Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed to come out of nowhere, ruffling feathers as it took an anarchic, often transgressive approach to the super-spy genre and made a star of Taron Egerton. Now Matthew Vaughn is back with a sequel, and it's rather clear that he has a franchise in mind. The new movie is still wildly energetic and eye-catching, but it also has a more predictable plot that takes fewer risks.
We catch up with Eggsy (Egerton) as he's a respectable member of the Kingsman juggling his private life with his serious girlfriend Princess Tilde (Hanna Alstrom). But megalomaniacal drug lord Poppy (Julianne Moore) and her part-cyborg henchman Charlie (Edward Holcroft) launch a vicious attack on Kingsman bases, leaving Eggsy and his colleague Merlin (Mark Strong) on their own. For help, they turn to their American counterpart Statesman, run by Champ (Jeff Bridges). His agents Tequila, Whiskey and Ginger (Channing Tatum, Pablo Pascal and Halle Berry) offer help getting Kingsman back on its feet. And they also reveal that they've rescued fallen agent Harry (Colin Firth), who is recovering from a brain injury. Meanwhile, Poppy launches a global assault.
To tell this rather simple story, Vaughn indulges in all kinds of flashy visual trickery. The action sequences are choreographed like wacky cartoons, as the camera swoops through the complicated mayhem with acrobatic skill. And the characters are vividly played by the top-notch cast with maximum personality flourishes. Egerton is terrific at the centre, as adept at physicality and comedy as he is at finding a touch of emotion here and there. His scenes with Firth are especially strong. And Moore makes the most of her goofy kingpin, who is trying to recreate 1950s Americana in the jungle, plus added madcap 1970s flair with a riotous Elton John, who gets stuck right into the mayhem.
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For those who knew him, Gary Unwin (better known as Eggsy to his friends), was never a likely candidate for a spy. After stealing a car and being a bit of a hooligan (who's always up for a laugh) eventually Eggsy landed himself in trouble with the police. What the outside world didn't know about Eggsy was his father was an incredibly brave probationary secret agent and Eggsy displays many of his father's strengths. Kingsman Harry Hart sees Eggsy's potential and trains him up as a Kingsman spy. Only Eggsy and one other trainee, Roxy, succeed in proving that they have what it takes to become a Kingsman. Together, with the help of Harry and their quartermaster, Merlin, they defeat psychopathic billionaire Richmond Valentine. Their mission is a success but in the process Harry is shot in the head.
Though Eggsy loses his mentor, life continues for the young spy and he becomes the Kingsman that Hart always knew him to be. As worldwide threats become known, the Kingsman are once again placed as the brink of extermination. Their headquarters and training grounds are blown up and Eggsy and Merlin must once again find a way to save the world.
Their hunt takes them to America and it's revealed that The Kingsman aren't the only highly secret organisation looking to protect the world; the two Brit's are introduced to Champagne, Jack Daniels and Tequila - three agents working for the Statesman, the US equivalent to Kingsman. With the help of their new American counterparts, Eggsy, Merlin and some other familiar faces might just stand a chance of saving the world all over again.
Matt Damon stars in the Chinese fantasy epic 'The Great Wall', as a young orphan from the west who is raised to fight in the army, protecting the world from the beasts that live on the oppoiste side of the Great Wall of China. He talks about how he's always wanted to work with director Zhang Yimou, the incredible scale of the movie, the logistics of having an international cast, the mythical story behind 'The Great Wall' and the folklore that informs it (including that of the great taotie), and of course his relationship with Pedro Pascal and their onscreen antics.
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William Garin and Pero Tovar journey it far and distant lands in a bid to find weapons to help them prevail in fierce battles. Their travels take them to China where they approach the heads of one of their most feared armies. William tells the men that they wish to trade but their request falls on deaf ears and the two foreigners are locked up in a cell.
When Garin learns that the soldiers stationed at The Great Wall of China are protecting their land from something much worse than any human army, he decides that he must earn the soldiers trust and join to fight with their cause.
The Great Wall is acting as a barrier between human civilisation and a continually growing number of wild monsters that crawl the land like humongous dragon lizards. Their main aim is to procreate and feed on any other living being that they come across. The army who protect humanity have spent their entire life training in a bid to defeat the monsters but as the four legged creatures grow stronger their mission becomes harder and harder. The fighters and their warriors must use all their force to try overcome the onslaught once and for all.
