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Win 2 tickets to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Sam Mendes

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Beyond the gates, astonishment waits… Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the Olivier Award-winning musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to see the show with your […]

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The Bfg towers over UK box office while Star Trek Beyond fails to prosper

26 July 2016 5:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Spielberg’s Brit-friendly fantasy opens in the lead, as sci-fi sequel teleports itself to a rebooted series low

The winner: The Bfg

After The Bfg opened in the Us with a disappointing $18.8m (£14.3m), there was no shortage of media opinion along the lines of Variety’s “The Bfg flops: has Steven Spielberg lost his blockbuster touch?” (In that particular article, Brent Lang deemed the director a failure and said he was “no longer attuned to the zeitgeist”.) In the UK, local distributor eOne – which had made what must have been a costly acquisition – would have been forgiven for any concern. On the other hand, Roald Dahl is especially beloved in the UK, and The Bfg features British characters in a British setting – a fact that the film has honoured with a British cast led by Mark Rylance. The UK box office has consistently punched above its weight with family films adapted from British-authored material, »

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Book to film adaptations by British authors

25 July 2016 10:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Now more than ever film studios are continually turning to books for inspiration. More audiences are likely to flock to cinemas to see their favourites novels hit the big screen. Over the years, book adaptations from a number of British authors have proven to be hugely successful. On the 22nd July, Roald Dahl’s Bfg will hit the big screen. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Bridge of SpiesMark Rylance, the film is set to be a summer hit. To celebrate the release, we’re taking a look at the best British book to film adaptations.

James Bond – Ian Flemming

Flemming created the fictional character of James Bond, a British Secret Service Agent in 1953. Bond was adapted for TV, radio, comic strips, video games, and most notably film. The franchise was hugely popular and is the longest running film series to date with twenty-four films. The franchise has made a massive cultural impact. »

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‘Big Fish’ & ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ Scribe John August Signs 3-Book Deal

19 July 2016 1:14 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

John August, who counts Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory among his screenwriting adaptations, has just made a deal to author three books targeted at middle-grade children. The first will be Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, set to be published in early 2018 by with Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. It follows a boy who joins a mountain scouting troop and discovers that his fellow campers aren’t just training in… »

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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 »

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Cool Stuff: Shag’s ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ Prints from Dark Hall Mansion

11 July 2016 4:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Though there are contemporary audiences who enjoyed Tim Burton’s odd take on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for many the definitive big screen version of the story came in 1971 in the form of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. With an unforgettable performance from Gene Wilder as the titular […]

The post Cool Stuff: Shag’s ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ Prints from Dark Hall Mansion appeared first on /Film. »

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Gene Wilder Opens Up About Making of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ – Watch

5 July 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Public sightings of iconic actor Gene Wilder are as rare these days as public sightings of Willy Wonka (or Arthur Halliday). Three years ago, the retiree spoke with Robert Osborne at the 92nd Street Y in New York City in a rare public appearance. He discussed filming Mel Brooks classics like “Young Frankenstein” and “The Producers,” making Willy Wonka into his own and the state of modern Hollywood (including remakes of his own films!). The results will make you wish you could see Wilder back on the big screen.

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It’s safe to assume Wilder has an old sensibility towards the industry. In this talk, he touches on his dislike for profanity in today’s films (“When they’re swearing… can’t they just stop and talk? Instead of swearing?”), confusion over what a podcast is (“Would I come on your what? »

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Film Review: Sweetness & Light is the Character of ‘The Bfg’

1 July 2016 9:09 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – One observation…when ‘The Bfg” was written in 1982 by iconic children’s author Roald Dahl, little did he know that acronyms would become the way we talk. When I first saw that title, I wondered what that “F” stood for. It’s “Friendly,” by the way, which is perfect for this film.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is a big, sweet and friendly valentine to the source, both the book and Roald Dahl (who also wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ featuring Willy Wonka), and is directed impeccably by Steven Spielberg. It is a bit of a throwback to the old kid-and-giant-films (like 1958’s “Tom Thumb”) of Spielberg’s youth, because while it’s done with the latest computer techniques, there is still use of miniatures and perspective techniques to illuminate the gigantic perspective. Mark Rylance portrays the title character, and does it with a wide-eyed wonder that is never saccharin, which »

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How Roald Dahl's Granddaughter Sophie Helped Inspire The Bfg - and More Secrets Behind the Children's Classic

30 June 2016 4:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Writing a book, British children's author Roald Dahl once explained, is "rather like going on a very long walk, across valleys and mountains and things, and you get the first view of what you see and you write it down. Then you walk a bit further, maybe up on to the top of a hill, and you see something else, then you write that and you go on like that, day after day, getting different views of the same landscape. The highest mountain on the walk is obviously the end of the book because it's got to be the best view of all, »

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Will The Bfg Be as Iconic as Steven Spielberg's E.T.? The Reviews Are In...

