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(Cbr) Mark Millar's creator-owned work has a long history with Hollywood, with "Wanted," "Kick-Ass," "Kick-Ass 2," "The Secret Service" and more all getting a silver screen presence. Thus, it should come as little surprise that another one of his creator-owned books will see a big screen debut. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has picked up the film rights for Millar and Leinil Yu's "Superior" miniseries with Matthew Vaughn attached to produce. Vaughn has a long history with Millar's Hollywood adaptations, dating back to his time helming "Kick-Ass." He is also currently directing "The Secret Service" film adaptation. "This project actually means an awful lot to me. It's something Leinil and I really loved doing and, after years of wanting to work together, gave us our chance to collaborate," Millar said via the Millarworld Forums. "Matthew's producing, which is great news, and the kind of names »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
A few years ago, we sat down with Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar to get the lowdown on some of his other developing comics projects. Among them was Superior, which Millar told us he was putting together as a film deal even as he wrapped up work on the book. Things have been quiet on the film front since then, aside from some talk of regular Millar collaborator Matthew Vaughn producing any movie version. Cut to today, and 20th Century Fox has grabbed the rights to the title.That Fox would land Superior isn’t much of a shock – Millar has been involved behind the scenes with the studio on various comic book properties, working alongside the likes of Simon Kinberg and Vaughn himself. Plus, the studio is bringing out another of the writer’s titles, The Secret Service, with Vaughn calling the shots and Colin Firth starring. We got a »
The comic, which was illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, ran for seven issues between 2010 and 2012, centering on a 12-year-old boy named Simon Pooni, who was a popular athlete before he becomes stricken with multiple sclerosis. He is visited by an alien monkey and granted one wish, which he uses to become his favorite superhero, a Superman-esque character dubbed Superior. As Simon begins to enjoy the spoils of his new life, he soon realizes that this monkey is actually from hell, and he must either sell his soul to remain this powerful hero, or return to to his crippled body.
The studio is currently searching for a writer to adapt the comic book, with Matt Reilly overseeing the project.
After finding success on the big screen »
After directing Kick-Ass and this October’s The Secret Service starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew Vaughn looks set to bring another Mark Millar (The Ultimates, Wanted) comic book to the big screen. However, he’ll initially serve as a producer, and there is currently no word on a writer or director.
Twentieth Century Fox are now on the hunt for a writer however according to The Hollywood Reporter, and it joins the likes of Nemesis, Starlight and American Jesus, all of which are just a few of the Millarworld projects in development for film and TV.
Written by Mark Millar with artwork from Leinil Yu (Secret Invasion, New Avengers), Superior tells the story of an athletic 12-year-old boy who loses his social life when he is stricken by multiple sclerosis. One night, an alien monkey grants the boy one wish and he chooses to become his favourite superhero, »
- Josh Wilding
The true story of the West Memphis Three has been told many times in many different forms, notably the trio of documentaries from filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who helped shed light on the miscarriage of justice that convicted three Arkansas teenagers for the ritual killing of three young boys in 1993.
On May 9, the haunting tale comes to theaters and digital home video with Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s star-studded feature with Reese Witherspoon as the mother of one of the murdered boys and Colin Firth as the investigator who senses that the truth had been lost in »
- Jeff Labrecque
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was able to keep the top spot at the domestic box office for the second week in a row by grossing another $41 million to bring its worldwide total to $477 million. The film already earned back its $170 million budget and surpassed the global earnings of the first installment ($370 million). "Rio 2" had to settle for second place with $39.3 million, which is the exact opening numbers of the first installment. The new animated film was expected to take the top spot with $45 million, but fell short. Thanks to foreign markets, however, it's worldwide total is already $164.2 million. "Rio 2" cost $103 million to make and has a RottenTomatoes fresh rating of 49%. Taking third place was the horror film "Oculus," which cost under $5 million to make and has already earned $12 million in its first weekend. It has a 72% fresh rating. The other new wide release was "Draft Day," starring Kevin Costner. »
Take another look @ spoiler set images from "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn's big screen adaptation of "Kick-Ass" writer Mark Millar's comic book series "The Secret Service", starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson.
