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<a href=WATCHMEN, Carla Gugino" /> A few days ago, we learned the disturbing ruling in the ongoing legal battle between Warner Bros. and Fox over the rights to the Zack Snyder directed, Alan Moore adapted WATCHMEN, judging that Fox has the right to distribute the film. Though a surprising and frankly, ridiculous ruling, it didn't necessarily mean that the film's released would be delayed considering the purpose of Fox's suit was to squeeze some easy money out of WB's potentially lucrative franchise so delaying the film's release would only prevent the crazy box office cash. However, Fox has decided to be, as the kids say, a little bitch and is actively seeking an order to delay the film's release (which is still at March 6th). At this point, a trial is set for January 20th to attempt to work out the remaining issues but, according to WB's attorney, a settlement is unlikely to be reached. Goddamn it.

Extra Tidbit: Please, Fox, don't make us wait even more for Carla Gugino in the above outfit.
Source: THR

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6:30PM on 01/03/2009

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I remember there being something said that the same thing happened to Fox with another movie too, where another studio made a film the they also owned the rights to, and it was released this year. The film (I can't remember it right now) wasn't super successful, and Fox didn't cry wolf.

Besides, last I remember, I had read that WB also bought the rights to the film a few years after Fox had , and still hadn't been able to get anything going.

Either way, the execs at Fox are deuches.
I remember there being something said that the same thing happened to Fox with another movie too, where another studio made a film the they also owned the rights to, and it was released this year. The film (I can't remember it right now) wasn't super successful, and Fox didn't cry wolf.

Besides, last I remember, I had read that WB also bought the rights to the film a few years after Fox had , and still hadn't been able to get anything going.

Either way, the execs at Fox are deuches.
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1:52AM on 12/31/2008

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Yeah, but Fox sat by and did NOTHING while WB made the fucking movie! If they're really so hot and bothered about the infringement of their rights they should have said something when WB greenlit the fucking movie! Instead, they sat on their assess, watched as the movie was not only greenlit, casted, put into production, but FINISHED production, THEN they cried lawsuit. I'm sorry, but that's bullshit.

Plus, the fact that they waited so long to bring this up casts a lot of doubt as to
Yeah, but Fox sat by and did NOTHING while WB made the fucking movie! If they're really so hot and bothered about the infringement of their rights they should have said something when WB greenlit the fucking movie! Instead, they sat on their assess, watched as the movie was not only greenlit, casted, put into production, but FINISHED production, THEN they cried lawsuit. I'm sorry, but that's bullshit.

Plus, the fact that they waited so long to bring this up casts a lot of doubt as to whether they still hold any rights to WATCHMEN. It's the bully of the playground daring a kid to stick his tongue to the flagpole because he's too much of a pussy to do it himself all over again.
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11:41PM on 12/30/2008
I agree that the move by FOX sucks, but it is not FOX that made the ethically wrong decision. The bottom line is that they have the right to make and/or be involved with this movie. Warner should have and probably did know this. Warner made a bad move and now they are going to pay for it.
Any argument saying "lost their chance to make the film" is simply not accurate. When you own something it is yours even if you don't use it. It still sucks that these two companies won't play nice.
I agree that the move by FOX sucks, but it is not FOX that made the ethically wrong decision. The bottom line is that they have the right to make and/or be involved with this movie. Warner should have and probably did know this. Warner made a bad move and now they are going to pay for it.
Any argument saying "lost their chance to make the film" is simply not accurate. When you own something it is yours even if you don't use it. It still sucks that these two companies won't play nice.
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5:33PM on 12/30/2008
This is gonna be alien vs predator all over again
This is gonna be alien vs predator all over again
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2:58PM on 12/30/2008
I don't think boycotting Fox will solve anything, but they should have stopped Warner before movie was even made. My theory (and it's a nasty one): Fox didn't/couldn't/wouldn't want to make Watchmen, and seeing Warner started prepearing to make the movie without asking them for rights, they waited 'till now to pull a stunt like this. How else could you explain their lawsuit beeing filed long after Watchemn began production? And it's gonna get worse - Fox could bunker Watchmen for a year or two
I don't think boycotting Fox will solve anything, but they should have stopped Warner before movie was even made. My theory (and it's a nasty one): Fox didn't/couldn't/wouldn't want to make Watchmen, and seeing Warner started prepearing to make the movie without asking them for rights, they waited 'till now to pull a stunt like this. How else could you explain their lawsuit beeing filed long after Watchemn began production? And it's gonna get worse - Fox could bunker Watchmen for a year or two in the worst case...
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2:06PM on 12/30/2008

Why?

