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Watch: Vin Diesel is Immortal in 'The Last Witch Hunter' Teaser Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:20
The Last Witch Hunter

"Your story has no ending." Sadly, Vin Diesel can't be fast and furious all the time, and sometimes he has to make other movies. They range from solid sci-fi adventures like Riddick to awful comedies like The Pacifier and an instant favorite like Guardians of the Galaxy. And now we'll see how a fantasy featuring Diesel in the lead fares with The Last Witch Hunter. The first trailer for the film from The Crazies director Breck Eisner has just arrived and it's not entirely clear what the film is about yet, but Diesel is certainly in bad ass mode again, and with a sword. There's also a J.J. Abrams worthy amount of lens flares. ›››

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Warner Bros. Seems to Be Struggling to Build DC Cinematic Universe

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:09
DC Comics

If you're excited about the forthcoming, growing DC Comics cinematic universe that will be launched in a big way with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, we have some potentially bad news. Even though Warner Bros. Pictures has a set schedule for how they plan to release future tentpoles that will be part of the DC Comics universe on film, a report from THR indicates that things don't seem to be going well in the development department. This isn't a surprising revelation considering Michelle MacLaren recently left Wonder Woman due to creative differences and ended up being replaced quickly by Patty Jenkins, but when you hear what the primary problems seems to be, you'll understand the trouble going on right now. ›››

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Trailer for Sundance Selected Doc 'What Happened, Miss Simone?'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:52
What Happened, Miss Simone?

"I think the only way to tell you who I am these days, is to sing a song." Netflix has become quite the destination if you're looking to watch some great documentaries. Not only do they have a great library of docs from years past, but they've been picking up their own documentaries for distribution as well. One of them is What Happened, Miss Simone?, which was the opening night film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The doc dives into the life and career of legendary recording artist Nina Simone, looking at her musical genius, inner demons and incredible career, and now the first trailer is here. Watch! ›››

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Phoenix & Stone Get Romantic in Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:16
The Irrational Man

"You suffer from despair." Another year, another film from iconic writer and director Woody Allen. This summer brings his latest film, The Irrational Man, to theaters, but not before premiering at Cannes Film Festival in May. Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone star in the film that follows a small town college philosophy professor (Phoenix) in existential crisis who gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with his student (Stone). As with nearly all of Allen's films, the lead character seems to be a variation on the director himself, but both Phoenix and Stone have their own narration throughout. Watch! ›››

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Watch: Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye Sings About His Superpowers

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:07
Jeremy Renner

There's no doubt that Hawkeye has been the butt of many jokes regarding his position on The Avengers, mostly because he seems to just be a skilled agent with a bow and arrow standing beside Earth's mightiest heroes with super strength, magical weapons, near-invincibility and more. As I understand it, Hawkeye has a great line addressing this in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but you'll have to see for yourself later this week. In the meantime, Jeremy Renner appeared on "The Tonight Show" last night as Clint Barton to sing about the superpowers people may not know he has, all to the tune of an Ed Sheeran song. Watch below! ›››

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Reforming Justin Bieber Reveals a Likely Small Cameo in 'Zoolander 2'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:53
Zoolander 2

Over the past couple years, Justin Bieber has been a pretty big douchebag. It's hard to blame him though, since becoming famous overnight at such a young age has taken a toll on many young celebrities. But since Comedy Central's roast of the pop star, it seems like he's genuinely trying to be less of a jerk, and a big screen role in his future just might help with that. Bieber took to Twitter to reveal that he has some part in Zoolander 2, which has been stacking up the talent lately with the recent additions of "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen and the return of Billy Zane. Of course, this is likely just a cameo and nothing major. Read on! ›››

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The Emotions of 'Inside Out' React to 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:37
Inside Out / The Avengers: Age of Ultron

In a cute bit of cross promotion from New Zealand, the folks at Walt Disney in the southern hemisphere have used the emotions from this summer's Pixar Animation film Inside Out as a way to help one of Disney's other big summer blockbusters, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Footage from the promising Pixar flick has been edited around one of the trailers for the Marvel Studios sequel to make it seem as if Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith)Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) are watching and reacting to the trailer. It's a clever way to promote both the Disney flicks. Watch! ›››

