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April 23, 2009

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Must Watch: First Seven Minutes of The Brothers Bloom

Posted: 23 Apr 2009 04:20 AM PDT

First Seven Minutes of The Brothers Bloom

I’m breaking one of my own unwritten rules by bringing you this footage from Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom this wonderful morning. But that’s because I absolutely adore this movie and I think this opening does a wonderful job of drawing audiences into the story without spoiling anything at all. You’ll see exactly what I mean when you watch this. It’s a brilliant opening anyway and really does set the mood for what is about to eventually play out within the film. If you don’t want to go out in theaters and finish watching The Brothers Bloom after this opening, well, then there’s no hope for you anyway. Enjoy!

Watch the first seven minutes of The Brothers Bloom:

The Brothers Bloom (Brody / Ruffalo) are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

The Brothers Bloom is both written and directed by young filmmaker Rian Johnson, of the 2006 indie gem Brick. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, where I gave it an 8 out of 10 in my review. Summit Entertainment will finally debut The Brothers Bloom in limited theaters starting on May 15th.

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62nd Cannes Film Festival Official Selection Announced

Posted: 23 Apr 2009 04:28 AM PDT

62nd Cannes Film Festival

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival official selection was announced this morning. A total of 52 films are featured in four categories: Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, and Special Screenings. The festival kicks off on May 13th and last for 11 days until May 24th; I will be attending this year. It was previously announced that Pixar’s Up is opening the festival. Highlights from this year’s line-up at Cannes also include Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Terry Gilliam’s Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (which is Heath Ledger’s last film), Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, and many more. Read on for the list!

OPENING NIGHT FILM:
Pixar’s Up – Dir: Pete Docter

COMPETITION:
Broken Embraces – Dir: Pedro Almodóvar
Fish Tank – Dir: Andrea Arnold
A Prophet – Dir: Jacques Audiard
Vincere – Dir: Marco Bellocchio
Bright Star – Dir: Jane Campion
In the Beginning – Dir: Xavier Giannoli
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo – Dir: Isabel Coixet
The White Ribbon – Dir: Michael Haneke
Taking Woodstock – Dir: Ang Lee
Looking for Eric – Dir: Ken Loach
Spring Fever – Dir: Lou Ye
Kinatay – Dir: Brillante Mendoza
Enter The Void – Dir: Gasper Noe
Thirst – Dir: Park Chan-wook
Les Herbes Foilles – Dir: Alain Resnais
The Time That Remains – Dir: Elia Suleiman
Inglourious Basterds – Dir: Quentin Tarantino
Vengeance – Dir: Johnnie To
Face – Dir: Tsai Ming-liang
Antichrist – Dir: Lars von Trier

UN CERTAIN REGARD:
Mother – Dir: Bong Joon-ho
Irene – Dir: Alain Cavalier
Precious – Dir: Lee Daniels
Demaine Des L’Aube – Dir: Denis Dercourt
Adrift – Dir: Heitor Dhalia
Nobody Knows About The Persian Cats – Dir: Bahman Ghobadi
The Wind Journeys – Dir: Ciro Guerra
Le Pere De Mes Enfants – Dir: Mia Hansen-Løve
Tale In The Darkness – Dir: Nikolay Khomeriki
Air Doll – Dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Dogtooth – Dir: Giorgos Lanthimos
Tzar – Dir: Pavel Lounguine
Independence – Dir: Raya Martin
Police, Adjective – Dir: Corneliu Porumboiu
Nymph – Dir: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
To Die Like A Man – Dir: João Pedro Rodrigues
Eyes Wide Open – Dir: Haim Tabakman
Samson & Delilah – Dir: Warwick Thornton
The Silent Army – Dir: Jean van de Velde
Tales From The Golden Age – Dir: Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Propescu, Ioanna Uricaru

OUT OF COMPETITION:
The Army of Crime – Dir: Robert Guédiguian
Agora – Dir: Alejandro Amenabar
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Dir: Terry Gilliam

