For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison, with whom he made E.T. nearly 35 years ago. Another story of an unlikely friendship, this film is even more wondrous and earnest, and also much more reliant on effects. But it's also hugely involving, with a terrific cast and of course a delightful story with a wry sense of humour.
It's set in a timeless London, where Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) lives in an orphanage. One night she spots a stealthy giant (Mark Rylance) prowling the city streets, so he grabs her and takes her back to Giant Country so she can't reveal his secret existence. As she gets to know him, Sophie discovers that he's an outcast in his own community, half the size of the nine giants (including Jemane Clement and Bill Hader) who live around him and bully him mercilessly because he doesn't eat human beans. This has earned him the nickname Big Friendly Giant, which Sophie shortens to BFG as she accompanies him into a colourful parallel world in his job collecting dreams and nightmares. Then when the bullies' threats grow stronger, Sophie comes up with a plan to get help from the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and her staff (Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall).
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‘Nice Fish’ opens in November at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.
Nice Fish, the new West End play co-written by and starring Oscar winner Mark Rylance is giving you a chance to score free tickets to a performance, but there’s a catch. For each performance four members of the public will be given a free ticket for a private box...if they come dressed as a fish.
You can dress as a fish to get free tickets to see Mark Rylance in the West End.
The show’s website states that those who come dressed as a fish or fisherman (with their fishing rod), will hook themselves a complimentary ticket in a private box. The tickets are available on a first come first served basis from 6pm on the night of the performance or 1.30pm for matinee.
One of Roald Dahl's most popular children's novels The BFG is once again going to appear on the screen, this time it the retelling comes courtesy of director Steven Spielberg. The narrative follows a 10 year old girl, Sophie, on her journey as she comes face to face with a giant that shows her that giants really do exist in the world. The BFG takes Sophie to his cave, in Dream Country to show her how he collects dreams and shows her how he sends them to children.
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A poignant speech from the show's genius director.
Period drama 'Wolf Hall' was the big winner at 2016's House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards, with the show taking home Best Drama Series and star Mark Rylance landing the Leading Actor accolade. Despite the happy news though, director Peter Kosminsky had something very serious to say about the BBC.
Wolf Hall wins big at the BAFTA Television Awards
Unsurprisingly, 'Wolf Hall' - the recipient of the Best Miniseries Golden Globe earlier this year - has nailed the BAFTAs with two prizes, as Mark Rylance himself adds another shiny trophy to his collection, the latest of which include a BAFTA Film Award and an Oscar for 'Bridge Of Spies'. But it was Peter Kosminsky who got the biggest applause of the night.
Joined by 'Peter Kay's Car Share', 'This is England '90' and 'Doctor Foster'.
'Wolf Hall' vies against 'This is England '90' and 'Doctor Foster' in the 2016 BAFTA TV Award nominations with four nominations. The Mark Rylance drama series has kept audiences gripped since it hit the small screen, but is it enough to impress at this year's award ceremony?
Wolf Hall leads nominations
Unsurprisingly, it has landed the most categories in total alongside 'Peter Kay's Car Share'. Leading Actress nominee Claire Foy faces off against the likes of Suranne Jones from 'Doctor Foster' Sheridan Smith in 'The C-Word' and 'Ruth Madeley' in 'Don't Take My Baby'; the latter two shows of which also compete in for Single Drama with 'Cyberbully' and 'The Go-Between'. 'Wolf Hall' also has an excellent contender for Leading Actor, but how will Mark Rylance fare alongside Ben Whishaw from 'London Spy', Stephen Graham from 'This is England '90' and Idris Elba from 'Luther'?
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Thomas Cromwell earns him a Best Actor prize.
Mark Rylance follows up his big screen victory at the Oscars last month with a small screen win at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards for his role in BBC1 Thomas Cromwell mini-series 'Wolf Hall', in which he had the starring role. The show was also the recipient of a Golden Globe this year.
Mark Rylance wins another 2016 award
The 'Bridge Of Spies' star won Best Actor at the BPG Awards last night (March 10th 2016) for playing the ill-fated chief minister of Henry VIII in a short series about his rise to become the King's closest advisor. The series, which co-starred Damian Lewis as Henry VIII andClaire Foy as Anne Boleyn, also landed Best Drama Series beating the likes of 'Humans', 'Fortitude' and 'Doctor Foster'.
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The West-End revival of 'Gypsy' scored the most nominations, with eight nods.
Benedict Cumberbatch has picked up a best actor nomination at this year’s Olivier awards, for his role as Hamlet at London’s Barbican theatre last summer. The annual awards, which are in their 40th year, celebrate the best in British theatre, with the winners announced on April 3rd.
