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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.
A secret film club?! That's our idea! For years, a good friend and I have thrown around the idea of hosting surprise screenings for fun. The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) & Filmmaker magazine partnered with the reRun Theater in Brooklyn (Google Maps) and are launching this idea in what they've dubbed the "Secret Film Club". I want in already. For five days at the reRun, they're hosting free screenings that will be a complete secret. "The films screening – which will not be revealed publicly – will be a mix of acclaimed festival favorites with forthcoming theatrical releases and underappreciated recent independent titles."
Happy Star Wars Day, movie fans! And it's also Free Comic Book Day! It's May 4th, which means it's the only day where everyone can freely say "May the 4th be with you" and not get laughed at (or maybe you still will, who knows). Since we've entered a new era with a bunch of new Star Wars movies on the horizon, it's especially worthwhile making mention of the geeky holiday to keep everyone in high spirits as we wait two more years until Episode 7 hits theaters in 2015. If you're near any Disney Theme Parks, they're hosting events, or you can stop by a comic book store and I'm sure it'll be easy to start a discussion about Star Wars.
From Scarface to Return of the Jedi to WarGames. The summer of 1983 was a good one. Maybe not the best ever summer of movies, but a fun one for sure. Last year the Alamo Drafthouse hosted a series of events as part of the epic Summer of 1982. They're back again for "the sequel to the greatest summer of movies... ever" with the Summer of 1983, from thirty years ago. They've organized another summer-long series of screenings kicking off with Return of the Jedi's 30th anniversary May 25th, and more from Trading Places, Risky Business to National Lampoon's Vacation. This will be a great summer if you live by a Drafthouse.
Damn, what a line-up. I love this already. "Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists." Every summer they host a "festival", or series of outdoor screenings showing acclaimed indie films as well as special presentations with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For the summer of 2013, they've chosen a few solid Sundance/SXSW faves (Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Short Term 12) for what looks like an exceptional line-up.
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!
Sadly, unless you're planing on doing some traveling later this month, this is mostly for the residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. AFI has announced the line-up for their annual event AFI's Night at the Movies, featuring a special film screening on April 24th at the Arclight Hollywood on West Sunset Blvd. and an introduction from one of the film's stars. This year, the line-up is out of control featuring big names like Harrison Ford presenting Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Kevin Spacey presenting The Usual Suspects, Peter Fonda presenting Easy Rider and many more. See the full screening list below!
"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.
"Experience four Iron Man movies in one day!" They're bringing back the marathon. Just last year, movie theaters organized six-movie marathons leading up to the midnight release of Marvel's The Avengers. With the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, coming up quickly on May 3rd kicking off the summer movie season, Regal has launched an Iron Man Marathon (more info at regmovies.com). The event will include showings of all three Iron Man movies, plus The Avengers, because it progresses this Marvel Universe before Iron Man 3 picks up. Everything kicks off on the afternoon of Thursday, May 2nd.