Network Announces Brand New Studio and Logo To Accompany Launch
NEW YORK – December 1, 2016 – Bravo Media today announced “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” formerly “Watch What Happens Live” will debut an official name change, a fresh, revamped studio and a new logo on Tuesday, January 3 at 11pm ET/PT. In addition to doubling the size of the audience, the remodeled studio will also offer a designated performance space for musical guests that frequent the Bravo Clubhouse and a plethora of cosmetic set modifications, while remaining true to the original Bravo Clubhouse aesthetic fans have come to love. Celebrating its 1000th episode this past March, “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” has become a nightly destination for A-listers including Meryl Streep, Cher, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Lawrence, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Will Ferrell and Gwyneth Paltrow. Whether “Pleading the Fifth” or “Opening The Vault,” endless memorable moments have been revealed during the show’s seven-year tenure as host Andy Cohen continues to challenge some of the biggest celebrities and Bravolebrities on the only truly live, interactive series in late night television.
“Our new clubhouse is the perfect upgrade for us because it won’t lose any of the intimacy or lunacy provided by our current home,” said Andy Cohen, Host and Executive Producer. “We’re going from an audience of 22 to about 50, plus we have roof access and a whole lot of new surprises. It’s like moving from a Tic Tac to a studio apartment!”
A socially-driven experience, the new studio will be accompanied with the unveiling of customized “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” Snapchat geofilters featuring themes tied to the Bravo Clubhouse available for audience members attending the show taping. Leading up to the event, fans can join the celebration by tweeting their favorite #WWHL moments using #WWHLClubhouse for the chance to see those moments revealed during the show. Fans can also follow the @BravoWWHL Instagram account to relive some of the most unforgettable memories in the Bravo clubhouse.
Click Here to download the “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” logo.
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“Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” is produced by Embassy Row with Michael Davies, Deirdre Connolly and Andy Cohen serving as Executive Producers.
About Bravo Media:
Bravo Media is the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives the cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content that focuses on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” scripted comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” Available in 92 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.
Voices of the Elves Include Dave Foley, Sarah Chalke, Derek Richardson,
as well as Rob Riggle and Chris Parnell
Academy Award-Winning John Lasseter Is Executive Producer
Two Emmy-winning specials produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios “Disney Prep & Landing” and “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” will air back to back SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 (8:00-8:30 p.m. and 8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
The first half-hour holiday special reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. Every Christmas Eve this high-tech organization ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared for the yearly visit from The Big Guy, their code name for Santa Claus.
After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee, the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny, an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits. Will the elves be able to guide Dasher, Dancer and the rest of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh through a raging snowstorm to ensure a Merry Christmas for all?
The second half-hour special continues the yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne: With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology that has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking naughty kid! Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, Wayne seeks out the foremost naughty kid expert to aid in the mission – a bombastic member of the Coal Elf Brigade, who also happens to be his estranged brother, Noel.
The cast of “Disney Prep & Landing” includes Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall,” “NewsRadio”) as Wayne, Sarah Chalke (“Maneater,” “Scrubs”) as Magee and Derek Richardson (“Men in Trees,” “Hostel,” “Dumb and Dumberer”) as Lanny.
The cast of “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” includes Dave Foley as Wayne, Sarah Chalke as Magee, Derek Richardson as Lanny, Rob Riggle (“The Daily Show,” “American Dad!”) as Noel and Chris Parnell (“Suburgatory,” “30 Rock”) as Mr. Thistleton.
John Lasseter is executive producer of both specials. Dorothy McKim is the producer, and the writers/directors are Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton.
“Disney Prep & Landing” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-G parental guideline.
To Host Live Global Event on Oscar® Sunday, February 26 on ABC
LOS ANGELES, CA –Late-night talk show host, producer and comedian Jimmy Kimmel confirmed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that he will host the 89th Oscars® to be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 26, 2017, on the ABC Television Network. This is Kimmel’s first time hosting the global telecast.
“Mike and Jennifer have an excellent plan and their enthusiasm is infectious,” said Kimmel. “I am honored to have been chosen to host the 89th and final Oscars.”
“Jimmy’s ability to connect with people is what makes him a singular choice for this job,” said producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. “His frank observations, relatable persona, wry humor and love of all kinds of film make him a natural fit for the Oscars stage.”
