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'The Hobbit' Trilogy Extended Editions Playing in Theaters this October

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 14:11
The Hobbit - Smaug

Good news, Middle-Earth fans! The Hobbit trilogy is headed back to theaters. To some this may sound like a bore, but if these aren't an interest to you, then no worries just continue on. For those who are fans, and who have been waiting for the extra footage that Peter Jackson shot, it's all coming together for a trilogy event this October. Our friends at TheOneRing.net are reporting via Far Away Entertainment's website that there will be a Fathom Events trio of the trilogy starting on Monday, October 5th. The event info says all three Extended Editions of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, will be shown on the big screen. We expect an official announcement eventually, but this is the first word. ›››

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Watch: First Trailer for Roland Emmerich's 'Stonewall' Riots Movie

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 13:18
Stonewall Movie

"This is what we're fighting." Roadside Attractions has debuted the first trailer for Roland Emmerich's new film Stonewall, a movie about the Stonewall Riots in New York City in the 1960s. Directed by Emmerich before he moved on to Independence Day: Resurgence, they recreated "the village" from Manhattan circa 1969 in a former train repair facility in Montreal to film this. The cast includes Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Joey King, up-and-comers Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, and Alexandre Nachi as well as Jonathan Rhys Meyers & Ron Perlman. This actually looks really, really good. While there is a fun coming-of-age 60's vibe, this is also about the start of the LGBT rights movement. ›››

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Learn More About the Ares 3 Crew in New 'The Martian' Viral Video

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 08:57
Ares 3 Crew

Meet the crew of the ARES mission to Mars! From astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, to commander Melissa Lewis, played by Jessica Chastain, to pilot Rick Martinez, played by Michael Peña, to flight surgeon Christopher Beck, played by Sebastian Stan. There are a few more, but they don't make it into this video. In promotion for Ridley Scott's The Martian movie, which looks fantastic (see the first trailer), Fox has launched another viral video teaser. The description explains: "NASA offers a declassified look at the psychological testing involved in preparing the ARES 3 crew for their journey to Mars." It's a fun little viral video, and likely another tease for another trailer coming soon. Excited for this movie. See below. ›››

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Extra Details About 'The Force Awakens' 70mm IMAX 3D Release

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 15:08
Star Wars - The Force Awakens 70mm IMAX 3D

A few new details have surfaced regarding the plans for the upcoming IMAX release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming up this December. By now, it's been pretty much confirmed that there is one main sequence shot with IMAX cameras in The Force Awakens. The movie will be getting a 70mm IMAX 3D release, and film blog Making Star Wars has posted some info on the initial plans for the IMAX 3D version. As one would hope, there will definitely be special IMAX 70mm film showings at the few remaining "real" IMAX theaters, but they will be in 3D with dual projectors, so this will still be pushed as 3D. Rest assured, "it's what IMAX was founded on, showcasing the best and most immersive 3D ever." Let's hope for the best. ›››

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Watch: Matthew Broderick & Alice Eve in Trailer for 'Dirty Weekend'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:45
Dirty Weekend

"This life, this is all part of life, and this is your life, so you just have to be yourself." eOne Films US has debuted a trailer for the fun indie comedy Dirty Weekend, starring Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve. This is the latest film from filmmaker Neil LaBute, and it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The story seems to follow two random, unlikely friends who meet-up while their plane is delayed at the Albuquerque airport, ending up on a weekend of fun, or something like that. I guess it doesn't really sound as dirty as that title makes it out to be because it's much more of a lighthearted comedy, though if you dig into it there are some raunchy things going on. Never imagined we'd ever see these two in a buddy comedy. ›››

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BFI's Extensive New Infographic Explains 'What Makes a Film Noir?'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:04
What Makes a Film Noir?

"Their Love was a Flame that Destroyed!" BFI recently put together this fantastic infographic highlighting the many features of a "film noir" film. The extensive infographic runs down the various camera/lighting techniques, dialogue, all the key elements of noir, and explores many examples of the genre at its best. They even drill right down into the question of which is the "noirest" of all - and (spoiler!) it's Billy Wilder's 1944 crime thriller Double Indemnity, which makes for a great reference throughout the image. This was just too good to pass up, thanks to a tip from The AV Club, and now I need to feature it so we can keep up some interest in classic film noir. Maybe watch a few of these you haven't seen yet, why not? Explore more below. ›››

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Maybe Ridley Scott is Ready to Jump Back to 'Prometheus 2' After All

