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Aug. 27, 2008by: James Thoo

The NY Times has an interesting piece explaining the lawsuit between Fox and 20th Century and their battle over WATCHMEN. There's a ton of shit in there, but it seems to all boil down to this legal concept of "turnaround".

On its face, turnaround is a contractual mechanism that allows a studio to release its interest in a dormant film project, while recovering costs, plus interest, from any rival that eventually adopts the project. But turnaround is a stacked deck.

The turnaround clauses in a typical contract are also insurance for studio executives who do not want to be humiliated by a competitor who makes a hit out of their castoffs.

That trick turns on a term of art: changed elements. A producer of a movie acquired in turnaround who comes up with a new director, or star, or story line, or even a reduction in budget, must give the original studio another shot at making the movie because of changed elements, even if a new backer has entered the picture.

Thus, Michael Clayton was put in turnaround by Castle Rock Entertainment (which, like Warner, belongs to Time Warner). When George Clooney became attached to star in it, however, Castle Rock stood on its right to be involved as a producer of what turned out to be an Oscar-nominated film.


Check the full article out HERE. I don't see why we can't just picket these bastards. Or an online petition. Those things are certain winners.
Source: NY Times

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2:55AM on 08/29/2008
FUCK FOX
i've never lost so much respect for anything in my life except for a former friend that made up her whole life because her's was so pathetic.
It's not enough that they turn their own movies to shit and never learn their lesson now they have to ruin awesome movies, someone needs to just fuck them up, they need to lose like $100 million out of shitty movies (please let them not be movies with potential like x-men:FC) and then maybe they'll realize what retards they are.
if watchmen
FUCK FOX
i've never lost so much respect for anything in my life except for a former friend that made up her whole life because her's was so pathetic.
It's not enough that they turn their own movies to shit and never learn their lesson now they have to ruin awesome movies, someone needs to just fuck them up, they need to lose like $100 million out of shitty movies (please let them not be movies with potential like x-men:FC) and then maybe they'll realize what retards they are.
if watchmen doesn't come out i will personally go to fox and take a shit on them.
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2:19PM on 08/28/2008
Hey, Bush is still in office guys. All we gotta do get someone close to the President to suggest that Fox is run by terrorists. The air force would be firebombing Fox Studios within the hour.

Problem solved. :D
Hey, Bush is still in office guys. All we gotta do get someone close to the President to suggest that Fox is run by terrorists. The air force would be firebombing Fox Studios within the hour.

Problem solved. :D
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3:12AM on 08/28/2008
What if we get actors working on Fox films to strike?
What if we get actors working on Fox films to strike?
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1:57AM on 08/28/2008
It'll turn out for the better, have faith.
It'll turn out for the better, have faith.
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12:49AM on 08/28/2008
Wow... FOX is going to start a fucking war. First, they allow George Lucas to make the prequels, then they neuter countless potentially awesome films (the latest of which may be the new Wolverine movie), they father and slap their name on FOX News and now try to kill Watchmen. Hoo boy, they're gonna get firebombed by angry fans.

FOX, look at Warner Bros, and copy that. Don't sue them, just copy them.
Wow... FOX is going to start a fucking war. First, they allow George Lucas to make the prequels, then they neuter countless potentially awesome films (the latest of which may be the new Wolverine movie), they father and slap their name on FOX News and now try to kill Watchmen. Hoo boy, they're gonna get firebombed by angry fans.

FOX, look at Warner Bros, and copy that. Don't sue them, just copy them.
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10:03PM on 08/27/2008
fuck this movie, anything Eddie Murphy comes out with is more interesting than this
fuck this movie, anything Eddie Murphy comes out with is more interesting than this
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8:30PM on 08/27/2008

Fox is Stupid!!!!

