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Kristen Stewart & Juliette Binoche in US 'Clouds of Sils Maria' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 13:55
Clouds of Sils Maria

After playing at the Cannes Film Festival last year, we've seen a couple international trailers for Clouds of Sils Maria, the latest film from Olivier Assayas. And now the film is poised for a release in the United States, which means we get a domestic trailer for the film now. The film follows actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. This time she's playing the older boss role and finds herself looking at unsettling reflection of her past when she meets the younger actress (Chloe Grace Moretz). Is it just me, or does it seem like Moretz is playing some version of Kristen Stewart, who plays Binoche's assitant? Watch below! ›››

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Watch: Michael Bay Talks Action Style in 'Transformers' Featurette

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:17
Michael Bay

Before Christmas, we called your attention to a fascinating look behind the scenes at the post-production process of Transformers: Age of Extinction, which director Michael Bay is heavily involved in. Even though the may have been disappointing (at least for me), even as an action-fest that we've come to expect from Bay, watching the filmmaker work is always a treat. And now another featuette has emerged online that has Bay talking about how he directs an action scene. And this isn't just a short promo featurette, but a longer 11-minute glimpse into the mind of Bay and how he builds an action scene for the big screen. As you can imagine, Bay is intense, but hearing him talk about action in this excited manner is inspiring in a way. ›››

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20th Century Fox Wins Remake Rights to 'Escape from New York'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:39
Escape from New York

A remake of John Carpenter's then-futuristic action thriller Escape from New York has been gestating since as far back as 2007, with several attempts to get the project off the ground falling apart. Directors like Len Wiseman and Breck Eisner have been linked to the project along with leading men like Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and most recently Charlie Hunnam being linked to the role. However, none of those attempts had the cooperation of John Carpenter, and Deadline reports that's exactly what's happening with the latest attempt as 20th Century Fox has just won the remake rights to the 1981 film. More below! ›››

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Watch: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Gets the 8-Bit Cinema Treatment

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:21
Guardians of the Galaxy 8-Bit Cinema

It's a new year, and we have two more Marvel Studios releases to look forward to. We just got a new trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron (check out our closer examination of it right here), and a teaser trailer for Ant-Man coming later in the summer. But now we have a cool video from CineFix as part of their ongoing 8-Bit Cinema series, and this one reaches back to 2014 to turn Marvel's surprise sci-fi hit Guardians of the Galaxy into an old school video game. Every single time one of these videos gets released, all I want to do is play a real 8-bit video game version, but that feeling is even stronger for this one. Watch below now! ›››

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Selena Gomez Joining Paul Rudd in 'Fundamentals of Caregiving'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:59
Selena Gomes & Paul Rudd

Following the release of the Ant-Man teaser trailer from Marvel Studios, it was announced that Paul Rudd would lead an adaptation of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, based on Jonathan Evison's novel of the same name. The story follows the touching friendship of Ben Benjamin (Rudd) and a young adult stricken with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. And now one of the supporting stars has been cast, as Deadline reports Selena Gomez has landed the female lead in the film, but it's not the young adult with a disease. Instead, she's playing Dot, a sassy young woman who hitches a ride with the pair during a road trip. ›››

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Watch: Different 'Chappie' UK Trailer Combines Action & Emotion

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:31
Chappie

"Don't let people take away your potential, Chappie." Just after the second US trailer for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's latest sci-fi endeavor Chappie arrived last week, a new trailer from the United Kingdom has arrived that's completely different. This one actually takes cues from the melodramatic and sappy teaser trailer and mixes them with the more suspenseful, action-oriented tone of the second one. Personally, I'm not sure about this one yet, if only because it seems to tread a lot of the same territory that films like RoboCop, I Robot and more have already walked, and I was hoping for something more. Watch it! ›››

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James Cameron Delays 'Avatar 2' to Late 2017 for More Script Work

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:15
James Cameron

Last week, when 20th Century Fox revealed plans to release both Michael Fassbender's Assassin's Creed and Hugh Jackman's The Greatest Show on Earth in December of  2016, we wondered if that meant that James Cameron's long-gestating Avatar 2 would be pushed back. Now official word has come from The Associated Press (via Yahoo) from James Cameron himself that the first of three sequels will be pushed back an entire year to arrive late in 2017 (likely in December as the previous one was scheduled). The reason for the delay seems to be that additional work is needed on the script before production begins. More below! ›››

