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Gus Van Sant Rumored to Take Over for Shane Black on 'Death Note'

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:44
Death Note

It's been over three years since Iron Man 3 director Shane Black was attached to direct an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga Death Note. But that was before he knocked the Marvel sequel out of the park, and picked up a slew of new projects after the film became a huge success. Now it seems Warner Bros. is trying to line up a new filmmaker behind the camera as The Tracking Board has learned that Gus Van Sant is in talks to hop in the director's chair. This should be considered rumor for now, especially after the source's mishandling of the news about Tina Fey not doing a sequel to Hocus Pocus, and it does sound odd. ›››

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Young Turtles Train in New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' TV Spot

FirstShowing.net - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:25
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

"We were created as weapons. And we knew the world would never except us. But one day it would need us." Following the dubstep fueled theatrical trailer, a new TV spot for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has emerged, and it shows off some cool new footage. It begins with just a brief bit of backstory, with Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo, explaining what they were created for. And during the voiceover, we get to see a tiny turtle crack a big glass window, and then an adolescent turtles training with Splinter. And then the action kicks in with new shots of Shredder and the turtles working together. Looks pretty cool. Watch now! ›››

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Watch: 'Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary Re-Release Gets a Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:57
Ghostbusters

"Holdin'! Smokin'! Ready! Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown." The 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters has been a hot topic all year, and it's getting ready to culminate in the theatrical re-release of the film just in time for Labor Day. And to hype up the limited engagement, Sony Pictures has released a trailer for the return of Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Dan Ayrkoyd), Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) to the big screen. We just wish this trailer was better. Why not just edit it as if it was a movie no one had seen before? ›››

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Rachel Weisz FInds 'Light Between Oceans' with Michael Fassbender

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:43
The Light Between Oceans

Earlier this year, we learned that Michael Fassbender was going to team with Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Dianfrance for The Light Between Oceans, an adaptation of M.L. Stedman's novel of the same name set up at DreamWorks. The story follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife in Western Australia after World War I when they find a dead body in a rowboat along with a 2-month old baby girl. While the husband wants to report the deceased and the baby, his wife decides it's a gift from God. And now THR reports Rachel Weisz is being lined up to take the role of Fassbender's wife. More below! ›››

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Someone is Watching Ryan Reynolds in US Trailer for 'The Captive'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:47
The Captive

Back when the film premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, we got a teaser trailer for The Captive starring Ryan Reynolds. Now that the film is poised for a release in the United States this fall, a new theatrical trailer for Atom Egoyan's film has arrived, showing off more of the mystery thriller. The story, which also stars Rosario Dawson and Mireille Enos, centers around the disappearance of young girl, and the plot thickens when clues begin to surface that she's alive eight years later. The film didn't really get that warm of a reception at Cannes back in May, and the trailer is edited in a rather peculiar way. Watch? ›››

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CBS Films Picks Up Pathé's 'Pride' for Release in US This September

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 15:35
Pride

Briefly: Recently we featured the trailer for the British drama Pride following the true story of gay and lesbian activists who threw their support behind the families of striking miners in the United Kingdom in 1984. At the time, the film hadn't been slated for a release in the United States, but CBS FIlms has just announced acquisition of the Pathé, and they'll release the film on September 19th this fall. The film features Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Imelda Staunton (Maleficent), Dominic West (The Hour), Paddy Considine (Submarine) and more. It certainly looks like a timely and charming tale. ›››

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'Fast & Furious 7' Wraps Production with Heartfelt Message to Fans

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 14:46
Fast & Furious 7

Following a tragic death, an extended hiatus and production schedule and a delayed release, Universal has announced the completion of production on Fast & Furious 7. And with that, they wanted to thank all of the fans who have show their support for the franchise in the wake of the shocking death of star Paul Walker. It's a heartfelt message to the fans who were so shaken by the sad news last fall. And along with the message comes a photo from the set showing a somber, reflective Vin Diesel. Could this be a shot from the film? He does seem to be in full wardrobe as Dom, so it's a possibility. Either way, it's sad but sweet. Look! ›››

