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Watch KICK-ASS Packed Behind-The-Scenes Secrets, Stories And Exclusive Interviews On YEAH!

Watch KICK-ASS Packed Behind-The-Scenes Secrets, Stories And Exclusive Interviews On YEAH!

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New Red Band Trailer For Derick Martini’s ‘Hick’ Starring Chloe Moretz

New Red Band Trailer For Derick Martini’s ‘Hick’ Starring Chloe Moretz

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A new red and green band trailer for Derick Martini’s new film, HICK, starring Chloe Moretz, Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne has been unveiled.

Check it out below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts!

‘HICK’ opens in theaters and will be available on VOD on May 11th.

Small town teenager Luli (CHLOË GRACE MORETZ) escapes to Las Vegas, leaving behind her alcoholic and abusive parents. Armed with her smarts, a pistol and pocket money, she hitchhikes her way west. Along the way, Luli crosses paths with Eddie (EDDIE REDMAYNE), an unstable rebel with questionable motives and Glenda (BLAKE LIVELY), a cocaine-snorting drifter on the run. Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, this powerful story pulls you into a provocative world of drugs, seduction and murder.

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Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’ – Nine New Awesome Character Posters!

Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’ – Nine New Awesome Character Posters!

Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled nine new character posters for Tim Burton’s highly anticipated adaptation of ‘Dark Shadows’. The colorful designs feature Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Gully McGrath as David Collins, Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters, Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, Chloe Moretz as Caroline Stoddard and Michelle Pfieffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.

Check out the posters in the gallery below and remember to mark your calendar for May 11th, when the film hits theaters.

 

Official Synopsis: In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet–or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.

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Official Theatrical Poster Debuts For Derick Martini’s ‘Hick’ Starring Chloe Moretz

Official Theatrical Poster Debuts For Derick Martini’s ‘Hick’ Starring Chloe Moretz

The theatrical poster for Derick Martini’s new film, HICK, starring Chloe Moretz, Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne has been unveiled. Check it out below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts!

‘HICK’ opens in theaters and will be available on VOD on May 11th.

Official Synopsis: Smalltown teenager Luli (CHLOË GRACE MORETZ) escapes to Las Vegas, leaving behind her alcoholic and abusive parents. Armed with her smarts, a pistol and pocket money, she hitchhikes her way west. Along the way, Luli crosses paths with Eddie (EDDIE REDMAYNE), an unstable rebel with questionable motives and Glenda (BLAKE LIVELY), a cocaine-snorting drifter on the run. Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, this powerful story pulls you into a provocative world of drugs, seduction and murder.

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Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’: Nine New Retro Character Posters Unveiled!

Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’: Nine New Retro Character Posters Unveiled!

Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled, via Empire, nine new retro-styled character posters for Tim Burton’s highly anticipated adaptation of ‘Dark Shadows’. The colorful designs feature Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Gully McGrath as David Collins, Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters, Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, Chloe Moretz as Caroline Stoddard and Michelle Pfieffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.

Check out the posters in the gallery below and remember to mark your calendar for May 11th, when the film hits theaters.

 

Official Synopsis: In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet–or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.

 

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Chloe Moretz Scores The Lead Role In Universal’s ‘Emily the Strange’

Chloe Moretz Scores The Lead Role In Universal’s ‘Emily the Strange’

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Chloe Moretz, who gained fame as Hit-Girl in “Kick-Ass” and next stars in “Let Me In,” will star as the title character in Universal’s adaptation of counterculture icon “Emily the Strange.”

Universal just acquired the rights to character, created by skateboarder Rob Reger among a multitude of designs he was printing up for stickers, T-shirts and skateboards in Santa Cruz in the early 1990s. The Emily design took off, with Reger’s company, Cosmic Debris, going on to become a multimillion-dollar business with toeholds in fashion, books and comics, toys, school supplies and accessories.

