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Back in 2012, Hugo Weaving reflected on his role as the villainous Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger, suggesting that “it’s not something I would want to do again.” Now, in an interview with Yahoo!, the actor has been talking more about his experience in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stating that he enjoyed portraying Cap’s nemesis – although he’s still unsure if he’d be up for a second outing.
“It was fun to play; I enjoyed the outrageousness of the German accent that I employed and I enjoyed the extraordinary mask and costume, even though it was unbelievably hot inside it,” said Weaving. “I enjoy mask work; I enjoy trying to animate masks and reveal certain things that the mask itself might not reveal. V for Vendetta was another example of that, but there was less animation within that mask versus the Red Skull.”
“With Marvel, »
- Gary Collinson
With the exception of Loki (and Thanos, but he hasn’t really done a whole lot yet), no Marvel Cinematic Universe villain has appeared in more than one film. This is usually down to the character being killed off, or simply not making enough of an impact to be brought back, so, for the most part, fans haven’t kicked up too much of a fuss about it – aside from one baddie in particular, that is: Captain America: The First Avenger‘s The Red Skull.
Hugo Weaving’s sinister turn as Cap’s arch nemesis was (mostly) very well received by the Marvel faithful, so because he was given an ambiguous send-off in the closing moments of the movie, it was generally assumed that he’d return to make Steve Roger’s life miserable at some point down the line. Of course, that never happened, and Weaving was quoted as »
- Mark Cassidy
Marvel isn't really known for bringing amazing villains to the big screen. The studio has taken a hero-centric approach with their films, and as such, they have a long list of forgettable baddies just about as long as their list of movies. One of the villains who fans really seem to connect with -- at least early on -- was that of the Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving in Captain America: The First Avenger.
In the past, Weaving has said that he had no interest in returning to play Red Skull again, nor did he feel the villain had any real place in future movies. Though, despite how that may come across to some fans, that's not to say he never enjoyed himself while on the set of the first Cap flick.
Speaking with Yahoo!, Weaving said the following while reminiscing about playing Red Skull:
"I thought it would »
- Joseph Medina
Legendary comic book writer Alan Moore has announced that he is retiring from the medium, with the creator of such classics as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen revealing during a press conference for his new novel Jerusalem that he feels he’s accomplished all he can with comics and wants to explore other areas.
“There are a couple of issues of an Avatar [Press] book that I am doing at the moment, part of the Hp Lovecraft work I’ve been working on recently,” said Moore (via The Guardian) “Me and Kevin will be finishing Cinema Purgatorio and we’ve got about one more book, a final book of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to complete. After that, although I may do the odd little comics piece at some point in the future, I am pretty much done with comics. I think I have done enough for comics. »
- Gary Collinson
If you ask comic book fans to list ten of the best comic book writers that ever existed, odds are good that Watchmen writer Alan Moore would fall somewhere on that list. Yes, the man has proven to be something of a recluse and embittered artist-type, but there’s no denying he knows his way around a keyboard.
He’s definitely made his mark on the medium of comic books, but now, based on an interview he had with The Guardian while promoting his new novel, Jerusalem (a new 1,200+ page book set to hit shelves later this month), it sounds like he’s ready to move one from comics.
“[I have] about 250 pages of comics left in me,” he said.
He then added:
“And those will probably be very enjoyable. There are »
- Joseph Medina
One day in the early 80s, I was with my girlfriend in a shopping mall. Somehow I had been relegated to the role of sidekick while she shopped. I liked to do a lot of things with her, but shopping wasn’t high on that list. I was bored so I decided to buy a comic book to read while she shopped.
Back then I was enjoying a lot of comics and purchasing them every week at Kim’s Collectible Comics and Records. But one store in that mall had a spinner rack filled with comics, and I knew I could snag an issue that I had missed.
I evaluated the comics available on that rack and hoped that one would be my salvation from the dreariness of shopping. I reached out for Swamp Thing #21, and was surprised to find an unfamiliar writer wrote it. I decided to give it a try nonetheless. »
- Ed Catto
Tony Black talks exclusively to Greg Carpenter, writer of The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison and the Invention of the Modern Comic Book Writer (read our review here), about his book and the comic-book industry past, present and future…
What served as the inspiration for writing a book about Moore, Gaiman & Morrison?
