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Hayao Miyazaki Doesn't Seem Hopeful About Studio Ghibli's Future

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 18:03
Hayao Miyazaki

Oh no! Say it ain't so! Beloved filmmaker/animator Hayao Miyazaki made a rare trip to the United States this past weekend to receive his honorary Oscar during the Governors Awards. While Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's films have been nominated for Oscars in the past, including winning one for Spirited Away in 2003, this Oscar comes after Miyazaki announced his retirement so it seems The Academy wanted to honor the man and his cinematic legacy one last time. There were also a few reports earlier this year about Studio Ghibli "shutting down" feature films for good, though details were rather sketchy and it was clarified they were re-working the business rather than closing the doors forever. Now we have real quotes from Miyazaki. ›››

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How Would You Like to Watch a 'Space Silent' Version of 'Gravity'?

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:38
Gravity

It's been over a year since Alfonso Cuaron's isolated space drama Gravity hit theaters, and the film has been available on Blu-Ray and DVD for quite awhile now. However, a new version of the film is hitting Blu-Ray, and while double dips for anniversary or special editions aren't always worth the money, this one is pretty interesting. While we normally don't cover home video stuff, an upcoming Diamond Luxe Blu-Ray edition of Gravity has caught our attention because not only does it have audio featuring Dolby Atmos Technology, but it will feature a "Space Silent Version" of the film without Steven Price's score in place. ›››

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Follows Up with a Few 'Mysteries of Interstellar'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:33
Neil deGrasse Tyson / Interstellar

Wait - there's more! Over the weekend, real-life astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson fired out a barrage of tweets condoning/confirming much of the actual science seen in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi Interstellar. But he's back again with a selection of nine tweets he has dubbed the "Mysteries of #Interstellar", posing very interesting plot-related, world-building questions. With all of the plot hole articles floating around now that Interstellar is in theaters, I'm not sure if he's riffing on them by nitpicking with thought-provoking questions, or actually criticizing the movie and choices made in the script. Whether you agree with him or not, he does make some good points. And it's tough to argue against what he's saying. So what do you think? ›››

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Watch: Gillian Anderson & Ben Kingsley in 'Robot Overlords' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 15:33
Robot Overlords

"People of Earth, do not be alarmed. We wish you no harm. Robots never lie." How is it possible that Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley are starring in a sci-fi flick called Robot Overlords and this is the first we're hearing about it? Well, it's not exactly, since we mentioned it briefly in February of 2013, but simply haven't heard anything about it since then. The film is set in the future and takes place on an Earth conquered by robots from another galaxy, but one young teen (Callan McAuliffe of The Great Gatsby) may hold the key to giving humans the power to fight back and take back the planet. The special effects range from impressive to downright terrible, but the movie as a whole feels like a generic SyFy project. ›››

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Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart Teaming Up for 'Central Intelligence'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:26
Dwayne Johnson / Kevin Hart

Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest men in show business, so it only makes sense for him to team up with one of the tiniest comedians working today. Variety has word that the wrestler turned action franchise revitalizing master is teaming up with Kevin Hart for Central Intelligence, a new action comedy set up at New Line with We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber at the helm. Previously, Ed Helms was attached to star in the film, but clearly he's fallen away. Over the weekend, both Johnson and Hart took to Twitter to tease a potential forthcoming collaboration, and now we know what that was about. Read on! ›››

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Watch: Johnny Depp is a Moron in the Second Trailer for 'Mortdecai'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 13:35
Mortdecai

There's a moment in the second trailer for the art heist comedy Mortdecai where Johnny Depp, as the title character, sighs audibly out of exasperation. That's exactly how I feel when watching this latest tease for the film coming in February of next year. Honestly, I don't know how this movie got made. No, I haven't seen the film yet, so I'm not saying that because I know it's terrible. But I'm saying that because I have no idea who this film appeals to beyond people who will see anything that Johnny Depp appears in on the big screen. Maybe that's enough, but this trailer just looks like another Pink Panther remake to ignore. Watch! ›››

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Robert De Niro & Bradley May Reunite with Jennifer Lawrence in 'Joy'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 13:13
Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley cooper

