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'The Huntsman' Loses Director Frank Darabont, Gains Emily Blunt

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 16:36
Emily Blunt

Last summer, a press release from Universal Pictures confirmed that Frank Darabont would be at the helm of The Huntsman, a spin-off from Snow White and the Huntsman that would focus on Chris Hemsworth's title character from the fantasy update. Kristen Stewart isn't coming back for the follow-up, and now Darabont won't be along for the ride after all either as The Wrap reports he left the project due to creative differences. However, Universal is in the process of gaining a new talent for the film as Into the Woods and Edge of Tomorrow star Emily Blunt is now in talks for the villain role in the new adventure. ›››

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Anne Hathaway Feels Love Through Music in New 'Song One' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 17:44
Song One

By the time Song One hits theaters this month, it will have been about an entire year since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, but that's just how independent releases work out sometime. So here we are with a second trailer for the touching drama about a woman (Anne Hathaway) coping with a return home due to an accident that has left her brother in a coma. In an effort to bring him out of it, she starts recording sounds in the city, and even finds his favorite indie musician (Johnny Flynn). And that's when the two find a blossoming romance and connection that may change their lives, hopefully for the better. Watch it! ›››

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Sound Off: Michael Mann's Hacker Thriller 'Blackhat' - Your Thoughts?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 17:27
Blackhat Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "To you this is just a game, the virtual world!" Director Michael Mann is back with his latest action-thriller Blackhat (once known as Cyber), starring Chris Hemsworth as a blackhat hacker named Nicholas Hathaway, recruited by the government to help them solve an attack on a nuclear power plant in China. The cast includes Leehom Wang and Wei Tang as his Chinese cohorts, along with Viola Davis and Holt McCallany representing the US side. The hacker movie was produced by Legendary Pictures, and is now in theaters. So is it any good? Is it even worth seeing? Is it another hit for Mann or not? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Mann's Blackhat. ›››

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'Grand Budapest Hotel' is Back in Theaters, 'Birdman' Expands, Too

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 17:14
The Grand Budapest Hotel / Birdman

that the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards have been announced, there's plenty of people who are trying to figure out how to see the eight Best Picture nominees. Most of them are still in theaters, and Fox Searchlight is making it easier to catch their two big nominees on the big screen this weekend. The studio has just announced that Wes Anderson's wonderful The Grand Budapest Hotel will return to theaters in select cities this weekend, and they're also expanding Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's impressve film Birdman, which landed nine nominations yesterday, to even more screens yet again. More info below! ›››

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Paramount Sets Italian Actress to Lead 'The Ring' Franchise Reboot

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:10
The Ring / Matilda Lutz

Last summer brought news that Paramount Pictures was ready to circle back around to their horror franchise that began with The Ring back in 2002 and spawned a single sequel to the remake of a popular Japanese horror film. While there were rumblings that this would merely be The Ring 3, The Wrap has word that Paramount is actually a reboot and it's been given the title of Rings. Director F. Javier Gutierrez, who is no longer helming the reboot of The Crow, will direct the film that still features the creepy well-dwelling girl Samara and the deadly tape that kills viewers seven days after watching it, but there's a whole new cast. ›››

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Animated Foosball Film 'Underdogs' Gets Dubbed US Release Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:45
Underdogs

There's a chance you might remember an Argentine and Spanish animated foosball film from back in 2013 that was called Futbolin or Metegol. Well, that film got picked up by The Weinstein Company, and they're releasing a dubbed version of the movie featuring an American cast and the new title of Underdogs. Matthew Morrison ("Glee"), singer Ariana Grande, Nicolas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bell Thorne (Blended), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins) and John Leguizamo all lend their voice to the film about two childhood foosball rivals who battle as one finds their home threatened by the other. Watch! ›››

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'Fantastic Four' Teaser Trailer Coming with 'Kingsman' in February

