Sure, this weekend's premiere of "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" features the return of Connor and Murphy McManus, Il Duce and the rest of Boston's favorite movie vigilantes, but when I asked around for some questions to ask the film's director and stars when they dropped by Movies Blog HQ, there was one element from the first film everyone was asking about for the sequel: the rope.
Fans of the original film will no doubt recall the brothers' oft-quoted, obscenity-laden debate regarding the merits of bringing rope to their showdown with a mob boss—and according to director Troy Duffy and stars Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and Billy Connolly, the rope is indeed back by popular demand. Read More...
It's been 10—count 'em, 10!—years since brothers Connor and Murphy McManus kicked off their quest to rid Boston of evildoers in director Troy Duffy's "The Boondock Saints," and now the city's vigilante duo are strapping on their guns (and rope) for the sequel to the cult-classic film.
"Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day" hits theaters October 30, reuniting actors Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as the McManus brothers, along with Billy Connolly, who reprises his role as their long-lost father (the mysterious and lethal "Il Duce"). Even with a decade between them and their debut as the McManus siblings, Flanery and Reedus told MTV News it was easy to slip back into character—as easy as putting on a pea coat and slinging some rope over their shoulders, in fact.
"You put on the pea coats and all that and it's sort of deja vu," said Reedus. "doing this film, the second one, is like coming back home in a way." Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Last month, we told you about the upcoming comic book based on the life and career of "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling. Now we have the first, exclusive peek at the issue.
Published by Bluewater Productions, the unauthorized biography is part of their "Female Force" line of comics, and promises to chronicle the "rags to riches story of a woman receiving government financial assistance through her ascendancy in becoming one of the world’s most recognizable writers."
Bluewater has provided Splash Page readers with an exclusive preview of "Female Force: J.K. rowling," which hits shelves in December in a standard, 23-page comic and a "double-sized collector’s edition." The comic is written by Adam Gragg with interior art by Matthew Filer (“Masque of the Dragons”) and cover art by Joshua Labello.
Continue reading PREVIEW: 'Female Force: J.K. Rowling' Offers Comic Book Biography Of 'Harry Potter' Author
FROM SPLASH PAGE: As longtime readers know, we've been closely following the ups and downs of a potential adaptation of Brian Bendis' graphic novel "Torso" for quite a while now. The crime drama follows a post-Untouchables Eliot Ness as he investigates the one of the nation's first serial killers, and at one point in the project's move to the big screen, David Fincher was attached to direct with Matt Damon, Casey Affleck and Rachel McAdams tagged for lead roles.
While the project initially attracted significant buzz, Paramount let its rights to the adaptation expire back in January, leaving many people—including Bendis himself—uncertain if it had a future in Hollywood. However, just like any good comic book character, the project isn't staying dead for very long, and Bendis revealed during a recent visit to Splash Page HQ that the "Torso" movie has found momentum once again.
"A week ago I had final, but this weekend, not so much with the final," said Bendis when I asked if he had a "final word" on the project's status.
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Brian Bendis Says 'Torso' Movie Is 'Not Dead Yet'
FROM SPLASH PAGE: We might know who the villains are in "Spider-Man 4" or whether Sam Raimi will be back for "Spider-Man 5" and "Spider-Man 6," but when it comes to the connection between the "Spider-Man" franchise and a potential "Venom" movie, well...
Okay, Raimi couldn't give us much on that question, either.
But we did ask the celebrated director about how the two universes will connect, if at all, when Spider-Man's black-clad nemesis swings off into his own solo movie.
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Sam Raimi Addresses 'Spider-Man 4' And 'Venom' Movie Connections
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Comic books based on Stephen King's novels have almost become a genre of their own lately, with adaptations and spin-offs of both "The Stand" and his "Dark Tower" series finding new life in the world of graphic novels.
This November, King's 1984 novel "The Talisman" (co-written with Peter Straub) goes the same route with a new graphic novel adaptation published by Del Rey Comics.
The story follows a teenager tasked with retrieving a magical talisman in order to save his dying mother. He must cross back and forth between our world and its alternate—and more dangerous—"twinner" counterpart.
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: First Look At Stephen King's 'The Talisman' Graphic Novel!
FROM SPLASH PAGE: When we spoke to Stan Lee during this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego, the conversation naturally turned to his cameos in the Marvel movies. One of the industry's living legends, Lee has proudly appeared in just about every movie featuring Marvel characters that's hit the screen.
While Lee wasn't certain he could talk about the cameo at the time, the news appears to have hit the 'Net this weekend—so we're thrilled to finally be able to show this portion of our interview with Stan "The Man" Lee. Excelsior!
"For some reason, they wanted me to wear suspenders and heavy glasses, and they treated me as though I was Larry King," Lee told MTV News of the character he'll play in "Iron Man 2." "So I finally, for the first time in my life, felt like I was a celebrity."
Continue reading Stan Lee On His 'Iron Man 2' Cameo!
'Tis the season for scary movies, so it's fitting that Thomas Jane's stylish, noir-fueled horror film "Dark Country" arrives on shelves this week. In his directorial debut, the "Punisher" actor not only makes his first bow behind the camera, but he also stars alongside Lauren German ("Hostel: Part II") and Ron Perlman ("Hellboy")—two actors not entirely unfamiliar with fright-friendly cinema.
Combining surreal, David Lynch-style visuals with a pulpy horror tale that would seem at home in old issues of "Tales From The Crypt" or "Creepy," Jane says comic books weren't far from his mind when he stepped behind the camera.
"I’ve been reading comic books since I was eight years old, and in comics, anything’s possible," Jane told MTV News. "They come up with angles that you could never shoot in life, and they really have to work hard to make that two-dimensional space feel three-dimensional, so it’s a fantastic resource for coming up with ideas for shots." Read More...
Accomplished screenwriter, director, actor and yes, author Kevin Smith already has one New York Times best-selling book behind him with 2007's "My Boring-Ass Life," and now he could have another with "Shootin' The Sh*t With Kevin Smith: The Best Of SModcast." On shelves now, "Shootin' The Sh*t" is a compilation of transcripts from Smith's wildly popular weekly podcast series alongside his friend and frequent collaborator, film producer Scott Mosier.
Filled with candid and frequently raunchy conversations about life, society, filmmaking and just about anything else that comes to mind for the pair (who are occasionally joined by Smith's wife and various members of his social professional circle), "Shootin' The Sh*t" collects more than 50 transcripts from the pair's SModcast sessions. However, as Smith told MTV News during a recent visit, there are some topics he's learned to avoid—especially when his wife's around.
"There was one time we were recording a SModcast. It was her and I," Smith said. "I talk about sex all the time anyway, but I'm going to talk about it with her because it's the one chick where I can be like, 'When we f--k..." So it can be a real personal kind of thing." Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Last month, we told you about the upcoming biography comic book about "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer. Timed to hit shelves in November (right alongside the next film in the franchise, "New Moon"), "Female Force: Stephenie Meyer" arrives in two formats: a standard comic and a limited-run, 32-page version featuring an illustrated history of Forks (the town where "Twilight" takes place) and an alternate, Stephenie Meyer cover that we debuted exclusively on Splash Page.
Now, courtesy of the crew at Bluewater Productions, we have an exclusive, five-page preview of "Female Force: Stephenie Meyer"—as well as a two-page preview of the "History of Forks" story found in the special, extended edition of the comic.
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: 'Female Force: Stephenie Meyer' Preview Offers First Look At 'Twilight' Author's Bio Comic!