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Focus Features Releases THEORY OF EVERYTHING on November 7, 2014

Posted by Peter Bowen | April 10, 2014

The life of the remarkable theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (who penned the classic A Brief History of Time) gets brought to the screen on November 7, 2014 in THEORY OF EVERYTHING. With a screenplay by Anthony McCarten (inspired by Jane Hawking's memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen), THEORY OF EVERYTHING will be directed by James Marsh with Eddie Redmayne playing Hawking and Felicity Jones, Jane Wilde (the woman Hawking would marry). The film is produced by Focus Features' longtime partner Working Title. The story takes place in the 1960s, as a young Hawking's romance with art student Jane Wilde leads him through personal and scientific challenges and breakthroughs. The cast is rounded out by Emily Watson and David Thewlis.  Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel commented, "This extraordinary love story between one of the greatest minds of our time, Stephen Hawking, and his first wife Jane is profoundly moving and inspirational, with heart and humor. Under the dynamic direction of James Marsh, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones deliver performances of stunning emotional power."


Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman at SXSW

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 31, 2014

Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Jason Bateman's "Arrested Development" dad, got the chance to talk to Bateman at SXSW about his feature film directorial debut BAD WORDS. The conversation, which lasts over 50 minutes, is indepth, fascinating, funny and priceless. Watch.


Jason Bateman brings BAD WORDS to Jimmy Kimmel Live

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 28, 2014

Star and director Jason Bateman joined Jimmy Kimmel last night to share his new film BAD WORDS. The two talk about the special relationship that Bateman's character share with Rohan Chand (who was on Jimmy Kimmel Live a few days earlier). Watch.


New Music Rocks WISH I WAS HERE

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 28, 2014

Zach Braff, whose soundtrack for Garden State inspired a generation, has his finger on the pulse of new music when it comes to scoring his movies. For his new film WISH I WAS HERE, Braff's got a new song, written by Chris Martin and sung by Cat Power. "It wasn't ready yet for [Sundance]," Braff told Entertainment Weekly. "It's the title song of the movie. It's one of the most amazing songs ever."  The film opens in NY and LA on July 18, going wider on July 25.



Posted by Peter Bowen | March 27, 2014

Focus Features has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY is an immersive 3D movie exploring the allure of the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) phenomenon through the experiences of six different groups of festival goers attending the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) 2013 in Las Vegas. UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY weaves their personal stories together with performances by Fatboy Slim, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buren, Avicii, Tiësto, Hardwell and Calvin Harris. Cutforth and Lipsitz bring the event to life by going behind the scenes to show what it takes to stage one of the biggest parties in the known universe. They chronicle the unique journeys of individual attendees, who all share the common desire to shed their inhibitions and immerse themselves in this judgment-free celebration of life and music.

The film was the brainchild of Insomniac CEO and founder Pasquale Rotella (widely regarded as one of the most influential champions of EDM in the world), who brought the creative team together to make UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY. In an innovative partnership, Tugg (the premier theatrical crowdsourcing company) will inaugurate the film's play dates starting in May and continuing throughout the summer season by working with Insomniac (the preeminent tour promoter of electronic music events) to engage the loyal community of EDM fans, giving them the first opportunity to request and host screenings in their local markets. Fans will be able to create movie screening events and use social media to spread the word and invite friends, family and fellow EDM fans to join the experience. Focus Features will then complement those screenings with a targeted domestic theatrical release.


Jason Bateman & Kathryn Hahn on Fandango

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 26, 2014

Director/star Jason Bateman and his lovely leading lady Kathryn Hahn sat down with Fandango's contributor Dan Perrault to talk about BAD WORDS - what they are, how he made the movie, and why they are so darn funny -- as well as  putting the poor stars to the test of spelling the names of the actors they have worked with.


Jimmy Kimmel learns all about BAD WORDS From Rohan Chand

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 25, 2014

Rohan Chand, Jason Bateman's remarkable young co-star in BAD WORDS, had joined late night TV, showing up on Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about the film and how he (and his Dad) reacted the film's colorful script. Watch.


Jason Bateman joins forces with Ellen

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 25, 2014

On Monday, March 24, Jason Bateman joined forces with Ellen DeGeneres to co-host the Ellen show. Of course, the former Oscar host wanted Mr. Bateman to talk about directing BAD WORDS. Watch.


Kathryn Hahn talks sex and BAD WORDS on Today Show

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 19, 2014

Comic star Kathryn Hahn joined Kathie Lee and and Hoda on the Today Show to talk about working with Jason Bateman on BAD WORDS, including doing sex scenes with the actor who is also the director.  Watch.


