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Sigourney Weaver to receive festival’s Donostia Award.
A Monster Calls, in which Weaver co-stars alongside Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson, was produced by Apaches Entertainment, Telecinco Cinema and Películas La Trini, and will be distributed by Universal Pictures International Spain.
The Spanish film is based on Patrick Ness’s novel of the same name which tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy struggling with his mother’s illness who is helped by a monster who comes to him in the middle of the night.
The third feature film in Bayona’s career, A Monster Calls closes a trilogy of tales that focuses on the bond shared by mothers and children. Bayona’s next project will be the sequel to Jurassic World.
Madrid — Sigourney Weaver will receive the 2016 Donostia Award for career achievement at the 64th San Sebastian Festival, which runs Sept. 18-26 at the Basque resort city.
The Donostia Award ceremony will link to a European premiere screening of Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls,” which co-stars Felicity Jones, Lewis McDougall and Liam Neeson. The film, Bayona’s third feature after “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” will screen out of competition at San Sebastian.
A festival statement on Tuesday said Weaver had “presided over some of the biggest productions in the last few decades, under the direction of moviemakers such as Ridley Scott, Peter Weir, James Cameron, Mike Nichols, Roman Polanski, Ang Lee and David Fincher.”
Produced out of Spain by Apaches Ent., Telecinco Cinema and Peliculas La Trini, and financed and distributed by Focus Features, River Road, Participant Media and Lionsgate, “A Monster Calls” is slated to open in the U. »
- John Hopewell
A visually stunning new trailer for Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls has been released. The Focus Features film is based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel of the same name and follows Conor, a young boy whose life is anything close to perfect. His mother is very ill and he is bullied at school by some of his classmates, so he creates a lovely fantasy world including the likes of a tree monster voiced by Liam Neeson.
“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 »
- Tamika Jones
There’s a new trailer for A Monster Calls in the wild today, showing off J. A. Bayona’s latest film in its full glory. The film stars Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones so there’s plenty of talent on offer, and there’s a lot of love out there for the book by Patrick Ness. What’s […]
- Jon Lyus
Focus Features has released a new trailer for A Monster Calls with an introduction by Liam Neeson, who portrays the titular Monster. This adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children’s novel of the same name also stars Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, Felicity Jones, Geraldine Chaplin, and Lewis MacDougall . Check out the trailer here, followed by the official synopsis…
A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning 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. Also featuring Liam Neeson who will star in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting monster of the title, and Sigourney Weaver as the maternal grandmother.
A Monster Calls is set for release on October 14th, 2016 in the States, »
- Matthew Lee
The movie opens nationwide from Focus Features on October 21, 2016.
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.
The post A Magical New Trailer For A Monster Calls Arrives appeared first on We Are Movie Geeks.
- Michelle McCue
If you're a fan of Alice in Wonderland or Pan's Labyrinth, you're in for a treat. The trailer for A Monster Calls is here, and it's very reminiscent of both Lewis Carroll's classic novel and Guillermo del Toro's fantastical film. The new movie is based on the award-winning children's book by Patrick Ness and stars Lewis MacDougall as a young boy who escapes into a world of monsters to get away from the harsh reality of his life. Felicity Jones and Toby Kebbell star as his parents, and the titular monster is played by Liam Neeson, whose gravelly voice makes the trailer totally worth watching. The movie is out on Oct. 21! »
- Maggie Pehanick
A visually sumptuous fantasy tale that’s relatively darker than Roald Dahl’s feel-good romp, Bayona’s latest creative venture is based on Patrick Ness’ novel of the same name. As illustrated in the all-new trailer below, A Monster Calls is the story of Conor O’Malley, a 14-year-old English schoolboy who perseveres through trials and tribulations – an ailing mother (Felicity Jones), bullies at school – that far exceed the normal drama an adolescent boy should face.
Played here by newcomer Lewis MacDougall, Bayona recently told USA Today that a heartfelt story is cinema’s greatest pull, stating that “we all need stories to understand our own reality. [This movie is] an homage to what we do as filmmakers: The stories tell us the truth. »
- Michael Briers
Focus Features has revealed a brand new trailer for the upcoming fantasy fable A Monster Calls, featuring the vocal talent of Liam Neeson as the title imaginary creature. Check out the new below, which looks like a darker version of The Bfg.
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.
