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We Watched ‘Kingsman’ And Now We Think Matthew Vaughn Should Make a Bond Film

18 December 2014 7:36 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Over the course of director Matthew Vaughn‘s career his love for James Bond has rang loud and clear. In Vaughn’s debut feature, Layer Cake, the suave anti-hero, Xxxx (Daniel Craig), wields an old-fashioned gun with an ultra-cool pose that, for anyone who saw the film before Casino Royale, made Craig seem like an obvious contender for Bond. In the audio commentary for Layer Cake Vaughn mentions how Xxxx, during that scene, “wants to be Bond.” Not only does Xxxx want to be Bond, but Matthew Vaughn clearly wants — or wanted — to direct Bond. Now Vaughn has gotten his way by making a film that’s about as close one can get to Ian Fleming’s English spy. With Kingsman: The Secret Service, Vaughn has basically directed his own Bond picture, except without any self-seriousness, an anguished hero, or other modern Bond staples. Mark Millar‘s graphic novel, adapted by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, brings »

- Jack Giroux

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Kingsman: The Secret Service - Poster and New Recruits Featurette

15 December 2014 6:00 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Here is a new poster and featurette for director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. I assume those unfamiliar with Vaughn’s previous work (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake) look at this film and have no idea what to make of it. The characters look very over the top, with Samuel L. Jackson as a lisping villain with no stomach for violence, newcomer Taron Egerton as a stereotypical foul-mouthed street kid, and a girl (Sofia Boutella) running around with swords for legs. Despite the campy elements, the movie also seems to take itself quite seriously. The cast is stellar — Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill; and the action, though uniquely cartoonish, is extremely brutal — watch the featurette below and the red band trailer for a taste. Along with some new footage from the film, the featurette also has interviews with Vaughn and the cast talking about the story.

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- Eli Reyes

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Matthew Vaughn Buys ‘Ghostgirl’ Movie Rights

3 December 2014 3:23 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films has acquired the motion picture rights to the “Ghostgirl” series of young adult novels by author and filmmaker Tonya Hurley.

Vaughn and Valerie Van Galder will team up to produce.

“Ghostgirl,” published in 2008 by Little Brown and Company, centers on a high school senior who is desperate to be popular even after her death — from choking on a Gummi Bear. Subsequent titles have included “Ghostgirl: Homecoming,”  “Ghostgirl: Lovesick” and a Spanish-language installment “Dia de Muertos.”

The books have been published in 20 languages. The Latin America “Ghostgirl” has sold more than 1 million copies.

“I am beyond thrilled to have ‘Ghostgirl’ in the hands of such creative, capable and passionate filmmakers,” said Hurley.

Vaughn debuted as a director with “Layer Cake,” followed by “Stardust.” He produced “Harry Brown” and “The Debt” and directed, produced and wrote “Kick-Ass,” before writing and directing “X-Men: First Class” and writing and producing “Kick-Ass 2. »

- Dave McNary

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'X-Men: First Class' Director to Produce 'Ghostgirl' Movie

3 December 2014 3:10 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Matthew Vaughn and his Marv Films company have acquired the rights to Tonya Hurley's young adult novel series Ghostgirl. The project doesn't have a writer or director attached at this time, but Matthew Vaughn will produce the adaptation alongside Valerie Van Galder. The story centers on a young girl named Charlotte Usher, who feels invisible to those around her before she dies after choking on a gummy bear. The book follows her through the afterlife as she refuses to let go of her high school crush, who is still alive.

The books are all New York Times best sellers, with the first novel translated into over 20 different languages and published in more than 30 countries. The series is especially popular in Latin America, where over 1 million copies have been sold, and are second in popularity to only the Twilight books. Here's what producer Valerie Van Galder had to say about »

- MovieWeb

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London Has Fallen Gets An Official Synopsis

4 November 2014 11:12 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Out of the two dueling White House takeover pics that vied for box office dominance in 2013, it’s safe to say that Olympus Has Fallen emerged victorious against White House Down (though there are some, myself included, who feel that the latter film was far superior). While White House Down disappointed at the box office, Olympus Has Fallen made more on a smaller budget and certainly did well enough to warrant a sequel, which kicked off production in London today.

