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Ian McKellen to Play Cogsworth in Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:53
Ian McKellen

British actor Ian McKellen has become very well known for his franchise roles as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and now he's heading into Disney territory for a perfect role. Variety reports McKellen will play the clock Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. Cogsworth was the beast's butler before the curse placed over the castle turned everyone into various pieces of furniture. In the animated version from 1991, the clock was a rather worrisome uppity little fellow, constantly clashing with the suave energetic Lumiere, the candelabra, a role that has yet to be cast. ›››

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Sound Off: Alex Garland's Sci-Fi 'Ex Machina' - What Did You Think?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 18:03
Ex Machina Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? There is nothing more human than the will to survive. In theaters in the US starting today is the feature directorial debut of sci-fi screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd), a film called Ex Machina about a man and his creation. Oscar Isaac stars as Nathan, the billionaire founder of a technology company, along with Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a young programmer brought to Nathan's home to test one of his new robots. Alicia Vikander plays Ava, an artificial intelligence humanoid designed by Nathan that Caleb is instructed to test, to see just how real she really is. Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Alex Garland's Ex Machina. ›››

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Watch: Even More Celebrity Cameos Teased in 'Entourage' UK Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 16:27
Entourage

Even though the HBO series Entourage was certainly popular while it was on, I'm actually not sure if it's as big in the United Kingdom as it was in the United States. Judging by this latest trailer from across the pond for the film adaptation of the show business series, I'm betting it's not, because Piers Morgan does a quick introduction as to who Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his crew are before we get into their usual shenanigans. There's not much new footage we have seen in the other trailers, but the list of cameos at the end is slightly different, pointing to some names that British fans will be interested in instead. Watch! ›››

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'Kingsman' Vixen Sofia Boutella Taking a Major Role in 'Star Trek 3'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 15:08
Sofia Boutella

Briefly: While we still don't know if Idris Elba will be taking the villain role in Star Trek 3, the sci-fi sequel has just gained another cool cast member instead. Deadline reports Sofia Boutella, the literally sharp assassin from this year's fun spy action adventure Kingsman: The Secret Service, is taking a lead role in Star Trek 3, scripted by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, directed by Justin Lin and set to arrive July 8th, 2016. But much like everything else about the film, details on her character are being kept under wraps. She could make a great addition to the Enterprise, or she could be a killer secondary villain. Either option works. ›››

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Dolby Cinema Experience Announced for More 'AMC Prime' Venues

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 15:00
AMC Prime

Are you ready for the next big thing in movie theater technology?! Dolby is hoping you're ready! AMC and Dolby have announced an exciting new partnership for their "premium cinema offering" that's part of the AMC Prime experience. The new "experience" is being called Dolby Cinema, and it will feature the latest in cinema technology including Dolby Atmos sound, Dolby Vision laser projection, and rumble seats synced to the movie (oh boy). Prime is an already-existing premium offering found at some AMC theatres featuring "power reclining seats with seat transducers" in addition to the best sound/projection they can install. To top it off, they're partnering with Dolby to make it better, and it's expanding to four locations this summer. ›››

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Warner Bros. Wants 'Furious 7' Director James Wan for 'Aquaman'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 13:48
James Wan

There's no doubt that Furious 7 was a hit around the world last weekend, and it's likely to take the top box office spot again this weekend too. And that means director James Wan is now a hot commodity in Hollywood, and now THR reports Warner Bros. is eager to snag him from Universal and get him behind the camera for Aquaman. There's no offer on the table yet, but Wan is the studio's top choice to direct the first big screen iteration of the aquatic superhero, and they're already had some early talks about the project. However, Universal holds an option to bring Wan back to direct Fast & Furious 8 if they were so inclined. ›››

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Sony Pictures & MRC Taking a Crack at Stephen King's 'Dark Tower'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:42
The Dark Tower

It's been a long road to try to get Stephen King's The Dark Tower novel series to the big screen. Both Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. passed on an ambitious film and television deal that would have brought the western horror and fantasy series to life. Last we heard anything about the project over a year ago, Aaron Paul mentioned he had several meetings to take a role in the film while it was being developed by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer at Imagine Entertainment. Now Deadline reports there's hope for the film again as Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital have agreed to co-finance the first film in the series. ›››

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Watch & Listen: Opening of 'Star Wars' Will Never Be the Same Again

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:25
Star Wars

In case you didn't hear, the entire Star Wars saga is available on digital home video right now. And while there were rumors swirling yesterday that the digital edition of Star Wars switched back one of the most contested changes in the Special Edition cut of the first film, the fact that Greedo shoots first in the cantina instead of Han Solo, it turned out not to be true. However, there is one particular change in these new versions of the Star Wars films that will have fans, a little bummed. But it's a change we have to get used to, because this is how Star Wars films will be opening from now on since moving over to Disney. Watch! ›››

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Julianne Moore Asks 'Can You Ever Forgive Me' for Fox Searchlight

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:21
Julianne Moore

Fresh off winning an Oscar for her stirring performance in Still Alice, the wonderful Julianne Moore has lined up her next project. Variety reports the Boogie Nights star is in talks to lead Can You Ever Forgive Me, an adaptation of Lee Israel's 2008 memoir of the same name that's set up at Fox Searchlight. The story certainly sounds different as it follows Israel's real-life exploits as a respected biographer who fell on hard times and began creating counterfeit letters "written" by deceased authors and celebrities in order to sell them just so she could pay her rent. However, the forgeries raised some eyebrows, so she changed her game. ›››

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Drew Struzan's 'Star Wars' Saga Posters Get the LEGO Treatment

