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Watch: Full Trailer for the Hit Sundance Comedy 'Dear White People'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:50
Dear White People

"A minimum requirement of black friends to not seem racist has just been raised to two." Just last month, a quick teaser trailer debuted for the upcoming indie Dear White People, a racially charged comedy that debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Now a full theatrical trailer has arrived showing even more of the hilarity in the film starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonha Parris, Brandon P. Bell and Dennis Haysbert. This seems like a provocative and amusing comedy with biting racial humor and political satire done extremely well, and that's not always easy to do. Watch the trailer below! ›››

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Warner Bros is Still Trying to Make Their Live-Action 'Akira' Happen

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:31
Akira

Nearly a year ago, word came that Warner Bros. was reviving their efforts to turn the iconic Japanese anime Akira into a live-action film again. The studio was working on bringing Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra back into the fray to direct the film with an eye towards beginning production in early 2014. But that time frame has come and gone, and here we are in the middle of summer with no update. That is until a small blurb in Deadline (via The Playlist) popped up recently which says Dante Harper, who wrote the initial script for Edge of Tomorrow (also originally a Japanese property) has been working on the script. ›››

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'Toy Story That Time Forgot' Gets Comic-Con Poster by Mike Mignola

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:48
Toy Story That Time Forgot

There might not be a Pixar film in theaters this year, but that doesn't mean the animation studio doesn't have something in store for fans. This Christmas, a new TV special is coming around Christmastime called Toy Story That Time Forgot. There will be a sneak preview of the ABC TV special at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24th, and that's where you can get ahold of a cool poster designed by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. That might seem like a weird match-up, but when you see the poster with a dinosaur warrior that has a mace in his hand, it'll all make sense. The Halloween short was fun, and this seems cool too. Look! ›››

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Watch: 10-Minute Video Essay About Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:26
Snowpiercer

The low key release of Snowpiercer is finding a pretty decent size audience after getting a release in limited theaters two weeks later, followed by a wide release and availability on nearly all VOD platforms last weekend. It's turned out to be a pretty big hit with Thompson on Hollywood learning from Harvey Weinstein, who battled with Bong Joon-ho over the final cut, that the film has pulled in $2 million in just one week from VOD releases. That's the kind of stuff that keeps changing the face of distribution. Now to explore the film and see what everyone is talking about, here's a video essay analyzing the film very well. ›››

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Idris Elba Will Mentor 'King Arthur' for Guy Ritchie's Medieval Epic

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:21
Idris Elba

Back towards the beginning of the year, we learned that Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros. were hoping to create a six film franchise following the exploits of King Arthur and his Knights at the Roundtable. We're not sure if the studio is still hellbent on that plan, and they'll likely wait for box office receipts before making solid plans, but the first film, simply called King Arthur, seems to be progressing with a July 22nd, 2016 release date set. And now Variety reports Idris Elba is coming on board the film as a Merlin-eseque character who trains and mentors Arthur, a role that will be testing actors for the part in August. Read on! ›››

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Matthew McConaughey Eyes 'The Company Man' Cold War Thriller

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:07
Matthew McConaughey

Fresh off an Oscar win for his role in Dallas Buyers Club and an Emmy nomination on the acclaimed HBO series "True Detective," it looks like Matthew McConaughey is finally trying to lock down his next project. Deadline has word that McConaughey is attached to star in The Company Man, a script by Andrew Cypiot that made The Black List known as the Untitled Ed Wilson Project. McConaughey is reportedly involved in helping find a director for the true story about CIA agent Edwin Wilson who went behind enemy lines to secure a weapons contract and report info back to the CIA shortly after the Cold War. ›››

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Heroin Bob Returns in First 'Punk's Dead: SLC Punk! 2' Teaser Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:51
 SLC Punk! 2

"My name's Bob, and back in the day, this is where I totally fucking died." Back at the beginning of the month, some first look photos from the quickly progressing sequel Punk's Dead: SLC Punk! 2 surfaced, showing off Heroin Bob (Michael A. Goorjan) and his grave along with some old and new faces. Now director James Merendino has released a teaser trailer, and the old gang is back, including Devon Sawa, Adam Pascal and James Duval. Don't worry, Heroin Bob isn't back from the dead, but he seems to be narrating this film from the grave while his son Ross (Ben Schnetzer) is coming-of-age in Salt Lake City. ›››

