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'The Raid' Remake Delayed, But Shortlist of the Cast Has Surfaced

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 09:43
The Raid

Earlier this year, The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes was tapped to direct Screen Gems' gestating remake of Gareth Evans' action masterpiece The Raid. The project was slated to start shooting this fall, but Variety has word that production has been pushed back and pre-production has been halted. No reason has been given, but the plan is now for the film to shoot early in 2015 instead. It's important to note that the film hadn't been given a greenlight yet, so this isn't entirely surprising, but it was close to getting off the ground as producers began figuring out who they wanted to star in the film. So who was on their shortlist? ›››

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For Some Odd Reason 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Will Get a Sequel

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 19:40
My Big Fat Greek Wedding

About 12 years after My Big Fat Greek Wedding became one of the biggest independent films to reign at the box office, Gold Circle and HBO feel the time is right for a sequel. Nia Vardalos who wrote and starred in the original film is back in the same capacity for the sequel that will also see John Corbett returning as her groom. And of course, everyone who brought the lively and extremely Greek Portokalos family to life will be back as well. But where will the story go? We've already had the wedding, and there was a TV series that attempted to cash in on the film's success and lasted only 7 episodes, so why does the story need more? ›››

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'Amour' Director Michael Haneke Planning a 'Flashmob' for Summer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 19:17
Flashmob

After taking home the Palme d'Or and landing an Oscar nomination for his film Amour, director Michael Haneke is heading into some seemingly strange territory for his next project. The film is called Flashmob, and even anyone with fleeting use of the internet has come across this viral phenomenon of large groups of people planning public displays of dancing, cosplaying and more. Film Comment has the latest on the project which is supposed to begin production this summer with a story that Haneke says will explore "the fragile relationship between media and reality." The titular flashmob will bring various characters together. ›››

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Cannes 2014: Photos That Inspire in Wim Wenders' 'Salt of the Earth'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 18:24
The Salt of the Earth

We live on a remarkably beautiful planet, filled with diverse man-made and natural creations, spanning all corners of the world. From lush rain forests to massive deserts to extraordinary mountain ranges to epic landscapes of every kind. In the documentary The Salt of the Earth, filmmaker Wim Wenders connects with legendary photographer Sebastião Salgado, and explores the world with him by telling the story of his life, growing up in Brazil, eventually photographing the atrocities of humanity as well as the remarkable splendor of this world. Take a deep breath, sit back, and let this man's incredible images and story wow you. ›››

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Johnny Depp to Become the Secret Spy Version of Magician 'Houdini'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 17:39
Harry Houdini / Johnny Depp

After directors like Gary Ross and Joe Wright flirted with bringing famed musician Harry Houdini to the big screen with an adaptation of The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, last summer we learned that RED 2 and Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot would be at the helm of the film for Lionsgate and Summit. Now we might have a star for the film as THR has learned that Johnny Depp is currently in talks to take the role which doesn't just focus on Harry Houdini, the legendary master illusionist, and his career as a magician, but also dives into the secret life of the renaissance man. ›››

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Tom Cruise Explores the 'Edge of Tomorrow' in 13-Minute Featurette

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 16:18
Edge of Tomorrow

With just under two weeks until Tom Cruise gets back in action with the sci-fi blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow, it looks like Warner Bros. is sending up a bit of a hail mary for those who haven't entire picked up on the story from the previous trailers. The easiest way to describe the film is Groundhog Day or Source Code with an alien invasion. But a new 13-minute featurette led by Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt dives even deeper into the characters, the aliens, the plot, the action and just might show too much from the film and the co-stars kicking some ass and dying over and over. But the buzz has been good, so we're on board. ›››

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Ape Army Arrives in New 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' TV Spot

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 16:04
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Just last week, we highlighted a video showing the mind-blowing comparison between the completed visual effects in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with the original motion capture footage shot with Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell and some of the other ape actors. Now a new TV spots shows off more of the finished film with some new footage from the rise of the simians that the title implies as humans (Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and more) and apes prepare for a war that they both hoped to prevent while trying to survive in the ruins of San Francisco. We absolutely can't wait to see this. Watch! ›››

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Michael Giacchino to Compose Score for Pixar's Heady 'Inside Out'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 15:24
Michael Giacchino

Sadly, we're not going to get a feature film from Pixar Animation this year. The Good Dinosaur was meant for release this year, but was pushed back to 2015, resulting in a delay of the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory to 2016. But still slated for 2015 is the original story Inside Out, with Up director Pete Docter at the helm. We got a first look at the characters from the film last year, and now we have word from Pixar Post (via The Film Stage) that Michael Giacchino, who composed the score for Up and was just hired for Jurassic World, will do the same to help bring these characters inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl to life. ›››

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Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' Shooting in November Now?

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 14:32
Quentin Tarantino

Well, that was fast. Following a live-read at LACMA in April, it turns out writer and director Quentin Tarantino is putting his latest western The Hateful Eight in front of cameras this year after all. There were rumblings from the event that Tarantino was planning on shooting this winter, even after the script leaked and he threatened to shelve the project for five years, but Showbiz 411 has learned that he's rewriting the script (as he said he would) and is hoping to begin production in November with the same cast from the live-reading including Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell and others. ›››

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Roman Polanski's Sexy 'Venus in Fur' Gets a Sultry New UK Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 14:03
Venus in Fur

Following a trailer for the release of Roman Polanski's latest film in the United States, a new trailer for Venus in Fur has arrived as the film hits theaters in the United Kingdom this coming weekend. The trailer shows off a bit more of the erotic audition that takes some strange turns as a play's writer and director (Mathieu Almaric) finds a woman (Emmanuelle Seigner) who seems to be a perfect fit for the role he's trying to fill. This gets more than a little saucy when the sexual escapades end up with Almaric getting tied up. This is undoubtedly an odd little film, but at the very least, it's got some flair. Watch the trailer below! ›››

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After 'Ant-Man' Departure, Edgar Wright May Move to 'Night Stalker'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:52
Edgar Wright / Night Stalker

Following news that director Edgar Wright is no longer at the helm of Marvel's comic book adaptation Ant-Man, that means the filmmaker is free to move on to a new project. And it just so happens that over two years ago, Wright was attached to direct an adaptation of The Night Stalker, the ABC made-for-TV film (and eventual series) that followed the late Darren McGavin as tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak who, in the 1972 TV movie, hunted a killer who was draining blood of girls on the Las Vegas strip. Now Deadline reports Wright is circling back to the project set up at Disney that previously had Johnny Depp attached to lead. ›››

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Director's Cut of 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II' to Premiere at TIFF

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:41
 Volume II

Earlier this year, both volumes of Nymphomaniac hit theaters and VOD, and director Lars von Trier is already putting together an action movie and a horror film for his future slate. But for anyone who thinks they've seen all that von Trier's sexually charged drama has to offer, think again. Montages (via The Playlist) has word that a director's cut of Nymphomaniac: Volume II will get a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall. That news comes pretty far out since the festival isn't until September, making this the first film already set for the fest. This new cut reportedly runs an hour longer. ›››

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Karen Gillan & Taissa Farmiga Join Ti West's 'In a Valley of Violence'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:02
Karen Gillan

With a great turn in this spring's horror Oculus and a forthcoming villain role in Guardians of the Galaxy, it's a pretty good year for Karen Gillan. Deadline reports the Scottish actress is getting back together with Blumhouse Productions for a new project, however, even though House of the Devil and The Innkeepers director Ti West is behind the film, it's not a horror flick. In a Valley of Violence is a revenge western with Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in the lead, and now Gillan is joining the project along with "American Horror Story" lead Taissa Farmiga, and the two actresses will be playing sisters in the film. More below! ›››

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Alfonso Cuarón Not Directing 'Harry Potter' Spin-Off 'Fantastic Beasts'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 09:58
Alfonso Cuarón

Just over a week ago, news surfaced that Warner Bros. had an offer out to Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón to return to the world of Harry Potter by directing the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, it seemed unlikely that he would take the job when reports also pegged the director as having an offer to direct the same studio's developing project The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining, showing that the studio was eager to get the filmmaker on one of their big, promising films. Cuarón recently spoke with Spanish outlet EFE (via Digital Spy) and denied his involvement for a specific reason. ›››

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Drafthouse Films Buys 'La French' Starring Jean Dujardin at Cannes

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 09:41
La French

The Cannes Film Festival is officially over, and while plenty of films that played the overseas cinema showcase have landed distribution, one film that got picked up didn't actually screen at the festival. In fact, Cedric Jimenez's period crime thriller La French, starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin, only screened a reel with eight minutes of footage, and that was enough to spark a bidding war with Drafthouse Films coming out on top with distribution in multiple territories. This comes as Drafthouse Films pick-up of Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo from Cannes in 2013 heads to theaters this summer. So what's this movie? ›››

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Watch: A Cool 10-Minute Tribute to the Films of Steven Spielberg

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 05/26/2014 - 15:38
Steven Spielberg

On this Memorial Day, let's take a look at the filmography of a director who has paid fitting tribute to those who have lost their lives fighting for our country in films like Saving Private Ryan and miniseries like "Band of Brothers" and 'The Pacific" on HBO. Steven Spielberg might very well be the most recognizable and well-known director in modern cinema, and his name acts as a seal of approval for the films and TV series that he produces as well. Now a tribute video has been put together in honor of Spielberg by editing a 10-minute montage using clips from all the films Spielberg has directed. Watch it! ›››

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Cannes 2014: My Top Films of the Festival - 'Mommy' & 'Foxcatcher'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 05/26/2014 - 14:47
Cannes 2014 - Foxcatcher

What are the best films of the festival? Which ones should you be taking an interest in? What should you see? After 12 days at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, after 25 films, it's time to present my 2014 list of my Top 5 Favorite Films. Every year I go back to Cannes, it's genuinely exciting to find out what there is to discover, to wake up every day knowing you may see something breathtaking, or terrible, or hilarious, or moving, or something that will change us forever. This year I was introduced to a few new filmmakers, saw the latest film from many old ones, and caught a glimpse of the future of cinema. Now it's time to introduce everyone else to Xavier Dolan, Ruben Ostlund and the Dardenne Brothers. Let's get right into this list now. ›››

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Joss Whedon & James Gunn Support Ex-Marvel Director Edgar Wright

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 05/26/2014 - 11:38
Joss Whedon / James Gunn

We're still reeling over last week's news that director Edgar Wright had departed the production of Marvel's comic book adaptation Ant-Man. After working on the film for eight years, word on the street is that a recent rewrite ordered by Marvel's higher-ups didn't sit well with Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish, so they decided to leave the project rather than compromise their vision. Now some familiar names from behind the camera of Marvel's films have shown support. The Avengers helmer Joss Whedon paid tribute with a single image, and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn had a more practical perspective. ›››

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' May Have More Original Cast Members After All

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 05/26/2014 - 11:11
X-Men

Considering the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's been assumed that the sequel X-Men: Apocalypse would follow the X-Men: First Class cast, now with the addition of Wolverine. Writer Simon Kinberg confirmed as much when he told HitFix earlier this year, "[Apocalypse] really follows the ‘First Class’ cast. Meaning it is a sequel that will feature McAvoy, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nic Hoult and that cast." However, when speaking more recently to The Daily Beast, Kinberg said, “It will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too." So what's the deal?
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First US Trailer for Ari Folman's 'The Congress' with Robin Wright

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 05/26/2014 - 10:28
The Congress

It's been over a year since the trippy, partially animated film The Congress, loosely based on Stanislaw Lem’s dark, sci-fi comedy The Futurological Congress, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. Around a month after its debut overseas, Drafthouse Films and Films We Like picked it up for release, and now the first US trailer for the film starring Robin Wright and featuring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harvey Keitel and Paul Giamatti has arrived. This looks like a truly unique and interesting sci-fi film worth seeking out. There's gorgeous cinematography, some pretty surreal animation, and a meta storyline following Wright as a version of herself who has sold Hollywood the digital rights to her younger self in order to save her son. ›››

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