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.

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. 

Samuel L. Jackson Tweets Behind-the-Scenes Images from Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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What a difference a year makes.  At the beginning of 2014, Quentin Tarantino shelved The Hateful Eight after a draft of the script was leaked online.  But as the year has progressed, Tarantino has gone from suing over the leak to having a staged reading to casting and is now ready to film entirely in Colorado next month.  Samuel L. Jackson is once again reuniting with Tarantino, and tweeted a couple images from behind the scenes.  Admittedly, there’s nothing major here—no costumes or sets—but it is nice to see the assembled cast and have a reminder we’re getting a new Tarantino movie next year.

Hit the jump to check out The Hateful Eight images.  The film also stars Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Channing Tatum, Demian Bichir, and Bruce DernThe Hateful Eight opens late 2015.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Sets Daniel Bruhl as Villain; May Also Be the Big Bad in DOCTOR STRANGE

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One of the villain roles has officially been cast for Marvel’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War, and it’s not you who might expect.  No, not the Winter Soldier again.  And not Tony Stark either, despite what the Civil War subtitle might suggest.  It’s a different character entirely, and the studio has tapped Rush and Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Bruhl to bring a Captain America 3 villain to life in the highly anticipated Marvel follow-up.  Additionally, another report indicates that Bruhl will actually be playing the main villain in Doctor Strange, and a few other familiar Marvel Cinematic Universe faces are expected to return for Captain America 3.  More after the jump.

Go Behind the Scenes of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON with a New Featurette Showing off the Sequel’s Massive Scope

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Following today’s extended trailer, an Avengers: Age of Ultron featurette has been released, and it goes behind the scenes of the highly-anticipated blockbuster.  It’s very cool to see how the production puts together their big set pieces, and it was also neat to see some of the practical effects like real pyrotechnics going off in the background mixed with live-action stunt doubles being yanked around.  The featurette also reveals that they’re shooting in more distant locations than ever before (Italy, South Africa, and Seoul), the first sequence they shot was Hulk versus Iron Man’s Hulkbuster Armor, and to quote Joss Whedon, “Mass destruction: Check. Superheroes check: Check.  Beautiful locations: Check.”

Hit the jump to check out the Avengers: Age of Ultron featurette.  The film opens in 3D on May 1, 2015 and stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansScarlett JohanssonChris HemsworthMark RuffaloJeremy RennerJames SpaderElizabeth OlsenAaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon CheadleAndy Serkis and Samuel L. Jackson.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Synopsis Revealed; Channing Tatum and Demian Bichir Officially Join Cast

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As Quentin Tarantino readies his next film, the Western The Hateful Eight, to start production in January, The Weinstein Company has now given us some fascinating info regarding the film.  In addition to unveiling the official The Hateful Eight synopsis, the full cast list confirms last night’s news that Channing Tatum has a role in the film, and also reveals that Demian Bichir (A Better Life) has signed on to play the part of “Bob”.  While a synopsis previously hit when the script leaked and Tarantino staged a live-read of the script, he has crafted a new third act for the film during revisions, and this synopsis goes into a bit more detail about the plot.  The basic logline remains, as The Hateful Eight takes place some time after the Civil War and revolves around passengers on a stagecoach hurtling through the wintry Wyoming landscape.

Check out the full The Hateful Eight synopsis after the jump.  The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.  The picture will be shot on 65mm film, with production taking place entirely in Colorado in anticipation of a big 70mm release late next year following a planned debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

BIG GAME Review | TIFF 2014

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A good thirty minutes into Jalmari Helander’s Big Game, a thought arises that never ceases to fade: “Shouldn’t I be having more fun considering the goofy premise?”  It’s a kid in the wilderness who’s forced to protect the President of the United States.  Then you cast Samuel L. Jackson—a man whose ubiquity and longevity in spite of some seriously questionable choice in projects is a testament to his enduring popularity—as the President. Unfortunately, while Helander and co-writer Petri Jokiranta have a promising set-up, they’re never certain if they should let the comedy come from playing it straight or if they should go broad and silly, so the film ends up falling into bland ambivalence.

