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Dwayne Johnson Can't Choose: Shazam or Black Adam for DC Comics

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:56
Black Adam / Dwayne Johnson / Shazam

Before Comic-Con, action star Dwayne Johnson was teasing some kind of role based on a DC Comics property that hadn't yet been brought to the big screen. Johnson offered the hint that his character has "the power of Superman," which immediately led to fans guessing that Shazam would be the role. However, it sounds like Johnson has his choice of what DC Comics character he'll bring to life. Speaking with The Associated Press, Johnson is having trouble between playing Shazam or his arch nemesis, anti-hero Black Adam, one of the former wrestler's favorite characters from the world of DC Comics. Maybe fans will help? ›››

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Bradley Cooper May Become Mack Bolan for Director Todd Phillips

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:34
Mack Bolan / Bradley Cooper

In case you didn't know, after working on The Hangover trilogy together, Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips have formed their own production label at Warner Bros., and they're not wasting anytime lining up projects for the big screen. Deadline reports the studio has acquired Don Pendleton's book series featuring recurring anti-terrorist operative Mack Bolan and will develop the film as a vehicle for Cooper to lead and Phillips to potentially direct as well. Avatar sequel writer Shane Salerno, who had the rights to the series from Pendleton's estate, will produce the film with the duo, in addition to writing the script. More below! ›››

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Must Watch: First Trailer for Irish Thriller '71' Starring Jack O'Connell

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:29
Yann Demange's 71 Trailer

"Welcome to the regiment!" StudioCanal UK has debuted a trailer for the film '71, referring to the year 1971, when Belfast, Ireland was experiencing the Troubles with attacks from the IRA, UVF and UDA throughout Northern Ireland. The film stars Jack O'Connell (who is about to breakout into a huge movie star after this and Unbroken and Starred Up) as a soldier who gets lost in the chaos when he becomes seperated from his unit while patrolling the streets of Belfast. I first saw the film in Berlin and it's intense and captivating, keeping you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It's an impressive film that we do recommend looking into seeing, especially if it plays at a film festival near you sometime soon. Until then, don't miss the trailer. ›››

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Simon Pegg Confirms Development of New Film with Edgar Wright

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:08
Edgar Wright / Simon Pegg

While director Edgar Wright is busy preparing projects like his original Baby Driver and an adaptation of Grasshopper Jungle, his collaborator Simon Pegg has Mission: Impossible 5 on his plate and Star Trek 3 with a new director after that. But that doesn't mean the two won't get back together for another film. In fact, Wright and Pegg are hoping to make another three films over the next decade. First, Pegg spoke with BBC 6 Music (via Digital Spy) and confirmed development of a new original film that he's working on with Wright, “Edgar and I were having a conversation the other day about it, and it has a title and everything. We’re kind of into a creative cycle now.” But how soon might it come together? More below! ›››

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Marion Cotillard in UK Trailer for Dardenne Bros' 'Two Days One Night'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:01
Two Days, One Night

"Sorry to insist..." Artificial Eye has debuted the first full UK trailer for the latest film from the Dardenne Brothers, called Two Days, One Night starring Marion Cotillard. You may have heard buzz about this film back in May when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to open in France later that month. Cotillard plays a working-class woman desperately trying to keep her job as she must convince her co-workers to vote for keeping her in a company-wide decision. It's one of the best films I've seen all year so far, moving swiftly and yet maintaining an incredibly sharp focus on what they're saying and what they're accomplishing. Marion Cotillard looks much more disheveled than before but that's all part of her like look in the film, which plays even more into her character. Riveting to watch - I highly suggest catching this film. ›››

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Watch: Teaser Trailer for Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:23
Men, Women & Children Trailer

"U didn't tell anyone right?" Paramount has unveiled the first trailer for Jason Reitman's latest film, Men, Women & Children, following up his tender adaptation of Labor Day. This one is another adaptation, but he tells an ensemble story about how the internet and modern technology connects, and disconnects, us in today's world. It presents a very apt and poignant look at how everything from text messages to email to Snapchat to Facebook fuels social issues like "video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material." The ensemble cast includes Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Kaitlyn Dever, Dennis Haysbert, J.K. Simmons and Rosemarie DeWitt. Looks damn good. ›››

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James Franco as Dave Skylark Has a Chat with Nicki Minaj & More

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:39
The Interview VMA Special