"...the world's greatest secret agent is on the most exciting case of his career. But will the end of the world as know it take a back seat to training his street-punk nephew to be the next 'James Bond'?
"What's the secret link between a series of kidnapped sci-fi stars, the murder of an entire town, and a dark secret from inside 'Mount Everest'?
"Under the supervision of 'Uncle Jack', the spy skills of 'Gary' blossom--but when the duo learn what's behind the celebrity kidnappings, the knowledge comes at a price.
"The conspiracy begins to unravel, »
- Michael Stevens
The Weinstein Co. launched The Railway Man in four cinemas in New York and Los Angeles last Friday, posting solid but not spectacular figures. One Us film commentator said Jonathan Teplitzky.s drama, which stars Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine and Nicole Kidman, opened well enough to guarantee it will expand throughout the Us; it.s scheduled to bow in the top 10 markets next Friday and thereafter go much wider. The 3-day gross was $US61,845 for a per-screen average of $15,461. The best of the new limited releases was Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch.s vampire film starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, which raked in $88,000 at four theatres; it opens in Oz on Thursday via Madman Entertainment. Thompson on Hollywood.s Anne Thompson reckoned The Railway Man.s figures show it has the potential of .becoming a higher-than-average general release film.. Thompson added, .Its subject matter - a British WWII »
- Don Groves
The heaviest slate of significant new films to open in one week so far this year, all of which had considerable attention from Cannes to Toronto in 2013, opened to variable results this weekend. The clear leader is Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive" (Sony Pictures Classics) which had respectable numbers in its four New York/Los Angeles theaters. The Weinstein Company's "The Railway Man," starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, did about two-thirds as well, for a decent if not spectacular start despite more mixed reviews, and also in four theaters. "Joe" (Roadside Attractions) went much wider to complement its main component, a Video On Demand release, with far weaker results overall. With New York being a major share of its grosses, a rare good-weather Saturday might have cut into the grosses somewhat. Two other Spc films led the way among other below-the-top-ten specialized releases, with the "The Raid 2 »
- Tom Brueggemann
For those who don't check in enough, don't miss these highlights from the week. It was a slow week, I know, but next week will be madness: the Podcast returns, the Smackdown (finally), The Letter (1940) for "Best Shot" (join us!), a cool behind the scenes interview and more for Easter Week including the beginning of the Tribeca Film Festival.
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...and the previous week's highlights »
- NATHANIEL R
Writer-director Jim Jarmusch's vampire tale “Only Lovers Left Alive” topped the specialty box office, taking in $97,000 from just four theaters in its opening weekend. That's a nifty $24,250 per-theater average for Sony Pictures Classic's R-rated drama, which stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as an undead couple. Mia Wasikowska co-stars in the film, which Spc plans to expand next weekend. Also read: ‘Captain America’ Skyrockets Past ‘Rio 2' for Repeat Win at Box Office The Weinstein Company's “The Railway Man,” an R-rated drama starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, debuted with $64,506 from four theaters, a $16,127 per-theater-average. Jonathan Teplitzky directed the. »
- Todd Cunningham
“The Railway Man,” which is rated “R” and opens in Chicago on April 18, 2014, also stars Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine, Sam Reid, Ben Aldridge, Akos Armont, Tom Hobbs, Bryan Probets, Tom Stokes, Tanroh Ishida and Jeffrey Daunton from director Jonathan Teplitzky and writers Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson. Note: You must be 17+ to attend this “R”-rated screening.
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(20th Century Fox)
A rather misleading title is just one reason to be slightly suspicious of “Rio 2” an eye-popping, ear-tickling animated sequel that labors to fold a cheeky family sitcom, an earnest environmental primer, an exotic jungle tour, a broad survey of popular music and an avian remake of “Meet the Parents” into one bright and noisy package. Mining an unwieldy number of domestic and ecological dramas from the continuing saga of a rare Brazilian blue macaw, here venturing with his new family into the perilous Amazon rainforest, this hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating as it lectures you about respecting Mother Nature one minute, knocks you over with a Gloria Gaynor cover the next, and squeezes in a lot of questionable comic relief in between.
