Matthew Vaughn
British film director
Matthew Vaughn
Matthew de Vere Drummond, better known as Matthew Vaughn, is an English film producer, director and screenwriter. He is best known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) and directing the films Layer Cake (2004), Stardust (2007) and Kick-Ass (2010). His latest film is the 2011 superhero film X-Men: First Class.
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The Ten Best Action Movies of the New Millennium
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
Who doesn’t love a good action movie? They’re among the most fun that Hollywood has to offer, particularly when they’re of a high quality. Later on this week, a reportedly amazing new one in Mad Max: Fury Road is hitting theaters, so to prep us all for that experience (I see it later on today, so yay for that), I wanted to do a countdown of the recent best that the genre has to offer. Essentially, every action flick since 2000 was eligible, and I whittled that down to a top ten list. It’s hardly the definitely “new millennium action movie” list, but I think it’s a pretty solid one, to say the least. You’ll be able to see the list below, which could very well be amended once Mad Max: Fury Road comes to town… Here now are my picks for the ten best action films since the year 2000: 10. King Kong – Peter Jackson’s unneeded remake of the classic action adventure turned out to be my favorite version of the story, go figure. The special effects are extraordinary and watching Kong interact wit ...
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Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman Discuss ‘Kingsman’
NYTimes - about 2 years
The director Matthew Vaughn talks about his collaboration with the screenwriter Jane Goldman. Their latest project, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” stars Colin Firth.
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ArtsBeat: Matthew Vaughn Narrates a Scene From ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’
NYTimes - about 2 years
The director Matthew Vaughn discusses a sequence from his spy thriller.
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Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman Discuss ‘Kingsman’
NYTimes - about 2 years
The director Matthew Vaughn talks about his collaboration with the screenwriter Jane Goldman. Their latest project, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” stars Colin Firth.
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‘X-Men Apocalypse’: Bryan Singer announces 2016 mutant sequel
LATimes - about 3 years
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Jason Statham to Kill Some More People
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Today in movie and TV casting news: Jason Statham takes over for Daniel Craig, Rachel Griffiths will play one of Australia's most famous political women, and another Australian begins his takeoff. Remember Layer Cake, the stylish little British crime flick that kicked the careers of star Daniel Craig and director Matthew Vaughn into high-gear? Well, the guy who wrote the novel that that movie is based on has written a follow-up, called Viva La Madness, which Jason Statham is eying as a starring vehicle. I won't spoil the ending of Layer Cake in case you haven't seen it yet, but let's just say this is a somewhat surprising development.
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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ trailer: Wolverine to the mutants’ rescue
LATimes - over 3 years
Filmmaker Bryan Singer last week tweeted a link to a new clip from a forthcoming trailer to his anticipated “X-Men” sequel, “X-Men: Days of Future Past. “ Just a few seconds of footage, the teaser featured a number of the most iconic X-Men characters, including Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier. On Tuesday, fans got a look at the full trailer, which is heavy on Wolverine, who must travel back in time to save the present-day mutants. “Days of Future Past,” due out May 23, 2014, picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the mutant superheroes’ origins as young people in the 1960s, discovering and learning to manipulate their powers. The new film, adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, stars actors from both “First Class” and the original “X-Men” trilogy, which launched in 2000 with Singer’s original “X-Men” and arguably ushered in the new golden age of co ...
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‘X-Men: Day of Future Past’: Bryan Singer teases trailer for mutant sequel
LATimes - over 3 years
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Five More Film-Worthy Mark Millar Series
MTV News - over 3 years
by Ryan Rigley First "Kick-Ass," then "X-Men: First Class," and now the upcoming adaptation of comic book writer Mark Millar's "Secret Service." If director Matthew Vaughn wasn't a comic book movie icon before, he certainly will be now. Last week, Variety broke the news of actress Sophie Cookson signing on as the female lead of "Secret Service" alongside the relatively unknown Taron Egerton. Based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar, "Secret Service" details the events following a veteran superspy as he takes a bratty, young upstart under his wing. Millar is, of course, no stranger to the world of comic book movies. After all, his series "Wanted," Kick-Ass," and "Kick-Ass 2" have already been turned into major motion pictures. With that, here's a look at five more Millar properties just ripe for the big screen! Nemesis What if Batman was the Joker? Illustrated by Steve McNiven, "Nemesis" stars a rich Batman-like supervillain hellbent on killing as many F.B.I. agents and gov ...
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'Kick-Ass' sequel is ready to give rival films the boot
LATimes - over 3 years
'Kick-Ass 2' is projected to gross $20 million this weekend, possibly enough to be No. 1 at the box office. Matthew Vaughn was shocked to learn early last year that Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the domestic distributor of his 2010 superhero movie "Kick-Ass," wasn't interested in a sequel.
