‘A Monster Calls’, JA Bayona’s adaptation of Patrick Ness’s hit teen novel, arrives in cinemas on New Year’s Day. It tells the story of 13-year-old Conor O’Malley, a troubled young boy struggling to come to terms with his mother’s terminal illness. At 12:07am each night Conor (Lewis MacDougall, ‘Pan’) is visited by a huge walking yew tree who tells him three tales to help him come to terms with his situation.
Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project ‘Silence’ (in cinemas on New Year’s Day) fits the bill on both definitions of the word. To finally get this version of the film – starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson – off the ground, sacrifices had to be made. Originally budgeted for $100m (£80m), ‘Silence’ was finally greenlit in early 2015 with a massively reduced budget of just $46m (£37m) after last-minute funding fell through.
Liam Neeson has resigned as president of his childhood boxing club, following a reported row over his support for changes to abortion laws in Ireland. Neeson was the head of the All Saints Amateur Boxing Club in his hometown of Ballymena, where he’d trained from the age of nine. A spokesperson confirmed Neeson had stood down, but made no further comment.
Martin Scorsese will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday (20 November) morning to discuss his latest film, a religious epic starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. It’s not clear if Francis will be in attendance at the second, more private screening taking place on Thursday.