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'Game of Thrones' King Richard Madden is Celebrating 'Bastille Day'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:38
Richard Madden

It seems like every week, one of the cast members of "Game of Thrones" books a role on the big screen. That's likely because there are so many characters in the HBO series that the cast is rather sizable, but it's also a testament to just how that show has made many of those actors in demand. The latest star of the fantasy series heading to the big screen is Richard Madden, the deceased former King of the North Rob Stark, as Variety reports he will join Idris Elba in the developing action thriller Bastille Day. The film has been in the works for a couple years and previously had Taken helmer Pierre Morel attached to direct back in 2012, but now it's James Watkins (The Woman in Black, Eden Lake) at the helm instead. Read on! ›››

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Review: Decent Scares Keep 'Annabelle' from Being a Complete Waste

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:06
Annabelle

It's hard to detect a good reason for Annabelle, the horror prequel to last year's terrifying The Conjuring, to exist. It's not as if the makers behind this latest film have anything groundbreaking to say about haunted house movies, creepy doll movies, or even possession movies despite the film dabbling in all three. Annabelle's creativity appears in its scares, something the film does quite well. But no matter how many times it makes you jump, regardless of the menacing tone it accomplishes in droves, Annabelle ends up being yet another standard, generic supernatural thriller that only succeeds in surface-level horror. ›››

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'Breaking Bad' Star Takes a Key Role in 'Maze Runner: Scorch Trials'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:53
Giancarlo Esposito

With a release date set for September 18th, 2015 the cast of the Maze Runner: Scorch Trials has to come together quickly for production to begin this fall on the sequel to last month's young adult sci-fi box office hit. Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster are returning from the first film, and we just learned they'll be joined by more young cast members Rosa Salazar and Jacob Lofland. The film also landed a villain in "Game of Thrones" star Aidan Gillen, and now "Breaking Bad" villain Giancarlo Esposito is taking a role in the film as well, but it doesn't sound like he'll be quite so menacing this time. ›››

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Michael Caine Talks Vague Retirement Plans After 'Now You See Me 2'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:11
Michael Caine

Just one day after revealing that Daniel Radcliffe would play his son in the magician heist sequel Now You See Me 2, it appears Michael Caine doesn't have any solid plans to continue acting after he completes filming this December. Speaking on Newsnight (via The Guardian), Caine revealed, "I have no ambitions now … all I do is, I do films that I really want to do. If I don’t get a script – which I don’t have – that entices me out, I’ll be done in December when I do the last picture, the last script I’ve got." Obviously he leaves that open-ended so he wouldn't be out of the game completely, but it may be harder to get Caine on film now. ›››

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Review: David Fincher Has Another Dark Masterpiece with 'Gone Girl'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:48
Gone Girl

David Fincher became master of his craft by honing technical skills first, using the newest technology on dozens of music videos and his first slate of films: Se7en, Fight Club, and Panic Room to name a few. A technically gifted film from him now is expected, and it's allowed him to play around with storytelling rules. Gone Girl, Fincher's latest, is more akin to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo than his earlier works, the only constant in his career being an ability to create damn good art. Gone Girl is just that, a cynical thriller bordering on dark comedy too often to be unintentional and another success from a master filmmaker. ›››

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Jeff Daniels Takes a Top Post at NASA in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:34
Jeff Daniels

This fall, Jeff Daniels steps away from the news desk on HBO with the third and final season of "The Newsroom" and gets stupid again in the comedy sequel Dumb & Dumber To. But next he'll next be taking a prestigious job at NASA as THR reports the actor who has been seen in films such as Good Night and Good Luck and Looper has taken a role in Ridley Scott's developing sci-fi drama The Martian. The film follows Matt Damon as an astronaut who ends up stranded in a Martian colony and struggles to survive long enough to be able to make it back to Earth as NASA tries to launch a rescue mission. So what is Daniels doing? ›››

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Dwayne Johnson Attached to 'Baywatch' Movie at Paramount Pictures

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 22:53
Dwayne Johnson / Baywatch

