Ruby Barnhill

Steven Spielberg has gotten some exceptional performances out of child actors throughout his career. Rarely does a child’s performance in a Spielberg film ring false. Empire of the SunE.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, A.I.: Artificial IntelligenceJurassic Park, and The Temple of Doom star kids giving naturally charismatic and completely present performances. The director’s goal has always been to talk to them like people, not just treat them like children–and that’s evident in the video below featuring The BFG star Ruby Barnhill playing a round of Spielberg trivia with the director.

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The BFG Trailer

After premiering at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival this weekend, one more trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s fantasy film The BFG has arrived. Based on Roald Dahl‘s classic children’s novel of the same name, the film follows a young girl (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) who finds herself in the world of giants after befriending one of the 24-foot inhabitants, played by Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance.

In the latest The BFG trailer, we get to see much more of the giant world and impressive visual effects. Just from a technical standpoint, this already looks better than the recent giant adventure Jack the Giant Slayer, though it’s clearly a much more family friendly, whimsical tale. See for yourself in the new trailer after the jump. Read More »

The BFG Reviews

The 2016 Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, and some of the year’s biggest films are premiering there. One of the more anticipated titles is The BFG, marking the return of Steven Spielberg to family film territory. The movie reunites Spielberg with his Oscar-winning Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance and newcomer Ruby Barnhill for an adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s classic novel about a young girl who befriends a “big friendly giant.”

The BFG just debuted at Cannes this weekend, and reviews and reactions are already hitting the web. The good news is that young children should enjoy the whimsical Disney fantasy film, but for some, the movie is missing a little bit of the magic that Spielberg’s family fare usually has. Check out some of The BFG reviews after the jump. Read More »

Young Han Solo Actor

Disney has locked down actor Alden Ehrenreich to be their new Han Solo in the spin-off film that will be directed by The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street filmmakers Phil Lord & Chris Miller. In total, over 2,500 actors auditioned for the role including Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Ansel Elgort, Emory Cohen, Jack Reynor, and Taron Egerton. But Ehrenreich came out on top. While his work as an actor speaks for itself, Ehrenreich had someone in his corner who vouched for him, and it just so happens to be iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

Find out more about the young Han Solo actor after the jump. Read More »

Ready Player One Cast

Hot on the heels of joining Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara yesterday, actor Mark Rylance has added one more collaboration with the iconic director. The Oscar-winner actor will be reuniting with Steven Spielberg for a fourth time with a key role in Ready Player One, the adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s bestselling sci-fi adventure novel of the same name. Find out more about the Ready Player One cast addition after the jump. Read More »

Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

It’s been almost exactly two years since we heard Steven Spielberg would be directing The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, based on David Kertzer’s book of the same name about the true story of a young Jewish boy who is kidnapped by the Catholic Church in order to complete his conversion after being secretly baptized by a family servant. The film was said to reteam Spielberg with Lincoln and Munich writer Tony Kushner, and now the project will have another reunion for the director as well.

Mark Rylance, who just won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Speilberg’s Best Picture nominated Bridge of Spies, has landed a role in the film. Following The BFG, hitting theaters later this year, this will be the third project in a row where Spielberg and Rylance have worked together. It sounds like they’re becoming great collaborators.

Find out more about The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara below. Read More »

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the BFG trailer

Every Steven Spielberg movie is an event, because why would you not celebrate every time one of the great living artists creates a new work? Sure, he’s always operated within a populist realm, finding ways to please the masses, but there has never been another filmmaker who has done so with such craft and ability. Spielberg is one of the great filmmakers, a man whose legacy keeps on evolving with each film. You can count his genuine failures on one hand.

So yes, I’m excited to see what Spielberg does with The BFG. Spielberg’s sense of wonder should make a fine complement for author Roald Dahl‘s wit – this is a peanut butter-and-jelly-type situation if there ever was one. The new trailer for The BFG only dips its toe into what looks like a much larger world, but what’s on display here certainly looks intriguing.

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The Screening Room

UPDATE: Now directors M. Night Shyamalan and Brett Ratner have come out against The Screening Room as well. You can read what they had to say on the matter after the jump. Our original story from March 17th, 2016 follows.

Just last week, we asked whether or not you would be interested in paying $50 to watch major big screen releases from the comfort of your home at the same time they’re released in theaters, because that’s what The Screening Room initiative wants to make possible. The new effort from Napster and Facebook’s Sean Parker has been rather divisive since it was revealed, and now it looks like the service might be creating a sort of filmmaker civil war as some of Hollywood’s most respected directors take a stance.

While filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams have spoken out in support of The Screening Room, other directors like Christopher Nolan and James Cameron are on the opposing side. Whose side are you on? Read More »

Simon Pegg in The World's End

Steven Spielberg‘s next film, Ready Player One, is an ode to pop culture geekdom, so of course he’s enlisted one of the most beloved pop culture geeks around. Simon Pegg is in talks to join the sci-fi adventure film, opposite Tye SheridanOlivia Cooke, and Ben MendelsohnRead More »