Sunday, July 31, 2005

V for Vendetta novelization

I'm not sure how long this has been solicited, but the novelization of the V for Vendetta moive is being pre-sold on Amazon.

The novelization is written by Steve Moore, who is no stranger to comics himself.

Amusingly, the cover of the novelization listed on Amazon appeaers with the copy text:

A novelization by Steve Moore

Based on the screenplay by the Wachowski Brothers

Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Comic Book Resources - Interview with Natalie Portman

My thanks to
for posting the link to this article:
Comic Book Resources has a small interview with Natalie Portman. Some standard fare, but interesting because it brings up the recent bombings in London and Natalie's opinion on it and how people may view the movie because of it.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

screenshots from the trailer

Ignoring the degree of obsession it takes for someone to go through a trailer frame-by-frame to grab screenshots, I'm happy to present some choice shots from the movie trailer.

I know some of you have been asking for my opinion of it, and if you're that interested in my opinion, you can read my review of the V for Vendetta trailer here. It's a combination of my inital thoughts and later reactions. But if you're rightfully more interested in the pretty pictures, just scroll down:

Friday, July 22, 2005

V for Vendetta Trailer

Good evening London. This is the Voice of Fate Voice of London broadcasting on Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. It is 6:00 and the buggers at the movie website have all the neat little graphics up but not the actual trailer

Still, it's a nice image:

This site should look pretty slick once it ramps up for the movie. Now if they'd only be on schedule....

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Ain't It Cool News: Natalie Portman Interview

Ain't It Cool News has posted a new brief interview with Natalie Portman.

Nothing too revealing; mostly echoing things she's said at the various press conferences, although she does state that some footage of Purefoy will make it into the final cut of the movie, with dubbing by Weaving.

the interview also has about a half-dozen pics of Portman during the interview, which was held during the San Diego Comic-Con.

movie trailer debuts--in HD--online tomorrow

Straight from the movie's website:

those who were not there will see it online shortly. In fact, tomorrow. In High Definition and with 5.1 surround sound at its largest size. Damn I love the march of technology. While the Matrix trailers we encoded in 2003 looked great, we could not encode true HD. Now we can.

More London bombings

Bombs have once again gone off in London. Here's the latest news from the BBC on the bombings.

The bombings have occured two weeks safter the first set of bombings, although these explosions did significantly less damage than the first ones.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Lying in the Gutters reviews V for Vendetta Script

Rich Johnston reviews a September '04 draft of the V for Vendetta Script

The review doesn't hold any real surprises for anyone who has been following the drips and drabs of information regarding the script. And though Rich obviously favors the comic, he freely admits his biases and manages a level-headed, if largely negative, review; thus he should be spared any venomous retaliations from J.M. Straczynski. His biggest critique is that the script lacks any sense of subtlety. However, fans of the comic will be pleased to note that several highlights from the comic--V's controntations with Lilliman and Surridge, and of course Valerie's Letter--remain intact.

Comic-Con Fawkes Masks on sale on E-Bay

I know I'm going to kick myself for mentioning this when I still have yet to get one for myself, but right now there's well over a dozen auctions on e-bay for the promo Guy Fawkes masks they gave away at the San Diego Comic-Con last week. (You'll need to search under "v for Vendetta mask" though, not "Guy Fawkes".)

Good luck and try to save at least one for me, OK?

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Ain't It Cool News: reports on the V for Vendetta panel at Comic-Con

Ain't It Cool News: has an in-depth article on the V for Vendetta panel at the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con. There's some wonderful shots from the panel, mostly of Portan but also a few of David Lloyd and the others.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the article is when Lloyd responds to questions about the bombings in London and how controversial the movie's version of V will be. The review writes:

Lloyd also was asked about the London bombings and his opinion on how controversial the movie will be. He responded saying that the story has always been controversial because of the idea of portraying a terrorist as a person with their own reasons for doing what they're doing, not an all out unexplainable evil isn't popular. He went on to say that if we can't understand the point of view of the terrorists we won't ever stand any chance to put a stop to terrorist acts.

This was popular with about half the hall while the other half just sat, quietly. The middle-aged lady in front of me was shaking her head the whole time Lloyd was speaking... Maybe she won't like this movie...

Lloyd also talked briefly about Alan Moore and his opinions regarding the movie.

The article also describes the trailer in more detail than the SuperHero Hype article but with a noticeable dose of fanboy-gushing, so take it all with a grain of salt.

V for Vendetta panel at the San Diego Comic-Con

I just read that there was a panel held today at the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con featuring Natalie Portman, Joel Silver, and David Lloyd. The news was posted on the V for Vendetta movie website, but was also listed on the ComicCon's online schedule of events. This doesn't appear to be a surprise panel ( seems to have known about it for a while), so either none of you like me anymore or the normal gang of anarchists that feed me news info didn't know about this either. (Yes I realize I'm setting myself up with that comment, but it's late and I'm punchy.)

Fortunately, SuperHero Hype has not failed me. The site has both a link to the full audio to the panel at the Comic-Con and they also have a description of the teaser trailer that premiered during the panel.

Speaking of the movie's website; the site has posted a 30-second audio clip from James McTiegue mentioning he is currently editing "the Larkhill sequence" and that "hopefully we'll make our deadline". this last comment seems to indicate that the movie will keep it's Nov 6 opening, contrary to what Lying in the Gutters reported earlier this week. You can hear the audio file in the News section.

All those with first-hand pictures, video, transcripts and bodies from the V for Vendetta panel at the Comic-Con are heartily encouraged to e-mail them to me at

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Postponement of the movie?

As I'm sure no one will be surprised, rumblings are circulating that Warner Bros. might postpone the opening of V for Vendetta due to the recent London bombings.

Rich Johnston latest Lying in the Gutters has the details. Rich rates the reliability of his information as "yellow", meaning there's a 50/50 split on the validity of the information. But as this is the first time I've seen the idea of moving back the release date mentioned in public, I should point it out.

Rich also gives a brief review of the script, which I shall brazenly quote without permission:

It's impossible to read this objectively. I keep running up against Evey not setting out as a prostitute before she gets attacked, the V V V V speech, the abandonment of any mention of anarchy, the allegory of Guy Fawkes being boosted, the lack of subtlety in dialogue, V not being God in his address to the public, the reinvention of the Voice Of Fate as a shock jock and the mixture of Americanism and Dick Van Dykeism of London.

But the Valerie monologue is there and remains relatively unscathed. Possibly makes the whole thing worthwhile.

Rich promises an in-depth review in his next column.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

BBC has extensive coverage of the london explosions

The BBC website is accessable again and has extensive coverage on the bombings.

With respect to those wounded and killed by the explosions, I'd be remiss, as this site's administrator, if I didn't point out that the bombings did not take place on the Victoria line, nor was there anything 'twixt Whitehall and St. James....

Four Blasts Rock London, Killing at Least Two

I can't access the BBC website, but as of 7:27 EST, 6 Blasts Rock London, Killing at Least Two.

From the Yahoo article:

Police confirmed an explosion destroyed a double-decker bus at Russell Square in central London. Dow Jones Newswires reported that police said there were explosions on two other buses.

. . . .

Police said incidents were reported at the Aldgate station near the Liverpool Street railway terminal, Edgware Road and King's Cross in north London, Old Street in the financial district and Russell Square in central London, near the British Museum.

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