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Nicolas Cage, Zachary Quinto & More Join Oliver Stone's 'Snowden'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:02
Nicolas Cage

Just after "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant took a supporting role in Oliver Stone's drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the cast has expanded with even more talent. Deadline reports the film, which is now going by the title Snowden, is shooting in Munich already, and the confirmed additions to the cast include Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible III), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The only specific role detailed was that of Cage playing a former U.S. Intelligence official. ›››

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'The LEGO Movie' & 'Selma' Amaze with Musical Oscar Performances

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 02:17
Everything is Awesome

During last night's 87th Academy Awards, there were more than a couple of musical performances. Not only was there an opening number from Neil Patrick Harris and Anna Kendrick, as well as a 50th anniversary tribute to The Sound of Music from Lady Gaga, but each of the Best Original Song nominees also got time to shine. However, The LEGO Movie and Selma clearly had the standout performances from the nominee pool for very different reasons. While the performance of the catchy "Everything is Awesome" was colorful and crazy, the rendition of "Glory" brought tears to many eyes. Watch below! ›››

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Watch: Video Highlights from Last Night's 87th Academy Awards

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 01:57
87th Academy Awards

Hollywood's big night has come and gone, and now that the 87th Academy Awards have been presented, we can look back at the highlights of last night's ceremony that only ran 40 minutes long. Neil Patrick Harris was the host last night, and while the show started with a pretty cool musical number and some genuine opening remarks about the magic of film, the show still devolved into being boring, slow and delivering only remarkable moments in the speeches from the night's winners. But there were some great performances from the Best Original Song nominees and also one special segment from Lady Gaga. Watch! ›››

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2015 Academy Awards Winners - Iñárritu's 'Birdman' is Best Picture

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 20:20
The Oscars - 2015

The 87th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with the always-entertaining Neil Patrick Harris as our host this year. With a line-up of eight Best Picture nominees, everyone is anxious to find out if Boyhood will beat Birdman, and if Selma will get any love, or if American Sniper or The Grand Budapest Hotel or even The Imitation Game will sneak in for the win. It's finally time to find out who is taking home an Oscar, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards this year. The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
Birdman
Birdman
DIRECTOR:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
for Birdman
ACTOR:
Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
Theory of Everything
ACTRESS:
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
for Still Alice

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2015 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below. ›››

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Watch: Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell and Miles Teller Spoof 'Birdman'

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 17:49
Film Independent Birdman Parody

Even though the 87th Academy Awards are tonight (we'll have the list of winners available here after they're announced), the weekend already saw another celebration for cinema with the 30th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring achievements in independent filmmaking. It's one of those years where there's actually a lot of overlap with the Oscars and the Spirit Awards, with Boyhood, Birdman, Whiplash and Nightcrawler (though Selma got more love from the indie world). You can see the winners right here, but if you missed the ceremony on IFC last night, then you simply must check out this spectacular spoof of Birdman featuring comedians Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, Bill Hader, Miles Teller and more. ›››

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Review: Aggressive Comedy Rubs Raw in 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2'

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 17:11
Hot Tub Time Machine 2

What could be more ridiculous than a Hot Tub Time Machine? How about a sequel? Gratuitous as it may seem, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has found its way to theaters five short years after its absurd and hysterical predecessor. Extraneous? Sure. Once you’re familiar with the title of the film all questions of whether or not it’s called for get swept aside. The real question here is, “Is this film funny in the slightest?” Simply, yes, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is hilarious. Bringing three of the four leads back from the first film – the funniest three, by the way – this second film twists the aggressive comedy dial hard to the right and with a brazen attitude. It’s as if the film dares you to be disgusted, and, to an extent, it succeeds. More below! ›››

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'Birdman' & Linklater Win Top Prizes at the 30th Indie Spirit Awards

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 08:02
2015 Independent Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that they usually don't receive… Now celebrating their 30th year. There's quite a few repeats here that will end up winning at the Oscars, but so be it. The 2015 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony out in Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Birdman, awarded Best Feature, with everything else spread between a variety of winners including Richard Linklater, Nightcrawler, J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore. Nothing out of the ordinary, but a solid set of winners this year. Read on for the list of Indie Spirit results. ›››

