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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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Warner Bros. Wants Christopher Nolan to Direct 'Ready Player One'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:18
Ready Player One

Now that Interstellar is in theaters, we should probably start thinking about what director Christopher Nolan will do next. Warner Bros. Pictures is already ahead of us on that front as Tracking Board reports the studio has an offer out to Nolan to direct the sci-fi adventure adaptation Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline's novel of the same name. Now an offer doesn't mean that he's in talks, but that studio clearly wants Nolan to bring his talents to this awesome story about a teenage boy on an elaborate treasure hunt to win the fortune left behind in the will of the creator of his favorite virtual reality game, Oasis. More below! ›››

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Michelle MacLaren's 'Wonder Woman' Movie Picks Up 'Pan' Scribe

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:03
Wonder Woman

After a whole slew of Marvel news yesterday arriving with Benedict Cumberbatch officially announced as Doctor Strange, and confirmation that Ryan Reynolds would play Deadpool in 20th Century Fox's adaptation of the meta anti-hero comic book, it's time for the DC Comics side of things to get an update. THR reports that the developing Wonder Woman movie has landed a writer. Jason Fuchs, the man behind Joe Wright's fantasy adaptation Pan (watch the first trailer with Hugh Jackman right here), has entered talks to script the movie set up at Warner Bros. Pictures and slated for release on July 17th, 2017. ›››

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Now Disney is Developing Their Own New 'Robin Hood' Adaptation

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:51
Robin Hood

Disney is already competing with Warner Bros. since the studios both have their own adaptations of The Jungle Book heading to theaters, and now the studio will go head-to-head with Sony Pictures with another classic property. Deadline reports Disney is developing their own new adaptation of the classic hero Robin Hood with a spec script called Nottingham & Hood from first-time writer Brandon Barker. The project is described as a Pirates of the Caribbean style approach to the story (because of course it is) of the Sherwood Forest hero who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. I suppose that could be pretty fun. ›››

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'Earth to Echo' Director Boarding 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 19:55
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Shortly after the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit theaters, Paramount Pictures announced that they were putting together a sequel and it was being fast-tracked for release on June 3rd, 2016. Now Variety reports the film's director Jonathan Liebesman will not be back to direct, and the studio is now in talks with David Green, who directed this year's family friendly sci-fi adventure Earth to Echo, to be at the helm of the sequel. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol writing duo Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are back for scripting duties, and hopefully they do a better job on the story this time. More below! ›››

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Marvel Officially Names Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Doctor Strange'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 18:03
Doctor Strange / Benedict Cumberbatch

After reentering negotiations to take the lead role in Marvel's Phase Three film Doctor Strange, the comic book studio has officially announced that "Sherlock" star and Star Trek Into Darkness villain Benedict Cumberbatch has been given the part in the film from Deliver Us from Evil director Scott Derrickson. The British actor will play neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. This news combined with the substantial awards buzz for Cumberbatch's performance in The Imitation Game makes 2014 one hell of a year for the actor, and it's only going to get better since Doctor Strange will be a big part of Marvel's next phase, including The Avengers. ›››

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Will New 'Planet of the Apes' Franchise Reach the 1968 Original?

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:51
Planet of the Apes

Many were skeptical when Rise of the Planet of the Apes was announced as the first installment of a hopeful prequel franchise to precede the 1968 classic film and the sequels that followed. Thankfully, Rupert Wyatt delivered a solid start to the film, heightened by incredible special effects and motion capture performances by Andy Serkis and others under his tutelage. It's only gotten better with this year's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from director Matt Reeves, who will be back for the next chapter of the film franchise, and now some are wondering if their story arc plans will reach a point where they meet the timeline of the original Planet of the Apes, and is there any chance that he would remake the iconic film? ›››

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Ryan Reynolds Closing Deal to Get Deadly & Mouthy as 'Deadpool'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 16:28
Deadpool

