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Shailene Woodley Lands Role in Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden Film

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:35
Shailene Woodley

Though she's been busy with young adult fare like The Divergent Series: Insurgent (watch the teaser trailer here) and the romance The Fault in Our Stars, actress Shailene Woodley is making some time for something much different. THR reports the young star is currently in talks to take the female lead in the developing film about Edward Snowden from controversial director Oliver Stone. Previously we heard that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in the running to play the NSA whistleblower who fled the country to avoid prosecution for his headline-making actions, and it sounds like he's still involved at this time. More below! ›››

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It's Christmas in New Images from 2015's Animated 'Peanuts' Movie

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:58
Peanuts

Back in the spring, we got our first look at Blue Sky Animation's adaptation of the classic Charles Schulz comic strip Peanuts. It wasn't much except a glimpse at Charlie Brown with his loveable and occasionally mischievous dog Snoopy. But now some new images have surfaced showing off the rest of the gang, including Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty and more. No sign of Pigpen, but it does appear we get to spend Christmas with the gang. Could there be a new tale based around the holiday outside of the famous "A Charlie Brown Christmas" animated special that will be playing on TV again soon? It would seem so. Look! ›››

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No VFX Used to Finish Philip Seymour Hoffman's 'Mockingjay' Role

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:24
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Following the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, we learned that the actor would not be recast in the two-part finale The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, and he had actually finished most of his filming before passing away. However, for the few things that still needed to be filmed, it was said that visual effects would be used to recreate Hoffman's likeness in order to complete his part in the film. THR now reports that CGI was not used to complete the role, and it was a decision that was made after the cast and crew had time to grieve and figure out the best way to fix the unfortunate obstacle facing them in production. Read on! ›››

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AMC Reveals 'Unlimited Ticket' to Rewatch 'Interstellar' Over & Over

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:00
Interstellar

Here's to all the crazy ones. AMC Theatres and Paramount have announced a special ticket for Interstellar called the "unlimited ticket". Yes, it's exactly as it sounds, giving viewers the chance to get an unlimited viewing ticket for Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi spectacular Interstellar (Sound Off here) at participating AMC theatres. That's the other catch - you have to be an AMC Stubs member, but there is good news if you already are one. "All AMC Stubs members who have already purchased a ticket to the movie can upgrade for $14.99." As odd as it sounds, the full price varies per location and theater if you need an entire unlimited ticket, ranging from $19.99 to $34.99. It might be worth it if you really, truly do love Interstellar that much. ›››

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Indie Trailer Sunday: Sean Gullette's Moroccan Punk Drama 'Traitors'

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 14:03
Traitors Indie Trailer Sunday

If you are a hammer - strike. How's that for a tagline? Today's trailer is for a film called Traitors made by American actor-turned-filmmaker Sean Gullette, who played mathematician Maximillian Cohen in Darren Aronofsky's Pi back in 1998. Gullette writes, produces and directs this film about an all-girl punk rock band from Morocco. Newcomer Chaimae Ben Acha stars as Malika in the film, who befriends Amal played by Soufia Issami as they take on a smuggling job to make some money to keep the band together. The film premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, also playing at the Tribeca, Marrakesh, Dubai, Stockholm and Denver Film Festivals. It actually looks pretty good, there's a lot of heart and soul captured in this. Check it. ›››

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Watch: Martin Sofiedal's 'Uncharted: Ambushed' Live-Action Fan Film

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 13:45
 Ambushed Fan Film

"Here we go again." We have yet to feature this fan film, so if you haven't seen it yet - here's you chance. Norwegian filmmaker Martin Sofiedal made a live-action short film based on Uncharted: Drake's Fortune the video game, which is already being adapted into a movie as we speak. His version is a live-action take on a cutscene in the game, and features some impressive work for something made on his own time. The 7-min film is called Uncharted: Ambushed starring David Owe as Drake, Caroline Glomnes Johansen as Elena, with a really stunning score by Roy Westad. Sofiedal recently visited Naughty Dog Games, creators of Uncharted, and got a write up in THR. The film is worth a watch, even if you have seen it before. Enjoy! ›››

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Monthly Must See: Sion Sono's Wacky 'Why Don't You Play in Hell?'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 19:08
Why Don't You Play in Hell?

