Since The Wolf Pack from The Hangover franchise isn't meant for children at all, parents will want to take their kids to see what is being dubbed "The Drac Pack" in the teaser trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2, the animated sequel from Sony Pictures Animation. Adam Sandler is back as Dracula, and in this teaser, he's teaching his half-human, half-vampire grandson how to fly by dropping him from a pretty big height. I wasn't in love with the first film in this series, but this teaser trailer is pretty amusing, especially when Frank (Kevin James) catches on fire. No sign of Mel Brooks as Drac's father Vlad yet though. Watch! ›››
If you've had your fill of Liam Neeson in action thrillers after the Taken franchise, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Unknown and Non-Stop, it sounds like the actor feels the same way. In an interview with The Guardian (via THR) while promoting his latest attempt in the genre, Run All Night with Joel Kinnaman and Ed Harris, Neeson was asked just how much longer he can keep this up since he's now 62 years old. Thankfully, it sounds like he's close to throwing in the towel on being a surprise action star since 2008. His response was, "Maybe two more years — if God spares me, and I'm healthy. But after that, I’ll stop, I think." ›››
Continue reading Liam Neeson Will Probably Stop Making Action Movies in Two Years
If you're familiar with Nick Kroll, then you're probably used to his wacky characters that he brings to life on "The Kroll Show," which is in the middle of finishing its third and final season on Comedy Central, or his fantasy football antics on "The League." But in the trailer for the indie Adult Beginners, Kroll shows a less goofy and more serious side in the story of an entrepreneur whose life and career is a mess after a massive failure. In an attempt to figure things out, he moves in with his sister (Rose Byrne) and her husband (Bobby Cannavale) and their little boy. Basically, this looks like something the Duplass Brothers would direct, or even a slightly more accessible Joe Swanberg, and that's definitely a compliment. Watch below! ›››
Continue reading Nick Kroll Moves in with Rose Byrne in 'Adult Beginners' Trailer
After bringing tears to our eyes last year with The Fault in Our Stars, another adaptation of a young adult novel from author John Green is headed out way later this summer. Paper Towns is based on the book of the same name with Nat Wolff (a co-star from The Fault in Our Stars) and Cara Delevingne (future star of Suicide Squad) starring in the story of a girl named Margo (Delevingne) who loved mysteries so much that she became one, just when things were looking up for Quentin Jacobsen (Wolff) after meeting her. And so begins the hunt for Margo, which will bring more answers than Q may have expected. Now the first poster for the adaptation has arrived, which means the first trailer should be on the way soon. Look below! ›››
Continue reading Nat Wolff on First Poster for John Green's 'Paper Towns' Adaptation
Right around the time that I started writing here at FirstShowing in 2009, there was a project called Motorcade in the works. At the time, Ryan Reynolds had just been brought in to replace Tom Cruise in the project, and "24" executive producer Jon Cassar was replacing Len Wiseman in the director's chair. But it's been over five years since that news surfaced, and the project has been dead in the water. But today it has new life as Deadline reports DreamWorks is bringing in Smokin' Aces, The Grey and The A-Team director Joe Carnahan to get the project in gear and finally get it into production. So what's this film about again? ›››
Continue reading Joe Carnahan is Taking 'Motorcade' for a Spin Over at DreamWorks
Most of the original artwork we feature is paying tribute to specific films, featuring settings, characters and more from the stories we love. However, artist Julian Rentzsch has decided to pay tribute to the filmmakers themselves with some beautiful portraits that also pay tribute to their filmography. There's only a few portraits he has done right now for Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch, but he's planning on making more. And once you see how incredible these portraits are, you'll be glad that's the case. Each also includes a quote from the filmmaker being illustrated. And you can even get ahold of one! ›››
Continue reading Check Out Some Gorgeous Portraits of Scorsese, Hitchcock & More
Briefly: "I've decided to write the story down…" Roadside Attractions & Miramax have confirmed a release date for Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, starring Sir Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes. I've been raving about the film ever since I caught the premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, since it really moved me (read my review) and I can't wait for it to hit theaters over here. Roadside will be releasing Mr. Holmes in theaters starting on July 17th this summer, around the same time as Marvel's Ant-Man and Judd Apatow's Trainwreck. Let's hope it doesn't get lost in the mix. It's a gem of a film, about an older Sherlock Holmes struggling with memory loss and aging, who befriends the young son of a caretaker. Watch the first trailer. ›››