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:00
Star Wars LEGO

Over the next couple weeks, there's going to be a lot of Star Wars goodies that start surfacing online. This week brought the arrival of the entire Star Wars saga on digital home video for the first time ever, and next weekend will be Star Wars Celebration, where Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy are going to kick off the convention, and there are rumblings that's where the new Episode VII trailer will debut along with the first official teaser poster. But until then, we thought we show off some cute LEGO recreations of artist Drew Struzan's iconic Star Wars saga posters. ›››

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Brent Spiner Confirmed to Somehow Return in 'Independence Day 2'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:01
Brent Spiner

It looks like Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A. Fox won't be the only returning original cast members from Independence Day who come back for the sequel from director Roland Emmerich. The filmmaker took to Twitter to reveal that Brent Spiner will be back for Independence Day 2. In the original film, Spiner played Dr. Brackish Okun, one of the scientists who worked on the secret government program studying aliens before the invasion happened in Independence Day. He was a weird guy, and we would have thought that he died after his encounter with one of the aliens in the first film, but apparently he's alive and kicking. ›››

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Phil Lord & Chris Miller Officially Writing Treatment for 'The Flash'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 08:45
The Flash

After hearing that The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street franchise directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller were wanted for both a new Ghostbusters movie at Sony Pictures and the DC Comics cinematic universe title The Flash at Warner Bros. Pictures, they've officially joined one of those projects. Deadline reports Lord & Miller will be writing the treatment for The Flash, the super speedy character who currently has his own television series on The CW. And while the studio really wants Lord & Miller to direct as well, it remains to be seen if they'll end up behind the camera as they're still figuring out what they want to do next. Read on! ›››

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Jared Leto Hides as The Joker in Latest 'Suicide Squad' Tease Photo

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 23:11
Jared Leto Camera

Hahaha! Oh, how David Ayer teases. The next photo from Suicide Squad has appeared on Ayer's Twitter, following the group shot of the cast yesterday. It addresses the question of "where is Jared Leto?" The actor was noticeably absent from a cast shot that included everyone else, from Will Smith to Margot Robbie to Joel Kinnaman to Viola Davis. The new photo shows Jared Leto, with short green hair preparing to play The Joker, hiding behind half a camera. At what first seems like a bad shot, is actually a reference to the cover of the acclaimed Joker graphic novel The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland. Nice one, Ayer. It's a cool shot, I just wish we'd get more than this tease and the hair shot from before. In time… ›››

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This Infographic Proves It's Never Too Late to Start Making Movies

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 19:06
It's Never Too Late to Start Making Movies

You're never too old, it's never too late, to change your life, to start something new. How about becoming a feature film director? Or a screenwriter? Throughout the years we've always tried to provide some extra inspiration for our filmmaker/storyteller readers and this fine infographic is the perfect bit of inspiration to share. Nathalie at the site Mentorless has created an infographic titled It's Never Too Late To Make Your First Feature Film that takes a look at 26 filmmakers "with an international career that made their first feature film in their 30s or 40s, proving that it's never too late to start making films." Indeed. She breaks down each into 4 categories, including their age when they directed an "international breakthrough". ›››

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First Look at the Yellowjacket Outfit from Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Movie

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 19:04
Yellowjacket

Marvel is kicking things up a notch with Avengers 2 just a few weeks away. Up next is a first look at the villain Yellowjacket, the first real photo of him in costume, from the Ant-Man movie directed by Peyton Reed starring Paul Rudd as Hank Pym. This is likely from the next trailer, and just being revealed as a single shot now, but take a look anyway. Yellowjacket is the name of the suit that Darren Cross (played by Corey Stoll) wears when he becomes a villain, with the suit giving him super powers. "Hank Pym's Ant-Man suit doesn’t have a single weapon," director Peyton Reed told EW. Adding, "whereas Yellowjacket is armed with plasma cannons." Looks like at least two of them sticking up like stingers behind his shoulders in this photo. ›››

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'Transformers' Producer & Mark Millar Set to Adapt 'Jupiter's Legacy'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:40
Jupiter's Legacy

Following the arrival of Kingsman: The Secret Service earlier this year, comic writer Mark Millar also had his time traveling adventure comic book series Chrononauts picked up for a feature film. And now yet another of Millar's titles will be heading to the big screen. THR reports the sci-fi comic Jupiter's Legacy will head to the big screen as Millar has decided to team with Transformers and G.I. Joe franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to adapt the comic into a feature film. And as with pretty much all of the comic writer's properties, the idea sounds pretty damn fantastic, focusing on the lazy offspring of superheroes. ›››

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Ryan Gosling Heads Back to Disney for del Toro's 'Haunted Mansion'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:16
Haunted Mansion

Like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling got his start on Disney's "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child star. Since then, he's become quite the heartthrob and an amazing talent on the big screen, and now he's headed back to the House of Mouse. The Wrap reports Gosling is currently in talks to take a role in Guillermo del Toro's long developing adaptation of Haunted Mansion, the classic Disney theme park attraction. The project has been in the works for years ever since del Toro made the announcement at Comic-Con back in 2010. Can it finally come together soon? ›››

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Jennifer Garner & Robbie Amell Joining Kevin Spacey in 'Nine Lives'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:57
Jennifer Garner / Robbie Amell

Just after hearing that Christopher Walken would work with Kevin Spacey for the first time in the comedy Nine Lives, the cast has just gained two more members. TheWrap and Deadline have two separate reports saying that Jennifer Garner and Robbie Amell both have roles in the goofy-sounding film from director Barry Sonnenfeld that follows Spacey as a workaholic businessman looking for redemption himself after an accident leaves him trapped in the body of his family’s cat. As we've noted, this sounds plain silly, but with Europa Corp. involved, we're not sure what to expect, especially with this kind of cast aboard. Read on! ›››

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