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Anna Kendrick & Sam Worthington Join Jennifer Aniston in Indie 'Cake'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:19
Anna Kendrick

After finding success in R-rated studio comedies like Horrible Bosses, Wanderlust and We're the Millers, it's time for Jennifer Aniston to head back into the indie world. The "Friends" star made waves with The Good Girl back in 2002, and now she's leading a new indie called Cake from director Daniel Barnz (Won't Back Down) with a script by Patrick Tobin that made the Black List last year. Now the cast has expanded with Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Chris Messina, Britt Robertson taking supporting roles along with husband and wife William H. Macy & Felicity Huffman. So what's the film about? Read on! ›››

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Amy Adams May Lead 'Prisoners' Director's Sci-Fi 'Story of Your Life'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:51
Amy Adams

Following an Oscar nomination for American Hustle last year, Amy Adams is lining up another sci-fi project as she waits for Batman vs. Superman to begin shooting later this year for the pushed back release in the summer of 2016 where the film will face-off with Captain America 3. Deadline reports Adams is in early talks to star in Story of Your Life, a new film from Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve and writer Eric Heisserer (the remake of The Thing and A Nightmare on Elm Street) we learned about in January. The thriller takes place on Earth after alien spacecrafts have landed around the world. Read on! ›››

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Toby Kebbell Chosen for Dr. Doom Role in Fox's New 'Fantastic Four'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 18:08
Toby Kebbell

Briefly: Well it sounds like it's official. Variety is now reporting that 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank have chosen Toby Kebbell to star as Dr. Doom, the arch-nemesis villain in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. Kebbell, a well-known henchman/character actor from England, was already mentioned in the shortlist of names in the running for the role a few weeks ago. The other contenders included Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) and Sam Riley (On the Road), but Variety claims Fox has ended up picking Kebbell (who will also be seen in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) to star as Doom. ›››

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Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' with Emma Roberts Gets a Theatrical Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:13
Palo Alto

After a teaser trailer debuted for the film before the premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, a theatrical trailer for Gia Coppola's short story omnibus Palo Alto has arrived. Based on a collection of short stories by James Franco (who also stars in the film himself), the film features Emma Roberts as part of a group of teenagers dealing with their own complicated lives and decisions in the title California locale. There's a virginal soccer player with a crush on her coach, artists with seemingly no boundaries and plenty more in this film that feels like a sort of abstract John Hughes project. Worth a look? Watch the full trailer below! ›››

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Brad Pitt Eyeing Another WWII Project from 'Eastern Promises' Writer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:34
Brad Pitt

After starring in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, superstar Brad Pitt is returning to World War II territory with David Ayer's Fury coming to theaters later this fall. But apparently he's not done with his interest in one of the biggest wars in world history as Deadline reports Pitt has his eye on a currently untitled romantic thriller set in WWII with Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight behind the script, and The Town producer Graham King and his GK Films banner producer. The film doesn't yet have a distributor, but Pitt is still in serious talks to star, and an unnamed big director is supposed to be set soon. ›››

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Watch: Tom Hardy & James Gandolfini in First Trailer for 'The Drop'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:50
The Drop

After some first look photos surfaced last week, the first trailer for the crime thriller The Drop has arrived. Lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) runs a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters through "money drops" in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past. This marks Gandolfini's last film, so seeing him the trailer is a little bittersweet, but Hardy takes the cake with an almost unrecognizable voice. Watch! ›››

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Robert Duvall Wants Booze & Women in 'A Night in Old Mexico' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:29
A Night in Old Mexico

What starts as one last wild adventure for Texas rancher Red Bovie (Robert Duvall) turns into a bit of a western caper as he and his grandson inadvertently end up with a big stack of cash in their Cadillac, and the owner wants it back. Duvall is in perfect salty, grumpy old man mode as he just wants to enjoy booze and women instead of the prospect of retirement in a trailer park. Jeremy Irvine is along for the ride in A Night in Old Mexico from director Emilio Aragon, and Duvall seems to be the best reason to check out this film which played at South by Southwest last month and officially opens this May. Watch the trailer! ›››

