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'2 Guns' Director Plans Viking Drama 'Vikingr' at Universal Pictures

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:34
Vikings

Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur has already made his way to the United States with 2 Guns and Contraband, and now he's bringing some of the history of his homeland over here for his next project. THR reports Universal Pictures has hired Kormákur to direct Vikingr, an action drama that he also co-wrote with Ólafur Egill Egilsson. Vikings are a mostly untapped resource on the big screen, though The History Channel has fared well with their TV series focusing on the native Icelandic people. While there aren't any specifics on the story, the film is said to focus on the early days of Viking life, derived from classic tales. ›››

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'Gremlins' Director Does Romeo & Juliet with Vampires & Werewolves

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:09
Joe Dante

In recent years, director Joe Dante has really managed to produce films of the same quality as his greats like Gremlins, The 'Burbs, The Howling and more. He's been busy with episodes of TV shows like the new "Hawaii Five-0" and "Witches of East End" lately, not to mention directing Burying the Ex for this year, but now he's poised to get back into genre films again. THR has word that Dante is bringing a project called Ombra Amore to the New Cinema Network co-production market at The Rome Film Festival as part of a special section called "Great Beauties" that promote Italy as a production partner. So what's the film about? ›››

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Bryan Cranston Becomes 'The Infiltrator' for 'Lincoln Lawyer' Director

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:42
The Infiltrator / Bryan Cranston

Denzel Washington may be The Equalizer, but now Bryan Cranston is becoming The Infiltrator. The film is the first of seven project that the production banner Good Films has in the works and Variety reports Cranston is attached to star in the film that will be directed by The Lincoln Lawyer and Runner Runner helmer Brad Furman. The film is based on Robert Mazur’s autobiography of the same name, recounting the author's time as a customs and excise agent who goes undercover as Bob Musella and infiltrates BCCI, the bankers behind the Pablo Escobar's infamous Medellín drug cartel. It's a wild and true story. Read on! ›››

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Robert Downey Jr. Pulls Back 'Iron Man 4,' Teases Other Marvel Stuff

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:57
Robert Downey Jr.

As we suspected, yesterday's revelation from Robert Downey Jr. that Marvel had plans for Iron Man 4 has had the reins pulled back. After appearing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" yesterday, Downey also went over to "The Late Show with David Letterman" on his publicity rounds to promote The Judge hitting theaters this weekend. Letterman also asked him about Iron Man 4, and it sounds like Marvel wanted him to clear things up as well. Downey went back to his old stance saying, "There's no plans for an Iron Man 4. There's no script for Iron Man 4, but they do have a plan and I think they're gonna announce it." Read on! ›››

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Steve Carell Heads into Thriller Territory with Director Gore Verbinski

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 21:17
Steve Carell

Later this year, we'll see Steve Carell get serious with Foxcatcher, a role that will likely land him at least an Oscar nomination when the time comes. And while he also has the dumb family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (arriving this week) too, it sounds like he won't be sticking in that territory all the time. Deadline reports Carell will star in an untitled paranoid thriller at New Regency with Pirates of Caribbean franchise director Gore Verbinski at the helm working from a script by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Pursuit of Happyness writer Steve Conrad. Sounds like a good team. ›››

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Watch: Justin Tagg's Mysterious, Clever Sci-Fi Short Film 'Mouse-X'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:44
Mouse-X Short Film

Who are you, if you're not the only you? This peculiar little short film is worth watching for the interesting twists and turns found within. Titled Mouse-X (which may hint at more of the plot than expected), written & directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Justin Tagg (@mouseXshortfilm), this "sci-fi mind trip" follows a man who wakes up in a room and has to figure out where he is and what's going on. He's trapped inside of one giant experiment involving a thousand clones of himself, so who is he if he's not the only one? It runs a bit long, but otherwise it's a well-made short that proves even old ideas can be rehashed and still be unique. ›››

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The Postal Service Documentary 'Everything Will Change' Gets a Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 16:41
Everything Will Change

Unfortunately for music fans, The Postal Service was just a shortlived group formed by Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and musical artist Dntel or Jimmy Tamborello. with vocal help from Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley. But at the very least, they delivered the spectacular album Give Up which never seems to get old. Well, 11 years after that album was released, the trio decided to get the band back together, but only for a 2013 tour. Thankfully, if you weren't able to attend, director Justin Mitchell has captured the tour in a documentary called Everything Will Change and a trailer for the film has arrived. Watch it! ›››

