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Aubrey Plaza Joining Zac Efron & Robert De Niro for 'Dirty Grandpa'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 18:33
Aubrey Plaza

If you're lamenting the final season of "Parks & Recreation" beginning this week, don't worry, because Aubrey Plaza has lined up a new role for the big screen. Deadline has word that the actress who plays the dreary, April Ludgate on the aforementioned NBC comedy series is taking a role in Lionsgate's road trip comedy Dirty Grandpa. For those who don't remember, the film follows Robert De Niro as a perverted former Army general who thinks his grandson is about to marry the wrong woman, so he tricks him into driving down to Florida for spring break in order to get him to cut loose amongst the flood of sexuality. ›››

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Watch: Mysterious Space Detective Short Film 'Atropa' by Eli Sasich

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:44
Atropa Sci-Fi Short Film

"38 days ago your beacon disappeared from radar." Wow. Here's a fantastic space adventure sci-fi short to kick off the new year. From director Eli Sasich & writer Clay Tolbert comes a 9-min short called Atropa, about an "off-world detective" who investigates a missing research vessel adrift in deep space. It's described as a concept short, for a feature or series, inspired by "'70s and '80s sci-fi classics like Alien and Blade Runner." There's some excellent VFX work in this, and some great sci-fi concepts that do really show the potential of these filmmakers. I would definitely like to see more, it almost ends too short, right when I was really getting into it and things were getting interesting. But I will still say - this is one short not to miss. ›››

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Rumor: Simon Kinberg Taking Over First 'Star Wars' Spin-Off Script

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:22
Star Wars

Just before the weekend, we learned that Gary Whitta was stepping away from the first Star Wars spin-off film that will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Considering the statement given by Whitta when the news was announced, it sounds like his work is done, and it's just time for some new eyes to take a look at the project and do some polishing so the film can be ready to shoot later this year when Spectre is done shooting at Pinewood Studios across the pond. Now SlashFilm has learned (though couldn't confirm) that Star Wars: The Force Awakens consultant Simon Kinberg may be replacement writer. ›››

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Watch: Full US Trailer for France's Coming of Age Drama 'Girlhood'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 15:44
Girlhood

Hot on the heels of Boyhood winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama, another festival favorite is releasing a timely domestic trailer. Bande de Filles is a French film that is being called Girlhood in the United States (though the title translates to Group of Girls) and it follows a young girl living in the suburbs of Paris who ends up getting involved with a tight-knit group of girlfriends whose peer-pressure ends up leading to her life of dangerous drug-dealing. The film played to Cannes and has gotten some pretty great reviews, and now the US trailer has arrived to hype the coming of age tale. Watch! ›››

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Casey Affleck & Michelle Williams to Lead 'Manchester-by-the-Sea'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:10
Casey Affleck

Last fall brought news of Matt Damon teaming up with his Margaret director Kenneth Lonergan again for a new drama called Manchester-by-the-Sea. However, it appears things have changed in the months since then, because recently The Boston Globe learned that it will be Good Will Hunting co-star Casey Affleck taking the role instead. He'll play a lazy and irresponsible Boston plumber forced to return home to the titular town after he learns his brother passed away. Suddenly he finds himself having to take care of his brother's 16-year old son but also finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past. More below! ›››

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Look: 'Back to the Future Part II' Concept Art of Unseen 2015 Tech

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 13:02
Back to the Future Part II

Since it's 2015, we're going to get tons of Back to the Future related items throughout the year. Not only is that the year in which Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the future in Back to the Future Part II, but it's also the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future. However, today we want to focus on the middle sequel, because Newsweek just did a feature story with "future consultant" Tim Flattery about some of the future technology that was imagined for the time traveling adventure follow-up. And with that story comes some concept art from Edward Eyth from items we never saw realized on the screen. Look! ›››

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Bradley Cooper Wants to Direct Next with 'Honeymoon with Harry'

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:37
Bradley Cooper

With plenty of awards buzz for the lead performance in American Sniper, the career of Bradley Cooper is showing no signs of waning. In fact, now the actor wants to broaden his horizons a bit by making his directorial debut. Deadline reports Cooper is hoping to direct Honeymoon with Harry, a reworked script from Crazy Stupid Love writer Dan Folgeman who is bringing a new approach to a scrip that made the Black List years ago and has seen several attempts to get to the big screen fall apart. Paul Haggis wrote the script before Crash or Million Dollar Baby, and Jonathan Demme circled as director, but not anymore. ›››

