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Marvel Asked Sony for Spider-Man in 'Captain America: Civil War'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:01
Spider-Man

There's a good chance you've heard about the fact that Sony Pictures was hit by hackers, and the fallout from that invasion has resulted in tons of documents being leaked online. Business e-mails, contact information for directors and actors, cost analyses, focus group testing, anything and everything that has gone into development of projects at the studio, it's all slowly being leaked online. And some of the leaks have resulted in interesting information giving an unfortunate glimpse into the inner-workings of a major motion picture studio. The latest comes in the form of a potential collaboration with Marvel Studios. ›››

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Jeff Daniels Eyes Steve Jobs Biopic, But Natatlie Portman Has Passed

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 18:45
Jeff Daniels

Right now, the final season of "The Newsroom" is airing on HBO with just one episode left in the season (which has been stirring up some controversy for this past Sunday's episode). And now it looks like one of Aaron Sorkin's stars from the show may head over to the Steve Jobs biopic that he scripted and is now set up at Universal Pictures after being shut down at Sony Pictures. The Wrap reports Jeff Daniels is currently being eyed to play former Apple CEO John Sculley in the film from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. He doesn't have an offer yet, but he's Boyle's top choice for the role, so this should easily be finalized. ›››

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'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Frozen' & More Get 2015 Grammy Noms

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 17:41
Guardians of the Galaxy

While the Oscars have their own awards for music in film for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, the major music awards The Grammys also like to honor the music of motion pictures as well. Over the weekend, the nominees for the 2015 awards were announced, and there are some solid nominations. Now since the qualifying window for music to be considered for the Grammys is different than the Oscars, you'll see contenders from films that were released both in 2013 and 2014. It's no surprise that Frozen got nods in all three relevant categories, but Gone Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy and more also got nominated. ›››

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Meet 'Blind Film Critic' Tommy Edison + Watch His Video Reviews

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 17:08
Blind Film Critic

This guy! What an inspiration. Thanks to a great profile in The Guardian, we have been introduced to and must share this story of Tommy Edison, a man from here in America known as the "Blind Film Critic". Edison got the most attention in 2011 and 2012, being profiled by Roger Ebert and earning news coverage from CNN and other TV media by publishing YouTube video reviews of films he "watched", or rather, he listened to. We're just catching up to him now, but watching his reviews (see them below), seeing that smile on his face, and hearing his enthusiasm for film even though he can't actually see the screen - is infectious. ›››

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J.J. Abrams Producing a Secret Alien Sci-Fi Project at Sony Pictures

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 15:50
J.J. Abams

Considering the fact that Sony Pictures is dealing with the fallout of a massive hack of their entire technological infrastructure, resulting in leaked documents covering everything from budgets to focus group testing and more, it's amazing that anything is staying secret over there. But Deadline reports that a secret sci-fi project is in development from producer J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner. The film will mark the directorial debut of Chris Alender, who has made waves due to his short film Eye of the Storm. Supposedly Sony won out in a bidding war thanks to their aggressive production plan. More below! ›››

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Watch: Joaquin Phoenix is Paranoid in Second 'Inherent Vice' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 15:12
Inherent Vice

Most general audiences probably won't get to see Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, the quirky comedy mystery Inherent Vice, until January, but this week it gets an awards qualifying run in limited theaters. And that means it's time for a new trailer showing off the twisted but amusing 1970s world from Thomas Pynchon's novel of the same name. Joaquin Phoenix plays private eye Doc Sportello, who gets caught up in something big. This movie looks delightfully odd, almost like if Wes Anderson went way darker with his films. This one won't be for everybody, but I'm in. See if there's an advanced screening in your city below! ›››

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'Casino Royale' Director Martin Campbell Set to Helm 'Sebastian X'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:46
Sebastian X

Since directing Casino Royale in 2006, and introducing the world to Daniel Craig as James Bond, filmmaker Martin Campbell hasn't had much luck on the big screen. Edge of Darkness wasn't a big success, even though that was more the fault of Mel Gibson's personal life, and Green Lantern was a bomb (he might very well be to blame for that). But now Campbell is ready to move on with an adaptation of the graphic novel Sebastian X set up at Voltage Films and Valhalla Motion Pictures (with "The Walking Dead" executive producer Gale Anne Hurd on board), working in conjunction with the publisher Humanoids. ›››

