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Alec Baldwin in 'Mission: Impossible 5' & Will Smith Football Drama

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:44
Alec Baldwin

The best thing Alec Baldwin has done in the past decade (besides The Departed) is undoubtedly his Emmy winning role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy series "30 Rock" where he played the NBC and General Electric executive with unwavering confidence, swagger and hilarity. Now Deadline reports the actor is getting ready to take another pivotal superior role as Parmount is lining up Baldwin to play the head of the CIA in Mission: Impossible 5. There's a part of us that wishes he was simply playing Jack Donaghy in the film, but that probably isn't in the cards. Though it likely means that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) will either clash or work with the CIA again in some capacity. And that's not the only role the actor has lined up either. ›››

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Guillermo del Toro Making a Small B&W Film Before 'Pacific Rim 2'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:14
Guillermo del Toro

We know that after director Guillermo del Toro is finished with his current horror production Crimson Peak, he already has Pacific Rim 2 coming in 2017. However, the filmmaker has something brewing that he plans to do between the two studio films. Speaking with Collider, del Toro reveals that he's working on a smaller black and white film that he will be working on starting next February or March. Of course, del Toro is mum on details, but he calls the project a "very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre." He plans to be done with the film before pre-production on Pacific Rim begins in August of 2015. Read on! ›››

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Scarlett Johansson Joining Coen Brothers' Next Film 'Hail Caesar'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:52
Scarlett Johansson

The cast of Joel & Ethan Coen's forthcoming film Hail Caesar already counts George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes as part of the cast, but it's about to get a little sweeter. Variety has word that Scarlett Johansson is currently in talks to take a role, and it's one that she may have some familiarity with in her real life. The film will see her playing an actress who suddenly becomes pregnant as one of her films is about to go into production. Johansson herself announced this past March that she was pregnant, and it sounds like she'll still be that way when the film shoots this fall. More below! ›››

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Robert Redford Gets Political Again as Dan Rather in 'Truth' Drama

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:22
Robert Redford

As a filmmaker, Robert Redford has never strayed from personal politics, whether it's his early work like All the President's Men or The Candidate or more recent films like Lions for Lambs or The Company You Keep. Now after staying quiet in last year's All is Lost, he'll be diving back into a political topics with Truth, an adaptation of Mary Mapes' memoir Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power. For those not familiar, the film will dig into the scandal that followed a controversial report by veteran CBS News anchor Dan Rather on "60 Minutes II" that former President George W. Bush received preferential treatment that placed him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. More below! ›››

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Reese Witherspoon Goes Hiking on First Poster for 'Wild' Adaptation

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:13
Wild

Last fall, we got an early first look at Reese Witherspoon in the adaptation of Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's bestselling novel of the same name. The film hails from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, and it sounds like we might be getting a trailer soon, because the first poster has just been unveiled. It's a simple teaser that looks like it could be something akin to Cast Away or 127 Hours as Witherspoon plays a woman who decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail all by herself in an effort to leave her self-destructive life and depression behind her. It's a likely Oscar contender. Look below! ›››

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It's Hard to Kill 10 Men in an Extended TV Spot for 'Expendables 3'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:57
The Expendables 3

The full theatrical trailer for The Expendables 3 showed off what's in store later this summer for some blockbuster fun, but now a new extended TV spot has some new footage from the ensemble action extravaganza. This time we get to see recent UFC champion Ronda Rousey kicking some ass and looking sexy, plus some new stuff with Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer and Mel Gibson, all new faces joining Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham and more. Remember, the film is rated PG-13, so it won't quite be as crazy as we hoped, but we're sure there's going to be some good stuff. Watch! ›››

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First Look Photo: Sir Ian McKellen is Ready to Play Sherlock Holmes

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:33
Sir Ian McKellen

Well, Hello! Meet the new Sherlock Holmes. Yep, he's old and yet still as spry as ever. Legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen has posted his own photo of himself in costume & make-up for the new film Mr. Holmes, being directed by Bill Condon. McKellen will apparently be playing an aging Sherlock Holmes in the project, also known as A Slight Trick of the Mind, co-starring Laura Linney. The story is about Mr. Holmes looking back at his life and the cases and unsolved mysteries, and yes of course, a woman. It's only a costume shot, but as a first look at the lovable McKellen ready to play Holmes, I couldn't resist sharing. Take a look below. ›››