Continue reading 'Mr. Holmes' with Ian McKellen Set for July Opening This Summer
Before Jemaine Clement became the star of films like Gentleman Broncos and this year's Sundance selected People, Places & Things and director of What We Do in the Shadows, and before Bret McKenzie became an Oscar-winning songwriter and part of Middle-Earth for Peter Jackson, the duo became famous as the humorous folk duo Flight of the Conchords. And one year before they had their hit show on HBO, they were playing shows at SXSW, and while on their Texas trip, they shot a 45-minute documentary. Of course, it's hilarious, but it's also fascinating to see them with fans before they made it big. Watch now! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Flight of the Conchords Hits SXSW in 45-Minute 2006 Doc
Since Helen Hunt hasn't been super busy in front of the camera, the star of The Sessions, Pay It Forward and As Good As It Gets has decided to get back behind the camera for a new comedy called Ride. The actress also stars in the film she wrote about a woman who follows her college dropout son (Brenton Thwaites of The Giver and The Signal) to Los Angeles as he pursues a life of surfing. Of course, this ends up being a life-changing experience for her as well. It seems like it's trying too hard to be a typical indie story self-discovery, but kudos to Hunt for taking the initiative to write and direct a film for herself to star. ›››
Continue reading First Trailer for 'Ride' Indie Directed by and Starring Helen Hunt
After The Maze Runner became a successful young adult sci-fi adaptation last year, the sequel Maze Runner: Scorch Trials was fasttracked for release this fall. And now we have our first look at the next chapter of this action adventure as EW has released a few photos showing off Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Ki Hong Lee. No sign of new cast members Rosa Salazar, Aidan Gillen and Giancarlo Esposito, but we probably won't see them until the first trailer makes its way online sometime down the road. Can the sequel keep the excitement going? I'm mildly interested to see. ›››
Continue reading First Look: Dylan O'Brien & Gladers in 'Maze Runner: Scorch Trials'
"Brother, please jump… if you want to stay alive. If you want to live, jump." A few years back we featured a trailer for an indie documentary called Rising from Ashes, about a Rwandan cycling team. The producers behind that doc are back with their latest project, titled (The World of) The Ghost Fleet being directed by Jeffrey Waldron, about modern day slavery in the Thai fishing industry. The first teaser trailer has launched and it's beautiful, a harrowing look at a shady industry most of us know nothing about. I love the music in the trailer, I love the footage, I admire how chilling it is, and I even love the film's logo. Word is this won't be ready until early 2016, but I'm already anticipating it and hope to bring attention to it as they finish up. ›››
After giving R&B pop superstar Rihanna a pivotal role in his ridiculous action flick Battleship, director Peter Berg will turn the camera on her real life. Deadline reports the Lone Survivor and Hancock directing is launching a new production company called Film 45 with a specialty in non-scripted programming for television and film, and one of the first projects will be a theatrical feature documentary about Rihanna. Berg will direct the film himself and it's described as a contemporary version of the 1967 Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back as the filmmaker intends to dig deep into Rihanna's life and her rise to fame. ›››
Continue reading Peter Berg to Direct Documentary About R&B Pop Star Rihanna
Following a premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is coming to HBO in May. But in the United Kingdom, the film is hitting theaters in April, and a trailer from across the pond has just arrived for the film profiling the iconic grunge musician who left us all too soon. Cobain's life is brought to life with never-before-heard music, home movies, animation and the musician's own art, combined with interviews with those closest to him. This was one of our favorite docs at Sundance as we called it "an impressive and enriching documentary," even for non-Nirvana fans. Watch! ›››
