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Watch: Recap the 'Fast & Furious' Franchise in Under Three Minutes

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:59
Fast & Furious

If you're one of those who has held off on watching the Fast & Furious franchise, but for some reason you feel compelled to join the crowd in the blockbuster fun this April when Furious 7 hits theaters, then we have just the video for you. The folks over at Cinefix have put together a fast and fun recap of the entire franchise in under three minutes, starting with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker's first outing in The Fast and the Furious back in 2001 and moving through the most recent Fast & Furious 6. It doesn't have all the fun and action the movies do (which are about 50% good for what they are), but it's not a bad way to catch up. ›››

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'Expendables 2' Director Set to Remake Horror Classic 'The Blob'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:41
The Blob

As Universal Pictures is preparing a new cohesive cinematic universe for their classic movie monsters like Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolfman ad more (albeit without as much horror in the films), Goldcrest Films has just announced a remake of another horror classic. A press release reveals The Expendables 2 and Con-Air director Simon West will direct a remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror flick The Blob, about a gelatinous alien life-form attacking a small town. West says, "With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying." ›››

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Vincent Cassel in Aussie Sundance Drama 'Partisan' Teaser Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:23
Partisan

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today, and we'll have plenty of updates of the most buzzed about films, acquisitions of the indies for distribution, and plenty more from Park City, Utah. But before the films start playing this evening, the teaser trailer for one of the entries in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition has been unveiled. Partisan is a drama from Australia starring Vincent Cassel (Trance, Oceans 12) as a man running a closed community, overseeing a boy named Alexander, who runs dangerous errands to help provide for the group. But slowly, Alexander gets more inquisitive, and that's a problem. ›››

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'Maze Runner's Kaya Scodelario Sails to 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:07
Kaya Scodelario

After being the only female misfit in the young adult sci-fi adaptation The Maze Runner, British actress Kaya Scodelario may be heading to an established film franchise next. Deadline has word that the "Skins" cast member is in early talks to take the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in Disney's swashbuckling adventure franchise starring Johnny Depp. However, we're not sure what kind of character Scodelario will be playing, but there's probably a good chance she'll end up finding romance with another new cast member, Brenton Thwaites, who joined the cast last fall. ›››

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Simon Pegg Giving 'Star Trek 3' All He's Got by Co-Writing the Script

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 00:09
Star Trek Into Darkness

It's a pretty foregone conclusion that the principal cast members of the rebooted Star Trek franchise would be coming along for Star Trek 3. That includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg. But one of the crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise has a new job outside of the ship as well. Deadline reports Simon Pegg will also now be responsible for co-writing the new draft of the script with Doug Jung, the creator of the TNT police drama series "Dark Blue." Previously, Roberto Orci was going to have his hand in writing the script, but that was before he departed the film. ›››

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Lionsgate Picks Up 'Don Verdean' Before Its Premiere at Sundance

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:54
Don Verdean

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival won't even begin until tomorrow, but Lionsgate has already picked up a film debuting in Park City this month. It's been 11 years since director Jared Hess made a huge splash at Sundance with Napoleon Dynamite, and now he's back with Don Verdean, a new comedy starring Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Will Forte and more. And now Deadline reports Lionsgate has already picked up the distribution rights to the film before it premieres next week. Does this mean that Hess might finally have another good film to follow his breakthrough indie sensation? We certainly hope so, especially since it's one of our 10 most anticipated films of the festival. More below! ›››

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Watch: Hand-Drawn Animated Short Film 'Confusion Through Sand'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:32
Confusion Through Sand Short Film

Almost a year ago we featured a trailer for a short film called Confusion Through Sand, which was set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The short is hand-drawn on recycled paper, and looks nothing like anything we've ever seen before. Not only that, but the camera movements are amazing. It tells the story of a young soldier "in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react," no doubt referencing the Iraq war. The director tipped me to let me know the short is now available online in full. Suffice it to say, it's a must watch, well worth the wait. One last warning: "this gets loud and intense and may be hard for some people." ›››

