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Han, Chewie + The New Trio on Vanity Fair's Latest 'Star Wars' Cover

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 19:54
Star Wars

The Empire Reboots! Is that really the bold, eye-catching headline Lucasfilm wants on the cover of Vanity Fair? Is the new Star Wars saga really being dubbed a "reboot" or is that just mumbo jumbo they threw on there to sell magazines? Who knows. Vanity Fair has unveiled a new cover shot photographed by Annie Leibovitz showing Han and Chewie (Harrison Ford + Peter Mayhew) sitting with two new guys: Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, and BB-8 as BB-8. Yes, I'm including BB-8 as part of the new "trio" even though Oscar Isaac as X-Wing pilot Poe is missing from this cover. It's a cool shot and the best part is that Leibovitz has taken even more photos, and more will be revealed once the magazine is on stands. Woot. ›››

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Watch: Stunning US Trailer for Animated Adaptation of 'The Prophet'

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 01:35
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

About one month ago, we featured a beautiful international trailer for an animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, a big screen version of the collection of prose and poems known around the world. Now another gorgeous domestic trailer for the film featuring several different kinds of animation has arrived, all connected by an artist (Liam Neeson), his housekeeper (Salma Hayek), and her daughter (voiced by Quvenzhané Wallis). This looks like it'll be a nice break from the blockbuster action extravaganzas late this summer, with wonderful animation to stimulate your eyes and your mind. There's also supposed to be some great new music from Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and Yo-Yo Ma. Watch below! ›››

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It's Official - Josh Trank is No Longer Directing a 'Star Wars' Spin-Off

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:40
Josh Trank

Briefly: As much as I hate reporting on the non-news that someone is no longer working on a project they were originally attached to work on, if it involves Star Wars, it's still worth mentioning. StarWars.com and Variety are reporting that Lucasfilm has officially announced and confirmed that Josh Trank (director of Chronicle and this year's Fantastic Four reboot) will no longer be directing a Star Wars spin-off movie. Not long after Gareth Edwards got the first offer for Star Wars: Rogue One, due in theaters late 2016, Trank landed the gig to direct the next spin-off solo Star Wars movie due in 2018. However, he's been booted and Disney/Lucasfilm are going back to the drawing board - no replacements have been named yet. Interesting… ›››

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Watch: Go Behind the Scenes of George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:20
 Fury Road

We now have two weeks until Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters, and just after one final trailer for the big chase blockbuster arrived earlier this week, the first featurette taking us behind the scenes of the bonkers flick has arrived. The action in the trailers promises some mind-blowing stunts, and this featurette shows director George Miller on the desert set, with moving vehicles and all, showing just how berserk this film is going to be. Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and more also offer their thoughts on Miller as a director and hype the film's wonderful chaos. The more I see, the more excited I get to see this flick. Watch! ›››

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Sound Off: Marvel Studio's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' - Your Thoughts?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 14:27
 Age of Ultron

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "There is only one path to peace… your extinction." Now playing around the world is Marvel Studio's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly-anticipated sequel to Joss Whedon's The Avengers from 2012. The whole cast is back for a superhero team-up unlike anything, but this time the villain is a creation of their own. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Evans as Cap, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision. Directed by Joss Whedon. So how is it? Better than the first? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Avengers: Age of Ultron. ›››

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Watch: First Trailer for Creepy Sleep Paralysis Doc 'The Nightmare'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:59
The Nightmare

"It's a kind of horror that is worse than like in the movies." One of the most terrifying films of the year won't be a horror film that Hollywood cooked up with jump scares, it will be a documentary called The Nightmare. The director of Room 237 has turned his camera on subjects who suffer from sleep paralysis, a curious ailment shared by many across the globe, all with similar supernatural horrors and phenomena. This played at Sundance earlier this year, and it's very unnerving and thought provoking. At the same time, there's something about it that feels like it builds up the potential horror for the audience a little too much. ›››

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Here’s Why You Won’t Be Seeing Loki in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:40
Loki

