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Tired of the same old summer fare?  Romantic comedies, superheroes, animated animals getting into trouble, and stuff blowing up – they can all be found en masse at your local Cineplex every year during the warmer months.  American Ultra, swooping in towards the end of the “popcorn” season, is a movie that may feel both very familiar but oddly foreign at the same time; the film features everything on the list in the previous sentence, but is presented in a highly unorthodox manner.  The result is an experience that feels very unique, but definitely won’t ring everyone’s bell.

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Given that both pictures and video have been leaked in the past couple of months fans and moviegoers have been speculating what the exact content of Jeff Wadlow‘s Kick-Ass 2 will be. Kick-Ass 2 co- creator Mark Millar has been quoted saying the sequel will be “controversial,”  which Christopher Mintz-Plasse contested months ago stating the controversial scene involving super villain gang rape would not be in the film.

Even with the promise by Mintz-Plasse that the sequel would still be “fucked-up,” movie fans are still speculating the exact plot of Kick-Ass 2. Those speculations can now be put to rest as the official plot synopsis has been released.

We’ve posted a portion of the synopsis below for you to digest, check out the rest over at Coming Soon.

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.

Did you die-hard Kick-Ass fans notice the subtle change the studio made in renaming Jim Carrey‘s character Colonel Stars as Colonel Stars “and Stripes?” It feels like a bit of a cheap decision tacking on the “Stripes” name rather than including the character in the sequel (Lieutenant Stripes is second-in-command to Colonel Stars), but it’s an adaptation of the comic book, changes are bound to happen.

Many of those changes have yet to be seen and probably will not be seen until the film’s official release date on June 28th, 2013, guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Kick-Ass 2 stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison and Jim Carrey.

Special thanks to Coming Soon for sharing this nugget of information.

Universal Pictures and director Jeff Wadlow have been busy filming Kick-Ass 2 in the Toronto. During production, Jeff himself has been leaking shots through Twitter. One thing he hasn’t leaked we’re the new heroes. Now that the media has seen Christopher Mintz-Plasse in his new Mother F*cker costume, Olga Kurkulina as Mother Russia and Hit-Girl’s sweet new motorcycle people are dying to see Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars.

Thanks to the lax security laws here in Canada we can thank Mr. Will Wong for the video we’re all about to receive.

Don’t worry about all the onlookers shouting and acting up from where Wong was shooting, the stars are all microphoned up so their audio can be fixed up or edited later on. And as for Jim, look at the guy. Give the man some camo, a red, white and blue club and you’ve got one tough looking ex-mafia member turned vigilante capable of kicking the crap out of a riddler.

Also in the video is Lindy Booth and Robert Emms as Night Bitch and Insect Man respectively and both considerably different then their comic book counterparts. I can’t wait how this scene would play out when it’s finally released as some kind of trailer.

Kick-Ass 2, starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Robert Emms, Morris Chestnut and Lindy Booth, is scheduled for theaters everywhere June 28th, 2013.

Source: Coming Soon, with special thanks to Newscom for the shot of Jim Carrey in costume.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that Jim Carrey will be starring as Colonel Stars in Jeff Wadlow‘s Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. A casting pick which has divided fans. Some folks think it’s a great choice, while others not so much.  I for one, think Carrey is a good actor. Yes, it’s hard to see him as anything but a rubber faced comedian, but he’s fully capable of turning off the slap-stick and being serious. He’s had some fairly decent dramatic roles that have proven his range. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I Love You Phillip are prime examples. This role in particular,  calls for an authoritarian presence. I admit,  a militant Jim Carrey might be bit too hard to believe,  but I think he could pull it off. Creator Mark Millar believes this too…

Here’s what the creator of  Kick-Ass had to say about Carrey being cast in the role…

“Matthew Vaughn, Jeff Wadlow and I did a conference call with Jim a couple of weeks back and we’ve been itching to talk about this ever since because the energy Jim’s going to bring to Colonel Stars has me buzzing as much as Nic Cage with Big Daddy. You have to remember that Big Daddy’s role before Cage came on was a much more straightforward bad-ass. It was Nic who gave him that Adam West delivery and brought this incredible warmth to the character, especially with regard to Mindy.

Nic is really good friends with Jim Carrey and it’s well known to everyone that Jim loved the first movie. In fact, I think he had lunch with Vaughn the day before that Conan O’Brien kick-Ass/ Superman duet you can see in the link. So we’ve been talking very informally about this for a little over two years now. We didn’t quite know what Jim was going to be doing in the sequel, but the entire team loves him to bits and I’ve been a fan since I first saw him. I remember reading an interview with Spielberg, a great one back in Empire for a Jaws anniversary, where he was saying that Jim would be his choice for Chief Brodie were he shooting Jaws now. He said he could see the brilliant dramatic range Jim had as well as the comedy people knew him for at that time. For all these reasons, combined with the conversation we had with him on the phone, I’m so genuinely excited about this. I can’t wait to see what he does once the cameras are on.

