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In a week that's seen Bryan Cranston (Godzilla, Breaking Bad) confirming that he was never approached about the role of Lex Luthor for Batman vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder have spoken about leaks, with Deborah stating that: "Things get leaked so often these days, it's a shame because even casing announcements, or whatever, you're in the middle of a process and sometimes they're so off base -- and then it gets picked up by multiple »
- Gary Collinson
Åkerman's acting career began in Canadian TV, followed by "The Utopian Society" (2003) and "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004).
...receiving a nomination for a 'Saturn Award' for 'Best Supporting Actress'.
Since 2012, she has had a recurring role on the sitcom "Suburgatory" and currently plays the lead »
- Michael Stevens
Back in 2005, Robert Rodriguez gave us the affected world of Sin City, Frank Miller's graphic novel brought to cinematic life, and very much in the style of its source material. Two years later Zack Snyder did something similar to even greater acclaim, delivering Miller's ultra-violent, ultra-sytlized, super-slo-mo 300, creating something of a visual stamp for the director he would then mimic in his next graphic novel effort, Watchmen. Seven years removed from 300's release, these films -- 300 more than Sin City -- look more like feature length trailers than feature length films, but even 300 had more of a narrative than 300: Rise of an Empire, though Rise of an Empire certainly talks a big game. Replacing 300's narration by David Wenham's character with that of Lena Heady as Queen Gorgo, who lives on after the death of her husband (Gerard Butler) and his men who died fighting the Persians in the first movie, »
- Brad Brevet
"We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material." — Zack Snyder
As the director of 300, Watchmen and Man of Steel (Mos), Zack Snyder is in a member of an elite group of Hollywood directors who understand how to successfully translate comic book characters and concepts to the big screen. Despite this, comic book movie fans seem determined to find fault with pretty much every move he makes regarding the highly anticipated Mos sequel, commonly referred to as Superman vs. Batman, especially his casting choices. Snyder is aware of all of the criticism, calling it "frustrating" in a recent interview with the L.A. Times, but he said that his goal is to present "something fresh and exciting," even promising that the sequel "explodes" the mythologies of Superman and Batman.
Link | Posted 3/6/2014 by BJSprecher
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Jonás Cuarón.s Desierto began production last week in La Paz, Baja California, it was announced today. Gael García Bernal ( No , Y Tu Mama Tambien ) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan ( Watchmen , P.S. I Love You ) will star in the film, written by Cuarón and Mateo García. The film marks Cuarón.s second directorial feature after Ano Una , which premiered at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. A cat and mouse chase between a Mexican undocumented migrant worker, Moises (Bernal), and an American vigilante, Sam (Morgan), Desierto is set against the backdrop of the border desert, where the brutal yet beautiful landscape itself becomes a metaphor for the characters' own inner struggles. Cuarón has previously written several films including the Academy Award-winning Gravity with his father, »
If you walked into a comic shop and said the name “Zack Snyder,” you may receive some strange looks. Snyder’s name can be a polarizing topic of conversation among comic book fans, because for just as many “haters” of the director’s work, you’ll likely find just as many ardent defenders. This is, of course, because Snyder has tackled two of the most beloved comic book properties in existence, adapting them for the screen with two very different goals in mind for each. The Fans vs. Watchmen and Man of Steel Watchmen was what Snyder has called a “labor of love,” as he describes himself as a massive fan of the seminal Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons limited series. When recently discussing his 2009 cinematic...
- Chris Clow
Despite anything that Zack Snyder might say or do, he has apparently failed to save us from the Terry Gilliams of this world. Those guys continue to make movies like they are independent entities out of Snyder’s control! The latest of these films is The Zero Theorem, a futuristic tale of dystopia and the nature of existence that is not, as we know, based on a graphic novel.
