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Bryan Singer to Direct 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' But with Which Mutants?

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:34
Bryan Singer

Though X-Men franchise launching director Bryan Singer, who knocked X-Men: Days of Future Past out of the park this past summer, was confirmed to direct the forthcoming 80s set sequel X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016, some legal troubles came up that could have prevented him from getting back behind the camera. With charges in those legal matters being dropped recently, now Deadline reports Fox has closed a deal for Singer to return. Funnily enough, the news comes just as writer Simon Kinberg had a chat about what team of mutants we'll see on the big screen this time around. And it's in line with hints we've heard before. ›››

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Steven Soderbergh Cut Silent, B&W Version of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:30
Raiders of the Lost Ark

In case you didn't know, Steven Soderbergh has been doing some interesting work on the side in the midst of working on the Cinemax series "The Knick" and lensing Magic Mike XXL as director of photography, not to mention editing the male stripper sequel. On his own website, Soderbergh mashed up the original version of Psycho with his shot-for-shot remake and also did a "Butcher's Cut" of Heaven's Gate. This time he's taking aim at a much bigger project by cutting a silent, black and white version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, complete with a borrowed score with music from The Social Network and more. ›››

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Watch: Abraham Lincoln's Younger Years in 'The Better Angels' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:00
The Better Angels

Director Steven Spielberg did a fine job chronicling a small part of the life of Abraham Lincoln, but now comes a completely different kind of film about the childhood years of the 16th president from A.J. Edwards, a longtime protégé of Terrence Malick. The film is based on 19th century interview with Lincoln's family and follows Braydon Denney as the young boy is shaped into the historically famous man he would become. Brit Marling, Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger and Wes Bentley also star in the film, and it looks to be very visceral, and remarkably different from the kind of film you'd expect about Lincoln. Watch! ›››

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Matt Damon Eyes Lead Role in Zhang Yimou & Legendary's 'Great Wall'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:20
The Great Wall

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding actor Matt Damon lately, from the talk of reteaming with Paul Greengrass for another outing with Jason Bourne, to a reunion with director Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester-by-the-Sea. Now there's another project on the horizon that the actor is circling and that's The Great Wall, a film that has been developing at Legendary Pictures since 2011 and once had Ed Zwick slated to be at the helm with Henry Cavil and Benjamin Walker starring. But now Deadline reports Hero director Zhang Yimou will direct the film, and Damon is interested in a role if it jives with his schedule. ›››

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Monthly Must See: Agata Trzebuchowska in Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Ida'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:23
Ida - Monthly Must See

"You have no idea of the effect you have, do you?" It's time for yet another Monthly Must See feature film that we highly recommend you watch. This one may be one a few have seen already, considering it's rotating through the Top Movies list on iTunes. The film is titled Ida starring the lovely Agata Trzebuchowska, from Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski. This intriguing Polish drama first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last year, before playing at festivals all over the world and eventually arriving in US theaters for a limited release back in May. Shot and presented in black & white in the 1.37:1 'Academy ratio', this stunning film tells the story of a young nun named Ida in 1960s Poland discovering herself and the world. ›››

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Rumor: 'Deadpool' Director Tim Miller Says the Film Will End Up PG-13

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:20
Deadpool

While fans should certainly be excited that 20th Century Fox has finally committed to give Deadpool his own feature film in February of 2016, it's time to be cautiously optimistic. In an episode of the Schmoes Know podcast, the resurgence of Deadpool is discussed, and some distressing news came to light. While fans have frequently said that the only way to bring the Merc with a Mouth to the big screen without tainting the character is to make an R-rated film, director Tim Miller has apparently said that they figured out how to make a PG-13 film and still make the most hardcore Deadpool fans happy with the final product. Read on! ›››

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Fantastic Fest Review: Benson & Moorehead's 'Spring' a Big Surprise

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:59
Spring

Unassuming, blindsiding, and masterful in how subtly it shakes you to your core, Resolution, the debut feature from co-director Justin Benson & Aaron Moorehead, snuck onto the radar last year. Its exquisitely crafted screenplay made all the difference in helping it stand out from the crowd of recent horror. Now, with their follow-up, Spring, the duo pull off the unthinkable once again in giving us a horror film for the new age, one that isn't satisfied with jarring jump scares or found-footage cliches. Spring, like Resolution, twists the knife slowly, and the cerebral as well as emotional payoff is one of the best all year. ›››

