In The News:
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.