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Hulk, Hellboy, Alien Legion, X2: Comics2Film wrap for June 16, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

HULK

Fans are set to Hulk out all over the world this week and Universal is
cranking the publicity boom box up to 11.

First up is a selection of video clips for fans to enjoy. We’ve got
behind-the-scenes footage from the recording of the single “Set Me
Free” by the band made up of Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum
and Dave Kushner. Uni publicity claims the band is not named yet, but apparently
they’ve gone by the working names “The Project” and
“Reloaded” in the past.

We’ve also got some nice interview snippets from director Ang Lee, actor Sam
Elliott (who plays General Thunderbolt Ross in the movie) and producer Gale Anne
Hurd. 

Finally there are a few of the spots you’ve been seeing on TV in the past
month. You’ll need the Windows Media Player installed to view them:

Subject Windows Media
Newswrap – "Set Me Free" performed by
Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner
Low High
Interview – Ang Lee Low High
Interview – Sam Elliott Low High
Interview – Gale Anne Hurd Low High
TV Clip – "Stupid Ideals" Low High
TV Clip – "Watch That Temper" Low High

In other “Hulk” news Variety
reports that video game fans will want to watch the movie closely, and possibly
bring paper and a pencil with you. Passwords and unlock codes for the new
“Hulk” video game will be found embedded in the movie.

“You may see a license plate in the movie and that will be a code to
open up areas in the game,” Vivendi Universal Games chief Luc Vanhal told
Variety.

One of the goodies fans will be able to unlock in the game is the gray Hulk.

On Wednesday night, “Hulk” enthusiasts can tune in for a
behind-the-scenes special on SCI FI Channel. According to SCI
FI Wire
“Hulk: The Lowdown” airs June 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 

The film’s co-stars, Sam Elliott and Josh Lucas, will host the special, which
will feature on-set interviews with director Ang Lee and stars Eric Bana and
Jennifer Connelly.

The Lowdown will also include never-before-seen footage from the film, take
viewers inside effects house Industrial Light & Magic and feature an
interview with comic-book legend Stan Lee.

 

HELLBOY

“Hellboy” continues to invade the web, with movie sites converging
on the Prague set.

Counting Down continues to provide the best coverage. Last week they posted a
great interview with director Guillermo del Toro. They followed that with a
couple of nice chats with star
Ron Perlman
and special effects guru Mike
Elizalde
of Spectral Motion.

If it’s more cool pictures you want, click over to Ain’t-it-cool-news
who posted additional frame grabs from the licensing video tape, including a
number of nice shots of Abe.

Finally, Nick Nunziata continues his Prague travelogue with part
3
online now. So far there’re no juicy “Hellboy” tidbits, but Nick
promises they are coming.

 

ALIEN LEGION

In an message to the Alien
Legion e-mail group
, comic creator Carl Potts gave fans an update on the
planned “Alien Legion” animated TV show. 

The show, based on the fondly remembered Marvel/Epic comic from about ten
years ago, is in development with Mainframe animation. Mainframe is well known
for their CGI cartoons, including the upcoming “Spider-Man” show.

According to Potts, the creative forces behind the show have finished the
pitch bible of the series and are now taking it out to “potential U.S.
broadcast partners.”

The reaction has reportedly been positive so far. “It
is, unfortunately, a slow process with lots of small steps,” Potts wrote.

In a follow-up e-mail, Potts also told “Alien Legion” fans that he
is still working to set the property up as a feature film.

“I retained the live action feature film rights in my deal with
Mainframe and

hope to get a movie project up an running when the timing is right,” Potts
wrote. “I firmly believe that ‘Alien Legion’ can spawn a number of great
feature films and become a major film franchise. 

“Getting those who pull the triggers in Hollywood to on board is not
always easy!”

In the mean time, readers can look for additional “Alien Legion”
trade paperbacks due out this year.  U.K. publisher Titan just signed with
Potts to release volumes collecting the “On The Edge” and “Tenants From Hell”
story arcs.

Finally, Potts told fans that he’s open to the idea of publishing additional
comics based on the property, but wants to find the right opportunity to do so.

 

X2: X-MEN UNITED

“X2: X-Men United” remains a top 10 movie in its seventh week of
release, according to the latest estimates published by Box
Office Mojo
.

The Marvel mutants came in at #10 this weekend and now have a domestic tally
of about $207.2 million. This may be the last week in the top 10 for Charlie’s
gifted youngsters, with “The Hulk” poised to smash the competition on
Friday.

 

CALLING ALL FAN ARTISTS: G.I. JOE WANTS YOU


Comics2Film
has teamed up with Devil’s
Due Publishing
to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork in
print. 

We’re looking for a few good pencil and ink
gurus to work up a faux cover for the “G.I. Joe” comic. The top three
entries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil’s Due comics.

We’ve
just launched the contest, so there’s still plenty of time to enter. Click over
to the Comics2Film.com
website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!

 

PUNISHER CONTEST GETS EVEN BIGGER!


Artisan
Entertainment can’t stop the punishment!

They’ve already provided ten posters for Comics2Film readers in our currently
in progress giveaway. Now the studio has ponied up five t-shirts promoting the
movie as well.

So we’re expanding the drawing once again with a new prize structure: One
grand prize winner will get both a poster and a t-shirt. Nine individual winners
will get a poster. Four individual winners will get t-shirts.

If you’ve already entered, you don’t need to do anything else. 

If you haven’t entered yet, we’ll be taking names from now until June 22 (right around the time that the
official website official
website
launches). Just fill out the simple entry form on Comics2Film.com
for your chance to win! 

 

HULK TOY CONTEST!

Get ready to Hulk out!


The
good folks at Toy Biz and Comics2Film are teaming up to give you a chance to
bring jade-jaws home. Enter our giveaway and you can win one of three
“Hulk” action figures, based on the upcoming movie.

We’re accepting entries from now until June 19 (the day before the big movie
opening). Just fill out the simple entry form on Comics2Film.com
for your chance to win!