— Justin »
- Variety Staff
The King speaks. Often in motion pictures, in point of fact. Colin Firth has been a mainstay in British and Hollywood cinema since his terrific debut opposite Rupert Everett in the boy's school classic Another Country (1984). But it's not all stiff homoerotic upper-class Brit movies (though there's a fair share of that). He seems to have no ego whatsoever working in large ensembles, occasionally headlining, and (we assume) gets along with everyone given how often he returns to the same co-stars and directors (multiple films with Kidman and Everett and Egoyan and more). This year Us audiences are getting not one not two but Six Colin Firth films: Gambit (released a couple of years ago in the UK), Atom Egoyan's Devils Knot, Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, and three (!!!) with Nicole Kidman: Paddington (he's the voice of the bear), the thriller Before I Sleep and the »
- NATHANIEL R
Just a few days ago, Minnie Driver was "mad about" Twitter. But now, the About a Boy actress is leaving the social network, after being the target of "mean" comments that bullied Driver about her bikini body. Driver, who has a son, Henry, 5½, had been snapped in a cute green two-piece while vacationing with her family in Miami, prompting an influx of hateful comments. "You try being photographed when you don’t know it’s happening, when you’re on holiday with your kids," the actress Tweeted on Wednesday. Although it's not clear what those negative comments were, the 44-year-old »
- Cara Lynn Shultz
This weekend, don't miss what is arguably the best film of director Jim Jarmusch's storied career, "Only Lovers Left Alive," starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as exquisitely cool, ancient vampires still in love after centuries. That film hits La and NY, along with David Gordon Green's Nicolas Cage starrer "Joe," and "The Railway Man" with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. In wide release arrive the horror film "Oculus" and Ivan Reitman's "Draft Day," with Kevin Costner. (Trailers below.)In "Only Lovers Left Alive," vampires Eve (Swinton, icily perfect) and Adam (Hiddleston, dead-sexy) maintain a long-distance relationship. As she roams the streets of Tangiers in between meetings with her blood supplier Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt, who plays, indeed, that Christopher Marlowe), Adam is a mopey, down-and-out musician living in Detroit and disenchanted with the mortal world. Sensing her lover's ennui, Eve heads to his homestead, but the ill-timed arrival of her flighty. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
[This is a re-post of my The Railway Man review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The Railway Man opens today in limited release.] War is an undeniable certainty. For as long as there is civilization, there will be war. With conflict comes tragedy, but it does not end when the war concludes; the effects a human being are long lasting and not easily forgotten. We’ve see countless aspects of war explored onscreen in various films, some focusing on the battles at hand, some zeroing in on the psychological experience, and some chronicling the lasting effects years after the actual conflict. The Railway Man tries to have it both ways by telling two stories: one of atrocities during World War II and one of the after effects on man’s psyche nearly half a decade later. By splitting its focus in two, though, the film fails to wholly capture either story, resulting in a disappointing feature all together. Hit the jump for my full review. Based on a true story, The Railway Man »
- Adam Chitwood
Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax, the man behind the nickname of the title character, The Railway Man is yet another traditionally told period piece, elevated due to a wonderfully effective story and strong lead performances from Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine. We're first introduced to Lomax (Firth) as a middle-aged British Army veteran of World War II. He's obviously a quiet man, but there are no visible physical or emotional scars, and for the time being his life is about to take a turn for the better. A chance meeting with a woman, Patti (Nicole Kidman), aboard a train results in love at first sight. The two eventually marry and find a house together, but the horrors of war can't elude him forever. It's never quite clear if Eric told Patti about his time in the British Army, but she's soon made well »
- Brad Brevet
Director Jonathan Teplitzky's The Railway Man opens in select theaters today and we've got an exclusive featurette on the building of the Thai-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, as depicted in the film. Based on a remarkable autobiography, The Railway Man tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past, in this powerful tale of survival, love and redemption. Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgard, Sam Reid, Tanroh Ishida and Hiroyuki Sanada co-star. »
Last week, Captain America flew into competition-free skies and collected a cool $95 million across its first three days in theaters. The Marvel super-sequel won’t be so lucky in week two, as it goes up against three vastly different genres (a sports pic, a horror film, and an animated romp), but The Winter Soldier will still dominate the weekend.
Here’s how things might play out:
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier — $45 million
- Lindsey Bahr
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