A&E Shorts

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Jeff Healey

Watchmen film being released on schedule
The highly anticipated superhero film Watchmen is still intended to be released on March 6 after a year-long dispute over ownership rights between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox was settled on Thursday. The film is based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore (V For Vendetta) and Dave Gibbons.

Last February, Fox filed a suit against Warner, claiming it didn’t have full rights to the Watchmen name since Fox had bought up the rights to the graphic novel in the 1980s " though no plans were ever made by Fox to make a film adaptation.

A joint statement made by both companies claims the dispute to have been settled, though terms of agreement were not disclosed.

Zack Snyder (300) directs the film, which takes place in an alternate version of the 1980s where Richard Nixon is still president and the United States and the Soviet Union are on the verge of nuclear war. Billy Crudup (Almost Famous, Big Fish) stars as the invincible Dr. Manhattan, who gains his powers after an atomic accident.
" Dan Rankin

Canadian blues great honoured posthumously
On Monday night, late blues guitarist Jeff Healey was awarded seven of the 17 awards handed out at the Maple Blues Awards at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto.

Among his awards, Healey, who died in March 2008 of the same cancer that robbed him of his sight during his infancy, won best entertainer, electric artist, guitarist and recording of the year for his album Mess of Blues that was released post-humously.

Other winners Monday night included Suzie Vinnick, who won female vocalist of the year, and John Mays, lead singer of the group Fathead, who won male vocalist of the year.

Dying at the age of 41, the Juno Award winning and Grammy nominated Healey is still widely regarded as an excellent player of jazz and blues. Healey first gained fame after being invited to tour alongside legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn after Vaughn witnessed a concert put on by Healey in Toronto in 1985. He is perhaps best known for his role in the 1989 film Road House starring Patrick Swayze, who is also currently battling cancer.
" Dan Rankin

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