Watch: First Trailer for 'Aftershock' Produced By and Starring Eli Roth

Aftershock

After seeing some first look photos back in February, the first trailer for the natural disaster horror thriller Aftershock has arrived. In the film that is produced by and starring director Eli Roth, an American tourist's vacation which goes from good to great when he meets some beautiful women travelers. But when an earthquake ravages the underground nightclub they're in, a fun night quickly turns to terror. Escaping to the surface is just the beginning as they face nightmarish chaos above ground. Jeremy didn't really like the film when he saw it at Fantastic Fest a little while back, but you can decide for yourself. Watch the trailer!

 Posted December 21 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Disney Schedules 'Cars' Spin-Off 'Planes' for Release in August 2013

Planes

Briefly: Just this past summer, Disney gave us a teaser trailer for their animated Cars spin-off feature film Planes. The film follows Dusty, a small town dreamer who longs to enter the most epic around-the-world air race despite his fear of heights. With the help and support of a fleet of new and hilarious characters, Dusty wings his way into the biggest challenge of his life. Now Disney has slated the film for release on August 9th, 2013 with Sony's Elysium with Matt Damon and Warner Bros. We're the Millers with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. That makes for some good family counter-programming. A voice cast  has yet to be announced, and while Jon Cryer was once attached to lead, he has fallen away. Stay tuned.

 Posted December 21 in Movie News, Release Dates | Comments

Watch: 'Final Cut 2012' Continues to Honor the Movies from This Year

Final Cut 2012

Yesterday, Kees van Dijkhuizen delivered his Cinema 2012 video, and while it was an exciting way to recap the year, it was somewhat bittersweet as it will be his last. But thankfully, new talent has emerged this year (watch Cinemageddon 2012), and now we have another fresh video from Nick Bosworth at JoBlo.com with Final Cut 2012. There's a clever use of Cabin in the Woods for the intro, and though the video is a little longer than we're used to, it's still quite a grand tribute to the films of 2012. Beginning with The Grey from way back in January and including next week's release of Django Unchained, it's a great bit of work.

 Posted December 21 in To Watch | Comments

Cool Holiday Infographic: Top-Grossing Christmas Films Since 1980

The Santa Clause

There are only four more days until Christmas, and if you've already finished your holiday shopping then chances are pretty good you're planning on relaxing, kicking back, and watching a Christmas movie or two this weekend. But before you revisit your old cinematic friends like Clark Griswold, Jack Skellington, or Buddy the Elf, check out this cool holiday infographic that combines the box office totals, Rotten Tomatoes scores, and audience approval ratings of every major Christmas film that's been released since 1980. Confused.com put it all together (via Slashfilm), and some of the results may surprise you. Look!

 Posted December 21 in Cool Stuff | Comments

First Photo of Simon Pegg & Nick Frost in Edgar's 'The World's End'

The World's End

Oh, and Bilbo Baggins, too! I mean Martin Freeman, his altar ego. Obviously this photo is being released today, December 21st, the day the world was supposed to end (at least according to the Mayans). Sony put out a trailer for their apocalypse comedy This is the End, but this is other apocalypse comedy with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the finale of the "Cornetto Trilogy" (started with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) from director Edgar Wright. The Film Stage says production has wrapped and with that comes this first look photo. Now they're heading into post-production to get it ready for release late next year. Take a look!

 Posted December 21 in First Look, Hype, Photos | Comments

Kickstart This: Shocking Black Comedy 'Electric' Starring Sam Claflin

Kickstart This Electric

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're featuring a unique black comedy called Electric, from two New Zealand-born filmmakers looking to make their mark. This tale of "loneliness, rebirth, and electrocution" has enlisted Sam Claflin, rising star of On Stranger Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman and the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire, so hopefully he'll get this some extra attention. Take a look, sound off, and don't forget to toss the filmmakers a few bucks if you can.

 Posted December 21 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments Closed

Every Season of Jon Favreau's 'Dinner for Five' Available on YouTube

Dinner for Five

Now we normally don't talk about TV series here at FirstShowing since movies on the big screen are our first priority. But there are some TV shows that just fit right in our wheelhouse. "Inside the Actors Studio" and others dive into films from an angle that just hits the spot for cinephiles. One such series is Jon Favreau's IFC series Dinner for Five. The unscripted series features four actors, directors or producers sitting down for a meal with Favreau and having candid discussions about the entertainment industry including personal stories, insights into the business side of film and TV, and some truly great conversations. View one below!

