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."
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.
Posted by Peter Bowen | February 27, 2014
WISH I WAS HERE, director Zach Braff's followup to his indie breakout hit Garden State, will he HERE soon: opening July 18, 2014, in Los Angeles and New York, and then expanding to more markets on July 25 and August 1. Braff has just shared the release date with members of the crowd-funding site Kickstarter who backed WISH I WAS HERE. Backers who pledged for advance screenings rewards will be invited to attend early previews in their local markets. The comedy about a 30-something man (Braff) arriving a major crossroads that push him to examine his life, career, and his family, showcases a cast that includes Kate Hudson and Mandy Patinkin.
Posted by Peter Bowen | February 10, 2014
On CBS' TV magazine show Sunday Morning, Lee Cowan visited with the DALLAS BUYERS CLUB star Matthew McConaughey to check in on his astounding career. Read the article based on the TV segment here.
Posted by Press | January 21, 2014
Film is directed by Zach Braff from a screenplay he wrote with his brother, Adam; and stars Zach Braff along with Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon
Posted by Peter Bowen | January 20, 2014
Posted by Peter Bowen | January 16, 2014
Posted by Peter Bowen | January 13, 2014
Last night was an all-star night for DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, with Matthew McConaughey wining the Golden Globes Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, and his co-star Jared Leto winning for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. On receiving his award from previous winner Christopher Waltz, Leto said, "It's more than an honor to come back and have this support. I never expected it and I never even dreamed of it." And before he left out he gave a call out: "To the Rayons of the world, thanks for your inspiration." An ever gracious Matthew McConaughey ended his acceptance speech with this inspiring insight: "This film was never about dying. It was always about living. With that I say, just keep..."
Posted by Peter Bowen | December 16, 2013
Another awards announcement, more nominations. Today Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced their nominees for The 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. We are thrilled to see that both DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and THE WORLD'S END are getting love. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB comes home with three nods: Best Picture, Best Actor (for Matthew McConaughey) and Best Supporting Actor (for Jared Leto). THE WORLD'S END garners two noms: Best Comedy and Simon Pegg for Best Actor in A Comedy. Congratulations to all. The awards ceremony will take place on January 16 and air on the CW Network.
Posted by Peter Bowen | December 12, 2013
Nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globes Awards were announced today, with DALLAS BUYERS CLUB coming home with two noms: One for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for Matthew McConaughey and one for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for Jared Leto. On hearing of his nomination, Matthew McConaughey commented, "I'm excited....
Posted by Peter Bowen | December 11, 2013
Today the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced their nominations for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. And DALLAS BUYERS CLUB came away with three of their top nods. Jared Leto was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. Matthew McConaughey garnered a nom for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. And the film scored the prestigious Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Motion Picture. Congratulations.
Posted by Peter Bowen | December 3, 2013
Watch footage of Jared Leto accepting the Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey for his amazing performance in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB at this year's IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards. (Note: Audio out of sync)
Posted by Peter Bowen | November 27, 2013
In wonderful article in Backstage, Suzy Evans talks with Kerry Bardem, Paul Schnee and Rich Delia at Barden/Schnee Casting about how all the talent involved in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB ended up on the screen. Despite all the issues dealing with period and dealing with real people, the decision who played who came down to passion and making the director's vision real. As Delia says, "I just think the amazing thing about it was the passion and commitment of really every member of the cast involved. Everyone takes different jobs for different reasons, and I feel like it was really to serve Jean-Marc's passion."
Posted by Peter Bowen | November 26, 2013
A recent post by Ali Plumb at Empire Online includes a fantastic podcast with Empire's film editor Chris Hewitt talking to Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg in a extensive discussion of the whole Cornetto trilogy, including the finale, THE WORLD'S END. Fascinating.