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:11
Ridley Scott

Now this might be interesting. In the latest issue of Total Film, the magazine has a profile on Ridley Scott for his upcoming space adventure The Martian. It's the latest sci-fi movie from Scott since Prometheus and he seems to have found his genre again. The director told the zine that he kind of "adores" science fiction again, which is an interesting full circle considering for years we touted his quote about how sci-fi films were as dead as westerns. Then he came along and made Prometheus, and everyone wanted him to stay away from sci-fi again. Now he's making The Martian, and it looks damn good, and I still want him to make more sci-fi. Because even though Prometheus didn't have a great script, it was still very invigorating for the genre. ›››

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Watch: 'Driving at Night' Profiles 'Drive' & 'Nightcrawler' Car Scenes

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 08:59
Driving at Night Video

Time to drive. If you need an afternoon wake-up, or need some inspiration on how to shoot car scenes, or just want to take a "Nightcall" break, then fire this up. Thanks to a tip from One Perfect Shot, there's a video called "Driving at Night" to watch that features footage from Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 film Drive and Dan Gilroy's 2014 film Nightcrawler. The video is just a basic side-by-side profile of the car sequences in both films, but since these two films have such great car scenes, it's very mesmerizing to watch. Especially set to the music they use from Drive. I also really love the car (chase) cinematography in Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, which also comes to mind with Jake Gyllenhaal driving. Anyway, watch below and enjoy the ride. ›››

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Second Trailer + Poster for Nancy Meyers' Latest Movie 'The Intern'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 08:41
The Intern

"The truth is, something about you makes me feel calm, more centered, or something…" Warner Bros has debuted the second trailer + a poster for Nancy Meyers' upcoming comedy The Intern, starring Robert De Niro as a 70 year old man who takes an internship at a company run by young CEO Jules Ostin, played by Anne Hathaway. This looks like it's much more than just a comedy - also a heartfelt drama about the struggles of life and how the connections we make can help us all out. The supporting cast includes Adam DeVine, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Linda Lavin, Christina Scherer & more. Don't write this one off yet. This trailer plays similar to the first one, but this film might be worth catching. ›››

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Watch: First Fun Teaser Trailer for 'Zoolander 2' Starring Ben Stiller

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 11:30
Zoolander 2 Teaser Trailer

"If God exists, then why did he make ugly people?" Paramount has unveiled the first official teaser trailer for Ben Stiller's highly anticipated sequel Zoolander 2, starring Ben Stiller and directed by Ben Stiller. The cast includes a whole bunch of other names, but this teaser only features Stiller as Derek Zoolander and some fun CGI animation. Oh, and Stephen Hawking's voice, or so it sounds like it's him. Owen Wilson did show up at the catwalk event earlier this year, so he's still in the mix in this somewhere. This teaser is presumably playing in front of Mission: Impossible all weekend, but in the meantime you can catch it below. ›››

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Sound Off: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' - Your Thoughts?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:31
 Impossible - Rogue Nation

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Go rogue. Now showing in theaters is Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the fifth film in the Mission: Impossible series. Tom Cruise returns, once again, to star as Ethan Hunt and face off against the evil forces of The Syndicate. He's joined by his loyal IMF team - Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames. And along the way he encounters the formidable Ilsa Faust, played by Rebecca Ferguson. So how is this one? Better than the last, or just another bland action movie? Is the opera sequence better than any other action sequence? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. ›››

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First Look: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford in James Vanderbilt's 'Truth'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:40
James Vanderbilt's Truth

Get your first look right here! Sony Pictures Classics has revealed a photo from the upcoming film Truth, which is the directorial debut of screenwriter James Vanderbilt (of The Rundown, Zodiac, The Losers, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, White House Down). The film stars Robert Redford as Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, and presents a behind-the-scenes look inside CBS News during Rather's final days there. This photo only shows Blanchett in the make-up room with Redford as Rather, though you can barely see him only through a mirror. At least it's something, and puts this on the map for the awards season as we end the summer and head deeper into the fall. Blanchett is always one to watch. See below. ›››

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New Trailer for 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' National Lampoon Doc

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:11
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead

"We can do anything we want!" Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, a documentary telling The Story of the National Lampoon, the comedy magazine from the 60s. This fantastic and funny documentary takes a look at one of the original comedy magazines that started it all, featuring John Belushi, Chevy Chase and many others. We featured the original poster for this film (seen below) and reviewed it at Sundance this year (read Ethan's glowing review). Some of the appearances in the trailer include Judd Apatow and John Landis, but mostly it's all about the magazine covers and art they show. I'm still amazed at some of what they got away with. You don't want to miss this! ›››

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Watch: Raunchy International Trailer for 'Sleeping with Other People'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 14:09
Sleeping with Other People

