2.6.09

HOT TOYS ANNOUNCES SILK SPECTRE 2 IN 1/6TH SCALE!

PRESS: Who WATCHES Hot Toys? - Long hair, angel face, black and yellow suit......Who is in your mind right now? The one who used to going out at 3AM and doing something stupid? Well, the next Hot Toys MMS figure is her, Silk Spectre II, from the Watchmen movie. Let's take a glance on the teaser to view this beautiful heroine who's lurking under the trench coat. To view more angles of this breathtaking sexy lady, please keep an eye on our web site...More pictures coming soon!

Mere words cannot express the sheer wonder and excitement when I read the above newletter and peeped the image (am very interested to see what's underneath her jacket ... her super-heroine uniform, of coz! LOL).

And with SILK SPECTRE, would Nite Owl, Rorschach and even The Comedian be far behind?

4.4.09

DOWNLOAD WATCHMEN: JUSTICE IS COMING


Experience the the incredible world of Watchmen through the new online multiplayer game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Find out more at www.watchmenjusticeiscoming.com

"Watchmen: Justice is Coming" is being offered at a special introductory price of $0.99 on the Apple App Store.

25.3.09

WATCHMEN BE@BRICK SET (100% + 400%)

Japan's Medicom Toy is soliciting pre-orders for a limited edition WATCHMEN BE@RBRICK 100% + 400% (FYI: 100% = 70mm tall / 400% = 280mm tall) - with a May 2009-release date.

Priced at 7,140YEN (US$73) - you ca pre-order the set now @ www.bearbrick.com/wmbear. The only catch is orders outside of Japan will not be accepted. Try alternative online-venues here or here

The Comedian-yellow with red-stain does seem a tad kitschy, IMHO. I'd rather go for the full-on character WATCHMEN BE@RBRICKS meself :p

20.3.09

SATURDAY MORNING WATCHMEN


Why I have posted this earlier (even after watching it) - I have no idea.

TOYBREAK REVIEWS WATCHMEN WAVE 2 ACTION FIGURES


The folks from ToyBreak / October Toys (aka Goerge & Ayleen Gaspar, & Neil Winn) take a look at the second wave of DC Direct Watchmen action figures including Classic Silk Spectre, Classic Nite Owl, Dr. Manhattan, and the Comedian! [Wave 1 Reviewed]

RORSCHACH UNMASKED EXCLUSIVE VARIANT ACTION FIGURE

RORSCHACH-VARIANT
[*More snaps to come*]

18.3.09

WHO WATCHES WALL*E?


What if Pixar's Wall*E was directed by Zack Snyder? = a fan-made trailer that rawks my funny nerd-bone so much that I'm left muffling my hyena-giggles at 1AM in the morning. Good Stuff this, IMHO :)

Source: Julius Marx (AFI) Twitter

17.3.09

TOYBREAK REVIEWS WATCHMEN ACTION FIGURES


Check out more toy-news and reviews on Toy Break

7.3.09

WORLD IN FOCUS: 6 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT


An episode of late night UK current affairs review World In Focus aired in October 1985, in which photo-journalist Alain Guillon and author Hal Eisner discuss the emerging geopolitical crisis with presenter Jeremy Miller. The recording purports to have originated from the Veidt Industries video archive. It details its source as 'KARNAK' the significance of which is unclear.

Source: The New Frontiersman

A lil' googling reveals 'KARNAK' to be: "a vast conglomeration of ruined temples, chapels, pylons and other buildings. It is located near Luxor in Egypt. This was ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut ("The Most Selected of Places"), the main place of worship of the Theban Triad with Amun as its head, in the monumental city of Thebes." [wiki].


Whether this ties in to Adrian's fascination with Pharaohs, or if this is in any way related to the complex he has built in Antarctica, remains to be seen ... of course it does! I'm just being journalist-y withya! LOL :p

The image of Karnak [via wiki] is haunting familar tho ... heh.

ZACK SNYDER ON W MAGAZINE

Ali from W Magazine Online drops word of their recent profile of Watchmen director Zack Snyder [PEEP] which features some choice titbits, the mention of Snyder currently working on an animated film about owls, and an awesome tattoo on his back.