 Posted December 21 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Merry Christmas! Lego Approves 'Back to the Future' DeLorean Set

Back to the Future LEGO

Well, we may not be getting a Shaun of the Dead LEGO set, but there just might be something better coming from LEGO. As part of the site called Cuusoo - where a community of LEGO fans vote on custom sets, and those who get the necessary 10,000 votes of support are sent before a real LEGO jury to determine whether or not they want to put the set into production - a Back to the Future set re-creating the DeLorean time machine with LEGO pieces received the right number of votes and has been approved by LEGO and has been selected to go into production with a planned release for sometime next year. Great Scott! Read on!

 Posted December 21 in Cool Stuff | Comments

Jason Reitman Makes Case for 'Looper' Screenplay to Get Oscar Nod

Looper / Jason Reitman

In case you haven't noticed, it's awards season. Various critics associations and guilds are starting to give out their accolades for achievement in film for the year 2012, the Golden Globe nominations have already been announced, but the nominations for the Academy Awards won't arrive until January 10th. In the meantime, there's plenty of buzz about who deserves to get nominated. Today some attention has been called to a specific film by an unlikely champion. Director and writer Jason Reitman has made quite a compelling case for Rian Johnson's sci-fi film Looper to get nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

 Posted December 21 in Awards, Hype, SciFi | Comments

Watch: Stephen Dorff Gets Dramatic as POW in First 'Zaytoun' Trailer

Zaytoun

After turning in a surprisingly great performance in Somewhere from director Sophia Coppola, Stephen Dorff is getting dramatic again in the war drama Zaytoun. The story follows a young Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot in Beirut in 1982 as they form a tentative bond in their attempt to make their way across war-torn Lebanon and back to their home. The film first premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and actually was the runner-up prize for the People’s Choice Award and now a trailer is here. This looks like it could be a hidden gem, and a turn for Dorff that might get him awards attention. Watch!

 Posted December 21 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Review: 'Jack Reacher' is Too in Love with the Jack Reacher Character

Jack Reacher

The people behind Jack Reacher, the new film written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie and based on the novel by Lee Child, sure wanted the character to be iconic from frame one. Casting Tom Cruise, as A-list as you can get these days, was a good first step. Unfortunately, the status building and impressive feats of super-intellect do very little in making the Reacher character one for the ages. All that's before the action even kicks in, and the film suffers, turning what could have been a slamming good action movie into a dull, aimless, overly predictable detective story. At least Cruise is still cool in the role. Read on!

 Posted December 21 in Review | Comments

First Trailer for 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Magician Comedy

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Trailer

"The guy's a magician? He doesn't even have a costume." Earlier today, Warner Bros teased a set of playing card posters for this dueling magicians comedy, now the trailer is out and it actually looks really good. Or maybe I just love watching magicians (yea I used to watch old VHS specials as a kid, too). The Incredible Burt Wonderstone stars Steve Carell as lifelong magician Burt Wonderstone, Steve Buscemi as his assistant, and Jim Carrey as his nemesis, the street magician Steve Gray. Okay, maybe some of the gags are cheesy, but Alan Arkin seems like he'll steal the show. Though why didn't we see more Olivia Wilde?

 Posted December 20 in Hype, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Awkward Family Photo on Park Chan-wook's 'Stoker' Official Poster

Stoker

"Do not disturb the family." I think this poster belongs on that Awkward Family Photos tumblr, at least for a few days. Fox Searchlight has unveiled their newest poster (via EW.com) for Park Chan-wook's Stoker, which they've been teasing since earlier this year for a release next March (after it premieres at Sundance 2013 in January). Mia Wasikowska stars (the one seen in the middle here) in a family drama with some kooky twists, along with Nicole Kidman as her mother, and Matthew Goode as her weird, mysterious uncle. They're teasing this one (with great posters and trailers) in all the right ways, I'm so curious to see it.

 Posted December 20 in Hype, Indies, Posters | Comments

Watch: 'Cinema 2012' is Kees van Dijkhuizen's Final Retrospective

Cinema 2012

This week we've looked back at the best posters, biggest disappointments and surprisingly great films of 2012 (not to mention our list of films we'd miss if the world ends tomorrow). Now we're back to a video retrospective from the trusty Kees van Dijkhuizen. The editor extraordinaire has had his retrospective videos for 2009, 2010, 2011 featured right here before and now he's back with Cinema 2012 and it does not disappoint. However, what is a little bit sad is that this will be the last retrospective video we'll see from Kees van Dijkhuizen. Surely this is a time consuming task and there are other endeavors to pursue. Watch!

 Posted December 20 in Feat, Movie News, To Watch | Comments

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