Why doesn't Fox just agree to let the movie open...slap a 20th Century Fox title in front of Warner and let them get a 20% share of the grosses...I mean not letting this movie out is a worse idea than Warner's sharing in the profits with Fox...I mean COME ON!!!!
Why doesn't Fox just agree to let the movie open...slap a 20th Century Fox title in front of Warner and let them get a 20% share of the grosses...I mean not letting this movie out is a worse idea than Warner's sharing in the profits with Fox...I mean COME ON!!!!
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7:49PM on 08/27/2008
as penelope cruz says in vanilla sky, "You've gotta pull it the f*ck together."

They gotta release it tho, too much hype, and for some reason they don't...there will be riots of epic proportions.
as penelope cruz says in vanilla sky, "You've gotta pull it the f*ck together."

They gotta release it tho, too much hype, and for some reason they don't...there will be riots of epic proportions.
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6:33PM on 08/27/2008

Hurm

Maybe we should send ol' Rorschach out to Fox and have 'im break some fingers? "they'll look up and shout 'save us', and I'll whisper 'no'"
Maybe we should send ol' Rorschach out to Fox and have 'im break some fingers? "they'll look up and shout 'save us', and I'll whisper 'no'"
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5:53PM on 08/27/2008
If somehow this film ends up getting dumped, I will go on a murderous rampage at Fox headquarters.
If somehow this film ends up getting dumped, I will go on a murderous rampage at Fox headquarters.
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4:56PM on 08/27/2008
Cowards. Quite successful in becoming THE main laughing stock with escapades such as this one and Babylon AD... Damn shame too.

In other news: gimme a full Terminator 4 trailer already... pretty please?!
Cowards. Quite successful in becoming THE main laughing stock with escapades such as this one and Babylon AD... Damn shame too.

In other news: gimme a full Terminator 4 trailer already... pretty please?!
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4:17PM on 08/27/2008
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Because Fox is a big coporate a-hole.

They know that this movie will be good and they want to get their greedy fucking fingers on part of the cash
ReiSoryuh:

Because Fox is a big coporate a-hole.

They know that this movie will be good and they want to get their greedy fucking fingers on part of the cash
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3:54PM on 08/27/2008
Why is Fox just bringing this up now that the film has already been made. This seems like something that they should have spoken up on a long time ago. It just seems stupid.
Why is Fox just bringing this up now that the film has already been made. This seems like something that they should have spoken up on a long time ago. It just seems stupid.
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3:38PM on 08/27/2008

Hey Nest

I'd like to be in your Watchmen movie. Let me know if you need any help man...
I'd like to be in your Watchmen movie. Let me know if you need any help man...
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2:47PM on 08/27/2008
So James: exactly how drunk were you when you wrote this? Very, or extremely?
So James: exactly how drunk were you when you wrote this? Very, or extremely?
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2:40PM on 08/27/2008

WB needs to wise up

Somewhere, Alan Moore is probably having a laugh right now.

Fox are assholes for giving this movie problem, but on the other hand Warner Bros. were stupid not to check out these type of things. And it wasn't their first time screwing up like this either.
Somewhere, Alan Moore is probably having a laugh right now.

Fox are assholes for giving this movie problem, but on the other hand Warner Bros. were stupid not to check out these type of things. And it wasn't their first time screwing up like this either.
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2:24PM on 08/27/2008

FUCK FOX

Fuck Fox and all its studio douchebags!
A bit to late to call dibs on a movie that they passed on! Fuck'em!
Fuck Fox and all its studio douchebags!
A bit to late to call dibs on a movie that they passed on! Fuck'em!
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2:11PM on 08/27/2008

fuck it...

im makin my own watchmen movie
im makin my own watchmen movie
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2:03PM on 08/27/2008
The difference here is that while Castle Rock moved on to become a Producer in Michael Clayton...Fox wants to shut down the movie's production and prevent it's release instead of profiting from the movie...

*sigh* fucking pos's...
The difference here is that while Castle Rock moved on to become a Producer in Michael Clayton...Fox wants to shut down the movie's production and prevent it's release instead of profiting from the movie...

*sigh* fucking pos's...
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