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Welcome to the 800th edition of Superhero Bits. Thank you so much for taking this ride with me and I’m hoping to keep doing it for 800 more. So what’s in this edition? How would you like to see Avengers: Age of Ultron with Robert Downey Jr.? What did the writer of the Civil War comics have to say about the movie? Just how funny is Ant-Man, really? Could Spider-Man appear in not one, but two movies before his 2017 solo film? Would Hugh Jackman be interested in appearing in Deadpool? What secrets does Clark Gregg have about the new episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? Want to see the coolest Kingsman: The Secret Service infographic ever? Read about all this and more in the 800th edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Kingsman 2 ideas

There is no Kingsman 2, at least right now. Matthew Vaughn‘s film Kingsman: The Secret Service opened this past weekend, and did solid business behind Fifty Shades of Grey. We don’t know of sequel plans as yet for the film based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. But there’s always a chance — a good chance, given the way these things tend to go. And so Matthew Vaughn is airing some of his Kingsman 2 ideas, which include possible options for the character played by Colin Firth.

Note that spoilers for Kingsman: The Secret Service follow. Read More »

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Kingsman: The Secret Service is the first great action film of 2015, a  delightful riff on British spy movies that manages to bring a modern sensibility to its incredibly choreographed action set pieces. Thus, it was with great pleasure that I interviewed Matthew Margeson, who wrote the score for Kingsman along with co-composer Henry Jackman. The score is a delight, with an enjoyable theme that has hints of “British elegance and charm,” as Margeson puts it.

Hit the jump to hear my /Filmcast interview with Margeson. You can buy the soundtrack for Kingsman on Amazon, iTunes, or at Lalaland Records.

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Kingsman The Secret Service behind the scenes

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a very British affair. Englishman Colin Firth plays a 007 type for English director Matthew Vaughn, who wrote the script with English screenwriter Jane Goldman based on a book by Scottish writer Mark Millar. But apparently, the Kingsman organization doesn’t stop at the U.K. Borders.

In a recent interview, Vaughn teased that the next Kingsman could open up the American branch of the service. Every James Bond needs his Felix Leiter, after all. Read Vaughn’s Kingsman sequel comments after the jump.
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Watch All of the 2015 Super Bowl Movie Trailers

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When we weren’t crying over the Nationwide ad, singing along to Katy Perry’s halftime show, or screaming / cackling at Pete Carroll’s ill-fated fourth-quarter call, we were oohing and ahhing over the many many Super Bowl movie trailers unveiled last night.

Everything from Ted 2 to Tomorrowland was represented, with more robots, dinosaurs, flying cars, and college a cappella singers than you could shake a stick at. Watch all of the 2015 Super Bowl movie trailers after the jump. Read More »

Kingsman upgrade

The British generally don’t care for what we Americans call football, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take advantage of our addiction to the game. The James Bond homage Kingsman: The Secret Service is getting in on the Super Bowl excitement with a new spot, which you can watch after the jump.  Read More »

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Kingsman upgrade

When theater attendance is declining overall, a little extra showmanship never hurts when trying to convince audience that theaters are the number one way to see a film. Food and drink, live personal appearances and quote-along events have become the obvious go-tos for most programmers. But some want to go a bit further. Take the Kingsman upgrade offered at one UK theater during a preview screening of Matthew Vaughn‘s film Kingsman: The Secret Service. If seeing the movie isn’t enough, how about being escorted into the film though a gauntlet of stunt performers in a live action scene? Check out video below. Read More »

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One of the things I love about films by Matthew Vaughn is the sense of fun. In everything from Layer Cake to Stardust, X-Men First Class and especially Kick-Ass, Vaughn takes a film you think will be one way and spins it into something more. His latest, Kingsman: The Secret Service, looks to continue the trend. A spy film on the surface, it features superhuman feats of action, humor and violence that give it a distinctly unrealistic, comic book feel.

A “comic book feel” is not a phrase used to describe the Christopher Nolan Batman films. In fact, many think they’re the best comic book movies ever specifically because they reject a “comic book” style. Each film is very rooted in reality, and that means they get pretty dark.

In a new interview, Vaughn takes aim at those films. He believes films like Guardians of the Galaxy prove that audiences are no longer interested in superhero films like the ones from Nolan. Do you believe him? Read the Matthew Vaughn Christopher Nolan quotes below. Read More »

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Red-Band Trailer

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Now that the buzz surrounding Spectre has calmed down a bit, it’s time to check in on 2015’s other action-packed thriller about a suave British spy with a taste for finely tailored suits and outrageously advanced gadgets. Fox has just released a new red-band trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth as a secret agent who recruits a street kid (Taron Egerton) into the service.

Matthew Vaughn is directing the film based on a Mark Millar comic, and we all remember how much fun we had the last time that happened. Kingsman: The Secret Service seems to be cut from the same crazy, bloody, “fuck”-filled cloth. Watch the Kingsman The Secret Service red band trailer after the jump. Read More »