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'Neighbors' Writers Set Up Slasher Horror Comedy 'Thrill Ride' at Fox

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:05
Thrill Ride

The writing and producing duo of Andrew Jay Cohen & Brendan O'Brien delivered one hell of a great comedy this past summer with Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Now the two are poised to make their feature film directorial debut with a horror comedy called Thrill Ride. This time, Cohen and O'Brien didn't write the script, with Peter Warren (who will also produce the film) working on the pages, and this sounds like a really cool idea. Described as being in the same vein as Scream and This is The End, the story takes place at a theme park where students from a nearby high school start dying elaborately. ›››

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Paul Feig Talks 'Ghostbusters' Reboot, Doesn't Want to Ruin Originals

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:21
Ghostbusters / Paul Feig

News just hit yesterday that the all-female Ghostbusters reboot from The Heat and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig was officially coming together with writer Katie Dippold taking on scripting duties. Now Feig has taken the time to chat with EW about the highly scrutinized developing project where he does a little bit of damage control for fans who are outraged that this project is even happening, and also explains what he hopes to accomplish with the film that will have no ties to the original films at all. In addition, he also wants to have the film actually be scary, something that the original Ghostbusters accomplishes pretty damn well. ›››

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First Look: Will Smith & Margot Robbie in Requa & Ficarra's 'Focus'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:47
Focus

It feels like it's been forever since we've seen Will Smith in his own movie, but in actuality, he just hasn't done anything memorable. In the last two years, he's led Men in Black 3 and After Earth, both movie with their fair share of problems that people have mostly forgotten by now. Otherwise, he had small roles in Winter's Tale and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. But coming early next year, he's starring in Focus from Crazy Stupid Love writing and directing duo Glenn Ficarra & John Requa. Now the first photos from the film, also featuring Margot Robbie, have emerged online, and a trailer shouldn't be far behind. ›››

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Watch: Patrick Wilson Has a Crazy Night in 'Stretch' Red Band Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:30
Stretch

After being suddenly delayed earlier this year, Universal Pictures is releasing Joe Carnahan's comedic action thriller Stretch on VOD this coming weekend. Kicking things off with a red band that was approved by "your mama" and an upbeat tune from the Ferris Bueller's Day Off soundtrack, this is one wacky trailer for what promises to be an equally crazy movie from director Joe Carnahan, who has apparently promised to refund your money himself if you don't like the movie. It's a very weirdly cut trailer, with some annoying sound editing, and just a list of all the craziness that you'll see. But is it enough to get people to watch? ›››

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'Kill Your Darlings' Director Boards Young Adult Adaptation 'Wonder'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 16:35
Wonder / John Krokidas

After diving into rather dramatic indie territory with Kill Your Darlings last year, director John Krokidas is heading into young adult territory. However, thankfully it won't be another dystopian sci-fi adventure as THR reports Krokidas will be at the helm of the adaptation of Wonder, a novel by R.J. Palacio from 2012. Sounding similar to the 1985 film Mask, the film follows a 10-year-old boy named Auggie Pullman who has facial difference which has kept him from going to a mainstream school. We join him as he heads into fifth grade at Beecher Prep, only wanting to fit in. Of course, he'll teach everyone not to judge a book by its cover. ›››

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Lucas Till Faces a Pack of Beasts in the Red Band Trailer for 'Wolves'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:42
Wolves

Jason Momoa caught a lot of attention for his role in the first season of "Game of Thrones," and soon he'll be even bigger after taking the role of Aquaman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, leading to a likely more pivotal role in Justice League. But before that, you can see him hamming it up as a big hairy villain in the campy horror flick Wolves. This doesn't really look good, but it looks like silly fun. With a tone that seems similar to "True Blood," the story follows a young, troubled kid (Lucas Till) digging into his past who ends up tumbling upon a supernatural secret in the town of Lupine Ridge. Yes, there's werewolves, and this red band trailer shows them chomping and leaping all over. Watch the trailer below! ›››

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Paul Feig's All-Female 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Lands 'The Heat' Writer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:28
Katie Dippold / Ghostbusters