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 14:15
Fantastic Four

Normally it takes a huge movie like The Avengers: Age of Ultron or Star Wars: The Force Awakens for us to go out of our way to tell you when a trailer for a certain film might be coming. But in the case of 20th Century Fox's reboot of Fantastic Four, which we haven't seen a single frame from, many are wondering when we're going to get a first look. And now Latino Review has word from producer Simon Kinberg that the teaser trailer will arrive with Fox's release of Kingsman: The Secret Service on February 13th. There's a good crossover audience there, and that's six months before the flick hits theaters August 7th. ›››

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Review: Michael Mann's 'Blackhat' a Long Mile of Dull Computer Code

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:23
Blackhat

What a time for Blackhat to come out! A procedural thriller about capturing a nefarious cyberhacker seems like feast for the masses after Sony Pictures being hacked by North Korea - or one of their own employees depending on who you believe. The tension should be built into what is already a promising return from director Michael Mann. That's not exactly what we get, though. For all its potential, Blackhat ends up being a run-of-the-mill paper chase with little solid action and even less in form of Mann-heavy cool. Chris Hemsworth, always good for some charm, doesn't even seem to be playing along in what amounts to an unfortunate and mostly dull misfire, a sad affair given Mann's mostly flawless film history. ›››

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National Lampoon Documentary Sundance Poster Makes a Threat

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:25
 The Story of National Lampoon

In less than a week, we'll be bringing you all the buzz from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and some of the hype for the films premiering in the mountains is already kicking off. There's tons of dramas, comedies and documentaries on the table for us to sink our teeth into, and one of the films that I'm particularly excited about is a documentary called Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon. As you may have surmised, the film follows the launch of the first humor magazine for adults, and how it served as the starting ground for comedy legends like John Belushi, Bill Murray and many more. And now we have the teaser poster inspired by the magazine's first issue from 1973. Look! ›››

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Two Featurettes Explore 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' Sequel

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:18
 Insurgent

If the theatrical trailer for the mouthful of a sequel that is The Divergent Series: Insurgent didn't lay things out clearly enough for you, or just didn't offer enough footage from the film if you're already a fan, then we've got two treats for you. Two new featurettes surfaced online this week with footage from behind the scenes of the film, featuring interviews with Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet and more. They talk about the story, the larger scale production, and what we can expect from the sequel (including more, bigger simulations in the mind). It looks a little too packed, but may be an improvement. ›››

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Review: Eastwood's 'American Sniper' Hits Hammy, Cliched Target

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:04
American Sniper

If you're wondering whether or not Clint Eastwood has any new tricks under his hat, you may be disappointed with his latest outing, American Sniper. Not so much a war movie as it is war-movie cliches holding hands, the biopic on Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, based on his autobiography, is doing a disservice to the very real accomplishments the man achieved. Perhaps the simplest, most straight-forward, no-nuance technique was a way of honoring the American hero. Unfortunately it results in the opposite, giving us the hammy and obtuse Eastwood with which watchers of his work have become all too familiar. Contrary to the obvious pun, the film actually hits its mark. It's just Eastwood's mark we're watching. ›››

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No Surprise: Scarlett Johansson Back in 'Captain America: Civil War'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:48
Scarlett Johansson

Even though Captain America: Civil War is still over a year away, directors Anthony & Joe Russo have been working on the film since Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuted last April. Production is actually gearing up to begin this spring, and we already know a decent amount about the film. Despite a lack of specifics, the title tells us that Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) will come to blows with Tony Stark, with Robert Downey Jr. playing a major role in the film. And we'll also see the introduction of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther as well. And now the Russo brothers confirm Scarlett Johansson is back. ›››

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Watch: 'Taken 4' Trailer Gives Liam Neeson the Perfect New Co-Star

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:29
Taken 4

In case you haven't heard, Taken 3 is pretty terrible. It's boring, has awfil action, a predictable story, stupid villains and still doesn't measure up to that surprisingly great first film. But thankfully, it looks like Taken 4 is going to be infinitely better. Sure, Taken 3 may still be in theaters, but this sequel looks so damn exciting that you're going to be anticipating this one more than The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In this one, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) finally gets the co-star he's always needed: Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Honestly, this could reinvigorate the entire franchise. Watch! ›››

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Gritty Shakespeare in New Trailer for 'Anarchy,' Formerly 'Cymbeline'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:57
Anarchy

