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Comic book adaptation Kick-Ass enjoyed moderate success when it opened in 2010 — though the way comic book co-creator Mark Millar would continually bellow about the movie's success, one might think it was as one of the most successful movies ever made. In the interim, Millar and artist John Romita Jr. have come out with two more Kick-Ass comic book series, both of which form the basis of the movie sequel, Kick-Ass 2.
Back is Aaron Johnson as Dave Lizewski, aka Kick-Ass, an ordinary high school student who decided to create a costume and fight crime. He will still be learning lessons from the even younger and tougher Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), who may now be without her father (Nicolas Cage) but not her desire to beat the snot out of every criminal she can get her hands on. Joining the sequel fray is Jim Carrey, who plays Colonel Stars and Stripes, who assembles a superhero team called Justice Forever. Unfortunately for all involved, Kick-Ass' nemesis Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is also back and has transformed himself into an even more fearsome villain and plans to get revenge for the loss of his father (Mark Strong). The first footage from the sequel has debuted in a new red band trailer that, considering the comic book and the original movie, is unsurprisingly NSFW. watch the trailer >> Posted 03.13.13 by Ryan
Saying that most movies, whether independent or blockbuster, star men is such an extreme understatement that it's like saying the ocean is wet. Sadly, even when women are given the lead, they're frequently just passive damsels in distress. That's equally true with child roles. The standard for young female characters is that even when they're smarter, their male counterpart ends up with all the glory (Harry Potter, we're looking in your direction).
Fortunately, we're not the only ones who've noticed this pattern, and a few movies have begun featuring girls in starring roles — ones where they not only don't play second fiddle to men, in some, they even get to make their own honest-to-goodness choices. Pixar joins the trend with its latest, Brave, the studio's first movie to feature a female lead. In honor of its release, we put together a list of our favorite movies starring spunky young women.
See the "Not Your Pretty, Pretty Princess" List >> Posted 06.19.12 by reelz
When it was announced that Kick-Ass 2 was finally moving forward with new director Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf) replacing too-busy-to-return Matthew Vaughn, the news also came with the reveal that the original installment's cast (Chloë Grace Moretz, Aaron Johnson, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse) would have to work out new deals with Universal (Lionsgate released the first Kick-Ass). This led to speculation that some of the original cast might not appear in the sequel, though, considering how well the cast has spoken of the original in the intervening years, it seemed unlikely. Not to worry, the cast is even closer to a return, with added surprises as well. more details about Kick-Ass 2 >> Posted 06.01.12 by Ryan
While he has been more wrong than right, we have to give Kick-Ass comic book co-creator Mark Millar credit. At long last, his insistence that Kick-Ass 2 was in the works has turned out to be true.
In February, Millar said a sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass would start shooting this summer, which was hard to take seriously since Millar had made similar comments several times before, starting with the proclamation that the sequel would start production in 2011 for a planned 2012 release (which clearly never happened). However, according to Deadline, Millar is finally right this time, and Kick-Ass 2 is now a reality. more Kick-Ass 2 details >> Posted 05.09.12 by Ryan
If there's one person who's been utterly convinced that there will be a sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass, it's Mark Millar, the writer and co-creator of the Kick-Ass comic book and executive producer of the movie adaptation. A month after the movie was released, Millar proclaimed that production would begin in 2011 on a sequel, titled Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. Millar later revised his statement, saying that Kick-Ass 2 would start in "nine months" after Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn finished with X-Men: First Class. read MIllar's comments >> Posted 09.23.11 by Ryan
Whether or not there will be a sequel to Kick-Ass seems to depend upon who is being asked the question. Mark Millar, the creator of the comic book on which the movie is based, has been talking about a sequel since the first movie was still in theaters and is still adamant that Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall will get made. Matthew Vaughn, who co-produced and directed the first movie, is far less certain about a sequel, but he's also not ruling it out, saying that it "might" yet happen. But, Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman has said that she doesn't think it's going to happen at all and is "not entirely sure" that it even needs a sequel.
