Liev Schreiber

Update: This story features a correction — Liev Schreiber has not yet read the screenplay.

Last week it was reported that screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) has turned in a screenplay for Wolverine 2, and that a January 2011 start date decided for the comic book sequel. io9 reports that during that press conference for Repo Men, actor Liev Schreiber said he had dinner with Hugh Jackman last night, who has read the first draft of the sequel script. Schreiber, who played Sabertooth in the original film, says it is “still not clear whether or not Victor will be present in the Japan storyline.” Is Schreiber just playing coy or was he sent the script because Fox is considering adding his character to the next installment?

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Liev Schreiber is ready to fight. He’s got his eye on a biopic of Chuck “The Bayonne Bleeder” Wepner, a heavyweight boxer from New Jersey who has been said to be the inspiration behind Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky. (Let’s not have any grumbling that a Philly icon like Rocky may be based on a guy from Jersey.) The actor calls Wepner’s story hilarious and remarkable, and would like to make it his next picture. Read More »


Repo Men is the film once called Reposession Mambo, which has been sitting on the shelf at Universal for a while. The movie has nothing to do with the Alex Cox classic Repo Man.

Instead it tells of a near future when human life spans have been greatly extended by expensive artificial organs created by a company called The Union. When people fail to make their payments for a fancy new liver or other piece of their gut, a team of surgical operatives are sent out to reclaim The Union’s property. The film follows two of these guys, played by Jude Law and Forest Whitaker. Check out the first red band trailer to see what’s in store. Read More »

Salt Movie Trailer: Angelina Jolie Goes on the Run


Update: An official domestic teaser trailer has been released online, and is now embedded after the jump. The original story follows.

We’ve seen a few photos of Angelina Jolie in character for her lead role in Salt, the political action thriller that was rewritten for the actress when Tom Cruise bailed on the role. Now there’s an international trailer, straight from Russia. First thought: man, they really do some great lip-matching work when dubbing movies over there! Check the Russian trailer after the jump. Read More »


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Movie Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine


Much as I went into The Fellowship of the Ring caring more about Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen than I ever could about JRR Tolkien, my interest in X-Men Origins: Wolverine stems from the involvement of Gavin Hood and Hugh Jackman, and not from the legacy of X-Men comic books. Having said that, I rather liked Singer’s X-Men, loved X2 and probably thought more of The Last Stand than most people, so I do have a context in which I have invested in Wolverine-slash-Logan before.

Have Gavin Hood and his collaborators fashioned a film that can make me invest again, or dare I hope it, even make me invest more?

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Movie Trailer: Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock

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The movie trailer for Ang Lee‘s Taking Woodstock premiered tonight on Important Things with Demetri Martin. Based on Elliot Tiber‘s memior, Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life, the comedy tells the story of Mr. Tiber, who played an unexpected but pivotal role in making the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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20th Century Fox has released six new character photos and the final movie trailer from X-Men Origins: Wolverine on USA Today. The photos include Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed/Sabretooth, Lynn Collins as Kayla Silverfox, Taylor Kitsch as Gambit, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and as Kestrel.

The new trailer concentrates a lot on the story bits shown in the Fox 3-minute preview, with a lot more action from the additional mutants, and nearly every effects shot from the film cut into a fast montage. I think I even saw some footage from the recently filmed reshoots. Check out the trailer after the jump and tell me what you think in the comments!
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Defiance Movie Trailer



Compare the trailer to this December’s Defiance to the trailer for October’s Valkyrie. Both begin with solemn white words on black referencing the evils of Adolf Hitler, but only the former manages to build up the palpable suspense and the grave importance of its character(s)’s mission. That is until a jarring tonal shift occurs at the fifty second mark, right when Defiance‘s imagery should have intensified, stopped suddenly and left the audience wanting more. I went from curiosity, to slight intrigue to imagining one of Michael Scott’s feel good office posters. The title doesn’t help. Also, I have no idea what the $50 million budget went towards after watching this.

Directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, Glory, The Last Samurai), Defiance stars Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell and Liev Schreiber as three Jewish brothers who flee Nazi-occupied Poland and build a makeshift village alongside Russian resistance fighters.

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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition at Defiance hits theaters on December 26, 2008.

Liev Schreiber is Sabertooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Crawling out of the sewers over at Chud is the news that Liev Schreiber will grow a mane and fangs to play the villain Sabertooth in the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The intense Scream 3 actor had been pegged earlier for the role of William Stryker, a minor character in the canon and previously depicted by Brian Cox in X2 as a mutant hating colonel (a variation from the comics).

The first X-Men spinoff film will explore the cloaked Weapon X program that gave Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) his famous claws and indestructible adamantium skeleton, though to what extent this figures in is debated. The alias of Schreiber’s character is Victor Creed, a mutant who shares Wolvie’s healing power, penchant for gruff violence, and woodland musk. Director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition) takes his first stab at genre fare with the high budgeted summer blockbuster, due in theaters on May 1, 2009.

Schreiber can turn on the rampage when needed, but to me he’s better suited to play a smart and dubious plotter than a towering brute. That’s probably part of the role’s appeal to him, though. When Sabertooth appeared in the original X-Men, he was played by the fittingly named Tyler Mane aka Michael Myers in Zombievision. As Chud mentioned, Sabertooth is a rather one-note howl, and he always struck me as overcompensating and lacking ambition. When I was a kid I thought he was related to Monkian from Thundercats, and under heavy psycho analysis probably still do, so forgive me if I’m discriminating.

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