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Quentin Tarantino is Now Full-Time Programming LA's New Beverly

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:33
New Beverly

For those who live in the Los Angeles are or have visited the home of Hollywood, we hope you've been lucky enough to pay a visit to the New Beverly Cinema. The niche revival house has a documentary looking at the unique theater's efforts to keep celluloid alive, showing prints of old movies all the time, traditionally in the form of double features. The programming for the theater has been in the hands of Michael Torgan, son of the theater's founder Sherman Torgan, but now LA Weekly has confirmed that filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who actually owns the theater, is now taking over as full-time programmer. That's awesome! ›››

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Radius Picks Up Anna Kendrick's 'The Last 5 Years' Musical from TIFF

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:17
The Last 5 Years

If you loved seeing Anna Kendrick belt out some tunes in Pitch Perfect back in 2012 (the sequel is coming next summer), and you're excited to hear her in a real musical like Into the Woods this winter, then you'll probably be excited about The Last 5 Years. The film, directed by Richard LaGravanese (Behind the Candelabra) is an adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical of the same name, following a love affair and marriage taking place over a five year period. Kendrick shares the screen with "Smash" star and gifted singer Jeremy Jordan, and the film has just been picked up by Radius-TWC before it premieres at TIFF this weekend. ›››

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Frances McDormand Back with Coen Brothers with 'Hail Caesar' Role

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:01
Frances McDormand

Besides delivering her most well-known performance in Fargo for Joel & Ethan Coen, actress Frances McDormand also has the honor of being married to the former of the sibling filmmaking duo. McDormand has popped up in other Coen films like Raising Arizona, Burn After Reading and The Man Who Wasn't There, and now she's getting back in front of the camera with them again with their newest comedy Hail Caesar. The film has George Clooney on board  to lead the film as Eddie Mannix, who works for the movie studios of Hollywood as a fixer, protecting the reputations of their biggest stars from becoming tarnished. ›››

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Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning & More Join Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:22
Zoe Saldana

Before Ben Affleck took on the mantle of Batman for Warner Bros. and their comic book mash-up Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, he was slated to direct an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Live by Night at the studio. But now that he's busy as the Caped Crusader, the film won't hit theaters until October 7th, 2016. Since that project is slowly getting closer, it's time to round up a cast, and Deadline reports Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning and Sienna Miller are taking the female leads in the story set during the Prohibition Era of the 1920s. Could we be looking at the making of another Best Picture nominee again like Argo? Read on! ›››

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Watch: Boxing Icon Documentary 'I Am Ali' Trailer Steps into the Ring

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:48
I Am Ali

We've seen the life of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali given the feature film treatment with Will Smith as the iconic athlete, but now we get a much better look at the man behind the gloves and outside of the ring in a new documentary. The producers of the Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman are back with I Am Ali, which paints an intimate and heart-warming look at the man behind the legend. Complete with interviews from his closest family and friends and plenty of notable boxers, this isn't just a chronicle of Ali as a fighter, but also a portait of him as a husband, brother and father. Watch the trailer! ›››

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Julia Roberts Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor in 'Secret in Their Eyes' Remake

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:08
Julia Roberts

Back towards the beginning of the summer, 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor and Iron Man franchise leading lady Gwyneth Paltrow signed on for the remake of the Argentinian thriller Secret in Their Eyes. The story, which changes things a bit from the original, follows a retired attorney who returns to Boston, obsessed with closing an unsolved murder case. It just so happens that his unrequited love for his superior is waiting for him there as he's writing a book about the whole scenario to end that chapter in his life. Now THR has learned that Julia Roberts has come on board the film in a rather interesting way. More below! ›››

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Robert De Niro Taking a Road Trip with Zac Efron in 'Dirty Grandpa'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:19
Robert De Niro / Zac Efron

Johnny Knoxville already became a Bad Grandpa in the Jackass spin-off film from last year, but now Robert De Niro may become a Dirty Grandpa. THR has word that the legendary actor is in early talks to play a perverted former Army general who thinks his grandson is about to marry the wrong woman, and so he tricks him into driving down to Florida for spring break where, as we all know, there's plenty of sexy action. Zac Efron is also in early talks to take the role of the grandson with I Give It a Year director Dan Mazer getting behind the camera. The project was at Universal, but is now being shopped at TIFF by QED. ›››

