One of the most unexpectedly enjoyable films of 2014 was the tongue in cheek spy movie Kingsman: The Secret Service. The film poked fun at nearly every old school spy movie while simultaneously mimicking and embracing the familiar feel of those movies. With a character body count that would make George R.R. Martin jealous the film saw a surprising number of the top billed cast meet untimely and exceptionally messy ends. Since then there have been rumors that at least one of these characters might not be as dead as originally thought. Spoilers for Kingsman: The Secret Service ahead. (more…)
Kingsman 2, the sequel to the 2014 sleeper hit, has been making headlines with the A-list ladies who have come aboard. Halle Berry has been cast in what is rumored to be the role of the head of the CIA, while Julianne Moore has been cast as the villain, Poppy. But now we finally have name for the project, as well as some killer concept art, courtesy of Empire Magazine. While the original was surprisingly good and surpassed the expectations of many, the sequel has a lot to live up to. If the concept art is anything to judge by, though, the movie might just stand up to the test. (more…)
Back in 2002, Vin Diesel re-teamed with his The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen to make xXx, a so-called spy-thriller meant to upset the stiff, upper-crusty world of James Bond with a down and dirty modern riff full of nihilists, tattooed bad boys and extreme sports freaks. Of course, Pierce Brosnan‘s final Bond movie, Die Another Day, came out later that year and by box office proved handily that the gentleman spy was in no danger of being usurped by those that think a tux and a t-shirt with a picture of a tux on it are roughly the same.
That, shall we say, populist view of modern spy war by xXx was on my mind after watchingKingsman: The Secret Service, the new movie by Matthew Vaughn that is very much of the opinion that “manners maketh the man.” Basically, if you can kick ass with an umbrella, you can kick ass with just about anything, and while anyone can be a thug, it takes a rare kind of man to react to any situation with calm, rational composure. And what is the more dangerous: someone who flies off the handle, or someone who can keep their head even as all around them are losing theirs? (more…)
While the hub-bub of that incredible Mad Max Fury Road trailer continues to blow up the Internet, Fox‘s upcoming spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service also released its Red Band Trailer. Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Taron Egerton, Kingsman is a fast paced, hard-hitting, in your face violence action movie that we’ve come to expect from director Matthew Vaughn. (more…)
Matthew Vaughn – of Kick Ass and X-men: First Class fame – has directed a new movie based on Mark Miller’s (Kick-Ass 1 & 2) comic book that has got us real excited here at NerdBastards. Furthermore, after each update, our interest in the movie is ever increasing. With the release date of Kingsman The Secret Serviceset for February 13th and the film is entering the final stages of its marketing campaign, word on the film has been building incrementally with each update offering more of an insight into what we should be expecting to see when the movie finally hits the big screen. Starring Colin Firth stars as a dapper secret agent training a new recruit and we have some rad and rather risqué character posters featuring Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and an awesome little pug named Jack Bauer. Check em out below peepsters. (more…)
A new trailer hit last night for Matthew Vaughn‘s Kingsman: The Secret Service featuring a brand new track from Iggy Azalea along with singer Ellie Goudling. Based on The Secret Service comic book created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. All indicators point toward a fun super secret spy agency type movie, although I do have to say that when I saw this trailer my first thought was, Harry Potter goes to Spy school. Give the trailer a go and then let’s discuss it below. (more…)
Matthew Vaughn is quickly becoming the go-to guy when it comes to adapting comic book properties into a cinema format. He’s already put together the first Kick-Ass movie and the return to the X-Men universe, X-Men: First Class, and now it looks as if he’s going on to direct yet another comic-turned-movie. This time around it’s another Mark Millar project – The Secret Service. Check out some pics of the new film, the trailer and a video of writer Mark Millar talking about Kingsman: The Secret Service below. (more…)
Well folks, here ends the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
It wasn’t the most thrilling, surprising or even as heartwarming as previous shows have been – but it was still a fairly good show!
It started off with a standard cold open, with hosts James Franco (who looked high the whole night) and Anne Hathaway parodying all the major movies nominated, with special guests Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman.
There were some cute moments with the pair throughout, most notably Hathaway belting out an amazing rendition of “On My Own” making fun of Hugh Jackman, and Franco coming on stage dressed as Marilyn Monroe. But, like all Oscar hosts, they really did not do much other than introduce people and occasionally make humorous observations. I am impressed that the Oscars decided to go with “hip” hosts, but it was a little on the nose, don’t you think?
Other than that, the greatest moments were when Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo inadvertently dropped the first and only F-bomb of the night during an extremely surprised speech, Kurt Douglas making everyone laugh with his amazing wit and talent (despite having a stroke a few years back), Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law’s funny skit in their category presentation (They should host the Oscars. Just sayin.) and Billy Crystal‘s tribute to the great Bob Hope. Oh, and Annette Bening looked like Madame Webb. This amused me.
The main question is always if there were any surprises. Ya! Corey Haim didn’t get mentioned in the dead actor memoriam. Fuckin’ bullshit! Anyway, in the big categories, not really.
The King’s Speechwalked away with Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper) and Best Actor (Colin Firth). While Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress for Black Swanlike everyone knew she would (she oddly mentioned Michelle Rodriguez in her acceptance speech, perhaps for advising her on how to pleasure a woman?), and Best Supporting Actor went to Jesus Christian Bale for The Fighter (who forgot his wife’s name in his acceptance speech).
However in the smaller categories, there were a few twists!
Pixar‘s animated short “Day & Night,” which aired before Toy Story 3lost to “The Lost Thing,” while Best Original Screenplay went to The King’s Speech instead of the incredibly surreal and thought-provoking Inception, and Best Foreign Film went to a film from Denmark entitled “In a Better World” instead of the favorite from my neck of the woods, Canada, called “Incendies.”
As for fashion, Anne Hathaway looked gorgeous in everything she wore, as did Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Michelle Williams. Frankly, all the guy’s looked the same to me.
I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a big fashion blow-by-blow of the big winners and losers of the night, but it is just not my forte. But hell, check your local newspapers and magazines tomorrow, as they’ll have all the coverage you could ever want and more! But, I do have one fashion related note to be given: Cate Blanchett, you are not a member of the Tellitubbies, so do not dress like one.
What did you think of tonight’s show? Did anything surprise or disappoint you? Anyone left out that you felt deserved to win?
For a full list of all the winners, click below the jump.