’50 Shades of Grey’ Film Is Tied to Comic Books

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Premiere - AUDI At The 65th Berlinale International Film FestivalStrangely enough, the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, — which is definitely not for children  despite the juvenile writing of its source material — has a connection to the comic book world: Director Sam Taylor-Johnson is married to actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, best-known for playing the title role in the two Kick-Ass movies and soon to become quite a bit more famous for portraying Quicksilver in this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Sam is well-respected photographer in the world of fine arts, where she has been nominated for such prestigious awards as Britain’s Turner Prize. Back when she was an artist known as Sam Taylor-Wood, she recreated the Last Supper with Jesus reimagined as a topless woman. And her “Crying Men” portraits of Robin Williams, Sean PennPaul Newman, Laurence Fishburne and Dustin Hoffman depicted the Hollywood stars… well, crying.
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Kick-Ass Way to Mark Opening of Kick-Ass 2

docpainlesJust in case you’ve forgotten  — or, worse (gasp) — didn’t know, Kick-Ass 2 hits theaters today, and the clever the Kick-Ass 2 Avatar Creator lets you generate an avatar that would fit right in with the world of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl.

I whipped up a little character I dubbed “Doctor Painless” to join the fight with Justice Forever and kick evil’s ass. Jump over to the Kick-Ass 2 Avatar Creator and suit up.

I wonder if these creations would be acceptable at screenings of the movie? Probably yes — but without the weapons.
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Hit-Girl Chloe Moretz Hits Back at Jim Carrey

hitgirlsays2You probably recall that Jim Carrey — he of Dumb and Dumber fame — has announced he would not promote Kick-Ass 2, which opens Aug. 16, because the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre made him fear the film is too violent.

Well, Hit-Girl herself, 16-year-old action star Chloë Grace Moretz has a message for co-star Carrey — and anyone else stupid enough to think kids (or anyone) can be mind-controlled by movies (violent or otherwise):

“It’s a movie. If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn’t go to see Pocahontas because you are going to think you are a Disney princess. If you are that easily swayed, you might see The Silence of the Lambs and think you are a serial killer. It’s a movie and it’s fake, and I’ve known that since I was a kid…. I don’t want to run around trying to kill people and cuss. If anything, these movies teach you what not to do.”

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Kick-Ass 2 Trailer Sanitized for Your Protection

Another TV commercial for the movie Kick-Ass 2 has been released, and in it Universal included two scenes previously glimpsed in a red-band trailer, but with Hit-Girl’s (Chloë Grace Moretz) lines dubbed with less-crude language.

Those of you familiar with previous Kick-Ass 2 trailers will notice that the scenes in question are Mindy kicking Dave’s (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) ass in the gym, and Mindy interacting with the mean girls. In the first case, the line “Take your skirt off, Dave,” has been recorded over what she really says, and in the other, her dialogue is simply cut off.

Although in today’s hypersensitive political climate I can easily imagine the “clean” “Take your skirt off” line being more “offensive” to some groups than Mindy’s original diss. After all, doesn’t that imply that weak people wear skirts? Of course, such offended people will have forgotten that the line is spoken by a 15-year-old girl who is deliberately trying to insult a high school boy. But let’s hope everything is taken in the spirit intended: good, clean fun!

Kick-Ass 2 opens less than a month from now, on Aug. 16.

Extended Red-Band Trailer for Kick-Ass 2

Fresh from Comic-Con in San Diego, it’s a new trailer for Kick-Ass 2 — specifically another red-band video, one that is almost twice as long as the previous two clips. And you know what a red trailer means: foul language and violence. In this, 4:35 of mature goodness. Make sure you’re old enough to view this very NSFW material!

Look for Kick-Ass 2 on Aug. 16.

Jim Carrey ‘Cannot Support’ the Violence of ‘Kick-Ass 2’

carreyThis past weekend, Jim Carrey announced that he cannot “support” Kick-Ass 2, the comic book movie in which he plays a major role as Col. Stars and Stripes, because of the level of violence in the flick. (See the NSFW R-rated red-band trailer here.)

This change of heart came about following the Sandy Hook massacre, according to Carrey, who Tweeted:

I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.

I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.

Now, Carrey is totally within his rights to change his mind about how he feels about a job, and his position as a Hollywood gun-control advocate is fairly well-known.

However, I hope he realizes that Kick-Ass 2 is a work of fiction that has nothing whatsoever to do with the real world. I also wonder if he’s putting his money where his newfound enlightenment is and donating his entire salary from the project he “cannot support” to a Sandy Hook victims fund or anti-gun violence group?

I would respect that a heckuva lot more than his refusal to promote the film.

Second ‘Kick-Ass 2’ Poster

kickas2This Kick-Ass 2 poster opens up the story canvas a little bit by teasing Jim Carrey’s Col. Stars and Stripes and Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Motherf—er in addition to Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the title character.

I like it.

Check out the latest trailer here.

Kick-Ass 2 will be released Aug. 14.

Second ‘Kick-Ass 2’ Trailer Ups the Action

There’s a lot of new footage in this latest trailer for Kick-Ass 2 — starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson — and it looks like a lot of fun!

It would appear the movie earned its hard R rating, as the content advisory lists “strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity.” See the NSFW red-band trailer here.

Kick-Ass 2 opens Aug. 16.

Kick-Ass 3 Will Occupy Us Until Kick-Ass 2

kickass3I am really looking forward to the release of the Kick-Ass 2 movie on Aug. 16, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz, but until then the story of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl continues on the comic page with today’s release of Kick-Ass 3 from co-creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

There will be six interlocking covers on the first issue that combine to form a team image of Justice Forever with a message spelled out along the bottom of each issue.
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Poster, New Images From Kick-Ass 2

What we have here is the first poster from Kick-Ass 2, along with a bunch of images from the film, this summer’s follow-up to 2010’s surprise hit comic book adaptation.

The producers got all the original cast back — including Chloe Grace Moretz, who is on the verge of blowing up any day now, as more and more people realize what an amazing little acting fireball she is. If she isn’t under contract for another sequel, good luck getting her back!

I don’t know about you, but I loved Matthew Vaughn‘s adaptation of Mark Millar‘s gritty comic book, and I’m really looking forward to the return of these characters.

Kick-Ass 2 opens Aug. 16.