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Rumor: Spielberg Wants to Direct Chris Pratt in New 'Indiana Jones'

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 15:50
Chris Pratt / Indiana Jones

Here we go… The big rumor on Oscar weekend, with all of Hollywood in town, is that Steven Spielberg is apparently quite interested in directing the new Indiana Jones movie. If you recall, in January we posted another rumor that Chris Pratt – star of Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy – is Disney's top pick to star as the new version of Indiana Jones. Ever since Disney got their hands on Lucasfilm a few years ago, they've been figuring out how to bring more franchises back. Aside from Star Wars it sounds like Indy is next, and word from Deadline around Hollywood is that "assuming a script comes in to his satisfaction, Spielberg hopes to direct that film." That film being the new Indiana Jones perhaps starring Chris Pratt. ›››

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Two New Posters for 'Cut Bank' Crime Thriller with Liam Hemsworth

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 15:27
Cut Bank

Good folks. Bad deeds. I have to give credit where credit is due. A24 has whipped up some solid posters for the crime thriller Cut Bank (see the trailer), co-starring Teresa Palmer and Liam Hemsworth as some small town people who get mixed up with "good folks" and "bad deeds". Whenever a studio actually releases artistic posters it's worth pointing out because it's still a unique decision, and I still like seeing these. The eye-glasses poster below is an obvious riff on the classic Straw Dogs poster but I quite like the way it looks, along with the bloody mailbox. These make me more interested in the film than any floating heads design. ›››

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Let This 'Ultimate Movie Location Map' Guide Your Next Vacation

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 15:19
Wayne Manor

If you're planning a vacation somewhere soon and you've always wanted to visit the filming locations of some of your favorite movies, then you'll want to check out the Ultimate Movie Location Map. The folks over at Musement.com have put together a pretty expansive global map that shows you where some of your favorite movies were shot on-location. For example, you can check out Nakatomi Tower in Los Angeles, check out Nolan's Wayne Manor in the United Kingdom at Nottingham's Wollaton Hall, or see where the helicopter crashed in The Matrix at BT Tower in Australia. There are over a thousand listings on the map. ›››

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Mark Ruffalo is Manic in International 'Infinitely Polar Bear' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:32
Infinitely Polar Bear

Over a year ago at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, one of the buzzed about projects was a touching family drama called Infinitely Polar Bear. The film features a remarkable lead performance by Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) as Cam Stuart, a father in 1978 who is manic depressive, creating a rift between him and his wife (Zoe Saldana) and their two daughters. But Cam tries desperately to keep his family together at all costs. The film doesn't have distribution in the United States for some reason (it's a great movie though), but it's arriving in Australia soon, and a trailer from down under has just surfaced online. Watch below! ›››

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'The Best Man' Director Gets in the Chair for MGM's 'Barbershop 3'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:01

Last year we heard that the comedy franchise Barbershop was getting a third chapter (fourth if you count the spin-off Beauty Shop), with Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Queen Latifah reprising their respective roles. Now the film finally has a director as Deadline reports Malcolm D. Lee, who has been behind The Best Man films, will be at the helm of Barbershop 3. The film is finally coming together quickly with Ice Cube also producing alongside Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. of State Street Pictures as the lead producers. The films aren't runaway hits, but they're cheap to make, and make a decent return. ›››

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TGB Episode 2.02: There's A Fetish For Everything (Guest: Britt Hayes)

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:00
TGB Episode 2.02 - Nymphomaniac

On this brand new episode of The Golden Briefcase 2.0, Tim and Jeremy are joined by good friend of the show Britt Hayes (from ScreenCrush, BadassDigest) to share some of their latest Picks of the Week and touch on a variety of topics including genitalia names, Lars von Trier, a biblical Pulp Fiction, the TV show "American Horror Story" and more. They also share some thoughts on sex in film including its various uses, offenses and examples that push taboo boundaries. The new format for the show allows for deep discussions about the fascinating world of cinema and we love those moments and want to embrace them! Send us topic suggestions, arguments, links, or whatever you want, and we will do our best to talk about it. ›››

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'Mission: Impossible 5' Production Halted Until They Fix the Ending