In both Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, director David O. Russell has found a great trio of talent in Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. Now it sounds like he's going to round them all up again. We already know that Russell was reteaming with Lawrence for Joy, the film about Joy Mangano, who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs with the self-wringing floor cleaner known as the Miracle Mop. But in a recent chat with Go (via The Playlist), Russell revealed that he has hopes for De Niro to be in the film, and he's also created a role specifically for Cooper too. Read on! ›››

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Star Wars? Bond? Christopher Nolan on Interest in Other Franchises

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:51
Christopher Nolan

With Christopher Nolan's sci-fi Interstellar now playing in theaters worldwide, the director finally gets to breathe a sigh of relief and take a break from all the production work. In the meantime, he's still out talking with press and recently spoke with Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast. Since it's still rare that we get to hear Christopher Nolan talk openly about interesting topics, there are some quotes from this interview that are worth highlighting, specifically where we talks about Star Wars and James Bond and his response to the criticism of his movies. I wish we could do back-and-forth discussions with Nolan for an entire month. ›››

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First Look: Lucasfilm's Animated 'Strange Magic' Arriving in January

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:26
Strange Magic

While we're all so transfixed by what Lucasfilm is doing with Star Wars now that the production company is under the banner of Disney, that's not the only thing they've been working on. In fact, Lucasfilm has an animated movie called Strange Magic that has just been given a release date of January 23rd, 2015 by Touchstone Pictures, one of Disney's distribution arms. The film is described as a "madcap fairy tale musical" inspired by the classic tale A Midsummer Night's Dream, so no, that's not a weird variation of Groot in the image above. Instead, that's our first look at the Bog King (voiced by Alan Cumming), Griselda (Maya Rudolph) and Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) in the computer animated film. Look! ›››

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Toby Kebbell Reveals New Doctor Doom Origins in 'Fantastic Four'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:04
Fantastic Four

The reboot of Fantastic Four from 20th Century Fox is set for release on August 7th, 2015, but we've yet to see a single official image from the film, not even concept art. We're not sure that's going to change before the end of the year, but we do now have a little bit of information about Josh Trank's reboot of the superhero quartet, which has been endlessly described as being more grounded and realistic. Toby Kebbell is playing the arch nemesis Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four, and while speaking with Collider, he just revealed some changes in the character's origin and how he comes into his villainous name. More below! ›››

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Rumor: Sony Pictures Wants Aunt May Spin-Off Without Spider-Man

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:35
Aunt May

If anyone thought that Sony Pictures still had the ability to save The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, you may want to sit down for this. It's no secret that the studio has been struggling with The Amazing Spider-Man as the comic book movie series hasn't been nearly as successful as they hoped. Is it fatigue with Spider-Man, or has Sony just not done anything good enough for fans who have seen what Marvel Studios can do with their superheroes? It's tough to say definitively, but an idea that's being developed at the studio proves that they have absolutely no idea what they're going to do with the property beyond Spider-Man. ›››

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Quentin Tarantino Planning to Retire After Making His Tenth Film

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 23:17
Quentin Tarantino

Writer and director Quentin Tarantino is gearing up to direct his eighth film, and it's appropriate that the film just happens to be his western The Hateful Eight. The cast for the film was just confirmed last week with new additions Jennifer Jason Leigh and Channing Tatum joining cast members like Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern and more. Production begins in January 2015, and it sounds like we better soak up this film, because it might be one of three final films that Tarantino intends to make before he retires. That's right, in a Q&A at the American Film Market, Tarantino revealed his plan to retire. Read on! ›››

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Check Out Francesco Francavilla's Brand New 'District 9' Art Print

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 18:10
District 9

Those fokkin' prawns! Feast your eyes on this fresh new art print from "prolific record label and pop culture provocateurs" SpaceLab9, which will be selling this print as part of a promotion for the pre-order launch of their District 9 Original Soundtrack Expanded Version vinyl LP. The print goes on sale starting tomorrow, November 11th, along with the vinyl for pre-orders. SpaceLab9 commissioned Francesco Francavilla, an Italian comic book artist known for his own series The Black Beetle and other comic art, to design this print for Neill Blomkamp's debut sci-fi film District 9 from 2009, with Sharlto Copley as Wikus. See below. ›››

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Katniss Heads to War with President Snow in 'Mockingjay' TV Spot