“Jimmy has the qualities of all the great hosts,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “He knows who he is, he knows the audience and he knows how to captain a ship with many moving parts. We’re thrilled he has agreed to host our show.”
“The Oscars are in great hands with Jimmy,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “He is razor sharp, funny, and unpredictable, and has proven himself a master of live event television, which is perfect for our audience around the world.”
Channing Dungey, President ABC Entertainment said, “Jimmy is the perfect choice for us. He is deeply rooted in the Hollywood community and gifted at connecting with an audience as the consummate emcee. We expect the evening will be filled with great fun while honoring the best in the movie business.”
Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of the Emmy®-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” ABC’s longest running late-night talk show. Now in its 14th season, “JKL” has earned six Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Variety Series Talk category, the Writing for a Variety Series category, and the Variety, Music or Comedy Series category.
The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.
The following is a list of all the LEGO reviews that were featured on J!-ENT thus far.
J!-ENT LEGO REVIEWS (Listing are alphabetical order):
Note: Reviews are from 1993-Present (NOTE: Due to the amount of reviews we have done over the years, not all are included in this listing yet. We are periodically updating this section with our past reviews. Also, please note that some of these reviews are very old and are in a different format to our current review style.)
- Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO by Warren Elsmore
- The Cult of LEGO by John Baichtal and Joe Meno
- LEGO: I Love That Minifigure by Jonathan Green
- LEGO minifigures: CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA
- LEGO MINIFIGURE YEAR BY YEAR: A VISUAL HISTORY by Gregory Farshtey with Daniel Lipkowitz
- the LEGO NEIGHBORHOOD book by Brian Lyles and Jason Lyles
- Medieval LEGO by Greyson Beights
- A LEGO Brickumentary
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures: Season One
- LEGO STAR WARS: The New Yoda Chronicles
NEW YORK, NY – November 29, 2016 – Bravo Media sets the premiere date for its new original, scripted series “Imposters” (previously announced as “My So Called Wife”), debuting Tuesday, February 7 at 10pm ET/PT and produced by Universal Cable Productions. The series follows Maddie (Inbar Lavi, “Gang Related”), a persona shifting con-artist who is as beautiful as she is dangerous, leaving her unwitting victims tormented when they realize they have been used and robbed of everything – including their hearts. But things get complicated when her former targets, Ezra (Rob Heaps, “Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night”), Richard (Parker Young, “Suburgatory”) and Jules (Marianne Rendón) team up to track her down. While pursuing her newest mark, Maddie meets a potential love interest, Patrick (Stephen Bishop, “Being Mary Jane”), which threatens to derail her assignment, much to the chagrin of her mysterious boss, The Doctor. Meanwhile, her dejected past lovers manage to take control of their new realities, not realizing that in their quest to confront her, they’ll have to face their own truths and find new versions of themselves along the way. For a sneak peek at the new series, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/imposters/season-1/videos/a-sneak-peek-at-imposters
In the series premiere, newlyweds Ava (Maddie) and Ezra’s blissful marriage shatters when he discovers his sweet wife has disappeared with all their money and enough sensitive information to destroy his family if he turns to the authorities for help. As a devastated Ezra reels and searches for answers, Maddie expertly prepares for her next con with her trusted cohorts, Max (Brian Benben, “Dream On”) and Sally (Katherine LaNasa, “The Campaign”). When Richard shows up at Ezra’s door in search of his perfect wife Alice, they realize they’ve been fooled by the same woman and join forces in the hope of finding her to seek revenge.
Golden Globe winning actress Uma Thurman will guest star with a story arc spanning several episodes. Uma will play Lenny Cohen, the ultimate fixer, making her debut in the episode airing February 21, 2017. When the reclusive ring-leader of a group of con artists needs to keep his employees in line or eliminate an enemy, there is only one person for the job – the lethal, articulate and mysterious Lenny Cohen.
As Bravo continues its commitment to the scripted space, “Imposters” joins the network’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” set to return in 2017, and “Odd Mom Out,” currently in pre-production.
For more information on the show, please visit the official Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter @bravotv using the hashtag #Imposters. The series will also be available on VOD and TVE.
To download photos and for all press materials, please visit: nbcumv.com/programming/bravo
“Imposters” is produced by Universal Cable Productions (UCP) with Adam Brooks and Paul Adelstein serving as Executive Producers.
