KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL
Mark Millar is known to add some hyperbole to his hype. Christopher Mintz-Plasse weighed in on the mention of the sequel going into production in 2011. Posting to his Twitter page, he wrote, “Don’t believe what you are hearing about Kick-Ass 2 guys. It is not confirmed, but I will love to do it when the time is right!”
Release date: 2012?
Comic Book Movie has another photo scoop with a photo of YF-32 experimental aircraft out in the open:
CBM previously had a photo of the plane in a protective hanger.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
IRON MAN 2
With one day until the release of the film, this may be the last of the press round up. Let’s get started with some talk of “Iron Man 3” by way of Gwyneth Paltrow and MTV News:
The Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan calls the film “acceptable, nothing more, nothing less.” He points to the performances as the highlight, point out Mickey Rourke “looks as if he’s having the time of his life.” Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter notes the film’s big potential at the box office. While I tend to avoid talking about the numbers here at the Reel, it is what keeps the gears greased, so to say. “Turbo-charged tracking data has jaws flapping over an opening north of the record $158.4 million bow by Warner Bros.’ ‘The Dark Knight’ in July 2008,” writes THR. Curiously, they have an unnamed Paramount exec quoted about the film’s wavering quality. “They might not like it as much as the first one, but they’ll like it,” says the unnamed exec. Finally, MTV News has more video with director John Favreau in which he’s asked to choose between the two “Iron Man” films:
Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
Collider has a new gallery of stills from the film, which means more Gemma Arterton:
Speaking of Arterton, here at CBR, we have a featurette focusing on her character, Princess Tamina:
Meanwhile, Ain’t It Cool News has an early review of the film. “How does Jake stand up to an action-adventure hero role? Pretty damn well actually. He’s got the physical presence, the charm, the energy required for something like this. You know that kind of broad comedy that’s wedged into every single mainstream blockbuster? He nails it. His interplay with Arterton’s Tamina works well, at least on his side. Jake’s going to come out of this smelling like roses and getting a fair few new job opportunities coming his way,” writes their reviewer.
Release date: May 28th, 2010
AICN also has an early review of “Jonah Hex.” While bullet pointing some of the highlight of the film, their reviewer writes, “All in all it looks and feels very Wild, Wild, West without going too far over the top with the comedic elements – it tries to be more believable. Jonah Hex is very much the look and style of a good western but seems to lack the depth and character driven action sequences to hold up to say ‘The Quick and The Dead’ (1995).”
Release date: June 8th, 2010
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Director Joe Johnston tells Earth’s Mightiest‘s Ed Gross that each film in the ‘Avengers’ cycle must stand on its own. “I think you want just enough connective tissue to hold the universe together, while not affecting the unique nature of each film. There are entertaining ways to link a film to others in the Marvel Universe, ways that don’t detract from the story you’re telling,” says the director. “I think fans recognize the moments and get the joke while it might go over a layman’s head, which is okay as long as it isn’t distracting or confusing. We’re telling the origin story of CAP, which makes the connections a little more difficult – but there are plenty for the viewer who speaks good MARVEL.”
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello posted a couple of images from the season finale and says he offers a hint to their meaning in the pages of this weeks issue. He also says of this Friday’s episode: “[Lois and Clark] kind of hit a major rough patch – an inevitable consequence of ‘the boiler pressure that both of them are under,’ says exec producer Kelly Souders. ‘Lois is struggling – unbeknownst to her – between Clark and The Blur. And [we]… see what the lie that Clark’s had to protect has done to Lois.'” Meanwhile, Kryptonsite has the first part of a three-part interview with Annette O’Toole and Micheal McKean on their return to the show. O’Toole explained what brought her back to the show for this episode. “Kelly and Brian were really forceful in their wanting me to come back. It was nice to be wanted so much. They had a really, really good story when I saw it, and they were going to hit a lot of things that were left hanging, that would bring Martha more into the picture of Clark’s world, and they threw in the extra added bonus of having Michael there too. So there were a lot of different things. The timing was right. Everything worked out exactly right, so it was like ‘why not?'” she said.
RED AND BLACK ALL OVER
A couple of readers emailed to let me know I accidentally referred to the Red Skull as the Black Skull in yesterday’s Reel. I had the chance to fix it, but coupled with my Black Widow/Black Cat error from last week, I’m convinced I have a problem discerning red from black in the Marvel Universe. This wouldn’t be a problem except for the prevalence of those colors in that world. So if I make a reference to “Red Panther,” or “Omega Black,” just dismiss it as a peculiar and highly specific form of dyslexia. 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 the Obsidian Dynamo.