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TGB Episode 192: A Discussion - In Regards to Religion in Movies

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:57
The Golden Briefcase - Noah's Ark / Religion

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and plenty more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on religion in film, in honor of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, retelling the Noah's Ark story, in theaters now. The guys go over some of the more notable examples of religious movies including Biblical epics, satirical comedies, marketed religious films and much more. They also talk over some of the best uses of Biblical source material in films made thus far and Jeremy weighs in on Aronofsky's Noah! Listen in to this episode. ›››

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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director to Helm 'Pete's Dragon' Remake

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:07
Pete's Dragon

Over a year ago, we learned that Ain't Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery was heading into drastically different territory by scripting a remake of the live-action and animated hybrid Pete's Dragon for Disney along with his writing partner Toby Halbrooks. Now The Wrap reports Lowery has also entered talks to direct the film as well. The original film followed an orphan boy who ventures into the fishing village of Passamaquoddy with his invisible dragon Elliott. Though several accidents get blamed on Pete by those who don't believe in this dragon, when Elliott makes a daring rescue, everyone begins to believe. Read on! ›››

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Keanu Reeves & Eli Roth Team on Psychological Thriller 'Knock Knock'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:44
Keanu Reeves

February brought news that horror director Eli Roth was going to reteam with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo, the writers of the earthquake thriller Aftershock he produced, for a new horror film called Knock Knock. The film was said to follow two young girls who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his perfect life. Now Deadline has word that Speed and The Matrix star Keanu Reeves will venture into horror with a commitment to star in the film as the married man, and he will also executive produce with production slated to begin in under two weeks. ›››

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'Game of Thrones' Star Gwendoline Christie Takes 'Mockingjay' Role

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:21
Gwendoline Christie

While we know that not much will have to be done in order to make the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay complete, production on the film isn't finished yet. The first chapter of the two-part finale hits theaters this November, but one of the cast members in a pivotal role in the second chapter has just been replaced. Previously, Lily Rabe was slated to play Commander Lyme, one of the leaders of District 13 and previous victor of The Hunger Games from District 2, but now it will be "Game of Thrones" fan favorite star Gwendoline Christie taking the role instead. More below! ›››

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Michelle Monaghan Joining Adam Sandler's 'Pixels' Arriving in 2015

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:57
Michelle Monaghan

Fresh of an acclaimed supporting turn on the first season of the stellar HBO series "True Detective," actress Michelle Monaghan is going in a completely different direction with a role in the sci-fi adventure action comedy Pixels starring Adam Sandler. Based on a short film of the same name, the film follows an attack of aliens on the world after they misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, using the games as models for their attacks. The only people who can stop the aliens are a group of video game experts played by Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage. More below! ›››

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Watch: US Trailer for Roman Polanski's Odd & Erotic 'Venus in Fur'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:18
Venus in Fur

It's been a few years since director Roman Polanski brought a film to the big screen, the last being Carnage, an adaptation of a stage play. Now the filmmaker is back with Venus in Fur, another single-location drama that looks much less conventional and more strange than the previous isolated tale in this first US trailer. The film follows Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner, and her Diving Bell and the Butterfly co-star Mathieu Amalric in an erotic game of cat and mouse as a young actress is determined to get the role in a new play by using some sexy tactics. It looks odd, but may be worth checking out. Watch? ›››

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Ryan Reynolds Takes Lead in Nazi-Stolen Art Drama 'Woman in Gold'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:57
Ryan Reynolds

Not too long ago, we learned that Andrew Garfield was going to join Helen Mirren in the World War II drama Woman in Gold. Using what feels like a story set after the events of The Monuments Men, the film follows the story of Maria Altmann, a woman who worked with lawyer Randol Schoenberg to take legal action against the Austrian government to recover art works that once belonged to her family but were stolen by the Nazis. Garfield was meant to play the attorney, but now Deadline reports Ryan Reynolds is surprisingly stepping into the dramatic role for The Weinstein Company film from director Simon Curtis. ›››

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Watch & Learn About the Math Behind Pixar's Stunning Animation

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:40
Pixar Animation

If you're one of those students, current or former, who always wondered why it might be good to learn so much math, there's finally at least one reasonable answer. A couple videos have surfaced online looking at how integral math is when working at Pixar Animation. While there's plenty of art that goes into making their stunning animated films, the animation is still done on a computer, which is made possible due to lots of math. Below you can watch a TED talk from Pixar Research Lead Tony DeRose as he discusses the importance of math in Pixar's work, and also a way nerdier video diving into one of their animation systems. ›››

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Review: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is Marvel's Best to Date

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:20
 The Winter Soldier

It's high time comic book movies gave us something serious and incredible. Who am I kidding? Marvel is doing it and doing it well, hitting a steady stride of peaks and valleys on their way to the next big cataclysmic movie event, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Before we get there though, we have the second adventure of America’s favorite patriot, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an exceptional stopping point along the way. Hungry for a cool, conspiracy theory mystery? It’s here. Got a hankering for awesome, big budget, heavy-hitting, and high-flying excitement that barely lets up? We've got that. Ready for - yes, we keep saying this - the best Marvel movie yet? Captain America: The Winter Soldier stakes that claim too. ›››

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Huge Batch of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Posters Are Pretty Stylish

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:01
 Days of Future Past

Following yesterday's batch of feaurettes from the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past, a whole batch of photos have surfaced online today. However, since they were discovered by a forum user at Superhero Hype, we're not exactly sure if these are official posters, or just unused concepts, mostly because some of them seem incomplete without studio logos, a release date, etc. Some of them are really stylish, while others are pretty bland. The prominence of Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique is interesting though. Is Warner Bros. just capitalizing on her Hunger Games popularity, or is she just as prominent as Hugh Jackman? Look! ›››

