Aug 20, 2008

Twentieth Century Fox are lobbying to halt the release of upcoming graphic novel adaptation Watchmen over a rights dispute.

The film, starring Billy Crudup and Patrick Wilson, is due for release in March 2009, following a lengthy development process.

But Fox, which claims to have bought the intellectual rights to the Alan Moore comic books in the 1980s, has launched a legal bid to prevent Warner Bros from releasing the movie.

“Warner Bros’ production and anticipated release of the Watchmen motion picture violates 20th Century Fox’s long-standing motion picture rights in the Watchmen property,” said a Fox statement.

“We will be asking the court to enforce Fox’s copyright interests in Watchmen and enjoin the release of the Warner Bros film and any related Watchmen media that violate our copyright interests in that property.”

Alan Moore’s acclaimed graphic novel, heralded by many to be the greatest comic book ever written, has taken a tortuous route to cinemas, with directors such as Paul Greengrass, Terry Gilliam and Darren Aronofsky, as well as screenwriter David Hayter, attached to the project.

But 300 director Zack Snyder has taken the project closer to completion than his predecessors, commencing shooting in September last year and now working on post-production ahead of a 2009 release.

Warner Bros appear confident of the legality of their possession of the rights to distribute the film, commenting: “We respectfully disagree with Fox’s position and do not believe they have any rights in and to this project.

“The judge did not opine at all on the merits, other than to conclude that Fox satisfied the pending requirements,” the studio added.

Moore’s book, published by DC Comics as a monthly limited series in 1986 and 1987, tells of a group of ‘superheroes’ – without superpowers – whose role in society is called into question in a mid-80s US nearing nuclear war.


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Aug 8, 2008

Here’s a video from Patrick at Comic Con about Watchmen and his role Nite Owl:

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Aug 8, 2008

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will publish WATCHMEN, an episodic downloadable game based on the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures’ film for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC in 2009.

The game captures the action and intrigue of the “Watchmen” feature film, directed by Zack Snyder, who previously helmed the blockbuster “300.”  The screenplay for “Watchmen” is by David Hayter and Alex Tse, based on the award-winning graphic novel illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC Comics.  The film is produced by Lawrence Gordon (“Die Hard”), Lloyd Levin (“United 93”) and Deborah Snyder (“300”), with Herbert W. Gains (“The Brave One”) and Thomas Tull (“The Dark Knight”) serving as executive producers.  “Watchmen” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures in association with Legendary Pictures.

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, “Watchmen” will take us to the brink of destruction. In alternate 1985 America – in which costumed superheroes are not only real but have ultimately been outlawed – one former hero goes looking for the truth behind the murder of one of his own, but uncovers a devastating conspiracy to drag the world implacably closer to its own end.

Playing the film’s core group of “masks,” the masked adventurers at the center of the story, are Malin Akerman (“The Heartbreak Kid”), Billy Crudup (“The Good Shepherd”), Matthew Goode (“Match Point”), Carla Gugino (“Night at the Museum”), Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley (“Little Children”), Stephen McHattie (“Shoot ‘em Up”), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), and Patrick Wilson (“Little Children”).

“We’re bringing the Watchmen universe to gamers in a distinct episodic game revealing action and combat for a great overall experience for fans,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The filmmakers have been extremely helpful in developing the high-quality game story and we are working to match the outstanding visual style of the film.”

The videogame based on WATCHMEN will go beyond the film and delve into the characters, rivalries and challenges in a mature action-brawler. The game provides gamers with visceral superhero combat as urban vigilantes Rorschach and Nite Owl.


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Aug 2, 2008

Hey all!  Some Watchmen posters have been released and I’ve uploaded them to the gallery.  Check them out!:

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Aug 2, 2008

By now you’ve already heard that everything about the San Diego Comic Con’s Watchmen panel was flat out awesome. In fact you’ve already heard about some of it from us, when I turned in my quick description of some of the awesome footage director Zack Snyder showed off here. But now we’ve got time to get down into the nitty gritty details of just why this movie looks so good, and what Zack Snyder and his cast did to convince everyone, while seated in the heart of nerd Valhalla.

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Jul 18, 2008

I don’t know if any of you have seen this, but there’s a trailer up for “Watchmen” at  You can watch it here. Enjoy!

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Jul 18, 2008

Let’s say by some feat of luck, skill, or thievery, you somehow got your hands on the script for the much-anticipated “Watchmen” — you still wouldn’t know everything they filmed, Patrick Wilson (”Nite Owl”) tells us — because Zack Snyder and company squeezed in “lots of little things,” both as extra lines not on the page and as visuals not directly related to the scene, that they expect only hard-core fans will notice or appreciate. That is, if it all makes it in.“Zack tried to put everything he could in,” Wilson said, “and he left it to the studio to cut it and tell him what he can’t fit in. For the script we started with, every scene has something different than what’s on the page. That’s the fun of it, building it as you go.”

For instance, in the Owl Chamber – the Nite Owl’s equivalent of the Batcave (”the comparisons to Batman are perfect and right on, because no one is trying to say that they’re all that different, it’s all done on purpose,” Wilson smiled) — there is a picture of the Twilight Lady, a costumed female supervillain, dressed in leather, holding a riding crop. “That’s a character thing,” Wilson said. “We don’t have a scene about her, we don’t talk about her, but at least we have the picture of her.”

And where they could, Wilson said they added “little lines here and there” to give the characters more of their backstories, since so much had been abbreviated in the course of adapting the dense work. “Zack loves the graphic novel and he wants to tell the most faithful story he could,” Wilson said, “but obviously, changes had to be made, things had to be cut. Yet any question I had about adding something, if it helped the scene, he would say, ‘Sure, if it works, great.’”

Wilson knew of “Watchmen” but hadn’t read it until this part came along, and then he was “blown away.” “To me, this is the gospel as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “I love everything Alan Moore does. He really deconstructs comic book characters, and he’s just fearless. All the good and the bad, you have to respect it.”

Which is why, despite any rumors circulating, they’re not changing the ending of “Watchmen” so much that fans won’t recognize it, by giving it say, a happy ending where Rorschach saves the day. “Ha!” Wilson laughed. “I have to say, if you know how much Zack believes in it, you wouldn’t believe he would go that far from the graphic novel. I don’t know how those rumors start, but that’d be a stretch!”


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Jul 8, 2008

Tampa, Florida – Many young dancers and singers dream of being on Broadway. This summer a selected group is learning what it takes to earn a spot on stage.

The Broadway Theatre Project has helped launch many careers and has attracted many Broadway starts to USF to share their talents. Today, students got a chance to ask actor Patrick Wilson about his stage and screen experiences. Wilson, who has preformed on Broadway in Oklahoma and Barefoot in the Park has also starred on screen in Little Children and Hard Candy. He attended the program 16 years ago and will spend two days working with a new crop of students.

Apprentices audition for a spot. This year more than a hundred high school and college aged performers from the United States, Canada, American Samoa and Great Britain will learn from Broadway’s best about dancing, acting and singing on stage.

This is the nineteenth year of the program. For info on how to audition and for performance schedules click here.

David Leonard,Tampa Bay’s 10 News



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