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George Romero's Son Crowdfunding 'Night of the Living Dead' Prequel

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:48
Night of the Living Dead - Origins

Way back in 1968, filmmaker George A. Romero unleashed a creation that would become a pop culture staple of the horror genre: zombies. Night of the Living Dead was the first film to introduce the concept of dead rising from the graves as mindless, brain-hungry monsters, chasing the living. Since the, Romero hasn't really been able to duplicate the iconic success he achieved decades ago, though he's tried to continue his love of horror with sequels as recent as a few years ago like Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead. Now his son is trying to follow in his footsteps with a prequel simply called Origins, but he needs help. ›››

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Shawn Levy in Talks to Direct the 'Minecraft' Video Game Adaptation

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:56
Minecraft

As the Night at the Museum franchise comes to an end, director Shawn Levy is looking to get into a different kind of adventure as Deadline reports he's currently in talks to direct an adaptation of the video game Minecraft. Warner Bros. picked up the rights to the video game in February for The LEGO Movie producer Roy Lee and his Vertigo production banner. Much like The LEGO Movie, there are endless possibilities for what can be done with a game like this that lets players begin with a black canvas and create whatever they want to. But as of now there's no indication as to what story the feature film will employ. ›››

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See Famous Scenes from 'Titanic' & More Get the LEGO Treatment

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:19
LEGO Titanic

Following the success of The LEGO Movie earlier this year, it's no surprise that more people have become smitten by the building block toy all over again. And Warner Bros. Pictures is going to keep bringing the LEGO fun coming with a Ninjago spin-off coming in 2016, a LEGO Batman spin-off in 2017 and The LEGO Movie 2 arriving in 2018 (as we reported yesterday). But today, we're bringing you some classic movies getting the LEGO treatment. Teenage stop-motion animator and LEGO fan Morgan Spence has recreated scenes from films like has recreated scenes from films like Singin' in the Rain with LEGO pieces. Watch! ›››

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Watch: Warwick Davis Confirmed for a Role in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:42
Warwick Davis

There's still some spoilers floating about online for Star Wars: Episode VII, and we're doing our best to steer clear from them, hoping to preserve some sense of mystery and surprise when the film arrived next winter. But that doesn't mean there isn't stuff to reveal, and the latest post from StarWars.com does just that by announcing that a certain veteran of the sci-fi saga will be returning as well. Warwick Davis has been a part of Star Wars since he played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, and he even had a small cameo role in The Phantom Menace. And now he'll pop up in Star Wars: Episode VII next year too. Watch! ›››

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'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' Poster Rounds Up Exhibits

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:25
 Secret of the Tomb

Though we're a little disappointed that Merry Friggin' Christmas doesn't look like all that promising of a film to contain one of the final performances Robin Williams delivered before his untimely death, maybe he'll get a proper send off in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, where he reprises his role as Teddy Roosevelt. A new poster has arrived pegging this one as the final adventure for Ben Stiller and the rest of the museum exhibits (they're pretty much all featured here) that come to life at night. These films have never been masterpieces, but as family friendly adventure comedies, I've enjoyed them. Look below! ›››

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Watch: Angelina Jolie's World War II Drama 'Unbroken' Second Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:19
Unbroken

"If you take it, you can make it." More and more trailers for awards contenders will be arriving every week as winter gets closer, and this time we have the second theatrical trailer for Angelina Jolie's sophomore directorial effort Unbroken, based on the true story of Olympian and prisoner of war Louis Zamperini. Jack O'Connell takes the lead role of the super star athlete turned soldier as he finds himself facing seemingly insurmountable odds in a Japanese prison camp after his plane is shot down over the ocean. He's forced to endure mental, physical and emotional torture, but he's not going to give up easily. Watch below! ›››

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Gal Gadot & Pedro Pascal Circling Roles in New 'Ben-Hur' Adaptation

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:37
Pedro Pascal / Gal Gadot

Following the barrage of news about Warner Bros. Pictures' release plans for their DC Comics big screen ventures, which included a 2017 release date for Wonder Woman, the star of the female superhero flick  is lining up another lead role before she has to whip out her lasso again. THR has word that Gal Gadot is in early talks to take the female lead role in Paramount and MGM's co-production of Ben-Hur, a new adaptation of the classic Lew Wallace novel of the same name from 1880. Jack Huston has already taken the lead role of the Jewish prince betrayed by his friend Messala (Toby Kebbell) and now the cast is filling out. ›››