Rather obviously titled London Has Fallen, the follow-up reunites stars Aaron Eckhart, Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo. This time around, Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) and President of the United States Benjamin Asher (Eckhart) find themselves battling a terrorist threat in London.

Check out the official press release, which includes an updated synopsis for the pic. Then let us know, will you be lining up »

- Isaac Feldberg

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'London Has Fallen' Begins Production; Story Details Released

4 November 2014 9:42 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Principal photography has begun on Millennium Films' and Focus Features' London Has Fallen, the sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen.

Gerard Butler again stars as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, alongside Aaron Eckhart as the President of the United States.&#160 Also returning are Academy Award&#174&#160winner Morgan Freeman, as Vice President Trumbull, Academy Award&#174&#160nominee Angela Bassett, as Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs, and Academy Award&#174 winner Melissa Leo as Defense Secretary Ruth McMillan.

Babak Najafi ("Snabba Cash II") directs the thriller from a screenplay by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen), Christian Gudegast and Chad St. John.

The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders, »

- MovieWeb

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London Has Fallen begins filming

3 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gerard Butler, Aaron EckhartMorgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo reprise starring roles.

Principal photography has begun on Millennium Films’ and Focus FeaturesLondon Has Fallen, the sequel to action thriller Olympus Has Fallen.

Gerard Butler has returned as secret service agent Mike Banning, alongside Aaron Eckhart as the Us President.  Also returning are Morgan Freeman as Vice President Trumbull, Angela Bassett as Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs, and Melissa Leo as Defense Secretary Ruth McMillan.

Babak Najafi (Snabba Cash II) directs the thriller (the first film was directed by Antoine Fuqua) from a screenplay by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen), Christian Gudegast and Chad St. John.

According to the official synopsis: “The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has died in mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world.

“But what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Watch: New Trailer For ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson & Taron Egerton Star

22 September 2014 5:27 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Matthew Vaughn can be an interesting director (see “Layer Cake”), but maybe every other movie he makes doesn’t need to be an adaptation of Mark Millar’s often vulgar and juvenile comics? That said, he probably made the most tolerable possible version of Millar's “Kick-Ass." Vaughn's latest is a rendition of the writer's “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” depicting a veteran secret agent who leads a protégé into the world of espionage. Initially set to arrive this November, Fox pushed the movie to 2015 after a fairly middling reception at Comic-Con in the summer. The movie stars Colin Firth as the old school spy, Taron Egerton as the brassy young upstart joining the fray, and also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill, Sophie Cookson and more (Adele, Elton John, Lady Gaga and David Beckham apparently appear in the film). Here’s the official synopsis: Based upon the »

- Edward Davis

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Sunday Shorts: ‘Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother’, starring Tom Hardy

14 September 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Today’s film is the 2011 short Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother. The film is written by Douglas Ray, from an idea by Greg Williams, who also directs the short. It stars Gillian Bevan, Ben Macleod, and Tom Hardy . Hardy’s first big screen appearance was in the 2001 film Black Hawk Down, and he has subsequently been seen in films such as Layer Cake, Bronson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and The Dark Knight Rises. His newest feature, titled The Drop, opened in wide release in American theatres this weekend.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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Spotlight on the Stars: Tom Hardy

10 September 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at an up and coming A-lister, someone who’s a big star on his way to becoming an even bigger one. He’s Tom Hardy, an incredibly well respected and intense actor. It’s probably a shock to many that Hardy has yet to be cited with an Academy Award nomination (or even a Golden Globe nomination for that matter), but that speaks to how great the work is already. With another fine performance this year coming to theaters, now seems like a perfect time to take a look at Hardy, so let’s shine a spotlight on him right now! Hardy got his start when he was picked for a role in Band of Brothers, pretty much being plucked out of obscurity. He appeared in two episodes of the miniseries, which marked his debut as an actor. »