Dark Horse Entertainment has been developing the character as a movie project since 2008. Although the company has a first-look deal with Universal, the project wasn’t officially set up at the studio until now.

Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson is producing. Reger is executive producing alongside Dark Horse’s Keith Goldberg. The story line is being kept under wraps, although the aim is to tell the origin of the punk and gothic figure and her four cats: troublemaker Sabbath, schemer Nee-Chee, imaginative Miles and leader Mystery.

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Rising Star Chloe Moretz Talks ‘Kick-Ass’ And Upcoming Projects!

Rising Star Chloe Moretz Talks ‘Kick-Ass’ And Upcoming Projects!

Chloe Moretz is proving to be one of the fastest rising stars in Hollywood. Her bubbly personality, heart warming smile and incredible acting talent have landed her major roles in films ranging from Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kick-Ass’ to Matt Reeves’ ‘Let Me In’ to her name in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming flick ‘The Invention of Hugo Caberet’. Did we mention that she has managed to amass this impressive resume while only just starting her teens! As you can see, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg for Chloe as there seems to be no stopping this wunderkind! Icon Vs. Icon’s Jason Price recently caught up with the multi-faceted actress to discuss her role as Kick-Ass’s loveable yet lethal Hit-Girl, her experiences on the set and what the future holds for this young woman on the move!

How did you decide to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

My brother got into a performing arts high school and I used to run his lines with him just for fun. Basically, I just got bit by the acting bug and went with it from there!

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Well, it seems like it is working out just great for you so far!

Yeah! Thank you! I am very blessed!

‘Kickass’ is one of your breakout roles. For those not yet familiar with the film, what can you tell us about your character and how did you originally get involved with the project?

My Mom initially read the script for it and showed it to me. We decided that we really wanted to do the film! So, I went out for the part and read with a couple of “Kick-Asses”. Aaron (Johnson) and I ended up being the ones chosen for the parts and it got rolling from there.

What initially attracted you to the role of Hit-Girl?

She is so strong and so much of a “girl empowerment” character. That is what I wanted to do, a very Angelina Jolie type, leading role character.

The film is loaded with action. What did you to prepare for your role both physically and mentally?

Yeah! I trained for six months in martial arts, ballet and gymnastics in addition to weapons training and all this crazy stuff! That definitely prepared me physically. Emotionally, I went over things with Matthew (Vaughn) and the other actors and just kinda went for it!

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Well, they just need to understand that it is just a character, ya know? It’s not Chloe and it’s “Mindy Macready”. If I ever did any of the things that Hit-Girl did in the film, I would definitely be grounded for the rest of my life! [laughs]

Hit-Girl is a larger than life character. I was curious, what parts of your own personality might you, your family and friends see shining through when they watch the film.

I think how fun and innocent Hit-Girl is, is definitely part of me, in addition to how strong she is. I am a strong girl and I know what I want. I don’t take no for an answer, ya know! [laughs] That is kinda how Hit-Girl is and that is how I am as well!

What was the biggest challenge for you in making this film?

The action was pretty hard. That was one of the main challenges. Emotionally, to play a character that I had never done before was a challenge. I had to take the bull by the horns and go with it.

You had a great cast for the film. What was the vibe like on the set?

It was so much fun. We all had a great time on the set. We were always playing around and playing jokes on each other. We became like one big family.

It is interesting that you mention the family aspect. The heart of the movie is really the relationship between Hit-Girl and Nicolas Cage’s character, Big Daddy. How was it working with him? And how did the two of you work on developing that dynamic?

Really, we just let the emotions flow. We didn’t hold anything back and it kinda came naturally. He is such a phenomenal actor. It was great to be a part of that experience together.

As an actor, did you pick up anything from working with him on set?

Just watching him is really a learning experience, just how humble he is. It is amazing to see what a nice guy he is even after being in this business for so long.

We talked to Mark Millar the other day and he is working on ‘Kickass 2: Balls To The Walls’. If you had your way, what would the future hold for Hit-Girl?

