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Kick-Ass to Kick Off Opening Night of SxSW 2010

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 6, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 6, 2010 |

Those of you attending this year's South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin this March (we'll be covering it, if you're not) have this to look forward to: Matthew Vaughn's (Layer Cake, Stardust) Kick-Ass will open up the schedule. If you're unfamiliar with the movie, then clearly you don't spend a lot of time surfing movie websites. It's something of the fanboy movie of the spring -- it's based on the comic from Mark Millar and John S. Romita, Jr, -- and in this case, you'll be proud to be a fanboy. I've already started not taking showers in anticipation. If you need a little appetite-whetting, here's the trailer again:

Yeah. You can go ahead and purchase your festival passes now over on the SxSW website.

Average guy super-hero movies not your thing? No worries. How about this year's Anvil! The Story of Anvil in the form of Lemmy, a documentary about Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmist (I hope it has subtitles, cause I don't understand a fucking word that man says). Or a sequel to Women in Bras Trouble, the Sebastian Gutierrez flick Elektra Luxx. Not your thing? Then how about the directorial effort of daytime soap opera star, James Franco, called Saturday Night, which is a documentary on what it takes to create an episode of the legendary comedy show, "Saturday Night Live" (that's actually fairly fascinating -- there was a "60 Minutes" segment on that very thing a few years back)?

More SxSW film announcements to come as they are released.


Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), and forges a friendship with another fledgling superhero, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But thanks to the scheming of a local mob boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong), that new alliance will be put to the test.

Opening in theaters nationwide on April 16, 2010, the film also stars Clark Duke, Evan Peters, Lyndsy Fonseca, Michael Rispoli, Garrett M. Brown, Xander Berkley and Omari Hardwick. The producers are Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, David Reid, and Tarquin Pack. The executive producers are Pierre Lagrange, Stephen Marks, Mark Millar, John S. Romita, Jr. and Jeremy Kleiner. Jane Goodman serves as co-producer.

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