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Annapurna Pictures and Rooney Mara Building 'A House in the Sky'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:16
Rooney Mara

Another project from the illustrious Annapurna Pictures in development. An official press release sent out announces that Annapurna is developing an adaptation of NY Times bestseller A House in the Sky by co-authors Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. The project will star Oscar nominated actress Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Side Effects, Her) as Amanda Lindhout, who was abducted in 2008 in Mogadishu, Somalia by a rebel terrorist group. Annapurna's Megan Ellison will produce the film about Lindhout's 15 months in captivity. ›››

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Ben Kingsley to Voice Black Panther Bagheera in 'The Jungle Book'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 14:52
Ben Kingsley / Bagheera

Briefly: Disney's new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel The Jungle Book already has an interesting cast of voice talent to help bring the animals to life including Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as the python Kaa and Lupita Nyong'o as Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts the orphaned Mowgli in the jungle. Now Disney has announced that Ben Kingsley will voice Bagheera, the black panther. Jon Favreau is directing the live-action/animated hybrid which has already been slated to hit theaters on October 9th, 2015. Expect more casting to surface soon as the start of production nears. ›››

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Bruce Willis is a Bad Guy in Action Thriller 'The Prince' First Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 14:28
The Prince

The last time Bruce Willis teamed up with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson for a movie, it was the abysmal action thriller Set Up, and now it appears neither of them have learned their lesson, because they can be seen back together in The Prince. However, Bruce Willis isn't the good guy, and 50 Cent isn't one of the leads. Instead, it's Jason Patric who takes the role of a father who finds his daughter in danger when a rival assassin (Willis) kidnaps her in order to get back at him for some wrong done in the past. John Cusack is here for some reason too, and this just looks like it's destined for the bargain bin all over again. ›››

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Gets LEGO Treatment in Cool Diorama

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:15
LEGO Star Wars

When almost the entire cast of Star Wars: Episode VII was announced this past spring, a photo from the table read accompanied the announcement, showing director J.J. Abrams sitting with returning cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew, not to mention the new stars including John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Adam Driver. Now the photo has been given a fun makeover with LEGO pieces, and there have been some modifications, such as some of the returning cast members being represented by the LEGO version of their Star Wars character and Andy Serkis holding a tiny Ring of Power. Look below! ›››

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Scott Cooper to Direct Drama About Granite Mountain Hotshots

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:43
Granite Mountain Hotshots

Though last year's drama Out of the Furnace didn't result in any big awards buzz, the drama from director Scott Cooper did contain some fantastic performances, and it was far from being a terrible movie. Tough the director is no longer taking on Stephen King's The Stand, he's preparing to shoot the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass with Johnny Depp in the lead role as his next project. However, the Crazy Heart helmer has also lined up another project for his future slate, as Deadline reports he will direct a film focusing on the heroic Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew who died in a wildfire blaze last summer. Read on! ›››

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Iñárritu's World: Crashing the Final 'Birdman' Show at the St. James

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:24
Birdman St. James Set Visit

"You're Birdman... Let's go back and show them what we're capable of." Last May, I got a call from Fox Searchlight inviting me to come down to the St. James Theatre on Broadway to visit the set of the new Alejandro González Iñárritu film. Setup like an actual play, complete with an audience and a set on the stage, I watched a few takes of a scene being filmed inside the famous Broadway theatre on 44th St. in New York City. Now over a year later the first teaser trailer for Birdman, the new Iñárritu film, has debuted and it looks incredible. Way better than even I was expecting, and I already have very high hopes for this film. But the set visit was a very fun experience, and the best part about it was watching the cameraman at work. ›››

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First Look: Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:56
 Fury Road

We've been waiting a long time to see Mad Max: Fury Road, a reboot of the post-apocalyptic adventure hero that Mel Gibson played so many years ago. It's been years since the film started shooting, and the project has been kept under tight wraps, but with the film set for release next summer, the hype machine has finally kicked off with a first good look at Tom Hardy in the title lead role, along with Charlize Theron, sporting a shaved head and a bionic arm. On the film, director George Miller says, "I wanted to tell a linear story–a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes. In this crucible of very intense action, the characters are revealed.” We can't wait to see more sometime soon. Look below! ›››

