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Wearing it's love of spy movies, the James Bond franchise especially, on it's sleeve, comic book adaption Kingsman: The Secret Service sees the team behind Kick-Ass (the comic's creator Mark Millar, script writer Jane Goldman, and director Matthew Vaughn) apply the same amount of energy, invention, and buckets of gore to the world of sophisticated spies and megalomaniacal villains as they did to the super hero genre. In a movie where a sim card can be weaponised and the villain's henchwoman walks on literal baldes, we follow Harry Hart/Galahad (Colin Firth), a veteran of the ultra secretive espionage outfit Kingsman, who selects troubled young man Eggsy (Taron Egerton) to join the organisation's rigorous training program, despite protests surrounding his protege's middle class background. While Eggsy surprises those around him with his progress, Hart investigates billionaire Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), whose drastic attempt to solve global warming will mean death for. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
This is the second collaboration between Jackman and Margeson, who had worked previously on Jeff Wadlow’s Kick Ass 2.
The duo have taken on the star-studded Kingsman with Oscar winners Colin Firth and Michael Caine, Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson, and newcomer Taron Egerton. Based on a comic book by Mark Millar, the story follows a veteran secret agent (Firth) who takes a young protégé (Egerton) under his wing.
The score album will be released on La La Land Records, February 17, 2015.
Jackman and Margeson’s score for Kingsman delivers nail biting action sequences while emphasizing the heart of the film which lie in the relationship between Firth and Egerton. The deep brass notes exemplify the grandeur of the secret society and the »
- Michelle McCue
Kingsman: The Secret Service is the latest comic book adaptation to hit screens. Loosely based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbon’s The Secret Service, the film tells the story of an experienced secret agent recruiting a young protégé to join the ranks of his espionage agency.
Matthew Vaughn directs a stellar cast which features the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Mark Strong, as well as a few cameos. Vaughn has been at the helm of Kick Ass and X-men: First Class, so he is certainly no stranger to comic book adaptations. In honor of Vaughn and the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service we look back at some of the best comic book and graphic novel adaptations. With a surge of superhero films we decided to go for the not so obvious choices. »
- Ciham Messouki
Mark Millar has been very busy of late, producing Matthew Vaughn’s new film Kingsman: The Secret Service, and being a creative consultant on The Fantastic Four reboot, both of which he spoke about exclusively to Flickering Myth last week during the UK junket for Kingsman. Now IGN has dug into another of Millar’s creations, Kick-Ass, and more specifically Hit-Girl. Rumours have previously circulated about a potential solo movie for the female ass-kicker and Millar has divulged some interesting information about the possibility of a spin-off film.
“Before ‘Kick-Ass 2‘ came out, we’d been talking about a Hit-Girl spin-off movie. We’d even talked to a director – we had a couple of calls with Gareth Evans, who I absolutely love. He’s an amazing director. But Gareth’s now busy.”
It’s certainly interesting to hear about that a Hit-Girl film was mooted before Kick-Ass 2 was released, »
- Scott J. Davis
He’s been a go-to guy for the likes of Matthew Vaughn and Guy Ritchie for years, a character actor you can depend on for memorable performances. Now, though, Jason Flemyng has decided to follow friend Dexter Fletcher behind the camera, planning to direct a vampire action film called Reign Of Blood.And the Fletcher connections continue with the writer as Wild Bill script man Danny King is responsible for the screenplay on this one. It’s been floating in development for around a decade according to King himself, and nearly made its way into production last year before falling at the final hurdle.The plot finds a gathering of powerful vampires whose meeting is rudely gatecrashed by a detachment of vampire-slaying special forces troops led by Captain Bingham, who has made it his mission to destroy the fang club – but wasn’t expecting to encounter an entire coven. Soon, »
Samuel L. Jackson is in every movie, right? Wrong! But he is in more than most. And from what I'm hearing Samuel L. Jackson is at the top of his game playing a maniacial villain that speaks with a lisp in Matthew Vaughn's R-rated comedy-action flick Kingsman: The Secret Service. Will you be checking it out Valentine's weekend or are you running off to go see 50 Shades Of Grey with the other soccer moms? Kingsman: 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. In Theaters - February 13, 2015 Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, and Samuel L. Jackson »
We’ve known about the Fantastic Four reboot for quite some time, but that hasn’t stopped it being a mysterious project which, until this week, we knew next to nothing about.
