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Four or five months ago, the notion of Bryan Singer returning for X-Men: Apocalypse, seemed iffy. Then, as the movie performed and treatment pages were teased, it seemed well within the realm of possibility. And for the past month or so we've just assumed it was going to happen. Now Singer's deal has closed and he's officially onboard. So there it is. Apocalypse grossed over $700 million worldwide, so they're bound to want to repeat that success. The story will follow the First Class gang along with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine into the 1980s. We also know from the treatment page teased a few months ago that the Four Horseman will again be making an appearance. Singer will direct the film from a script he’s been developing with Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg and X2 scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. The release date is May 27th, 2016. Hit »
- Evan Dickson
Comic book writer Mark Millar continues to pen hit after hit, and after the success of Kick-Ass and Wanted, the fact that many of his creations are on their way to the big screen should come as no real surprise. The next will be The Secret Service, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson.
Looking a little further ahead to the future, we have Starlight, the tale of an air force pilot called Duke McQueen. He became a hero in outer space and saved the universe over forty years ago, but when he returned to Earth, no one believed him! Mourning the death of his wife, the much older Duke once again finds himself drafted into action for one final adventure on the planet he saved all those years ago.
- Josh Wilding
Disappointing movies are all about the final product falling short of expectations. That shouldn’t have been a problem with X-Men: First Class (henceforth referred to as ‘First Class’) because it had such earnest goals. To start the X-Men franchise over. To erradicate the creative horrors unleashed by uber-hack Brett Rattner. It took the path of least resistance: go back to the beginning and tell the origins of the X-Men. Lay the groundwork for the fissure that split Charles Xavier and Magneto down divergent paths. Tell a story that the movies hadn’t yet tackled. Clean the slate and bring in new talent to tell the tale. While I never like the idea of origin story superhero movies, we never had a proper one for the X-Men, so I suppose four films into the series it was about time to tackle that task. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Based upon the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Secret Service is written and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class) and scheduled for theatrical release early next year. 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. Starring Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport, Mark Hamill and Taron Egerton, Kingsman: The Secret Service is scheduled for theatrical release on February 13th, 2015. »
- Pietro Filipponi
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
The first major deal of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival has closed, as Radius has acquired North American rights to Richard Lagravenese‘s musical “The Last 5 Years,” which stars Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, the company announced Friday. Radius will release the film on Valentine's Day 2015, which means it will go head-to-head with Universal's steamy “Fifty Shades of Grey,” as well as Matthew Vaughn‘s “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” “Last 5 Years,” which premieres Sunday night at the Ryerson Theater, is based on the 2002 off-Broadway musical by Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown. Also read: Jeremy Jordan's »
- Jeff Sneider
Just because you don't hear about a certain in-development movie for a number of years doesn't actually mean that the project will never end up on the silver screen. Some are just destined to spend a bit of time in what has been dubbed "Development Hell." Take, for example, the Looney Tunes Acme factory film. We first wrote about the feature all the way back in October 2010, but haven't heard a peep about it since. That is, until now. It turns out that Warner Bros. has been actively developing the new Looney Tunes feature for a while now, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, they've already assembled a number of interesting names to work together on making it real. Sources say that Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, two of the screenwriters behind Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, have been hired to write a script for the "untitled Acme movie project. »
During a recent interview, Chloe Moretz expressed her concern for online piracy, and claims that it is the sole reason why we will never see another Kick-Ass sequel. She also reveals that she has no plans on returning if Kick-Ass 3 comes to fruition.
Here is what she had to say.
"Sadly, I think I'm done with the character. Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don't think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theater. Kick-Ass 2 was one of the number one pirated movies of the year, but that doesn't help us because we need box office figures. We need to prove to the distributors that we can make money from a third and a fourth movie - but because it didn't do so well, we can't make another one. »
While Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass wasn’t a huge success at the box office, it made enough money – with the help of Blu-ray and DVD sales – to warrant a sequel from director Jeff Wadlow. Alas, the sequel made even less money, and the reviews and fan reception were far less kind than they were for the original, which made a Kick-Ass 3 movie … well, unlikely.
Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. – the creators of the comic book on which the Kick-Ass films are based – recently talked about the likelihood of a second sequel coming to fruition. Now, star Chloë Moretz (the actress who played Hit-Girl) is weighing in, too.
- Ben Moore
Kick-ass was a massive success when it was released in 2010. Written by Mrs Jonathan Ross, Jane Goldman, and directed by Matthew Vaughn the film launched the career of Aaron Taylor Johnson who has since gone onto Godzilla and the next Avengers film, as well as Chloe Moretz who completely stole the film as Hit-Girl, a foul mouthed ass-kicking tween superhero vigilante.
