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Catalan genre films come with high expectations this year, with movies from two heavyweight auteurs, Jaume Balagueró’s “Muse” and Rodrigo Cortés’ “Down a Dark Hall,” looking set to hit major festivals.
But while names such as J.A. Bayona, Balagueró and Paco Plaza are regarded with fanboy reverence, Catalonia’s genre film movement, which boasts “[Rec]” and “The Orphanage” among landmarks, is undergoing market mutation.
“Spanish thrillers keep selling, although the best sales are titles with high production values and political or social elements,” says Film Factory Ent. Vicente Canales, citing “Marshland.” For horror, the key is “to go theatrical, fleeing from the B-movies, which is a saturated sector.”
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Another key may now be language; major directors are shooting in English, opening projects up to international casts.
- Emilio Mayorga
Cannes — Guillermo del Toro will godfather this October’s milestone edition of the Sitges’ Catalonia Intl. Fantastic Film Festival as the famed fantasy-genre fest celebrates its 50th edition and genre gains ever greater mainstream acceptance.
A hallowed place of pilgrimage for genre aficionados worldwide, fishing village-set Sitges launched in 1968 the first Intl. Week of Fantastic Cinema, a bastion of fantasy films and avant-garde film debate which implicitly stood up to Francisco Franco’s arcane dictatorship. Sitges’ Catalonia Intl. Fantastic Film Festival is now one of Europe’s biggest genre events, notching up about 200,000 attendees last year, according to organizers.
For del Toro, godfathering is a debt repaid. “Sitges was, in my mind as a young filmmaker, the Mecca,” he recalls. “Being there with my first film, ‘Cronos,’ and winning the Maria Prize, was a giant boost. A year later, receiving the lifetime achievement award, I felt similarly reinvigorated and went »
- Emilio Mayorga
While Hollywood might have moved away from producing mid-budget movies for adults, Spain has moved in. Two broadcaster-backed production houses, Mediaset España’s Telecinco Cinema and Atresmedia Cine, can now create event movies that can blow even Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters out of the water in Spain.
They have snagged Academy Award nominations, including for Naomi Watts in “The Impossible,” and yielded some of the world’s highest-grossing independent movies; “The Impossible” garnered $180 million worldwide. Though all made out of Spain, given their high budgets, they attract Hollywood partners, especially if shot in English. Produced by Apaches Ent., Telecinco Cinema and Peliculas La Trini, “A Monster Calls” was financed and distributed by Focus Features, River Road, Participant Media and Lionsgate.
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- John Hopewell
Paris — Argentina’s Pablo Bossi (“Nine Queens”), a leading producer of the new Argentine Cinema, and Spain’s Cristina Zumarraga, who has overseen production of some of its biggest (“Alatriste”) and most challenging (“Even the Rain”) productions, are teaming on a new production house, Tandem Films.
Based out of Madrid, it looks set, at least in a first-phase, to work a Latin America-Spain-Europe access, producing high-end film and TV from a broad range of more accessible but still artistically-ambitious Spanish-language auteurs.
Tandem Films’ first-slate projects include “Insomnes,” from Gustavo Hernandez (“The Silent House), starring Belen Rueda (“The Orphanage”), and “La Elvira,” a sweeping period adventure from Norberto Lopez Amado (“Sara’s Notebook”).
Spain’s new subsidy regulations “means that it’s important to have a certain financial muscle, »
- John Hopewell
This Week in Home VideoPlus 12 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.
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What is it? A single mother in 1979 California tries to raise her teenage son with assistance from their friends.
Why buy it? Mike Mills’ (Beginners) latest is a beautiful ode to not just motherhood but family and friendships in general. Annette Bening delivers what should have been recognized as the best of last year too as she finds wit and warmth in a character trying to do right by her son. Billy Crudup is equally fantastic, and they’re joined by Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning who also deliver compelling characters. Mills’ film focuses on Bening and her son, but it finds time to explore each of the characters »
- Rob Hunter
Jurassic Park is one of the best films of all time. Period. So far it has spawned three sequels including 2015's Jurassic World, which served as a jumping off point for a new trilogy of films starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Whether you loved it as much as I did, or despised it, Jurassic World was a smash hit, proving the franchise still has legs. Legs with feet sporting one giant sharp claw, that is.
The next installment of the franchise, currently known as Jurassic World 2 -- though hopefully they lose the "2" and get a new title -- has already begun production in order to make its June 22, 2018 release date. Howard, Pratt, and Bd Wong (as Dr. Henry Wu), are returning for the sequel, in addition to exciting additions including James Cromwell, Toby Jones, and Rafe Spall, some of whom will likely be eaten, or simply disemboweled. Taking »
- Nick Doll
Author: Zehra Phelan
Director J. A Bayona has taken to social media to reveal the first look image of his venture into the Jurassic World 2 sequel revealing his darker visual tones in the ominous image to the delight of many of his twitter followers.
