Briefly: It's official! Universal and producer Frank Marshall have announced that Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona (full name: Juan Antonio Bayona) will direct Jurassic World 2. Bayona is currently finishing up work on his next feature, A Monster Calls, which looks fantastic and is also being distributed by Universal through Focus Features. At one point he was also set to direct the World War Z sequel, but it sounds like this will be next. No other specific details have been revealed beyond the fact that Bayona is directing. Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, commented on Twitter that he will be collaborating with Bayona on this sequel. Bayona broke out with the horror The Orphanage and followed that up with The Impossible.
Whoa! Get ready to spend a lot of time on Pandora over the next decade. At CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas, James Cameron made a surprise appearance at the convention during the 20th Century Fox presentation. He was there to talk about the theatrical experience and how important it is to preserve that, but also took a moment to provide an update on Avatar. While we know they have been planning three sequels, Cameron admitted that they just kept writing more and more and now they are planning four Avatar sequels. The first one will be out in Christmas 2018, the next one in Christmas 2020, and the final two in Christmas 2022 and 2023. This is going to be one crazy epic sci-fi saga going head-to-head against Star Wars. Excited yet?
Every year, cinephiles wake up early to catch the announcement direct from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 69th Cannes Film Festival taking place this May they've revealed a fantastic selection of films premiering. For 2016 they've programmed quite a few prominent returning filmmakers along with some exciting newcomers. Steven Spielberg's new adaptation The BFG will premiere Out-of-Competition, along with Shane Black's The Nice Guys and Jodie Foster's Money Monster. In the competition, they're showing new films from Andrea Arnold, the Dardennes Brothers, Xavier Dolan, Jim Jarmusch, Jeff Nichols, Park Chan-wook, Paul Verhoeven, and Nicolas Winding Refn. Full list found below.
Well, it's time. We're off. It's time for a break. FirstShowing will be slowing down and going offline for the rest of March. We've been running for nearly 10 years and it's time for a brief pause, a moment of rest and relaxation, as we figure things out going forward. I wish I had more to share about the state of things, but for now, it's a bit rough and the best plan of action is to hold steady. In the meantime, I just want to update everyone regarding our break. I will be traveling to the other side of the world and will be generally out of contact for the rest of the month. We may post a few trailers here and there but that's about it until April 1st.
It's official - The Dark Tower movie is being made starring Idris Elba confirmed as the gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the mystical foe known as the man in black. The news was officially revealed via Entertainment Weekly, and tweeted out by author Stephen King, who wrote the book series that this is based on. After years and years of rumors we finally have confirmed casting news for this highly-anticipated adaptation. Over the years names included Javier Bardem & Viggo Mortensen, Christian Bale, even Aaron Paul for a role. But those were all connected to earlier versions of this project, which is now in the works with producers Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Huggins of Imagine Entertainment.
The 88th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with the esteemed Chris Rock as our host of the show this year. With eight worthy Best Picture nominees, it should be exciting to find out which one is the big winner. It has been a very interesting year - no one knows for sure what will win, it could be anyone. Will Mad Max reign supreme or will Iñárritu top again? It's finally time to find out who is taking home an Oscar, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards. The full list below will be updated with winners marked once announced live tonight - refresh for updates.
Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2016 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!
This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.
You'll Never See Him Coming… to Theaters in March of 2018. 20th Century Fox has confirmed a couple of release dates for two upcoming, highly anticipated sci-fi movies. First up, Ridley Scott's sorta-sequel to Prometheus, titled currently Alien: Covenant, has been shifted slightly to August 4th, 2017, more than a year away. That one will open against Blazing Samurai and Pitch Perfect 3, just a few months before Star Wars: Episode VIII. Next up, we just featured the teaser poster for Shane Black's The Predator, now we have a release date - March 2nd, 2018. That will play against the "Untitled WB Event Film" also set then, and a few weeks before Spielberg's Ready Player One opens. Should be a very exciting few years for sci-fi.