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'30 Rock' Comedienne Jane Krakowski Joins Adam Sandler's 'Pixels'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:39
Jane Krakowski

The cast of Columbia Pictures adaptation of the short film Pixels is already pretty full with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage leading the film about a group of video game experts who are recruited by the government to help deal with the threat of popular 1980s video game characters attacking New York City. In addition, Michelle Monaghan is on board the film as a weapons developer who also turns out to be a love interest for Sandler. Now another cast member has been added with Deadline reporting that "30 Rock" prima donna Jane Krakowski will play the First Lady in the sci-fi action comedy. More below! ›››

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Watch: President Snow's New 'Mockingjay' Address is Interrupted

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:07
 Mockingjay - Part I

This new viral marketing campaign for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I is fantastic. Not too long ago, an address from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) threatened revolution from the districts with the captured Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) at his side. This time they're joined by another captive, Joanna Mason (Jena Malone) as President Snow calls for unity. However, the address is interrupted by a rogue transmission from a familiar face, attempting to keep the revolution alive by telling everyone that the Mockingjay lives. These are awesome, and we hope there are more to come leading up to the release. Watch! ›››

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Hollywood Helping US Army Create 'Iron Man' Inspired Tactical Suit

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:35
Iron Patriot

There's been plenty of instances where sci-fi on film has informed technology in real life. Even though we may not be getting hoverboards in 2015, Back to the Future Part II still has inspired Nike to unveil power laces sometime next year. Now it's Iron Man that has inspired the United States military to build a tactical suit that is inspired by the work of Tony Stark and the high-tech suit that makes him a superhero. The Wall Street Journal (via The Verge) just unveiled a report about government plans for a project called TALOS, a suit that will be weaponized and bulletproof, not to mention increasing strength and perception. Read on! ›››

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Christina Ricci is 2014's Inspiring Teacher in 'Around the Block' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:27
Around the Block

For whatever reason, every two or three years there's another movie made about a teacher entering a rundown school with lost students who just need to be inspired in order to unlock their full potential and over come the bad hand life has dealt them. And this is the year we get another one with Christina Ricci (Black Snake Moan) starring in Around the Block as an American teacher moving to a troubled inner-city school in Sydney, Australia. If you've ever seen any of these movies, then you know what to expect, but the kids have Australian accents this time, so that's different. Maybe Ricci will make this interesting? Watch? ›››

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Catherine Keener in Trailer for Sundance Refugee Thriller 'War Story'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:42
War Story Trailer

"I know you, I want to help you!" IFC has debuted the trailer for a Sundance film called War Story, from writer/director Mark Jackson, starring Catherine Keener as a photojournalist who tries to help a young refugee, but seems to get in over her heard with some violent political affairs. French actress Hafsia Herzi also stars in the film. This looks interesting, but there's not much more to it than a shoddy story and some campy, ever-so-obvious dialogue about "but I had to get the story!" wait "there is no story." "What have they done to you?" It doesn't look terrible, just not that good. Take a look below, this might interest others more. ›››

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Jon Hamm, Danny McBride & More Find 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:31
The Incredible Mr. Limpet

It's been over three years since director Richard Linklater was revealed to be attached to a remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, the hybrid animated and live-action film from 1964 that starred Don Knotts as a man who is turned into a cartoon fish. Earlier this year we learned that Linklater was still involved after all these years with the filmmaker's Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly collaborators Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta working on the animation side of things. Now the cast around leading man Zach Galifianakis is starting to fill out with names like Jon Hamm, Danny McBride and more comedy gems. ›››

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Watch: Christian Bale Gets Biblical in 'Exodus: Gods & Kings' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 18:50
 Gods & Kings

"Let's just see who's more effective at killing. You or me." Following some new first look images featuring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses II (with plenty of orange on his body), and some pretty disappointing teaser posters earlier today, the first trailer for Exodus: Gods & Kings has arrived. Director Ridley Scott has struggled to reclaim greatness for years now and we're not sure this is going to do it. The film just feels like an expensive stage play, with Bale and Edgerton both looking silly. The scope and production value is there with stunning visuals, but for some reason the film feels dated and unexciting. ›››

