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Aw, what a cute little cat, I hope he makes it out okay. With 2016 just around the corner, Entertainment Weekly has debuted their annual first look preview, featuring a gallery of photos from many of the highly anticipated movies coming up next year. One film I'm suddenly very excited about is titled simply Keanu. While it sounds like it could be a reference to the badass actor Keanu Reeves (I still hope it somehow is), it's actually a story about two "blerds" (black nerds) who have to infiltrate a drug cartel to rescue a stolen cat named Keanu. Comics/actors Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key star in the film, which was also written by and directed by "Key & Peele" veterans making the leap into features. See the first photo below.
"You can't be serious!" Good news, Ghibli fans! GKids has already re-released the 1991 animated film Only Yesterday at the IFC Center theater in New York City, and should be expanding it to more theaters later in February. The new re-release version of this film features the voice of Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridey, as well as Dev Patel, meaning it has been redubbed in English if you catch it in theaters in 2016. The animated film is about a 27-year-old girl who travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood growing up in Tokyo. It's one of the most beloved Ghibli films. Go see it in theaters if you can.
"I speak to thee, my heart!" Just in time to ring in the chimes at Midnight as New Years 2016 rolls in. Janus Films has debuted another slightly different trailer for Orson Welles' 1965 classic Chimes at Midnight, also known as Falstaff Chimes of Midnight. Earlier in 2015, we featured the trailer for the 50th anniversary re-release in the UK, and now we have a US version. Chimes of Midnight is really Welles adaptation of his play Five Kings which was an attempt to combine Shakespeare's works Henry IV, V, VI and Richard III into a single play, reportedly "Welles' favorite of his films." The result is a work that is heralded as a masterpiece, featuring performances by Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud and Jeanne Moreau. Chime in below.
"Uncovering Hollywood's biggest secret, will take Hollywood's biggest actors." Universal has debuted a new TV spot for the upcoming Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar!, starring George Clooney as actor Baird Whitlock. This adds to the first TV spot and first trailer for the film, setting up a plot involving Whitlock getting kidnapped. The cast includes Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and Jonah Hill. In addition to the TV spot, a new poster appeared online and although it looks official, it may just be fan-made, though we've added it below anyway since it looks so cool. I'm glad we're seeing even more marketing arriving for this film, since the release is coming up soon.
"The word geek didn't even apply to us, we were just 'idiots' that were doing this stuff." VICE recently premiered this short documentary called My Life In Monsters, profiling the legendary Phil Tippett, a special effects legend who was worked on everything from Star Wars to Jurassic Park to Starship Troopers to RoboCop and so much more. His specialty is stop-motion, inspired by the great Ray Harryhausen, and he had a hand in designing so many of the iconic moments from the original Star Wars trilogy. This is an extensive and detailed doc that covers his entire career, and is a must watch for any who loves the magic of the movies. It also nicely compliments the recent Holochess making of video for The Force Awakens. Enjoy!
In Nolan We Trust! It has been just over 24 hours since Warner Bros officially announced details about Christopher Nolan's next film, a WWII-set action-thriller titled Dunkirk, to be filmed in 65mm. The news arrived with an announcement from the Mayor of Dunkirk, France discussing a major movie production shooting there in May/June next year. Loyal Nolan fans are already so excited they've whipped up the first three fan-made posters for a project we know hardly anything about. These posters are all designed around the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, known as Operation Dynamo, referencing events and imagery from WWII. They're still very cool to see, and I love that fans are so excited by the film already that they've made this art.
2016 is going to be an interesting year for video game movies. Two of the biggest adaptations in a while are set to premiere in theaters - starting with Warcraft in the summer, and eventually Assassin's Creed in the winter. We've already seen one first look at Michael Fassbender in costume in the Assassin's Creed movie, but with filming now underway, a few more photos have appeared. The latest action set comes from Empire, showing Fassbender in his iconic assassin's cloak. "We're striving to find something special. We believe the whole concept around it is special and want to service that the best we can… We’re really trying to capitalize and feed on and enjoy the fun element. We’re working hard to make this something special." View below.
Christopher Nolan is making a WWII movie! Rumors hit over the weekend, after the Mayor of Dunkirk, France announced that a major film production was shooting in May, and now details have been confirmed. The Wrap reports that Nolan is directing a film called Dunkirk, about the WWII evacuation of Dunkirk, France in 1940 (before the US really got involved in the war). He will be filming at the exact location in France this summer, with a release set for July 2017. In addition, they're saying that actors Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance are in talks to star in the action-thriller (in unspecified roles). This is very exciting, even though I was hoping he would tell a WWII story greater in scope than just Dunkirk.
Here we go. Marvel has unveiled the first photos of actor Benedict Cumberbatch in costume as mystical superhero Doctor Strange, for the upcoming Doctor Strange movie which is currently filming in London. However, they're just getting underway and Cumberbatch is still working on the physicality of the character. He told EW: "I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically… We haven’t played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious." These images are basically early promo shots, to give us our very first look at the character as filming continues. See below.
So this is the new version Studio Ghibli. No longer producing feature films on their own, they're now an animation collaborator, working with global production companies and filmmakers to help animate their stories. While this news was first reported in April (by Screen Daily), a few weeks ago Studio Ghibli in Japan announced that they're co-producing, with French distributor Wild Bunch, an animated movie called The Red Turtle. Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit is directing, along with Japanese animation legend Isao Takahata working as Artistic Producer. Studio Ghibli will release the film in 2016 in Japan.
Joyeux Noel! Gledelig Jul! Froehliche Weihnachten! Mele Kalikimaka! From all of us at FirstShowing.net, we want to wish every one our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! Whether you're with your family or with friends or whether it's snowing or sunny, we hope you have a wonderful week. For those that follow the tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day, we hope you enjoy your selection this year with a very diverse sets of films - a space opera, animation, comedies, powerful dramas, and everything inbetween. News and trailers always slow down during the holidays, but we'll be back at it again in 2016.
"SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM!" Merry Christmas! In honor of the holiday, we're posting this fun Christmas Movie mashup made by our editor friend Sleepy Skunk. It features footage and clips and some of the best moments from all of your Christmas favorites, including It's a Wonderful Life, Polar Express, The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually, Home Alone, A Christmas Carol and a few others. There's even a few clips from Mike Dougherty's Krampus, released this year; though there isn't anything from Die Hard. What! I still count that one as a Christmas movie. Watch below, and enjoy it.