About Bravo Media:
Bravo Media is the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives the cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content that focuses on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” scripted comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live.” Available in 92 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.
About Universal Cable Productions:
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks including the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Playing House,” “Shooter” and “Suits” on USA Network; “12 Monkeys,” “Incorporated,” “Killjoys,” and “The Magicians” on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” on Bravo; “The Royals” on E!; “Difficult People” on Hulu; and “HarmonQuest” on Seeso. UCP’s content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning “Monk” as well as “Psych” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.
The battle of the lights continues with new episodes of ABC’s hit holiday-decorating-competition series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST). Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the immensely popular series is back for a fourth season on Monday nights in December with returning celebrity judges, Carter Oosterhouse (HGTV’s “Million Dollar Rooms”) and Taniya Nayak (Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible”).
“The Great Christmas Light Fight” features families from across America decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas in hopes that they will win $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy ($300,000 total in prizes for the season).
“Episode 403” (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” features four families showcasing their incredible holiday displays, including the Field family’s epic Magic Kingdom-inspired light show in Lakeview, NY; the Hohensee family’s high-tech homemade light show in Central, LA; the Pampena family’s inspiring tribute to 9/11 in Stamford, CT; and the Messingschlager family’s tropical North pole in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Who will be awarded $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy? Tune in as judge Carter Oosterhouse makes the decision, on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”
“Episode 404” (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) – The magic continues with the Shaw family’s display featuring more lights on its Christmas tree than the famed tree at Rockefeller Center in Cranbury, NJ; the Kasper-Cook family, who built their home to showcase a light show after being inspired by season one of “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” in Minnetrista, MN; the De Sario family, whose passion has helped them raise almost $150,000 for the Hospital for Sick Kids, in Toronto, Canada; and the Thompson family’s husband-wife duo with an all-handmade holiday display in Glen Allen, VA. Watch to see who judge Taniya Nayak awards $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy, on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”
THE BIG GAME, the 2014 suspense thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson, Felicity Huffman and Victor Garber, will make its network television premiere Saturday, Dec. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
In the film, the President of the U.S. (Jackson) must rely on a 13-year-old boy (Onni Tommila) to rescue him after Air Force One is shot down over Finland.
THE BIG GAME was directed by Jalamari Helander based on the screenplay by Helander and Petri Jokiranta.
For Dahl fans, “The BFG” is a magical, entertaining and delightful film. It’s also a wonderful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, brought to life by filmmaker Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison that will entertain families for generations to come. Recommended!
TITLE: The BFG
FILM RELEASE: 2016
DURATION: 118 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, (2:39:1), English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 2.0 Description Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French
RATED: PG (For Action, Peril, Some Scary Moments and Brief Rude Humor)
RELEASE DATE: November 29, 2016
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Based on the Book by Roald Dahl
Screenplay by Melissa Mathison
Produced by Frank Marshall, Sam Mercer, Steven Spielberg
Co-Producer: Adam Somner
Associate Producer: Melissa Mathison
Executive Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Kristie Macosko Krieger, John Madden, Michael Siegel
Music by John Williams
Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski
Edited by Michael Kahn
Production Design by Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg
Art Direction by Chris Beach, Margot Ready, Todd Cherniawsky, Grant Van Der Slagt, Rebecca Milton
Set Decoration by Michael A. Billings, Elizabeth Wilcox
Costume Design by Joanna Johnston
Mark Rylance as BFG
Ruby Barnhill as Sophie
Penelope Wilton as The Queen
Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater
Rebecca Hall as Mary
Rafe Spall as Mr. Tibbs
Bill Hader as Bloodbottler
When a mysterious 10-year-old boy, Pete, turns up, claiming to live in the woods with a giant green dragon, it’s up to a forest ranger, Grace, and young Natalie to learn where the boy came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this magical dragon.
Back in 1982, British novelist Roald Dahl (“James and the Giant Peach”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, to name a few) would write “The BFG”.
And in 2016, filmmaker Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan”, “Schindler’s List”, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”) and screenwriter Melissa Mathison (“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, “Kundun”, “Twilight Zone: The Movie”) would go on to create a live-film adaptation of Dahl’s popular novel for Disney, which would be Spielberg’s first directorial film for Walt Disney Pictures.
The film would be the final film which Melissa Mathison had written before her death. And the movie is dedicated to her.