Jason Bateman uses BAD WORDS on NPR

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 18, 2014

On NPR's All Things Considered, Jason Bateman, the star/director of BAD WORDS, sat down with Audie Cornish to talk about his complex, but comic, character. Take a listen.


Jason Bateman answers Moviefone's questions

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 17, 2014

In their featurette "Jason Bateman: Let's Talk About BAD WORDS," Moviefone sat down with the star and director to talk about spelling bees, film directing, and making audiences laugh. Watch.


Jason Bateman dissects BAD WORDS on MTV

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 14, 2014

MTV News’ very funny correspondent Josh Horowitz sat down with BAD WORDS director/star Jason Bateman to dissect with elegant obscenity some favorite bad words. Watch, but be warned -- probably NSFW since the gentlemen are potty-mouths. 


Jason Bateman talks BAD WORDS in NY Times Video

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 14, 2014

In the New York Times video piece "Jason Bateman on BAD WORDS," the film's star and director talks about how it was to sit in the director's chair. Watch.


Jason Bateman on Late Show with Letterman

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 12, 2014

On The Late Show, David Letterman quizzed Jason Bateman what it was like to direct himself in his feature film debut, BAD WORDS. Hilarious response. Watch.



Posted by Peter Bowen | March 11, 2014

MTV Movie Awards announced their nominations for 2014, and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB picked up four nods and THAT AWKWARD MOMENT was also nominated. FOR DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, Matthew McConaughey was nominated for Best Male Performance, and both McConaughey and Jared Leto were nominated for Best On-Screen Transformation. Together McConaughey and Leto were nominated for Best On-Screen Duo. Zac Efron picked up nom for Best Shirtless Perfromance for THAT AWKWARD MOMENT. Go to MTV Movie Awards to vote for your favorites. 


Jason Bateman tells BAD WORDS on TODAY

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 10, 2014

Jason Bateman goes on Today Show to show off BAD WORDS and recount how his life as a child star helped him make this film with kid actors. Watch.


The Wrap makes BAD WORDS cast spell at Prem

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 7, 2014

The Wrap caught up with Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn and more at the Los Angeles Premiere of BAD WORDS on Weds 5 March. And, of course, forced them into a spelling bee. Fun stuff. Another interview here


Focus Features joins in making A MONSTER CALLS

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 5, 2014

River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features announced today that they have teamed to finance and distribute Apache's production of acclaimed filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona's next film, A MONSTER CALLS, based on the award-winning children's fantasy novel by Patrick Ness (the Chaos Walking trilogy).  The film, slated for a fall 2016 release, will be distributed by Focus Features domestically, Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain and Lionsgate International throughout the rest of the world. One of Spain's finest filmmakers, Bayona won Spain's equivalent of the Academy Award, The Goya, for his last film, The Impossible, which was distributed by Lionsgate's Summit label and grossed more than $180 million at the worldwide box office.  The Impossible is the second highest-grossing film of all time in Spain.

A MONSTER CALLS is a visually spectacular drama about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother's illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss and faith. Ness wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, and he and illustrator Jim Kay won Britain's prestigious Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal in 2012, presented to the year's best children's literature in the UK.  Ness is adapting the screenplay from his novel.  Executive Producers on the film are River Road's Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant's Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairman Patrick Wachsberger.

"It is an incredible privilege to bring Patrick Ness' exceptional book to the screen and I couldn't have imagined better partners joining me in this endeavor. After The Orphanage and The Impossible, A MONSTER CALLS is the perfect final chapter in a trilogy centered on the extraordinary strength of the mother-child bond," said Bayona. Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel continued, "Juan Antonio Bayona is a filmmaker whose storytelling skills and stunning visuals are truly distinctive.  He captures emotional truths amidst fantastical and terrifying situations, making him the ideal director to bring this acclaimed novel to a wide audience.  I am pleased to make this our first co-production as CEO of Focus Features."


Oscar Winner Jared Leto on Ellen

Posted by Peter Bowen | March 4, 2014

The day after winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, Jared Leto went on Ellen's post Oscar show to talk to about the experience. See.



Posted by Peter Bowen | March 3, 2014

Last night at the 86th Academy Award, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB won three Oscars. Matthew McConaughey won for Best Actor. Jared Leto won for Best Supporting Actor. And Adruitha Lee and Robin Matthews won for Makeup and Hairstyling. Congratulations to all.