BIG GAME Clip Features Samuel L. Jackson Hiding from the Enemy in a Freezer

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Hold onto your butts; Samuel L. Jackson is back and he’s rolling down a hill in a freezer.  Really.  Jackson leads the Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness selection, Big Game, as the President of the United States.  When a 13-year-old boy named Oskari (Onni Tommila) accepts the traditional challenge to head out into the wilderness for one day and one night to prove that he’s a man, he winds up stumbling across an escape pod – the Air Force One escape pod.  Now it’s up to Oskari to protect the President from the terrorists trying to kidnap him.

Check out what happens when Oskari insists, “Instead of looking tough, we have to be tough,” in the very first Big Game clip after the jump.  The film also stars Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent and Felicity Huffman.

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.

Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and Jeremy Renner Talk AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Reading the Script for the First Time, and More at Comc-Con

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As you’ve probably gleaned from the past week, we here at Collider managed to pull a lot of coverage from San Diego Comic-Con 2014.  Following a series of press line interviews with the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron that Steve conducted backstage after the film’s Hall H panel, today we’re bringing you his video interview with Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and Jeremy Renner, plus an unexpected cameo by Mr. Robert Downey Jr.

In the interview, the actors discuss the disbanded nature of S.H.I.E.L.D., their reactions to first reading the Age of Ultron script and seeing normal human conversations (though Renner notes that he didn’t understand anything that was happening in the second half of the script), the atmosphere on set for the sequel versus the first film, and more.  Hit the jump to watch the video interview.  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Comic-Con: Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson Talk KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, Finally Getting to Do an Action Movie, Putting a Twist on Bond, and More

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Based on the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super secret spy organization that recruits a street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, as a global threat is emerging.

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H (read our full recap of the panel right here), co-stars Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson spoke at a conference, in which they talked about what drew them to this project, how a movie like this reminds an actor of the time that they were lost in a fantasy world, as a kid, getting to kick some ass, and what their characters’ motivation is.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

TIFF Midnight Madness Images: First Looks at [REC] 4, CUB, BIG GAME, TOKYO TRIBE, and More

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Earlier today, the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival unveiled lineups for a few of its other programs, including the Midnight Madness category, which celebrates the “wild, wacky, and weird” in film.  This year’s lineup is rather eclectic, and we’ve got debut images from some of the movies to give audiences a taste of what to expect.  They include Big Game, in which a 13-year-old boy must save the president of the United States (played by Samuel L. Jackson), Cub, about a Cub Scout pack that encounters a feral boy in the wild, Electric Boogaloo, which recounts the story of Cannon Films, director Sino Sino’s Tokyo Tribe, and more.

Check out images from the Midnight Madness films after the jump.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th – 14th.

Over 35 Marvel Comic-Con Panel Images, Featuring the Casts of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and ANT-MAN

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As you can tell by the absolutely massive amount of Comic-Con content on the site at the moment, it’s been a whirlwind last few days here in San Diego at Comic-Con 2014.  The festivities are winding down, and while we still have a fair amount of SDCC content yet to post, this Sunday we thought we’d bring the large majority of people that were unable to attend the convention a little closer to arguably the biggest panel of the convention: Marvel.  This year, Marvel Studios showcased Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man during its Saturday night Hall H panel, and while the lack of surprises made the proceedings a tad underwhelming, it was nevertheless an entertaining affair.  If you haven’t already, be sure to read our full Avengers: Age of Ultron panel recap and Ant-Man panel recap.

After the jump, you’ll find __ Marvel Comic-Con images from both panels, featuring Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Douglas, Chris Hemsworth, Evangeline Lilly, Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Stoll, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, James Spader, director Peyton Reed, and Thanos himself Josh Brolin

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