18 items from 2015
I debated while writing that headline whether or not to use Matthew Vaughn's name or not. Certainly those that read movie blogs on a regular basis will recognize Vaughn's name as the director of Layer Cake, X-Men: First Class and, most recently, the highly successful Kingsman: The Secret Service, but if you don't read about movie news on a daily basis, his name is hardly as recognizable to the general public as say, Christopher Nolan or David Fincher. So, I went with "Kingsman Director" and hopefully that means people will read this first paragraph and start putting two-and-two together. As for the news in the headline, well, let's get to that. THR is reporting Vaughn is in negotiations to direct Flash Gordon, a movie based on the classic comic strip character over at 20th Century Fox. Based on the character created in 1934 by artist Alex Raymond there have been »
- Brad Brevet
The film has just started production in the Alps and moves to the U.K. next month. Lionsgate U.K. plans to release the film in the U.K. in spring 2016; 20th Century Fox will distribute in all other territories worldwide.
The film details the exploits of Michael Edwards, better known as “Eddie the Eagle,” the most famous ski jumper in British history. Edwards won the hearts of sports fans around the world by making a catastrophic showing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. The film’s portrayal of Edwards’ never-say-die approach to the sport “celebrates the human spirit and resilience in the face of extraordinary odds and challenges.”
- Leo Barraclough
Production has started on the biopic Eddie the Eagle, with star Hugh Jackman commemorating the first day on set by sharing a photo with his co-star Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) on his official Instagram account. It isn't known where exactly shooting is taking place at this time, but our report from January indicated that shooting may take place in Cheltenham U.K.,where the real Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards grew up. Although he is not seen in this photo, Timothy Spall was being courted to play father of Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards (Taron Egerton), but it isn't known if he has signed on.
Hugh Jackman is playing Chuck Berghorn, a Lake Placid ski jumping expert who helps Eddie train for the Calgary Olympics in 1988. Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards was the first British ski jumper in Olympic history, and, although he took last place in both of his events, »
Welcome to the first Ever episode of The Flickering Myth Movie Show!
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In our debut March edition, we’re talking the biggest news of the year so far: Spider-Man has come back home to Marvel. What will this mean for the Avengers? When will we first see him? And who will play Peter Parker? We’re chatting all that, And geting Your thoughts (looking at you, Mr and Ms. Public) on the street.
And if all this Marvel Character Copyright stuff is confusing, we’ve got you covered too, with our very own Doctor Rage explaining why you don’t see the X-Men, Fantastic Four or others in some Marvel films with his Infinity Copyright Gauntlet.
- Oli Davis
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment has announced that the Serbian creature feature Killer Mermaids (a.k.a. Nymph) is set for a DVD and Download release here in the UK on Monday, June 29th.
Directed by Milan Todorovic, the film stars Kristina Klebe (Halloween), Franco Nero (Django), Natalie Burn (The Expendables 3) and Dragan Micanovic (Layer Cake), and centres on a group of friends who find themselves hunted by the titular killer mermaids on a remote island. Here’s the trailer, followed by the official synopsis…
Friends Kelly (Kristina Klebe) and Lucy (Natalie Burn) travel into the depths of Montenegro to visit an old friend. While there, they decide to explore an abandoned military fortress located on a remote island.
As the summer sun quickly sets, the dark mystery of the night envelopes the girls as they realise they are not alone. There are secrets which must be protected and an evil darkness hidden beneath the island. »
- Gary Collinson
The throwback spy flick centers on a street kid (Taron Egerton) who is recruited by a top-notch spy organization. Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson also star in what proves to be a thrilling yet light-hearted adventure.
Latino-Review had the chance to sit down with the London native to discuss how he handles criticism, his influences and how he hopes to grow as a director.
The Kingsman has been generating a lot of positive reviews. Is critical reception something that you pay attention to at all? »
- Justine Browning
Say this much about Matthew Vaughn: the man has an eye for "the next big thing." He brought us Daniel Craig in Layer Cake, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender in X-men: First Class, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz in Kick-ass, and now Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Secret Service. It's not that these actors hadn't been in movies before Vaughn gave them the call; it's just that it seems his films are the ones to propel their names into the mainstream. And as he says »
- Eric Walkuski
The world of espionage has become a bit dour of late. Our postmodern proclivities have caught up with us, and thanks to our impossible missions, our Bourne fascinations and a Daniel Craig-ified Bond, we've lost a little bit of the silly when it comes to our secret service cinema. Leave it to Matthew Vaughn, then, to shake and/or stir a wee bit of self-aware fun into the mix. Remember, before he took the mutants to school or kicked some ass with avenging heroes, he baked a Layer Cake that introduced much of the world to that Craig guy mentioned earlier. The chops are there, it seems, so does it all pay off? Well, sure. Kingsman: The Secret Service is a film that hides nothing about...
