Break out the snozzcumbers and pour yourself a glass of frobscottle: The BFG is heading for the big screen, with Steven Spielberg on board to direct. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, the story follows Sophie, a young orphan girl who befriends the Big Friendly Giant and helps him put a stop to the other, evil giants who have been eating people. The film has been in the works for years now, with screenwriter Melissa Mathison first taking on the project in 2011. According to The Hollywood Reporter, though, Spielberg's involvement is finally setting the wheels in motion, with the direction aiming to have the film ready for a 2016 release.
Adapting any Dahl novel is a tricky undertaking, but The BFG is one of his most iconic and most fantastic stories, which means in addition to contending with the high expectations that generations of fans have, Spielberg will also need to ensure that the tone of Dahl's novel translates to the screen. Dahl's work is characterized by the tone he uses to tell his stories, a mix of whimsical fantasy, heartfelt sentiment, and creeping darkness that is difficult to replicate, which means it will be the biggest challenge that Spielberg will face in adapting The BFG. It's very easy to veer too far towards camp or sentimentality when bring Dahl's novels to the big screen, but the most successful adaptations have found a way to replicate that mix of oddity and heart.
It's such a tricky task to accomplish that despite two different adaptations of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, neither one has managed to truly bring the world in Dahl's book to life. Tim Burton's 2005 version treated the human darkness that grounded the book with a cartoony macabre sensibility, traded in Charlie Bucket's story altogether in order to give Johnny Depp a stage to show off his take on Willy Wonka with every weird tic he could think of. The attempts to balance out the kookiness resulted in a maudlin backstory for Wonka, and the film swerved between those two poles. The 1971 film came closer, though instead of cloying sentiment, it attempted to balance out Wonka's eccentricities with a terrifying dark side.
The trick then, as Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox proved, is to find the right balance of lightness, darkness, and insanity. In many ways, Anderson is the ideal filmmaker to adapt Dahl, as their artistic styles have a great deal in common. Both tend to inject their works with a certain amount of surrealism or absurdity, and derive both their comedy and tragedy from there, while grounding their stories in the darker points of reality. Fantastic Mr. Fox works not just because it exists in the same kind of highly-stylized, slightly-odd world that is so commonly associated with Dahl's work, but also because it finds a way to balance the absurdity of the plot with the very real danger the characters face, and the familial conflict overtaking Mr. Fox's family. It's weird and quirky and just a bit twee, all of the things that we associate with a story by Dahl, and it's the combination of all three elements that make it work.
Of course, it's still possible for a Dahl adaptation to work even if the filmmaker doesn't have similar sensibilities to the author himself. Though Dahl wasn't particularly fond of it, Danny DeVito's 1996 version of Matilda is a fan favorite, even if it did shift the setting to the United States. It's a fairly straight-forward interpretation of the story, and at times it's a big sappier than Dahl's original work, but by placing the focus squarely on Matilda, the spirit of the novel is able to translate to the screen. The Wormwoods provide the required insanity, Trunchbull gives the film a dark edge, and the magic helps make everything a bit more absurd and fantastic, but the heart of the story is always Matilda, which helps keeps the story grounded and true to the nature of Dahl's original work.
It's likely that Spielberg will take a similar approach in adapting The BFG. Though his films have plenty of fun and goofiness, they tend more toward sentiment than absurdity, so it seems that his best route into the world of Dahl would be through the story's protagonists. He’s proven himself to be adept at both fun adventure stories and heart-warming tales of friendship between human and creature, but finding the right balance of the two can only come from focusing on Sophie and the BFG. His world will provide both the needed goofiness and dark undertones, and both characters are so kind-hearted enough to provide all of the warmth and affection that the story needs, but it’s their friendship that will give Spielberg the key to ensuring that the world he brings to life onscreen is true to the one that Dahl crafted in his story.
And if he doesn’t pull it off, there’s always Matilda: The Musical to fill any Dahl-shaped holes in your life.
Australian model-turned-DJ Ruby Rose is engaged to marry her fashion designer girlfriend. The star confirmed the engagement news by posting a picture on her Instagram.com page showing the words 'I do' and revealing her partner Phoebe Dahl, cousin of British supermodel Sophie Dahl, had proposed.
Rose added in a caption, "After asking her to be mine 3 times always to be rejected I swore I'd never ask again... then this morning at 6am she broke into my house with flowers, coffee and a question... and I said... 'Go f**k yourself'... 'Just kidding' I said..."
Rose was previously engaged to fellow model Catherine McNeil. They split in 2010.
