Despite the occasional outlier (Byzantium), Neil Jordan, a one-time, A-list, world-class filmmaker with credits that include Mona Lisa, The Company of Wolves, The CryingGame, and Interview With A Vampire (among others), continues the long, inexorable slide towards irrelevancy with his latest feature-length film, Greta. Relying on a sub-par screenplay co-written with remake specialist Ray Wright (The Crazies, Case 39, and Pulse), clichéd genre elements grafted on fairy tale elements, and dueling performances from Chloë Grace Moretz (Suspiria, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Fifth Wave) and Isabelle Huppert (8 Women,The Piano Teacher, La Cérémonie), Jordan delivers the kind of a film that might get a passing grade from an ambitious, if talent- and resource-limited, first-time director trying to make a name for themselves, but a failing one for a director with more than four decades behind the camera. And that’s actually being extremely kind to a filmmaker who embraces genre clichés but refuses to also fully embrace the camp potential of those same genre clichés. (more…)
Disney just keeps on tapping from the same well with their live-action adaptations of classic animated films. An Alice in Wonderland sequel is on the way (watch the trailer HERE), along with new versions of The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio. Oh, no, they’re not stopping there. Development of a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is now underway too.
Plans for everyone’s favorite red-headed fish lady to get the live action treatment actually started about 2 years ago. Sofia Coppola was attached to direct the film, for reasons unknown she left, and the project was assumed dead in the water. But now, a very kick ass actress has just been cast as Ariel, aka The Little Mermaid, and things are all a flutter again. (more…)
Plenty of movies flop every year and many of them are sequels to movies that were adored by fans but just couldn’t recapture the magic of the previous entry. Case in point: Kick-Ass 2. The first entry in the franchise grossed over $96mil worldwide when it was released back in 2010 but last year’s sequel made less than $61mil on a comparable budget. What went wrong? If you believe Chloë Grace Moretz, it was pirates. (more…)
You slip into a local coffee shop for a quick cup of your favorite morning pick me up and suddenly things get down right frightening. What would you do if an angry girl in the shop suddenly started moving things with the jaw-dropping power of her mind?
Chloe Grace Moretz is a fairly talented young woman who seems to have shirked the usual Disney clap trap often set upon an actress her age and instead has built an incredible portfolio of more complex work like Hick, Hugo and Let Me In. It’s one of the things that will probably keep her following in the steps of Jodie Foster as opposed to Lindsay Lohan. But of course she’s still young, so if there’s one project that could probably tempt her, it’s one with the initials S.W.
While talking to MTV about reprising the role ofHit Girl in Kick Ass 2, Moretz staked a claim for a role in the upcoming J.J. Abrams project, Star Wars: Episode VII.
“I mean, obviously there’s interest. It’s Star Wars. I’d kill to be a part of that franchise, but I don’t know,” she said. “JJ, I’ll give you my phone number. You can text me.”
You better do what she says, Abrams. She’s killed men for less (on screen).
There’s no word yet on what roles are available in the film, or if there’s one for the 16-year-old actress to play. The new Star Wars film is expected to begin production sometime early next year (or maybe even earlier?) for a summer 2015 release date.
With Jeff Wadlow‘s Kick-Ass 2 hitting theaters in just under a month, Universal has released four new TV spots to remind people just how there they are. And and all the othersare all there, that’s for sure.
Kick-Ass 2 is almost here and personally, I’m just about wetting my pants for this one. And since the movie is ready to grace the big screen and bring us some more ass-kicking action, the actors have been chatting about their roles. In a recent interview with Movie Magic, none-other-than Hit-Girl herself, Chloe Grace Moretz had a few things to say about what to expect from the older, wiser and more capable version of Hit-Girl that will we see in the sequel.
“The obvious difference is that I’m older now, and the difference between 11 and 15, which is how old I was when we finished, is that you’re a different person, obviously. You’re calculating more ideas, you’re experiencing more things in your own life, you’re not just living through other people’s eyes, you’re making your own decisions. So I was able to step into the sequel knowing that after the first movie I was able to have such an amazing career. I’ve been able to do such amazing, emotionally stretching things that I didn’t just want to do a role like the first one. The first one was great for an 11-year-old, but now I’m older and I want to try something I can sink my teeth into. What Jeff and I really wanted to improve was the real heart of it, because I wanted to show that this girl didn’t have a father anymore and how much that affected her. She’s really confused and going through the self-torture of, ‘Am I killing people because this is what I was raised to believe was a good thing, or am I just murdering people?’ I wanted to show this inner pain and struggle, and the fact that she’s lost her only family, her father. I wanted to show this darker side to her, and I also wanted to make the action a little bit different. So we basically scrapped the guns. I do use guns a little bit in the movie, but we basically do hand-to-hand combat and it’s just a lot more hands-on.”
If what Moretz has to say is spot-on, it looks like there may be more to Kick-Ass 2 than just a bunch of punching, kicking and bullets flying. Alas, we shall still have to wait another month before we get to see it for ourselves.
Check out Kick-Ass 2 when it hit theaters on August 16th.
Mark Millar‘s Kick-Ass was a violent and humorously dark look into the world of costumed heroes. The Sequel, Kick-Ass 2 looks to be every bit the thrill ride the first movie was and more. More action, more heroes, more villains, and 100% more dogs biting bad guys in the nuts.
I’m ready for Millar to get serious and get his graphic novel The Pro onto the big screen, that would be a hoot. If you haven’t read The Pro, I suggest you get out to your local comic book shop and pick it up. It’s not something you’ll want to give to your mother for Mother’s Day, but it’s a fantastically farcical look at what happens when a hooker gains superpowers.
Take a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think, will Jim Carey steal the show? Will Hit-Girl make the cheer-leading squad?
Inspired by Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), other masked heroes appear. One such, Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), forms a team and Kick-Ass joins them on patrol, while Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) “retires”, and tries to have a normal life. Meanwhile Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother Fucker—returns to play supervillain with his army, and exact revenge on Kick-Ass for his father’s death.
Update: Huh? The clip seems to have been removed. Sorry ’bout that. We’ll update ASAP.
Update #2: Complain on Twitter and dreams will come true. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Many thanks to @Donnehh for this YouTube version.
You’ll watch this clip, and then, right when it starts gettin’ good, it’ll cut. Agh! The frustration of these teases! Still, it’s an excellent clip of what’s to come in Kick-Ass 2, releasing on June 28th. Honestly, it gave me goosebumps. The final showdown between the forces of good, led by Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), against the forces of evil, led by The Mother F%&*^r – yeah, ’cause that’s not a pain in the ass to type – (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), is going to be epic! Give it a watch,
Right?! I want to see those two square off so badly! And the fight between Kick-Ass and The Mother F%&*^r will be pathetically awesome, I can’t wait. This sequel is directed by Jeff Wadlow, and from the looks of this clip, I think fans of the first Kick-Ass as well as the comics will be quite happy. What do you guys think?
Look out Jim! Jeff Wadlow and Mark Millar‘s Kick-Ass 2 has released a green band trailer into the Internet Wild. The cursing and bloody violence might be toned down compared to the Red Band Trailer, but the action remains. We get a couple more looks at the villain “The Motherfucker” (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and the group of evil league he assembles.
KICK-ASS 2 also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, and Donald Faison. Kick-Ass 2 hits theaters on August 16th, 2013!
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.
Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.