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Movie news: ‘The BFG’ gets a star, James Bond gets a new vodka

Ruby Barnhill will star in “The BFG.”
Ruby Barnhill will star in “The BFG.”

A “Giant” role

A Roald Dahl story must have a plucky child, like Charlie and his “Chocolate Factory,” or James and his “Giant Peach,” or Matilda Wormwood. And now, DreamWorks announced this week, we have Sophie, to be played by 10-year-old newcomer Ruby Barnhill in Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG.” It’s the story of a young London girl who gets to know a “big friendly giant,” to be played by Tony winner Mark Rylance. The movie is due in theaters in July 2016.

Stirring 007

James Bond is no stranger to product placement — think Aston Martin sports cars. And in his next adventure, “Spectre,” he’ll be swilling martinis shaken with Belvedere vodka, reports Variety. Smirnoff vodka was Bond’s drink of choice in many of the previous flicks, starting with “Dr. No” in 1962. Now, in addition to figuring prominently in the movie, Belvedere will offer a big marketing push and commemorative 007 bottles. Heineken, another favorite drink for Bond (Daniel Craig) in “Skyfall,” will also be on tap. “Spectre” arrives next November.

Game attack

Let’s hope next summer’s Pixels is as cool as the posters unveiled this week. In this Chris Columbus adventure, aliens misinterpret video-feeds of 1980s arcade games as a declaration of war and attack Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. “Pac-Man,” “Space Invaders,” “Centipede,” “Donkey Kong” and “Galaga” are part of the fun. And Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Brian Cox and Kevin James all star.

The schedule is subject to change, but right now it looks like the opening date, July 24, was brought to you by the letter “P”: The live-action “Pan” and rebooted “Poltergeist” also open that day.

| Sharon Hoffmann,