Definitely a purple Ducati! [laughs] I would definitely like to explore her psyche and show her as more of an adult and more knowing.

‘Kick-Ass’ is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray this week. Are you going to do anything special to celebrate?

I think we just might have to have a ‘Kick-Ass’ marathon where we watch it back to back a few times and then watch the extras! [laughs]

You have a bunch of new projects coming up. What can you tell us about your role in ‘Let Me In’?

In ‘Let Me In’, I play “Abby” who is a little girl that befriends a boy named “Owen”. It is really about their twisted relationship which I liken to “Romeo and Juliet” in a way.

We are in the midst of a vampire renaissance of sorts with ‘Twilight’, ‘True Blood’ and there is even a new ‘Lost Boys’ film on the way. What will make your film stand out from the pack?

It is deeper, it’s darker and it’s grittier than any other vampire film that you have ever seen before. After you watch ‘Let Me In’, you won’t want to be a vampire. It shows the darker side of vampires and who they really are. I think that makes it unique.

Having seen much of your work, I have to say that you are doing a great job in showing that amazing range as a young actor. Is there a type of role that you haven’t played yet that you might like to tackle in the future?

‘Romeo and Juliet’ would be the main thing that I would like to tackle. I would like to do Juliet at her real age which is 14 or 15. That is what I would really love to do next.

You are currently working on Martin Scorcese’s ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’. What has that experience been like for you and what have you learned so far from the legendary director?

He is really an amazing guy and a terrific director. It has been an amazing opportunity to see great actors and how they interact with Marty to discuss a shot or how they help me as an actress get into my character and the scene. In that aspect, it has been an amazing experience on set.

Would you like to direct one day?

I would love to direct at some point in the future.

What other projects do you have coming up that we should keep our eyes peeled for?

Well, like you mentioned, I am shooting a film with Martin Scorcese right now that is called ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’. Also, I have a film called ‘The Rut’. That is being directed by Karyn Kusama, who was the director of ‘Jennifer’s Body’. The film is about a girl who must find her father after he goes missing. We hope to start filming on that later this year. Then there is ‘Hick’ with Derick Martini directing it, which is based off of the novel by Andrea Portes. We are also starting up our production company and we have a bunch of stuff in pre-production, which we are very excited for!

Best advice someone has given you so far in regards to your blossoming career?

Definitely to stay humble. My number one thing is that all of this is fake, ya know? Basically, my real life is my family and my friends. Fame can vanish within seconds but you will always have your family and friends by your side. I never lose sight of that.

Sounds like solid advice, Chloe. Thanks for your time and we look forward to talking with you again very soon! Keep up the great work!

Thank you so much!

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Be sure to keep up with Chloe Moretz on Twitter at www.twitter.com/chloegmoretz.

Visit the official site for ‘Kick-Ass’ at www.kickass-themovie.com and pick up a copy when it hits DVD and Blu-Ray on August 3rd. 2010!

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Kicking Ass With Mark Millar: The Man Behind ‘Kick-Ass’

Kicking Ass With Mark Millar: The Man Behind ‘Kick-Ass’

One of the most exciting people working in the entertainment industry, Mark Millar, has a job that many of us only dream of. This multi-faceted writer (and soon-to-be director) spends his days creating exciting new worlds, heart-pounding storylines and breathes life into larger-than-life characters. His talents have thrilled fans worldwide and made him a one of the hottest names in the comics industry. It is no surprise that Hollywood quickly took notice and started to bring his creations to the silver screen. ‘Wanted’ and Kick-Ass’ were hits with critics and fans alike and serve as just a taste of things to come from this incredible talent. With ‘Kick-Ass’ ready to explode onto DVD and Blu-Ray on August 3rd, Icon Vs. Icon’s Jason Price recently caught up with Millar to discuss the process of taking ‘Kick-Ass’ from the printed page to the silver screen, the challenges involved and what lies in store for him in the months to come!

