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Kick-Ass Trailer mashed up with some heroes

Posted by LiveFor on March 17, 2010

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Watchmen Cocktails – I said Blue Bols!!

Posted by LiveFor on March 9, 2009

Still thirsty for more Watchmen related stuff? Groaning at the dreadful punnage?

Well fret no more as the good people over at Isotope Comics have come up with some Watchmen inspired cocktails. Here are a couple of them (remember kids no drinking alcohol until your reach the recommended age for your country, state, or Mega City Block).

Full Frontal Manhattan

Those who have already seen the movie or read the book will want to start their boozing off with this tribute to Dr. Manhattan’s… (ahem)… full-frontal blueness!

2 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 oz Hiram Walker Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
3 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters

Shaken and served up. The Isotope staff prefers this cocktail to be served with a little backlighting for best blue glow effect.

The Comedian

Here’s a great follow-up to that blue-hued cosmic adventure… a drink of pure nihilism! But be warned, this one is sure to rough you up a bit, just like the drink’s namesake, The Comedian.

2 oz Yukon Jack Canadian Whiskey
Dr. Pepper

Fill a tall glass with ice and feel free to go heavy on the Yukon Jack. Top off with as little Dr. Pepper as you dare. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a drop of blood in honor of that Watchmen smileyface button you’ve been bootlegging.

Black Freighter

Because it wouldn’t be complete without a little pirate adventure!

2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Dark Rum
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Hiram Walker Creme De Cacao Dark

Combine over ice and stir. Too many of these, and your night might end up on the cutting room floor of your memory just like the Black Freighter scenes that were cut from the movie. Hope it doesn’t get its own DVD!

Head on over to Isotope to check out the rest. They are also after some more cocktail recipes for Rorschach and Nite Owl.

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General Watchmen pictures, figures and things

Posted by LiveFor on March 5, 2009

Just a few of the cool images that Super Punch have collected for the Watchmen film.

Watchmen custom action figures
Watchmen Mighty Muggs
Dr. Manhattan t-shirt.
Dr. Manhattan poster

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Watching the Watchmen – Featurettes on all the main characters

Posted by LiveFor on February 27, 2009

I have quite literally just been sent these four featurettes from the people who made them. They deal with the main characters and the last on is about Zack Snyder and Dave Gibbons. Lots of interviews, behind the scenes footage and other stuff.

Dr. Manhattan / Silk Spectre – Another online Watchmen exclusive. See Silk Spectre and Dr Manhattan in action. Your chance to see them in action, meet the actors and see behind the scenes before the big release on 6 March.

Nite Owl II / Rorschach – A look at the Watchmen characters Nite Owl II/Dan Dreiberg and Rorschach/Walter Kovacs with actors Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley.

The Comedian / Ozymandias – A look at the Watchmen characters The Comedian/Edward Blake and Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt with actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Matthew Goode.

Zack Snyder / Dave Gibbons – An exclusive behind the scenes chat with Watchmen director Zack Snyder and legend Dave Gibbons

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Watchmen reviewed by The Hollywood Reporter

Posted by LiveFor on February 26, 2009

The Hollywood Reporter have put this review of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen online. To sum up they didn’t like it and as you are probably aware it has been getting mixed reviews.

I don’t mind if the critic, Kirk Honeycutt, doesn’t like it (I have my doubts that it will be the great movie we all hope it will be). However, it does bother me when reviewers knock something because they think it is cool to do so. I’m guessing Kirk hasn’t read the comic and I also think he probably loved The Dark Knight because everyone else did.

I think it is this line of his review that irks me the most, “And it is nonsense. When one superhero has to take a Zen break, he does so on Mars. Of course he does.”

He later goes on to describe Dr Manhattan with his god like powers but he find the fact he pops over to Mars as nonsense. Any comic book movie, well actually pretty much most films when you look at them closely enough are nonsense. He’s just not consistent in his review. Just smacks of lazy reviewing. I also think he gets the Silk Spectre’s mixed up. If memory serves it is Malin Ackerman’s Spectre (the daughter of Carla Gugino’s character) who hooks up with Dan.

“And what’s with the silly Halloween getups? Did anyone ever buy those Hollywood Boulevard costumes?”