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Exclusive: New Poster for Acclaimed Documentary 'The Overnighters'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:16
The Overnighters Poster

Doesn't everyone deserve a second chance? We're excited to debut the brand new poster for Jesse Moss' highly acclaimed, extraordinary documentary The Overnighters which was just released in theaters last weekend by Drafthouse Films. It's a must see doc this year. The poster features a handful of quotes from critics all over, praising the "masterwork" doc calling it "riveting", "powerful" and "explosive". It is all of these things and much more, an incredible discovery out of Sundance this year hoping to go all the way at the Oscars next year. We're lucky to be quoted on this as well, out of my own Sundance review, where I call it a "wildly captivating real world ride." Take a look at the new poster below and catch this in theaters now. ›››

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More Than an Hour of 'Interstellar' is IMAX + New Photos & TV Spots

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:44
Interstellar

As we said when the fourth and final trailer for Christopher Nolan's space and time-spanning drama Interstellar arrived, we're already sold on the movie and don't want to see anymore footage from the film, especially since we just learned from EW that over an hour of it was shot on IMAX and we just want to see that on the big big screen. But for those of you who just can't get enough footage from the film, we've included three new TV spots from the United Kingdom to whet your appetite along with new photos featuring Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Nolan himself on set. Just three more weeks. ›››

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Chris Hemsworth in Ron Howard's 'In the Heart of the Sea' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:05
Heart of the Sea Trailer

"We were headed for the edge of sanity, like we were apparitions, phantoms..." Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for Ron Howard's new movie In the Heart of the Sea, adapting a book by Nathaniel Philbrick about the real-life story that inspired Moby Dick. Chris Hemsworth stars as Owen Chase, the veteran first mate of the Essex, a whaling ship that sets off with a crew to hunt down the gigantic demon of a whale haunting them. The cast includes Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Riley, Tom Holland and many others. This first teaser is a rather poetic and beautiful look at the story, presenting us with a larger-than-life tale of ambition and adventure. As a first glance, this looks really good. ›››

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Ryan Gosling Sought After for 'Doctor Strange' and 'Suicide Squad'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:48
Ryan Gosling

The last couple days have brought some big news for fans of both Marvel and DC Comics movies, and now one actor in particular has drawn the attention of both sides. THR reports Ryan Gosling, a gifted actor who has strayed away from big franchises and blockbusters, is currently being courted for two big comic book roles. First, Marvel Studios has met with the actor to take the title role of Doctor Strange, joining names like Ewan McGregor and more who are also in the running. Since Gosling is just one of many names, and doesn't seem all that interested in these kind of films, don't hold your breath, but it's possible. Read on! ›››

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Review: David Ayer's 'Fury' Feels Like Something New Despite Cliches

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:27
Fury

Writer and director David Ayer brings his particular brand of hard-hitting action and remorseless intensity to the muddied front of World War II-torn Europe in Fury, more specifically the metal beasts that rolled through the landscape on rusted tracks. Fury’s heart is in both the hardened men inside those tanks as well as the hellish events that made them that way. It pulls up a number of war movie tropes, some of which give the film a shopworn feel. Regardless, the out-and-out ferocity of Ayer’s camera and action with a staggering slate of performances led by Brad Pitt makes Fury as solid as any good war film before it. ›››

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Ben Barnes & Leighton Meester Get Gritty in First 'By the Gun' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:15
By the Gun

"You want in this family, you gotta pay the price." After starring in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, actor Ben Barnes hasn't had the best luck with his film choices. He's the lead in the continuously delayed The Seventh Son, and he seems stuck in a rut if forgettable fantasy or sparsely seen films. Maybe there's a chance that could change with By the Gun, a gritty crime thriller set in Boston that sees Barnes entering the world of the Italian mafia. Leighton Meester doesn't seem to be offering much here though, especially with one particularly terrible line delivery on display that we hope is fixed in the final cut. Watch? ›››

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Katniss Sees the Destruction of District 12 in New 'Mockingjay' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:41
 Mockingjay - Part I