For those who may not know, what inspired the story of ‘Kick-Ass’?

‘Kick-Ass’ is really my autobiography in a weird way because it came into my life as something that I almost did when I was 14 or 15, which was to make a costume and go out and try to be a superhero in Scotland. My best friend and I planned to do it. We trained for six months and everything. We didn’t end up doing it in the end but ‘Kick-Ass’ is the story of what would have happened next, I think.

How did you initially get hooked up with director Matthew Vaughn?

Matthew Vaughn and I have a mutual friend. He thought that we would really get along and was always saying that we should hook up sometime. He invited me along to the ‘Stardust’ after-party. I met Matthew there. After that, we spoke on the phone a lot and he had just had the ‘Thor’ project fall apart on him. He was looking for a new comic book property to work on and asked me if I had anything. I said “I have two!” I sent him both. ‘Kick-Ass’ was the one that he liked the best. It was very informal and within four or five months, we were suddenly standing on the set with Nicholas Cage in full costume! It all happened very, very quickly.

How difficult was it in making the jump from the printed page to the big screen?

It is so incredibly hard when you actually think about how every studio hated the script. The movie was made independently with money Matthew borrowed from friends. It was incredibly difficult and there were many times when it felt like it definitely wasn’t going to happen. We knew that we had something that people liked. The comic came out and had a great response. The ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘X-Men’ films had come out and done very well. We just thought, “This is going to find an audience,” even though it could be a long process and all that borrowed money might never be paid back. The film only cost $22 million and it made $100 million back. It had a happy ending.

How important was it to keep the integrity of the characters intact as it headed to the big screen?

[laughs] It is funny you say that because that is the big thing. I remember that we handed the script to everyone and they hated it. They hated the characters, the dialog, everything. One studio said that they would make the film if we took out Hit-Girl, took out all the swearing and took out all the killing. Basically, it killed the film when you took out all of those elements. Matthew, much to his credit, said “No way! I want it exactly as is!”

Looking back on bringing the entire project full circle, from the written form to the feature film, what are your fondest memories of ‘Kick-Ass’?

I think that there is something very cool at looking at a piece of paper that you had done some doodles on. I had written down the name ‘Kick-Ass’ and another potential title, I had drawn Hit-Girl and done a little doodle of the original idea I had for Kick-Ass, I still have that piece of paper. To have done that in a railway station and then two-and-a-half years later to be standing, all dressed up, on the red carpet in London with Brad Pitt — it felt quite surreal to make that jump. That is a really cool memory that I have to put it all in perspective and realize how lucky I have been.

How difficult was it to find the right mix of actors to make your creations come to life?

Yes! It’s funny because we knew we had Hit-Girl right away but we were talking about people for the other roles. Eventually, we discussed putting all of the money into a big lead for Kick-Ass himself or do we save the money and spend it on Big Daddy or the gangster, ya know? It was pretty interesting. We talked about maybe using Robert DeNiro as the gangster, we talked about Zac Efron as The Red Mist, we talked about Matthew McConaughey and Mark Wahlberg as Big Daddy. Every one of those guys would have brought their own thing to it and the movie would have been very, very different if we had used different people. For example, we even discussed Shia LaBeouf for Kick-Ass but we were very happy with the cast we ended up with!

I know you have been working on the comic book form of ‘Kick Ass 2’. What can you tell us about the status of that project?

I am about a fourth of the way into the comic right now. The comic starts in about four weeks time. It is called ‘Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Walls’. It starts at the end of August. Matthew is working on ‘X-Men First Class’ right now. As soon as he finishes that, we will get going on the ‘Kick-Ass’ movie by getting the script together and hopefully start shooting. We can’t waste too much time because the actors are all quite young, so we don’t want them to suddenly look 45 or something! [laughs] I think next April we will sit down and start working on the film sequel of the film.

