Captain America and Thor are getting most of the glory these days, but don't think the strapping young superheroes are the only ones dominating the comic book movie space. There are some other retired and extremely dangerous folks out there doing their part to keep the genre fresh and exciting.

"Red 2" is already well on its way towards the masses, promising an epic showdown between Bruce Willis and John Malkovich's former operatives and a new nemesis played by Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins. But the sequel isn't the only place you might be seeing "Red" in the future. If Lionsgate has its way, you'll get these salty old warriors on the small screen as well.



Anthony Hopkins

If you're looking for an older actor known for playing diabolical characters, there isn't much better than Sir Anthony Hopkins.

That's probably what the makers of "Red 2" were thinking when they approached Hopkins for the role as the villain of the upcoming sequel. According to the Deadline exclusive, Hopkins has expressed interest in the role, but there is one minor scheduling conflict, a little something called "Thor 2."


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Way back in January, we got word that a sequel was in the works for "Red," last year's well-received adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's comic book miniseries. After all, Helen Mirren is on board for another go-around as one of the greatest secret agents ever to wield a sniper rifle, so why not?

When MTV News snagged some time with "Red" producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura at the "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" premiere, we asked him about his plans for "Red 2."

"We're trying to put it together," he told MTV News. "We just got a script and it's really good. We're all just now discussing how to put it all back together again." Read More...

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News of the "Red" sequel has been scarce since Summit Entertainment made the official announcement back in January. As far as we know, brothers Erich and Jon Hoeber are hard at work on a second installment of the well-received, Golden Globe-nominated first film.

Of course, this leaves us no choice but to harass potential cast members whenever we have the opportunity. Case in point: During the "Arthur" junket over the weekend, I asked "Red" actress Helen Mirren what it will take to get her to do the sequel.

"Nothing, just get me the script," Mirren said. "You don't have to do anything. I'm there," she added. "Absolutely." Read More...

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Maybe "RED" wasn't the top comic book movie from last year, but that's only because it was a crowded 2010 for comics in film.

The tale of four geriatric super-assassins pulled from retirement — a loose adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's three-issue miniseries for WildStorm — was still very entertaining overall. After all, how can you go wrong with a cast that features Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren?

Well, you can't — and that's why there's going to be a sequel. Read More...

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Geek Gift Guide 2010Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means there's only a month of shopping left in the holiday season. However, while this can be a scary realization for many people, you don't have to worry — because we've got ideas for the geeks on your list (or anyone else you want to convert to a life of geekery) covered.

This year, we're giving you the next best thing to actually buying the gifts for you. Your friendly neighborhood Splash Page team has come up with a wide-ranging list of books, games, toys, music and various other things to buy for everyone on your list — from the hardcore fanboys and fangirls to someone who's still learning the difference between Green Lantern and Green Hornet.

In the end, we tried to avoid some of the most obvious comics-related gifts this year and give you a mash-up of our own wishlists and the items we're planning to buy for our own friends and family. Here's hoping you find it helpful when it comes time for you to start dropping your hard-earned money on manufactured holiday joy. Read More...


Astro CityEarlier this year, it was announced that writer Kurt Busiek's "Astro City" would become a feature film by way of Working Title Films. Busiek's story about an American city populated by superheroes and villains will come to theaters courtesy of a screen treatment from Busiek himself -- not to mention a little bit of help from the Coen Brothers.

"[Working Title] actually saw it because the Coen Brothers sent it to them," Busiek told Newsarama in an interview. "They read it and said, 'This is big and sprawling and enormous, and we don't know what the road in is, but it all comes out of character. We get that. We understand these characters.' And that was where we started working together on it."

"They've optioned the rights and they've hired me to do the screen treatment," he added. "We'll see what goes on from there." Read More...

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Jim Lee IconsFew creators have remained as consistently relevant, revered, and forward-thinking in the comics industry over the last few decades as Jim Lee.

After first breaking into the scene with his celebrated work at Marvel Comics (including co-authorship of the best-selling comic of all time, "X-Men" #1), Lee went on to co-found Image Comics, create his own publishing company, Wildstorm Productions, and eventually sell the company to DC Comics in the late '90s in order to re-focus on his artwork. Most recently, the prolific creator was named co-publisher of DC Comics, and serves as Executive Creative Director for "DC Universe Online," the upcoming online multiplayer game featuring DC's massive cast of characters.

Next week sees the release of "Icons: The DC Comics and Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee," a new hardcover retrospective on the award-winning artist's work with DC and Wildstorm over the years, featuring an extensive collection of art (including some never-before-seen pieces) from Lee's archives. Presented alongside commentary from Lee himself, the art in "Icons" is only part of the project's appeal. Read More...

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Sure, "Red" has an amazing cast of actors — Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Richard Dreyfuss, among others — but we're not alone in calling out Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren as one of the most intriguing (and unlikely) of the bunch.

In the film, Mirren plays one of several retired black ops agents forced back into the killing business when her former team is targeted for assassination. Wielding everything from a mounted machine gun to a sniper rifle, her character (Victoria) is the picture of serenity while mowing down enemies with high-powered weaponry. When MTV News caught up with her at the "Red" press junket, we asked the actress about what inspired her performance.

"I guess [it was] a bit of a no-brainer, really," said Mirren of taking the role. "I was a little bit nervous because I thought, 'Am I destroying my reputation as a serious actress here?' and then I thought, 'Yes, I am! Fantastic! Go for it, girl!'" Read More...

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The headline says it all for the latest "Red" clip we're posting on the site here. It's Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle.

Helen Mirren.

Sniper Rifle.

If you only need one reason to see "Red," let it be that one. Or the fact that it's based on a book by Warren "Internet Jesus" Ellis. I'll accept that reason, too. Read More...

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