The most recent clip from Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem features star Christoph Waltz as Qohen, the reclusive computer genius tasked with solving the titular theorem. Qohen’s going through a rough patch, though, and seeks some advice from his personalized home shrink, played with a healthy dose of smiling creepiness by Tilda Swinton. The clip is short and sweet and, like everything else that we’ve seen of this film, has that well-known Gilliam mis-en-scene. Whether the film will be »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
"Watchmen" may have come out five years ago, but it feels like yesterday given the back-and-forth that's happening through the various participants in the project. Joel Silver, producer of the version that was once slated be directed by Terry Gilliam, started the ball rolling by calling out Zack Snyder's film as being a "slave" to Alan Moore's comic. Snyder didn't take long to respond, declaring that his movie was made to "save it from the Terry Gilliams of the world," and now Gilliam himself has entered the fray. The director has hit Facebook providing a typically cheeky response, writing: "...here's a puzzle: Who are 'The Terry Gilliam's of the world'? Apparently the film of The Watchmen was made to save it from them. Who are they? What threat to the world do they pose? Can we stop them before they destroy other films of graphic novels?" And »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This I find rather humorous. Remember my post on Mondayc The one in which Zack Snyder defended his film, Watchmen, against producer Joel Silver's assertion that Terry Gilliam's version would have been better. Well, in that defense Snyder said, "I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world," and now Gilliam has responded via his Facebook page: For all of you who are not in London searching for the elusive Zero Theorem bus, here's a puzzle: Who are "The Terry Gilliam's of the world"c Apparently the film of "The Watchmen" was made to save it from them. Who are theyc What threat to the world do they posec Can we stop them before they destroy other films of graphic novelsc Good stuff. As for Gilliam's next film, The Zero Theorum, we're still waiting on a domestic distributor, but the sci-fi feature starring »
- Brad Brevet
Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the beloved graphic novel Watchmen is arguably the most divisive comic book movie in the brief history of the subgenre. Even now, years after its release, fanboys and Hollywood execs are still debating whether it's a classic or a failure – and whether it was too slavishly devoted to the source material or deviated too wildly in the most important moments. Talk about not being able to win for losing. It doesn’t help that Snyder himself is a divisive director known for making movies with oodles of style but also often viewed as lacking much in the way of substance. Add that to the mix and it’s easy to see why people are so conflicted over his film. One of the folks who seems most conflicted is producer Joel Silver. Silver...
- Mike Bracken
Director of Superman v Batman movie says he 'knows what these characters need from a mythological standpoint' and also reveals fresh details of the Batsuit
• Full coverage: Man of Steel 2
Snyder's sequel to Man of Steel, which will start filming next month, has suffered some negative press since The Social Network actor was announced as Superman's nemesis. The casting followed unease in some quarters over the recruitment of Ben Affleck to play Batman, as well as that of Israeli ingenue Gal Gadot to portray Wonder Woman.
In an interview with the La Times, Snyder hinted fans might see things differently if they could read the script which film-makers were working from. "We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don't know the material. So, we're casting according to what's happening in the script, »
- Ben Child
With Joel Silver putting the boot in to Zack Snyder’s Watchmen last week, it hasn’t taken Snyder long to come out fighting, defending his film and dismissing Terry Gilliam’s abortive plans for the project. Much of Silver’s attack was based upon criticism of the way Snyder ended the film, but according to Snyder, Gilliam’s version was too far out of leftfield… “If you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane,” says Snyder. “The fans would have stormed the castle on that one. I would not have grabbed something from out of the...
- George Wales
Since the big news at last year's Comic-Con that The Dark Knight will join the Man of Steel for the upcoming DC Comics superhero spectacular Batman vs. Superman, we've had to suffer through wave after wave of rumours concerning everything from the casting of Batman and Lex Luthor through to the inclusion of virtually every DC character under the sun, most of which proved to have very little substance about them.
However, while Warner Bros. has done an effective job keeping details of the Man of Steel sequel under wraps, that didn't stop the Comic-Con announcement from leaking online just hours before Zack Snyder took to the stage to reveal that he's bringing the two iconic superheroes together on screen. So, how does the director feel about that, and leaks in general?
"[The leak] was definitely not a planned thing," Snyder tells The Huffington Post during a promotional interview for 300: Rise of an Empire. »
- Gary Collinson
As we spend a month looking at the great Stanley Kubrick, we can also look at the filmmakers who were clearly influenced by Kubrick. “Kubrickian” films tend to exercise incredible control of the camera, are extremely ambitious, tend to deal with much weightier themes, and always maintain a sense of mystery, like a there’s an invisible fog always hovering over the film. This list could be sharply focused on about five directors working today but, though a number of these filmmakers appear in this list of 40, we’re spreading the wealth a bit. Let’s get to it.