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Watch: AFI Awards Montage Chronicles 120 Years of Cinema History

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:06
AFI's March of Time

In the heart of awards season, there's a lot of Hollywood patting themselves on the back for all the work they've put into cinema over the years. Of course, since we're cinephiles, we're more than happy to watch them do it every year. And today we have a little piece from the American Film Insititute (AFI), who handed out their awards last Friday (check out the honorees right here), and during the awards luncheon, played a video that simply runs through 120 years of cinema history (with some television at the end since AFI also honors that medium). We start in 1894 and move quickly through tons of highlights from the relatively short history of filmmaking. We've come a long way on the big screen in a short time. Watch! ›››

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Hugh Jackman & Young 'Kingsman' Star Team for Olympic Skier Tale

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:45
Hugh Jackman / Eddie Edwards / Taron Egerton

While we're waiting to see what Hugh Jackman does as the pirate villain of Neverland in this summer's release of Joe Wright's Pan, it looks like he'll take a break from fantasy and comic book blockbusters for an Olympic skiing drama. Baz Bamigboye, the master scooper of James Bond news, has word that Jackman will star in an untitled film about Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, an Olympic ski jumper who competed in the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, and achieved sports glory despite coming in dead last in his two events. Jackman will play Chuck Berghorn, a ski expert from Lake Placid who helped Edwards train for the games. ›››

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Watch: 72nd Golden Globes Highlights with Amy Poehler & Tina Fey

FirstShowing.net - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 00:54
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

Last night brought the 72nd Golden Globes, the first major awards show of the year honoring the best in film and television. And while we're only paying attention to the big screen winners, which included Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel as big winners, the entire show was full of some wonderful moments. There were heartfelt speeches (which were a little rushed towards the end), with many featuring tears (which also made my eyes get a little watery) and one hell of a fantastic (though all too brief) final hosting run for the dynamic duo of Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, who got relatively edgy last night. Watch! ›››

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2015 Golden Globe Awards Winners - 'Boyhood' Wins Best Drama

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 20:30
Golden Globe Award

The winners of the HFPA's 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, the precursor to the Academy Awards, have been announced tonight at a ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel, hosted by the incredibly talented Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, back for three years in a row as some of the best hosts they've had. Our list below will be updated with all film-related winners as they're revealed during the ceremony's live broadcast. The nominees were odd as usual, and we're not sure who will win with so many great films in the running, so let's find out what the HFPA likes this time. Find out which films took home Globes! List below. ›››

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Watch: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Get Wild in First TV Spot for 'Sisters'

FirstShowing.net - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 20:21
Sisters

So far we've only seen one photo from the forthcoming comedy Sisters, but with Tina Fey & Amy Poehler hosting the 72nd Golden Globe Awards tonight, a surprise TV spot has popped up online showing off the first footage from the film. It's pretty short, but Tina and Amy get pretty wild and crazy, and we get to see them in their best 80s garb (including sideways ponytails) as well. There's bound to be a full trailer coming soon, and we can't wait to see what Fey and Poehler do together on the big screen this time, and hopefully improve on their previous attempt in Baby Mama. And we haven't even seen Maya Rudolph yet. ›››

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Fox Searchlight Acquires Baumbach's New Film 'Mistress America'

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 13:45
Mistress America

Some very early Sundance news a few weeks before the festival kicks off. Fox Searchlight has officially announced that they've acquired Noah Baumbach's latest film Mistress America for worldwide release. This is one of two new Baumbach films coming up, the other being While We're Young which just premiered at TIFF 2014 last fall, and will be released in spring by A24 Films. Mistress America is premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in just a few weeks, and stars Baumbach's muse Greta Gerwig as well as newcomer Lola Kirke. Fox Searchlight will release the film in 2015, but an exact date hasn't been set yet. ›››

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Gary Whitta Departs 'Star Wars' to Work on 'Starlight' Adaptation

FirstShowing.net - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 13:26
Mark Millar's Starlight

