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Legendary Veteran Actor Mickey Rooney Has Passed Away at Age 93

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:33
Mickey Rooney

Another one of the greats from the short history of Hollywood has left this world. The New York Times reports legendary veteran actor Mickey Rooney passed away at his home in North Hollywood on Sunday at age 93. Rooney was most recently seen in family comedies The Muppets and the Night at the Museum franchise, but his career in entertainment began at the tender age of two, as part of a family vaudeville act. But his career as a child star wouldn't begin until he landed a role as Mickey McGuire in a series of comedic short films that lasted for nine years. And it was that role which led to feature film fame. ›››

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'Gremlins' Remake Back on the Table and Being Developed Quickly?

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:01
Gremlins

Over the weekend, we heard the divisive news that a sequel to the 80s classic adventure The Goonies was in the works straight form director Richard Donner. In our report on that film, we recollected producer Frank Marshall's lamentation of remaking certain properties when a potential remake of Gremlins was said to be in the works. At the time, Marshall said that a remake of the director Joe Dante's 80s tongue-in-cheek horror couldn't move forward without permission from producer Steven Spielberg, and it sounds like maybe he's warmed up to the idea since AICN says the project is being fast-tracked at Warner Bros. More below! ›››

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Key & Peele Taking Over New Line's Reboot of 'Police Academy' Now

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:47
Key & Peele

We've seen comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele get hilariously excited about A Good Day to Die Hard and Liam Neeson in Non-Stop, and their work on the hit Comedy Central sketch series has led to the duo writing a feature film comedy with Judd Apatow. Now they've got another feature film project in the works as THR reports Key & Peele have signed on to produced the gestating remake of the comedy franchise Police Academy. The project has been gestating since 2010, and "Tosh.0" director Scott Zabielski was once attached to be at the helm, but has since vacated the project, leaving the position open. ›››

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Already Shooting, Casting Mostly Completed

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:59
 Episode VII

Now before that headline gets any of you excited, there's not really much in the vein of information here. But this report serves more as an update on progress for Star Wars: Episode VII. First of all, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn recently sat down at the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television’s for their Hollywood Masters series (via THR) and revealed the film has already been shooting. And while some outlets have been touting this as "secretly filming," this is director J.J. Abrams shooting plates, master setting shots which will be digitally added in the background in post-production. ›››

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Indie Trailer Sunday: 'Ida' - Pawel Pawlikowski's B&W Polish Drama

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 18:00
Ida Indie Trailer Sunday

"They never told you?" Today's must-see indie trailer is for a riveting B&W drama from Poland titled Ida, which was Poland's 2013 entry into the Best Foreign Language Oscar pool, but it didn't make the final cut. Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida first premiered at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival and London Film Festivals last year, and also played in Telluride, Toronto & Sundance before getting a limited US release. It has earned rave reviews from critics the world over, and this trailer gives us a glimpse at the powerful story of a young nun in 1960s Poland who moves in with her aunt. The score in this is just tremendous, I'm curious to see it. ›››

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Watch: Extended Trailer for Gareth Edwards' New 'Godzilla' Arrives

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 17:37
Godzilla Extended Trailer

"It is going to send us back to the stone age!" He's coming. WB/Legendary has debuted a 3-min extended trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. This is basically the exact same footage they showed at CinemaCon (and likely the shame they'll show at WonderCon) which features an extended look at Bryan Cranston's character's storyline, as well as some extra shots of massive destruction. What I love about this trailer is that it takes almost 2 minutes until you realize all this death and destruction you're watching is coming from Godzilla - the giant King of Monsters finally traveling from Japan to America. Something woke him up and he doesn't care about anything in his way. They're selling this movie perfectly and I am so excited to see it. ›››

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Director Richard Donner Says Sequel to 'The Goonies' in Development

