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Movie Review: Kick-Ass
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Kick-Ass movie posterKick-Ass
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Starring Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Rated R
Release date: April 16, 2010

I’m in love. My heart has been stolen and I may never get it back. I think you’d really like her. She’s cute, she’s into violence, she swears like a sailor, she can name ever John Woo film ever made, she’s into guns and heavy weaponry, she likes bowling and she’s 12 years old. Her name is Hit-Girl (or Mindy Macready if you’re not into secret identities) and when she’s on the screen she absolutely steals the show. Chloë Grace Moretz is amazing in the role and I’m now actually looking forward to seeing her in the upcoming American remake of the Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In (Let Me In). Think of her this way, she’s like John Rambo meets Polly Pocket and she’s involved in some of the best action scenes I’ve witnessed in the past decade. She was my favorite character from the comic book which the film is based on and she did not disappoint one iota in the film.

My history with this franchise goes back a bit. I’ve been looking forward to the film adaptation ever since I got my hands on the first issue of the Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. comic book of the same name way back in February of 2008. Reading the comic was like a breath of fresh air in the now stale and stagnant world of superhero comics. I’m proud to say the movie is equally refreshing to the world of superhero movies.

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New ‘Kick-Ass’ Posters & Synopsis Released Before SXSW Debut!
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Kick-Ass outdoor bannerKick-Ass is one of the most-anticipated movies in a long time; the promising mixture of a unique superhero story and an abundance of gore and profanity is music to the ears of fanboys everywhere.

The movie is based on the popular comics by Mark Millar and John S. Romita Jr., and it is directed by Matthew Vaughn. Even more appealing is the story of what Vaughn has gone through to get this movie made after studios bolted at the thought of a young girl swearing like a trucker and slaughtering bad guys left and right (Read: Behold The Wrath Of Hit-Girl: Watch The ‘Kick-Ass’ Red Band Trailer NOW!). But after all the effort was put in, and there was footage to be seen, studios battled to acquire it with Lionsgate eventually winning the rights to the film, which was also written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman.

Kick-Ass is finally about to make its debut at the SXSW film festival, and in celebration of its unveiling, Lionsgate has released a collection of four new posters being used together as one massive outdoor banner.

Head on over to the other side to read the new synopsis and see the four posters, as well as an image of them all combined as the giant outdoor street banner.

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Book Review: Kick-Ass Creating the Comic, Making the Movie
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Kick-AssKick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie
Paperback
By Mark Millar, Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman
Art by John Romita Jr.
Titan Books
Release date: February 23, 2010

F*ck Crime! Kick-Ass.

I’ve been a Kick-Ass fan since before the first issue of the comic hit stands way back in February of 2008. The first viral marketing campaign for the comic was brilliant and it had me excited for the book even before it debuted. The dream team of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. didn’t hurt either. The awesomeness of the comic lead to a movie deal and the rest (we will soon see) is going to be history. Whether the movie catches on with mainstream audiences is yet to be seen, but it sure looks like it was a fun film to make.

Those fine fellows over at Titan Books sent us a copy of Kick-Ass Creating the Comic, Making the Movie and I couldn’t be more thrilled. At first glance you might dismiss the book as being little more than a lame movie-tie in whose sole purpose is to pilfer your wallets, but you’d be sorely mistaken. The book is so much more than that. It does a nice job of satisfying fans of all sorts. The comic fans will enjoy the insights from creators Millar and Romita and the film crowd will be salivating over on-set photos and film stills.

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Full ‘Kick-Ass’ Green Band Trailer Allows All Ages To See How Awesome It Looks
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A brand new trailer for Matthew Vaughn‘s Kick-Ass has been released, and it is of the Green Band variety. For those who don’t know: Green Band trailers are the safe-for-all-audiences trailers that you usually see in theaters. We have seen a teaser trailer that was fine for all to see and we’ve seen the graphic Red Band trailer that showcased the film’s R-rated content, and now comes the full-length trailer that kids of all ages (who won’t be able to see the movie when it comes out) can watch as many times as they wish!

While it’s the mercilessly graphic content of the adult-aimed trailer that really gets me giggly-giddy for how insanely fun this movie is going to be, this new trailer is probably the best to watch if you’re not familiar with the movie. It’s the best one yet when it comes to setting the film up and showing off its characters and just giving you an overall feel of what to expect — most likely so you can go in and get shocked by all of the stuff you didn’t expect.

Continue on reading to check out the new trailer and read the film’s synopsis if you have not already done so.

