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Review: Luc Besson's 'Lucy' Wastes Big Ideas on Blockbuster Action

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:17
Lucy

Whether suiting up as Black Widow or luring oafish, young men to their otherworldly demise in Under the Skin, or wrangling Joaquin Phoenix with her voice alone in Her, Scarlett Johansson appears to be the ideal choice to play the next-level woman, a female character made supernatural with all the powers she beholds. So thank goodness writer/director Luc Besson has her front and center in Lucy, his latest sci-fi, evolutionary actioner that promises to blow your mind as well as your entertainment meter. Without Johansson, the film would slip by as pretty thin on both excitement and existentialism. Thankfully, Lucy doesn't fail in either department, but the frustration that the whole, messy ordeal leaves behind is far too noticable. Not quite as noticable as someone as stunning and talented as Johansson, but it's there. Read on! ›››

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'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' Red Band Trailer is Just Like 'Terminator'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:26
Hot Tub Time Machine 2

"Why mess with a winning formula?" Paramount Pictures surprised everyone with the first footage of their comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which arrives just in time for everyone to catch the family friendly comedy at Christmas. But seriously, don't watch this with your family, and don't watch the first red band trailer with them either. We get to see what Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke are up to now that they have knowledge of the future, and the murder of Corddry's internet mogul character sets them off on another time traveling adventure to the future, the past and much more. Looks like a lot of fun with a feel that is almost like a raunchy version of It's a Wonderful Life for the holiday season. Watch now! ›››

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Comic-Con 2014: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Fling Pizzas Around

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:13
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Wise man say: "Forgiveness is divine, but never pay pull price for late pizza." Truer words were never spoken, and thankfully, the pizza arrived right on time at Comic-Con in San Diego with Paramount Pictures making a big push for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Today the Comic-Con Interactive Zone set up our heroes pizza box couch with the film's trailer conveniently playing on a flatscreen. Thankfully, there weren't only empty pizza boxes as Pizza Hut handed out slices in a box designed by illustrator and designer Scott Derby. But the real action came from the turtles' signature pizza thrower, a big pie-flinging tank. Look! ›››

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Comic-Con 2014: See the Vehicles from 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:49
 A Dame to Kill For Vehicles

"That there is a dame to kill for." If there is a movie perfect for Comic-Con it's Sin City, adapted from Frank Miller's beloved graphic novel by genre mastermind Robert Rodriguez. Among the many promotions at Comic-Con 2014 is the "Sin City Experience" connected to the upcoming sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which finally hits theaters this August after being delayed for years. The experience features a background skyline display, DJ booth, giveaways but most importantly - a selection of six classic cars from the movie. We stopped by early on to snap a few photos of the sleek vintage vehicles parked in San Diego. ›››

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What!? Director Zack Snyder Reveals Henry Cavill as a Jedi Superman

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 13:13

Right now production is underway on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and while we've only seen photos of Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, the latest photo to come from the set is mindblowing. That's mostly because we're not sure why it exists. Director Zack Snyder took to Twitter with a photo featuring Cavill as Superman, but he was also wearing a cloak and wielding a red lightsaber. All he included with the photo was the hashtag #SuperJedi, which seems a little weird since the photo looks pretty dark, and we've never seen a Jedi with a red lightsaber, but there you have it. Look below now! ›››

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Must Watch: Trailer for 'Whiplash' - Sundance Audience Award Winner

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:54
Whiplash Trailer

"I want to be one of the greats." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the first trailer for Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, the biggest breakout hit of Sundance 2014 - it won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury prize. The film stars Miles Teller as an up-and-coming jazz drummer studying under the stern, hard-ass tutelage of Terence Fletcher, played by J.K. Simmons. It's an intense, riveting, exciting film that is all about overcoming the struggles of success and persisting against failure in pursuit of passion. I really love this film, and wrote in my review "It's invigorating, it's exciting and amusing to watch, it will challenge some to think about their own lives in a new way, and it will put Chazelle on the map as a filmmaker to believe in." ›››

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Captain America & Black Widow Get 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Posters

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:38
 Age of Ultron

Following yesterday's debut of two concept art posters from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, two more posters have debuted today, and it seems like there's going to be a whole batch of posters that will connect to show off a huge battle between Earth's mightiest heroes. Yesterday's posters showed off Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and newcomer Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) but today we get Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Captain America (Chris Evans), all fighting a ton of Ultron's robots. And if you look at the Black Widow poster, you'll see part of Thor's hammer to the left and Hulk's big arm to the right. Look! ›››

