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Review: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Rides Familiar Wave to Entertainment

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 09:11
 Age of Ultron

Meanwhile, back in the Marvel cinematic universe, it's business as usual. Iron Man soars through the air blasting tanks and terrorists with his repulser beams. Thor, immaculate hair flowing, tosses his hammer around controlling the lightning. Hulk, you know, smashes. Even Hawkeye, with his bow and arrows, flings his…arrows with his…bow. Yes, it's everything you've come to expect and anticipate when the Avengers get back together, and Avengers: Age of Ultron has familiarity in abundance. That's good and bad when you get down to it, and even with the bloom off the rose, Marvel sure knows how to entertain with the best. ›››

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Michael Bay Reveals Stephen Amell as Casey Jones in 'Ninja Turltes 2'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 08:49
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

Just after we got our first look at the new ride our heroes in a half-shell will be cruising around in, not to mention news of a different actor playing their arch nemesis Shredder, producer Michael Bay has given us another glimpse of something new in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. We already knew "Arrow" star Stephen Amell was taking the role of vigilante Casey Jones, and now we have our first look at the hockey-masked character. Production on the film is already underway, so you can probably expect some more glimpses like this in the near future. He looks about as you'd expect, but maybe a little too clean cut. ›››

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Warner Bros. & Sony Battle for Channing Tatum in 'The Forever War'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 08:36
Channing Tatum / The Forever War

While we wait to see if Channing Tatum really ends up starring in a spin-off of the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot with Chris Pratt, the 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike star has become attached to another project, and this one has been gestating for awhile too. The Wrap reports Tatum is attached to lead a big screen adaptation of Joe Haldeman's classic sci-fi novel The Forever War, a project that was picked up by Ridley Scott a few years ago. However, the rights have lapsed, and that's put Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures in a bidding war to pick up the project that has a script from Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts. ›››

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Watch: Marvel Cinematic Universe Tribute Before 'Avengers' Tonight

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 17:25
Marvel Cinematic Universe

Just after the emotions of Pixar Animation's Inside Out reacted to a trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, audiences will be reacting to the entire film once it starts screening around the United States this evening. And for one last piece of hype before the Marvel Studios sequel arrives, why not take a look back at the entire Marvel cinematic universe up until this point? This is bound to happen before each installment of The Avengers every few years, and it's a cool montage of the great stuff we've seen from Marvel so far on the big screen, from the first Iron Man back in 2008 up through The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Let's do this! ›››

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Get Nostalgic for 'Jurassic Park' with a Featurette for 'Jurassic World'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 17:09
Jurassic World

Even though blockbuster summer officially begins with The Avengers: Age of Ultron kicking off with 7pm screenings all over the United States tonight, we've still got a little while to wait for one of the other anticipated releases this season, Jurassic World. Just recently we got a slew of dinosaur action in the second theatrical trailer, finally showing off the intimidating Indominus Rex, and now we get a new featurette, complete with nostalgia from stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, director Colin Trevorrow and more for the original 1993 action adventure where everything started, Jurassic Park. And then it shifts gears to begin talking about Jurassic World, with some words from Steven Spielberg. ›››

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Jake Gyllenhaal Fights Back in First TV Spot for 'Southpaw' Drama

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 16:48
Southpaw

If you're into boxing, then you probably know that there's a big fight heading into the ring this weekend with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao finally making good on the fight fans have wanted for years. But for those of us who only care about boxing when there's a compelling character with a story to be told in a motion picture, we have a new TV spot for Antoine Fuqua's forthcoming boxing drama Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal. In fact, this TV spot will actually air during the big fight this weekend, to hit the boxing audience at the perfect time. It's basically a condensed version of the trailer we've seen. Watch it! ›››

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Pharrell Debuts New 'Dope' Poster - It's Hard Out Here for a Geek

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:09
Dope - Pharrell Debuts New Poster

Geeks unite! This is one of my favorite films of the year, so I'm happy to keep writing about it, and I love the marketing for it so far. Instead of focusing on prestige and critics, they're selling Rick Famuyiwa's Dope purely based on how awesome the characters and story are - which is fine by me, because it's an excellent film (read my Sundance review) that deserves to find a wide audience. Musician Pharrell Williams, who is an executive producer on the film, debuted this new poster which isn't particularly artsy but does represent this film very nicely. On here you'll see Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons as three friends from Inglewood. Give it a look below, but most importantly mark down this release in your calendar. ›››