It’s a comic book film about superheroes Kirk. That’s the reason for the costumes. I could go on butI’ve said enough. Here’s his review in full. Let me know your thoughts on the matter. I’ll post more reviews as and when I find them.

It’s not easy being a comic-book hero these days. The poor boys have taken their lumps in “Hancock,” “The Dark Knight” and even “Iron Man.” Self-doubts, angst and inadequacies plague them. And now comes “Watchmen.” Its costumed superheroes, operating in an alternative 1985, are seriously screwed up — and so is their movie. If anyone were able to make a nine-figure movie, something like “Watchmen” would have been the opening-night film at the Sundance Film Festival.

As stimulating as it was to see the superhero movie enter the realm of crime fiction in “The Dark Knight,” “Watchmen” enters into a realm that is both nihilistic and campy. The two make odd companions. The film, directed by Zack Snyder (“300”), will test the limits of superhero movie fans. If you’re not already invested in these characters because of the original graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, nothing this movie does is likely to change that predicament.

That’s bad news for Warner Bros. and Paramount, which hold domestic and international rights, respectively. Opening weekends everywhere will reflect the huge anticipation of this much-touted, news-making movie. After that, the boxoffice slide could be drastic.

Snyder and writers David Hayter and Alex Tse never find a reason for those unfamiliar with the graphic novel to care about any of this nonsense. And it is nonsense. When one superhero has to take a Zen break, he does so on Mars. Of course he does.

The film opens with a brutal killing, then moves on to a credit-roll newsreel of sorts that takes us though the Cold War years, landing us in 1985 when Nixon is in his third term, tipping us that we’re in an alternate 1985 America, where our superheroes have taken care of Woodward and Bernstein and other forces have evidently taken care of the U.S. Constitution.

The opening murder happens to a character called the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who was once a member of a now banished team of superheroes called the Masks. Fellow ex-Mask Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) — his mask one of perpetually shifting inkblots — takes exception to his old colleague’s death. He believes the entire society of ex-crime-fighters is being targeted even as the Doomsday Clock — which charts tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union that could lead to nuclear war — nears midnight.

His investigation and renewed contacts with former buddies fills us in on the complicated histories and problematic psychiatric makeups of these colleagues.

It’s all very complicated but not impenetrable. We pick up the relationships quickly enough, but soon realize these backstories owe more to soap operas than to superhero comics.

The thing is, these aren’t so much superheroes as ordinary human beings with, let us say, comic-book martial arts prowess. The one exception is Billy Crudup’s Jon Osterman, aka Dr. Manhattan, who in true comic-book fashion was caught in a laboratory accident that turned him into a scientific freak — a naked, glowing giant, looking a little bit like the Oscar statuette only with actual genitals — who has amazing God-like powers.

These powers are being harnessed by an ex-Mask, Matthew Goode’s menacing though slightly effeminate industrialist Adrian Veidt.

When Dr. Manhattan’s frustrated girlfriend, yet another former Mask, Carla Gugino’s Sally Jupiter, can’t get any satisfaction from Dr. M, she turns to the former Nite Owl II, Dan Dreiberg, who seems too much of a good guy to be an actual superhero, but he does miss those midnight prowls.

The point is that these superheroes, before Nixon banned them, were more vigilantes than real heroes, so the question the movie poses is, ah-hah, who is watching these Watchmen? They don’t seem too much different from the villains.

Which also means we don’t empathize with any of these creatures. And what’s with the silly Halloween getups? Did anyone ever buy those Hollywood Boulevard costumes?

The violence is not as bad as early rumors would have one believe. It’s still comic-book stuff, only with lots of bloody effects and makeup. The real disappointment is that the film does not transport an audience to another world, as “300” did. Nor does the third-rate Chandleresque narration by Rorschach help.

There is something a little lackadaisical here. The set pieces are surprisingly flat and the characters have little resonance. Fight scenes don’t hold a candle to Asian action. Even the digital effects are ho-hum. Armageddon never looked so cheesy.