Ironically, the only "superhero"-character in the movie that (visually) does have a tattoo - was Dr Manhattan, who gave himself one on the forehead. heh.

EXERPT FROM W-INTERVIEW: With all sorts of media competing for viewers, Snyder very cannily realizes why he has to push the limits. “Everyone has a pretty great television now, and you’d better f---ing give them a reason to get up off their sofa and go to the movies,” he says. But, unsurprisingly, the first thing Warner Bros.’ top execs said when they saw Watchmen was “‘Too violent, too sexy, too long,’” recounts Snyder. “I say that’s the reason to go see it.”

Source: Exerpt-Text & Image via W / Cheers for the headsup, Ali!

BLACK FREIGHTER COMIC BOOK PAGES

[Below-Left]: An issue of DC Comics' TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER, first published in the 1960s and reprinted in December 1985.

[Below-Right]: The title page of MAROONED!, a two-part story occupying issues twenty-three and twenty-four of TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER.

- "Walt Feinberg is a cartoonist who worked in Marooned. He also works with New Frontiersman" [wiki] = No doubt "Walt" is Dave Gibbons (the artwork is too similar to not be), IMHO.

- "Max Shea is the artist who wrote Marooned. He disappeared almost simultaneously with other artists." = You really must read Max's full story on wiki, and while Max is written as a character in the Watchmen-Universe, original writer Alan Moore has disavowed his participation in the film.


[Above-Left] An advertisment for Adrian Veidt's self-help program THE VEIDT METHOD, appearing on the back of an issue of TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER.

[Above-Right] An advertisement for the range of Ozymandias action figures appearing on the back of an issue of TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER.

Without a doubt (and with total bias-ness), one of my fav scenes in the WATCHMEN movie, is when [SPOILER-BEGINS /// Dan Dreiberg holds up a Ozymandias action figure, which is displayed alongside the other action figures, in Adrian Veidt's office /// END-SPOILER] in one of the scenes from the comicbook adapted for the big-screen = *Cool*

Source: The New Frontiersman

1/6 DC DIRECT DR MANHATTAN ACTION FIGURE REVIEWED

DC-MANHATTAN

... No, the Blue Man Group didn't get themselves made into action figures - but rather these are images from Michael Crawford's review of DC Direct's Watchmen 13 inch Deluxe Dr. Manhattan action figure [Seen @ NYCC-09 & SDCC-08] ... and nope, there ain't no exposed glowing-bits on this man-dolly. heh.

I'd lurve to have a Rorschach and The Comedian tho ... heh.

6.3.09

TOYSREVIL WATCHES THE WATCHMEN (SHORT VERSION)

First and foremost, WATCHMEN - for all intents and purposes is a "genre" movie. Make no mistake, this may not be your run-of-the-mill popcorn flick for the masses, nor a generic date movie for the uninitiated. And with a M18 rating in Singapore ("Mature 18") it sure isn't for the kiddies.

From the fanboy point of view, expectations are high, not just the question of it being faithful to the revered source material, but of it's ability to adapt it unto the silver screen - to awe and astound the harshest of pop culture perusers.

What's in store for the uninitiated? An accessible story? An entertaining movie experience just seventeen minutes shy of three hours? Is it worth all the hype it's been building up to be? Does it have as much slow-motion moments, as it did director Zack Snyder's 300? The answers are varied. See the list below for the "Short Version" with *minor spoilers*.
[FYI: The "Long Version" to come will be spoilerific].

The hype will bring both fanboys and the curious to the cinema. The current superhero-slash-costume celluloid-parade will ensure cinema seats be filled, and popcorn overflowing, cascading down the aisles. Let's be frank, folks couldn't get enough of The Dark Knight, had developed a taste for metallic with Iron Man, and can't wait for Wolverine to snikt-pop his claws.

Flawed mortal men and women performing non-mortal feats wearing dark-tight-leather and muted spandex is the eye-candy rage and guilty-free fantasy escapade for the near-decade old millennium, and looks set to last longer than anyone would have dared expect nor imagined it to. We like our heroes (super or non) in costume. Regular joes with superpowers are so reality tv reruns (But I still like me my HEROES ;p). Fanboys rejoice. Everyone else gets a taste of geekdom long since buried under a hush-loud of shame and ridicule. Man, it's such a great time to geek-out now!