You might remember last fall that Idris Elba let slip that he and Tom Hiddleston were going to pop up in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, for those of us who saw the early showings of the movie last night around the United States, we noticed a distinct lack of Loki in the film, though Elba’s character Heimdall does get some brief screentime. Well, Elba wasn’t lying about Hiddleston shooting stuff for the Marvel sequel, but it turns out the scene they shot just didn’t work in the final cut. Joss Whedon was asked about the lack of Loki in the final cut of Age of Ultron, and he told MTV why the decision was made. ›››

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Lionsgate Developing 'Cubed', a Remake of the Horror Sci-Fi 'Cube'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:33
Cube

It looks like Hollywood may be running out of well-known titles from the past to remake, because now they're reaching into the late 90s for a cult sci-fi horror film for inspiration. THR reports Lionsgate is developing a remake of the 1997 flick Cube. The film is being described as a reimagining of the original film and is going by the title Cubed this time. The first film came from Splice director Vincenzo Natali, but this time it will be up and coming director Saman Kesh behind the camera to update the project for audiences 18 years later. In addition, Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts is on board to produce with Roy Lee. Read on! ›››

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Universal Pictures Summons Another Franchise with 'Ouija 2' Coming

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:01
Ouija

Briefly: Because a studio just can't refuse to do a sequel to a horror film that made even a little bit of money at the box office, Universal Pictures has announced that Ouija 2 will arrive on October 21st, 2016. The Blumhouse Pictures project was announced yesterday, though there are no details on where the new franchise will go story wise. Platinum Dunes will be back to produce again with Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (Oculus) scripting the sequel. There's also no word on whether any of the cast members from the first film, such as Olivia Cooke and Douglas Smith, will be back in any capacity. Stay tuned for more soon. ›››

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Review: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Rides Familiar Wave to Entertainment

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 09:11
 Age of Ultron

Meanwhile, back in the Marvel cinematic universe, it's business as usual. Iron Man soars through the air blasting tanks and terrorists with his repulser beams. Thor, immaculate hair flowing, tosses his hammer around controlling the lightning. Hulk, you know, smashes. Even Hawkeye, with his bow and arrows, flings his…arrows with his…bow. Yes, it's everything you've come to expect and anticipate when the Avengers get back together, and Avengers: Age of Ultron has familiarity in abundance. That's good and bad when you get down to it, and even with the bloom off the rose, Marvel sure knows how to entertain with the best. ›››

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Michael Bay Reveals Stephen Amell as Casey Jones in 'Ninja Turltes 2'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 08:49
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

Just after we got our first look at the new ride our heroes in a half-shell will be cruising around in, not to mention news of a different actor playing their arch nemesis Shredder, producer Michael Bay has given us another glimpse of something new in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. We already knew "Arrow" star Stephen Amell was taking the role of vigilante Casey Jones, and now we have our first look at the hockey-masked character. Production on the film is already underway, so you can probably expect some more glimpses like this in the near future. He looks about as you'd expect, but maybe a little too clean cut. ›››

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Warner Bros. & Sony Battle for Channing Tatum in 'The Forever War'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 08:36
Channing Tatum / The Forever War

While we wait to see if Channing Tatum really ends up starring in a spin-off of the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot with Chris Pratt, the 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike star has become attached to another project, and this one has been gestating for awhile too. The Wrap reports Tatum is attached to lead a big screen adaptation of Joe Haldeman's classic sci-fi novel The Forever War, a project that was picked up by Ridley Scott a few years ago. However, the rights have lapsed, and that's put Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures in a bidding war to pick up the project that has a script from Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts. ›››

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Watch: Marvel Cinematic Universe Tribute Before 'Avengers' Tonight

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 17:25
Marvel Cinematic Universe

Just after the emotions of Pixar Animation's Inside Out reacted to a trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, audiences will be reacting to the entire film once it starts screening around the United States this evening. And for one last piece of hype before the Marvel Studios sequel arrives, why not take a look back at the entire Marvel cinematic universe up until this point? This is bound to happen before each installment of The Avengers every few years, and it's a cool montage of the great stuff we've seen from Marvel so far on the big screen, from the first Iron Man back in 2008 up through The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Let's do this! ›››

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Get Nostalgic for 'Jurassic Park' with a Featurette for 'Jurassic World'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 17:09
Jurassic World