Seemingly trying to capitalize on the popularity of the series "Sons of Anarchy," the contemporary Shakespearean drama Cymbeline has changed its title to just Anarchy, which seems a little misguided. But anyway, along with the new title comes a new trailer, showing off a war between biker gangs with plenty of drug dealing, corruption violence, and an ensemble cast that includes Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, Dakota Johnson and more. It looks pretty intense, but I'm not entirely sold on it from ths trailer. Maybe it will be worth it just for the performances. Watch it? ›››

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Biggest Snubs & Surprises from 87th Academy Award Nominations

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:20
The LEGO Movie

This morning the nominations were announced for the 87th Academy Awards, and we'd be lying if we didn't say there were some glaring omissions in those who were selected by voters this year. Some of them are just unforgivable and don't make any sense whatsoever. Of course, it's a competitive year, so we understand some people being excluded, but when you look at some of the nominees themselves, it's easy to see where The Academy really dropped the ball with some of the nominations this year. But there were also some surprises among their many mistakes as well. So let's look at the snubs and surprises this year. ›››

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Tom Hardy Leaves 'Suicide Squad,' Jake Gyllenhaal May Step Up

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 15:56
Tom Hardy / Jake Gyllenhaal

Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne were all ready for the Suicide Squad in the Warner Bros. Pictures production of the DC Comics property. However, THR reports that the film has lost one of those key players with The Dark Knight Rises villain Tom Hardy dropping out of the project that will be directed by David Ayer. However, the studio isn't wasting any time finding a replacement as they already have their eyes on Jake Gyllenhaal to take the now vacant role of Rick Flagg, the leader of this group of villains forced by the government to carry out dangerous missions. Read on! ›››

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Watch: Will Ferrell Tries to Join a Gang in Second 'Get Hard' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:55
Get Hard

"I don't think they've ever seen a white person before." With the release of the Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard just over a couple months away, a second trailer has arrived. This time, we get to see a little bit more of the preparation in store for the rich bank manager (Ferrell) as he tries to toughen up before serving some time in prison with the help of his car washer (Hart), who isn't exactly a tough street thug. This time we get to see Ferrell try to join a gang that will keep him safe in prison, which makes for some amusing interaction with rapper T.I., and also an alternative way to avoid getting beat up in prison. ›››

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Michael Keaton to Lead McDonald's Empire Drama 'The Founder'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:01
Michael Keaton

After picking up a much-deserved Best Actor nomination for his performance in Birdman today, Michael Keaton is now in talks for his next project. THR reports the former Batman star is negotiating for a lead role in The Founder, a film focusing on Ray Kroc (who Keaton would play in the film), a salesman from Illinois, who founded the fast food empire that pretty much everyone in the world knows as McDonald's. Back in December, The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock boarded the film which is described as having flares of both The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. Sounds like a juicy role for Keaton. Read on! ›››

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Check Out Matt Ferguson's Epic 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy Prints

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:36
Matt Ferguson's Lord of the Rings

Just after we featured the Bottleneck Gallery release of Andy Fairhurt's incredible Back to the Future trilogy prints, we have another iconic trilogy getting the collectible artwork treatment over there, but this set will be much easier to get ahold of this time. Matt Ferguson has created an epic set of Lord of the Rings trilogy posters as part of his upcoming solo exhibition "Distant Lands," each representing Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King. These are just magnificent, and they're certainly a fine way to kick off a whole new year of art exhibitions at Bottleneck Gallery. Check them all out below! ›››

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Watch: 100-Minute Interview with Andy & Lana Wachowski in 2013

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:47
Andy & Lana Wachowski

With the release of Jupiter Ascending coming next month, we're probably going to hear a lot more from Andy & Lana Wachowski, and there will probably be a lot of questions about what they're going to do next. But in the meantime, let's flashback to a couple years ago for an extensive interview with the directing duo back in 2013 when they sat down for a 100-minute interview as part of the DePaul Visiting Artists Series. The interview spans their entire career, and while we haven't had a chance to watch the entire interview yet, you'll see pretty early on that it's a fascinating in-depth discussion about their filmmaking. ›››

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