I sometimes think I’ve been writing this book for most of my life. From childhood on, we all have things that obsess us, and I think the process of ruminating on those obsessions—Marvel vs. DC, the awfulness of Jar Jar Binks, whether Barry Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame—I think that process is essentially like writing a book. The difference is that with most of those obsessions, we never actually put pen to paper (or fingertip to keypad). Instead, we just write those books in our dreams where they are »
- Tony Black
“Who watches the Watchmen?” It was 30 years ago that the comic that would change comics first hit shelves. Watchmen issue #1 had a cover date of September 1986 and got unboxed in a lot of stores in late August that year. The Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons limited series, which ran for 12 issues, deconstructed and reinterpreted the superhero genre and also proved to a wider audience that comics aren’t just for kids. Now Watchmen is taught in college courses. Watchmen demonstrated the power of the medium of comics. In Art of the Comic Book: An Aesthetic History, Robert Harvey wrote that Moore and Gibbons “had demonstrated as never before the capacity of the medium to tell a sophisticated story that could be engineered only in comics.” Watchmen was in good company in 1986 — it was also the year Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Maus debuted. After several attempts to adapt Watchmen to film, »
- Emily Rome
The bond between two sisters should never be underestimated, but even the tightest bonds can be tested with the prospect of fame and glory. Rebecca Zlotowski’s new film “Planetarium” follows two sisters (Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp) who believe they possess the ability to communicate with the dead. While they’re performing in pre-war Paris, they encounter a visionary French producer that wants to put them on screen. Watch the trailer for the film below. (Note: It doesn’t contain subtitles for the French, but much of it is in English and it’s still worth a look.)
The film is the third feature from Rebecca Zlotowski. She previously directed “Belle Épine,” about a young girl struggling with the death of her mother, which won the Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Film in 2010, and “Grand Central, »
- Vikram Murthi
From Chakra the Invincible to, er, Pancake Man, meet the new global superheroes giving the Us studio a run for its money
When news broke earlier this year that Marvel were not, contrary to excited reports, pursuing a new TV series based on the cult superhero Captain Britain, there rose a tumult of distress from middle-aged comic-book fans in all corners of these fair isles. Or at least from the tiny number who remembered Marvel UK’s colourful but short-lived defender of Albion, a superhero who once protected former British prime minister Jim Callaghan from ’orrible Nazi bad guy the Red Skull, but was unable to save the Labour leader from electoral defeat at the hands of a far more evil supervillain: Maggie Thatcher.
- Ben Child
This year’s festival will include an inaugural virtual reality strand and a co-production forum focused on UK-Ibero-American relations.Scroll down for line-up
The 24th Raindance Film Festival has revealed its line-up, with 90 feature films set to be screened in London September 21 – October 2.
This year’s jury will be comprised of Stephen Fry (V For Vendetta), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Jack Davenport (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy) and American artist David Datuna.
They will preside over awards for a competition line-up that features the international premiere of Stephen Elliott’s After Adderall, a semi-autobiographical story about the production of the film adaptation of Elliott’s memoirs. Receiving its European premiere will be Japanese director Yoshiyuki Kishi’s A Double Life, about a young woman who is assigned to follow a stranger.
Among the seven UK premieres playing in competition are Indian drama [link=tt »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
On this day as it relates to showbiz history...
