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January 14, 2007 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
IN telling the tale of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae -- an epic confrontation in 480 B.C. in which King Leonidas leads an army of just 300 Spartans against the massive Persian hordes of self-proclaimed god-king Xerxes -- director Zack Snyder went big, operatic big. Rather than taking on the pitch of a dusty tutorial, "300" is a fevered hissy-fit of a movie that operates somewhere between outrageous and demented. Snyder, who co-wrote the screenplay with Kurt Johnstad and Michael B.
June 26, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sucker Punch Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $29.98/$35.99 "Watchmen" and "300" director Zack Snyder finally works on an original story with "Sucker Punch," a truly bizarre action fantasy starring Emily Browning as an institutionalized woman who retreats into an alternate reality in which she is both a stripper and a warrior woman. The plot primarily provides an excuse to show scene after scene of scantily clad ladies fighting bad guys in slow motion, set against surreal CGI landscapes.
March 23, 2004 | Erin Ailworth, Times Staff Writer
Zack Snyder is a "really smart 6-year-old kid who knows how to make movies." At least that's how one cast member described the 38-year-old director of "Dawn of the Dead," the hip horror remake that dislodged "The Passion of the Christ" from the top of the box-office chart. Snyder admits to being goofy, but the man -- who describes himself as too old to be a "wunderkind" in the TV-ad world and too new in Hollywood to "be an old-school cat" -- said he knows pretty much zippo about movies.
September 22, 2010 | By Ben Fritz and Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times
Halfway through the production of "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," director Zack Snyder began feeling pressure to lighten the tone of his 3-D animated feature. Executives at Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, the movie's backers, were worried that the story was too dark for younger audiences, a primary target. They wanted Snyder, known for the R-rated action movies "300" and " Watchmen," to add humor and "charm" to "Guardian's" tale about the battle between good and evil in a fantasy owl kingdom.
March 1, 2009 | Geoff Boucher
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.
June 17, 2003 | From a Times staff writer
The zombies are walking again. Production has begun in Canada on "Dawn of the Dead," which Universal Pictures bills as a "re-envisioning" of George A. Romero's 1978 horror classic. Making his feature-film directing debut on the project is Zack Snyder. The cast features Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber and Mekhi Phifer.
March 8, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Hey, Christopher Nolan fans: You only have to wait another year and a half to see your favorite director's next venture. Co-distributors Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures announced Friday that the "The Dark Knight Rises" director's new film, "Interstellar," will debut on Nov. 7, 2014. Written by his brother, Jonathan Nolan, "Interstellar" is a time-traveling epic based on scientific theories developed by Caltech physicist Kip Thorne, who will executive produce the movie.
December 16, 2008 | John Horn
A federal judge said Monday that he was unable to decide whether 20th Century Fox controls rights to the movie that Warner Bros. has produced and plans to release March 9, leaving open the possibility that the dispute between the studios could be tried on Jan. 20. U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess told lawyers for Fox and Warners that a series of 1990s contracts between Fox and "Watchmen" producer Larry Gordon are so open to interpretation that...
March 28, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Amy Adams will play Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's "Superman" movie. ( Los Angeles Times ) In other Zack Snyder news: Fanboys flocked to "Sucker Punch" this weekend. Everyone else stayed far, far away. ( Los Angeles Times ) Hip-hop radio host DJ Megatron was shot dead near his home Sunday morning, according to police. ( Huffington Post ) Simon Cowell's "X Factor" auditions swing through L.A. -- finally, a creative outlet for Angelenos!
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