- Joey Magidson

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Trailer for Lionsgate’s ‘The Devil’s Hand’

21 August 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Lionsgate has released the new trailer for Christian E. Christiansen’s The Devil’s Hand. The film tells the story of an Amish community, New Bethlehem, which fears the potential that every girl may become possessed by the Devil on their eighteenth birthday. Several girls born on the same day are about to turn eighteen on the same day, June 6th, and of course people jump to the conclusion that they are Satan’s children. The film looks like a mix of M. Night Shyamalan’s awful The Villiage, Ken Russell’s incredible classic The Devils, Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, with a few other paranormal horror films sprinkled throughout. Hopefully The Devil’s Hand doesn’t turn out as bad as The Village, but we don’t have to wait long to find out since the film will be released on October 10th. The film stars Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, »

- Max Molinaro

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Comic Writer Mark Millar Reveals the Status of Kick-Ass 3

8 August 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass (based on Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comic book) was a surprise hit back in 2010, though anyone who had read the series already knew that a big screen adaptation had the potential to be something special in the hands of the man responsible for the likes of Layer Cake and Stardust.

While Jeff Wadlow’s sequel wasn’t quite as well received either critically or commercially, it was a fun movie which put him on the radar, and he has since been linked to the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe remake and X-Force, a spin-off about a team of mutants who do the jobs too dirty for the X-Men.

The third and final volume of the comic book version of Kick-Ass came to an end this week, and it’s been met with a very positive response as Kick-Ass and Hit Girl’s stories reached their conclusion. »

- Josh Wilding

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what’s on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix (from Aug 05)

5 August 2014 2:54 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Coherence: deploys twisty sci-fi concepts to warp the almost-clichéd dinner-party soap opera into a horror story of the human condition in the face of quantum philosophy [my review] [iTunes Us] Locke: we say things like, “Oh, I’d watch that guy read the phone book,” and this is almost that, except it really is absolutely riveting, and that’s no joke; a tour de force for Tom Hardy [my review] [iTunes Us] The Amazing Spider-Man 2: suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks — this feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s [my review] [iTunes Us] The Quiet Ones: there aren’t many outright scares here, and when they do come, they are curiously circumspect, but the old-fashioned Hammer Horror atmosphere is appealingly spooky [my review] [iTunes Us] The Railway Man: almost entirely »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of Calvary In St. Louis

5 August 2014 12:14 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Calvary’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and to help members of his church with their various problems, he feels a foreboding sinister force closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

From the director of The Guard, John Michael McDonagh, Calvary opens in St. Louis August 15th.

Wamg invites you to enter to win passes to the advance screening of Calvary on Tuesday, August 12th in the St. Louis area. We will contact the winners by email.

If you are a winner, you will need to head over to FoxSearchLightScreenings.com and register to receive your two passes.

Answer the following:

What profession did Brendan Gleeson leave in order to pursue a career in acting? »

- Movie Geeks

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Dom Hemingway Blu-Ray Review

4 August 2014 11:23 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If you seek out Dom Hemingway (as you should) for a chance to see Jude Law as never before, you’ll likely come away thrilled with what writer-director Richard Shepard has unleashed within the actor. He’s on fire. Physically, Law’s almost unrecognizable, complete with greased-back hair, a protruding belly and a feral glint of sexual hunger in his eyes. And as an actor, he’s louder, bolder, nuttier and more rakishly appealing than ever before. It’s quite a transformation, coming on the heels of many almost clinically detached performances over the past few years – and Dom Hemingway should mark the beginning of a new era for the star, as Mud did for McConaughey. He’s so stunningly good, so fiercely alive, in this role that one can almost feel the heat from his fire coming off every frame.

Thanks to Law and to Shepard, who proves himself »

- Isaac Feldberg

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#Sdcc '14: Constantine Panel Now Online

28 July 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The San Diego Comic-Con may be technically over, but the goodies from the show are still coming! On tap right now is the full panel for "Constantine." Check it out, and look for more like immediately!

