First Empire Mag Cover for 'The Desolation of Smaug' Only Has Elves

The Desolation of Smaug Elves

Here come the elves. Unless you really, really love the elves, don't get too excited by the news that Empire has debuted their new cover for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This first cover is devoid of any hint of Bilbo Baggins or Thorin Oakenshield or even Gandalf (likely all contracted for their own covers sometime this summer), instead it features three of the Elves from Middle-Earth: Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas (front and center), and Lee Pace as Thranduil. Bloom gets to draw his bow and stand up front with it, while the others have boring poses. I hope this isn't the only cover.

 Posted June 24 in Hobbit, Hype, Photos | Comments

Check This Out: First Poster for 'Particle Fever' Hadron Collider Doc

Particle Fever Doc

With one switch, everything changes. Another fascinating documentary added to our watch list. Our friends at IMPAwards have pointed out a new poster for Particle Fever, a doc about the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and the search for Higgs boson. It's being billed as "the ultimate reality film" with this pitch: Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. The minimalistic teaser poster features a simple but artistic circle in the middle of a star field, representing the circular layout of the LHC. It's a nice poster for a doc I'm now looking forward to watching.

 Posted June 23 in Docs, Indies, Posters | Comments Closed

Indie Trailer Sunday: Firefighter Doc 'Burn' About the City of Detroit

Burn Documentary

"You're tackling this thing like it's some kind of dragon - and we don't really lose too often." Today's indie trailer is for a documentary simply titled Burn about the crumbling city of Detroit as seen through the eyes of "the most overworked and worst-funded fire department" in our country. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and earned some rave reviews. This not only looks like a good insider story, but some of the footage is amazing - those shots inside burning buildings and powerful moments captured. Before today I had never heard about this, but it does look like a must see documentary no matter what city you're from.

 Posted June 23 in Docs, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

More Hints at the 'Never Been Done' Mentality on 'Jupiter Ascending'

The Wachowskis

Let's kick the hype up a notch. Production is underway on the next movie from the Wachowskis, titled Jupiter Ascending, a sort of grand space opera take on Snow White about the Queen of the Universe who hunts down a young destitute human woman who will be the end of her reign. The cast includes Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, James D'Arcy, Terry Gilliam, Doona Bae and Channing Tatum, who co-stars as one of the leads. We've been watching for quotes from him already, but talking with him for White House Down recently, Collider got a juicy one and I can't help but repost it because it's what I love hearing about - that the Wachowskis are challenging themselves to do what's "never been done" once again on this movie.

 Posted June 23 in Development, Hype, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Anna Kendrick to Play Cinderella in Rob Marshall's 'Into the Woods'

Anna Kendrick

She's all over the place! Another new project for talented young actress Anna Kendrick, who has already appeared in numerous headlines this week alone. She stars in Drinking Buddies and Rapturepalooza this summer, but has also just booked a major role as Cinderella in the Disney musical Into the Woods. The Broadway-to-movie adaptation is being directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) who is developing the project for Disney and has been lining up the ensemble cast over the last few months. The cast already has big names like Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep; Kendrick will be a worthy addition.

 Posted June 21 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

New Posters: 'Riddick' in IMAX + Hirsch & Rudd in 'Prince Avalanche'

Prince Avalanche Preview

Two completely unrelated movies have new posters today, so why not feature them together? One of them is the new IMAX poster for David Twohy's Riddick, starring Vin Diesel, who debuted it on Facebook. It's just another very dark shot of his big chest and head and, pretty much nothing else. Why nothing else? Anyway. The other one is for a film I have seen and will recommend, the new indie film by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter) called Prince Avalanche, starring Paul Rudd & Emile Hirsch. We ran the first trailer back in April, now it gets a simple but fresh new poster. Both below!

 Posted June 21 in Hype, Indies, Posters | Comments

Sound Off: Marc Forster's 'World War Z' - So What Did You Think?

World War Z Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? A history of the zombie war. Finally in theaters is an adaptation of one of the best horror books ever written - World War Z by Max Brooks. Starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction, Quantum of Solace), this World War Z movie follows U.N. special agent Gerry Lane as he travels a devastated world infected by "zombies." Besides Pitt, the cast includes Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Fana Mokoena. Is it any good? Does it even compare to the book? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on World War Z.