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New 'Fantastic Four' Lines Up for Quad Banner & Character Posters

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:55
Fantastic Four

Not too long ago, the second trailer for Josh Trank's reboot of the comic book property Fantastic Four showed off more of the quartet in action, not to mention offering a glimpse of Doctor Doom. Now Miles Teller, Kata Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell have been lined up on a new banner and four character posters, with each showing their powers as Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing. They're pretty glossy Photoshop jobs, but thats just what we've come to expect from the studio marketing department. Also, if you look at the background, you'll see the Baxter building. Look now! ›››

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Watch: First Red Band Trailer for Sundance Indie Gem 'Tangerine'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:39
Tangerine

There are plenty of independent films that go on to be celebrated by audiences and critics alike, but the Sundance selected Tangerine is a true indie. The film was shot on an iPhone 5S using an $8 app called Filmic Pro and some prototype lenses from Moondog Labs, all with a very small budget. And the result is a unique, intimate, funny, touching and fantastic story of friendship between two transgender women (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor) as they parade around the city of Los Angeles, looking for one of their boyfriends who has supposedly been sleeping around. It's one to go out of your way to see. Watch! ›››

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Bryan Singer Reveals Jubilee & Jean Grey on 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Set

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:14
 Apocalypse

There's been a lot of talk about X-Men this week, from our first look at Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse to rumblings of the sequel, along with Wolverine 3, bringing the Bryan Singer X-Men universe to a close in favor of letting the X-Men: First Class timeline continue. We'll see what happens next year, but in the meantime, production is underway on Apocalypse, and Singer is certainly being open about teasing the film. Today he revealed a photo from the set of the sequel showing us Lana Condor and Sophie Turner as Jubilee and Jean Grey, all dressed up in 80s wardrobe and hair. Look! ›››

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'A LEGO Brickumentary' Doc Trailer Dives Inside the Legacy of LEGO

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:54
A LEGO Brickumentary

Ever since The LEGO Movie hit theaters, the building block toy has been an even bigger sensation than it was before, and we've featured some cool LEGO videos all paying tribute to our favorite films. Of course, LEGO has been a toy brand that has been a huge part of generations of kids and their parents, time and time again. Now a new documentary called simply A LEGO Brickumentary is coming to theaters this summer, narrated by Jason Bateman (who gets his own LEGO minifigure to guide us), to dive into the history, legacy and limitless imagination that the Danish toy group has provided. Looks pretty cool. Watch! ›››

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Watch: Latest 'Spectre' Video Blog Profiles the Car Chase in Rome

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:42
Spectre Video Blog - Car Chase

"I love the idea of this fantastic car being in this sort of one-on-one battle with another incredible car." The latest behind-the-scenes video blog from Eon Productions for James Bond's Spectre features an early look at the epic car chase filmed in Rome, Italy. In this scene, Dave Bautista plays Mr. Hinx who has engaged in a night-time car chase with 007, played by Daniel Craig. We also get a bit of director Sam Mendes talking about how excited he was to film this sequence, and a look at the various Aston Martin cars that are a part of the production. It's a very short tease, with barely a glimpse at one of the many scenes in the film. I'm already crazy excited for this. The two cars are Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 and Mr. Hinx's Jaguar C-X75. ›››

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Full Italian Trailer for Sorrentino's 'Youth' Featuring Michael Caine

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:16
Youth Trailer

With Cannes just a few weeks away, another stunning new trailer for Paolo Sorrentino's In-Competition film Youth has debuted. Starring Michael Caine and Paul Dano as old friends on vacation at a hotel in the Alps, along with Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz. This new trailer is unfortunately all in Italian (see the teaser for English) but provides us with a glimpse at some of the visual imagery, including the scene where Caine conducts on the side of a hill. I'm looking forward to this especially because Caine seems to be at his best with a moving performance. Fox Searchlight will likely end up distributing in the US, but for now it's set to premiere in Cannes soon. This may be one everyone is talking about during the festival, so take a look. ›››

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Fire & Photoshop Engulf the New Poster for 'Terminator: Genisys'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:30
 Genisys