SHORT-VERSION / *MINOR SPOILERS*:

- It was as faithful as it could get (IMHO), in an uncomfortable marriage between comicbook-brilliance, and cinematic cheese-cake. Tasty tho. Oh so tasty.

- It was too faithful to a fault, to be able to let the adaptation breathe on it's own. But if you hold your breathe til you turn Dr Manhattan-blue? All will make sense.

- If you dislike ("hate" is too strong a word, but if it be so, then you'd hate this film) Zack Snyder's slow-motion style from 300, then this might irk you. But I heart it to bits, and feels it's justified in the context of freeze-framing a moment within a sequence of moving visuals, very much like the 2D illustrated panels within the pages of comicbook.

- Even I who is familiar with the source material, found it hard at certain moments to catch up with what the movie was trying to tell me, which I fear would alienate those who do not know the story beforehand. The Dr Manhattan-flashback was one key moment which I felt did not translate as well.

- The apprehension of seeing a glowing blue-schlong is softened by the supple nakedness of a young second generation female crime-fighter. I feel dirty after typing that ... actually no, not really.

- The exclusion of costumed super-villains, I feel, waters the movie down a tad.

- Some significant story-tweaks and changes that bugged me at first, but upon gentle reflection, seems the better possible way to engage the audience given the context in modern times, versus the two decade old source material. More geo-political rather than conceptual.

- The pop soundtrack positively glows with nostalgia (I smiled when 99 Red Balloons blared), while the score was a strange and somewhat uneasy fit with the visuals, some parts dragging e back to Vangelis' Blade Runner. Still can't decide if that's good or bad.

- The costumes are darned cool. The actors are (unfortunately) quasi-flaccid, with the distinct exception of Jackie Earle Haley as "Walter Kovacs" aka "Rorschach", and Carla Gugino as "mummy" Silk Spectre.

- Yellow is the new Black.

- Is it worth all the hype. Yes, and then some! But then again, I am thoroughly biased in this regard. *cough*


[March 5th 2009 / 2:35PM screening]

4.3.09

8 TV SPOTS AND ONE TRAILER


8 TV Spots and 1 Trailer for WATCHMEN. Scheduled to premiere worldwide on March 6th (including Singapore - whoo-hoo!). Gawds but am I excited! It's gonna be a sweet Friday to come this week, IMHO!

RETRIBUTION


OUR ONLY HOPE


NEVER SEEN


MATTER OF TIME

DR MANHATTAN END COUNTDOWN


LATEX


END COUNTDOWN


WM TV TONIGHT

3.3.09

6 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Superhero Hype reports of the newly launched 6minutestomidnight.com website - whereby you "enter your name to experience a 10-minute long interactive trailer for Watchmen. You will enter the world of Watchmen, interact with one of the characters, and unlock exclusive content from the film."


It begins with a Rorschach audio-monologue as he walks thru the darkened streets - after which you will be prompted to decipher a rorschach blot test image. Both my answers were wrong**, and I had lost interest by then. I lurv meself a good online campaign, but jumping thru hoops is something I would indulge in if I had the time and patience to. I think I'll just have to wait til March 6th when the movie premieres, to enjoy the experience.

**My answers were (1) Wings Flapping, and (2) A Happy Girl. Rorschach then tells me to "Think about your parents, their disappointment ... Try Again."

UPDATE: Passwords via an anonymous tipster (haven't check them out yet tho :p)

gun - ozymandias
hat - rorschach
glasses - nite owl
woman - silk spectre
helicopter - dr manhattan
smile - comedian

27.2.09

THE SCIENCE OF WATCHMEN


University of Minnesota physics professor James Kakalios discusses how he was tapped to add a physics perspective to the upcoming Warner Brothers movie, Watchmen. Kakalios discusses how quantum mechanics can explain Dr. Manhattan's super human powers in the film, and how he came to become an expert on the topic of the physics of superheroes. Check out Kakalios book at www.physicsofsuperheroes.com

26.2.09

WATCHMEN COFFEE AND CONTEST

Unfortunately I might be a tad "late" in reporting this (it was left in my comments box and not emailed direct to me) but nevertheless serves as a decent archival purpose with regards to the marketing tie-ups with the movie, yeh? Onward!