About the Show:

"Constantine" follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond.

Featured in hundreds of comic book issues, John Constantine has been a DC Comics staple since his first appearance as a supporting character in Swamp Thing in 1985. The character was subsequently featured in his own bestselling Hellblazer and Constantine comic book series.

UK native Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, "The Tudors," "Torchwood") stars as the title character. The cast also includes Harold Perrineau, Angelica Celaya, and Charles Halford.

The "Constantine" pilot is executive produced by Daniel Cerone ("The Mentalist," "Dexter") and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight films, »

- Steve Barton

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#SDCC14: New Constantine Trailer; Go Behind the Scenes with Composer Bear McCreary

27 July 2014 1:27 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Comic-Con broke with tradition this year, holding a special Saturday night screening with Warner Bros. TV that included the first episode of "Constantine." As part of the event, a new trailer premiered, and we have it here along with a peek at Sdcc favorite Bear McCreary scoring the pilot.

About the Show:

"Constantine" follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond.

Featured in hundreds of comic book issues, John Constantine has been a DC Comics staple since his first appearance as a supporting character in Swamp Thing in 1985. The character was subsequently featured in his own bestselling Hellblazer and Constantine comic book series.

UK native Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, "The Tudors," "Torchwood") stars as the title character. The cast also includes Harold Perrineau, Angelica Celaya, and Charles Halford.

The "Constantine" pilot is executive produced by Daniel Cerone ("The Mentalist, »

- Debi Moore

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#SDCC14: Constantine Banner Works Its Magic On the Comic-Con Floor

23 July 2014 7:16 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

"Constantine" is almost upon us, and so it's unsurprising to see the NBC series taking up a presence at Comic-Con. Come on inside and check out star Matt Ryan decked out in all his John Constantine glory.

About the Show:

"Constantine" follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond.

Featured in hundreds of comic book issues, John Constantine has been a DC Comics staple since his first appearance as a supporting character in Swamp Thing in 1985. The character was subsequently featured in his own bestselling Hellblazer and Constantine comic book series.

UK native Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, "The Tudors," "Torchwood") stars as the title character.

The "Constantine" pilot is executive produced by Daniel Cerone ("The Mentalist," "Dexter") and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight films, Man of Steel). Neil Marshall (The Descent, "Game of Thrones »

- Matt Serafini

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Ben Whishaw Replaces Colin Firth As Voice Of Paddington

18 July 2014 4:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This winter’s Paddington has received our attention for all the wrong reasons so far. First, there was that terrifying image of the film’s stuffed bear that sparked the hilarious Creepy Paddington meme. Then, The Weinstein Company released a disappointing first trailer for the movie that made it appear to be a spiritual – albeit less gratingly non-musical – cousin to Alvin and the Chipmunks, of all things. Finally, we learned that Colin Firth, who had previously been set to voice Paddington, had dropped out of the project mid-way through production. Luckily for TWC though, it doesn’t appear that the film will be delayed, as Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw has just been set to lend his voice to the animated bear.

Though the British actor is certainly less of a household name than Firth, Whishaw’s star has been steadily rising over the past few years. He’s won fans »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Matthew Vaughn: 'I was director of James Bond's Casino Royale for 24 hours'

25 June 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class's Matthew Vaughn has revealed that he was asked to direct the James Bond film Casino Royale.

Vaughn recently disclosed that he had talks with MGM about reuniting with his Layer Cake star Daniel Craig for the re-launch of the Bond franchise.

"I had a lot of meetings on Casino Royale," he told Empire.

The filmmaker added: "So much so that the head of MGM offered me it. I had a 24-hour period where I thought I was directing Casino Royale."

Vaughn added that it was "a bit of a downer" that the deal was never finalised, with Casino Royale's directing duties instead going to Martin Campbell.

The director is now tackling the spy genre with Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth as a veteran secret agent introducing a young counterpart to the world of espionage.

Vaughn said of casting Firth as a »

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