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Steven Spielberg Casts Newcomer Ruby Barnhill As Sophie For The Bfg

16 December 2014 5:35 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

DreamWorks Studios announced today that newcomer Ruby Barnhill has been cast as the young girl, Sophie, in Roald Dahl’s beloved classic story, The Bfg.  Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaptation of the children’s novel and will begin production in early 2015. The Bfg will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016.

Published in 1982, The Bfg is the tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. Barnhill joins Mark Rylance who has been cast as the “Big Friendly Giant.”

The Bfg will be 10-year-old Ruby Barnhill’s first feature film role.  She has been acting for two years and will appear in the upcoming BBC BAFTA award-winning children’s drama “Four O’Clock Club.”  Ruby lives in Cheshire with her parents, younger sister and Tom the cat and is a member of her local youth theatre. »

- Michelle McCue

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12 Memorable Child Actor Performances in Film

11 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Some film performances are so great, they make you jealous. This may be particularly true when the performance in question comes from an actor who hasn’t even hit puberty yet. You can’t help but think, How did that youngster get such an amazing head start on their career? Below are 12 astonishing performances from the smallest actors on the biggest screens. Sure, you could just call some of them “adorable,” but we adore them for more than just their little dimpled cheeks. These are full-fledged actors with chops to spare. Mara Wilson, “Matilda” It’s hard to tell whether Mara Wilson knows just how cute she is. At age 7, she took on the title role in “Matilda,” the super-powered whiz kid of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel. Although her earlier work in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Miracle on 34th Street” established her as a legitimate actor, “Matilda” is her crowning achievement: whimsical, »

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'Matilda' Recoups on Broadway

5 December 2014 8:46 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It's taken more than a year and a half, but Matilda, the inventive musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's modern-classic children's novel, is officially a profitable hit on Broadway. Producers the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers confirmed on Friday that the show has paid back its $16 million investment, placing it in the elite circle of big-budget musicals to turn a profit both in London and on Broadway. Directed by Matthew Warchus, Matilda has a Tony-winning book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian and composer Tim Minchin. The show is based on Dahl’s 1988

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Movies to Soothe the Back-to-School Blues

5 September 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Not ready to say good-bye to summer? While some parents may rejoice at the prospect of the school year starting, kids aren’t always so thrilled. It’s times like these when a family just needs to curl up and watch a movie together. Here are some fun films about elementary, middle and high school to help ease back into the school routine and have a few laughs along the way.   Matilda, PG Based on the classic Roald Dahl book, Matilda focuses on one very special...

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Back to School. Tips from "Matilda"

3 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hello all, Margaret here celebrating another day of "back to school" week. I'm sure there are plenty mourning the end of their summer, but I know I can't be the only one who feels a thrill of excitement every time September rolls around. Even if you're past your school years, doesn't the arrival of autumn get you itching to pick up some clean blank notebooks and a fresh set of pencils? Perhaps that attitude is why Matilda (both of the 1996 Danny DeVito film and the classic Roald Dahl novel on which it's based) has always been a personal hero.

Matilda Wormwood was a girl genius, and even though she had execrable crooks for parents and was subject to outrageous familial neglect, she didn't let that get her down. In or out of school, there is a lot we can learn from Matilda.

• Keep yourself sharp. Left to her own devices from a tender age, »

- Margaret de Larios

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"Jerry Maguire" Kid Jonathan Lipnicki Jokes About Drug Rumors and His Incarcerated Fans

22 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Jonathan Lipnicki knows he used to be cute.The actor -- who got his adorable start as the precocious kid in "Jerry Maguire" -- just released a new web short called "You Used to Be Cute" -- giving fans an insight into what it's really like to be a former child star and poking fun at his past.In the clip, the now 23-year-old is seen going on an audition as a full-grown adult, but the mood in the room changes as the casting agents start grilling him about his rumored drug use and famous lines from the 1996 Tom Cruise film.While the short is clearly very tongue-in-cheek, Lipnicki tells toofab it's actually not too far from the truth."I got the idea from real life experiences," he says -- adding that people tell him how adorable he once was on a regular basis. When asked if he really gets confused for other child stars, »

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Mara Wilson Talk about her Dad Robin Williams

15 August 2014 12:35 AM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

After Mara Wilson heard Robin Williams died Monday, she tweeted, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."

Three days later, the 27-year-old writer, who played Williams' daughter in 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire, broke her silence in a touching blog post. "Everybody grieves in their own way. When I heard about Robin's death, I was shocked, confused angry, regretful, and above all, sad," said Wilson, whose last film was 2000's Thomas and the Magic Railroad. "All I wanted was to talk to my family and friends and cry."