The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that they usually don't receive - celebrating their 31st year. The 2016 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony out in Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Spotlight, awarded Best Feature, but that's not all - there were plenty of interesting, surprising, exciting wins during the night. Carol finally won something this season - Ed Lachman picked up Best Cinematography. Tangerine's Mya Taylor won Best Supporting Female, and Beasts of No Nation took both Best Male performance awards. You have to love it when the Spirit Awards shake things up like this! Read on for the list of Indie Spirit Awards results.
Finally, the truth comes out. No, 10 Cloverfield Lane is not a Cloverfield sequel. In fact, it has nothing to do with Cloverfield (the original 2008 monster movie), producer J.J. Abrams finally admits: "This movie is very purposefully not called Cloverfield 2, because it's not Cloverfield 2." However, what he's getting at here is the "bigger picture" concept behind why Cloverfield is in the title and what they're going for: "there is a bigger idea at play for us with these movies and this connection." Essentially, movies made by Bad Robot that end up with "Cloverfield" in the title or synopsis are part of a series of "monster movies" that deal with a big sci-fi threat - not specifically the same monster. Abrams finally cleared the air about what to expect.
Briefly: Fox Searchlight has announced an official release date for Nate Parker's feature directorial debut, and the Sundance Film Festival double award winner, The Birth of a Nation, starring Nate Parker. The film will open in theaters "nationwide" (that's what it says!) on October 7th, 2016 later this fall. Parker plays Nat Turner, a former slave that organizes an uprising movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virgina. The cast includes Armie Hammer, Aunjanue Ellis, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller and Aja Naomi King. The film won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in January, and was picked up by Fox Searchlight in a record-setting deal. Check back soon for any trailers.
This is a bit of a surprise considering we thought a sequel was on hold, but good news for those anxiously awaiting the next Pacific Rim movie. Deadline is reporting that Legendary Pictures has found a new director to take on the fantasy sci-fi action sequel Pacific Rim 2, leaving Gullermo del Toro free to work on other projects while the movie is still being made. The production company has hired Steven S. DeKnight to make his feature directing debut after creating the show "Spartacus" and working on other TV shows prior, including recently executive producing and writing for Marvel's "Daredevil" on Netflix. Del Toro confirmed the news on his Twitter, saying he met with DeKnight and they are on the same page as for what to expect.
Some good news to report regarding one our favorite filmmakers. Deadline is stating that Disney has set Ava DuVerney, director of Selma and Middle of Nowhere, to direct an adaptation of the 1963 Newbey Medal-winning book A Wrinkle In Time. Ever since Selma received a Best Picture nomination, DuVernay has been in-demand at various Hollywood studios, being considered for projects like Marvel's Black Panther among others. However, apparently she is eyeing two specific projects at Disney - one is this adaptation of the classic fantasy novel by Madeleine L'Engle, the other is a sci-fi screenplay by Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly titled Intelligent Life in the works at DreamWorks. Both films seem like a good fit for DuVernay.
As another film festival comes to an end, it's time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 66th Berlin Film Festival just ended (my own recap is coming soon), and the winners were announced at the Closing Ceremony, including the winner of the coveted Golden Bear for Best Film. That top prize was given to a film called Fire at Sea, a documentary from filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi about migrants crossing the Mediterranean and the refugee crisis affecting Europe and the Middle East. A very political choice, considering how important the issue is right now, but not unexpected. French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve won a Silver Bear for Best Director for the film Things to Come. See all winners below.
Two release dates have been announced for two of our most anticipated movies coming up in the next few years. First up, the action sequel John Wick 2 has been scheduled for release starting on February 10th, 2017 - a little less than a year from now. The film has already finished shooting, partially in New York City, and apparently the plot takes Keanu Reeves to Rome to kick some more ass. Stuntman Chad Stahelski from the first one is back again to direct this one. Next up, Warner Bros has officially set a release date for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel, untitled now, known simply as Blade Runner 2. That movie will open on January 12th, 2018, a few weeks after Episode VIII hits theaters in late 2017. I'm very excited for both.