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Sound Off: Olivier Megaton's 'Taken 3' with Liam Neeson - Thoughts?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 17:09
Taken 3

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It ends here! He's back, again, for another round of phone threats and high stakes action. In theaters now is Taken 3, bringing back Liam Neeson for a third time as Bryan Mills, father of Kim, played by Maggie Grace, the one person he will kill anyone to protect. The cast in this sequel includes Forest Whitaker and Dougray Scott, and involves a twist where Bryan is framed for the murder of his wife Lenore, played by Famke Janssen. How is it? Any better than the first two or more of the same? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Megaton's Taken 3. ›››

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Jeremy Renner & Matt Damon's 'Bourne' Franchises Won't Meet

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:16
Aaron Cross / Jason Bourne

Ever since it was revealed that Matt Damon was returning to the Jason Bourne franchise with director Paul Greengrass behind the camera again, fans were already hoping that there would be some kind of cross over with The Bourne Legacy franchise that Jeremy Renner stepped into in 2012. However, if producer Frank Marshall is to be believed, that may not happen at all. Though Marshall once said that Damon and Renner may be able to team up sometime down the road, a conversation with Collider indicated a complete 180 on that prospect happening as the producer says, "We don’t have plans for that." Read on! ›››

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Melissa McCarthy Will Join 'Ghostbusters' Reboot if Schedule Allows

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 14:26
Melissa McCarthy

Though there have been plenty of casting suggestions as to who should fill out the female cast of Bridesmaids director Paul Feig's reboot of Ghostbusters, one of the most likely names that would be cast was that of Melissa McCarthy. The actress got a huge big screen break with her supporting role in Bridesmaids, and she was one of the leads in Feig's cop comedy The Heat, not to mention leading his forthcoming spy comedy, appropriate titled Spy (formerly known as Susan Cooper). Now THR has learned that she's in early talks for a Ghostbusters role, but the problem in finalizing a deal might lie in scheduling. ›››

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Check Out Andy Fairhurst's Fantastic 'Back to the Future' Trilogy Art

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 13:42
Back to the Future

There's been dozens of pieces of artwork done and featured online to commemorate the iconic time traveling classic Back to the Future. But it's been awhile since I've been so taken aback by a set of pieces like this. Artist Andy Fairhurst has a series called "Nerd's Eye View" where the imagery of a certain film is created from a bird's eye view from overheard the action. And when it comes to these prints for the entire Back to the Future trilogy, it's never worked better than this. Each print captures one of the pivotal moments where the DeLorean travels back in time, shown from where it's been to where it's going. Look! ›››

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Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris & More Also Joining 'Downsizing'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 13:09
Alec Baldwin & Neil Patrick Harris

Following news that Reese Witherspoon was going to reteam with her Election director Alexander Payne for the satire Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, a trio of new actors have been added to the film. THR reports that Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Sudeikis will all have roles in the film that now finds itself getting produced and financed by Megan Ellison and her fantastic Annapurna Pictures banner. There's still no new details, but it's been said to follow a man, down on his luck, who decides he can have a much better life if he undergoes a process to shrink himself. It's probably Payne's oddest film yet. ›››

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New Concept Art Shows Off Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Villain Yellow Jacket

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:48
Ant-Man

Though the teaser trailer for Ant-Man showed off a little bit of what we can expect from Marvel's second summer release this year, there was no glimpse of our villain, played by Corey Stoll, in the suit he eventually creates for himself to become Yellow Jacket. That's likely because much of the visual effects aren't finished (the sequences of a miniature Paul Rudd riding an ant in the trailer are from footage created for Comic-Con this past summer). But the good news is that we now have a glimpse at what Yellow Jacket will look like as a formidable opponent with some official concept art that has surfaced. Look now! ›››

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Must Watch: Second Trailer Arrives for Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:37
Chappie Trailer

"A thinking robot could be the end of mankind!" Sony Pictures has unveiled the second trailer for Neill Blomkamp's third sci-fi feature, titled Chappie, about a young robot being raised in a violent world. This is the second trailer we've seen following the first teaser for Chappie, and it has a completely different tone, focusing on the comedy that leads to the tragedy in the end. At least they're not holding back showing the social-political angle. Dev Patel stars, with Die Antwoord's Yo-Landi & Ninja plus Sharlto Copley as Chappie. We also get a few more glimpses of the bad guys: Hugh Jackman with a mullet, and Sigourney Weaver. This looks really, really good - even after Elysium I'm still excited for Blomkamp's latest creation. ›››