Benedict Cumberbatch is up for best actor at this year’s Olivier awards.
Cumberbatch’s Hamlet is up for three awards in total, including best revival and best sound design for Christopher Shutt. In the best actor category, Cumberbatch will be competing against Kenneth Brannagh, Kenneth Cranham, Adrian Lester and Mark Rylance, who took home the best supporting actor award at last night’s Oscars.
Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, a Disney classic is yet to come!
Steven Spielberg is bringing forth an exciting new live action Disney adaptation that's bound to become another of his family favourites. Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' is finally being brought to the big screen more than 30 years since the book was first published.
'The BFG' is Ruby Barnhill's film debut
It's a charming story with an even share of comedy, thrills and magic and it stars Mark Rylance from 'Bing' as the Big Friendly Giant himself. Of course, if you've had a deprived childhood, you won't know who on Earth we're talking about.
Sophie has spent her life alone. She lives in an orphanage full of girls just like her. Each night the girls tell tales of the witching hour when the boogieman comes to visit and children go missing, Sophie's friends believe the witching hour is at midnight but little Sophie doesn't agree, she thinks the hour is much later, at 3am when only Sophie remains awake.
One night, whilst Sophie is reading, she hears an almighty rumble from outside and cannot help but open the window and look to see what's there; what she finds will change the lives of many forever.
The BFG is the much loved Roald Dahl book which was originally published by the author in 1982. The book was later turned into an animated film which featured David Jason as the voice of The BFG.
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Sometimes the law can get cause problems even for those who wrote them, particularly in the face of war. Thus, when an American spy plane is shot down while covertly photographing Russian bases, the thankfully unharmed pilot is held hostage by the foreign government. He'll only get to go home if America agrees to release their own spy, who's currently serving time in prison. Unfortunately, American law states that they can't just let a Russian spy go free without a proper appeal, and that's where James Donovan comes in. Donovan is a simple New York insurance lawyer not known for high-profile cases, but one thing he is is fair. He's asked to defend the spy and help organise the return of the American pilot, but that becomes a major sacrifice for the lawyer who now faces a struggle against some angry citizens who aren't going to let him forget it if they let the 'traitor' out of jail.
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Tom Hanks, speaking in a recent interview, discussed working with the Coen brothers and Steven Spielberg on ‘Bridge of Spies’.
For Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks was given the opportunity to work with the Coen brothers and Steve Spielberg. Hanks may be a global superstar, as much admired for his warmth and personality as he is for his diverse acting, but in a recent interview he revealed he was still delighted at being given the opportunity to work with the well-respected screenwriters and the legendary director.
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg during filming for Bridge of Spies.
It's the height of the Cold War and things are getting tense between Russia and America. An American U-2 spy plane has been shot down while photographing Russian bases, its pilot held captive. They're willing to release him, however, if only the American government send back an imprisoned spy of their own. However, by American law, that's virtually impossible - and that's where James Donovan comes in. An insurance lawyer who's never dealt with a case of such high stakes, he is enlisted by the CIA to defend the Russian spy in court in order to have him released and sent home without charge. It seems an impossible task when the whole of America are against setting him free and indeed even neighbours turn against Donovan, targeting his family as he tries to give one man a fair trial.
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James Donovan is a simple insurance lawyer from Brooklyn, New York whose cases have never evoked too much controversy. However, all that changes quickly when he is enlisted by the CIA to defend a Russian spy in an impossible mission to have him released from prison without charge and returned home. When an American spy plane pilot is shot down during a task of photographing Russian territory, he thankfully survives; however, the angry Russian government are not planning on handing him over too easily. The only problem is, the law is very much not on the side of the Russian spy and in order for their man to be flown home, the government have to find a loophole to release their own captive. Donovan believes everyone deserves a fair trial, but he's one of very few people who do and by putting his life on the line to help his country during the Cold War, he's risking his family too.
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In 1960, the hard work of many good people was tested greatly. The height of the Cold War was set to see a series of peaceful negotiation between the Americans and Russians, but a week beforehand, everything changed. An American spy plane was shot down by Russian missiles, carrying pictures of various Russian air force bases. While the US government tried to deny the charges, the Russians were able to provide the pictures, the airplane wreckage, and the pilot - miraculously unharmed. In exchange for his return, they wanted one of their captured spies to be returned. James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), a simple lawyer, was tasked with creating a case to allow the US government to release the Soviet spy without jail time - a request that seemed almost impossible in the face of Cold War prejudice.
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While Sean Penn lends this thriller some political subtext, the fact remains that it's actually just another vacuous revenge fantasy from Taken director Pierre Morel. Clearly for Morel, the violence is the point, and any depth of meaning is irrelevant, which leaves the film superficially entertaining but a waste of the considerable talent on-screen.
