Posted by LiveFor on March 12, 2010
Marvel Studios are after Megatron, Agent Smith, V, Elrond, Hugo Weaving to play the big bad Red Skull in the Captain America movie according to THR. There is still no word on who will play Cap.
Joe Johnston is directing the movie. He also directed The Wolfman which Weaving also starred in.
In the comics there have been a few Red Skulls, but the main one is the Nazi, Johann Schmidt. This is how Wiki describe him:
Schmidt worked as a menial laborer and in his late teens, during the rise of the Third Reich, Schmidt got his most prosperous job; a bellhop in a major hotel, while there he served the rooms of Adolf Hitler himself. By chance, Schmidt was present when the Führer was furiously scolding an officer, during which Hitler pledged that he could create a better National Socialist out of the bellhop. Looking closely at the youth and sensing his dark inner nature, Hitler decided to take up the challenge and recruited Schmidt.
Dissatisfied with the standard drill instruction his subordinates used to train Schmidt, Hitler took over personally, and trained Schmidt as his right-hand man. Upon completion, Hitler gave Schmidt a unique uniform with a grotesque red skull mask, and he emerged as the Red Skull for the first time. His role was the embodiment of Nazi intimidation, while Hitler could remain the popular leader of Germany. To that end, The Red Skull was appointed head of Nazi terrorist activities with an additional large role in external espionage and sabotage. He succeeded, wreaking havoc throughout Europe in the early stages of World War II. The propaganda effect was so great that the United States government decided to counter it by creating their own equivalent using the one recipient of the lost Project Rebirth, Steve Rogers, as Captain America.
The Red Skull and Captain America continued to engage in a series of skirmishes throughout the war, ending with a final battle that left the Skull buried under the rubble of a bombed building. Because he was immediately exposed to an experimental gas there, he remained in suspended animation for decades
I have no problem with Weaving playing the Red Skull. I think he would be an excellent choice. The fact he spent all of V for Vendetta in a mask means there is no problem with the makeup side of things.
Fingers crossed Marvel Studios get him.
How do you feel about Weaving playing the Red Skull.
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Posted by LiveFor on February 17, 2010
The trailer for the romantic film Dear John starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried recut to the audio from The Wolfman’s Trailer which stars Benicio del Toro and Emily Blunt.
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Posted by LiveFor on February 12, 2010
Director: Joe Johnston
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving
This review by Richard Bodsworth.
It’s been a troubled run to get the iconic Wolfman character to the big screen. Initially written by Se7en scribe Andrew Kevin Walker for Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) to direct, it has gone through numerous rewrites since Romanek departed just days before principal photography. Jurassic Park 3 and soon to be Captain America helmer Joe Johnston stepped in, who did not have a smooth ride either, culminating in reshoots and delayed release dates.
After receiving a letter from his brothers’ fiancée Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt) informing him of his death, Lawrence Talbot (Benicio del Toro) returns home to his family home in the English village of Blackmore, where his father (Anthony Hopkins) awaits. As a creature terrorizes the town, Talbot realizes he must hunt the beast down…
The film begins well with a sharp, well executed build up to the inevitable transformation, and you would be forgiven for wondering why the reviews have been so harsh. The first glimpse of the beast savaging a gypsy camp is energetic and entertaining, but that sadly is where the film falls apart.
As transformable as the main character, the film flirts with ideas that you can only assume were a mish mash from the various writers and directors which gives it a horribly jagged tone. It feels as if darker scenes like the nightmarish visions and scenes inside a mental asylum are leftovers and they awkwardly try and battle against a more operatic, glossy mainstream vision. It is this uneven balance that is the pictures undoing. Yet with so many people involved during the writing the script remains slim, padded with pointless travelling scenes without even halfheartedly attempting to plug some irritating plotholes, as it meanders slowly towards an uninspiring ‘shirts v skins’ climax. The cast do little else than pick up their paychecks, Hopkins particularly, as he spends the majority mumbling like an incoherent alcoholic, but again the Keira Knightly thin script is at fault for this, offering nothing of substance to the one dimensional creations. Johnston’s admirably handled action sequences are boosted by the visual effects work of Rick Baker for The Wolfman character, del Toro could have easily have been mauled by rampant CGI but the make up effects look natural (well, as natural as a Lycan can) and nicely pay homage to the 40’s original.
However a few well handled set pieces do not make up for a dull script. Would be nice to see what either Romanek or Johnston would have come up with given full creative control, sadly we will never know and are left with this instantly forgettable shambles.
2/5 – Bit of a howler (sorry)
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Posted by LiveFor on February 5, 2010
By Richard Bodsworth.