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 15:53
The Goonies

If all the 80s nostalgia that has been recycled over the past five years or so just wasn't enough, the revival of an adventure favorite is apparently on the way. Director Richard Donner was recently approached by TMZ (via SlashFilm), and the filmmaker wasn't shy about revealing that a sequel to the revered childhood adventure The Goonies was in development. Donner simply said, "We're doing a sequel," and when the gossip outlet asked if any of the original cast members were coming back, Donner optimistically said, "Hopefully all of them!" The last time we heard about a potential sequel was from Josh Brolin in 2007. ›››

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Interview: 'Jodorowsky's Dune' Documentary Director Frank Pavich

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:38
Frank Pavich

All he said is, "I want to change the world." One of the year's must-see documentaries is Jodorowsky's Dune, profiling the Chilean filmmaker and his ambitious attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's Dune in the 70s. Jodorowsky amassed one of the most insane casts ever: Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, Gloria Swanson, David Carradine and Mick Jagger of all people. This outstanding documentary, directed by Frank Pavich of the music doc N.Y.H.C. previously, debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival where I first caught it and fell in love with it. I finally spoke with Pavich over the phone in March for a fun discussion on this excellent doc. ›››

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Sound Off: Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' - Thoughts?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:34
 The Winter Soldier Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? In heroes we trust. Now playing everywhere is Marvel Studio's latest, Captain America: The Winter Soldier a sequel to Captain America but also a follow-up to The Avengers and even Iron Man 3 in a way. The focus is on Cap, played again by Chris Evans, as well as Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow working for SHIELD plus Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury. There's also Anthony Mackie as Falcon getting in the mix. So how is this sequel? Any better? An action classic or comic book mess? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Marvel's Captain America 2. ›››

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Sony/MGM Aiming at Oscar Nom Chiwetel Ejiofor for Bond 24 Villain

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:24
Chiwetel Ejiofor

"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!" Oooh now this sounds nearly perfect. A number of Hollywood trades, including Variety/The Wrap, are reporting that MGM/Sony is looking at Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor for a villain role in the next James Bond movie. Casting and pre-production is underway on Bond 24, as it's currently known since they haven't revealed a title, but we do know Sam Mendes and of course Daniel Craig are back as director and 007, respectively. Their "sources" say that Ejiofor "is the top choice to play the villain" but no offer has been made and scheduling would need to work out before it's confirmed. ›››

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TGB Episode 192: A Discussion - In Regards to Religion in Movies

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:57
The Golden Briefcase - Noah's Ark / Religion

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and plenty more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on religion in film, in honor of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, retelling the Noah's Ark story, in theaters now. The guys go over some of the more notable examples of religious movies including Biblical epics, satirical comedies, marketed religious films and much more. They also talk over some of the best uses of Biblical source material in films made thus far and Jeremy weighs in on Aronofsky's Noah! Listen in to this episode. ›››

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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director to Helm 'Pete's Dragon' Remake

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:07
Pete's Dragon

Over a year ago, we learned that Ain't Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery was heading into drastically different territory by scripting a remake of the live-action and animated hybrid Pete's Dragon for Disney along with his writing partner Toby Halbrooks. Now The Wrap reports Lowery has also entered talks to direct the film as well. The original film followed an orphan boy who ventures into the fishing village of Passamaquoddy with his invisible dragon Elliott. Though several accidents get blamed on Pete by those who don't believe in this dragon, when Elliott makes a daring rescue, everyone begins to believe. Read on! ›››

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Keanu Reeves & Eli Roth Team on Psychological Thriller 'Knock Knock'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:44
Keanu Reeves

February brought news that horror director Eli Roth was going to reteam with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo, the writers of the earthquake thriller Aftershock he produced, for a new horror film called Knock Knock. The film was said to follow two young girls who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his perfect life. Now Deadline has word that Speed and The Matrix star Keanu Reeves will venture into horror with a commitment to star in the film as the married man, and he will also executive produce with production slated to begin in under two weeks. ›››

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'Game of Thrones' Star Gwendoline Christie Takes 'Mockingjay' Role