The film seems to take pride in its darkness, but this is just another failed special effect. Cinematographer Larry Fong and production designer Alex McDowell blend real and digital sets with earthen tones and secondary colors that give a sense of the past. But the stories are too absurd and acting too uneven to convince anyone. The appearances of a waxworks Nixon, Kissinger and other 1980s personalities will only bring hoots from less charitable audiences.

Looks like we have the first real flop of 2009.

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Watchmen – Zack Snyder talks about the differences in the film from the book

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2009

Wondering what differences there are between Alan Moore’s Watchmen the comic book and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen the film? Well wonder no more.

Zack has been speaking to MTV and, as well as the change to the ending, he mentions 9 more. I’ve put them in inviso-text to avoid spoilers. So click and drag over the space below if you don’t mind reading them. I like the fact some of the changes won’t exist on the Director’s cut.

Nite Owl Watches Rorschach Become a Blot
Following their confrontation with Ozymandias, Rorschach is blown to bits by Manhattan. In the novel, Nite Owl misses the kill because he’s with Silk Spectre. In the film, Dan Dreiberg watches helplessly as his old partner is killed. “I just felt that I needed a moment at the end,” Snyder explained. “That relationship between Rorschach and Nite Owl is a sweet relationship that we establish in the movie. We get a glimpse of what their partnership was like. … I thought it was nice [for Dan] to see Rorschach die, and also it motivates him to come back in [to confront Adrian] and be mad. You think, for a second, maybe, ‘Whoa, this is going to be a superhero movie!’ But he has no chance against Adrian.”

Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
In the novel, young Laurie has a touching flashback in which she drops a snow globe. And although the scene isn’t in “Watchmen,” Snyder revealed that the globe is. “In that title sequence, when you peek past the doorway … you can see little Laurie walking down the hallway to her mother and her stepfather fighting at the end of the hall,” Snyder said. “On top of the TV, we built a snow globe that’s got the snow, and we actually shook it [before cameras rolled] so fans could see it.”

A Short Stroll to Ozymandias’ Crib
In the novel, Nite Owl and Rorschach crash their ship in Antarctica, then ride Segway-like hovercrafts over several freezing miles to Adrian Veidt’s lair. In the movie, they walk a few hundred feet. “It’s because I like that shot where you can see the Owl Ship, and you can pull back and see Karnak in the foreground,” Snyder said of the first time we see Ozymandias’ enormous fortress of solitude. “I wanted to have geography, for the audience to understand the distances. And also, when they approach Karnak, you can [now] see it as you approach. [Otherwise], it would be difficult for them to fly so far away. It would be some bad flying by the end.”

A Hairy Interview?
A bona fide superhero celebrity, Dr. Manhattan goes on a news talk show during a key “Watchmen” moment. In Moore’s novel, the interviewer is a generic talking head. In the movie — is that Ted Koppel? “It is Ted Koppel,” Snyder confirmed. “I do that a lot in the movie. I try to drill down on pop culture and make you have a reference to your own world.”

Kill the Media
Following the revelations during his interview, a frenzied Dr. Manhattan is surrounded by reporters screaming questions. In the novel, he makes them all vanish and reappear outside. In the movie, he makes himself vanish and reappear on Mars. “In the director’s cut, he beams them all out,” Zack said. “That was just a little time-saving device to move us along in the [story] of Manhattan.” But wait, it gets cooler: “In the director’s cut, you don’t know what he did with those people,” Snyder grinned wickedly, implying that Manhattan may have killed the reporters. “You don’t see them in the parking lot. We don’t PG-13 them; you just don’t know where they went.”

Janey’s Got a Wig
In Alan Moore’s graphic novel, Dr. Manhattan’s interview goes off track as reporters reveal that he might be giving his loved ones cancer. In the movie, his former lover Janey Slater actually shows up at the TV studio and dramatically takes off her wig, revealing that she’s dying. “I just needed and wanted that to be tied back to Janey emotionally and felt that the reporters weren’t enough,” Zack said of the addition. “There’s an interview with her [in the graphic novel], and she reveals a lot of the stuff that she reveals in that speech to him. We took it from that moment; I took all of those ideas and had her confront Manhattan with them instead.”