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Roberto Orci No Longer Part of 'Power Rangers' Due to 'Star Trek 3'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:46
Roberto Orci

We already know that Robert Orci is stepping up to direct Star Trek 3 after producing and writing on the sci-fi reboot franchise previously with Alex Kurtzman (though the two won't work together much anymore). He was also slated to executive produce Lionsgate's new big screen version of Power Rangers. But it turns out his commitment to the Paramount Pictures film series that was rebooted by J.J. Abrams in 2009 will keep him from sticking with the latest effort to bring the actin TV sensation to theaters. Deadline reports Orci has dropped out of Power Rangers, but the film will march forward to the summer 2016 release date. ›››

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Watch: First International Teaser Trailer for John Woo's 'The Crossing'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:08
The Crossing

It's been five years since we've seen a film from director John Woo, but that all changes next year when the first part of his period drama The Crossing arrives this winter in China. This promises to be Woo's most ambitious film yet with the two-part story chronicling three couples from different backgrounds who make a fateful voyage on a ship fleeing China to Taiwan in the heart of revolutionary China in 1949. But sadly, that ship ended up sinking, leading to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew members. Sounds like this could be Woo's Titanic, and the first teaser trailer below certainly promises sprawling drama. Watch below! ›››

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Fantastic Fest Review: To Put It Simply, 'John Wick' is F'ing Awesome

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:44
John Wick

John Wick is awesome. That statement is direct, to the point, but it could not be more appropriate for the film it's describing. Keanu Reeves latest action vehicle is a simple movie with simple ideas, but that isn't keeping it from being one of the most exhilarating, balls-to-the-wall action movies to come down the pipeline in a long while. It's the kind of movie that leaves you both exhausted by the whirlwind of epic action it offers and completely amped for more ass-kickery. Action junkies have been waiting a long time for a movie like John Wick, and no one will end up going home dissatisfied with all that it delivers. Read on! ›››

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Maybe Playing Edward Snowden for Oliver Stone

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:23
Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Next fall, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will bring to life the exploits of daredevil Phillippe Petit, the man who did a high wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center back in 1974, in the film The Walk. But it sounds like he might bring another headline-making real-life person to life soon too. Deadline reports the star of Don Jon is the top choice to lead Oliver Stone's developing film about CIA leaker and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Previously it was said that Stone was basing his film on The Snowden Files, the book by Luke Harding, who is also a reporter for The Guardian, the outlet who scooped the story, but it sounds like they have some new source material now from another subject close to Snowden. Read on! ›››

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'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' Gets an M.C. Escher Poster

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 09:53
 Secret of the Tomb

The teaser trailer for this winter's sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb arrived this past summer, and now 20th Century Fox has unveiled a new poster for the film starring Ben Stiller. It's certainly one of the better posters we've seen for the franchise as it takes the ensemble cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek and more, and puts them into an M.C. Escher style image with staircases that don't seem to end. Yes, Robin Williams is in the poster too (this is one of his final performances) and you can even spot a tiny Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson if you scan carefully. Look! ›››

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'Maze Runner' Sequel 'Scorch Trials' Set for a September 2015 Release

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 09:40
 Scorch Trials

After topping the box office this past weekend with an estimated $32.5 million opening weekend, the young adult sci-fi adaption The Maze Runner starring Dylan O'Brien, Will Poulter and Kaya Scodelario has done well enough for 20th Century Fox for them to move forward with a sequel. THR reports the studio has set Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18th, 2015. The film will be based on the second book in James Dashner's book series, and while the title seems odd, considering the fact there are no mazes in the sequel story, it's simply brand recognition so people who aren't familiar with the books. ›››

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Fantastic Fest Review: 'Tokyo Tribe' is Cult Japanese Hip Hop Insanity

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 01:41
Tokyo Tribe

"Tokyo Tribe, never ever die!" Oh my goodness, this movie is totally insane, wacky, absurd and terrible in every way, but so so so awesome. Do you remember those kind of crazy cult films you'd find in the back of a video store, only one copy on VHS, that you'd lose your shit over discovering and would have to tell your friends about and the next thing you'd know the entire high school would be into this crazy film. Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe is one of those films, the kind that is really bad in every way, but also insanely awesome in every way. Love it, hate it, it's a can't-believe-this-is-real experience that feels a bit like The Warriors meets You Got Served, even though it's really unlike anything else. Holy sh*t I love this movie, even as bad as it is. ›››

