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'Marty Marcy May Marlene' Director Finds 'Little House on the Prairie'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:41
Little House on the Prairie

In the endless barrage of television shows heading to the big screen (there are just as many movies turning into TV shows too), here's another one to throw on the pile. THR has word that breakout Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin is heading to Sony Pictures to direct an adaptation of the classic, wholesome, family drama series Little House on the Prairie. Easily one of the most iconic TV shows from the 1970s and 1980s, the series followed the lives of the pioneer Ingalls family in American Midwest during the 1880s. It's definitely different material than Durkin's aforementioned acclaimed indie effort. ›››

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Adam Sandler's Western Comedy 'Ridiculous Six' is Pushing Daisies

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:26
Adam Sandler

Nearly two years ago, we heard about a project developing at Warner Bros. Pictures called The Ridiculous Six, a western comedy that Adam Sandler was going to co-write and produce with longtime collaborator Tim Herlihy (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy). However, due to the underperforming of Blended at the box office, and the flop of A Million Ways to Die in the West, the studio has decided to pull the plug on the project. THR also says that a budget hadn't been agreed upon between Happy Madison Productions and the studio, so that was another hurdle holding the project back. But is the project dead? ›››

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Robin Williams & Joel McHale in 'Merry Friggin' Christmas' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:09
Merry Friggin' Christmas

Well, this is a bummer. After comedian Robin Williams passed away in August, we reported on the few roles that he had been working on before his untimely death. One of them was the holiday comedy Merry Friggin Christmas, which sees him playing Dad to Joel McHale during a very dysfunctional holiday reunion. Now the first trailer has arrived, and we're disappointed to see this looks like it will join the pile of terrible holiday comedies that arrive every year. It just looks silly and unfunny, and not even Williams has any good moments in the trailer. With a cast this good, it's s shame that this one missed the mark. Watch? ›››

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Jennifer Jason Leigh Takes the Lead in Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:53
Jennifer Jason Leigh

It looks there will be some casting changes after all between the script reading of Quentin Tarantino's latest western The Hateful Eight and the actual film production. When the script was read live at an event at LACMA back in April, it was Amber Tamblyn who read the part of Daisy Domergue, the lead female role, a woman wanted for murder and due to hang for her crimes. She's the prisoner being handled by two bounty hunters and a local sheriff in Wyoming after the civil war. But the group finds themselves stuck in town with four other men as a storm passes outside. But The Wrap reports Jennifer Jason Leigh now has the part. ›››

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Lea Seydoux Confirmed for Femme Fatale Role in James Bond 24

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:30
Lea Seydoux

Briefly: After being rumored back in August, it appears Blue is the Warmest Color star Lea Seydoux will be taking a role in the still untitled James Bond 24. Baz Bamigboye, who has a sterling record when it comes to James Bond movie news, reports Seydoux is now signed to take a "femme fatale" role in the next 007 adventure sated for release on November 6th, 2015. Production is supposed to begin before the end of the year with Daniel Craig back as Bond, Ralph Fienes back as the new M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Ms. Moneypenny. Still no word on story, but Skyfall director Sam Mendes is back at the helm, so that's great. Since a script read-through will happening next month, stay tuned for more casting news. ›››

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Will Smith is a Con Man in First Trailer for Ficarra & Requa's 'Focus'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 18:36
Focus

"I can convince anyone of anything." Following the first look photos this morning, the first trailer for Will Smith's latest film Focus has arrived. The film is directed by Crazy Stupid Love filmmaking duo John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, and they seem to be injecting the romance from that film into the world of deception. Smith plays a con man who takes a beautiful woman (Margot Robbie) under his wing, but while he's turning her into a great con artist, he's also falling for her. That complicates things when she has to use her sexuality to help pull off a big job. It doesn't look bad, but also doesn't seem remarkable. Watch? ›››

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Watch: Tons of Extended SAG Chats with Leonardo DiCaprio & More

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 18:25
Leonardo DiCaprio

Over the past few months, we've featured some cool shorts and features from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, some of them fun with Patton Oswalt, others fascinating and informative with screenwriters like Dustin Lance Black. Well, the Screen Actors Guild also has a great collection of videos on the web too, many of them hours long, featuring engaging conversations that the SAG Foundation hosted with some of Hollywood's biggest and most talented stars. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Matt Damon and even a long talk with the late Robin Williams. There's a whole series of chats dating back a few years. ›››

