Praise for 2006's Mexican Powerhouse Directors: del Toro, Inarritu, and Cuaron
January 16, 2007

Friends (from left to right) del Toro, Cuaron, and Inarritu.

There are plenty of phenomenal filmmakers out there, including Martin Scorsese, but none of them are as visionary and as revolutionary as these three Mexico-born directors who've created some of the greatest masterpieces of 2006: Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Alfonso Cuaron. Finally they're getting some recognition, with Babel, Innaritu's film, receiving the Golden Globe for Best Drama. I must take this moment to praise these powerhouse directors for their achievements and recognize them for their excellence.

Alex's Top 15 Movies of 2006
January 8, 2007

Yes, it's yet another "top" list for 2006, but you know, I've got to publish it! Maybe I'll strike some controversy, or maybe I'll just show you a bit more about the films I enjoy and are undoubtedly fine creations. I'm an advocate for the fact that we at least need to distinguish and discuss top lists, because it enhances our knowledge and expertise and especially the experience of cinema all around. Anyway, enough rambling, on to my list!'s Weekly Openings Report - Dec 29th
December 27, 2006

Wide release openings for Friday, December 29th include: The Painted Veil.

Limited release openings on Wednesday, December 27th include: Notes on a Scandal and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

Limited release openings on Friday, December 29th include: Pan's Labyrinth, Arthur and the Invisibles, Factory Girl, Fast Track, and Miss Potter.

Pan's Labyrinth
Ivana Baquero in the riveting Pan's Labyrinth opening in limited release this weekend.

FirstShowing Weekend Suggestion: Pan's Labyrinth. If this film opens near you - then definitely go. If not, catch up on what's currently out and get some rest and relaxation.

Make sure you head out to your local theater and watch one of these newly released movies!

Stephen King Serves Up His Top 10 of 2006
December 18, 2006

We're at the time of year where just about everyone, from big names to bloggers alike, will be announcing and discussing their top 10 lists for 2006. However there is one prominent name I must mention - the one-and-only Stephen King. In his column in Entertainment Weekly he posted his top 10 list for 2006 with quite an interesting selection, and it's worth bringing up. He seems to provide an interesting spin on the typical "critics' choices" and for that, I must mention him.

Poster Madness Contest Series Archives!
October 15, 2006

Contest archive and latest contest links are below - scroll down!

Latest Contest (March 7): 300

So, in running events in theaters here, we've handed out some 4,897 posters (both full size and minis) to people at the movie theater. Yes, you heard that number correctly, we've given out a massive 4,897 posters, around 40% of which were full size ones, the same full size ones you buy at for $24.99, but double-sided. And in handing that many out, what I've started to realize is that people really don't seem to care or want the posters. Now, when a certain one comes along that people are really excited for (Pirates 2 for example), then people feed on them like pigeons and bread. So what I've decided to do is host a weekly giveaway for a few posters from our collection (even for films not yet released).

HypeCast Episode #07: Cornucopia of Fun - Dax Shepard, Andy Dick, and GeekLabel
October 2, 2006

HypeCastThis Week's Episode:
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints / The U.S. vs. John Lennon / The Guardian Reviews
News: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man; Russell Crowe Response; Pan's Labyrinth Foreign Language Oscar Submission
Dax Shepard / Andy Dick Interviews
Current State of Movies: GeekLabel's Kingfish, The Vicar, Supergeek Billy
Upcoming Weekend

I apologize that we did not include a main topic of discussion this week, as we had so many great features to present, we just didn't have the time! So enjoy this great episode! We'll definitely come back to gangster / crime / heist movies for discussion again in the future!

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Jump for show notes and times. Comic-Con Coverage Link Dump
July 24, 2006

Come one, come all, this is your last chance to check out our complete Comic-Con coverage! Over the next few days I will be editing all of the live blogs to fix grammar, mistakes, clarity, and more. I'm comprising links to our complete coverage here in this article, so bookmark this bugger if you want to never forget your Comic-Con experience (ha!). There are a few more articles, some interviews, and a bit more goodness to come post-Comic-Con but those links will be updated here once they're up.

Comic-Con was truly an incredible and unforgettable experience full of lots of good news, amazing upcoming movies, and just all-around good times. Keep watch on FirstShowing for plenty more movie news and event coverage we have coming up as well as our in-theatre events!

Thursday Night Coverage Wrap-Up
July 20, 2006

We're taking a short break in the press room after all of today's panels finished up and we finally had a chance to go grab some food and "relax."

I'm posting a brief wrap-up with links and details to all of our live blogs and posts from today and all of our Comic-Con coverage so far. That way you don't have to go search through pages and pages on our site to find everything, you can just get it all from right here. Bookmark this for the wrap-ups every other night this week!

Comic-Con 2006 Coverage:

Guillermo Confirms Doug Jones IS Silver Surfer
July 20, 2006

Guillermo himself at the Pan's Labyrinth panel at Comic-Con 2006 confirms that Doug Jones IS Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four 2 coming out next summer 2007! Doug Jones is here and is waiting to be asked about it, going over Pan's Labyrinth question first.

Read on the rest of our LIVE BLOG of the Pan's Labyrinth panel at Comic-Con 2006.

We have an interview Saturday morning with Guillermo del Toro, so stay tuned for that, too!!

Thursday Live Blogging Schedule
July 20, 2006

We're letting everyone know that we are setup and have internet connectivity inside the room here for live blogging all of the movie panels today.

Our schedule of live blogging is as follows (all times are PST):



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