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Venice 2022 Golden Lion: 'All the Beauty & the Bloodshed' Doc Wins

Laura Poitras - Golden Lion Winner

It's not often a documentary is good enough to break through and win the top prize at a film festival - but it happens every once in a while. Fahrenheit 9/11 won the Palme d'Or in Cannes before, and another activism doc has won in Venice this year. The 79th Venice Film Festival wrapped up this weekend on the sunny Lido island in Venice, and awards were handed out at a fancy awards show in the Sala Grande. The top prize at Venice is a Golden Lion (in honor of the iconic lion that is the symbol of the city) and it's one of the top prizes in cinema along with the Palme d'Or. This year's winner is a documentary film titled All the Beauty and the Bloodshed directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras (Citizenfour). The film is about photographer Nan Goldin, telling her own life story and connecting it to her activism in the fight against the opioid crisis in America. It's not my favorite of the festival, and not my Golden Lion pick (that would be TÁR instead), but many critics have been raving about it. The full list of #Venezia79 winners can be seen below.

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 Posted on September 11 in Awards, Movie News, Venice 22 | Comments

Star Wars Movie 'Rogue One' Returning to IMAX Theaters This Month

Rogue One

"I Am One With the Force and the Force Is With Me." Good news, Star Wars fans! Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is returning to theaters later this month. Disney has confirmed that they will re-release Rogue One in select IMAX theaters only starting on August 26th, 2022 as part of a promotion for the upcoming steaming series Andor, which brings back many of the classic Rogue One characters (except for Jyn Erso, of course). The IMAX re-release will also include an exclusive look at footage from the new series. Andor will debut streaming on Disney+ starting on September 21st (watch the full trailer) so this the perfect time to relaunch this "one-off" Star Wars movie on IMAX screens to bring more attention to this upcoming series - which looks superb so far. It's a packed month for IMAX debuts - Spielberg's classic E.T. just opened on IMAX screens on August 12th, and Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will show on IMAX on August 19th. You must check at your local IMAX to see if they'll be showing Rogue One (or something else).

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 Posted on August 15 in Hype, Movie News, Star Wars | 2 Comments

Orion Pictures Reveals a New Logo, But the Original is Still the Best

Orion Pictures Logo

It's time for a logo reveal! Orion Pictures, now run by MGM, has revealed their brand new logo - updating their classic branding that initially came out of the late 70s / early 80s. This is newsworthy because, well, if you're a movie geek like me then you are a fan of the original Orion Pictures - not only their old logo, but all of the great films that it was in front of. Orion was originally a "mini-major" Hollywood production company formed in 1978 as a joint venture between Warner Bros and three former senior executives at United Artists; it ran from 1978 until 1999, when they stopped producing new films. Eventually they were bought by MGM and now they're back in action. They've released a few films in the past few years already, but this new logo is meant to take them into a new era. As nifty as it is, I still prefer the original. It's a classic! One of my all-time favorites. I remember while growing up always being happy when an Orion logo came up before a film.

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 Posted on July 20 in Movie News, To Watch | 1 Comment

Spielberg's 'E.T.' & 'Jaws' Return to IMAX Screens Late Summer 2022

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Two Spielberg classics are coming back to IMAX theaters later this summer. Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment today announced that, for the first time, U.S. audiences will be able to experience two classic, culture-defining Steven Spielberg films—E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Jaws (1975)—on IMAX screens nationwide (only in the US for now). Both of these Steven Spielberg movies have been re-released and upgraded many times, so this isn't anything new, however it is exciting to have the chance to watch them again on the big, BIG screen. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be released exclusively on IMAX screens beginning August 12th, to celebrate the film's 40th Anniversary. Jaws will be released on IMAX screens and also in RealD 3D (ugh, really?) beginning September 2nd at the end of the summer. There's also a brand new trailer they're debuting for E.T.'s 40th in front of Jurassic World Dominion, arriving online later.

