5 items from 2010
The Thor teaser trailer plays like a trip to the dentist The next big comic book movie? Boo!
A pristine bootleg of the Thor Comic-Con teaser trailer hit the web last week a few minutes shy of the San Diego Convention Center doors locking tight for another year. It lingered around just long enough for every soul on the planet to get a taste. It wasn't pulled away through cease and desist until people started screaming, "Oh, my God! Look at that! A dead dumpster baby!"
The whole set-up smells like a studio plant, used to gauge interest in the Technicolor blister Kenneth Branagh is preparing to unleash on the world next summer. In the coveted Iron Man 2 opening slot. May 6th, 2011. It will be followed two short months later by Captain America: The First Avenger. Why did they want the rest of us average citizens to see it? »
The illustrious comic book writer brings his latest property home on August 3rd
On August 3rd, Lionsgate brings the action-packed, blood-soaked comic book epic Kick-Ass to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, this high-flying look at a modern day average Joe posing as a superhero was created by writer Mark Millar and stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Nicolas Cage.
We recently caught up with Millar, who is a legend in the field of comic books, to discuss the process of bringing his story to the big screen and what it means to finally have it on DVD and Blu-ray for the folks at home. Here's our conversation:
The average man dressing up as a super-hero with no powers has become a genre within itself these last few years. But, aside from Bat-Man, I don't remember that being a big theme in »
Dong Lover as Peter Parker? Whoop-doo!
Don Glover wants to be Spider-Man!Donald Glover might be the Maitreya. The new Christ. Some will call him antichrist. He is an affable, kind soul that will suck you into a sugary vortex. A truly wonderful person. And a joy to be around. Friendly doesn't even begin to describe this young man. He's damn funny, too. Possibly the most personable celebrity working the scene today. Watch closely. He could be the next Tom Cruise. Tom Hanks and Will Smith have both been called the nicest men in show business. If Donald Glover doesn't get mixed up in some crazy religious cult or punch a pixie pop star in the face here in the next few months, he'll definitely ascend to that upper echelon. He has a trusting face, and an empathetic disposition. A natural magnetism more powerful than the Death Star's tractor beam »
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
With a name like "Kick-Ass," you know what you're in for. Or maybe you don't, and that's the beauty of this stylish, action-packed and gloriously entertaining superhero satire from director Matthew Vaughn ("Layer Cake"). The truth is, it's not for everybody, especially when a foul-mouthed 11-year-old girl takes down a room full of thugs in a blood-soaked brawl. But for comic book fans looking for a cool and clever deconstruction of the genre, this R-rated cross between "Superbad" and "Kill Bill" ...
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There is a League of Fake Superheroes, and it has a long and storied history in the annals of cinema. Way back in 1980, which is the same year "talkies" were invented, there was a slight but somehow memorable John Ritter comedy called Hero at Large, which was about an actor who dons a superhero costume and roams around the city doing good. Needless to say, real danger gets in the way of the fun. Films as varied as Watchmen, Kick Ass, Mystery Men, and Special have all touched upon the fascinating issue of "everyman superheroism," although none have done it quite as ... oddly as Peter Stebbings' Defendor.
Here we have a protagonist (played powerfully well -- as usual -- by Woody Harrelson) who is clearly a few cards short in the full deck department. Good-natured and entirely likable, Arthur Poppington is also the sort of guy who dons a »
- Scott Weinberg
5 items from 2010
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