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To kick off the final countdown, Peter Jackson has announced a worldwide fan event for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, taking place on Monday, November 4th. The event will involve a "special live presentation" at theaters in 13 different locations around the world, including four cities in the US/Canada. Jackson explained the plans on his Facebook page: "I would like to invite you to join me and many members of the cast... we'll be appearing before live audiences in cities around the world." The Hobbit cast will be at different locations and they'll participate in a simultaneous Q&A and also "present a few special surprises."
"I thought humans were more evolved than this." Ready for the next Marvel movie? AMC is hosting their usual marathon screenings for Thor: The Dark World, this time focusing on the God of Thunder and his big screen story. At first I was going to question their use of the term "marathon" for just two movies, but AMC is sneakily tossing Joss Whedon's The Avengers into the mix, for a grand total of three movies showing back-to-back on "THORsday", November 7th, leading up to the midnight release of Thor: The Dark World. As usual, tickets are $25 and come with a movie poster and lanyard in addition to entry to all three movies.
No eulogies. Whether or not you've seen this film before, this is a must-attend event if you're in New York. We're helping promote an event at the Museum of the Moving Image, a revival screening of the western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, featuring an appearance and Q&A with director Andrew Dominik (of Chopper & Killing Them Softly, too). The event is taking place on Saturday, December 7th at 6PM, a one-time showing of the little-seen, beautifully-shot (by Roger Deakins!) story of Jesse James & Robert Ford. It's an exquisite film, one of my favorites of 2007, we're happy to support this.
Briefly: After wowing audiences at the New York Film Festival, with a performance by Tom Hanks that will likely land him a Best Actor nomination, Sony Pictures is bringing Captain Phillips to theaters a little early for one night only. This coming weekend, the drama from director Paul Greengrass will have sneak preview screenings on Saturday night, on 800 screens across the nation. Check your local theaters to see if the sneak preview will make it near you. For everyone else, the film about the Somali pirate hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama will arrive in theaters everywhere in just over a week on Friday, October 11th.
While Jason Reitman is always having live readings of various films with tons of stars in roles they've never played before, Judd Apatow and Adam McKay are rounding up the real cast of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy for a live reading of the script as a benefit for 826LA's free programs for children. Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Jack Black will all be on hand for the live reading which will be hosted by Conan O'Brien. In addition, there will be "Big Deal Musical Guests" on hand. VIP tickets are on sale, but they're pretty damn pricey. Read on!
The horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 doesn't hit theaters until Friday the 13th in September, but Film District wants to make sure you're getting excited for the next installment in the supernatural horror tale with a special double feature. The studio has just announced plans for The Ultimate Insidious Experience, which will allow fans to watch Insidious and the forthcoming sequel back-to-back on Thursday, September 12th. But for those who don't have time for a double feature, you can just buy a ticket to the sequel. For a list of participating theaters, check out the film's website, and get ready for terror!
The expansion of World War Z to IMAX screens for one-week only wasn't enough for Paramount Pictures. The studio has just revealed that the grounded zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt will stay in theaters (or return in some cases), but this time it will have company. Paramount is also bringing back Star Trek Into Darkness as part of a special double feature at select AMC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, Regal Cinemas and others nationwide in both 3D and 2D. The double feature shows will begin Friday, August 30th and end Thursday, September 5th, so if you missed these movies, now is the time.
The end is nigh. Well, at least the end of Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, or The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy as it's also known, is coming to theaters soon. We just recently heard about a slew of special screenings director Edgar Wright put together at the New Beverly in Los Angeles to get people in the mood for The World's End, theater chains across the country are holding special screenings of the entire trilogy with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz leading up to the late night premiere of the final installment starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and we have all the information you need below.
Who doesn't enjoy seeing great movies in the cinema? In theaters in a few weeks is Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy finale The World's End. In connection with the upcoming release on August 23rd, Edgar is hosting a screening series at the New Beverly Cinema in LA. He's showing seven different pairings of double bills "to get you in the mood" for The World's End. He's selected 14 films to show. "The films are all great and all wildly diverse, but you will see some of the seeds of their influence in our new movie." Their line-up has been revealed and it looks can't-miss. "I can vouch that all of these doubles will be solid gold."
Calling all movie geeks, we're hosting our fifth annual FirstShowing meet-up at Comic-Con on Saturday this week. This is the "meet-up" for FS fans/readers and our friends SlashFilm and ScreenRant, and we'll be arriving at 10PM and staying a few hours. We're meeting at the Marriott Marina Hotel (map) in the "Marina Kitchen" left of the lobby. You don't need to be 21, as we'll be hanging out in the lounge. In addition to myself, editor Ethan Anderton will be there, along with the SlashFilm & ScreenRant guys. We hope to meet you there if you're here in San Diego. Enjoy the first few days of the Con, and we'll see you on Friday!
There's plenty of goodness that we're looking forward to at Comic-Con, but one of the more exciting possibilities seems to be have been debunked. With Star Wars: Episode VII on the horizon, this summer's pop culture convention would have been a great place to make some big announcements, especially since Harrison Ford will be at the convention again for Ender's Game. But since Disney has no plans for an official panel or big presence at the convention, any Star Wars news seemed like a long shot. Now that seems even more likely as Disney's D23 Expo has been confirmed to have a Star Wars presence.
If the first trailer for the prison escape thriller Escape Plan, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, tickled your fancy and you're going to Comic-Con next week, then we have some good news for you. Summit Entertainment has just announced that the two action stars will be hosting a screening of the film three months before the October 18th theatrical release. Fans will be able to get tickets through upcoming online giveaways, from the Summit booth in the convention center, and also outside of the screening at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 on the evening of Thursday, July 18. More below!
It's that time of year again already. The San Diego Comic-Con, taking place a week earlier this summer in mid-July, is just around the corner, and that means they're ready to announce the programming schedule. The full list is revealed on their website day by day this week (we'll update below). You can read through the schedule day-by-day 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 is still a good amount of interesting movie-related panels this year, so read on for the 2013 schedule!
One of this year's stand out coming-of-age independent films is The Spectacular Now, directed by James Ponsoldt. I've been raving about it since Sundance, where it premiered and was acquired by A24 Films. The distributor has now organized a rather genius screening series, hosting screenings of iconic coming-of-age films at nine Landmark Theaters around the country. Anyone who goes will see a video introduction before each film from Spectacular Now writers Michael Weber & Scott Neustadter and receive a ticket to see that film early, too. They're showing: Say Anything, Dazed & Confused, Almost Famous and The Breakfast Club.