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Comic-Con 2014: Ben Affleck's New Batman Cape & Cowl on Display

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:47
Zack Snyder's Batman

"He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector." Taking place this week is Comic-Con 2014, but it's also the 75th Anniversary of Batman, the comic book superhero created by Bob Kane. In honor of the anniversary, DC's booth is filled with Batman everything, including costumes, capes and masks from every single Batman movie (photos in our showfloor gallery). While many fans are scrambling for a look at the older costumes, few seem to realize the new "Batfleck" costume is there, too. They're showing off Ben Affleck's Batman cape & cowl from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (seen before) at the Con and we have photos. ›››

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Watch: Erotic Romance Adaptation 'Fifty Shades of Grey' First Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:44
Fifty Shades of Grey

The time has come for all the women to go wild as the first trailer for the adaptation of the best-selling erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey has arrived. Based on E.L. James' book of the same name, a provocative love story unfolds as a college graduate named Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) develops a unique romance with the dominant, young entrepreneur Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). This looks to be pretty much what we expected, but probably won't end up satisfying the salacious sexual appetites of the readers who've built up this sexy story in their head for a few years now. But you never know. Watch below! ›››

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Mondo Unveils a Poster for New 'Heavy Metal' Movie in the Works

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:20
Heavy Metal

"This is an opportunity to connect with the fans and listen to what they want to see as well as presenting them with our vision." For years we've been hearing about projects and adaptations inspired by Heavy Metal, the badass sci-fi/fantasy magazine, but none of have ever come to fruition. Many fans may recall the classic 1981 Heavy Metal animated movie, but there hasn't been an updated take yet. However, according to a report by Variety, Heavy Metal is "looking to make a significant splash at this year's Comic-Con" and that includes revealing art from Mondo that is the first teaser poster for "the reboot of the Heavy Metal movie". ›››

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Marvel Releases Two 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Concept Art Posters

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:46
 Age of Ultron

There's been a plethora of hype for The Avengers: Age of Ultron over the past week, but that's because we're about to see the first bit of footage from the sequel here at Comic-Con in San Diego. The movie won't arrive until next summer, but Marvel loves to hype up their future releases (as we've seen since they're staking out dates way ahead of time). But this is all good news for fans, because it means they can get their hands on some cool commemorative stuff like two concept art posters that were handed out at the convention today at Marvel's booth. These two feature Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) battling Ultron's army, and we think more are probably on the way this week. Look! ›››

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Comic-Con 2014: Our First Look at Preview Night Showfloor Photos

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:13
Comic-Con

It is my tradition to kick off Comic-Con by walking the showfloor on preview night and taking photos of anything movie-related that interests me. This year the showfloor is overrun with Batman galore, because today is "Batman Day" celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the DC Comics superhero. There were also some new discoveries including Smaug at Weta and Hunger Games guards. I made my way through the crowds and snapped as many shots as I could before getting out, but there will certainly be more to come at the end (as I always head back again). For now, take a look at our preview night gallery with lots of toys and props. ›››

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Comic-Con 2014: 'Crimson Peak' Gallery & 'Pacific Rim' Oculus Rift

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:08
Crimson Peak

To kick off Comic-Con 2014, Legendary Pictures sent us an exclusive invite to be the first inside their booth (#3920) on the convention floor where attendees can partake in the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery. We were lucky enough to get a personal tour from Guillermo del Toro, introducing us to some cool artifacts from the film inside an almost claustrophobic replica of the haunted house that will be featured in the horror flick slated for release in 2015. The gallery takes you behind the curtain, literally, and duplicates the organic feel of the house, as it sounds like a living, breathing thing, complete with goodies. ›››

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Time to Get Small: Marvel Reveals First 'Ant-Man' Comic-Con Poster

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:13
Ant-Man

Hey Hank! With Comic-Con 2014 kicking off today, we're going a bit crazy with Marvel Studios buzz, between new release dates, hype about Saturday's panel, buzz about the Guardians of the Galaxy release and so much more. The latest debut is this poster - a comic book art poster for Marvel's Ant-Man, which is now being directed by Peyton Reed, but will still star Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, with Evangeline Lilly in the mix, too. We expect to hear (and hopefully see) a lot more about this comic book movie in the next few days as Comic-Con swings its doors open. For now, feast your eyes on this art and tell us if you are excited. ›››