SPECIAL SCREENINGS:
Petition – Dir: Zhao Liang
L’epine Dans le Coeur – Dir: Michel Gondry
Min Ye – Dir: Souleymane Cissé
Jaffa – Dir: Keren Yedaya
Manila – Dir: Adolfo Alix Jr. and Raya Martin
My Neighbor, My Killer – Dir: Anne Aghion

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS:
A Town Called Panic – Dir: Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar
Ne Te Retourne Pas – Dir: Marina de Van
Drag Me to Hell – Dir: Sam Raimi

CLOSING NIGHT FILM:
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky – Dir: Jan Kounen

This looks like one of the best line-ups for Cannes that I’ve seen. Everyone from Ang Lee to Quentin Tarantino to Ken Loach to Lars von Trier to Sam Raimi will be there. I can’t wait to get out to France and see some incredible films. Stay tuned for last minute updates before I head out to Cannes in a few weeks!

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Must Watch: First Seven Minutes of The Brothers Bloom

Posted: 23 Apr 2009 04:20 AM PDT

First Seven Minutes of The Brothers Bloom

I’m breaking one of my own unwritten rules by bringing you this footage from Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom this wonderful morning. But that’s because I absolutely adore this movie and I think this opening does a wonderful job of drawing audiences into the story without spoiling anything at all. You’ll see exactly what I mean when you watch this. It’s a brilliant opening anyway and really does set the mood for what is about to eventually play out within the film. If you don’t want to go out in theaters and finish watching The Brothers Bloom after this opening, well, then there’s no hope for you anyway. Enjoy!

Watch the first seven minutes of The Brothers Bloom:

The Brothers Bloom (Brody / Ruffalo) are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

The Brothers Bloom is both written and directed by young filmmaker Rian Johnson, of the 2006 indie gem Brick. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, where I gave it an 8 out of 10 in my review. Summit Entertainment will finally debut The Brothers Bloom in limited theaters starting on May 15th.

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Check This Out: Concept Art Sketches of Carl from Pixar’s Up

Posted: 23 Apr 2009 02:54 AM PDT

Concept Art Sketches of Carl from Pixar's Up

Fellow Pixar fanboy Peter of SlashFilm came across some wonderful concept art sketches on display at an exhibit at Walt Disney Studios (via IMDb). As we already know, Pixar’s latest film Up is about a grumpy old man named Carl who floats down to South America in his house. There’s a great sequence at the beginning of the film that follows Carl from when he is a kid until he becomes the grumpy old man, and you get to see him throughout all ages of his life. For those who haven’t seen that sequence, this is your chance to see what Carl looks like over the years. Beyond that, these are just incredible sketches and amazing to see anyway.

Sketches of Carl from Pixar's Up

Sketches of Carl from Pixar's Up

Sketches of Carl from Pixar's Up

By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.

Pixar’s Up is directed Pete Docter, one of the original Pixar members who directed Monsters, Inc previously and wrote the stories for Toy Story and Toy Story 2. The film is co-directed and written by Bob Peterson, who also wrote Finding Nemo. Disney will debut Up in theaters everywhere on May 29th this summer.

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James Marsden to Star in Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs Remake

Posted: 23 Apr 2009 02:05 AM PDT

Straw Dogs - James Marsden

It was nearly two years ago this week that we first announced that Screen Gems’ was remaking Straw Dogs. It has taken the last 18 months for the project to finally get off the ground. James Marsden will star as a Los Angeles screenwriter named David Sumner, who moves with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, leading to a violent confrontation. The original 1971 Straw Dogs was directed by Sam Peckinpah and stared Dustin Hoffman. This reimagining will be directed by Rod Lurie of the drama Nothing But the Truth most recently.

Marsden, who you may recognize as Cyclops from the X-Men series, Richard White in Superman Returns, Prince Edward in Enchanted, or Corny Collins in Hairspray, has been getting better and better the more I see him. I always thought he was just an asshole in X-Men, but later found out that he’s an incredibly talented actor. Straw Dogs definitely seems like an odd change of pace for him, from his past few bright, cheerful films to something much darker. I’m not sure that too many people are that excited for this remake, but at least they have a very talented actor who will lead the way. We’ll let you know who else they cast.

