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This summer we had some excellent choices for family fare and it boiled down to a contest between an adaptation of a beloved children’s novel and a sequel to a previous blockbuster. It was also a contest in whimsy and effective use of computer technology and in all cases, Pixar’s Finding Dory triumphed over Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg.
Spielberg has always had a fondness for childish innocence, capturing their sense of wonder time and again in his films. As a filmmaker, he is always stretching and pushing himself so he can seamlessly go from high adventure in the Indiana Jones films to suspense in Jaws to wonder with E.T. He is always mixing and matching his genres and subject matter but it also means the results can be uneven. The Bfg, now out on disc from Walt Disney Home Entertainment, is a bittersweet entry into his oeuvre »
- Robert Greenberger
It’s Musicals Week! Was Claudia able to pull off a Lion King salsa? And how did Judge Rinder fare as a Jersey Boy?
So that’s it for another Strictly week, and only two to go! Thank you all for joining in, and I’ll see you next Saturday at 6.50pm for the semi-final, which involves Two Dances. It’s the final push, so let’s make it count. See you next week! Hx
Judge Rinder thanks the judges, because he knows how difficult it is to be a judge. He then makes Oksana cry by being entirely lovely.
They dance their final dance to Defying Gravity from Wicked, and I am already missing Rinder’s sense of fun (a lot), his latin hips (a bit) and his dancing sex face (less so). Rinder has without doubt been on the biggest journey of this year’s Strictly quarter finalists, »
- Heidi Stephens
Magic, wizarding, giants, strange creatures — fantasy always needs music to help us suspend disbelief and imagine new worlds.
This year, two of Hollywood’s most acclaimed composers tackled big special-effects fantasies: five-time Oscar winner John Williams, in his 27th film with director Steven Spielberg, “The Bfg”; and eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard, launching the new J.K. Rowling franchise “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
“I loved doing it,” says Williams of “Bfg,” “because it was a change from a lot of the things we’ve done. It was done with such feeling and such humanity that it represented a charming palette for me.”
For Williams, the orphan girl Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and her adventure with a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) “was really an opportunity to compose and orchestrate a little children’s fantasy for orchestra.” He likened the experience to working on “Home Alone” 26 years ago, especially »
- Jon Burlingame
Donald Trump has probably made more film appearances than just about any president other than Ronald Reagan. But the Instagram account @trumpincinema is less interested in documenting the reality of Trump’s film career than it is in imagining a world in which Trump starred in just about every movie ever. The account’s description reads, “‘Make cinema great again.’ A look and homage to all of Trump’s appearances throughout film history.” And it’s mostly filled with unflattering photos of The Donald photoshopped into some of cinema’s greatest hits.
Above he’s depicted in Citizen Kane, his self-proclaimed favorite movie. And here he is riding an H-bomb in Dr. Strangelove, which is an image that’s arguably a little too real for the current political climate.
For something lighter, he also pops up in Tommy Boy, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and A »
- Caroline Siede
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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Steven Spielberg’S Imagination And Disney Magic Come Together To Bring Roald Dahl’S Beloved Classic To Life The Bfg comes to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and Disney Movies Anywhere Nov. 29 This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The Bfg,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The Bfg,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Nov. 29 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand. As dreamers around the globe gear up for Sunday’s World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it »
- Tom Stockman
To celebrate the release of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons – directed by Philippa Lowthorpe – on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download from December 12th, we take a look at some of the best book to film adaptations to have captivated young audiences.
Arthur Ransome’s classic series of novels have been loved by readers since its first publication nearly a century ago. Now it comes to the big screen, promising audiences a tale of whimsical adventure. While on holiday in the beautiful Lake District the four Walker children discover a seemingly deserted island but soon find that a pair of sisters, the Blacketts, have already lain claim to the land. Taking up the mantles of their respective sailboats the two groups of children engage in a battle of wits for control of the island, but when the Walkers discover a secret about the Blackett’s uncle, the »
One of them that was recently announced was a Willy Wonka prequel, and some may be wondering whether or not it will be connected to the semi-recent Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which Johnny Depp played Wonka—especially since Depp is scheduled to appear in the Fantastic Beasts series.
Heyman didn’t exactly answer that question but gave us some idea why he’s so interested in the property.
“I'm a huge Dahl fan. I've been trying to get involved with various Dahl projects for an age,” he said. “Most of them already have people working on them, but I'm standing in the wings, waiting for Wonka to come free. It's such a big part of my childhood, and I love Willy Wonka. »
- Edward Douglas
Hollywood is pretty good at delivering things that seemingly nobody wants, but there is one project currently in development that seems to take the cake. It was announced a few weeks ago that Warner Bros. had acquired the rights to the character of Willy Wonka from the Roald Dahl estate. Now, producer David Heyman is working on a prequel movie involving the beloved character.
When it was first announced, very little was known about how the story for this new Willy Wonka movie would be told. In a recent interview with /Film, David Heyman gave an update about it and what we might be able to expect in terms of story. Here is what he had to say.
