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An Open Letter to Roald Dahl on the 32nd Anniversary of ‘Matilda’

On the 32nd anniversary of the beloved 'Matilda' I chose to celebrate by writing an open letter to the writer, Roald Dahl, which I now invite you all to read.

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Taika Waititi and The Chocolate Factory

Two years ago, word got out that Netflix had been planning to release adaptations of a few of Roald Dahl’s works. However, up until now, there had been radio silence. There is still a lot that’s unknown, like when the project will start or when the shows and/or movies will be available, but we do know some of the important stuff.

First, we know that everything will start with Oscar-winning director, Taika Waititi. For the few who don’t know, Taika Waititi is the New Zealand mastermind behind JoJo Rabbit and the comedic Thor: Ragnarök. So far, we know that Waititi will be writing, directing, and executive producing two projects based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The first, with the same name as the beloved book, will center around the story’s main characters and locations.

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The second project, however, is a true attention grabber. We will finally be getting an explanation for the Oompa Loompas. In a project titled Oompa-Loompa, we get to see Waititi’s take on the little orange people that make the Chocolate Factory what it is. And viewers who worried about the wonder and whimsy of the original tale shouldn’t be scared. Waititi is known for his quirky, hilarious, and surprisingly emotional pieces.

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These projects are the first of Netflix’s deal with the Roald Dahl Story Company. In total, there will be 16 stories being used as Netflix’s inspiration. According to Netflix’s Media Center, “The list of titles in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine,” and many more. These titles will be the inspiration for animated series and one-offs that should delight any Dahl fan.

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Four Books to Read Before Seeing ‘The French Dispatch’

Last week, news of Wes Anderson’s latest movie hit Twitter. The movie, The French Dispatch, accompanied by Anderson’s screenplay of the same name, will be released in July of this year. However, in the meantime, it’s best to prepare yourself for the wonderfully quirky vibes Anderson will be dishing out with some equally quirky books.

 

  1. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

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While we all love Anderson’s take on this story, the original is just as fun. The children’s novel follows the sly but funny Mr. Fox. As a means to feed his wife and children, Mr. Fox resorts to stealing livestock from three cruel farmers. He and his other burrowing friends hatch a plan to steal as much food as they can from the evil farmers. The story is a tale of adventure and friendship, two things everyone should experience.

 

  1. The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig

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The Post Office Girl gets a spot on this list because of its author. In a conversation with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library, Anderson revealed that Zweig’s works were the main inspiration for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Zweig tells the story of Christine, an Austrian woman who is a poverty-stricken post office worker and her struggle with depression and financial exclusion.

 

 

  1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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The story of Bernadette and her disappearance is quite an adventure. On the brink of a breakdown, all the wrong things happen to Bernadette Fox. Unable to cope with the build-up of stress and the blame for her daughter’s failed school fundraiser, Bernadette disappears. With her mother gone, Bee is forced to piece everything together and uncovers years of her mother’s secrets. The book has recently been adapted into a movie and it is entertaining in any form.

 

  1. The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz

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It’s always best to reacquaint yourself with the witty, wild worlds Wes Anderson has created. What better way than to go behind the scenes of it all. In his collection, movie/tv critic Matt Zoller Seitz gives readers an insider view of Anderson’s work. There are behind-the-scenes photos and artwork from Anderson’s movies as well as original illustrations and images for each production.

 

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Watch Out! The Witches Are Back!

The Witches have made a comeback! It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 30 years since Roald Dahl’s masterpiece book was first adapted into a movie back in 1990, starring the fabulous Anjelica Huston!

 

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You’d think we’d be safe this time around, but the clan of evil women have joined forces with the fabulous Anne Hathaway as the The Grand High Witch and Octavia Spencer as additional cast! Spooky, we know!

 

 

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Director Nicolas Roeg did a spectacular job with the movie in 1990, because it still has a cult following to this day. But rumor has it, Roald Dahl did not approve of the film, as the ending was changed from the book, so lets see how things turn out this time around.

 

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Even though the book came out in 1983, I remember reading it as a kid much later and being downright terrified. And the movie was perhaps one of the single most horrifying and equally thrilling children’s movies to have ever been released, in my opinion!

 

 

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So, safe to say, we are quite excited and thrilled for the upcoming adaptation, and hope it does justice to the previous fantastic 1990 movie, as well as the timeless book. And maybe this time around, Roald Dahl would finally be content!

 

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13 Magical Quotes For National Magic Day

Whether you plan to take on the night or hang at home with some horrifyingly good reads, here are 13 magically inspired quotes to put you in the best of spirits for this wicked holiday.

 

 

 

A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.

― Caroline Gordon, American Novelist and Literary Critic

 

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Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

 

 

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

― W.B. Yeats, Irish Poet

 

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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

― John Anster, The First Part of Goethe’s Faust

 

 

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.

 

― J.K. Rowling, known for Harry Potter

 

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Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.

― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

 

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…disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business….

― Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

 

 

He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.

― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

 

 

Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

 

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Sometimes its necessary to embrace the magic, to find out what’s real in life, and in one’s own heart.

― Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

 

 

Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.

― Nora Roberts, American Romance Author

 

 

I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.

― Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

 

 

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

― Roald Dahl, known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

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Happy Halloween and National Magic Day!

 

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