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Rodrigo Santoro is Going from Xerxes in '300' to Jesus in 'Ben-Hur'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 20:06
Rodrigo Santoro

Paramount Pictures and MGM have had the leads for their remake of Ben-Hur set since last year with Jack Huston playing the titular Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell (of the Fantastic Four reboot and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). The rest of the cast includes Morgan Freeman as Ben-Hur's chariot trainer as well as Olivia Cooke and Ayelet Zurer. Now THR has word on another pivotal cast member with 300 franchise villain and Love Actually co-star Rodrigo Santoro playing another Biblical figure, albeit less evil, as the son of God himself, Jesus Christ. Read on! ›››

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Disney Shifts 'Jungle Book' to 2016, Sets 'Ghost in the Shell' in 2017

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 18:19
Jungle Book

Towards the end of December last year, we learned Warner Bros. Pictures had moved back their gestating Jungle Book: Origins back to 2017, and now Walt Disney Pictures is making some changes to their schedule today and it involves pushing back their new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book as well. Today, the studio announced that Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book will move back to April 15th, 2016, and its old October 9th, 2015 date will now go to their Coast Guard drama The Finest Hours with Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. But that's now all the studio has revealed for their forthcoming calendar. More below! ›››

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Ansel Elgort in Early Talks to Lead Edgar Wright's Next 'Baby Driver'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 18:02
Ansel Elgort

Last summer, within a couple days of each other, director Edgar Wright hdd two new projects percolating to take the spot of his next film, following his departure from the Marvel Studios film Ant-Man. First up was an original project called Baby Driver, which has been on the backburner since as far back as 2009, and then there was an adaptation of the young adult novel Grasshopper Jungle. Well, it looks like the former may win out as his next film as Variety reports Working Title has closed a deal with MRC (Media Rights Capital) to produce and finance the film, and they're already in early talks with a lead actor. More below! ›››

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Watch: Another Impressive Look at 12 Decades of Cinema History

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 17:00
120 Years of Watching Movies Together

"Ladies and gentlemen, come and dream with me." Just yesterday we featured a montage from the American Film Institute looking back at 120 years of film history. In fact, this year it will have been exactly 120 years since the Lumiérè brothers screened the first commercial film images. And since this year marks another decade milestone in filmmaking and cinema itself, the folks at Tandem Entertainment put together a little tribute to cinema, running through the magic of movies. What makes this a wonderful retrospective is the cutting back and forth between films and footage of characters in movie theaters. Watch! ›››

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Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling & Brad Pitt Set to Lead 'The Big Short'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 16:03
Ryan Gosling / Brad Pitt / Christian Bale

Though director Adam McKAay was able to assemble surprising A-list cameos from the likes of Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey and even Will Smith for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the cast of his first big screen drama is even more impressive. Variety reports Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling will all star in The Big Short, an adaptation of a non-fiction book from Moneyball author Michael Lewis about the most recent collapse of the financial industry, focusing on unregulated bond and real estate derivative markets and the traders behind them. McKay was reported to write and direct the project late last March. ›››

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David Fincher, Ben Affleck & Gillian Flynn Reteam for 'Strangers'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 14:25
David Fincher, Ben Affleck & Gillian Flynn

After delivering the critically acclaimed and box office success that was Gone Girl, director David Fincher, star Ben Affleck and writer Gillian Flynn are looking to reteam on another project, and it's probably going to raise some eyebrows. Deadline reports the trio are in talks to board a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Strangers on a Train, with the title simplified to just Strangers. However, this time, the setting will be changed a bit, because the thriller will actually unfold on a private plane. So yes, we might as well just call this flick Strangers on a Plane, but we don't want Snakes on a Plane to get upset. Read on! ›››

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Let's Take a Closer Look at the New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 13:56
 Age of Ultron

