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January 9, 2009 | John Horn
The most spirited squabbling in the legal fight over the distribution rights for "Watchmen" had been limited to lawyers for 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. But now one of the film's producers has joined the fray, urging Fox to drop its case and let the film come out as planned.
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BUSINESS
January 8, 2009 | John Horn
Warner Bros. is urging a federal judge to move up the date on which he will hear arguments about whether the studio may release the much-anticipated movie "Watchmen," arguing that "time is of the essence," with tens of millions of dollars in marketing expenses on the line. "Watchmen," based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, is scheduled for release March 6. But the movie is at the center of a bitter legal battle between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox. U.S.
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January 7, 2009 | John Horn
Lawyers for 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. have agreed to let a federal judge decide whether Warner Bros. will be allowed to release "Watchmen" this spring, forgoing a jury trial that could have put the high-profile film's future into even longer limbo. In court papers filed Monday with U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess, attorneys for Fox and Warner Bros. jointly said they would let the judge decide Jan.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2008 | Maria Elena Fernandez
The trailer for the highly anticipated superhero movie "Watchmen" promises intense on-screen action, larger-than-life characters and scathing social commentary. But lately the movie has become better known for its courtroom drama, with 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. continuing to clash over interests in the film. Fox is trying to block Warner's scheduled March 6 release, claiming that it controls the rights to the movie through a series of deals it made with the producer, Lawrence Gordon.
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August 15, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Talk about a disappearing act: Harry Potter just vanished from the 2008 movie schedule. Warner Bros. shocked fans around the globe Thursday when it announced that "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment in the massively successful film franchise about a young wizard and his friends, would not hit theaters in November as planned. The film will instead be delayed eight months and arrive on July 17, according to Alan Horn, Warner Bros. president and chief operating officer.
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July 28, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
For Warner Bros., the mission was to keep "The Dark Knight" from seeing the light of day. In an era of instantaneous digital copying and widely available high-speed Internet access, the premature and unauthorized release of a movie to the public -- especially a coveted summer blockbuster -- can spell disaster. If the movie's a stinker, the word will travel at the speed of a mouse click, ruining chances of making back money.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2008 | Ken Bensinger, Times Staff Writer
Holy opening weekend, Batman! "The Dark Knight," the long-awaited sequel from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, sold $155.3 million in tickets this weekend, according to early estimates from its distributor, setting a record for the biggest three-day take and cementing the primacy of superhero movies at the cineplex. Batman's haul surpassed the bar set last year by Sony Pictures Entertainment's "Spider-Man 3" by $4.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2008 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
The stakes in the industry's most competitive moviegoing season are high for all Hollywood studios, which spend heavily to sell their big-budget popcorn titles around the world. This summer, the risks are particularly steep for Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. studio, which has hundreds of millions of dollars riding on three major releases: “Speed Racer,” the Batman sequel “The Dark Knight” and “Get Smart,” a big-screen adaptation of the 1960s sitcom.
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November 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Two Hollywood rivals are joining forces to fight rampant movie piracy. Paramount Pictures will sell freshly released DVDs through Warner Bros. outlets in China in hopes of bringing low-cost, legitimate goods to market quickly. Warner, Paramount and Paramount's DreamWorks affiliate will sell new titles for $3 in China as little as two months after their U.S. theatrical release, the firms said. They said that would be the earliest release and lowest price in any market worldwide.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2007 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
Warner Bros. buys the rights to Gitty Daneshvari's "School of Fear," a four-part fictional series about teenagers learning to face their fears, for Graham King, Oscar-winning producer of "The Departed," "The Aviator" and "Traffic," among other films. Daneshvari was represented by Creative Artists Agency on the film rights, and by Sarah Burnes, with the Gernert Co., for literary rights. Producers Gail Lyon and Grey Rembert spearheaded the deal for King and Warner Bros.
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