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Sequel Bits: ‘ Jurassic World 2,’ ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ ‘Star Trek 4,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’

9 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In this edition of Sequel Bits: Producer Frank Marshall talks all about Jurassic World 2… …and doesn’t talk much at all about Indiana Jones 5. J.A. Bayona promises to bring more animatronics to his Jurassic sequel. Are Simon Pegg and Doug Jung writing Star Trek 4? Ryan Gosling chats a little about Blade Runner 2049. One of […]

The post Sequel Bits: ‘ Jurassic World 2,’ ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ ‘Star Trek 4,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ appeared first on /Film. »

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‘A Monster Calls’ Director Says Film Is His ‘Love Letter to Fantasy’

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the New York premiere of “A Monster Calls,” held Wednesday night at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater, actress Sigourney Weaver told Variety that while she appreciated that directors such as Joss Whedon (“Alien: Resurrection”), Greg Mottola (“Paul”), and “Monster”-helmer J. A. Bayona sought her out because of her “Aliens” and “Ghostbusters” pedigree, she never set out to be a genre queen.

“I never go out of my way to find a sci-fi film or a fantasy film, but the use of some of these elements to tell a story is absolutely apt,” she explained. “I think great literature has always involved a certain amount of fantasy and a lot of imagination. To me, these genre labels are not very helpful. Sci-fi is a genre that’s often dismissed, but some of our most interesting films, such as ‘District 9,’ come out of it.”

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'A Monster Calls' Speaks to Both Kids and Adults, Says Sigourney Weaver

15 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Lewis MacDougall and director J.A. Bayona gathered at AMC Lincoln Square on Wednesday for the New York premiere of A Monster Calls, Focus' adaptation of the award-winning novel about a boy who deals with the terminal illness of his mother (played by Felicity Jones) by escaping into a fantastical world.

"It's a beautiful story of how we're sometimes so afraid to tell the truth that we're blocked — sometimes, we're more scared to tell the truth than of the truth itself," the director told The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere, also attended by Focus »

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Jurassic World 2 Producer Loves New Director's Dark Sensibilities

15 hours ago | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It's been said before that while Jurassic World was a box office smash, and a successful relaunch of the Jurassic Park franchise, it was also somewhat of a toothless retread. Colin Trevorrow's somewhat softball approach to the fourth installment in the dino series did plenty to generate mainstream excitement without really bringing anything new or thought-provoking to the table. With Trevorrow taking a backseat for Jurassic World 2, there's been some hope that new director J.A. Bayona would bring something meatier to the table.

According to producer Frank Marshall, who knows a thing or two about keeping classic franchises relevant, Bayona may do just that.

Just a few weeks ago I relayed some comments from Bayona about Jurassic World 2 that seemed to imply that the A Monster Calls and The Impossible director had some heady ideas in mind for his first foray into blockbuster-filmmaking. In a new interview, Marshall commented »

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'Jurassic World 2' Director on Adding More Animatronics to Sequel: They "Bring Soul and Reality"

15 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

J.A. Bayona wants to add even more animatronics to his Jurassic World sequel than were used in last year's Universal reboot.

"Obviously you don't have real dinosaurs — sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs — but we love animatronics and we're trying to do as much with them as possible," the director told The Hollywood Reporter at Wednesday's premiere of A Monster Calls.

However, that's easier said than done.

"It's complicated because the audience now is so used to seeing CGI that they're sometimes reluctant toward animatronics," he explained further. "But at the same time, I think animatronics bring soul and »

- Ashley Lee

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‘A Monster Calls: The Art and Vision Behind The Film’ Exclusive Excerpt: See Images From The New Behind-The-Scenes Book

7 December 2016 3:04 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 2011, Patrick Ness published the children’s novel “A Monster Calls,” based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, about a boy in England who struggles to cope with the consequences of his mother’s terminal cancer. He’s then repeatedly visited by a monster in the middle of the night who tells him stories to teach him to cope. The book was adapted into a film by director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) and Ness himself, and stars Lewis MacDougall (“Pan”), Sigourney Weaver (“Alien”), Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”) and Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List”).

Read More: ‘A Monster Calls’ Review: J.A. Bayona’s Fantasy With Liam Neeson Is Equal Parts ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’

Now, there’s a new book out now entitled “A Monster Calls: The Art and Vision Behind The Film” which dives deep into the creation of the film through interviews with »

- Vikram Murthi

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A Monster Calls Gets A New Video on The Making of the Film

7 December 2016 1:35 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), 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 fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. The new film stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver. “A Monster Calls” hits theaters on December 23rd in a limited release and wide on January 6, 2017.

