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KICK-ASS Opening Weekend Hype


By Rob M. Worley     April 16, 2010
Source: Mania

Kick-Ass 2 enters theaters on August 16, 2013.
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'Kick-Ass' opening weekend hype. Plus: 'Jonah Hex' trailers and troubles. Even more new 'Iron Man 2' footage online. Ennis' 'Crossed' goes indie route and more! One your you, nineteen for your Comics2Film 10.4.16!




Greg Weisman, supervising producer of the cool 'Spectacular Spider-Man' TV show confirms for ToonZone what most fans already suspected.

"I've heard nothing directly from Marvel, but I think the 'Ultimate Spider-Man' announcement makes it fairly clear that 'The Spectacular Spider-Man' is over," Weisman said.

Fans of Weisman's storytelling are encouraged to pick up a copy of his new comic book 'Mecha Nation' coming next month from Ape Entertainment.

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.





Late last year Dare Comics announced plans to bring their little-known series 'The Hunter' to the big screen.

This week they've announced that Aussie director Shane Abbess has come on board to to direct the feature. Abbess made his debut with 2007s guns and angels action flick 'Gabriel', which he also wrote and produced.

"Shane has a great reputation, but the reality of working with him surpasses it. Not only is he fantastic with action, he immediately understood how to get the best out of the Hunter universe and characters," said Dare Comics founder, Adam Hamdy. "It’s very exciting to be working with such a talented director."

"The Hunter comics blew me away," said Abbess. "The series offers a very contemporary take on the superhero genre, and I’m excited about bringing the Hunter to life. It’s an extremely rare opportunity to be involved in the genesis of what should be a very significant franchise."

According to the press release, Hamdy and Abbess are collaborating closely, with Hamdy scripting the movie.

"Working so closely with the creator is a dream, everything’s developing so quickly that the Hunter has become a real juggernaut," Abbess said.

A contemporary superhero comic set against the backdrop of organized crime, 'The Hunter' launched in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim. Using an innovative combination of print and online distribution, The Hunter has attracted a readership that rivals some of the leading comic titles in the world.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



JONAH HEX Trailer and Troubles

New York Magazine's Vulture blog focuses its attention on the 'Jonah Hex' movie, or rather the troubled history of this film. Specifically it looks into the question of why the movie lacks a trailer when it is mere months away from release.

Word is that a trailer is targeted to run with the upcoming 'Nightmare on Elm Street Reboot'. However, given the film's difficult production, they may not get the clip-reel together in time, and that would likely mean delaying the release of the movie. Regardless some insiders predict that Warner is going to have to over spend on marketing to make up for lost time.

Vulture looks to Brent Hinds (guitarist for the metal band Mastadon who was charged with coming up with music for the film) for new insights into the film's development woes.

"What I’ve seen so far doesn’t seem to be finished to me," Hinds told Vulture, adding, "I’d heard a little rumor: 'This shit ain’t gonna be ready.' But then again, Warner Bros. is such a fucking bastard. They’re like, 'The shit comes out on the day it’s supposed to.' But what do I know? I’m just the dude to whom they’re like, ‘Hey, play some crazy fuckin’ music!'"

Mastadon had been hired by director Jimmy Hayward to work with composer John Powell ('Horton Hears a Who') on the film. However, when the movie underwent major reshoots this year, Powell was not available to score the new scenes, so the music thus far had to be scrapped. Marco Beltrami ('Blade 2') came on board and everything started over. Unfortunately Mastadon was now on tour.

"All of a sudden, there’s this new guy, who went in a different direction," Hinds said. "And there was no way he could connect with me: They brought all the new scenes to us, but I was on tour this entire time, so I had no time to preconceive what I wanted the movie to sound like. Being so busy ... it's hard to be creative when you're going through the same motions every day [onstage]."

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



SMALLVILLE Producer Talks Season Finale

'Smallville' fans will find several interviews with showrunner and executive producer Brian Peterson online this week, as he makes the rounds hyping up the close of season nine. Click over to E! Online and IGN for some insights.

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.



Azaria talks SMURFS, Gargamel and Azrael

A few weeks back we reported that cameras were rolling on the new 'Smurfs' movie. Among the cast is Hank Azaria ('The Simpsons', 'Mystery Men') who plays the villainous Gargamel, which is set to be a live-action character, rather than a CGI one.

