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Cinema in Switzerland - My Brief Visit to the Locarno Film Festival

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 16:02
Locarno Film Festival

There is a film festival, nestled in the mountains of Switzerland on the corner of Lake Maggiore near the Italian border, that boasts one of the best venues to watch films in the entire world. It's called the Locarno Film Festival, or Festival del film Locarno, now in its 67th year (only Venice, Cannes, Moscow have been around longer). The Piazza Grande is its famous venue, a plaza in the middle of town that is converted into a 8,000 seat open-air cinema every night, showing old and new films every evening during the week and a half the festival takes place in August. Having attended festivals like Cannes, Telluride and Sundance for years, I decided to make my first trip to Locarno this year, and it's truly as unforgettable as described. ›››

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Denzel Washington Out for Justice in First TV Spot for 'The Equalizer'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:33
The Equalizer

"There comes a point where you have to help people who can't help themselves." Denzel Washington is back protecting the good people again as The Equalizer, but it doesn't seem to be something he's excited about in this extended TV spot for the action thriller from director Antoine Fuqua. It looks like we're going to get a good threatening monologue from Washington at some point, and that's always great. Plus, if you look carefully, I'm pretty sure Washington smashes a shot glass into someone's eye socket in this TV spot. We also get our first glimpse at Bill Pullman in the movie, and I completely forgot he even had a role. ›››

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Get Weird & Grossed Out with First Trailer for German 'Wetlands'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:09
Wetlands

While there isn't any straight-up nudity or profanity, we're going to call this trailer NSFW just based on content alone. The German indie Wetlands has already played at Sundance and SXSW, and it's definitely a shocking, gross out comedy, but not in the way that Jackass or American Pie have hit audiences. This one is much more gross, weird and dare we say sexy? The story follows a teenage girl, who doesn't believe in hygiene and masturbates with weird things, forced to spend some time in a hospital after her haphazard shaving techniques result in an anal lesion. This looks peculiar and funny, but in such a wrong way. Watch? ›››

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Rumor: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Villains Revealed But Not Explained

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:58
Star Wars

Not too long ago, some rumors regarding the basic plot of Star Wars: Episode VII were revealed, but as always, Lucasfilm, Disney and J.J. Abrams are playing coy when it comes to revealing or confirming anything about the sequel. There might have been some teasing with a robotic hand that may or may not belong to Luke Skywalker, but that's still up for debate. However, a new rumor has surfaced regarding the villains of the film, though it's not the first time rumors of the bad guys have surfaced. This time though, the information is more specific about ties to canon in the Star Wars universe, and it's kind of a game changer. ›››

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Watch: Spike Lee & Cast in 'Do the Right Thing' Short Anniversary Doc

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:12
Do the Right Thing

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing, which seems pretty appropriate considering all the craziness that's happening down in Ferguson, Missouri right now. Well, director Spike Lee decided to team up with Beats Music (the headphones company) for a 22-minute documentary short looking back at the influential, racially charged film from 1989. It's both sad and amazing that Lee's film still holds cultural relevance in 2014, but rather than getting too serious, the documentary tours the locations with Lee himself, joined by Danny Aiello, the man who played Sal, who's pizzeria is now gone in real-life too. Watch below! ›››

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Jackie Chan Already Approached for 'Expendables 4' & 'Rush Hour 4'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:07
Jackie Chan

You might remember back in 2012 that Sylvester Stallone confirmed that international action superstar Jackie Chan would have a role in The Expendables 3. However, when you look at the crowded poster and trailers, you'll notice that Chan didn't end up in the film, and there's no surprise cameo either. So what happened? Well, Stallone recently explained at a press conference the scheduling didn't work out. Stallone explained, "He's so loved in China, there's so much demand, that he literally couldn't cut those 3 days loose. We'll get him next time though, he's a good friend." And that means The Expendables 4 is in the works. ›››

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Hardy, DiCaprio & Maguire Circle Another Animal Poaching Drama