Adele enjoyed a rare night out in London to watch Prince play an intimate gig at Ronnie Scott's jazz club on Monday night (17Feb14). She was joined by a host of celebrity guests including models Kate Moss, Sophie Dahl and British singer Rita Ora. Adele has kept a low profile since giving birth to her son in October, 2012.
"I'm married to a really, really good guy. He's intensely curious and engaged with life, and we bring out the best in each other. When you meet someone who really sees you, it gives you the emotional freedom to pursue your dreams." British model Sophie Dahl heaps praise on her husband, singer Jamie Cullum.
The actress and model are among the famous Brits to clear out their cupboards for Dress for Success, an organisation which provides interview and employment outfits to women on low-incomes in a bid to boost their chances in the workplace.
Other stars to hand over items include fashion designer Jasmine Guinness, British TV host Davina McCall and stylist Trinny Woodall.
The designer garments will go up for sale on vestiairecollective.com on 21 December (12).
The beauty, granddaughter of beloved author Roald Dahl, and jazz singer Cullum are already parents to 20-month-old daughter Lyra, and now Dahl is pregnant with a sibling for the youngster.
Dahl's baby bump was clearly showing as she attended the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in London on Wednesday (31Oct12) and her agent has confirmed the pregnancy news to DailyMail.co.uk.
Cullum and Dahl wed in 2010.
Frost, who divorced Law in 2003, was apprehended after an alleged bust-up with former male model James Gooding, who she has been dating for several months.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, she was questioned by cops and ordered to report to a London police station.
The publication reports Frost was handed an official police caution on Monday (08Oct12).
A police spokesperson says, "A woman, aged 47, was arrested on suspicion of common assault. The man did not need hospital treatment."
Gooding previously dated Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, but the singer called off their three-year relationship after he allegedly boasted about romancing model Sophie Dahl.
Every morning is just a typhoon of dejection. You wake up, swallow down the miserable image of yourself that you have come, not out of satisfaction, but out of a death of spirit, to accept as your destiny, and step into the whirlwhind of self-involved depravity that is the modern world, all to make just enough money to be able to continue down the same path for years to come. And when you get a rare spark of energy, fueled perhaps by a glimpse of old photos of a happier time—a less aware time—you breathe out the simple question: "Why?"
Here's why: Melissa Mathison, writer of E.T., is working on a script for a film adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). And there it is. Life is worth living.
Roald Dahl is a titan of literature: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, George's Marvelous Medicine... but topping them all is the tale of the Big Friendly Giant, who befriends a young girl named Sophie and distributes good dreams to sleeping children. Writing this book is the best thing anyone has ever done with his or her life. Roald Dahl, you're better than Gandhi. There. You were all thinking it.
And Melissa Mathison! The woman who wrote E.T., which is indubitably one of the most cherished family movies in history! Who better? I'll tell you who: no one. If you think Mathison is a one hit wonder, think of the little miracle that was The Indian in the Cupboard. That was also her doing.
So set aside your contemplative depression for now. We've got ourselves the embodiment of all things wonderful in the making. Spread the word—this could be it. This is what turns the world around. This will save us from ourselves.
Source: The Wrap via Cinemablend
British actress Emily Blunt has been hired as the new the face of Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium fragrance. She follows in the footsteps of another Brit, supermodel Sophie Dahl, whose naked pose for the perfume led to the advert being banned in the U.K.
The British beauty, married to jazz star Jamie Cullum, took to the airwaves in the U.K. to publicise a campaign to transfer Dahl's dilapidated shed, where the beloved author wrote several of his stories, from his former home in Buckinghamshire, England to a museum.
She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme, "It's in a bit of a state, poor little hut. It needs help. We are trying to raise half a million pounds, which sounds like a great deal of money to move the interior of a little hut but it's quite a process."
However, her appeal caused outrage among listeners, who took to social networking sites to suggest the Dahl family should pay for the move themselves from the millions his books has earned in royalties.
One listener wrote on Twitter.com, "Roald Dahl Day tainted by Sophie Dahl begging for public money to fix Roald's writing shed whilst his books are still selling worldwide."
Another added, "I love a bit of Roald Dahl. But being asked by his millionaire granddaughter to stump up for his shed being moved takes the Wonka biscuit."
But Amanda Conquy, chairman of the Roald Dahl Museum, has defended the campaign, saying, "If anybody from the public wants to give money that would be great but we are not expecting them to. Our requests are going to trusts and foundations. We have raised half of the money already and the point of today's announcement was to tell the world that soon the shed will be open to the public."