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Kickstart This: Comic Book Store Hijinks on Display in 'New Comic Day'

New Comic Day Kickstart This

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 want to turn your attention to a potential feature film called New Comic Day. We've seen tons of superhero movies over the past decade or so, but how many of them have actually taken place inside of a comic book store? These filmmakers hope to blend live action with animation to give us something unique within the genre. Take a look at their pitch video below, leave us a comment, and don't forget to donate a few bucks if you can. Do it!

 Posted April 25 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments

Schwing! Mike Myers & Dana Carvey's 'Wayne's World' Reunion Recap

Wayne's World

On Tuesday evening, The Academy hosted a 21st anniversary reunion screening of Wayne's World, the "Saturday Night Live"-inspired comedy movie from 1992, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Paramount provided a new print of the movie, and before the film there was a panel discussion that featured cast members Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Rob Lowe along with director Penelope Spheeris and producer Lorne Michaels. Hawk Koch, the current president of the Academy and also the film's executive producer, moderated the panel, and we've recapped some of the best bits from the reunion event. Party on!

 Posted April 25 in Cool Stuff, Events | Comments

Kickstart This: 'Touch the Wall' Follows Olympic Swimmers to Gold

Touch the Wall Kickstarter

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 want to turn your attention to a feature documentary called Touch the Wall. Ever wonder what it takes to win a gold medal at the Olympics? This doc follows 17-year-old Missy Franklin and her teammate Kara Lynn Joyce as they train for two years before winning multiple medals at the London Olympics last year. Take a look at their great pitch video below, leave us a comment, and don't forget to donate a few bucks if you can. Check it out!

 Posted April 19 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments

Hailee Steinfeld Set to Star in 'Fanboys' Director's Indie 'Barely Lethal'

Hailee Steinfeld

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.

 Posted April 18 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Kickstart This: Documentary Tries to Uncover Mystery of 'Zug Island'

Zug Island Kickstart This

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 want to put the spotlight on a feature documentary film project called Zug Island - The Story of the Windsor Hum, which aims to find the truth behind a strange rumbling sound emanating from a mysterious island off the coast of Michigan. The sound has had negative effects on many local residents, but nobody knows what is causing it. Take a look at the compelling pitch video below, and don't forget to donate a few bucks if you can.

 Posted April 12 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments

Warner Bros. Shutting Down New 'Tarzan' Production Offices for Now

Tarzan

Hear that? That's the sound of Tarzan bellowing his famous jungle call in frustration, because Deadline is reporting Warner Bros. has shut down the production office for the film and the studio has cancelled its plans to make the movie this year. Harry Potter helmer David Yates was all set to direct "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard and the wonderful Jessica Chastain as Tarzan and Jane in a revamped, modernized story, but apparently conflicts over the film's budget couldn't be resolved and WB wasn't going to back down, so they pulled the plug for now. But that does not mean the project is completely dead yet.

 Posted April 10 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Recap: 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' 25th Anniversary Presentation

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

"What you feel when you see a movie like this is more than appreciation – it's gratitude." This quote, from the late Roger Ebert's review, received much applause when read aloud at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Thursday, during a 25th anniversary celebration of Robert Zemeckis' classic film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A newly restored digital print was screened, then Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore moderated a panel featuring many of the cast and crew who worked on the movie: actors, associate producers, animation supervisors, screenwriters, and—of course—Robert Zemeckis himself.

 Posted April 5 in Cool Stuff, Editorial, Events | Comments

Kickstart This: Comedy Doc 'That's Not Funny' Explores Limits of Humor

That's Not Funny

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 want to shine a light on a documentary film project called That's Not Funny, which wonders "how far is too far?" when it comes to comedy. Are there limits and rules to humor that everyone must abide by? When is it OK to cross a line? These kinds of questions and many more are explored through interviews with comedians, writers, and journalists. Take a look at the pitch video below, leave us a comment, and don't forget to donate if you can.