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The deal, which gives FremantleMedia a first-look option on all Corona TV output, pushes forward FremantleMedia’s ambition to build its scripted pipeline with projects that will have “an epic and cinematic feel,” and attract international co-production funding.
FremantleMedia previously worked with Johns and Jermyn on the development of “Birds of Prey,” a TV adaptation of the first three novels of Wilbur Smith’s Courtney series, penned by “Layer Cake” scriptwriter J.J. Connolly.
Corona TV is a sister company of Corona Pictures, which was founded by Johns and Jermyn in London in 2009. The company develops, produces and markets feature films and television programs to every country in the world, including the major established markets, and key emerging markets such as China.
In recent years, »
- Leo Barraclough
Matthew Vaughn is a filmmaker perhaps best known for his long stint producing the British gangster films of Guy Ritchie or for directing the superhero reboot "X-Men: First Class." He is also notable for marrying Claudia Schiffer, which is something of a superhuman feat in and of itself. But, as far as cult fandom goes, Vaughn's major achievement was "Kick-Ass," an irreverent, blood-splattered superhero deconstruction that was based on a comic book of the same name (by Mark Millar). Millar and Vaughn have re-teamed this week for "Kingsman: The Secret Service," this time doing for the spy genre what "Kick-Ass" did for superheroes.
"Kingsman: The Secret Service" is a fun, thrilling, sometimes shockingly violent spy movie about a secret organization (called the Kingsmen) and the seasoned agent (played by an against-type Colin Firth) that recruits a young, unknown street tough (played by newcomer Taron Egerton) to become one of them. »
- Drew Taylor
Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.”
Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year” (2014), “Interstellar” (2014), “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (2013) and “Jack Reacher” (2012). He will next be »
- Michelle McCue
Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller, David Oyelowo, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock and John Travolta will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar® nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.” Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year »
- Josh Abraham
Matthew Vaughn is a director that everybody wants to see do amazing things. From his underrated work on Stardust and Layer Cake to his kick ass work on, well, Kick-ass and X-men: First Class, Vaughn has shown he has a distinct flair for visual awesomeness that has linked him from everything including a Star Wars movie to sequels to his existing work. In anticipation for the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service this Friday, our very own Eric Walkuski sat down with the filmmaker to learn »
- Alex Maidy
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
Especially when it comes to big-budget genre blockbusters, hype has become an inseparable part of movie culture. Trailers, teasers and teasers for trailers, along with a steady drip-feed of news, rumors and inside reports, all these are well-handled tools in Hollywood’s ever-increasing mastery of getting you primed and ready to slap down your money. Add the fact that more and more Hollywood blockbusters are based off beloved properties or tied to ongoing series and yearly top-ten lists of the most anticipated blockbusters or summer movies of the year can tend to look a bit samey. Oh really, you’re excited for Star Wars Episode 7? Well of course you are, it’s Star Wars Episode 7. Saying you’re excited to see it is like saying you enjoy oxygen or puppydog kisses.
Most of the most anticipated movies of the year, quite frankly, don’t need any more hype than they already have. »
- Thomas O'Connor
In his review of the film, James Rocchi (The Wrap) says the film, “will have any thrillseekers in the theater clutching their armrest and shivering with imagined terrors.”
Black Sea is a suspenseful adventure thriller centering on a rogue submarine captain (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.
Back Lot Music is issuing the digital soundtrack album for Black Sea, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, it was announced today. The soundtrack features 25 new score cues by composer Ilan Eshkeri. »
- Michelle McCue
Hugh Jackman is set to mentor Taron Egerton in an upcoming movie about Olympic skier Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards that will be produced by Egerton’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” director Matthew Vaughn, TheWrap has learned.
Dexter Fletcher is directing the untitled movie, in which Jackman will co-star as Chuck Berghorn, a ski expert who helped a down-on-his-luck Edwards train for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
While Edwards placed last in the 70m and 90m ski-jumping events, he was hailed as a heroic failure, as he was »
- Jeff Sneider
The world of espionage has become a bit dour of late. Our postmodern proclivities have caught up with us, and thanks to our impossible missions, our Bourne fascinations and a Daniel Craig-ified Bond, we've lost a little bit of the silly when it comes to our secret service cinema.Leave it to Matthew Vaughn, then, to shake and/or stir a wee bit of self-aware fun into the mix. For remember, before he took the mutants to school or kicked some ass with avenging heroes, he baked a Layer Cake that intro'd much of the world to that Craig guy mentioned earlier. The chops are there, it seems, so does it all pay off?Well, sure. Kingsman is a film that hides nothing about its intentions, practically...
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18 items from 2015
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