The film would star Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”, “The Other Boleyn Girl”, “Intimacy”), Penelope Wilton (“Match Point”, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, “Shaun of the Dead”), Jermaine Clement (“Men in Black 3”, “Rio” films), Rebecca Hall (“The Prestige”, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, “Iron Man 3”), Rafe Spall (“Prometheus”, “Life of Pi”, “Shaun of the Dead”) and Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”, “Superbad”).
And now “The BFG” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Disney.
The film revolves around 10-year-old orphan, Sophie (portrayed by Ruby Barnhill) and lives in a London orphanage and can’t sleep at nights due to insomnia.
One night at 3:00 a.m., she looked outside the window and sees an elderly giant. The giant (portrayed by Mark Rylance) who tried to keep hidden realizes he has been seen and so he grabs onto Sophie and takers her to Giant Country.
Known as “BFG” (Big Friendly Giant), he explains to Sophie that she must stay with him for the rest of her life, because he is not allowed to reveal the existence of giants. She also finds out that BFG can captures and controls dreams, but since she has insomnia, she doesn’t believe that he can control them.
The BFG manages to read her to sleep but gives her a nightmare of trying to escape but being eaten by another giant.
When she awakes, the leader of the man-eating giants, Fleshlumpeater (portrayed by Jermaine Clement), has entered BFG’s home and smells a human (which they call “bean”). While hungry, the BFG manages to distract Fleshlumpeater from finding and eating Sophie.
As Sophie and the BFG talk about going to the Dream Country, so they can catch dreams together, while traveling, he accidentally wakes up the Bloodbottler (portrayed by Bill Hader) who wakes up the other giants and together, the giants (who are much more taller than the BFG) bully and torment him.
When the storm comes, the BFG and Sophie manages to escape but in the process, she leaves a blanket and when Fleshlumpeater, the Bloodbottler and the other man-eating giants catch the scent of a human, they are now determined in trying to eat Sophie and search for the BFG.
Can the BFG protect Sophie from the man-eating giants?
“The BFG” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:39:1 aspect ratio). The film looks absolutely fantastic as closeups show great detail, especially when Sophie and the BFG first come in contact with the other man-eating giants and you can see the pores and hair on the arms of the giants clearly. Outdoor scenes look lush and the CG was done very well. Once again, another Disney film that looks simply amazing on Blu-ray!
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“The BFG” is presented in English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks. The lossless soundtrack is fantastic as the film features quite a bit of action and these scenes manage utilize the surround channels and the LFE very well. And also, capturing the ambiance of the land (storms) to even the more magical moments of the film. Dialogue and music are crystal clear and for the most part, the lossless soundtrack is fantastic.
Subtitles are in English SDH, Spanish and French.
“The BFG” comes with the following special features:
- Bringing “The BFG” to Life – (27:09) Actress Ruby Barnhill takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the making of “The BFG”.
- The Big Friendly Giant and Me – (1:47) An animated story about The Big Friendly Giant and the little “bean”.
- Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of the BFG – (3:09) A tutorial on the language of the BFG.
- Giants 101 – (4:57) A featurette about the actors who portray the nine giants in the film.
- Melissa Mathison: A Tribute – (5:53) A tribute to screenwriter Melissa Mathison and how Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall approached Melissa on writing “The BFG” and Spielberg’s working relationship with Melissa. And how a few of the crew of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” reunited together for “The BFG”.
“The BFG” comes with a slipcover and a Disney Movie Rewards code. Also, included is a DVD version of the film.
For those who have read a book or have watched a film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s work, probably have come to realize by now that his stories are well-written and for the most part, have entertained generations.
From “James and the Giant Peach”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Matilda”, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” to name a few, the latest film adaptation is “The BFG” directed by Steven Spielberg and a screenplay by Melissa Mathison is well-done, entertaining and me and my son had a lot of fun watching the film.
But while Roald Dahl is known by many who grew up watching his films, for today’s younger generation who are familiar with today’s writers and superhero films, perhaps images of a young girl and an older, elderly giant was not enough to entice them to watch the film, and the lack of familiarity of Dahl’s work may have prevented “The BFG” from being a major box office success.
