X-Men First Class

This was probably bound to happen: in the wake of the release of Inception, we now know of the first film to cut out dreamlike sequences that feel too much like scenes in Christopher Nolan’s film. Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman have been hard at work rewriting X-Men: First Class so that the film can go into production. But after seeing Nolan’s film, Vaughn had the sinking feeling that some of their ideas for First Class would be taken to be too much like Inception. So he dumped them. Read More »

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Daniel Radcliffe and the Woman in Black

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One of the best things about the Harry Potter series of films has been watching Daniel Radcliffe grow into a real actor. With the Potter films all but done, there’s no small amount of interest in what Radcliffe will next do on film. He’s tapped for the version of All Quiet on the Western Front that might shoot in 2012, but before that he’ll take the lead in the 3D Hammer horror film Woman in Black. Read More »

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When Matthew Vaughn was announced as director of X-Men: First Class, you wouldn’t have been errant in guessing that this news would quickly follow. Vaughn and Jane Goldman worked closely together on Stardust and Kick-Ass, so it was logical to guess that she might contribute to First Class as well. Indeed, we’re now hearing that Goldman will work on the script for the X-Men prequel. Read More »

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After the break you’ll find my interviews with Matthew Vaughn, director and co-writer of Kick-Ass, and Jane Goldman, his collaborator in adapting Mark Millar’s original comic books into a movie screenplay. The interviews are spoiler free, though we do talk around a few key plot points.

As well as talking Kick-Ass, Matthew confirms that he’s planning another movie with Mark Millar and Jane tells us just a little about other upcoming films that she has scripted. Mainly, though, we have a good chat about this current movie, which is getting its general release on March 31 across the UK and April 16 across the US.

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UPDATE: This was predictable enough that I could have started a countdown: Mark Millar claims this is not true; he says Vaughn turned down the film months ago. Per the doubts expressed below, here’s hoping that’s the case. Original article follows.

It doesn’t take a big stretch of the imagination to guess that Matthew Vaughn might make another comic book movie after Kick-Ass, and many simply figured that it would be Kick-Ass 2. (Which Vaughn has seemed to downplay in recent weeks as an immediate next project.)

On the other hand, it does take a certain imaginative leap to understand why anyone would make a film based on the Valiant comic series Bloodshot, which despite strong sales is really just a recombination of a bunch of ‘rogue master killer’ comic book character tropes. But Vaughn is reportedly eyeing an adaptation of the series as his next film. Read More »

Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass in Pre-production

Kick-Ass ComicA film adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s Kick-Ass has now officially entered pre-production according to Comic Book Resources. Based on the creator-owned comic from Marvel’s Icon imprint, the story follows a a 15-year-old boy named Dave Lizewski who attempts to become a real-life superhero. The catch is that he has no powers or any of the stereotypical reasons for choosing to fight crime.

The screenplay was written by the Stardust team of Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn. And the rumors were true, the movie will be directed by Vaughn, who was previously attached to the Thor film (his holding deal expired). The project has been fully financed from his MARV Films company. They are currently searching for distribution options. Not only has the project entered pre-production, but they have already begun casting the adaptation. CBR teases that “when news breaks on a certain actor they have lined up…” that a distribution deal will be right around the corner.

Prior to the series launch a viral campaign featuring a short video of the main character of the comic being “caught on tape” was uploaded to YouTube and spread around the internet. The video shows the hero saving someone who was mugged in a supermarket car parking lot. Check out that video below.

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Thanks to the incomparable Mel Valentin for passing this along.

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Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Speeder Dogs

Global Nerdy brings us the photo of the day: Speeder Dogs.

Charles Grodin will cameo in Jason Segel‘s new Muppet Movie. [mtv]

TorrentSpy already shut its doors earlier this year, and now they have been hit with a $110 million judgment against its parent company, Valence Media. The MPAA has won. [mashable]

Collider has a preview of their set report of G.I. Joe.

Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman have just completed a screenplay based on Mark Millar’s graphic comic book ‘Kick-Ass‘. [dailymail]

Ironman Jones Movie PosterHollywoodInk has a poster for this year’s Summer movie season (pictured left).

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has an exclusive video diary from the set of Quantum of Solace.

Vulture wonders what unsung comic book superheroes should star in The Avengers.

Ellen Page is set to play one of English literature’s most famous characters, the eponymous heroine of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. [Variety]

Topless Robot counts down the 11 Best Songs from Geek-Movie Soundtracks.

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in the Marc Webb-helmed romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer for Fox Searchlight, which centers on a man (Gordon-Levitt) who falls hopelessly in love with a woman (Deschanel) who doesn’t believe in love. [variety]

CineVegas has announced their line-up which includes: The Rocker, Dark Streets, Your Name Here, Beautiful Losers, Chelsea on the Rocks, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Choke, and Schoof [thecircuit]

The Sundance Channel has been acquired by New York-based Cablevision Systems for $496 million in stock and cash. [imdb]

Director Darren Lynn Bousman has officially been asked to direct the remake to Hellraiser. [bloody-disgusting]

Cloverfield Manga

io9 has the latest on the Cloverfield Managa.

SNL have announced Shia LeBoeuf will host May 10th with My Morning Jacket and Steve Carell will host season finale on May 17th with Usher. [collider]

The internet teaser trailer for Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno will hit the web next week. [newsaskew]

Moon Bloodgood as Det. Maya Sunee in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

The first production photo of Moon Bloodgood as Det. Maya Sunee in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li was released on the movie’s official blog.

Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas are joining Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page in Michael Lander’s psychological thriller “Peacock.” [THR]

GuideSpot has a Google Maps guide of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Bay Area.

Tom Cruise has launched Tom Cruise.com.

Tom Hanks endorses Barack Obama.

My friend John Campea over on The Movie Blog listed five lesser known comic character movies he’d like to see

Wanted and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army will open and close the Los Angeles Film Festival.

FirstShowing takes a look at the Future of Iron Man: Alcoholic Tony Stark, War Machine, and Beyond!

The first trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor will hit in June. [SciFi]

Maya Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Alex Rivera’s Sundance award-winner Sleep Dealer. [THR]

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