Just watch this film! If you love cinema, if you love filmmaking, if you love wacky Japanese cinema, if you love Tarantino, if you love supporting foreign films, if you love wacky, fun coming-of-age stories, if you love Japanese culture - don't walk, run to see this film (even if that means just running to your living room). Our latest Monthly Must See feature is one titled Why Don't You Play in Hell?, one of the recent films from Japanese auteur Sion Sono (he also recently made Tokyo Tribe which we flipped over at Fantastic Fest). The concept for this movie is basically: a young, renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud. Or: a bunch of wannabe filmmakers end up filming an actual yakuza war. It's crazy, but so much fun. ›››

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Universal Taking the Horror Out of Classic Movie Monsters Reboot

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 18:02
Universal Monsters

There's been some buzz about the developing reboot of Universal's classic movie monster universe ever since Dracula Untold hit theaters. The action thriller was said to be the first film to have ties to the new shared universe for the studio's reboot of their most famous properties, and the next films in the bunch will be The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman, coming in 2016, and also The Wolf Man in 2017. But if you were hoping for a great new round of horror movies, you may want to sit down for this, because we have some bad news. Universal's plan to reboot these franchises involves taking the horror out of the properties. ›››

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Julia Roberts & George Clooney Reteam for 'Money Monster' Thriller

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 17:41
Julia Roberts & George Clooney

After teaming up for both Ocean's 11 and Ocean's 12, superstars George Clooney and Julia Roberts are set to reunite with another acclaimed actor directing them this time. The Wrap has word that Roberts is currently in talks to join Money Monster, a financial thriller to be directed by Jodie Foster that already has George clooney attached. The project is set up at the revamped TriStar and follows Clooney as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his hit show “Money Monster.” The plot takes off when he ends up threatened by a desperate blue-collar worker on the edge. More below! ›››

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'Rush' Star Daniel Bruhl Joins Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:48
Daniel Bruhl

Fans are already excited about Captain America: Civil War because they know it's taking a cue from the iconic Marvel comic book storyline that pits the title patriot (played by Chris Evans) against ally Tony Stark, and Robert Downey Jr. has already been confirmed to star in the sequel as well. Otherwise, the only other name slated to appear in the film is Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, one of Marvel's new superheroes for Phase Three of their cinematic universe. But now we have word straight from Marvel that Rush and Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Bruhl has landed a part in the film, and it's reportedly a villain role. ›››

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WK Interact Releases Another Cool 'Mockingjay' Propaganda Poster

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:22
 Mockingjay - Part I

In just one week, fans will finally be able to see the beginning of the end with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I hitting theaters. But you might remember that over the summer, before the first teaser trailer had even debuted at Comic-Con, there was a cool propaganda poster designed by artist WK Interact. Well, to round things out, Lionsgate had him create one last piece for the film, and this time the Mockingjay herself, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has been immortalized on the new guerilla graffiti style poster. We're not sure if they'll be handing this out at screenings or what, but check it out! ›››

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Watch: One Final Trailer for 'The Imitation Game' is Full of Accolades

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:07
The Imitation Game

"What did you really do during the war?" We're just one week out from another Oscar contender hitting theaters with the code-cracking war drama The Imitation Game. The film features "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role as Alan Turing, real-life cryptologist, computer scientist and all around genius who worked his ass off to create a machine that could crack any code the Nazis used during World War II to pass secret messages to their troops. It's bound to be an Academy Award nominated performance, and one final trailer throws around plenty of accolades for the film and performances. Watch! ›››

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Jude Law is the Villain in Guy Ritchie's 'Knghts of the Round Table'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:47
Jude Law

It's been a little while since we heard anything new about Guy Ritchie's gestating new take on the classic tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Taking the lead role is Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam and Astrid Berges-Frisbey is playing Guinevere. There have been rumblings of Idris Elba taking a role, but that may not have panned out. However, Variety has word that one more cast member has entered the mix with Jude Law in talks to take the villain role in the film. However, at this point it's not clear who Law will play, because the plot and character roster beyond our two leads hasn't been revealed yet. Read on! ›››

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Universal Hoping for At Least Three More 'Fast & Furious' Movies