Back in September, some good news came from 20th Century Fox as the studio had finally decided to give Deadpool the feature film spin-off fans have been clamoring for ever since the character was disgraced with his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The casting was perfect with Ryan Reynolds in the role of Wade Wilson, but then the film went and sewed his mouth shut, literally. But now the Merc with a Mouth will be back the proper way with the film slated to hit theaters on February 12th, 2016, and Deadline has confirmed that Reynolds is closing his deal at Fox to reprise his role and give Deadpool his due diligence. ›››

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Sundance Film Festival 2015 Selections for Midnight & Spotlight

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 16:26
Sundance Film Festival 2015

Round two! Every new year brings us yet another exciting Sundance Film Festival and with only 49 more days until Sundance 2015 kicks off on January 22nd, Sundance has continued to reveal more films in their line-up, today announcing the Midnight, Spotlight and New Frontier selections (all 66 films In-Competition were announced yesterday). Among the selection are many of our favorite films already, including '71, 99 Homes, Eden, Girlhood and Ukrainian film The Tribe. We also get a good look at the unique midnight films, including Cop Car with Kevin Bacon: "two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car". Full lists below. ›››

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Chris Pratt in Talks to Join Remake of 'Magnificent Seven' at MGM

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 15:47
Chris Pratt

After becoming one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, it looks like Chris Pratt might join another ensemble of heroes as Deadline reports the breakout star is in early talks to join the remake of The Magnificent Seven set up at MGM. Last we head about the project, The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua was mulling over an offer to reteam with Denzel Washington on the project, and it appears as if those two talents are still involved. The original 160 film from John Sturges was a western, and this new version seems to keep that mostly in line as the story takes place after the Civil War, near the tale end of the Wild West era. Read on! ›››

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Declassified: Who or What is SPECTRE? Details For the Latest Mission

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 15:06
SPECTRE

Your mission, Agent 007, is to find and eliminate the leader of SPECTRE. Who is the leader? None other than Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the mastermind behind many of the world domination evil plans that James Bond has foiled over the years. Earlier today it was officially announced that the title of the upcoming 24th Bond movie will be Spectre, hinting at the return of Blofeld (likely being played by Christoph Waltz even though they're not announcing anything about his character other than the name "Oberhauser") and the evil organization. Bond fans have been patiently awaiting the return of SPECTRE and Blofeld in this newest iteration, and it sounds like they're going all out if the name of the entire movie is the same as organization. ›››

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Vampires Quarrell in US Trailer for 'What We Do in the Shadows'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:47
What We Do in the Shadows

"When you get four vampires in a flat, obviously there's going to be a lot of tension." In what looks like MTV's "Cribs" meets Monty Python with a cast of vampires, the first American trailer for the New Zealand comedy What We Do in the Shadows has arrived, and it looks positively hilarious. The mockumentary comedy follows four centuries old vampires living in the same house and all the tensions and problems that arise from these eternal bloodsuckers living together. It's dry, but absolutely funny. Not a fan of the music used for the trailer, since it makes it feel really cheap, but this movie looks so damn funny. Watch below! ›››

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Watch: Everything & Nothing Changes in 'Terminator: Genisys' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 13:50
 Genisys

"If we die tonight, mankind dies with us." The first trailer for the franchise reboot Terminator: Genisys has arrived, and while the reboot says the rules have changed and a younger version of the badass Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) says everything has changed, not much has really changed at all. She says the timeline that future John Connor (Jason Clarke) sent Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) to no longer exists, and that's because an older Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been raising Sarah, and dispatched with the younger Terminator from 1984. And yet we still get the "Come with me if you want to live" and "I'll be back" lines. Oh, and there's a new T-1000 (Byung-hun Lee). Yeah, it's a clusterfuck and a half. Enjoy! ›››

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Natalie Portman's 'Jane Got a Gun' Has Been Pushed Back Yet Again