For now, she would like to grieve in private. "A few news outlets asked if I would be willing to talk about him on the air, and while I usually like interviews, I knew I wasn't in a good place to do that, »

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Mara Wilson Talk about her Dad Robin Williams

15 August 2014 12:35 AM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

After Mara Wilson heard Robin Williams died Monday, she tweeted, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."

Three days later, the 27-year-old writer, who played Williams' daughter in 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire, broke her silence in a touching blog post. "Everybody grieves in their own way. When I heard about Robin's death, I was shocked, confused angry, regretful, and above all, sad," said Wilson, whose last film was 2000's Thomas and the Magic Railroad. "All I wanted was to talk to my family and friends and cry."

For now, she would like to grieve in private. "A few news outlets asked if I would be willing to talk about him on the air, and while I usually like interviews, I knew I wasn't in a good place to do that, »

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Mara Wilson Talk about her Dad Robin Williams

15 August 2014 12:35 AM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

After Mara Wilson heard Robin Williams died Monday, she tweeted, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."

Three days later, the 27-year-old writer, who played Williams' daughter in 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire, broke her silence in a touching blog post. "Everybody grieves in their own way. When I heard about Robin's death, I was shocked, confused angry, regretful, and above all, sad," said Wilson, whose last film was 2000's Thomas and the Magic Railroad. "All I wanted was to talk to my family and friends and cry."

For now, she would like to grieve in private. "A few news outlets asked if I would be willing to talk about him on the air, and while I usually like interviews, I knew I wasn't in a good place to do that, »

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Mara Wilson Talk about her Dad Robin Williams

15 August 2014 12:35 AM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

After Mara Wilson heard Robin Williams died Monday, she tweeted, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."

Three days later, the 27-year-old writer, who played Williams' daughter in 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire, broke her silence in a touching blog post. "Everybody grieves in their own way. When I heard about Robin's death, I was shocked, confused angry, regretful, and above all, sad," said Wilson, whose last film was 2000's Thomas and the Magic Railroad. "All I wanted was to talk to my family and friends and cry."

For now, she would like to grieve in private. "A few news outlets asked if I would be willing to talk about him on the air, and while I usually like interviews, I knew I wasn't in a good place to do that, »

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eOne sets Bfg UK release

11 July 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl book set for summer 2016.

Entertainment One (eOne) has announced a July 22, 2016 release date in the UK for a new feature film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic The Bfg (the Big Friendly Giant), directed by Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg said: “It is fitting that the UK is the first international country to announce the date of The Bfg, a story that sprang from the imagination of this proud son from Wales. We at DreamWorks Studios hope our film will add to Roald Dahl’s prolific legacy of entertainment.”

The Bfg is the story of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the Bfg, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.

Spielberg will direct the new adaptation with Melissa Mathison, who last worked with him on Et, writing the script »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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10 Terrible Food Dishes In Film

23 June 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Chef, starring and directed by Jon Favreau, will delight all food enthusiasts to the point of salivating over the delicious-looking creations. The film centres around the character Carl Casper (Favreau), who loses his job at a restaurant but decides to set up a food truck in a bid to gain back his creative promise, and mend his estranged family back together. Favreau did his homework with this film, as he enlisted the training and help of restaurateur Roi Choi. Choi has made a name for himself in Los Angeles with his Korean taco truck, which made him a perfect choice in terms of help and influence. Favreau was put through his paces by going to culinary school for the basics, then moved on to work with Choi as a prep cook. If Chef doesn’t make you go raid your fridge I don’t know what will!

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- Louise Tooth

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Keanu Reeves Replaces Daniel Craig In The Whole Truth

13 June 2014 2:46 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Frozen River writer-director Courtney Hunt’s sophomore feature, a courtroom drama titled The Whole Truth, was dealt an unexpected blow when star Daniel Craig abruptly dropped out just days before production was set to kick off. The film’s producers were left scrambling to find a replacement – but that was back in April. When no replacement was named, many of us assumed that the project had been shelved, perhaps indefinitely. Now, however, Deadline is reporting that The Matrix star Keanu Reeves has taken over the role Craig was previously set to play.

Reeves will step into the shoes of a defense attorney who fights to get his teenage client (Gabriel Basso) acquitted of murdering his wealthy father. Nicholas Kazan (MatildaBlood Moon) will script the drama, which also stars Renee Zellwegger and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Little else is known about the film, but Craig is notoriously picky about his projects, so »

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Mara Wilson on Ucsb Shooting: Teach Your Sons Women Are People

27 May 2014 12:01 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Mara Wilson may have once been a pint-sized star best known for Matilda, but the retired actress is now all grown-up and an acclaimed author.  Wilson, 26, put her writing to good use this weekend, penning a message on Facebook after the tragic spree of violence at University of California, Santa Barbara.  "Hey all, I hesitated posting this, because I don't want things to get ugly in the comments," she wrote. "But I think it's important." "I read the Ucsb shooter's 'manifesto,'" she continued, referencing suspected shooter Elliott Rodger's [...] »

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Mara Wilson Doesn't Think Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel Is "Necessary"; Will Matthew Lawrence Return?

