she won an Oscar).

An acclaimed British children’s author, Dahl’s works included James And The Giant Peach, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Matilda.

John Hay will direct from his own screenplay which he co-wrote with David Logan. The pair previously collaborated on the Emmy-winning TV drama Lost Christmas.

Currently untitled, their new project is based on Stephen Michael Shearer’s novel An Unquiet Life.

Elliot Jenkins is producing for Atticus Pictures and Pascal Degove will produce
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Cannes: Hugh Bonneville to Play Roald Dahl for Goldcrest Films (Exclusive)

Cannes: Hugh Bonneville to Play Roald Dahl for Goldcrest Films (Exclusive)
Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey” fame is set to star as beloved children’s author Roald Dahl in an untitled biopic about Dahl and his wife, Patricia Neal, from Goldcrest Films.

Goldcrest, which is financing and co-producing the film as well as overseeing global sales and distribution, will introduce the project to international buyers at the Cannes Film Market. Atticus Pictures co-produces with Goldcrest.

“Personally, I can’t imagine anyone better than Hugh Bonneville to give the ambivalent nature of Roald Dahl’s life,” said producer Elliot Jenkins of Atticus Pictures. “He was such a man of wounded parts below his polished veneer of self-confidence.”

A bittersweet, comedic story focusing on Dahl’s marriage to actress Patricia Neal, the story moves between New York, England and Los Angeles in the early 1960s, a time when Dahl struggled to write some of his most famous works and Neal returned to acting with “Hud,
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Now Casting: NYC Auditions for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort + More

Today’s casting roundup veers theatrical, with performance gigs spanning a Disneyland resort, a regional production of “James and the Giant Peach,” and a new touring production of “The Lion King.” We also have a paid short film project and more! Hong Kong Disneyland Resort AUDITIONSHong Kong Disneyland Resort will hold an open casting call in New York City May 16 for character look-alikes and vocalists. Seeking talent to depict known Disney roles from “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid,” and more, the production will provide six-month contracts beginning this fall, with salary and benefits included. “Stag”Talent is needed for four supporting roles in “Stag,” a short film shooting mid-May in the Shreveport, Louisiana area. The comedy, about a guy who gets dumped and decides to take a couples dance class solo, will pay $100/day. Meals and potential lodging will also be provided. “James And The Giant Peach”The Barn
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Twitter Asks Users to #MakeAMovieTitleEvenBetter – Things Turn Political

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Twitter Asks Users to #MakeAMovieTitleEvenBetter – Things Turn Political
When people were prompted to #MakeAMovieTitleEvenBetter on Twitter Friday morning, things quickly got political as users threw Donald Trump, Sean Hannity and Melania Trump into the mix. “No Country For Old Orange Men,” one user tweeted, referring to 2007’s “No Country for Old Men” starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin. “Donald and the Giant Impeach,” another user suggested, which stems from “James and the Giant Peach,” a 1996 film that was based on Roald Dahl’s famous novel. Also Read: Donald Trump's Modeling Agency Is Shutting Down, Leaked Emails Reveal Trump is often used as a punching bag on Twitter.
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Roald Dahls Daughter Lucy Reveals The Bfg Origins and Insight Into His Writing Process

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British novelist, short story writer, poet and screenwriter Roald Dahl gave us some of the most beloved stories like James And The Giant Peach, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Bfg which was recently adapted by Steven Spielberg into a movie The Bfg, now available on Blu-ray and DVD. His daughter Lucy gives insight into the imaginative mind of Dahl, his bedtime stories to Lucy and her siblings including how the Bfg came to be.

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