So many of my favorite movie experiences are the result of seeing films during the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival. The program perches like a beast ready to devour the more ‘respectable’ films at TIFF. While seeing films at the fest is great, period, there’s nothing quite like catching the world premiere of a psychopathic genre film with a crowd of hundreds of eager fans of left of center cinema. Every August I’m always eager to see the new lineup, because it’s basically guaranteed to have at least one or two films I’ll be recommending to friends for the next year.

Tonight, Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes revealed three of this year’s Midnight Madness films via Twitter, and one is a film most of us here at /Film are eager to see: the world premiere of James Gunn‘s Super. Read More »

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I’d been looking forward to seeing footage from James Gunn‘s strange low-fi superhero movie Super, and Comic Con provided the goods. I really liked what I saw; Gunn has come up with a no-frills, low-budget approach that lets him play with some characters that are possibly quite sick and twisted. It’s the world of underround comics come to movie form, without all the overhead of a big studio film.

Now we’ve got the first photo of Rainn Wilson as the film’s ‘hero,’ The Crimson Bolt, and a snap of Wilson and his on-screen wife, Liv Tyler. Read More »

Comic-Con: First Look at Super

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I’ve never understood the fascination at Comic-Con with wanting to see panels for movies that audiences already know everything about. To me, Super is the epitome of what makes this place special: getting to be the first to discover and experience the geekiest projects worth getting excited about in the years ahead, right alongside the filmmakers and cast that created them. Last year’s big winner was Kick-Ass, and this year, I was hoping the similarly-themed Super would take the prize.

The film is written and directed by James Gunn, whose geek cred skyrocketed with the horror-comedy Slither. Now he’s turned his sights to the superhero genre, and he’s got an amazing cast backing him: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion and Kevin Bacon.

Gunn and all of the cast (sans Bacon) arrived to Comic-Con to show off the trailer and a clip from the film. Find out more about the film and the footage—and if my hopes were in vain—after the break. Read More »

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I love me some James Gunn, so it warms my geek heart to see that he’s assembling quite the cast for his post-Slither feature film follow-up Super. The film stars Rainn Wilson as Frank, a man who transforms himself into a superhero named Crimson Bolt — despite having no real powers — after his addict wife (Liv Tyler) runs off with a local drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Ellen Page plays a sociopath who becomes Crimson Bolt’s sidekick. While that plot description bears some similarities to Kick-Ass, you can be sure that Gunn’s deliciously weird sensibilities will make it a very different film.

Gunn just announced some new additions to the cast on his blog, and they include geek-favorites Nathan Fillion and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks). Fillion previously starred in Slither, and will play the role of a pop idol who inspires Frank. Cardellini played Velma in the Gunn-written Scooby-Doo movies. Find the rest of the newly announced cast after the break.

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I can think of one popular parlour game that’s about to get a tiny bit easier…

James Gunn‘s Super is a very promising-sounding example of the “real world superheroes” subgenre that includes Special, Defendor and Kick-Ass. The film is currently shooting in Shreveport, Louisiana with Rainn Wilson starring as a would be superhero without any kind of powers who picks up a pipe wrench and decides to avenge… well, it begins with his wife cheating on him with a drug dealer called Jacques.

The latest casting news is that the role Jacques has been filled, and he’s going to be played by none other than Kevin Bacon. That’s my opening night seat sold, right there.

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Twitter snoops and the /Film faithful may recall that James Gunn and Rainn Wilson have been out on the town, shopping around their superhero project. The first deals seem to have been brokered now and the big announcements have hit: the film will be called Super and is also set to star Liv Tyler and Ellen Page. Some of the details sound a little Kick-Ass, but that’s fair enough, and besides, Page’s role sounds like such a good one I’m sure we can all get pumped up for this film on that basis alone.

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