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Get Your Tickets Now for AMC's Best Picture Showcase Marathon

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:16
Best Picture Showcase

"The Best of the Best is Back." Your last chance to see these in theaters! AMC has unveiled details for their latest version of the Best Picture Showcase. For years, AMC has been hosting marathon screenings of all of the Best Picture nominees at the Academy Awards, so moviegoers of all kinds can catch up before the big show next month. This year, with eight nominees including Boyhood, Selma and Whiplash, AMC is splitting the screenings across two consecutive Saturdays, " so you can attend one day, or both days. Or, enjoy all the films in one day with the 24-hour marathon in select markets." More info on the films and theaters below. ›››

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Gareth Evans Says Don't Expect 'The Raid 3' for at Least Three Years

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 17:34
The Raid 2

If the incredible action and larger scale story in The Raid 2 left you wanting another round from director Gareth Evans, we have some disappointing news. Don't worry, The Raid 3 is still very much in the works, but Evans just isn't in a hurry to make it. The filmmaker teased a new project on Twitter by saying, "Time to find a brand new collection of streets & buildings outside of Indonesia to fuck up with cars and mayhem." That prompted a fan to ask whether or not it was related to The Raid 3, and sadly, the director dashed our dreams of seeing the sequel anytime soon. However, that doesn't mean he isn't thinking about it. Read on! ›››

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'The Hunting Ground' Doc Trailer Exposes College Sexual Assault

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 16:07
The Hunting Ground

After exposing sexual assault in the United States military at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the team behind The Invisible War is back at the festival again, but this time they're exposing the rape crimes that are being covered up and overlooked on college campuses across the United States. The Hunting Ground is directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering and reveals "an endemic system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming, and denial that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity." It's premiering at Sundance this month, and the first provocative trailer has just arrived. Watch! ›››

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Watch: Brad Bird Plays with Mondo's Incredible 'Iron Giant' Figure

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:50
The Iron Giant

Just before Comic-Con last summer, we learned that the collectible arthouse Mondo was expanding their love and tributes to film and television by producing and selling collectible toys for fans to buy. One of the first toys announced as part of their new venture was a huge figure of The Iron Giant, the massive robot from Brad Bird's under-appreciated animated film from the late 90s. Well, the figure is finally available for pre-order starting tomorrow, and to help hype the sale, io9 was given a video of Brad Bird himself playing with the figure, giving his full endorsement, and maybe even getting a little emotional and nostalgic. ›››

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Nicolas Cage is 'Borat' Director's 'Army of One' to Hunt Bin Laden

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:19
Nicolas Cage

There's been a lot of terrible Nicolas Cage movies made over the past few years, and last year brought one of the worst with the new adaptation of Left Behind. But it sounds there might be a good one in the works, and it's not just another action thriller. THR has word that Cage is slated to star in Army of One, a satirical comedy from Borat director Larry Charles about an average guy who decides to begin his own hut for Osama Bin Laden. And the film has some serious producer power behind it as Harvey and Bob Weinstein have struck a deal for the North American rights to the film through the TWC-Dimension banner. Read on! ›››

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Comedy 'Grimsby' Moves to February 2016

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:38
Grimsby

After being originally slated for release this summer, Sacha Baron Cohen's spy and soccer hooligan comedy Grimsby has been pushed back seven months and won't arrive until February 26th, 2016. We're not sure what the hold up is, especially since the film was shooting last summer (get a first look here), but maybe test screenings aren't working out so they're going to reshoot some stuff. It's much easier to do that kind of thing with a comedy than a blockbuster. Or maybe it's just not a good summer release. That's really just speculation on our part, but now we know why we hadn't seen any official photos from the film yet. ›››

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Watch: Teaser Trailer for Hip-Hop Fueled Sundance Drama 'Dope'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:17
Dope