Right at the end of the summer, some big news surfaced reporting that Sony Pictures had hired Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to be at the helm of an all-female Ghostbusters reboot. However, speaking about the future of the Ghostbusters franchise, Dan Aykroyd cautioned that a script still needed to be written. Well, now that time has come as THR reports Katie Dippold, the screenwriter behind Feig's buddy cop comedy The Heat, has been hired to write the film that will not be connected to the first two Ghostbusters movies, but will launch a new series. This still sounds like the best possible approach to keeping Ghostbusters alive. ›››

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Learn White from Wrong in Red Band Trailer for 'Dear White People'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 13:59
Dear White People

"Dear white people using Instagram, you go on hikes. I get it." The release of the racially charged satirical comedy Dear White People will be upon us in just over a week, and in one final effort to get the attention of the masses, a red band trailer has been unveiled, throwing around more than a few curse words and some racial slurs too. This looks like the kind of stirring, bold comedy all people need to see, and the reaction I've seen in the theaters from people of the same race referenced in the film's title when they see this movie's trailer is further proof of why it needs to and should exist. Plus, this just looks plain funny. Watch below! ›››

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Watch: First Trailer for Last Year's TIFF Indie Thriller 'Bad Turn Worse'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:53
Bad Turn Worse

"Sounds like game time to me." Just last week, we exclusively debuted the teaser poster for the Texas crime thriller Bad Turn Worse, the film formerly known as We Gotta Get Out of This Place, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. Now the film is finally getting released next month in limited theaters and on VOD, and the first trailer has arrived. This looks really cool, like a contemporary western, and the praise for a villainous turn from Mark Pellegrino sounds like that alone will make the film worth seeing. Mackenzie Davis and Jeremy Allen White also star in the film. Watch the trailer! ›››

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First Look: Disney & Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland' with George Clooney

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:38
Tomorrowland

Tomorrow, Disney is bringing a tease of Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland to New York Comic-Con, and we'll have coverage of the panel shortly thereafter. In the meantime, it seems like a teaser trailer for the summer 2015 release might not be too far away as we finally have the first photos from the film starring George Clooney and "Under the Dome" star Britt Robertson. The film follows a Florida girl who dreams of the future while watching the launchpads of Cape Canaveral being disassembled. After getting into a bit of trouble while exploring, she finds herself in possession of a mysterious pin that reveals a vision of a place that gives her a glimpse into a better world. But finding it doesn't prove to be easy. Look! ›››

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Watch: Jonathan & Josh Baker's Outstanding 'Bag Man' Short Film

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:58
Bag Man Short Film

Wow. Every once in a while a film comes along that stops you in your tracks, reminds you why you love great films, and shows us that there's still real talent out there. This short film, titled Bag Man, came across my desk this week and it's actually a must watch. From filmmakers Jonathan & Josh Baker, the film tells the story of a young boy who leaves New York City to venture upstate with a mysterious dufflebag in hand. What is he hiding? You'll have to watch and find out. I love everything about this - the setup and payoff is perfect, the short flows smoothly and never drags, it's gorgeously shot and looks great, the VFX are fantastic. Along with Envoy, this is genuinely one of the best shorts I've seen in a while, and I will be following these guys. ›››

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'2 Guns' Director Plans Viking Drama 'Vikingr' at Universal Pictures

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:34
Vikings

Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur has already made his way to the United States with 2 Guns and Contraband, and now he's bringing some of the history of his homeland over here for his next project. THR reports Universal Pictures has hired Kormákur to direct Vikingr, an action drama that he also co-wrote with Ólafur Egill Egilsson. Vikings are a mostly untapped resource on the big screen, though The History Channel has fared well with their TV series focusing on the native Icelandic people. While there aren't any specifics on the story, the film is said to focus on the early days of Viking life, derived from classic tales. ›››

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'Gremlins' Director Does Romeo & Juliet with Vampires & Werewolves

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:09
Joe Dante

In recent years, director Joe Dante has really managed to produce films of the same quality as his greats like Gremlins, The 'Burbs, The Howling and more. He's been busy with episodes of TV shows like the new "Hawaii Five-0" and "Witches of East End" lately, not to mention directing Burying the Ex for this year, but now he's poised to get back into genre films again. THR has word that Dante is bringing a project called Ombra Amore to the New Cinema Network co-production market at The Rome Film Festival as part of a special section called "Great Beauties" that promote Italy as a production partner. So what's the film about? ›››

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Bryan Cranston Becomes 'The Infiltrator' for 'Lincoln Lawyer' Director

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:42
The Infiltrator / Bryan Cranston