The image, which depicts a lone girl – assuming this is the returning Dallas Bryce Howard as Claire Dearing as a child – standing with her back to camera in a museum surrounded by the skeletal forms of dinosaurs. The picture has an unnerving ambience in its structure which keeps fans of the Jurassic franchise guessing at its yet unveiled plot. Could this image also reveal what we can expect from the plot? We are thinking some kind of flashback sequence may just be on the cards, just speculation of course but tell us what you think.
Jurassic World 2, which »
- Zehra Phelan
With Colin Trevorrow stepping away to work on Star wars: Episode IX (but still having his stamp on proceedings after co-writing the script), The Monster Calls and the Impossible’s J.A. Bayona takes over directing duties on the highly anticipated Jurassic World 2, and with shooting currently on going, he has taken to Twitter to share with us the first image from the movie. While it may give absolutely nothing away, it’s hard to say it doesn’t make one hell of an impression. Deatails about Jurassic World 2 are very thin on the ground at this early stage, though Trevorrow has teased that it will be darker and scarier than the first installment, and consider Bayona’s first feature The Orphanage still haunts me to this day, the movie is certainly in good hands. Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt return to face against more menacing dinosaurs, with the rest »
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Logan Box Office Hit
In news that will surprise virtually no one, Logan was a big hit at the box office this weekend. It knocked off Get Out from its number one spot (even though it only dropped 22%) and earned $85.3 million domestically, along with $152.5 million from international markets. It’s the biggest R-rated opening for March, but the third biggest X-Men opening after Deadpool and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Read more about that here.
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One of the big complaints about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last year was the amount of guns The Dark Knight used throughout. Justice League director Zack Snyder has clearly taken those issues on board, »
- Luke Owen
Jurassic World 2 is currently filming in England and is scheduled to hit theaters next year. We know a lot about the movie in terms of who is in it and some of the overall themes that will be explored, but specific details have been kept under lock and key. Well, it looks like Universal may have accidentally let the cat out of the bag, if only for a brief moment, and revealed the official title for the upcoming Jurassic World sequel.
Jurassic Outpost recently got word that Universal Pictures updated their website. On a page that showed titles for their upcoming 2018 slate, they listed Jurassic World 2 as Jurassic World: Epoch. The reason this is significant is because the studio quickly changed it back to "Jurassic World sequel." Fortunately, some Twitter users were able to screenshot the webpage that featured what appears to be the actual title for Jurassic World »
Known for her award-winning performances across Doctor Zhivago, Welcome to L.A. and Roseland, Chaplin is one of the many daughters of legendary silent film actor Charlie Chaplin, and has since become something of a good-luck charm for writer-director Juan Antonio Bayona in recent times. To date, the prolific actress has appeared in all three of Bayona’s feature films – namely The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Monster Calls – and now, Jurassic World 2 will take that streak to four. Little is known about Chaplin’s actual role in the 2018 sequel, but with production underway, expect more details to emerge online sooner rather than later.
- Michael Briers
The photos may not be all that inspiring, but they are a sign that work has, or is about to get underway on the long-awaited follow-up to the 2015 reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise.
A Monster Calls helmer J.A. Bayona is directing the new feature for Universal Pictures. The cast also includes returnee Christ Pratt, Toby Jones, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, Daniella Pineda, and James Cromwell. Word reaches us today that Geraldine Chaplin, the daughter of the legendary actor has also joined. The actress has appeared Bayona’s three previous films (The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Monster Calls)
- Paul Heath
With cameras now rolling on the Jurassic World sequel, director J.A. Bayona has announced that veteran actress Geraldine Chaplin will be joining the cast of the movie, having appeared in all three of Bayona’s previous films, The Orphanage, The Impossible, and A Monster Calls.
Look who's joining the Jurassic adventure. #geraldinechaplin pic.twitter.com/deKWIbaImX
— Ja Bayona (@FilmBayona) March 5, 2017
The as-yet-untitled Jurassic World sequel is set for release on June 22nd, 2018 and sees J.A. Bayona directing a cast that includes returning Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Bd Wong alongside Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rafe Spall (Black Mirror), Justice Smith (The Get Down), Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs), James Cromwell (The Young Pope), Daniella Pineda (The Detour) and Geraldine Chaplin (A Monster Calls). »
- Gary Collinson
Berlin–Barcelona-based Rodar y Rodar — the prestige producer of successful psychological thrillers such as “The Orphanage” and “Julia’s Eyes”– will produce “The Photographer of Mauthausen,” the third outing as a feature film director of Mar Targarona (“Kidnapped”), Rodar co-ceo with Joaquín Padró.
