Looking Ahead: FirstShowing's 2023 Release Schedule is Ready Now

2023 Release Schedule

"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me." We have officially launched our 2023 Release Schedule page (being added to the button bar once we jam our way into the New Year), featuring listings throughout the year 2023 now that we're days away from sliding into 2022. This is our annual release update, to keep everyone informed about release dates in 2022 and 2023 looking ahead. We always launch the next calendar at the end of each year, and only update two years out as it gets seriously sketchy beyond that. Earlier this year, we announced that the schedule has some changes regarding additional listings of VOD/streaming releases, as well as a clear indicator of which films will be opening in theaters. It seems the industry has settled into a 45-day theatrical window, for now, and will continue pumping content into all the streaming services: led by Disney+, Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max, with Paramount+ & Discovery+ also on the rise.

There Is a New Viral Marketing Website for 'The Batman' to Follow

The Batman Viral Website

"Have you ever been to the Iceberg Lounge?" There's a new viral website for Matt Reeves' upcoming The Batman movie, discovered by fans a week ago. And while there is one file hidden on the site, not much is there yet. But this is exciting news. Most will remember the viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight (called "Why So Serious?"), as it's highly regarded as the best Hollywood viral campaign ever. Might this be an early hint that they're preparing something like this again for the next Batman? Who knows. The site was discovered by deciphering code hidden on a new cardboard standee for the movie that appeared in a movie theater recently. Surprise, surprise. If you look closely, there's coded text written on the bottom left corner (photo below). Once deciphered, fans discovered that it points to a new website - which looks like a basic terminal for a server and includes a text prompt with green text. Answer a few questions, or rather, answer a few riddles (ha ha ha) and you'll be given a "reward" - a jpg image with three GCPD sketches of The Batman.

Sundance 2022: Official Selection of All 83 Feature Films Announced

Sundance 2022 Line-Up

Nothing can stop cinema! Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with less than two months until Sundance 2022 kicks off on January 20th, it's time to find out what's playing this year. Sundance has revealed their 2022 selection of ALL of their official feature films in the selection this year, including 82 films playing across 9 different categories (including their usual four Competition categories), ranging from exciting documentaries to fun comedies, provocative dramas, and everything else good. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Sundance is once again hosting a virtual festival - in combination with an in-person festival returning to Park City, Utah. They will also be hosting more local "satellite" screening events around America, to spread the love to those who can't make it to Utah. View the entire selection of new films below.

John Waters Reveals His Top 10 Films of 2021 - Baby Annette Rules

John Waters - Annette Top 10

"Often wrongheaded but sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, [this film] has been rejected by film distributors worldwide. All I can say is that the movie sure as hell delivers." Ohh John Waters! It's always a delight to discover his Top 10 list every year. One of our favorite "best of the year" lists that kicks off this time of the year is from filmmaker John Waters - his Top 10 favorite films released this year. For 2021, Waters has chosen yet another (expected) eclectic mix of films, led by the extravagant Sparks Brothers + Leos Carax musical Annette (watch the trailer). He goes on to highlight other underseen gems and indie film favorites, including Quentin Dupieux's Mandibules and Sean Baker's Red Rocket. I'm honestly more excited to find out what's on his list than almost anyone else, just because he always chooses some of the most unexpected yet worthy films. No one else has a Top 10 like Waters'. And that's why I dig his Top 10 picks year after year.

MUBI is Launching a Cinema Subscription Service Called MUBI GO


There's something new coming to your local neighborhood art house theater! MUBI is launching a brand new subscription service called MUBI GO, starting out in NYC at the end of this month. What exactly is it? Here's how they describe it: "A ticket to see a brand new hand-picked film. In a theater. Every single week. Plus a MUBI subscription. Only $10.99 a month, for a limited time." On their website, it explains that every week they'll choose a new film, then you login with the app and can choose any venue showing it (that works with MUBI GO) at the best time for you, and that's it. You've got a ticket! In theory, this means that every month you can see up to 4 or 5 films, if you go to every one. Other info (about repeat viewings, venues, etc) is not yet available. This is a great idea! I'm all for it. And you get access to MUBI streaming, too. Excellent.

'Happening' & Jane Campion Winners at 2021 Venice Film Festival

Venice 2021 Golden Lion

A remarkable year for female filmmakers! Sian Heder's CODA won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, Julia Ducournau's Titane won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and now Audrey Diwan's Happening wins the Golden Lion in Venice. The 78th Venice Film Festival wrapped up this weekend on the sunny Lido island in Venice, and awards were handed out at an awards show complete with masks and empty seats for social distancing. 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 greatest achievements in cinema along with the Palme d'Or. This year's winner is a French film titled L'événement, which translates to Happening, set in the 1960s following a young woman who attempts to get an abortion despite it being illegal at the time. Not my favorite film of the festival, but it is a brave and important film nonetheless. Kiwi filmmaker Jane Campion also picked up the Best Director award, which she certainly deserves for her new film. The full list of #Venezia78 winners can be seen below.

