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Film Factory Acquires International on Sony-Distributed ‘Boy Missing’ (Exclusive)

26 June 2016 11:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Sony Pictures Releasing has set an Aug. 19 release date in Spain for “Boy Missing” (“Secuestro”), the latest suspense thriller from Barcelona-based Rodar y Rodar, producers of “The Orphanage,” “Julia’s Eyes” and “The Body,” three of Spain’s highest-profile psychological thrillers of the last decade.

The sales agent of “Wild Tales” and “The Clan,” Vicente CanalesFilm Factory has acquired internationals sales rights to “Boy Missing,” reflecting a common practice in Spain, where a Hollywood studio handles domestic distribution in the country and a sales agent handles international sales.

Public broadcaster Rtve, pay TV operator Movistar Plus, regional TV network Televisio de Catalunya and cable net Cosmopolitan TV share TV rights in Spain in a strong show of local TV interest in the title.

Film Factory will host a private screening of “Boy Missing” at this week’s 10th Spanish Screenings-Madrid de Cine, an arrangement used by sales agents »

- John Hopewell

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Oscar Race at the 2016 Halfway Mark: Diversity and Confusion

24 June 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).

In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.

The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight, »

- Tim Gray

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A Monster Calls Poster Reveals a Wild Creature

16 June 2016 12:14 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The new flick from The Orphanage director Juan Antonio Bayona, A Monster Calls, is headed our way on October 21st via Universal Pictures and Focus Features, and today we come bearing a brand new piece of poster art that was… Continue Reading →

The post A Monster Calls Poster Reveals a Wild Creature appeared first on Dread Central. »

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A Monster Calls Poster Awakens a Wild Creature

16 June 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This fall, one of the most unique movies will be, without a doubt, A Monster Calls. The family drama will introduce legendary actor Liam Neeson as a mythical creature who befriends a young boy. Today, we have your first look at the official one-sheet poster, which gives us a sneak peek at this monster in hiding. The tagline promises that 'Stores are Wild Creatures'.

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama from director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth. Toby Kebbell plays Conor's father, and Liam Neeson stars in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting Monster of the title.

A Monsters Call comes as an interesting change of pace for Neeson, who has become an action icon in the later half of his extraordinary career. The movie is an adaptation of Patrick Ness' beloved novel, with the writer adapting his own screenplay. As of yet, we haven't really gotten a great look at the monstrosity hiding at the core of this heart-tugging fantasy. But he is starting to come into focus here on this teaser.

The movie's story is actually based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd. A British writer and activist, she is best known for a body of work that appeals to children and young adults. A Monster Calls has been published in almost 30 languages, and the novel has won many prestigious prizes worldwide, including the distinguished Carnegie Medal and, for illustrator Jim Kay, the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Bel&#233n Atienza is producing, marking her third collaboaration with Bayona, following The Impossible and his directorial debut, The Orphanage. Executive producers include Participant's Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, along with River Road's Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits. Production on A Monster Calls got under way last September, with principal photography taking place in Spain and England.

A Monster Calls is set for release on October 21, 2016, which puts it up against Lionsgate's Boo! A Madea Halloween Story, Paramount's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, 20th Century Fox's Keeping Up With the Joneses, Universal's Ouija: Origin of Evil and PureFlix's I'm Not Ashamed. Coincidentally, Felicity Jones also stars in Inferno, arriving October 14, meaning she will have two of her projects debut in back-to-back weekends. While we await the next trailer for A Monster Calls, which may give us a better look at this wild creature, take a look at the first poster and marvel at the adventure that awaits.

Aquí está! El teaser poster de #unmonstruovieneaverme.Here it is! The teaser poster for #AMonsterCalls. pic.twitter.com/GgBttEteDn

— Ja Bayona (@FilmBayona) June 16, 2016

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A Monster Calls Poster Lends a Helping Hand

16 June 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

A Monster Calls poster lends a helping hand Focus Features has revealed a new poster for the upcoming fantasy fable A Monster Calls, which stars Liam Neeson as the title imaginary creature. Check out the A Monster Calls poster below! A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage, Jurassic World 2), based on the…

The post A Monster Calls Poster Lends a Helping Hand appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

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‘A Monster Calls’ Poster Has a Giant Imagination

16 June 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Described as a visually spectacular drama, Focus Features has set The Orphanage director Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls for release on October 21, 2016. Based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel, “12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and […] »

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The impending return of Jurassic Park

8 June 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dinosaur fans can look to expect many more monstrous treats soon, as recent rumours have surfaced that suggest that we could be seeing a sequel to Jurassic World in just a couple of years.