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Final Shot of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Directed Over Skype

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:03
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The special effects in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are simply mind-blowing. It's truly incredible that we've reached this level of technology in filmmaking to be able to create a film where half the characters are motion-capture performance fueled, digitally created apes who give performances that are no less genuine and powerful than their human counterparts. But there's one other surprising way that technology helped complete the sci-fi sequel, and it's truly a one of a kind element that put director Matt Reeves in a rather interesting situation for the director. Would you believe the final shot of the film was directed over Skype? ›››

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Watch: Reese Witherspoon in First Trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée's 'Wild'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:45
Wild Trailer

Happy Trails. Fox Searchlight has debuted a lovely trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild, a drama adapted from Cheryl Strayed's book of the same name, starring Reese Witherspoon as a woman who takes a 1,100-mile solo hike as a way to recover from a loss and rekindle her own life. I had a feeling this might be kind of like Reese Witherspoon's 127 Hours, an adventure about one woman who endures the challenges of mother nature, and learns lots of life lessons along the way. This has somewhat of that feel, but goes to a few different places, thanks to tender filmmaking from Jean-Marc Vallée, who last made Dallas Buyers Club. ›››

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Penelope Cruz Joining Sacha Baron Cohen for 'Grimsby' Comedy

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:31
Grimsby

Sacha Baron Cohen already has his gorgeous wife Isla Fisher on board his spy comedy Grimsby at Sony Pictures, but another lovely lately has just entered the mix as well. THR has word that Penelope Cruz is in final talks to join the film about a soccer hooligan (Cohen) forced to team up with his a British black ops agent brother (Mark Strong). It's interesting that Cruz is taking a role in this kind of spy comedy since the actress has been rumored a couple times for a role in the James Bond franchise as one of the signature vixens. But in this film, she'll be playing a philanthropic corporate leader who might be keeping a secret. ›››

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'Lucy' Featurette with Scarlett Johansson on International Locations

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:45
Lucy

"Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?" We're getting closer to the release of Luc Besson's seemingly fun action thriller Lucy, starring Scarlett Joahnsson as a woman who unlocks her minds full potential after a drug concealed in her body begins to change her into a lethal weapon with unfathomable abilities. Now a new featurette has popped up, focusing the film's shooting in Taipei, complete with some cool new footage of Johansson using her quickly expanding mind powers. This looks like it's going to be full of great action, and could be another great piece of sci-fi from Besson. Watch below! ›››

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Elle Fanning to Star in Neil Gaiman's 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:51
How to Talk to Girls at Parties / Elle Fanning

This summer, Elle Fanning was part of Disney's box office winning revisionist fairytale Maleficent, but now she's heading into much more enticing territory. THR reports the star of Super 8 will lead How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an adaptation of a 2006 short story by Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book, Coraline and The Sandman. The story takes place in 1970s London and follows two boys heading to a party where one has no trouble hitting it off with a girl immediately, while the other shy one doesn't have the easiest time striking up a conversation. So what will Fanning's part be in the film then? More below! ›››

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Rumor: Chris Columbus to Produce New 'Gremlins' and 'Goonies'

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:13
Chris Columbus

Though filmmaker Chris Columbus may not be at the top of his game right now (hopefully his big screen version of Pixels will change that), back in the day, Columbus was responsible for some of the most revered movies of the 80s. The Home Alone director wrote the script for the original Gremlins back in 1984, and also the script for The Goonies back in 1985. Now if a rumor from The Tracking Board is to be believed, Columbus will go back to his roots by producing the new versions of both those films, which are each in some stage of development. While one is a sequel, the other will be a reboot. But which is which? Read on! ›››

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Watch: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' World War II Drama Full Trailer

FirstShowing.net - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:11
Unbroken

