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At this point, Josh Trank probably feels like he just wants "Fantastic Four" to get released so he can go and hide for a bit. It hasn't been the easiest ride for the filmmaker on his first blockbuster studio movie. The project has been plagued with reports of production troubles, and earlier this month, it was reported that he was fired from the "Star Wars" spinoff movie slated for 2018 due to his erratic behavior on "Fantastic Four" (Simon Kinberg is a producer on both pictures). The latest rumor to make the rounds is that Matthew Vaughn stepped in to helm the latest batch of reshoots last month and that Fox had ditched a 3D release of the movie to put their resources toward that new round of filming. Not so. Josh Trank himself took to Twitter to reveal that he's never met Matthew Vaughn (though the the filmmaker has been »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story started over at the usually reliable Superhero News which reportedly claimed that Matthew Vaughn was asked to step in and director the "Fantastic Four" reshoots this past April to ensure the movie fits inline with the studio's "X-Men" franchise.
Vaughn was rumored be present during the reshoots, but this was the first time anyone has suggested he took control. The Trank rumors were fuelled by media reports of severe enough issues on the "Fantastic Four" set that they contributed to his removal as director of the second "Star Wars Anthology" film in the works.
The report has also claimed that Fox has completely scrapped their 3D plans for "Fantastic Four" with the budget for that plan going on the reshoots.
Trank has since responded to the report with »
- Garth Franklin
20th Century Fox has unveiled an international trailer for the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, starring Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell. Check it out below. Meanwhile, there's a rumor going around that during the April reshoots, director Josh Trank was asked to step aside. Instead, the studio brought on Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) to direct the scenes. Trank is denying everything. "Fantastic Four" is set to hit theaters on August 7th. Trailer: »
With Kingsman‘s Digital HD release today – available on iTunes and all good VOD services – we’re taking part in a very special tweet-along tonight in association with the official Kingsman UK twitter!
Yes, from 6pm this evening (Sunday 24th May) press play on your digital copy and tweet @KingsmanUK using hashtag #KingsmanDigitalHD, with the chance to unlock Kingsman secrets And win some cool prizes.
A super-secret organization recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a dire global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. A phenomenal cast, including Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine, lead this action-packed spy-thriller directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class).
Download Kingsman: The Secret Service on iTunes now and follow @KingsmanUK to get in on all the action!
Kingsman: The Secret Service is out on Digital HD on May 24th and on Blu-ray »
- Phil Wheat
Matthew Vaughn saved the X-Men franchise, so could the Fantastic Four one be next? It certainly sounds that way, as Superhero News (definitely a reliable source) have heard that the Kingsman: The Secret Service helmer assumed the role of director for reshoots which took place in April. It was previously reported that Trank was present for those, but this obviously sheds some doubt on that. If Trank doesn't end up promoting the movie come junket time, that will more than likely tell us all we need to know about how limited his involvement in the Fantastic Four reboot has become. Interestingly, the site also has news on why the movie is no longer being promoted for a 3D release. Apparently, Fox "axed the 3D release in favor of utilizing that budget for additional reshoots to help improve the story." The more we hear about Fantastic Four, the messier the whole thing sounds, »
Following in the footsteps of Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner, Gavin Hood, Matthew Vaughn and James Mangold, director Josh Boone became the latest filmmaker to join the X-Men franchise this week when it was announced that he would be helming a new title called The New Mutants. Given that Boone's last two films were the romantic dramadies Stuck in Love and The Fault In Our Stars, many have wondered what his comic book credentials are - but now he has impressively put them on display. My X-Men collection. This is only a small part of my comic library. pic.twitter.com/AJP2fIddyP— Josh Boone (@JoshBooneMovies) May 14, 2015 Clearly excited about the fact that he will soon be directing an X-Men movie, Josh Boone has been using his personal Twitter account these past few days to show off his deep, long love for not only the X-Men characters, but comics in »
With the film slated to hit disc on June 9th, the film's young leading man Taron Egerton has done a bit of press for the home video release and was asked about the sequel.
