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We’re over half way through the year now and the end of the summer is upon us, but rather than feeling down while those nights draw in, and the days become shorter, we thought we’d recap our favourite five funny movies of the year to cheer you up. So, get your chin up and take a look at our top five of 2014 so far.
5. The Muppets Most Wanted
It may not have done as well as its predecessor, but James Bobin’s hilarious Muppet movie sequel Muppets Most Wanted gave us a chuckle or ten when it was released in cinemas back in March. Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as digital download, the Ricky Gervais, Miss Piggy and Kermit starrer is definitely one to see if you’re a fan of our furry friends.
- David Agnew
On the heels of yesterday's report of Sigourney Weaver's involvement in the film comes an update from The Hollywood Reporter that Toby Kebbell, who plays Doctor Doom in the upcoming The Fantastic Four, will star in Juan Antonio Bayona's A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the award-winning children.s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness. Also attached are Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones. »
The story follows said boy, who has not yet been cast, as he tries to escape from the bullies at school and his mother's terminal illness at home by creating an intricate fantasy world. There, he interacts with a massive tree monster. Toby Kebbell's character has a history of not being around for his son, while Felicity Jones is playing the lad's ill mother. Sigourney Weaver is portraying his grandmother, with Liam Neeson starring as the tree monster in the youngster's fantasy world.
Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) is directing from a screenplay by Patrick Ness, which he adapted from his own award-winning children's novel of the same name. It isn't known when production may begin at this time. »
Focus will distribute domestically while Lionsgate International handles overseas sales. The pic will be shopped at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.
The story follows a boy who seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom’s terminal illness. The pic will bow on Oct. 14, 2016.
- Justin Kroll
The oil rig disaster film Deepwater Horizon has found its leading man. All Is Lost helmer J.C. Chandor signed on to direct the pic last month, and now Deadline reports that Mark Wahlberg is in talks to take on the lead role. The film is based on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster of April 2010 and focuses on the rig workers that were on site during the explosion that killed 11 people and injured 16 others. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura previously likened the the pic to A Perfect Storm, so nabbing Wahlberg for the lead role feels like a swell fit. The actor will play the Number 2 manager onboard, with Chandor eyeing a spring or early summer 2015 production start date. Hit the jump for casting news concerning Sigourney Weaver, including the status of her involvement with the female Expendables movie. Additionally, Heat Vision reports that Sigourney Weaver has joined the cast »
- Adam Chitwood
Update: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Toby Kebbell is also now in talks for the film, and may end up playing the boy’s father, who has a history of being a deadbeat dad.Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones are already firmly in place in A Monster Calls' cast. But the roster is still coming together, and The Impossible's director Juan Antonia Bayona is attracting some serious star power. He's now lined up Sigourney Weaver for a significant role.Writer Patrick Ness has adapted his own novel for the film, which was itself based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd. A Monster Calls follows a boy, Conor, who tries to deal with his mother’s serious illness and bullying from classmates by escaping into a fantastical world full of beasts, heroes, warriors and more. His fairy tale life involves courage, loss and faith and helps him handle his troubled reality. »
It's still over two years away from release but Spanish helmer Juan Antonio Bayona's ('The Orphanage') feature adaptation of kids fantasy novel 'A Monster Calls' has picked up another new cast member. With Liam Neeson ('Taken') already set to play the 'monster' and the lovely Brit star Felicity Jones ('The Amazing Spider-Man 2') on board the project the latest addition is no stranger to the world of monsters and fanstasy. 'Avatar' and 'Aliens' star Sigourney Weaver has signed up for a role as the grandmother of a young boy who escapes into a world of fantasy. Weaver just finished working on Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi thriller 'Chappie'. 'A Monster Calls' is based on the novel by British author Patrick Ness. »
The film is an adaptation of Patrick Ness's young adult fantasy novel.
It centres around a young boy who seeks escape from school bullies and his mother's illness in a fairy tale world.
Jones will play the mother, with Neeson as the monster.
A Monster Calls is scheduled for release on October 14, 2016. »
Another bit of casting news for Juan Antonio Bayona's next film, A Monster Calls, which is being produced by Belen Atienza (The Impossible, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage), has come in. Read on for the whos and whats!
Look for it in Us theatres via River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features on October 14, 2016.
It will be distributed by Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain and Lionsgate International throughout the rest of the world.
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, »
- Steve Barton
• Sigourney Weaver has signed on for A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ children’s fantasy novel. Weaver joins Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson. In the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed film, a boy retreats to a fantastical world through a tree monster, attempting to escape from bullies and his mother’s terminal illness. Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother, while Jones will play the mother and Neeson the monster. River Road’s Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger will executive produce the film, »
- C. Molly Smith
Sigourney Weaver will join Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson in Juan Antonio Bayona's film adaptation of Patrick Ness' award-winning children's fantasy novel "A Monster Calls" at Focus Features, River Road Entertainment, Participant Media and Lionsgate International.
