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Lol: Nic Cage as Everyone

31 December 2009 7:26 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There's a serious backlash building against the Nicolas Cage backlash, as if a whole chunk of film fans simultaneously came to the conclusion that his body of questionable and bad work is actually entertaining as hell. (That it all stands apart from his unquestionably good work isn't in question.) I'm right there with it; my last viewings of Knowing and The Wicker Man pushed me to the point where I'm actively looking forward to films like The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Drive Angry and Hungry Rabbit Jumps. (Ok, Cage's work in Bad Lieutenant and great buzz for Kick-Ass certainly didn't hurt.) But it might get out of hand. Since November, Nic Cage has been infecting cinema as a whole, as chronicled on the photoblog Nic Cage as Everyone. I'm not going to sugar-coat this: a great many of the entries photoshopping Cage into every role from Edward Cullen to Jerry Maguire to »

- Russ Fischer

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Sci-Fi/Horror Comic ‘Night & Fog’ Adaptation Coming

30 December 2009 3:56 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

According to Variety, producers Gil Adler and Shane McCarthy are planning to bring the World War II-themed Sci-Fi/Horror comic Night & Fog to the big screen. Previously, Adler served as a producer on other well known comic-book movies, including the horror/action film Constantine and the widely heralded (yet ultimately disappointing) Superman Returns. Variety points out that Adler is also producing Dead of Night, which stars Brandon Routh and is based on the popular 1980’s Italian comic book, Dylan Dog.

While I haven’t read Night & Fog myself, the premise of the comic sounds interesting. Quoting from the Variety article:

“[Night & Fog] revolves around an infectious mist unleashed on a military base that transforms its victims into preternatural creatures of the night. But when the survivors try to kill them, they adapt and change into something even more horrific and unstoppable.”

 

The description of Night & Fog reminds me somewhat of John Carpenter’s The Thing, »

- Rob Frappier

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Mark Strong on a Kick-Ass Sequel

29 December 2009 7:55 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Mark Strong, who plays the nefarious Lord Blackwood in Sherlock Holmes, also appears in the upcoming Kick-Ass as mob boss Frank D'Amico. Strong recently described that movie as both "dangerous" and "funny" to MTV, saying it's likely the movie will get a sequel.

Well, obviously it's Mark Millar's graphic novels, and I don't know if that's a finite number of novels being drawn and written. But for now what I think they've done is the the first eight copies [issues] are basically what this movie is and I'm sure it can go on and on if they want it to.

Millar has said that the final issue of his Kick-Ass series will leave with a teaser for another series and that there will "definitely" be another Kick-Ass movie. However, surely ticket sales will also be a factor in that decision.

Next Showing: Kick-Ass is scheduled to open in theaters on »

- Ryan Gowland

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From 'Sherlock Holmes' To 'Kick-Ass,' Mark Strong Discusses Potential Sequels

28 December 2009 2:42 PM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

While many are praising actor Mark Strong's recent turn as the villainous Lord Blackwood in "Sherlock Holmes," comic book movie fans are looking forward to him in another role. Strong will play mobster Frank D'Amico in Matthew Vaughn's live-action film based on John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar's "Kick-Ass" comic book series.

MTV News caught up with Strong during the "Sherlock Holmes" junket in London, and made sure to pick his brain about his much-anticipated debut in "Kick-Ass" — and whether we'll see more of him and the "Kick-Ass" cast in sequels.

"The first eight [issues] are basically this movie and I'm sure it can go on and on if they want it to," Strong told MTV News of the likelihood that we'll see a "Kick-Ass" sequel.

Just last week, Millar announced that he already has a title for the comic book sequel to "Kick-Ass," which could provide a »

- Rick Marshall

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Kick-Ass International Trailer

28 December 2009 5:56 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The latest clip to come out for the comic book adaptation of Kick-Ass is the international trailer, which is slightly altered from the domestic version. Directed by the English writer/director/producer Matthew Vaughn, Kick-Ass will open in the U.K. on April 2, 2010, while the U.S. will have to wait until April 16. Check out the trailer below.

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Kick-Ass - Redband Trailer

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- Ryan Gowland

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Robin Hood Movie Poster Version 2

27 December 2009 11:51 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

As a followup to the theatrical one-sheet released earlier, here’s another movie poster for the upcoming film “Robin Hood” by director Ridley Scott (The Kind One, Body of Lies, Gladiator) and starring Russell Crowe (Body of Lies, 3:10 to Yuma), William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk, Mr. Brooks) Kevin Durand (Legion, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Mark Strong (Kick-Ass, Sherlock Holmes). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Robin Hood. Synopsis: The story of an archer in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion who fights against the Norman invaders and becomes the legendary hero known as Robin Hood. Stay tune to Shock Ya for [...] »

- Brian Corder

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The 15 Most Anticipated Films of 2010

27 December 2009 10:16 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

So you’ve unwrapped all of your Christmas presents, received three copies of District 9 from multiple uncommunicative family members, and the year of 2009 is about to be wrapped up. The debate is over: 2009 has been a great year for film. So what do you do now?

