Taika Waititi and some very famous friends are getting together (virtually, of course) to read Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. The series hopes to provide “children and families the opportunity to come together and experience the story in new ways, in a time when COVID-19 has left children out of school and families around the world in isolation at home.” The line-up of readers includes Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth, and more.
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Director Sam Mendes may be done with James Bond, but now he’s in early talks to take on another familiar James from the pages of literature.
The Skyfall and Spectre director is currently negotiating with Disney to develop and direct a new live-action take on James and the Giant Peach, based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl, which was previously turned into a stop-motion animated film by The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick in 1996. It’s just one more live-action remake from the animation vaults of Disney. Read More »
As I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox and gradually sensed the darkness of the theater lose out to the autumn-colored, classy, stop motion shenanigans on screen, I began to accept that every silhouette in the audience—fat and small, rich and me—was dressed in ship-shape, semi-formal attire. I pictured moms silently imagining themselves speaking in snooty English accents and serving cups of Earl Grey. And kids ages five through nine on the verge of zzz’ing in handsome jackets of tweed and corduroy; mildly stimulated by what equates to a visually dazzling hipster Sunday School lesson taught with Adderall on its gums and Tryptophan in its belly.
In contrast to Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Are—itself a furry and visionary 2009 adaptation of a famous kid’s book about nonconformity—Wes Anderson‘s Fox focuses foremost on family via adult characters. Whereas Wild Things united male Eighties Babies with its look at psychological distress, a side effect birthed by so much of that decade’s parental divorce and separation, Fox unites families of the aughts with an increasingly rare and welcome air of sophistication. One is a film about adults-as-wild-animals suitable for families, the other is a film about a child amidst wild animals suitable for would-be adults.
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