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Zack Snyder saved 'Watchmen' from Terry Gilliam, says Zack Snyder

It’s been four years since the film version of Watchmen disappointed everyone, but the past week has seen a sudden and rather unexpected burst of Hollywood infighting among various parties attached to the movie. Last week, Hollywood uber-producer Joel Silver revealed to ComingSoon the crazypants ending that Terry Gilliam was planning when he was attached to the movie, and also accused director Zack Snyder of being “too much of a slave to the material.”

In a new interview with the Huffington Post, Snyder hits back, accurately describing Gilliam’s ending as “completely insane” and explaining that his whole purpose in making Watchmen was to maintain the purity of Watchmen‘s creative essence. “I made it because I knew that the studio would have made the movie anyway and they would have made it crazy,” says Snyder. “I finally made it to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world.” READ FULL STORY

Alan Moore: 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' show is 'dustbin' hunting

There have been 33 feature films based on DC Comics since 1951, yet the Hollywood history of DC has been largely limited to a trio of characters too vivid to exist in the real world: Batman, Superman, and Alan Moore.

The first two everyone knows. The third is a British writer who, while not technically a fictional character, is absolutely a character of the highest order. But in what way does he rank with the caped legends? Four of Moore’s brilliant comic book epics have been adapted by Hollywood: Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and From Hell. A fifth film, Constantine, was based on a character he created, and a sixth, Return of the Swamp Thing, was propelled by his landmark three-year work on bog monster’s series.

Those individual movies range from underrated and okay (Watchmen, Constantine) to overcooked and odious (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). But collectively, they put Moore’s bookshelf not far behind Gotham City lore (nine Batman movies plus the stray spinoff Catwoman) and Metropolis mythology (the seventh Superman film is now in theaters, plus Supergirl and Steel, which were as bizarro-stupid as they sound.)

Moore lives in Northampton,  England, the same place he was born 59 years ago. Since then, he’s covered a lot of territory, and not just in this dimension. Moore’s interesting look — a bushy prophet beard, a menacing sorcerer’s glare, and metallic talons on his fingers — fit a guy who identified himself as an anarchist and (with a wink) a worshiper of Glycon, the 2nd Century snake god. But even with all that, it was only after Moore refused to cash his Hollywood paychecks that his industry peers began to wonder about his grip.

Moore is no forest hermit despite some past press portrayals, but he does live off the grid if your definition of “basic shelter” includes wi-fi coverage. “I have very few connections with the 21st century, actually,” Moore said last week over the most modern of connections: a landline telephone with a curly cord stretching all the way to the 20th century.

The line was busy the first couple times I dialed, but Moore picked up on my third try and I found (just like the first time I interviewed him, back in 2008) that there was far more mischief in his voice than malice, even when he took shots at DC Comics and Hollywood, which he sees as factories that grind art (and artists) into pulp that can be sold, recycled, and then sold again in new shapes.

The topic is timely: Moore’s name was in Hollywood headlines last week when reports surfaced that Fox has ordered up a League of Extraordinary Gentleman television pilot with hopes that a savvy small-screen take on the material could right the many wrongs made by director Stephen Norrington’s 2003 film (which notoriously drove star Sean Connery into retirement). [Read Owen Gleiberman’s review here.]

That same television do-over approach worked for Fox with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that series had the character’s creator, Joss Whedon, on board to show the way. Moore laughed when asked if he or League artist and co-creator Kevin O’Neill would be involved in any way with the broadcast venture.

NEXT: “It seems they are recycling things that have already proven not to work.”

Entertainment Geekly: The 'Before Watchmen' debate (Plus: Alan Moore does Harry Potter!)

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For years, Watchmen was one of the great untouchable masterworks in geekdom. Alan Moore’s deconstruction of the superhero myth was a watershed moment for the mainstream cultural acceptance of the comic book form. It was also a great story, with a beginning, a middle, and a decisive ending — a rarity in a medium built on characters designed to live forever. So it was only natural that DC Comics would ignite a mini-firestorm of controversy when they announced a sequence of Watchmen prequel series, Before Watchmen. READ FULL STORY

'Before Watchmen': Check out EW's exclusive video trailer!