Azaria chatted with MTV Movies Blog who sat down with Azaria on the set of the film to watch him undergo makeup transformation into the character, including his trademark comb over.

"It looks like the cartoon: he's got hair around the sides [of his head], crazy eyebrows, ridiculous teeth and a big nose. It's insane," Azaria said.

The actor also said the villains cat familiar Azrael will be in the movie and will be animated similar to the process used for the Odie character in the 'Garfield' movie. That is to say, a real cat will act the part with CG animation to fill in specific interactions and expressions.

"I think a combination of everything you can do to make a cat come to life will be done with this cat," is what Azaria predicts.

Click through for the complete interview.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Ennis' CROSSED Going Indie Route

Producer Ken F. Levin is looking to duplicate Matthew Vaughn's model for developing 'Kick-Ass' outside of the studio system with an adaptation of Garth Ennis' horror comic 'Crossed', according to Variety.

Billed by publisher Avatar press as "the most twisted book of Ennis' career", the book involves the disintegration of civilization as a 'Crazies' style plague sweeps over the world. The uninfected struggle to survive against the psychologically depraved Crossed.

Levin has teamed with producer Michael De Luca, Kickstart Entertainment's Jason Netter and Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Productions to independently finance the development and production of the movie. Once it's completed, they'll seek a distribution deal.



KICK-ASS Opening Weekend Hype

After a steady buildup of hype over the past few months Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's comic 'Kick-Ass' finally arrives in U.S. theaters.

The film has been playing in various foreign territories for several weeks and has accumulated an not-too-exciting gross of about $12.4 million.

Nevertheless, Hollywood Reporter and Box Office Mojo both predict the film will top the weekend with a gross somewhere in the $25-$30 million, which is in the ballpark of the film's production budget. Mojo says the film has much in common with last year's 'Zombieland' in terms of tone, demographic appeal and is stylistically similar to 'Kill Bill Vol. 2' both of which did (adjusted) box office in the same range.

In related news, Vaughn talked with MTV Splash Page about what fans won't see on the big screen this weekend.

"There is about 18 minutes of [deleted] footage, which is really good stuff," the director told MTV News. "If the film is a hit, I'll do an extended cut."

Vaughn said the reason for the cuts had to do with pacing, rather than content or quality. "I was trying to make it snappy and short, because I think a lot of movies have become way too long," Vaughn said.

Comics pundit Steven Grant saw the movie months ago and, via his column on Comic Book Resources, shares his thoughts about what makes the movie special and how the new comic-to-film engine is helping and hurting the comics business. "Personally, based on my own experience, I'd recommend forgetting about [doing comics as] film pitches at all and just producing the best idea you can think of the way you want to see it done," Grand said. "But if you're going to do it, you may as well take a nod from KICK-ASS  and do it right."

Critical reaction continues to be highly positive. The film's Rotten Tomatoes score dipped 1 percentage point since yesterday, but still holds at a solid 75% with over 50 new reviews factored in.

And if you care to Kick-Ass for a cause, we'd direct your attention to five autographed posters from the film being auctioned off to benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Each poster is autographed by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Mark Millar, and John Romita Jr. Winning bidders will get the poster along with a signed letter verifying their authenticity, a 'Kick-Ass' character t-shirt, the official 'Kick-Ass' book, keychain, lenticular postcard, and stickers. Auctions begin today and will end Friday, April 23, 2010. Interested fans and collectors should be aware there are only a limited amount of posters available.

Star bidding here, here, here, here and here

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




There's another new TV ad for 'Iron Man 2' online (thanks to Superhero Hype) with some new footage from the movie, including our first look at Iron Junior!


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CaptAmerica04 4/16/2010 7:47:03 AM

Wow.  Brent Hinds just sounds so intellectual.  They should totally hire a genius like that to score a movie.  Maybe he can handle that little duty inbetween his heroin injections.  Oi.

I'm still not feeling the need to see Kick-Ass.  Not sure why.  It's just... not exciting me.

What IS exciting me is all things IM2!  20 days and counting!

Hey, C2F, have we had any recent word on "Solomon Kane"? Specifically a release date?

savagelee 4/16/2010 7:51:44 AM

I dunno about Avatar, but I consider CROSSED to be "the most pointless and poorly written book of Ennis' career." And you can quote me. Lets not talk about it all, really. Lets just go read THE BOYS. 

