Let's beging this final day of "Kick-Ass" press with my review of the film here at CBR. I genuinely liked this movie, so much so I find little time to discuss the plot and mostly focus on the performances and the one or two tweaks two the story that make the film a great actioner.While the movie is getting generally good reviews, Roger Ebert, our elder statesman and master of quip did not enjoy it. "Will I seem hopelessly square if I find 'Kick-Ass' morally reprehensible and will I appear to have missed the point?" he writes. No, not square. Just don't call me unsophisticated because I didn't find "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push,' by Sapphire" uplifting. Meanwhile, director Matthew Vaughn talks about deleted scenes to MTV News:
And Collider provides a video interview with Aaron Johnson and Clark Duke:
Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010
Comic Book Movie's Pietro Filliponi continues his completely unoffcial set visit. Today, he provides his own photos of that air traffic control tower:
Meanwhile, Geoff Johns tells us at CBR the following: "I just watched the Abin Sur/Hal Jordan dailies, and it's amazing seeing that ring passed to Hal in live action. Abin Sur looks kick-ass. They did such a great job. They've got Grant [Major] as a production designer. He's from "Lord of the Rings," and the visuals on this film are nothing like you could imagine. It's definitely a Green Lantern fan's dream. For me, it's kind of insane to see this stuff come to life."
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
IRON MAN 2
Over at The Spinoff Online, PropWorx CEO Alec Peters spoke about the upcoming auction of props at C2E2. "We were given boxes of props. We came into this a year after the movie was released, so we didn’t get to work as closely as we would have liked with the actual production. But we were pleasantly surprised by the R/T units and then we went to Legacy Effects and picked up the armor pieces and the Iron Monger, which are definitely some of the standouts!" he says. The folks at PropWorx sent me one of the hardcover auction catalogues and it's a handsome little volume. Out of the items up for auction, my favorites by far are the furinature items from Tony Stark's private jet. They're just really ultra-modern chairs and couches, but they have a style about them.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010
Here at CBR, we talked with Ken Spears and Marty Kroft about their plans to use some of the Jack Kirby ideas from the Ruby-Spears vault. "The beauty of the whole thing is that a lot of Jack's stuff did not have a time set behind it. A lot of the things he did for us were things he did on his own. Even when he was doing a specific project for us, where we had an origin story developed for that direction and he would come up with the creative direction of what they looked like, he would do things on his own," says Spears.
Release date: TBA
While the studio officially denies trouble with the film, Mastadon's Brent Hinds -- who is involved in the film's score -- tells New York Magazine all it not peachy. "What I've seen so far doesn't seem to be finished to me," he says. The reshoots forced a change in composer and all of Hinds's original work on the film has been scrapped. He is still involved with the new score, but, he says of the old score, "It was some of the best shit I've ever written in my life. Now I'm just trying to finish with as much patience as possible."
Release date: June 8th, 2010
As the Spinoff reported earlier this morning, Garth Ennis "Crossed" looks to becoming a movie -- with Ennis writing the first draft.
Release date: TBA
Collider has a new interview with Richard Taylor, one of the multitasking production geniuses involved in "The Lord of the Rings." Asked about representing the earlier time period of "The Hobbit," Taylor said, "It's something that Guillermo (del Toro) is hyper aware of when he is working with us and with the production designer and so on, because the audience that come from the love of the books and will be coming from the love of 'the Hobbit' story see 'the Hobbit' as sitting in a completely different time, a completely different historical moment. Almost like literally if we were sitting in the 16th century compared to the 18th century. You'd communicate the world in a very different way in our own time. So that is very prevalent in our collective thinking."
Release date: 2012?
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN
Reader James sent me this Toonzone link which mentions the end has come for the series. "A second season of the acclaimed 'Wolverine and The X-Men' animated series will not be happening for reasons that have not yet been publically/publicly disclosed," writes the site.
Release date: TBA
Friday means some "Doctor Who" clips. Here are three from "Victory of the Daleks":
Also, Saturday sees the US premeire of "The Eleventh Hour" on BBC America.
Airs: Saturday in the UK, May 1st in the States
Cue a Lucky Soul track and get me a Milky Way (yes, it's a drink), it's the weekend! I'm hoping to get some minigolf in this weekend and maybe a good bit of rest, but we'll see. It's also a bad movie day tomorrow. Our selections are "The Happening", "Dante's Peak", "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble", and "New Moon." Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of weekend-itis.