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:21
Gwendoline Christie

While we know that not much will have to be done in order to make the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay complete, production on the film isn't finished yet. The first chapter of the two-part finale hits theaters this November, but one of the cast members in a pivotal role in the second chapter has just been replaced. Previously, Lily Rabe was slated to play Commander Lyme, one of the leaders of District 13 and previous victor of The Hunger Games from District 2, but now it will be "Game of Thrones" fan favorite star Gwendoline Christie taking the role instead. More below! ›››

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Michelle Monaghan Joining Adam Sandler's 'Pixels' Arriving in 2015

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:57
Michelle Monaghan

Fresh of an acclaimed supporting turn on the first season of the stellar HBO series "True Detective," actress Michelle Monaghan is going in a completely different direction with a role in the sci-fi adventure action comedy Pixels starring Adam Sandler. Based on a short film of the same name, the film follows an attack of aliens on the world after they misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, using the games as models for their attacks. The only people who can stop the aliens are a group of video game experts played by Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage. More below! ›››

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Watch: US Trailer for Roman Polanski's Odd & Erotic 'Venus in Fur'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:18
Venus in Fur

It's been a few years since director Roman Polanski brought a film to the big screen, the last being Carnage, an adaptation of a stage play. Now the filmmaker is back with Venus in Fur, another single-location drama that looks much less conventional and more strange than the previous isolated tale in this first US trailer. The film follows Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner, and her Diving Bell and the Butterfly co-star Mathieu Amalric in an erotic game of cat and mouse as a young actress is determined to get the role in a new play by using some sexy tactics. It looks odd, but may be worth checking out. Watch? ›››

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Ryan Reynolds Takes Lead in Nazi-Stolen Art Drama 'Woman in Gold'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:57
Ryan Reynolds

Not too long ago, we learned that Andrew Garfield was going to join Helen Mirren in the World War II drama Woman in Gold. Using what feels like a story set after the events of The Monuments Men, the film follows the story of Maria Altmann, a woman who worked with lawyer Randol Schoenberg to take legal action against the Austrian government to recover art works that once belonged to her family but were stolen by the Nazis. Garfield was meant to play the attorney, but now Deadline reports Ryan Reynolds is surprisingly stepping into the dramatic role for The Weinstein Company film from director Simon Curtis. ›››

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Watch & Learn About the Math Behind Pixar's Stunning Animation

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:40
Pixar Animation

If you're one of those students, current or former, who always wondered why it might be good to learn so much math, there's finally at least one reasonable answer. A couple videos have surfaced online looking at how integral math is when working at Pixar Animation. While there's plenty of art that goes into making their stunning animated films, the animation is still done on a computer, which is made possible due to lots of math. Below you can watch a TED talk from Pixar Research Lead Tony DeRose as he discusses the importance of math in Pixar's work, and also a way nerdier video diving into one of their animation systems. ›››

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Review: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is Marvel's Best to Date

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:20
 The Winter Soldier

It's high time comic book movies gave us something serious and incredible. Who am I kidding? Marvel is doing it and doing it well, hitting a steady stride of peaks and valleys on their way to the next big cataclysmic movie event, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Before we get there though, we have the second adventure of America’s favorite patriot, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an exceptional stopping point along the way. Hungry for a cool, conspiracy theory mystery? It’s here. Got a hankering for awesome, big budget, heavy-hitting, and high-flying excitement that barely lets up? We've got that. Ready for - yes, we keep saying this - the best Marvel movie yet? Captain America: The Winter Soldier stakes that claim too. ›››

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Huge Batch of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Posters Are Pretty Stylish

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:01
 Days of Future Past

Following yesterday's batch of feaurettes from the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past, a whole batch of photos have surfaced online today. However, since they were discovered by a forum user at Superhero Hype, we're not exactly sure if these are official posters, or just unused concepts, mostly because some of them seem incomplete without studio logos, a release date, etc. Some of them are really stylish, while others are pretty bland. The prominence of Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique is interesting though. Is Warner Bros. just capitalizing on her Hunger Games popularity, or is she just as prominent as Hugh Jackman? Look! ›››

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