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Amy Ryan & Alan Alda Joining Steven Spielberg's Cold War Thriller

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 00:47
Amy Ryan

By the time the next film from Steven Spielberg hits theaters, it will have been nearly three years since Lincoln hit theaters. That just goes to show you how hard it is to find the right project or even get one made, regardless of whether you're an iconic filmmaker or not. But Spielberg is hard at work on getting an untitled Cold War thriller off the ground, aiming to begin shooting this fall, with Tom Hanks reuniting with the director for a fourth time. And now Deadline has a line on some supporting cast members with Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Win Win) and veteran actor Alan Alda both taking roles. But that's not all. More below! ›››

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Awesome 'Dark Knight' LEGO Tumbler Hits Shelves in September

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:05
LEGO Tumbler

We just featured a cool collection of custom Back to the Future LEGO Ideas sets that the creator hopes will be turned into real sets for LEGO enthusiasts to add to their collection. But now we're going to focus on a set that customers will be able to buy much sooner. The Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy will be getting the LEGO treatment by way of the brand's Ultimate Collector line. With 1,869 pieces, this is awesome for any Batman fan, or for anyone who just likes awesome LEGO sets. Plus, it comes with LEGO versions of Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger's version of The Joker. Look now! ›››

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Cameron Crowe's Untitled Hawaii Project Delayed to May of 2015

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 17:36
Cameron Crowe

Briefly: Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises have decided to delay Cameron Crowe's Untitled Hawaii Project to next summer on May 29th, 2015.  The film follows a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. In play is a complex satellite system being launched by an enigmatic billionaire with suspicious intentions (Bill Murray). More below! ›››

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Check Out the Entire Tracklist for 'The Black Album' from 'Boyhood'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:57
Boyhood

Right now you can check out Boyhood in limited theaters, and it's slowly expanding to more around the country in the coming months. But for those who have already seen the Richard Linklater directed coming-of-age masterpiece, we have a very cool musical treat. In the film, Ethan Hawke gives his son (Ellar Coltrane) a gift he's called "The Black Album," which is a collection of what his character deems the greatest tracks from all of the solo albums by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr outside of their work as The Beatles. After the film premiered at Sundance, many wondered what was on the tracklist, and Buzzfeed has gotten the whole thing, hand-picked by Hawke and Linklater. Read on! ›››

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TMNT Beats: Wiz Khalifa's 'Shell Shocked' vs. Vanilla Ice's 'Ninja Rap'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:00
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

For whatever reason, those who are nostalgic about the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies have a soft spot in their heart for the overwhelmingly 90s rap track "Ninja Rap (Go Ninja Go!)" by Vanilla Ice. The song was prominently featured in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and there are few children of the 90s who don't recall this hit single. And now, keeping in the tradition of the films, and mostly just keeping up with today's crazy music trends, Wiz Khalifa is the hip-hop mastermind behind "Shell Shocked," a track from the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arriving next month. Now it's up to you to decide which one is better (or rather worse) after checking out the new single below. Listen! ›››

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'The Expendables 3' Rounded Up in Andy Warhol Pop Art Posters

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:58
The Expendables 3

The roll call teaser trailer for The Expendables 3 is an exercise in patience as every cast member of the huge action ensemble is mentioned by name. And with such a huge cast that includes veterans like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger to younger faces like Ronda Rousey and Kellan Lutz, the film is ripe for a whole slew of character poster. The first batch of character posters looked like cheesy yearbook portraits that were done at Sears on a Sunday after family brunch. This new batch is kinda fun as all the characters get a colorful pop art treatment, though Andy Warhol probably wouldn't approve. ›››

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Which 80s Video Game Icons Will Attack Adam Sandler in 'Pixels'?