In Moore’s novel, Rorschach’s intense meetings with Cosby-like shrink Dr. Malcolm Long send the good doctor down his own dark, downward spiral. In Snyder’s film, the subplot is nonexistent. “That’s very indulgent. We didn’t quite go that far, but I would have loved to,” he said of Dr. Malcolm’s scenes at home.

Drinks Are on the Comedian
In the novel, a tense flashback has Laurie confronting Edward Blake and throwing a drink in his face. In the movie, the scene doesn’t exist. “Yeah, I didn’t put that scene in. I felt that I could only have one Comedian/Laurie flashback,” Snyder explained. “So I stayed with the one outside the Watchmen headquarters.”

Screeching to a Halt
In both the novel and film, Archie is the vehicle of choice for breaking Rorschach out of prison, but the movie version doesn’t give us the ear-piercing Screechers that disable the guards and convicts. “The Owl Ship does have Screechers; you don’t hear them,” Snyder said. “But in the director’s cut, when they are escaping from prison, there’s a scene when they are up on the rooftop and Dan says, ‘I had to turn the Screechers off, so we’re going to be drawing fire soon!’ So there’s a little reference.”

End of Spoilers.

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Watchmen – an early review. Oh dear!

Posted by LiveFor on February 19, 2009

Jeffrey Wells has posted this review by one of his friends over on Hollywood Elsewhere. Looks as if Watchmen may have had all it’s good bits in the trailer. I hope he’s wrong, but looking at some of the recent clips I’m starting to get a bad feeling about this.

“I’ve seen Watchmen,” he began. “And speaking as a huge admirer and devotee of the graphic novel, the film is a staggering failure. On the plus side, you’ve got a pretty literal adaptation of the source material. It is at times a meticulous and gorgeous recreation of Alan Moore’s original work. Unfortunately it’s an empty, inert, meandering and, yes, boring 2 hours and 45 minutes.

“Oh, and it’s horribly acted throughout. Truly. Malin Akerman (i.e., Silk Spectre II) confirms whatever fears you may have initially felt after The Heartbreak Kid and 27 Dresses. Carla Gugino (the other Silk Spectre) just looks silly. Patrick Wilson (Nite Owl II) is his usual blah self. Only Jackie Earle Haley’s Rorschach and Billy Crudup’s Dr. Manhattan register at all.

“Sadly even the presumed up-and-comer Matthew Goode plays Ozymandias, the world’s smartest man, as an arch and slightly bored Bond villain. I had high hopes after being wowed by him in The Lookout, but he’s bungled this great opportunity. (It’s clear in retrospect the part should have gone to a real star. Say what you will but Tom Cruise would have been perfect.)

“I say all of the above as a person who was very much into the 20 minutes they screened for all of us months ago. Sorry to confirm our worst fears but those scenes in fact remain the best and among the few that work on any level.

“Watchmen is just not much of a movie. It has no narrative pull and no characters to invest in. It uses rotely shoehorned-in action scenes, and has a sheen that doesn’t befit the dark material.

“So much for the visionary vistas of Zack Snyder. Oh, what Paul Greengrass could have done!

“And to reduce it all to dollars and sense, I’ll be shocked if this one plays to a wide audience after an admittedly huge weekend. Watchmen fans are in for a rude awakening.”

What do you make of that review? Anyone else out there seen it?

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Watchmen – 5th TV Spot

Posted by LiveFor on February 15, 2009

Fifth official TV spot for Watchmen provides new footage (and dialogue) to a score never heard before in any past spots or trailers.

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Watchmen Portraits – Moloch, Silk Spectre, Dr Manhatten and Big Figure

Posted by LiveFor on February 11, 2009

Here are some more lovely photos by Clay Eno from his collection, Watchmen: Portraits. Above is Matt Frewer as Moloch. Below is Carla Gugino as the original Silk Spectre.

With the motion capture spots all over his face is Billy Crudup as Dr Manhatten and below is Danny Woodburn as Big Figure who is a big fan of Rorschach.
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Watchmen – The first 18 minutes have been seen

Posted by LiveFor on February 8, 2009

David Chen over on /film was lucky enough to get to the Warner Bros panel at the New York Comic Convention. Dave Gibbons was there to introduce the first 18 minutes of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. As the recent trailer parody pointed out there is a lot of Zack’s 300 slow-mo present but I don’t ming that.