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David Beckham May Be The Next Big Movie Star
Huffington Post - over 3 years
David Beckham may be heading to the big screen. The 38-year-old former soccer player is reportedly being eyed for a role in the upcoming film "The Secret Service." Due out in 2014, "The Secret Service" is lead by director Matthew Vaughn ("Kick-Ass") and will star Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and Taron Egerton. Beckham has reportedly been approached for a role in the film, an adaptation of Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar's graphic novel of the same name. "Becks was asked by Colin Firth if he'd like to be in the movie but he is yet to fully commit," an unnamed source told The Sun. "He loves movies and fancies appearing on the big screen - but just as a one-off, not a full-time career." "The Secret Service" is also rumored to include a cameo by Elton John. Beckham has yet to comment on the possibility of his appearance in the film.
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Chloe Grace Moretz Would 'Kill' To Be In 'Star Wars'
MTV News - over 3 years
Back in the pre-J.J. Abrams days of "Star Wars: Episode VII" rumors, there was a small item floating around that when Matthew Vaughn was up for the job, according to /Film, he pitched a female-centric story with "Kick-Ass 2" star Chloë Grace Moretz in the lead. That talk went away after Lucasfilm gave another go at getting Abrams to direct, but when MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with Moretz, he had to ask if there was still any truth to those rumors. While she carefully dodged the tougher questions by admitting that she's "interested," there still does seem to be some potential. "I mean, obviously there's interest. It's 'Star Wars.' I'd kill to be a part of that franchise, but I don't know," she said. "J.J., I'll give you my phone number. You can text me." If there's a shred of truth to that "leaked casting list," it's not hard to find a place for Moretz. One role did call for a girl in her "late teens, tough, smart and physically fit," which actually sounds pretty c ...
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Emma's Next Big Role?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Matthew Vaughn's "The Secret Service" could enlist Emma Watson in a starring role. Variety reports that Watson and "Dark Shadows" actress Bella Heathcote are on Vaughn's short list to play the female lead in the spy film, which already has Colin Firth, Michael Caine and newcomer Taron Egerton in the cast. (British!) Whether Watson winds up starring remains to be seen. The last two high profile projects Watson was rumored for, "Cinderella" and "50 Shades Of Grey," wound up not happening. (Watson memorably shot down the "50 Shades" gossip with her Twitter account.) For now, her next film is Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," which also stars Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins and more. Since leaving the friendly confines of Hogwarts, Watson has made it a point to star in projects from established directors like Aronofsky and Sofia Coppola ("The Bling Ring"), and newcomers like Stephen Chobsky ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower") and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg ("This Is ...
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Angelina Jolie, Matthew Vaughn Eyeing '300' Sequel Star Jack O'Connell for Lead Roles
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" isn't the only movie that "300: Rise of an Empire" star Jack O'Connell is testing for, as he's also in contention for the young lead in Matthew Vaughn's "The Secret Service," TheWrap has learned. While John Boyega ("Attack the Block") and Christian Cooke (Cemetery Junction") are also in the mix, O'Connell is considered the frontrunner for the coveted role, though "Unbroken" would take priority should Jolie offer him the part. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Matthew Vaughn
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 41
    Vaughn's next directorial project, confirmed by 20th Century Fox in March 2013, was Kingsman: The Secret Service, an adaptation of Mark Millar and David Gibbons's comic book The Secret Service, scripted by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, and produced by Vaughn's Marv Films.
    More Details Hide Details The film was released on 13 February 2015. He also produced Fantastic Four (2015). Vaughn is currently in talks to direct a new version of Flash Gordon.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 38
    In May 2010, 20th Century Fox confirmed that Vaughn would direct and co-write X-Men: First Class.
    More Details Hide Details The film was released on 1 June 2011. Vaughn was signed to direct the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, but dropped out in favour of Bryan Singer, the director of the first two films of the X-Men series, X-Men and X-Men 2; Vaughn still stayed on to help write the script.
  • 2004
    Age 32
    Vaughn made his directorial debut in 2004 with Layer Cake.
    More Details Hide Details The film was well received and its success led to Vaughn being tapped to direct X-Men: The Last Stand but he dropped out only two weeks before filming began, and was subsequently very critical of Brett Ratner's direction of X-Men 3. He next co-wrote and directed Stardust and a movie adaptation of Mark Millar's Kick-Ass.
  • 2002
    Age 30
    On 25 May 2002, Vaughn married German supermodel Claudia Schiffer in Suffolk.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have three children: son Caspar Matthew de Vere (born 30 January 2003) and daughters Clementine Poppy (born 11 November 2004) and Cosima Violet (born 14 May 2010). The couple have homes in Notting Hill, and own Coldham Hall, Stanningfield, Suffolk.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on March 7, 1971.
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