Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan Join Pegg & Frost in 'World's End'

Martin Freeman

After taking some time for a couple of small roles in both Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, it looks like Martin Freeman is teaming up with director Edgar Wright and his comedy pair Simon Pegg and Nick Frost again. Variety has word that the "Sherlock" and Love Actually star has joined The World's End in an unknown role. In addition, Sherlock Holmes star Eddie Marsan has also landed a role alongside other co-stars Paddy Considine and Rosamund Pike. Of course, this is a big year for Freeman as the actor will be seen this winter in the first part of The Hobbit trilogy and he was nominated for an Emmy for "Sherlock."

 Posted September 28 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

'Social Network' Convinced Ridley Scott to Shoot 'Prometheus' on RED

Prometheus

Despite the debates between audiences who took the time to see Prometheus this summer, one thing everyone can agree on is that the film looked absolutely gorgeous and Ridley Scott still knows how to shoot a pretty film, even if the script isn't all that great. Part of that credit goes to director David Fincher and his film The Social Network. Why? Well, Scott recently revealed that while watching a nighttime sequence that moves from outside on the Harvard campus into a party, he was amazed at how great the film looked with only natural light sources, and that's when he decided he wanted to shoot on the amazing RED camera. He explains his decision to use the cameras and talks about how it helped him technically. Watch!

 Posted September 28 in Featurette, Hype, To Watch | Comments

New Trailer for 'Silver Linings Playbook' with Cooper and Lawrence

Silver Linings Playbook

After winning the People's Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, there's a lot of buzz following the David O. Russell film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as two lost, struggling, depressed people who find solace in each other. The first trailer made it look like a charming, somewhat dark comedy, and this new one just hits that point home again. It looks like Cooper and Lawrence have some great chemistry and this might be the first great supporting role for Robert De Niro in a long time. There's likely some Academy Award nominations in store when the time comes, so watch it below!

 Posted September 28 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Infographic: So Is Marvel Destroying DC Comics at the Box Office?

Marvel vs. DC at the Box Office

Even as you read the headline, doing a quick checklist in your head, it's clear that Marvel has been beating the hell out of DC Comics at the box office. Obviously the comic house for The Avengers has kicked out many more movies than DC Comics, but the Batman home also has a few you've probably forgotten about (or desperately erased from your memory). Thankfully, Fancy Dress Costumes (via The Daily What) has found a very long infographic comparing the box office history of DC Comics and Marvel's properties that have hit the big screen. While the results aren't surprising, it's a nice visual to see all the figures and films.

 Posted September 28 in Cool Stuff, Hype | Comments

Kickstart This: Ambitious, Mind-Exploring Sci-Fi Film 'Mnemosyne'

Mnemosyne

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects around the world that need your help to become a reality. With Looper out in theaters today, it's fitting that this week we're featuring an original science fiction project. This one's called Mnemosyne, a bold, ambitious look into the internal workings of memory and the human mind. But their campaign expires a few hours from now, so check out the video below, support the filmmakers if you can, and then come back and leave us a comment letting us know what you think. Support this project!

 Posted September 28 in Indies, Kickstart This, SciFi | Comments

Thankfully Liam Neeson Casts Serious Doubt on Making a 'Taken 3'

Taken 2

The sequel to the surprising action hit Taken, the aptly titled Taken 2 (though it should really be called Taken Too), is nearly here. The sequel finds retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) in Istanbul where he and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter years ago. With such an anticipated sequel, it stands to reason that there might be another sequel in our midst (we know that Hollywood loves sequels and remakes). But thankfully, the lead action man himself doesn't think that he would come back for a third round to rip throats, snap necks and kick asses. Read on!

 Posted September 28 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Trailer for French-Canadian Sperm Donor Comedy 'Starbuck'

Starbuck

As Vince Vaughn and Cobie Smulders get ready to star in a remake of the French Canadian comedy Starbuck, a trailer for the the film's US release next year has finally arrived. Patrick Huard, Julie Le Breton, Antoine Bertrand and Dominic Philie star in the film from Ken Scott (who is directing the remake as well), which follows a middle-aged man whose life is turned upside down when he learns he has fathered 533 children through sperm donation. When a few hundred of the children express an irrepressible need to meet their father, the donor, codenamed Starbuck, must decide whether he will reveal his identity.

