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Poking fun at a common criticism of his massively successful blockbuster Jurassic World—in which star Bryce Dallas Howard spent an entire movie sprinting through a root-strewn jungle in lethally fashionable high heels—director-turned-producer Colin Trevorrow tweeted the following picture at the actress today:
See you soon, @BryceDHoward pic.twitter.com/dSHIBRw8C0
Presumably, Trevorrow’s intention was to reassure fans that Howard’s character Claire will no longer live in danger of snapping a heel—or her ankle, for that matter—every time a dinosaur comes charging out of the underbrush in Jurassic World 2. (Howard said something to similar effect last year, but apparently it needed to be reiterated, because bad-shoe rumors find a way.) Of course, Trevorrow’s not actually directing Jurassic World 2, which is currently set for a 2018 release date. The Orphanage’s J.A. Bayona will be taking ...
- William Hughes
You might be able to argue that J.A. Bayona is not the most original filmmaker current working today, but there is no denying that he has a masterful understanding of how to direct a film that will grab (almost) all of his audience by the heart and squeeze until it bursts. His first feature film, The Orphanage, was a contemporary take on the gothic tale of ghosts and motherhood that left nary a dry or unfrightened eye in the house. His second, The Impossible, adapted the true story of a family caught in the 2004 tsunami. And with his latest, A Monster Calls, he heads back to genre to tell the story of a boy coming to terms with his mother's imminent death. On the...
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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.
In case you missed it, check out a clip from A Monster Calls, and stay tuned »
- Tamika Jones
You probably saw Jurassic World. I'm not saying that because I've been watching you (though, really, you should change that shirt). I'm saying that because the box office haul that film brought in was so huge I'm sure that you- and even your dog- saw the dang thing. The reboot-within-a-sequel made $1.7 billion dollars worldwide, and will naturally get a sequel. Jurassic World 2 will be helmed by a fellow named J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls), who'll be taking the reins from Colin Trevorrow- who is now slated to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. Bayona, who's new to the series, offered some insight into how he's approaching Jurassic World 2.
In a chat with Cinema Blend, Bayona revealed how he expects the film to simultaneously be Jurassic World 2 and Jurassic Park 5. If you'll recall, the first film was definitely a continuation of the original series, but it was packed with new characters »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Madrid – A hat trick: “A Monster Calls” has overtaken “The Secret Life of Pets” to become the highest-grossing film in Spain so far this year, besting big Hollywood studio titles and giving director Juan Antonio Bayona his third No. 1 movie of the year, at least for now.
Starring Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson, and distributed by Universal Pictures Intl., “A Monster Calls” grossed €235,341 ($262,057) on Friday at Spanish cinema theaters for a total Spanish gross of €21.9 million ($24.4 million), and counting.
Bayona’s first feature, “The Orphanage,” which was godfathered by Guillermo del Toro, topped Spanish movie charts in 2007, earning €25.1 million ($27.9 million) and again beating all Hollywood contenders; “The Impossible” (€42.4 million, or $47.2 million) followed suit in 2012.
Whether Bayona can hold on to his current title as 2016 box-office champ remains to be seen, however. “A Monster Calls” may face tough competition from “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. »
- John Hopewell
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: What is the best horror film of the 21st century?
Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelancer for Rolling Stone, The Verge, Vulture
Everyone knows that the greatest Halloween film of all time is the 1962 nudie-cutie “House on Bare Mountain,” and my slavish devotion to giallo means that personal favorite horror movie of the new century is “Berberian Sound Studio”, but those are both answers to questions nobody asked. The finest horror film of the new millennium is “Cabin in the Woods”, both a dissertation on the history of the American scary movie and a chilling piece of work in its own right. With a fiendishly clever narrative hook, »
- David Ehrlich
Valladolid, Spain – Paolo Virzi’s Cannes Directors’ hit “Like Crazy” and “Don’t Call Me Son,” Brazilian Anna Muylaert’s lauded follow-up to “The Second Mother,” swept many major prizes at the 61st Valladolid Film Festival which wrapped Saturday night with double plaudits for Argentine Oscar entry “The Illustrious Citizen.”
The story of two vastly different women who share time in an Italian mental health facility and find unlikely friendship, “Like Crazy” received an upbeat Cannes critical reception. “Neither Valeria Bruni Tedeschi nor Micaela Ramazzotti have been better,” Variety said in a review. This opinion was reiterated at Valladolid when the duo shared kudos for best actress, adding to the film’s Audience Award and best feature Golden Spike, the top award of the festival. “Like Crazy” has sold healthily for Bac Films.