The post A Monster Calls Gets A New Video on The Making of the Film appeared first on Shockya.com. »

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Jurassic World 2 Shoots This February in London, New Details Emerge

7 December 2016 11:06 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in July, a report surfaced that production starts on Universal's highly-anticipatd sequel Jurassic World 2 on February 27, 2017 in Hawaii. That report was neither confirmed nor denied by Universal, but it also revealed that the bulk of the shooting will take place at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. Today we have confirmation that production is in fact starting in February, but in London, not Hawaii, as previously reported. Director J.A. Bayona recently teased that filming starts in March, but it seems that production will begin a bit earlier.

While it's possible that filming will also take place in Hawaii at the same time as the London shoot this February, the Hawaii location isn't mentioned by producer Frank Marshall, in his interview with MovieFone. The producer does confirm how excited he is about the project, and working with director Juan Antonio Bayona, who takes over at the helm for Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, »

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Exclusive: Stream 2 Tracks From Fernando Velázquez’s Score For ‘A Monster Calls’

7 December 2016 9:24 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

J.A. Bayona‘s “A Monster Calls” is an ambitious movie that mixes seemingly disparate elements — a monster, a mother/son tale, and an examination of loss and death — into a wondrously imaginative and deeply moving picture. And with so many elements on the table, composer Fernando Velázquez (“Crimson Peak,” “The Impossible,” “Mama,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” “The Orphanage“) found a way to bring them all together for his score to the film, and today we have two exclusive cuts of his work.

Continue reading Exclusive: Stream 2 Tracks From Fernando Velázquez’s Score For ‘A Monster Calls’ at The Playlist. »

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Movie Review – A Monster Calls (2016)

7 December 2016 4:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Monster Calls, 2016.

Directed by J.A Bayona.

Starring Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and Liam Neeson.

Synopsis:

A boy seeks the help of a Tree monster to help his mother with her terminal illness.

A Monster Calls is a truly tragic coming of age story, a 12-year-old boy Conor (Lewis MacDougall) dealing with the slow death of his Mother (Felicity Jones) from terminal cancer with the only help coming from a Grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) whom he despises and an absent Father (Toby Kebbell) who has a new family across an ocean and is only a fleeting part of his life. With no friends at school and a bully to contend with Conor confides and talks with the great Tree Monster (Liam Neeson) he imagines that comes to him.

Neeson’s voice exudes terror and the animation adds a real element of fear when we first meet the Monster, »

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Jurassic World 2: Colin Trevorrow planned for sequels

7 December 2016 4:16 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kirsten Howard Simon Brew Dec 7, 2016

It seems that Jurassic World 2 co-writer Colin Trevorrow was always thinking pretty long-term when he directed the first movie...

Despite Colin Trevorrow hopping off Jurassic World to take up the helm on the slightly more glamorous Star Wars: Episode IX, the director is still a major player on Jurassic World 2. He's still on scripting duties for the sequel, and it turns out that he went ahead and pretty much planned out a third film in the franchise, too.

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According to Jurassic World 2's producer Frank Marshall, who's overseeing a whole bunch of other huge projects, like future Bourne movies and Indiana Jones 5 to boot, "when Colin designed Jurassic World, he was looking forward as well to what No. »

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A Monster Calls Gets A New Video on The Story Behind The Story

5 December 2016 1:35 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), 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 fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. The new film stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver. “A Monster Calls” hits theaters on December 23rd in a limited release and wide on January 6, 2017.

The post A Monster Calls Gets A New Video on The Story Behind The Story appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Rudie Obias

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New A Monster Calls Featurette Explores the Poignant Story Behind the Film

5 December 2016 9:45 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A new featurette for Juan Antonio Bayona's (The Impossible) A Monster Calls has arrived, featuring the film's screenwriter and author of the novel, Patrick Ness, providing audiences with insight on how he continued Siobhan Dowd's (the original author of A Monster Calls) story after her untimely passing.

Synopsis: "A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), 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 fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith."

Directed by J.A. Bayona from a screenplay by Patrick Ness (based on his novel of the same name), A Monster Calls stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver. The film hits theaters on December 23rd from Focus Features. »

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

3 December 2016 4:15 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year’s Best Director battle boasts frontrunners who emerged from the year’s film festivals.

Breaking out at Sundance was Kenneth Lonergan’s intense four-hankie family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” which is not only a frontrunner for original screenplay and actor (winning the New York Film Critics Circle for both), but director. Lonergan’s portrait of a New England family dealing with death and loss masterfully reveals information in the present and via flashbacks over a disciplined two hours and 15 minutes. Lonergan’s ensemble cast led by Casey Affleck is superb.