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Cool Poster & 70s Style Trailer for 'Inherent Vice' in Theaters Now

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 11:53
Inherent Vice

For any Paul Thomas Anderson fans out there, today is the day you've been waiting for as Inherent Vice is finally getting a wide release in theaters across the country. The groovy detective comedy is quite a trip, in more ways than one, and while it didn't make my Top 10 Films of 2014, that doesn't mean I didn't love it (probably would have made the Top 15). But the film certainly takes some time to wrap your mind around, and with that in mind, one final trailer has arrived, and it's presented in the style of the 70s time period where the story takes place. Plus, we have one more awesome poster for the flick, and a 20-minute video interview with P.T. Anderson himself (he normally doesn't do those) from VICE. Check them out! ›››

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Watch: Dakota Fanning is Adulterous in US Trailer for 'Effie Gray'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 11:10
Effie Gray

"You have married no ordinary man." If period romantic drama is your thing, then this spring, director Richard Laxton has just the story for you. The life story of Effie Gray is no Pride & Prejudice, but there's still plenty of drama as the story explores what happens in life after marriage during this time of such proper romantic affairs, especially when it's yet to be consummated. Dakota Fanning plays the title character, a woman who marries art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise), but then soon feels she might have made a terrible mistake and finds solace in the love of another man, artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). And now the first US trailer for the film has arrived, and it feels like any other period drama. ›››

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'Grand Budapest Hotel' Leads Nominations for 2015 BAFTA Awards

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:51
BAFTAs / The Grand Budapest Hotel

The nominations for this year's Academy Awards don't arrive until Thursday, January 15th (that's less than a week), and the Golden Globes get handed out this Sunday at 8pm ET on NBC. But across the pond, our friends from the United Kingdom have just announced their nominations for the British equivalent of the Oscars. The nominations for the 68th Annual BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) were announced this morning, and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel leads the pack with 11 nominations, followed closely by Birdman and The Theory of Everything with 10 nominations each. ›››

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It's Time to 'Run All Night' with Liam Neeson in First Thriller Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 01:07
Run All Night

"I'm the only one who ever cared about you, and all of that ended an hour ago when you killed my son." If you're seeing Taken 3 this weekend, then you might wonder how they were able to get Taken 4 done in time in order to get a trailer finished and in theaters. But this is Run All Night, where Liam Neeson plays a former mobster who just got his former employer (Ed Harris) on his bad side by killing his son. So now the ex-boss is coming after his own son (Joel Kinnaman), and if they're going to survive, they have to run all night (whoa!). It looks like standard action thriller flare, and there's also a Google glass bad guy? Watch! ›››

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Attention Citizens: 'The Purge 3' Won't Arrive Until Summer 2016

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 19:00
The Purge

For the past two years, we've seen The Purge and The Purge: Anarchy, but this year we'll get a break from the annual night when all crime is legal. Though last fall brought news that The Purge 3 was definitely going to happen with James DeMonaco writing and directing again, Ben Fritz of The Wall Street Journal posted news on Twitter that the sequel wouldn't arrive until July 1st, 2016. That's the best release date the franchise has received so far. The first film debuted on June 7th, 2013 and the second got a later summer release on July 18th, 2014. But that Independence Day weekend should prove to be a big one for The Purge. ›››

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'American Sniper' Getting Unnecessary Run on IMAX Screens Too

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:59
American Sniper

Briefly: With American Sniper getting recognized by the Producers Guild and Writers Guild with nominees in both of the guilds' awards, it looks like Warner Bros. Pictures wants to capitalize on the buzz (even though the film doesn't have any Golden Globe nominations). The studio just announced that the film starring Bradley Cooper will be getting an IMAX release simultaneously when it hits regular theaters next week on January 16th. But let me say, that this is not a film that needs to be seen on the IMAX screen, and it's not even all that great of a movie in general. It's far from terrible, but it's just not very good. Moreover, there's nothing technically impressive to warrant an IMAX screening if you truly must see it in theaters. ›››

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George Lucas is Coming to Sundance and You Can Watch His Panel