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Watch: Three 'Godzilla' TV Spots Reveal a Bit More of the Monster

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:27
Godzilla

"What happened was not a natural disaster. You're lying." After a recent TV spot featured a conversation between a concerned Elizabeth Olsen and her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson, we get another look at the family taking a toll as the presence of Godzilla creates chaos for mankind in two new TV spots. This time,  it's Taylor-Johnson's son who asks if he's coming back, and it's sandwiched in between some new footage of the King of Monsters stomping around at an airport and also a new shot of him roaring in the rain. Another features more of the frantic Bryan Cranston, so that's always fun. Watch the TV spots now! ›››

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Adam Sandler is Still Terrible in Another Ridiculous 'Blended' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:22
Blended

Hoping to capture some of the magic that made The Wedding Singer and even most of 50 First Dates enjoyable, Drew Barrymore is back with Adam Sandler for the romantic comedy Blended. We've already seen one trailer for the summer release that will act as counter-programming to X-Men: Days of Future Past. There's just too much dumb slapstick and kids spouting off stupid lines that are supposed to be funny just because kids are saying them. However, I will concede that the last music-infused bit in this trailer is clever and made me laugh, but I'm willing to bet the movie won't fare so well as a whole. Watch it? ›››

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Bad Robot Recruits Dan Trachtenberg for Low-Budget 'Valencia' Project

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:24
Dan Trachtenberg

Now here's a project to keep an eye on. We've been watching closely and waiting for commercials director Dan Trachtenberg to make his feature debut ever since breaking out with that Portal: No Escape short. This might finally be the one. The Wrap is reporting that Bad Robot is producing a project for Paramount's low-budget label Insurge Pictures, a film titled Valencia, or at least called that (which might refer to the area this takes place in, among other things). Valencia has been greenlit for production and Trachtenberg will direct a script by Dan Casey, who rewrote an earlier draft by Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken. Read on. ›››

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Mondo Unveils Stellar Poster for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 17:41
 The Winter Soldier

Another Marvel movie is upon us with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on screens across the United Sates just hours away. That means it's also time for a Mondo poster commemorating the latest film in Marvel's cinematic universe. This time it's Rich Kelly who was commissioned to design a poster for the patriotic superhero from another time, and he did an amazing job. It has hints of the retro 70s style poster for the sequel that popped up online not too long ago but with a contemporary edge. If these posters weren't so hard to get ahold of, I would definitely like to frame it on my wall. See the poster below! ›››

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Will Ferrell to Lead Another Tennis Film on Battle of the Sexes Match

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:58
Will Ferrell

Back in February we learned that Danny Boyle was developing a film about the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973. And since Hollywood likes movies in pairs every year now, it only makes sense that another film focusing on the same subject is in the works. THR has word that Will Ferrell is currently attached to a comedy called Match Maker that will focus on the tennis rivalry with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty writer Steven Conrad writing the script based on the ESPN Magazine article "The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia & The Battle of the Sexes." ›››

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Watch: Roll Call Trailer for 'The Expendables 3' Teases One Last Ride

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:31
The Expendables 3

Following yesterday's weird senior photo character posters for The Expendables 3, the hype machine for the sequel is in better shape today with a roll call trailer showing up the enormous action ensemble cast. In addition, this teaser also seems to indicate that this film will be the last in the action franchise started by Sylvester Stallone. There looks to be an awesome train sequence and everyone seems to be having fun, so this could be the best film in the series. We're just not sure why they felt the need to steal the font from the Fast & Furious franchise. Anyway, we're looking forward to seeing more from the action sequel. Watch now! ›››

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Quentin Tarantino to Direct Live Read of His Postponed 'Hateful Eight'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:07
Quentin Tarantino

If you were bummed when writer/director Quentin Tarantino decided to delay his developing western The Hateful Eight after his script leaked, we have some good news (at least if you live in the Los Angeles area or have the means to get over there). Film Independent has announced that Tarantino will cast and direct a live reading of his original screenplay for one night only at LACMA on April 24th. With that comes some info saying script follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group in a saloon in the middle of nowhere. ›››

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Watch: Robin Williams is 'The Angriest Man in Brooklyn' in First Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 13:54
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Last year, Robin Williams had a mixed bag of film appearances that included the abysmal comedy The Big Wedding and the melodramatic historical drama Lee Daniels' The Butler. Now he's back on the big screen again this year with this silly comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. Williams plays Henry, a guy who always seems to be pissed at everything, until he gets misinformation from a flustered doctor (Mila Kunis) that he has a brain aneurysm that will kill him in 90 minutes. As Henry tries to make amends with people he's hurt around the city, the doctor attempts to track him down to retract the diagnosis. Yep, silly. Watch? ›››

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Marvel Has Films Planned Through 2028, More Spin-Offs a Possibility

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 13:28
Marvel Studios

Tonight marks the first showings of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters across the United States, so it only seems appropriate that there's a story looking ahead to the future of Marvel Studios as the continue to build this massive cinematic universe. Speaking with Businessweek (via The Playlist), Marvel chief Kevin Feige opened up about a sort of map that sits on his office wall that has the plans for the future of the Marvel universe laid out. Feige says it's "like looking through the Hubble telescope" that looks into the future of their films, and he spoke of printing "a new one recently that went to 2028." What?! ›››

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Johnny Knoxville to Voice Leonardo in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:55
Johnny Knoxville

Well, if the newly redesigned heroes in a half-shell in the recent teaser trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn't turn you off (though a fan "fixed" them using the magic of Photoshop), then this next bit of news might do the trick. The film had already cast Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo and Danny Woodburn as Splinter, but apparently the actors who took those roles knew their voice might be switched out for someone else. And that's what happened with at least one turtle as Deadline reports Johnny Knoxville will voice Leonardo. ›››

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