We make excuses when we’ve done something wrong, and Kick-Ass 2 is full of excuses. It thinks it can excuse its misogyny because it has Hit-Girl. It thinks it can excuse its misguided notion of heroism because the costumed characters occasionally do a non-violent good deed. It thinks it can excuse the juvenile antics because it’s occasionally morose and “serious”. And the action is a poor excuse for what director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn provided in the first movie. Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow is all too happy to seize upon the violence and quirks of Vaughn’s film and discards anything that played up the joy of playing a superhero.
With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City. The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.
During the interview, Moretz talked about making the sequel, how she got to sit on the purple ducati but not ride it due to insurance reasons, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, what she collects, and the experience of working with Denzel Washington on The Equalizer. Hit the jump to watch.
Universal Pictures has released a new red-band featurette for director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2, providing a no-holds-barred look at the very R-rated sequel. The story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). If you were on the fence as to whether this follow-up could capture the same dark humor and violence of the first film, this new featurette should put your mind at ease. In addition to previewing new footage, we see the aforementioned actors, Wadlow, and producer/Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn discuss the new film as well.
Hit the jump to watch the red-band featurette. The film also stars The film also stars Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, and Morris Chestnut. Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th.
Universal Pictures has released five clips from director Jeff Wadlow’s action sequel Kick-Ass 2. The story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). The footage that we saw at Comic-Con promised another great blend of dark humor and no-holds-barred action sequences, and these clips highlight the same. If you missed Steve’s interview with comics creator Mark Millar, click here to check it out.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, and Morris Chestnut. Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th.
We’ve got a collection of new images from the following films:
- Kick-Ass 2 – From director Jeff Wadlow comes this sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 original. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison and Morris Chestnut, Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.
- 2 Guns – The Baltasar Kormákur-directed action crime comedy based on the Steven Grant and Mateus Santolouco graphic novels stars Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd.
Hit the jump to see the new images from both movies.
Universal has released a new clip from Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2. The story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). In the clip, Kick-Ass pleads with Hit Girl to help him go pro in becoming a superhero, and we get a hint of what could be an incredibly entertaining training montage.
Hit the jump to check out a clip. The film also stars The film also stars Clark Duke, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Olga Kurkulina, and Jim Carrey. Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.
Director Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of the comic Kick-Ass was pleasant surprise when it first opened in theaters, and now director Jeff Wadlow takes the helm of the incredibly R-rated sequel Kick-Ass 2. Again based on the comics by Mark Millar, the follow-up picks up with Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick Ass and Chloë Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl years after the first film, as they must once again team up to take on Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s supervillain The Motherfucker and his team of badass antagonists. A new trailer for the pic has been unveiled, and at the Comic-Con panel for the film earlier today, Wadlow and his cast teased jam-packed arcs for all of the principal characters, a considerably dark tone, brutal fight sequences, new cast additions, and much more.
Hit the jump to read my full recap of the Comic-Con panel for Kick-Ass 2.
The prospect of tackling a new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Carrie in the wake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 film is daunting enough in general, but the producers of Kimberly Peirce’s new film faced an incredibly tough task in filling the titular role—one that netted Sissy Spacek an Oscar nomination for her iconic performance. Luckily that’s where Chloe Grace Moretz comes in. The 16-year-old actress is one of the most promising young talents in recent memory, with a resume that already includes working with directors Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton in such varied films as Hugo, Let Me In, and Kick-Ass.
While visiting the Toronto set of the new Carrie late last summer with a group of journalists, we got to speak with Moretz about the daunting task of taking on such an iconic property, whether she watched De Palma’s adaptation before crafting her own performance, how integral her relationship with Julianne Moore is to the film, visiting homeless shelters as part of her research, her portrayal of Carrie’s telekinetic powers, how she landed the role, the arduous audition process that she went through with Peirce, and much more. Hit the jump to read on.
New posters have been released for Kick-Ass 2 and 300: Rise of an Empire. The new Kick-Ass 2 poster continues the trend of just providing close-ups on the lead characters, although on this poster, the photoshop effects have smoothed out of Hit Girl’s’ face to an unsettling degree. As for the 300: Rise of an Empire poster, it’s for Comic-Con and will presumably be given out at Legendary’s booth on the exhibition hall floor. The poster proclaims, “Fear us!” to which I can only respond, “No. I’m not afraid of the tragedy-mask-on-steroids.”
Hit the jump to check out the posters. Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jim Carrey. 300: Rise of an Empire opens in 3D on March 7, 2014, and stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, and Rodrigo Santoro. [Update: We've added a Lena Headey 300 poster after the jump as well.]
Here’s today’s latest casting announcements:
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
This morning, Entertainment Weekly unveiled it’s Comic-Con-centric cover for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Inside this week’s issue, though, EW also has new cover images for Carrie, Ender’s Game, and the buzzworthy BBC series Orphan Black. Chloe Grace Moretz is fittingly seen covered in blood in her Carrie cover, while we get another look at Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford in uniform for the highly anticipated sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game. A proper panel for Carrie isn’t on the SDCC 2013 schedule, but we will indeed see ones for Ender’s Game and Orphan Black, with the latter’s star Tatiana Maslany also taking part in EW’s “Women Who Kick Ass” Hall H panel on Saturday.
Hit the jump to take a look at the covers. Carrie opens on October 18th and Ender’s Game hits theaters on November 1st.
Lionsgate has released a new poster for Kick-Ass 2, but the bigger news is that Jim Carrey has decided not to promote the film because “in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.” Carrey explained in his tweet that he did the film one month before the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He followed this up with a second tweet saying, “my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” I respect Carrey for sticking to his beliefs. Three months after the shooting, Carrey released a video on Funny or Die mocking gun owners, and if he had done press for Kick-Ass 2, the question would have come up about why he condemned guns but was out promoting a film where characters, including his own, use them. Personally, I believe movies aren’t the reason for gun violence; lack of gun control is the reason for gun violence (it’s why countries that have gun control have far fewer gun deaths per capita even though they consume the same media as us). Carrey typically doesn’t do action movies, so this move probably won’t hurt his career, but I’m glad that he’s mindful enough to realize that he can’t promote a film that may not celebrate gun violence, but still features it in an entertainment capacity.
Hit the jump to check out the poster as well as a response to Carrey’s comments from Kick-Ass 2 author Mark Millar. The film opens on August 16th.
We’ve got new posters to share for these upcoming films:
- Out of the Furnace – The new revenge drama from Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, and Woody Harrelson opens in limited release on November 27th and expands on December 6th.
- Kick-Ass 2 – The upcoming action-comedy sequel stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Olga Kurkulina, and Jim Carrey. The film opens on August 16th.
- Runner, Runner – The thriller starring Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton, Ben Schwartz, Dayo Okeniyi, and Oliver Cooper opens September 27th.
Hit the jump to check out the new posters.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements.
A new International red-band trailer has been released for Kick-Ass 2. Jeff Wadlow takes over from the first film’s director Matthew Vaughn this time around, and the story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes that join in their fight against evil. On the flipside, Christopher Mintz-Plasse has now become a supervillain named The Mother Fucker and is assembling his own masked evil league. Judging by the trailer, I don’t know if Kick-Ass 2 will be quite as good as the first movie, but it still looks like it could be a lot of fun.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Clark Duke, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, and Olga Kurkulina. Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.