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Marvel Takes Old 2018 'Amazing Spider-Man 4' Date for Mystery Title

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:51
Marvel Studios

Briefly: Following this morning's news that Sony Pictures would release Sinister Six in November of 2016, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 sometime in 2018, the folks at Marvel decided to take advantage of the opportunity to snag the May 4th, 2018 release date vacated by The Amazing Spider-Man 4. That would be a perfect release date for The Avengers 3 since it would be three years after The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. After all, we talked about how there wasn't really a usual May release good for the sequel, amongst the slew of new release dates the comic book studio announced, until 2019. But if the May 2018 spot goes to The Avengers 3, then what's coming in 2019? At this point, we don't even know. Stay tuned. ›››

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First Promo Banner for Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' from Comic-Con

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:30
Neill Blomkamp's Chappie

"He also happens to be a robot." Meet Chappie, a boy kidnapped by criminals who becomes an adopted son of a "strange and dysfunctional family". The first promo banner for Neill Blomkamp's third film, Chappie, has been found inside of the halls of Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego. The Con has been launching grounds for Blomkamp's last two sci-fi creations, Elysium and District 9, and while Sony doesn't have his latest film listed on any panels yet, it will be getting a reveal here as indicated by this banner. It's a very wide promo banner positioned right above the entrance doors, showing the robot drawing child-like sketches on a wall. Sharlto Copley stars as Chappie, joined by Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel. Photos below. ›››

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Watch: Jake Paltrow's 'Young Ones' US Teaser Trailer is a Visual Feast

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:02
Young Ones

Some brief international teaser trailers just surfaced for the intriguing sci-fi flick Young Ones, which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and now a short teaser trailer for the film's release in the United States has arrived, showcasing more of the cool desert landscape that director Jake Paltrow has created. The film has flares of Steven Spielberg with hints of Mad Max, and a sweeping, grand score, complete with a truly incredible cast that features Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Nicholas Hoult. This is what indie sci-fi strives to be, and it's very cool. Watch below! ›››

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First Teaser Poster for 'Mad Max: Fury Road', Finally Coming in 2015

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:12
 Fury Road

What a lovely day, indeed! Down here in San Diego, where Comic-Con kicks off tonight, it is a very lovely blue sky day. Warner Bros is unleashing artwork for the three big movies they're promoting here at the Con. Earlier we ran the first poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, now we have the teaser poster for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. This movie has been delayed for so many years, with filming taking place down in Australia back in 2012. Tom Hardy stars in this along with Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult and Zoë Kravitz. This is just a teaser poster, and we expect a trailer this week too, so it's nothing epic but does look cool. Check out this first look and hold out for more. ›››

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'Mockingjay' Debuts a Comic-Con Exclusive Poster by WK Interact

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:00
 Mockingjay - Part I

There's no doubt that Comic-Con is the place to be for fans excited about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I with the trailer premiering here in San Diego this weekend before hitting Samsung tablets exclusively. And now there's one more goodie in store to spark the revolution as WK Interact was commissioned by Lionsgate to create this Comic-Con exclusive poster. It's got a guerrilla revolution graffiti style to it, almost like it's a poster for a rock band or something like that. But of course the symbol of the Mockingjay is easily spotted. Check out yesterday's living statue portraits, and stay tuned for more! Look! ›››

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Watch: New Beverly Cinema Doc 'Out of Print' Trailer About 35mm

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:58
Out of Print Doc Trailer

"The New Beverly crowds are genuine, they're there just to love cinema." How do we save 35mm film? By cherishing it, archiving it, and reminding the world of its existence with screenings and events that herald the soon-to-be-long-lost-format. One of the latest documentaries about this technological evolution is titled Out of Print, a film two years in the making from New Beverly's Julia Marchese. The doc focuses on the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles and the many people who make it their home. She has interviews with people like Edgar Wright, Patton Oswalt, Rian Johnson, Joe Carnahan, Kevin Smith, Joe Dante and so many others. The first trailer is out and it's all about a love for cinema, its many joys, and repertory theaters. ›››

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