Matthew Vaughn

The first teaser for Matthew Vaughn‘s Kingsman: The Golden Circle has hit the Internet at breakneck speed. Seriously, when you go to watch the video for the second time, change the speed in the settings to .25 so you can at least see some of what is flashing before your eyes. There’s a full trailer’s worth of images to see in that 15-second teaser. Taron Egerton is back for more spy action. (more…)

With a full fledged sequel to Zack Snyder‘s 2013 Man of Steel (reportedly) back on the DC Extended Universe’s ever fluctuating film slate, the assumption was that Zack would be back to bring the next Superman solo movie to the big screen. Well, that might not be the case. Collider is reporting that ‘sources’ close to the Warner Bros. Superhero films are saying that the top choice is for another director to helm a second outing for the Man of Tomorrow (in the current franchise.)  (more…)


Kingsman Bridges feature

Dude! Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges took to social media this past weekend to officially announce his next project. Bridges confirmed on his Twitter page that he has signed on to join the cast of ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle.’ Not only is he adding star power and talent to an already stellar cast, but he is reuniting with Julianne Moore, his co-star in ‘Seventh Son‘ and ‘The Big Lebowski.’ (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…)

Ready For A Hit-Girl Prequel?


So, remember a while back when Kick-Ass star Chloë Grace Moretz said that Kick-Ass 3 wouldn’t happen, thanks to pirates?  Well, it appears that Matthew Vaughn, director of the first Kick-Ass movie, may not necessarily agree with that train of thought.  While Kick-Ass was almost universally appreciated and enjoyed, its 2013 sequel was…less than loved.  Many fans of the first film and of the source material were disappointed with many aspects of the sequel but if Vaughn gets his way, those wrongs may be made right with a prequel flick that would focus on Moretz’s character, Hit-Girl, and just how she became the badass that she is. (more…)


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…)

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Valiant Entertainment and Sony Pictures have teamed up for a five-picture deal involving the Bloodshot and Harbinger comic series respectively, set to kick off in 2017 with Bloodshot. The schematics seem to be two Bloodshot films, 2 Harbinger films, and then a crossover film called Harbinger Wars. Not much is known about the Harbinger films directorial-wise as of yet, but in the Bloodshot corner, we have the creative combo of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski; the two previously teamed up in 2014 for John Wick. (A moment of silence, please, for Daisy the beagle.) Eric Heisserer (known for 2011’s The Thing) will work the scripts for both. (more…)


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…)


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…)


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…)