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Smoke the Walrus: A24 Announces 'Tusk' Marijuana Strain Promotion

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:43
Tusk Marijuana

Toke and Tusk! This might be one of the craziest, coolest, wildest movie promotions I've ever seen. Over the weekend, Kevin Smith's wacky new cult horror comedy Tusk premiered at the Toronto Film Festival (read my review) and is hitting theaters in just a few weeks. As explained by Kevin Smith: "This movie was born in a blaze, and will be released in a blaze," referring to the inception of the film during the recording of one of his SModcast episodes (during which he is usually stoned). A24 Films, releasing the film, has partnered with pot shop Buds & Roses to release two special strains of herb: Mr. Tusk and White Walrus. I can't believe this is an official promotion, but believe it or not, it totally is real and it's awesome. I love it. Can I get a sample? ›››

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Rumor: Warner Bros. Now Developing DC's 'Legion of Super-Heroes'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:05
Legion of Super-Heroes

With Warner Bros. staking out two dates every year through 2020 for films based on DC Comics' properties, you can be sure there's plenty of projects in development that we don't know about. While Justice League is expected to be one of the films following Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, along with rumors of standalone films for Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa's Aquaman, no one has been very sure just what else might fill the extensive superhero calendar. Now we have an idea of one of the titles coming as a rumor from Latino Review reports Legion of Super-Heroes is out to writers. Read on! ›››

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Orlando Bloom May Head Back to Sea for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:25
Orlando Bloom

We already know Johnny Depp is signed on to return as Captain Jack Sparrow for Disney's fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which was previously revealed to be called Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Keith Richards will also return as his father Captain Teague. But it sounds like one more familiar  face might be around, one that was missing from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Yahoo UK recently spoke to Orlando Bloom about the possibility of returning as Will Turner in the high seas adventure series, and he said, "There have certainly been some discussions about it and I'm open to it." ›››

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TIFF 2014: Edward Zwick's 'Pawn Sacrifice' Reexamines Bobby Fischer

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:13
Pawn Sacrifice

Ever since first seeing Searching for Bobby Fischer when I was a young kid, I've been intrigued by chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer and the very odd life he lived. While a few other films have been made about him, or the brilliant game(s) of chess he played, I haven't come across too much that has covered his life or dramatized it in a way that has provided this much depth. The latest film from Edward Zwick (of Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance), titled Pawn Sacrifice, was once in the works with David Fincher at the helm, and stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer telling his life story from young chess prodigy to grandmaster and world champion. It's a solid reexamination of an eccentric historic figure. ›››

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'Top Gun 2' Getting a Rewrite from Disney's New 'Jungle Book' Scribe

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 20:03
Top Gun

When Jerry Bruckheimer moved his production company back to Paramount Pictures late last year, it was said that part of his deal included the long-developing sequels Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Top Gun 2. The former already has Eddie Murphy back in the lead role with Brett Ratner directing the film for release in 2016, and now the latter is finally making some progress as THR has learned the studio is hiring Justin Marks to do another rewrite of the script said to focus on modern day fighter pilots controlling remote combat drones in a new story that will "partially examine the end of the era of fighter pilots." More below! ›››

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'Taken' Director Pierre Morel to Direct 'Victor the Assassin' Adaptation

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 19:47
The Killer / Pierre Morel

Since revitalizing and reshaping the career of Liam Neeson with Taken, director Pierre Morel hasn't really done much to write home about. There was From Paris with Love, which had its moments, but it was hardly a success. There's a chance he might deliver something cool with The Gunman, starring Sean Penn, which arrives in February of 2015, but we can't be sure since we've yet to see a trailer. But the film must have gone well since THR reports Morel is reteaming with its producers, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman from The Picture Company, for an adaptation of Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin book series. More below! ›››

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A24 Picks Up Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' with Ben Stiller

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:05
While We're Young

Following news that Anna Kendrick's latest musical endeavor, the film adaptation of the Off-Broadway production The Last 5 Years, was picked up by TWC-Radius, another promising film has been picked up from TIFF. Deadline has word that A24 has picked up the US rights to Noah Baumbach's latest film While We're Young, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin and more. The film follows a free-spirited Brooklynite twenty-something couple (Seyfried and Driver) who inspires an uptight documentarian and his wife (Stiller and Watts) to loosen up. Read on! ›››