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Jeff Daniels Takes Major Role in Two-Part 'Divergent' Finale 'Allegiant'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:21
Jeff Daniels

Following the trend of Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games, we already know that The Divergent Series: Allegiant will be split into two films. Allegiant - Part 1 will arrive on March 18th, 2016 and Allegiant - Part 2 will arrive on March 24th, 2017. That meas the entire franchise will have been release in just four years. That would be more impressive if the films had a little more substance (they're not terrible, just underwhelming), but young adult sci-fi is all the rage right now. Anyway, the finale might up the ante as THR reports Dumb & Dumber and "The Newsroom" star Jeff Daniels has joined. ›››

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Cecily Strong Joining Melissa McCarthy in 'Michelle Darnell' Comedy

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:53
Cecily Strong

After bringing comedy to the White House Correspondents' Dinner last week, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong is getting ready to start a feature film career as well. The comedienne has a role in the indie comedy The Bronze, but now she's lined up her first studio feature film comedy as Deadline reports Strong is taking a role in Michelle Darnell, the next comedy led by The Heat and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy. As of now there's no indication as to what role Strong has in the film, but her presence is enough to have some hope that this comedy actually turns out better than McCarthy's Tammy. ›››

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Nicole Kidman Panics After Losing Her Kids in 'Strangerland' US Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:35
Strangerland

There seems to be an influx of solid films coming from Australia lately, and one more will be arriving this summer. Strangerland marks the directorial debut of Kim Farrant, and features an impressive cast led by Aussie native Nicole Kidman, joined by Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. The film follows a couple who become frantic and panicked after their teenage son and daughter disappear in the Australian desert. It sounds like standard thriller fare, but the setting down under certainly makes for a nice change of pace, and looking at this domestic trailer, you can tell the film has some gorgeous cinematography. Watch! ›››

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'Apocalypse' & 'Wolverine 3' to End Bryan Singer's X-Men Universe

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 17:38
X-Men

Last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past did a spectacular job of essentially rebooting the X-Men franchise, while still meshing the casts of the original trilogy from director Bryan Singer, and the new cast from X-Men: First Class. However, now that there's a new past timeline intact, it sounds like the old one might be coming to an end for good this time. El Mayimbe, the scoopmaster formerly of Latino Review, posted a juicy rumor to Instagram saying that X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 will be the final films to have ties to Bryan Singer's X-Men universe, and everything from now on will concern the X-Men: First Class team. ›››

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Cotillard & Fassbender in New Photos from Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 16:58
Macbeth

"It reminded me a lot of a Western." Empire has debuted three photos from Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, which will be premiering In-Competition at the Cannes Film Festival later in May. This adaptation of the Shakespeare classic stars Michael Fassbender as Macbeth, the duke of Scotland, and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The two of them can be seen in photos below, which have been released to remind us the film's festival unveiling is coming up. Aside from a Western, Kurzel says this reminded him "of a landscape and atmosphere that felt much more dangerous than I'd ever seen before from adaptations of Macbeth." ›››

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Sony Pictures Developing Female Centric '21 Jump Street' Spin-Off?

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 16:33
21 Jump Street

Sony Pictures seems to have a lot of big plans in the works for the future of their franchises. There's a big plan in the works for a whole cinematic universe to follow the all-female Ghostbusters reboot from Paul Feig, with another film having Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt strapping on proton packs. And there's also been chatter about the 21 Jump Street franchise meshing with the world of Men in Black. Now another rumor has surfaced revealing hopes to expand the 21 Jump Street brand even further, and it's not unlike Sony's plan for more Ghostbusters, because there may be a female centric spin-off in the works now. ›››

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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' is Bringing in a Different Shredder

