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Briefly: Not to be confused with the other indie Sundance '07 horror thriller The Signal, a triptych set of stories, this is one full-length sci-fi indie feature that just premiered at Sundance 2014. Another one of our favorite Sundance films (my review) this year finally gets a release date, as Focus Features has announced that William Eubank's The Signal will hit limited theaters starting June 13th, 2014 this summer, with wider expansions June 20th and June 27th. In The Signal, three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour; the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area when suddenly, everything goes dark. The film stars Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp and Laurence Fishburne. More soon.
Briefly: After getting picked up about a year and a half ago by The Weinstein Company, and getting jockeyed around with 20 minutes being cut from the film and a new edit being tested and shot down in favor of director Bong Joon-ho's original cut, Snowpiercer is finally coming to the United States. Last month we learned the director's cut of the film will see release, and Radius-TWC has just given the film a limited theatrical release on June 27th, and if the distribution arm follows suit, the film will likely hit VOD the same day. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming in April, it's a good year for Chris Evans.
Briefly: If you somehow missed the big news, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave just won Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards this past weekend. As expected, Fox Searchlight is banking on all the awards buzz (since it also won at the BAFTAs, the Indie Spirits, and Golden Globes) and re-releasing the film in theaters this weekend. EW.com (via The Film Stage) reports that 12 Years a Slave will be re-released in over 1,000 theaters this weekend, likely being pushed as the Best Picture winner. The film has already made $50 million at the box office and is out on DVD/Blu-ray, but it still worth seeing in theaters. In addition to Best Picture, actress Lupita Nyong'o won Best Supporting Actress, and I was rooting for Chiwetel Ejiofor, too.
Good news cinephiles - A24 has arranged release dates for two their upcoming summer/fall releases. The first is David Michod's The Rover, a gritty post-apocalyptic western starring Guy Pearce, which we teased a few weeks ago. The film now has an official release date of July 18, 2014 right smack in the middle of this summer, setting it up to play throughout August as it opens limited. The film will probably play in Cannes, or may just go straight to theaters if they're that confident in it. On the flip side, Lynn Shelton's smart new comedy Laggies with Keira Knightley, which premiered at Sundance, is set for a late September release.
Briefly: After premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Focus Features has slated Zach Braff's sophomore directing effort Wish I Was Here to hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on July 18th, and will expand to other theaters on August 1st. That means the film will arrive nearly 10 years exactly after Garden State arrived. Kickstarter supporters will get advanced screenings in their local markets as well. Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon also star in the film, which I wasn't all that impressed by at Sundance, but fans can judge for themselves.
Briefly: It's official - Warner Bros has confirmed a late 2014 release date for Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, The Immigrant, Her) as 1970's pot-fueled private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello, based on the Thomas Pynchon character. PTA filmed late last year around Southern California, and will have the comedy ready for release starting December 12th, 2014. Warner Bros, the studio releasing the film, seems to be lining this up as another awards contender, as even @ERCboxoffice quips "just in time for awards season." The cast: Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Maya Rudolph and Sasha Pieterse. This should be fun.
After casting has been slowly revealed, Warner Bros. announced their new adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic jungle hero Tarzan will hit theaters on July 1st, 2016 in 3D. The summer holiday release indicates the studio's confidence in their new property which features "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard as the title hero and The Wolf of Wall Street leading lady Margot Robbie as his female counterpart Jane Porter. There's not confirmed much in the vein of plot details, but the press release says it will follow the man orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle as he returns to the urban jungle of London.
After Paramount Pictures pulled the found footage time travel adventure Welcome to Yesterday from its late February release for a summer or fall debut instead, another small, found footage, sci-fi film is getting delayed as well. ERC reported via Twitter that Relativity Media's seemingly Amblin inspired Earth to Echo has been pushed from its initial April 25th release date to a more daring summer release on July 2nd. Does Relativity think they have a solid enough film to get released in the full summer schedule, or are they hoping they film will start slow and get big by word of mouth? Maybe it could just end up being both.
In just a few weeks, the found footage time travel adventure Welcome to Yesterday was slated to hit theaters on February 28th. However, Paramount Pictures has decided to pull the Michael Bay produced project and release it sometime during the summer or fall. Previously, THR cited one reason was to give Bay “the opportunity to focus on the smaller movie," since he's currently busy with Transformers: Age of Extinction (watch the Super Bowl teaser). However, that piece of info is no longer listed in the article, and a marketing strategy decision is given as the driving force behind the move to an unknown new date. Read on!
Briefly: After originally being slated for an awards season release last year, The Weinstein Company decided to delay Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman to a March 14th release this year instead. However, Variety now reports the film is being taken off the release calendar yet again, and The Weinstein Company will unveil it at Cannes instead. However, the trade sites that director Olivier Dahan has been clashing publicly with the production company over the biopic over "unreasonable cuts," which should sound familiar to anyone awaiting the release of Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer. The film had already seen a teaser trailer released last year, but now it seems we''ll be waiting even longer before we see the film. Stay tuned.
Briefly: Big and somewhat disappointing news hit last week when Warner Bros. announced that they would be pushing back Batman vs. Superman to May 6th, 2016, where it will go head-to-head with an unknown Marvel film. Now Variety reports the comic book studio that brought us The Avengers is moving their Phase Three film Ant-Man yet again into the vacated July 17th, 2015 release date left behind by the Zack Snyder directed sequel to Man of Steel. The Marvel comics adaptation from director Edgar Wright was already moved from an August 2015 release to July 31st, and now it's been bumped up two weeks. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas star in the film as two versions of the superhero, and we can't wait to hear more.
After unveiling Whiplash here in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions banner have a little bit of a setback in the studio world. THR reports Universal has decided not to release Joe Carnahan's comedic thriller Stretch, starring Patrick Wilson, on March 21st this year as was originally planned. A source says that Universal executives didn't think it was smart to spend $20 million to $40 million that it would take to release the film theatrically. They let Blum shop the film to other potential distributors, but no one picked it up, so it stays at Universal.
The packed movie year of 2015 just got a little less crazy. After rumors swirled that Batman vs. Superman, or whatever the Man of Steel sequel from director Zack Snyder will be called, was going to be shot back-to-back with a Justice League follow-up, we have some disappointing news. Variety reports Warner Bros. has decided to push back the film to May 6th, 2016, instead of releasing it on July 17th, 2015 as originally planned. The film is still in pre-production, and we're betting that recent developments like Gal Gadot being cast as Wonder Woman have proven to be a little more complicated than originally thought.
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.