"We need to make it personal for her. Let her see what The Capitol did to District 12." Lionsgate just opened ticket sales for this fall's release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, and along with that comes a short new trailer showing off some new footage from the first chapter in the two-part finale. Through voiceover, we hear President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) talking about how they're not sure Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) can be the leader they need. But that seems to change when she's taken to visit her destroyed home in District 12. Watch it! ›››

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Watch: How 'The Blair Witch Project' Changed Movies Back in 1999

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:20
The Blair Witch Project

Though found footage feels like a craze that only started a few years ago with the success of Paranormal Activity, the first massive found footage hit actually arrived 10 years earlier, at a time when the internet hadn't yet been successfully used to market a film to a massive audience. That film is The Blair Witch Project, and in a new short from Academy Originals, the film's unprecedented and breakthrough success is documented, showing how an indie film that was made on a shoestring budget became one of the biggest surprise hits of the summer thanks to some clever marketing and a unique premise. Watch below! ›››

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The Golden Briefcase at Fantastic Fest 2014 - One Epic Recap Episode

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:11
Fantastic Fest 2014

Fantastic Fest at the Alamo Drafthouse is the most wonderful time of the year as a genre cinema fan, and The Golden Briefcase hosts Tim and Jeremy look forward to it as much as Christmas. Both returned to Austin back in September for the fest this year and present one epic recap episode. This year's schedule was chock-full of delicious samplings such as Kevin Smith's Tusk, Drafthouse Films' ABCs of Death 2, Miike's Over Your Dead Body, Sono's Tokyo Tribe and tons more (see all of our Fantastic Fest reviews here). This massive episode includes all of the live discussions from Fantastic Fest and interviews with filmmakers including Nicolas Winding Refn, Liv Corfixen and Alex Aja, director of Horns. Don't miss it, listen in now! ›››

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Neil Patrick Harris to Host 87th Academy Awards in February 2015

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:18
Neil Patrick Harris

With awards season getting into swing, there's no better time for Variety to report that the 87th Academy Awards, airing on ABC on February 22nd, 2015, will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. The former child star has enjoyed s great career since his comeback following Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and he has enjoyed great success as a series regular every single season of "How I Met Your Mother," several big stage musicals and most recently, a pivotal role in the thriller Gone Girl this month. As for hosting duties, Harris has already livened up both the Tony Awards and the Emmy ceremony this year, so he's ready. ›››

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35mm Doc 'Out Of Print' Now Online After New Beverly Controversy

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:28
New Beverly

Over the last few weeks we've written a few articles about Quentin Tarantino taking over managing the New Beverly Cinema, the repertory 35mm theater in Los Angeles. However, there's an interesting development on the other side today and it involves one of the theater's longtime employees speaking out about the new changes. It seems things have taken a turn for the worse, and after being told to keep quiet, Julia Marchese (@juliacmarchese) has written a blog about her experiences and being unfairly forced to quit. Marchese is also the filmmaker behind the documentary Out of Print about saving 35mm film made mostly at the New Beverly. But due to this break-up, she has released the doc in full online immediately for everyone's viewing. ›››

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Standalone Superman & Batman Movies Also Coming Before 2020

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:15
Batman & Superman

Well, the hits just keep on coming for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment today. The studio has announced the dates for a bunch of forthcoming movies with ties to Justice League, they've announced that Ezra Miller is playing The Flash, and that Zack Snyder is directing a two-part Justice League movie. But there's another little detail that's been somewhat overlooked. The studio also has plans for standalone movies for Ben Affleck as Batman and another movie for Henry Cavill as Superman. They haven't been given dates yet, but the press release says they will arrive sometime between 2016 and 2020. Read on! ›››

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Christian Bale Could Still Play Steve Jobs for Director Danny Boyle

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:21
Christian Bale

Though Christian Bale was director David Fincher's choice to play Steve Jobs in a biopic about the Apple founder developing at Sony Pictures, it won't be the Gone Girl filmmaker at the helm of the project. Fincher fell away from the film due to disagreement over his paycheck and creative control, and in April, we learned that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was taking over the film with an eye to have Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. But now we've come full circle and met in the middle as Variety reports it will actually be Christian Bale playing the late technology innovator in the film that is currently called Jobs. ›››

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