Why, start thinking about what’s around the corner, of course!

While there’s less in the way of interesting sci-fi, as 2009 will surely be remembered for, 2010 has plenty of interesting new films in store, as well as some remakes, reboots and sequels. Here’s a list of the 15 most anticipated films of 2010, in order of release, followed by a minefield of movies you might consider avoiding.

The Wolfman (February 12)

Originally scheduled for release this year and pushed back due to production delays, it seems that Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman is finally upon us. While news of reshoots and delays always send »

- John Cooper

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Mark Strong Praises Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes Editing

27 December 2009 4:41 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Actor Robert Downey, Jr. recently described a technique employed by director Guy Ritchie called "Holmes Vision," a style of shooting that helped give Sherlock Holmes' bare-knuckle boxing sequences a distinctive look. In a separate interview with CinemaBlend, Mark Strong, who stars opposite Downey Jr. as the movie's villain, Lord Blackwood, praised Ritchie's film editing.

What Guy's fantastic at is taking the raw material that we shot into the edit, and that's where he creates the magic. Your job is not to anticipate that. What you've got to do is basically like you would on any other set, with any other director. What Guy is brilliant at is taking all of that and giving it something extra, which is his own style.

Strong has starring roles in several other upcoming major motion pictures, including Robin Hood, Kick-Ass, and John Carter of Mars. A performer for 25 years, he attributes his recent »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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International Version of the Kick-Ass Teaser Trailer

25 December 2009 2:47 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Since Kick-Ass is being distibuted in the UK by Universal Pictures (Lionsgate in the Us), they’ve brought out a slightly different cut of the teaser trailer that we saw a month or so ago. This new version begins the same but has a slightly different voiceover and ends focusing more on the taxi that the sky-diver lands on.

Kick-Ass is directed by Brit, Matthew Vaughn and is out 2nd April.

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- David Sztypuljak

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'Sherlock Holmes' And Comics: The Connections Are Elementary!

24 December 2009 12:01 PM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Rumor has it that director Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" was based on an original comic book concept. But even if that's not entirely true, there is absolutely no question that the latest "Holmes" adventure has plenty in common with the paneled page.

Between the film's director and the four principle actors in the movie, "Sherlock Holmes" has more than a few connections to comic book cinema. Read on for our rundown of some of the links between the cast and crew of "Sherlock Holmes" and the comic book community.

Robert Downey Jr

As if anyone needs a reminder, Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark, the leading man behind Marvel's "Iron Man" film franchise. Comic book fans recently got a taste of Downey's return to the role of Stark in the action-packed "Iron Man 2" teaser trailer. Beyond playing Ol' Shellhead in the "Iron Man" series and the upcoming "The Avengers, »

- Josh Wigler

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Mark Strong on the Tone of Kick-Ass, Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood

24 December 2009 1:12 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Actor Mark Strong has been making the rounds recently in support of his latest movie, Sherlock Holmes, but he also has starring roles in three other upcoming genre pictures: Robin Hood, Kick-Ass, and John Carter of Mars. In a new interview with CinemaBlend, Strong spoke about how important it is for an actor to understand the tone movie's director is looking for.

Strong reunited with the RocknRolla director, Guy Ritchie, for Sherlock Holmes, in which he plays the villain Lord Blackwood. Strong said that his portrayal of the character depended very much on the tone Ritchie wanted and how the titular star of the movie, Robert Downey Jr., approached the role of Holmes.

We had to know exactly what that tone was, and I think Guy certainly had an inkling of it, and Robert certainly had an inkling, and brought what he does to the film. He's very mischievous, Robert, »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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Very Cool Robin Hood Movie Poster

23 December 2009 11:49 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Check out a brand new movie poster for the upcoming film “Robin Hood” by director Ridley Scott (The Kind One, Body of Lies, Gladiator) and starring Russell Crowe (Body of Lies, 3:10 to Yuma), William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk, Mr. Brooks) Kevin Durand (Legion, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Mark Strong (Kick-Ass, Sherlock Holmes). Synopsis: The story of an archer in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion who fights against the Norman invaders and becomes the legendary hero known as Robin Hood. Stay tune to Shock Ya for the latest movie news and stills from Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood”. Click Here to watch the official [...] »

- Brian Corder

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New Red Band Trailer for "Kick-ass" !