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:39
George Lucas

In exactly two weeks, we'll be up in the mountains of Park City, Utah for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, discovering a whole new round of independent cinema to talk about the rest of the year. Will there be another Whiplash or Boyhood this year? We can't wait to see all the great films debuting at the festival. But if you're one of those who isn't able to make it up there, you'll still be able to partake in a little of the Sundance experience. The festival just announced that George Lucas will be appearing on a panel as part of a series called "Art of Film Weekend" on the last weekend of the festival, where he'll chat with Robert Redford about filmmaking with critic Leonard Maltin. And you'll actually be able to watch it. Read on! ›››

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Watch & Listen: Long 'Boyhood' Chats with Richard Linklater & Cast

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:18
Richard Linklater

Earlier this week, we brought you a two-hour chat with Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson, just before his film gets a wide release this weekend. Now comedian Marc Maron gets to spend time with another Oscar-buzzed filmmaker on his own podcast "WTF with Marc Maron" as Boyhood director Richard Linklater stops by for an hour and a half to talk about his powerful coming-of-age film, and the long process of making it over 12 years. In addition, the SAG Foundation recently hosted Linklater with stars Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette for a 45-minute chat too. Watch & listen! ›››

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Watch: Run Through Marvel's Universe in This Phase Two Supercut

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 15:34
Marvel's Phase Two

This summer brings the end of Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe, and while the first phase culminated with an assembly The Avengers, this time the second phase actually ends with Ant-Man (watch the teaser trailer here). And for those who are looking to keep their excitement up for both of Marvel's blockbuster entries this summer, editor Adrian Conlon has put together a great supercut running through the entirety of Phase Two, from Iron Man 3 to Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course, there's teases of what we've already seen from The Avengers: Age of Ultron as well, all with the help of Glitch Mob's "Can't Kill Us." Watch below! ›››

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Ansel Elgort to Join 'November Criminals' with Chloe Grace Moretz

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 14:57
Ansel Elgort

After making quite an impression on audiences in The Fault in Our Stars, and even Men, Women & Children, along with a key supporting role in The Divergent Series, young star Ansel Elgort is keeping the momentum going with a starring role alongside Chloe Grace Moretz in November Criminals. We first heard about the project in 2013 when Hitchock and Anvil: The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi boarded the project based on Sam Munson's novel of the same name, with Locke and Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight adapting the book for the big screen. So what's the novel about anyway? Details below! ›››

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Check Out This Colorful Poster for 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 14:34
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Just before Christmas, the first trailer for the Sundance selected indie drama Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter arrived, just in time for the snow to start hitting the Northern part of the United States, which is perfect for the snowy setting of the film. If you haven't watched the trailer yet, the film follows a young woman from Japan, who watches Joel & Ethan Coen's Fargo on VHS, believing it's a documentary. And this inspires her to head to wintry North Dakota to try and find the buried suitcase full of money from the film. Like all good stories of buried treasure, this is about the journey, not the loot. And now we have a bright, colorful illustrated poster, which contrasts the mostly stark, snowy color palette of the film itself. Look now! ›››

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'Batman v. Superman' Teaser Trailer Arrives on 'Jupiter Ascending'?

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 12:28
 Dawn of Justice

Last fall, we heard that a teaser trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice may arrive with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. After all, they were both Warner Bros. titles and there's plenty of crossover between fans of both properties, so it made perfect sense. But the film arrived, and there was no trailer. Now word on the street (via Latino Review) is that the first teaser trailer will arrive with Jupiter Ascending in February, another Warner Bros. title that could probably use a boost from an audience interested in seeing the trailer (at least if it's a theatrical exclusive). However, don't expect to see too much. ›››

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Ryan Reynolds Hears 'The Voices' of His Pets in Twisted First Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 12:02
The Voices

"Sometimes I talk to my pets, and they sometimes talk to me." After debuting at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the twisted, dark comedy The Voices starring Ryan Reynolds is finally heading to limited theaters and VOD next month. The film follows a disturbed man who avoids taking his prescribed meds and ends up hearing some convincing arguments from his cat and dog to become a serial killer. It's just as weird as it sounds with our own Alex Billington saying, "I'm honestly not sure if I was amused and entertained or completely horrified watching it." Sounds like you'll just have to see this one for yourself. Watch below! ›››

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