Just as we teased last week, James Franco and Seth Rogen unveiled a TV special on MTV that acts as a bit of viral promotion for The Interview, the comedy hitting theaters on Christmas Day this winter. In the film, TV personality Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen)discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of their show and they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. But then the CIA recruits them for a special operation to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Now you can watch the full MTV special introducing us to Skylark and Rapoport as they conduct a "very special VMA special" speaking with Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Jason Derulo. Watch it below! ›››

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'Charlie Countryman' Director Boards 'Olympus Has Fallen' Sequel

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:10
London Has Fallen

After being shortlisted for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 last year, and ultimately losing the job to Kon-Tiki duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg,  director Fredrik Bond has lined up his next project. THR has learned that Bond is in talks to be at the helm of London Has Fallen, the sequel to one of the two White House thrillers from 2013. Olympus Has Fallen doesn't need a sequel, but that's not stopping Millennium Films from making it, complete with the return of principal cast members Gerard Butler (doing his best John McClane), Aaron Eckhart as the U.S. President and Morgan Freeman as Speaker of the House. ›››

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'Fault in Our Stars' Director Taking on 'Lestat' Vampire Adaptation?

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:26
Lestat

After rocking the young adult world with a the heart-wrenching romance of The Fault in Our Stars, director Josh Boone might be heading into vampire territory. The Wrap has word that Boone is currently in early talks to write and direct Lestat, an adaptation of a couple books in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles book series that was recently picked up by Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci. The character was played by Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire, but this won't be a remake of that film, and will instead adapt both the books The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned. ›››

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Milla Jovovich is Pregnant, 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' Delayed

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:58
Resident Evil

This past summer, we got word from director Paul W.S. Anderson that the next Resident Evil would be the final film in the franchise. The sequel has been going by the working title Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and was originally slated for release next month, but ended up getting pushed back until they got the script right. No new release date was set, and it wasn't clear when production was going to begin, but now an update from Milla Jovovich lets fans know that they'll be waiting a little while longer for the sequel. It would be coming sooner, but Jovovich has revealed she and Anderson are having another baby. ›››

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Ving Rhames Confirmed to Return to Action in 'Mission: Impossible 5'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:06
Ving Rhames / Tom Cruise

At one time, there were rumblings that Jeremy Renner might take over the Mission: Impossible franchise from Tom Cruise as the latter superstar seemed to be fading from box office glory. But Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol proved to be a big success, and Cruise is still very much on board to star in Mission: Impossible 5 from director Christopher McQuarrie, and Renner will be back in a supporting role along with the return of Simon Pegg. Now one more franchise star is back as McQuarrie himself took to Twitter to welcome back Ving Rhames to the production, reprising his role as IMF agent Luther Stickell. Read on! ›››

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Locarno in Photos - Capturing the Sights of the Swiss Film Festival

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:12
Locarno in Photos

"A visit to a cinema is a little outing in itself. It breaks the monotony of an afternoon or evening; it gives a change from the surroundings of home, however pleasant..." [-Ivor Novello] Last week I stopped by the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, located in the lake-mountain town of Locarno on Lake Maggiore. The festival has been running since 1946, famous for its Piazza Grande outdoor venue, yellow & black color scheme, and leopard award/logo. In addition to my coverage of the films I saw at the fest, I wanted to share some of the images from my visit, as it was such a charming and gorgeous place to get immersed in cinema. ›››

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TGB Episode 200!: At Chapter's End (Guests: Eric D. Snider & Jeff Bayer)

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:00
The Golden Briefcase - At Chapter's End

On the 200th episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by fellow podcast hosts of Movie B.S. - Jeff Bayer and Eric D. Snider to talk through their picks of the week and much more. For the main topic the guys talk through their reactions to 2014 summer in movies (with Expendables 3 in theaters now). They talk about reactions to some of the tentpole releases, studio wins and losses and also spend time talking about this year's VOD market and many of the phenomenal titles released on VOD this summer. And with that, the 200th episode of the Golden Briefcase is in the can! Tim and Jeremy are taking a little break to re-tool and reconfigure the show to bring you a fresh take on the show for its next iteration. Look forward to our Fantastic Fest coverage next month to kick off the new season of The Golden Briefcase. ›››

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Elegant First US Teaser Trailer for Ghibli's 'Tale of Princess Kaguya'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:54
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