Sold by Loco Films, “Don’t Call Me Son” matched that top tally with three awards of its own; Best actor, »
- Jamie Lang
Rob Leane Oct 28, 2016
Looking ahead to the movies heading to cinemas in time for Christmas...
The festive season is a great time to go to the pictures. There’s nothing quite like taking solace when it’s cold outside by cramming in with some like-minded folk to see a (hopefully) great movie.
Unsurprisingly, Hollywood studios have cottoned on to this. Year on year, there seems to more and more choice at the cinema come Christmas time. It’s almost like a second summer season, in terms of the sheer volume of major movies on offer. This isn’t likely to change any time soon, especially when you look at the cash banked by Star Wars: The Force Awakens last Christmas. And that's not to mention the festive season's nearness to the Oscar race, which means that the major movies keep coming well into January.
There are many movies rocking around the multiplex during this Yuletide, »
Not a day goes by when the Internet doesn’t take a moment to commemorate some national or international ‘Day Of’, with occasions ranging from National Chocolate Cupcake Day to something a bit more poignant like National Coming Out Day. That just so happens to be today, October 11, but it isn’t the only occasion to get some recognition online.
That’s because October 11 also marks National Face Your Fears Day in select countries across the globe and in a bid to seize the opportunity, Focus Features has conjured up an all-new promo for A Monster Calls, offering up our best look at Liam Neeson’s ancient Yew tree yet.
Tackling themes of love, courage, loss and faith, Patrick Ness’ bestseller is brought to life in stunning fashion here, anchored by strong performances from soon-to-be Rogue One lead Felicity Jones and Lewis MacDougall – the real star of the show – as troubled 12-year-old Conor. »
- Michael Briers
Today is National Face Your Fears Day, a day created to help people overcome the challenges in their lives and conquer them. Focus Features is celebrating this day with a trailer for their highly-anticipated live-action/CGI animated hybrid A Monster Calls with new footage. This movie was originally set to hit theaters next weekend, but it was moved into the Oscar-friendly holiday release date of December 23, which could give this adventure a big push through awards season.
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.
Liam Neeson provides the voice of the Monster, with a supporting »
Barcelona — Featuring a scaled-up presence of giant Spanish telco Telefonica, a second edition of its mini-mart Sitges Pitchbox and its traditional welter of genre, thriller and fantasy fair, the 49th Sitges Festival, one of the world’s most prominent genre meets, kicks off today with the European premiere of Miguel Ángel Vivas’ “Inside.
Sold by Embankment Films, and the latest movie from the producer of “Buried,” Adrián Guerra at Barcelona-based Nostromo Pictures, Vivas, the director of “Kidnapped,” and Jaume Balaguero, the writer-director of “[Rec],” who co-wrote the screenplay, “Inside” weighs in as much more of a mainstream proposition than Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s grand-guignol French original, recasting it as less of a blood-fest more of a Hitchcockian thriller, Guerra has said. Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring star.
- Emilio Mayorga
★★★★☆ Speaking the truth no matter how difficult, rather than simply telling a loved one what they want to hear, is one of numerous life lessons at the very heart of A Monster Calls, an utterly heart-breaking return from J. A. Bayona, director of The Orphanage and The Impossible. Foremost in its intentions, perhaps, is learning how to be truthful to oneself. Over the tumultuous, fantastical and crushingly realist course of this tale of good, bad, and all that is both and in between, Conor (Lewis MacDougall) has to come to terms with the fact that his mother (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill with cancer.
- CineVue UK
Jurassic World 2 Will Be Scarier, More Practical and Less Military Themed Colin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World and producer and cowriter of the sequel, recently appeared on the Jurassic Park fan podcast InGeneral and gave a wee bit of an update on that forthcoming follow-up. Collider transcribed the important parts, which relate to why they got someone with a horror background, namely The Orphanage helmer J.A. Bayona, to direct Jurassic World...
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Jurassic World was a film that the studio was expecting to be a big success, but no one could have predicted just how successful it would be. The movie went on to break all kinds of records, though this success did not come without some repercussions. Once the excitement wore off, many filmgoers became aware of the numerous flaws the movie had. While a solid, fun story, many felt it was undeserving of all the hype that surrounded it.
