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In his score for Kingsman: The Secret Service, Henry Jackman wants you to know he’s a James Bond fan. He just doesn’t want to tell you. Monte Norman’s iconic guitar riff pops in and out of his score, and brassy John Barry flourishes pepper the background music of Matthew Vaughn’s latest pulpy indulgence. Vaughn and comic book brute Mark Millar’s spy thriller struck a chord with audiences in February with gaudy, gory violence and in-jokes to the Ian Fleming novels it draws from. Strangely though, Jackman’s half-baked music never follows suit, tiptoeing around its homages rather than fully committing to its Roger Moore era obsessions.
The music of Kingsman wants its both ways, retro while still feeling fresh enough for modern box office, a shared paradox with The Man From U.N.C.L.E., »
- David Klein
One of the more surprisingly fun and enjoyable action movies of this year was Kingsman: The Secret Service, the adaptation of Mark Millar‘s comic book from director Matthew Vaughn, which hit theaters all the way back in March and is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. The Matthew Vaughn film starring Colin Firth and introducing […]
The post ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Honest Trailer: We Get It, This Isn’t James Bond appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Around Team Playlist, "Kingsman: The Secret Service" is considered by many as one of the worst movies of the year. It's a vile, unfunny, sexist, adolescent effort that has lots of flash but very, very little under the hood of its sendup of spy movies, particularly James Bond pictures. That's why we were hoping this Honest Trailer had a bit more bite. Read More: Review: Matthew Vaughn's 'Kingsman: The Secret Service,' Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton And Samuel L. Jackson As it stands, it does an adequate job of laying out how Matthew Vaughn's picture seems desperate to constantly remind you that you are not watching a standard spy movie, even though it trades exactly on those tropes… but with a big, obnoxious wink at all times. And when the movie isn't doing that, it's busy with product placement and boring the audience to death with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
See Also: Matthew Vaughn talks Kingsman 2
See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
- Gary Collinson
If spy flicks are your thing, look no further - Guy Ritchie is back with his hotly-anticipated reboot The Man from Uncle – a stylised take on the '60s television series.
There are stunts and sharp suits aplenty, and Henry Cavill makes himself a favourite for the soon-to-become vacant James Bond role with his performance, but what did critics make of the film?
Digital Spy has rounded up a selection of reviews for The Man from Uncle below:
Guy Ritchie's The Man from Uncle offers a fizzy antidote to 007's deep psychological probing… There are plenty of stunts snazzily directed by Ritchie with zip and '60-style split-screen - not too overdone - matching the gloss and dynamism of his Sherlock Holmes movies. But, bigger doesn't always means brasher; the set-pieces don't rival the best spectacle that the Bond series has to offer – although the double entendres are sometimes as crass. »
'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Bigger domestic flop than expected? Before I address the box office debacle of Warner Bros.' The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I'd like remark upon the fact that 2015 has been a notable year at the North American box office. That's when the dinosaurs of Jurassic World smashed Hulk and his fellow Halloween-costumed Marvel superheroes of Avengers: Age of Ultron. And smashed them good: $636.73 million vs. $457.52 million. (See also: 'Jurassic World' beating 'The Avengers' worldwide and domestically?) At least in part for sentimental (or just downright morbid) reasons – Paul Walker's death in a car accident in late 2013 – Furious 7 has become by far the highest-grossing The Fast and the Furious movie in the U.S. and Canada: $351.03 million. (Shades of Heath Ledger's unexpected death »
- Zac Gille
The bad press for Fantastic Four rolls in as many more stories about the film’s troubled production come to light. Not only have we found out that Josh Trank was nearly fired just before filming was about to begin, but there was the reveal that the final act of the movie was re-shot by various writers and directors including Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg and Drew Goddard. And not it seems as though a lot of Jeremy Slate’s script (who was given final screen credit with Trank and Kinberg) left in the movie.