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Tyler James Williams' Afro is Fondled on 'Dear White People' Poster

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:00
Dear White People

We've already seen what kind of provocative racial satire will be on display in the Sundance selected comedy Dear White People. Now we wanted to call your attention to a cool new poster for the film, if only because it's one of those indies that we think you should go out of your way to see. What's really cool about the poster is that it was designed by a fan of the film, 29-year-old architect Nikkolas Smith with a day job working on theme parks and roller-coasters for Disney Imagineering. He just felt inspired after seeing the movie at the Los Angeles Film Festival screening. It features Tyler James Williams as gay nerd Lionel, enduring the hands of one of the many white people who want to touch his big afro. See the poster below! ›››

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First Look: 'Glee' Star Dianna Agron Getting Dangerous in 'Headlock'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:17
Headlock

Outside of the success of the musical comedy series "Glee," Dianna Agron hasn't really had much success on the big screen. The Family and I Am Number Four were both misfires and weren't loved by audiences or critics. So now she's doing something completely different than her previous big screen or small screen efforts with Headlock, an action thriller that marks the directorial debut of The Astronaut Farmer scribe Mark Polish. And now we have a first look photo that features Agron with her hair blown back, a sly smile on her face and a gun in her hand. Could this turn the actress into another female action star? Look below! ›››

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Todd Haynes Now Directing Reese Witherspoon's Peggy Lee Biopic

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:00
Peggy Lee / Todd Haynes

Over four years ago, Reese Witherspoon was slated to take on another musical biopic as jazz/pop singer, songwriter, composer and actress Peggy Lee. At the time, it was Witherspoon herself had secured Lee's life rights with the approval of Lee's granddaughter Holly Foster-Wells, followed by the attachment of producer Marc Platt (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Nine) and romantic comedy favorite Nora Ephron (of Julie & Julia) to write and direct the movie. And while the project had been slowly developing, it was put on hold after Ephron passed away in 2012. But now the project is back with a rewrite and a new director. Read on! ›››

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Tom Hiddleston Sings as Hank Williams at the Wheatland Music Fest

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:55
Hank Williams / Tom Hiddleston

During the summer, we learned that Marvel's Thor and The Avengers villainous star Tom Hiddleston would head into completely different territory by playing country music legend Hank Williams in a biopic called I Saw the Light. Some fans of the legendary musician and singer have been rather skeptical about Hiddleston taking the role, so he decided to try his hand at singing as Hank Williams in front of an audience at the Wheatland Music Festival up in Remus, Michigan. Thankfully, someone was smart enough to grab video of one of the performances (he did several over the weekend) and we're pretty impressed. Watch it! ›››

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Matt Damon to Lead Kenneth Lonergan's 'Manchester-by-the-Sea'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:15
Matt Damon

While Matt Damon has teamed with director Kenneth Lonergan before, you may not have heard much about it. That's because Lonergan's drama Margaret hit the festival circuit in 2005, but sat on a shelf waiting for release until it got an unceremonious limited release in 2011 (which is a shame, because the film is pretty good). But now the two are going to work together again in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a drama that looks to be produced by OddLot Entertainment with pre-production beginning this week with an eye to shoot this fall. Lonergan, who got an Oscar nomination for You Can Count on Me, also wrote the script. ›››

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Brad Pitt Initiates Logan Lerman into the Crew in UK Trailer for 'Fury'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:05
Fury

"I had the best gunner in the entire 9th Army in that seat. And now I got you." The first trailer for Fury introduced us to the tank crew facing seemingly insurmountable odds of survival in David Ayer's World War II drama. Now a new trailer from across the pond has surfaced, and this one focuses a bit more on Logan Lerman. As the recent featurette explained, he's the newest recruit of the Fury tank crew following the death of their gunner. But he's a young kid, and hasn't seen all the horror that Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Shia LaBeouf and Jon Bernthal have seen, so he must be initiated, and it looks pretty intense. Watch! ›››

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Bill Murray Actually Likes Female 'Ghostbusters' Idea, Suggests Names