Jeff Nichols is in the mix for his measured and refined direction of interracial marriage drama “Loving,” which critics agreed was the one surefire awards contender to emerge from Cannes this year. He brings a grounded urgency to a storyline that could have been rendered as emotion-baiting melodrama. Nichols started the year strong with the well-reviewed sci-fi drama “Midnight Special, »

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

3 December 2016 4:15 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s Best Director battle boasts frontrunners who emerged from the year’s film festivals.

Breaking out at Sundance was Kenneth Lonergan’s intense four-hankie family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” which is not only a frontrunner for original screenplay and actor (winning the New York Film Critics Circle for both), but director. Lonergan’s portrait of a New England family dealing with death and loss masterfully reveals information in the present and via flashbacks over a disciplined two hours and 15 minutes. Lonergan’s ensemble cast led by Casey Affleck is superb.

Jeff Nichols is in the mix for his measured and refined direction of interracial marriage drama “Loving,” which critics agreed was the one surefire awards contender to emerge from Cannes this year. He brings a grounded urgency to a storyline that could have been rendered as emotion-baiting melodrama. Nichols started the year strong with the well-reviewed sci-fi drama “Midnight Special, »

- Anne Thompson

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

3 December 2016 2:20 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

With the fall festivals behind us, the Oscar race is shifting as the critics groups weight in.

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Steady as he goes is Gotham, National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle winner Casey Affleck, who carries Sundance debut “Manchester by the Sea” as a capable Boston janitor weighed down by sadness, anger and depression. What happened to make him this way? That is what Lonergan’s precisely crafted movie carefully reveals in its own sweet time. While Affleck has delivered many fine performances, often supporting, and was nominated eight years ago for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” he has never taken on such a complex and emotional role.

His main competition comes from fellow Critics Choice Award nominee Denzel Washington, who directs himself in the film version of August Wilson’s Tony-winning play “Fences,” as a Pittsburgh ex-baseball slugger »

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

3 December 2016 2:20 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With the fall festivals behind us, the Oscar race is shifting as the critics groups weight in.

Read More: 2017 Oscar Predictions

Steady as he goes is Gotham, National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle winner Casey Affleck, who carries Sundance debut “Manchester by the Sea” as a capable Boston janitor weighed down by sadness, anger and depression. What happened to make him this way? That is what Lonergan’s precisely crafted movie carefully reveals in its own sweet time. While Affleck has delivered many fine performances, often supporting, and was nominated eight years ago for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” he has never taken on such a complex and emotional role.

His main competition comes from fellow Critics Choice Award nominee Denzel Washington, who directs himself in the film version of August Wilson’s Tony-winning play “Fences,” as a Pittsburgh ex-baseball slugger »

- Anne Thompson

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‘A Monster Calls’ Featurette: What’s The Story Behind the Story?

3 December 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A Monster Calls is a heartbreaking movie. When J.A. Bayona‘s (The Impossible) latest film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, in a nice bit of promotion, tissue boxes were handed out to those in attendance. That was a good call because the film certainly made our own Angie Han choke up once or twice. She praised the […]

The post ‘A Monster Calls’ Featurette: What’s The Story Behind the Story? appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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VFX Oscar Shortlist: ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Make the Cut

2 December 2016 12:44 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The preliminary shortlist of VFX Oscar contenders has been narrowed to 20 by the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, with Disney’s hybrid frontrunner, “The Jungle Book,” joined by “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the surprising “Kubo and the Two Strings,”  the stop-motion animated feature from Laika, which is uncommon for the category.

Read More: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’: How Laika Made Their Innovative Moon Beast

Other highlights include six superhero movies from the Marvel and DC universes (including “Doctor Strange,” “Deadpool” and “Suicide Squad”), Denis Villeneuve’s alien contact thriller, “Arrival,” Steven Spielberg’s Roald Dahl adaptation, “The Bfg,” “Star Trek Beyond” and Clint Eastwood’s “Sully.”

Two glaring omissions, however, were Juan Antonio Bayona’s critically-acclaimed “A Monster Calls” and David Lowery’s delightful “Pete’s Dragon” remake.

Later this month, the committee will select the 10 films that will advance to nominations voting, »

- Bill Desowitz

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Movie News: 'Get Down' Star Snares Secret 'Jurassic World 2' Role; Female '21 Jump Street' Spin-off Moves Forward

2 December 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Jurassic World 2: Justice Smith (above), who starred in the Netflix series The Get Down, has joined the cast of Jurassic World 2. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are already set to return in the sequel, which will begin production next spring under the direction of J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls). No details about Smith's role have been revealed. [THR]   21 Jump Street: Back in April 2015, we heard that Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs were working on a spin-off from 21 Jump Street that would be led by female cops. Now comes word that 22 Jump Street cowriter Rodney Rothman (above) has been hired to write a new draft of the screenplay and possibly direct. [Deadline]     What's behind this awesome door...

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