This week I had the amazing opportunity to head out to Los Angeles, CA for a few days and attend the red carpet premiere of Disney’s The BFG starring Mark Rylance (The BFG) and Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) and directed by Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies). Lined along the streets of Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the historical El Capitan Theatre, fans and press from everywhere came to see Steven Spielberg’s first film with Disney, The BFG, starring Academy Award winner Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader and other celebrity guests. Disney’s The BFG, which premiered to one of the longest standing ovations at the recent Cannes Film Festival, is based on the beloved Roald Dahl book, it tells the imaginative story of a young girl, Sophie and the giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. We started out at The Hard Rock Cafe to get a bite to eat before the premiere of the movie began. The scenery was amazing and people were coming and going in anticipation of the movie premiere at the El Capitan Theatre. The real excitement was outside where there were tons of press and celebrities coming to watch the premiere. Even in the intense heat (100 degrees), everyone was dressed up, chatting and having an amazing time on the red carpet. They even had props and activities you can enjoy and take in. My personal favorite was trying to lift The BFG’s bag of dreams.
I also enjoyed seeing the stars of the movie as they walked the carpet and talked with press and fans. A few even stopped to take a selfie with us! We also got a glimpse of other celebs that brought their families to the movie premiere.
It was amazing to meet some of the stars of the film including Jemaine Clement (Fleshlumpeater) and Penelope Wilton (The Queen)
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The red carpet was filled with colorful, magical moments as you step into the world of The BFG. As the press junket was over, we all gathered into the theatre to watch The BFG. It was an amazing feeling to watch this movie knowing that just a few rows behind sat the cast and crew, including Steven Spielberg, for the first US premiere.
Once the movie ended, we headed back out to the carpet for a few more photos ops before finally heading home for the evening. I must say that this was the best press trip I have taken in years. The movie was so heartfelt and loving and the cast and crew did an amazing job bring Roald Dahl’s book to life on the big screen.
Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was first published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since. Dahl’s books, which also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda,” are currently available in 58 languages and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Originally created as a bedtime story, “The BFG” was Dahl’s own favorite of all his stories. “It was very important for us to be loyal to the language,” says Spielberg, “and the great writer Melissa Mathison, who also wrote ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,’ wrote ‘The BFG.’”
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for the most up-to-date previews and release information. You will find it all here as we learn more about this exciting summer blockbuster. “The BFG” opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.
Disclosure: I was provided with an all-expense paid trip as part of a press Junket with Disney to cover this and all The BFG media.