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Better to Die: 'Small Soldiers' Writer Nabs 'Peeps' Candy for a Movie

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:58
Peeps

Just two days after Easter brought religious people another moving Sunday, and people who love candy a series of pastel colored chocolates and edible bunnies, one of the signature candies of the spring holiday just struck a movie deal. Deadline reports Adam Rifkin, known for writing family fare like Mousehunt, Underdog and Small Soldiers and directing films like Detroit Rock City and The Chase, has optioned the rights to the sugary, marshmallow candy Peeps into a feature film and maybe even a TV series. Candy company Just Born was sold on a pitch for an animated feature in the vein of The LEGO Movie, so whatever. ›››

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Trailers for WWII Drama 'Walking with the Enemy' with Ben Kingsley

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:24
Walking with the Enemy Trailer

"I will not be intimidated." Liberty has debuted two new trailers for the indie WWII drama Walking with the Enemy, directed by Mark Schmidt, starring an international cast including Sir Ben Kingsley looking like a fine chap, all right, plus Jonas Armstrong (Book of Blood, Edge of Tomorrow), Hannah Tointon (The Children, The Body, The Lost Future), Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim, The Dark Knight Rises), Mark Wells and William Hope (Captain America, Dark Shadows). The film is set mostly in Hungary, and looks surprisingly powerful and epic, despite the indie feeling to it. Two new trailers join the original trailer a few months ago. This looks like it might be worth seeing, but it doesn't have many good reviews yet. Take a look. ›››

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Jessica Chastain Replaces Naomi Watts as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:21
Marilyn Monroe / Jessica Chastain

Nearly four years ago, Naomi Watts was tapped to play Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, an adaptation of the book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates that will be directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). However, the actress seems to have fallen away from the project with The Wrap reporting that Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help) is now getting close to a deal to play the iconic actress. Unlike My Week with Marilyn starring Michelle Williams, this aims to be a more extensive look at Monroe's life, but with a twist from the source material. ›››

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Pierce Brosnan & Emma Thompson Plan Heist in 'Love Punch' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:19
The Love Punch

Planning a heist is hard enough, but how about planning one with your ex-husband or ex-wife? That's what the premise of the comedy The Love Punch sets forth in the first trailer for the film starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson. After their retirement nest egg goes belly up, Richard and Kate (Brosnan and Thompson) decide to steal a $10 million diamond from the man responsible for the scheme that set them back. While they're forced to put aside their bickering to accomplish this outlandish task, of course, this time spent together seems to reignite the spark that made them fall in love. Watch the trailer! ›››

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Len Wiseman to Direct Paranormal FBI Sci-Fi Thriller 'Black Chapter'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:39
Len Wiseman

Before taking on the lackluster remake of Total Recall in 2012, director Len Wiseman hadn't been behind the camera since 2007 with the equally disappointing sequel Live Free or Die Hard. Last year Wiseman directed the pilot for the seemingly silly Fox series "Sleep Hollow," and after his plan to direct the reboot of The Mummy for Universal fell through, he seems to have finally found a new project. Deadline has word that Wiseman is set to direct a film called Black Chapter, a paranormal sci-fi thriller about an FBI agent who enters a secret military program where spies are specially trained in paranormal abilities. More below! ›››

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'Foxcatcher' with Steve Carell & Channing Tatum Arrives in November

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:03
Foxcatcher

Briefly: After getting a first look at Bennett Miller's latest drama Foxcatcher last year, Sony Pictures Classics decided to move the film out of last year's Oscar race to an unknown release in 2014. Now the film starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum is poised to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month, and has just received another awards season release date on November 14th this fall. The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder. We'll likely have a full report on this one out of Cannes so stay tuned. ›››

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Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman Split, One Wants to Direct 'Star Trek 3'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:59
Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

After working together for nearly a decade as the writing and producing duo behind films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the first two Transformers films, Mission Impossible III, the Star Trek reboot franchise and more, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci are splitting up as a filmmaking team. Though the two will remain collaborators with TV projects, Kurtzman and Orci each want to pursue their own directing careers. At this time, it's not clear how the several projects that these two have in development, which include the next two Amazing Spider-Man films, will be handled, but there's at least one project that Orci has eyes on to direct. ›››