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Watch: Chris Pine Sits in the Middle in 'Horrible Bosses 2' Full Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 22:32
Horrible Bosses 2

"I can't do the puss, that's gonna make me the most guilty!" After a brief teaser laid out the basics of the new scheme concocted by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis in Horrible Bosses 2, now we get a different side of their shady plan. While they trio still want to screw over a would-be investor (Christoph Waltz) in their new company by kidnapping his son (Chris Pine), they soon learn that the jerk's offspring hates his father just as much as they do, and gets them into even deeper shit. This looks hilarious, and we get to see more of the return of Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx as well. Watch it! ›››

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Shia LaBeouf & Jesse Eisenberg Join Todd Phillips' 'Arms & The Dudes'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:22
Jesse Eisenberg / Shia LaBeouf

The Hangover franchise director Todd Phillips has been developing a comedic drama called Arms & The Dudes for a couple years now at his Green Hat Banner, but now the project is part of a new partnership the filmmaker has with actor Bradley Cooper. The two are teaming to produce the film, based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson, about two stoners living in Miami Beach who become big-time arms dealers with a $300 million contract to supply weapons for its allies in Afghanistan. And now Deadline reports Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg will play the lead roles in the film set at Warner Bros. Pictures. Read on! ›››

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Watch: CineFix Picks the 100 Most Iconic Shots in Cinema of All-Time

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:40
100 Most Iconic Shots

While the #CinephilePhoto trend on Twitter is highlighting a lot of favorite shots from filmmakers and fans alike, CineFix has decided to collect what they they are the 100 Most Iconic Shots of All-Time. They start all the way in the past with some of the earliest motion pictures, moving through iconic silent films very quickly until things move very quickly beginning with Citizen Kane. Now this isn't entirely meant to be definitive, though it strives for some objectivity by including well-regarded films of history like North by Northwest and The Wizard of Oz as well as pop culture icons like Raiders of the Lost Ark and more. ›››

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Can Disney Veterans' Steampunk 'Hullabaloo' Film Save 2D Animation?

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:21
Hullabaloo

While computer animation continues to flourish with Pixar Animation films like Toy Story and Finding Nemo and The House of Mouse's own Walt Disney Animation with Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, the old school hand drawn, 2D animation is starting to fall to the wayside. But some Disney veterans are getting together to create a new steampunk-themed adventure called Hullabaloo, which will be a short hand drawn animation film which they hope to turn into a web series, TV show or even better, a feature-length film. And what's even more exciting, is the two heroes are a pair of brilliant, female engineers. Look below! ›››

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First Look: Vin Diesel Gets Hairy and Furry in 'The Last Witch Hunter'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:55
The Last Witch Hunter

Production has officially begun on The Last Witch Hunter, a new fantasy action flick from The Crazies director Breck Eisner with Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel in the lead. And because the action star likes to keep his fans updated on his projects, he's just revealed the first photo from the production, showing off his immortal witch hunter character Kaulder. And as the caption with the photo indicates, this image shows the title character at some point in the 13th century, which means he's been around for awhile once the action picks up in modern day New York City. So that should be a rather unique sight to see. Look! ›››

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Legendary Comedian & 'Spaceballs' Star Joan Rivers Has Died at 81

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:07
Joan Rivers

Not too long after the shocking death of comedian Robin Williams, another legendary comic has left this world. After being rushed to a hospital during a vocal chord surgery caused her to suffer cardiac arrest, Joan Rivers has passed away at age 81. Rivers was was in intensive care over the weekend, having been placed in life support and being kept in an induced coma. Just two days ago, daughter Melissa Rivers let everyone know, "My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable," but it seems things took a bad turn as she confirmed her mother's death today. ›››

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Charlie Hunnam & Margot Robbie to Climb the 'Mountain Between Us'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:31
Charlie Hunnam / Margot Robbie

