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Peter Dinklage Joining Christian Bale for 'The Deep Blue Good-by'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:03
Peter Dinklage

After Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike, fresh off an Oscar nomination for her performance in the David Fincher film, joined Christian Bale in the forthcoming adaptation of John D. MacDonald's novel The Deep Blue Good-by, two more supporting stars have come aboard as well. The Wrap reports "Game of Thrones" favorite Peter Dinklage will take a role in the film along with Nicola Peltz, who starred in Transformers: Age of Extinction. In the film, Bale is playing as Travis McGee, a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women. ›››

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Oscar Winner Alexandre Desplat to Score 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 09:36
Star Wars / Alexandre Desplat

Even though John Williams has been responsible for all of the scores for each film in the Star Wars saga (except for Star Wars: The Clone Wars), he'll be sitting out for the Star Wars spin-offs it seems. Williams has already been confirmed to provide the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and presumably Episode VIII and Episode IX (though he's getting up there in years, so time is of the essence). But when it comes to Star Wars: Rogue One, the first standalone adventure outside of the new trilogy, French radio program Radio Classique’s Culture Club (via Film Music Reporter) learned someone else will step up. ›››

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'Skull Island' Director Gets Paramount's 'The Stars My Destination'

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 10:42
Jordan Vogt-Roberts

After directing Kings of Summer and having some fun running over things with a tank with Arnold Schwarzenegger, filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts was supposed to direct an adaptation of the video game Metal Gear Solid. However, first on his plate will be Skull Island, an origin story of the mysterious location where King Kong resides. Tom Hiddleston, Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons are all starring in the film set up by Universal Pictures and Legendary, and it's slated for release in the spring of 2017. But now Vogt-Roberts has a new project lined up as THR reports he's in talks to helm The Stars My Destination. ›››

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Watch: Kate Bosworth Takes in a Scary Kid in 'Before I Wake' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 12:31
Before I Wake

"Something's not right. I have to find out more about Cody's dreams." It's time for the tale of another creepy kid who creates some problems for a loving couple with Before I Wake, a new supernatural thriller. Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane play parents trying to move on after the death of their own child. They decide to adopt a young boy named Cody. While the boy is very sweet, he is absolutely terrified of falling asleep, because his dreams become reality for everyone else around him while they sleep. What starts as some wild fantasies for this couple soon turn into nighttime terrors. From this first trailer, it looks like your standard supernatural horror, but mixing it with the creepy kid might make it more interesting. Watch? ›››

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Eddie Murphy to Play Richard Pryor's Father in Comedian Biopic

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 12:02
Eddie Murphy / Richard Pryor

For those who didn't know, there's still a biopic about iconic comedian Richard Pryor in the works from The Butler director Lee Daniels. Taking the lead role is Mike Epps, who played Black Doug in The Hangover franchise, but now a familiar face who was supposed to play Pryor in a film about six years ago has joined the cast. THR reports Eddie Murphy, a once iconic comedian who now makes silly, terrible comedies, is taking the role of Pryor's father. The good news is that this has the potential to be an Oscar role for Murphy, because Pryor's father was an abusive alcoholic, and a brutal influence on his life. Read on! ›››

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Genndy Tartakovsky Leaving Sony Pictures Animation's 'Popeye'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:36
Popeye

Last fall brought some test footage from Sony Pictures Animation's adaptation of the classic cartoon Popeye. "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack" creator Genndy Tartakovsky has been attached to this film since 2012, and it's been expected in theaters sometime in 2016. But now it sounds like the film might be in trouble as Tartakovsky has delivered some bad news. It sounds like the Tartakovsky isn't working on the film anymore, as he spoke with Moviefone on the status of the project and revealed that due to some changes at the studio itself, they may not be interested in the kind of Popeye he wanted to make. ›››

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Josh Gad is Le Fou in Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:12
Le Fou / Josh Gad