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'Dumb & Dumber To' International Trailer Has an Annoying Sound

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:52
Dumb & Dumber To

Just recently we got a look at the sequel Dumb & Dumber To, 20 years after the original hit theaters in 1994, and it shows that Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) have effectively wasted two decades before they begin their next road trip. Now a new international trailer shows off more of the throwback stupidity we can expect from the sequel. The first half of the trailer plays out just like the domestic version, but the second half has some new jokes, including another nostalgic joke that calls back to the original film and an the infamous most annoying sound in the world. It's amusing, but not really hilarious. Watch below! ›››

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'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' Legend Eli Wallach Has Died at 98

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:26
Eli Wallach

Hollywood has lost another legend after being graced with a 60-year career and nearly 100 years on this Earth as The New York Times reports legendary actor Eli Wallach, star of the classic spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, has passed away at 98. After a stint in the army during WWII, serving five years in the Medical Corps and rising to captain, Wallach returned home to become a founding member of the Actors Studio and studied method acting with Lee Strasberg. That led to a Broadway debut in 1951, and stage time with wife Anne Jackson in plays like The Typists, The Tiger and The Diary of Anne Frank. ›››

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Chris Hemsworth May Lead Shane Black's Pulp Action 'Doc Savage'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:41
Chris Hemsworth / Doc Savage

Last fall, a few months after Iron Man 3 hit theaters, director Shane Black was talking about the development of his pulp adventure adaptation Doc Savage. He's been linked to the project as far back as 2010, but it's taken awhile for the project to gain any traction. The film likely won't be his next project with The Nice Guys rounding up cast members, but Black hasn't forgotten about bringing the 1930s hero to the big screen. In fact, buried in the THR report yesterday about Black being attached to a reboot of Predator at Fox, there's mention that the director has met with Thor star Chris Hemsworth about the starring role. ›››

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Watch: President Snow's Address Threatens 'Mockingjay' Revolution

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:06
 Mockingjay

"Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever." Summer still has about two months left, and then it's right into fall, where the latter of the season will see the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, the first in the two-part finale of Lionsgate's sci-fi franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence. We just took a glimpse at some propaganda posters paying tribute to some of the real working heroes of the districts, but now we get something really juicy. Capitol TV has just revealed an address from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) that seems peaceful, but then turns dark as he threatens the revolution rising after the events in Catching Fire. And just wait until you see who's standing right at his side. Watch now! ›››

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Must Watch: First Full Trailer for David Ayer's WWII Tank Movie 'Fury'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:36
David Ayer's Fury Trailer

"Ideals are peaceful... History is violent." Yes - finally! Columbia has debuted the first full-length trailer for David Ayer's awesome WWII tank movie titled Fury, starring Brad Pitt as "Wardaddy", along with Shia LaBeouf (hidden in this trailer), Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, Xavier Samuel and Michael Peña. The story follows a tank platoon in Europe on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. The footage looks spectacular - an intense, gritty, badass but heartfelt WWII film set around/inside a Sherman tank. I love it, everything about it, and I cannot wait to see it. I'll let the footage speak for itself. Fire this up! ›››

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Up-and-Comer Dean Israelite Aiming to Direct 'WarGames' Remake

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 20:16
WarGames

"Is this a game or is it real?" Here we go again. MGM is apparently still intent on remaking the classic 80's computer hacker movie WarGames, and has picked up development again by hiring a brand new writer and director. Since 2011, The King of Kong's Seth Gordon was attached to direct, however the project never seemed to go anywhere (meanwhile MGM's other 80's remake, Red Dawn, flopped). Deadline is reporting that they're "close to signing" up-and-coming director Dean Israelite for the remake, a name we're not yet familiar with has his first film, a time travel sci-fi titled Project Almanac, was delayed from release this year. ›››

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'Star Wars' Creator George Lucas' Museum Will Call Chicago Home