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:58
Animal Poaching

Nearly two years ago, we heard about Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy  teaming up to produce an animal trafficking drama, in the same vein as Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, that takes a dramatic from look at everything from the ground war on poachers in the African savanna to how animal material ends up in the fancy fashion houses of Paris. There's been no news since then, but now Deadline reports Mission: Impossible 5 writer Will Staples will script another untitled film set up at Warner Bros. about the same topic with Hardy, DiCaprio and Maguire still possibly taking roles in an ensemble cast. ›››

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Are These the New Stormtrooper Designs in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:34
Stormtroopers

Following a potential tease of Luke Skywalker's robotic hand in Star Wars: Episode VII and a look at Mark Hamill on the studio lot of the set of the film, we might have another look at something new from the sci-fi sequel. There's been rumors about the story circulating online, with a plot point that includes the iconic Imperial forces known as Stormtroopers, and now we may have an idea of how the army of the Empire has changed slightly over the 30 years since Return of the Jedi as an untested source has apparently gotten ahold of a couple images showcasing two of the new Stormtrooper designs from Episode VII. Look! ›››

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Take a Look at Alamo Drafthouse's Newly Renovated Austin Theater

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:00
Alamo Drafthouse

If you love movie theaters as much as we do, you're going to love this place even more than before. Tim League's Alamo Drafthouse cinemas is re-opening a flagship location in Austin, Texas, and after a year of renovation, the theater is ready to be shown off. The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (Google Maps) is re-opening to the public on Saturday, August 16th this weekend, and a batch of photos of the location has been revealed. Featuring three brand new, additional auditoriums for a total of nine screens, as well as the infamous Highball bar and karaoke lounge, this place is a movie lover's mecca and it looks brand new again. ›››

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Dwayne Johnson Still Attached to Make Two More 'Journey' Sequels

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:27
 The Mysterious Island

Over two years ago, just after Journey 2: The Mysterious Island hit theaters, Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson were set to return in a third film, with director Brad Peyton and writers Mark and Brian Gunn all back in the same capacity as well. However, it sounds like the direction of the franchise has changed a bit as New Line has just hired Chad & Cary Hayes, the writers behind The Conjuring, to script not just Journey 3, but also Journey 4, both of which Johnson is already attached to lead. As for Hutcherson, THR says the actor isn't attached yet, but as the only star of both the previous films, he's expected to return. ›››

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'The Hateful Eight' Trailer Attached to 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 17:02
The Hateful Eight

Normally news about a trailer debuting in theaters isn't something necessary to report on. But when that film is a Quentin Tarantino production that hasn't even begun shooting and almost didn't go in front of cameras because of a script leak and began the road to revival with a live-reading of the script, then that's worth reporting on. SlashFilm has noticed two intriguing bits of information that indicate the first teaser trailer for The Hateful Eight, the eight film from the director of Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds, will be attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For when the film hits theaters on August 22nd next week. ›››

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Watch: First Trailer for 'The Frame' From Writer & Director of 'Ink'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 16:58
The Frame Trailer

Now this is something very unique. Some may remember an indie sci-fi film from a few years back titled Ink, about a mysterious creature that steals children's souls featuring mesmerizing visuals. Well, the filmmaking team behind Ink, husband and wife Jamin Winans and Kiowa Winans, have returned with a new project called The Frame where they've "dug even deeper" this time. They've been quietly working on this for the last three years, and now the first trailer has debuted. It's very nicely edited, a bit trippy, captivating and still mysterious. No plot details are available yet, but you might want to give this trailer a look anyway. ›››

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Eva Green Gets Sexy in Banned 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' TV Spot

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 15:07
 A Dame to Kill For

"It's another hot night; the kind that makes people do sweaty, secret things." The sexiness of Eva Green has already resulted in one poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For that didn't get approved by the Motion Picture Association of America, and now she's apparently too hot for NBC to handle. A new TV spot has emerged online which was deemed too sexy by the network, and it seems to be because of the same kind of nudity, or maybe the quick flash of sex, that made the poster so scandalous. What else would you expect from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, especially after the red band trailer from Comic-Con? Watch! ›››

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Billy Crudup Jams to Recover in William H. Macy's 'Rudderless' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:26
Rudderless

