Editor | Peter Bowen
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.
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Gets 6 Oscar Nominations
Posted January 16, 2014
This morning the Academy Awards nominations were announced and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB was rewarded with six nominations: Best Picture (Robbie Brenner & Rachel Winter); Actor in a Leading Role (Matthew McConaughey); Actor in a Supporting Role (Jared Leto); Writing, Original Screenplay (Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack); Film Editing (John Mac McMurphy & Martin Pensa); and Makeup And Hairstyling (Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews). The DALLAS BUYERS CLUB nominees immediately responded with gratitude and appreciation.
Matthew McConaughey responded, "I am honored and grateful for this nomination. I love working in an industry and craft that inspires me daily and allows me to tell stories that translate humanities and move people. I share this with the entire DALLAS BUYERS CLUB family of filmmakers, cast, and crew -- and the real-life Ron Woodroofs and Rayons who continue to fight and live with dignity. Thank you."
Jared Leto added: "I am absolutely blown away by this incredible nomination. I never in my life thought I would have the opportunity to even write these words. Thank you so much to all my fellow AMPAS acting branch members for this honor. Today you not only honor me but also all those around the world living with AIDS and all those we have lost to this disease. Thank you for recognizing them and recognizing their struggle through DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. This was a fascinating story told by a group of incredibly passionate and committed filmmakers who wanted to create something special and shine a light on a unique and important story. I'm proud to be a part of this celebration and so very grateful to you all. A huge congratulations to Matthew McConaughey, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter, Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack, Jean-Marc Vallée, Martin Pensa, Adruitha Lee, and Robin Mathews."
The screenwriters Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack responded, "We are stunned and honored. What a perfect culmination to such an amazing 20-year journey. Thank you, members of the Academy."
And the film's producers Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter have commented, "After a journey of two decades to bring DALLAS BUYERS CLUB to the screen, receiving an Oscar nomination in the Best Picture category is both an honor and an incredible milestone. This nomination -- and those of Matthew, Jared, Craig & Melisa, and our editing and makeup/hair artisans -- is an amazing victory for the entire team led by our director Jean-Marc Vallée, who worked so hard to show the world Ron Woodroof's inspirational story - which still resonates today. We are humbled and thrilled that the Academy has recognized our work as producers, and we thank the AMPAS Members."
Hairstylist Adruitha Lee, nominated with Robin Matthews for Make Up & Hairstyling, exclaimed, "I am beside myself with excitement to receive my first Academy Award nomination! DALLAS BUYERS CLUB was the little movie that could, and did. My research for this film came straight out of my 1980s appointment book from my old salon in the South. Later, I had to run over that wig of Rayon's at least a dozen times with my car to make it look right for her. I want to thank Matthew McConaguhey and Jared Leto for 'going there' with me, and I want to thank our director Jean-Marc Vallée for believing in me, my work, and all my efforts to bring his vision to life. And, thank you Academy members!"
John Mac McMurphy & Martin Pensa, nominated for Film Editing Oscar, announced, "To be nominated in such fine company for the film industry's highest honor is overwhelming. We share in this recognition with our colleagues, thanking the AMPAS Members for recognizing the work that we did on our labor of love, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB."
And Jean-Marc Vallée, the film's director, reached out to all with his comment: "What a beautiful way to continue the incredible adventure that has been DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. My collaborators and I have had an amazing time making this film. Today we all share a collective sense of pride as we have had the opportunity to spotlight a part of history that's both beautiful and sometimes painful to remember, and been able to tell a story which has touched the hearts of many."