Last year was a good one for Miles Teller. His indie Whiplash was a huge Oscar contender (even though his performance wasn't), and he also had three other films released in 2014 (Divergent, That Awkward Moment and Two Night Stand). This year he's almost as busy with The Divergent Series: Insurgent coming next week, the boxing drama Bleed for This arriving sometime this year, and the comic book reboot Fantastic Four looking promising (watch the trailer). Now he has another project for his future slate as The Wrap reports he will lead The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang, based on The Atavist article. ›››
Continue reading Miles Teller Set to Lead 'The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang'
As we await the arrival of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. this August (the first trailer doesn't look half bad), director Guy Ritchie is already in production on his next film, the medieval action drama Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur. Taking the title role is "Sons of Anarchy" and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam, and we get a glimpse at the actor in the role as Ritchie has just posted a photo from the set of the film, showing off a set in the middle of the woods. No sign of any of the other cast members yet, but we're bound to get a look at them later this year since the film is already slated for release next summer. Look! ›››
Continue reading Guy Ritchie Shows Off First Look at His 'Knights of the Roundtable'
Back in the fall of 2013, we learned there was development of a remake of the 1974 Sidney Lumet mystery Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 novel of the same name. Ridley Scott was producing with Simon Kinberg (writer of X-Men: Days of Future Past and Sherlock Holmes) and Mark Gordon, but there was no writer on board yet. But that's changed now as Variety reports Green Lantern writer Michael Green, who is also working with Scott on the Blade Runner sequel with Harrison Ford starring and Denis Villeneuve directing, will script the remake for Scott Free Productions. Read on! ›››
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It's been a couple years since we heard anything about a sequel to TRON Legacy, the 2010 sequel to the classic 80s sci-fi adventure TRON. At the time, the project was said to be on the fasttrack, but here we are without any solid development being reported. However, we might get some news sooner than we think if a report from Vancity Buzz (via Badass Digest) is to be believed. They say that Disney has greenlit what will the third film in the TRON series and filming is already being schedule to begin in Vancouver at the beginning of October of this year with Garrett Hedlund being the only cast member confirmed to return. ›››
Continue reading 'TRON Legacy' Sequel is Reportedly Shooting in Vancouver This Fall
It looks like there's some real talent in the United Kingdom TV series "EastEnders." Following the casting of the British series' Ben Hardy in an unknown role in X-Men: Apocalypse, now The Wrap reports his fellow cast member Sam Strike is in talks to lead Leatherface, a prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise that's in the works at Millennium Films. Strike will play the killer in an origin story that shows where Leatherface came from in his early years during the 1970s (thus fitting with the original film's timeline). We're not sure what to expect from this since it's from the producers of the 2013 franchise reboot. ›››
Continue reading UK TV's Sam Strike to Lead 'Texas Chainsaw' Prequel 'Leatherface'
After solidifying most of the cast last month, Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's adventure thriller Inferno, one more key cast member has been added to the mix. Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon, the symbologist who always gets in over his head from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons in a story that sees him suddenly waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, forcing him to team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to help recover his memories in order to prevent some psychopath from unleashing a global plague that is tied to the classic Dante's Inferno. Now Ben Foster is set to play the film's villain. ›››
Continue reading Ben Foster to Play the Villain in Ron Howard's 'Inferno' Adaptation
Last summer we learned that Disney was working on a live-action retelling of another one of their classic animated films, the flying elephant tale Dumbo. Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger was hired to write the script and also produce the film with Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion), and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting director Tim Burton is returning to the craze he helped kick off at Disney back in 2010 with Alice in Wonderland by getting behind the camera for this new take on the circus fairytale of sorts. And considering Burton's obsession with dark circus visuals, that's a pretty perfect fit. More below! ›››
Continue reading Tim Burton Returning to Disney to Direct New Live-Action 'Dumbo'