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Dwayne Johnson in Surprisingly Somber 'San Andreas' First Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:20
San Andreas

"I cannot emphasize this enough. You need to get out, and I mean now." California crumbles in the first teaser trailer for San Andreas, the earthquake action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson. Now obviously a disaster of this scale wouldn't be something to be excited about, but we're surprised that a disaster flick like this paints such a somber portrait of the movie, especially since it's coming from director Brad Peyton of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. But it's actually a little refreshing to have a teaser trailer that features massive destruction, and doesn't just go for the big, fun action angle. But will the movie be good? Watch! ›››

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Watch: Tarantino & Rodriguez Talk Filmmaking for Hour and a Half

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:49
Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez

In case you didn't know, Robert Rodriguez has his own channel on television call The El Rey Network. We mentioned it earlier this year when featuring a brief talk between Rodriguez and his friend and fellow filmmaker Guillermo del Toro from the channel's program "The Director's Chair," which features long discussions with various filmmakers about their craft. Before del Toro sat in the chair, it was Rodriguez's friend and frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino in the hot seat, and they had a chat that lasted about an hour and a half. Thankfully, it's not online for you to enjoy without a cable subscription. Watch below! ›››

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Edgar Ramirez is Jennifer Lawrence's Miracle Mop Husband in 'Joy'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:25
Edgar Ramirez

Just last month we learned that Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper may reunite with David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence in Joy, the story of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano. Cooper isn't officially on board, but De Niro has indeed joined the project as Lawrence's father. And now THR reports Deliver Us from Evil star Edgar Ramirez, who will be seen next year in the remake of Point Break, has joined the film before production begins in February. Ramirez will play Mangano's husband, who is dapper, but has also taken to sleeping around behind her back. Who in their right mind would cheat on Jennifer Lawrence? Read on! ›››

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Christian Bale's Thoughtful Remarks on 'Exodus: Gods & Kings' Cast

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:51
 Gods & Kings

When director Ridley Scott was asked about the whitewashed cast of his Biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings, hitting theaters this weekend, his answer didn't really address the large complaints that people had with casting white actors like Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton in the role of Middle Eastern characters. However, he had a pretty blunt response when speaking to the Associated Press about the issue, "I say, 'Get a life.'" Speaking from a business standpoint, Scott said he put together the "best possible cast" for a film with "a budget of this scale." Thankfully, Christian Bale was more thoughtful and diplomatic on the matter. ›››

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Watch: The Making of 'Boyhood' Over 12 Years in New Featurette

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:03
Boyhood

Unfortunately, Boyhood won't be available on Blu-Ray and DVD until January 6th, but if the film gets some love from the Golden Globes or Oscars, that will give you plenty of time to check out out before those ceremonies. In the meantime, for those who have seen Richard Linklater's film (or even if you haven't, this won't spoil anything), check out this 10-minute featurette looking at the making of this one-of-a-kind, coming-of-age tale. The featurette has footage that spans the 12 years it took to make this film a reality. Again, seeing Ellar Coltrane grow up is mind-blowing, and seeing the time pass so quickly is wild. Watch! ›››

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Gina Carano Joins Jean-Claude Van Damme for 'Kickboxer' Reboot

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:49
Gina Carano

After taking a surprising turn in Fast & Furious 6, mix martial artist turned actress Gina Carano will bring her acting skills into the fighting arena this time. THR reports Carano has joined the cast of Kickboxer, a reboot/remake of the original 1989 martial arts flick which just landed Jean-Claude Van Damme to return in a mentor role. This time the story follows Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi, a UFC welterweight champion), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand, where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother's death at the hands of Tong Po (Dave Bautista). So what's Carano doing in the film? Read on! ›››

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Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Takes 'The Walk' Up High in First Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:16
The Walk

