Let’s do a little update on Mark Millar movies. First up, while we were doubtful for months about the chances of Kick-Ass 2 actually shooting and bringing the cast of the original film back together, turns out we were too pessimistic. Looks like the film will in fact go before cameras this year, with Jeff Wadlow directing and most of the original cast returning.
After the break, Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson provides a little update on the film. Then Timur Bekmambetov has a couple things to say about the sequel to Wanted, another film based on a Mark Millar comic. Read More »
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When last we checked in with the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh‘s novel Filth, which is being directed by Jon S. Baird, the days were still long and warm. That August update revealed that the film about an evil Edinburgh cop would feature James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming in the key roles.
The film is about to shoot, with a start date set for next week, and it has added a few people. Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt and Imogen Poots are on board now, all of which is good news. But it seems like Alan Cumming might have fallen away. More details on that below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas opens with a scene that suggests it is not your parents’ holiday movie. In response to one little girl’s query about how Santa manages to deliver all of those gifts around the world in just one night, we’re treated to a thrilling sequence of hundreds of elves jumping out of a giant sleigh-shaped spaceship and delivering the gifts with a high-tech precision that wouldn’t be out of place in a futuristic action thriller.
Spearheading that massive operation is alpha-male Steve (Hugh Laurie), heir apparent to the cushy Santa position currently held by his father Malcolm (Jim Broadbent). Steve and Malcolm, it turns out, are just two members of a long line of Santas that stretch back centuries and also includes Malcolm’s father (Bill Nighy) “Grandsanta,” and Steve’s younger brother Arthur (James McAvoy).
But holiday movies are a decidedly traditional genre, and Arthur Christmas quickly falls into the familiar themes about the magic of Christmas and finding your place in the world and whatnot. Happily, it does so with enough wit and enough feeling to be a cut above some of the more cynical entries in the genre, though it’s not on the level of the best holiday classics.
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What does James McAvoy have to say about a sequel to X-Men: First Class? Did Michael Shannon reveal any General Zod details from Man of Steel? Want to hear what Rhys Ifans‘ The Lizard might sound like in The Amazing Spider-Man? Can we finally put the question of Captain America 2‘s timeline to bed? How can you win a trip to the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance world premiere? Read about this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
We’ve seen a couple teaser trailers for the Aardman Animation holiday film Arthur Christmas, and now, two full-length trailers are out. The UK trailer still shows a lot of the elements we’ve seen before — the North Pole as a high-tech gift processing center; Santa’s sleigh as UFO; and the geeky younger member of Santa’s family who acts as the title character — but it also shows off a lot more of the actual story that puts all those elements to work. There are also a few good, cheeky little jokes. And the US trailer has a slightly different approach to the same elements. Check out the trailers below. (Oh, and there are lions, too.) Read More »
The idea of a sequel to the 2008 film Wanted, based on Mark Millar’s comic series, has been floating around since before the first film even opened. Back in ’08 Wanted screenwriters Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (who shared screen credit with Chris Morgan) were supposedly hired to script the sequel, but the fact of the theoretical film has never been very certain. Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, was later hired to write a draft. As the producers tried and failed to persuade Angelina Jolie to return for a sequel (a difficult task, given how she ended up in the first film) it looked like Wanted 2 might not happen.
The last time we heard from original director Timur Bekmambetov, he said discussions with Universal were ongoing with respect to the sequel, but the schedule of lead actor James McAvoy was problematic, as was the degree of control Universal wanted over the film. Now Derek Haas says he and Brandt have been hired to script the sequel once more. And with that news, Wanted creator Mark Millar is taking the opportunity to tease more movie developments. Read More »
NOTE: Because we experienced some issues with our previous exclusive clip, Fox has asked that we remove that one and replace it with this one. Our apologies for any confusion this might have caused.
One of the biggest surprises of the summer was Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class. A film that was rumored to be rushed and have all kind of production issues turned out to be the best X-Men film since Bryan Singer was behind the camera. The cast, including star making performances from James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, was stellar, the action was top notch, the writing was sharp and at the end, almost everyone was left hoping to see where this period reboot of the X-Men franchise would go next.
While we still don’t know the answer to that question, you can soon dive headfirst into X-Men: First Class on Blu-ray. It’ll be released September 9 and has a ton of special features including several deleted and extended scenes. Slashfilm is proud to exclusively debut one of these scenes after the jump. It shows a bit more of what Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) has planned for the world as Charles Xavier (McAvoy) looking into the mind of Emma Frost (January Jones). Read More »
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Films based on a few different Irvine Welsh novels have been in development in the decade-plus since the adaptation of his debut novel Trainspotting became a trans-Atlantic hit. One of those getting the film treatment has been Filth, a book about “an evil Edinburgh cop,” for which the author has been acting as producer.
Jon S. Baird (director of British film Cass) will direct, and it turns out that the core cast is going to be more than up to the challenge of dealing with Welsh’s notoriously raucous material. James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming are the names we have right now, and the idea of seeing McAvoy play a cop messed-up enough to rival Harvey Keitel’s classic Bad Lieutenant sounds pretty great. Read More »