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Roald Dahl

  1. Penguin Goes All Toddlers & Tiaras For Their 50th Anniversary Cover of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    "Oh, it can't be that ba–Oh. Oh God. Wh—what is that? GET IT AWAY!"

    So many things wrong with the new “Penguin Modern Classic” cover for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I can't. I am unable to can.

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  2. OMG, Steven Spielberg Is Directing Roald Dahl’s The BFG For DreamWorks

    hold on to your butts

    Kid's books with movie versions currently in development: The BFGAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The Giver. R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Paddington. And many, many more. And yet still no movie for Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch, about the man who painted this. (Yes, it's a real book.) I don't understand you, Hollywood.

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  3. Superhero Movie News Overload? Lets Talk About an Adorable Roald Dahl Adaptation

    Awwwwww

    Not only is it an adaptation of an adorable Roald Dahl short story, it's also just acquired two adorable lead actors, Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: This Doctor Who Cake Looks Dalek-Table

    Things We Saw Today

    Inquiring minds want to know: Did Mike's Amazing Cakes just clean one of the egg beater whisks they used to make this awesome Dalek cake and then use it for decoration? (via That's Nerdalicious)

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  5. Things We Saw Today: That Elizabeth Sladen Died

    Things We Saw Today

    The BBC is reporting that Elisabeth Sladen, who became most famous for her role as Sarah Jane Smith, companion of the fourth and fifth Doctors of Doctor Who, died today at the age of sixty-three. She had been battling cancer for some time.

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  6. Roald Dahl’s Writing to Appear on Cereal Boxes

    Of Course!

    First, the good news: Kids still read non-electronic devices at the breakfast table! More good news: some of them will get to read things by Roald Dahl at the breakfast table! Puffin, who publishes Dahl's work, has worked out a deal with the author's estate and the UK supermarket chain Asda to print excerpts of stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, and The Twits, among others.

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  7. Way Out: The Roald Dahl Suspense Series [Video]

    this exists

    Back in the 1950s, CBS wanted to fill one of its half-hour time slots with something they could show alongside The Twilight Zone. So they created Way Out, which interpreted Roald Dahl's more adult, twisted stories (even though he was known for his more light-hearted, kid-friendly work) into a television series similar to its successful companion piece. It only ran for 14 episodes, but five of them are available online at Archive.org. This episode, entitled "William and Mary," shows a bitter, verbally abusive husband on his deathbed and the neurologist who wants to keep his brain alive after death. It's a really twisted story, and it certainly makes you want to read Dahl's work, but I'd be lying if I said this wouldn't be amazing if given the MST3K treatment. Especially the part when the good doctor says he's "been wanting to have a go at a man." Oh, yes. The full 26-minute episode is embedded above. (Metafilter via Boing Boing)

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