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All Fall Down: A Look At The Masterful Dominoes Of ‘V For Vendetta’
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V For VendettaTonight, the FX Network showed V for Vendetta, the 2006 Wachowski Brothers film based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

While watching V For Vendetta, I realized that the movie has one of the coolest domino-knockdown scenes ever. The pattern was created using thousands of black and red dominoes, which form the shape of a V within a circle — the symbol of the film’s protagonist, V (played by Hugo Weaving) — and took four professional domino assemblers 200 hours to build.

In a pivotal sequence in the film, we see the vigilante V finishing up the pattern, while Inspector Finch (Stephen Rea) tells a colleague what he thinks V’s plans are (there’s also flashes to the chaos in the city that V has already caused). The montage then shows V “touching-off” the domino pattern in what results in a visually stunning moment in the film.

You can watch a video below from YouTube that someone created by editing together only the scenes with the dominoes.

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Marvel Chooses Hugo Weaving To Play ‘Captain America’ Villain Red Skull
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Red Skull

We’ve been waiting a long time to find out who exactly would be playing Captain America in Joe Johnston‘s Marvel film, The First Avenger: Captain America. Thankfully the same mess doesn’t apply to other characters, including the movie’s villain, Red Skull.

It’s being reported that Hugo Weaving is currently in negotiations to star as the literally red-headed baddie in the movie. Red Skull was the right-hand man to ultimate real-life villain, Adolf Hitler, in the comics when he and Captain America first became enemies during World War II. This storyline also saw both characters end up in a suspended animation that would bring them to modern days, which is how Captain America will likely fit into the Avengers film. Depending on the dirty details of the contract, it’s probably not completely out of the question to think Weaving could return as one of the villains in The Avengers as well.

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‘Hurt Locker’ Star Jeremy Renner Cast In ‘The Raven’; In Talks For ‘Battleship’
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Jeremy Renner

Usually when a popular name is cast in a movie that has a solid buzz behind it, there’s a nice official announcement in the trades or via press release. In an interesting turn of events, it appears that this particular announcement was made in subtle passing.

In an article by The New York Times about how big of a boost it is to directors, writers, and actors after they grab themselves an Academy Award nomination, The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner became the focus. While talking about how great his nod for Best Actor has been, and how it will allow him to get comfortable and pick the roles that he wants, it was revealed that Renner will be appearing in James McTeigue‘s The Raven.

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James McTeigue Talks His Edgar Allan Poe Movie ‘The Raven’
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Poe

If you watch any television at all, then you’ve surely seen the trailer for James McTeigue‘s (V for Vendetta) newest film Ninja Assassin about 45 times. After that film has come and gone, McTeigue already has his next project lined up and it will be a fictional story based on the life and works of author Edgar Allan Poe.

What we’ve learned so far is that the movie is called The Raven, and it tells the story of Poe being challenged by a serial killer to solve the murders that are based on his very own works. Most comparisons are to the movie Se7en, but in Poe’s dark and cold 1800s setting. We also know that the movie takes place in Poe’s final days, before his mysterious death at the early age of 40. The movie is written by Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston.

Now comes some new information on the project from the mouth of McTeigue, who spoke to SciFi Wire recently, including what Edgar Allan Poe stories were looked to for inspiration (and likely many gruesome Poe-esque murders) in the movie, and where the casting path is leading toward.

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Is Joel Schumacher’s ‘Batman & Robin’ The Most Important Comic Book Movie Of All Time?
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Batman

One of the busiest screenwriters working today, Akiva Goldsman, spoke to the LA Times recently about many, many big upcoming projects. The writer is one of the few rare cases we’ve seen that makes a case for giving people second chances. He wrote the scripts for Joel Schumacher‘s Batman Forever and the passionately-hated Batman & Robin, but went on to take home an Oscar for Best Picture winner A Beautiful Mind. In an around these two highest and lowest points, he’s done many other well-known movies that received varying response such as I, Robot, Cinderella Man, The Da Vinci Code, and I am Legend.

When the topic of Batman & Robin came up something was mentioned that stuck out. It came from the mouth of Marvel’s main man, Kevin Feige, who was quoted as saying that the loathed comic book movie may actually be the most important movie to be made for that genre. And why would he say such things? Well, because of how horrid the movie was, of course. Feige explained that the sheer awfulness of that film forced open new eyes, which in-turn laid the groundwork for the much more accepted style of comic book movie making seen in franchises like Spider-Man and X-Men.

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Director James McTeigue Discusses Edgar Allan Poe Movie ‘The Raven’
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Poe

For a while, James McTeigue was just one of the guys behind the scenes on great movies like The Matrix, which translated to a his first directing job on V for Vendetta — another wonderful film. Now that some positive feedback has come out of the Comic Con screening of his latest film, Ninja Assassin, this man is well on his way to becoming one of the top talents in the industry.

While Ninja Assassin is still a little ways off with a November release date, the director spoke to /Film recently about some of his upcoming projects, including the official confirmation of his next film: The Raven.

The movie will be loosely based on the final five days of the dark and legendary Edgar Allan Poe, adding a fictional tale about the author trying to track down a dangerous killer who is murdering people based on the writings of Poe himself.

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V For Vendetta
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Given the choice of movies opening in theaters today — V For Vendetta, Monster-In-Law, or XXX: State of the Union — you bet your ass I’m going with V For Vendetta, starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, with a script by Matrix creators Andy and Larry Wachowski adapted from the graphic novel by Alan Moore.

Moore, who has repeatedly disapproved of adaptations of his work, fought to have his name removed from the Vendetta film credits and promotions. In a recent NY TIMES article, he said he’d read the Vendetta script and thought it was “rubbish.” And most fans of the graphic novel will probably agree, because the Wachowski’s Vendetta — and agenda — is not exactly that of Moore’s.

So, why did I like it? Because I walked into this movie knowing full-well that I’d have to leave the book at the door. And, perhaps it’s because although it was promoted as an action flick the likes of Mission: Impossible, Vendetta is really propelled by its intelligent monologues, delivered with flair by the masked revolutionary “V” (Weaving) along with Portman’s convincing portrayal of frightened young protege Evey.

Or maybe I like that the main character is a revolutionary; or that the victims become the radicals; or possible because it sheds light on corrupt governments whose beleaguered citizens surrender their civil rights in exchange for what they believe is protection against terrorism.

Was this film a totally faithful panel-by-panel recreation of the graphic novel in the vain of Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s Sin City? Absolutely not. What the filmmakers attempted to do was take a futuristic war-torn England and parallel it with current-day U.S. politics and policy by lifting the citizens out of Moore’s dystopia and into a worker-bee existence. This is probably where the biggest line was crossed, whereas V’s back story and Evey’s incarceration scenes help redeem the film for taking the aforementioned liberties.

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