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Samuel Bayer’s Elm Street Reboot Finds its Nancy Thompson

Posted: 23 Apr 2009 01:31 AM PDT

Rooney Mara

The remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street has seen quite a few casting announcements as of late, and tonight is no different. Horror fans across the interwebs have been waiting with bated breath for the name of who will be going toe-to-toe with Freddy Krueger. Who will be taking on the role of Nancy Thompson? Well, the horror junkies at Bloody Disgusting received the scoop that Urban Legends: Bloody Mary actress Rooney Mara is in final negotiations to star as the “average,” hometown teen Nancy. As we already announced previously, Jakie Earle Haley will play Freddy Krueger and Samuel Bayer will direct this.

Freddy Krueger, a serial child molester who is murdered by his parents, returns to terrorize teens in their dreams with only his burnt, blistered face and a four-pronged razor glove. Nancy Thompson is this deranged spectre’s arch-nemisis. She definitely has the look, but will she have the chops to not only go head-to-head against Krueger, but head-to-head with Jakie Earle Haley? That’s Rorschach, don’t you know? In Wes Craven’s original 1984 Nightmare on Elm Street, Nancy was played by Heather Langenkamp, who went on to star again in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and the TV show “Just the Ten of Us”.

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Kate Mara Joins and Clark Gregg Returns for Iron Man 2

Posted: 22 Apr 2009 09:44 PM PDT

Clark Gregg and Kate Mara

Two minor casting updates for Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2. We Are Marshall actress Kate Mara has joined the cast, and Choke writer/director/actor Clark Gregg has officially returned to reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. We know who Gregg is set to play, but Mara’s role is “being kept under wraps.” That’s a bit odd, considering Favreau and company are already shooting in Manhattan Beach. No hints as to who she might play, but I’m intrigued by her casting. We already know that Scarlett Johansson is playing Black Widow and Gwyneth Paltrow is back as Pepper Potts, so what other female characters are there?

If you haven’t been following Jon Favreau’s Twitter, you should be, as he updates it quite often and occasionally posts cool photos like this one of his director’s chair. So far it sounds like everything has been going great. On the same day he posted two great updates: “Wrapped. Heading home. Robert was on fire. We’re hitting our stride,” as well as, “Scarlett’s first day. Very exciting.” In addition, if you didn’t hear previously, small cameo roles have been shot featuring actors Garry Shandling and Gary Oldman, but no one really knows much about who they play. Those are all the latest updates from the set of Iron Man 2.

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Live-Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coming in 2011!

Posted: 22 Apr 2009 09:01 PM PDT

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

In honor of tomorrow, April 23rd, being the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, The Mirage Group (which currently owns the property) has announced (via Variety) that they are officially making another new live-action TMNT movie. We’ve ran rumors about this previously, but this is the first time we’ve heard any official confirmation. Legendary Pictures former chief marketing officer Scott Mednick is producing the project alongside Galen Walker, who produced the 2007 animated TMNT movie. The project will be a reboot focusing on the origins of the turtles, and is currently slated for 2011.

One of the original creators, Peter Laird, said the movie will remain true to the spirit of the original comic books. “The original comics created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman are some of the best source material one could hope for,” said Mednick, who also executive produced the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are. While we at one time reported that this might be a CGI hybrid movie, Variety says that they’ll use “face replacement technology,” which will allow the turtles to be much more expressive. It sounds like they definitely won’t be dusting off the old rubber suits, which is a bit unfortunate for fans like myself.

Other festivities occurring tomorrow in New York City in celebration of their 25th anniversary include turning the entire Empire State Building green for the day, full-scale recreations of various set pieces from the original movie, and a free outdoor Drive-In screening of the original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie as part of the Tribeca Film Festival (more info here). There’s not much other news that has been revealed regarding the project, like what studio will develop it, who is working on a screenplay, or any other information. However, you can be sure we’ll let you know the moment we know more about it!

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What is Next for State of Play Director Kevin Macdonald?