I understand that that a studio exec is expected to be pretty greedy, but letting another studio make a film and then try to cash in on said film is bad enough. You lost your chance to make the film. It's like a coach who tries to get his team Superbowl ready, but then retires. The next season, the new coach takes his team to the Superbowl, and win, and now the retired coach wants to get a ring for it. I don't think so. What happenned to business ethics?

Remember, too, the film isn't
I understand that that a studio exec is expected to be pretty greedy, but letting another studio make a film and then try to cash in on said film is bad enough. You lost your chance to make the film. It's like a coach who tries to get his team Superbowl ready, but then retires. The next season, the new coach takes his team to the Superbowl, and win, and now the retired coach wants to get a ring for it. I don't think so. What happenned to business ethics?

Remember, too, the film isn't actually delayed yet. Fox is only filing a motion for it to be delayed. I don't think it will be, unless Fox can come up with some incredibly strong evidence to support a ruling in their direction.

But still, a very bitch move by Fox.
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1:59PM on 12/30/2008

Fuck Fox

Why do they fuck up everything they touch? They had there chance to make a shitty watchmen and lost it. Now WB is about the release their badass Watchmen and Fox has to be a...whats the technical term? Little Bitch.
Why do they fuck up everything they touch? They had there chance to make a shitty watchmen and lost it. Now WB is about the release their badass Watchmen and Fox has to be a...whats the technical term? Little Bitch.
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1:40PM on 12/30/2008
If Fox is smart they will not delay Watchmen...they will piss off many moviegoers..if it does happens I believe a boycott of Fox would be inevitable.. know I would not watch another movie out by Fox...they should just split the profits with Warners and be on their happy way..but they should not screw the public by delaying Watchmen.
If Fox is smart they will not delay Watchmen...they will piss off many moviegoers..if it does happens I believe a boycott of Fox would be inevitable.. know I would not watch another movie out by Fox...they should just split the profits with Warners and be on their happy way..but they should not screw the public by delaying Watchmen.
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12:31PM on 12/30/2008
I'm not sure i 100% understand why this is even happening. How could Fox delay the movie if they weren't the ones to make it in the first place? And if they still held the "rights" to make a Watchmen movie, why the hell didn't they do something about it when the movie was starting to be in production? I think this is just one big stupid mess. Let's hope that it gets released on or close to it's scheduled date.
I'm not sure i 100% understand why this is even happening. How could Fox delay the movie if they weren't the ones to make it in the first place? And if they still held the "rights" to make a Watchmen movie, why the hell didn't they do something about it when the movie was starting to be in production? I think this is just one big stupid mess. Let's hope that it gets released on or close to it's scheduled date.
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11:07AM on 12/30/2008

Both at fault

I understand Fox being pissed at Warner - seeing as they have the rights to the movie - but now Fox is dropping the ball. The movie's done, locked, ready to be released, and now Fox wants to fucking delay it?

Do you see why you're hated Fox? Honestly, do you? Didn't you realize after your one or two hit movies out of the whole year, that you need to clean up your fucking greedy, cheap act?

I'll be waiting for a 'Watchmen goes back into the editing room' article shortly.
I understand Fox being pissed at Warner - seeing as they have the rights to the movie - but now Fox is dropping the ball. The movie's done, locked, ready to be released, and now Fox wants to fucking delay it?

Do you see why you're hated Fox? Honestly, do you? Didn't you realize after your one or two hit movies out of the whole year, that you need to clean up your fucking greedy, cheap act?

I'll be waiting for a 'Watchmen goes back into the editing room' article shortly.
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9:50AM on 12/30/2008

FOX's side

who watches the watchmen? hopefully all of us. but i can understand fox's side.

i mean, if i was the head of a studio and saw an opportunity to cash in on the millions that watchmen will score, i dont think i would let it go just to please some fanboys. yeah, fox is only thinking about themselves and what not, but... its kind of the studio exec's job to do that.

i forsee a fox released, crap-tastic, brett ratner-directed sequel to watchmen.... somehow.
who watches the watchmen? hopefully all of us. but i can understand fox's side.

i mean, if i was the head of a studio and saw an opportunity to cash in on the millions that watchmen will score, i dont think i would let it go just to please some fanboys. yeah, fox is only thinking about themselves and what not, but... its kind of the studio exec's job to do that.