After rocking out with Stillwater in the stellar Almost Famous, actor Billy Crudup picks up a guitar again, this time to recover from tragedy, in the indie drama Rudderless. After his son is killed in a school shooting, advertising executive Sam (Crudup) almost gives up on his life, drowning sorrow in alcohol, until he finds a box of demo tapes and lyrics from his son. What begins is a beautiful recovery by way of music, complete with a new young friend named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), who may be in need of a father figure himself. William H. Macy makes his directorial debut with the film and it looks charming as hell. Watch! ›››

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Robin Williams' Wife Susan Schneider Makes One Final Statement

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:02
Robin Williams & Susan Schneider

When the initial news of Robin Williams passing away surfaced, his wife Susan Schneider made a statement beckoning fans to remember the joy her husband brought to millions instead of focusing on the sadness. In the days since his passing, the outpouring of love for Williams has been massive, along with discussions about depression following confirmation that the comedian had hung himself, seeing no other way out. Since then, many have put out the call to anyone feeling depressed that they shouldn't be afraid to confront their feelings and seek help so we can avoid tragic situations. Schneider has done the same with a new statement, along with another heartbreaking revelation about Williams' health we didn't know about. ›››

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Watch: Quick New Trailer for Austrailian Horror Indie 'The Babadook'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:38
The Babadook

"You can't get rid of The Babadook." After premiering at the Sundance Film Film Festival at the beginning of the year, the Australian horror flick The Babadook has made rounds to a bunch of other festivals, has already hit the big screen down under, and is poised to hit theaters in the United Kingdom on October 24th. Sadly, there's still no word on a release in the United States, but at least we get another glimpse of the film by way of a quick new trailer, showcasing the horror film that looks creepy in all the right ways. Could The Babadook become one of those terrors we all come to fear in the future, like Freddy Krueger? Watch! ›››

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Legendary & Warner Bros. Slate 'Godzilla 2' for June 2018 Release

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:50
Godzilla

Briefly: Following a tease of Godzilla 2 at Comic-Con, revealing that Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah will all pop up in the sequel to this year's blockbuster monster remake, Legendary & Warner Bros. have finally pegged a release date for the return of The King of Monsters. Godzilla 2 will hit theaters on June 8th, 2018, meaning that director Gareth Edwards will be moving straight from his Star Wars spin-off, slated to arrive on December 16th, 2016, back to the franchise reboot he helped kickstart. It's going to be quite the whirlwind of work for Edwards over the next four years, and we hope Edwards can handle the pressure. ›››

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International 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' Trailer Has Two Sides

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:37
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Last week news revealed the initial release of the combined romance The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby hitting theaters on September 12th would be followed by the split films The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Him/Her on October 10th. Now an international trailer shows off the two-sided story. This is the first time we've seen the two films presented in this way, each telling a different side of the story of a once thriving romance, now crumbling, from the perspective of James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. The trailer shows clips from the films side-by-side, and this is becoming a must-see. Watch now! ›››

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Simon Cowell is Producing an Animated Feature Film for 'Betty Boop'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:03
Betty Boop

The classic cartoon Popeye is getting the big screen animated feature film treatment with Sony Pictures bringing the sailorman to theaters sometime in 2016, but it looks like he's not the only retro cartoon character getting a movie deal. Simon Cowell and his Syco Entertainment have announced a team-up with animation house Animal Logic Entertainment to bring Betty Boop, the first animated female star who debuted all the way back in 1930, appearing in over 100 cartoons, many of them her own animated shorts on the big screen, not to mention popping up in the live-action/animated hybrid Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. ›››

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James Franco's 'The Interview' Character Gets an MTV VMA Special

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:58
The Interview

Hot on the heels of a release date push to Christmas Day and news of digital alterations being made to avoid riling up North Korea anymore than they already are, The Interview isn't slowing down their marketing brigade. In fact, it gets a big push in the youth market this weekend as James Franco will appear in character as entertainment tabloid TV host Dave Skylark with a half-hour special on Sunday, August 17th at 9/8c on MTV, interviewing music superstars like Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Jason Derulo before the VMAs. Franco's character seems to be a dimwit, but surely he'll be kept in line by his show's producer Aaron Rapoport, played by Seth Rogen, who will also be appearing in the special. Watch a tease below! ›››

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