It seems everyone in Hollywood wants Charlie Hunnam and Margot Robbie for everything. Hunnam is following up Pacific Rim with roles in King Arthur and is wanted for the remake of Escape from New York while Robbie is riding her breakthrough role in The Wolf of Wall Street into the jungle with Tarzan, a co-starring role with Will Smith in Focus and a lead action role in Ghost in the Shell. Now the two hot stars will come together in The Mountain Between Us, an adaptation of Charles Martin's book of the same name name set up at Fox 2000 & Chernin Entertainment, fresh off Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this year. ›››

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'Mama' Director Andrés Muschietti Boarding 'Shadow of the Colossus'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:02
Shadow of the Colossus

Once slated to be at the helm of Universal's reboot of The Mummy, the studio's Mama director Andrés Muschietti will enter the realm of fantasy at Sony Pictures instead. Deadline has word that Muschietti will be at the helm of the video game adaptation Shadow of the Colossus, a project that has been in the works since 2009. Back in 2012, Chronicle director Josh Trank was brought on board the project, but it looks like he's fallen away. Muschietti will also oversee a new script from Seth Lochhead, who wrote the action thriller Hanna (a revisionist fairytale of sorts), and we're glad the director ended up with this film. ›››

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Shia LaBeouf & Dito Montiel Reunite for Post-Apocalyptic 'Man Down'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:39
Shia LaBeouf

Perhaps the only good film that director Dito Montiel has delivered was his 2006 directorial debut A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. And now maybe he can get back to making good movies as a press release from The Solution Entertainment Group has revealed that Montiel will reteam with recently troubled actor Shia LaBeouf, one of the stars of the aforementioned film (who isn't supposed to be famous anymore), for a new thriller called Man Down. The film follows a haunted Afghanistan war veteran who attempts to come to terms with his past while searching for his family out in a post-apocalyptic America. ›››

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'Tron Legacy' Helmer Directed This Live-Action 'Destiny' Commercial

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:11
Destiny

After making a sleek but somewhat narratively clunky directorial debut with Tron Legacy, director Joseph Kosinski followed it up with Oblivion, a superior film that shows he has vision, but maybe not a lot of originality in the storytelling department. Well, now Kosinski has gotten back behind the camera to direct an awesome live-action commercial for the forthcoming next generation video game Destiny. Complete with the help of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," this is a pretty badass commercial for the video game, with flares of Oblivion and the Halo game franchise (the game has the same creators) in its visuals. Watch! ›››

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Jennifer Lawrence Turns on the Capitol in 'Mockingjay' Teaser Poster

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:11
 Mockingjay - Part I

Following a batch of posters showing off the resistance in District 13 and another batch highlighting the rebel warriors of the revolution against The Capitol, it's finally time for our Mockingjay leader to take the spotlight. Jennifer Lawrence gets her own poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, but her face is nowhere to be seen. Taking a cue from what little footage of Katniss we see in the teaser trailer, the tagline simply uses her proclamation of loyalty to fight with the rebels when she arrives in the lost District. This could be seen as a statement of the former tribute turning her back on The Capitol completely, or she could just be facing her followers. Either way, it's another cool poster to hype the fall release. Look! ›››

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'Shazam' Not Like Other DC Comics Movies, No Ties to 'Justice League'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:43
Shazam

Just yesterday, Dwayne Johnson finally made the choice to play the villainous anti-hero Black Adam in the DC Comics adaptation Shazam. And while fans have been excited to see how this character will tie into Justice League and everything else that's coming after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, they might end up being slightly disappointed. You see, Shazam will be a New Line Cinema production, and while they call Warner Bros. their home, their head honcho Toby Emmerich has revealed that it won't be in line with what Zack Snyder and the studio are doing with the other DC Comics properties coming soon. Read on! ›››

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Neil Gaiman's 'Hansel & Gretel' Graphic Novel Heading to Theaters

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:06
Hansel & Gretel

There always seems to be an adaptation of one of Neil Gaiman's works in development. Right now there's an adaptation of How to Talk to Girls at Parties and also The Graveyard Book happening, not to mention the realization of a Sandman movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Now we can add one more to the list as Variety reports the author's forthcoming Hansel and Gretel graphic novel (arriving in October), based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the same name, has been picked up by The Hundred-Foot Journey producer Juliet Blake for a live-action adaptation. It has to be better than Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, right? ›››

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