First, the good news -- Universal is in talks with writer/director Matthew Vaughn to make and distribute "Kick-Ass 2" according to The Hollywood Reporter. I totally dug the original film based on the Mark Millar-John Romita Jr. mini-series directed by Vaughn and starring Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Nicolas Cage, and the ever so memorable, Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl. The first film was produced and distributed by Lionsgate and now, Universal wants some of that "Kick-Ass" mojo!
Now, here's the bad news -- Vaughn is only producing the sequel. Awwww...
The director has a great eye for drama and action (witness his last film, "X-Men: First Class," heck I even enjoyed "Stardust," and of course, "Layer Cake") so it saddens me to report that Vaughn is giving the directing reins to Jeff Wadlow, the guy who gave us "Never Back Down." I know, right?
But Vaughn wrote the script, at least, and it's a hodge podge of the current comic mini-series and its spin-off "Hit Girl." According to THR, the Hit Girl" storyline will be the first act of the movie.
So that's the better news -- more Hit Girl! Yay!
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We all know this one's coming, but Disney CEO Bob Iger has made it official -- "The Avengers 2" is flying to theaters near you very soon!
"The Avengers," written and directed by Joss Whedon, has crossed the $700 million mark in less than two weeks! There's a strong appetite for the film (heck there's a strong appetite for any superhero movie it seems, oh, sorry "Ghost Rider" you're not super-heroey enough!) so it's really a no-brainer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Iger said "Iron Man 3" and "Thor 2" are scheduled for 2013 and "Captain America 2" will be ready for 2014. But, there's no timeline set for "The Avengers 2."
Oh, and if you want more "Avengers," wait for it to appear at your nearest Disney theme park!
But the big question for "The Avengers 2" is this -- will Whedon return to write and direct? Because after all, he's the real hero behind this movie!
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Warner Bros. is distributing the film starring Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Taylor Schilling, and Scoot McNairy. I can't wait!
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This is sad. Maurice Sendak, the children's book author and illustrator, who illuminated the dark path of growing up with books like "Where the Wild Things Are" has passed away. He was 83.
Sendak died at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut. To read more on the life and times of Maurice Sendak, click here.
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Marvel's "The Avengers" was quite smashing!
We all knew that the movie would do marvelous business, but we didn't expect it to be this huge! The fantastic film from writer-director Joss Whedon assembled a record-breaking $200.3 million debut. (Watch "The Avengers" movie review)
The film, starring Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), broke the previous record of $169.2 million set by the "Harry Potter" finale.
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But wait, there's more! "The Avengers" has sold $151.5 million worth of tickets overseas bringing its total to $441.5 million internationally and its worldwide total to $641.8 million. Smashing indeed!
For now, here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for Weekend of May 4th:
1. The Avengers $200.3
2. Think Like a Man $8
3. The Hunger Games $5.7
4. The Lucky One $5.5
5. The Pirates! Band of Misfits $5.4
6. Five-Year Engagement $5.1
7. The Raven $2.5
8. Safe $2.47
9. Chimpanzee $2.4
10. The Three Stooges $1.8
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