WATCHMEN: Sucess and failure?

Will Watchmen make any money for Warner Bros. at all in its initial run; the Hollywood Reporter isn't sure that it will, according to

Judging by a NYU's professor's regression model on how opening weekend box office numbers predict total movie grosses, and adjusting downward due to expected higher-than-normal opening weekend geek fandom, we'd expect this film to eventually gross about, or just above, $130 million domestically when all is said and done (Paramount holds overseas rights). Funny enough, that happens to be the same figure as the reported budget of the film.

I don't think WATCHMEN will "damage" the careers of any of the cast members. All of them have run themselves ragged to promote the movie, and all of them are capable actors. Even Malin Ackerman, the cast member singled out as the "weak link," just as Laurie is often considered the "weak link" of the graphic novel.

None of the cast members are straight-up movie stars, but this might give each actor and actress chances at bigger roles. Zach Snyder has been declared a "visionary director," so he's set.

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Lines for Batman 3

About a year ago I speculated on lines for Spider-Man 4. Now I will speculate on lines for Batman 3.

"In a few years, you won't be able to swing a grappling hook in this city without hitting a geek in a costume with a name and a gimmick."

"Riddle me this: What's the difference between chance and choice? The letter's A, N, O and I."

"From what I know about police procedures, Commissioner Gordon, you shouldn't even still be carrying a gun."

"You can't be all things to all the people in Gotham City. You can't knock the teeth out of muggers one day and help little old ladies across the street the next."

"So you took Harvey Dent's sins upon yourself? Sheesh, I thought you needed blue tights and a red cape to have a Messiah Complex."

"Bah! Bah, I say!"

"Well, Alfred, the repellent didn't work in open water."
"You know sir, I always thought the term 'jump the shark' meant something different."

"It's all true. I, Alfred Pennyworth, am... the Batman!"

"Oh, sure. I spend hours flouncing around my apartment in my underwear until Bruce Wayne calls to ask me out."

"So, the long-lost daughter of one of Gotham's first and most powerful crime bosses is spending her time teaching Catholic school?"

"Who the hell are you supposed to be, Batman's cousin?"

"All those cameras, and none of them got a good look at the Huntress' face."
"When a young woman wears an outfit like that, I'm not very surprised, sir."

"A suit with encephalo-cybernetic interfaces for linking to vehicles? Mr. Wayne, you'll be *my* age before this technology is even *remotely* feasible"
"It never hurts to plan for the future, Lucius."

"Odd. For about twenty minutes, the inmates started chanting something in perfect synchronization, and then stopped."
"What did they chant, Professor Strange?"
"Darkseid is."
(Okay, maybe that will work better for the next Superman movie.)

Underrated Oscar moment

One underrated Oscar moment was the playful nudge James McAvoy gave Saoirse Ronan after the clip where her character sells his character down the river in "Atonement." Actually, given the bright blue eyes both McAvoy and Ronan have, I wouldn't mind seeing a movie where *they* play siblings instead of Ronan and Keira Knightly.

Oscar hope

Jon Stewart should do a pre-taped routine called "I AM HOST" similar to the bits Billy Crystal usually does. Basically, it's an I AM LEGEND parody with Jon in an abandoned Hollywood. One joke: "I sleep in a bathtub while clutching a high-powered rifle. Actually, I did that before the writers' strike."