Actors who sign up for comic book movies often have to do a bit of research to familiarize themselves with the characters and concepts, especially when the movie they're starring in is based on a property that's not as widely known. For at least two actors starring in director Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of the Kick-Ass comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., research material could be found in their own homes.
Superbad star Christopher Mintz-Plasse and bit player Clark Duke team up once again in Kick-Ass, and they told MTV that they were both familiar with the comic book before signing on to do the movie. Mintz-Plasse, who played the unforgettable character McLovin in Superbad and dons tights as The Red Mist in Kick-Ass, said:
I got the script and said, "I've seen this name before," and went through my dad's comics, pulled out the first issue and read it.
Duke said that not only was he familiar with the Kick-Ass comic book, he was a big fan of the creators of the series before landing the role of Marty in the movie.
I had the comic first. I've been a big fan of Mark ever since The Authority and followed everything he's done since then. And John Romita, too, obviously — he's drawn every major character in the world over his career. So yeah, I definitely had the comic first."
Kick-Ass also stars Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, and Chloe Moretz. Posted 11.03.09 by BrentJS
Adventureland, the upcoming dram-edy from writer/director Greg Mottola (Superbad), opens this Friday and the stars are out promoting the film in force. In this set of interview clips from Attack of the Show! on G4, Ryan Reynolds and Jesse Eisenberg talk about the “deeply personal” experience of making the film.
"You really do see the ugliest side of America when you're, you know, working in theme parks."
The story revolves around a college graduate’s summer job as a “carny” and aims for subtler humor and more nuanced performances than Superbad, for which Mottola is most famous.
"I genuinely think that it's, like, as authentic as a coming-of-age movie can be. It's autobiographical, so already it kind of starts from a place that's very sincere and real."
Adventureland also stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Bill Hader (Tropic Thunder) and Kristen Wiig. (Semi-Pro) Posted 04.01.09 by BrentJS
The Mark Millar comic Kick-Ass, which has been dubbed too violent for Sony and several other major Hollywood studios, is moving forward as an indie. Christopher Mintz-Plasse -- who showed off his ballistic prowess in Superbad as the thuggish, gun-wielding McLovin -- is in talks to play another heavy. This time a gangster's son. Last week, Nicolas Cage joined the cast.
Meanwhile: Too violent for Hollywood? What could possibly be too violent for Hollywood? Does Kick-Ass show non-exclusive premium cable distribution deals getting brutally eviscerated, or something similarly horrifying to the average producer? Nope, it's simply about a bunch of really young crimefighters taking on grown-up baddies in Hollywood's usual shoot-first-then-shoot-more-later style. Posted 08.25.08 by reelz
I'm up and ready to go here at a time where I'm usually fast asleep or, on a particularly eventful night, about to go to bed.
It's 4:11 a.m. here on the West Coast and at approximately 5 a.m. PST/8 a.m. EST the Golden Globe Nominations will be announced at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA where I am currently sitting in my car writing this. I'll be heading inside in a few minutes to enjoy all the hoopla.
Will No Country continue its current strong hold on the Awards season thus far? Will Superbad find Globe love where Oscar will ignore it? All remains to be seen shortly. We'll be reporting back from the Globes later this morning. Stay Tuned!!! Posted 12.13.07 by reelz
The summer blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End debuts on DVD today, just in time for the holidays. Also arriving on DVD are Scarlett Johansson's comedy The Nanny Diaries, Ethan Hawke's directorial effort The Hottest State and the wildlife documentary Arctic Tale.
Our pick for this week is a no-brainer: Superbad, Greg Mottola's uproarious teen sex comedy. We recommend the 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition, featuring another stellar package of special features from the Judd Apatow gang. Posted 12.04.07 by reelz
Judd Apatow is currently the hottest comedy ticket in town. As a director, he’s riding the back-to-back successes of The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. As a producer, you can add Superbad and Talladega Nights to the tally. IMDB lists five more Judd Apatow productions releasing this year and next. Reelz.com has already gotten an advance look at Walk Hard and Drillbit Taylor (both look pretty damn hysterical, for the record).
Reelz.com has been lucky enough to visit the sets of Pineapple Express (full report coming soon) and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which is the Apatow Production we are here to tell you all about today. It stars Jason Segel, Mila Kunis and Apatow regulars Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill. Check out our full set report right here! Posted 10.08.07 by reelz
Despite poor critical reviews (currently 23% on Rotten Tomatoes) and mediocre responses from fans, Rob Zombie's Halloween scored at the box office this labor day weekend, taking in $31 million over the 4-day weekend.
Those Superbad boys held strong in second place with $15.6 over the long weekend, bringing their three week total to an impressive $92.4 million.
The critically maligned Balls of Fury opened to $13.8 million which the weekend's other bow, Death Sentence, took in just $5.2 million. Posted 09.04.07 by reelz
Jackasses of the world, take heart: though the rest of society may treat you with scorn and contempt, you'll always find safe refuge in the loving arms of tinseltown. From Woody Allen to Seth Rogen, the Loveable Loser has enjoyed a long and prestigious history on the silver screen, providing movie lovers with some of cinema's most cherished comedic moments.
So if this Labor Day finds you feeling particularly pathetic, check out our tribute to ten of our favorite loveable losers ever captured on celluloid, and cheer up: as lame as you may be, you'll never be as lame as these guys. Posted 09.03.07 by reelz
I got a call from a friend in San Francisco a couple of days ago with the express purpose of telling me how awful he thought Superbad was. "Superbad was super bad," he informed me.
This was pretty odd, I thought, as not only has it swept the box office the past two weekends, but everyone I know (myself included) thought it was, as I put it, "piss in your pants funny." But he stood his ground. Seven of them went to see it. All but one walked out.
"Were you with all girls?" I trouble-shot. After all, Superbad definitely caters to the adolescent male sense of humor. "Nope," he replied. So much for that theory.
So I formulated a new one. Perhaps movies like Superbad are a poor match for areas that, how do I put this correctly, take themselves very seriously? I love San Francisco--the gorgeous buildings, the happy people and the liberal-leaning politics all suit my taste quite well. But perhaps the city culture is so much about doing the right thing and being mindful in your choices (both admirable traits) that it leaves little room for good old fashioned dick jokes.
Thoughts? I'm always here at hhuntington@Reelz.com. Posted 08.30.07 by reelz
Superbad does it again, winning the box office for the second weekend in a row with $18 million in receipts.
This weekend's opening movies were all rather disappointing--with Mr. Bean's Holiday and WAR taking fourth and fifth with $10.1 million and $10 million, respectively. The Nanny Diaries came in sixth, earning only $7.8 million and Resurrecting the Champ came in a measly fifteenth, earning $1.8 million.
Source: Boxofficemojo Posted 08.26.07 by reelz