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Full 2015 Release Schedule with Over 50 Movies Listed Now Available

2015 Release Schedule

The year of years. One to remember. By all accounts, 2015 looks to be one of the most exciting years in big Hollywood movies in a long time. From the return of Star Wars, to the return of The Avengers, to the return of Jurassic Park, to the return of Terminator, to the (re-)appearances of Ant-Man, Desmond Miles, SpongeBob, Aaron Cross, James Bond, Jason, Ethan Hunt, Ted & Mad Max. In keeping up with the features on FirstShowing, we've (finally) launched our 2015 Release Schedule, with listings that we'll update as time goes on. For now, we wanted to inform everyone that the schedule is up and up-to-date.

 Posted January 12 in Date Changes, General, Movie News | Comments

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from FirstShowing's Movie Lovers

Gandalf Santa - Happy Holidays

Joyeux Noel! Gledelig Jul! Froehliche Weihnachten! Mele Kalikimaka! From all of us at FirstShowing.net, we want to wish every one our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! Whether you're with your family or with friends or whether it's snowing or sunny, we hope you have a wonderful week. For those that follow the tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day, we hope you enjoy your selection this year with a variety of interesting movies to choose from (we suggest American Hustle, Anchorman 2 or The Hobbit). News and trailers always slow down during the holidays, but we'll be back at full speed for 2014.

 Posted December 25 in General, Movie News | Comments

Alamo Drafthouse Cancels Plans for the Metro Theater in Manhattan

Metro Alamo Drafthouse

It was with a heavy heart that we bring you this news. The Alamo Drafthouse posted an update on their blog confirming that their first Manhattan location, at the Metro Theater on the Upper West Side, has been cancelled. At least for now. The news, backed up by quotes from Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League in the NY Times, explains that the costs of the location have risen substantially since Superstorm Sandy last year "and ultimately the location is no longer financially viable for us." So they're stopping construction on this second New York City location, but still have plans to finish their downtown Brooklyn location (and they recently opened up in Yonkers nearby). This was the one theater I was waiting for, so sad to hear this.

 Posted October 1 in General, Movie News | Comments

Our 2013 Comic-Con Meet-Up is Taking Place Saturday in San Diego

Comic-Con

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!

 Posted July 17 in Comic-Con 13, Events, General | Comments

Replacements for Google Reader - Tips to Keep Your RSS in Control

RSS Reader Replacement - Feedly

A Public Service Announcement from FirstShowing. We know many of our readers have subscribed to our RSS feed in Google Reader for a long time, but today is the day it shuts down forever. If anyone is looking for good suggestions for new RSS readers and other places to manage your feeds and favorite websites, we've put together a mini guide. Thankfully the web is a smart and innovative place, and many alternatives have popped up in the last few months, some even better than Google Reader ever was. First and foremost we suggest Feedly, which has FS highlighted as featured under "Cinema". Even more replacements below.

 Posted July 1 in Feat, General, Movie News | Comments

Full Circle - Looking Back at Our Superman Beginnings 7 Years Ago

Superman Campout

It began seven years ago. I went to camp out for the opening show of Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, the could-be-cool new Superman movie. I discovered my friends, rivals at the time, had just snagged the #1 spot in line, so I decided to create a website called FirstShowing.net and setup behind them (in response). That was early June of 2006. The very first post on the site on June 3rd, 2006, I wrote "the Cinemark movie theatre in Colorado Springs (where I'm heading) just posted up their tickets for Superman Returns and Cars." That same theater is still alive and kicking in 2013 with more campsites now (see photos) including one by our friends at MovieCamp.co. It all comes full circle with Man of Steel, now in theaters June 2013.

 Posted June 14 in Cool Stuff, Feat, General | Comments

Whoa! Seven Years Later and We Just Published our 20,000th Post

FirstShowing Old School

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.

 Posted May 6 in Feat, General | Comments

May the 4th Be With You - Happy Star Wars & Free Comic Book Day

Star Wars

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.