Vicente Canales’ Film Factory has acquired international rights. The historical thriller will be produced in partnership with Belgium’s Umedia. Also backing the projects are Spanish public broadcaster Tve and its Icaa and Icec film institutes.
“Mauthausen” recreates the travails of Catalan photographer Francesc Boix, an inmate in the Mauthausen concentration camp from the winter of 1942, when he was 22, alongside his father and 1,500 Spanish Republicans, were imprisoned by the German army during their exile in France after the Spanish Civil War.
- Emilio Mayorga
Madrid — In a huge achievement for a first film, actor-turned-director Raul Arevalo’s ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ took best picture and best first feature at the 31st Spanish Film Academy Goyas on Saturday night.
An outstanding genre-blending romantic drama which soon morphs into a road movie then brutal vengeance thriller, “The Fury of a Patient Man” also snagged original screenplay (“David Pulido, Arevalo) and supporting actor for Manolo Solo.
Produced by Beatriz Bodegas at Madrid-based Canica Films, “Fury” – which is set in a “normal” Spain rarely seen in movies, depicting its bars, roadside motels, card games and family fiestas – seemed as if it would have to settle for a clutch of awards as J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls, ” starring Liam Neeson, Jennifer Jones and Sigourney Weaver, swept every prize it was nominated for during most of Saturday’s Goya ceremony. But its original screenplay win over “A Monster Calls »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
Adult Babies gets an exclusive reveal at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow 2017, in anticipation of the event, actress / producer Joanne Mitchell – star of Before Dawn and Bait; and creator of Adult Babies – answers 10 scary questions…
When did your fascination for horror films begin?
I’ve been interested in horror since being a young kid. I liked to be frightened, whether it be reading a scary book, or watching one of the Hammer House of Horrors. But it wasn’t until my 30’s that I really became fascinated with the whole genre after making ‘Before Dawn’ and watching back to back movies at FrightFest!! The fans are so loyal and open minded and really know their stuff.
What was the first horror film you saw?
I’m pretty sure it was ‘The Thing’. If I remember rightly my brother and his mates had managed to get a copy and I snuck in! »
- Phil Wheat
A Monster Calls, 2016.
Directed by J.A Bayona.
A boy seeks the help of a Tree monster to help his mother with her terminal illness.
Here is a swift foolproof process on how to determine whether or not someone has a soul: Show them A Monster Calls, and if they are deeply moved, then all is right. If they feel nothing, smack that person across the face. Or just politely ask “what the f***is wrong with you”.
Based on the novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls sees director J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) covering heavy material and themes he is no stranger to, this time with a giant humanoid Lian Neeson voiced yew tree monster. The titular Monster visits young Conor (Lewis MacDougall) every night at 12:07 Am sharp with »
- Robert Kojder
By the time we actually see another standalone Superman movie in the DC Extended Universe, it will have probably been at least six years since Man of Steel, which came out in 2013. Warner Bros. is going to make it happen at some point and Man of Steel 2 is in the development process. One of the next steps will be getting a director attached to help get the movie in shape and it looks like Jurassic World 2 director J.A. Bayona would possibly be interested in the job, should Warner Bros. come knocking.
The director recently did an Ama on Reddit in order to promote his latest movie A Monster Calls, which is currently getting some serious awards season buzz. During the course of the Ama, J.A. Bayona revealed that the 1978 Richard Donner Superman was the first movie he ever saw and that helped him decided he wanted to be a filmmaker. »
A Monster Calls, 2016.
Directed by J.A. Bayona.
A young boy struggling to come to terms with his mother’s terminal illness is visited by a talking yew tree that tells him stories.
With his first two films (The Orphanage and The Impossible) director J.A. Bayona proved himself adept at tackling emotional material that didn’t shy away from harsh realities and dark situations, and his third feature continues that trend. Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is a young boy with a young mum (Felicity Jones) who is battling terminal cancer and running out of treatment options, a situation not made easier by an overbearing grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) and a group of boys who are bullying him at school. Then one night he is visited in a dream by a walking, talking yew tree that says he will tell Conor three stories, »
- Amie Cranswick
Welcome back to the first Weekend Warrior of 2017, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out (when applicable).
We’ll bypass the past couple holiday weekends cause that was so 2016, and we’ll instead get right into the new movies opening on Friday including two that opened in select cities and are expanding nationwide.
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Plot: The vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) finds herself facing both Lycans and vampires, both of them trying to use the blood of her daughter to create new hybrids, so she and David (Theo James »
- Edward Douglas
20 items from 2017
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