Denzel Washington may be The Equalizer, but now Bryan Cranston is becoming The Infiltrator. The film is the first of seven project that the production banner Good Films has in the works and Variety reports Cranston is attached to star in the film that will be directed by The Lincoln Lawyer and Runner Runner helmer Brad Furman. The film is based on Robert Mazur’s autobiography of the same name, recounting the author's time as a customs and excise agent who goes undercover as Bob Musella and infiltrates BCCI, the bankers behind the Pablo Escobar's infamous Medellín drug cartel. It's a wild and true story. Read on! ›››

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Robert Downey Jr. Pulls Back 'Iron Man 4,' Teases Other Marvel Stuff

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:57
Robert Downey Jr.

As we suspected, yesterday's revelation from Robert Downey Jr. that Marvel had plans for Iron Man 4 has had the reins pulled back. After appearing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" yesterday, Downey also went over to "The Late Show with David Letterman" on his publicity rounds to promote The Judge hitting theaters this weekend. Letterman also asked him about Iron Man 4, and it sounds like Marvel wanted him to clear things up as well. Downey went back to his old stance saying, "There's no plans for an Iron Man 4. There's no script for Iron Man 4, but they do have a plan and I think they're gonna announce it." Read on! ›››

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Steve Carell Heads into Thriller Territory with Director Gore Verbinski

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 21:17
Steve Carell

Later this year, we'll see Steve Carell get serious with Foxcatcher, a role that will likely land him at least an Oscar nomination when the time comes. And while he also has the dumb family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (arriving this week) too, it sounds like he won't be sticking in that territory all the time. Deadline reports Carell will star in an untitled paranoid thriller at New Regency with Pirates of Caribbean franchise director Gore Verbinski at the helm working from a script by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Pursuit of Happyness writer Steve Conrad. Sounds like a good team. ›››

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Watch: Justin Tagg's Mysterious, Clever Sci-Fi Short Film 'Mouse-X'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:44
Mouse-X Short Film

Who are you, if you're not the only you? This peculiar little short film is worth watching for the interesting twists and turns found within. Titled Mouse-X (which may hint at more of the plot than expected), written & directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Justin Tagg (@mouseXshortfilm), this "sci-fi mind trip" follows a man who wakes up in a room and has to figure out where he is and what's going on. He's trapped inside of one giant experiment involving a thousand clones of himself, so who is he if he's not the only one? It runs a bit long, but otherwise it's a well-made short that proves even old ideas can be rehashed and still be unique. ›››

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The Postal Service Documentary 'Everything Will Change' Gets a Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 16:41
Everything Will Change

Unfortunately for music fans, The Postal Service was just a shortlived group formed by Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and musical artist Dntel or Jimmy Tamborello. with vocal help from Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley. But at the very least, they delivered the spectacular album Give Up which never seems to get old. Well, 11 years after that album was released, the trio decided to get the band back together, but only for a 2013 tour. Thankfully, if you weren't able to attend, director Justin Mitchell has captured the tour in a documentary called Everything Will Change and a trailer for the film has arrived. Watch it! ›››

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Casey Affleck Goes Back to Boston to Lead Marathon Bombing Drama

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 16:12
Boston Marathon Bombing

Last year, just a few months after the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon, it was revealed that The Fighter writing duo Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy had been hired to adapt Boston Strong, a book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge about the city's reaction to the Patriot Day attacks and also the hunt for the two siblings wanted in connection with the bombings. And now the project seems poised to move forward as Variety reports Casey Affleck is now attached to both star in and produce the film. The project will be taken out to studios as a film over the next week after a proposed plan for a miniseries didn't work out. ›››

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Did Robert Downey Jr. Really Confirm Development of 'Iron Man 4'?

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:34
Iron Man

Just last month, Robert Downey Jr. confirmed that there were no plans for Iron Man 4. He was asked directly about whether or not another sequel was in development, and he flatly said, "There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man." However, if we're to believe a casual chat that Ellen DeGeneres had on her own talk show with Downey today, then that might not be the case anymore. The charming Ellen flat out asked Downey whether or not there would be an Iron Man 4, and he said, "I know there's going to be a bunch more Marvel movies. And they have big ideas of how to do it best, and we're in the middle of negotiation, blah, blah, blah..." And then she just went for the gold. Watch what happened! ›››

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