So as you can see from the online reports there’s a Hell of a cast shaping up here. The movie runs from Hit-Girl #1 to Kick-Ass 2 #7 and fans of the comic will know that the part of Uncle Ralphie is still to be announced. He’s the big-bad from the Hit-Girl series and you, my friends, are in for a treat.

But this is all incredibly cool. Millarworld has had two movies released so far and several in various stages of production right now (another one starts shooting in the New Year). But I think this is the closest to starstruck I’ve been on anything so far. LOVE Jim Carrey. Can’t wait to meet him at Pinewood.”

Glad to see everyone has such adoration for Jim. If they believe in him, so can we.

Now, what about the insane ex-Spetsnaz and KGB soldier turned bodyguard of Red Mist, Mother Russia? Well, according to Wadlow’s Twitter page “Chris just met Mother Russia!”. Hit the jump for your first exclusive look :
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Kick-Ass 2 is just days away from principle photography. Most of the original cast is confirmed to return for the Mark Millar and John Romita comic-based sequel. There’s a bunch of new players as well. Donald Faison (Gravity Guy), John Leguizamo (Red Mist’s bodyguard Javier), Andy Nyman (Tumor) and Lindy Booth (Night-Bitch), to name a fewWho else has signed on for a pair of tights? Well, we’ve heard the rumors, and yes, they appear to be true!

According to a hinted tweet from Wadlow’s Twitter:

Now,  if we subtract “f’n” out of that tweet we’re left with “Alrighty then!”, a signature catch-phrase of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective star Jim Carrey. So there. This Twitter tease, pretty much affirms the report made by Deadline, which suggested Universal was courting Carrey for the role.

So, who’s this Colonel?  Fans of the series will know him as a gun wielding member of the “Justice Forever”, a lower budget version of DC‘s Justice League and ally to Kick-Ass.

Colonel Stars (his full comic book name) has more of an authoritarian presence in the series, so it’ll be interesting to see how Jim – a comedic actor- will pull this off.

An official statement should be anticipated in the next few days. Kick-Ass 2 is slated for a theatrical release on June 28th, 2013.

UPDATE: Mark Millar just tweeted this as pretty much 100% confirmation : “@MintzPlasse @JeffWadlow clue- he lives with 200 raccoons and parrots, owns the mask of Loki and named by spielberg as a genius.”

Source: Screen Rant

I feel like I am about to tell you I just ran over your puppy.

Deadline is reporting that character actor/scenery chewer John Leguizamo has been cast as ‘Javier’ in the upcoming Jeff Wadlow directed sequel to 2010’s Kick-Ass. You may remember Leguizamo from such memorable performances in Land of the Dead, Spawn or any one of the 47 Ice Age films that seem to come out on a near weekly basis.

Yes, yes, yes. I know he wasn’t terrible in Carlito’s Way, but that was 19 freakin years ago. If you think I am bringing unnecessary hate here, I have two words for you. The Pest.

I’m not saying he is going to be bad in the movie, I am saying he’s probably going to be annoyingly bad. His role will be to guard the body of villain The Red Mist, played by the returning Christopher Mintz-Plasse against Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass (with Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz both back in their respective roles.)

Now, ready for a surprise? The rumor is that Nicolas Cage will also be back for a second time, Big Daddy’s death in the first one not withstanding.

Leguizamo OR Cage in a movie usually means bad acting. Both in the same movie? Gentlemen, we have the perfect storm (of bad acting.)

 

Source: Deadline via /Film

Super Mario Thinks His Movie Sucks!

Ok, so it’s not exactly Nintendo’s Koopa smashing plumber but it’s Bob Hoskins. The veteran actor played Mario in the 1993 live action adaptation based on the video game starring alongside John Leguizamo and the late Dennis Hopper. Granted the film was nothing that would be expected from the Nintendo universe, with the open fields of the Mushroom kingdom replace with a dystopian parallel Earth ruled by a very human looking King Koopa. It even cheesed it’s effects department, remember that “Devo Gun” that looked suspiciously familiar to a then current Nintendo accessory.

In a recent interview with  The Guardian, Bob sat down and answered a few questions about his career. In it he brings up the film three times, it’s never good when you say somthing in three’s:

Here’s what he had to say:

What is the worst job you’ve done? Super Mario Brothers.

What has been your biggest disappointment?

Super Mario Brothers.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?

I wouldn’t do Super Mario Brothers.

So we’re guessing you didn’t like Super Mario Brothers, did you Bob? This isn’t the first time that Mr. Hoskins has stated his displeasure over how the film turned out either, back in 2007 Bob said “The whole experience was a nightmare.” Yeah it may have sucked but it’s better then the intro for the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, I still have that tune haunting my dreams. Could you imagine Lou Albano and Danny Wells as the plumbers supreme? I definitely couldn’t.

Do You?

Via: Blastr

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