Most of the films we named as our 10 Most Anticipated Films of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival have only revealed a couple first look photos and a vague synopsis. However, one of the picks on Alex Billington's list gets teased a bit more in a short tease for Dope.  The film follows a group of high schoolers living in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. Shameik Moore leads the film with The Grand Budapest Hotel's lobby boy Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoë Kravitz, rapper A$AP Rocky and "Workaholics" star Blake Anderson. We'll definitely be checking this one out. Watch below! ›››

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Sundance 2015: Our 10 Most Anticipated Films We Can't Wait to See

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:51
Sundance 2015

Nothing like seeing movies in the mountains. Kicking off this week in snowy Park City, Utah is the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where both Ethan and I are headed for 10 days to see fresh new indie films non-stop. To help get everyone up to speed on some of the films we're interested in, here are 10 Sundance 2015 films that we're excited for, a small look at some of the films we're keeping an eye on and will be seeing at any earliest opportunity. Alex has chosen five he's interested in, and Ethan has also chosen another five he's ready to enjoy from the diverse and hopefully impressive 123-film line-up this year. Whether it's horror or drama or comedy or a documentary or something else entirely, we seek great movies to fall in love with. ›››

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Bruce Willis Set for Two New Action Thrillers 'Extraction' and 'Wake'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:36
Bruce Willis

Back towards the end of the summer of 2013, you may remember Bruce Willis saying that he was bored with starring in action movies again. It's happened before for the actor, and we though this might mean some more thoughtful, substantial performances from the actor. Instead, he's just churning out more of the same action thrillers we've seen time and time again, and now he's just signed on for two more. Deadline reports Willis is set to star in Extraction where he plays a former CIA operative, and a press release reveals the Die Hard franchise star will also lead Wake, from John Pogue, the director of The Quiet Ones. ›››

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New UK Trailer for Horror 'It Follows' Will Make You Go Celibate

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:55
It Follows

"This thing is going to follow you. Somebody gave it to me, and now I passed it to you." With screenings planned for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, those who haven't seen the horror flick It Follows at the Cannes Film Festival or elsewhere will finally get to see what all the hype is about. And now a new trailer from across the pond shows off more of the film that will probably scare you from ever having sex again. The film serves as a cautionary tale for sex and our own Jeremy Kirk says it's "as haunting as it is unexpected" and "is sure to resonate with 2014's promiscuous youth." Maybe they can show this in health class? Watch! ›››

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First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Birdman' Director's 'The Revenant'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:29
The Revenant

Right now director Alejandro González Iñárritu is riding the awards train after landing a nomination for Best Director and a nomination for Best Picture for his impressively shot film Birdman. But the filmmaker is already hard at work on his next film The Revenant, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio. The film is already slated for release this Christmas, and if the first look photos are any indicator, we could be looking at another awards contender in the making. The film sees DiCaprio facing the wilderness after he's abandoned by fellow fur trappers following a deadly bear attack. But he survives, and now he wants revenge. ›››

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Ben Affleck's Batman Rumored to Also Appear in 'Suicide Squad'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:06
Batman

While we don't normally run many rumors like this, when Forbes is the one with the scoop, that makes it feel a little more legitimate. First of all, Latino Review has a story spouting off some plot details about Suicide Squad, and they mention that while the villain Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is in pursuit of super powered heroes and villains, with Batman seen on a surveillance screen, implying that he's on her list. But they specify that Ben Affleck would not appear in any other capacity as Batman. However, Forbes has heard otherwise, and is reporting that Batman will be in Suicide Squad, but at the end of the film. Read on! ›››

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Watch: Gamers Are Recruited for War in UK Trailer for 'Good Kill'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:41
Good Kill

"War is now a first-person shooter." Following the first trailer for Andrew Niccol's timely and relevant drone pilot thriller Good Kill, a new trailer from the United Kingdom has surfaced showing off the more personal side of the film. Ethan Hawke plays a fighter-pilot turned drone pilot operating out of Las Vegas who begins to question his mission and his integrity as he fights a war from thousands of miles away. His family life, along with his wife (January Jones) begins to feel his pain, not understanding the stress. It looks a little heavy-handed and even obvious, but the subject matter is certainly worth exploring. Watch! ›››

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