Taking to Twitter, the writer revealed that, “not a ton (sic) of my stuff left in the movie”, but he was still honoured to have been part of the process. Check out the tweets below:
There’s not a ton of my stuff left in the movie (mostly the 1st act), but I’ll always be »
- Luke Owen
So here we are, smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer (and if you don’t get that little saying, try lying out on the sidewalk in 100-degree heat for 15 minutes or so, like Fido does, and see if a light bulb doesn’t go off). The dogs are often howling in movie theaters too—at times it seems as though August has replaced January in the hearts of moviegoers as the dumping ground for pictures not really worthy of our attention (or a serious investment in the marketing department). Movies like Pixels and Fantastic Four have their perverse fascination—just how bad can they possibly be? Both were greeted with reviews so scathing and unyielding in their acidity that studio heads can only pray nothing in October, November or December will be perceived as worse, and I have to admit a certain curiosity. But that »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Perhaps you've noticed — 2015 is truly the year of the spy movie. Guy Ritchie's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (our review here) opens this week, but it is only one of many secret agent-themed films to be popping up: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," is still in theaters; Paul Feig's "Spy" is barely gone; onetime Ritchie cohort Matthew Vaughn had his own "Kingsman: The Secret Service" open earlier in the year; still to come is Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies," which will play the New York Film Festival; "Hitman: Agent 47" which strangely didn't secure a festival berth; maybe we'll see Brit TV spinoff movie "Spooks: the Greater Good"; and … and... hmm, what are we forgetting? There's definitely another little under-the-radar spy flick happening, something low-key that no one expects much of… oh yeah... "Spectre." Sam Mendes' second Bond film arrives in November to break a bunch of records prior to. »
- The Playlist Staff
This year has seen a sudden resurgence in the presence of on-screen spies it seems, with Matthew Vaughn’s dazzling Kingsman: The Secret Service providing the year’s first return to the much-loved field, while Spectre paves the way for yet another Daniel Craig-led James Bond thriller. Before that, Guy Ritchie enters the fray, armed with a
The post Children of Men from U.N.C.L.E. – Six of the Best: Movie Spies appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- James Thompson
Directors including Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Matthew Vaughn once circled the project, as did stars like George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum. However, the hoped-for bigscreen adaptation didn’t get real traction at Warner Bros. until Guy Ritchie, the director who reimagined the studio’s 2009 blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” and its sequel two years later, pitched his take.
“There were several screenplays along the way, but it never got to the starting line before Guy,” says Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros. Pictures. “It needed a direction, it needed someone who had a point of view and a real voice. It’s very particularly Guy Ritchie’s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ ”
That said, “U.N.C.L.E.,” which cost $75 million to produce, and tens of millions more to market and release, poses a sizable risk for the Burbank studio. »
- Jenelle Riley
This summer has been both a financially & critically successful one for pure action films with Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road leading the way with both of them earning certified fresh ratings in the upper 90s from review aggregator RottenTomatoes. Also, it's been quite a big year for espionage films as well as in addition to the Chris McQuarrie-directed M:i-5, Paul Feig's Spy & Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service were also well-received when they arrived in theaters earlier this year. This Friday, another action/spy comedy thriller joins the fray as Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which stars Henry Cavill (Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Alicia Vikander (Bourne 5), Elizabeth Debicki (Everest), & Hugh Grant (Notting Hill), hits theaters. Does it live up to the lofty expectations set by the films that came before it? »
By this point, "Fantastic Four" has had more virtual ink spilled about it than would seem to be justified considering how brutally mediocre the film is, and much of it has been focused on trying to sort out who did what on the film, and how much of it is or isn't the film that Josh Trank set out to make. This kind of post-mortem moment can be really frustrating to watch, though, because of how everyone assumes certain things as fact. There is no one who has written more pointed and cutting criticisms of Fox, particularly under the leadership of Tom Rothman, than I have, but this time, I think people are siding against the studio without knowing what really went on in the process. Fox knew what their reputation was when Tom Rothman was running things, and they've been working hard to shift that perception by changing the way they approached collaboration. »
- Drew McWeeny
As stories of Fantastic Four's production woes spread, Ryan looks behind the scenes at the body horror superhero film we'll never see...