30 June 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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 »

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From ‘The Bfg’ to ‘Matilda’: How 5 Roald Dahl Books Landed on the Big Screen

29 June 2016 4:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roald Dahl famously loathed all the movie adaptations of his books, including the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. So when the beloved author died in 1990, his widow Felicity (who goes by Liccy) was torn about what to do with his catalogue. It was a time, following the hit comedy “Home Alone,” where the major studios were vigorously chasing family-friendly tales, and many of Dahl’s stories fit the bill. But Liccy didn’t want celebrated bestsellers such as “Matilda” or “James and the Giant Peach” falling into the wrong hands.

Dahl’s publisher at Penguin Books set up a few meetings, and she eventually connected with literary agent Michael Siegel. They bonded right away. “I don’t want there to be bad movies,” Liccy told him. They came up with an unorthodox, boutique approach. “Rather than sell the stories directly to the studios, we would »

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First Bfg Clips Introduce Fleshlumpeater and Phizzwizard

27 June 2016 8:04 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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, »

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Video: ‘The Bfg’ gets glittering U.S. premiere

22 June 2016 1:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Last night in Hollywood, The Bfg got its big Us premiere following its international debut at Cannes last month where it went down really rather well. All of the stars of the film made it onto the red carpet, including Mark Rylance who plays the title character, and the movie’s director, the legendary Steven Spielberg.

The Bfg is the exciting tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.  Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, “The Bfg” (Big Friendly Giant) was published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since.  Dahl’s books, which also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” are currently available in 58 languages and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide.

The Bfg opens in the UK on July 22nd, »

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Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory Back on the Big Screen June 26th and 29th

20 June 2016 2:07 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.”

Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three and visit a world of pure imagination on the silver screen this June as Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory returns to cinemas for two special days, 45 years after it first astonished audiences as part of the Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series.

Starring Gene Wilder as famed candy man Willy Wonka, the film transformed Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory into a motion-picture classic with dreamy landscapes, cleverly choreographed musical numbers and indelible performances.

            This delicious cinematic confection includes all-new commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz both before and after the feature. As the Golden Ticket itself says, “do not be late,” because there will be four screenings only — two each day, on June 26 and June 29 at 2pm and 7pm. »

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Watch a brand new featurette and check out two new posters for ‘The Bfg’

17 June 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

eOne have just made available two new posters and a glorious new featurette for The Bfg, the brand new feature adaptation of the film which comes to cinemas this summer from director Steven Spielberg.

The Bfg is the exciting tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.  Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, “The Bfg” (Big Friendly Giant) was published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since.  Dahl’s books, which also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” are currently available in 58 languages and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide.

We managed to catch the film at the Cannes Film Festival last month, and trust us, it’s very good. We called it ‘Speileberg’s best family film for many years »

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Guillermo Del Toro and Jeffrey Katzenberg talk animation in Annecy

17 June 2016 6:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Netflix and DreamWorks have 16 TV series in development, says DreamWorks CEO.

Director Guillermo Del Toro was joined by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg during an Annecy Film Festival masterclass this week in which the two men revealed some insider titbits on projects they have worked on and more general thoughts on animation.

“In my early days at DreamWorks, Jeffrey said I increased the murder rate at the company by 100%,” Pan’s Labyrinth director Del Toro joked.

The colourful Mexican director has been a consultant and executive producer on a handful of DreamWorks titles, and the audience heard how he was responsible for significant edits to 2010 feature Megamind and for some of the more exuberant action scenes in Kung Fu Panda 2.

Del Toro and Katzenberg have most recently collaborated on animated series Trollhunters, of which they showed several clips.