The story follows a young boy who attempts to deal with bullying at the hands of his classmates, and the terminal illness of his mother (Jones), by escaping into a fantastical world through the guidance of a tree monster (Neeson). Weaver will play his grandmother. [Source: Heat Vision]
Wes Bentley ("The Hunger Games") will join Zac Efron in Max Joseph's drama "We Are Your Friends," the story of a troubled aspiring DJ named Cole who finds his place in the world of electronic dance music.
Bentley will play James, a wealthy, binge-drinking DJ who takes Cole under his wing and mentors him to success in the world of Edm. »
- Garth Franklin
The story centers on a young boy, who gets bullied every day at school and has to deal with his mother's terminal illness at home. He escapes into his own fantasy world, where he is guided by a tree monster who tells him various stories. Sigourney Weaver is playing the boy's grandmother, while Felicity Jones is playing his mother and Liam Neeson is portraying the tree monster.
Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Patrick Ness, based off his own award-winning children's fantasy novel. River Road's Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits are executive producing alongside Participant's Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger. No production schedule was given at this time.
Sigourney Weaver, who reportedly just turned »
J.A. Bayona's (The Impossible) A Monster Calls is beginning to take shape with one heck of a cast. The adaptation of the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness already had Liam Neeson and the beautiful Felicity Jones cast, now Sigourney Weaver has joined the movie. I’ve never read the book but have had an interest in this project since it began; and after looking at the fantastic illustration work done by Jim Kay, I’ve actually got a copy »
- Graham McMorrow
The high-profile dark fantasy A Monster Calls, from The Impossible director J.A. Bayona, just added Sigourney Weaver to its cast. The Aliens actress joins the already-attached Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones in the adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children’s fantasy novel (which in turn was based on an idea from the late Siobhan Dowd).
The film will focus on a young boy (still uncast) who attempts to deal with bullying at school and his mother’s (Jones) cancer diagnosis by retreating into a fantasy world full of dark and dangerous creatures. When the most fearsome of the creatures (voiced by Neeson) follows the boy back into the real world, the two begin an exchange of stories, with potentially devastating consequences.
Weaver will take on the role of the boy’s grandmother, with whom he is to live once his mother succumbs to the cancer. The character is described as a “no-nonsense” woman. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sigourney Weaver has joined Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson in A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children's fantasy novel. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) is directing the movie for Focus Features, River Road Entertainment, Participant Media and Lionsgate International. Focus has domestic rights to the movie, while Lionsgate's international sales team is handling the movie overseas and will continue to shop the project to foreign buyers at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. A Monster Calls is about a young boy who attempts to deal with bullying at the hands of his classmates, and his mother's terminal
- Borys Kit
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
The geriatric legends return for a third raid on the box office, but Sly and his pals both old and new have a tough mission to beat the turtles to top spot this weekend. The moviegoing audience for this film will likely be older, but with a more lenient rating than the R-rated “Expendables” 1 and 2, it will be interesting to see how much the pre-release leak of the movie online has sated interest among younger audiences, who could potentially have represented a new market for the franchise. »
- Tobias Bauckhage
When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.
Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »
- Matthew Chernov
A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy's theatrical release, I wrote about the Curse of Tor Johnson, named after the old-school wrestler (and Ed Wood muse) who may have also been responsible for 50 years of terrible performances from professional wrestlers.
Since I wrote for WWE's Monday Night Raw for about six months, I wondered if the presence of Dave Bautista, a former champion, would jinx Guardians' box-office mojo. Three weeks into its theatrical run (and more than $175 million in receipts later), it's safe to say the Curse has been broken. »
When it comes to music, these girls have it all. They can sing. They can dance. And they can act — err, wait a minute on the last one. Sadly, a powerful voice, a magnetic personality in interviews, or killer dance moves in music videos doesn’t mean a pop star has what it takes to be an actress. With practice, some do get better. But if their big screen debuts are any precursor, some of them better stick to their main gig and leave the acting to the professionals.
Check out the 10 worst big screen debuts from your favorite female pop stars, including Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. (Oh yeah, the latter is making her return to the big screen in The Giver, co-starring Meryl Streep, in theaters this weekend.)
Given that so many singers make cameos and small, often uncredited appearances in films, we limited the big screen »
- Stacy Lambe
This weekend will see the release of The Expendables 3, the latest in a series featuring all your favorite action stars from the 80s and 90s in the same movie. This series is a one trick pony – all your favorite action stars from the past reuniting to relive their collective glory days – but it is a trick I’d happily watch for seven more films. I remember when the first film came out I told my dad I went to see it and loved it, and when he asked what it was I just named the cast. He remarked that that movie would sound cool if it was made in the 90s. I replied oblivious to the dig with “Yeah, it’s awesome, right?” – The fact that these were all action heroes past their prime was the point.
One of the reasons why I enjoy writing and thinking about the »
- Dylan Griffin
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