The 2015 movie made over $1.6 billion in global box office, and Universal Pictures will be hoping that a follow-up will earn them even more cinematic gold alongside its successful adaptations in the realm of online gaming.

Much of the anticipation stems from a sneak preview of a portion of the upcoming movie poster on the Jurassic World official Twitter account. This cryptic poster reveals that the series may be rebranded with a new name, and already the internet is buzzing with rumours as to what we can expect.

What we do know is that the actors Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt will be returning to the series, but it’s the fact that the Spanish film-maker »

- The Hollywood News

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The Wave

6 June 2016 8:29 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Norway gets the old-fashioned disaster film genre up on its feet again with a well-made, scary story set in a Northern fjord, where a devastating tsunami is a genuine threat. Fine acting by fresh faces helps as well -- with no Bs or hype to get in the way, we find ourselves as anxious as the characters in the movie. The Wave Blu-ray Magnolia Home Entertainment 2015 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 105 min. / Bølgen / Street Date June 21, 2016 / 26.97 Starring Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande, Fridtjov Såheim, Laila Goody, Arthur Berning, Herman Bernhoft. Cinematography John Christian Rosenlund Film Editor Christian Siebenherz Original Music Magnus Beite Written by John Kåre Raake, Harald Rosenløw-Eeg Produced by Are Heidenstrom, Martin Sundland Directed by Roar Uthaug

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Probably the most astounding natural disaster footage we've seen came from Northern Japan in 2011. Much of it is still up on the web. We're »

- Glenn Erickson

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New to Streaming: ’10 Cloverfield Lane,’ Wim Wenders Road Trilogy, ‘Eternal Sunshine,’ and More

3 June 2016 8:20 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)

Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place »

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Barrois Appointed Head of Sales as Spanish TV Net Mediaset España Restructures

31 May 2016 1:26 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Madrid — Mediaset España’s Ghislain Barrois, one of Spain’s leading film-tv executives, has taken on new responsibilities at the No. 1 Spanish TV network with his appointment as head of the newly created division of film, sales, rights acquisitions and distribution. He remains CEO of Telecinco Cinema.

Barrois was already a key executive in Spain for studios and independents alike, thanks to his positions at both Telecinco Cinema, the Spanish film production arm of Mediaset España, and as head of acquisitions, buying U.S. and other foreign TV series and sports rights.

Under Barrois, Telecinco Cinema has co-produced the highest-grossing Spanish film ever in Spain, 2014’s “Spanish Affair,” which earned $77.5 million at local cinemas, as well as a string of international hits, led by Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Impossible,” which punched a global theatrical gross of $180.3 million, an exceptional figure for an independent movie.

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Barrois Appointed Head of Sales as Spanish TV Net Mediaset España Restructures

31 May 2016 1:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Mediaset España’s Ghislain Barrois, one of Spain’s leading film-tv executives, has taken on new responsibilities at the No. 1 Spanish TV network with his appointment as head of the newly created division of film, sales, rights acquisitions and distribution. He remains CEO of Telecinco Cinema.

Barrois was already a key executive in Spain for studios and independents alike, thanks to his positions at both Telecinco Cinema, the Spanish film production arm of Mediaset España, and as head of acquisitions, buying U.S. and other foreign TV series and sports rights.

Under Barrois, Telecinco Cinema has co-produced the highest-grossing Spanish film ever in Spain, 2014’s “Spanish Affair,” which earned $77.5 million at local cinemas, as well as a string of international hits, led by Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Impossible,” which punched a global theatrical gross of $180.3 million, an exceptional figure for an independent movie.

As head of acquisitions at Mediaset España, »

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Cannes: Lionsgate Intl. Rolls Out ‘Marrowbone’ Across the World (Exclusive)

20 May 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Marking one of the sales hits at this year’s Cannes market, Lionsgate Intl. has closed over 30 territory deals – 50-plus territories breaking out Latin America – on psychological thriller “Marrowbone,” exec produced by J.A. Bayona, and the directorial debut of Sergio G. Sanchez, his scribe on “The Orphanage” and co-writer on “The Impossible.”