DC set off a depth charge among comic book fans when the company announced the forthcoming release of Before Watchmen, a series of prequel comics focusing on characters from the beloved Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel. Now, EW has exclusively obtained a rough cut of a commercial for the cycle (a final version will begin airing on TV this week) that inclues first looks at the new renderings of all the classic Watchmen characters. (Huzzah for Skinny Nite Owl!) Watch the preview below: READ FULL STORY

Who is the greatest Sexy Beast? Vote on the penultimate set of Round 1 matchups!

sexy-beast-july-27-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Spike, Man in Black, T-X, Cameron) Mario Perez/ABC; Jill Greenberg/Fox; Robert ZuckermanWhat’s more exciting than beasts that go bump in the night? Not much. Which is why EW.com is diving headfirst into Day 7 of our Sexy Beasts single-elimination tournament. Today’s showdowns include characters from Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Watchmen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Underworld, and Harry Potter. To reiterate, out of the 64 contenders chosen by a team of EW editors, only 32 will advance to Round 2. So click here to see the entire bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view) and after the jump, vote for your favorites in four furry faceoffs, plus get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. Polls are open for 84 hours only, so support your favorites in battle, lest they die at dusk! [Related: Check out yesterday’s polls from Day 6 ; to get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

'Sucker Punch' trailer: 'You have all the weapons you need!'

sucker-punch_320.jpg Image Credit: Clay EnosWatchmen and 300 director Zack Snyder has apparently described his new movie, Sucker Punch, as “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns.” And the action-packed trailer would very much seem to back up that assessment.

True, I didn’t see any waistcoat-wearing rabbits. But there’s plenty of young ladies, and machine guns, and ordinary guns, and big swords, and a fire-breathing dragon, and a burning airship. There’s also a metronome. But I guess Snyder probably thought, rightly, that describing the movie as “Alice in Wonderland with a metronome,” wasn’t such an appealing sell.

Anyway, it’s quite a trailer, if not the most enlightening one in terms of plot. Watch the clip after the break, and give us your opinion. What do you think this movie is actually about?

Jackie Earle Haley describes first nerdgasm (and Freddy Krueger's makeup as a 'total b---')

Jackie-Earle-HaleyImage Credit: James De Leon/PR PhotosJackie Earle Haley is just starting to embrace his inner geek. At San Francisco’s WonderCon over the weekend — where he promoted the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street — he gave an endearing video interview to Collider (watch it after the jump). The highlights:

• It wasn’t until he starred as Rorschach in Watchmen that he discovered comic books. It’s literature. There’s writing in the drawings, you know what I mean, that’s not words,” he said. “The layers in there is just phenomenal. It’s mind-boggling.” It wasn’t until he saw J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek that he knew what it meant to be a geek. “Dude, I had a nerdgasm watching Star Trek. It’s like I really started to get what this whole geeky thing was, man. At the end of that thing, there was such a wonderful reverence to my childhood but yet, these guys completely owned it in today and what they made. It was awesome.” He wanted to get the dolls (to go along with his Watchmen collection).
• Given an opportunity to back track on a statement in which he referred to the makeup process he endured to play the new Freddy Krueger as “a total b—-,” he did not. “The makeup was a total b—-. But that didn’t mean that I didn’t want to be there,” he said. In the end, he found a way to channel the agitation of 3.5 hours in the makeup chair, contact lenses that he couldn’t see out of, and knife fingers and fake fingertips that made it impossible for him to put anything in his pockets into his performance. “All of that was incredibly motivating to hand off to Freddy between action and cut,” he said. “‘Cause it was really kind of otherworldly. Like, who glues s— all to their face and just leaves it there? You don’t do that.” If the movie does well when it opens April 30, he expects to put himself through it again.
• Speaking about his Fox show Human Target — and its ’80s “action movie of the week” popcorn vibe — his face lit up so much that it’ll make you want to tune in if you haven’t. He said the season 1 finale is his favorite episode, and he’s yet to hear about a season 2.