18 April 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Mara Wilson doesn't want to revisit the past. After news broke that a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is in the works at Fox 2000, the ex-actress told her Twitter followers and Facebook fans that she wouldn't be up for reprising her role as Nattie Hillard. And in the former child star's defense, it has been 21 years since the family comedy was in theaters. "For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I. Sequels generally suck unless they were planned as part of a trilogy or series," the Matilda star, 26, tweeted Thursday. "I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end. I'm glad I had the chance to be in it, and I'm proud of what we did, but I »

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Mara Wilson Swears She Would Never Even Consider Being In A 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel, Causes Twitter Uproar

17 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Should Robin WilliamsMrs. Doubtfire sequel become a reality, there is one actress who will definitely not be reprising her role in the classic 90s comedy: Mara Wilson.

Wilson, now 26, was just five years old when she got her breakout role in Mrs. Doubtfire as the youngest of three children, Natalie Hillard. Wilsen went on to earn a place in pop culture history when she played Susan Walker in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street, and is perhaps most beloved for her starring turn in Matilda (1996) After the 90s came to a close, Wilson left professional acting behind, and says she has no intention of picking up where she left off in Hollywood should she be asked to participate in a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel.

“For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I,” Wilson proclaimed on Twitter Thursday, April »

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Mrs Doubtfire star Mara Wilson doesn't want to be in sequel

17 April 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mara Wilson has said that she is against the idea of a Mrs Doubtfire sequel.

Robin Williams is expected to return as cross-dressing Daniel Hillard in an upcoming follow-up to the 1993 movie.

However, Wilson - who played daughter Natalie in the comedy - has revealed that she doesn't want to be involved in any sequel, and that she hasn't been told about the plans.

There are many, many reasons I don't want to be in Mrs. Doubtfire 2. But they haven't even asked me (yet), so no need to worry.

Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) April 17, 2014

Chris Columbus is in line to direct the project, while Elf's David Berenbaum will write the script.

Former child star Wilson quit acting at the turn of the millennium, recently telling Us Weekly: "Film acting is not very fun. Doing the same thing over and over again until, in the director's eyes, you 'get it right', »

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Daniel Craig Abruptly Drops Out of 'The Whole Truth'

9 April 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just days before principal photography was set to begin, Daniel Craig has surprisingly dropped out of the courtroom drama The Whole Truth.

The actor signed on to star at the end of January, where he was set to play a district attorney, although no other plot details were revealed. Shooting was scheduled to begin on April 14 in Boston, with Ren&#233e Zellweger and Gabriel Basso already confirmed to co-star, but now shooting has been pushed back for three weeks to find a replacement for Daniel Craig.

No reason was given as to why he dropped out at the last minute, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals that he left the project on Sunday. The delay has also put the involvement of other actors in limbo, such as Danny Huston, who was in negotiations to join the cast when Daniel Craig dropped out.

Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is directing from a screenplay »

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Miptv: Red Arrow Sells Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench Film ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’ to Germany

8 April 2014 4:24 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Red Arrow Intl. has sold family movie “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” which stars Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, to German broadcaster Ard.

Hoffman plays a retired bachelor, Mr. Hoppy, who harbors a secret passion for his neighbor, the lovely Mrs. Silver (Dench). Unfortunately she lavishes all her affection on Alfie, her pet tortoise.

Dahl’s story has been adapted by Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually”) and Paul Mayhew-Archer. Endor Prods.’ Hilary Bevan Jones (“The Escape Artist”) is producing; Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit”) directs. It is set to begin shooting in May.

The project was commissioned by the BBC.

Dahl’s books, which include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Matilda,” have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

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Renée Zellweger to star alongside Daniel Craig in The Whole Truth

7 March 2014 2:53 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Renée Zellweger is in talks to join Daniel Craig in courtroom drama The Whole Truth.

The Courtney Hunt-directed indie project is to be written by Nicholas Kazan (Matilda, Bicentennial Man) and produced by Richard Suckle.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig signed on to the film in late January, with the Chicago star joining discussions more recently.

The plot has been described as a "courtroom thriller", with Craig expected to play a district attorney in the drama.

The project would mark Zellweger's first film role since 2010's My Own Love Song. »

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