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Julianne Moore Looks Oscar Worthy in the First Trailer for 'Still Alice'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:25
Still Alice

"I don't know what I'm going to lose next." After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this past fall, the drama Still Alice is entering the Oscar race with an awards qualifying theatrical run on screens in New York and Los Angeles right now. It won't get a wider release until January, but in the meantime, you can check out the first trailer for the film that sees Julianne Moore playing a Columbia University professor whose life begins to crumble as she gets diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Moore has been buzzed about for a Best Actress nomination, and you can clearly see why. Watch! ›››

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Watch: Fanmade Trailer Follows Complete Journey of 'The Hobbit'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:58
 The Complete Journey

"I'm not the same hobbit I once was..." Though we've already featured an official retrospective trailer that looks at the entire Middle-Earth legacy that has spanned The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy adaptations, one fan decided to focus only on the journey of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman/Ian Holm). Los Angeles-based editor Joel Walden has crafted a trailer for The Hobbit: The Complete Journey, which treats the entire trilogy as a single epic film. Obviously, it's pretty heavy on footage from An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug, so we'd like to see an updated version once The Battle of the Five Armies is available on home video to make more footage available to throw in the mix. Watch below! ›››

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Production Has Officially Begun on James Bond's Next Film 'Spectre'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:14
Spectre

Just last week, we learned that the next adventure in the long-running James Bond franchise would be titled Spectre, and fans of 007 know why it's a pretty big deal (if you want to know more, check out Alex's piece on the evil organization right here). Well, production on the film from director Sam Mendes officially began today across the pond, and will continue with shooting locations in Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee, Austria. We thought we'd show off the first slate from production on the film bringing Daniel Craig back as 007, mainly because it's a fun tease for the film coming next fall, and it shows that cute little Union Jack porcelain pup. We can't wait to see a real first look! ›››

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Watch: 25-Minute Retro Featurette on the Making of 1989's 'Batman'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:27
Batman

You wouldn't know it since there hasn't been much pomp and circumstance, but this year is the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's influential adaptation of Batman from 1989. The film inspired a wave of popularity in comic books and bringing them to the big screen (though the big boom wouldn't come for another decade), and while the film is a little dated, it's still really fun to watch. And if you want to go back 25 years, you should check out this awesome 25-minute documentary special from behind the scenes of the film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, which was never available on home video. Watch it! ›››

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Film Noir from 'Home Alone' Gets an Awesome Mondo Style Poster

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:30
Angels with Filthy Souls

It's the holiday season again, so surely you're watching Christmas movies. One of my favorites since a kid has been Home Alone, and I watch it at least a couple times when the snow starts falling. Sadly, it's not the kind of holiday film that has any merchandise you can use to decorate your home for the season. But thanks to artist Matt Ryan, if you want to show your love for the film in cool cinephile fashion, you can. Ryan has crafted a movie poster for Angels with Filthy Souls, the faux film noir that Kevin watches ("I'm eating junk and watching rubbish!") after his parents have "disappeared," and it's just an awesome piece. Look below! ›››

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Anna Kendrick Sings About Love in UK Trailer for 'The Last 5 Years'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:07
The Last 5 Years

On Christmas Day, you'll get to see Anna Kendrick sing some signature tunes in Disney's adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods, and if you don't want to wait until Pitch Perfect 2 hits theaters next summer (watch the teaser trailer here) to see her sing on the big screen again, we have good news. The new musical romance The Last 5 Years, picked up after its premiere at TIFF earlier this year, arrives in February, and the first trailer has arrived. It's an off-Broadway adaptation that follows a struggling relationship, but it's told in reverse chronological order. This doesn't sound polished like a big budget musical with the raw singing adding a certain amount of charm, and I like that quite a bit. Watch below! ›››

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Gets a 'Saturday Night Live' Parody

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:48
Star Wars SNL

There's already been a slew of re-edits of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the hilarious "Special Edition" by George Lucas to the trailer presented in the style of director Wes Anderson. But since they're all just re-purposed footage from the original teaser trailer, we've still been missing Han Solo, Princess Leia and other familiar heroes. But "Saturday Night Live" has us covered in their trailer parody that pokes fun at the older versions of the characters. If the cross guard lightsaber wasn't different enough for you, Luke Skywalker gets a new one that fits his namesake and age a little better. Watch below! ›››