WATCHMEN COFFEE AND CONTEST STARTS TUESDAY 2/17
The Organic Coffee Cartel Introduces “Nite Owl Dark Roast” Coffee
With a contest to win tickets to the premiere of the Forthcoming Feature Film “Watchmen”

NEW YORK— February 16, 2009. “Watchmen” photographer Clay Enos has enlisted his Organic Coffee Cartel (OCC®) www.organiccoffee.com to produce a first-of-its-kind movie tie-in coffee for “Watchmen,” the upcoming film adaption of the celebrated graphic novel. On Tuesday, February 17, OCC will introduce Veidt Enterprise’s “Nite Owl Dark Roast,” a limited-edition confection and collectible designed for fans and organic coffee gourmands alike. A portion of the proceeds from the special roast will be donated to charity.

One side of the uniquely crafted steel can resembles artwork straight out of the “Watchmen” universe; the other side features Enos’ striking black & white portrait of Nite Owl, played in the film by Patrick Wilson. And with just ONE run of cans produced, this is sure to be a distinctive and rare collectible.


“Making an imaginary coffee into something real seemed like a fitting and fun way to honor the multi-layered world of ‘Watchmen.’ And having a majority of profits go to charity seems a little like something Adrian Veidt would do,” says Enos.

Further adding to the excitement, the OCC is sponsoring a contest for one lucky customer to win two tickets to the Los Angeles premiere and after-party for “Watchmen” on March 3rd, 2009. Orders must be placed before February 26th, 2009.

“Zack Snyder and the other filmmakers got behind the coffee idea early on and suggested the contest to me. I am so excited by the idea of making someone's day not just with great coffee but with an opportunity to be a part of the celebration for the highly anticipated film,” says Enos. “It’s a dream in the making.”

“Nite Owl Dark Roast” Coffee is only available online while supplies last through the OCC’s webstore at www.organiccoffee.com [Direct product link here / image source]

Watchmen Online Video Round-up


/// Nite Owl & Silk Spectre Bust Into Prison and have fun kicking inmate-a$$ (above / via AICN)

/// Watchmen featurettes peppered throughout the www last week include [via]: #1 via MySpace
/ #2 via MSN / #3 via Sky Movies / #4 via IGN / #5 via Access Hollywood / #6 via Yahoo!Movies

/// Watchmen TV Spot #6 youtubed

Who Watches the Watchmen? A Veidt Music Network (VMN) Special 1983


Who Watches the Watchmen? = A Veidt Music Network (VMN) Special circa 1983. (Uploaded from BetaSP archive / via New Frontiersman). Tis recently been a slew of Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias-related items posted recently, which sees the brilliant entrepreneur entrenching himself into the pop masses' subconscious. *Cool*

NOSTALGIA-PERFUME
Peddling Senses
MINUTEMEN-ARCADE
Selling Fantasies
COSTUME-AUCTION
Hawking History

Who Watches The Mr Toast Watchmen?

Best. Alt-Watchmen. Evah.
WATCHMEN-MRTOAST

Starring:
Shaky Bacon as Silk Spectre
Mr Toast as Nite Owl
Joe the Egg as Rorschach
Lemonhead as the Comedian
Clem Lemon as Doctor Manhattan

Drawn by Dan Goodsell, creator of Mr Toast and viewable in their full glory on his Flickr. Best bit of casting (besides the film's) I've seen bar none.

The image shown-left is a photoshopped-montage of Comedian and giant-sized Dr Manhattan for "Operation: Wrath of Burnt Toast" (not official title, I just thought it would be farnie :p) sans flame-thrower - becoz that could get everyone crisy-fried, toasted and scrambled, innit? heh.

