Finally, the literary adaptation we've waited years for! The fantastic imagery! The unspeakable terror! The parallels to our own world! That's right, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is finally out on Blu-Ray! The long, hard, gay-innuendo-filled wait is over! Also, some other stuff came out.
Lordy! This Watchmen mess between Fox and Warner Brothers just goes on and on, doesn't it? Back in September, it looked like everyone had been placated when Fox said they didn't want to tank the project and got Adam West's Batman in return. But no, the mess continued and Judge Gary Feess decided Fox does, indeed, have the right to distribute Warner Brothers' Watchmen. Now the latest scuffle has the producers and Feess trading letters and barbs on the Internet and beyond. I can't help but think this would be so much quicker (not to mention more amusing to watch) if everyone just got into the ring and took turns slapping the crap out of each other. Last person standing wins!
Despite looking like a goth version of the big meeting at the beginning of The Warriors, Spike TV's Scream Awards managed to pull in some pretty big talent Tuesday night. Liv Tyler, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Ron Perlman and Jon Favreau were among the A-listers who showed up to get screamed at by a group of extras from Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson videos. (Both were in attendance.) But the real treat of the night was the appearance of the Watchmen cast, who brought along some new footage... okay, it was a lot of old footage, mostly from the first trailer, but there were some tasty gems buried within, ones that nobody had seen before, not even the press.
Do you love movie trailers as much as we do? How about that Quantum of Solace trailer? Pretty cool, huh? Well, we feel that trailers deserve a little more attention than the minute-thirty we usually give them. While we'll occasionally write about one that grabs our fancy, some of them are worth serious analysis, by seriously funny experts. Which is where the first installment of our new weekly video series, Trailers Without Pity comes in. Brother vloggers Omar and Pablo Gallaga have broken down the Quantum trailer to point out the bizarre, the confusing and the sheer ridiculous in the latest Bond commercial.
Check out their Quantum theories here, then keep checking back to hear the Gallagas' opinions of trailers for Fast & Furious, Watchmen and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button!
If you've been following the Watchmen movie news, you may have heard that there were recently screenings of preview footage in Los Angeles and New York. Luckily, we were invited -- okay, we begged to be let in to the New York screening, where director Zack Snyder and original comic book artist Dave Gibbons answered our questions and showed us some mind-blowing stuff. Well, we took notes on everything, and we've posted a detailed description of the footage in our Mondo Extras blog! Check out our detailed recap, then check back to read the Q & As and hear our critical commentary.
If you've seen footage of Dr. Manhattan, the glowing, atomic superhero who plays a major role in Zack Snyder's Watchmen movie, you've probably thought to yourself, "How do they do that?" Or maybe you didn't. Maybe you know everything there is to know about special effects, and I'm a big stupidhead. Well, I may be a big stupidhead, but I don't think I'm alone in being curious about how they made the glow from a computer-generated character appear on the real-life characters he was interacting with. Luckily, this stupidhead need wonder no longer!
We here at the Moviefile been following the Fox vs. Warner Bros. Watchmen legal drama for the last few weeks, holding our collective breath and hoping the March 2009 release date doesn't get pushed back. Or wiped off the calendar completely. Zach was waiting for a "massive, shocking resolution to this conflict" -- I don't know how much of a resolution this is yet, and I don't know if it's massive or shocking, but Comic Book Resources has reported on a pretty surprising development. According to the exclusive, Fox doesn't want to scuttle the project, or make its own Watchmen movie, or even to "[hold] up a rival". As it turns out, what Fox reportedly wants is... the 1960s Batman TV series. See, I told you it was surprising.
Many segments of the retail market are facing financial difficulties these days, and entertainment sales are no exception. After two flat years, 2007 saw the first real decline in DVD sales "since the disc format debuted in 1997." Maybe it's because of the advent of cheap, home-delivered rentals, or maybe people just finally filled up their wobbly DVD racks and ran out of room. Whatever the reason, an article in The New York Times says that Warner Brothers Entertainment recognizes the trouble it's in. But who can they turn to when they're up against a faceless, powerful enemy? Why, superheroes, of course!
You can learn a lot by reading. But we're not talking about history books or science books -- that stuff's for squares. No, we mean you can learn a lot about movies by reading their book tie-ins before you go to see them. Not only are they packed with spoilers, they sometimes have intriguing behind-the-scenes information you wouldn't know otherwise. Such is the case with the two lavishly illustrated Watchmen movie tie-in books: Watchmen: The Art of the Film and Watchmen: The Film Companion. Read on, and check out the ten (non-spoilery) things we learned about the movie from these info-packed tomes.
So I mostly went to the Warner Brothers screening (which consisted of Watchmen, Friday the 13th and Terminator: Salvation) to see Terminator footage (okay, and to stare at Jared Padalecki for a while). And when we were told they were showing the Watchmen intro footage that they'd shown to the press, I sighed -- not because it wasn't awesome (it was), but because I'd already seen it and was hoping I'd at least get a little something else. I'm greedy like that. And very impatient. But then the teeming masses were informed that we'd get a little bit extra... that no one had seen before. Then, all of a sudden, I was on the edge of my seat.