We knew that the cast, director and groundwork of the original 2005 film, and its 2007 sequel Rise Of The Silver Surfer, had been firmly thrown out in favour of a new visual look, some reimagining of the source material and an altogether more modern take on the Marvel comics property. Beyond that, many facets of the film remained a mystery.
Yet the reveal of the new trailer finally gave us a few more specifics. And here's what we know so far...
The behind the scenes team
Even these basic facts are a little complicated. While the question »
Contemptuous of women and the working class, with an environmentalist baddie and an establishment hero, this James Bond pastiche is a throwback in more ways than one
World leaders have been exploding a lot lately. In December North Korea brought Sony Pictures to its knees over their planned release of The Interview, a film that notoriously ends with Kim Jong-un’s head detonating when hit by a tank shell. Kingsman: The Secret Service concludes in similar fashion, but on this occasion the exploding head belongs not to a brutal dictator but the world’s most famous liberal politician. The scene, which takes place during a lavish montage of expiring dignitaries, acts as a grisly exclamation point at the end of one of the most sustained acts of right-wing film-making since its jingoistic 1980s action heyday.
- Jason Ward
The first trailer for director Josh Trank‘s “Fantastic Four” debuted on Tuesday, and gave fans of the franchise a quick glimpse of Jamie Bell as the Thing, as well as the updated origin story of the young heroes and Doomsday scenario they will be teaming up to prevent.
- Greg Gilman
August 7 can't come fast enough! 20th Century Fox released the first trailer for Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's longest-running superhero team, Tuesday. The sneak peek shows Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm/The Thing), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm/Human Torch), Kate Mara (Susan Storm/Invisible Woman) and Miles Teller (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic) transforming from ordinary humans to superheroes after they teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe. Together, they must save Earth from a former friend, Victor Domashev/Doom (Toby Kebbell). The Fantastic Four reboot comes from director Josh Trank; producers Gregory Goodman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; and screenwriters Kinberg »
The latest James Bond films have been a little light on the gadgetry, which is fine given the vibe they're going for with Casino Royale and Skyfall, but there's definitely a void that needs to be filled. Fortunately for us, Kingsman: The Secret Service is looking to fill that void and then some. We have an exclusive featurette for you that shows off a lot of the gadgets we'll be seeing in Matthew Vaughn's latest, and it's sure to whet your appetite »
- Sean Wist
20th Century Fox
Kingsman: The Secret Service sees director Matthew Vaughn reteam with co-writer Jane Goodman to adapt a Mark Millar comic riffing on a beloved genre. So it’s Kick-Ass, just for spies then? Those jokey summaries really write themselves.
But witticisms aside, that really is what Kingsman comes across as. The same pervasive self-awareness runs through the film, and if you strip down both movies’ narratives of their respective genre there are some astonishing similarities. Like, spoiler-level similarities. An action beat in Kingsman even mirrors a now-iconic move from Hit-Girl.
There’s no 22 Jump Street winking to suggest this is intentional, but rather than seeing the writing team fatigued and repeating the same tricks, hewing to type affords them a broader creativity. So yeah, Kingsman is Kick-Ass with spies. But as big budget spy movies are much more fertile and epic ground than superhero comics, that leaves »
- Alex Leadbeater
We're hearing from AMC's John Campea that the very first trailer for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot will actually be online at some stage tomorrow (Tuesday). Fans thought they'd have to wait until around the theatrical release of Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service for their first look at Mr. Fantastic and friends in action, so this should come as a nice surprise for those that have been chomping at the bit to see something official from this flick. The Fanstastic Four trailer drops tomorrow. — John Campea (@johncampea) January 27, 2015 And no, I'm not joking. #Fantasticfour trailer will be online tomorrow morning. — John Campea (@johncampea) January 27, 2015 Apparently the trailer will be with us at 6am Pst/9am Est, and about 2Pm UK time. Did those first set images heighten or dampen your anticipation? Keep an eye on Cbm for some more Fantastic Four news later on tonight. »
After completing a first draft of the script, Gary Whitta left Gareth Edwards' Star Wars project to work on Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's Starlight; but it seems a more than suitable replacement has been found. Simon Kinberg had been rumored but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Weitz (who received an Oscar nomination for his adapted screenplay for About A Boy) will take over writing duties on the film, the plot of which still remains a mystery. The most recent rumors however, point to both fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett and Han Solo being the focus. Can we expect this to be a trend with this new batch of Star Wars films? After working on a treatment for The Force Awakens, Michael Arndt handed over the pen to J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Weitz also wrote the script for Disney's upcoming live-action take on Cinderella, »
Some people sit back and complain about the state of comic book movies, and then carry on making films in the same vein. For the third time in his career, director Matthew Vaughn has actively gone out of his way to do something about it.