Moretz returned for the sequel Kick-ass 2 last year, but due to a lacklustre box office a third film seems unlikely. Whilst speaking about new movie If I Stay in which she plays a cello protege who experiences an out-of-body experience faced with a dilemma after falling into a coma, she was very vocal about her thoughts on what the future holds for the series:
“Sadly, I think I’m done with the character. Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don’t think there will be any more movies. »
- Kat Smith
Universal Pictures has released a couple photos from Matthew Vaughn's upcoming action spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service. One features the back of Colin Firth's main secret agent character using his umbrella weapon. The other shows Samuel L. Jackson as the main villain Valentine. When talking about the character he plays in the story Jackson said,
"Watching From Russia With Love, it was like, 'Oh my God, what is this?' I had never seen a film like that before in my life. I always thought of myself more as Bond than the villain. But as I got older, I realised that villains are a lot more colourful and a lot more interesting and a lot more outside the box. And the whole tongue-in-cheek Bondian aspect of the film is pretty great. It was fun to sit there and do that, using the metaphors of the Bond film. »
- Joey Paur
A new photo for Matthew Vaughn's upcoming spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service has surfaced featuring Samuel L. Jackson as the main character Valentine. The film is based on the comic book by Mark Millar and tells the story of a veteran secret agent that leads a young protege through the world of espionage. Get a glimpse at the actor in his purple hat and glowing green hands.
Kingsman: The Secret Service: Movie Pictures Gallery
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.
Kingsman: The Secret Service: Movie Pictures Gallery
Earlier this month Mark Millar revealed that he’d had no discussions with Matthew Vaughn about bringing his latest comic book series Kick-Ass 3 to the screen, and now Chloe Grace Moretz has stated that she doesn’t believe we’ll get a third Kick-Ass movie, suggesting that piracy was to blame for the poor performance of last year’s Kick-Ass 2.
“Sadly, I think I’m done with the character,” Moretz tells Digital Spy. “Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don’t think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theatre. Kick-Ass 2 was one of the number one pirated movies of the year, but that doesn’t help us because we need box office figures. We need to prove to the distributors that we can make money »
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to Empire, we’ve got a new look at Samuel L. Jackson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as the bad guy Valentine in Matthew Vaughn’s (X-Men: First Class) upcoming comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service. Take a look…
From the writer of Kick-Ass and the artist of Watchmen comes a collaboration decades in the making! 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? Meanwhile, 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 Uncle Jack’s supervision, Gary’s spy skills and confidence blossom–but when the duo learn what’s behind the celebrity kidnappings, the knowledge comes at a price. »
- Gary Collinson
Several new photos worth a look today including Samuel L. Jackson in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in the potential Oscar contender Selma, and shots of Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens in A Walk Among the Tombstones.
In an unexpected and extremely rare move, Radius-twc has announced both the limited theatrical revenue And the VOD revenue for its indie release "The One I Love". The film opened on eight screens with a $55,126 weekend haul, and has also made just over $500,000 on VOD where it has been available on demand since August 1st.
The company also announced that Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" has racked up over $6 million on VOD alone compared to its $4.4 million theatrical gross. [Source: Deadline]
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- Garth Franklin
Earlier this month, 20th Century Fox announced that Matthew Vaughn's upcoming film Kingsman: The Secret Service, based on the comic book created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, would move from its October release date to Valentine's weekend, February 13, 2015. It will now go up against the uber-sexy, Fifty Shades of Grey. The Secret Service - 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. »
The new issue of Empire doesn't hit shelves until next Thursday, August 28, but we have a sneak peek for you already! We have the latest on Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, including these two rather nifty images showing Colin Firth's impeccably-dressed agent at work, and Samuel L. Jackson as the villainous Valentine. Feast your eyes. Says Jackson of his role, "Watching From Russia With Love, it was like, 'Oh my God, what is this?' I had never seen a film like that before in my life. I always thought of myself more as Bond than the villain. But as I got older, I realised that villains are a lot more colourful and a lot more interesting and a lot more outside the box. And the whole tongue-in-cheek Bondian aspect of the film is pretty great. It was fun to sit there and do that, using the metaphors of the Bond film. »
Lawrence is at the very height of success, where she can pretty much turn any film to gold in Hollywood. Working with great directors such as David O Russell and X-men:first Class’s Matthew Vaughn, she’s shown wonderful diversity in her work. It might come as a surprise to some that she’s being linked with Quentin Tarantino, but it’s probably because the Django Unchained director has a completely different ball game to film-making, which is usually a good mix of fun and brutal. His casting choices are usually second to none, making the likes of Pitt and DiCaprio detestable or unrecognisable.
It’s not yet known what role she’s set to take on but it is »
- Louise Tooth
Paradigm represents Us rights to the long-gestating 16th century action-adventure. Cookson plays a young woman who infiltrates the court of the embattled Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to avenge the death of her father.
Lee Tamahori remains at the helm and will commence principal photography on September 1 in the Czech Republic and Belgium.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Other cast members in “Emperor,” directed by Lee Tamahori, include Paz Vega (“Talk to Her”), Gotz Otto (“Cloud Atlas”) Bill Skarsgard (“Anna Karenina”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Valkyrie”), Oliver Platt and Rutger Hauer.
The project was announced at Cannes with Brody and Tamahori attached. Shooting starts Sept. 1 in Prague and Ghent.
- Dave McNary
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