Fact: Novelist Roald Dahl is being honoured with a Gold Blue Peter badge, the first person to ever receive the accolade posthumously. Fans around the world are celebrating what would have been the children’s author’s 100th birthday on Tuesday (13Sep16). Dahl’s books, The BFG and Matilda, continue to thrill children, and his work is also being celebrated by the Oxford English DICtionary. Six new Dahl-inspired words are being added to the glossary including Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Scrumdiddlyumptious from The BFG.
Fact: Uma Thurman, Sarah Jessica Parker, her husband Matthew Broderick, and Glee's Matthew Morrison were among the stars who headed to London's West End theatre district on Tuesday (25Jun13) for the premiere of Sam Mendes' stage adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Fact: The world premiere of Wes Anderson's ambitious movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book FANTASTIC MR. Fox will open this year's (Oct09) London Film Festival. The movie features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray.
Quote: "I worked really, really hard on a Wisconsin accent, because I thought that would be an appropriate badger voice. I did the first couple of scenes in this Wisconsin badger voice, that I thought was so funny, and then Wes Anderson goes, 'Nah, I don't think so.'" Bill Murray has trouble convincing director pal Anderson that the badger he voices in the movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's FANTASTIC MR. Fox hails from Wisconsin, which is known as The Badger State.
Fact: The writer of children's classic Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl, worked as a British spy in the U.S. during World War II, according to a new biography about the author called THE IRREGULARS.