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Sound Off: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' - Your Thoughts?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:27
Inherent Vice Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "But if you're Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that..." Now in theaters is the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix as PI "Doc" Sportello. This stoner comedy/drama/mystery begins when Doc looks into the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend named Shasta, played by the effervescent Katherine Waterston. PTA's cast includes a bunch of other goofy characters: Josh Brolin as Bigfoot, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, Benicio Del Toro as Smilax, even Owen Wilson, Jena Malone and Martin Short.. So how is it? One of PTA's best or did PTA get too high on his own supply? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PTA's Inherent Vice. ›››

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Watch: Michael Bay Finishing 'Transformers' in 22-Minute Featurette

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:18
Michael Bay

While the work of director Michael Bay is the butt of many jokes, many of them involving explosions, there's no doubt that he's good at what he does. His movies are huge hits, even if they're not critical darlings, and he's one of the most efficient and intense directors in the entertainment industry. And even though Transformers: Age of Extinction is pretty terrible, that doesn't make a look behind the scenes of post-production on the visual effects heavy blockbuster any less interesting. An extensive, 22-minute featurette called Transformers 4: The Final Touches has surfaced online and shows Bay and ILM visual effects producer Wayne Billheimer finishing up this past summer's action extravaganza. Watch! ›››

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One-Hour Director's Roundtable with Linklater, Nolan, Jolie & More

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:17
THR Director's Roundtable

Since it's awards season, the time has come for a round-up of some of the big award contenders sitting down for extended chats about their craft. The Hollywood Reporter always puts together great roundtable talks, and while we don't like to feature all of them, the most fascinating discussions always come from director's roundtable. This year, it's another great assembly of filmmakers for an hour-long chat featuring Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) together. Watch! ›››

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James Marsden & Friends Hide a Murder in Delayed 'The Loft' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:57
The Loft

While I wouldn't say anyone is eagerly awaiting The Loft, the film has been sitting around for a couple years, waiting for release on the big screen. The thriller is finally heading to theaters next month, and one more trailer for the film starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet and Matthias Schoenaerts has arrived. The five actors play a group of friends who have a secret loft for secret sexy times with various women, but their friendship suddenly gets much darker as the body of a dead women is discovered there, and they're all more than willing to turn on the other to avoid the consequences. ›››

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'Super Mario Bros.' Movie Developing Again at the Unlikeliest Studio

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:20
Super Mario Bros.

It's unfortunate that the Super Mario Bros. movie from 1993 is one of those movies you just want to forget, but it was just so terrible that it's impossible to burn from your memory. However, it sounds like fans of everyone's favorite coin-collecting plumbers may have a different big screen iteration to look forward to, and it might come from a pretty unlikely place. BuzzFeed has learned that Spider-Man franchise producer Avi Arad is in pursuit of the rights to Nintendo's most iconic video game character, and e-mails uncovered in the leak at Sony Pictures reveal that he's talked to studio chief Amy Pascal about an animated movie. ›››

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Extended UK TV Spot, Four Character Posters for 'Jupiter Ascending'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 14:31
Jupiter Ascending

With all the love for Guardians of the Galaxy this year and the excitement for Star Wars: The Force Awakens next year, Warner Bros. Pictures is hoping that you don't forget about their space adventure Jupiter Ascending coming in February with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. The film hails from The Matrix masterminds Andy & Lana Wachowski, and this looks like a big helping of sci-fi fun from the new extended TV spot from the United Kingdom (there's also four character posters). It may not be quite as smart as the aforementioned, groundbreaking sci-fi flick, but maybe that's the idea. Frankly, I see this film bombing pretty hard, but I think those who do give it a chance may just enjoy themselves. Watch below! ›››

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Jason Statham Has No Limits in First US Trailer for 'Wild Card' Thriller

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:51
Wild Card

"One way or another, this is my last night in Vegas." After an international trailer gave us our first look at Simon West's latest action thriller Wild Card starring his Expendables 2 star Jason Statham, the first domestic trailer has arrived, and there's a lot going on. Statham is lethal professionally, and after helping a friend who is beat (and seemingly raped) by a thug, he helps her get revenge. But the thug's father (Milo Ventimiglia) decides he wants to retaliate. Meanwhile, Statham keeps playing blackjack to get out of some bad luck, but he keeps finding it in other ways elsewhere. It's pretty standard Statham fare. Watch below! ›››

