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'Avatar' heavy Stephen Lang returns as the evil king Khalar Singh in the now-filming 'Conan' movie. He recently spoke with MTV Splash Page about the spirit of the film and how it reflects the novels of Robert E. Howard.
"It's got the same kind of lurid quality. The purple prose of Robert E. Howard is really being translated to the screen," Lang said, adding that Howard's writing voice is so distinct because it takes itself very seriously. "There's nothing tongue-in-cheek about it at all. And there's nothing send-up about the world we're creating, though hopefully the movie is made with a lot of wit."
He likens the new movie as being less related to the previous 'Conan' films and closer in tone to high-adventure movies like 'Jason and the Argonauts' and 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad'. "It's this huge adventure, these otherworldly things, these rip-snortners."
The actor also admits that squaring off with leading man Jason Momoa, sword in hand, atop a horse, is a huge challenge. "He's 28 years younger than me and 30 pounds heavier than me. I have to [outdo him] with my wolf-like brain. I have to use all my old man strength. I've encountered him twice. I've beaten the s--t out of him a couple of times."
The filming of 'Conan' with director Marcus Nispel continues this month. The movie is due in theaters in 2011.
Mark Millar has been chatting up the development of 'Kick-Ass 2', both the comic and the film.
In a recent posting on his message boards, the comics creator talked about the success of the first film and director Matthew Vaughn's commitment to making the sequel.
"[The worldwide box office is] actually closer to $85,000,000 at the moment...and still to open in Japan, Italy and a couple of other places. So we should skim over the $100,000,000 mark and do at least the same again on DVD. This is amazing for me and Johnny as it's the best payday of our lives... but $200,000,000 for a $28 mill movie is a nice return," MIllar wrote.
With regards to the sequel he said, "When I spoke to Vaughn a few days ago he was very gung ho on the sequel. He said he thinks DVD will work for us like it worked for 'Austen Powers' where the $30 million [box office] on the first became a $300 mill on the second, the movie really going wide on home [entertainment]."
On both his message boards and twitter he's revealed that he's actually in process on scripting the sequel comics, which will see the return of Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and the villainous Red Mist.
"[Actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse] asked me to give him hot girl for 'Kick-Ass 2,'" Millar wrote via twitter. "I love Chris, but am thinking of making this a man to mess with him. Thoughts?"
Mintz-Plasse replied, "People would definitely love a gay Red-Mist!!"
Millar also said he's borrowing at least one idea from the actor. "[Mintz-Plasse] also suggested making her Red Mist's Harley Quinn, which is a great idea. Am writing this today. Hit-Girl training Kick-Ass."
Deadline.com reports that Jemaine Clement of 'Flight of the Conchords' fame has signed on as the villain of 'Men in Black III'. He's set to play a character called Yaz.
Will Smith is set to return as Jay with Tommy Lee Jones once again playing Kay with Josh Brolin playing a younger version of Kay in the movie's time-travel plot. Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the first two installments, is also directing this one.
'Schmucks' producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are also producers on 'MiB3' and drafted Clement into service.
Clement will be seen in the upcoming 'Dinner for Schmucks' as well as lending his voice to 'Despicable Me'. Sadly Deadline also reports that Clement and musical partner Brent McKenzie are not doing a third season of 'Conchords' on HBO.
Here's Brent and Jemaine as the Rhymnocerous and the Hiphopopotamus:
Courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival, here's another new clip from 'Tamara Drewe', the new film directed by Stephen Frears and based on the comic strip by Posy Simmonds. This one features Gemma Arterton as the title character and actor Dominic Cooper.
Director Jon Favreau continues to update his fans about progress on 'Cowboys & Aliens' via his twitter feed. The soon-to-film movie stars Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Noah Ringer, Sam Rockwell and Clancy Brown as a western town comes under threat from alien visitors.
Late last week, Favreau revealed that he may film the movie in 3D.
"Spent the week prepping 'Cowboys & Aliens.' Shot 3D tests. Weighing out all options," he told his followers.
Then, last night he gave fans their first look at the movie as he reported he was, "shooting camera tests for 'Cowboys & Aliens,'" and included a photo of one such camera test. Click the thumbnail for a larger look.
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