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 16:06
Shredder / Brian Tee

Even though Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has been confirmed to bring back Megan Fox as April O'Neil, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick and William Fichtner as Eric Saks, it looks like one part of the original cast won't be back. Variety has learned that Paramount is hiring The Wolverine star Brian Tee to play the villain Shredder instead of bringing back Tohoru Masamune, who played the villain in the first film. Considering Shredder was more of an action presence than a defined character in the first film, it makes sense that producers would get someone who has some more experience with acting and action this time. ›››

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One Final Trailer for 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Brings All the Mayhem

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 15:34
 Fury road

"My world is reduced to a single instinct: survive." This week brings the arrival of The Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters, officially kicking off blockbuster summer with a bang. But we still have a little over two weeks before Mad Max: Fury Road brings its own brand of crazy action to the big screen, and Warner Bros. is making one last effort to convince you to see the film, just in case none of the previous insane footage did the trick for you. This time we get much more of Charlize Theron being a bad ass, and again it seems like she's just as much of a hero in this film as Tom Hardy has been made out to be. Watch now! ›››

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First Look: Pixar Animation's New Short Film 'Sanjay's Super Team'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 15:24
Sanjay's Super Team

Yay Pixar! The animation studio has unveiled a first look at fun some concept art from the new short film Sanjay's Super Team, which is showing in front of The Good Dinosaur in theaters later this November. The short will premiere officially at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, which is why they're drumming up some buzz with some good publicity. This story comes from the LA Times, and profiles Sanjay Patel, an artist at Pixar who graduated to director with his short film that is inspired by his own youth, and The Avengers (perfect timing!). I wish we got to see them as they appear in this (does this count as Pixar's first Marvel short film?), alas this is just him eating cereal. See Sanjay's concept art below. ›››

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How Many More 'Avatar' Movies Does James Cameron Have in Mind?

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 15:04
James Cameron Avatar

More? Oh yes. Not only are they building Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom, but they're working on no less than three Avatar sequels. We've known about these plans for a while. But wait, just how much of a story does James Cameron want to tell? Possibly even more than we imagined. Our friends at HeyUGuys recently sent us a tip from a talk with composer James Horner where he actually mentions another script, for a fifth Avatar movie. Yes, you read that right – five, but it's actually not five movies, rather – Cameron has four scripts he's trying to condense into three movies. So there's really four more? This is all a bit crazy. ›››

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Another Xavier Dolan Film 'Only The End Of The World' Filming Soon

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:52
Xavier Dolan

We have another! Just a few weeks before the 2015 Cannes Film Festival starts, where Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan will be sitting on the Jury, Seville Pictures has announced a few details about another new Dolan film. Dolan will be directing Only The End Of The World, or officially Just La Fin Du Monde, with production starting in May. He's got quite the cast, too: Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye, and Gaspard Ulliel. Now that is an impressive set of actors, a step up from his past few films but hopefully it'll turn out just as good (don't forget Dolan's Mommy was my #1 film of 2014). ›››

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'Lord of the Rings' Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Has Died at Age 59

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 09:41
Andrew Lesnie

Sad news to report. Academy Award winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie passed away suddenly, and has died at the age of 59. Born in Sydney, Australia, Lesnie went on to work closely with Peter Jackson as his Director of Photography on the three Lord of the Rings movies. He also went on to work on King Kong and The Hobbit trilogy, as well as I Am Legend, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Last Airbender and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner most recently. He won the Oscar for Return of the King back in 2002. Lesnie was a beloved member of this industry, with many speaking out about him through social media (including even Ian McKellen as seen below). Details are not yet available about his death; he was only 59 years old. ›››

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'The Guest' Director Adam Wingard to Helm 'Death Note' Adaptation

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 19:43
Death Note

After bringing some flare to indie thrillers and horror with The Guest and You're Next, director Adam Wingard has just been lined up to take on a studio project. THR reports the filmmaker has just signed on to direct an adaptation of the Japanese horror manga Death Note. Previously, directors like Shane Black and Gus Van Sant were linked to the project, but neither of them stuck with the adaptation. With Wingard signed, it sounds like he might finally be the one to make it happen along with producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie), as well as Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow) and "Heroes" series star Masi Oka. ›››

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