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Casey Affleck Goes Back to Boston to Lead Marathon Bombing Drama

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 16:12
Boston Marathon Bombing

Last year, just a few months after the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon, it was revealed that The Fighter writing duo Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy had been hired to adapt Boston Strong, a book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge about the city's reaction to the Patriot Day attacks and also the hunt for the two siblings wanted in connection with the bombings. And now the project seems poised to move forward as Variety reports Casey Affleck is now attached to both star in and produce the film. The project will be taken out to studios as a film over the next week after a proposed plan for a miniseries didn't work out. ›››

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Did Robert Downey Jr. Really Confirm Development of 'Iron Man 4'?

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:34
Iron Man

Just last month, Robert Downey Jr. confirmed that there were no plans for Iron Man 4. He was asked directly about whether or not another sequel was in development, and he flatly said, "There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man." However, if we're to believe a casual chat that Ellen DeGeneres had on her own talk show with Downey today, then that might not be the case anymore. The charming Ellen flat out asked Downey whether or not there would be an Iron Man 4, and he said, "I know there's going to be a bunch more Marvel movies. And they have big ideas of how to do it best, and we're in the middle of negotiation, blah, blah, blah..." And then she just went for the gold. Watch what happened! ›››

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Poster Posse Back with a New Site & Awesome 'Big Hero 6' Artwork

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:12
Big Hero 6

With pieces of art paying tribute to films like Interstellar, Guardians of the Galaxy and Godzilla, there's no doubt that Poster Posse has become a great collection of work paying tribute to some of the most talked about blockbusters in recent memory. Previously, Blurppy hosted the unveiling of their latest feature film projects, but now they have their own site, and they're kicking things off with another round of masterful artwork commemorating Disney and Marvels first animated feature film collaboration Big Hero 6, coming next month. And one of the below prints will be handed out at New York Comic-Con this week. Look below! ›››

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Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs Are 'Life Partners' in Indie Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 13:35
Life Partners

"I hate everyone but you." While the fall and winter are usually reserved for awards season contenders and big studio films looking for a holiday audience, there are still some festival indies trickling into theaters as well. One such film is Life Partners, a comedy starring Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl") and Gillian Jacobs ("Community") as best friends who find themselves facing a crossroads when love enters the picture in the form of Adam Brody. The first trailer has arrived, and it looks amusing with appearances by Abby Elliott and Gabourey Sidibe, plus Kate McKinnon is supposed to pop up at some point too. Watch? ›››

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Gandalf Looks Worried on New 'Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies' Poster

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 13:13
 The Battle of the Five Armies

After a new poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted yesterday with a grimy Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) wielding his trusty blade Sting, the character posters continue to be unveiled with fans being able to vote for which one they want to see next. This time, Gandalf (Ian McKellen) won the affection of the fans as his character poster was revealed today. The old wizard looks rather worried, and considering his predicament at the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we don't blame him. How will this final chapter wrap things up and lead into Lord of the Rings? We'll find out in December. Look! ›››

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First Look: Mark Wahlberg Bets in Awards Contender 'The Gambler'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:57
The Gambler

One of the films sneaking up on awards season this winter is The Gambler from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. It's a remake of the 1974 drama of the same name about a college professor (Mark Wahlberg) with an unhealthy gambling addiction that puts his girlfriend (Brie Larson) and mother (Jessica Lange) at risk. Believing Wahlberg as an inventor in Transformers: Age of Extinction was tough, but the actor shrunk down 60 pounds to look like a legitimate teacher, and we have a first look at the film. Just like our glimpse at American Sniper came out of nowhere, expect the first trailer very soon. Look! ›››

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Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Gets a Short New Trailer and Poster

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:37
Nightcrawler

People really need to start paying attention to Jake Gyllenhaal again. He turned in a fantastic performance in Prisoners and did a stellar job in the doppelganger thriller Enemy as well. Now his latest film is the praised thriller Nightcrawler, which received tons of rave reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival last month. The film looks like a seedy, stylish thriller, and it's arriving just in time for Halloween at the end of the month. Now a short new trailer (it's basically a TV spot) has surfaced from Regal Cinemas, and there's also a cool new poster for the flick as well. There might not be much great horror this season, but there's plenty of great new thrillers for audiences to enjoy this month. Watch below! ›››