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:16
Fast & Furious

Just a few days ago, we learned that Universal was in talks with director Justin Lin to return to the Fast & Furious franchise to be at the helm of a multi-part conclusion to the action franchise that has only grown with popularity over the years. Now we have a little more information on what Universal is expecting out of the series. THR recently hosted a roundtable discussion with some of the executives at various studios, and that included Universal's chairman Donna Langley, who indicated that they think there's "at least three more" movies to add to the Fast & Furious franchise. So we're milking this cow until it's bone dry. Read on! ›››

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What If TARS from 'Interstellar' Had a Real Career on the Big Screen?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:40
TARS

Though there are plenty of people out there who have some discrepancies with Christopher Nolan's sci-fi drama Interstellar, one of the more unanimous points of praise has been for the block robot TARS and his colleague CASE, both of which assist Matthew McConaughey on his mission to save the planet. The robots are fitted with incredible artificial intelligence which allows them to have a sense of humor and even a judge of how honest to be (though it's all regulated by the astronauts themselves). Well, Vulture liked the robots so much that they imagined what it might be like if TARS was a movie star, and it's great. Look now! ›››

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Watch: Jon Stewart's All 'Rosewater' Recap Episode of 'The Daily Show'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:27
Rosewater The Daily Show Recap

Jon Stewart's directorial debut, the feature film Rosewater, is now playing in theaters as of today. To celebrate the film's release, last night's "The Daily Show" hosted by Jon Stewart was an episode dedicated entirely to Rosewater everything. They started by recapping the segment recorded in Iran that first lead to journalist Maziar Bahari's imprisonment in 2009, featuring Jason Jones who made the segment. Then they bring out Maziar Bahari for a discussion, ending with actor Gael García Bernal, who plays Bahari in the film. Stewart, still awkward about hosting a show to promote a movie he made, let John Oliver host while he hid in the background. It's a refreshing, fun recap of the story behind this film and the people who made it. ›››

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Review: 'Dumb & Dumber To' is an Amusing But Bad Comedy Sequel

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:17
Dumb & Dumber To

It's hard to believe that 20 years have passed since The Farrelly Brothers brought audiences the silly comedy Dumb & Dumber. It was the directorial debut of Peter & Bobby Farrelly, and they were lucky to land the rubber faced comedy star that was Jim Carrey just as his career skyrocketed following the release of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask earlier in the same year (yes, all three of these movies came out in 1994), and his pairing with Jeff Daniels was more than intriguing. Now here we are 20 years later, and the lovable idiots Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas are back for another road trip in Dumber & Dumber To, and while the energy is still there, the comedy just doesn't land the same after two decades. More below! ›››

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Path of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is Not Beholden to 'The Avengers'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:15
Guardians of the Galaxy

Now that Marvel has put all their cards on the table regarding their film slate for Phase Three of their cinematic universe, we have a good idea of what all the activity regarding the Infinity Stones is leading to, especially since the next chapter in The Avengers franchise is The Avengers: Infinity War, and it will arrive in two parts in the summer of 2018 and 2019. Many are already assuming that we'll see Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers team up to take down Thanos after he presumably gets his hands on the Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet, however, James Gunn has indicated that may not be the case. ›››

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Watch: Learn Science of 'Interstellar' in Discovery Channel's Special

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:41
The Science of Interstellar

If the science of Interstellar left you scratching your head and wanting to learn more about black holes, wormholes, relativity and more that was on display, then The Discovery Channel has just the remedy for you. They debuted an hour-long special (that's about 45 minutes without commercials) called "The Science of Interstellar," and it's easy for anyone to follow, even if you don't know anything about physics or space. It doesn't explain any of the plot holes people seem to have problems with, even though there are some out there that should just be forgiven based on the time travel material, but it's still a cool special, and it's all narrated by the film's leading man Matthew McConaughey. All right, all right, all right? Watch below! ›››

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Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson in Full 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:04
Fifty Shades of Grey

"Say I did stay - what would happen?" Oh boy, it's time to make things steamy. Universal has unleashed the full trailer for Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey, adapted from E.L. James' bestselling novel of the same name. Dakota Johnson stars as Anastasia Steele, a literature student who ends up in the arms of billionaire Christian Grey, played by the hunky Jamie Dornan. Indeed, he's quite steamy, and he really puts on a show, especially in the bedroom. The trailer features the new song "Haunted" by Beyonce, along with gorgeous shots of Seattle, Johnson and Dornan, plus some tantalizing teases of the sexual side of this. ›››

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