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Watch: Impressive Fan Film 'Spawn: The Recall' from Michael Paris

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 16:45
 The Recall Fan Film

"You are lucky I found you first, child." Catch this dark, impressive fan film from Michael Paris. While there has been some talk of another Spawn movie in development, we haven't seen anything actually come together in years. There hasn't been anything since the Spawn movie from 1997 with Michael Jai White that most people despise. Paris decided to make his own Spawn film and the result is "The Recall", set mostly inside of a grocery story with some really cool scenes. It's impressive work for a fan film and shows just how much potential there is in great characters. Spawn fans will enjoy this the most, but it's entertaining for all. ›››

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Fantastic Fest Review: Don't Mess With Keanu Reeves in 'John Wick'

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 17:48
John Wick

When it comes to action movies, the good ones seems to be few and far between nowadays. Not only do they lack interesting characters and coherent stories, but the action just sucks, it's never good, it's shot poorly. Thus I must admit that it is completely refreshing to come across an awesome action movie that delivers, yet doesn't try to over deliver. John Wick starring Keanu Reeves as John Wick is the latest movie to join the pantheon of great modern action movies (in the last 10 years), including The Raid 2, Kick-Ass, Crank, Shoot 'Em Up, Wanted (just a few that came to mind while watching this). It's nearly perfect, and is the kind of pure action I've missed. Just a man, his guns, endless henchman, and tons and tons of headshots. Oh yes. ›››

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Franco & Rogen Join the CIA in New Red Band 'The Interview' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 00:26
The Interview

"I got some questions for that goat." At the beginning of the year, The Interview was one of my most anticipated films of 2014. But I'll admit to being more than underwhelmed when the teaser trailer debuted. It just didn't look that funny, and the trailer went for style over comedic substance. But all that changes, and this finally looks like a comedy to get excited about in a new three-minute red band trailer that lays out the story and all the raunchy humor you'd expect from Seth Rogen and James Franco. There seems to be tons of celebrity cameos just like This is The End too. Free your mind, and the rest will follow. Watch now! ›››

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Watch: Zacarias & Macgregor's Sci-Fi Short 'Similo' Years in the Making

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 19:06
Similo Sci-fi Short Film

"I remember you." This may be worth your time, even though it's 21 minutes long, it's a good one. There's a short that has been in the works for at least seven years, filming back in 2007 through 2009. And it's finally done and ready for public consumption. The short is titled Similo from Spanish filmmakers Zacarias & Macgregor, set in the distant future about a man and a woman and what each one desires. Explained on their website: "Similo started as a simple yet ambitious idea: to make a realistic science fiction love story. The combination of these two aspects,' science fiction' and 'realism', was quite an exciting challenge for us." The results are something to behold, and it looks gorgeous on top of everything, so fire this up and dive in. ›››

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Elle Fanning & John Hawkes in Jazzy Trailer for Sundance's 'Low Down'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 18:24
Low Down

A few more films that premiered at Sundance at the beginning of the year are still trickling into theaters, and while some are absolutely incredible with lots of buzz like Whiplash (arriving next month), others don't seem to have the same hype. Low Down is one of those films, and the trailer seems to indicate why. There's praise in the trailer for the performances, but if the trailer is any indicator, this indie seems to meander around the story of jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) from the perspective of his young daughter (Elle Fanning) as she watches him contend with his drug addiction in the 60s and 70s. Glenn Close, Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones") and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers also star in the film. Watch? ›››

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Angelina Jolie to Direct Elephant Poaching Drama 'Africa' at Skydance

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:45
Richard Leakey

As we wait for Angelina Jolie's sophomore directing effort Unbroken to hit theaters this winter, the actress turned filmmaker is moving quickly from project-to-project. We just got some first look photos from her next directorial effort, By the Sea, which stars her husband Brad Pitt, and now Deadline reports she's been lined up to direct Africa, an elephant poaching drama set up at Skydance Productions. With a script from Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) the film follows paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey and his battle with ivory poachers in Kenya in the 80s as hunters gravely threatened the African elephant population. Read on! ›››

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