Belen Atienza, who produced Bayona’s “The Impossible,” one of the highest grossing of recent independent titles,  and his upcoming “A Monster Calls,” produces with Guislain Barrois and Alvaro Augustin at Spain’s Telecinco Cinema. The powerful film production arm of Mediaset España, Telecinco Cinema has a longstanding relationship with Bayona, co-producing “The Orphanage,” “The Impossible” and “A Monster Calls.”

Licensed to major independent distributors outside Lionsgate Intl.’s output deals, “Marrowbone” has closed France (Metropolitan Export), U.K. (eOne) Latin America (Imagem), Australia (Roadshow) and Italy (Leone Film Group). Universal Pictures Intl. (Upi ) will release in Spain. »

- John Hopewell

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Telecinco, Upi Re-Team on Sergio G. Sanchez, De la Iglesia’s Projects

19 May 2016 6:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Telecinco Cinema, Spain’s most successful movie producer, and Universal Pictures Intl. Spain have inked local distribution rights to two of the most awaited Spanish films of 2017: Sergio G. Sanchez’s terror thriller “Marrowbone” and Alex de la Iglesia’s dramedy “Perfectos desconocidos.”

Pact deepens a fruitful relationship which has seen recent milestones such as the local release of record-breaking Tc-produced comedies “Spanish Affair 1” and “Spanish Affair 2,” which notched up a combined $105 million B.O. over 2014-15 in Spain, both handled by Upi. Both partners also launched in 2015 Alejandro Amenabar’s “Regression,” scoring a solid $10.2 million Spanish B.O.

Godfathered by J.A. Bayona as exec-producer, “Marrowbone” marks the feature film debut of Sergio G. Sanchez, scribe of Bayona’s “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” pics produced by Belen Atienza, alongside Alvaro Augustin and Ghislain Barrois at Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of Spain’s TV giant Mediaset España. »

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Liam Neeson set for In Order of Disappearance

15 May 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Liam Neeson has added a new action project to his upcoming slate, with the Irish actor signing on for a remake of the hit 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance.

The project will be directed by Hans Petter Molland from a script by Frank Baldwin, and will see Neeson taking on the Stellan Skarsgard role as “snowplow driver who doesn’t get worked up about much, until his son is murdered and it is made to look like an overdose, by criminals involved in drug deals. It turns the mild-mannered man’s attention from snow to body removal and becomes a tense action thriller with Dirty Harry-esque intensity, where bad guys pile up like snow drifts when the killers suspect a rival gang.”

Neeson will next be seen in J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls, which is out in October, followed by Martin Scorsese’s Silence in November. »

- Gary Collinson

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Spanish Film Industry Gets a Boost From TV Nets, Movistar Plus

13 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For Spain’s top movie players, TV production could prove their salvation.

When Spain’s largest telco, Telefonica, bought total control of its biggest pay TV operator, Canal Plus Spain, in May 2014, it was an unprecedented move for Europe’s “big five” movie territories.

The positive consequences of that telco-content convergence, compounded by Netflix’s launch in Spain last October and HBO promising a Spanish streaming service by this year-end, are now playing out all over Spain’s content industry.

Co-producing and promoting 10-15 titles a year, Spain’s biggest broadcast networks Mediaset España and Atresmedia have helped fire up Spanish films’ domestic market shares to 25.5% in 2014 and 19% last year — both modern highs.

Led by “Julieta,” Pedro Almodóvar’s fifth competition entry, Spain boasts its biggest festival presence at Cannes for years with four features. But all the other films — Catalan Albert Serra’s “The Death of Louis Xiv,” a »

- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos

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Rob Cohen Disaster Pic Category 5 Adds Toby Kebbell

13 May 2016 12:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Undeterred by Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot resulting in a financial and critical calamity, Toby Kebbell has teed up two tentpole blockbusters in 2016 in the form of Warcraft: The Beginning and Timur Bekmambetov’s bold remake of Ben-Hur. Neither are guaranteed hits, of course, and it’ll be interesting to see how those movies pan out among fans and critics alike.