23 December 2009 12:51 PM, PST | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Lionsgate has debuted a new Red Band trailer for "Kick-ass" which focuses on Chloe Moretz's Hit-Girl! You can watch the trailer using the player below. Opening April 16th, the Matthew Vaughn-directed comic book adaptation co-stars Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Mark Strong and {Christopher Mintz-Plasse}}{. Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name -- Kick-Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers. His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is »

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Exclusive Interview: Sherlock Holmes Villain Mark Strong

23 December 2009 12:09 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you've noticed Mark Strong in the movies lately, it's probably because you've been scared of him. From Stardust to Body of Lies to this Christmas's Sherlock Holmes, the experienced British theater actor is making a name for himself as a reliable villain, despite the fact that when I interviewed him over the phone last week, he was probably one of the nicest people I've ever spoken to. In Holmes, on the other hand, he's the ruthless Lord Blackwood, a power-hungry and secretive guy who's convincing the most powerful people in London that he has magical powers-- everyone, of course, except the ever-skeptical Sherlock Holmes. Strong will be seen in some of the most anticipated movies of the next year, as a villain in both Ridley Scott's Robin Hood and Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass. I've excerpted our conversation about those films, including fighting a 10-year-old girl and massacring monks, »

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

23 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »

- Garth Franklin

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International Robin Hood Movie Trailer

23 December 2009 4:37 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

We got our first trailer for Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” last week and now Yahoo! released a new international trailer and it’s better than the first one.

Oscar winner Russell Crowe stars as the titular character, alongside Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as the lovely Maid Marion and co-stars Vanessa Redgrave, William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk, Mr. Brooks), Mark Strong (Kick-Ass, Sherlock Holmes), Kevin Durand, Saoirse Ronan and Scott Grimes.

Crowe plays the expert archer Robin Hood who leads a band of marauders to confront corruption and lead an uprising against the English crown. In an effort to save the village of Nottingham and win the hand of the spirited widow Lady Marion (Blanchett), this hero rises from humble beginnings to become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.

“Robin Hood” is scheduled to hit theaters on May 14th, 2010. [source: Movie Carpet]

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- Allan Ford

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Robin Hood UK Movie Trailer

22 December 2009 11:15 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Here’s a very cool UK movie trailer for the upcoming film “Robin Hood” by director Ridley Scott (The Kind One, Body of Lies, Gladiator) and starring Russell Crowe (Body of Lies, 3:10 to Yuma), William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk, Mr. Brooks) Kevin Durand (Legion, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Mark Strong (Kick-Ass, Sherlock Holmes). Synopsis: The story of an archer in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion who fights against the Norman invaders and becomes the legendary hero known as Robin Hood. Stay tune to Shock Ya for the latest movie news and stills from Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood”. Click Here to watch the official [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Mark Strong on Sherlock Holmes, Peter Weir’s The Way Back, The Guard and Eagle Of The Ninth

22 December 2009 10:11 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

About a week ago, I got to speak to an actor whose work I really admire: Mark Strong (IMDb resume).  While many of you might not know his name, if you ever saw Body of Lies, he played a character named Hani Salaam and he was the best performance in the film.  Since then, Strong has booked a ton of very high profile gigs in some of Hollywood’s biggest movies.  Clearly people noticed his work and as a fan, I’m excited to see him in more movies.

Anyway, the reason I got to speak with him is he plays the villainous Lord Blackwood in director Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.  During out conversation we discussed the promotional process for Sherlock Holmes and what he’s had to do, working for Guy Ritchie again, what he did to prepare for the role, and so much more.

And for fans of Peter Weir, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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New 'Kick-Ass' Trailer, Soundboard And Widget

22 December 2009 2:29 PM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

The last few weeks have included quite a few holiday gifts for anyone eager to check out "Kick-Ass," Matthew Vaughn's upcoming adaptation of John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar's comic book series. And now, to go along with the awesome posters and trailers that have hit the 'Net this month, there's also a new, red-band (and depending on where you work, likely Nsfw) "Kick-Ass" clip.

The new footage debuted as part of an exclusive "Kick-Ass" widget on IGN, and puts the spotlight on Hit-Girl, the pint-size assassin played by Chloe Moretz. As fans of the series are already aware, the character drops f-bombs and other obscenities as easily as she eviscerates, decapitates and ventilates any bad guys who get in her way.

The footage is fairly brutal, but — and I might be alone in thinking this — it's brutal in the best possible way. In fact, the trailer's likely »

- Rick Marshall

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Sneak Peek "Kick-Ass: Hit-Girl"

22 December 2009 8:53 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek the new red band trailer featuring 'Hit-Girl' from director Matthew "Layer Cake" Vaughn's upcoming feature "Kick-Ass".

Lionsgate will release the film in North America April 16, 2010 with Focus Features Intl. distributing throughout the UK, Australia, Germany, Latin America, Austria, Switzerland and New Zealand.

The film stars Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Mark Strong.

Vaughn’s Marv Films independently financed the action feature, co-produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner for Plan B.

Premise of "Kick-Ass" follows 'Dave Lizewski', a New York City high school student and only child of single father 'Greg Willer'. Dave takes an interest in comic books as his inspiration to become a vigilante hero, assembling a suit and mask, worn under his normal clothing.

His first attempt at fighting crime results in a beating and stabbing, followed by wandering through the streets and being hit by a car. But »

- Michael Stevens

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