May 24, 2013
The new adaptation of Stephen King's novel Carrie is still months away, but MGM and Screen Gems just want to make sure you don't forget about it. Taking a cue from the Internet meme that arose from a World War II-era British public safety poster, a new motion posters simply says "Keep Calm and Carrie On." If you're still confused about the creative inspiration behind this poster, you can read about it right here, but otherwise, it's a cool little promotional piece with some intense footage featuring Chloe Moretz, fire and blood. You might see this on some screens in your more upscale movie theaters. Check out the poster below!
May 23, 2013
One more superhero couldn't hurt. Though it seemed like the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past was all filled up, director Bryan Singer just revealed one last addition. Through Twitter, Singer announced that "American Horror Story" regular and Kick-Ass co-star Evan Peters is playing Quicksilver, a character with superhuman speed who happens to be the son of Magneto and the twin brother of Scarlet Witch. What makes this news truly interesting is that Joss Whedon has actually confirmed that both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would appear in The Avengers 2 as well. So what does that mean for Marvel and Fox?
May 19, 2013
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're taking a look at "a film that utilizes and celebrates practical creature effects" called Harbinger Down. This project comes from the folks at Amalgamated Dynamics and promises a tense, claustrophobic thriller in the vein of Alien and The Thing. The best part? They'll only use practical animatronic and makeup effects to create the film's creatures. Take a look at their pitch video below, leave us a comment, and donate if you can. Watch this!
May 10, 2013
Shane Black's Iron Man 3 pays homage to the grittier Iron Man found in comic books by forcing him to use all of his talents in order to save the day. Instead of solely relying on pure power and awesomeness, Black's Iron Man focuses on a multi-dimensional Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) inside the suit — one who can draw on his mechanical genius, super-powered technology, and detective skills to defeat the enemy. But the film plagues him with several human problems such as regret, anxiety, and relationship issues. These help the film present the fullest Iron Man yet - which couldn't make this Marvel nut any happier. More below!
May 10, 2013
We already know director Antoine Fuqua is reteaming with his Training Day star Denzel Washington for The Equalizer, an adaptation of the 80s television show of the same name, featuring a solitary former special ops member who helps people in need. Now the film has just acquired a fantastic female lead in the form of Chloe Moretz. Deadline says a reading between Washington and the Kick-Ass and Let Me In star yielded some impressive results, so much that she's playing a prostitute that was written for someone about 20-years-old. Moretz just turned 16 this past February, but on the big screen, she's very mature for her age.
May 2, 2013
Tonight, movie fans around the United States everywhere are lining up for midnight showings of Marvel's Iron Man 3. It's the evening of May 2nd and the 2013 summer movie season is about to begin. Marvel jumped on this slot to follow-up The Avengers with another summer opening to pave the way. While there's always a particularly palpable sense of excitement at the beginning of a summer, after six years of writing about these openings (and many more years of living them), I've learned to never trust the early buzz. By the end, when we look back in August, everything is in a different place - big hits, big failures, lots of surprises inbetween. But it's time to finally get things underway, and this summer looks like it has a strong line-up.
May 1, 2013
Just a little while ago, Kick-Ass 2 and The Call star Morris Chestnut was a little vocal on Twitter and Facebook with implications that he might be up for the lead role in Marvel's potential adaptation of Black Panther. There were rumblings last summer that the adaptation of the comic might be coming sooner than later, but there have been no solid developments on that front yet, so Chestnut's now-deleted comments seemed interesting but uncertain. Now another name has been mentioned for the same role as Latino Review has heard that 42 star Chadwick Boseman is at the top of a short list to take the part. Read on!
April 29, 2013
Just over a month ago, we learned that Fox had picked up the rights to Mark Millar's comic book Secret Service for Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) to direct after departing the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now it sounds like the project is making progress towards production as Latino Review has learned that Colin Firth will make a surprising foray into the action genre for the film which follows a veteran secret service agent training his punk nephew for the same job in the midst of celebrity kidnappings, the murder of an entire town and some sort of government secret involving Mount Everest. More below!
April 25, 2013
Next week, the beginning of blockbuster summer officially kicks off with Iron Man 3, and then it's a non-stop gauntlet of action, mayhem, chaos, explosions, chases, monsters and Minions until the end of August. This is actually a pretty hefty summer with movies like Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, Pacific Rim, World War Z, Man of Steel, White House Down, After Earth and many more seeing release. It's hard to keep track and see trailers for all the films, but thankfully, the folks at Movies.com have created the ultimate blockbuster trailer for many of the big summer 2013 releases. Watch!
April 24, 2013
After seeing the most recent full trailer for the remake of Carrie starring Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz, the marketing behind this film is really relying on the iconic moment that even audiences who haven't seen the original Brian De Palma film or read the Stephen King novel seem to know about. Though the pinnacle of the film is the prom embarrassment of pig's blood and the freak out that ensues, those moments are front and center in the marketing, and in this new poster. The only real draw seems to be the more loyal portrayal of the book, the performances and the heightened intensity of Carrie's telekinesis, but will that be enough?
April 18, 2013
If you've seen the 1969 version of True Grit, you're probably familiar with how annoying actress Kim Darby was in the role of the young Mattie Ross. And if you've seen the Coen Brothers' 2010 remake of the film, you're probably familiar with how spectacularly awesome Hailee Steinfeld was in the same role. Steinfeld earned her first Oscar nomination for that part and even though we haven't seen much of her on the big screen since, she's been busy working on Ender's Game, Romeo & Juliet, and Three Days to Kill. Now Deadline reports she's signed to lead Barely Lethal, a new indie from Fanboys director Kyle Newman.
April 12, 2013
There's a good chance you might have forgotten that a film called R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges was on the way, but the film still seems to be slated for release this summer. The first trailer should be arriving anytime now, but in the meantime, we have the first look photo from the film featuring Reynolds and Bridges with their cool guns drawn, not to mention a kick-ass mustache for The Dude himself.. For those who aren't aware, the film follows a recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers from the Rest in Peace Department and attempts to find the man who murdered him. Look below!
April 11, 2013
After having Taiwanese director Justin Lin take on the last four films in the Fast & Furious franchise, including this summer's Fast & Furious 6, Universal is looking to Malaysia for their next director. Deadline has word that Insidious and Saw director James Wan is currently in negotiations to take on the sequel Fast & Furious 7, which Lin recently decided that he was not going to direct, mostly because it was being fast-tracked so quickly. This comes after the studio talked to directors Baltazar Kormakur (of the upcoming 2 Guns), Jeff Wadlow (of this summer's Kick-Ass 2) and Karate Kid remake helmer Harold Zwart. Read on!
April 4, 2013
Last fall, the first trailer for Kimberly Peirce's new adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror tale Carrie showed us the fiery aftermath of the telekinetic destruction caused by the titular character. Now Chloe Grace Moretz is back in a trailer that finally begins to paint a fuller picture of the remake other than the iconic bloody imagery we're used to seeing. Remember, the film was pushed back from its original March release date to a more appropriate October release, and maybe even awards contention for Moretz and Julianne Moore. This looks like an interesting approach, with the heightened telekinetic powers, but I'm not sold just yet. Plus the trailer kind of plays the whole movie out in an abridged form anyway. Watch!