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Matt Damon to Lead Kenneth Lonergan's 'Manchester-by-the-Sea'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:15
Matt Damon

While Matt Damon has teamed with director Kenneth Lonergan before, you may not have heard much about it. That's because Lonergan's drama Margaret hit the festival circuit in 2005, but sat on a shelf waiting for release until it got an unceremonious limited release in 2011 (which is a shame, because the film is pretty good). But now the two are going to work together again in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a drama that looks to be produced by OddLot Entertainment with pre-production beginning this week with an eye to shoot this fall. Lonergan, who got an Oscar nomination for You Can Count on Me, also wrote the script. ›››

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Brad Pitt Initiates Logan Lerman into the Crew in UK Trailer for 'Fury'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:05
Fury

"I had the best gunner in the entire 9th Army in that seat. And now I got you." The first trailer for Fury introduced us to the tank crew facing seemingly insurmountable odds of survival in David Ayer's World War II drama. Now a new trailer from across the pond has surfaced, and this one focuses a bit more on Logan Lerman. As the recent featurette explained, he's the newest recruit of the Fury tank crew following the death of their gunner. But he's a young kid, and hasn't seen all the horror that Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Shia LaBeouf and Jon Bernthal have seen, so he must be initiated, and it looks pretty intense. Watch! ›››

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Bill Murray Actually Likes Female 'Ghostbusters' Idea, Suggests Names

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:32
Bill Murray

Though Bill Murray hasn't been all that interested in strapping on a proton pack again for Ghostbusters 3, he actually likes the sounds of the latest idea for a franchise reboot/sequel. Following the passing of Ghostbusters writer and star Harold Ramis earlier this year, the script for the film was going to be reworked in his absence. However, more recently, news surfaced that Columbia Pictures was looking to Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to be at the helm of a completely different Ghostbusters film, one that would put an all-female cast in the roles of the paranormal investigators. And Murray says, "I would go to that movie." ›››

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Jennifer Lopez in Trouble with 'The Boy Next Door' in Thriller Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:39
The Boy Next Door

We're creeping up on the end of the year, which means the movies that will hit theaters in the dumping ground months of January, February and March will start getting pushed soon. We've already seen a trailer for early 2015 horror with Amityville: The Awakening, and now a thriller arriving a bit later in January has received its first trailer. Jennifer Lopez stars in The Boy Next Door, a thriller from xXx and The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen. Honestly, you could probably guess the entire plot of the film based on that information alone, but alas, here's the trailer to lay things out for you. And it looks pretty lame. ›››

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Watch: Early Test Footage of an Unmade 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:15
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Before audiences saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in 1988, Walt Disney Productions had tried to make the film several years earlier after initially getting the rights to Gary K. Wolf's novel on which the film is based. In fact, animation director Darrell Van Citters actually shot some test footage, but not with Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant and Charles Fleischer as the voice of Roger Rabbit. Instead, it was Pee-Wee Herman star Paul Reubens (though he wasn't known as that character yet) voicing the titular rabbit with Peter Renaday and Mike Gabriel as the human detective. Now that footage has surfaced. Watch below! ›››

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Shawn Levy & Hugh Jackman Are Still Trying to Make 'Real Steel 2'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:41
Real Steel

Before the robot boxing sci-fi flick Real Steel hit theaters in the fall of 2011, DreamWorks had already commissioned the first film's writer John Gatins to write a sequel. But as the release of the film got closer, it wasn't clear how quickly a sequel would happen, mostly because of Hugh Jackman's busy schedule, which always seems to be filling up fast. We've assumed the project was abandoned, but while director Shawn Levy was at TIFF for the premiere of his promising family dramedy This Is Where I Leave You with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, he revealed that they've been quietly trying to get the film made. Read on! ›››

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Robert Downey Jr. Confirms There Are No Plans to Make 'Iron Man 4'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:27
Iron Man

For some reason, there have been rumors that Marvel Studios will bring back Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in another sequel outside of his already contracted appearances in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3. But Variety finally went straight to the man himself while he was promoting his new drama The Judge at TIFF this past weekend, and when they asked about this rumor, Downey confirmed, "There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man." Co-star Gwyneth Paltrow thought as much in April of last year, before Iron Man 3 was released, and it sounds like that's true after all. Read on! ›››