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Will Ferrell & Adam McKay Reveal New 'Anchorman 2: No Joke Cut'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:36
 The Legend Continues

If the R-rated cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with 95% new jokes wasn't good enough when it hit theaters last month, then maybe some news announced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell will pique your interest. The director and star of the comedy sequel announced Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: No Joke Cut, and they have the full support of producer Judd Apatow saying, "Comedies often fail to get the consideration they deserve because laughter masks the serious storytelling going on beneath the surface. This new cut illustrates that Anchorman 2 can hold its weight against any drama.” It comes as no coincidence the news arrives as the film hits Blu-Ray and DVD on this appropriate day for humor. Watch! ›››

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The Horror Down Under Returns in the Full Trailer for 'Wolf Creek 2'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:02
Wolf Creek 2

It's been nearly ten years since pigshooter Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) terrorized a young group of people exploring the Outback in Wolf Creek, but now he's got a new set of victims. Wolf Creek 2 continues the horror with a couple exploring the vast Wolf Creek National Park, until the sadistic serial killer with a penchant for bloodthirsty sport stumbles upon their campsite and aims to make the rest of their life (which won't be long) a living hell. The first trailer looks like more of the same for anyone who enjoyed the first film, but hopefully Mick Taylor will step up his game a little bit to be even more ruthless this time around. ›››

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Watch: Beautiful Montage Pays Tribute to Modern Cinematographers

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:28
Ode to (21st Century) Cinematographers

We've featured plenty of tributes to some of the great directors working in film today, including the likes of Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan, but what about the cinematographers who make their films look absolutely gorgeous? Well, editor Erick Lee took it upon himself to pay tribute to some of the great directors of photography of the 21st century, including Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, Children of Men), Roger Deakins (Skyfall, True Grit), Robert Richardson (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds), Matthew Libatique (Black Swan) and much more. As you would expect, it's a beautiful video with spectacular shots. ›››

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George Lucas, Mark Hamill & More Discuss 'The Birth of the Lightsaber'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:06
Empire Strikes Back

With production just one month away, we're hoping to finally get some official casting news about Star Wars: Episode VII. However, director J.J. Abrams is still playing things extremely close to the vest, even closer than his previous films, so we're not really sure how much we're going to learn about the anticipated 2015 sequel. But for those who can never have enough Star Wars, the official YouTube channel of the classic saga has been posting some great videos from the past, including this fantastic 15-minute featurette chronicling the origins of one of the most iconic sci-fi weapons of all-time: the lightsaber. Watch now! ›››

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Jason Segel & Cameron Diaz Lose Their 'Sex Tape' in Red Band Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 23:12
Sex Tape

We've already gotten a saucy first look at the raunchy comedy Sex Tape starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz. And now, conveniently timed with tonight's series finale of Segel's CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," the first red band trailer has arrived. You'll find a little bit of sex, but surprisingly, not any real nudity (though Diaz does look rather sexy in those roller skates). Anyway, this doesn't look quite as good as I hoped, with a lot more unbelievable scenarios than one might have anticipated. This feels like a comedy made for the 90s, which is bad, because it's 2014. Anyway, maybe it will turn out all right? Watch! ›››

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Interview: 'The Raid 2' Director Gareth Evans on Ass Kicking Action

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 18:35
The Raid 2 Director Gareth Evans

Now in theaters is the incredibly brutal, extremely awesome Indonesian martial arts sequel The Raid 2, which picks up immediately where The Raid left off, with Rama (played by Iko Uwais) returning to take on more corrupt businessmen and mobsters. The man behind this successful genre series is Gareth Evans, a Welsh filmmaker who has found his home in Indonesia making martial arts movies (yes, we even talk about this). I've been looking forward to chatting with Evans ever since The Raid 1, but was lucky enough to catch up with him for a full-on 20 minute video interview about action movies and The Raid 2 a few weeks ago. ›››

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Ben Stiller in Early Talks for Lead Role in Rise of Chippendales Drama