Posted: 22 Apr 2009 08:50 PM PDT

Kevin Macdonald

Those of you who have seen State of Play know that it’s a great film for many reasons, but one of them is because Kevin Macdonald’s direction is top notch and it adds a lot to the experience. So therefore I’m naturally interested in following him and his projects, since this isn’t his first great film (he also directed The Last King of Scotland). Variety announced today that Macdonald will develop and direct an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s 1955 novel “The End of Eternity“. But that’s not his very next project. He’s also set to direct a project called Eagle of the Ninth, a second-century Roman military drama for Focus Features.

Eagle of the Ninth is based on a novel of the same name written by Rosemary Sutcliff. The adaptation was written by Jeremy Brock (Mrs Brown, Charlotte Gray, The Last King of Scotland, Brideshead Revisited). It sounds pretty cool and with Macdonald directing I’m sure it’ll be great, but I want to focus on Asimov’s “The End of Eternity.” Variety didn’t reveal any other big details about the book or the project or anything, besides that Macdonald is developing it for New Regency and that Vince Gerardis is producing. But before I get into it anymore, let’s take a look at a synopsis, because it’s important to understand what it’s about.

Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a man whose job it is to range through past and present Centuries, monitoring and, where necessary, altering Time’s myriad cause-and-effect relationships. But when Harlan meets and falls for a non-Eternal woman, he seeks to use the awesome powers and techniques of the Eternals to twist time for his own purposes, so that he and his love can survive together.

I haven’t read the book, but it has an incredibly intriguing bit of depth to it. I love how it presents “falling in love” as the “one unforgivable sin” of the Eternals. “Andrew knew he could not keep this secret forever. And so he began to plan his escape… a plan that changed his own past… and threatened Eternity itself.” Again, I don’t like making comparisons, but this is starting to sound a bit like Gattaca, which is one of my favorite sci-fi movies. And I can’t begin to imagine what an Isaac Asimov story in the hands of Kevin Macdonald would look like. As in, if this continues to develop, it could become one of my most anticipated projects.

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Cameron Diaz’s Comeback Driven by Three Studio Projects

Posted: 22 Apr 2009 08:40 PM PDT

Cameron Diaz

Although she has been a few good movies in the last few years, Cameron Diaz just hasn’t been as big of a star as she was back in the 90s. Since Gangs of New York in 2002, shes only been in four movies, not counting her voice work for the Shrek series. She’s already got My Sister’s Keeper and The Box coming up, but besides those, what else is on her slate? Let’s take a look. EW has announced that she will star in a legal drama called Bobbie Sue; additionally, she joined a romantic comedy called Swingles, and another romantic comedy project with Tom Cruise previously known as Wichita being directed by James Mangold.

In Bobbie Sue, Diaz will play a ballsy New York attorney who is brought into a prestigious, sexist law firm to litigate an important client’s sexual discrimination suit. The project is on the fast-track at Warner Brothers with script rewrites being finished, although no director has been hired yet.

In the comedy Swingles, the story centers on a bachelor who is dumped by his wingman and teams up with a sharp-tongued woman he can’t stand in order to meet singles. My guess is that Diaz will play that “sharp-tongued woman.” This project is in development at Paramount, but doesn’t have a director yet either.

Wichita is about a woman who has terrible luck with men but finds her path intertwined with that of a mysterious handsome man she meets on a blind date. Tom Cruise will supposedly star opposite Diaz. James Mangold of Girl Interrupted, Kate & Leopold, Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma will direct.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I really don’t like Cameron Diaz much. Not only is she fairly unattractive (that’s just my opinion), but she plays cheap, cheesy roles so she doesn’t need much effort to pull them off. I think the best of this batch might be Wichita, or whatever it’s going to be called, largely because Mangold is a good director and Tom Cruise should be great in a romantic comedy, even working opposite Diaz. As for the other two projects, Bobbie Sue and Swingles, I’ve got a feeling they’re going to be rather forgettable films in the end. Suffice to say, I’m not looking forward to her comeback. Are you?

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Weinstein Company Really Did Lose the Rights to Sin City 2?