It looks like Paramount Pictures isn't going to be shy at all about the major plot twist that was revealed in the last trailer for Terminator: Genisys. A new poster for the sequel/reboot has just been revealed, and it puts the new Terminator (and his surprising identity) front and center amidst some fire and pretty terrible Photoshop. They couldn't figure out a better background than that plain gray, Sears portrait studio color scheme? There's already so much fire around Arnold Schwarzenegger and company, why not just engulf the whole poster in flames? And by that, I mean it should be set on fire, because it's just awful. Look below! ›››

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'Furious 7' Helmer James Wan in Early Talks to Direct 'Robotech'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:07
Robotech

Now that director James Wan has Furious 7 under his belt as a huge blockbuster success, he's one of the most sought after directors working right now. Wan is reportedly wanted to direct Aquaman for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures, but there's a chance that Universal could bring him back for Furious 8 as well. Now there's one more project that wants Wan behind the camera as THR reports Sony wants the filmmaker to direct Robotech, their big screen adaptation of the revered anime. The studio picked up the property back in March with the intention of moving quickly toward a future global franchise. ›››

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Scarlett Johansson in 'Ghost in the Shell' Arrives a Bit Earlier in 2017

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 09:08
Ghost in the Shell / Scarlett Johansson

The big screen adaptation of the anime Ghost in the Shell is definitely happening, and Scarlett Johansson was previously confirmed to take the lead role. Back in January, the film had been set for release on April 14th, 2017, but now Disney has decided to bump the film up a couple weeks to March 31st, 2017, likely to get out of the way of Furious 8, which was recently given that release date. For those who don't know, Ghost in the Shell will see Johansson as a female member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. We'll certainly be looking forward to how this anime adaptation from Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders turns out. ›››

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Better Look at Ben Affleck as Batman Without the Superman Logo

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 08:56
Ben Affleck as Batman

We've already seen a couple good glimpses of Ben Affleck suited up as Batman thanks to that black and white photo of him standing next to the new Batmobile that debuted last year. The teaser trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice also featured Affleck in Batman's metal suit as he prepares to fight Superman in the rain, and the poster gave us a headshot, albeit with Batman's face obscured by a shredded Superman logo. But now we finally have a good look at Affleck in the cape and cowl in the form of the photo used for that aforementioned poster, but without the Superman logo. And there's one in color too. ›››

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Watch: Double the Tom Hardy in Trailer for Gangster Drama 'Legend'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 08:29
Legend

"Me and my brother, we're gonna rule London." Hot on the heels of the intense trailer for the crime drama Black Mass starring Johnny Depp, it looks like Tom Hardy has a great crime thriller of his own on the way too. Legend sees the star of Inception and Mad Max: Fury Road pulling double duty as twin brothers Reggie and Ron Kray, two of London's most notorious gangsters from the 1960s. It's only a teaser trailer, so it mostly just sets the stage for the story, but there's a good indication that this could be a fantastic crime thriller with a tour de force from Hardy on display. Keep an eye out for Taron Egerton in there too. Watch! ›››

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Fox Officially Developing Sequel to 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:27
 The Secret Service

Right around the time that Kingsman: The Secret Service was heading to theaters, director Matthew Vaughn was already talking about ideas for the sequel. However, the film had not yet proven to be a box office success. Thankfully, audiences turned out to see the fun spy adventure and just this past weekend, the film crossed $400 million worldwide. And The Wrap reports that was enough for Fox to officially start developing a sequel to the film that starred Colin Firth and newcomer Taron Egerton. However, at this time, it's not clear if Vaughn will be back in the director's chair since he has a lot on his plate for the future. ›››

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Watch: Vin Diesel is Immortal in 'The Last Witch Hunter' Teaser Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:20
The Last Witch Hunter

"Your story has no ending." Sadly, Vin Diesel can't be fast and furious all the time, and sometimes he has to make other movies. They range from solid sci-fi adventures like Riddick to awful comedies like The Pacifier and an instant favorite like Guardians of the Galaxy. And now we'll see how a fantasy featuring Diesel in the lead fares with The Last Witch Hunter. The first trailer for the film from The Crazies director Breck Eisner has just arrived and it's not entirely clear what the film is about yet, but Diesel is certainly in bad ass mode again, and with a sword. There's also a J.J. Abrams worthy amount of lens flares. ›››

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