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 Posted on June 10 in Events, Movie News | Comments

Cannes 2022 Awards: Ruben Östlund Wins His Second Palme d'Or

Ruben Östlund - Palme d'Or

Winners of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Cannes, France this weekend. The big surprise is that Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund has won his second Palme d'Or! He already won for his art world satire The Square back in 2017 (I was there that year and it was a good win), and this year he finally premiered his long-awaited follow-up titled Triangle of Sadness. The film took home the top prize in Cannes, besting Belgian director Lukas Dhont with his film Close, as well as Kelly Reichardt, the Dardennes, Albert Serra, and many other favorites among critics. Korean director Park Chan-wook also won for Best Director, and Korean actor Song Kang-ho took him the Best Actor prize – the first Korean to ever win this award which is a pretty big deal. Don't forget that Titane was the glorious Palme winner last year. All the major Cannes 2022 awards listed below.

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 Posted on May 29 in Awards, Cannes 22, Movie News | Comments

Tons of Vintage 35mm Movie Trailers Scanned & Uploaded to YouTube

35mm Movie Trailers

If you didn't already know, we loveee movie trailers! FirstShowing has been hosting, posting, promoting, and covering movie trailers for 16 years already. There was a time, years ago, when we had to fight with the Hollywood studios to upload trialers to YouTube - they would send their anti-piracy legal teams after us (yes this is a true story) just because they didn't like them being posted on YouTube. Every single time I would argue with them and remind them that YouTube is where trailers belong now, they get so many views, they spread so easily, it's searchable, and it'll be the main place for trailers. Eventually they conceded. Thanks to a tip from our friends, we've heard about this user - there's a YouTube channel from Montreal that uploads full, high res scans of 35mm trailers. The way they used to make them! For decades, Hollywood had to strike 35mm prints of trailers and send them to theaters. Not anymore, but this is an epic collection of trailers - there's already hundreds of classics available on this channel. Check out a few of our favorite trailers below.

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 Posted on May 10 in Movie News, To Watch, Trailer | 5 Comments

2022 Cannes Film Festival Selection - Cronenberg, Östlund, Reichardt

Cannes Film Festival Selection

Every year, cinephiles wake up early for the announcement from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 75th Cannes Film Festival taking place this May, they've confirmed an exciting set of films from a number of beloved, well-established filmmakers (usual for this festival), as well as some first-timers. Cannes is returning to its usual spot in May at the beginning of the summer, running from May 17th to 28th. Last year it was held in July due to pandemic setbacks, but now they're getting back into the groove with a big 75th anniversary celebration happening in late May. The 2022 selection is fantastic so far! Everyone from George Miller to Cronenberg to Kelly Reichardt to Park Chan-wook to Ruben Östlund to Baz Luhrmann to Quentin Dupieux to Riley Keough. All these major names! So far there are 67 films as part of this selection. They will add a few more films soon - Thierry Frémaux also revealed there will be some last minute additions confirmed over the next few weeks - keep an eye out. View the full list of 2022 films below.

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 Posted on April 14 in Cannes 22, Foreign Film, Movie News | 1 Comment

Everyone's Favorite New Daily Social Media Movie Game - Framed

Framed Social Media Game

Move over Wordle, there's a fun new movie game in town! Inspired by Wordle (which was bought by the NY Times after becoming extraordinarily successful), Heardle and all the other spinoffs - there is a new social media movie game to play called Framed. I've been addicted to playing it over the last few weeks and it seems everyone else I know is enjoying it, too. "A game for cinephiles and casual movie watchers alike!" So how do you play? Visit the website located at framed.wtf and you'll see one frame from a film. You have to guess the film from this ONE frame. If you make the wrong guess (or have no idea) you can unveil up to 5 more frames before it's game over. Just type the title of the film in the box for your guess (correct titles will appear there) and have fun. That's it! The frames have been getting more & more obscure the past few days.

