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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…)

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Get ready, Universal is gearing up to create a monster universe, and first up on the slate is a remake of the popular 90’s film, The Mummy, originally starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.  In line with other recent reboots such as Ghostbusters, the new mummy will be a lady.   Algerian actress Sofia Boutella is in talks to play the titular role in the creature feature helmed by producer/director Alex Kurtzman.  Doctor Strange co-writer Jon Spaihts has penned this screenplay, as well as one for the next monster movie, Van Helsing, although both he and Kurtzman are keeping mum about the plot details.   (more…)

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If you’re one of those folks who managed to get down to the theater and see Kingsman this past spring, then you know what an amazing flick it was. Director Matthew Vaughn took spy movies to an entirely new level with a portrayal of subterfuge that was both humorous and darkly vicious. Not to mention, Kingsman had some of the most brilliant action scenes that have ever graced the big screen. For fans of the flick, there’s some good news coming – for it seems as if a sequel to Kingsman is on the way. (more…)

Vaughn Defends ‘Kingsman’s *Ahem* Backdoor Gag

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Kingsman: The Secret Service managed to hold its own last week against the juggernaut that is 50 Shades of Grey. Call it an abject lesson in the shrewdness of counter-programming, but the perfect antidote to the syrupy yet hardcore soap operatic romance of 50 Shades was a balls to the wall action/comedy thrill ride with lots of exploding and punching and shooting. Bravo. But in an odd new controversy, Kingsman’s co-screenwriter and director Matthew Vaughn is having to explain himself for the last gag at the film’s conclusion involving the – shall we say – servicing of a princess in an unconventional way. Obviously, spoilers are involved in the below story. (more…)

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Everyone that came out of Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past raved about the Quicksilver scene. Evan Peters, with a little help from the special effects department, stole the damn show right out from under Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Hugh Jackman. It was the first thing anyone talked about when talking about that movie. Now we’re finding out that if Matthew Vaughn, the first director chosen for the job before he dropped out to direct Kingsman: The Secret Service , had stayed and finished the film, Quicksilver wouldn’t have even been in the movie. Who would have filled that void? (more…)

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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 watching Kingsman: 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…)

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I don’t think it’s overstating things to suggest that Samuel L. Jackson has been as an essential part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Robert Downey Jr. Sure, he showed up for like 20 seconds at the end of Iron Man to tease the broader world the Marvel films were going to develop, and something called “The Avengers Initiative,” but it immediately got fans excited and it made regular audience members say, “What do you mean I have to stay till after the credits?” With appearances since in at least five other Marvel films and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, the question then must be asked, how many films does Jackson have left on his contract? And he answers… (more…)

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With a little under seven months till its release, it’s telling that we have yet to see a single frame of footage from the new Fantastic Four movie. We know that it wrapped principal photography last summer, and we know that any sneak peak or hint that’s been leaked out onto the internet has been smacked down by the iron hand of Doctor Doom the 20th Century Fox legal department, and we know there’s been absolutely no official image from the film of any kind. (Hence the image used above.) Keep your secrets, Fox! But if the potential shabbiness about the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four by Josh Trank has got you twisted up in knots, then we’ve got good news, and not in a Professor Farnsworth kind of way. Matthew Vaughn is giving FF two thumbs up! (more…)

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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…)