After the big opening weekend that Zack Snyder and his cast just enjoyed, Hollywood execs would typically be spending Monday morning peppering their voicemails with the word “sequel.” But since the “Watchmen” universe is built upon a unique mix of elements that are sacred, satirical and sequel-proof, the graphic novel’s fanbase insists it could never happen. And as of the moment, the people behind the film agree that we’ll never watch the “Watchmen” in a new adventure.

“I know that I wouldn’t have anything to do with it,” Snyder told the New York Times recently.



Jett from Batman on Film, easily the most authoritative voice and with the closest contacts to Warner Bros. to know exactly what is going on with the next installment of the Caped Crusader wrote last week that he doesn’t expect to see another live action Batman movie till 2012.

That’s one year later than when we thought the movie could have opened, when we initially pondered it the day after The Dark Knight was released back in July.



Laika, the Portland-based animation studio whose first feature film, Coraline, was released by Focus Features on February 6, has announced that Travis Knight has been named President and CEO of the company. Knight, the son of Laika’s owner Philip H. Knight, succeeds Dale Wahl, who has held the position since 2005. Travis Knight, who sits on the Laika Board and has been Head of Animation since 2007, was one of the lead animators on Coraline, the first stop-motion animated feature film to be produced in 3-D.



Electronic Arts Inc. today announced that The Godfather® II has gone gold. The Godfather II game from Electronic Arts and Paramount Digital Entertainment will be available on April 7th in North America and April 10th in Europe for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, and PC.



The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.


Acclaimed Hindu and Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that “Avatar” was one of the central themes of Hinduism and insensitive handling of faith traditions sometimes results in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees.

Supporting the concern of Hindus, multifaith Nevada Clergy Association (NCA) has urged Cameron to put a disclaimer in the beginning of the movie explaining that it has no relationship with Hinduism or its concepts/terminology. Bishop Gene Savoy Jr., NCA president, has said that the concerns of Hindu brothers were very genuine and filmmakers should be very careful when handling religious concepts and terminology.

An article in Variety this weekend reports that the surprisingly short 32-day principal photography shoot on the 3D motion capture project “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” has come to a close.

More interesting is that despite reports that this was to be a Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson collaboration, much of the work on this first film is going to be handled by the latter. Spielberg has now essentially handed over the project to Jackson who will focus on the film’s special effects for the next eighteen months.

    
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