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:01
Pixels

After a first look photo from the video game family adventure film Pixels arrived last week, we've got more news about the Columbia Pictures film from director Chris Columbus coming in 2015. As you know, the project starring Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan is based on a short film of the same name that follows an invasion of New York City by aliens in the form of 80s video game characters. However, due to the tricky licensing agreements, we weren't sure which video game characters were going to pop up in the film. Now the studio has revealed the video game invaders. ›››

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'Jurassic World' Gets a Comic-Con Poster from Artist Mark Englert

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:42
Jurassic World

The hype for Comic-Con continues with just two days before the pop culture convention launches in San Diego. And while there may not be a full panel for Colin Trevorrow's forthcoming sequel/reboot Jurassic World, that doesn't mean Universal won't have a presence for the film produced by Steven Spielberg. In fact, the director just revealed an exclusive poster that fans will be able to get their hands on at Comic-Con. It features a velociraptor perched on the remains of one of the old Jurassic Park vehicles as the scene behind shows construction of the operational park we'll see in Jurassic World. The piece comes from artist Mark Englert, who recently did some Disney artwork and had a piece in the Ghostbusters art show. Look! ›››

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Iñárritu's 'Birdman' Set to Open Venice, Close New York Film Festivals

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:18
Birdman

Get ready for the fall premiere of Birdman. Fox Searchlight has confirmed and announced that Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman will be the Closing Night film at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival, coming up from September 26th to October 12th. It was already announced a few weeks ago as the opening night film of the Venice Film Festival, kicking off on August 27th coming up very soon. This means Birdman is likely going to play at a number of big prestige festivals, these two include and perhaps Telluride/Toronto, before it goes on to become a smash Broadway success in cinemas. I'm so excited for it. ›››

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Watch: New Footage in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' IMAX Featurette

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:55
Guardians of the Galaxy

Though director James Gunn is pretty adamant that Guardians of the Galaxy won't team-up with The Incredible Hulk in any future films, that's no reason to not be excited for the cosmic team's debut on the big screen next month. In fact, the buzz from the footage screened for fans earlier this month and some advances screenings has been very positive, and to keep the hype going, Gunn talks about how great it will be to see this Marvel film on an IMAX screen. It's been crafted specifically for the giant screen with shifting aspect ratios, and the director previously promised a unique experience from the traditional theater. Watch! ›››

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Edgar Wright's Influence Will Still Be Seen in Visuals of 'Ant-Man'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:34
Ant-Man / Edgar Wright

When a replacement direct was being sought for Marvel's Ant-Man following the exit of Edgar Wright, we mentioned that the filmmaker who ends up with the job won't have as huge of an impact as some might think. Why? Because at this stage in the game, the action sequences and pre-visualization of the film has already been completed, and they're not going to start over when it comes to that kind of work that Wright had already begun. And that's why, despite Yes Man director Peyton Reed taking over the job, the film's visuals will still have Wright's influence and style. So we suppose that's a bittersweet parting gift. Read on! ›››

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Ethan Hawke Time Travels in the Aussie Trailer for 'Predestination'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:12
Predestination

"What if I could put him in front of you. The man who ruined your life." It's Minority Report meets Looper in the first trailer for the South by Southwest selected film Predestination. The film follows a temporal agent (Ethan Hawke, who worked with directors Michael & Peter Spierig in Daybreakers) who is tasked with preventing crime throughout time before it happens. But he's also a man who messes with time in order to make sure that his legacy and work in law enforcement lasts forever. But all that is threatened by the one criminal who has gotten away from him time and time again. This looks pretty damn cool. Watch! ›››

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James Gunn Denies a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' & Hulk Crossover

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:42
James Gunn

Back at the beginning of the month, a rumor swirled that predicted plans for the future of The Incredible Hulk within the Marvel cinematic universe. Obviously, the big guy will be an integral part of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but what about after that? Will Marvel Studios give him another standalone film? Mark Ruffalo believes they're working it out, and then we got word that Hulk might end up crossing over with Guardians of the Galaxy in a sequel that would see the cosmic superhero team encountering the mean green machine. However, director James Gunn has now denied those rumors, but we're not surprised. ›››

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