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The BFG Review

Very Good

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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You Can Get Free Tickets To See Mark Rylance's New Play (If You're Willing To Dress As A Fish)


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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.

Mark RylanceYou 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.

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Mark Rylance Let His Imagination Soar While Creating The BFG


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"It's the most expensive makeup I've ever had," says Oscar-winner Mark Rylance of his performance-capture title character in The BFG, Steven Spielberg's movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.

Mark Rylance at the premiere for The BFG

Rylance worked to develop every aspect of the Big Friendly Giant. One of the most distinctive elements was his gait, which had to be clearly non-human. "I think the discussion was on the first day of filming," Rylance says. "Steven said, 'Have you got BFG's walk?' And I thought, 'Oh, Christ!' But I said, 'Well, let's just have a go.' I mean the book describes the walk, this stopping and gliding, but it was a little while later that I found the walk that I wanted to use. I'm a stepfather, and Chris, my stepchildren's father, is a great friend of mine. He's a runner and he has a wonderful walk that I thought was right for BFG."

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Mark Rylance arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The BFG' held at The El Capitan Theatre - Hollywood, California - Tuesday 21st June 2016. Motion capture was used to record Rylance's performance at 'the friendly giant'.

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Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen

The BFG Extended - Trailer


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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Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance , Claire van Kampen - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'The BFG' (Le Bon Gros Geant - Le BGG) - Premiere at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Saturday 14th May 2016

Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg and Ruby Barnhill
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'The BFG' (Le Bon Gros Geant - Le BGG)' - Photocall at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Saturday 14th May 2016

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Mark Rylance and Steven Spielberg
Mark Rylance and Steven Spielberg
Mark Rylance and Steven Spielberg
Mark Rylance and Steven Spielberg
Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill

BAFTA Television Awards 2016: 'Wolf Hall' Wins And Director Defends The BBC


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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 HallWolf 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.

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Mark Rylance - 2016 BAFTA TV Awards - Press Room - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th May 2016

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Mark Rylance and Helen Mccrory
Mark Rylance and Helen Mccrory
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Mark Rylance , Claire van Kampen - The British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) 2016 held at the Royal Festival Hall - Arrivals at Royal Festival Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th May 2016

Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen

The BFG Trailer


Sophie and the other girls at Mrs. Clonkers orphanage share a big sleeping dorm and once the lights go out, the girls are expected to go straight to sleep. No talking and most certainly no getting out of bed but little Sophie isn't one for sticking to the rules. Once the rest of the girls are asleep, Sophie is busy reading her books. 

When the bespectacled young girl hears strange noise coming from outside her window, she can't help but take a peek out of the pane. A vague shape starts to form in the background, Sophie's unsure what it is but knows it's gigantic. Beginning to get scared, Sophie runs back to her bed and hides under her blankets but it's too late, before Sophie knows what's happening she's snatched from her bed and taken to a far and distant world.

Initially scared for her life, Sophie thinks the giant has taken her to have as his next meal but soon she's introduced to her new home and keeper, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). The BFG doesn't want to hurt Sophie, he wants to protect her. As the pair begin having adventures together, Sophie soon learns that not all giants are as welcoming as The BFG.

'Wolf Hall' Starring Mark Rylance Is The Biggest BAFTA TV 2016 Contender


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'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 HallWolf 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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Emma Thompson, Mark Rylance And Others Pose For Nude Photos With Dead Fish


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Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance and other stars are taking part in an awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of overfishing. Nothing unusual about that, you might think, until you see the photos from the campaign, featuring the celebrities posing nude with fish.

The Fishlove campaign is aimed at persuading diners to choose less well-known fish such as spratt and herring in order to protect cod and bream stocks.

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'Wolf Hall' Lands Mark Rylance With Broadcasting Press Guild Award


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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 RylanceMark 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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Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicole Kidman And Mark Rylance Lead Olivier Nominations


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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 CumberbatchBenedict 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.

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The BFG Movie Review

The BFG Movie Review

For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison,...

The BFG Extended -  Trailer

The BFG Extended - Trailer

One of Roald Dahl's most popular children's novels The BFG is once again going to...

The BFG Trailer

The BFG Trailer

Sophie and the other girls at Mrs. Clonkers orphanage share a big sleeping dorm and...

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The BFG - Teaser Trailer

The BFG - Teaser Trailer

Sophie has spent her life alone. She lives in an orphanage full of girls just...

Bridge of Spies Movie Review

Bridge of Spies Movie Review

Steven Spielberg takes on the Cold War with a stately, sentimental thriller that gurgles along...

Bridge Of Spies Trailer

Bridge Of Spies Trailer

It's the height of the Cold War and things are getting tense between Russia and...

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Bridge Of Spies - International Trailer

Bridge Of Spies - International Trailer

James Donovan is a simple insurance lawyer from Brooklyn, New York whose cases have never...

Bridge Of Spies - US Trailer

Bridge Of Spies - US Trailer

In 1960, the hard work of many good people was tested greatly. The height of...

The Gunman Movie Review

The Gunman Movie Review

While Sean Penn lends this thriller some political subtext, the fact remains that it's actually...

The Gunman Trailer

The Gunman Trailer

He's worked for the same company for years, and one day he is asked to...

Days And Nights Trailer

Days And Nights Trailer

Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a young movie star is heading off to spend time with her...

Anonymous Movie Review

Anonymous Movie Review

Based on the long-mooted Oxfordian theory about the true authorship of Shakespeare's plays and poems,...

Blitz Movie Review

Blitz Movie Review

This British crime thriller is so unapologetic about recycling cliches that it's actually hilariously good...

Intimacy Movie Review

Intimacy Movie Review

The uncompromising nudity bared throughout Petrice Chereau's Intimacy has already garnered much notoriety, but it's...

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