i forsee a fox released, crap-tastic, brett ratner-directed sequel to watchmen.... somehow.
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9:37AM on 12/30/2008
I'd be OK if Fox wanted money and left it at that. But messing with release date ... and why didn't Fox file suit long before Watchmen were even in preproduction? And let's get one thing straight: this is WB movie, even if they didn't have the rights to make it, the film is MADE and it's theirs. Period. Fox should only receive cash compensation (if they deserve any) and that should be it. Somewhere, Alan Moore is laughing ...
I'd be OK if Fox wanted money and left it at that. But messing with release date ... and why didn't Fox file suit long before Watchmen were even in preproduction? And let's get one thing straight: this is WB movie, even if they didn't have the rights to make it, the film is MADE and it's theirs. Period. Fox should only receive cash compensation (if they deserve any) and that should be it. Somewhere, Alan Moore is laughing ...
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9:23AM on 12/30/2008
Fox execs suck a big DICK!!!

DAMN YOU BILL O'REILLY!!!!
Fox execs suck a big DICK!!!

DAMN YOU BILL O'REILLY!!!!
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7:57AM on 12/30/2008
This will slowly turn into a PR nightmare for FOX...

They're tanking all over the place. WB should have done a better job vetting if they had the rights to make the movie in the first place. So, my anger is equally at both studios.

Jeebus... just split it 50-50 and be done with it.

Or... give FOX the distribution for the film in the theaters and WB the distribution for the DVDs/Blue Rays. (We all know that it'll probably make as much if not more on the later.)
This will slowly turn into a PR nightmare for FOX...

They're tanking all over the place. WB should have done a better job vetting if they had the rights to make the movie in the first place. So, my anger is equally at both studios.

Jeebus... just split it 50-50 and be done with it.

Or... give FOX the distribution for the film in the theaters and WB the distribution for the DVDs/Blue Rays. (We all know that it'll probably make as much if not more on the later.)
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6:40AM on 12/30/2008

Fuck fox!

I wanna fuck the head of the fucking Fox and then rip it's fucking guts out and then fuck it's fuckity fuck fuck fuck fuckie fuck fuck fuck fuck !
I wanna fuck the head of the fucking Fox and then rip it's fucking guts out and then fuck it's fuckity fuck fuck fuck fuckie fuck fuck fuck fuck !
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3:45AM on 12/30/2008
As long as its not Wolverine.......
As long as its not Wolverine.......
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2:59AM on 12/30/2008

Fox Boycott

I think we should start a formal boycott of the next big film from fox.
Anyone with me?
I think we should start a formal boycott of the next big film from fox.
Anyone with me?
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2:28AM on 12/30/2008

This Thing is a SetUp

Anyone else get the feeling that Fox is trying to make the media explode with talk about the "Watchmen" because of these actions. think about it, angry movie buffs setting the internet one fire becasue their most anticipated movie of next year is being delayed. I bet that they each studio will go to court and argue back and forth. They will put out statements degrading or insulting eachother. except now the studios have the movie where they want it and becasue of great public demand, and
Anyone else get the feeling that Fox is trying to make the media explode with talk about the "Watchmen" because of these actions. think about it, angry movie buffs setting the internet one fire becasue their most anticipated movie of next year is being delayed. I bet that they each studio will go to court and argue back and forth. They will put out statements degrading or insulting eachother. except now the studios have the movie where they want it and becasue of great public demand, and constant complaining, Fox will decide to keep the original release date. By doing this Fox maximize the % the cut that they are entitled too.
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2:20AM on 12/30/2008
Fox has never had anything but themselves in mind. They are content to stay perched atop the higher echelons of corporate greed and utter disrespect for the ones who make going to the movies even possible--the audience.

Keep in mind this also a studio who is willing to cancel critically and commercially successful shows (Firefly and Arrested Development, as sbunn10 mentioned), so I have no doubt that they're going to completely rape Watchmen. Not a single doubt what. so. ever.
Fox has never had anything but themselves in mind. They are content to stay perched atop the higher echelons of corporate greed and utter disrespect for the ones who make going to the movies even possible--the audience.