 Posted April 5 in Docs, Indies, Kickstart This | Comments

Video Interview: Director Danny Boyle on 'Trance', His Career & More

Danny Boyle

After Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture in 2008, director Danny Boyle was able to tell the wild true story of hiker Aron Ralston in 127 Hours. Three years later he's back with a new movie, and in keeping with Boyle's career thus far, it's not quite like anything he's done before. Trance is a riveting psychological heist thriller that plays with the concepts of memory and identity while slowly revealing the larger picture of a heist gone wrong. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Boyle about the film, and we talked about his thoughts on jumping between genres, the defining factor of his work as a whole, and plenty more. Watch!

 Posted April 4 in Feat, Interview, To Watch | Comments

Video Blog Reaction to 'World War Z' Footage + Talk with Marc Forster

World War Z

Last Friday, Paramount Pictures invited me and a handful of other film journalists to their studio lot in Hollywood to see 20 minutes of footage from the upcoming zombie blockbuster World War Z. Producer and star Brad Pitt was on hand to introduce the footage, and afterwards we spoke with director Marc Forster for an additional 20 minutes to get some insight into what to expect when the movie finally hits theaters this summer on June 21st, 2013. Myself and Germain Lussier from SlashFilm recorded a video blog to capture our reactions (watch it below) and there's some interesting remarks from Forster and Pitt.

 Posted March 29 in Events, Horror, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Interview: 'Room 237' Director & Producer On the Doc + 'The Shining'

Room 237 Interview

Director Rodney Ascher's documentary Room 237 has stuck with me ever since I first saw it at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The movie is an exploration of the deeper themes and meanings found in Stanley Kubrick's classic 1980 psychological horror film The Shining as told by five different fans who have come up with some quasi-insane but often-convincing theories about what's really going on at the Overlook Hotel. (The trailer is here.) I had a chance to speak with Ascher and the film's producer Tim Kirk here in L.A., and we talked about the movie as a piece of film criticism, getting a release beyond the festival circuit, and more.

 Posted March 28 in Docs, Interview, To Watch | Comments

Kate Mara Joins Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister's Debut 'Transcendence'

Kate Mara

Though her sister Rooney has received a lot of attention lately, it looks like it's finally Kate Mara's time to shine. The up-and-coming actress, who's starred in films like We Are Marshall, Shooter, and 127 Hours, recently snagged a lead role in the excellent Netflix political drama "House of Cards" opposite Kevin Spacey, and it seems as if she's caught the eye of some powerful people in Hollywood. Deadline reports that Mara has joined the cast of sci-fi film Transcendence, the directorial debut of Chris Nolan's cinematographer Wally Pfister which has Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, and Paul Bettany set to star already. More below!

 Posted March 27 in Casting, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Kickstart This: 'Starry Eyes' is a Twisted Look at the Price of Fame

Starry Eyes

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 another horror, this one called Starry Eyes. It's a strange, dark Hollywood satire that's also an exploration of an aspiring young actress and the terrible price she pays for fame, inspired by movies like Repulsion, Carrie, The Entity and more. It features a strong female lead performance, and it looks intense as hell. Take a look at the pitch video below, leave us a comment, and don't forget to donate if you can. Check this out!

 Posted March 25 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments

Liebesman's 'Ninja Turtles' Casts Leonardo, Donatello & Michelangelo

Pete Ploszek / Jeremy Howard / Noel Fisher

Last Friday, word came out that "Smallville" star Alan Ritchson had been cast as the hot-headed Raphael in Jonathan Liebesman's upcoming Ninja Turtles reboot, joining Megan Fox as April O'Neil. Today, Deadline discovered who will be playing the remaining trio of alien heroes, and they're not any more recognizable than Ritchson: Pete Ploszek will play Leonardo, Jeremy Howard will play Donatello and Noel Fisher will take the role of Michaelangelo, and each will wear motion capture suits similar to what the James Cameron outfitted his actors with in Avatar. Find out more about this young trio below. Read on!

 Posted March 25 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

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