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Bad Robot Confirms 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Filming in IMAX Format

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 18:02
 Episode VII

This past spring brought news of a new deal between Disney and IMAX to release a whole slew of their films on the large format screen including Guardians of the Galaxy next month, The Avengers: Age of Ultron next summer, and Star Wars: Episode VII in the winter of 2015. However, at the time, that wasn't a guarantee that the latter sci-fi sequel from director J.J. Abrams would shoot on IMAX film stock to take advantage of the giant screen's full potential. Now we have as good of confirmation as we can get with a photo posted to Twitter from the official Bad Robot account that shows and IMAX camera in action. ›››

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Dwayne Johnson May Follow Robert Ludlum's 'The Janson Directive'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 17:41
Dwayne Johnson / The Janson Directive

Universal has found success bringing Robert Ludlum's covert asset Jason Bourne to the big screen with a film trilogy starring Matt Damon, and a spin-off franchise starring Jeremy Renner. Now one more might be added to the mix as Variety reports the studio is in early talks with Dwayne Johnson to lead The Janson Directive. Similar to the main character from the Bourne series, the book follows a former consular ops agent who leaves the covert operations behind due to a high number of sanctioned serial killings. Like a less aggressive Jack Reacher, Janson decides to go into business as private security consultant. More below! ›››

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First Look: James Merendino's Sequel 'Punk's Dead: SLC Punk! 2'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 16:20
 SLC Punk! 2

This past May, some surprising news arrived announcing a sequel to the 1998 cult classic SLC Punk! from writer and director James Merendino. Even more surprising was the return of Devon Sawa, Michael Goorjian, Adam Pascal and James Duval reprising their roles from the first film. Now some first look images from Punk's Dead: SLC Punk! 2 have surfaced, showing off Hannah Marks as Penny, Ben Schnetzer looking like a vampire as Ross, and the return of Heroin Bob in two different forms. The photos seem to capture the spirit of the original film, but will this be anything more than nostaliga? We'll see. Look! ›››

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Ridley Scott Sticking with the Bible to Produce 'David' Post-Goliath

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:15
Ridley Scott

With the first trailer for Exodus: Gods & Kings on the way, we've got news that Ridley Scott will be sticking with the Bible to produce a new film for 20th Century Fox. Variety has word that Scott will reteam with Chernin Entertainment for David, a film inspired by the character from the well-known tale of David and Goliath. However, rather than focusing on the story that many who didn't even go to Sunday school still know, this will follow David in the events after his defeat of the hulking man that was Goliath. Reportedly Fox would like Scott to direct this film too, but at this time he's only on board as a producer. More below! ›››

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First Teaser Poster for Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' Shines in the Moonlight

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:06
Kevin Smith's Tusk

Let Me Tell You a Story... Dang, this is pretty cool. A24 has unveiled the first teaser poster for Kevin Smith's Tusk, his new horror film about a walrus man, or something like that. We have yet to actually see a teaser trailer in public, however it seems like A24 is getting ready to launch one following this poster. The artwork features a moonlit house positioned on a cliff, with tusks sticking out beneath it. It's impressive imagery for an official studio poster, and is quite a teaser for this horror project that has been kept quietly under wraps since Kevin Smith started production. Now they have my attention; I'm intrigued to see more from this film. The trailer is set to debut online in full after it unveils at Comic-Con later in July. Check out this art below. ›››

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Disney Developing Live-Action 'Dumbo' from 'Transformers' Writer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:51
Dumbo

Disney is still all about turning their classic animated stories into live-action films. Cinderella is on the way next spring, followed by The Jungle Book and a developing new take on Beauty and the Beast. And now we can toss one more onto the pile as THR has learned that the studio is developing a live-action version of the 1941 animated classic Dumbo for the big screen. In what seems like an odd pairing, the studio has hired Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger to write the script and also produce the film with Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion). They're not planning some crazy sci-fi version of the story are they? ›››

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