The BFG

Steven Spielberg has chosen a newcomer to play Sophie, the young girl at the center of his next film The BFG. The character Sophie is a young Londoner who meets a “big friendly giant,” to be played by Mark Rylance. Now Ruby Barnhill is The BFG star — she will play Sophie in the film scripted by Melissa Mathison based on the book by Roald Dahl. More info is below. Read More »

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Casting Elliott in ET

I really love what The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences has been doing lately with their Academy Originals series of videos which take a look at the art and stories behind the making of the movies we love. The latest video features Casting director Marci Liroff (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Mean Girls) recounting the story of how Henry Thomas was cast as the lead in Steven Spielberg‘s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

As it turns out, Thomas was not the first choice for the role of Elliot. Liroff describes how a game of Dungeons & Dragons at screenwriter Melissa Mathison (who is finally returning to screenwriting for Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG) changed the corse of a cinema classic, leading to the audition video I’m sure you’ve seen before. Hit the jump to watch the video now.

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Steven Spielberg

After several years releasing movie on top of movie, Steven Spielberg has taken his time choosing his next project. Around half a dozen films were under consideration, but now two films have gotten release dates, officially announcing them as his next two projects.

The first is no surprise, the Untitled Cold War Thriller starring Tom Hanks. It’s been scheduled for release Oct. 16, 2015. After that, Spielberg will direct an adaptation of The BFG by Roald Dahl. That’ll hit theaters July 1, 2016. Read More »

Like so many young bookworms, I counted Roald Dahl among my very favorite authors growing up. Dahl’s books were childlike without being childish, thanks to Dahl’s ability to whip up the perfect combination of humor, drama, and just the tiniest bit of terror. Hollywood apparently agrees with me, as Dahl’s works have been adapted for the silver screen several times over — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and The Witches are just some of his novels that have been turned into feature films.

The next Dahl book to get the Hollywood treatment will be is 1982 classic The BFG, which is being developed as a feature over at DreamWorks with E.T. scribe Melissa Mathison tapped to write the script. More details after the jump.

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