If you have read the graphic novel then you will be very excited. If you haven’t read it (why not it’s great) and want to avoid spoilers for the film I suggest you move along, these are not the droids you are looking for.

Here’s what David had to say:

The film opens with a shot of a smiley face, which pulls out to reveal that it’s a pin attached to Edward Blake (AKA The Comedian). Blake is watching television, flipping through various channels. We catch glimpses of the current political climate through talk show discussions about “the likelihood that Russia will attack America” (0%, according to Pat Buchanan) and President Nixon speaking about the doomsday clock. Dr. Manhattan is also mentioned as a major player on the political stage.

A serene commercial featuring the song “Unforgettable” comes onto the television and that’s when the iconic scene begins: The assassination of The Comedian. A large, powerful man, darkened by shadows, barges into the door and Blake stands up. “I suppose it was just a matter of time,” Blake groans, still holding his cigar. He sees his gun and dives for it, somersaults backward and aims it at the doorway. But the man is already upon him, and grabs at his gun.

A thrilling hand to hand fight scene begins between Blake and his assailant. Both men are incredibly strong, with walls being punched out, knives being thrown and caught, and characters being thrown through tables. This is what 300’s action scenes would look like if it was between two guys, and done using only hand-to-hand combat. The kinetic visuals of that film are replicated, where the action rapidly alternates between fast-motion and slow-motion.

Eventually, the Comedian’s assailant smashes Blake’s hand into the kitchen counter. Blake chokes out something along the lines of “It’s a joke. It’s all a joke. Mother forgive me…” A drop of blood falls on the smiley face pin (and a chill went down my spine), and the comedian is thrown out the window in ultra-slow motion. He falls to the ground below in a shower of shattered glass, as blood slowly engulfs the smiley face pin on the sidewalk.

The opening credits begin, a highly stylized and beautiful sequence which shows re-imaginings of moments from U.S. history (again, often in ultra-slow-motion) as Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a Changing” plays. JFK’s assassination is revealed to be Blake’s doing. We see the troubled household of a young Rorsharch. The Enola Gay drops a bomb on Hiroshima, and a different and much hotter version of the famous WWII victory kiss is shown between a dark-haired, goth-type woman (Silhouette) and a nurse. There is arguing in Silk Spectre’s household as the camera zeroes in on the television screen and we see the self-immolation Vietnam protest. The Minutemen are shown together at the beginning of the credits, but then later on are shown in various states of distress, or dead. “Happy retirement Silk Spectre” is shown as a “Last Supper” tableau.

Basically, the opening credits are an incredible visual wonder to behold, and if a Comic Con volunteer hadn’t tried to remove me from the hall for taking notes during the screening, I’d have even more to report. But I reveled in this sequence and I can’t wait to see it again.

The credits end and detectives show up at the crime scene and discuss Blake’s fate. A camera pull-out reveals a zeppelin advertising the Gunga diner flying slowly through the city. Then Rorschach shows up, his gruff, grizzled opening voiceover playing as he discovers the Comedian’s bloody smiley face button. On a big screen with a huge subwoofer blasting, the Rorschach voiceover is utterly badass. Rorschach delivers his classic monologue, which includes the lines: ”The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up against their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout ‘Save us!’… and I’ll look down and whisper, ‘no’.” (again, another chill went down my spine). He uses his grappling hook to get up to the Comedian’s apartment and investigates the scene, discovering The Comedian’s costume and weapons in his closet.

They were then shown another scene from later in the film when Rorschach is in prison.

This scene happens later on in the film. Rorschch is unmasked and in a prison dining hall line, a short man who’s a bundle of rage. Another prisoner begins, to taunt him and prepares to shiv him. As he’s about to make his attack, Rorschach counters with his meal tray, smashes open the sneeze guard glass in front of him, grabs a bucket full of grease from the fyrolator, and throws it all over the guy’s face. The camera pauses to let us revel in his agony. As the prison guards start to overtake him, Rorschach screams his classic line: ”You don’t seem to understand. I’m not locked in here you with you. You’re all locked in here with me!”

All in all it sounds excellent.

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