"As beautiful and imaginative as anything Ghibli has yet created!" Our friends at SlashFilm have unveiled a brand new 60-second teaser trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya', from director Isao Takahata, which was originally released in Japan late 2013. The film is adapted from a 10th century Japanese folktale and is animated in the style of Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga scrolls - essentially it's unlike anything you've seen before, and this teaser plays up how gorgeous that animation looks. The trailer is for the dubbed US version with an English voice cast lead by Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges and James Marsden. This is a short, simple but stunning teaser - check it out. ›››

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Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Begins Production, Adds Judy Greer & More to Cast

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:48
Ant-Man

It's been a long road for Marvel's adaptation of their comic book Ant-Man. For over 10 years Shaun of the Dead writer and director Edgar Wright had developed the film for Marvel with Attack the Block writer and director Joe Cornish helping him out. Wright was officially attached to direct the film in 2006, and spent the years since getting the film together, adapting as Marvel began to build their cinematic universe beginning with Iron Man and leading up to The Avengers. The universe continues to grow with films like Guardians of the Galaxy, and sadly things at Marvel got too complicated for Wright as he and the studio disagreed over the direction of the film, and he dropped out. But Marvel decide to march onward. Read on! ›››

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'Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six' Doc Trailer Traces History of Movie Poster

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:36
Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six

While the movie poster is still a prominent piece of movie marketing, there are far too many that have become nothing more than shoddy Photoshop jobs with floating heads, flying embers and tons of designs that are exactly the same. Now a documentary from director Kevin Burke aims to look at what happened to the movie poster by diving into the history of the piece of movie promotion that used to be much more creative and artful than most of the posters we see in theaters today. Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six will shed light on movie poster art, its evolution over the years and much more. Now we have the first trailer. ›››

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Watch: Juliette Lewis is a New Mommy in Quirky 'Kelly & Cal' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:35
Kelly & Cal Trailer

"You can't just define yourself by the things you've lost." IFC Films has debuted the trailer for a cute, quirky little indie called Kelly & Cal, starring Juliette Lewis as a punk-rocker turned suburban mom. The film is the feature debut of both director Jen McGowan and writer Amy Lowe Starbin, telling a very earnest, heartfelt story about friends. The cast includes Alysia Reiner, Cybill Shepherd, Margaret Colin, Josh Hopkins and Jonny Weston as the kid in the wheelchair. You might also recognize Weston from the time travel film Project Almanac. This might be a bit too quirky for my tastes, but it doesn't look half bad at all. ›››

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Robin Williams' 'Absolutely Anything' Voice Role Maybe Not Finished

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:55
Robin Williams

Following the tragic death of Robin Williams last week, we reported on four more films that would have performances from the late actor. However, it appears that one of those roles may not be completed as initially thought. The Telegraph has learned Williams' voice role in Absolutely Anything, the film that stars Simon Pegg as a teacher who experiences a series of mishaps after discovering he has magical powers given to him by a group of aliens, voiced by Monty Python veterans John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle & Michael Palin. Williams was voicing a talking pet named Dennis the Dog. Read on! ›››

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Video Interview: Director Michael Dowse Discusses 'What If' & 'Goon'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 09:39
Michael Dowse Interview

"It's the essence of flirting." So how do you refresh and revitalize the romantic comedy genre? That's what I was hoping to find out from Canadian director Michael Dowse, the man behind the excellent film What If. I first saw this film at last year's TIFF 2013, and loved it, ranking it as one of my 5 favorite films of that festival. It was known as The F Word back then (and still is in Canada) but was retitled to What If for its US release, which is something I had to ask him about. What If stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as a young couple perfect for each other–their chemistry was a topic, too. View the full video interview below. ›››

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Indie Trailer Sunday: Trailer for 'Haemoo' Produced by Bong Joon-ho

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 15:00
Haemoo Trailer

Have you seen Snowpiercer yet? If not, it's now available on VOD now - check it out sometime soon. If you have, then great! For those who (like me) are big fans of Korean director Bong Joon-ho, we have another project you might want to take a look at. It's called Haemoo, or Sea Fog, and is a Korean thriller about a fishing boat that is smuggling illegal immigrants. The cast includes Kim Yun-seok and Park Yu-Chun, and the film was already released in Korea this month. The full trailer has been floating around and I was inspired by our friends to feature it today, especially with its North American festival debut coming up soon. No subtitles yet, unfortunately, but this does look like an intense, dark, modern thriller. Take a look below! ›››

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