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Roald Dahl

The BFG - A Fantastic Fantasy!

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 07.01.2016 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Based on the book by Roald Dahl and directed by the iconic Steven Spielberg, a girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his in...

Spielberg's The BFG: Joys of Whizpoppers, Snozzcumbers, and Cannibalism

Brandon Judell | Posted 06.30.2016 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

Janusz Kamiski's cinematography has seldom been more breathtaking, while the cast headed by Mark Rylance as the BFG, Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, and Penelope Wilton as the Queen are all engaging.

Steven Spielberg: The Importance of Magic

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.27.2016 | Entertainment
Sue Shanahan

There is not a doubt in my mind that Mr. Spielberg believes in fairies and all things magical. I do, too. I've learned to cultivate enchantment and to be open to being astonished:

The BFG: An Enchanting Tale of Magnificent Friendship

Off The Shelf | Posted 06.23.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Ashley Hay | Off the Shelf I missed Roald Dahl's The BFG when it appeared in 1982. Perhaps, being eleven, I thought I'd outgrown such things, busy...

TV Increases Ignorance

Emir Eksioglu | Posted 05.16.2016 | Media
Emir Eksioglu

Some people on TV give all kinds of wrong information to the viewers. Maybe they do it for the political interests of the TV channel, maybe they shape the information with their own opinions or maybe even they don't know that the information they are giving is wrong.

The Good Dinosaur's Production Design Presented Many Challenges to Harley Jessup and His Team at Pixar

Jim Hill | Posted 02.23.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Once upon a time, Harley Jessup worked on Twice Upon a Time.

What Fresh Hell Is This?

George Heymont | Posted 09.17.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the joys of being able to see certain actors appear in various productions throughout the year on Bay area stages is that one gets a chance to appreciate their versatility. I have never seen San San José on fire with the intensity he brought to his portrayal of Segismundo.

Was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Originally Just a Big Ad for Candy?

Brian Cronin | Posted 09.08.2015 | Entertainment
Brian Cronin

It was not a major hit as a film, but it did, in fact, launch a popular candy company. Quaker Oats used the Willy Wonka Candy Company name for their new line of candy products (with Breaker Confections eventually becoming officially known as Willy Wonky Candy Company).

Gay Couple's Wedding Channels 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Mark Traverso and Conor Walton say that "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has been a cornerstone of their entertaining style throughout their eight ...

Matilda at the Ahmanson

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.08.2016 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Photo by Joan Marcus Matilda, the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1988 children's classic, has some delightful moments, including a devilish turn ...

Music/Theatre, The Arts Meet the Laser, the Computer, the New Digital World

Freddie Gershon | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Freddie Gershon

In January 2015, I read more about Steve Jobs and also the development of Bill Gates. I read an obituary about Charles Townes, the father of the laser (who died at age 99). I saw a fine film about Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the Enigma Code during World War II.

Roald Dahl Wrote This Painful Plea For Vaccinations After His Own Daughter Died Of Measles

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics

Author Roald Dahl penned a heartbreaking letter in 1988, urging parents to vaccinate their kids, in which he shared the story of his heartbreak over h...

How to Do Christmas Away From Home With Kids

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 02.28.2015 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

Going away for Christmas with little kids, who wonder how Santa will find them, can be tricky. As a parent, I fret about the logistics of trivial things like: Where will the stockings hang?

The Crocodile and the Scorpion

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

As to who played the scorpion and who played the crocodile, I'd give the first title "Scorpion" to Dick Cheney and share the second, "Crocodile" between Bush Jr. and Obama. Cheney injected the venom and Bush and Obama have been drowning in it ever since.

5 Film Hotels of Halloween Horror

Trivago.ca | Posted 12.29.2014 | Travel
Trivago.ca

Hotels inspire the horrific and macabre, and with Halloween almost upon us it's time to celebrate haunted rooms, menacing presences, poltergeists, and even the occasional Log Lady lurking in the lobby.

Ten Surprising Facts About 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'

Lucy Mangan | Posted 11.09.2014 | Books
Lucy Mangan

Mr. Willy Wonka was first known as Mr. Ritchie.

Creepiest Book Cover Ever?

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.09.2014 | Books

A beloved children's book is about to get a questionable facelift. Earlier this week, Penguin Books teased a new cover for a "tasty tale" that is b...

It Turns Out, Your Favorite Children's Book Writer Had A Very Dark Taste In Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.06.2014 | Arts

When we reminisce about the late children's book author Roald Dahl, we usually conjure images of giant peaches, chocolate factories and fantastic foxe...

'The Cricket in Times Square': A Manhattan Children's Book Tour

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Peter Mandel

Maybe it's because the authors lived here, but dozens of classic books for kids are set in the center of New York. Crickets in their pages hang out, not in cornfields, but in Midtown. Mice don't run down country lanes: They sail boats in Central Park.

Steven Spielberg Will Direct Adaptation Of Beloved Roald Dahl Story

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.26.2014 | Entertainment

Roald Dahl's novels have remained a steady source of big-screen success, and now Steven Spielberg is set to bring "The BFG" to theaters, according to ...

Why Are Roald Dahl's Stories So Creepy?

Posted 04.22.2014 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Roald Dahl and Philosophy: A Little Nonsense Now and Then [Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $19.95]: Most fiction ...

9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From Their Favorite Classic Children's Books

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books

Our very favorite children's books left an irreversible impression on our childhoods and on our lives. Some of our most cherished storybook characters...

12 Fascinating Literary Facts

Oliver Tearle | Posted 01.31.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Ernest Hemingway once took home the urinal from his favorite bar, arguing he'd 'pissed away' so much of his money into it that he owned it.

10 Wonderfully Dark Roald Dahl Illustrations

Posted 09.15.2013 | Arts

Before your foray into adult literature, your imagination was likely visited from time to time by Roald Dahl's colorful and often frightening characte...

10 Fantastic Roald Dahl Quotes

Posted 09.13.2013 | Books

Happy birthday, Roald Dahl! The author of the beloved children's books, "Matilda," "James and the Giant Peach," and "The BFG" was born on this day in ...