Sadly, Louis Zamperini, the real-life subject of Angelina Jolie's sophomore directing effort Unbroken, based on Laura Hillenbrand's novel of the same name, recently passed way. But he will be honored this Christmas with the release of the film following his incredible survival on a life raft for 47 days after a plane crash left him stranded in the middle of World War II, and then captured by the Japanese Navy. We saw the first promo for this film back during the winter Olympics, and it seems Universal has a big Oscar contender on their hands by the looks of this trailer, and star Jack O'Connell is going to be a hot commodity. Watch! ›››

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Watch: Ellar Coltrane Grows Up Over 12 Years in 'Boyhood' TV Spot

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:32
Boyhood TV Spot

It's finally time for Richard Linklater's incredible coming-of-age masterpiece Boyhood to hit theaters this weekend. We've been ranting and raving about the film since it premiered at Sundance this year, and the project that's been 12 years in the making is finally coming your way. Unfortunately, it might take awhile to hit a theater in your area, but you can check out the entire timeline for expansion into theaters around the country right here. In the meantime, check out this awesome new TV spot for the film, which begins with a series of photos showing star Ellar Coltrane aging over 12 years of production on this special film. Watch! ›››

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Alec Baldwin in 'Mission: Impossible 5' & Will Smith Football Drama

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:44
Alec Baldwin

The best thing Alec Baldwin has done in the past decade (besides The Departed) is undoubtedly his Emmy winning role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy series "30 Rock" where he played the NBC and General Electric executive with unwavering confidence, swagger and hilarity. Now Deadline reports the actor is getting ready to take another pivotal superior role as Parmount is lining up Baldwin to play the head of the CIA in Mission: Impossible 5. There's a part of us that wishes he was simply playing Jack Donaghy in the film, but that probably isn't in the cards. Though it likely means that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) will either clash or work with the CIA again in some capacity. And that's not the only role the actor has lined up either. ›››

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Guillermo del Toro Making a Small B&W Film Before 'Pacific Rim 2'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:14
Guillermo del Toro

We know that after director Guillermo del Toro is finished with his current horror production Crimson Peak, he already has Pacific Rim 2 coming in 2017. However, the filmmaker has something brewing that he plans to do between the two studio films. Speaking with Collider, del Toro reveals that he's working on a smaller black and white film that he will be working on starting next February or March. Of course, del Toro is mum on details, but he calls the project a "very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre." He plans to be done with the film before pre-production on Pacific Rim begins in August of 2015. Read on! ›››

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Scarlett Johansson Joining Coen Brothers' Next Film 'Hail Caesar'

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:52
Scarlett Johansson

The cast of Joel & Ethan Coen's forthcoming film Hail Caesar already counts George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes as part of the cast, but it's about to get a little sweeter. Variety has word that Scarlett Johansson is currently in talks to take a role, and it's one that she may have some familiarity with in her real life. The film will see her playing an actress who suddenly becomes pregnant as one of her films is about to go into production. Johansson herself announced this past March that she was pregnant, and it sounds like she'll still be that way when the film shoots this fall. More below! ›››

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Robert Redford Gets Political Again as Dan Rather in 'Truth' Drama

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:22
Robert Redford

As a filmmaker, Robert Redford has never strayed from personal politics, whether it's his early work like All the President's Men or The Candidate or more recent films like Lions for Lambs or The Company You Keep. Now after staying quiet in last year's All is Lost, he'll be diving back into a political topics with Truth, an adaptation of Mary Mapes' memoir Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power. For those not familiar, the film will dig into the scandal that followed a controversial report by veteran CBS News anchor Dan Rather on "60 Minutes II" that former President George W. Bush received preferential treatment that placed him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. More below! ›››

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Reese Witherspoon Goes Hiking on First Poster for 'Wild' Adaptation

FirstShowing.net - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:13
Wild

Last fall, we got an early first look at Reese Witherspoon in the adaptation of Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's bestselling novel of the same name. The film hails from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, and it sounds like we might be getting a trailer soon, because the first poster has just been unveiled. It's a simple teaser that looks like it could be something akin to Cast Away or 127 Hours as Witherspoon plays a woman who decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail all by herself in an effort to leave her self-destructive life and depression behind her. It's a likely Oscar contender. Look below! ›››

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