Feb 26, 2009

Patrick attended the “Watchmen” World Premiere and the Paris Photocall and I have photos in the gallery!

Watchmen World Premiere

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Feb 26, 2009

Malin Akerman, Patrick Wilson, and Billy Crudup, heroes of the latest comic book movie Watchmen, rode into London on Monday for the world premiere of their film.

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Feb 26, 2009

ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! talked to Broadway and Film star Patrick Wilson on the Vancouver set of Watchmen about playing Nite Owl II, to read the interview click here.

Adapted by Zack Snyder as the follow-up to the smash CGI-enhanced Persian War epic 300, the film features Wilson as Night Owl, described as “a rich kid interested in birds.” Watchmen will “be set in an alternate 1985 with plenty of Cold War overtones.” It will also feature Matthew Goode as clever vigilante Ozymandias, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the Comedian, Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach and Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre and Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan.

The project the subject of big screen speculation, with such directors Paul Greengrass, Darren Aronofsky and Terry Gilliam once interested in directing a Watchmen film. Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Deborah Snyder will produce.

source: broadwayworld.com

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Feb 26, 2009

HOLLYWOOD – An ownership dispute between 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros nearly meant doomsday for the release of the $120 million graphic novel adaptation “Watchmen.” But an 11th hour agreement means audiences will be able to watch “Watchmen” come March 6.

“Part of me thought it would be really cool if the movie got shelved for all time, because that would just make it cooler,” says director Zack Snyder. “Only 20 or 30 people had seen the movie (when Fox filed suit), and I thought that those people could go on a lecture tour and describe it.”

Snyder is kidding, of course. The filmmaker is as eager as anyone to see “Watchmen” released, especially after investing more than three years of his life making a film once said to be unfilmable.

“Watchmen” is the brainchild of writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons. It first appeared as a 12-issue DC Comics series from 1986 to 1987, then was republished as the now legendary graphic novel. The plot centers on a group of outlawed costumed crime-fighters who reconnect after one of them is found murdered. These are not superheroes in the traditional sense. Only one has superpowers – the blue-hued Dr. Manhattan, a government physicist whose genetic makeup was altered in a nuclear lab accident. That mishap left him with the ability to transform matter and teleport himself and other objects.

Snyder got started on “Watchmen” while still in production on “300,” also based on a comic book. The innovative style of “300” made the young filmmaker a Hollywood darling and Warner Bros gave him free rein to make “Watchmen” his way. They even allowed him to make an R-rated movie, though a PG-13 rating may have been more profitable.

“The studio has been super supportive of me, even after I basically hijacked their giant, cool franchise superhero movie and turned it into a weird art movie,” he says.

A fan of “Watchmen,” Snyder vowed to be true to the source material. That was no easy feat.

“We never designed Watchmen’ to be a movie,” says Gibbons. “We didn’t even think Watchmen’ was going to become a graphic novel. We did a 12-issue comic book series and then thought, that’s it. It’s going to go in the back issue bins and that’s the last we’ll hear of it.”

Not so. “Watchmen” has had an ever-growing following, and Snyder knew he couldn’t screw it up. Some characters and subplots had to go, and the film’s ending is a departure from the one in the book. But Gibbons says he’s fine with the changes and actually likes the new ending.

“What happens is an integral part of the whole story, and so I’m very happy with it and I think it works fine,” he says. (The Hollywood-averse Moore, who disavows all filmed versions of his work, won’t discuss the “Watchmen” movie.)

“Watchmen,” though set in 1985, works as metaphor for today’s government-instigated “War on Terror” paranoia. “It’s the most political of the three movies I’ve made,” acknowledges Snyder, whose first feature was the 2004 remake of “Dawn of the Dead.”

“Watchmen” is set in an alternate America where Richard Nixon is in his fifth term, superheroes who have lost the support of the public have been outlawed and the country is locked in a potentially catastrophic nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays a fellow who assassinates President Kennedy, shoots his pregnant girlfriend in the head and attempts to rape the women he loves. And he’s one of the good guys. “When I first read the script, I thought this guy, he’s horrible – he’s completely amoral and nihilistic,” Morgan says. “But every time I read it after that, I’d go – and maybe it’s because I’m playing the guy – but I like this guy and I’m almost sympathetic towards him.”

The Comedian, as Morgan’s character is known, isn’t the only morally ambiguous masked character. Jackie Earle Haley plays the vigilante Rorschach, who is the only member of the so-called Masks still dispensing justice to criminals in the Big Apple.

Part detective, part psychopath, he initiates the re-formation of the crime-fighting gang after the Comedian is found dead on the sidewalk below his smashed apartment window.

Haley, a one-time child star who staged a remarkable comeback in 2006 with his Oscar-nominated supporting role in “Little Children,” says he wanted to work with Snyder after seeing “300.” The idea of performing the character behind an ever-changing inkblot mask was initially daunting, though.