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:32
Bill Murray

Though Bill Murray hasn't been all that interested in strapping on a proton pack again for Ghostbusters 3, he actually likes the sounds of the latest idea for a franchise reboot/sequel. Following the passing of Ghostbusters writer and star Harold Ramis earlier this year, the script for the film was going to be reworked in his absence. However, more recently, news surfaced that Columbia Pictures was looking to Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to be at the helm of a completely different Ghostbusters film, one that would put an all-female cast in the roles of the paranormal investigators. And Murray says, "I would go to that movie." ›››

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Jennifer Lopez in Trouble with 'The Boy Next Door' in Thriller Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:39
The Boy Next Door

We're creeping up on the end of the year, which means the movies that will hit theaters in the dumping ground months of January, February and March will start getting pushed soon. We've already seen a trailer for early 2015 horror with Amityville: The Awakening, and now a thriller arriving a bit later in January has received its first trailer. Jennifer Lopez stars in The Boy Next Door, a thriller from xXx and The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen. Honestly, you could probably guess the entire plot of the film based on that information alone, but alas, here's the trailer to lay things out for you. And it looks pretty lame. ›››

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Watch: Early Test Footage of an Unmade 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:15
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Before audiences saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in 1988, Walt Disney Productions had tried to make the film several years earlier after initially getting the rights to Gary K. Wolf's novel on which the film is based. In fact, animation director Darrell Van Citters actually shot some test footage, but not with Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant and Charles Fleischer as the voice of Roger Rabbit. Instead, it was Pee-Wee Herman star Paul Reubens (though he wasn't known as that character yet) voicing the titular rabbit with Peter Renaday and Mike Gabriel as the human detective. Now that footage has surfaced. Watch below! ›››

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Shawn Levy & Hugh Jackman Are Still Trying to Make 'Real Steel 2'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:41
Real Steel

Before the robot boxing sci-fi flick Real Steel hit theaters in the fall of 2011, DreamWorks had already commissioned the first film's writer John Gatins to write a sequel. But as the release of the film got closer, it wasn't clear how quickly a sequel would happen, mostly because of Hugh Jackman's busy schedule, which always seems to be filling up fast. We've assumed the project was abandoned, but while director Shawn Levy was at TIFF for the premiere of his promising family dramedy This Is Where I Leave You with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, he revealed that they've been quietly trying to get the film made. Read on! ›››

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Robert Downey Jr. Confirms There Are No Plans to Make 'Iron Man 4'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:27
Iron Man

For some reason, there have been rumors that Marvel Studios will bring back Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in another sequel outside of his already contracted appearances in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3. But Variety finally went straight to the man himself while he was promoting his new drama The Judge at TIFF this past weekend, and when they asked about this rumor, Downey confirmed, "There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man." Co-star Gwyneth Paltrow thought as much in April of last year, before Iron Man 3 was released, and it sounds like that's true after all. Read on! ›››

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Watch: Chinese Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Short 'The Sand Storm' with Ai Weiwei

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:00
The Sand Storm

This morning's must watch short film comes from China, but also comes straight from the Telluride Film Festival. It's called The Sand Storm from filmmaker Jason Wishnow, who returns to narrative filmmaking after working on the TEDTalks web series. The short film just premiered at Telluride and is about a water smuggler, played by Ai Weiwei, in future where water is limited. It's not too long to watch and provides some insight on the struggles of our modern world, with some intuitive commentary. It's not my favorite short but I do recommend watching it if you're looking for something thought-provoking. Fire it up below. ›››

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TIFF 2014: Wild, Wacky, Grotesque Walrus Fun in Kevin Smith's 'Tusk'

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 15:49
Kevin Smith's Tusk

What did I just see?! Beloved/hated filmmaker Kevin Smith has returned to the Toronto Film Festival this year to premiere his latest film Tusk at midnight, an unlike-anything-else creation straight out of the mind of Kevin Smith, and it's ridiculous. By now most people are familiar with the cult horror Human Centipede, where a sick doctor surgically links humans to create a disgusting "human centipede". But what if some sick individual wanted to create a walrus out of human? Is that man funny, or interesting, or totally insane? How about a bit of everything. Tusk is cult horror comedy done right, with silliness creeping around every corner. ›››

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