Spoilers Ahead For "Kingsman: The Secret Service"
Specifically there's a big question over the return of Colin Firth's mentor spy character Harry Hart who was shot in the head during the film. With the film a highly stylised and over the top affair, a character coming back from the dead in some way isn't that out of the ordinary. Could Harry come back? Egerton tells Cinema Blend:
"Well, I mean, I think he's pretty dead. Shot in the head. But, I mean, I still have dreams that. »
- Garth Franklin
Matthew Vaughn’s 007 homage, Kingsman: The Secret Service, was a surprise hit. Even fans of the stylish director – those of us who knew he’d deliver quality – likely were caught off guard by the mainstream appeal of the bawdy thriller. At last count, Kingsman had banked more than $400 million worldwide, and strong rumors swirled about an inevitable sequel. But would one of the film’s biggest stars return? We have to talk openly about Kingsman, so please stop reading if you haven’t seen the film yet. It will be on DVD on June 9. See it immediately! So, if you are still reading, then you know that Colin Firth’s mentor spy character, Harry Hart, bites the dust in the movie. Following the eye-popping church-fight scene, Harry confronts the maniacal Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) and is shot in the head at point-blank range »
Who doesn’t love a good action movie? They’re among the most fun that Hollywood has to offer, particularly when they’re of a high quality. Later on this week, a reportedly amazing new one in Mad Max: Fury Road is hitting theaters, so to prep us all for that experience (I see it later on today, so yay for that), I wanted to do a countdown of the recent best that the genre has to offer. Essentially, every action flick since 2000 was eligible, and I whittled that down to a top ten list. It’s hardly the definitely “new millennium action movie” list, but I think it’s a pretty solid one, to say the least. You’ll be able to see the list below, which could very well be amended once Mad Max: Fury Road comes to town… Here now are my picks for the ten best »
- Joey Magidson
We present the fourth industry report on the South Korean Cinema.
During April more than 12 million people attended the South Korean cinemas, resulting in sales over $95 million dollars. Korean Films manage to attract almost 4 million spectators while most of the admissions went to Foreign Films, which gathered more than 9 million views. Korean Film got more than $23 million dollars on sales and Foreign Films gather more than $72 million dollars on ticket sales.
Taking into account the numbers obtain this month with the ones from 2014 we can see that there is a small increase of the industry. April is known to be the month with the less activity especially for local films because most of international productions are release this month. Despite this the numbers show something interesting. The Total Admissions grew 23.03% compared to last year. The Korean Film admissions grew 93.19%, reaching almost 4 million viewers. As for the Foreign Films it »
- Sebastian Nadilo
Lionsgate has pledged to finance and co-invest in up to 25 British independent films “with an increased production value” over the next four years.
The company has invested in and released more than 20 British features in the past three years with a combined production budget of more than $225m including Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt; Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman and Coriolanus; Mike Newell’s Great Expectations; and Jon S Baird’s Filth starring James McAvoy.
Lionsgate Europe CEO Zygi Kamasa, who recently signed a long-term deal to stay at the company, said of the move: “The UK is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now and we want to help make independent British films be at the forefront of cinema worldwide.”
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London — Lionsgate U.K. has unveiled plans to finance and co-invest in at least 25 British independent films over the next four years.
Kamasa said: “The U.K. is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now, and we want to help position independent British films at the forefront of cinema worldwide.”