“When you’re an actor, your face is your main conveyance,” he says. But he also found the mask incredibly motivating. “Acting is kind of an internal process anyway, so I just went there and hoped the external would take care of itself.”

For Billy Crudup, whose Dr. Manhattan is slowly losing his humanity, the challenges were more technical. Outfitted in a motion-capture suit, he had to rely much more on his imagination than he usually does. “I also had to shut out the other actors who insisted on laughing at me,” he quips.

He was outfitted in a white bodysuit with dozens of tiny lights and dots on his face so his movements could be captured by computer and added in post-production.

“He looked like a walking Christmas tree,” giggles co-star Malin Akerman, who plays his girlfriend, Laurie, a.k.a. Silk Spectre II. For her, wearing stiletto boots and a latex costume was a bit trickier than she expected during two months of training in Vancouver.

“You train in sweats and running shoes and then you put this costume on and you go, I have to start all over again, because I can’t even bend my elbows,’ ” she recalls. “If I were a superhero, I’d wear sweats and a T-shirt and maybe a belt to fashion it up.”

For Patrick Wilson, getting the chance to play the caped and cowled crime-fighter Nite Owl was close to living out a childhood fantasy. “I remember calling my buddy and saying, I look like Batman,’ ” he says.

“Watchmen” served as a reunion for Wilson and his “Little Children” co-star Haley. Only this time, they had more scenes together. Wilson recalls a moment when they were filming a scene in their costumes and joked that they were doing “some very weird sequel” to their previous movie.

Co-creator Gibbons says it’s unlikely that his fellow Briton Moore will see the movie but notes that its marketing is so ubiquitous that it’s unlikely Moore will be able to avoid it.

“Even in the backwoods of England, where I come from, it’s inescapable,” he says. “So I guess he won’t be able to escape it completely.”

source: azcentral.com

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Feb 23, 2009

This clip features Night Owl and Silk Spectre at a prison. Check it out!:

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Feb 23, 2009

Malin and Patrick attended MTV Spoilers and had a little Q&A/Interview.  Skip to 3:30 on the video to see their parts:

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Feb 14, 2009

Stars of Upcoming Watchmen Film Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley to Reprise Their Roles, Bringing Characters to Life in an Action Brawler Videogame

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is proud to announce that Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley, stars of the upcoming Watchmen film, will lend their voices to the long-form downloadable videogame Watchmen: The End is Nigh. Developed by Deadline Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Watchmen: The End is Nigh will feature the voices of Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl, a refined fighter well-versed in martial arts and cutting-edge gadgetry, and Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach, a feral, streetwise fighter who can disarm enemies and use their own weapons against them.

A prequel to the Watchmen film directed by Zack Snyder, the videogame Watchmen: The End is Nigh will be released on March 4, 2009, two days before the movie opens in theaters nationwide. Watchmen: The End is Nigh extends the film experience and will delve into the characters, rivalries and challenges in a mature action-brawler. The game explores the crime-fighting partnership of urban vigilantes Nite Owl and Rorschach, who track and beat down criminals to uncover a dangerous conspiracy.

source: news.teambox.com

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Feb 11, 2009

In 2008, the biggest movies of the year were superhero movies: The Dark Knight and Iron Man. In 2009, another superhero movie looks to be equally huge, and that’s Watchmen, Zack Snyder‘s adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel.

First published as a serial comic book in 1986, Watchmen was immediately heralded for turning the notion of a “superhero story” on its head. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Watchmen depicts a group of vigilantes who band together to fight crime; they have costumes, but no unusual powers … save Doctor Manhattan, a scientist who acquires supernatural abilities after being caught in an experiment gone wrong.

There’s been a lot of talk (maybe too much talk — OK, sorry, antiquated U2 reference) about Zack Snyder’s involvement in the project, which has taken eons to get off the ground. Would he be faithful to the book? Too faithful, not faithful enough? How would he handle all the side stories, and such a large ensemble cast?

Now you can get the answers straight from the horses’ mouths, as Moviefone’s Unscripted interview series is bringing several of the stars of Watchmen together to talk about the movie. Now’s your chance to grill Patrick Wilson (Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl), Billy Crudup (Dr. Jon Osterman/Doctor Manhattan), Matthew Goode (Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias) and Malin Akerman (Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre) about their geek knowledge of the comic book, about what it felt like to wear all that rubber or play a ginormous blue man … or whatever else your fanboy/girl heart may desire.

Submit your question in the comments section below for Crudup, Goode, Akerman or Wilson by Tues, Feb. 17, and be sure to include your first name and the city where you live. Then check back here on March 2 to see if your question made the cut. Thanks, and good luck.

source: cinematical.com

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