The cast of Disney's live-action take on Beauty and the Beast is filling out quite nicely. Emma Watson is taking the role of Belle with The Guest star Dan Stevens as The Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston. Now one more key player has been added to the mix with THR reporting that Frozen voice star Josh Gad will play Gaston's chubby, weasel of a sidekick Le Fou. In case you've been living under a rock, Beauty and the Beast follows a young girl who takes the place of her father as a prisoner of a beast after he's caught trespassing on his cursed castle. But Belle learns this beast has a secret: he's actually a handsome prince. ›››

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Mark Ruffalo Does His Best in the US 'Infinitely Polar Bear' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 14:26
Infinitely Polar Bear

"We don't want people to see how we live!" An Australian poster for this film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival arrived not too long ago, and now Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, is poised for release in the United States this summer, and a domestic trailer has arrived. This is a charming, albeit schmaltzy, drama about a husband and father struggling with being manic depressive in the late 70s as he tries to keep his family together at all costs. His daughters seem to be more responsible than him, but he does the best with the mind that he has. Ruffalo really puts in a great performance. Watch! ›››

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Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Get 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Posters

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 13:44
 Age of Ultron

It seemed a little weird that when the rest of the character posters for The Avengers: Age of Ultron were released before the third trailer arrived that Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) didn't get their own posters, especially since they were featured on the theatrical posters with the whole team. But it looks like they're just arriving a little late as the siblings each get their own poster. As we've seen in the trailer, they initially are working with Ultron (James Spader) and cause trouble for our heroes, but then end up joining them in the end. I'm interested to see what makes them turn. ›››

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Jamie Foxx Says Martin Scorsese is Directing His Mike Tyson Biopic

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:10
Jamie Foxx / Mike Tyson

Last summer, we learned that Horrible Bosses and Ray star Jamie Foxx would be getting into the boxing ring to play iconic boxer Mike Tyson in a biopic that will be written by "Boardwalk Empire" creator and The Wolf of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter. Since then we haven't heard anything regarding the development of the project, but Foxx recently appeared on Power 105's radio program The Breakfast Club (via Uproxx) and he revealed that Martin Scorsese will be directing, marking a return to the sport after being behind the camera for the classic Raging Bull. And this Mike Tyson project just got really interesting. ›››

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Adam Scott to Lead Legendary's Holiday Horror Comedy 'Krampus'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:41
Krampus

While we're still waiting for Kevin Smith to deliver his holiday horror anthology Anti-Claus, the folks at Legendary Pictures are beginning production on their own Christmas-themed horror comedy called Krampus. The film tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays. But things get even worse when they unleash the wrath of Krampus, a vicious, ancient entity from European folklore, who begins to wreak havoc, giving monstrous life to holiday icons and creating even more terror for this fractured family. And we have a cast! ›››

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Watch: First Trailer for Kevin Pollak's 'Misery Loves Comedy' Doc

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:34
Misery Loves Comedy

After premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary Misery Loves Comedy, marking the directorial debut of comedian and character actor Kevin Pollak, is arriving this spring. With a cavalcade of comics and actors, from Amy Schumer to Tom Hanks to Judd Apatow to Larry David, all these comedians talk about the craft of being funny, and just what it takes to make it happen. Do comedians have to be miserable to be funny, or is there more to it than that? There's also a quote from yours truly there in the trailer (read my full review here), and it's definitely worth checking out. Watch below! ›››

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Fox Moving 'Fantastic Four 2' Away from 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:17
Fantastic Four 2

Following yesterday's news that Star Wars: Episode VIII would arrive on May 26th, 2017, bringing the sci-fi saga back to summer where it belongs, 20th Century Fox made a smart decision to move one of their blockbusters out of the way. Though Fantastic Four 2 wasn't hitting theaters until June 2nd, 2017, the studio wants to give Disney (and themselves) another week of box office breathing room by moving the comic book sequel back one week to June 9th, 2017. It's not a big move, but one extra week will give more people time to see Episode VIII without harming the box office gross of Fantastic Four 2, so it's a good call. ›››

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Non-Retired Kevin Smith May Be Working on a Sequel to 'Mallrats'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 19:58
Mallrats