1882 Tchaikovsky debuts his "Overture of 1812". It's still used in movies two centuries later in a truly diverse range of movies including The Iron Lady, Laurence Anyways, V For Vendetta and The Blind Side
1918 Novelist Jacqueline Susann is born. Her trashy best-sellers become hit movies and even turn Oscar heads: Valley of the Dolls (1967 best score nomination) and Jacqueline Susann's Once is Not Enough (1975, best supporting actress nomination)
1931 Fright haired boxing promoter Don King is born. Sixty-six and a ½ years later Ving Rhames wins the Golden Globe playing him in a TV movie. Remember that sweet but odd moment when Ving Rhames invited Jack Lemmon on stage with him to share the award he had just lost for 12 Angry Men? King's »
- NATHANIEL R
The case of a 20-year-old Georgia man accused of murdering two teenagers behind a Publix grocery store earlier was sent to a grand jury by a judge during a Friday hearing. The hearing was the first time authorities released critical details concerning the Aug. 1 slayings in Roswell and the suspect, Jeffrey Hazelwood. Before Friday's hearing, investigators had released very little about the murders, beyond the victims' names and the manner in which they were killed. Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis, both 17, were shot at close range in the head hours before being found at around 6 a.m. Henderson's body had been stripped naked, »
- Chris Harris, @chrisharrisment
The case of a 20-year-old Georgia man accused of murdering two teenagers behind a Publix grocery store earlier was sent to a grand jury by a judge during a Friday hearing. The hearing was the first time authorities released critical details concerning the August 1 slayings in Roswell and the suspect, Jeffrey Hazelwood. Before Friday's hearing, investigators had released very little about the murders, beyond the victims' names and the manner in which they were killed. Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis, both 17, were shot at close range in the head hours before being found at around 6 a.m. Henderson's body had been stripped naked, »
- Chris Harris, @chrisharrisment
Immerse yourself with the spine-tingling, goose bump inducing soundtrack of Lights Out, the terrifying brand new film produced by the modern master of horror, James Wan. To prepare you for the UK release on August 19th 2016 we're giving away six digital downloads of the Lights Out Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which features an electrifying score from composer Benjamin Wallfisch, who has previously worked on films including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 12 Years a Slave and V for Vendetta.. Contest Ends on Friday, August 26, 2016 »
Some of your favorite actors and actresses can be just as geeky and nerdy as you and me. However, since they have some of the most recognizable faces on the planet, they can’t walk around places like the Comic-Con show floor without being bombarded with fans looking to snap a picture or get an autograph. […]
- Ethan Anderton
Superman went super stealth over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, as he walked around the floor of the annual convention in disguise. Henry Cavill, who plays the Man of Steel in the Warner Bros.’ DC Comic franchise movies, donned a “V for Vendetta” mask as part of the ruse. At one point he headed to the “Suicide Squad” signing table and snapped a photo with Will Smith before Smith realized it was one of his DC Cinematic Universe brethren. Also Read: 'Suicide Squad' on Target for $115 Million Debut, Shattering August Box Office Record You can also spot a surprised looking Viola. »
- Meriah Doty
Warner Bros. brought the big guns to Comic-Con this weekend by having the directors of their upcoming DC Comics movies assemble on stage before bringing out the casts of Justice League, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman to address excited fans in Hall H.
Now, if you follow Henry Cavill on Instagram, you’ll already know that the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice star likes to have fun, and the actor did just that at Comic-Con yesterday afternoon. Donning a Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta, the British actor hit the convention floor to take photos with unsuspecting fans, before joining the line to meet the Suicide Squad cast.
It was there that he unmasked in front of the shocked ensemble before getting his shirt signed by each of them. You can watch all of this unfold in the video below, and as you can see from the view count, »
- Josh Wilding
Henry Cavill is the real Joker! The actor, who plays Superman in Zack Snyder's superhero films, pranked Will Smith at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 over the weekend. While the latter star, who was promoting David Ayer's new villain ensemble film Suicide Squad, was signing autographs, Cavill approached him for a photo, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask (seen in V for Vendetta). Scores of people attending the annual pop culture convention wear costumes. As they posed, Cavill then removed the mask from his face, which Smith recognized after a delay of several seconds and after the photo was already snapped, spurring the star to bust out his trademark hearty laugh. Cavill posted a video »
Superman definitely enjoys messing with the bad guys. Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill wanted to meet the cast of Suicide Squad at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, but considering the struggles between their onscreen character, he had to be very stealth about it. In a video shared on his Instagram on Saturday, Cavill donned a Guy Fawkes V for Vendetta mask to safely explore the Comic-Con floor without getting mobbed. He posed for photos and gazed around the displays before making his way over to the meet-and-greet table for Suicide Squad. The 33-year-old actor asks Will Smith for a photo, »
- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_
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