From one galaxy to another. One tiny piece of news at the beginning of this year involves a screenwriter we've been following for a long time. His name is Gary Whitta and he just spent the last year working on the screenplay for the first Star Wars spin-off movie, the one due out in late 2016, being directed by Gareth Edwards. Before that he wrote the After Earth and The Book of Eli scripts, and also worked on numerous video games and other geek properties. Whitta has announced that he's moving on to develop an adaptation of Mark Millar's Starlight for 20th Century Fox next after finishing Star Wars, so he's set and ready to go. ›››

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Sound Off: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' - Your Thoughts?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 19:20
Inherent Vice Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "But if you're Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that..." Now in theaters is the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix as PI "Doc" Sportello. This stoner comedy/drama/mystery begins when Doc looks into the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend named Shasta, played by the effervescent Katherine Waterston. PTA's cast includes a bunch of other goofy characters: Josh Brolin as Bigfoot, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, Benicio Del Toro as Smilax, even Owen Wilson, Jena Malone and Martin Short.. So how is it? One of PTA's best or did PTA get too high on his own supply? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PTA's Inherent Vice. ›››

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Watch & Discuss: Are These the Best Films of the Decade So Far?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 19:18
The Best Films of the Decade So Far

We're just digging into 2015, and that means we're right in the middle of this current decade. And that's enough of a reason for the folks at Fandor to put together a list of The Best Films of the Decade So Far. However, this wasn't something that they determined on their own. Instead, a casual question about what people thought the best movie of the decade was on social media resulted in hundreds of replies on Twitter and Facebook. And so they decided to tally up the votes and see how a list turned out. But instead of just delivering a list, they also put together a countdown video showing off the 26 films that made the cut. Look! ›››

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Watch: Crazy POV Rooftop Zombie Parkour Short Film 'Dying Light'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 19:13
Dying Light Zombie Short Film

Holy crap, zombies everywhere! Another fun short film to wrap up the week, this one a point-of-view (POV) film based on the upcoming zombie video game Dying Light. Directed by Scott Bass, the short follows one parkour runner as he escapes a zombie attack on rooftops (they filmed in Cambridge, England). The game is also first person, so that experience extends to this short in order to introduce gamers to a ravaged world where they'll fight off "hordes of mindless, flesh-hungry enemies". It's another solid example of how much can be done with just a camera and a good idea, since filmmaking technology is readily available. Fun times. ›››

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn's Top 12 Films of 2014

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 17:37
James Gunn

Yes, we're done with our own year-end lists counting down our favorite films amongst other things as part of our yearly Looking Back series, but director James Gunn has chimed in with a late edition of his own favorite films of 2014. We'll cut him some slack since he was busy finishing and promoting Guardians of the Galaxy (#4 on my own Top 10 Films of 2014) to get his list in before the end of the year. The social media active Gunn took to Facebook to give fans a list of his top 12 Favorite Films of 2014. They include some of our favorites like Whiplash and The LEGO Movie, and a couple that we were surprised by too. ›››

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Sound Off: Olivier Megaton's 'Taken 3' with Liam Neeson - Thoughts?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 17:09
Taken 3

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It ends here! He's back, again, for another round of phone threats and high stakes action. In theaters now is Taken 3, bringing back Liam Neeson for a third time as Bryan Mills, father of Kim, played by Maggie Grace, the one person he will kill anyone to protect. The cast in this sequel includes Forest Whitaker and Dougray Scott, and involves a twist where Bryan is framed for the murder of his wife Lenore, played by Famke Janssen. How is it? Any better than the first two or more of the same? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Megaton's Taken 3. ›››

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Jeremy Renner & Matt Damon's 'Bourne' Franchises Won't Meet

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:16
Aaron Cross / Jason Bourne

Ever since it was revealed that Matt Damon was returning to the Jason Bourne franchise with director Paul Greengrass behind the camera again, fans were already hoping that there would be some kind of cross over with The Bourne Legacy franchise that Jeremy Renner stepped into in 2012. However, if producer Frank Marshall is to be believed, that may not happen at all. Though Marshall once said that Damon and Renner may be able to team up sometime down the road, a conversation with Collider indicated a complete 180 on that prospect happening as the producer says, "We don’t have plans for that." Read on! ›››

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