Editor | Peter Bowen
MTV AWARDS: 4 Noms for DALLAS; 1 for THAT AWKWARD MOMENT
Posted 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 March 10, 2014
The Wrap makes BAD WORDS cast spell at Prem
Posted March 07, 2014
Focus Features joins in making A MONSTER CALLS
Posted March 05, 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 March 04, 2014
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB wins 3 OSCARS
Posted March 03, 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.
WISH I WAS HERE opens July 18
Posted 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.
Matthew McConaughey From Inside The Actors Studio
Posted February 21, 2014
Matthew McConaughey profiled on CBS Sunday Morning
Posted February 10, 2014
WISH I WAS HERE arrives at Focus from Sundance
Posted January 20, 2014
The Sundance Film Festival hit dramedy WISH I WAS HERE from writer/director Zach Braff finds a home here at Focus Features. Braff's directorial feature debut GARDEN STATE proved the comedy star was a major filmmaking talent, and his follow up WISH I WAS HERE confirms it. From a screenplay written by Zach Braff and his brother Adam Braff, WISH I WAS HERE tells the story of a thirty-something LA actor Aiden Bloom (Zach Braff), whose charmed life with his lovely wife (Kate Hudson) and their 2 great kids (Joey King and Pierce Gagnon) gets turned upside down, so that Bloom realizes he must take a more hands-on approach to his whole family, including his brother Noah (Josh Gad) and his father Gabe (Mandy Patinkin). Upon inking the deal, Braff exclaimed, "I am very excited to be partnering with Focus Features as they are one of the biggest supporters of independent film in the business. This is the perfect collaboration for us as they recognize and appreciate how unique our journey has been to get this film made. Their enthusiasm to embrace our Kickstarter backers, while we fulfill our promises and rewards, made them a natural fit. My 46,520 backers are amazingly supportive and without them this film would not be a reality." The film made production news when Braff's Kickstarter campaigned showcased a innovative new approach to film financing. "We are thrilled to be in business with Zach Braff," said Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel. "GARDEN STATE was a huge benchmark in the world of independent film, and we are looking forward to continuing to support Zach and his unique voice. With WISH I WAS HERE, he has once again delivered a film that perfectly captures something essential about our lives, and presents it with the laughter and emotion we all recognize."
For complete details, see the official press release here.