17.2.09

WATCHMEN TV SPOT#5

TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER TRAILER



[Premiered on MTV]

WATCHMEN TV SPOTS #3 & 4

Watchmen TV Spots #3 (Dr Manhattan-centric) and #4 (Rorschach-centric) are now viewable online on youtube (video-embedding disdabled)

Source: Superhero Hype

WATCHMEN ARCADE GAME VIRAL SITE

WATCHMEN-ARCADE

CLICK www.minutemenarcade.com/uk for a new WATCHMEN Viral website where you can play a 8-bit styled scrolling arcade game featuring The "MINUTEMEN"! You get to choose between being Nite Owl and Silk Spectre. I haven't played til the end, so am not too sure if there'll be any "bonuses" for completing the game (pure speculation on my end, yeh?).

Source: Superhero Hype

WATCHMEN DELUXE ACTION FIGURES @ NEW YORK COMIC CON 2009

WATCHMEN-13INCHERS

13-incher WATCHMEN Deluxe Action Figures from DC Direct spotted / on display at the recent New York Comic Con 2009 - featuring RORSCHACH, DR MANHATTAN and The COMEDIAN!

WATCHMEN-NYCC2009

*Note: Figures featured in this blog-post are of the 13-inch variety and not the other sized action figures or props and replicas from DC Direct. We've seen them before and you can check them all out at Cool Toy Review [all original images via].

RORSCHACH13

RORSCHACH: I've never been convinced since they first showed the prototype at SDCC'08 (of coz I "saw" it online - which doesn't count for much, I reckon :p). This version somehow looks ... "better"? ~ or could be a trick of the camera ... heh.

DRMANHATTAN13

DR MANHATTAN in a fitted dark suit with shaking his fist at the folks beyond the glass-display case to return him his shoes ... going blue-barefoot is better than wearing black shoes with white shoes, innit? (Which was somehow the rage in the 80's innit? C'mon, YOU wore them too, innit? heh). I wonder of Dr Manhattan has his blue-undies under this formal attire?

COMEDIAN13-01

I've had my reservations with THE COMEDIAN - after seeing the online images / ads - which quite frankly; sucked might not have given the fgure justice (geddit? "Justice"? Vigilante-Justice? ... nvrmnd). Here Blake Edwards looks pretty buff-nifty, with his armor and guns - and this is the one time that the overtly-buffed (standard) body-form of the 13-incher tall series actually "works" for The Comedian, IMHO. The removable domino-mask is a nice touch too.

COMEDIAN13-02
WATCHMEN-BOX
This is here to show the packaging box for the regular-sized action figures :p

Pic-Source: Cool Toy Review

7.2.09

DESOLATION ROW BY MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE (FULL MUSIC VIDEO)

My Chemical Romance - Desolation Row

if you've seen the teaser and liked it - then click to peep the FULL music video for My Chemical Romance's cover of Bob Dylon's "Desolation Row" - and peep a selection of images taken by MCR-lead singer Gerard Way during the making of the music video - which was directed by WATCHMEN-director Zack Snyder:

DESOLATIONROW-MV-01DESOLATIONROW-MV-03
DESOLATIONROW-MV-04DESOLATIONROW-MV-02
DESOLATIONROW-MV-05
Mikey Way's guitar from the video.

Source: MCR

WATCHMEN VIDEO JOURNAL #11: RORSCHACH'S MASK / RORSCHACH SCANS FROM FILM COMPANION


EMPIRE debuts the 11th Watchmen Video Journal [via SHH] focusing on the vigilante Rorschach's mask. One more VJ to go before the movie premieres March 6th 2009. Meanwhile, peep below some scans of Rorschach's alter-ego "Walter Kovacs" - played by Jackie Earle Haley - from the Watchmen Film Companion-book. [Scans via io9.com]

(*WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW*)

WALTER-KOVACS-01
Hiding in plain-sight, Kovacs heralds the end of the earth every day along the city-streets!
WALTER-KOVACS-02
Nite Owl and Silk Spectre walks past Kovacs without realizing he is
Rorschach, as he does what we say in local Singlish: "Acting Blur" ~ heh
WALTER-KOVACS-03
Maybe Rorschach is checking out Silk Spectre's ... well, you can't blame the man, innit? heh.
WALTER-KOVACS-04
Kovacs gets hunted down and gets himself incarcerated.
WALTER-KOVACS-05
... Somehow I don't think he'll be anyone's biatch, innit? *gulp*
WALTER-KOVACS-06
Kovacs sticks it to teh man! Was the canteen food that bad? :p

3.2.09

100% WWATCHMEN KUBRICKS FROM MEDICOM TOY

WATCHMEN-KUBRICKS-GROUP

First Medicom Toy presented us with WATCHMEN BE@RBRICKS [in Dec 2008 for a March 2009-release] and now we have 100% WATCHMEN KUBRICKS! Scheduled for a June-2009 release featuring Kubrick-personifications of THE COMEDIAN / NITE OWL II / OZYMANDIAS / DR.MANHATTAN / RORSCHACH / SILK SPECTRE II.