In the past three years, Lionsgate U.K. has invested in and released more than 20 British features with a combined production budget of more than $225 million. Among the U.K. films that it has distributed recently are Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet, Steven Knight’s “Locke,” starring Tom Hardy, and James Kent’s “Testament of Youth, »
- Leo Barraclough
'Kingsman: The Secret Service' is getting a sequel. The 2014 spy action comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Colin Firth just topped $400 million at the global box office, and a sequel is now in the works at Fox, although there is no release date as of yet, TheWrap reports. Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine and Taron Egerton co-starred in 'Kingsman', which had an $80 million production budget. Matthew also co-wrote the film with Jane Goldman and produced the movie, which was based on the comic book 'The Secret Service', created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. It was previously reported that Colin could star in a sequel for 'Kingsman', despite having been killed off in the first film. The 54-year-old star appeared unlikely to return for the much-anticipated sequel after his on-screen character, Harry, was shot by Valentine - played by Samuel L Jackson - in the first movie. »
According to reports, a sequel to director Matthew Vaughn's R-rated $80 million budgeted comic book feature "Kingsman: The Secret Service", has been greenlit by Fox for a big budget sequel, following the original film's $400 million dollar world-wide box office gross:
"...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. »
- Michael Stevens
Fantastic Four is finding itself in a strange place these days, trying to build hype in the face of some far cooler, and more spectacular films hitting very soon.
The trailer got some attention, but was soon the butt of jokes about falling flat compared to some other big names that released trailers near the same time.
At any rate, this one hopefully does some justice to another superhero franchise, and even if the trailer wasn’t as popular as some others, it’s still a pretty good looking effort.
In order to build a bit more in the hype department, the now obligatory character posters have been released.
Enjoy, and let me know what you think about the film. Will it break free of the last one, and deliver the goods like other Marvel films of late?
Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, »
- Marc Eastman
Kingsman: The Secret Service is getting a sequel.
Fox is reportedly developing the follow-up to this year's spy movie starring Colin Firth, according to TheWrap.
The movie made more than $400 million worldwide.
Director Matthew Vaughn previously suggested that he would look for ways to bring Firth back, if production for a sequel goes ahead.
"A lot of people are very upset that Colin might not be in the sequel," he said. "But I'm coming up with ideas at the moment."
Watch the cast of Kingsman: The Secret Service reveal the secrets of the spy movie below: »
Earlier today, 20th Century Fox announced plans to develop a sequel for Kingsman: The Secret Service. The film was both a critical and commercial success nabbing a 74% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes while generating $400 million worldwide in box office revenue, so it’s no surprise that the studio is interested in developing a sequel.
It’s also worth noting that similarly to Kick-Ass 2 (which was met with a negative response from critics and moviegoers) Matthew Vaughn will not be directing the sequel. Instead he will be helming the reboot for Flash Gordon.
No other details on the sequel are known at the time. You can read my review of Kingsman: The Secret Service here.
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Director Matthew Vaughn was playing his cards relatively close to his chest around the time of Kingsman: The Secret Service's release earlier this year. But it was easy enough to see between the lines: he was keen on a Kingsman 2, but it was down to the box office performance of the first film.
Well, Kingsman: The Secret Service has now become one of the surprise hits of the year, creeping to a box office total of over $400m worldwide off a relatively modest budget for a film of its scale. And as such, 20th Century Fox is looking to press ahead with a Kingsman 2.
20th Century Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service always had enough bullets at the box office to survive against S&M romance behemoth Fifty Shades Of Grey. The Matthew Vaughn-helmed action film, based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic book The Secret Service was, for the most part, smartly placed on the domestic and foreign schedule as prime-grade meat for those guys around the globe who wouldn’t waste a $1 on the feature adaptation of the E L James novel. But Kingsman … »
While the level of Kingsman: The Secret Service’s success ($400 million plus at the global box office) may have even taken 20th Century Fox by surprise, it’s not so shocking for director Matthew Vaughn, who had hoped it might do well so that he can launch a sequel. The Wrap reports that Fox has now put the new film into development.While there is no official announcement to confirm things, Vaughn hasn’t been shy about talking up his desire to make another film, spilling plenty of beans about it to us in Empire's Kingsman spoiler podcast, which you can find at the bottom of the page.Of course, any discussion of a sequel naturally comes with a Spoiler Warning, so consider yourself suitably advised if you haven’t watched the first movie. Yes, the death of Colin Firth’s Harry Hart in the original means his presence in »
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