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Fantastic Four.
Casting controversy. Months of rumours about a tortuous, troubled production. Director Josh Trank’s already infamous (now deleted) tweet. The unrelentingly negative reviews.
Having already lived through all that, sitting in a darkened multiplex and actually watching Fox’s Fantastic Four feels less like a normal viewing experience and more like archaeology.
Where is Trank, the director of the superb Chronicle, in among all this? What happened to the David Cronenberg fan who wanted to make a "science fiction tale of something happening to your body and it transforming out of your control" according to a Collider interview? The superhero movie that would fit into the "science fiction, or horror, or even drama sections" of the old Blockbusters video chain? »
'Fantastic Four' 2015: Miles Teller as Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic. Box office: 'Fantastic Four' 2015 bombs, 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' to pass $100 million mark Derided by critics and fans alike, 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four is about to become one of 2015's domestic box office bombs. After earning a paltry $11.3 million on Friday – including Thursday evening shows – the Josh Trank-directed, Fox-meddled (and -muddled?) Marvel superhero flick will likely gross less than even the most modest, downgraded expectations. In fact, don't be too surprised if the Christopher McQuarrie-Tom Cruise actioner Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation tops the North American box office chart this weekend (Aug. 7-9, '15). Fox's only hope is that Fantastic Four lives up to its name at the international box office – despite the fact that this latest superhero entry is in old-fashioned 2D, whereas audiences in several key overseas markets prefer their »
- Zac Gille
Almost two-and-a-half decades since Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves delved into the iconic history of the titular man in tights, Lionsgate is pushing ahead with a whole new take on the heroic outlaw with Robin Hood: Origins, and according to Deadline, the studio may have just found its leading man in Taron Egerton.
The British up-and-comer is best known for his standout role in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, and though he has been reportedly eyed for the titular part before, this is our first firm confirmation that talks are underway. Egerton will face stiff competition for the role, too, with Transformers: Age Of Extinction‘s Jack Reynor also in the mix; then again, it’s understood that the former star has muscled his way to the top of Lionsgate’s list.
One potential hitch is the fact that the 25-year-old is committed to Fox’s Kingsman sequel, »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Up-and-coming Brit actor Taron Egerton is in early talks with Lionsgate to star in Robin Hood: Origins as Sherwood Forest’s most famous son. The negotiations have just started and a deal might not make but Egerton, who put in a star-making performance in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, is clearly top of the list for the project. Ironically, the success of Kingsman — a sequel to which is expected to get greenlit by Fox — may lead to scheduling… »
Forecast Update: Making a breathtakingly bad $2,829 per screen, Fox's Fantastic Four made $11.3M on Friday (with Thursday screenings added). Unless the wheels fall completely off the vehicle that should put Fantastic on the road to a $27M weekend. The only consolation at this point is international (reports still to come in) and that the reboot did better than Pixels ($24M its opening weekend). That also opens the door, wide, for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to come in first place. The Gift is doing better than expected, making $4.12M in Friday totals (with only $585K of that from Thursday), placing it in the $10M range. That's better than The Box (which, for some reason, is the first movie we think of in association with this) which made $7.5M in 2009 ($8M adjusted to 2015 prices). Ricki and the Flash made $2.2M and looks to finish the weekend with $7.2M. That's half of the take of Hope Springs, »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The history of cinema fuelled by fan fervour is generally an inglorious one, as anyone who has ever taken the time to view Snakes on a Plane or Iron Sky will be painfully aware. But everything about Deadpool, the first full trailer for which has just hit the web, suggests a deliberately outrageous antihero-superhero movie which could be about to buck that longstanding trend.
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- Ben Child
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