What was the “Aha!” moment that made you realize you were a geek?

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Guy Ritchie's 'Lobo': More splatter, less PG-13

lobo-guy-ritchie_lI like Guy Ritchie, director of British underworld gems like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, as well as Robert Downey Jr.’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes redux. And I like Lobo, the DC Comics interstellar bounty hunter created by Keith Giffen in the ’80s, who revels in wanton, planet-scale acts of mayhem. Lobo, who rides a giant space-faring motorcycle-sled-thing, is the last of his race…because he killed the rest of his people. Probably because he thought calling himself  “the last of his race” sounded cool. Lobo, who used “frag” as a four-letter substitute decades before “frak” came into vogue. So the two of them seem like a match made in director-subject heaven, right? Well, they would be if Warner Bros’ proposed Lobo flick wasn’t planned as a PG-13. READ FULL STORY

Matthew Goode in 'Cemetery Junction': Which Goode do you prefer?

Matthewgoode_lIs it okay if I reserve judgment on whether to be happy about Matthew Goode getting cast in the new Ricky Gervais-Stephen Merchant flick Cemetery Junction? Don’t get me wrong — I loved the guy in Match Point, in which he played Tom Hewett, a wealthy, gorgeous specimen of modern aristocracy (money over title, dahlings), who befriends an unrepentant social climber (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who ends up stealing Tom’s hot little American honey (Scarlett Johansson). If there’s anyone who can distract me from Rhys Meyers’ pretty, pretty face, and Johansson’s ostentatiously perfect everything, it’s Goode. He’s got that classic Byronic hero thing going, only not quite so edgy. If he were a Jane Austen hero he’d be the affable Mr. Ferrars (Sense & Sensibility), or maybe the kindly Mr. Knightley (Emma) in his golden years, but never haughty hottie Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice).

That’s one Matthew Goode, anyway. The other one you’d know if you saw Watchmen — or if, like me, you saw pictures of Goode as Watchmen‘s Ozymandias, and they freaked you out so much, they scared you away from the movie. That’s right, I didn’t see Watchmen because Goode’s severe, asymmetrical blond bob (stolen from every boy in my high school ca. 1991) made me cringe.

I admit, though, that I could be way off base here. Maybe the blond Goode is…good? Is he hotter with highlights? What do you think PopWatchers? Which Matthew Goode do you want reporting for work on Cemetery Junction — the buff brunette, or the cornsilk cutie? Opinions, please.

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'Watchmen' Blu-ray to feature Facebook functionality

Watchmen_blurayLooks like Warner Bros. is hoping that when fans saw Watchmen, their first thought was, "I can’t wait to buy a Blu-ray player, get this on Blu-ray in a few months, sign into Facebook, and finally start talking about this movie (with all my other friends who have Web-enabled Blu-ray players!)!!!"

Well, for anyone who did think that, today is your lucky day: Warner Bros. is partnering with Facebook to create special BD-live features for its Blu-ray release of Watchmen. It makes sense that Warner would want to hype its Blu-ray content, and why Blu-ray would want users to become promoters for the brand on their Facebook pages ("Margaret is…watching Watchmen w/BD-Live"). And while it’s always nice to see new Web-enabled/enhanced content, it may be a stretch to think people are clamoring for this kind of social software, especially with this many prerequisites (a Web-enabled Blu-ray player, the $40 DVD itself, and a Facebook network of friends with the same). We love Facebook as much as the next  person, but is that really the venue for this kind of communal viewing?

So, PopWatchers, do we just have a case of the grandpas here, hating on new technology just because we’re not used to it? (So what if I like my group MST3K-ing to be done over GChat — is that so bad?) Or are you ready to take these Blu-ray functions out for a spin?

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