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Captain America – Toby Jones to play Arnim Zola

Posted by LiveFor on May 7, 2010

It was recently confirmed that Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, The Wolf Man) was to play the Red Skull opposite Chris Evans’ Captain America. Today news is out that Toby Jones (The Mist, Infamous) is to play the evil Nazi scientist, Arnim Zola. Joe Johnston’s film is shaping up to have a great cast of actors.

Arnim Zola was a biochemist during World War II who became one of the first human genetic engineers in history after finding papers and equipment used by the offshoot race of humanity, the Deviants. He found a ready home among the Nazi party, who saw his actions as the ability to ensure the existence of a master race.

One of his first accomplishments was the creation of a brain pattern imprinting device, which would allow someone’s mental essence to be projected into a cloned brain. Zola presented such a gift to Adolf Hitler, creating the Hate-Monger.

Born with a frail, dwarfish body, Zola used his scientific skills to genetically fashion a new stronger body for himself. Having done so, Zola used the mind-transferrance technique he devised to project his mind into the cloned brain of his new body, a brain that he situated in the chest cavity where it would be more protected. Since the brains of all of his genetic creations were grown from cells of his own, he can mentally project his intelligence into any of his creations.

As you can see from the figure by Bruce Ross above, he looks sort of like Krang from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon from the 80s. I don’t think he will have that look in the Captain America film (well at least not at first) and will probably be a normal human mad scientist until some kind of accident or maniacal scheme. To be honest I think it is great that they have Zola involved as it may well give the necessary reason for the Red Skull to survive into the present day. However, it does mean that we may well see Toby Jones crop up in other Marvel Studios films and I could see him in The Avengers having created some kind of crazy looking army of genetic freaks.

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Captain America – Is Tommy Lee Jones helping him out?

Posted by LiveFor on April 30, 2010

The main parts have been cast, although still not sure if Hugo Weaving has definitely signed up as the Red Skull. Now UGO have a rumour from a reliable source that Tommy Lee Jones may also be starring in the film.

No word on who he will be playing if he does get involved, but as shooting begins at the end of June and Men in Black 3 is also due to start filming this summer Mr Jones may either be very busy or won’t be in Captain America.

I imagine he will be playing a military character, maybe one of the Howling Commandos? What do you think?

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Captain America – Hugo Weaving could be the Red Skull

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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The Wolfman, 2010 – Movie Review

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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The Wolfman TV Spot – Bitten

Posted by LiveFor on January 23, 2010

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The Wolfman – French Poster

Posted by LiveFor on December 11, 2009

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The Wolfman – New poster. All Wolf

Posted by LiveFor on November 25, 2009

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Who will voice Zack Snyder’s Guardians of Ga’hoole?

Posted by LiveFor on November 19, 2009

Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham will topline the voice cast of Animal Logic’s 3D animated feature, “Guardians of Ga’hoole,” according to Heat Vision.

The big-budget fantasy film, in production in Sydney and directed by Zack Snyder, also will feature the voices of Aussie actors Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Emilie de Ravin, Ryan Kwanten and Jay Laga’aia, as well as English actors Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren and Jim Sturgess.

The animated film is an adaptation of the 14 book bestselling kids series by author Kathryn Lasky and illustrator Richard Cowdry and follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones.

The film is due for release in Australia on 9th December next year.

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The Wolfman – French Poster

Posted by LiveFor on November 17, 2009

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The Wolfman – Another poster. Ah, there’s the Wolfman

Posted by LiveFor on November 7, 2009

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First we had the Emily Blunt and no Wolfman poster. Now AICN have the all Wolfman all shadow poster. Benicio Del Toro sure can do hairy.

Soon I imagine we will be getting the Anthony Hopkins having a cup of tea poster followed by the Hugo Weaving looking sinister yet slightly camp while wearing a tall hat one!

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