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Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

1 hour ago | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

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. »

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Kick-Ass Almost Spun Off This Side Character For A Franchise

28 January 2015 3:28 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The comic book film adaptation, Kick-Ass was somewhat of a minor miracle when it was released back in 2010, since it managed to take an obscure cult favorite series and bring it somewhat faithfully to life on the big screen for a major wide release. It did.okay. Its 2013 sequel, however, would bring in a lot less than "okay." In a recent revelation, it seems that because of that poor performance, a planned spin-off film for the scene stealing fledgling femme fatale, Hit-Girl will never see the light of day. In an interview with IGN, Kick-Ass author Mark Millar, promoting his latest film project Kingsman: The Secret Service, has looked back lamentably at how the future that he planned for the Kick-Ass film franchise fell apart. There was evidently hope that the sequel could eventually land a feature spin-off for Chloe Moretz's Hit Girl. The comic writer said, "Before Kick-Ass 2 »

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Mark Millar talks Hit-Girl solo movie, Gareth Evans would have directed

28 January 2015 11:38 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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, »

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Trivia: A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Considered, Mark Millar Wanted ‘The Raid’ Director to Helm

28 January 2015 11:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The most attention-getting character in the two Kick-Ass movies was definitely Hit-Girl, the foul-mouthed, utterly badass young fighter played by Chloe Moretz. We’ve probably seen the last of the Kick-Ass stories on the big screen, due to the middling performance of the second film and the fact that the series’ actors are quickly growing out […]

The post Trivia: A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Considered, Mark Millar Wanted ‘The Raid’ Director to Helm appeared first on /Film. »

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'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans

28 January 2015 6:18 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Sadly, I think I'm done with the character," Chloe Moretz said last summer about her future playing Hit-Girl following the disappointing box office results of "Kick-Ass 2" in 2013. "Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don't think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theatre." While the actress' swipe at piracy ignores the fact that the reception to the sequel was not as warm as the first, and no one was really asking for a sequel, it seems at one point that there was talk of extending the brand a bit further. Doing the rounds for "Kingsman: The Secret Service," "Kick-Ass" creator Mark Millar revealed that had things gone a different way, the series would've continued in an interesting direction. “Before 'Kick-Ass 2' came out, we’d »

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The Director of The Raid Wanted to Make a Hit-girl Spinoff Movie

28 January 2015 6:04 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Director Gareth Evans has proven to be one of the most talented action movie directors that the world has to offer. He blew audiences away with The Raid movies, and his fans are eagerly waiting to see what his next film project will be. At one point in his career, though, he was a looking to direct a freakin' Kick-Ass spinoff film centering around Hit-Girl.  

While talking with IGN, comic book writer Mark Millar revealed that he had discussed a Hit-Girl spinoff film with the director, but unfortunately, due to his busy schedule it never happened. Here's what Millar said:

“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.”

Last year, Chloë Grace Moretz said »

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The Raid director Gareth Evans was interested in making a Hit-Girl movie

28 January 2015 2:25 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

While chatting it up with IGN, creator Mark Millar again said a third Kick-ass probably isn't going to happen, since Kick-ass 2 didn't make as much money as the first film. However, the bigger news is there were talks of a solo Hit-Girl movie, and The Raid director Gareth Evans had a couple of conversations with Millar about helming the 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 »

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Fantastic Four: what we know about the reboot

27 January 2015 1:41 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We've now had our first glimpse at Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. Here’s everything we know about 2015’s most mysterious blockbuster.

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 »

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Mark Millar Reveals The Raid Director Was Interested In A Hit-girl Solo Film

27 January 2015 1:17 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Last year, Chloë Grace Moretz said she was done playing Hit-Girl. I wonder if she would change her mind if Gareth Evans, who is best known for directing the action-packed movies The Raid and The Raid 2: Berandal, helmed a Hit-Girl solo film. In a recent interview Mark Millar revealed that at one time he had discussion with Evans about such a project. “Before Kick-Ass 2 came out we’d been talking about a Hit-Girl spin-off movie” Mark Millar told IGN. “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. ” Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010's irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass' (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes »

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Is Kingsman the most conservative comedy this century?

27 January 2015 9:05 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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.

Kingsman is the fifth feature-length effort from producer-turned-director Matthew Vaughn, whose filmography also includes Layer Cake, »

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Review – Kick-Ass With Spies, Literally

27 January 2015 3:43 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

20th Century Fox

Rating: ★★★★

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 »

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Kingsman: The Secret Service review

26 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A Colin Firth action sequence, a Mark Hamill cameo and a lisping Samuel L. Jackson. What's not to love?

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 »

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New clip from Kingsman: The Secret Service – “Becoming a Kingsman”

26 January 2015 11:01 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox have released a new clip from Kingsman: The Secret Service which sees Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) tell Taron Egerton (The Smoke) about what it takes to become a Kingsman.

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).

Kingsman: The Secret Service is »

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Kingsman The Secret Service review: Heaven is a place on Firth

26 January 2015 1:39 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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 »

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Matthew Vaughn interview: Kingsman, X-Men, Stardust 2, 007

25 January 2015 11:47 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Kingsman, the moment he was set to direct Casino Royale, to the lost Stardust 2, here's our chat with director Matthew Vaughn...

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 »

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Most Anticipated Blockbusters of 2015 (That Aren’t Already Hyped to Death)

25 January 2015 5:57 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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. »

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New clip from Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service

25 January 2015 7:16 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox has released a new clip from Matthew Vaughn’s latest film, the comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service, and you can check it out below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Read our reviews of Kingsman: The Secret Service 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.

Featuring in the cast of Kingsman are Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Taron Egerton (The Smoke), 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), Lady Gaga (Machete Kills) and Mark Hamill »

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

24 January 2015 11:57 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 129 minutes

Synopsis: A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.

Mark Miller and Matthew Vaughn (the team who brought audiences the blood-stained joy of Kick-ass) are back with Kingsman: The Secret Service, a new take on the spy film that is riotous fun and full of surprises.

When a spot opens up, each of the Kingsman spies are asked to nominate a potential candidate to take on that position. While most nominate someone of a higher class, wealth and position in society, one nominates the son of a former colleague – after getting him out of jail that is. Eggsy is persuaded to try out but the fish-out-of-water dynamic certainly presents a few challenges and as his relationship with his mentor grows, his hidden potential starts to reveal itself.

First off, there is an incredible ensemble cast to consider. »

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Second Opinion – Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

24 January 2015 6:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2015.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn

Starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Sofia Boutella, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson, Michael Caine and Mark Hamill.

Synopsis:

A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.

The last time comic book writer Mark Millar and director Matthew Vaughn collaborated on an adaptation we got Kick-Ass, a madcap hyper-violent outrageously funny deconstruction of the superhero genre. It was lightning in a bottle, and thankfully that lightning hasn’t left as their next project, Kingsman: The Secret Service, is just as outlandish and entertaining. Imagine taking the over-the-top action sequences of Kick-Ass and mixing them with the narrative of a 60s reminiscent James Bond flick, cranked up to 50 on the absurdity scale. Sounds awesome on paper but the execution is even better.

Part of the reason why has to stem from Matthew Vaughn’s vision as a director, which »

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More Footage From "Kingsman: The Secret Service"

24 January 2015 4:45 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more footage from "Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn's upcoming feature "Kingsman: The Secret Service", based on the Mark Millar comic book series:

Cast includes Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson.

Vaughn co-wrote the screenplay with Jane Goldman and produces through his Marv Films banner.

"...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...

"...the knowledge comes at a price.

"The conspiracy begins to unravel...

"...but who »

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