Even though writer/director Kevin Smith was once leaning towards retirement from filmmaking, the past couple years have actually seen him take on more projects at once than he's ever had before. He's going to finish his horror trilogy that he revealed last summer, which already began with Tusk last year, will continue with Yoga Hosers on June 1st this summer, and end with Moose Jaws sometime next year. There's also Clerks III shooting this May, and the holiday horror flick Anti-Claus on the way as well. And now Smith seems to be hinting at a sequel to the biggest box office bomb of his career after all those are done. Read on! ›››

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Watch: Tribeca Doc 'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:02
I Am Big Bird

Right around the time of the Academy Awards, we got a "Sesame Street" parody of Birdman with Caroll Spinney, the man who brings Big Bird to life on the iconic children's television show. Now we have the traile for a documentary called I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story on the way looking at the man who few people know, despite his work as one of the most iconic Muppets of all-time. You may not know, but Spinney is also the voice of Oscar the Grouch, and this doc, which has been on the festival circuit for awhile, chronicles Spinney's life and career starting from life as a child to work with Jim Henson. ›››

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Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark Gives 'Iron Man' Bionic Arm to Kid

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 15:43
Robert Downey Jr.

The stars of Marvel Studios are turning out to be more like real superheroes than actors. Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and Captain America franchise star Chris Evans made a couple stops at children's hospitals (photos here and here) after they made a charitable bet for the Super Bowl to help raise thousands for kids who need medical care. And now Robert Downey Jr. stepped into Tony Stark's shoes yet again, but not for a movie. Instead, he dressed up and appeared in character as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist to deliver an Iron Man fashioned prosthetic limb to a 7-year old boy named Alex. Watch! ›››

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F. Javier Gutierrez's 'Rings' is Prequel to 'The Ring' Coming This Fall

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 15:10
The Ring

Last fall brought news of another film in The Ring franchise, and then a report from earlier this year revealed that film would be called Rings, and it would actually be a reboot of the horror series. Italian actress Matilda Lutz was tapped to lead the film, but that's all we knew at the time. Now some more details have surfaced from Bloody Disgusting indicating that this will actually be a prequel to the original 2002 film starring Naomi Watts that will take place years before the creation of the tape that kills anyone seven days after watching it. The report says the story will "tell the origin of Samara’s reign of terror.” ›››

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'Frozen 2' is Officially in the Works with Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:26
Frozen

Even though co-directors Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck recently revealed they have no idea what to do for a sequel to their hit animated musical Frozen, that's not stopping Disney from officially announcing Frozen 2. Hot on the heels of news of the release for Star Wars: Episode VIII and the title of the first Star Wars spin-off, Disney also made development of the sequel official when Disney CEO Bob Iger, John Lasseter and the film's co-star Josh Gad announced the news at a shareholders meeting today. However, at this point, there's no word on a release date, story or anything like that; Disney is creating early hype. Read on! ›››

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Disney Reveals First 'Star Wars' Spin-Off Officially Titled 'Rogue One'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:02
 Rogue One

Right along with the news of Star Wars: Episode VIII getting a summer release in May of 2017, the shareholders meeting led by Disney CEO Bob Iger has also revealed that the title of the first spin-off film will be Star Wars: Rogue One. The news was confirmed in a press release on StarWars.com where it was also confirmed that The Theory of Everything star Felicity Jones will have a starring role in the film, though rumors of the story following the heist to get the plans to the first Death Star have not been confirmed. Disney only said it would be the first in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. But some of the producers have been revealed. ›››

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Rian Johnson's 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Arrives Early in May of 2017

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 12:43
Rian Johnson / Star Wars

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting in December this year, and the first official Star Wars spin-off coming a year later in December of 2016, we've assumed that the winter month would always be the timeframe for new films in the galaxy far, far away to get released. However, StarWars.com has confirmed information from a call between Disney CEO Bob Iger and Disney shareholders where it was revealed that Star Wars: Episode VIII, which has been confirmed to be directed by Looper director Rian Johnson, will arrive on May 26th, 2017. May was previously the month of Star Wars, so the change isn't surprising. ›››

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