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. This is the story of that man, Philippe Petit, who pulled off the daring and dangerous stunt back in the 1970s. Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes the starring role in the story that was chronicled in the documentary Man on Wire, but this time it's director Robert Zemeckis dramatizing this infamous tale in The Walk. Beginning with a magnificent opening shot, and sticking with the top of the towers for this teaser trailer, this should be something to behold in IMAX 3D theaters. Watch! ›››

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Watch: Full UK Trailer & Two Featurettes for 'A Most Violent Year'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 20:26
A Most Violent Year

There's no doubt that Oscar Isaac is on the verge of a huge career breakthrough. In just over a year, we'll see him as one of the heroes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (he's flying an X-Wing in the teaser trailer), and he just booked the title villain role in X-Men: Apocalypse. If you haven't seen him in Inside Llewyn Davis, seek that movie out, and then make sure you check him out in the lead again with A Most Violent Year, one of the awards contenders that is said to be full of some great performances, including Isaac ad his co-star Jessica Chastain. See for yourself in the full trailer from the United Kingdom and two featurettes. ›››

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Dogs Have Had Enough in Trailer for Cannes Prize Winner 'White God'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 19:03
White god

By now, we've pretty much heard about all the potential Oscar contenders as the year winds down, but unless you're an uber cinephile, it's not easy to stay on top of the foreign film contenders. But one of them could very well be White God, a film from Hungary that won the Prize Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes. The film was recently named as one of the films in the Spotlight section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and now the first trailer has arrived for the film's debut in the United States. Though it won't hit theaters here until spring, it's Hungary's entry into the Best Foreign Film category at the Academy Awards, using a tale of animal abuse as a metaphor to illustrate political and culture issues in Europe. Watch below! ›››

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Diane Lane & Kyle MacLachlan Join Voice Cast of Pixar's 'Inside Out'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 18:31
Inside Out

The voice cast of Pixar Animation's next film, the summer 2015 release of Inside Out, is already rather impressive with Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith playing the emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness inside the mind of an 11-year old girl named Riley. But now two more names have been thrown into the mix, but they're not playing any emotions. Instead, USA Today has revealed that Kyle MacLachlan (recently seen on Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") and Diane Lane (Man of Steel) will provide the voices of Riley's parents. Will we get to see their emotions come into play? ›››

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AFI Names 'Boyhood,' 'Interstellar' & More as the Top Films of 2014

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:49
Boyhood / Interstellar

There's just over three weeks left in 2014, and while there are still some films that have yet to get a wide release, much of the press and awards correspondents have already seen the films that are likely to be rounded up for Oscar nominations and whatnot next year. That means more and more end of the year lists will be counting down the Top 10 Films of 2014, and the latest is the American Film Institute (AFI). And while the institute had a hard time narrowing down their list this year (they've listed 11 films instead of just 10), they've included one potentially questionable title. Check out the list of AFI's Movies of the Year! ›››

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Sundance Film Festival 2015 Premiere Docs & Features Announced

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:49
Sundance Film Festival 2015

Time for the premieres! Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with only 45 days until Sundance 2015 kicks off on January 22nd, Sundance has officially announced more of their line-up following the In-Competition selection and Midnight & Spotlight last week, mainly the coveted Premieres category, 28 narrative features and docs, at the world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. Here's where they have regulars Joe Swanberg (Happy Christmas), James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and plenty of great filmmakers. Plus - the docs this year, oh my! Full lists below. ›››

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New Story Details Emerge on Pixar's Aquatic Sequel 'Finding Dory'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:15
Finding Dory

Disney has set the Pixar Animation sequel Finding Dory for release on June 17th, 2016, which is still over a year and a half away. However, since this is an animated film we're talking about, a lot of the details on the film are already firm since it takes so long for the film to be completed. We know that because over a year ago, Pixar was already working on a new ending for the sequel to Finding Nemo due to the backlash against SeaWorld following the damning details revealed in the documentary Blackfish. Other than that details on the film that is being co-directed by Pixar veterans Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane ("Toy Story of Terror") have been relatively scarce, but some new tidbits have surfaced today. More below! ›››

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