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First Look: Dwayne Johnson in a Hurry in 'San Andreas' Earthquake

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:30
San Andreas

Since Hercules didn't work out too well this year for Dwayne Johnson, fans will have to look forward to 2015 for the action star to redeem himself. Furious 7 arrives in April, and then the month after, Johnson takes the lead in San Andreas. The action thriller from Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton sees Johnson as a special ops firefighter working with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) as they attempt to leave Los Angeles and head to San Francisco in order to rescue their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after a massive earthquake strikes California. A trailer is coming soon, but first, here's some new photos. ›››

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Toho in Japan Working On Their Own New 'Godzilla' Movie for 2016

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 00:20
Godzilla

Gojira!! He's back! Oh wait, we already knew that. After Legendary Pictures released their impressive new Godzilla movie this summer to much success (what did you think of it?), the original company that started it all – Toho Co., Ltd. from Tokyo, Japan – is getting ready to bring back the giant radioactive lizard in their own new movie. Variety/THR reports that Toho has announced their new Godzilla will begin shooting next summer, for release sometime in 2016, though details are limited so far. The last Godzilla movie that Toho made was Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004 for the monster's 50th anniversary, Toho's 29th Godzilla film. ›››

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Indie Trailer Sunday: David Robert Mitchell's Hit Thriller 'It Follows'

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 21:38
It Follows Trailer

Get ready to feel a chill go down your spine. Today's trailer is for a hit horror-thriller called It Follows, the second film from David Robert Mitchell of The Myth of the American Sleepover previously. Up-and-coming actress Maika Monroe, who you'll recognize starring in The Guest or Labor Day or At Any Price, stars as a teenage girl who ends up cursed after she has sex with a guy from her school. Out of nowhere, a person will suddenly start walking towards her, it never stops, and it's creepy as all hell. Jeremy gave the film a great review at Fantastic Fest, and it has earned raves from critics aplenty as it plays festivals all over the world. It's an original thriller that horror fans will love. Check out this teaser (which doesn't give away anything). ›››

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Why Are There No Longer Back-to-Back 'Independence Day' Sequels?

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 15:46
Independence Day

As development of Independence Day sequel has been dragging its feet over the years, the involvement of Will Smith has always been up in the air. However, the most recent update saw 20th Century Fox finally give a greenlight to the follow-up that's been due for about 20 years now. And while there have been rumblings of back-to-back sequels in the works, right now Fox is only focusing on one sequel, but that doesn't mean there won't be two eventually. But in this world of cinematic universe, reboot and sequel planning, just why are they holding back? Thankfully, producer Dean Devlin has discussed that decision. ›››

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TGB on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (Guest: AICN's Alan Cerny)

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 17:36
 The Force Awakens TGB

On this special Star Wars edition episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by Alan Cerny aka "Nordling" from Ain't It Cool News to catch up on some general cinema talk and of course recommend some Picks of the Week while together. However, for the rest of the show, the guys revert back to their childhood selves and reflect on their reactions to the first teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The guys go over their initial reactions, the response of the internet and overall hopes, wants and dreams for the revival of the franchise we all know and love. The guys will be back in January for the official re-launch of version 2.0 of The Golden Briefcase so keep your eyes peeled! Enjoy. ›››

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Jon Spaihts' Sci-Fi 'Passengers' Project Finds New Home Base at Sony

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 17:03
Passengers

Some good news for a science fiction project we've been following for years, and hopefully this means it may happen. A spaceship script by Jon Spaihts (a talented writer of work on Prometheus, The Darkest Hour, The Black Hole, The Mummy remake, Doctor Strange) titled Passengers has found a new home at Sony Pictures, amidst all the chaos of the Hollywood studio's hacking this week, they did actually win a bidding war for the rights to develop and distribute. Deadline reports that Sony is picking up Passengers, with production president Michael De Luca, and producers Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur of Original Film plus Michael Maher of Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films, producing. There's a few changes, too. ›››

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Roberto Orci Not Directing 'Star Trek 3,' Could Edgar Wright Step Up?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 20:04
Star Trek 3