We've been hearing about a potential film adaptation of the cheesy lifeguard TV series Baywatch since as far back as 2009. The first iteration had The Break-Up director Jeremy Garelick writing and getting behind the camera while more recent efforts pegged Robert Ben Garant, one-half of the writing duo behind Night at the Museum, to direct the film with Bill Hader briefly rumored for a lead role. Now the film seems to have life again as THR reports Dwayne Johnson is loosely attached to lead what will be a comedic take on the material with We're the Millers writing duo Sean Anders & John Morris set to direct now. More below! ›››

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Must Watch: Bradley Cooper in First 'American Sniper' Teaser Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:07
American Sniper Teaser Trailer

"If you think he's reporting troop movement, you have a green light. Your call, over." Warner Bros has just unveiled the first teaser trailer for American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as "the most lethal sniper in U.S. history." Yep, this is going to be huge with American audiences, that's for sure. The film is, on top of it all, directed by Clint Eastwood and tells the real story of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL sniper who recounts his military career which includes more than 150 confirmed kills. This very chilling, minimal teaser builds upon the silent intensity of a sniper and how much it's all about killing people from afar. Hell of a first tease. ›››

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A Love Letter to Fantastic Fest - The Land of Horror, Beer & Friends

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:25
Fantastic Fest

There's a film festival that takes place down in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse (the one on South Lamar) every fall that is one of the best in the world. No it's not the overrated and overcrowded SXSW, it's a "genre" festival conceived by and run by Tim League, CEO and mastermind of the Drafthouse. The festival is called Fantastic Fest, now in its 10th year, and I have been attending since 2007, its 3rd year. For the last few years I've let The Golden Briefcase guys Tim and Jeremy (an Austin local) go wild and cover the fest on their own while I return from Telluride and Toronto back-to-back, but this year I had to go back. And I'm so glad I did. It was like coming back to my home again after years of being away. I missed you, Fantastic Fest. ›››

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Watch: Fascinating Visual Essay on the Filmmaking of David Fincher

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:27
David Fincher

Director David Fincher has directed truly great feature films, mesmerizing music videos and even intriguing commercials. As his latest film Gone Girl heads into theaters with select evening shows tonight before hitting theaters everywhere tomorrow, why not take a deeper look at the filmmaking style and and craft of a gifted director like Fincher. The man behind films like Se7en and The Social Network describes his process as "not what I do, but what I don’t do," and Every Frame a Painting has decided to dive into what makes Fincher's films tick with a fascinating and fantastic seven-minute video essay. Watch now! ›››

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Eric Bana Enlists in the Coast Guard for Disney's 'Finest Hours' Drama

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:12
Eric Bana

After advising Mark Wahlberg and his tragically fallen comrades in the military drama Lone Survivor last year, it looks like Eric Bana is heading to the Coast Guard in a similar commanding role. Deadline reports the actor has joined Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in The Finest Hours, a sea rescue drama set up at Disney about how two oil tankers were split in two, dumping all 84 of their crew members into the swirling sea, caught in the middle of a nor'easter, a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the US and Atlantic Canada. On a small lifeboat faced with freezing cold and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the vessel. More below! ›››

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Adam Sandler to Star in and Produce Four Movies Exclusive to Netflix

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:01
Adam Sandler

After shaking things up with a deal that sees the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon coming exclusively to Netflix and IMAX screens simultaneously, the streaming service has just struck another huge deal that could really get studios and movie theaters worried. Netflix has announced a deal that has Adam Sandler set to produce and star in four feature films that will be released exclusively on the streaming service. That's right, Sandler and his Happy Madison Productions banner will work with Netflix to develop the four films and stream them exclusively to the nearly 50 countries that Netflix provides service. Read on! ›››

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Exclusive Look: 'V is for Vacation' From 'ABCs of Death 2' Anthology

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:43
ABCs of Death 2

There's not much to offer this fall in the vein of films that will be in the spirit of Halloween, at least when it comes to major releases on the big screen, but there are some great indie horror flicks coming to limited theaters and VOD this season. One of those treats is ABCs of Death 2, the second horror anthology with gruesome and scary stories to go with each letter of the alphabet. We've already seen a twisted red band trailer for the flick, and now we have an exclusive first look at one of the segments, V is for Vacation, from director Jerome Sable. We'll also have an interview and a special guest blog soon. See photo below! ›››

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James Franco to Produce David Gordon Green's Frat Comedy 'Goat'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:42
Goat / James Franco

