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First Look: COWBOYS & 3D?


By Rob M. Worley     May 19, 2010
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First Look: 'Cowboys & Aliens'. Plus: A new villain for 'Men in Black III'. A new clip for 'Tamara Drewe'. A new orientation for 'Kick-Ass 2' and more! The daily column that wonders, "Why, Ben? Why?!" It's your Comics2Film 10.5.19!




Lang Says CONAN Is Faithful

'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 on KICK-ASS 2

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."



Hip-hop-o-potamus set to Menace MEN IN BLACK III 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.




COWBOYS & ALIENS - camera test

First Look: COWBOYS & 3D?

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.

What do you think, Maniacs? Is COWBOYS & ALIENS a movie you're looking forward to? Post your comments below...


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Matador 5/19/2010 7:11:08 AM


flinshadytoo 5/19/2010 7:11:21 AM

 As much as I really like Mark Millar's writing I really wish he would shut his yap! Yes it's good to have faith in your own ability. Yes, it's important to self promote, but do we have to be subjected to his every thought. The way he carries on you would think he's the next shakespeare & sadly he ain't! 

Hobbs 5/19/2010 7:28:19 AM

I would say the smart thing for Favreau to do would be to shoot it in 3D.  I'm surprised the studio isn't demanding it.

I like what Lang has to say about Conan....It will be itneresting to see what that does at the Box office.  Not getting a Conan as huge as Arnold was might backfire on them.  Seeing that's how everyone thinks of Conan now whether right or wrong.

wessmith1966 5/19/2010 7:46:01 AM

Conan's success is going to bank on whether people take to Momoa's portrayal of Conan. As Hobbs noted we think of Arnold, right or wrong, when we think of Conan and the pictures I've seen of Momoa as Conan are not impressive at all. So far it looks like a SyFy sword and sandal movie which is not a good omen. Unless the trailer rocks this movie will underachieve at the box office.

Someone please put a sock in Millar's mouth...errr...or maybe put crazy glue on his fingertips! He's a master of self-promotion mass communication, you've got to give him that. Kiss Ass was ok, but I really don't need another one. I saw all I needed to.

3D movies look like they're here to stay, and as long as the effect is used appropriately (Avatar being an example) I have no problem with them. I get nervous when the effects are added post-production (Clash of the Titans) or added when the movie needs a gimmick (The Green Hornet seems to be leaning that way). I don't like paying the extra $3.50, but most of the movies also have 2D showings so I can pick and choose which to see and not see in 3D.

Wiseguy 5/19/2010 7:51:19 AM

I was optimistic about Momoa as CONAN at first. Then I saw that picture that mania had last week and lost all that optimism. Then a day or so later there were some more pictures released over the net that gave me hope anew. The guy really looks the part, had the facial intensity and the built and almost looked like a poster of Conan in battle mode. I'm 100% back on board the CONAN bandwagon. I'll always love Arnold's turn in the first movie but I really really think we are going to get a new great version

Millar blah blah blah. Can we deduct the many millions in advertisement to see the actual net? Yeah it made a profit but we've seen movies be deeper in the black and still lose the studios enthusiasm for a sequel. Then again if they fund it themselves again it shouldn't be a problem

I love Clement in the Flight of the Conchords, though Darby's character usually steals the scenes he's in. Anyway Clement is a funny dude with a deadpan delivery that I think will work for MIB

dnbritt 5/19/2010 8:31:39 AM

Did I miss something?  What did Millar and Vaughn have to do with Austin Powers?

Darkknight2280 5/19/2010 8:45:55 AM

After finally seeing photos of Momoa as Conan i am wayy more optimistic now about the conan project.

I really am not excited at all for this Cowboys & aliens movie. At this point im not..but maybe after i see a preview or something...maybe that will excite me. Just seems like a Jonah Hex type movie, and since Jonah Hex is gonna come out 1st i think alot of people are going to think in that tone maybe. But since its marvel's golden boy Favreau directing..i will have to give it a chance!

cinemaman72 5/19/2010 8:50:31 AM

@ dnbritt

Millar and Vaughn are comparing the potential of the Kick-Ass sequel could mirror the sucess of the Austin Powers sequel. The orginal Austin Powers was not a Box Office success, but when it was released on DVD/VHS (a faint memory) raked in so much cash, the it warrented a sequel.

AmbyWarhol 5/19/2010 9:12:18 AM

 3 Things...

1)  What is a "rip-snortner"?

2)  Who wants to see a gay Red Mist?

3)  What exactly are we looking at in the pic from Cowboys and Aliens?  Is it a test of lighting or of how a cowboy silhouette is supposed to look?

trollman 5/19/2010 10:03:44 AM

WTF hiphopoputumus?

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