Looking further afield, though, Kebbell has began snapping up roles in a variety of projects, with the latest being Rob Cohen’s white-knuckle ride, Category 5. Pitched as a hurricane heist move, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Kebbell’s casting on the Croisette, where Foresight Unlimited are currently handling foreign sales.

Alas, there’s no mention of which role Kebbell has snatched, though THR clarifies the general premise for Category 5. As the director behind the original The Fast and the Furious movie, it’s hardly surprising that Cohen »

- Michael Briers

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Jurassic World Scribe Derek Connolly Boards Pacific Rim 2

12 May 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In 2015, Derek Connolly and director Colin Trevorrow were bound for Isla Nublar for Universal’s Jurassic World, crafting a tentpole blockbuster that stormed past the $1 billion dollar mark and confidently resurrected a franchise that had slowly began to fossilize on the proverbial shelf.

Both are involved in the planned 2018 sequel – Juan Antonio Bayona is primed to pick up the mantle to direct – as well, though Trevorrow has been elected to helm Star Wars: Episode IX for Disney. Now, Connolly has teed up another blockbuster beyond the vistas of Isla Nublar: Pacific Rim 2.

News comes by way of The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that Connolly has been brought in to work on the embryonic script. Guillermo del Toro, meanwhile, remains attached in a producing capacity, but directing duties have now been passed on to Steven DeKnight of Daredevil fame. It’s understood Zak Penn and Jon Spaihts both had passes on the screenplay, »

- Michael Briers

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Locarno Film Festival to Honor David Linde

11 May 2016 12:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Locarno Film Festival will fete U.S. producer David Linde with its Raimondo Rezzonico prize, given to a producer who epitomizes the indie ethos.

Linde’s long illustrious career dates back to his first major executive position at Miramax Films and Miramax Films International, where he oversaw the acquisition of several internationally renowned pics such as Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures,” Woody Allen’s “Bullets over Broadway,” and international distribution for Quentin Tarantino’s” Pulp Fiction,” among other titles.

After Miramax, Linde became partner of production company Good Machine, which Universal acquired to become the specialty film studio Focus Features which he ran with co-president James Schamus. During his time at Focus, Linde and Schamus produced a varied slate of top notch indie pictures including Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Alejandro González Iñárritu’s” Biutiful,” “Happiness” by Todd Solondz, Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” and Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Auteurs Go A-List: Arthouse Directors Drive Genre Films at Cannes

10 May 2016 8:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From indies to studio fare, genre films are being driven by auteurs in the Cannes festival lineup and marketplace as never before.

The trend comes on the heels of two record Cannes deals: Paramount’s $20 million North America/China pre-buy of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi pic “Story of Your Life” in 2014, and Focus Features’ $20 million-plus worldwide pre-buy of Tom Ford’s thriller “Nocturnal Animals” (with a hefty $10 million P&A commitment) last May. With directors like Colin Trevorrow jumping straight from his $4-million-grossing debut, “Safety Not Guaranteed,” to the $1.67 billion-hauling “Jurassic World,” producers are taking bigger chances on smaller, artier names in genre films. And buyers seem willing to gamble along with them.

“We are operating in a world where we typically have to find less-proven talent than studios,” says Glen Basner of FilmNation, which co-produced and co-financed “Story” with 21 Laps Entertainment and Lava Bear Films, and negotiated the “Nocturnal” deal with CAA. »

- Gregg Goldstein

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'Now You See Me 3', 'L.O.R.D.' on monster Lionsgate slate

10 May 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Unveiling his “deepest and most diverse” Cannes sales roster, Patrick Wachsberger and his team arrive on the Croisette with eight titles.

The slate includes Now You See Me 3, the latest episode in the heist franchise whose second episode is about to open worldwide on June 10.

3D motion capture fantasy adventure L.O.R.D. hails from writer-director Guo Jingming. China’s LeVision produced with Original Force and financed with other partners.

The roster includes the Lionsgate/CBS Films action drama Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and J.K. Simmons in the story of the manhunt that followed the Boston Marathon bombing.

The Summit Entertainment/Black Label action drama No Exit stars Josh Brolin and Miles Teller in the true saga of the firefighters who battled one of the most dangerous wildfires in history.

Wachsberger and the team will introduce Lionsgate/Hasbro film My Little Pony: The Movie starring Emily Blunt and Kristin Chenoweth, and Lionsgate »

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