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Behold The Wrath Of Hit-Girl: Watch The ‘Kick-Ass’ Red Band Trailer NOW!
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Kick-Ass Hit-Girl Poster

Ever since we first heard that Layer Cake and Stardust director Matthew Vaughn was raising $75 Million himself in order to make a movie based on Mark Millar‘s graphic novel Kick-Ass, our intrigue has been naturally high. Ever since we heard that one of the main reasons that Vaughn couldn’t get the studio backing for the movie was due to its ultra-violent content — most-notably due to the ultra-violence caused by an 11-year-old kid named Hit-Girl who dismembers with swords and ends lives with guns — we were all very, very much sold. C’mon peoples — we know these things are bad in the context of real life; that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the hell out of it in a fictional comic book movie!

Flash forward to present day: we’ve seen many images, we’ve seen an awesome trailer, and now, we finally get to see the RED BAND trailer courtesy of IGN. And of course we all know what this means: the trailer focuses solely on Hit-Girl and why there was oh-so-much controversy about this little girl to begin with.

This is the kind of trailer that will either sell or sever the interest of movie-goers. Kick-Ass is not meant for everyone, and if this offends you, then you’ll be wanting to avoid hitting the theater when this one storms in. Most who will see the movie are probably already planning on seeing it, but if not, this is the kind of awesomeness that can push thee over the edge.

Clickety-click on on over to check out the Red Band trailer yourself, but be warned, this is clearly NSFW material!

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Watch Now: First Official Trailer For Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kick-Ass’
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We all should know the story by now: Matthew Vaughn — director of Layer Cake and Stardust — decided that a movie based on Mark Millar‘s ultra-violent graphic novel Kick-Ass needed to be made, and brought it to the money. Unfortunately, none of the studios had any interest in making a movie that would include an 11-year-old girl who is deadly surgical with a Katana blade. Instead of giving in, Vaughn went down another path and pulled the unthinkable: he went and got the money all by himself…all $75 Million of it. Since this bold move, Kick-Ass has been growing into a very popular project with many itching to see this “outside-the-box” superhero movie. After some footage at Comic Con was universally praised, the studios that had passed were now battling each other for the very right to distribute the film.

Now, finally, we the regular folk of the world are able to get our first peek at this curious and intriguing little flick with the release of the very first official trailer, and it was surely worth the wait. Kick-Ass promises to be a funny, fully-entertaining movie for adults, and it is fair to assume that it won’t take long to acquire a massive fan-following.

Continue on this path to watch the new trailer for yourself!

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Studios Battling For The Rights To Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kick-Ass’
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UPDATE: Variety is reporting that LionsGate has indeed won this bidding war. The deal is said to be quite large, with a wide 2010 release expected.

Kick-Ass has an interesting story so far. The movie is based on a comic book by John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar, and was made by Stardust director Matthew Vaughn. The director couldn’t find any studios to back the film due to its incredibly graphic content and ultra-violence, so he found a way to raise his own money for it, and moved forward without the studio money.

Now that the project is finished, some footage was shown at the recent Comic Con, and wouldn’t you know it, people went completely nuts for it. Seeing this overwhelming positive response to the footage, multiple studios are now engaged in a fight to acquire the rights to distribute the movie.

It’s being reported that the studios currently vying for the rights are Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Lionsgate Entertainment. Word is that the eventual deal could stretch into the seven figures range and is expected to be picked up by one of these establishments very soon. Hopefully this all means that Mr. Vaughn will get back above-and-beyond what he’s put into it so far.

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New Image From Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kick-Ass’
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Moriarty from AICN had the opportunity to go to London for a three-day set visit for Matthew Vaughn‘s super-indie, Kick-Ass. So far, not much information about the movie has been reported, but a brand new image has been released of Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Red Mist.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the project, Kick-Ass is a comic series by Mark Millar that was acquired by director Matthew Vaughn before it even existed. Vaughn then — instead of kissing studio ass to obtain financing — went out and raised $75 million on his own to make what’s likely the biggest budgeted indie movie of all time. The story is basically a modernized Watchmen-type story that follows a high school kid named Dave Lizewski who decides to become a superhero. He makes his own costume and goes off to fight crime, eventually even using MySpace as a way to learn where his services can be used. When his actions are eventually captured on a cell phone video, he’s dubbed “Kick-Ass” and he inspires others to dress up and fight crime as well.

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McLovin To Join Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kick-Ass’
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Kick AssMatthew Vaughn has gained a strong fan-following directing movies like Layer Cake, Stardust, and almost directing X-Men: The Last Stand (dammit!). Now, Vaughn wants to do a big-screen adaptation of Mark Millar‘s (Wanted) violent comic Kick-Ass and is on a rampage to make it. Apparently the comic is so violent that studios just plain refuse to touch it; and with Vaughn refusing to tone it down (God bless his heart), he decided to find raise his own financing and make it an expensive indie flick.

After raising the $30 million or so for the project, casting has also begun with Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad‘s McLovin!) in negotiations to play a villain and Chloe Moretz (The Eye) already cast.

The story follows a nerdy kid who decides to become a superhero named Kick-Ass. He has no power, no super-human abilities, he’s just a kid who wants to fight some crime and ends up in a tad over his head.

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