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 20:15
Chicago / Star Wars

Though George Lucas may no longer have a significant voice in the world of producing new Star Wars films with Lucasfilm being run by Kathleen Kennedy and now firmly situated at Disney, that doesn't mean he's just kicking around Skywalker Ranch with nothing to do. In fact, Lucas has been busy putting together plans to create a museum that will house his collection of art and movie memorabilia, and The Chicago Tribune reports he has finally chosen The Windy City, where he lives half-time with his Chicagoan wife, to found The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, beating out potential plots in Los Angeles in San Francisco. ›››

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Warner Bros. Picks Up 'Monstrumologist' & 'I’ll Give You the Sun'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 17:01
Monstrumologist / I'll Give You the Sun

Following the success of The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent this year, both with Shailene Woodley, and the continued success of franchises like The Hunger Games, it seems young adult novels are still getting picked up left and right for potential film adaptations, and Warner Bros. has just doubled down by picking up two new properties. Deadline reports the studio has picked up the four-book fantasy series Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, while THR has word that they've also picked up I'll Give You the Sun, a book on the opposite end of the spectrum about two teenage twins and their tragic coming-of-age. ›››

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Shane Black Writing Treatment & Directing the Reboot of 'Predator'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 14:58
Predator

Since the pseudo sequel Predators didn't really do much to reinvigorate the franchise, it's time to reboot the 20th Century Fox action classic Predator. THR has word that Lethal Weapon franchise writer and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has been commissioned to write a treatment for the reboot and direct the film. Black actually has an interesting history with Predator, because he was actually given the opportunity to polish the script for the original 1986 film, but turned it down twice. But Black, also an occasional actor, was offered a small role in the film, which the studio tried to use to convince him to rewrite the script on set. ›››

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Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes & Channing Tatum Join 'Hail Caesar'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 14:17
Tilda Swinton & Ralph Fiennes

The cast of Joel & Ethan Coen's next film Hail Caesar already sounded promising with George Clooney and Josh Brolin as part of the cast, and now it's just gotten even better. THR has word Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel stars Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton are in talks to join the film, along with Channing Tatum. The film follows a man named Eddie Mannix (Clooney), who works for the movie studios of Hollywood in the 1950s as a fixer, someone who protects the reputations of their biggest stars from being tarnished. And the roles of our new stars fit right into the the golden age of Hollywood setting. ›››

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Kevin Kline Falls for Dakota Fanning in 'Last of Robin Hood' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:29
The Last of Robin Hood

Following the debut of the first poster earlier this spring, the first trailer for the 50s Hollywood romance The Last of Robin Hood has arrived. Kevin Kline takes the role of iconic swashbuckler Erron Flynn as he falls for an underage actress named Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning). It looks like there's some great performances on display here, but the tone seems all over the place, going from the lighter bustling environment of old Hollywood to the darker side of this obsessive romance between Flynn and Aadland. The film debuted at Toronto last year, and the buzz wasn't overwhelming, but we're at least interested. Watch! ›››

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Sundance Doc 'Battered Bastards of Baseball' Reveals First Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:33
The Battered Bastards of Baseball

Following a debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball will make its debut exclusively on Netflix next month, and the first trailer has just arrived. The documentary tells the true story of the Portland Mavericks, a scrappy, independent baseball team of underdogs started by actor Bing Russell in the 1970s. In fact, you probably know one of the many players, because Kurt Russell is Bing's son. As someone who doesn't enjoy watching sports, there's just something that is inexplicably appealing about sports documentaries and dramas, and this looks like a treat. Watch! ›››

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Brad Pitt on First Teaser Poster for David Ayer's Tank Movie 'Fury'

FirstShowing.net - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:45
Brad Pitt Fury

War Never Ends Quietly. Oh man I'm looking forward to this so much. A new poster has debuted for David Ayer's WWII tank movie Fury, starring Brad Pitt as well as Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, Xavier Samuel and Michael Peña. However, it is only Brad Pitt who shows up on this poster, slouched over the turret of his tank. Hopefully this means we'll see a character poster for each of these guys, but aside from that, I really like this poster. It's simple, but has a gritty edge to it, and evokes the sadness and fatigue of war. Early footage for this looks awesome, one of my most anticipated fall films. In full below. ›››

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