Laggies

Ask someone what the quintessential Sundance movie is and they might say something with well-known stars, directed by a popular independent filmmaker, in a story about finding one’s place in the world. Which, on the surface, is Lynn Shelton‘s Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell. But Laggies breaks from that mold by spinning those festival tropes in an original, likable way.

Knightley plays Megan, a 28-year-old struggling with the inevitability of adulthood. To cope she befriends — and moves in with — a high school girl (Moretz) and her single dad (Rockwell). It might sound a bit creepy, but Shelton’s direction and the three lead performances instead lead to a sweet and interesting, if never spectacular film. Read More »

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True to his word, Steven Soderbergh has retired from the movies for now. But it’s the last part of that phrase — “from the movies” — that’s important, because outside of the movies he’s remained as busy as ever. First, he transitioned into TV with the HBO film Behind the Candelabra. Then he jumped to a historical miniseries at Cinemax called The Knick.

Now he’s preparing to move into another medium altogether. Soderbergh is teaming up with Scott Z. Burns and Chloë Grace Moretz for The Library, an Off Broadway show being put on by New York’s The Public Theater later this year. More about his latest project after the jump.

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The rumor mill continues to churn, as one actor is reported to have read for a part, and another denies that she has. After the jump:

  • Ben Kingsley may also have read for Episode VII
  • … while Chloë Moretz insists she has not
  • Pinewood Shepperton wants to expand further
  • J.J. Abrams isn’t abandoning Trekkies
  • Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is coming soon
  • See gorgeous images from Star Wars Art: Concept

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Kick-Ass 2 Showdown

The two major things missing from Kick-Ass 2 constitute the two major problems with an otherwise decent sequel. Those things are Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman. Vaughn, who directed Kick-Ass in 2010, is an incredibly talented director. Goldman, who wrote the first film, is a fantastic screenwriter. They both return as producers this time around, but their respective duties have taken over by Jeff Wadlow, the director of Cry_Wolf and Never Back Down. Wadlow has an obvious passion for this material and does an admirable job at times. Without Vaughn directing Goldman’s words, however, Kick-Ass 2 never comes close to the energy and smarts of the first movie.

That said, fans of the original will enjoy all the new characters, the many tense/violent situations, and the uptempo, fun pacing. Kick-Ass 2 doesn’t reach the dizzying heights of the first movie, but in the realm of flawed sequels, it’s pretty entertaining. Read More »

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While Kick-Ass and Red Mist haven’t really changed a lot between Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, Hit-Girl is like a whole new person. In the first film, she’s a foul-mouthed killing machine who loves nothing more than her father and justice. In Kick-Ass 2, she’s forced to bury that spirit to assimilate to the social life of high school. Instead of fighting crime, she deals with sleepovers, dating, makeup and more. In the end, the film features a more feminine version of Mindy Macready.

That character change is by design. In an interview with Digital Spy, Chloë Grace Moretz revealed screenwriters Chad Gomez Creasey and Dara Resnik Creasey were brought in to specifically work on her character, making her less masculine. Read More »

‘Kick-Ass 2′ Red Band Featurette

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There was a time when it looked like Kick-Ass 2 might never happen, but now the film opens in just over a week. We’ve seen quite a few trailers, some clips, and a behind the scenes look or two. But if you want one more glimpse at the film before it opens, check out this red-band featurette. There’s some new footage here for your enjoyment, as well as a bit of gore and (of course) plenty of cussin’. Read More »

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If there was one upside to the first Kick-Ass 2 trailer being a bit underwhelming, it’s that the marketing has had nowhere to go but up. The film’s looked better and better with each successive trailer, and the one that hit at Comic-Con was the most badass (or kick-ass, if you want to go there) yet.

Today, we have yet another new look at the film, in the form of 10 minutes of B-roll from the Jeff Wadlow-directed sequel. The reels feature quite a few moments we haven’t seen in any of the previous promos, including some smaller character moments and some better looks at the new heroes and villains in action. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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In the previous trailers for Kick-Ass 2, something seemed to be missing. This is most certainly a sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s film, sure. All the characters are there; the story is a continuation of the first chapter; and new heroes and villains are introduced. Yet something felt off. Writer/director Jeff Wadlow came into San Diego Comic-Con today hoping to change that.

He, along with stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (and Chloe Grace Moretz via satellite) premiered a brand new extended trailer that expands what we’ve already seen from Kick-Ass 2. Significantly. Now the film is starting to look like the kick-ass sequel we’re hoping for.

Below, watch the new trailer and read about the Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Read More »

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