Well hello Mr. Fancy Pants!! We break from our usual trailer updates to bring you some exciting news about a horror classic returning to the big screen. Sam Raimi's original haunted house classic The Evil Dead is returning to drive-in cinemas! It's true! Grindhouse Releasing has confirmed a summer tour of drive-in cinemas this month - playing throughout the rest of June straight into July. With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down movie theaters worldwide, drive-in movie theaters have returned in force as the exciting new way to "go to the movie during a pandemic!" At least it's a way for everyone to gather under a big screen and watch movies together. And what couldn't be a better choice of a movie for the drive-in experience?! The Evil Dead, of course. If only it played as a double feature with the sequel/remake or with Army of Darkness.
Wow! We break from our regular updates to bring you this news. For the fourth time in Oscar history, The Academy has announced they are postponing the 2020 Academy Awards ceremony. After debating and discussing ideas over the weekend, The Academy (AMPAS) officially announced that the "2020 Oscars" will now take place on April 25th, 2021. They were originally scheduled for February 28th, in line with recent schedule changes the last few years to have the ceremony at the end of February (before March Madness begins and takes all the attention away from the show). In addition to announcing the ceremony delay, The Academy has also revealed that the eligibility window for films will remain open until February 28th, 2021. Meaning any movie that plays in cinemas through February 2021 can be considered for 2020 Oscars. Crazy.
There is no Cannes Film Festival this year, but there are Cannes Film Festival films this year. Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux from Cannes officially announced a selection of 56 films that would've been in the main line-up at the 2020 festival. It's still hard to figure out what the point of this is, but they've been saying it's to bring attention to these films and allow them to exist with the "official Cannes selection" designation. "Comprising fifty-six films to be accompanied by the Festival for their release in cinemas and screenings at certain festivals." The 56 films are listed in brand new, very basic categories including "The Faithful" (or at least selected once before), "The Newcomers" (first time at Cannes), finally "The First Features", along with some documentaries and comedies. Truffle Hunters from Sundance is listed, and Peninsula, the Korean zombie horror Train to Busan sequel, plus Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch and also Pixar's Soul.
"Take back your life!" Lionsgate has revealed a third trailer for the horror-thriller Antebellum, starring singer / actress Janelle Monáe. The first two trailers have also been very vague - each one revealing just a little bit more from the film. This one seems to have many of the most impressive shots so far. What exactly is this?! The synopsis only states an author "finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality & must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late." From music video / advertising biz directors Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz, now making their feature debut. The full cast includes Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Marque Richardson. The film has been rescheduled for release in August at the end of the summer.
Big news! A conglomerate of the biggest & most prestigious film festivals all over the world has announced an online film festival beginning in May. It will be called the We Are One: A Global Film Festival and launches on May 29th running until June 7th. The unprecedented online event hosted by YouTube, and organized by Tribeca Enterprises, will feature new and classic films, masterclasses, and more offerings from all of the festivals. However, according to the press release, no new films from 2020 (that were supposed to premiere at any 2020 festivals that are now cancelled) will be screening. "We are proud to join with our partner festivals to spotlight truly extraordinary films and talent, allowing audiences to experience both the nuances of storytelling from around the world and the artistic personalities of each festival," stated Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Film Festival, & Thierry Frémaux, Cannes Film Festival General Delegate.
Need some recommendations? Not sure what to watch tonight? Start with these! You never know where they might lead you… With everyone around the whole world staying at home during this coronavirus pandemic lockdown / quarantine, many have been spending the time watching / reading / listening to as many movies / books / albums as they can. Guillermo del Toro went on Twitter this week to encourage his filmmaker friends to speak up and speak up about what they've been watching, and reading, and listening to – as long as they're "things we love". He ended up getting a whole bunch of fascinating and intriguing responses from filmmakers including: Darren Aronofsky, Sarah Polley, Edgar Wright, Ari Aster, Brad Bird, Ava DuVernary, and a few others. We've compiled most of the responses below to peruse and add to your queue. Have a look.
"We just need to make sure that nobody knows until everybody knows." First things first, please stay safe. Stay home. Keep your distance from others. Support the health care workers and service workers and food workers who are all still putting themselves in harms way to keep the world turning. It's tough times… For everyone. Pretty much every cinema around the world has shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Hollywood has responded by shifting many upcoming releases to digital / VOD offerings. Our focus here at FirstShowing has been, and will always be, the theatrical experience. Many of us miss going to the cinema. And with time, hopefully things will return to normal and the cinemas will re-open. Until then, we're doing our best to keep the website going including regularly updating the release schedule. It's our way to survive.
"The single biggest threat to man's continued dominance on the planet is the virus." A quote from Nobel laureate Joshua Lederberg, Ph.D, that is shown at the beginning of Outbreak. In just a few months, followed by a few weeks of frantic decision making, the entire world has been upended by a virus. We still don't know when things will get back to "normal", or if they'll ever get back to normal, but for the time being everything is changing before our eyes and there's nothing we can do besides wait and see. Stay at home and stay safe. Ride out the storm and wait for sunny skies after it's all over. The biggest change affecting this website, and every reader, is that cinemas worldwide have shut their doors. Most countries have passed emergency laws requiring all entertainment venues, including all cinemas, to close down until further notice. Thankfully we have digital libraries at our fingertips, but I still miss the cinema. I wish I could still see films in theaters…
As another film festival comes to an end, it's time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 70th Berlin Film Festival is finishing up, and the winners were revealed at the Closing Ceremony, including the winner of the coveted Golden Bear for Best Film. That top prize was given to a film called There Is No Evil, directed by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, who was not allowed to leave his country to attend the festival. Hence the cell phone photo of him with the award seen above. The film explores themes of moral strength and the death penalty that ask to what extent individual freedom can be expressed under a despotic regime. It was the very last film to screen after everything else. Full list below.
The 92nd Academy Awards are 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 being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with no host this year - the same as last year, too. There are nine Best Picture nominees, and I'm very excited to finally find out who wins - perhaps there will be a few surprises, a few upsets, but most of all I really hope Bong Joon-ho's Parasite sweeps everything. Let it win the night!! It has been a very interesting awards season, shorter than previous years, but still with the usual set of controversies and complaints. Now it's time to find out who is taking home all the Oscars, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with winners marked once announced live tonight - refresh for updates.
Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2020 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of 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.
The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring all of the indie films which deserve the honor and recognition that they usually don't receive - celebrating their 35th year. The 2020 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony in Santa Monica. The two main winners: Lulu Wang's The Farewell, taking home the top prize, and Uncut Gems, which won Best Director(s) & Editing, along with Adam Sandler nabbing the prize for Best Male Lead. The rest of the nominees from 2019 included many stellar films that got snubbed by other award shows, a much better selection than the Academy Awards. These are always a nice counter-balance to the Oscars, especially with Uncut and Farewell leading the way. Read on for the list of Indie Spirits results.
The official awards for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival were announced this weekend at a ceremony in Park City, Utah. We've all been curious to see who's taking home awards at Sundance this year, and now we know - it's one of the most talked about of the fest. Finally, a real winner this year! The big Audience Award winners are: Minari, about a Korean-American family that movies to rural Arkansas to try and start a farm; Crip Camp, a documentary about a summer camp started in the 70s for disabled teenagers; and I Carry You With Me, about a chef leaving behind his lover to try and make a life in NYC. Other winners include filmmakers like Kirsten Johnson, Josephine Decker, Radha Blank, and Edson Oda. View the winners below.