Director Matthew Vaughn Says “I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Shoot Film Again”

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The ongoing slide from film to digital has resulted in the vast majority of movies being shot on the latter, newer format.  While I still think there’s a noticeable aesthetic difference between the two mediums, the cost benefits of shooting on digital (along with the time-saving benefits since time really is money, especially on a film set) have definitely made a dent in the budgeting process for most projects.  Still, some directors have the clout to shoot on celluloid.  Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan come to mind and even Ti West was able to shoot In a Valley of Violence the old fashioned way.  With the amount of hits under his belt, one assumes that Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn has some say in this matter when it comes to his projects, and he claims he’s made the switch to digital.  Permanently.

Steve recently learned this when he spoke with Vaughn to talk about Kingsman: The Secret Service.  We’ll have the whole interview up closer to that film’s release in the UK on January 29, 2015 and in the US on February 13, 2015, but I wanted to share this noteworthy bit first.  Check out the amazing red band trailer for the film and hit the jump for more on Vaughn’s relationship with digital filmmaking.

“The World Is Going to Shit” in New KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Red-Band Trailer

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20th Century Fox debuted a new red-band trailer for director Matthew Vaughn’s (X-Men: First Class) adaptation of the Mark Millar graphic novel Kingsman: The Secret Service during tonight’s series finale of Sons of Anarchy.  The story of Kingsman revolves around a secret spy organization called, appropriately enough, Kingsman, in which Colin Firth’s veteran spy works to recruit and train an unrefined but promising street kid (Taron Egerton).  I’m a fan of Vaughn’s previous work (particularly the underrated Stardust) and he looks to be having a hell of a lot of fun here with Kingsman.  The film is essentially an R-rated version of a James Bond film tinged with Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman‘s wicked sense of humor, and all of that is very apparent in this new NSFW trailer.  Moreover, as opposed to a lot of the other bland “young stars on the rise” that Hollywood tries to force into superstardom, Egerton looks to have some genuine charisma and talent.

Check out the excellent new Kingsman: The Secret Service red-band trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport, and Mark HamillKingsman: The Secret Service opens in the UK on January 29, 2015 and in the US on February 13, 2015.

Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Edgar Wright and Peter Jackson Also Top Choices for READY PLAYER ONE

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Christopher Nolan might not be the only director in the running for Ready Player One.  It’s being reported that Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Edgar Wright and Peter Jackson are all being considered as well.  (Looks like you got your wish, Brendan!)

The film is based on Ernest Cline’s award-winning book of the same name.  It takes place in the year 2044. The world isn’t in great shape thanks to the exhaustion of Earth’s fossil fuels, but at least people can escape the energy crisis and overpopulation by logging in to OASIS, a video game getaway.  Hit the jump for more on the directors who are supposedly in the running to bring OASIS to the big screen.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Director Matthew Vaughn Buys Rights to Young Adult Series GHOSTGIRL

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While we wait patiently for director Matthew Vaughn‘s Kingsmen: The Secret Service to come out next year, the director has added a new project to his slate of potential directing vehicles.  Variety reports that Vaughn’s Marv Films has acquired the movie rights to Tonya Hurley‘s Ghostgirl young adult novels.  Per Variety, the books center “on a high school senior who is desperate to be popular even after her death — from choking on a Gummi Bear.”  That sounds pretty fun, and I imagine it would have to be a more welcome return to a high school setting than the abysmal Kick-Ass 2, which Vaughn produced.

Vaughn is currently not attached to direct Ghostgirl, and it should be noted that Vaughn is very careful when it comes to selecting his films.  He chose not to return for X-Men: Days of Future Past and decided to pass on Star Wars: Episode VII.  I like all Vaughn’s directorial efforts, and if he does decide to helm Ghostgirl, it will definitely be on my radar.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Hurley’s novel.

New UK Trailer for KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Busts Out the Spy Movie References

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20th Century Fox has released a new UK trailer for director Matthew Vaughn’s (X-Men: First Class) adaptation of the Mark Millar graphic novel Kingsman: The Secret Service.  The story revolves around a secret spy organization called Kingsman, in which Colin Firth’s veteran spy works to recruit and train an unrefined but promising street kid (Taron Egerton).  It’s been clear from the first trailer that Vaughn is making a sort of riff on the typical James Bond movie with this picture (complete with eccentric villain played by Samuel L. Jackson), and this new trailer has plenty of references not only to Bond but the spy genre as a whole.  I’ve never not had fun with one of Vaughn’s films, and Kingsman looks to be an absolute blast.

Check out the new Kingsman: The Secret Service trailer after the jump, and click here to view four new character posters.  The film also stars Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport, and Mark HamillKingsman: The Secret Service opens in the UK on January 29, 2015 and in the US on February 13, 2015.

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Gets a Leg Up From 4 New Character Posters

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20th Century Fox has released four new character posters for Kingsman: The Secret Service.  The story centers on “a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.”  Having loved both the first trailer and the second trailer these posters are definitely in keeping with the established aesthetic, which I’m digging.

Hit the jump for the Kingsman: The Secret Service character posters.  Colin FirthSamuel L. JacksonMichael Caine and Taron Egerton star in the new film from director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-AssX-Men: First Class).  Jane Goldman and Vaughn adapted the script based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.  Also be sure to check out our interview with Firth and Jackson.  Kingsman: The Secret Service hits US theaters on February 13th. 

