March 13, 2009 |
In a special-effects bonanza such as "Watchmen," a single effect like Dr. Manhattan's eerie blue look could easily be lost in the tumult of nuclear explosions, flying ships, Martian palaces and Antarctic lairs. But with more than 300 shots totaling about 38 minutes of screen time, the effect had to be executed to perfection. Since digitally adding the blue glow to the superhero character played by Billy Crudup in post-production would be prohibitively expensive, John "D.J."
March 13, 2009 |
Everybody is talking about "Watchmen." Now if only more people would watch it. Amid a flurry of anticipation and hype, director Zack Snyder's superhero epic opened last weekend with $55.2 million in U.S. ticket sales -- a solid but less-than-blockbuster debut for a movie that Warner Bros. and its partners will have spent $200 million-plus to make and market. The question now is whether all the Internet and water cooler chatter will translate into footsteps into the theaters this weekend.
March 9, 2009 |
Dressed in skinny black jeans and rocker T-shirts, teenagers Raven McGee and Charles Valencia were perusing comic books at a store in Glendale, capping what the two friends considered a perfect Saturday after seeing the superhero blockbuster "Watchmen." So-called fanboys of the genre, such as McGee and Valencia, helped propel the action film's weekend box-office domination with estimated ticket sales of $55.7 million, the biggest opening of any film this year.
March 3, 2009 |
Director Zack Snyder has said he labored to adapt the ground-breaking graphic novel "Watchmen" faithfully, so that comic book fanatics would not be disappointed. Whether another segment of the audience will be enthusiastic is another question. In a notable sign, surveys of potential moviegoers released Monday suggest that young males may not be embracing the movie as heartily as older die-hard devotees who can't wait for "Watchmen's" arrival in theaters this weekend.
March 1, 2009 |
On a wintry day here last year, Zack Snyder hunkered down in a dank prison cell, peered between the bars and watched bloodthirsty inmates run riot. All the smoke and screams only made him smile; the fiery cellblock he saw before him looked nearly identical to the one in the hand-drawn pages of "Watchmen," the landmark 1985 graphic novel. The director didn't have to rely on memory -- he had a rolled-up copy of the comic book on the set with him.
January 16, 2009 |
Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox reached a settlement Thursday night on their copyright dispute over the superhero movie "Watchmen," concluding a legal drama between two Hollywood studios that threatened to upend one of the spring's biggest movies. The agreement paves the way for Warner Bros. to release "Watchmen" as planned March 6.