Even though blockbuster summer officially begins with The Avengers: Age of Ultron kicking off with 7pm screenings all over the United States tonight, we've still got a little while to wait for one of the other anticipated releases this season, Jurassic World. Just recently we got a slew of dinosaur action in the second theatrical trailer, finally showing off the intimidating Indominus Rex, and now we get a new featurette, complete with nostalgia from stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, director Colin Trevorrow and more for the original 1993 action adventure where everything started, Jurassic Park. And then it shifts gears to begin talking about Jurassic World, with some words from Steven Spielberg. ›››

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Jake Gyllenhaal Fights Back in First TV Spot for 'Southpaw' Drama

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 16:48
Southpaw

If you're into boxing, then you probably know that there's a big fight heading into the ring this weekend with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao finally making good on the fight fans have wanted for years. But for those of us who only care about boxing when there's a compelling character with a story to be told in a motion picture, we have a new TV spot for Antoine Fuqua's forthcoming boxing drama Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal. In fact, this TV spot will actually air during the big fight this weekend, to hit the boxing audience at the perfect time. It's basically a condensed version of the trailer we've seen. Watch it! ›››

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Pharrell Debuts New 'Dope' Poster - It's Hard Out Here for a Geek

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:09
Dope - Pharrell Debuts New Poster

Geeks unite! This is one of my favorite films of the year, so I'm happy to keep writing about it, and I love the marketing for it so far. Instead of focusing on prestige and critics, they're selling Rick Famuyiwa's Dope purely based on how awesome the characters and story are - which is fine by me, because it's an excellent film (read my Sundance review) that deserves to find a wide audience. Musician Pharrell Williams, who is an executive producer on the film, debuted this new poster which isn't particularly artsy but does represent this film very nicely. On here you'll see Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons as three friends from Inglewood. Give it a look below, but most importantly mark down this release in your calendar. ›››

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New 'Fantastic Four' Lines Up for Quad Banner & Character Posters

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:55
Fantastic Four

Not too long ago, the second trailer for Josh Trank's reboot of the comic book property Fantastic Four showed off more of the quartet in action, not to mention offering a glimpse of Doctor Doom. Now Miles Teller, Kata Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell have been lined up on a new banner and four character posters, with each showing their powers as Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing. They're pretty glossy Photoshop jobs, but thats just what we've come to expect from the studio marketing department. Also, if you look at the background, you'll see the Baxter building. Look now! ›››

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Watch: First Red Band Trailer for Sundance Indie Gem 'Tangerine'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:39
Tangerine

There are plenty of independent films that go on to be celebrated by audiences and critics alike, but the Sundance selected Tangerine is a true indie. The film was shot on an iPhone 5S using an $8 app called Filmic Pro and some prototype lenses from Moondog Labs, all with a very small budget. And the result is a unique, intimate, funny, touching and fantastic story of friendship between two transgender women (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor) as they parade around the city of Los Angeles, looking for one of their boyfriends who has supposedly been sleeping around. It's one to go out of your way to see. Watch! ›››

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Bryan Singer Reveals Jubilee & Jean Grey on 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Set

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:14
 Apocalypse

There's been a lot of talk about X-Men this week, from our first look at Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse to rumblings of the sequel, along with Wolverine 3, bringing the Bryan Singer X-Men universe to a close in favor of letting the X-Men: First Class timeline continue. We'll see what happens next year, but in the meantime, production is underway on Apocalypse, and Singer is certainly being open about teasing the film. Today he revealed a photo from the set of the sequel showing us Lana Condor and Sophie Turner as Jubilee and Jean Grey, all dressed up in 80s wardrobe and hair. Look! ›››

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'A LEGO Brickumentary' Doc Trailer Dives Inside the Legacy of LEGO

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:54
A LEGO Brickumentary

Ever since The LEGO Movie hit theaters, the building block toy has been an even bigger sensation than it was before, and we've featured some cool LEGO videos all paying tribute to our favorite films. Of course, LEGO has been a toy brand that has been a huge part of generations of kids and their parents, time and time again. Now a new documentary called simply A LEGO Brickumentary is coming to theaters this summer, narrated by Jason Bateman (who gets his own LEGO minifigure to guide us), to dive into the history, legacy and limitless imagination that the Danish toy group has provided. Looks pretty cool. Watch! ›››

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