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Read This: Director Richard Kelly Breaks Down Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:39
Richard Kelly / Gone Girl

"It all started with an Aerosmith video." As we head further into the awards season this year, we start to see the more challenging and thought-provoking films emerge. David Fincher's latest film Gone Girl, which just hit theaters this past weekend, is evoking some of the best writing about filmmaking, and about society, in a long time. It's starting a discussion that we've been afraid to have and yet the commentary so far has been invigorating. The latest must read discussion comes from fellow filmmaker Richard Kelly (of Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, The Box) who wrote a massive essay for Talkhouse Film analyizing Gone Girl and comparing it to Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's final film which is beloved by critics as well. ›››

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Antoine Fuqua to Direct 'The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:16
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace / Antoine Fuqua

In an underwhelming reunion, director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington currently have The Equalizer in theaters. While Washington puts in a great performances, it's just too much of a retread of what we've seen him do in Man on Fire to be truly captivating, though the climax is pretty damn good. So with that film in the past, Fuqua is figuring out what his next project will be. There's always something cooking for Fuqua, and now THR repots he's been lined up to direct an adaptation of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, the true story written by Jeff Hobbs about a young African-American man who left the crime-ridden streets of Newark to attend Yale. Sounds like a rather inspiring tale. More below! ›››

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Watch: 'Toy Story' & Woody Get Scary in 'Annabelle' Trailer Mash-Up

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:57
Toy Story

Right now, audiences can see James Wan's horror spin-off prequel Annabelle, which focuses on the story of the creepy doll glimpsed in The Conjuring. The film offers some decent scares, but it's mostly a formulaic story of demon possession and supernatural events that we've seen before. So MTV decided to freshen things up by taking some footage to Toy Story and mashing it up with the teaser trailer for Annabelle. The result is a very creepy and scary Woody that will never have you look at the cowboy the same way again. It seems like a little more could be done to add to this mash-up, but it's still fun nonetheless. Watch it below! ›››

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Spider-Man Rumored to Be Shared by Sony Pictures & Marvel Soon

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:41
Spider-Man

Over the past couple days, an interesting but vague story has been circulating about Marvel's plans for The Avengers 3. While there have been rumors that it might be split into two films, the contracts for the actors would make that tricky since most of them don't have enough films left in their contracts to fulfill a two-film split like that. But word on the street is that most of the heroes we've seen in The Avengers so far won't appear in the third assembly of the team, and that they're being saved for something else after that. Details are still too vague to really speculate on what that could happen with Avengers 3, but talks of someone big swinging into the Marvel cinematic universe could shake things up even more, but in a good way. Read on! ›››

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Watch: Pharrell's 'Gust of Wind' Music Video Directed by Edgar Wright

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:36
Pharrell's Gust of Wind

He's back! No, not Pharrell, director Edgar Wright. Ever since dropping out of Marvel's Ant-Man movie, we've been wondering where he would end up and what he would be directing next. Would it be Star Wars maybe? Or something else? No, actually, his next project is a music video for a Pharrell Williams track with Daft Punk. Hell yes! The video has finally debuted in full after Edgar teased it on his blog recently. The track is titled "Gust of Wind" by Pharrell Williams featuring a little bit of Daft Punk, which is a promo for Pharrell's new album "G I R L" released March on iTunes/Amazon. It's perfect for autumn as it takes place in a forest with lots of red & orange (& white) colored dancers and giant rock Daft Punk masks. Oh it's fun. ›››

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Sony Pictures Pays Top Dollar for 'Robin Hood' Shared Universe Pitch

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:19
Robin Hood

Thanks to the success of Marvel Studios and their plan to bring The Avengers to the big screen by way of a series of interconnected individual franchises, which has now led to more ensemble success with Guardians of the Galaxy, all the movie studios are still trying to figure out how they can do the same thing, and not just with comic books. Universal is working on plans to reboot the studio's classic monsters like Frankenstein and The Wolfman into a shared big screen universe, and now THR reports Sony Pictures is looking to spend big money on a Robin Hood pitch that will kick-off a series of interconnected films. More below! ›››

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