The recent Netflix acquisition about a school kid who takes possession of a magical amulet that transforms him into »

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Match the poster to the summer blockbuster – quiz

14 June 2016 6:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The silly season is underway with aliens invading, superheroes saving and orcs doing whatever they’re doing in Warcraft. But can you match the zoomed in movie poster to the summer blockbuster of years past?

The Matrix Reloaded

Batman Forever

Jaws II

Blade Runner

X-Men: First Class

Captain America: The Winter Soldier


The Avengers



Batman & Robin

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen


Top Gun

Minority Report

I, Robot

The Rock

Spider-Man 2

Men In Black

Die Hard with a Vengeance

Iron Man

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


The Bourne Ultimatum


Fantastic Four



The Empire Strikes Back

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Superman III

The Goonies

Return of the Jedi

A View to a Kill

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Snow White and the Huntsman

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Lilo & Stitch

7 and above.

You're a cinematic universe!

4 and above.

You're the sequel no one wanted

0 and above.

You're not getting a sequel

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The Bfg Preview Revisits Star Ruby Barnhill's Favorite Moments

13 June 2016 6:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nearly 35 years after Roald Dahl's literary classic The Bfg was published, the author's beloved Big Friendly Giant is finally getting ready to hit the big screen next month. This adaptation will mark the feature film debut of young actress Ruby Barnhill, who previously starred on the UK TV series The 4 O'Clock Club. To get fans ready for this big screen adventure, Disney has debuted a new preview, where Ruby Barnhill recounts her favorite moments from the production.

The young actress reveals in this video, which debuted on YouTube that she loved working with co-stars Mark Rylance, who plays the title character, and Penelope Wilton, who the actress proclaims plays the Queen in "such a wonderful way." She explains that they actually got to see the real Queen in Buckingham Palace, and that she loved playing a small person in a giant world. She also had high praise for the dream sets and the costumes in this upcoming adaptation.

Roald Dahl's The Bfg was first published in 1982 and has been&#160enchanting&#160readers of all ages&#160ever since.&#160Roald Dahl's books, which also include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Matilda, are currently available in 58 languages and have sold over 200 million&#160copies worldwide. The Bfg is the only book of Roald Dahl's that has never been adapted into a feature film, until now.

The Bfg brings Sophie to Dream Country where the Giant collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie's presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist.

Directed by three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison based on the best-selling novel by Roald Dahl, The Bfg also stars&#160Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill Hader. The Bfg hits theaters nationwide on July 1, going up against Universal's The Purge: Election Year, Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan and Sony's The Shallows. Take a look at the new preview for The Bfg, and stay tuned for more on this adaptation as we get closer and closer to its summer release date. »

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Stagebox Children's Open Audition Call

6 June 2016 2:17 PM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

***Children’S Open Audition Call, On Stage At The Savoy Theatre With Double Olivier Award Winning West End & Broadway Choreographer Stephen Mear And Leading Musical Director Nigel Lilley, London, 3rd July 2016***

A children’s open audition call will be held on stage at The Savoy Theatre on 3rd July 2016 to find 25 of the UK’s most talented musical theatre performers! The audition workshop day will be led by the Stagebox Resident Team alongside double Olivier award winning West End & Broadway Choreographer Stephen Mear (Gypsy, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and leading West End Musical Director Nigel Lilley (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bend It Like Beckham, Spring Awakening). Stagebox Artistic Director Sammy Murray is also a leading television and film choreographer and is currently working with Jenna Coleman on new primetime ITV Drama "Victoria". Sammy is also known for her choreography on BBC’s “That Day We Sang” (starring »

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The Bfg Preview Travels Into Giant Country with Mark Rylance

4 June 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This summer, travel to the magical realm of Giant Country in director Steven Spielberg's fantasy adventure The Bfg. Today, we have a special sneak peek at the movie, which will be in theaters just in time for the July 1 holiday. Go on set with the filmmaker as he explains why star Mark Rylance was chosen as the title character, and how he was brought to life as a Big Friendly Giant.

Portrayed through motion capture by recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), the Bfg is joined by breakout star Ruby Barnhill, who makes her feature film debut after starring in six episodes of the TV series 4 O'Clock Club. This actress could very well be the latest star discovery from director Steven Spielberg, who helped launch the careers of stars like Drew Barrymore in E.T. and Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan, who went on to star in »

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