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Most people know Jon Stewart as the host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, but last year the comedian took a break from his late night duties to direct a feature film called Rosewater. The film is a passion project for Stewart after he learned Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was wrongly imprisoned and tortured in Iran while covering the country's elections due to a misunderstood joke during an interview on "The Daily Show" that said he was a spy. Our own Alex Billington caught the film at Telluride and seemed to respect it for the message, but said it has some issues coming from a first-time filmmaker. Now you can judge for yourself and also see the film with a live Q&A afterwards. More below!
There's been endless celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters this year with LEGO sets and Krispy Kreme doughnuts, but next year, another 80s favorite will be celebrating 30 years as well. Next year, Back to the Future will be 30 years old, and while we haven't heard about any special plans Universal Pictures may have to celebrate, there will be one cool event that fans can try to take advantage of in 2015. Variety reports Back to the Future will get special screenings around the world with a live orchestra utilized to play Alan Silvestri's signature score, just like the Star Trek reboot did this year. More below!
"I made a promise, Mr Frodo. A promise." Yes! Lord of the Rings fans in the New York area, your time has come. The world famous Lincoln Center is finally putting on a performance of Lord of the Rings Live in Concert, featuring an orchestra with over 250 musicians. Not just that, but they're actually playing the entire trilogy of Lord of the Rings movies as Live in Concert, in mid-April of 2015. This series has already played at other venues around the world, most recently in Europe with composer Howard Shore himself. The Lincoln Center's presentation will be conducted by Ludwig Wicki with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of Lucerne, Switzerland. Tickets are on sale now - hurry up and book before it sells out.
Step aside Comic-Con, it's time for MondoCon! Coinciding with the Alamo Drafthouse's annual film festival FantasticFest this year is MondoCon, a brand new convention created by Mondo, the guys behind all those gorgeous artistic posters (and vinyl) we've been throwing our money at for the past few years. This Con will bring "together unique guests from a variety of areas to celebrate film, music, art, and toys with the world’s finest artists, designers, toy creators as well as filmmakers, composers and more." There are screenings, exclusive collectibles, panels with artists and lots to spend money on. Impressive line-up for their first year.
It's that time of year again already. The San Diego Comic-Con, taking place during its usual final week of July this summer, is right around the corner and that means they're ready to reveal the programming line-up. The full list was announced on their website day-by-day and is now available in full. You can read through the schedule right here. I've highlighted a few of the panels that are related to movies that we're planning to cover here on FS.net, and you'll find an abridged list of only specific film-related panels below. There are a solid amount of fascinating movie panels this year, from Marvel to Phil Tippett to The Boxtrolls.
The great Hans is launching a concert series. A press release has officially announced that "Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning" composer Hans Zimmer will kick off a concert series called Hans Zimmer Revealed in London this October, for two nights at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo. Its a new trend to see more and more composers play concert series, with the likes of Clint Mansell, John Williams and Michael Giacchino performing sold out shows already. Next up is the one-and-only German composer Hans Zimmer, coming off of Winter's Tale and Amazing Spider-Man 2, not to mention Interstellar up next.
In today's modern digital times, Kickstarter has cemented itself as the predominant funding platform for people looking for money to develop projects. Thankfully this has been an immense help in the indie movie community, providing a successful avenue for developing and finishing cinematic projects that often involve a large amount of money. Kickstarter will once again host their own fourth annual Kickstarter Film Fest, a one day event showcasing "our favorite films, shorts, webseries, animations, documentaries and more — all funded on Kickstarter." The festival will occur in New York (Brooklyn) this summer, before heading to Los Angeles and eventually London. I'm planning to stop by this July out in Brooklyn; it all sounds like fun.
It was a humid, mid-80 degree night in Burnet, Texas this past Saturday. Crickets and mosquitos were out in full force as were the fair vendors who were set up in the small town's square. But they weren't alone this evening. The Alamo Drafthouse's inflatable, Rolling Roadshow was erected. The movie screening was Snowpiercer, South Korean director Bong Joon Ho's American debut, and the few hundred film lovers who spilled out of the steam train that pulled into the town from Austin were in for more than an exciting two hours of escapism. Like past Rolling Roadshows, the fine people at Drafthouse had an entire evening planned out: the train ride itself, the film, plenty of food and drink, a Q&A with the film's director, and even a surprise and unplanned intro. In a nutshell, it was like all Rolling Roadshow events, an absolute blast.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Tonight we hosted a special screening of Mike Cahill's new film I Origins at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City, partnered with Disqus and presented thanks to Fox Searchlight. Following completion of the screening, we're opening up discussion regarding the events that unfold in it, and general thoughts on the film. I Origins stars Michael Pitt, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey & Brit Marling in a story that could fundamentally change society as we know it. Is it really that powerful? Now that you've seen it, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Mike Cahill's I Origins.
"Maybe the eye really is some kind of window to the soul." We're excited to announce that FirstShowing is partnering with Disqus to host a special screening this week of Mike Cahill's new sci-fi, I Origins, on Thursday, June 26th, in New York City. The film first premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read my review) and will arrive in theaters starting this July, but we're happy to offer the opportunity to come check out this film a bit early. This thought-provoking, riveting thriller is best experienced without knowing anything about it. "What if I bring you something that will take your breath away?" It's free, you'll get free popcorn, and you can be a part of an engaging and exciting movie night highlighting a fantastic new indie.
We're usually not one to cover the various live-reading events that happen primarily in Los Angeles unless relevant to recent films like Anchorman or Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (which is now headed to production this fall). However, a new live-read series from The Black List was just too cool to pass up, mostly because of the cool poster created for the event that will feature a live reading of Stephany Folsom’s 2013 Black List selected script 1969: A Space Odyssey, Or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon. And they've announced part of the cast for the event too. Look now!
As we learned last fall, the surviving members of the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python were reuniting for a series of live shows at London's O2 Arena in July. However, for those who don't live across the pond or couldn't get tickets, you should have no problem seeing this anticipated reunion of some of the greatest minds in comedy history. Picturehouse Entertainment has announced (via Deadline) that they will broadcast the "final reunion, sort of" on July 20th to movie theaters in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia and Sweden. That's only one show out of the 10 performances, but that should be enough.
Briefly: This month we learned that Quentin Tarantino would give a small audience the chance to see his delayed western The Hateful Eight come to life in the form of a live-reading of the script at at LACMA on April 24th. Tarantino was also said to be directing and picking the cast for this special event that will not be recorded or broadcast to the public, and Deadline has confirmed (complete with a tweet from Film Independent) that Samuel L. Jackson will yet again collaborate with his Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained director for some sort of role in the reading. We're not sure who else might pop up, but stay tuned for more. Reporting on this event is about as close as we'll get to being in attendance, so stay tuned.
If you were bummed when writer/director Quentin Tarantino decided to delay his developing western The Hateful Eight after his script leaked, we have some good news (at least if you live in the Los Angeles area or have the means to get over there). Film Independent has announced that Tarantino will cast and direct a live reading of his original screenplay for one night only at LACMA on April 24th. With that comes some info saying script follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.