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Marvel May Still Get Spider-Man from Sony, But No Andrew Garfield

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:38
Andrew Garfield

After learning that Marvel Studios had discussed with Sony Pictures the possibility of using Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, fans were disheartened to hear that negotiations had fallen through. However, that reportedly doesn't mean that Marvel still won't get Spider-Man back in their house. Latino Review has word that a deal could still be reached depending on the outcome of the "Spidey Summit" that we learned is going to happen in January to discuss the uncertain future of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. And it happens, Marvel will ignore the reboot and leave Andrew Garfield out too. ›››

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Chris Hemsworth Hacks & Runs in 'Blackhat' Thriller Second Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:38
Blackhat

"The moment you connect, you lose control." The latest film from Michael Mann, a cyber thriller called Blackhat, is getting released in the dumping ground of early January. However, we're starting to think perhaps that's only because it's not a big blockbusters, and it's not an awards contender, but that doesn't mean it's bad. This actually looks like a solid thriller from the director of Heat in this second trailer, but my only concern is that the fears inspired by real-life technological threats are much scarier and thrilling in theory (as they would be in real-life) than they are realized on the big screen with Chris Hemsworth. ›››

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Watch: Fight Back in Full Trailer for 'Divergent' Sequel 'Insurgent'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:17
 Insurgent

"This is the only chance to rescue what little civilization we have left." After a nightmare teased The Divergent Series sequel Insurgent, the full theatrical trailer for the next chapter in the sci-fi tale has arrived. Shailene Woodley and the other rebels are still being chased, but this time it's because the leader of the Erudite (Kate Winslet) is on the hunt for a powerful Divergent to use a powerful device she's obtained. The stakes are higher, and it looks like the budget is too, since this looks bigger and better than the first. We also get a first look at Naomi Watts as a new ally, and Shailene Woodley fighting herself. Watch below! ›››

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Taylor Lautner Flips a Lot in Parkour Action Thriller Trailer 'Tracers'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:42
Tracers

If you thought we'd seen the last of mannequin actor Taylor Lautner, think again. The star of The Twilight Saga is back, and he's still trying really hard to be a real boy with his latest role in the action thriller Traces. This time, Lautner uses his physical prowess to partake in parkour, making him a reliable bike messenger in New York City. After meeting a young woman named Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos), learns that he can make some serious cash if he uses his developing parkour skills to help a group of street criminals pull off some heists. It looks about as generic as you'd expect, and sadly, not even the action looks all that fun. It would be better if this were about Brodie Bruce and a team of fellow comic book inkers battling injustice. ›››

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Watch: Stephen Colbert Interviews Smaug from 'The Hobbit' Trilogy

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:15
Stephen Colbert & Smaug

After posing for a photoshoot inspired by Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, late night satirist and future inheritor of "The Late Show with David Letterman," Stephen Colbert, continued his love for all things J.R.R. Tolkien by interviewing the one and only Smaug the tyrannical, the dragon under the mountain. And this isn't just an interview with a puppet, but rather a fully animated version of the dragon, or at least as much as would fit in the small space of Colbert's studio. I wonder how much it cost to get this feature together, especially since Benedict Cumberbatch clearly recorded his voice for it. Watch! ›››

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'Kung Fu Panda 3' Moves to 2016 & 'Jungle Book: Origins' to 2017

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 20:38
Kung Fu Panda / Jungle Book

Hot on the heels of the official reveal of a character named Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the sci-fi saga has scared another Po away into 2016. Dreamworks Animation has decided to bump back the release of Kung Fu Panda 3 from December 23rd, 2015 back a few months to March 18th, 2016 That's actually the release date the studio originally set back in 2012, and they ended up recently giving to Boss Baby, which THR says will now be moved back as well). It's not clear if the might of Star Wars: Episode VII has caused the move, or if the trouble DreamWorks Animation has been having (they just delayed B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherwordly Operations as well) is to blame. But that's not the only delay. More below! ›››

