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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Matthew McConaughey talks to Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton about his "Biggest Personal Moment" in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. Watch.
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.
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..."