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Watch: Chinese Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Short 'The Sand Storm' with Ai Weiwei

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:00
The Sand Storm

This morning's must watch short film comes from China, but also comes straight from the Telluride Film Festival. It's called The Sand Storm from filmmaker Jason Wishnow, who returns to narrative filmmaking after working on the TEDTalks web series. The short film just premiered at Telluride and is about a water smuggler, played by Ai Weiwei, in future where water is limited. It's not too long to watch and provides some insight on the struggles of our modern world, with some intuitive commentary. It's not my favorite short but I do recommend watching it if you're looking for something thought-provoking. Fire it up below. ›››

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TIFF 2014: Wild, Wacky, Grotesque Walrus Fun in Kevin Smith's 'Tusk'

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 15:49
Kevin Smith's Tusk

What did I just see?! Beloved/hated filmmaker Kevin Smith has returned to the Toronto Film Festival this year to premiere his latest film Tusk at midnight, an unlike-anything-else creation straight out of the mind of Kevin Smith, and it's ridiculous. By now most people are familiar with the cult horror Human Centipede, where a sick doctor surgically links humans to create a disgusting "human centipede". But what if some sick individual wanted to create a walrus out of human? Is that man funny, or interesting, or totally insane? How about a bit of everything. Tusk is cult horror comedy done right, with silliness creeping around every corner. ›››

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TIFF 2014: Jason Reitman Reaches Deep in 'Men, Women & Children'

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 20:50
Men, Women & Children Review

"That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives." This is where we live, all of us, on this pale blue dot floating in the Milky Way. Jason Reitman's latest film, Men, Women & Children adapted from Chad Kultgen's novel of the same name, is framed within the context of Carl Sagan's timeless quote called "Pale Blue Dot" and the Voyager spacecrafts that we launched in 1977. Men, Women & Children is Reitman's most sensitive work yet, a deeply moving, sensual film about all of us on this planet. I've been a fan of Reitman for a longtime, and still love his early work, but he seems to keep getting more mature with every film he makes. ›››

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TIFF 2014: Mia Hansen-Løve's 'Eden' Feels Like Daft Punk's 'Boyhood'

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 13:04
Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden

As human beings we live in a universe where time is constantly ticking, the world never stops turning, and we're all constantly moving, whether we like it or not. Before we know it, 5 or 10 or 20 years pass by and we don't even have the ability to pause and look back, to reflect on what has happened and why. Why did we make this choice? How did we end up here? Films like Boyhood are able to capture that relentless progress in an immensely beautiful way, showing how the little moments inbetween make up more of our life than all the big ones we live for. Following in those footsteps, French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve has created her Boyhood, a film called Eden back looking at 20 years in the life of a French house/garage DJ named Paul. ›››

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Paramount Dates 'Terminator: Genisys' Sequels for 2017 and 2018

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:48
 Genisys

Though production is complete, so far the only photo we've seen from the forthcoming franchise reboot (which is also a pseudo sequel) that is Terminator: Genisys is Arnold Schwarzenegger sitting in a chair on the set in a torn up leather jacket. But since the movie comes out on July 1st, 2015, we'll surely get a glimpse of the film towards the end of the year. In the meantime, Paramount Pictures has taken a cue from Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. and staked out release dates far in advance for Terminator: Genisys sequels on May 19th, 2017 and June 19th, 2018. They must be pretty confident in this whole new trilogy. ›››

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TIFF 2014: The Death of a Laptop, or How NOT to Kick Off a Festival

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 23:13
TIFF

This is a nightmare. And the only way to wake up and escape from the horror is to pull out that shiny piece of plastic and become a slave to capitalism once again. My apologies to anyone awaiting our coverage of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which kicked off on Thursday, as things have been a bit rough since I caught my 6:30AM flight up to Canada. After arriving and meeting with my flatmate Jason Whyte, the first thing I did was open up my laptop–my MacBook Air–to write some notes for a review. Only to discover that after three years of (intensive) use, its time had come. The flashing question mark of death meaning–it's a goner. ›››

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A Small Town Battles Supernatural Evil in 'The Devil's Hand' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:12
The Devil's Hand