After being confirmed to make his directorial debut with Star Trek 3 back in May, franchise producer Robert Orci will no longer be at the helm of the sci-fi sequel. Deadline reports the exit, and while they cite rumors swirling and "fire behind the smoke," there aren't any specifics regarding his exit. However, they do mention that a shortlist of directors has already been put together to replace Orci on the project, and the one name they mention is Edgar Wright, who still hasn't locked down his next project. Since Paramount Pictures wants this sequel by 2016, this would have to be Wright's next project if he ended up signing on. ›››

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Elizabeth Banks & Boyd Holbrook in Indie 'Little Accidents' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:31
Little Accients

Right now you can see Elizabeth Banks stripped down of glamor and made plain in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, and next you'll be able to see her show off her acting chops in the indie drama Little Accidents. The film is set in a mining town where the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets. It looks like standard indie fare, but it's always nice to see an eclectic actress like Banks turn in what seems to be a solid performance by the looks of this trailer. Boyd Holbrook also stars in the film, and you can watch below! ›››

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What Are TIME Magazine's Picks for the Best & Worst Films of 2014?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:20
Top 10 Films of 2014

Now that Edgar Wright has chimed in with his Top 10 Films of 2014, that's opened the flood gates for others to start delivering their lists of what they believe are the best films of the year. The latest contribution comes from TIME Magazine, who always delivers a rather eclectic and strange list. Last year they included Fast & Furious 6 on their Top 10 list, naming it better than some heavy awards contenders that year. This year, their list has a couple surprising inclusions, making for a very weird collection of movies being dubbed the best of 2014. And for those interested, they also delivered a spot-on list of the worst films of the year. ›››

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Movie in the Works Following Barack & Michelle Obama's First Date

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 14:28
Barack & Michelle Obama

There's been plenty of movies made about various Presidents of the United States of America, and most of them tend to be serious, historical dramas like Lincoln and Nixon. And now Deadline reports there's a film in the works about President Barack Obama. But before you get your political panties in a bunch, it's important to note that this is a film about the romance that blossomed between he and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, and it sounds pretty damn charming. The film is called Southside with You, and would unfold in the same manner as Richard Linklater's beloved Before Sunrise as it follows the President wooing Michelle on an impressive first date across the South Side of Chicago 25 years ago in 1989. Read on! ›››

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'The Gambler' Pushed Back to Christmas Day, But for Wide Release

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:53
The Gambler

Briefly: Initially, Paramount Pictures was planning to give Rupert Wyatt's remake of The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg a limited release on December 19th to qualify for awards season with a wider release to follow sometime theater. But now Deadline reports the studio will release on Christmas Day instead, and they'll actually give the film a wide release on that day now. The film joins a crowded holiday calendar that week with wide releases like Disney's musical Into the Woods, Universal's period drama Unbroken and Sony's comedy The Interview, not to mention limited releases like Tim Burton's Big Eyes, Clint Eastwood's American Sniper and civil rights drama Selma. See the trailer for The Gambler over here. ›››

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Watch: Kathryn Bigelow's Short PSA on Awful Elephant Poaching

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:38
Last Days

We didn't get a feature-length film from Kathryn Bigelow this year, but the director of Zero Dark Thirty and Point Break still delivering a powerful little piece of filmmaking in the form of a documentary/PSA called Last Days, which focuses on the plight of elephants, and how the giant, majestic creatures are in danger of being wiped off the planet. Surely you've heard about endangered species and all that jazz before, and maybe it's gone in one ear and out the other, but maybe you should let the fact sink in that within 11 years, all of the elephants living in the wild could be extinct very soon. Watch this provocative PSA now! ›››

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Guest Editorial: The Sorry, Cynical State of Movie Fandom Today

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:31
The Sorry, Cynical State of Movie Fandom Today

Editor's Note About This Editorial: This is a must read discussion by longtime friend of the site Patrick Campbell (@pj_campbell). It's time to discuss an issue that has been getting worse and worse. Everything mentioned in this editorial is something that I've observed as well, but I've had trouble figuring out how to voice my concerns without sounding too meddlesome. It's hard to speak out about a community when you're a part of that community, but thankfully others have started expressing their honest feelings. What began as a couple of paragraphs on Facebook has turned into a full-fledged editorial. It needed to be said. ›››

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