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J.A. Bayona may have broken through to the mainstream with disaster drama The Impossible, but the helmer has proven a furious talent in the horror genre. His 2007 chiller The Orphanage ranks among the most spine-tingling horror films of this century, and he’s since honed his instincts on episodes of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Now, he’s gearing up for a dark, almost Guillermo del Toro-esque fantasy in A Monster Calls, adapted from the book by Patrick Ness, and early signs are very promising.
Lewis MacDougall stars as a 13-year-old boy named Conor who, bullied at school and traumatized by his mother’s terminal illness, escapes into a fantasy world populated by a looming tree monster. When said monster follows him home, however, things take a turn for the strange. Liam Neeson is playing the aforementioned monster through motion capture, with Sigourney Weaver playing Conor »
- Isaac Feldberg
Madrid – Broad Green Pictures’ Gabriel and Daniel Hammond are putting their money where their mouth is. Bursting onto the scene at 2014’s Toronto with the proclaimed desire to cultivate talent, and paying a reported $3 million for U.S rights to Andrew Garfield/Michael Shannon-starrer “99 Homes,” from Ramin Bahrani, this weekend Broad Green will put its back behind the U.S. theatrical release of Spaniard Carlos Marques-Marcet’s long-distance love story “10,000 Km,” bowing it in the U.S. on 13 screens in 13 cities.
That may hardly seem a hell of a rollout. But — with one exception, the Weinstein Co. release “Eva” — the last Spanish-language movie from Spain to see such a screen-count bow was “The Orphanage,” getting on eight years ago, which Picturehouse opened on 19 screens in very late 2007, per Pau Brunet, “10,000 Km” exec producer and, in a parallel life, the doyen of Spanish box office analysts at boxoffice.es
- John Hopewell
"It's a thriller. It's about con artists and a kind of cat-and-mouse end game. It's classy and exciting. I'm a forensic accountant, so I'm hunting for con artists," Enos told Moviefone on June 7th at a Tony Awards viewing party. "And then I get conned. And also, it turns out, I have something to hide as well. So there's many levels of conning going on."
Enos says she'll "spank it up" in the wardrobe department. Say goodbye to those mousy, oversized sweaters she »
- Sharon Knolle
Tinker: Reese Witherspoon will star in and produce Disney's Tinker, a live-action movie that will focus on Tinker Bell, aka Peter Pan's faithful fairy cohort. The project is still in development, with Victoria Spouse (Finding Dory, Pixar's sequel to Finding Nemo) working on a screenplay. Reportedly, it will focus on "the story you don't know," presenting a "new perspective" on the character, a la Maleficent. [Heat Vision] World War Z Sequel: A sequel to World War Z has been scheduled for release on June 9, 2017, opposite the sequel to Fantastic Four. World War Z proved to be a big hit, earning more than $540 million worldwide in 2013; Juan Antonio Bayona (moody horror flick The Orphanage, tsunami drama The Impossible) is still on...
- Peter Martin
Gerry Lane's fight to save humanity in a living dead world will continue in the summer of 2017, as Paramount Pictures has revealed that the sequel to 2013's World War Z will hit theaters on June 9th, 2017, with Brad Pitt back in the role of Gerry.
Variety reports that the World War Z sequel is scheduled to hit theaters on June 9th, 2017 (the same day Fox's Fantastic Four 2 is set to come out).
J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) will direct from a screenplay by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things). In addition to reprising his role as former U.N. employee Gerry, Pitt will also produce the project for Plan B along with Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner.
- Derek Anderson
“Darkness,” a high-profile genre film from Mexican helmer Daniel Castro Zimbron, is beginning to see the light of day, with France’s Memento Films Intl. acquiring world sales rights.
Pic, which is in production and expected to be released in 2016, is co-written with David Pablos, whose “The Chosen Ones” plays Un Certain Regard, and Denis Languerand.
Story’s in the vein of “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Orphanage,” and Jorge Michel Grau’s “We Are What We Are.” “The Darkness” centers on Argel (Aliocha Sotnikoff) who, along with his two siblings, locked inside a cabin basement in a forest, fearful of a wild beast wandering outside, but when his older brother disappears, Argel sets out to confront the darkest secrets and mysteries that the forest and his father (Brontis Jodorosky) hide.
” ‘The Darkness’ is one of these intriguing original projects that don’t come along often: a terrifying fairy tale from Mexico, »
- John Hopewell
The pieces are falling into place for the production of “Spanish Affair 2” (“Ocho Apellidos 2”), the sequel to the 2014 comedy which, distributed by Universal Pictures International in Spain, and opening March 14 last year, powered to an extraordinary €55.2 million ($59.6 million) in Spain, becoming the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time at hometurf wickets.