Source: USA Today »
- Kellvin Chavez
Despite its October release date, “A Monster Calls” doesn’t look like your standard horror-fantasy release. Between “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” its visionary Spanish film director J.A. Bayona has proven more than capable in depicting both supernatural and real-world horrors. With this anticipated next feature, “A Monster Calls” looks like it will combine a bit of both, as the very best dark fantasies so often do. Based on the acclaimed 2011 novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, the film follows a young boy named Connor O’Malley as he loses himself in a fantasy world to escape his single mother’s terminal illness and the incessant bullying at his school. The first two trailers alone have showcased some truly breathtaking imagery, so we can’t wait to see what its Oct. 21 release date has in store. The film stars decorated actors Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, as well »
The President’s Award
Actress Jirina Bohdalová will receive the President’s Award at the upcoming 51st Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. A force in Czech entertainment for nearly 80 years and one of its most beloved figures, the still-active Bohdalová’s career spans stage, film, and television performances. Cementing her reputation as a national treasure, she also hosted (with Vladimír Dvorák) the massively successful, long-running, live TV sketch show “Televarieté,” dubbed foreign films and provided expressive voice work on numerous Czech animated TV series, particularly the fairy tales created for “Evening Story.” [“Vecernícek”]. Writer-director Slávek Horák [“Home Care”] recalls, “Whole generations [including mine] grew up listening to her every evening at 7, universally accepted by kids and parents as the bedtime call.”
So ubiquitous a figure is “Bohdalka” [as her fans affectionately refer to her] that it is nearly impossible to conceive of Czech popular culture without her.
Born in 1931 to a working-class family in Prague, Bohdalová was a precocious extrovert from a young age. »
- Alissa Simon
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.
Belén 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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The original plan, where the X-Men spin-off Gambit was concerned, was to have the film ready for this year. That’s clearly not happening, with not a frame of footage for the movie yet shot. The last we heard, Gambit was set to shoot later this year, with filming running into early 2017. A release before the end of 2017 was an outside shot.
But could that now be in doubt too?
Gambit was originally set to be directed by Rupert Wyatt, who eventually departed the project. In his place came Doug Liman, off the back of the excellent Edge Of Tomorrow. But now we learn that Liman has signed up to make the new post-apocalyptic young adult thriller, Chaos Walking, in addition to his commitment to another project, The Wall, that he's about to start shooting.
Chaos Walking is based on the series of books of the same name by Patrick Ness (the same Patrick Ness who’s heading up Doctor Who spin-off, Class), and Charlie Kaufman and Jamie Linden have been involved with the screenplay.
The problem? It looks as if Chaos Walking is set to shoot around the same time that Gambit is. And if that proves correct then one of two things is happening. Either Gambit has been delayed again, or Doug Liman is no longer directing, and the search is on for another helmer.
We await further information, and will pass it your way when we get it…
Doug Liman, director of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and the original “Bourne Identity,” is circling a new Ya franchise at Summit-Lionsgate, TheWrap has learned. Liman is attached to direct an adaptation of “Chaos Walking,” the best-selling Ya novel from Patrick Ness, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. “Chaos Waking” is a dystopian trilogy about a world where all thoughts are visible in a stream of projected sounds and images called “Noise.” It features a male and female protagonist as leads, bracing for a planetary war. Also Read: Lionsgate CEO Admits They 'Rushed' Franchise Film 'Allegiant': 'We Wanted to Hit a Date' This would. »
- Matt Donnelly
Doug Liman ("Edge of Tomorrow," "The Bourne Identity") is in talks to direct the film adaptation of Patrick Ness' post-apocalyptic young adult thriller trilogy "Chaos Walking" for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment. Production aims to begin this Fall.
Robert Zemeckis had previously been attached to helm this story set in a world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear one another's thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise. Charlie Kaufman and Jamie Linden have reportedly worked on the script.
Set in Washington Heights in New York City, the story focuses on a bodega owner who's closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother's fortune. Scott Sanders »
- Garth Franklin
J A Bayona is confirmed as the director of the next Jurassic Park movie...
Director J A Bayona is currently putting the finishing touches to his adaptation of Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls. And after that? There's the small matter of making the sequel to one of the biggest movies of all time.
Bayona has, as was rumoured at the start of the year, has landed the job of directing Jurassic World 2. He's previously directed The Impossible, and The Orphanage.
Thrilled to announce Ja Bayona is on board to direct JW2. Welcome to the team @FilmBayona!
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) April 18, 2016
Here’s a new trailer for A Monster Calls, the latest movie from The Impossible director J.A. Bayona.The film is based on the acclaimed book written by Patrick Ness and illustrated by Jim Kay. It stars Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver & Felicity Jones and is set for release in the UK October 2016. Lewis MacDougall is
The post Tree-am Neeson growls through a visually splendid trailer for fantasy film A Monster Calls appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Jon Lyus
Liam Neeson is all bark and no bite in the new trailer for Juan Antonio Bayona‘s eagerly awaited fantasy movie “A Monster Calls.” Neeson plays a thousand-year-old tree that grows in the backyard of the O’Malley family and serves as the titular monster. Based on the acclaimed novel by Patrick Ness, the movie follows a 12-year-old Conor O’Malley (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to deal with the illness of his mother (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. »
- Linda Ge
It’s been about two years since the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed A Monster Calls began its journey, with Focus Features giving it an October 14, 2016 date and setting Felicity Jones to star and Liam Neeson to voice the Monster. Since then, Jones has been nominated for an Oscar (The Theory Of Everything) and landed a starring role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Here’s the latest look at the fantasy pic based on the award-winning children's fantasy novel by Patrick Ness… »
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