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July 24, 2010 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Zack Snyder, perhaps best known as the director of the musclebound movie "300," is getting in touch with his feminine side with "Sucker Punch." The movie, due out in March, is based on an original script that Snyder co-wrote with Steve Shibuya. The concept, which had been germinating for eight years, involves five girls who use their imaginations to escape an insane asylum, Snyder told the audience Saturday afternoon at Comic-Con. As with "300," the movie features hyper-stylized fighting sequences in which the female characters -- Baby Doll, Amber, Sweetpea, Rocket and Blondie -- slash, hack and kick their way past horrific monsters and lecherous men. Snyder drenches the movie in a sepia tone similar to "300," but adds a splash of the burlesque, a dose of steampunk and a whiff of Nazi Germany to the movie's fantastical settings.
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.
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 7, 2014 | By James S. Fell
After the film "300" hit the screen in 2006, Google trends showed a threefold increase in searches for "six-pack abs. " And every magazine with the word "muscle" in its title shared a version of a "Secrets of the '300'" workout. But there are no secrets to seeing your abs. Methods vary, but they sum up as: Train hard. Eat fewer calories than you burn. The end. The sequel, "300: Rise of an Empire," is now in theaters, and the actors recently gathered at a Century City hotel to talk about their physical transformation from ordinary humans to chiseled glory.
March 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
At first blush, “300: Rise of an Empire” managed a nice success this weekend. It took in $45 million, enough for the top spot at the box office and a plethora of “conquering” puns that inevitably followed. The Noam Murro movie, starring Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green, is also conforming to the Hollywood formula of built-for-international product of tallying two-thirds of its sales overseas (pretty much exactly at 66%-34%). But things may not be nearly as rosy for the swords-and-sandals sequel or the genre it represents.
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...
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