"My birthday's at midnight. You have to kill me before it's too late." After dealing with a serial killing brother on the Showtime series "Dexter," now Jennifer Carpenter finds herself confronting evil as part of a small, Amish-like community in The Devil's Hand. A group of six girls have been born on the sixth day of the sixth month, prompting a worrisome religious prophecy for one of them to become possessed by the power of the devil. But is there actually a supernatural power involved here, or is someone behind the disappearance of the girls as their birthday approaches? It's PG-13 horror so don't get too excited. Watch! ›››

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Joel Edgerton Hides a Crime in US Trailer for Aussie Thriller 'Felony'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:17
Felony

A full year after debuting at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the Australian thriller Felony is poised to hit theaters in the United States this fall. Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) wrote the film and stars in the story of a detective trying to hide a drunk driving accident after celebrating a major drug bust earlier in the day. One of his colleagues (Tom Wilkinson) tries to cover up the truth while another (Jai Coutney) is intent on finding out what really happened. This doesn't look half-bad, and Jai Courtney actually seems like a decent actor when he's using his native Australian accent. Watch the trailer! ›››

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Watch: The Evolution of the PG-13 Rating - Has It Become a Hindrance?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 14:45
PG-13

Many cinephiles know that  the PG-13 rating that is so popular today is a relatively new addition to the rating system of the Motion Picture Association of America. Basically, because some movies with more questionable content like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Poltergeist and Gremlins threw parents into an uproar because the content didn't seem to fit the PG-rating moniker, Steven Spielberg and the MPAA came up with the PG-13 rating as a middle ground between the more kid-friendly PG films, and the adult-oriented R-rated flicks. However, GoodBadFlicks thinks the PG-13 rating is causing problems. ›››

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Paramount Eyeing Sean Harris to Play 'Mission: Impossible 5' Villain

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 14:12
Sean Harris

Production is already underway on Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions sequel Mission: Impossible 5 with director Christopher McQuarrie at the helm. Tom Cruise is back in action as Ethan Hunt and he's joined again by Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner with Alec Baldwin entering the fray as the head of the CIA, who must deal with the Impossible Mission Force for some reason. Now Deadline has word on who might end up with the chief antagonist role with Prometheus supporting actor Sean Harris being courted for the role. Though the source cautions that this isn't a done deal quite yet. ›››

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Quentin Tarantino is Now Full-Time Programming LA's New Beverly

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:33
New Beverly

For those who live in the Los Angeles are or have visited the home of Hollywood, we hope you've been lucky enough to pay a visit to the New Beverly Cinema. The niche revival house has a documentary looking at the unique theater's efforts to keep celluloid alive, showing prints of old movies all the time, traditionally in the form of double features. The programming for the theater has been in the hands of Michael Torgan, son of the theater's founder Sherman Torgan, but now LA Weekly has confirmed that filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who actually owns the theater, is now taking over as full-time programmer. That's awesome! ›››

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Radius Picks Up Anna Kendrick's 'The Last 5 Years' Musical from TIFF

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:17
The Last 5 Years

If you loved seeing Anna Kendrick belt out some tunes in Pitch Perfect back in 2012 (the sequel is coming next summer), and you're excited to hear her in a real musical like Into the Woods this winter, then you'll probably be excited about The Last 5 Years. The film, directed by Richard LaGravanese (Behind the Candelabra) is an adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical of the same name, following a love affair and marriage taking place over a five year period. Kendrick shares the screen with "Smash" star and gifted singer Jeremy Jordan, and the film has just been picked up by Radius-TWC before it premieres at TIFF this weekend. ›››

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Frances McDormand Back with Coen Brothers with 'Hail Caesar' Role

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:01
Frances McDormand

Besides delivering her most well-known performance in Fargo for Joel & Ethan Coen, actress Frances McDormand also has the honor of being married to the former of the sibling filmmaking duo. McDormand has popped up in other Coen films like Raising Arizona, Burn After Reading and The Man Who Wasn't There, and now she's getting back in front of the camera with them again with their newest comedy Hail Caesar. The film has George Clooney on board  to lead the film as Eddie Mannix, who works for the movie studios of Hollywood as a fixer, protecting the reputations of their biggest stars from becoming tarnished. ›››

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