Which is a sad because Dahl’s stories have entertained generations for decades. And while the film fortunately earned more than the film’s entire budget, the same situation that “The BFG” experienced happened with the animated adaptation of Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. Critically acclaimed, beloved by Dahl fans and those familiar with Dahl’s work.
But one can hope that similar to “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, “The BFG” is able to attract viewers now that the film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD. Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison did a fantastic job for the adaptation and the storyline is fun, adventurous and one can’t help but laughing and be entertained by the film. Snozzcumbers anyone?
Young Ruby Barnhill did an amazing job portraying Sophie and as child actors go, she managed to do very well with her lines and showing good emotion towards the BFG and that is one thing that helps when you have filmmaker Steven Spielberg behind-the-helm. CG is wonderfully done and for the most part, the film is entertaining and enjoyable.
And as Spielberg is a fantastic director, many of us will miss Melissa Mathison’s work as a screenwriter, as this film was her last before her death back in 2015. So, in a way, this is a reunion of a few of the crew from “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”.
On Blu-ray, the closeups are fantastic as detail can really be seen and videophiles will more than likely be pleased. Also, lossless audio is fantastic thanks to the abundant live action sequences, John Williams’ wonderful score and overall, magical ambiance that is showcased throughout the film. And the Blu-ray also includes a good number of special features.
Overall, for Dahl fans, “The BFG” is a magical, entertaining and delightful film. It’s also a wonderful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, brought to life by filmmaker Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison that will entertain families for generations to come. Recommended!
Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment founded in January 1992 (with Marcie Bloom) that distributes, produces and acquires independent films from the United States and around the world.
The team has worked with many of the world’s finest independent filmmakers including Woody Allen, Pedro Almodóvar, Robert Altman, Allison Anders, Hector Babenco, Kenneth Branagh, Ingmar Bergman, John Boorman, Francis Ford Coppola, David Cronenberg, Luc Dardenne, Jonathan Demme, Guillermo del Toro, Atom Egoyan, R.W. Fassbinder, Mike Figgis, Hal Hartley, Agniezska Holland, James Ivory, Merchant Ivory, Jim Jarmusch, Norman Jewison, Neil Jordan, Charlie Kaufman, Akira Kurosawa, Neil LaBute, Ang Lee, Richard Linklater, Louis Malle, David Mamet, Errol Morris, Gary Oldman, Jean-Pierre, Sally Potter, Alan Rudolph, John Sayles, Paul Schrader, Fred Schepisi, Lily Tomlin, François Truffaut, Paul Verhoeven, Wong Kar Wai, Wim Wenders, and Zhang Yimou.
The following is a list of all the Sony Pictures Classics Blu-ray and DVD’s we have reviewed on J!-ENT thus far.
Note: Reviews are from 1999-Present
– Land Ho!
– The Past
– Red Army
Catch MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI at the IFC Center in New York THIS FRIDAY November 25th
and nationwide December 2nd
Get tickets for IFC Center HERE!
Find the complete list of play dates below!
Don’t forget to check out the retrospective at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts along with MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI:
12/03 – SAMURAI REBELLION
12/04 – HIDDEN FORTRESS
12/04 – HIGH & LOW
12/08 – THRONE OF BLOOD
11/25/16 IFC Center New York, NY
12/02/16 Laemmle-Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre Beverly Hills, CA
12/02/16 Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema Cambridge, MA
12/09/16 Landmark Theatres San Francisco, CA
12/09/16 Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley, CA
12/16/16 Sie Film Center Denver, CO
12/16/16 Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Ctr New Orleans, LA
12/16/16 Parkway Theatre Pittsburgh, PA (McKee’s Rock)
01/06/17 Jean Cocteau Cinema Santa Fe, NM
01/06/17 Grand Illusion Seattle, WA
02/03/17 Landmark’s Ken Cinema San Diego, CA
Directed by Steven Okazaki
Narrated by Keanu Reeves
Features Interviews with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Teruyo Nogami, Kyoko Kagawa, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Takeshi Kato and Yoko Tsukasa
Mifune: The Last Samurai, a new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for not only The Magnificent Seven and Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s breakthrough, A Fistful of Dollars, but also George Lucas’ Star Wars.
Mifune – wry, charismatic and deadly – re-invented the modern movie hero. “A lot of people try to imitate Mifune,” says Steven Spielberg, “especially when they’re playing strong and silent, but nobody can. He was unique in all the world.”
Watch the trailer: