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Charlie Hunnam & Margot Robbie to Climb the 'Mountain Between Us'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:31
Charlie Hunnam / Margot Robbie

It seems everyone in Hollywood wants Charlie Hunnam and Margot Robbie for everything. Hunnam is following up Pacific Rim with roles in King Arthur and is wanted for the remake of Escape from New York while Robbie is riding her breakthrough role in The Wolf of Wall Street into the jungle with Tarzan, a co-starring role with Will Smith in Focus and a lead action role in Ghost in the Shell. Now the two hot stars will come together in The Mountain Between Us, an adaptation of Charles Martin's book of the same name name set up at Fox 2000 & Chernin Entertainment, fresh off Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this year. ›››

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'Mama' Director Andrés Muschietti Boarding 'Shadow of the Colossus'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:02
Shadow of the Colossus

Once slated to be at the helm of Universal's reboot of The Mummy, the studio's Mama director Andrés Muschietti will enter the realm of fantasy at Sony Pictures instead. Deadline has word that Muschietti will be at the helm of the video game adaptation Shadow of the Colossus, a project that has been in the works since 2009. Back in 2012, Chronicle director Josh Trank was brought on board the project, but it looks like he's fallen away. Muschietti will also oversee a new script from Seth Lochhead, who wrote the action thriller Hanna (a revisionist fairytale of sorts), and we're glad the director ended up with this film. ›››

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Shia LaBeouf & Dito Montiel Reunite for Post-Apocalyptic 'Man Down'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:39
Shia LaBeouf

Perhaps the only good film that director Dito Montiel has delivered was his 2006 directorial debut A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. And now maybe he can get back to making good movies as a press release from The Solution Entertainment Group has revealed that Montiel will reteam with recently troubled actor Shia LaBeouf, one of the stars of the aforementioned film (who isn't supposed to be famous anymore), for a new thriller called Man Down. The film follows a haunted Afghanistan war veteran who attempts to come to terms with his past while searching for his family out in a post-apocalyptic America. ›››

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'Tron Legacy' Helmer Directed This Live-Action 'Destiny' Commercial

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:11
Destiny

After making a sleek but somewhat narratively clunky directorial debut with Tron Legacy, director Joseph Kosinski followed it up with Oblivion, a superior film that shows he has vision, but maybe not a lot of originality in the storytelling department. Well, now Kosinski has gotten back behind the camera to direct an awesome live-action commercial for the forthcoming next generation video game Destiny. Complete with the help of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," this is a pretty badass commercial for the video game, with flares of Oblivion and the Halo game franchise (the game has the same creators) in its visuals. Watch! ›››

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Jennifer Lawrence Turns on the Capitol in 'Mockingjay' Teaser Poster

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:11
 Mockingjay - Part I

Following a batch of posters showing off the resistance in District 13 and another batch highlighting the rebel warriors of the revolution against The Capitol, it's finally time for our Mockingjay leader to take the spotlight. Jennifer Lawrence gets her own poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, but her face is nowhere to be seen. Taking a cue from what little footage of Katniss we see in the teaser trailer, the tagline simply uses her proclamation of loyalty to fight with the rebels when she arrives in the lost District. This could be seen as a statement of the former tribute turning her back on The Capitol completely, or she could just be facing her followers. Either way, it's another cool poster to hype the fall release. Look! ›››

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'Shazam' Not Like Other DC Comics Movies, No Ties to 'Justice League'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:43
Shazam

Just yesterday, Dwayne Johnson finally made the choice to play the villainous anti-hero Black Adam in the DC Comics adaptation Shazam. And while fans have been excited to see how this character will tie into Justice League and everything else that's coming after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, they might end up being slightly disappointed. You see, Shazam will be a New Line Cinema production, and while they call Warner Bros. their home, their head honcho Toby Emmerich has revealed that it won't be in line with what Zack Snyder and the studio are doing with the other DC Comics properties coming soon. Read on! ›››

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Neil Gaiman's 'Hansel & Gretel' Graphic Novel Heading to Theaters

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:06
Hansel & Gretel

There always seems to be an adaptation of one of Neil Gaiman's works in development. Right now there's an adaptation of How to Talk to Girls at Parties and also The Graveyard Book happening, not to mention the realization of a Sandman movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Now we can add one more to the list as Variety reports the author's forthcoming Hansel and Gretel graphic novel (arriving in October), based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the same name, has been picked up by The Hundred-Foot Journey producer Juliet Blake for a live-action adaptation. It has to be better than Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, right? ›››

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Watch: Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods & Kings' Epic Gets First Featurette

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:38
 Gods & Kings

After director Ridley Scott didn't really say anything to address the complaints of a whitewashed cast for the Egyptian epic Exodus: Gods & Kings, a new featurette has come along with the filmmaker explaining why he wanted to make the film. If the first trailer wasn't enough to show off the large scope and epic nature of the film, then this featurette will get the job done. But that's mostly because everyone says "epic" about a dozen times in this short preview of the forthcoming winter release. It should make for quite the box office battle since The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters around the same time. Watch below! ›››

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Check Out Stan Lee's Alternate Cameo in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:25
Stan Lee

Yesterday, there were some reports going around about an alternate cameo that Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee would have had in Guardians of the Galaxy instead of what ended up on the big screen. Rather than being called an old pervert by Rocket Raccoon, the comic creator was almost part of The Collector's expansive collection of aliens, creatures and other goodies. When our heroes arrive in The Collector's lair, they would have encountered Lee in one of the containers, not unlike the Dark Elf or Chitauri soldier we can see in the background (or the end credits cameo), and he would have flipped off Groot. So what happened? ›››

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'Starring Adam West' Doc Trailer Looks at the Life of an Old Superhero

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:03
Starring Adam West

Just as Alejandro González Iñárritu's peculiar drama Birdman hits festivals, featuring Michael Keaton as a washed up former star of superhero films, another former man of the cape is getting a documentary. Adam West was the first on-screen iteration of Batman to become a pop culture phenomenon, and he rode that wave to worldwide fame, even if it's become more of a joke than anything now. But the Starring Adam West takes a deeper look at the man's struggle as a typecast actor, doing his best with the fame that both crippled and then revived his career as he has embraced the good and the bad of his superhero past, usually with great humor. And now we have a trailer looking at the documentary on the veteran actor. Watch now! ›››

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Margot Robbie in Talks to Lead Live-Action 'Ghost in the Shell' Movie

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:07
Ghost in the Shell / Margot Robbie

Early this year, we learned that Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders would be at the helm of a live-action adaptation of the iconic Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell. There's already been anime films, a TV series, video games and more overseas, so of course an American film must now be made. Now The Wrap has learned that The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie is in early talks to take the lead role of a female member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Robbie seems to be poised to become a female action star. ›››

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Watch: James Cooper's 'Interview With a Time Traveler' Sci-Fi Short

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 08:00
Interview With a Time Traveler

"Why must everything that is broken be fixed?" This might just be a must watch, but I don't want to get too excited. While we often feature sci-fi short films that have extravagant CG visuals, this one is all about the dialogue. Titled simply Interview With a Time Traveler, from director James Cooper, it is exactly that — an interview with a time traveler, and it's very mysterious and compelling. With all the discussion and build up in this, it has to have a good pay off at the end, and it does have a good one. I like how much they achieve and how captivating this is for something so simple - an interview. Check out the short in full below. ›››

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Interview: Director David Mackenzie on Brutal Reality of 'Starred Up'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 19:53
Director David Mackenzie - Starred Up

"You need to experience the dynamite... to know that the dynamite can go off." Just last week we featured Starred Up as our latest Monthly Must See, an intense, brutal but incredible prison movie from English director David Mackenzie starring Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn. You may not recognize the name at first, but you should certainly recognize his films - David Mackenzie's filmography includes Young Adam, Asylum, Hallam Foe (or Mister Foe in the US), Spread with Ashton Kutcher, the sci-fi Perfect Sense and the music film Tonight You're Mine, all before he went on to make Starred Up. Last week I sat down for a chat with David on the realism of the film and finding actor Jack O'Connell, who plays inmate Eric Love. ›››

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Timothy Spall Takes the Lead in Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' Biopic Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:50
Mr. Turner