"It's not a remake. They've done two films, quite different. But it's possibly an origin story. We're just in the early stages of it, working with a writer called Simon Rich, which is wonderful. »
The project is been spearheaded by David Heyman (Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), and the producer has been chatting to Slash Film about the film, and how it will feature an original story, rather than any material from Dahl’s books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
“It’s not a remake,” states Heyman. “They’ve done two films, quite different. But it’s possibly an origin story. We’re just in the early stages of it, working with a writer called Simon Rich, which is wonderful. I’m a huge Roald Dahl fan. I’ve been trying to work on Dahl material for quite some time but they’re all tied up. »
- Gary Collinson
You know that brief window of time after Thanksgiving, but before December? When you're still digesting your food but not quite ready for holly, jolly holiday movies? Enter Freeform's annual Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas. The marathon features tons of feel-good movies, from Toy Story to Despicable Me. Of course, it's appropriate for kids . . . but even better for adults. It'll be the perfect follow-up to the Gilmore Girls marathon! Take a look at the schedule, and check out the official 25 Days of Christmas lineup. Thursday, Nov. 24 11:30 a.m. - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2:05 p.m. - Mulan 4:10 p.m. - Brave 6:20 p.m. - Toy Story 8:20 p.m. - Toy Story 2 10:30 p.m. - Toy Story of Terror! 12 a.m. - Dennis the Menace Friday, Nov. 25 11:30 a.m. - Little Rascals 1:40 p.m. - The Odd Life of Timothy Green 4:10 p. »
- Maggie Pehanick
On Monday night’s episode of the dancing reality competition series, the pro dancer got really emotional and cried “happy tears” while talking about his 16-year-old partner Laurie Hernandez.
Before the duo danced their Viennese Waltz on the ABC series’ Halloween night, audiences got to watch an inside glimpse into the pair’s rehearsals for week 8 — when Chmerkovskiy let it all flow.
“It’s crazy how fast life moves. Laurie, she brings the joy in everything. I just don’t want to blow it for her,” Chmerkovskiy, »
Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has secured the rights to Willy Wonka from the estate of Roald Dahl, and has tapped Harry Potter producer David Heyman to develop a new movie, which is being scripted by Simon Rich (The Secret Life of Pets).
According to the site, rather than an adaptation of Dahl’s two Wonka books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, the movie will focus on the early adventures of the character, although it is not being called an origin tale.
Willy Wonka has previously appeared on the big screen on two occasions, with Gene Wilder portraying the character in 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Johnny Depp taking on the role in 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. »
- Gary Collinson
Who says kids’ literary influence can’t expand to what they wear?
In celebration of the late Roald Dahl‘s recent 100th birthday and Boden‘sÂ 25th anniversary, the clothing retailer teamed up with the The Roald Dahl Literary Estate to create the limited-editionÂ Mini Boden x Roald Dahl collection.
The brand-new fall kids’ line is inspired by six of Dahl’s classic children’s books: Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Twits, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Bfg, whose film treatment was just released this summer.
“Roald Dahl’s bonkers imagination and British »
- Jen Juneau
Despite the tepid response to Steven Spielberg's The Bfg this year, the works of Roald Dahl continue to be hot in Hollywood right now. There are already remakes -- really just new adaptations -- of James and the Giant Peach and The Witches in development, and now Willy Wonka is set to return to the big screen again. Variety reports that the famed candy maker from Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is getting a reboot care of Harry...
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Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them producer David Heyman is to work with Warner Bros. to bring a sequel to the magical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to screens. Trade paper Variety says that the WB have bagged the rights to the Wonka property from the estate of Roald Dahl and have set The Secret Life of Pets writer Simon Rich to work on the screenplay.
The trade adds that the film will Not be an origin tale, but ‘a standalone movie focused on Wonka and his early adventures’. The word is that this could be the start of a new franchise with familiar characters like Charlie popping up in future movies.
- Paul Heath
Despite the tepid response to Steven Spielberg's The Bfg this year, the works of Roald Dahl continue to be hot in Hollywood right now. There are already remakes -- really just new adaptations -- of James and the Giant Peach and The Witches in development, and now Willy Wonka is set to return to the big screen again. Variety reports that the famed candy maker from Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is getting a reboot care of Harry Potter producer David Heyman. We previously saw Wonka in the classic retitled 1971 adaptation Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, with Gene Wilder iconicizing the title character on film forever, and then again in the Tim Burton-helmed 2005 version, which stars Johnny Depp...
- Christopher Campbell
The search is on for the golden ticket yet again. E! News can confirm Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Willy Wonka IP from the Roald Dahl Estate and is beginning to plan a new movie centered around the unforgettable character. According to Variety, who first reported the news, the studio has been trying to lock down rights since the beginning of the year. Ultimately, they were able to close a deal this fall. Roald penned two books in which Willy Wonka appeared including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. He ultimately never wrote anything specifically on the Willy Wonka character. As movie fans know, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has »
A decade after the disappointing and sometimes nauseating remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Warner Bros. is planning another movie with Willy Wonka. The studio is joining forces with Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman for a film that’ll center entirely around Wonka. The movie isn’t an origin story, but it will […]
The post New ‘Willy Wonka’ Movie Coming From ‘Harry Potter’ Producer & Warner Bros appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
No, that is not a typo in the title. David Heyman, the producer behind the both financially and critically successful Harry Potter series, is set to produce a new Willy Wonka film for Warner Bros., who just acquired the rights to the character from the Roald Dahl Estate, Variety reports.
This film will not be yet another adaptation of the classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, however. Nor will it be an adaptations of that book’s sequel, Charlie and the Glass Elevator. Instead, it sounds like this may very well be in the vein of Disney’s recent Oz, The Great and Powerful, which chronicled a time before Dorothy’s appearing in Oz. According to the outlet, the film will be a standalone focusing on Wonka’s early adventures. Considering author Roald Dahl wrote no such tales in his books, it’s up in the air what kind of adventures those can be. »
- Joseph Medina
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