Doing so, it also underscored a business model which is revolutionizing the popularity of movies not only in Spain but in Latin America: the combination of a well-crafted film that touches a national nerve and has a huge marketing push from a big nationwide broadcaster, here TV network Mediaset España, which co-produced via powerful film arm Telecinco Cinema.
Other national film industries – in Argentina, for instance – have taken note. Backing from Televisa and Globo also explain, though only in part, the rise of local movies’ market shares in Mexico and Brazil respectively.
Underscoring the crowd-pleasing status of the original, »
- John Hopewell
Is it just me or does Guillermo Del Toro seem to be a man divided? I mean, I have nothing against Pacific Rim but personally it’s just not my thing. I could say I was disappointed by it but it wasn’t really my thing. Well, mainly it was the barely tolerable orgy of CGI that wasn’t my thing more than, you know, kaiju-punching giant robots because how could that not be your thing? But I think I speak on behalf of all horror fans that, after the entertaining but awkward Hellboy films, we were hoping for a return to the Del Toro of old, the The Orphanage and Pan’s Labyrinth mastermind who lured his unsuspecting prey into his films with dabs of gothic fantasy before swallowing them whole. It’s not that we can’t share him with non-horror fans; it’s just that we refuse. »
- Chris Melkus
Now that it's festival run is over, Spanish filmmaker Jon Mikel Caballero wants to share his award-winning short film, Hibernation, with you. It is an emotionally driven work of sci-fi with a bittersweet ending. The visual style is reminiscent of sci-fi films from the 60s and 70s. You can watch the full short below. Joseph is an astronaut set to go where no man has gone in the Universe through the hibernation program. But something is wrong between him and his instructor Claire, and decisions that seemed unshakeable begin to tremble.Some folks who worked on TwitchFilm faves lent their skills to this projects. Eugenio Mira, director of Grand Piano and Agnosia composed the score for the short and Sergio G. Sánchez, writer of The Orphanage, was...
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The production may have been troubled, but 2013's "World War Z" proved a smash hit with around half a billion dollars at the box office. Unsurprisingly, talk of a follow-up was soon underway with Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Orphanage," "The Impossible") and Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") linked as direct and writer respectively.
Speaking about his decision to accept the job of penning the zombie sequel, Knight dropped a surprising quote about it in an interview with Indiewire: "I thought, why not? What fun. It’s not quite like the other. We're starting with a clean slate. When [the studio and Brad PItt's Plan B production company] have signed off, we're on!"
By 'clean slate', does that mean the franchise will reboot? The film scored decent notices, but also was subject to complaints about being quite different to the acclaimed Max Brooks book upon which it is based. So a big question now is if the sequel will be »
- Garth Franklin
Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona began as one of the talents supported by Guillermo Del Toro, blazing into the international horror realm back in 2007 with The Orphanage, which showcased the wonderful Belen Rueda. But his 2012 sophomore film, The Impossible, which depicted the onslaught and aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Thailand, that really brought Bayona acclaim. That film snagged Naomi Watts an Oscar nod for Best Actress and proved the director’s penchant and flair for working with big budget special effects. We’re quite excited to see that he’s adapting Patrick Ness’ celebrated children’s book A Monster Calls for his third feature, which concerns a little boy coping with his mother’s terminal illness and being bullied at school with the help of a tree monster. Liam Neeson stars as said monster, while Felicity Jones plays the »
- Nicholas Bell
The American Society of Cinematographers chose the following five films as the best shot of the year. According to Twitter The Imitation Game is the odd man out. It was shot by Oscar Faura who is definitely talented (see The Orphanage and The Impossible) but discussions around this film rarely concern themselves with the quality of its cinematography (which can't really be said for the other nominees here).
1 of roughly 1,890 amazing shots in Mr Turner
Birdman Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki (4 previous Asc nominations, 3 of them won) The Grand Budapest Hotel Robert Yeoman The Imitation Game Oscar Faura Mr. Turner Dick Pope (1 previous Asc nomination for The Illusionist) Unbroken Roger Deakins (12 previous Asc nominations, 3 wins, and 1 lifetime achievement)
It does remind slightly of when The King's Speech got that perplexing actual Oscar nomination for Cinematography over at least a dozen (at least it bears repeating) well shot and more inspiring choices from »
- NATHANIEL R
12 items from 2015
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