Last night, a new trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron popped up during the College Football National Championship game, and it was online right away to watch over and over again. Thankfully, this one had tons of new footage that we didn't see in the first teaser trailer (or even the slightly extended version), and we got to see even more of Tony Stark and his Hulkbuster fighting Hulk (for a reason that we don't yet know, but keep reading for a solid theory). And because we're pretty damn excited for this comic book sequel, we wanted to take a closer look at the trailer, and examine some curious things glimpsed in it. ›››

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Eastwood, Iñárritu, Linklater & Anderson Land DGA Nominations

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 13:35
Directors Guild Awards

As we continue into the awards season in early 2015, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for the outstanding films of 2014. Next up is the Directors Guild of America, one of the heavy weights and usually strong indicators of what's to come. The DGA announced nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2014, and it's a rather eclectic and odd list of selections this year, not at all what we were expecting yet also exactly what we were expecting. Except for Clint Eastwood. How the hell did he end up on here? The two biggest snubs are Ava DuVernay of Selma and David Fincher of Gone Girl, who should've taken the spots given to Tyldum and Eastwood instead. Oh well. Full list below. ›››

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DiCaprio & De Niro Compete to Lead Martin Scorsese's Casino Ads

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:16
City of Dreams Manila

You may not realize it, but despite working with director Martin Scorsese several times each, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio have never starred in the same project with the Oscar winner at the helm (though they did both appear together in Marvin's Room back in 1996). But that ends today with a set of commercials that Scorsese has directed for City of Dreams Manila, a new casino in Manila Bay, Philippines. The casino decided to go all out and spend a rumored $70 million on some kind of short film project with Scorsese, De Niro and DiCaprio, and now we get to see at least the beginning of the results. Watch below! ›››

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Lucas Was to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Before Lucasfilm Sale

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:26
George Lucas

If you're one of those fans who is glad that George Lucas isn't messing with Star Wars anymore, you can count your lucky stars that the creator of the galaxy far, far away changed his mind from what he originally had planned to continue the sci-fi saga. USA Today recently interviewed Lucas in an effort to build some excitement for Lucasfilm's animated release Strange Magic, and inevitably the conversation turned to Star Wars. Obviously, Lucas isn't involved with The Force Awakens, so they didn't talk about that, but Lucas did reveal that he originally wanted to direct Episode VII for a May 2015 release before he sold Lucasfilm. ›››

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Terror Uploads Online in the First Trailer for 'Unfriended' Horror

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 10:52
Unfriended

When you hear that the horror flick called Unfriended unfolds over Skype and instant messaging, you'll probably roll your eyes. But if you take a couple minutes to watch the trailer for the film created and produced by Timur Bekmambetov, you just might change your mind. In theory, this movie just sounds silly, but as you'll see in the trailer, this actually looks pretty damn scary and suspenseful. I was immediately skeptical when the trailer began, but it sucked me in, and this looks at least like a better way to approach the found footage horror craze (Open Windows tried something similar). Anyway, give it a chance. Watch it! ›››

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Melissa McCarthy Tries Not to Let You Down in Two 'Spy' Trailers

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 09:06
Spy

After hearing Melissa McCarthy is in early talks to take a role in the reboot of Ghostbusters from director Paul Feig, the first trailer for the duo's latest collaboration has arrived. Spy is an action comedy that sees the star of Tammy and The Heat playing a CIA analyst who decides to step up into the field at a troubling time for the agency when the enemy knows the identity of all their agents. Enter Susan Cooper, who gets a few different identities in order to infiltrate an arms deal. And it's the secret identities where McCarthy gets to play the kind of characters we're a little sick of her playing. There's some amusing moments here, and there's Jude Law, Rose Byrne and Jason Statham to spice things up, but I'm on the fence. Watch it! ›››

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Must Watch: New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer to Tear You Apart

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 21:13
 Age of Ultron

"This vulnerable world needs something more powerful than any of us." It's 2015, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron is under four months away. That might seem like a long time, but soon enough we'll be in theaters watching our favorite superhero team deal with a new threat. Now a new trailer has arrived to showcase more of what we can expect from the Marvel blockbuster, and we get to see some more of the power that Ultron (James Spader) brings to the table to wreak havoc on the world, not to mention new shots of Hulk and Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor and the normal-sized new Iron Man suit. Watch it below! ›››

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