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Harry Hart met his end in 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'…or did he?
Colin Firth’s return for Kingsman sequel The Golden Circle appears to be official, just months after a poster was released teasing that his character might not be dead after all. Firth played agent Harry Hart in the first movie, but the character was killed off before the end, leaving his protege Eggsy (played by Taron Egerton) to take his place as the newest Kingsman.
Sarah Paulson , Pedro Pascal - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
Pedro Pascal , Robin Tunney - Games of Thrones star, Pedro Pascal and Robin Tunney have breakfast at Kings Road Cafe in Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 16th September 2015
The 'Game Of Thrones' star announces she has another child on the way.
Lena Headey has another child on the way, as her first born prepares to turn five. However, we're yet to find out when exactly she's expecting, or even who the father of this unborn bundle of joy is. Let the media speculation commence.
Lena Headey is pregnant again
The 'Game Of Thrones' star has taken the decision to confirm her happy news to the public, in a bid to plead that she be allowed some privacy during this time. Strangely, she hasn't disclosed who the father of the child is, so we're yet to work out whether it was an unplanned occurrence or that she has some serious secret romance going on in her personal life.
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Sunday, HBO, 9pm ET. It's the battle of the century - or at least of the current TV season.
There was no Game of Thrones episode last week, which means that hardcore fans are getting some severe Thrones withdrawal symptoms right around this point. These may include, but are not limited to: twitching, obsessive humming of the theme tune, increased stress levels, ending any and all arguments by yelling: “YOU KNOW NOTHING, JON SNOW,” whispering “winter is coming” in your sleep, increased appetite due to lack of gore, sunlight allergies and ordering everyone to refer to you as “khaleesi”.
There's no question who we want to win.
If you’re displaying any of these symptoms, don’t panic, get plenty of rest and use the free week for some speculation on the upcoming episode.
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Basically, Monday should officially be part of the weekend now, because we all need a day to recover from that.
In not entirely unexpected news today, it turns out that despite pirating and the crash of HBO Go, the Game of Thrones season premiere still aired to record ratings. According to TV Guide, the premiere drew in 6.6 million viewers on Sunday night, making it HBO's most-watched program since The Sopranos' series finale in 2007, which drew 11.9 million. This is up from all previous records set by Thrones, including the season 3 premiere, which recorded 4.4 million viewers and the previous champion episode – the sixth episode of season 3, which was watched by 5.5 million people.
Jon Snow is 100% done caring about the game.
Now it’s time for the recap. Do we even need to say it at this point? SPOILERS AHEAD. Seriously, so many spoilers. If you have not seen Two Swords and do not wish to get spoiled, turn back now. Ok, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about character development.
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Meet the cast members joining Game of Thrones Season 4, we have a feeling that with this lot on board it will be the most explosive season yet!
The plot thickens in Game of Thrones Season 4, and with it comes a whole new set of characters. As well as catching up with the cast we know and love, Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 1 introduced us to a few new cast members, and we can tell they’re gonna be good.
Ed Skrein has ditched GoT to appear in the new Transporter movie
The man mountain that is Ed Skrein has left GoT to pursue a career in the footsteps of Jason Statham. Replacing him as Daario Naharis, guard of Daenerys Targaryen and general badass, is Michiel Huisman. Huisman is a Dutch actor, who previously starred as Sonny on HBO’s Treme and as Liam McGuinnis on ABC’s Nashville. We were a little surprised to see the recast as we’d thought that Skrein and Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys had some great chemistry. When Huisman cheekily presented Daenerys with an array of flowers in last night’s episodes, our doubts were removed. We can’t wait to see some more interaction between these two.
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A sudden announcement brings 15 brand new 'Game of Thrones' pictures.
The first photos from the new season of fantasy drama Game of Thrones have been released by HBO to accompany the earlier released season four trailer. You can check out them all on Sky Atlantic's site here. Set to return in April, Game of Thrones has cranked its fans' excitement to maximum level with the teasing new material.
Continue reading: Fifteen 'Game Of Thrones' Season Four Photos Released By HBO [Video]
Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed to come out of nowhere, ruffling feathers...
For those who knew him, Gary Unwin (better known as Eggsy to his friends), was...