I know you have said that you were planning to go behind the camera this summer for a superhero flick based out of Scotland. What can you tell us about that project?

Yes. I start shooting that in two weeks time here in Scotland. It is a low budget movie. It is a superhero film but it is going to be unlike any superhero movie that anyone has done before. It is going to have an atmosphere very much of its own. Setting it in Scotland immediately makes it quite different. I have never directed anything before so it will be quite interesting to see how it all works out but, luckily, it is a low budget movie and it is the kind of thing that I want to cut my teeth on. Hopefully a lot of people will see it.

Do you have a title for that project yet?

It does but I can’t release it yet because I have a planned marketing campaign where I want it to go out in secret! I will probably be offering a preview of it early next year.

I know you deal with a lot of superheroes in your line of work. Is there a genre that you haven’t tackled yet that you would like to take on in the near future?

Well, I also love horror. I really love horror! I have five movies in development at the moment and they are all superhero movies but I would like to do some horror stuff too. I have a project about Jesus coming to the modern world, a piece called ‘American Jesus’ that I did a couple of years ago. I’d like to get that up and running as a movie. I’ve got a good vampire flick idea as well. So yeah, I would love to tackle that genre!

What advice would you give to someone who was looking to carve out a career path for themselves similar to what you have done in comics?

Well, it took me a very long time actually. I was originally planning to be a doctor. I dropped out of University and had no idea of what I was going to do but I loved comics. Through years and years and years of writing, just because I loved it, it all worked out for me quite nicely. I think that’s the thing. Find something that you absolutely love doing. Say it is writing, focus on that. Never, ever write for the check. Only do it because you love it. I wrote for the check for the first few years of my career and nothing ever quite worked out. Once I started writing the kind of stories that I wanted to read, it all worked out for me!

Thank you for your time, Mark. Anything that you would like to say to your fans before I let you go?

Drive carefully! [laughs] Thanks for your time! Bye now!

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Be sure to keep up with Mark Millar on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mrmarkmillar and on his official website at www.millarworld.tv.

Visit the official site for Kick-Ass at www.kickass-themovie.com and pick up a copy when it hits DVD and Blu-Ray on August 3rd. 2010!

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“A New Kind of Superhero: The Making of Kick-Ass” Documentary Clip Now Availble

“A New Kind of Superhero: The Making of Kick-Ass” Documentary Clip Now Availble

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Lionsgate has debuted an exclusive clip, via WIRED, for the exclusive documentary about Matthew Vaughn’s superhero flick ‘Kick-Ass’. Check out the clip for “A New Kind of Superhero: The Making of Kick-Ass” which is exclusive to the Blu-Ray version of ‘Kick-Ass’ below!

Don’t forget that Kick-Ass on Blu-Ray hits shelves August 3rd, 2010!

Synopsis:

Dave Lizewski (Johnson) is an ordinary teenager who goes unnoticed in high school until he takes a chance to “do something” and dons a mask and becomes “Kick-Ass” to fight real-life crime.  Bruised and beaten and without any real super powers, he is saved by a father-daughter duo (Cage as “Big Daddy”, Moretz as “Hit-Girl”) who know all the right moves and have a vendetta against a vicious crime-lord, D’Amico (Strong).  After a fiery internet storm of publicity for Kick-Ass, D’Amico wants to meet the masked man, and his son (Mintz-Plasse) dons a costume of his own and becomes “Red Mist” to befriend him and get in his father’s good graces. The story comes to a head when D’Amico succeeds in luring the crime-fighters to his home and ass-kicking destruction ensues.


