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    V For Vendetta

    The New V For Vendetta Trailer!
    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
    December 15, 2005



    Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed the new trailer for directorJames McTeigue's V For Vendetta, hitting theaters on March 17, 2006. The action-thriller was produced by Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski and Grant Hill. The Wachowski brothers ("The Matrix" trilogy) wrote the script.

    Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (Hugo Weaving) known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself – and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

    You can watch the trailer in High Definition QuickTime here and regular QuickTime formats here! The official website for the film has also updated with a new VR tour of the sets.
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    Re: new V For Vendetta trailer

    first trade review from The Hollywood Reporter:
    V for Vendetta
    By John DeFore

    Austin -- In a political environment that can brew controversy out of allegorical children's fables or a documentary about penguins, it is hard to imagine the intensity of feeling that will greet "V for Vendetta," a movie whose heroes are terrorists. One foresees news talk shows in which red-faced pundits denounce the filmmakers and call for boycotts. Given a film as entertaining and solidly crafted as this one, such attention could turn into strong boxoffice.

    Of course, plenty of films -- particularly those set in dystopian futures like this one -- identify with revolutionaries. But most put heavy sci-fi clothing on their brave new worlds, while "V" takes pains to tie its reality to our own. Although based on a comic book, it isn't as heavily stylized as a superhero movie. Its score and production design, both rich and inviting, are heightened without suggesting that this near-future London is an outright fantasy, though the new government, a restrictive state led by John Hurt's Sutler, is draped in some awfully Nazi-ish iconography.

    If the film's look and feel refuse to flee from the real world, its dialogue takes every chance to connect to it. We are told about the recent past, that "America's war grew worse and worse, and eventually came to London." Hot-button terms like "rendition" are sprinkled about; dissidents are handled as in a third-world dictatorship; and our hero (who calls himself V) lectures citizens who have surrendered their liberties to a government that promised to protect them from terrorism.

    As V, Hugo Weaving has the unenviable task of playing the entire film behind an immobile mask. He rises to the challenge, bringing the character to life with body language and his sonorously nimble voice.

    V has a flair for the theatrical. He introduces himself to London on Guy Fawkes Day with fireworks and a symbolic bombing, then hijacks a television broadcast to announce that he will return a year later to destroy the Houses of Parliament. He suggests that citizens who feel oppressed by their rulers should join him there. And then he's gone, leaving some very anxious politicians in his wake.

    The viewer's proxy here is Evey (Natalie Portman), who accidentally becomes a part of V's plans. With her, we work through many of the expected reactions to V's approach -- and if she eventually comes around to his way of thinking, the film certainly doesn't present the choice as an uncomplicated one. The filmmakers (Andy and Larry Wachowski adapting the screenplay, James McTeigue at the helm) are clearly on the vigilante's side, but they give viewers room to question his motives and methods: Has he psychologically programd Evey? Is the city of London about to become a war zone simply because V has a personal grudge? The serious tone "Vendetta" takes encourages such moral nitpicking.

    Although some marketing materials aim to position this as an action film, viewers expecting a thrill ride might be disappointed. V engages in a couple of satisfying crime-fighting set pieces, but the story is more occupied with mystery and intrigue. Happily, it almost is entirely free of the hollow pomposity that marred the Wachowskis' last two "Matrix" films. Here, Alan Moore's graphic novel and the history of real-world oppressive governments is more than enough, leaving no need for the screenwriters to invent hokey mythologies and plenty of room to fantasize about revolution.

    V FOR VENDETTA
    Warner Bros. Pictures
    Silver Pictures
    Credits:
    Director: James McTeigue
    Screenwriters: Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
    Based on the graphic novel by: Alan Moore and David Lloyd
    producers: Grant Hill, Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
    Executive producer: Benjamin Waisbren
    Director of photography: Adrian Biddle
    Production designer: Owen Paterson
    Music: Dario Marianelli
    Co-producers: Roberto Malerba, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken
    Costume designer: Sammy Sheldon
    Editor: Martin Walsh
    Cast:
    Evey Hammond: Natalie Portman
    V: Hugo Weaving
    Finch: Stephen Rea
    Sutler: John Hurt
    Prothero: Roger Allam
    Gordon Deitrich: Stephen Fry
    Creedy: Tim Pigott-Smith
    MPAA rating R
    Running time -- 131 minutes
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    Re: new V For Vendetta trailer

    Vendetta Gets Bigger in IMAX
    Source: IMAX Corporation
    January 26, 2006


    IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that V for Vendetta, a thrilling action-adventure from the creators of "The Matrix" trilogy, will be simultaneously released to IMAX® and conventional theatres on March 17, 2006. Produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski Brothers, directed by James McTeigue and starring Natalie Portman, V for Vendetta will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. Warner Bros. Pictures will be the exclusive distributor of the film to IMAX theatres worldwide.

    The addition of V for Vendetta makes IMAX's 2006 film slate stronger than any previous slate in the Company's 35-year history, with five new digitally re-mastered Hollywood films - including two in IMAX® 3D - already scheduled to be released day-and-date to IMAX theatres this year.


    full press release at http://comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=12899
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    Re: new V For Vendetta trailer

    Feb. 11, 2006

    ShoWest fetes Portman with Female Star

    Natalie Portman will be honored as ShoWest Female Star of the Year at the ShoWest exhibitors convention, to be held March 13-16 in Las Vegas. Portman will be presented with the award at the closing-night ceremony March 16 at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas. "Natalie Portman has delivered an impressive array of performances throughout her terrific career, which began in 1994 when she burst onto the scene in the highly regarded 'The Professional' opposite Jean Reno," said Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event. "She has the unique ability to draw deep emotion from audiences as evidenced in such films as 'Heat,' 'Beautiful Girls,' 'Where the Heart Is,' 'Cold Mountain' and 'Closer.' " (Gregg Kilday)
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    Re: new V For Vendetta trailer

    So, have you read V for Vendetta. Just curious what you thought of it if you have read it.
    I have been trying to decide if I want to as I like Alan Moore's writings, but this one seems odd and kinda of heavy, even for a comic geek like me.

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