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First Trailer for Sundance's Great 80s Comedy 'Ping Pong Summer'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:34
Ping Pong Summer

Though summer is a couple months away, that doesn't mean we can't look forward to the films hitting theaters during the best season of the year. After all, blockbuster summer kicks off next Friday with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but this time we have the trailer for one of the more low key, but fantastic releases: Ping Pong Summer. Set in 1985, the film follows a young teen, living in the glory days of the 80s with a love for moonwalking, parachute pants, beatboxing, hip-hop and more. His summer is made all the better when he meets another kid with his same passions, and try to dominate a ping pong table at the local arcade. Alex loved the film at Sundance, as you can see from his quotes in the trailer, and it looks fantastic. ›››

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Watch: Zany Coming-of-Age Comedy Short 'Foureyes' with Jake Ryan

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:44
Foureyes Short Film

"They are going to bring everything into focus." The perfect short to start your week, take a look at Foureyes, written and directed by Conor Byrne. This hilarious and charming independent comedy short stars young actor Jake Ryan, seen in Inside Llewyn Davis and Moonrise Kingdom, as Bobby Bowersox - a 10-year-old boy who learns it's time for him to get glasses. The story turns into a zany, sexual coming-of-age from there and it's quite fun, with a cast that gives excellent performances in just 12 minutes. This might not be totally safe for work, but oh well, it's harmless fun and worth watching. This is how to make a great short. ›››

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'The Raid 2' Director Gareth Evans Reveals Five Favorite Action Scenes

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:46
Gareth Evans

If you haven't yet taken the time to see The Raid: Redemption, you're missing out on one of the greatest action films of the past decade. And if you haven't seen that film, then there's a good chance you're currently missing out on the incredible sequel The Raid 2: Berandal, which is playing in theaters everywhere now (though it might have left some theaters after only a week of playing). Director Gareth Evans has plenty of things he needs to teach American action filmmakers, and now he gives us some insight into the action he likes by counting down his five favorite actions scenes, complete with footage and explanations of each. ›››

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First Look: Denzel Washington & Chloe Grace Moretz in 'The Equalizer'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:10
The Equalizer

Following last week's teaser poster for the upcoming action thriller The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, a couple more first look photos have emerged online. One gives us another look at Washington as the titular character (who may havehad a viral classified ad placed in the New York Times), and the other shows him along with our first glimpse at Chloe Grace Moretz, the girl that brings The Equalizer out of retirement. Since this is coming from Columbia Pictures, we're betting the first trailer will arrive with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but it should arrive online before then, so stay tuned. Photos below! ›››

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Filming Underway on Alan Taylor's New 'Terminator: Genesis' Movie

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 09:42
Terminator

Though Paramount Pictures has yet to confirm any of the casting news for the forthcoming franchise reboot Terminator: Genesis, that's not stopping the studio from announcing the start of production. Paramount never even took the time to reveal that Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor would be at the helm of this first film in a new trilogy, but that little detail has indeed been confirmed in the first photo revealed from the set as cameras roll on the first shot of the film's production schedule. It's just a shot of the first clapboard on set, showing that the cover title for the film is Vista, so but that's all we can see. Look below! ›››

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Brendan Gleeson & Taylor Kitsch in New Trailer for 'Grand Seduction'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:16
The Grand Seduction

After making the festival run last year, the charming comedy The Grand Seduction is coming to United States theaters this spring. The film is actually a remake of Seducing Doctor Lewis, an Italian film from 2004. However, it also feels like a European take on Doc Hollywood from back in 1991. The story follows a small fishing village that’s in desperate need of a doctor to not only treat the many, sometimes amusingly, afflicted residents, but also to fulfill a business contract that will keep the local factory up and running. So when a hot shot doctor (Taylor Kitsch) comes to town, the mayor (Brendan Gleeson) does all he can to impress him, sometimes with charmingly hilarious results. This looks like a real crowd-pleaser. Watch now! ›››

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Steve Jobs for Director Danny Boyle Now

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:29
Steven Jobs / Leonardo DiCaprio