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:38
 Impossible 5

Here's a classic example of why Hollywood is a broken machine just trying to pump out products. Mission: Impossible 5 was originally slated for release on Christmas Day this year, but just last month Paramount Pictures revealed they had bumped up the film a full five months. But here's the rub: the film was still in production in London, and now THR reports shooting was recently halted for a week because the film still doesn't have a satisfactory ending. That's right, a major motion picture studio sent a blockbuster film into production knowing that they didn't have a good ending. Is this surprising? No. Is it stupid? Absolutely. ›››

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Kristen Wiig Gets Her Own Show in Official 'Welcome to Me' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:20
Welcome to Me

During the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, we highlighted what seemed to be the first trailer for the comedy Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig. However, that turned out to be a sales trailer for the film while it was still looking for distribution, and it was taken down. But now the real, official trailer for the film has surfaced as the film has been set to arrive in limited theaters in May. In the film Wiig plays a woman with borderline personality disorder who manages to get her own show on a local TV network after she wins the lottery jackpot. It looks like a fun, quirky showcase for Wiig but there's a great supporting cast too. Watch! ›››

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It's Time for Race Wars in Quick New International 'Furious 7' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:49
Furious 7

"This time it ain't just about being fast." Though the last three-minute trailer for Furious 7 showed up pretty much everything we need to see in order to be excited for the sequel, a little more footage couldn't hurt. A new international trailer has just surfaced with some snippets of new footage, including a new glimpse at some crazy event called "Race Wars." There's also a little more footage of Michelle Rodriguez and Ronda Rousey getting into it this time. This sequel is going to be nuts, and it should make for one hell of a send-off for the late Paul Walker. We've only got a little over a month before it arrives. Watch below! ›››

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Watch: Caroll Spinney in Perfect 'Sesame Street' Parody of 'Birdman'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:26
Big Birdman

Every now and then the folks at "Sesame Street" deliver fun, kid-friendly parodies of popular films, and we've highlighted spoofs of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games. And with the 87th Academy Awards looming this weekend, and Birdman being the frontrunner for some big awards, we're happy to see them deliver Big Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Orange Pants, which puts Big Bird puppeteer Caroll Spinney in place of Michael Keaton's Riggan Thompson. Not only is this fun, but it gets the score right, as well as the single-take style. There's even areference to Raymond Carver. Watch! ›››

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Timothy Olyphant Joins CIA in Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden Film

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:57
Timothy Olyphant

Right now the final season of "Justified" is airing on FX, and the show's lead actor Timothy Olyphant has just booked a promising big screen role to follow up his successful run on television. Deadline report Olyphant is taking a role in Oliver Stone's drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film already stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden and Shailene Woodley as his girlfriend. And now Olyphant has been set to play a CIA agent who befriended Snowden before the he fled to Russia to seek asylum after leaking the most classified documents since the Pentagon Papers surfaced back during the Vietnam War. ›››

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Video Pays Tribute to the Big Snubs of 2015's 87th Academy Awards

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:41
87th Academy Award Snubs

We're just a couple days away from Hollywood's big weekend with the 87th Academy Awards airing this Sunday at 7pm ET on ABC. If you haven't check out the full list of nominees for the Oscars this year, you can find that right here. And you just might find that there are some glaring omissions and snubs in the nominee list as we did shortly after the nominations were announced last month. But even though actors like David Oyelowo and movies like The LEGO Movie didn't get nominated, editor Nick Bosworth at JoBlo has been paying tribute to those not nominated with a little video, and this year's installment is here. ›››

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Watch: First Official 'Elephant Song' Trailer Featuring Xavier Dolan

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:00
Elephant Song Trailer

"I'll make you a deal - I want three things…" With this film now playing in theaters in Canada, there's no better time to feature the first official trailer for Elephant Song from Canadian distributor eOne Films. Elephant Song is a psychological drama starring Xavier Dolan, the same filmmaker who made Mommy and Laurence Anyways, as a rather eerie patient with a mysterious past. Captain Pike of Star Trek, actor Bruce Greenwood, also stars as the hospital's director, and both Catherine Keener and Carrie-Anne Moss appear as well. I don't want to give away anything else in the plot, but the trailer should give you a good idea what's going on. I missed seeing this at TIFF, and I've been waiting to catch it. I've got to say, this trailer makes me more intrigued, even if I prefer Dolan as a director he certainly can act, too. Take a look. ›››

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