Keep in mind this also a studio who is willing to cancel critically and commercially successful shows (Firefly and Arrested Development, as sbunn10 mentioned), so I have no doubt that they're going to completely rape Watchmen. Not a single doubt what. so. ever.
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2:00AM on 12/30/2008

HEY PISSED OFF READERS, LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL

Fox HQ

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New York, NY USA 10036
Phone: 212-852-7111
Fax: 212-852-7145
Fox HQ

1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY USA 10036
Phone: 212-852-7111
Fax: 212-852-7145
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1:48AM on 12/30/2008

Ridiculous

You guys might enjoy this article: [link]

It's all about how FOX has fucked over fans in the past, and it talks a bit about these lawsuits for Watchmen.
You guys might enjoy this article: [link]

It's all about how FOX has fucked over fans in the past, and it talks a bit about these lawsuits for Watchmen.
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1:02AM on 12/30/2008
I want to kick Fox in the nuts
I want to kick Fox in the nuts
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12:41AM on 12/30/2008
I declare we perform a Nakatomi-like takeover at Fox Plaza.

Now is the time.
I declare we perform a Nakatomi-like takeover at Fox Plaza.

Now is the time.
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12:34AM on 12/30/2008
Fucking perfect. Great way to use that hype fox. Really smart.Drive it into the ground and ruin the reason the movie was made in the first place... For the audience. For entertainment. Greedy bastards.
Fucking perfect. Great way to use that hype fox. Really smart.Drive it into the ground and ruin the reason the movie was made in the first place... For the audience. For entertainment. Greedy bastards.
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12:12AM on 12/30/2008
And I thought Tom Rothman couldn't sink any lower...Unfucking believable...
And I thought Tom Rothman couldn't sink any lower...Unfucking believable...
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12:11AM on 12/30/2008
FUCK YOU FOX!
FUCK YOU FOX!
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11:56PM on 12/29/2008
The only one laughing is Alan Moore! Probably saying, "I told you they were pricks!" or "How ironic!"

And they wonder why there's piracy!
The only one laughing is Alan Moore! Probably saying, "I told you they were pricks!" or "How ironic!"

And they wonder why there's piracy!
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11:51PM on 12/29/2008
Some where Alan Moore is shaking his head and saying, "I told you...I told you all."
Some where Alan Moore is shaking his head and saying, "I told you...I told you all."
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11:46PM on 12/29/2008
I second the comment left by TheMazVolta.
I second the comment left by TheMazVolta.
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11:40PM on 12/29/2008
bureaucracy screws us once again.
fox can go fuck themselves.
bureaucracy screws us once again.
fox can go fuck themselves.
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11:36PM on 12/29/2008

WHY, DAMNIT, WHY?!

Of all movies, why Watchmen?! Why did it have to be Watchmen?! Delay Wolverine for all I care (take note, Wolverine's my all-time fave comic character next to Batman)...but I have no expectaions for it just 'cause it's by Fox's lousy bas*ards. F*ckin' jackoffs had to wait till the movie was done and then make their dirty lil' move. Argh!

Does anyone have a map to Fox's studios, a flamethrower, and knowledge on how to drive a tank? Fox needs to exist no more.
Of all movies, why Watchmen?! Why did it have to be Watchmen?! Delay Wolverine for all I care (take note, Wolverine's my all-time fave comic character next to Batman)...but I have no expectaions for it just 'cause it's by Fox's lousy bas*ards. F*ckin' jackoffs had to wait till the movie was done and then make their dirty lil' move. Argh!

Does anyone have a map to Fox's studios, a flamethrower, and knowledge on how to drive a tank? Fox needs to exist no more.
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11:26PM on 12/29/2008
I love how Fox waited until the movie was in the can before they brought up this bullshit. Okay, maybe they actually do hold some rights to WATCHMEN, but are you telling me that were completely absent-minded about it while WB casted the roles, went into production, finished production, and proceeded with the marketing campaign? Please. Everyone at Fox is a douchebag. Next we'll be seeing announcements that SAG is striking. Like this economy can handle more people put out of work.
I love how Fox waited until the movie was in the can before they brought up this bullshit. Okay, maybe they actually do hold some rights to WATCHMEN, but are you telling me that were completely absent-minded about it while WB casted the roles, went into production, finished production, and proceeded with the marketing campaign? Please. Everyone at Fox is a douchebag. Next we'll be seeing announcements that SAG is striking. Like this economy can handle more people put out of work.
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11:20PM on 12/29/2008

i mean honestly

how long is it gonna be before the movie industry gets in trouble with the economy as well?...do u really think they should be playing around with their money?
how long is it gonna be before the movie industry gets in trouble with the economy as well?...do u really think they should be playing around with their money?
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11:19PM on 12/29/2008

god fucking damn

i knew this shit was goin to happen. I just knew.
This is only the beginning i bet.
i knew this shit was goin to happen. I just knew.
This is only the beginning i bet.
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11:18PM on 12/29/2008

ALRIGHTY THEN

I'll bring the gasoline and matches...who supplying us with pitchforks??