Assuming that Millar, Vaughn and Goldman can all get on the same page about the sequel, the biggest obstacle seems to be the fact that comic book characters don't age, while the actors who play them do. One of the things that made Kick-Ass so controversial (and awesome) was the fact that the best action scenes starred then-tween actress Chloë Moretz as the pint-size vigilante Hit-Girl, an 11-year-old trained from early childhood by her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), to be a killer. In a recent interview with GTBP, Moretz said that aging Hit-Girl will be a good thing, allowing the character to be shown "in a different light," as a more mature, "Catwoman-y" character, rather than simply as Big Daddy's little soldier. what did moretz say about hit-girl and kick-ass 2? >> Posted 09.22.11 by BrentJS
Scottish comic book writer and friend to hyperbole Mark Millar has been unwaveringly confident that there will be a sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass, based on the comic book series that Millar co-created. A month after Kick-Ass was released last year, Millar said that the sequel, titled Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, has been "scheduled for production in 2011" and followed by saying last September that the sequel was "nine months away" from production, starting as soon as Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn finished his work on X-Men: First Class.
Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman, who also wrote First Class with Vaughn, has been less confident about Kick-Ass 2, publicly stating in January that she wasn't currently working on a Kick-Ass 2 script and, in April, revealed that a sequel may not happen at all.
In a video interview with IGN, both Goldman and Millar talk about the possibility of a Kick-Ass sequel, with Goldman maintaining that she and Vaughn are not working on one, while Millar contrasts her statement saying "we knew from day one we were doing a sequel" and that the sequel might require another director since Vaughn is a "Spielberg-y kind of level director." watch the interviews >> Posted 06.09.11 by Ryan
Director Matthew Vaughn is no stranger to comic book movie adaptations, having helmed both 2010's Kick-Ass and the upcoming X-Men: First Class. Vaughn recently revealed his ideas for a potential First Class sequel, but what about the sequel to Kick-Ass?
Scottish comic book writer and Kick-Ass co-creator Mark Millar has always been confident that a Kick-Ass sequel would get made, announcing a year ago that production on the sequel would begin in 2011. Millar followed that statement in September, claiming that Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall would start shooting in "nine months," right after First Class opened.
Actor Aaron Johnson quickly disagreed with Millar's confidence, remarking that "they're not going to make one any time soon." In April, Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman revealed that Kick-Ass 2 was "not in the works," casting doubt that the sequel would ever be made.
In a recent interview with SlashFilm, Vaughn admitted that a Kick-Ass sequel is possible. "We’re still discussing that at the moment," said Vaughn. it could happen, maybe >> Posted 05.26.11 by Ryan
Last September, Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar made a bold claim that the sequel to Kick-Ass, the adaptation of the comic book he co-created, would start production "in nine months" coinciding with the end of director Matthew Vaughn's work on the upcoming X-Men: First Class. Kick-Ass actor Aaron Johnson disagreed, countering that he thought the plan for the sequel, titled Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, was to "hold off and wait for that anticipation," while fellow cast members Lyndsy Fonseca and Chloe Moretz also claimed that the sequel was further away than Millar had said.
Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman is the latest to punch a hole in Millar's claim, responding on her Twitter account about reports that she was currently writing Kick-Ass 2. will she write the sequel? >> Posted 01.24.11 by Ryan
As December rolls into January, we like to look back at the year's movies — those that inspired us, awed us, or made us groan. Thankfully, YouTube user genrocks has done all of the heavy lifting for our walk down memory lane by putting together this expertly edited and mixed "Filmography 2010" video compilation of 270 of 2010's movies, including clips from Black Swan, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Iron Man 2, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Social Network, Despicable Me, Kick-Ass, Jackass 3D and many, many more great movie moments. Enjoy! watch Filmography 2010 >> Posted 12.15.10 by BrentJS