Posted: 22 Apr 2009 05:48 PM PDT

Sin City

A couple of weeks ago, it was first reported by IESB that The Weinstein Company (TWC) had lost the rights to Sin City 2. Thus, the sequel was looking for independent financiers, with Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios still in line to produce. After the news hit, Entertainment Weekly received a few updates from various TWC insiders saying that this news was all just complete bullshit. Well, speaking of bullshit, the Hollywood Reporter has just published an article saying that various producers have confirmed that they’ve been offered the rights to Sin City 2. If I were Frank Miller, I’d want to find a new studio, too.

Their article is as speculative as our first report, but because it’s coming from THR, we know they have some good sources to back up their claims. “If the Weinsteins’ option did lapse, it could have happened for reasons ranging from development inactivity to a decision not to pay to re-up,” they suggest. However, Todd Bartoo on Twitter emphasizes that maybe “Dimension could be looking to make some quick cash by selling the rights to someone else.” That makes more sense, but who knows. Whatever the case, it’s great news that TWC is ridding themselves of Sin City 2, because it may actually get made at another studio.

The more I think about Sin City 2, combined with the release of Sin City on Blu-Ray this week, the more excited I get to see a sequel. I’ve just got a feeling that Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez could up the ante so much some five years after the first one. There’s so much that they can bring to the table this time around and I really hope it comes together much sooner than later! Hopefully someone smart picks up the rights.

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Sony Wants Spider-Man 4 in 3-D? Say it Ain’t So!

Posted: 22 Apr 2009 02:59 PM PDT

Spider-Man

“Could be” is all that Sony’s head Amy Pascal said in response when asked about if we’ll see Spider-Man 4 in 3-D. So how did we get to this point? Forbes.com has posted a very interesting interview with Pascal and fellow studio head Michael Lynton. They discuss most of the business side of Sony Pictures, but near the end they get into the 3-D realm, starting with a question about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Sony’s upcoming fall animated release. From there, they continue into a question about live-action 3-D. Her answer to that question is not only very intriguing, but it leads directly into the Spider-Man 4 question.

First up, Pascal was asked what she thought about using 3-D in live action movies, and this is her answer.

“I think James Cameron’s new movie [Avatar] could change the world. I think everyone is in anticipation thinking it’s going to be like Star Wars. It’s going to change the way you consume entertainment. I don’t know that it will ever be the way you see dramas, but I can’t say anymore that it won’t be.”

I hate to get all antsy, but if the head of another competing studio is already saying (eight months out) that Avatar could “change the world,” I think that’s a good sign that if it does live up to everyone’s expectations, it’s worthy of being called revolutionary right away. But that’s a story for another day. Forbes followed up with the question about Spider-Man 4 and Pascal’s response was only “could be.” Then Lynton chimed in and added: “People are paying a premium to see movies in 3-D and that’s a very big deal. It’s never been done before that someone says you have to pay more to see Spider-Man than a romantic comedy.”

It’s too early to officially say that Spider-Man 4 is going to be in 3-D, especially when they’re still working on casting anyway, but this is a good sign that Sony at least wants to pursue it. I also don’t believe it’s hasty of me to say that all of the major studios are anxiously awaiting Avatar’s release, for many reasons, but most importantly to see how well a live-action 3-D movie plays on a large scale. If it is does incredibly well, then it’ll be the first sign that live-action 3-D will actually be the future of filmmaking. So although we’ll probably hear rumors about 3-D like this for a while, nothing will be confirmed until December 18th.

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First Look: Mel Gibson is Acting Again in Edge of Darkness!

Posted: 22 Apr 2009 02:50 PM PDT

First Look: Mel Gibson is Acting Again in Edge of Darkness!

Damn, those guys at Empire are on a roll this week! Their latest first look photo debut is of Mel Gibson in Martin Campbell’s thriller Edge of Darkness. Gibson hasn’t been seen in front of the camera since The Singing Detective in 2003 and Signs in 2002 before that (and no, The Colonel doesn’t count). He’s back acting again, this time as a homicide cop who witnesses the death of his activist daughter right in front of his own eyes. He then sets out to catch the killers, uncovering a larger conspiracy in the process. Knowing how the story plays out (see below), our guess is that this photo is from an early scene of the film.