 Posted June 21 in Discuss, Horror, Sound Off | Comments

Arnold Schwarzenegger Signs to Father Zombie Daughter in 'Maggie'

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Over a year ago, Chloe Moretz continued her penchant for dark, unique dramas when she became attached to Maggie, a Black Listed drama about a 16-year old girl from a town in middle America who becomes infected by a zombie. However, this film is different then your average zombie flick as it actually takes six months for the girl to turn into a zombie and the story follows the affect it has on her family, mainly her father who continues to have nothing but unconditional love for her. However, Variety reports scheduling will keep Moretz from starring, but Arnold Schwarzengger has signed to play the father. More below!

 Posted June 21 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Kickstart This: Giant Robot Prison Guard Goes Berserk in 'Goliath'

Goliath Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're taking a look at a new science fiction short called Goliath, which features a 12-foot-tall robot that guards a prison with a gang problem. There are a lot of people involved with this who have some very impressive credits to their names - from Peter Jackson's King Kong to AMC's "Breaking Bad" - so take a look at their pitch video below, leave a comment here with your thoughts, and don't forget to donate if you can spare a few bucks. Watch!

 Posted June 21 in Indies, Kickstart This, SciFi | Comments

Sound Off: Pixar's 'Monsters University' - As Good As 'Monsters Inc'?

Monsters University Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "I am going to scare circles around you." The lovable Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc are back in the prequel Monsters University, the 14th movie from Pixar Animation Studios. While there is no Boo this time, we do meet a whole batch of new monsters including Squishy, Don, Terri & Terry, Art, Johnny and the ominous Dean Hardscrabble. So how is it? Does it live up to Monsters Inc at all, is at as good as that classic, or not even close? Does it have as much heart as there is humor? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Pixar's Monsters University.

 Posted June 21 in Discuss, Pixar, Sound Off | Comments

'Community' Cast & Will Forte Audition for Roles in 'The Way Way Back'

The Way Way Back

The limited release of The Way Way Back is just around the corner the weekend following July 4th. If you haven't seen the trailer for the hit Sundance comedy, make sure you check it out. With a cast that includes Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell and more supporting the young lead Liam James, as he stumbles upon the greatest summer of his life while on a trip with his mother (Collette) and prickish potential step-father (Carell). Now co-directors and co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash team up to test out the latter's co-workers like Joel McHale and Danny Pudi from the NBC comedy series "Community" to audition for the film. And Will Forte also pops in to try out for a role too. Watch!

 Posted June 21 in Humor, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 11-Minute SoundWorks Collection Featurette on 'Man of Steel'

Man of Steel

There's been plenty of talk about Man of Steel lately, from the sequel and a potential follow-up of Justice League, to our examination of the death and destruction in Zack Snyder's superhero reboot. But rather than nitpicking and thinking about the future, this new featurette from SoundWorks Collection merely goes behind the scenes of the sound design and editing for the film that went into creating the audio behind all the action and chaos. In addition, there's a little tidbit that shows how the sound designers actually were able to fit in an easter egg that references the old 1950s Superman TV series that nobody probably noticed.

 Posted June 21 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Nicolas Winding Refn Planning 'Valhalla Rising' Sequel Set in Tokyo

Valhalla Rising

Nicolas Winding Refn dove into a different kind of criminal underworld for his most recent project Only God Forgives, a film that has proven to be rather divisive among critics who saw the film at Cannes. Perhaps it's because audiences were expecting something more akin to Drive, or maybe because Ryan Gosling barely talks, but viewers will have to wait until July to find out for themselves. But fans of one of Refn's other previous films now have something intriguing to look forward to as The Playlist has learned the filmmaker is developing a sequel to the slow-burning Viking era drama Valhalla Rising starring Mads Mikkelsen.

 Posted June 21 in Development, Movie News | Comments

First Full Trailer for 'Jobs' Starring Ashton Kutcher is Finally Here

Jobs Trailer

"The Original Innovator. The Original Rebel." Open Road Films has finally debuted the first full trailer for Joshua Michael Stern's Jobs movie, the biopic about Steve Jobs, played by lookalike Ashton Kutcher. The film first premiered at Sundance this year to mixed reviews, and this trailer really goes all out selling it. No surprise there - it is Steve Jobs here. The ensemble cast of Jobs also includes Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, Lukas Haas as Daniel Kottke, James Woods as Jack Dudman, Matthew Modine as John Sculley and plenty others. I hate to say it again, but they show a lot of the film in this trailer, so watch out. Give it a look.

 Posted June 21 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments




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