Though we previously reported that The Social Network director David Fincher was being eyed to direct the developing biopic on Apple founder Steve Jobs that is set up at Sony Pictures, the filmmaker sadly fell away from the project. Reportedly a disagreement over Fincher's paycheck and creative control is what caused the director to pass on the project, which also means that Christian Bale is up for the role of Jobs anymore. But now it appears we have a new director and lead actor for the film as THR has learned that 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is in talks to direct the biopic. But who will star? ›››

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Watch: Brenton Thwaites is the Receiver in Short New 'The Giver' Spot

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:10
The Giver

Following the recent original horror flick Oculus, we're still due for quite the dose of newcomer Brenton Thwaites this year. The young actor leads the sci-fi indie The Signal, has a supporting role as Prince Phillip in Maleficent and stars alongside Jeff Bridges in the adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel The Giver. Now a new trailer has arrived for the film that also features Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes, combining some footage from the original teaser with some of the new bits that popped up in the recent featurette. While the book is held in high esteem, we're not sure if the film can offer anything fresh in the YA market. ›››

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'The Equalizer' Had a Viral Ad Run in the NY Times' Sunday Classifieds

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 15:39
The Equalizer Denzel Washington

"Got a problem? Odds against you?" Who you gonna call? How about The Equalizer! Last week we featured the first poster and we're waiting to finally see a trailer for the re-imagining of The Equalizer, originally a cult 80's TV show. In the big screen version, Denzel Washington stars as the Equalizer, a badass vigilante (or "former black ops commando") who comes out of hiding to rescue a young girl from Russian mobsters. Spotted by writer Gary Whitta in the NY Times (potentially from years ago) is a classified ad, with a fake 555 number, but similar to the exact one that's likely from Equalizer footage (whether old or new). See it below. ›››

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Frank Marshall to Direct Again on 'Longest Night' Coast Guard Drama

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 15:14
Coast Guard

Right now producer Frank Marshall has his hands full with Jurassic World, the latest sequel (which also seems to be sort of a reboot) in the Jurassic Park franchise launched by Steven Spielberg in 1993. Marshall has produced some of the biggest franchises of all time like Back to the Future and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and now he's looking to get back behind the camera as a director. The last time Marshall directed a film, it was Disney's Antarctic adventure Eight Below with the late Paul Walker in 2006, and before that, Congo in 1995. Now THR reports Marshall will direct a shipwreck drama called The Longest Night at Paramount. ›››

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Seth Rogen & Kevin Hart to Be 1940s Cops for 'Neighbors' Director

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 14:47
Seth Rogen & Kevin Hart

One week after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters, audiences will get to see the spectacular comedy Neighbors starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. This writer has already seen the film, but our review won't be coming until closer to the release. But having already seen the film has me excited to hear news from SlashFilm that the comedy's director Nicholas Stoller (who also was at the helm of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the spin-off Get Him to the Greek) has another promising project lined up with Rogen and comedian Kevin Hart in the lead. The inclusion of Hart might have otherwise sullied our excitement, but the premise for this particular buddy cop comedy sounds far too fantastic to even worry about at this point. ›››

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Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks May Reteam for New Cold War Drama

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:22
Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks

Following news that director Steven Spielberg was considering a reunion with Lincoln and Munich writer Tony Kushner for a religious drama called The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, yet another potential project has surfaced, and it would reunite him with another previous collaborator. THR reports Tom Hanks is attached to an untitled Cold War drama written by up and coming writer Matt Charman. The script tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who negotiated the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers, who was held and interrogated by the KGB and imprisoned for espionage. Read on! ›››

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'Batman Beyond' Short Debuts for the Dark Knight's 75th Anniversary

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:47
Batman Beyond

Just under a couple weeks ago, we highlighted a cool new animated short from Bruce Timm, the man behind the spectacular "Batman: The Animated Series." The short is just one of many special things happening this year in order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Batman. And now a second animated short from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment has popped up online, this one using the world of the animated series "Batman Beyond" to pay tribute to The Dark Knight. Fans will hear the return of Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne and Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis, and it's a cool short to celebrate Batman turning 75. Watch! ›››

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