“He’s a seasoned old detective,” Gibson says about his character Thomas Craven. “A bit hangdog. And he’s in a state of shock for most of the film, because he’s had tremendous trauma right at the beginning of it.”

Mel Gibson in Edge of Darkness

With the talent involved behind the camera on this one, it seems like Edge of Darkness might even be a big Oscar contender. This is the very first photo so it’s hard to tell, but I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more!

As a detective investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.

Edge of Darkness is directed by Martin Campbell, of GoldenEye, The Mask of Zorro, Vertical Limit, Casino Royale, and the upcoming Green Lantern movie. The screenplay was co-written by Oscar winner William Monahan (Kingdom of Heaven, The Departed, Body of Lies) and Andrew Bovell (The Book of Revelation, Blessed). The film was shot in and around Boston through early 2008. Warner Brothers will be bringing Edge of Darkness to theaters sometime in late 2009, although an official release date hasn’t been set yet.

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Magneto Spin-Off Movie Dependent on Wolverine’s Success

Posted: 22 Apr 2009 01:13 PM PDT

Magneto

With X-Men Origins: Wolverine hitting theaters in a few weeks, I’m always seeing that “X-Men Origins” prefix and thinking about more X-Men movies. And one of them that always comes to mind is X-Men Origins: Magneto, the spin-off about Eric Lensherr that was once receiving as much attention as Wolverine, before that went into production. So what’s the latest on that project? SciFi Wire talked with producer Lauren Shuler Donner recently and got a somewhat hazy update. “I don’t know,” she admitted at first. “We will do that. We all want to. Magneto is a fantastic script, and hopefully we’ll make it.”

She continues, “Honestly, we have all been just so focused on getting Wolverine out that we didn’t take the time to sit down and explore ‘What are the movies we’re going to do next within the genre?'” Although, we have heard about X-Men: First Class as well. Of course, it goes without saying that Wolverine’s box office will affect what happens with Magneto, but it had to be asked anyway. “I think this is partly to do with it, yes. And then we have First Class, which is based on the X-Men comics’ first class and is very literal to the title. It’s the first class in Xavier’s school. But that’s just being written. I haven’t even seen a first draft.”

So if you want to one day see X-Men Origins: Magneto, or even X-Men: First Class, then go see X-Men Origins: Wolverine in theaters starting on May 1st. I’m sure it’ll do well and we don’t have anything to worry about. Plus, I’m guessing the reaction to Wolverine (which is leaning towards the negative side at the moment) might have more an affect on their decisions regarding Magneto than its box office total.

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Check This Out: Our First Look at Hit Girl in Kick-Ass!

Posted: 22 Apr 2009 12:42 PM PDT

Our First Look at Hit Girl in Kick-Ass

Everything has been rather quiet on the Kick-Ass front recently. Our very last update on Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation was from January, and we haven’t seen anything since then. However, Empire has dropped by again with a new photo from Kick-Ass of the second biggest character in the film (pun intended), named Hit Girl. For those unfamiliar with the badass comics, Hit Girl aka Mindy, is an 11 year old ultimate assassin who spends time slicing people up with samurai swords alongside of her pops, Big Daddy. “Think Jodie Foster, Natalie Portman and Uma Thurman rolled into one… She kills, I think, 20 people in a minute.”

For more information on the movie, head over to one our other first look articles. This has been a project we’ve been following closely for a while, even though it was developed independently by Matthew Vaughn.

Hit Girl in Kick-Ass

Hit Girl is played by Chloe Moretz, and Big Daddy is played by Nic Cage. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more about this soon, because I’m getting anxious for a trailer or a release date or something else official! Its been a while and I’m wondering if we’ll even see this in theaters this year or if we’ll have to wait until 2010.

Kick-Ass is both written and directed by British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, of Layer Cake and Stardust previously. The screenplay was co-written by Vaughn and his writing partner Jane Goldman, of Stardust as well. The story is an adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic of the same name that is currently in the middle of its first series. Kick-Ass was funded entirely by Matthew Vaughn on his own and doesn’t yet have a distributor. However, I think we can expect Kick-Ass to show up in theaters sometime in late 2009.

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