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:24
 Mockingjay - Part I

"Show them what it costs to be friends with Katniss Everdeen." We're just under a couple weeks away from the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, the beginning of the end for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the rebellion she sparked against The Capitol. Now a new TV spot has emerged, complete with a menacing threat from President Snow (Donald Sutherland), and a showcase of the big action to come. Plus, it wouldn't be a Hunger Games movie if Katniss didn't scream in peril for her sister Prim, so we get to hear that again too. It's almost time for one of the biggest movies of the fall! Watch now! ›››

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Adam Driver & Alba Rohrwacher Co-Star in 'Hungry Hearts' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 16:16
Hungry Hearts Trailer

"A suspense in line with Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock." With the American Film Market underway in Santa Monica, some deals and projects are coming together, or getting additional announcements. IFC Films recently picked up US distribution rights to this one, an eerie New York-set domestic drama called Hungry Hearts from Italian director Saverio Costanzo (of In Memory of Me, The Solitude of Prime Numbers) starring Adam Driver, last seen in What If and While We're Young, and Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher, sister of filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher. The two won the Best Actor & Actress Awards at the Venice Film Festival this year, where this film first premiered. This is a very odd trailer but it's worth a look. ›››

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Watch: Super Powers Sci-Fi Short Film 'Singular' by Juan F. Orozco

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:31
Singular Short Film

"Everyone could do extraordinary things... Everyone – except me." Now this is a good short film to watch. Titled Singular, this short film by brothers Juan F. Orozco and Esteban Orozco explores a world where instead of wondering what it would like if a few people had super powers, it asks what it would be like if everyone had super powers – except for one guy. I always love coming across shorts that play with unique concepts, and twist the normal idea of what we expect on its head. This short doesn't exactly play up special effects or any of the super powers so much as the romantic angle, which not everyone may like, but I don't mind. Plus: "who cares?!" I just like seeing an original idea made by passionate filmmakers. Give it a shot. ›››

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Look Out LEGO, Animated 'Playmobil' Movie is in Development Now

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:09
Playmobil

If for some ridiculous reason The LEGO Movie just didn't do anything for you, then maybe you'll be more interested in seeing what can be done with a different toy line. The Paris-based production banner ON Entertainment is teaming with Wild Bunch and Pathe to develop an animated film based on the iconic Playmobil toys. Variety reports the film's development is being spearheaded by Bob Persichetti, who was head of story on hits like Monsters vs. Aliens, Puss in Boots and Shrek 2 at DreamWorks Animation. The film will have the same creative team that just worked on an animated film called The Little Prince. ›››

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Can 'The Raid' Stars & Frank Grillo Make 'Beyond Skyline' Decent?

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 14:39
Iko Uwais

Over the summer we learned that Frank Grillo would have a role in the remake of The Raid, which is scheduled to begin shooting in January of 2015. But Grillo will also get a chance to team up with the cast of the original foreign action hit. Variety has word that the Captain America: The Winter Soldier star is set to lead Beyond Skyline, a sequel to the better-off-forgotten 2010 sci-fi thriller Skyline directed by Greg & Colin Strouse. However, now it's the original film's writer and producer Liam O'Donnell at the helm, and there's a chance it just may get interesting with The Raid stars Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian taking roles. ›››

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Walt Disney Animation Sets 'Zootopia' & 'Moana' for Release in 2016

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:58
Zootopia / Moana

Hoping to continue their hot streak following hits like Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and now Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation has just set release dates for their forthcoming new projects Zootopia and Moana. The former project was revealed at D23 late last summer, while the latter was just revealed last month, and now both of them will be arriving in 2016. Disney has just announced that Zootopia will get a spring release on March 4th, 2016 while Moana will arrive in the fall on November 23rd, 2016. If you haven't heard anything about these projects, keep reading to see concept art and read the official synopses. ›››

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Watch: Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods & Kings' Final Trailer Storms In

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:01
 Gods & Kings

"I am prepared to fight for eternity." We've got just over a month until Exodus: Gods & Kings hits theaters, and we get to see if Ridley Scott can deliver another solid epic and return to the glory the filmmaker once attained with films like Gladiator. And to show off more of what's in store with this Biblical tale, the final trailer has arrived, complete with huge battles, massive storms with tons of tornadoes and more. Even if this doesn't turn out to be something great, there's a lot of Christian Bale yelling which should be entertaining by itself. It certainly can't be denied that this is an epic in every sense of the word. ›››

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