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'I Am Ali' Trailer Shows Muhammad Ali in a Whole New Light

Posted by NicoleWoods | September 11, 2014

'I Am Ali' Trailer Shows Muhammad Ali in a Whole New Light

By Dan Carson, Trending Lead Writer

The latest attempt to untangle this Gordian knot is I Am Ali—a documentary focusing on the boxer's inner circle of family, friends and former opponents.

An Focus World project, I Am Ali focuses on unreleased recordings of phone calls the former heavyweight title holder had with family members, friends and opponents during his boxing career.

A trailer for the movie has been released featuring bits and pieces of the exchanges. For a lack of a more eloquent endorsement, it's pretty damn cool.

Read the full article here.


Moviefone visits THE BOXTROLL set with Eggs

Posted by Peter Bowen | September 9, 2014

Isaac Hempstead-Wright (the voice of Eggs) talks to Moviefone's Drew Taylor on the set of THE BOXTROLL about the film and the amazing craft and love that went into creating the characters and their world. Watch. 



Posted by NicoleWoods | September 5, 2014

In Search of a Duck, and a Way Through That Awkward Age

‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything,’ Starring Ben Kingsley

“That’s the great thing about this field,” Lawrence Konrad (Ben Kingsley), a bird-watching fanatic, declares to a group of adolescent followers in “A Birder’s Guide to Everything.” “It doesn’t matter if you’re a high school kid on your bike, or if you’re an egghead like me with a boatload of degrees. Anybody can be a birder.”

Before the end of this smart, likable coming-of-age movie, the members of a high school’s Young Birder Society go on an expedition in search of the Labrador duck, a supposedly extinct species. The main character, 15-year-old David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), snapped a blurry picture of the duck on the street where he lives in a New York suburb and showed it to Lawrence, who was intrigued. Once Lawrence joins them in the woods, David and his fellow birders, Timmy (Alex Wolff) and Peter (Michael Chen), worry that if they spot the duck, Lawrence will steal the credit.

Read the full New York Times review here

Birder's Guide to Everything


Posted by NicoleWoods | September 5, 2014

A well-matched quartet of teens, plus a scene-stealing Ben Kingsley and a befuddled James LeGros, keep the action rolling in this gentle coming-of-ager Ronnie Scheib Birding sustains a grieving 15-year-old’s memories of his dead mother while connecting him to fellow high-school enthusiasts in

HorrorNews.com Reviews Wer

Posted by NicoleWoods | September 4, 2014

Although this is subject to debate, there hasn’t been a good werewolf movie in decades in my slightly skewered opinion. There are those of you reading this who’ll immediately bring up the usual suspects, films like An American Werewolf In London & The Howling (Both 1981), some of you will bring up Wolfen (1981 again. A really good year for werewolves I guess…). Bu
Maps to the Stars Canes 2014


Posted by NicoleWoods | September 4, 2014

After winning the best actress award in Cannes for “Maps to the Stars,” Julianne Moore was considered a strong bet in this year’s Oscar race for her turn as a washed-up star in the David Cronenberg drama. But the overdue actress, who has been nominated for four Academy Awards without winning, could b

THE BOXTROLLS Launch Cardboard Challenge

Posted by Peter Bowen | September 4, 2014

Have some cardboard boxes laying about the house? Then you and the kids can use that refuse to create their wondrous entries for the THE BOXTROLLS Cardboard Challenge in partnership with the Imagination Foundation. The contest takes place from Monday, August 25 to Monday, September 29, and winners will receive special "What's in the Box?"-themed packages at hosted events.  Complete Contest rules, as well as submission instructions, can be found that Contest's website at Focus Features.com.  And THE BOXTROLLS Los Angeles premiere on Sunday, September 21 at AMC CityWalk Theater will be benefit to support the Imagination Foundation. For more info, see the Imagination Foundation page


Stephen Hawking takes up ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by Peter Bowen | August 29, 2014

Truly heroic. Stephen Hawking, the subject of our upcoming film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) shortly after his 21st birthday. Some 50 years later the brilliant man remains an inspiring example of a man living with the disease. But he also is a reason to find a cure. Hawking who had pneumonia last year was advised against taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge himself, but to stress the importance of joining together for a cure, his three children -- Robert, Lucy and Tim -- sat and received the baptism of freezing water for him. Great video. 


THE BOXTROLLS Help a Little Boy Get his Dream Tree House

Posted by Peter Bowen | August 19, 2014

The Arizona Daily Sun reports on a very special story about how THE BOXTROLLS and Animal Planet helped a little boy in Arizona get his fantasy tree house as part of the Make-A-Wish Arizona program.  Wheelchair-bound 8-year-old AJ Johnson wanted a tree house, just like he'd seen on the Animal Planet show Treehouse Masters, and since his dream home so resembled the world of THE BOXTROLLS, those busy fellows came to the rescue to help out. Once constructed, AJ states, "It's the coolest treehouse I've ever seen." See the full Arizona Daily Sun article here and a video report from AZ Central here


Isaac Hempstead Wright on THE BOXTROLLS at Comic-Con

Posted by Peter Bowen | August 1, 2014

Fandango Movie Clips theaters caught up with Isaac Hempstead Wright (who voices the young hero Eggs) at this year's Comic-Con to talk to him about THE BOXTROLLS and what was so amazing for him seeing how stop-motion adventure was all put together.