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 13:03
Natalie Portman

The trouble for Relativity and The The Weinstein Company's indie western Jane Got a Gun doesn't seem to end. Director Lynne Ramsay left the film just before production started and actors like Michael Fassbender and Jude Law went with her. Now the film is directed by Warrior helmer Gavin O'Connor and stars Joel Edgerton, Natalie Portman (who is also producing), Ewan McGregor and more, but the film's release has been pushed back again. Initially set for release this past August, the film was delayed to February 20th, 2015, but Variety reports it's been pushed back six more months to September 4th, 2015. ›››

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Watch: Little White Lies Showcases Their 25 Favorite Films of 2014

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:10
Top 25 Films of 2014

Now that we're in the last month of the year, retrospective looks back at the films of 2014 are starting to slowly emerge. We just featured The 2014 Movie Trailer Mash-Up, and Edgar Wright has chimed in with his Top 10 Films of 2014. Now Little White Lies' editor David Ehrlich has chimed in with his Top 25 Films of 2014, but he's gone out of his way to make it even more special by creating a pretty fantastic video going through the films that impressed him the most. There's a lot of love for indies like Under the Skin and The Double, but some higher profile films make the cut too. But what's at #1? You'll have to watch and see! ›››

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Ice Cube Teams with 'Due Date' Writers for 'Rocky Mountain High'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:42
Ice Cube

What's that? A comedy with the word "high" in the title that stars Ice Cube? I don't believe it. Deadline reports the supporting star of the 21 Jump Street franchise is teaming up with Due Date writing duo Alan Cohen & Alan Freedland for Rocky Mountain High, a new project set up at Universal Pictures. The studio picked up the project based on a five-page pitch that Ice Cube worked on himself with Jeff Kwatizetz. The rapper will star in the film, but unfortunately plot details haven't been revealed, so we don't exactly know what to expect. But if you know Ice Cube, that title probably gives us a pretty good idea. Read on! ›››

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Matthew Vaughn Picks Up 'Ghostgirl' Young Adult Novels to Adapt

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:16
Ghostgirl

With his comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service poised to hit theaters early next year, director Matthew Vaughn already has his eyes set on another property to bring to the big screen. The Wrap reports Vaughn's MARV Films banner has picked up the rights to Ghostgirl, a series of young adult novels written by Tonya Hurley, an indie filmmaker. The story follows Charlotte User, an invisible loser, who dies just before enacting a plan to catch the cutest guy in school and achieve popularity. But her death (by gummy bear) won't stop her from trying to to go to the Fall Ball with Damen and get a midnight kiss. ›››

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Ben Stiller & Naomi Watts in Baumbach's 'While We're Young' Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:43
While We're Young

"It's like their apartment is full of everything we once threw out..." After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in the fall, Noah Baumbach's latest film While We're Young will hit theaters next spring, and the first trailer has just arrived. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a couple looking to rejuvenate their lives by hanging out with an exciting, young couple (Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver). Sometimes the comedy in this first trailer borders on sitcom-level scenarios (see Watts in a hip-hop dance aerobics class), but Baumbach's style and writing adds charm to the proceedings. Watch! ›››

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'Bond 24' is Officially Titled 'SPECTRE', Co-Starring Christoph Waltz

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:18
Spectre

It's official! The James Bond series continues on by re-introducing the evil organization known as SPECTRE in the next installment titled "Spectre". On Thursday morning at an event held at Pinewood Studios, Eon Productions officially announced the titled of Bond 24 as well as the starring cast of the 24th Bond movie, including Daniel Craig returning as James Bond, 007, along with Christoph Waltz as a villain named "Oberhauser". The title, simply Spectre, alludes to the return of legendary villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who has appeared in a number of classic Bond films as the white-cat-stroking bald villain. No confirmation of the name "Blofeld" yet, but all signs seem to indicate it will indeed be the long-awaited return of the character. ›››

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