40. Watchmen (2009)
Directed by Zack Snyder
What makes it Kubrickian? It’s surprisingly cold and detail-oriented, unlike most of Zack Snyder’s other work (well, detail-oriented in a positive way). Watchmen is based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name by David Gibbons and Alan Moore, about a desolate alternative »
- Joshua Gaul
(Cbr) A frustrated Terry Gilliam, once attached to direct an adaptation of "Watchmen", famously called the influential miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons “un-filmable.” For a long time it seemed he was right, at least until 2009, when Warner Bros. released Zack Snyder’s polarizing take on the comic. Five years later, Snyder’s "Watchmen" is still capable of sparking debate — at least among some of the people involved with both adaptations. Producer Joel Silver, who developed the earlier attempt with Gilliam, last week criticized Snyder as being “too much of a slave to the material,” explaining to ComingSoon that Gilliam conceived what would’ve been “a Much much better movie” — by significantly changing the third act. “What he did was he told the story as-is, but instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing which was too hard and too silly, what he did was he maintained that »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
A few days ago producer Joel Silver talked about Terry Gilliam's vision of Watchmen and went into detail on how he would have ended the movie. It definitely would have been a very different and interesting take on the property. You can read up on that here. During an interview with The Huffington Post, Zack Snyder responded to Silver's criticism.
When talking about Gilliam's ending where Dr. Manhatten prevents his own creation he said, "Right, and if you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane." Producer Deborah Snyder added, "The fans would have been thinking that they were smoking crack." You never know… they may have been smoking something. Alan Moore probably was when he wrote it! Snyder went on to discuss why he went on to make the film he did:
"Yeah, the fans would have stormed the castle on that one. So, honestly, I made Watchmen for myself. »
- Joey Paur
In a weird turn of events, Watchmen is once again grabbing headlines. About a week ago (from writing this) Hollywood super-producer Joel Silver (The Matrix) was out to once again take jabs at the 2009 Watchmen film adaptation by Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder. Silver once had his own version of a Watchmen movie in the works with eccentric director Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), and their ending to Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel was indeed Very different from both the original “giant squid” ending of Moore’s comic and the “giant bomb” ending of Snyder’s film.
Silver’s boasts about he and Gilliam’s version of Watchmen has understandably prompted a response from Snyder and his wife/producing partner, Deborah, while they were out promoting the new ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
Filmmakers are usually the most politic of people, loath to criticise each other's work or damn their collaborators with anything other than the most fulsome of praise. It's rare for the gloves to come off quite as ferociously, or as publicly, as in the Watchmen row over the past days. Zack Snyder is the latest to weigh in, rebutting criticism of his Alan Moore adaptation from Joel Silver, the property's erstwhile producer, and firing back at Silver's pick of director, Terry Gilliam. If you're not up-to-date with the story, Silver called out Snyder's version of Watchmen in an interview with Coming Soon. Gilliam's earlier version was, he claimed, "a much, much better movie", while Snyder had been "too much of a slave to the material".Snyder, immensely proud of his take on the iconic graphic novel and afforded an instant right of reply by his 300: Rise Of An Empire press duties, »
As Marvel continues to build up excitement for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie – a big budget superhero movie starring little-known Marvel characters – they’re gearing up to make their next little-known big budget movie: Ant-Man.
Having gotten a great director in Edgar Wright and an increasingly interesting cast which includes Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym/Ant-Man, they’ve continued to add big name actors to the movie with Patrick Wilson being the latest star to be cast.
Wilson has superhero movie experience, having previously starred in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen as Nite Owl, and looks to build on that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or does he? Will he be an ongoing hero or a one-movie villain like Guy Pearce in Iron Man 3? So far, there’s been no word on who Wilson will be playing but, given the number of characters in the Marvel U, »
- Noel Thorne
Director Zack Snyder has been in the news a lot lately. With a sequel to his 300 coming out this week, and production ramping up in a big way for the tentatively titled Batman vs Superman, he’s had a chance to field a number of questions. Earlier this week, he responded to Joel Silver’s critique of Watchmen. Now the director has chatted with the La Times‘s Hero Complex about what’s going on with BvS.
On fan criticism of his casting choices:
“There are two ways to think about it. We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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