’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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The Avengers Sequel Has Its Quicksilver

Well, that took long enough! After months of wrangling, Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has finally been signed to play Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The move reunites him with Elizabeth Olsen — his co-star in the forthcoming Godzilla reboot — who will play his sister, the Scarlet Witch.

The only remaining mystery about the superfast mutant Quicksilver is what he will look like. Johnson told Total Film:

“That’s what we’re in talks about, really, right now — how I could become that character and not feel forced. I might not look right with white hair, and the accent may be wrong… It just doesn’t work like that.”

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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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.

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.

Red-Band Trailer for Kick-Ass 2… Kicks Ass!

Leave it to Kick-Ass 2 to make an impression and leave a mark — its first trailer is a red-band clip full of foul language and ultraviolence. What’s not to love?

Check out the brutal beat-downs and NSFW foulest of language here:

It seems pretty clear from this clip that new director Jeff Wadlow is not taking the franchise in a wildly different direction after taking over for Matthew Vaughn, and the surviving original cast are all back, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass, Chloë  Grace Moretz as Hit Girl, Lyndsy Fonseca as Katie and Chistopher Mintz-Plasse as the Red Mist Motherf—er.  Jim Carrey leads the new cast, playing Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Kick-Ass 2 opens Aug. 16.