Walking the red carpet for Disney’s The BFG was an amazing adventure. You never know what is going to happen on the red carpet. Each movie is a different experience. We completely lucked out for The BFG and were able to spend a ton of time on the red carpet. We had the opportunity to pose for photos, people watch and just have fun.
While I didn’t see many celebrities this time around I did have so much fun. Being able to experience the red carpet with friends is a dream come true. I never would have imagined that I would get to explore the red carpet, take pics all over the place and just soak it all in.
After we walked the red carpet we headed to the premiere party at the Hard Rock Hotel. Another new 40 before 40 for me! I had never been to a premiere party before. There were tv stars and movie actors wandering around with us. CRAZY!
We hung out and enjoyed some amazing people watching. I am going to fully admit we were on a celebrity viewing mission. It was fun to look around the room and see who was there. I am not some one who walks up to celebrities and chats with them. I want them to be able to enjoy the premiere and soak up their celebrations with their families. I do enjoy people watching though. So this was perfect for me.
We ended up walking the red carpet twice almost. We had to walk back over from the Hard Rock and were able to get back on the red carpet and soak it up before watching the movie. The red carpet was decorated with a ton of The BFG posters and movie prop examples. The BFG’s giant satchel and dream glasses were there along with an interactive photo prop so you could sit in The BFG’s hand.
The El Capitan is a gorgeous historic theater! If you are near Hollywood please take time to check it out! There are great movie displays and so much to see. We watched The BFG again in the theater. Before the movie plays there is a organist who plays classic Disney songs on a Wurlitzer with four keyboards. The largest pipe for the organ is over 32 feet long. I love soaking up the moment just listening to the organ music and being in the theater.
It is a truly magical experience being surrounded by all the movie history and watching a movie in the theater. It was also super cool to see some of the actors and actresses from the movie sitting near us.
The BFG is a movie for the entire family. Seeing it at the premiere was incredible. Listening to the crowd laugh, gasp, and be in the moment was so much fun. I can’t wait to share the cast interviews next week. We have interviews with Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill and more coming next week!
OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE: The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle.
Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome.
Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.
Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg (“Bridge of Spies,” “Schindler’s List,” ”Saving Private Ryan”) from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”) based on the best-selling novel by Roald Dahl, “The BFG” stars three-time Tony Award® and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), newcomer Ruby Barnhill, 2 Penelope Wilton (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Downton Abbey”), Jemaine Clement (“Rio 2,” “The Flight of the Conchords”), Rebecca Hall (“The Gift,” “Iron Man 3”), Rafe Spall (“The Big Short,” “Prometheus”) and Bill Hader (“Inside Out,” “Trainwreck”). The film is produced by Spielberg, Frank Marshall (“Jurassic World,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”) and Sam Mercer (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Sixth Sense”) with Kathleen Kennedy (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lincoln”), John Madden (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Shakespeare in Love”), Kristie Macosko Krieger (“Bridge of Spies,” “Lincoln”), Michael Siegel (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Rise of the Guardians”), Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov serving as executive producers.
“The BFG” opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.
To find out more about the movie check out The BFG Official Facebook Page!