BLU-RAY DISC SPECIAL FEATURES*

DISC ONE

·Ass-Kicking Bonus View Mode (Blu-ray Disc Exclusive) –  Synchronous with the feature film, this innovative multi-media presentation incorporates video and audio commentary, behind-the-scenes clips and illustrative graphics with Co-Writer/Producer/Director Matthew Vaughn, plus cast and crew providing an all-access perspective on Kick-Ass

·”A New Kind of Superhero: The Making of Kick-Ass ” documentary (Blu-ray Disc Exclusive)

·”It’s On! The Comic Book Origin of Kick-Ass” featurette

·Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Matthew Vaughn

·”The Art of Kick-Ass” gallery

·Marketing Archive

·BD Touch and Metamenu Remote

·Lionsgate Live™ enabled, featuring extra content for Internet-connected players

·Enhanced for D-Box™ Motion Control Systems

*Subject to change

DISC TWO

·Standard Definition DVD Copy of the feature film


DISC THREE

·Standard Definition Digital Copy of the feature film

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

·Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Matthew Vaughn

·”It’s On! The Comic Book Origin of Kick-Ass” featurette

·”The Art of Kick-Ass” gallery

·Marketing Archive

*Subject to change

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Review: ‘Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie’

Review: ‘Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie’

One of most anticipated films of 2010 is Matthew Vaughn’s big screen adaptation of ‘Kick-Ass’, which is set to explode onto screens nationwide on April 16, 2010. The film stars Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Moretz, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke, and Lyndsy Fonseca.

The film is based on the bestselling comic book series by Mark Millar (Wanted) and legendary comic book artist John Romita Jr. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you soon will as it will surely be one of the biggest action flicks of the year. So what is it all about? It’s simple; We all fantasized about being a superhero at some point but we just don’t have the cajones to take that leap. That is exactly what happens to comic book nerd, Dave Lizewski who dons a homemade superhero costume and hits the streets to fight crime as “Kick-Ass”. As you might imagine, cleaning up the streets as an average guy with no superpowers proves to be quite a challenge. You will surely find yourself on the wrong end of a beatdown. He meets up with Big Daddy and his daughter Hit Girl, a pair of superheroes – also with no powers – who fight evil with guns, knives, bombs and fists. They find themselves up against a brutal mob boss who is out for their blood.

Just in time for the film’s release comes an epic behind the scenes look at both the film and the comic from Titan Books. When you open the book for the first time, it becomes evident that Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie is not your typical movie tie-in book. In reality, nothing about ‘Kick-Ass’ is conventional. For example, Mark Millar was still in the process of sketching the comic book when he approached director Matthew Vaughn about helming the project. Perhaps that is what makes this book so unique as it has a very organic feel as the reader sees the project grow from the inkling of an idea to a full blown major motion picture.

As soon as you crack the first page, you will see that the book is bursting from at the seams with lavish illustrations, preliminary sketches, production notes and vivid photos that spring off the page — a plus for any fanboy! Mark Millar’s commentary is superb as he seamlessly blends tales from his childhood and early career alongside the origins of the characters, their development and a look at almost every aspect of these very intriguing characters. The behind-the-scenes look doesn’t end there as there are also appearances by artist John Romita Jr., director Matthew Vaughn, screenplay co-writer Jane Goldman, and actors Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Nicolas Cage (Big Daddy) and Chloe Moretz (Hit-Girl), each lending a healthy contribution. Personally, I find this intriguing because rarely are you given the opportunity to get inside the heads of the artists involved on a project of this scale that isn’t just fluff. The quotes, script snippets, correspondences and reflections on the project are edgy, revealing and honest. When a companion book like this one is jam-packed with unique content from the creators, cast and crew, it really makes the journey of bringing the characters from the printed page to the big screen come to life before your eyes. The unique style and composition used here gives the reader a taste of all the characters and personalities involved but most importantly, will remove all doubt that ‘Kick-Ass’ is just “another superhero movie”.

Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie sets the bar high for future movie property tie-ins, and provides a great jumping off point for those intrigued by what will surely prove to be one of the biggest hits of 2010. Be sure to order you copy of Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie at this location >

RATING: 4.5/5

Check out the official site for the film at www.kickass-themovie.com.

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