From the books and movies to your very own pure imagination, the world of Willy Wonka is one of the most colorful and vivid in popular culture. And now, for the first time in more than four decades, the estate of Roald Dahl is releasing a new book in that world. And it’s just for you.
From the department of alternate timelines comes the revelation that Roald Dahl originally wanted Charlie Bucket, protagonist of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to be black.
David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter film series—including upcoming spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—has a new fantasy franchise in his sights. Warner Bros. has just secured the rights to all things Willy Wonka from Roald Dahl’s estate, and is teaming with Heyman to make a prequel about the…
Just months after adding “Scooby Snack” to its hallowed pages, the Oxford English Dictionary has released its latest update. Among the 500-plus new terms gaining entrance: “clickbait,” “kegerator,” “vom,” “YOLO,” and “Yoda.” The list also included tributes to author Roald Dahl, born 100 years ago this month.
After The BFG—a Roald Dahl adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg, of all people—failed to connect at the box office, one would have thought the odds of Disney quickly announcing another Dahl property probably seemed slim. Well, that’s exactly what just happened.
The latest trailer for Steven Spielberg’s BFG hit the web this morning, not long after the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend. It shows off a big world with a whole lot of unfriendly giants.
The attempt to adapt Roald Dahl’s The BFG goes all the way back to the early ‘90s. And back then, the idea was for Robin Williams to play the titular Big Friendly Giant.
We also see our protagonist, Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), be afraid of him. Which is all well and good, but “BFG” stands for “Big Friendly Giant,” so we know the hand reaching to grab Sophie probably isn’t going to do her harm.
Praise be to the casting gods, because Bill Heder in a Roald Dahl film is perfection. If this was going to be an animated film, we'd say to just have all the non-BFG giants voiced by him.
Roald Dahl – author of such books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda – lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962. Twenty-six years later, he penned a cogent and gut-wrenching plea to parents, urging them have their children vaccinated against the disease.
"The Vanilla Fudge Room" appeared as the fifth chapter in early drafts of Roald Dahl's beloved novel, but was "deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral" for publication. Now, to celebrate the book's 50th anniversary, the lost chapter can be read in its entirety over at The Guardian.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Penguin decided to create a new cover for the Roald Dahl work. What resulted was both confusing and terrifying. Run, kids, run.
Well, this is sensational news. Steven Spielberg may return to genre dramas with the writer from E.T. Even better, he'll be adapting the Roald Dahl book The BFG.
Let's be honest: Roald Dahl books don't really need illustrations. The famed British author was such a visual and visceral writer that you could just close your eyes and see Matilda skipping off to school or the Fantastic Mr. Fox plotting his next act of mischief. That said, when illustrators do take on the subject…
So much of science fiction's core topics intersect with war, one way or the other. Rapid social change and technological innovation both get supercharged during wartime, and some of our greatest explorers are also warriors. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most well-known authors served in the…
Guillermo del Toro has directed some of the coolest movies of the past decade or so, including Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, plus the upcoming monster/robot smackdown Pacific Rim. But he's also gotten into producing animated films for kids, including Kung-Fu Panda and the upcoming Rise of the Guardians.
One of the most iconic novels and movies about a sentient machine, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is getting a sequel.
An never-finished story by Roald Dahl, the master of haunting fiction, has turned up, and you could own the original manuscript. Plus the project he wrote it for, a finish-it-yourself story collection featuring Madeleine L'Engle, could still come out.
When you're a brain in a tank, you've got a lot of time to think about stuff. And one of the things you ponder is: how many kinds of disembodied brains does science fiction have? The answer: six!
It's about time Wes Anderson put his whimsical outlook on the world into animation. It fits like an awkward yellow-hued glove. Check out these clip of Anderson's usual suspects — Owen Wilson, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman — going furry.