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This past Wednesday morning at 8:30AM, Nicolas Winding Refn's ninth feature film, Only God Forgives, premiered inside the Grand Lumiere at the Cannes Film Festival to a crowd of critics and press from all over the world. The response 90 minutes later was instantly divisive, with reactions ranging from incredibly negative and "hated it" to overly positive and "loved it". While the majority of responses I saw seemed to lean towards the negative side, there's always something fun about emerging from a film that gets such split response. As long as there are people who did love it (like me!), there's something curious there to discuss.
Ohh, I'm sure Art of the Title is going to flip over this. Today's Google Doodle (for May 8th, 2013) on the Google homepage marks the 93rd birthday of the beloved Oscar winning graphic artist/title designer Saul Bass. Bass passed away in 1996, but would've been 93 today. The Doodle features an 80-second video with the Google logo recreated as various famous Bass' title designs, covering classics like Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder, Spartacus, Vertigo and North by Northwest. It's a smartly crafted, beautifully executed tribute to one of the greatest designers in cinema. Just visit Google.com or watch the video below.
Paramount has officially announced that the release of J.J. Abrams' sequel Star Trek Into Darkness has been moved up a day to coincide with the IMAX sneak preview screenings on Wednesday night. For the last few weeks, tickets have been on sale for early IMAX sneaks in select cities on Wednesday at 8PM. Now, Paramount has revealed that Star Trek Into Darkness will then open in theaters everywhere the following day, Thursday, May 16th, instead of waiting the extra day inbetween for the original day - May 17th. That's good news for anyone anxious to see this (including me!) as it means we get to experience this even sooner.
The more you think you see, the easier it'll be to fool you. Are you ready to participate in the Diamond Heist Challenge in promotion of Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me? We've got an exclusive card below. In this magical challenge, all thirteen diamond playing cards – from the Ace through the King – have been hidden in various places online, from various websites to social media platforms, even in the NY Times crossword puzzle from Friday, May 3 (your first hint!). The "hidden" playing card clues will unlock exclusive video through an app called Blippar (yea, I know, more promotion) but it's for a cool movie. We get to debut this new photo with Michael Caine seen below - which may contain the diamond clue you're looking for.
Well, here we are almost seven years later, we just published our 20,000th post on FirstShowing. I still remember when it all began. I went to camp out for Superman Returns in 2006, but discovered two pesky people had decided to beat me to the first spot, so in response I decided to start a company. That was June of 2006. Now it's summer of 2013. Zack Snyder's new take on Supes, Man of Steel, is about to hit theaters in June. We're in the middle of a new Hobbit trilogy, more Star Wars are on the way. And we've been there every day, every big story, publishing our 20,000th post after seven years of covering movie news non-stop.
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.
Tonight, movie fans around the United States everywhere are lining up for midnight showings of Marvel's Iron Man 3. It's the evening of May 2nd and the 2013 summer movie season is about to begin. Marvel jumped on this slot to follow-up The Avengers with another summer opening to pave the way. While there's always a particularly palpable sense of excitement at the beginning of a summer, after six years of writing about these openings (and many more years of living them), I've learned to never trust the early buzz. By the end, when we look back in August, everything is in a different place - big hits, big failures, lots of surprises inbetween. But it's time to finally get things underway, and this summer looks like it has a strong line-up.
"It could only be done the way we did it." Now in theaters is Oblivion, the second feature directed by sci-fi filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, who last directed Tron Legacy. Starring Tom Cruise as a drone repairman working on an uninhabitable future Earth, Kosinski created a new technique using LED screens on the set to envision the world and shoot without using CGI. I first met Joe on the set of Tron Legacy and interviewed him back in 2010. After giving his film quite a profile in A New Era of Sci-Fi is Upon Us, I reconnected with him last week for an interview about Oblivion, which was already playing in theaters by the time we talked.
It sounds like not only is Disney making the projects summer 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII a reality, but their presentation at CinemaCon revealed that they plan on releasing a Star Wars film every summer following that. The releases will alternate between the milestone episodes of the new trilogy and the standalone films that have been confirmed to be in the works. There were rumblings that the standalone films would be released between Episodes VII, VIII and IX, but this is the first we've heard from Disney about their plans to release a new Star Wars film every year following Episode VII in 2015.
"You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards." Now that is one hell of a trailer. From the slow, dramatic building music running throughout to the introduction of Michael Shannon as a wild-eyed General Zod, this is a Superman we haven't seen before in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. The action looks unbelievable, the emotion runs strong throughout, and the way the people seem to treat Superman like an alien god as opposed to a superhero is really interesting. I'm most intrigued by that conversation with Lois Lane (Amy Adams) at the end. This seriously looks like something special for Superman fans. Watch now!
Holy sh*t! Message received. After all that debunking with the static, it was indeed General Zod sending a message to Earth meant for Superman. But it's a threat, and one we should (not) take lightly. A 30-second video has ended up online showing Zod, in static, speaking to both Earth and specifically to Kal-El (aka Superman): "Surrender within 24 hours or watch this world suffer the consequences." Uh oh, that doesn't sound good. However, this is frickin' awesome. The message was found on the Man of Steel Facebook and the official site meaning they're pushing this thing full-on with the trailer online by Monday morning, too.
The subtle, simplistic beauty of life, humanity, this universe and everything in it perfectly captured in one shot. That's the feeling some of these "back to the camera" shots evoke. I admittedly have a soft spot for them. I instantly fell in love with that shot from Ang Lee's Life of Pi of Pi underwater watching the ship sink (which is in this video) and many others have taken my breath away. We're not typically fans of "supercut" montages like this, but I couldn't help it. This one took me away. Something about the music and beauty of these shots, cut together perfectly, reminds me why I love movies - for the way they make me feel about life.
Despite landing some fresh blood in the form of Matthew McConaughey for the new sci-fi film Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan will have at least one familiar face from his filmography. Deadline has word that The Dark Knight Rises star Anne Hathaway is currently finalizing a deal to star in the film with Nolan directing a script written by his brother and The Dark Knight trilogy collaborator Jonathan Nolan. Unfortunately, details are still just as sparse as before with most of the information on the project coming from vague details that were around when Steven Spielberg was going to direct the project. Read on!
The moment we've all been waiting for. With the 2013 summer movie season less than a month away from kicking off, it's about time the studios start marketing their big movies. One of them we've been watching for years is the second feature from Neill Blomkamp (of District 9) called Elysium. At Comic-Con in 2012, Sony unveiled a few vehicles and 12 minutes of footage inside of Hall H that kicked our ass (video blog here), but now they repackaged and debuted the trailer and 10 minutes of finished footage today. The promo event was simultaneously hosted for fans as well as press in four cities across the world, kick starting the kind of exciting buzz this movie deserves. Blomkamp is single-handedly pushing the sci-fi genre each movie.