Nonetheless the studio moved forward with the sequel -- as well they should have (it would be stupid not to). Colin Trevorrow bowed out of the sequel in favor of Star Wars Episode IX, and in his place, J.A. Bayona, the director of The Orphanage and the recently-released A Monster Calls (which is getting rave reviews from critics), took over.
Speaking with Jurassic Outpost, Trevorrow discussed some of what we can expect from the upcoming sequel, »
- Joseph Medina
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow isn't directing the unnamed sequel but he is still heavily involved. He recently got to talking about what we can expect including animatronic and weaponized dinosaurs and working with J.A. Bayona. While he's passed on directing duties for the next installment to Bayona in favor of directing Star Wars: Episode IX, Tevorrow had a great deal to say about Jurassic World and its sequel when JurassicOutpost.com had him on as a podcast guest. Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt will be returning for the sequel set to debut June 22, 2018 and Trevorrow wanted to make sure folks knew the next film had a good reason to exist other than box office and toy profits. “This one has to make a case for itself in another way. We're all cynical about sequels and we probably grow more cynical every year so this also has prove that »
- Jill Pantozzi
A Monster Calls seems to have one goal in mind and one goal alone. That is, to deprive audiences of the contents of their tear ducts and make them a sobbing mess. Some might call it manipulative, but that's not really anything new for director J.A. Bayona, who has previously swept audiences up with the emotionally draining The Orphanage and The Impossible. With A Monster Calls, though, the emotion is genuine, and the director, working off a screenplay from Patrick Ness adapting his own novel, twines magnificent fantasy with authentic drama to make a heart-wrenching, cinematic experience. It helps that the cast, led by Lewis MacDougall and the voice of Liam Neeson, is so spot on and committed to the subject at hand. A Monster Calls is a wonderful film that shouldn't be passed up by any audience member of any age. Lewis MacDougall stars as Conor O'Malley, a shy »
- Jeremy Kirk
Jurassic World 2 Will Be Scarier, More Practical and Less Military-themed Colin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World and producer and co-writer of the sequel, recently appeared on the Jurassic Park fan podcast InGeneral and gave a wee bit of an update on that forthcoming follow-up. Collider transcribed the important parts, which relate to why they got someone with a horror background, namely The Orphanage helmer J.A. Bayona, to direct Jurassic World 2: "It will be more suspenseful and scary. It’s just the way it’s designed; it’s the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his...
- Christopher Campbell
Though he’s been elected at the helm of Star Wars: Episode IX, Colin Trevorrow remains an active cog in Universal’s trilogy plans for Jurassic World, attached to executive produce and co-write 2018 sequel Jurassic World 2 alongside Derek Connolly.
Considering that’s a creative pair that crafted a box office behemoth last year, it’s little wonder why Universal ensured that Trevorrow and Connolly remained on board to steer its rejuvenated series into the future only this time, it is Juan Antonio Bayona that’s been placed in the driving seat.
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Bayona signed on to helm Jurassic World 2 soon after dropping out of another blockbuster sequel, World War Z 2. With a track record that comprises The Orphanage and, more recently, the excellent tear-jerker known as A Monster Calls, fans can look forward to Bayona tapping into his unique creative style – a process that will »
- Michael Briers
We reported this summer that production will begin on Jurassic World 2 in late February 2017, under the direction of new director J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls). Original Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is coming back to executive produce and write the script with his longtime collaborator Derek Connolly, with the the writer-producer teasing new details about the sequel in a recent interview. It seems their script work is complete, with Chris Pratt also stating on Twitter that he is reading the script.
Colin Trevorrow revealed last year, just before Jurassic World debuted with a record-breaking $208.8 million opening weekend, that he will not come back to direct the sequel, and a few months later we learned why. The filmmaker had signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, leading to J.A. Bayona boarding Jurassic World 2. Colin Trevorrow recently appeared on the Jurassic Outpost podcast, where he revealed that the sequel will be much scarier, »
As we start to get close to the early 2017 production start for fifth Jurassic Park film, we’ve begun to learn what we might expect from Jurassic World 2. The Orphanage/The Impossible filmmaker J.A. Bayona is busy working with screenwriters Jurassic World sequel with writers Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow. The Jurassic World director also […]
The post ‘Jurassic World 2’ Will Not Be ‘Jurassic War’; More Animatronics, Suspenseful and Scary appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
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