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 Posted on April 1 in Feat, Movie News | 2 Comments

2022 Academy Awards Winners - 'CODA', Jane Campion, Will Smith

2022 Academy Awards

The 94th Academy Awards are finally 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 once again taking place much later than usual this year, we're already into spring, and the awards season has been very long since last fall. There are ten Best Picture nominees from 2021, and I don't think anyone has been able to figure which one is going to win before tonight. The frontrunner seems to be CODA, gaining momentum recently, but The Power of the Dog and West Side Story also have plenty of support. While there are some obvious expected wins, most of tonight will be a complete surprise. I'm enjoying this anticipation and I'm all for any of these three excellent films winning big - along with Dune and Spencer and The Lost Daughter as other favorites. Now it's time to find out who is taking home Oscars this year, and who isn't, at the annual Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with winners highlighted once revealed live on air - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
CODA - Best Picture
CODA
dir. by Siân Heder
DIRECTOR:
Jane Campion - The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion for
The Power of the Dog
ACTOR:
Will Smith - King Richard
Will Smith for
King Richard
ACTRESS:
Jessica Chastain - The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Read on below for a complete list of #Oscars2022 nominees & winners. Tell us your thoughts on the results.

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of personal commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

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 Posted on March 27 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | 7 Comments

Jane Campion & Maggie Gyllenhaal Win 2022 Directors Guild Awards

DGA Awards

This weekend, the winners of the 74th Annual DGA Awards were announced in Los Angeles. We're in the last few weeks of the awards season this year, with only a few big ones left to go. This year, the New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion won the top prize for Best Film for The Power of the Dog, along with Maggie Gyllenhaal winning Best First Film for The Lost Daughter. Loved both of these films and I'm very happy for both of them to win. This is the first time ever in DGA history that two women have won both of these awards together. In addition, Stanley Nelson won the Documentary prize for his superb film Attica (watch the trailer); and filmmaker Barry Jenkins won the Series prize for his show The Underground Railroad. The Directors Guild Awards are one of the premiere prizes in Hollywood, honoring "Outstanding Directorial Achievement" in many different categories. Congrats to all of the winners and all of the nominees this year.

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 Posted on March 13 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

2022 Indie Spirit Awards: 'The Lost Daughter' Wins Three Top Prizes

The Lost Daughter - Indie Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring all of the indie films which deserve honor and recognition - celebrating their 37th year. The 2022 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Sunday evening, in their usual spot just a few weeks before the Oscar ceremony. The biggest winner this year: Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Lost Daughter (now on Netflix), taking home the three top prizes: Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Zola also ended up with one key win - Taylour Paige for Best Actress. Questlove's Summer of Soul picked up Best Doc, and Japanese drama Drive My Car won Best International Film. The other nominations from all the 2021 releases included many excellent indie films many critics have been talking up all year, deserving of some extra time in the spotlight - gems like Wild Indian, Swan Song, The Novice, Passing. These awards are always a nice counter-balance to the Oscars, so many underrated films that deserve to be seen. Read on for the list of 2022 film winners.

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 Posted on March 6 in Awards, Indies, Movie News | Comments

SAG Awards 2022 Winners Include Jessica Chastain & Troy Kotsur

SAG Awards 2022 - Jessica Chastain

As we get closer and closer to the Academy Awards this year (coming up on March 28th), the next important set of winners have been revealed. The 28th annual SAG Awards (Screen Actors Guild Awards) honor the greatest performances from 2021, as chosen by other actors which means this is one of the most definitive lists of the best performances. All of the nominees, too. Actors know their profession better than anyone and are very particular about good performances. So what did they pick from 2021? I am considerably happy with all four of the individual winners this year - especially Troy Kotsur and Ariana DeBose. And while we don't cover TV winners, "Squid Game" also won three awards! Huge fan of the show and this a delight to see. Read on for the full list of winners from 2021 + be sure to watch any / all of the films mentioned below.

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 Posted on February 28 in Awards, Movie News | 1 Comment

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