The first such occasion was the commendably Daily Mail-baiting Kick-Ass, a film that beneath its energy, ideas, music and fruity language had real substance to it, and plenty of rewatch value. Oh, and an 18 certificate. I fondly remember such things.
Then his X-Men film, X-Men: First Class, put character firmly at the fore, at least until the special effects moved in for a large chunk of the final act. In both cases, there was a real sense that Vaughn had taken the films on because there »
Check out the clip below and read our ★★★★ reviews here and 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.
Also featuring in the cast of Kingsman: The Secret Service are Samuel L. Jackson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises), Mark Strong (Kick-Ass), Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Sofia Boutella (StreetDance 2), Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
- Luke Owen
The writer explained that he trusts Marvel Studios to adapt his hit comics event miniseries.
"They're a money machine, they're amazing," he told MTV. "Whatever they do is gonna be a billion dollar movie and it'll be great.
"Having Marvel do a book that you've done is lovely. I couldn't be more relaxed about it. Almost any other studio could screw it up. I'll just show up on the night and enjoy the film."
Millar and artist Steve McNiven collaborated on 2006-7's Civil War, which remains one of the best-selling comics of the 21st century.
Captain America: Civil War will be released on April 29, 2016 in the UK and May 6 in the Us. »
Director: Matthew Vaughn; Screenwriters: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman; Starring:Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill, Samantha Womack; Running time: 128 mins; Certificate: 15
'Colin Firth vs Scum'. In an alternate reality, we'd like to think this movie was given that iconic title. Especially as its most joyous scene involves the former Mr Darcy tackling a pub full of rampaging thugs armed with just an umbrella – and without even one of his immaculately groomed hairs coming out of place or a single expletive emitting from lips that wouldn't scowl if you offered them a blank cheque. The Firth doesn't do disheveled or uncivilised, for as we learn from his character - 'manners maketh man'.
We also discover that the creative forces behind Kick-Ass maketh another belter that puts a dynamic twist on a well-worn genre. Boasting immense performances from Firth as an aristocratic agent and »
It's no secret that Matthew Vaughn was, under the original plan, going to move on to X-Men: Days Of Future Past after his success with X-Men: First Class. But instead, the director of Kick-Ass, Stardust and Layer Cake opted for Kingsman: The Secret Service instead.
In a chat ahead of the release of the new film, he tells us about why, about queuing up for effects shots, and the Stardust sequel that never was...
When I saw the film you came in and did a brief introduction. You described it then as the film you're most proud of doing to date. But why? Given some of the films you've made in the past, what made this one so special to you?
Because it was a culmination of everything »
For Fantastic Four fans, only four days remain until the wildly-anticipated trailer for the 2015 reboot starring Reed, Ben, Sue and Johnny arrives. Attached to the UK premiere of Kingsman: The Secret Service, it makes sense why Fox would choose to debut the trailer with director Matthew Vaughn's latest movie - he is producing The Fantastic Four. January 29th couldn't come any closer and one Twitter user notorious for leaking movie material has already weighed in with his thoughts. G@Brielgr@Y made another tweet replying to a fan for more detailed information on the forthcoming trailer. @petr_hruby Couldn't be more different from the last incarnation, loose camera work, fast and gritty. Looks good, not to be written off. — G@Brielgr@Y (@Gbrielgry) January 25, 2015 It was already known that this reboot was intended as a much grittier and grounded adaptation of the Fantastic Four and would be a complete »
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