Warner Brothers has always been one of the most successful and cool studios in Hollywood. In the past decade, at the movies alone, they released the Harry Potter films, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Hangover, The Matrix, Watchmen and Where the Wild Things Are just to name a few of their geeky successes. They also have an slew of Best Picture winners from Casablanca to The Departed and they’re well known for developing relationships with auteurs like Stanley Kubrick, Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese. Then there’s all their animation, television production and much more.
So, it’s no surprise to say that their VIP Studio Tour, a two hour plus, small group tram ride all over their Burbank, CA backlot, is a must for film and television fans visiting the Los Angeles area. You’ll see everything from where Gremlins and The Lost Boys were shot to sets from Gilmore Girls that were repurposed for Pretty Little Liars and more. Plus you get to stop into two of the most awesome museums imaginable, check out some working sound stages (for us they were Chuck and Two and a Half Men) and maybe even run into a celeb or two. Read more after the break. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2009 by David Chen
Earlier today, we dared to hope that Fox and Warner Brothers might settle their beef over Watchmen this afternoon. Now, The Hollywood Reporter claims that a settlement has been reached:
Warner Bros. and Fox have resolved their dispute over Watchmen, with the studios scheduled to present the settlement to Judge Gary Feess on Friday morning and request that the case be dismissed. Terms of the agreement will not be disclosed, but it is said to involve a sizable cash payment to Fox and a percentage of the film’s box office.
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It seems that Warner Brothers has given up fighting Chinese censors for a theatrical release of The Dark Knight. Instead, WB is going to skip the film’s release altogether. In a statement on Tuesday, the studio disclosed the following:
“Based on a number of pre-release conditions that are being attached to ‘The Dark Knight’ as well as cultural sensitivities to some elements of the film, we have opted to forego a theatrical release of the film in China.”
It’s not surprising that Warner has had trouble getting the film through Chinese censors. The film is after all about an American vigilante who (spoilers?) illegally travels to China to kidnap a Chinese businessman with ties to mob money. Said vigilante does other stuff too (I think a clown is involved?), but I’m fairly certain it’s the above that has China up in arms.
China’s censors only allow 20 foreign films into the country every year, and given the large role Hong Kong plays in The Dark Knight’s plot, I don’t think WB could have ever made them happy. In the end, this seems like a wise move. I’m fairly certain that this decision implies that WB won’t be releasing an official DVD/Bluray of the film either, but somehow I don’t think the Chinese moviegoing public will be denied their Dark Knight fix.