Penn plays Jim, a charity worker in the wartorn 2006 Democratic Republic of Congo. His hot doctor girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca) has no idea that Jim is secretly a black-ops sniper working with fellow mercenary commandos Cox, Felix and DuPont (Rylance, Bardem and Elba). Then their latest mission requires Jim to disappear. Eight years later in an all-new life, Jim discovers that someone is trying to kill him, so he travels to London to find Cox. When Jim's pursuers turn up, Cox sends him to talk to Felix, who now lives in Barcelona with Annie as his wife. With the mysterious killers still on his trail, Jim heads to Gibraltar to tie up the loose ends with DuPont, and finally discovers the truth about what's going on and who's behind it.
Yes, everything is leading to a brutal confrontation inventively set in a bull-fighting ring. But not much else here is either original or convincing. The whole African politics premise is little more than a plot device, while hopping from Congo to Britain to Spain does little more than change the background scenery. Otherwise, the script is so simplistic that it barely holds water, and each ambush, fight and chase sequence feels like something we've seen before. Especially since everything is both over-choreographed and gratuitously grisly. Still, Morel is great at creating a sense of tension that builds ominously from start to finish, adding some gritty urgency through corrupt politicians and self-serving businessmen. Unfortunately, the film continually sidelines these intriguing ideas for more mindlessly violent mayhem.
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Williams has scored all of the director’s movies except for 1985's ‘The Color Purple’.
DreamWorks Pictures has announced Bridge of Spies as the title of Steven Spielberg's upcoming Cold War thriller, which will reunite the director with actor Tom Hanks after nearly a decade. But the film will sadly be without a Spielberg movie staple, as it is the first in 30 years not to feature a score by composer John Williams.
Steven Spielberg's next film will be Bridge of Spies
Announcing the film’s title on Wednesday, DreamWorks Pictures also revealed via a statement that 83 year old Williams had been forced to pull out of the movie due to a health issue.
Despite James Cromwell and Liam Neeson being the heavy favorites for the role, Mark Rylance will play the BFG.
Steven Spielberg has settled on the two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance to play the titular role in The BFG. Published in 1982, the Roald Dahl book told the story of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the BFG who set out on an adventure to capture man-eating giants.
Continue reading: Steven Spielberg Casts Mark Rylance As BFG In Roald Dahl Adaptation
Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a young movie star is heading off to spend time with her family over Memorial Day in 1980s rural New England. She brings her partner, Peter (Christian Camargo) to meet her brother, Herb (William Hurt), her son, Eric (Ben Whishaw) and his girlfriend, Eva (Juliet Rylance, and the family doctor, Louis (Jean Reno). Throughout a whirlwind weekend, Stephen (Mark Rylance) tries to keep calm across the land where a majestic bald eagle is trying to raise its young, with the help of his wife, Alex (Katie Holmes). The dysfunctional family battle against each other as they struggle to find true happiness and unity before their personalities tear them apart for good.
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Luke Treadaway was the big winner at the biggest night on the British theatre calendar.
Luke Treadaway, the British actor often dubbed a 'rising star' in the industry, won best actor at a glitzy Olivier Awards ceremony in London on Sunday (April 28, 2013). The National Theatre's adaptation of Mark Haddon's 2003 murder mystery The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time won seven awards in total, with Treadaway fending off stiff competition from Mark Rylance, James McAvoy and Rupert Everett to win best actor for his role as maths genius and Aspergers sufferer Christopher Boone, who sets out to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbour's dog.
Curious Case Winnerds Nicola Walker [L] and Best Actor Luke Treadaway [R]
"This is for everyone who worked on the show. I can't believe it.This is absolutely amazing," said Treadaway after accepting the award from Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall. His co-star Nicola Walker was named best supporting actress for her role as Christopher's guilt ridden mother, saying, "My agent told me to breathe if I won, and my husband told me not to swear...Every single day of rehearsals and every single performance was a prize, so this is completely overwhelming."
Continue reading: Luke Treadaway Upsets The Odds To Win Best Actor Olivier Award [Photos]
Brant (Statham) is a bad-boy South East London detective always in trouble with the authorities. But he gets the job done, so his loyal chief (Rylance) protects him. His new challenge is to find a brazen psycho (Gillen) who's killing cops in cold blood. Working with new boss Nash (Considine), who's tormented for being gay, Brant starts bullishly breaking the rules to solve the case. Meanwhile, the killer is leaking information to a tabloid hack (Morrissey). And another of Brant's cop pals (Ashton) is struggling with returning to the job after her stint in rehab.
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