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'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Writer & Director Believes 'Santa Is Real'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 16:38
Stephen Chbosky / Santa is Real

After making his directorial debut by adapting his own book The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the multi-talented Stephen Chbosky is heading into different territory with the inspiring tale Santa is Real. The film is based on a forthcoming book by Charles E. Hall & Bret Witter called Santa Claus Is for Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing, the true story of Hall, an actor who plays Santa Claus in Radio City's world-famous Christmas Spectacular. What makes the story so incredible is that hall was a struggling actor just trying to save his career, but more importantly, landing the role actually saved his life. ›››

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Tom Hanks & Ron Howard's 'Inferno' Moving Away from 'Star Wars'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 14:49
Inferno

Towards the end of August, we heard that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard were teaming up again very soon to bring Dan Brown's symbologist and accidental adventurer Robert Langdon back to the big screen in Inferno. This time the character from Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code suddenly wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, forcing him to team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks to help recover his memories in order to prevent some psychopath from unleashing a global plague that is somehow tied to the classic Dante's Inferno. The film was previously set for a late 2015 release, but now it's been delayed almost a year. ›››

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Watch: Nerds Become Heroes in 'Big Hero 6' Sizzle Reel from NYCC

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 13:43
Big Hero 6

"We can't go against that guy. We're nerds!" It's time for New York Comic-Con, and hot on the heels of the first teaser trailer for Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland, we have a sizzle reel for Disney's animated comic book adventure Big Hero 6. It really just plays like another trailer, complete with what sounds like a new, unreleased Fall Out Boy song. This time we get some more action with Baymax and the rest of the makeshift superhero team voiced by Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller and more. This looks fun as hell, and we can't wait to see how Marvel's comic book creation takes off in animated form. Watch below! ›››

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Check Out 'Birdman' Across America on Cool New Artistic Posters

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 13:25
Birdman

Next week, Fox Searchlight unleashes the madness and brilliance that is Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film Birdman, which promises a tour de force performance from former Batman star Michael Keaton. We've already seen one awesome trailer, and an extended international trailer, and that's about all we need to see to get excited for the film. Our own Alex Billington already saw the film at Telluride and couldn't stop raving about it. Now we have a batch of cool posters promoting the film with artwork taking Birdman to various iconic American landmarks. You can even try to win all of these posters as well. Look! ›››

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Watch: Britt Robertson Finds Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland' in Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 13:17
Tomorrowland

"What if there was a place, a secret place, where nothing was impossible?" We've been waiting for a first glimpse at Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland for awhile, and the teaser trailer has finally arrived. Britt Robertson finds herself able to travel to some incredible world from tomorrow by touching a mysterious pin that looks like it came straight from Disneyland. It's just a teaser trailer, and we only get a glimpse at the sci-fi world in action, but it's a pretty great tease for what's to come next summer. You can bet that pin (which is being handed out at NYCC right now) is going to be a hot commodity. Watch below now! ›››

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Universal Builds 'Dad's Army' with Bill Nighy & Catherine Zeta-Jones

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:11
Dad's Army

The man who brought Johnny English to the United States from across the pond is back with a big screen adaptation of a classic British sitcom. Dad's Army is a series that ran on BBC from 1968 to 1977, taking place during World War II in 1944 as the Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. And now Deadline reports director Oliver Parker is working on a feature film adaptation of the show with an impressive cast that includes Bill Nighy in the lead with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon. All of these actors in a UK comedy? Sounds good to me. ›››

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'Neighbors' Writers Set Up Slasher Horror Comedy 'Thrill Ride' at Fox

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:05
Thrill Ride

The writing and producing duo of Andrew Jay Cohen & Brendan O'Brien delivered one hell of a great comedy this past summer with Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Now the two are poised to make their feature film directorial debut with a horror comedy called Thrill Ride. This time, Cohen and O'Brien didn't write the script, with Peter Warren (who will also produce the film) working on the pages, and this sounds like a really cool idea. Described as being in the same vein as Scream and This is The End, the story takes place at a theme park where students from a nearby high school start dying elaborately. ›››