WB Relaunches Mysterious 'What is The Matrix' Site for 'The Matrix 4'

The Matrix Website

It has begun. It's finally time to kick off the marketing for The Matrix 4, officially known as The Matrix Resurrections. The first glimpse of footage from the sequel was revealed a few weeks ago at the industry event CinemaCon in Las Vegas, a teaser trailer showing what seemed to be lovers Neo & Trinity meeting but having no memory of anything in their past lives. At the moment, Warner Bros still has Lana Wachowski's The Matrix 4 scheduled to debut in theaters December 22nd, 2021 just before the end of this year. There are rumors it could be delayed (again), but nothing has been confirmed or announced yet. Many fans have been wondering why there is no marketing yet – absolutely nothing – not even an announcement about the title. But now it looks like they're finally firing up the marketing machine. Game creator / movie geek Hideo Kojima tweeted about a brand new website for The Matrix called "What is The Matrix?" And here we go…

Julia Ducournau's 'Titane' Wins Palme d'Or Top Prize at Cannes 2021

Cannes 2021 Palme d'Or

Victory for Titane!! Winners of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Cannes, France this weekend. The big winner this year is all out punk French film Titane, directed by filmmaker Julia Ducournau, her second feature film after breaking into the scene with Raw a few years ago. She is the second female filmmaker to EVER win the Palme d'or in the festivals 74 year history, and the first female director to ever win entirely on her own. (Jane Campion won the Palme d'Or in 1993 for The Piano, but that was a tie win with Farewell My Concubine that year.) Every other excellent film seemed to pick up an award, all the winners were expected picks. Including the Best Actress choice - Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve in one of my favorites of the fest, a love story film called The Worst Person in the World (read my review). All the major Cannes 2021 winners are listed below.

2021 Cannes Film Festival Selection - Kogonada, Farhadi, Anderson

Cannes Film Festival 2021

Every year, cinephiles wake up early for the announcement from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 74th Cannes Film Festival taking place this July, they've confirmed an intriguing and compelling set of films made by the finest filmmakers hailing from all over the world. Cannes is ready to return after cancelling last year, despite announcing their 2020 selection anyway, with a focus on safety this year as thousands of movie lovers return to the South of France to watch new films. We'll be there! Wouldn't miss it for anything, except of course a global pandemic. This year's 2021 line-up includes new films by Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch), Sean Baker (Red Rocket), Asghar Farhadi (A Hero), Mia Hansen-Love (Bergman Island), Todd Haynes (Velvet Underground), Justin Kurzel (Nitram), Jacques Audiard (Paris 13th District), and many others. There will likely be a few additions last minute - Thierry Frémaux has also hinted that the big Hollywood blockbuster hasn't been revealed just yet. See the full list of 2021 films below.

2021 Academy Awards Winners - And 'Nomadland' Wins Best Picture

Academy Awards

The 93rd 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 two months later than normal this year, to allow time for more films to show due to the shut downs last year. There are eight Best Picture nominees, and I'm looking forward to finding out who wins. The frontrunner is Chloe Zhao's Nomadland, picking up numerous wins throughout the awards season. It's one of my favorite films from 2020, so I'm all for it. I'm also just so happy to see so many other worthy nominees - including Sound of Metal, Minari, Wolfwalkers, The Mole Agent, My Octopus Teacher, and Judas and the Black Messiah. Each deserving of accolades. With the pandemic raging it has been a strange year, but there's still great films to celebrate. Now it's time to find out who is taking home the Oscars this year, and who isn't, at the annual Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with the winners highlighted once revealed live on air - refresh for updates.

Chloe Zhao
Chloé Zhao for
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
in The Father
Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
in Nomadland

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2021 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.

2021 Indie Spirit Awards: 'Nomadland', 'Sound of Metal', 'Crip Camp'

2021 Indie Spirit Awards Winners

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 36th year. The 2021 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Thursday evening just before the Oscars in a virtual ceremony, still filled with all kinds of excitement and surprises. The two main winners this year: Chloe Zhao's Nomadland, heading home with four wins in total, and Sound of Metal, winning for Best First Feature, and both the Best Male Lead & Supporting Male. The rest of the nominees from 2020 included many outstanding little films that everyone has been talking about all year (like Minari!), but they deserve this extra attention anyway. These are always a nice counter-balance to the Oscars, especially with lots of films that didn't get any noms there (e.g. First Cow). Read on for the list of 2021 Indie Spirits results.

PosterSpy is Releasing This Gorgeous 'The Art of Movie Posters' Book

The Art of Movie Posters Book

Movie poster fans, this one is for you!! Our friends at are about to launch their second art book featuring a remarkable collection of art and details from many illustrators / creators from around the world. Their new book is called The Art of Movie Posters, and it's not just a collection of art, but also a behind-the-scenes look at the process and how posters are made. Jack Woodhams, founder of PosterSpy, states: "I'm delighted to finally release a new book full of incredible art by valued members of the PosterSpy community and beyond… When trying to figure out the type of book this would be, it was clear from the start that I wanted to showcase sketches and include personal artist commentary, ensuring the book is not only great to look at, but one that can educate and inspire too." It will sell for about £45 (~$62 USD), but you can pre-order it online now for -£10 less and it will begin shipping at the end of the summer. And yes, it ships worldwide and features talented artists from around the world. Get a first look at the new book below.



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