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Watch: Teaser for HBO's Chilling Doc 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 18:02
Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Pretty much every month, HBO has a great new documentary premiering, and one of them has already played at the New York Film Festival. Tales of the Grim Sleeper dives into the life and crimes of Lonnie Franklin Jr., a man arrested as the suspected murderer of a string of young black women. But what's really scary is that police seemed to ignore this ongoing murder case despite claiming a victory after 20 years of investigations. Director Nick Broomfield exposes the past of Franklin, from the friends who knew the killer, to those who lost someone to his vicious crimes, but he also exposes something else very horrifying. ›››

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Watch: The Trilogy Trailer for 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 17:11
 The Battle of the Five Armies

All right, well, the trailer we posted over a month ago for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was supposed to be the final trailer, but now we promise this is actually the last trailer for the final installment of Peter Jackson's fantasy trilogy. Much like the fanmade trailer for the entire journey Bilbo Baggins has taken, this one goes through some highlights of An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug, leading to this climactic battle that will link The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings (though there's still some 50 years in between). Are you ready to go back to Middle-Earth #OneLastTime? ›››

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Character Names Finally Revealed for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:37
 The Force Awakens

When the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finally released, we got to see plenty of new characters in action, but we still didn't know their names. But finally, Lucasfilm has officially revealed the names of the main characters in Episode VII, and they've done it in a pretty cool way. Today's generation may not remember, but trading cards used to be pretty popular for movies, not just for sports. And so, the names of our main characters have been revealed with Topps trading cards, and they're made with an awesome retro style too. So find out the names of all of our main characters right now. Look below now! ›››

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New Trailer + Poster for Hitoshi Matsumoto's Kinky, Wild Film 'R100'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 15:54
R100 Trailer

"No one under 100 will be admitted!" Dang this looks crazy. Drafthouse Films has debuted their official US trailer for Hitoshi Matsumoto's R100, a funky, wacky Japanese thriller about a man (Nao Ohmori of Ichi the Killer) who joins an S&M club and gets into some crazy shit when dominatrices appear and kick his ass anytime of the day. The title R100 is a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC-17 is R18, and this is playing on the idea that it's not okay for anyone under 100. Ha. The new poster is a bit too much, aiming to sell it purely on the sex/S&M angle, but the trailer hints at the absurdity of the film in so many other ways. This definitely isn't for everyone, but it's not just for S&M fans either, I think. Have fun. ›››

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Watch: Sean Penn is Targeted in Pierre Morel's 'The Gunman' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 15:09
The Gunman

"It's the ones who aren't after you who do you in, in the end." It's been about a year and a half since we got a first look at Sean Penn in Pierre Morel's action thriller The Gunman, and for some reason the film has taken a long time to hit the big screen. But it's finally arriving next spring, and the first trailer has arrived, showcasing an impressive cast that also includes Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and more. In the film, Penn plays a Special Forces soldier who ends up getting targeted by his own colleagues. Basically, it's Sean Penn's turn to be an aging bad ass, and it seems to pack the same punch as the first Taken movie too. ›››

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Darren Aronofsky Attached to Produce Adaptation of 'The Good Nurse'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:44
The Good Nurse

Believe it or not, Aronofsky's Noah got an award nomination this morning. It didn't land a nod in any of the major categories, but it did receive a nomination for Best Song for Patti Smith's "Mercy Is." That's probably the biggest honor the film will receive (perhaps it could get an Oscar nomination in the same category), but that film is in the past for director Darren Aronofsky now, and the filmmaker behind The Fountain and Black Swan is lining up new projects. He's already working on an adaptation of the MaddAddam trilogy at HBO, but Tracking Board reports his company Protozoa is adapting the book The Good Nurse. Read on! ›››

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Penny Marshall Returning to Directing with the Baseball Biopic 'Effa'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:20
Penny Marshall

It's been 13 years since actress turned filmmaker Penny Marshall got behind the camera for Riding in Cars with Boys starring Drew Barrymore, but now she's poised to make a return to directing. Deadline reports Marshall is set to direct Effa, a biopic about Effa Manley, the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The film will follow the woman who rose in the ranks of the Negro National League in the 1930s and ’40s as a co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles, a team that would go on to win the 1946 Negro World Series. Sounds like it would make a solid double feature to go with last year's 42. ›››

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