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"The falling leaves drift by the window ,The autumn leaves of red and gold ,I
see your lips, the summer kisses, The sun-burned hands I used to hold.
Since you went away the days grow long ,And soon I'll hear old winter's song ,But I miss you most of all my darling ,When autumn leaves start to
May 29 08 9:28 AM
From Entertainment Weekly, in regards to the photo
I've long wondered how even a filmmaker as inventive as Zack Snyder is going to be able to do justice to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' epic Watchmen.
One of the unique virtues of their graphic novel is the way it takes full advantage of its medium - the overlap of words, pictures, and supplemental material -
to tell a complete story, full of overlapping plot strands, parallels of past, present, and future, of events in the story and the literary and pictorial
allusions that comment on them. It seemed inevitable that a lot of that material would have to be streamlined or jettisoned for Watchmen to work as a
Fortunately, it looks like Snyder is doing his best to keep the extensive backstory and sidestory material. Watchmen is set in a world that both reveres and
scorns comic-book superheroes. The latter-day heroes at the story's center live their lives informed by the rich history of a previous generation of
costumed crimefighters. Yesterday, the filmmakers released to Ain't It Cool News a class photo of the first-generation heroes, the Minutemen and that
single photo should be enough to whet the appetites of Watchmenologists. Not only is it faithful to similar artwork from the Gibbons drawings, but the
placement of the various Minutemen in the photo hints at the relationships that will be important later in the story. (Kneeling in the foreground is the
Comedian, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, whose latter-day actions are the story's catalyst.) Plus, the photo's warm sepia tone and, its quaint, baggy
costumes suggest that the film will maintain a cheeky but fond reverence for the masked heroes who starred in the (real world's) earliest comic books.
That backstory will be further explored in a mockumentary called Under The Hood, a side project Snyder is overseeing, along with Tales of the Black
Freighter, a grim pirate saga that appears in Watchmen in the form of a comic book one character reads throughout the story, offering a counterpoint to the
main superhero plot. Both Under the Hood and Black Freighter will be released on DVD at the time of Watchmen's big-screen release next March. That's
not quite the same thing as being able to enjoy these stories and refer back to them while reading the main Watchmen story, as you can with the graphic novel,
but it's pretty close. Props to Snyder for trying to replicate as closely as possible the rich and allusive experience of reading the book - and to Warner
Bros. for letting him do so.
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Aug 20, 2008, 10:09 AM | by Hollywood Insider
Categories: Movie Biz
--Written by Jeff Jensen
Twentieth Century Fox's war with Warner Bros. over rights to Watchmen has sparked fan outrage across the
Web following a published report that Fox is seeking to prevent Zack Snyder's $100 million-plus comic book adaptation from ever being released, a report
that most reasonable people and several informed sources believe just isn't accurate. Those familiar with the situation tell EW.com that despite the
legal mess over rights, Fox isn't actually interested in suppressing Snyder's film - they just want affirmation of ownership and/or restitution, and
there are many scenarios by which Fox could get paid, including a cash settlement or distribution rights to the film. Either way, look for Watchmen
to be released, as scheduled, on March 6, 2009.
Caught in the crossfire of murky legal vollies and overheated online venting: some of Fox's biggest upcoming films, including a remake of The Day
The Earth Stood Still, starring Keanu Reeves, and 2009's other hotly anticipated superhero flick, Fox's own X-Men Origins: Wolverine,
starring Hugh Jackman and slated for a May 1, 2009 release. In the wake of a report in Tuesday's Daily Variety asserting that
"Fox … would rather see [Watchmen] killed instead of collecting a percentage at the box office," comic books fans hit the boards at
EW.com and deadlinehollywood.com vowing to punish Fox for denying them the chance to see Snyder's long-awaited movie by boycotting various Fox
films. Over at comics2film.com,
Watchmen fans also blustered about a ban and even floated the idea of damaging Wolverine in particular via piracy - presumably, by making a
crappy cam recording of the film and posting it somewhere on the Internet for illegal download.
It's hard to imagine a boycott or a digital pirate attack could significantly skewer Wolverine's prospective box office, even if they did
actually come to pass. Fanboys are pretty amped for Jackman's franchise bid - the trailer Fox showed at Comic-Con killed - and a vast majority of geeks
probably shy away from doing anything that will rile up a small army of Fox lawyers armed with court orders. Still, Fox is counting on those fanboys'
dollars to make Wolverine profitable, and alienating them risks creating bad PR. Should this boycott blather intensify throughout the fall, it will
no doubt put Jackman in the unenviable position of fielding questions about the controversy during the tubthumping to come for his big Oscar-baiting epic,
Australia, also a Fox production.
(Needless to say, such drama would also create more awareness for Watchmen.)
Asked for a response to the fan uproar, a Fox spokesman said in a statement: "Of course we are concerned about the fans; however, any disappointment
from the core fans should not be directed toward Fox. What we are doing is seeking to enforce our distribution rights to Watchmen. Legal copyright
ownership should not just be swept under the rug and ignored."
One question many observers have had about this situation is the timing of the lawsuit. Fox filed its complaint back in February - just as Snyder was
wrapping production on Watchmen. The assumption many are making is that Fox stood by and did nothing as Warner Bros. actively and publicly developed
and produced a movie it had no right to make, and then, at a maximum moment of leverage, sandbagged its rival with a lawsuit. And yet, according to a Fox
source, studio lawyers contacted Warner Bros. about the distribution rights issue several times prior to the start of production but were rebuffed.
All of this would seem to suggest that Warner Bros. either massively screwed up or is pretty darn certain that Fox is grossly mistaken. In a statement
issued to the press on Tuesday, a Warner Bros. spokesman said: "We respectfully disagree with Fox's position and do not believe they have any rights
in and to this project." But the studio also made the claim that the judge in the case, Judge Gary Allen Fees, "did not opine at all on the merits,
other than to conclude that Fox satisfied the pleading requirements." This is technically true. But the tenor of Fees' edict does sound rather
leading. For example: "It is particularly noteworthy that nothing on the face of the complaint or the documents supplied to the Court establishes that
[Watchmen producer Larry] Gordon, the claimed source of Warner Brothers' interest in Watchmen, ever acquired any rights in
At the very least, the judge's order seems to put Warner Bros. and Gordon in the position of producing proof that clearly shows that Fox is wrong, or
confuses the situation so much that the judge will have no choice but to throw them into a slime pit and let them slug this thing out. (If you want to
examine the legalese yourself, check it out here.) Regardless, the two most likely outcomes are: 1. Warner Bros. wins. 2. Warner Bros. offers Fox a big fat settlement and Fox takes
it. They could certainly use the bump after a weak summer season in which none of its films crossed the $100 million threshold.
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