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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.