I really enjoyed reading Roger Ebert's panning of KICK ASS. He made some solid points about what a shallow, insipid bit of pop-culture the movie is. Not everybody's cup o' tea.

(On a side-note, having read some reviews for Kick-Ass, I'm starting to feel like when reviewers can't separate their reviewer-self from their fanboy-self? Their reviews are pointless. I don't care what Fanboys think. That's why we call them "fanboys"; because their opinions are sycophantic and irrelevant. I want to read real reviews, that think about elements like character and plot and overall thematic direction. Not just "the action made my wee-wee hard and the popcorn was tasty!")

professorchaos709 4/16/2010 8:42:54 AM

 Savagelee- If you want to site a credible source, I wouldn't start with the guy who's only contribution to the world of screenwriting other than ripping on other peoples work is co-writing Beyond the Valley of the Dolls... that's a larger issue with Ebert though who I can take or leave as a critic. On the subject of you, yes, "Fanboys" probably will love Kick-ass, and after reading Ebert's review I was given the impression that the violence was simply too much for him. If it's the same for you, pass dude, so you aren't a genre fan OR if you're one of the comic snobs who seem to think that the only value in the art form is reading the newest limited run, controversial book "with a message" have at it. But plenty of us enjoy the Sin City's, Green Lantern's, and yes, The Kick-Ass'. And there no need for us to quote you dude, you in an epic of Douchery actually quoted yourself. 

Anyway, on to the insipid pop culture that some of us actually enjoy. Looking forward to Kick-ass, up to this point I've enjoyed all of Matthew Vaughn's work so far and expect I'll enjoy this one. 

Jonah Hex I think could have been awesome, I think in these situations it really does come down to picking the right director for the material. Chris Nolan and Batman, Favreau and Iron Man, if it were a perfect world, hopefully we would have a Fincher-Daredevil film and a Coen Brothers-Fantastic Four.  

I'm desperately trying not to see too much on Iron Man 2 before May 7th but they're making it tough. This movie is looking bad ass in "The action makes my wee-wee hard and the popcorn is tasty!" kinda way

cromulentcat 4/16/2010 9:13:16 AM

professorchaos709 lol and I agree.

Calibur454 4/16/2010 10:23:31 AM

I just saw KICK ASS movie and it rocked... It was pretty faithful to the comic wich was a plus- sure some of it was changed especially the ending to a point- wont leave any spoilers here

but it was still a great fun ride, I give it an A. I would give it an A plus if it had followed the comic to a T but this is hollywood. Not complaining to much about it though. The ending was satisfying enough for me. Already looking forward to the extended unrated version of the dvd. Hopefully we will get to see a sneek peak at the second story line in the dvd like Millar said he wanted

The smurfs- Avoiding this movie like the plague- Live Action equals BOMB (not a flop) A BOMB

Hexx is just a rental

Iron Man 2 is the only other movie so far this year I will go to the theater to see- I'm still debating about Nightmare on Elms Street. Everything I see Keeps looking promising so I might check it out

Wiseguy 4/16/2010 11:24:34 AM

Hate to see Spectacular Spiderman end, love that cartoon. I guess we'll have to wait for the Ultimate version to drop which I'm sure is well over a year away.

The way that guy is talking about WB you'd think he was referring to Fox. I guess all studios are the same. Anyway I may skip Jonah Hex just cause Megan Fox is in it

Kick Ass should do fine cause it was done on such a small budget, which is apparent at the end when some f/x are needed. Caught it last night and thought it was pretty good. Nothing really special though, not as action packed, bloody or foul mothed as I had expected. But it is a decent time at the theater. Also, I was surprised by the small crowd but it was Thursday night


silversurfer 4/16/2010 12:33:52 PM

I'm rolling with Professorchaos on this one...

agentkooper 4/16/2010 1:01:10 PM

"in an epic of Douchery actually quoted yourself"

Nothing against SavageLee, but I laughed at that comment.

kimbroo 4/16/2010 1:12:18 PM

Kick Ass was freakin awesome!   That's all I gotta say

SelectiveRealism 4/17/2010 11:21:26 AM

 Spectacular Spider-Man was one of the greatest superhero shows ever made.  I haven't seen an action sequence in a weekly cartoon as good as Black suit Spidey versus the Sinister Six.    I fail to see what Ultimate Spiderman can to do what Spectacular Spider-Man apparently couldn't.

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