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Punisher, Teen Titans, Hulk, Hellboy, Over the Hedge: Comics2Film wrap for June 26, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

TEEN TITANS STUFF

DC Comics’ “Teen Titans” is set to make its animated debut on
Cartoon Network in less than a month. 

Being a member of the press sometimes has its perks. The “Teen
Titans” press kit has us wondering if the west-coast city that the
super-kids inhabit is Coaster City. In addition to the usual screener tape,
colorful folders and materials, the “Teen Titans” kit also came with a
set of five coasters, each depicting a member of the team, all contained in a
nice metal canister. Click the images for a closer look.

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Batman’s sidekick Robin leads fellow young teens Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire
and Raven in the all-new high-adventure series. Fans will see it for the first
time on Saturday, July 19, at 9 p.m. (ET, PT). Unlike the network’s
“Justice League,” which teams DC’s adult heroes, “Teen
Titans” is aimed at younger viewers. Here’s the network’s description of
the show:

“‘Teen Titans’ features five teen superheroes each with special powers.
Led by Robin, this group unites to form a force to protect their teeming,
sun-baked city from a new generation of villains while coping with the
challenges of adolescence. When they work together as a team, their powers are
formidable. As superheroes, the Teen Titans are fully developed. But they
struggle with the same challenges every teen would – things like sibling
rivalry, taking responsibility, jealousy and fitting in with the group.

“The Teen Titans live together in a high-tech command center that is
also the ultimate hangout. They play video games, squabble and leave dirty
dishes around. They get on each other’s nerves… a lot. But ultimately the
Teen Titans have to put their super-insecurities and super-gripes aside and save
the world from a next generation of bad guys.”

“With Teen Titans, we
wanted to create a new take on the animated superhero series. Teen Titans will
be more about what the characters are experiencing and feeling right now, as
opposed to being wrapped up in backstory,” said Glen Murakami, producer of
Teen Titans. “These superheroes don’t have alter egos or secret
identities. The show is lighthearted and fun, with new villains, a bold look and
exciting action sequences. We think it will have broad appeal – not just to fans
of the comic books but also to kids who don’t know who the Teen Titans
are.”

 

PUNISHER

You call this punishment?  The
Hollywood Reporter
tells us that two actresses are circling Artisan and
Marvel’s “The Punisher.”


According
to the write-up, Laura Harring has signed on to the movie. Harring will play
Ivia Saint, the “ruthless, vengeful” wife of John Travolta’s Howard
Saint character. Harring recently appeared in David Lynch’s “Mulholland
Drive” in which she played…we’re not really sure who played what in that
one.

Also eying a role in the movie is Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. Romijn, of course,
played Mystique in the “X-Men” movies. She’s said to be in
negotiations for a part but no word is given on what role she is seeking.

In other punishing news, SCI
FI Wire
chatted it up with the film’s star, Thomas Jane, who has been
learning to dish it out by training with Navy Seals. Jane tells the outlet that
when things get nasty, look for the Punisher to resort to
“old-school,” down-and-dirty fighting techniques.

“What would you really do to take these [bad] guys out? What it usually
comes down to is, you poke their eyes out, you slit their throat, break their
nose, brutal stuff. That kind of ends the fight kind of quickly,” Jane
said. “That’s why you don’t see it too much. No wires, no ‘Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon’ stuff. It’s all going to be real world.”

The punishment begins summer of 2004.

 

HULK

Hulk smash puny pirates. Variety
reports that a New Jersey man, accused of illegally distributing copies of
“The Hulk” on the Internet has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of
felony copyright infringement.

Kerry Gonzalez, 25, of Hamilton, N.J. entered the plea marking the first time
someone has faced charges for web distribution of a Hollywood movie.

Gonzalez reportedly received a copy of the film from a friend at an ad agency
and then cracked the copy protection and uploaded it, two weeks before the movie
hit theaters. The cracked version lead to a string of negative reviews from
movie fan sites that complained about the shoddy effects in the unfinished work
print.

Universal claims they became aware of the copyright breach “within
minutes” of its posting and immediately began their aggressive pursuit of
the perpetrator. 

The FBI managed to trace the leak back to Gonzalez and by the middle of last
week the man realized the jig was up. Gonzalez arranged through his attorney to
surrender to the FBI.

“Kerry certainly didn’t contemplate the magnitude of the consequences of
uploading the movie,” his attorney said.

Gonzalez could receive up to three years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at
his Sept. 26 sentencing hearing.

 

HELLBOY

CHUD.com continues it’s coverage of webmaster Nick Nunziata’s recent trip to
the set of “Hellboy” in Prague. 

This week CHUD published exclusive
photos
as well as an in-depth interview with director Guillermo
del Toro
.

 

OVER THE HEDGE

Animation director Tim Johnson recently talked to The
Chicago Sun Times
about his upcoming comic strip-based feature, “Over
the Hedge.” The CGI film, based on the strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis, is
set to star Jim Carrey and Gary Shandling as R.J. the raccoon and Verne the
turtle respectively.

Johnson is making the press rounds for his current release, “Sinbad:
Legend of the Seven Seas,” but he talked about bit about “Hedge”
as well.

“The movie is based on a terrific comic strip. It’s about a smart-aleck
raccoon [Carrey] who wakes up from a long slumber near a retiring turtle [Shandling].
They realize that suburbia has taken over their home while they were
sleeping,” Johnson said.

It turns out, human encroachment isn’t the end of the world. 

“They can’t believe humans are nice enough to put out food for them in
giant silver cans!” Johnson says. “They think they’ve found
paradise.”

But Carrey’s R.J. will have none of that, prompting the other forest critters
to engage in risky missions into human neighborhoods.

“Over The Hedge” is due in theaters in 2005.

 

DD DVD GIVEAWAY


The
“Daredevil” DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20th
Century Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free!

Fox is providing us with five copies of the 2-disc set to pass
on to you, the faithful reader.

Just sign
up for our giveaway
at Comics2Film.com
between now and July 27th for your chance to win. 

 

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