....it's go time
I'll bring the gasoline and matches...who supplying us with pitchforks??

....it's go time
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11:00PM on 12/29/2008
Cunts
Cunts
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10:58PM on 12/29/2008
My timeless optimism wants me to give this movie a chance, but my common sense reminds me that Snyder is a really bad director with no sense of theme or characters.

So I really don't care what happens to this movie. I'll just reread the graphic novel on March 6th.
My timeless optimism wants me to give this movie a chance, but my common sense reminds me that Snyder is a really bad director with no sense of theme or characters.

So I really don't care what happens to this movie. I'll just reread the graphic novel on March 6th.
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10:21PM on 12/29/2008
Fox is run by complete idiots... im sure im not breaking new ground with that statement.. but they really are a studio run by 100% complete fucking idiots
Fox is run by complete idiots... im sure im not breaking new ground with that statement.. but they really are a studio run by 100% complete fucking idiots
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10:21PM on 12/29/2008

FUCK

Not the best way to start a new year
Not the best way to start a new year
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9:59PM on 12/29/2008
Is that their idea of milking money out of this?? Perhaps someone smarter than me can explain one good reason to delay this movie...
Is that their idea of milking money out of this?? Perhaps someone smarter than me can explain one good reason to delay this movie...
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9:46PM on 12/29/2008
Hey let's cancel Firefly! and Arrested Development too! and be big fucking ass holes! Hey! Lets delay Watchmen too! Yay for us!
Hey let's cancel Firefly! and Arrested Development too! and be big fucking ass holes! Hey! Lets delay Watchmen too! Yay for us!
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9:38PM on 12/29/2008
hit em in their wallet, boycott fox, sorry to say this would mean wolverine
hit em in their wallet, boycott fox, sorry to say this would mean wolverine
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9:35PM on 12/29/2008

Yeah I'm with Omar

I want to see Carla in that outfit. Don't be a bitch FOX.
I want to see Carla in that outfit. Don't be a bitch FOX.
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9:18PM on 12/29/2008

FUCK THAT FUCKING BULLSHIT FOX!!!!

I feel a little better now....the greedy asses.

FUCK THAT FUCKING BULLSHIT FOX!!!!

I feel a little better now....the greedy asses.
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9:16PM on 12/29/2008
Is it just me, or is Fox on a mission to rape the movie industry.
Is it just me, or is Fox on a mission to rape the movie industry.
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9:08PM on 12/29/2008
I now eagerly await the Zak Snyder Criterion Directors Cut.
I now eagerly await the Zak Snyder Criterion Directors Cut.
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9:06PM on 12/29/2008

NO.

I like how Fox waited for the first trailer to get all this buzz and hype before deciding to act.

It's what we call a "bitch move"
I like how Fox waited for the first trailer to get all this buzz and hype before deciding to act.

It's what we call a "bitch move"
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8:52PM on 12/29/2008

Suck It Fox

If this happens legitamatly We all should sign a petition against Wolverine.
If this happens legitamatly We all should sign a petition against Wolverine.
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8:48PM on 12/29/2008

why

why couldnt fox go out of buz. fucking assholes need to die give WB the film and go crawl in to a hole
why couldnt fox go out of buz. fucking assholes need to die give WB the film and go crawl in to a hole
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8:40PM on 12/29/2008

FOX SUXS

Yes, delay Watchmen. You'll just recieve numerous death threats a day and a small group of people won't see/buy any of you products.
Yes, delay Watchmen. You'll just recieve numerous death threats a day and a small group of people won't see/buy any of you products.
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8:19PM on 12/29/2008
I'm probably speaking too soon, but could Fox possibly sink any lower?
I'm probably speaking too soon, but could Fox possibly sink any lower?
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8:14PM on 12/29/2008
FUCKIN' ASSHOLES. As if movie goers needed more reason to hate Fox.
FUCKIN' ASSHOLES. As if movie goers needed more reason to hate Fox.
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