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Johnathan Ross, Jane Goldman and Honey Kinney Ross - New York premiere of 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 9th February 2015

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Jane Goldman - "Kingsman: The Secret Service" New York Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 9th February 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

With virtually the same tone as they used in their superhero spoof Kick-Ass, filmmakers Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman take another riotously adult approach to pastiche, this time tackling the James Bond genre. Essentially they have made a 007 movie that refuses to tone itself down for the PG-13 audience, indulging in the profanity and excessive violence other films shy away from. So it doesn't really matter if the plot itself isn't quite as rebellious as it pretends to be.

Kingsman is a top-secret spy agency located in a Saville Row tailor, beholden to no corporation or government. Led by Arthur and Merlin (Michael Caine and Mark Strong), these gentlemanly super-agents use the names of the knights of the Round Table. And when one of them dies, they know it's time to get with the times and recruit someone young and hip. So they set up a rigorous school for trainees, with one lucky graduate set to earn a spot at the table. Harry, aka Galahad (Colin Firth), chooses rough East End teen Eggsy (Taron Egerton) as his candidate. The son of a former agent, Eggsy shows considerable promise even if he lacks the expected refinement. Then just before the final selection is made, they discover that mobile phone billionaire Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) is up to something nefarious. So Eggsy and fellow rookie Roxy (Sophie Cookson) kick into action to figure out what he's up to, and stop him.

Despite constant reminders that "this isn't that kind of movie", it clearly is. Every Bond element is here, including the crazed villain with an elaborate lair and a technically augmented sidekick (Sofia Boutella's vicious blade-footed henchwoman Gazelle). The only difference is that where Bond hints cheekily at violence and sex, Vaughn and Goldman go for it. This film is packed with outrageous, over-the-top carnage and intensely rude dialogue, delivered with relish by the expert cast. Firth, Caine and Strong are terrific at combining tweedy propriety with public schoolboy naughtiness, while Jackson merrily plays around with Valentine's god-complex.

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The Most Successful Women In The Film Industry

Tags: Sofia Coppola - Jane Goldman - Catherine Hardwicke - Kathryn Bigelow

Despite an unfortunate continuation of women in subordinate roles, female actresses in Hollywood are very much in the ascendance, refusing to play second fiddle to the traditional male hierarchy. However, it is behind the camera where male domination prevails. Only four women in the entire history of the Academy Awards have been nominated for the Best Director Oscar, Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976), Jane Champion for The Piano (1993), Sofia Coppola for Lost In Translation (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2009). Bigelow is the only female director to take home the award. Such an overwhelming consortium of male influence seems perturbing, but a slew of female industry players are intent on overthrowing the status quo, breaking down gender barriers and paving the way for innovation on multiple levels. From the increasingly gargantuan Marvel juggernaut to low budget art-house pictures, women are beginning to make their mark in spheres in dire need of a feminine touch, free from a traditionally testosterone-fuelled male outlook.

 Nicole Perlman

.Nicole Perlman At Guardians Of The Galaxy Premiere
Nicole Perlman is the first woman to write a Marvel feature

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Picture - Jane Goldman - X-Men: Days... London United Kingdom, Sunday 12th May 2013

Jane Goldman - X-Men: Days Of Future Past - UK film premiere - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th May 2013

Picture - Jane Goldman - 'X-Men: Days... London United Kingdom, Monday 12th May 2014

Jane Goldman - 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' U.K. Premiere - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 12th May 2014

Picture - Honey Kinney Ross and Jane... London United Kingdom, Wednesday 8th May 2013

Honey Kinney Ross and Jane Goldman - Maleficent - private reception event held at Kensington Palace - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 8th May 2013

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