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"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.
The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is just under a month away, so the hype machine is in full swing. And for those looking to refresh their memory about the patriotic Marvel superhero, but want the big screen experience all around, AMC Theatres has announced a special double feature that begins with Captain America: The First Avenger at 5:30pm on April 3rd, leading right into the early 8pm screening of the sequel shortly thereafter. You can buy tickets for the event at participating theaters right here. In the meantime, check out some cool posters plastered around the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.
They come in all shapes and sizes, all over the world, hidden in cities and on mountains, next to rivers and airports. Hotels have been in movies forever, not only as a place to stay when needed, but occasionally as a character itself that influences and alters the story. In honor of the upcoming release of Grand Budapest Hotel, the latest film from Wes Anderson, the Museum of the Moving Image (aka MoMI) in Queens, New York is hosting a "Hotels on Film" screening series this weekend. My first thought when I heard about this series - I have to find out what they're showing! Which films? And have I seen all of them already? Read on.
Last fall, before Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues even hit theaters, director Adam McKay talked about the hopeful prospect of releasing an alternate cut of the comedy sequel with all-new jokes. McKay said, "We did so much improv on this one that we can literally replace every single joke in the movie and put in alt scenes and alt improv runs. I think the editor’s working on it right now, with 250 new jokes. I think it would be really funny to put it in theatres for midnight showings." Well, last night Will Ferrell appeared on "The Tonight Show" and told Jimmy Fallon that an R-rated alternate cut hits theaters February 28th.
Briefly: Though the DreamWorks adaptation of Need for Speed doesn't hit theaters until March 14th, some lucky fans will be able to see the film tomorrow, February 19th. The studio just announced 100 free, advanced screenings of the film starring "Breaking Bad" Emmy winner Aaron Paul. The screenings will happen all across the US, and if you want to find the closest theater to you, check out this link here to RSVP. Tickets will go fast, so act quickly. Aaron Paul and Scott Mescudi and director Scott Waugh will personally introduce their film via satellite in all theaters, and partake in a live Twitter chat afterwards too.
The 86th Academy Awards are coming on March 2nd (check out all the nominees right here), and we'll soon see Hollywood's finest gathering to honor each other for their achievements in film from 2013. Before then, some of the Oscar nominees will have their own celebration of sorts. For the first time ever, part of the Oscar Week events leading up to the awards themselves will include as Oscar Concert, featuring suites from each of the scores nominated for Best Original Score. In addition, each film will have their respective suites conducted by the composers nominated for creating them. That's going to be a great show.
Big news for Disney fans attending SXSW in Austin this March. Mondo has announced they're opening an exhibition at their gallery in Austin during SXSW from March 7th to 11th. The gallery is titled "Nothing's Impossible" and they've partnered with Oh My Disney to feature limited edition artwork from Disney classics and current characters. To celebrate the news, they've debuted a print by Ken Taylor for Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951), seen in full below. "Disney has a special way of bringing out the magic in all of us and we're very excited to bring that feeling to Austin at this year's gallery event," stated Justin Ishmael.
For a movie lover to list their 100 favorite films is a daunting task. Choosing 100 films to live with for the rest of your life and no others? Most couldn't even be certain of their favorite film. But that very task was set on the programmers at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, the theater chain notorious for its collective passion of cinema. Those programmers, as well as Drafthouse CEO and founder Tim League, put their individual lists of 100 films together, and from that list, the "Alamo 100" was born. That's 100 films, listed in no particular order, that League and his crew of programmers feel are essentials, the best in motion pictures.
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.