JUSTICE IS COMING TO ALL OF US. NO MATTER WHAT WE DO ~ SRP is 23,520YEN (US$262 / SGD$397) for a carton of 24 blind-boxed figures - which works out to approx US$11-per figure. And it would've been really cool if they'd release a 400% (28cm tall) Dr Manhattan tho (I suppose 1000% would be a tad too overkill LOL). And Rorschach's mini Grappling Gun rawks!

1.2.09

TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER & UNDER THE HOOD DVD DETAILS

Warner Home Video has released the DVD and Blu-ray Disc covers for Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood, coming to stores on March 24. Here is how the studio describes the release:

They're in the book. And on this disc. From the director of Watchmen and 300 come two tales from the celebrated graphic novel that do not appear in the extraordinary Watchmen Theatrical Feature. Tales of the Black Freighter (featuring the voice of 300's Gerard Butler) brings to strikingly animated life the novels richly layered story-within-a-story, a daring pirate saga whose turbulent events may mirror those in the Watchmen's world. Stars from the Watchmen movie team in the amazing live-action/CGI Under the Hood, based on Nite Owl's powerful first-hand account of how the hooded adventurers came into existence. Two fan-essential stories. One place to watch the excitement. Watching the Watchmen begins here.

The DVD and Blu-ray also include the features "Story Within A Story: The Books of Watchmen" and "A First Look at Green Lantern."

Source: Superhero Hype

"Marooned" tells the story of a young mariner cast adrift at sea, making his way to his hometown to warn its inhabitants of the coming of the Black Freighter. During his journey he is "forced by the urgency of his mission to shed one inhibition after another", including using the bodies of his dead shipmates as a make-shift raft and mistakenly killing innocent people as he makes his way to town. When he finally returns home, believing it to already be under the occupation of the ship's crew, he accidentally attacks his own wife in their darkened home. Afterward, he returns to the sea shore, where he finds the Black Freighter; he swims out to sea and climbs aboard the ship.

Moore has said that the story of The Black Freighter ends up specifically describing "the story of Adrian Veidt". Richard Reynolds states that just like Veidt, the protagonist of "Marooned" "hopes to stave off disaster by using the dead bodies of his former comrades as a means of reach his goal". Moore has said that "Marooned" can also be used as a counterpoint to other parts of the story, such as Rorschach's capture and Dr. Manhattan's self-exile on Mars."
[wiki]

MORE WATCHMEN PORTRAITS (FEATURING RORSCHACH)

RORSCHACH

Entertainment Weekly posts an image of Rorschach "as he shoots a grappling gun into the Comedian's apartment while investigating his fallen comrade's mysterious death." [via SHH] ... while Movienewz has more images to add to the earlier posted photos from the WATCHMEN: PORTRAITS coffee-table book featuring photography by Clay Enos (looks like a press -package tho, glossy-pages and all, but what do I know, innit? :p). Check out the link above for more images (FYI: Possible SPOILERS within). Here are some mirrored ones that are primarily Rorschach-centric:

WATCHMEN-PORTRAITS-01
Rorschach's personal journal. yumz.

WATCHMEN-PORTRAITS-02
Walter Kovacs aka Rorschach's file / Walter in prison with crime boss; "Big Figure"
WATCHMEN-PORTRAITS-03

WATCHMEN-PORTRAITS-04
Max Hedroom Moloch bleeding from a head-wound / Vietnam War-era Pilot for Operation: Wrath of God!

I recognize the kid at the newsstand reading "Tales of the Black Freighter"-comics and the guy from The New Frontiersman who receives Rorschach's journal at the end of the comicbook-story, innit? Images via Movienewz.

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