IGN Explores the Magic of THE BOXTROLLS at Comic-Con

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 29, 2014

Isaac Hempstead Wright ("Eggs") and Elle Fanning ("Winnie") talk to IGN's Greg Miller and Roth Cornet in special IGN LIVE video about making THE BOXTROLLS and the magic of Laika while at Comic-Con this year. Fascinating. 


INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 Begins Production with a Social Media Sweepstakes

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 22, 2014

And so it starts. INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 begins production this week with Leigh Whannell, the franchise's co-creator, doing triple duty as screenwriter, director and actor. To commemorate the start of shooting, Focus is launching a sweepstake on the official INSIDIOUS Facebookand Twitter pages. INSIDIOUS buffs and fans will have the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to visit the set of INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3. And maybe learn some of the secrets to be revealed in INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3. This new tale, that predates the haunting of the Lambert family, stars the Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott, alongside he returning cast Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell. 


Zach Braff Stays Up Late with Seth Meyers

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 22, 2014

On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Zach Braff talked about financing, writing, and finally making WISH I WAS HERE. Great segment about the lengths Braff went to get his vision on screen. Very Funny. 


Zach Braff & Kate Hudson tell MTV their Fave Soundtracks

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 18, 2014

In a MTV News video piece, Zach Braff and Kate Hudson talk to MTV about putting together the fine-tuned soundtrack for WISH I WAS HER. And also have some fun coming up with their favorite film soundtracks. In a nod to the WISH I WERE HERE soundtrack, we also came up with a list of "10 Soundtracks That Moved The World."


THE BOXTROLLS to Roll into FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 17, 2014

Get ready to roll, Boxtrolls. America's FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby holds its 77th annual World Championship finals at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio on Saturday, July 26 - and characters from THE BOXTROLLS will be joining the fun. Focus Features is partnering with the International Soap Box Derby and inviting families attending the World Championship to explore the fantastical world of The Boxtrolls as an official sponsor of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.

At Derby Downs all day Saturday before the final races, fans will be able to meet the Boxtrolls, view the custom-built car on display, get free Boxtrolls gear, check out exclusive sneak preview clips from the new movie, and enter the Boxtrolls' fantastical home environment with an immersive photo experience. Following the day's interactive activities, quirky, mischievous creatures Fish, Shoe, and Sparky - in a racer powered by gravity and steered by the Boxtrolls themselves - will make their inaugural run on the speedway course in an exhibition race just before the Derby finals.

During the week-long festival, interactive experiences will include Boxtrolls surprises at the Monday, July 21st "Rock the Rec"  event and the Thursday, July 24th "Topside Show," at which the stunning custom-built soap box car from the world of THE BOXTROLLS will be unveiled. For more on the Soap Box Derby and its history, visit www.AASBD.org.


Focus Features joins RACE with Jeremy Irons and Jason Sudeikis

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 16, 2014

Focus Features has acquired U.S. distribution rights for RACE, an upcoming biopic about Olympic legend Jesse Owens. Written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel and to be directed by Stephen Hopkins, RACE follows the story of Jesse Ownes (played by Stephan James), whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.

Jason Sudeikis will star as Owens' obsessive coach and mentor Larry Snyder, who, after a prestigious track career himself, became a coach at Ohio State University. Snyder coached athletes who set 14 world records and won eight Olympic gold medals. Jeremy Irons will portray Avery Brundage, the head of the American Olympic committee who fought to have the 1936 Olympics take place in Berlin. Director Hopkins said, "I'm excited we've assembled such an impressive cast to tell this extraordinary story. Stephen James is an amazing discovery, a rare star-in-the-making, who has the charisma and talent to embody the incredible spirit of Jesse Owens. We are also excited to have Jason Sudeikis, an actor of extraordinary talent, in his first big-screen dramatic role. Together they will recreate the chemistry and life-long friendship of Jesse Owens and his young, maverick coach Larry Snyder -- who challenged not only the Olympic committee but the Nazis themselves. We're also lucky enough to have Jeremy Irons, playing the controversial head of the Olympic committee, Avery Brundage."  

Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel commented, "We are proud to be the U.S. distributor of the inspirational story of Jesse Owens -- a sports hero who exemplified perseverance, courage and grace, and whose story will resonate with audiences of all generations."

Principal photography will begin on July 24th in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where the real-life hero won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals in 1936. The new film has the support of the Owens family, the Jesse Owens Foundation, the Jesse Owens Trust and the Luminary Group.


Josh Gad joins Jimmy Fallon to Talk WISH I WAS HERE

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 16, 2014

Josh Gad joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to talk about his daughter's obsession with Frozen (of course) but also his part in Zach Braff's WISH I WAS HERE. Watch. 


Zach Braff Wakes Up Today Show

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 15, 2014

Writer/director/star Zach Braff stopped by the Today Show to talk with Savannah Guthrie to talk about WISH I WAS HERE -- which he co-wrote with his brother Adam –– and more. Watch. 


Zach Braff Profiled in New York Magazine

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 7, 2014

In the New York Magazine article "How Zach Braff Survived the Internet," Taffy Brodesser-Akner looks into the multi-faceted and -talented Zach Braff and how he pulled together the capital to finance his second feature WISH I WAS HERE.  Interesting and smart piece. 


AOL Talks with Zach Braff, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons

Posted by Peter Bowen | June 27, 2014

At the Los Angeles Premiere of WISH I WAS HERE, AOL caught up with the films co-writer/star/director Zach Braff, as well as his co-stars Ashley Green and Jim Parsons, to talk about why the film is so personal to him.