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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.
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?
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."
It is with a great sadness that I must report on this tragic news, July 20th, the day The Dark Knight Rises opens. At a midnight showing of TDKR last night at the Century 16 in Aurora, Colorado, a "masked" gunman entered the movie theater and opened fire during the middle of an action scene, killing at least 12 people, wounding nearly 60 others. A very tragic, sad, infuriating story to have to wake up to this morning. The news arrived right around 2AM Colorado time, and has since been getting non-stop coverage on CNN with updates from AP & Denver Post. I am shocked anyone would want to do such a thing. Please stay safe!
Calling all movie geeks, we're hosting our fourth annual FirstShowing meet-up at Comic-Con on Friday 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!
Our motto is simple: share the movies we love with the widest audience possible. The Alamo Drafthouse continues its aggressive nationwide expansion with a location in Kansas City, popping up as soon as this fall. The news comes from Badass Digest, announcing that the Alamo Drafthouse is taking over the former flagship AMC Mainstreet Theater in downtown Kansas City, Missouri (see Google maps). For those still too far away from any Drafthouse only viewing from home, they have also launched a new subscription service called Alliance that SlashFilm featured today. More details on the new Kansas City theater below.
The great movie chain expansion of this decade has begun. The Alamo Drafthouse is taking on Littleton, Colorado, San Francisco and New York City, now the world famous Arclight Cinemas based right here out of Los Angeles is starring its nationwide expansion. The LA Times' Company Town reports that Arclight has officially announced an East Coast location now in development, being built as a new 16-screen multiplex in Bethesda, Maryland. Construction will begin next year at the Westfield Montgomery shopping mall with completion expected by 2014. Just in time for the next Transformers, right? But that's not all for Arclight.
A couple of movie bloggers, myself included, are currently in London today and are hosting another meet-up tonight similar to our meet-up a few years ago. We'll be meeting at the Curzon Cinemas Soho bar located at 99 Shaftesbury Avenue (Google Maps) at around 21:00 (9PM) tonight and will be there for a few hours. I will be joined by Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm and Frosty of Collider as well, so stop by to meet any/all of us and chat about movies and catch some drinks. We are only in town for a few more days so this will be our only chance to meet up with our UK-based readers until we're back here again sometime in the near future.
Want to help break the news? Love being one of the first to catch a new trailer? We're launching a service that is available to any and everyone for free called Spread.us, a new web app designed to help spread the news faster and farther. The service allows anyone on Facebook or Twitter to link directly to our site and automatically send out news when, for example, a new trailer or poster is revealed. You can customize the amount it will post, what categories it will specifically send from, and it ties in with your existing accounts. It's awesome and we've already been using it on our @FSnewsfeed account for sending out our daily news.
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 weekend. For those that follow the tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day, like myself, I hope we've at the least helped you make the right choice. I'm planning on catching War Horse with my family this year. News and trailers always slow down quite a bit during the holidays, but we'll be back at full speed once 2012 arrives!
Now is the time for families to get together and enjoy food, football, fun and hopefully films. How's that for a feast full of alliteration? Therefore, we thought now would be a good time to also bring back our Netflix Instant feature so that you and your family and friends might enjoy some good movies across all sorts of different genres. Most of the featured films you'll find below are from this year or last year and include everything from documentaries (both musical and Sundance selected) to foreign films, a British comedy, an animated take on Shakespeare for the whole family, plus even a list of some old favorites. Check them out!
They seem a little behind in catching up with this technology, as airlines already have it, but Fandango is finally opening mobile ticketing to the public this weekend. We first wrote about mobile phone movie tickets coming through Fandango in March of 2010, quite a while ago, and its taken this long to officially launch. Regal has partnered with Fandango for this week's opening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and will be rolling out the ticketing program to more than 1,000 screens in the Regal circuit this weekend. The system simplifies ticketing to a barcode you pull up on a phone and show as a ticket, that's it!
Very sad news to report today. The AP/NY Times are reporting, with confirmation from Apple, that Apple co-founder, Pixar co-founder, businessman, vanguard and father of four & family man Steven P. Jobs has died today. Steve Jobs, as he was better known, passed away at the age of 56, shortly after resigning from Apple CEO in August. While I know Jobs is known more in the tech world, I thought it important to write something about his death, as his help with Pixar early on and influence on Hollywood is certainly evident. He was a great innovator, a great leader and businessman, and will certainly be missed, but never forgotten.
We're admittedly a little late on this one, but barely we just found out about it this week while at a food truck! Running throughout this summer in Los Angeles has been a series of outdoor screenings of movies at various venues/parks that come complete with food trucks, pre-show live music and more. It's called the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest (official website) and they've been running since May, but the good news is that some of the best movies are yet to come, so listen up. Tomorrow is LA Confidential, then they've got Fargo, Fight Club, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters all coming up the next few weeks.