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 17:52
Chippendales

Just last week we learned that Magic Mike XXL would be shooting this fall with the original film's first assistant director stepping up to to sit in the director's chair for the sequel starring Channing Tatum. Now another male stripper drama is in the works as Deadline reports Ben Stiller is in talks to lead I Am Chippendales, a feature film from "True Blood" creator Alan Ball about the dawn of the famous male stripping troupe. The Weinstein Company seems to be the likely studio home for the film adapting Rodney Sheldon's book of the same name about immigrant Steve Banerjee's rise to nightclub fame and fortune. ›››

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'Pink Panther' Gets Live-Action & Animation Hybrid Without Clouseau

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:25
The Pink Panther

We've already seen MGM revive The Pink Panther in the form of a live-action family comedy franchise starring Steve Martin as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, but now another revival is in order. No, we're not looking at a reboot of the same character, but rather an alternate version of the title. Those familiar with Inspector Clouseau know that the credits sequences feature an animated pink feline that eventually went on to be featured in his own theatrical animated shorts. It will be that character getting the feature film treatment by way of a hybrid of animation and live-action with a veteran animation director at the helm. ›››

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Drafthouse Films Lands Acclaimed Sundance Doc 'The Overnighters'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:58
The Overnighters

Now here's some acquisition news that we're very happy to report. One of our favorite, groundbreaking docs out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, called The Overnighters from filmmaker Jesse Moss, has been acquired by Drafthouse Films, the same studio that released The Act of Killing and Nick Cave's 20,000 Days on Earth. Drafthouse announced that it has acquired North American theatrical, home video, transactional and other rights to Jesse Moss' riveting documentary The Overnighters. The film will be released in theaters late 2014, likely making it a strong contender for this year's awards season, but that's too far out to discuss. ›››

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'Walking Dead' Star Norman Reedus Joins 'Triple Nine' Ensemble Cast

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:36
Norman Reedus

Following last night's season finale of "The Walking Dead," one of the fan favorite stars of the show will be busy during a break from the show as Deadline reports Norman Reedus has joined the ensemble cast of the crime thriller Triple Nine. John Hillcoat is directing the film about a crew of dirty cops forced by the Russian mob to pull of a seemingly impossible heist. Calling in a fake "999" (code for "officer down") is the only way to make it work, but the whole plan goes belly-up and all hell breaks loose. It's not clear what role Reedus is taking, but he would make a great corrupt cop or criminal, so he'll fit in with either side of the law. ›››

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Check Out Steve Rogers' Varying To-Do Lists from 'Captain America 2'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:37
 The Winter Soldier

Before you read any further, if you want to save this fun little detail from Captain America: The Winter Soldier to be experienced when you see the film this weekend, we recommend avoiding the rest of this post. Having said that, what follows isn't a spoiler, but just an interesting tidbit in the sequel that adds even more charm to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his unique situation of having been frozen for 70 years and somewhat out of touch with pop culture and the contemporary world. What would Rogers do when he's not working for S.H.I.E.L.D.? Well, he has a lot of catching up to do, and his to-do list gives us some insight. ›››

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Hugh Jackman Sings 'Les Miserables' Musical Parody About Wolverine

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:15
Hugh Jackman

Following the first TV spot for X-Men: Days of Future Past, there's a little bit of fun to be had with one of the film franchise's favorite stars. Hugh Jackman has turned Wolverine into the most loved mutant on the X-Men that has made it to the big screen, but along with his muscular, superhero presence is a sterling voice that has brought many a musical to life. Last year, Jackman rounded up an Oscar nod for his role in the big screen adaptation of Les Miserables, and now BBC Radio decided to have him belt out a Wolverine-centric version of the tune "Who Am I?" live in the studio. It's just as great as you would expect. ›››

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Samuel L. Jackson Says to Expect Frozone to Return in 'Incredibles 2'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:26
The Incredibles

Just after news surfaced that The Incredibles would get a 3D re-release sometime down the road, Disney and Pixar Animation revealed that The Incredibles 2 was officially in development after fans have been clamoring for a sequel for 10 years now. And while the animated sequel is surely a few years away, that doesn't mean director Brad Bird, who is already developing the script, doesn't know what's in store for our family of heroes. In fact, one of their superhero friends will return with Samuel L. Jackson recently speaking with Digital Spy and revealing that Bird has already said that Frozone will definitely be involved. ›››

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