"What positions did you do?" Hold onto your butts, this is a wild one. Thankfully with international trailers they don't have to worry about MPAA restrictions, so this one lets loose with the sex and it gets quite raunchy. La Belle Company has debuted the French trailer for Leslye Headland's indie comedy Sleeping with Other People, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year (read Ethan's review). Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star as platonic friends who discuss life and relationships and sex mostly. The cast also includes Natasha Lyonne, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet & Daniella Pineda. This looks like a ton of fun, including all the sex, everything else that's in it, too. See the official US trailer here. ›››

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Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' is Perfect Blockbuster Action

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 13:23
 Impossible - Rogue Nation Review

The first time we see Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation he's running. Of course, he's running. The only activity the physically impressive actor does in this franchise more than run is perform insane, death-defying stunts. Like hang off the side of a plane as it takes off. Don't worry. That comes shortly after the running. This is all to say that Rogue Nation knows where the strengths of its franchise lie. It has taken five films, but the people behind these films have cracked the formula. While the narrative appears to coast on auto-pilot, it's execution makes for Grade A, blockbuster entertainment, an exhilarating cap to the Summer, movie season. No, Fantastic Four was not forgotten. I mean what I say. ›››

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Watch: Trailer for Austrian Psychological Horror 'Goodnight Mommy'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:35
Goodnight Mommy

"She's so different." Radius-TWC has debuted the official US trailer for Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz's Goodnight Mommy, a psychological horror thriller from Austria about a mom and her two insane sons. It's another story about how bad kids can be, but this one is a bit more twisted, involving some really freaky happenings in their nice countryside home. Austrian actress Susanne Wuest plays "Die Mutter", or The Mother, with Elias Schwarz & Lukas Schwarz as the boys. I saw this film as part of New Directors/New Films in NYC, and it's solid and thrilling, but it honestly didn't scare me. Maybe that's just me. Take a look. ›››

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Official US Trailer for Jeunet's 'The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:11
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

"They think I'm an adult." The Weinstein Company has put out a last minute new US trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet. You've probably heard of this one before, because it opened in Europe two years ago, in 2013, and has been delayed by The Weinstein Company for release until now. They're quietly dumping the new Jeunet film in select theaters this weekend. We've posted at least one trailer for this a few years ago, but another brand new trailer has just debuted for this week's opening. Kyle Catlett (who went on to star in Poltergeist after making this) plays T.S. Spivet in this quirky adventure about a ten-year-old cartographer who travels solo across the country. I might still check it out sometime. ›››

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Watch: Trailer for Rick Alverson's Kooky New Film 'Entertainment'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:17
Entertainment Trailer

"That's what it's all about folks - having fun." A few years back filmmaker Rick Alverson broke out with a controversial comedy called The Comedy, which premiered at Sundance to both rave reviews and constant walk outs. Alverson is back again this year with a new film, Entertainment, starring Gregg Turkington as The Comedian, a performer "caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation". The cast includes Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz. This is a very funky film that seems like something more from the mind of Quentin Dupieux, with lonely, dusty California landscapes and kooky characters aplenty. This is not for everyone, but might tickle your fancy. ›››

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Watch: Trailer for Hannah Fidell's '6 Years' Starring Taissa Farmiga

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:34
6 Years Trailer

"I don't want you to have regrets, we make decisions they affect the rest of our lives." The Orchard has premiered the official trailer for Hannah Fidell's 6 Years, a relationship drama looking at the first six years in the romantic life of a young woman. Taissa Farmiga, younger sister of actress Vera Farmiga, stars as Mel Clark. She is in a relationship with Dan Mercer, played by Ben Rosenfield. The cast includes Joshua Leonard and Lindsay Burdge from Hannah Fidell's previous film, A Teacher. This looks quite good, I must say, it's a nicely cut trailer with an energy to it that pulls you in, makes you feel like you're a part of it. ›››

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'Feast' Director Patrick Osborne to Take On 'Battling Boy' Adaptation

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:03
Battling Boy

One of the best animated short films of last year was Patrick Osborne's Feast (it also won the Oscar), which played in front of Disney's Big Hero 6. A charming story about a dog's place in a family, the filmmaker got his foot-in-the-door to Hollywood with his work on that short and now has his first big gig. Variety confirms the Tracking Board news that Patrick Osborne is attached to direct an adaptation of Paul Pope's graphic novel Battling Boy. We've actually been covering this one for years and years, reporting news on various rewrites and screenwriter updates as the film has been in development for about 7 years already. Read on. ›››

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