 Posted September 28 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Stunning Cannes Sizzle Reel for P.T. Anderson's 'The Master'

The Master

If you haven't taken the time to see Paul Thomas Anderon's film The Master (especially in 70mm) you're missing out on what will surely be a huge awards contender when the time comes. Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman put in phenomenal performances that by themselves are  worth a trip to the theater. But if you need more convincing, here's a stellar piece of footage that was shown as a sizzle reel at Cannes earlier this summer. The best thing about this footage though, is there's scenes that didn't make the final cut. That has me excited to see what deleted scenes there are on Blu-Ray/DVD. Watch!

 Posted September 27 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Daniel Radcliffe is Interested in Leading New 'Frankenstein' at Fox

Daniel Radcliffe / Frankenstein

Now that the new take on the classic monster movie Frankenstein is in the hands of Lucky Number Slevin helmer Paul McGuigan, after Shawn Levy was seemingly too busy to commit, the cast is starting to shape up. While no official deals are in place and no offers are out, The Wrap has word that Daniel Radcliffe is very interested in taking the lead role of Hunchback in the project that is being called a revisionist take on the classic tale. I would think the Hunchback character would be that of Igor, so maybe this tale is taking the perspective of the assistant to Dr. Frankenstein as he embarks on his infamous experiment? More below!

 Posted September 27 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Gambit' Director Michael Hoffman Getting Sappy with 'Best of Me'

Best of Me

After the disappointment that was The Lucky One, I'm starting to wonder whether or not audiences are getting sick of Nicholas Sparks' books heading to the big screen or if it's just me. Having thoroughly enjoyed The Notebook, but not many of the other adaptations, one would think that even his fans have to begin to tire of the sappy romance at some point. We'll get another chance to test this theory as Deadline reports Warner Bros. is in talks with The Last Station director Michael Hoffman to helm The Best of Me, based on Sparks' best-selling book of the same name, which will be adapted by The Lucky One writer Will Fetters.

 Posted September 27 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Mark Millar Now Consulting on All Marvel Films at 20th Century Fox

Marvel / Mark Millar

It would be an understatement to say that Marvel fans were pleased to hear The Avengers director Joss Whedon would be coming back to helm a sequel, as well as oversee the creation of a new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series for ABC. We were all thrilled. But that's all on the Disney/Marvel side of the equation, and now 20th Century Fox has decided having a creative overlord of sorts is a good idea to oversee their own remaining Marvel Comics projects. Therefore a press release has announced that Fox hired Wanted and Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar as a consultant for all of the Marvel film adaptations they still house under their roof.

 Posted September 27 in Development, Movie News | Comments

First Look: Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in 'White House Down'

White House Down

No official photos from the action thriller White House Down helmed by director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) have surfaced, but that doesn't mean we don't get a look behind the scenes of the film starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. The film follows a single father Secret Service agent (Tatum) tasked with protecting the president (Foxx) when bad guys initiate a hostile takeover of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We get a slight taste of that action in a video from the set complete with a mind-numbing interview with Tatum (it's not his fault). At the very least, the sets are impressive, and there's plenty of action. Watch!

 Posted September 27 in First Look, Hype, To Watch | Comments

A New Poster for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' Has Dwarves Aplenty

The Hobbit

The most recent trailer for The Hobbit was nothing short of breathtaking, and a new poster showed up shortly thereafter with Martin Freeman in an image that calls back to the original posters for Lord of the Rings with Elijah Wood in the spotlight. Now it's the dwarves turn to get the spotlight in a new poster. There's Nori (Jed Brown), Ori (Adam Brown), Dori (Mark Hadlow), Fili (Dean O'Gorman), Kili (Aidan Turner), Oin (John Callen), Gloin (Peter Hambleton), Bombur (Stephen Hunter), Bofur (James Nesbitt), Bifur (William Kircher, Balin (Ken Scott), Dwalin (Graham McTavish) and Thorin (Richard Armitage).

 Posted September 27 in Hobbit, Hype, Movie News | Comments

Aurally Charming TV Trailer for Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables' Lands

Les Mis TV Trailer

"I had a dream my life would be... so different from this hell I'm living!" Time to start your day with some Les Mis. Universal has unveiled a new 90-second TV spot for Les Miserables, the epic movie musical being directed by Tom Hooper. Most of this features a lot of the same footage we've seen in the teaser trailer and the most recent extended first look (when is the second trailer coming?). But it's still wonderful, because this movie looks amazing, I love listening to Anne Hathaway singing on repeat, even without the visuals. Hugh Jackman is also shown quite a bit as Jean Valjean, but none of his singing yet. View below!

 Posted September 27 in To Watch, Trailer, TV Spots | Comments

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