Those lucky enough to attend Telluride last weekend, TIFF this month or NYFF shortly thereafter will all get a chance to see the period biopic Mr. Turner starring Timothy Spall (The King's Speech, the Harry Potter franchise). Directed by Mike Leigh (Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake), the film looks at the life of British painter J.M.W. Turner, who lived from 1775-1851. But the film focuses on the last 25 years of his life through plenty of ups and downs from family illness to romance. From this trailer, Spall seems to deliver an award worthy performance, and there's plenty of beauty in the cinematography and production design too. ›››

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See Mondo's 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' & 'Bogus Journey' Prints

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:28
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

We're still waiting for the seemingly far off possibility of another sequel to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot was attached to the project back in 2012), but that doesn't mean we can't still pay tribute to the films that already exist. DKNG has done just that with a pair of new Mondo posters, one for each film, and you'd be hard pressed to find a cooler, prettier collection of pastel colors. Each chronicles plenty of the time and space traveling wackiness and would make the perfect addition to anyone's wall who calls themselves a big fan of Wyld Stallyns. Look! ›››

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Al Pacino & Greta Gerwig in Barry Levinson's The Humbling' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:17
The Humbling

While iconic actor Al Pacino and director Barry Levinson have found success previously with You Don't Know Jack, they also faltered with What Just Happened?. Now it looks like the two have another winner on their hands with The Humbling, the story of a legendary stage actor on the verge of madness who has an affair with a lesbian woman (Greta Gerwig of Frances Ha) half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. This looks quirky and charming, and almost feels like a Woody Allen film. And you can't go wrong with a rare on-screen appearance by Charles Grodin as Pacino's agent. Count me in. Watch below! ›››

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Johnny Knoxville, Not Seann Wiliam Scott, in Jackie Chan's 'Skiptrace'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 15:52
Johnny Knoxville

Earlier this summer, Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin was attached to direct Skiptrace, a new comedic action thriller in the same vein as Midnight Run. Last fall, Jackie Chan and Seann William Scott were slated to lead the film about Hong Kong detective (Chan) who teams up with a mouthy American gambler to save his niece (Fan Bingbing) and take down the city’s most notorious criminal. Now Deadline reports Scott won't be in the film, but his Dukes of Hazzard co-star Johnny Knoxville has stepped up to take the role of the gambler, making sure the action thriller still feels like it's from the late 90s or early 2000s. More below! ›››

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Watch: Featurette for David Ayer's 'Fury' Focuses on Five-Man Crew

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 15:26
Fury

If the theatrical trailer for David Ayer's World War II drama Fury, which has flares of Saving Private Ryan, didn't convince you to see the film, then maybe the first featurette will do the trick. The film follows Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal as the crew of a tank called Fury on a mission where the odds are overwhelmingly not in their favor. This featurette dives into the position each member of the crew has inside the tank, giving us just a hint of what their character has to offer in the film. It also explains how Lerman comes to end up inside Fury for this mission. Watch below! ›››

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Jessica Chastain & Kristen Wiig Both Circling Roles in 'The Martian'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 14:56
Jessica Chastain / Kristen Wiig

Now that it's been confirmed that The Martian is director Ridley Scott's next project, it's time for the rest of the cast to be filled out. The story mostly follows a singular lead, an astronaut (Matt Damon) who finds himself stranded on Mars, struggling to survive long enough in order to make it back to Earth, but there are still some supporting roles. Deadline reports Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) are circling two primary female roles, though considering the subject matter, it's likely that they're not meaty lead roles unless the film has changed some elements. ›››

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George Clooney to Direct Drama About British Phone Hacking Scandal

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 14:26
George Clooney

Right now George Clooney has his hands in a lot of projects at the moment. He's slated to star in Hail Caesar for Joel & Ethan Coen, is producing Our Brand is Crisis starring his Gravity co-star Sandra Bullock, and is also developing a Norwegian thriller called Pioneer. Now Variety has word that he's figured out his next directing gig with Hack Attack at Sony Pictures. The drama will focus on the recent phone hacking scandal in the United Kingdom involving Rupert Murdoch's news empire and their habit of hacking into the voicemails of elected officials, celebrities, average British citizens and even terror attack victims. Read on! ›››

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