The machine that is James Franco is showing no signs of slowing down at all. He's been writing, directing, acting, producing and doing all sorts of other artistic stuff. His documentary about "Saturday Night Live" just hit Hulu Plus, he's writing an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's 2008 novel Rant and will be seen in Gus Van Sant's drama Michael sometime down the road. Now The Wrap reports he's lined up another project, this time as producer, by helping get the gestating adaptation of Brad Land's memoir Goat about a 19 year old boy who enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity, but it's not easy. Read on! ›››

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Exclusive: Official Poster for Texas Crime Thriller 'Bad Turn Worse'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:57
Bad Turn Worse

Today we get to exclusively debut the official release poster for Bad Turn Worse, formerly known as We Gotta Get Out of This Place, a gritty Texas crime thriller that marks the debut of brothers Zeke & Simon Hawkins. The film premiered at TIFF 2013 and picked up the Audience Award at AFI, hitting theaters this fall. Compared to this year's acclaimed thriller Cold in July, the plot follows three Texas teens (played by Jeremy Allen White, Logan Huffman and Mackenzie Davis) who get caught up in organized crime trying to escape their dead-end existence in a cotton-mill. The film, produced by Brian Udovich and Justin Duprie of Rough & Tumble Films, also had a gorgeous hand-drawn poster for its festival run last year. New art below. ›››

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Benedict Cumberbatch Can Win the War in 'Imitation Game' UK Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:49
The Imitation Game

Awards season is heating up as October begins to showcase some of the films that will be vying for Oscar gold next year. Gone Girl hits theaters this weekend and will likely be a contender, but coming later this fall is The Imitation Game, the World War II drama focusing on Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who helped win the war by cracking codes. Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") takes the lead role, and according to our own Alex Billington (who saw the film at Telluride), he puts in a remarkable performance, and you can see as much in the new UK trailer. Watch! ›››

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William Gillette's 1916 Silent 'Sherlock Holmes' Film Found in France

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:12
William Gillette's Sherlock Holmes

Some good news for silent film fans. The Cinémathèque Française film archive/museum in Paris, France announced this week that they've "rediscovered" and will be restoring a print of a 1916 silent film directed by Arthur Berthelet, starring William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes. The newly restored print will premiere at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in May 2015 next year, and this news was released jointly between these two organizations (via Variety). Gillette is a classic British actor known for playing Sherlock Holmes on stage, and this is his one and only film role as the detective in one of the first film adaptations. ›››

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Keanu Reeves in 'John Wick' Gets Supersized with IMAX Release in US

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:49
John Wick

There's already a lot of hype for the forthcoming action thriller John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, but everyone would be smart to remember that all the rave reviews came out of Fantastic Fest, where genre films are king. Having said that, the action-packed, gun-toting trailer absolutely makes it look like a blast. And now, if you're one of those movie goers who needs to see the film on the biggest screen possible, THR reports John Wick will be digitally remastered for an IMAX release on the same day the film hits regular screens on October 24th. The Summit Entertainment film wasn't filmed on IMAX, so do whatever want. ›››

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Watch: Teaser Trailer for Pixar's 'Inside Out' Directed by Pete Docter

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:13
Pixar's Inside Out Teaser Trailer

Ever wonder where all those emotions really live? Disney-Pixar has finally unveiled the first teaser trailer for Pixar's Inside Out, the latest film from director Pete Docter, who last brought us Pixar's Up. This time we get to go inside the mind of a young girl named Riley, and meet her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). As this is the very first teaser trailer, they mostly use footage from past Pixar movies connecting all five of these emotions with moments that we all know and love. I wish we got to see more than this tiny bit of footage from Inside Out, but as our first tease I appreciate how it sets up the idea. Looking forward to seeing more. ›››

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'Dracula Untold' Producer Confirms Ties to Universal Monsters Reboot

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:36
Dracula Untold

Yesterday, there was a story going around that Universal's forthcoming vampire origin story Dracula Untold had some reshoots done in order to tie it into the studios forthcoming reboot of their classic monsters universe that will include The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Wolfman and more. However, it seemed shaky since the ties to the Universal Monsters universe being put together by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were said to be good enough to link the film to the world of these monsters, but small enough that if the film bombed, it wouldn't hurt the future potential of the series that will actually be rebooted by The Mummy. But it turns out the ties to the Universal Monsters universe are there. Read on! ›››

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