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 »

2016 Summer Movie Preview

This week officially kicks off blockbuster summer with the release of Captain America: Civil War. And the Marvel Studios sequel is just one of a bunch of movies you should be excited to see this season. Later this week we’ll highlight a selection of movies that might be flying under your radar this summer, indie comedies and dramas that may not get the barrage of marketing that studios dish out this season. But this edition of the /Film 2016 Summer Movie Preview will focus on the studio and blockbuster releases you should be excited about. Read More »

2016 Summer Movies

The summer movie season is almost upon us. Captain America: Civil War will kick things off on May 6, and then there’s something big each and every weekend through July and even into August. We’ve already seen trailers for all the big releases this summer, but now some new photos from the 2016 summer movies have arrived. After the jump, check out some new images from the Ghostbusters reboot, Jason Bourne, Star Trek Beyond, The BFG and more. Read More »

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 BFG poster

Only fools don’t eagerly anticipate Steven Spielberg movies and only a total cynic wouldn’t want to see one of the greatest filmmakers of all time adapt the work of the great Roald Dahl. So while it’s currently flying a bit under the radar, you should probably start looking forward to the arrival of The BFG, Spielberg’s first collaboration with Disney and his first live action family adventure movie since 1991’s Hook.

A new poster for The BFG has arrived and it’s lovely, teasing colorful imagery, a grand sense of scale, and name-dropping a Spielberg masterpiece that has more than once connection to this new movie.

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The BFG teaser trailer

After stealing scenes from right out under Tom Hanks’ nose in Bridge of Spies this fall, Mark Rylance has a much bigger role in Steven Spielberg‘s next movie. Literally: he plays the Big Friendly Giant (which is to say the BFG) in The BFG, Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s children’s classic.

Newcomer Ruby Barnhill plays Sophie, an imaginative little girl who befriends the BFG. Unfortunately, she soon discovers, other giants are not very much like the BFG, but rather vicious creatures like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement). So Sophie and the BFG team up to warn the Queen of England (Penelope Wilton) of the coming giant crisis.

But all that comes later. The first The BFG teaser trailer is all about setting the mood and tone of this fantastical adventure. Watch it after the jump.
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Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder hasn’t been seen onscreen since an Emmy-winning guest spot on Will & Grace in 2003, and in 2008 he publicly announced his retirement. He’s said he’d be willing to return for Mel Brooks, but otherwise it’d probably take something huge to get him to un-retire. Like, perhaps… a Steven Spielberg movie?

Rumor has it Spielberg is trying to coax Wilder back in front of cameras for one of his upcoming projects — perhaps The BFG, or even Ready Player One. More on the Steven Spielberg Gene Wilder rumor after the jump.  Read More »