 Posted May 4 in Events, General, Star Wars | Comments

World Famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in L.A. Gets a New Name

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Even if you've never been to Los Angeles, chances are you're familiar with the world famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre. It opened 85 years ago and has been the host of countless movie premieres, appeared in dozens of films itself, and served as the inspiration for Walt Disney World's The Great Movie Ride, along with being one of Hollywood's top tourist attractions because of its location on the Walk of Fame and the celebrity hand prints in the cement. Now the theater is getting an upgrade and a new name along with it, as the LA Times reports Chinese TV maker TCL has changed the name to the "TCL Chinese Theatre."

 Posted January 11 in General, Movie News | Comments

A Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Everyone at FirstShowing

Yoda Christmas

Joyeux Noel! Gledelig Jul! Froehliche Weihnachten! Mele Kalikimaka! From all of us at FirstShowing.net, we want to wish every one our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! Whether you're with your family or with friends or whether it's snowing or sunny, we hope you have a wonderful week. For those that follow the tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day, I hope we've been able to steer you in the right direction. I'm planning on catching Django Unchained because there's nothing better than a Tarantino Christmas. News and trailers always slow down during the holidays, but we'll be back at full speed by 2013.

 Posted December 25 in General, Movie News | Comments

Alamo Drafthouse Claims Third NY Location at Brooklyn's City Point

Alamo Drafthouse

Huzzah! Another reason to celebrate New York City. The Alamo Drafthouse based out of Austin, Texas has announced a third location in the works for the New York City area. This latest Drafthouse will be a 7-screen theater built inside the brand new City Point complex in the heart of downtown Brooklyn (see Google Maps). The new facility will be called the Alamo Drafthouse City Point and will feature seven screens of new releases, repertory programming and the Alamo's signature films in both 35mm and digital formats. This joins two other under construction New York City-area Drafthouses, but it won't be opening until 2015.

 Posted December 3 in General, Movie News | Comments

Films, Festivals, Friends & Fantasies Fulfilled for Which I'm Thankful

Alex Billington and Ethan Anderton

Lucky. That's the only way to describe my place in life right now, and it's a position in which I never thought I would be. It's not that I had a bleak outlook of where I might end up after high school or even college, but reaching my dream job so soon was nothing short of thrilling. Now let me be clear, I don't want what follows to come off as bragging or anything of the sort, because when it comes to my job at FirstShowing.net and the opportunities that have been afforded to me, modesty is the world. But at this time of giving thanks, and after three years of living a dream, I simply want to say, here and now, that I am thankful for everything.

 Posted November 22 in Editorial, General | Comments

Why I Moved to New York City - Hollywood is Far Behind the Times

New York City

It's time to get the hell out of Dodge. After living in Los Angeles (in lovely Sherman Oaks) for four years, it was time to get out. I moved there back in late 2008 because FirstShowing.net (my second company since age 14) was getting bigger, and it was time to move away from my childhood home of Colorado Springs into the big city of Hollywood. The local paper even wrote a story about me moving out there. But I'll admit now, something didn't feel right. I never liked LA. Any time I visited, something felt off about it. Now I've made a decision to do something that I've wanted to do my entire life - I moved to New York City. Why, you ask?

 Posted November 14 in Discuss, Editorial, General | Comments

Watch: Lana Wachowski's Moving Awards Speech at the HRC Gala

Lana Wachowski

Its been a long journey for Lana Wachowski, sister of Andy Wachowski. 2012 marks the year she finally "came out" to the public. That intro video with the 5-min Cloud Atlas trailer in July was the first time she's made a public appearance since Matrix. Lana gave a rather moving speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala, but before you ask why we're posting this video, it is best to let Brad of RopeofSilicon explain more eloquently than I: "While this isn't exactly a topic of movie discussion... the reality of it is that if Lana Wachowski wasn't a director, her story most likely wouldn't be heard and would therefore remain silent and many of us remaining ignorant to the problems that affect a portion of society we don't hear from regularly."

 Posted October 24 in Discuss, General, To Watch | Comments

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