Benicio Del Toro stars in the remake of the 1941 classic horror The Wolfman which is set to open next week but it has not been an easy ride to get the finished product to the screen. Mark Romanek left the project right before principal photography was about to start citing the old chestnut “creative differences” and was replaced by Jurassic Park 3 helmer, Joe Johnston. The Wolfman is not the only film due this year which has had major production problems; Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood has also been hit with issues, most notably constant script rewrites resulting in the release date being pushed back numerous times. Of course this is not a new thing, so let’s take a look at some other films which have struggled in production…
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer in the tropical rainforests of Australia, what could possibly go wrong? Um, a lot actually. Three days in to production of the H.G Wells adaptation director Richard Stanley was given the heave-ho (a move apparently forced by Val Kilmer who earlier, for no apparent reason, decided he wanted his part drastically cut) and was replaced by John Frankenheimer, never a good start. Brando and Frankenheimer then rewrote the majority of the script before later clashing over the direction the film was taking; Frankenheimer would also have heated exchanges with Val Kilmer several times throughout the shoot before vowing never to work with him again. Brando and Kilmer both had their own personal problems on-set, Kilmer being issued divorce papers on location while Brando struggled with the suicide of his daughter. Amazingly Brando, who by this time had given up on the film, was fed his lines through a frequency radio. David Thewlis (a late replacement for Rob Morrow) who would later skip the premiere supposedly said “He’d be in the middle of a scene and suddenly he’d be picking up police messages and Marlon would repeat ‘There’s a robbery at Woolworths’”. The film received negative reviews and barely managed to scrape back its budget, Brando went on to win a Razzie for his performance.
Twilight Zone: The Movie
Produced by Steven Spielberg, this feature length film of the classic 60’s TV show was split in to four segments, part one directed by John Landis, the second by Spielberg himself, Joe Dante directed the third and George Miller the fourth. The events that occurred during the filming of Landis’ segment overshadowed the film itself as a freak accident cost the lives of actor Vic Morrow and two child actors. Whilst filming a scene featuring a helicopter, pyrotechnics were set off but the helicopter was flying too low causing it to spin out of control and crash to the ground killing the trio. Legal action followed and many regulations were changed including those that featured child and stunts filmed at night.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Another well documented Gilliam nightmare, the guy seems to have no luck (here’s a nice article over at Hey You Guys http://tiny.cc/TerryGilliam). Being disrupted by a nearby NATO target area and a flash flood which would destroy equipment and locations were just the start before lead actor Jean Rochefort suffered a herniated disc cancelling production. A blistering $15m insurance claim would later be brought and resulted in the company owning the rights to the film (these have since been transferred back to Gilliam). If you haven’t already seen Lost in La Mancha I recommend you do so, like now! Gilliam has since resurrected the project however and hopes to start filming this year. Fingers crossed.
One of the most obvious choices is Alien 3 because, well, it was a complete nightmare. The film went through various writers starting with William Gibson, Near Dark scribe Eric Red to David Thwoy before Vincent Ward took over. Ward had the idea of a wooden planet inhabited by monks, some of the set designs look great and it would have been very intriguing to see the finished product. Ward however never got his chance as his idea was scrapped and he was replaced by David Fincher for his feature debut. The script ended up as a mesh of various ideas from previous drafts which was thrown together by series producers Walter Hill and David Giler. Since Fox wanted to rush the film out to hit their desired release date, Fincher went into the project without a set script and spent most of the time rewriting on set. Trying the best he could, things got worse for Fincher when the film was reedited without his knowledge leaving him to basically disown the project. The reception to the final cut was not great and generally regarded as the weakest of the four; you have to wonder how it would have turned out if Ward or Fincher were given full creative control. If you can, try pick up the special edition DVD which features some interesting interviews and goes into detail about the early ideas and scripts; Fincher sadly does not feature in an interview.
The finished product may be classed as a cinematic masterpiece but all was not rosy during production of Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic. Martin Sheen replaced Harvey Keitel a few days into production before a typhoon destroyed some of the sets, including the Playboy Playmate set, leaving the project behind schedule and over budget. That man Brando was at it again after he showed up on set far too fat to play Colonel Kurtz forcing Coppola into rewriting the ending which in itself would prove a mammoth task. Things didn’t get much easier after star Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack on set and had to crawl in to the middle of the road to get help. But after a lengthy post production the film was released to both financial and critical acclaim winning the Palme d’Or in 1979 and still features on numerous “Best of All Time” lists.