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Paul Feig Talks 'Ghostbusters' Reboot, Doesn't Want to Ruin Originals

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:21
Ghostbusters / Paul Feig

News just hit yesterday that the all-female Ghostbusters reboot from The Heat and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig was officially coming together with writer Katie Dippold taking on scripting duties. Now Feig has taken the time to chat with EW about the highly scrutinized developing project where he does a little bit of damage control for fans who are outraged that this project is even happening, and also explains what he hopes to accomplish with the film that will have no ties to the original films at all. In addition, he also wants to have the film actually be scary, something that the original Ghostbusters accomplishes pretty damn well. ›››

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First Look: Will Smith & Margot Robbie in Requa & Ficarra's 'Focus'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:47
Focus

It feels like it's been forever since we've seen Will Smith in his own movie, but in actuality, he just hasn't done anything memorable. In the last two years, he's led Men in Black 3 and After Earth, both movie with their fair share of problems that people have mostly forgotten by now. Otherwise, he had small roles in Winter's Tale and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. But coming early next year, he's starring in Focus from Crazy Stupid Love writing and directing duo Glenn Ficarra & John Requa. Now the first photos from the film, also featuring Margot Robbie, have emerged online, and a trailer shouldn't be far behind. ›››

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Watch: Patrick Wilson Has a Crazy Night in 'Stretch' Red Band Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:30
Stretch

After being suddenly delayed earlier this year, Universal Pictures is releasing Joe Carnahan's comedic action thriller Stretch on VOD this coming weekend. Kicking things off with a red band that was approved by "your mama" and an upbeat tune from the Ferris Bueller's Day Off soundtrack, this is one wacky trailer for what promises to be an equally crazy movie from director Joe Carnahan, who has apparently promised to refund your money himself if you don't like the movie. It's a very weirdly cut trailer, with some annoying sound editing, and just a list of all the craziness that you'll see. But is it enough to get people to watch? ›››

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'Kill Your Darlings' Director Boards Young Adult Adaptation 'Wonder'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 16:35
Wonder / John Krokidas

After diving into rather dramatic indie territory with Kill Your Darlings last year, director John Krokidas is heading into young adult territory. However, thankfully it won't be another dystopian sci-fi adventure as THR reports Krokidas will be at the helm of the adaptation of Wonder, a novel by R.J. Palacio from 2012. Sounding similar to the 1985 film Mask, the film follows a 10-year-old boy named Auggie Pullman who has facial difference which has kept him from going to a mainstream school. We join him as he heads into fifth grade at Beecher Prep, only wanting to fit in. Of course, he'll teach everyone not to judge a book by its cover. ›››

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Lucas Till Faces a Pack of Beasts in the Red Band Trailer for 'Wolves'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:42
Wolves

Jason Momoa caught a lot of attention for his role in the first season of "Game of Thrones," and soon he'll be even bigger after taking the role of Aquaman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, leading to a likely more pivotal role in Justice League. But before that, you can see him hamming it up as a big hairy villain in the campy horror flick Wolves. This doesn't really look good, but it looks like silly fun. With a tone that seems similar to "True Blood," the story follows a young, troubled kid (Lucas Till) digging into his past who ends up tumbling upon a supernatural secret in the town of Lupine Ridge. Yes, there's werewolves, and this red band trailer shows them chomping and leaping all over. Watch the trailer below! ›››

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Paul Feig's All-Female 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Lands 'The Heat' Writer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:28
Katie Dippold / Ghostbusters

Right at the end of the summer, some big news surfaced reporting that Sony Pictures had hired Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to be at the helm of an all-female Ghostbusters reboot. However, speaking about the future of the Ghostbusters franchise, Dan Aykroyd cautioned that a script still needed to be written. Well, now that time has come as THR reports Katie Dippold, the screenwriter behind Feig's buddy cop comedy The Heat, has been hired to write the film that will not be connected to the first two Ghostbusters movies, but will launch a new series. This still sounds like the best possible approach to keeping Ghostbusters alive. ›››

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