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Rumor: Steven Spielberg Trying To Convince Gene Wilder To Come Out Of Retirement
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Gene Wilder

With Steven Spielberg is confirmed to direct two major films: Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Fans of both novels have already put together their dream cast. The BFG is slated for a July 2016 release, with Ready Player One set for a December 2017 release. While the former has already got its cast, the latter will eventually get to its casting phase.

But a new rumor going around says that Spielberg may want Gene Wilder to come out of retirement to star in one of the two films. More on this story below.

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ Casts Bill Hader
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Bill Hader

Steven Spielberg and Roald Dahl. Combined these men have created some of the greatest children’s stories ever. From E.T. and Indiana Jones to Matilda and Willy Wonka, these men of film and literature have changed lives for generations of kids. So imagine how mind blowing it was when it was announced that Spielberg was helming one of Dahl’s classics, 1982’s The BFG. Melissa Mathison is penning the screenplay. For those uninformed, BFG stands for “Big Friendly Giant.”

Along with Tony award-winner Mark Rylance (playing the BFG) and newcomer Ruby Barnhill (playing little English girl Sophie) is SNL veteran Bill Hader.

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Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison Reunite To Adapt Roald Dahl’s Classic ‘The BFG’
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The BFG

The last time mega-famous filmmaker Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison collaborated on a project (besides Mathison’s uncredited work on the director’s segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie), the result was the record-smashing family fantasy classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Thirty-two years following the release of the film that popularized Reese’s Pieces and airborne bike riding, Spielberg and Mathison are getting together to adapt Roald Dahl‘s 1982 children’s book The BFG for the big screen.

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Blu-ray Deal: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
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Willy Wonka

Right now, Amazon is offering up the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Blu-ray box set for only $27.99 (that’s 57% off the list price of $64.98).

This is the Three-Disc 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo box set, which contains the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder on both DVD and Blu-ray, along with bonus features like commentary and an interview with author Roald Dahl, as well as collectibles.

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DreamWorks Buys Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’
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BFG

Apparently it’s a big week for DreamWorks, and it’s only Monday.

With the animation side of the mega-studio teaming with Netflix for a new streaming deal, the studio proper is still looking to make a splash, as The Wrap is reporting that they have bought up the rights to Roald Dahl’s beloved book, The BFG.

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Geek Gear: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ‘Snozberry Smoothies’ Shirt
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Snozberry

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at TeeFury today is the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed shirt “Snozberry Smoothies” by artist Jason Tracewell.

The sale began at Teefury today, Sunday, September 25, 2011, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

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SDCC 2011: ‘Doctor Who’ Panel Provides Details For Upcoming Episodes & More!
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San Diego Comic ConAs I write this post, I find myself quite envious of my TARDISblend co-host, Tom Cheredar, who was in attendance for the Doctor Who panel at San DIego Comic-Con this year.

In the famous Hall H, the panel began with grand fanfare, concluding with the Doctor Who theme blasting through the speakers as Matt Smith (the first ever Doctor to be nominated for a BAFTA Award) joined the stage — greeted with an almighty roar from the crowd… a beginning that gives a clear indication of how much bigger the 48-year old-series has become in the United States.

While David Tennant was a highly loved Doctor by U.S. fans, as a long-term fan I cannot recall a level of fandom appreciation for a current Doctor since the days of Tom Baker. It’s a clear indication that the series is currently in good hands, and that Smith is delivering not just to the expectations of showrunner Steven Moffat, but to fans on an international level as well.

Unfortunately Moffat was unavailable for the panel, but Smith was joined by his co-host Karen Gillan (who plays Amy Pond), producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis, and writer Toby Whithouse.

First off, let’s get to some of the juicy tidbits about the upcoming episodes of Series 6 that was discussed by the panel…

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Blu-ray Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Fantastic Mr. Fox Blu-ray DVDFantastic Mr. Fox
Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Directed by Wes Anderson
Starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Wallace Wolodarsky, Jason Schwartzman, Eric Chase Anderson
20th Century Fox
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010

I’ve never been a big Wes Anderson fan. The films I have seen from the filmmaker have been too quirky for my tastes, the kind of quirk that crosses the line between adorable and just plain weird. Anderson definitely makes the kinds of films where I would deem it mandatory to find out precisely what type of experience you’re in for before seeing them, because if you don’t you could end up thinking someone switched films on you leaving you lost and bewildered. Keeping that in mind, I think Fantastic Mr. Fox just might be my favorite Wes Anderson film to date.

Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, the story is about Mr. Fox (George Clooney) and how he outwits his farmer neighbors, stealing their food right from under their noses. Anderson stated that he signed on because Roald Dahl was one of his heroes, so he had a strong personal connection in making the film. I’ve not had the pleasure of reading the book, but while doing some research I learned that the story the book covers would amount to the second act of the film. New scenes were apparently added by Anderson to serve for the film’s beginning and end.

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Movie Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Fantastic Mr. Fox movie posterFantastic Mr. Fox
Directed by Wes Anderson
Voiced by George Clooney, Bill Murray, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Wallace Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker
Release date: November 25, 2009

My relationship with the movies of Wes Anderson can best be described as strained, to say the least. I have a sympathetic ear for the dysfunction he makes his characters wallow in each movie, but aren’t they all really just singing the same song?; that a family, no matter how damaged and quirky, can get through anything as long as they stick together? He has a definitive style, but more and more I get the impression that he is really telling a variation of the same story and trying to hide it by out-weirding the last one. Considering it to be my loudest objection to his movies, I find it curious that one of the biggest compliments I can give Fantastic Mr. Fox is that it feels like a Wes Anderson movie.

The children’s novel by Roald Dahl that the movie is based on is pretty straightforward. Mr. Fox steals chickens, turkeys, and cider from three wealthy nearby farmers. The farmers band together to try to ambush and kill him. He escapes with his family but ends up trapped and starving. After a spell he hatches a plan to create an underground safe haven and steal from them again out from under their noses while they wait for him to emerge.

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New Trailer For Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ Is Here
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Mr. Fox

The first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s attempt at a stop-motion styled movie in The Fantastic Mr. Fox has been released by 20th Century Fox.

The movie is based on the book by the legendary Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox. It tells the story of a fox who sneaks out at night to steal animals like chickens and turkeys from three rich and mean farmers. Mr. Fox steals the animals in order to provide food for his family, but it doesn’t take long before the three farmers have had enough and set off on multiple attempts to kill Mr. Fox and stop him from stealing their animals.

Anderson initially set off to make this movie along with Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) in 2004, but things didn’t work out and Selick moved on to direct Coraline.

Click over to check out the trailer for yourself and share your thoughts below! Oh, and possible Nightmare Before Christmas reference at the -0.46 mark of the trailer!

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