A film starring Malcolm McDowell, Peter O’Toole and Helen Mirren charting the rise and fall of Roman Emperor Caligula sound like a classy affair right? Not quite. Written by Gore Vidal as a historical drama the only we way to secure funding was by partnering with adult magazine, Penthouse, editor Bob Guccione which should have spelled trouble from the start. Italian director Tinto Brass was hired but he would argue with both Vidal and art director Danillo Donati over both the script and set design. Star McDowell and Brass would later try and rewrite the script and Vidal would subsequently have his name removed before launching legal action. After Guccione saw Brass’ final cut he fired him and brought in Giancarlo Lui to reedit the film and reshoot about six minutes of hardcore pornography to replace Brass’ shots. Before the film was released Brass would also launch a legal suit further delaying the films release. When the film finally did make it to the screen it was universally panned.
Others include; almost anything to do with Edward Norton who has a tendency to rewrite his parts onset, he also tried to reedit American History X himself leading to director Tony Kaye unsuccessfully attempting to have his name removed from the credits. Life on the Blade Runner set was also rather challenging for cast and crew with director Ridley Scott being a notorious hard-ass leading squabbles with Harrison Ford and protests from the crew, oh and then there was the infamous ‘final cut’. Scott and our old chum Terry Gilliam have both suffered the tragic misfortune of an actor dying mid-shoot, Oliver Reed on Gladiator and Heath Ledger during The Imaginaruim of Dr. Parnassus. There can’t possibly be anything worse than completing a film, a pretty good film at that, but having it shelved and reshot by Renny Harlin. Well that’s what happened to Paul Schrader. His film Dominion, a prequel to horror classic The Exorcist was deemed “too dark” by the studio and Harlin was brought in to hack together Exorcist: The Beginning.
So what others would you like to see on the list? The Wolfman hits cinemas from Friday 12th February (I believe there are advance previews Wednesday and Thursday) keep an eye out for the LFF review.
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Posted by LiveFor on February 4, 2010
Universal gave the go ahead for these officially licensed posters for Benicio del Toro’s The Wolfman (due out on 12th February) and the original Lon Chaney Jr. The Wolf Man. Both are from Mondo Tees and AICN had first look at them.
Both are limited pieces. 350 prints of The Wolfman by Daniel Danger and 250 of the vintage Wolf Man by Martin Ansin. You can pick them up over at Mondo Tees.
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Posted by LiveFor on January 23, 2010
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Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010
Director Joe Johnston is busy talking up The Wolfman. However, when speaking to BoxOffice Magazine he got onto the subjects of The First Avenger: Captain America and Jurassic Park 4.
With regards Captain America there is still no word on who will play him (vote on who should in the LFF poll), but Johnston did talk about the plot and what we will see in the film:
It’s not going to be a Captain America that you expect. It’s something different. It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction. It’s the origin story of Captain America. It’s mostly period-there are modern, present-day bookends on it-but it’s basically the story of how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. The great thing about Captain America is he’s a super hero without any super powers. Which is why this story, among the hundreds of super hero stories, appealed to me the most. He can’t fly, he can’t see through walls, he can’t do any of that stuff. He’s an every man who’s been given this amazing gift of transformation into the perfect specimen-the pinnacle of human perfection. How does that affect him? What does that mean for him emotionally and psychologically? He was this 98-pound weakling, he was this wimp, and he’s transformed instantly into this Adonis. You’d think he got everything he wanted. Well, he didn’t get everything he wanted. The rules change at that point and his life gets even more complicated and dire. For me, that’s the interesting part of the story. It’s got some great action sequences in it and some incredible stuff that we’ve never seen before. But at the heart of it, it’s a story about this kid who all he wants to do is fit in. This thing happens and he still doesn’t fit in. And he has to prove himself a hero-essentially go AWOL to save a friend. Eventually at the very end, I don’t want to give away to much, but he does fit in. But it’s the journey of getting him there that’s interesting. And it’s a lot of fun.
Actually that is the Captain America I expect and pretty much everyone who is a fan of the comic will be expecting that as it is the origin and basis of the character. Still it is good to know what to expect and I am glad we will be seeing the World War 2 setting. Mind you I am interested in the bookends he mentions. Will it be Iron Man finding Steve Rogers frozen in the block of ice at the beginning (as seen in The Incredible Hulk film)?
What about Jurassic Park 4?
Well, there is going to be a Jurassic Park IV. And it’s going to be unlike anything you’ve seen. It breaks away from the first three-it’s essentially the beginning of the second Jurassic Park trilogy. It’s going to be done in a completely different way. That’s pretty much all I can tell you.
Not sure if we need another Jurassic Park film, but going in a completely different way does intrigue me.
What do you think about the Captain America film and do we need a new Jurassic Park?
The picture at the top is from The Ultimates and is by Bryan Hitch.
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