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Release Date Pushed to February 13, 2015; POLTERGEIST Moved to July 24, 2015

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While not as newsworthy as Warner Bros.’ recent release date bomb, 20th Century Fox has made a couple of release date alterations of its own, one of which is a little last-minute. X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of the Mark Millar graphic novel Kingsman: The Secret Service had been scheduled to debut this October, but now Fox has decided to push the film to February 13, 2015, where it will square off directly against the sure-to-be box office hit Fifty Shades of Grey.  The pic is a twist on the spy genre, as Colin Firth plays a veteran agent of the secretive Kingsman who is tasked with training a young prospect, played by Taron Egerton.  I saw some extended footage at Comic-Con that looked great, though one scene did look considerably unfinished.  Perhaps Vaughn is running behind in the post-production process, or maybe Fox feels bullish on the property and thinks it could be solid counter-programming against Fifty Shades.  Whatever the case, I’m still very much looking forward to seeing the pic, even if I do have to wait four additional months.

Hit the jump for release date news concerning the Poltergeist remake.

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Comic-Con Panel Recap: Samuel L. Jackson Plays Eccentric Villain to Colin Firth’s Super Spy in a Colorful Bond Riff

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The last time director Matthew Vaughn adapted a Mark Millar comic, he gave us Kick-Ass.  Now the two are back together for another interesting-looking comic adaptation by way of Kingsman: The Secret Service.  The pic is a twist on the spy genre, as Colin Firth plays a veteran agent of the secretive Kingsman who is tasked with training a young prospect, played by Taron Egerton.  20th Century Fox presented some incredibly promising footage from the film during its Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con this Friday, giving audiences a taste of Firth’s prowess as a deadly-yet-fancy super spy and Samuel L. Jackson’s delightfully eccentric supervillain.

Hit the jump to read my Kingsman: The Secret Service Comic-Con panel recap.

Colin Firth Talks MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, Working with Woody Allen, Matthew Vaughn’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, GENIUS, Comic-Con, and More

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Opening in limited release this weekend is Woody Allen’s new film Magic in the Moonlight.  The romantic comedy is set in the south of France in the 1920s and stars Colin Firth as an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle, as a young woman (Emma Stone) claims to be able to communicate with spirits.  As he spends more time with the girl, however, he starts to wonder if she may not be a fraud after all.  The film also stars Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, and Jacki Weaver.  For more on the film watch the trailer.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with  Colin Firth.  He talked about making Magic in the Moonlight, working with Woody Allen, filming in France, shooting at the magic hour, working with Matthew Vaughn on Kingsman: The Secret Service and one of the very cool action sequences in the film,  doing his own stunts, Comic-Con, director Michael Grandage’s Genius with Jude Law, and so much more.  It’s a great interview so hit the jump to watch.

“A Very Groovy Mutation”: Matt Revisits X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

As I said in my X-Men: The Last Stand review, Professor X and Magneto were the pillars of the franchise’s narrative.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn’t an outright flop, but it certainly underperformed, and combined with the scathing reviews from fans and critics, the X-Men franchise wisely returned to a central problem about how to fight persecution—with peace or with fury? Then they brought these characters to the forefront, and wrapped the subtext in a movie with vibrant visuals, humor, charming performances, and terrific action.  By going back to the beginning in more ways than one, X-Men: First Class was giving the X-Men franchise a fresh start.

WonderCon: THE SECRET SERVICE Footage Preview; Get Ready for Colin Firth: Action Superstar

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The biggest surprise at WonderCon today was 20th Century Fox’s presentation of exclusive new footage from their upcoming adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic The Secret Service being directed by Matthew Vaughn.   For those unfamiliar: the comic book is basically ‘Harry Potter’ meets ‘James Bond’.  Colin Firth stars as a superspy who takes his hooligan nephew under his wing and teaches him how to be James-Bond-like.  An early scene from the film was screened in addition to a brief teaser afterwards.  For highlights of The Secret Service movie footage, hit the jump.

Fox Developing Adaptation of Mark Millar’s SUPERIOR; Matthew Vaughn to Produce

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Comics writer Mark Millar is no stranger to having his material adapted for the big screen, and yet another one of his creations has now been pegged for the feature film treatment.  20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights to Millar’s 2010 limited series Superior, which revolves around a young boy stricken with multiple sclerosis who is granted one wish by an alien monkey: to become a Superman-like superhero named Superior.  Problems arise when the boy learns that the monkey is no alien at all, but is instead a demon who demands the boy’s soul in return for his transformation, lest his wish be undone and he return to his original form.

Hit the jump for more on the potential Superior movie, which has a familiar face onboard as producer.

Samuel L. Jackson Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Nick Fury Kicking Ass, ROBOCOP, Matthew Vaughn’s THE SECRET SERVICE, and More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film.  In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.  For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive video interview with Jackson he talked about his reaction to The Winter Solider script, finally getting a kick ass action scene for Nick Fury, if he read the reviews after the first press screening, Avengers: Age of Ultron, his role in the RoboCop remake, Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Two New Promo Images from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Matthew Vaughn Explains Why He Didn’t Return to Direct

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Fox has released two new X-Men: Days of Future Past promo images of Storm (Halle Berry) and Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) in case you forgot what the characters look like or who’s playing them.  The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels—giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  I assume Fox is going to handle this like the Empire covers, so expect about 500 more of these.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and to learn why X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn didn’t return to direct the sequel.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd, and also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Patrick Stewart.

Take a Look Inside the Intensity, Humor, and Violence of KICK-ASS 2 in New Red-Band Featurette

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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 CarreyJohn LeguizamoLindy BoothClark DukeDonald Faison, and Morris Chestnut.  Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th. 

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